The Cats in My Life: Pepper


Where to begin.

I’m a Jack Russell Terrier.  I know it and They knew it way before there was any talk of bringing me into the family.

That doesn’t mean good things for cats.

But as a bonus, it doesn’t mean good things for rats, voles, moles, groundhogs, skunks (That was, upon reflection, a mistake.), and various other varmints, critters, and freeloaders that roam the land in search of an easy food ticket.

They like cats – though They didn’t have any at the time. So, it was decided that I would not be allowed to spend my puppydom basking in the one-on-one attention that puppies deserve, and instead I would get the raw deal of sharing it with a kitten.

That kitten was Pepper.

The Girl picked her out of a litter of five other black balls of ‘pick-me-I’m-so-freaking-cute’ because she had blue eyes. They brought her home and we stayed on opposite sides of a bathroom door sniffing each other for a week.  I had her number from the very first sniff.  A people pleaser and all around goody-two-shoes.

As soon as that sneaky cat felt safe she changed the color of her eyes – total bait and switch – and my cat purgatory began in earnest.

She’s one of the Three Untouchables now. I cannot tell you what it does to the self-esteem of a proud JRT covered in catsmell (not catblood) when he meets other terriers on a walk.  Like I said – A Raw Deal.

As cats go, she’s pretty chill.  She knows just what They want – soft fur (whatever), sleek coat (again, whatever), and the ability to sit in front of a ball without twitching (wha…nevermind).  She hangs out at parties and gets to sit in laps that will have her and I don’t see her getting pushed off the couch in the middle of the day.

That’s petism, if anyone cares.




By | 2018-02-28T16:57:37+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

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Explorer. Varmint hunter. Dirt chaser. Dog.


  1. Just remember, dog, you are lucky your master Pepper allows you to stay in the house.

    • Marianne Willburn January 29, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Pepper tries to tell him this every day!

  2. tonytomeo January 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    As you are aware, they are very proficient with their mind control techniques.

  3. barongwyn February 2, 2018 at 6:02 am - Reply

    If Mungo needs someone to commiserate with, he can chat with Winston and Gracie. He’ll find them on their perch on my chest,

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