They are adorable, cute and usually up for a cuddle..but they can drive you crazy too. Pets.
A few years ago, my friend (irresponsibly) took on a dog and was about to leave the country to pursue life as a tramp. He asked me to take care of Mungmi, an adorable street dog who wanted nothing more than some shelter and a hug.
Earlier this year Mungmi was diagnosed with a form of cancer on her eyelid. Apparently it is common in Shitzu’s and is completely treatable with a few operations and tender care. She has fully recovered and even though we had a scare recently, remains cancer free.
This is Hunter. I found Hunter last Winter hiding under a SUV after the snow. It was bitterly cold and he could not have been more than 3 weeks old. I lived and work in this neighbourhood and knew of feral cats living on the rooftop of an adjacent building. I took him in after careful consideration of the benefit to him and loss to his mother (who had another 6 kittens) and the long-term commitment required when having a pet.
A beautiful Kitten….
…and troublesome cat.
Hunter (the cat) and Mungmi (the dog and long-standing matriarch of the house) got along splendidly until the new addition arrived… lazily named Kitty-boo.
Kitty-Boo is the latest edition to our every growing farm. Thankfully our home is large by Korean standards and provides enough space for the chaos which is kitty-playing.
We floated a lot of ideas for her name, but by the time we’d thought of something more unique and dare I say clever, the temporary name of Kitty-Boo had resonated with her and became her identity.
Unlike hunter, she is completely domesticated (ignore the photo). As a 4 week old kitten she came out of the bushes to me while Mungmi and I were hiking. She is calm, curious and affectionate. I suspect she wasn’t born wild at all, but was a disgarded kitten from a family who didn’t want her. Which is all the better for us as we love her.
P.S Please do not think I am in the habit of stealing kittens. I have already been told off by my boyfriend and I am reminded that our home is ‘full’ every time I leave the house.