As I mentioned in A to Z 2014: Ace, I have only had one pet my entire life. But in more recent months, I have had a new furry friend enter my life.
Meet Crooks (and his cuddles):
Crooks hasn’t always been so cuddly with me. It took us a while for us to get this point. He had his reservations, and why wouldn’t he? I was the new girl entering his and Jak’s lives. And he is very protective of Jak.
And let’s be real, I had my reservations about him too. You see, I am (and most of my family is) allergic to cats, and I had a bad childhood experience with my aunt and uncle’s cat growing up. So I have kept my safe distance from them for most of my life. Post college, several of my friends had cats. Some I could tolerate and eventually built immunity to, and some to this day I cannot stay in the same room with them for longer than an hour. But I hadn’t been seeing any of those cats when I met Crooks. So yes, in my first few months getting to know Crooks, I did have my reservations.
But here is the amazing thing. I am not allergic to Crooks at all. In fact, I may have had the most minimal symptoms I have ever had in first meeting a cat. Maybe some minor eye watering and scratchy nose, but that faded nearly after a week of visits.
The reason why I am focusing this post on Crooks’s cuddles is because that is when we actually bond. He is cordial to me during the day, but Jak takes high priority during the awake hours. In fact, oftentimes Crooks makes a point to nudge me just so he can walk over me, to use me like a bridge, to get to Jak.
For a while I took a slight offense, but you see, Crooks and I have our special cuddle time every single night before I go to sleep. Whether on the couch, like the above picture, or as I lay down to sleep in bed, he crawls onto my tummy and curls up for pets and cuddles. It usually lasts for about ten minutes before he finds his place next to my feet. But it is without fail, every single night. I think Crooks understood me last night when I told him I was going to write the ” post about his cuddles, because last night he intensified our cuddle session. He gave me three head nuzzles and stayed a little bit longer than usual before slowly sliding off to cuddle in my arms and eventually move down toward my feet.
To top it all off, most recently (in the past two weeks or so) Crooks has added cuddle time to my mornings. Right before or shortly after my first alarm goes off, Crooks has crawled onto my tummy for some pets and cuddles for about five minutes to wake me up. This morning Jak even witnessed the morning cuddles. Let’s just say, I could get used to waking up in this fashion!
Have you ever made a connection with a friend’s or lover’s pet that you never expect you would?