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Grin 'n' Bare It

Meet Prissy

By Kay Grafe

Meet Prissy

Over the years I have written numerous columns about my and Mr. Roy's pets and our love for animals. Many of you are just like us; in fact I have gotten more reader response from my pet columns than on any other topic. Those of us who love animals share a special bond. When Mr. Roy and I reminisce about the dogs and cats we have had over the years, it makes us melancholy; we have loved each one very much and they gave us great joy.

First there was Pansy, our little mixed breed and first in-house pet. She is still our favorite. Next there was Shannon, our big, clumsy, lovable Collie. He was picture perfect. Then came Dixie Belle. She was solid white and our playful, mischievous Bichon Friese. She made us feel young. Our next dog, Mack, lived outside and this Blue Heeler was a stray that we adopted. He was probably the most intelligent animal we ever had. And now we have our sweet and loyal black miniature Schnauzer, Sugar Baby. And mixed in with these dogs have been at least six wonderful cats.

Approximately four months ago, Mr. Roy had to go to a meeting in Jackson. So, I said, “I want to tag along and while you are in your meeting, I'll go see the editor of Today in Mississippi, Debbie Stringer.” Debbie is the lady that approves my columns and generally tries to keep me headed in the right direction. She is very kind and helpful and we share a common bond – we are both animal lovers. Debbie is much more dedicated to this love than I am. She takes in stray animals and either keeps and cares for them or finds a good home for these little orphans. Many times she has stopped her car and gotten out to pick up a poor homeless dog or cat. She is truly a special person.

Mr. Roy's meeting was in Ridgeland at the headquarters of The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, and this is also where Debbie's office is located. As always, Debbie was glad to see me and after talking about business for while, the conversation shifted to our latest pet stories. Debbie cleverly led the conversation to a little stray kitten that was making its home in a patch of woods adjacent to the building. Debbie and several other office ladies had been feeding the kitten and it had become friendly. She told me how cute the little female cat was and how she hoped she could find a good home for her. She didn't realize it, but I was already hooked. And after she went and got the little gray and white fur ball, I knew that I was going to take her home. But what would Mr. Roy say? Well, I can always handle him.

After Mr. Roy's meeting was over, we met in the building lobby. When he walked up, he said, “What's in the box?” I tried to act coy, and said, “Just something Debbie wanted me to have.” He didn't say any more as we walked out to the car and headed back to Lucedale. Soon the kitten became restless and let out a pitiful “Meow.” Then, he gave me that look that meant, “What have you done this time?” I explained that it was a poor little stray kitten that needed a home, and besides, winter was almost here. I took the cat out of the box, and said, “Isn't she cute?” He didn't answer and in fact he didn't have much to say the rest of the trip home.

After we got home, I prepared a place for her in our multi-purpose room (enclosed garage) and she settled into her new home. Mr. Roy didn't have much to say about the kitten the first week, but after that he started making a few remarks like, “I believe you should get some special kitten food, and why don't you turn on the heater for the kitten tonight.” Then one day, I saw him holding and petting her. And now, would you believe, when the cat comes into the main house, she heads directly to Mr. Roy.

Don't tell him, but after all these years, I know how to handle my man.

Note: Debbie Stringer retired January 7, 2019.

Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.

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