after dark with the animals
battle lines are drawn.
The problem with the cats is that they are nocturnal.
The dogs sleep at night
The children sleep at night.
We all sleep at night.
All of us except the cats.
The cats are good at sleeping. The cats have success sleeping in bright places like sunbeams.
The cats seem to not like being nocturnal.
They get lonely.
They get bored.
This must be why they spend the night hunting the dogs.
Our bedroom is a war zone - not between me and my wife but between the cats and the dogs.
The fluffy one sleeps on the bed.
The portly one can’t get make it up. He has short legs and more weight than he can jump that high with. He sleeps under the bed.
At regular intervals through the night the cats come into the bedroom and the dogs launch themselves at the cats.
I guess it’s not really a war zone.
Just a couple of little dogs barking at a couple of naughty cats both of them acting like what they’re doing is super important, life or death stuff.
Later in the day when all of the pets are awake, they mill about together, smelling but holes and sharing water. The calamity of the night long forgotten, one might think that they are friends.
After dark though, the dogs become protective, the cats get restless and the fur starts flying. I’d like to stop them.
But they’re cats and dogs.
Every now and then there’s no stopping them. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. And every now and then the rest of us end up losing a lot of sleep over it.