I was never a cat person until I got married and then the ex-wife insisted we adopt a cat. I had nothing against the feline kingdom but I didn’t love them either. When Harley pawed her way into my life everything changed. Well, not everything, but thus began my love affair with the internet’s favorite animal. I adored them. Those cute fur balls make their way into all my stories. No matter what the setting, I require at least one cat in every story. My WIP has about five cats. (One of which has an alcohol problem.)
After a brutal custody battle (not really) I lost Harley in the divorce. Since then I’ve been dying to have one of my own. Unfortunately the land lord won’t hear of it. Until the day I can adopt I continue to donate to animal charities and write them into my work.
Which brings me to one of my favorite stories about my once-cat Harley Quinn.
I taught her to play fetch. I turned my cat into a dog. *bows* How did I manage such a feat you ask? I threw her mouse filled with cat nip and then I tossed a treat near it. My Psych degree hard at work, I got her to associate eating a treat with touching the mouse. Soon she was putting it in her mouth and then finally she brought it to me. She got a treat for the entire act and her initial training was complete.
What happened next I never expected. *twist* I’d wake up and she’d dropped the toy mouse right on my face. She no longer wanted a treat from me, she genuinely wanted to play fetch. She’d plop the mouse next to me while I watched TV, ate dinner, or played video games. Harley wanted me to throw it. I know plenty of cats on you tube have been taught to fetch but how may of them ASK to play fetch with their owners?
I’ll always love Harley. She continues to inspire me.
Below is a cheesy little video I made years ago of my beloved Harley playing fetch.
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