Every four-legged in our home has a rescue story behind them. We have kitties that are sweet, but anyone who has ever owned a cat knows they are also a bit rotten on some level. I am reminded of the saying that dogs have masters and cats have staff. The American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein once quipped, “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” I realize that is rather sexist; however I do think there is some truth to that. Yes they have shredded curtains and scratched the sofa, but they have also comforted me as I have wept into their fur. Wolves are particularly sensitive and always know when one of our family is upset. And few things can come close to being snuggled up in bed with a good book and a warm cat. I have found our kitties hiding in cabinets and blatantly lounging on our clean laundry. One even unrepentantly ran off with a hunk of the Thanksgiving turkey once. I took this shot of Blue the other day after discovering he’d gotten himself locked in my husband’s closet. I knew I heard him but I just couldn’t find him — until I looked up. This was the adorable view that greeted me. Whether canine or feline, time spent in their company is never wasted. Our pets are family and we love them … even the crazy cats.