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Category: Pets

Alone and Together

No flight cancellations this time: hooray, Jak is home! I survived just over 153 hours this round, 50% longer; I’m not as much of an emotional mess, but I’m more physically exhausted. However, I think I made another mini-breakthrough on Tashi’s biting behavior while Jak was gone. Giving him time outs when he becomes unmanageable is not a new idea…

Melting

A lot of other things have happened so far in November besides the whole CATNIP escapade, and I will attempt (emphasis on attempt) to catch up to the present here. That’s more than two weeks, so this is likely to be long, but like I said: this is as much a record for myself as anything, and if it interests…

Cat Nipping

So, because Rikki was super interested in the buttons and acting like he wanted to communicate, I decided to help him figure out how to actually press them. Starting in the third week of October, I began trying to target-train him, similar to this video. I started with a little glass container through which he could see the treat, so…

Quick Study

You know, for most of my life I thought my tendency to go ‘all in’ on whatever (or whoever) caught my interest was just a random personality trait, but like many other things about me, it turns out to be a feature of autism! For those of you who don’t experience it yourselves, this is what it looks like when…

Dark Horse Cat

Well, it’s been just over two weeks; I’m still not quite done with the aforementioned Nine Lives essay (almost! almost!), and meanwhile things have moved so fast with me and the pets that it’s going to take me three entries here just to catch up to the present, including the crazy thing that happened just this morning. (Edit: essay now…

Using Our Words

I have a new all-consuming hobby: teaching my pets to talk. I’m nearly finished writing a Nine Lives that puts this statement in a larger context — the tragic history of research into animal cognition and communication, and how one speech-language pathologist, video-based social media, pandemic lockdowns, and a few thousand pet owners combined to not only give the scientific…

Woof

You know, I promised three posts about ‘what happened to June’, but more properly the third one should be subtitled ‘what happened to July’. The short version is: a starving, fearful stray puppy turned up in our shared garden on June 26. After about 36 hours of exploring rescue options (currently nonexistent) and Very Serious Discussions, Jak and I decided…

Kitchen Remodel: After

I believe Jak was the one to first point out that we had relatively useless kitchen-adjacent space which might be brought inside, an idea that I grabbed onto desperately in my quest for kitchen improvement. Even with that expansion, though, there were still a lot of pre-existing constraints in play, so everything about the design was an exercise in tradeoffs.…

Kitchen Remodel: Before

I have so many things swirling around in my head right now I’ve decided to let them settle for a bit and instead, give you the long-promised before-and-after shots of The Great Kitchen Remodel That Took Actual Years Off My Life (But Goddammit Was Still Worth It). The brief recap: in January 2017, Jak and I bought a small (2BR…

Good and Angry

About a week ago I read the final book in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy, and found it … far more satisfying than most of the other books I’ve read recently, even ones that are arguably quite good. After some reflection, I decided this was because the narrating character, El, has an emotional range that begins at grumpy and escalates to…