“McDowell”

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on February 25, 2016 in Libraries

2014 will be remembered as the year McDowell joined our family. McDowell being a pure black, green eyed, short haired, mischievous, rascally cat. We first noticed him early that year patrolling the perimeter of the house. These surveillance operations became more and more frequent but it wasn’t until March that he formally introduced himself. Catching […]

2014 will be remembered as the year McDowell joined our family. McDowell being a pure black, green eyed, short haired, mischievous, rascally cat. We first noticed him early that year patrolling the perimeter of the house. These surveillance operations became more and more frequent but it wasn’t until March that he formally introduced himself. Catching me sitting on the steps of our house he casually approached with a meow and an invitation to scratch under his chin.

Preliminaries over and taking advantage of an open door he shot past and proceeded to check out the living quarters and general ambience of the accommodation. Finding all to his liking his visits accelerated culminating in this first overnight stay after we noticed he had injured his paw. Being aware of the penchant for cats to house share and following all the usual routes we endeavoured to find out where this enigmatic creature came from. Several months of fruitless searching later we finally called a halt and formally adopted McDowell into the family. In the intervening period I would frequently arrive home with tomes sporting such titles as ‘Cat Watching’ ‘Cat Detective’ or ‘Cat Counsellor’ in an effort to understand our new lodger.

After much study and contemplation I wonder whether you can ever truly know these complex creatures. I’m not sure. What I do know is whereas dogs have masters cats have servants and we are definitely McDowell’s servants!

Find out more about our feline friends at Fingal County Libraries. All the above titles and more are available there.

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