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LJ Idol X - 8: No comment (~450 words)

There is one thing that unites cats and dogs but especially, of course, dogs: they do not like seeing you leave, whether to the shops or for work, and suffer greatly when you go away for several days, when packing a bag or a suitcase is involved.

My dog, Hera, hates my suitcase. Whenever it makes an appearance, she becomes anxious, whines, and won't let me out of her sight. She would also jump onto my bed after I have laid out the clothes I'm packing, and lay on top of them with the most suffering and forlorn mien she can manage.

This picture was taken before a vacation and shows her expression well.

[A bed with a pile of clothes. To the right lies Hera. She is white with large patches of brown fur covering her head and the middle of her back, long-legged and long-eared. She is gazing away from the camera to the right and slightly downward, her eyes liquid pools of misery, her ears standing up and her pink tongue licking her nose in distress.]

Cats' reactions to packing are slightly different. Both a friend's cat and one of the two I live with after moving out of my parents' house seem to think that the suitcase is their personal kingdom, or maybe a throne to use at will.

I was adding the last items to my case this morning before going to the Zvenigorod Conference on Plasma Physics, and after docking out of the room and returning with one more thing to pack, I beheld this picture.

[An grey and white suitcase lays open on the wooden floor, its lid propped against the blue-painted wall. On the stack of clothes within lays Rysya, a fluffy grey-brown tabby cat. She has the air of a queen reunited with her throne. The cat faces the room, and the camera, but does not look at the photographer, her eyes half-closed in contentment, her front legs stretched out and dangling slightly over the rim of the suitcase, a picture of self-assured repose.]

I should have gotten used to this spectacle after years of housing dogs, yet every time I am still speechless after discovering animals hogging my possessions this way, and can only chuckle, torn between fondness, exasperation and irritation with the need to brush fur off my freshly laundered and ironed clothes, because one more thing the furry friends have in common is their uncanny ability to choose the best garment to nest on, or the one on which their shed hairs are going to be the most visible. It may not be obvious in the pictures I show above, but Hera and Rysa are both lying on black cloth.


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Feb. 10th, 2017 02:16 pm (UTC)
Or what's worse, when you get home, the suitcase smells foreign so they have to mark it to make it their own again. I hate that!
Feb. 10th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! No, that never happened, thankfully.
Feb. 11th, 2017 09:06 am (UTC)
It's funny, because my dog was always oblivious when the suitcase went out. She would wait for me by the door every day when I left though.

The cats though- they get angry when suitcases come out.

"Oh, you're leaving, huh? Well, remind me never to speak to you again. And have some hair on the inside of your travel box while you're at it!"

Great take on the prompt.
Feb. 11th, 2017 10:26 am (UTC)
Thank you :-)

Hera runs to the door with me too, when I pack, but if I go out with her for a short while just before leaving ,it amazingly calms her, as if she took part in the trip, a little.
Feb. 11th, 2017 10:12 pm (UTC)
They can't tell you they're upset, and they can't plead with you not to leave, but they certainly show it.

One of our cats would go into a funk as soon as the suitcases came out, because he knew what they meant. After our longest absence (a three-week trip to Europe), he spent a full two days making sure his back was pointing at us no matter where we were. And this was an easygoing cat!
Feb. 13th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Poor animals! Even though you always come back from trips, they still obviously still miss you. I loved the pictures.
Feb. 13th, 2017 08:47 am (UTC)
My cat hates it when my backpack comes out, mostly because, despite now living with my mom and granny, she's convinced the backpack means she won't be fed for days. She's going to STARVE TO DEATH, she thinks. It's cute in a way, but makes me feel so guilty. I love the pictures and good entry!
Feb. 13th, 2017 12:09 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing take on the prompt. Lovely pictures and they indeed speak a thousand words :) Cute pets you have <3
Feb. 13th, 2017 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yep! This is life with fur-kids! Their body language speaks volumes. G-d love 'em!
Feb. 14th, 2017 02:37 pm (UTC)
This is adorable and great illustrative photos, too! There's a saying here with multiple variations - a cat can't lie down on a sweater that's hung in the closet.
Feb. 16th, 2017 07:18 am (UTC)
I've never heard that one before! LOL!
Feb. 16th, 2017 07:17 am (UTC)
Oh, they know! They know which are the favoured clothes. I don't know how they know, but they do.

The loom on Hera's face almost had me in tears. Such a heartbroken puppy. You furry kids are gorgeous!

Great take on the prompt! Brava!
Feb. 16th, 2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh can I relate to this! At least my Seeing Eye dog gets to come with me most of the time! But my retired dogs look sadly when I leave.
Feb. 17th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
Love that your pets react to your suitcase ... I loved this and the pics priceless.
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