When we began presenting our weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap just about a decade ago, we didn’t really look at it as a scientific pursuit.
But recently we have come to realize that it is, indeed, a study of sleep. An authoritative study of sleep. Possibly the most thorough study of creature vs. human sleep undertaken in the 21st century. Stop, no need to fill out that Nobel nomination form just yet.
This study was, of course, inspired by insomnia and cute animals.
For this week’s edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, we turn to the great animal advocate, rescuer and fosterer Patty Sprong, long a reliable source for Readlarrypowell.com.
You see here a showcase of her beloved Mia, a cat she described to us as a “foster failure.” And, of course, our immediate response was a note that read, “I simply cannot imagine that you might be a foster failure -- insert knowing laughter here.”
You get the drift.
Here’s the sentence that demonstrates how big a foster failure Patty endured with Mia. “When I looked to see how many pictures I had of her sleeping, it was a piece of cake.” Yep, you don't snap those fotos if you haven't fall for the critter.
These photos are some of them. Just some.
Patty’s explanatory note reads, “Here are some great pictures of my Mia sleeping. Mama Mia is a foster failure. I fostered her and her three kittens for Mazie's Mission. They were all pulled from DAS a couple of years ago. The kittens were adopted into great homes, but Mia wasn't having it. She hissed at everyone at adoption events. After almost a year of trying, I gave up and adopted her myself. I think that is what she wanted after all.”
We’ll pause now to allow readers to consider what happened that lead them to keep the dogs or cats or dogs AND cats they were fostering. [LARRY CONFESSION: My funspouse Martha and I fostered Glinda the Maltese for 14 years. Long foster. Long, happy foster. But we swore she was a foster every day -- turns out she was probably fostering us and we didn't realize it.]
Back to Mia. Patty writes, “She is a beautiful ‘torbie,’ a mix of tabby and tortie colors. She is probably 4 years old now and only weighs 8 pounds. She bosses my Sammy around some, but as you can see in the one picture,they have grown to tolerate each other. She tolerates me as well, and likes me even better when there aren't any fosters around. I think she has us all trained!”
[NOMINATE YOUR SLEEPING, NAPPING OR SNOOZING dogs, cats, yaks, wildebeests, marmots and other slumberers for the spotlight of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap by sending photos and info to email@example.com. We celebrate sleeping and napping, two great human needs. And, of course, as this weekly report is dedicated to the wide-awake people of the night, we fully expect to find that insomniacs are going to mattress stores to try to buy the human equivalent of a round, deep cat bed. Or they's signed up for one of those new community courses titled "SLEEP ROUND." Whatever works, you know? Thanks to everyone who submits photos and to everyone who reads this weekly feature. And thanks, of course, to the inventor of fluffy pillows.]
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