September 7th 2014 4:06 pm
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I had never stayed away from my dog for more than a few days until I stayed with my grandparents for the entire week. I was so anxious to see Kita and play with him. When I finally got back yesterday, he was fairly indifferent towards me. He was tired from playing at Doggie Daycare all day while Chris picked me up, so that might have had something to do with it, but I was slightly disappointed. After he woke up a bit, he is acting the exact same way he always does with me.
I'm thankful that Kita is equally attached to Chris and I, because he is content spending time with either one of us, because our cats are definitely not like that. They both express anger if we leave them for a few days, but when only one of us is gone it depends on which one of us has left. When Chris leaves for a night or more, Seph sleeps facing our front door waiting for him to come home. He throws in a long whine here and there to let me know he is not happy. As usual, Zoey showed his displeasure with my absence by peeing on our bed and in our laundry baskets. He never does that unless I leave him for more than one night. Seph greeted me when he got home, but otherwise he didn't seem to mind me being gone. I've always thought that Zoey's behavior was his way of showing his anger over me leaving and to tell me not to do it again, but then today I read this Catster article that claims that they are "mingling their scent with the scent of their beloveds." I don't know about that, but at least one pet is very happy to have me home!
January 13th 2014 7:59 pm
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Kita is in love with both of our cats and is waiting until the day they will be willing to cuddle with him. He thinks he is very stealth about this. He's learned that if Seph is on the ground, Kita can lay down a good distance away, and then inch closer to Seph whenever his eyes close. This tactic doesn't really work out, as Seph knows what is going on at all times, and when Kita is just about to touch him with his nose or paw, Seph gets up and moves. Likewise, if Zoey ventures out into our living room, Kita slowly moves closer to him but doesn't get nearly as close.
If Kita bothers Seph these days, he is likely going to get smacked, but the thing is Kita usually can't even feel it with his thick fur and just continues whatever he happens to be doing. If Seph is particularly annoyed with Kita, he'll aim for his nose without using his claws as a warning. Then Kita throws a little temper tantrum where he sways back and forth and sits down with a sigh. Life as a dog in a home with only cats is rough.
Kita was young enough to be trained to defer to the cats at all times, because we knew he could very easily hurt them if he wanted to, and some Huskies have hurt cats in the past. Kita is very gentle and loving to all of us, including our tortoise, so we can trust him, but we did take time to make sure that he was not aggressive through training and monitoring.
January 5th 2014 1:05 pm
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When Kita was about a year old, we realized that he had an interest in cartoons. Turn on the Simpsons and he would be mesmerized. Now we leave Cartoon Network on for him when we leave the room, and he often jumps up on to the couch and stares directly at the TV. He also will watch Animal Planet for short amounts of time, but really only if he hears a dog or cat and it gets his attention. At first I thought it was a coincidence and he was just looking in the direction of the TV, but he sometimes reacts to things that happen by moving his head or adjusting his eyes or ears. He also stares directly at me as if I'm forgetting something if I turn off the TV before I leave the room.
Watching TV is only one of his strange habits. He actually hates to be left alone for long periods of time, but if his cat buddy Seph is in the room with him, he is perfectly content. While Seph sleeps in his favorite box (Don't even ask!), Kita lays as close to the box as he possibly can. His love for that cat amazes me, because it is not exactly mutual admiration. Kita gets concerned that everyone is having fun and leaving him out, because if all of us are in a different room than him, he stands by his baby gate with the saddest eyes. Those blue eyes get us every time and he knows it and uses it to his advantage regularly, including when he is begging for scraps. It is a very unfair tactic on his part, but its also our fault for giving in more often than we should! - See more at: http://angelatombazzi.blogspot.com/2013/06/kita-husky-loves- cartoons.html#sthash.bthyoOZw.dpuf
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