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Kitty Play Dates

Kitty Play Dates

Is it just me, or do any of you hate the term “play date”? Whatever happened to Johnny going over to Timmy’s to hang out? Or how about a kid showing up at your front door asking if Sarah can come out to play?

Chalk it up to my righteous indignation, but life has gotten too formal, too structured, too pretentious. Play dates? I felt the same way about doggy day care. Come on, I thought!

After mulling it over, I realized that “day care” for pets was a fabulous idea. Instead of being home alone while their humans were working, canines could socialize and enjoy some four-legged companionship. It was just the semantics I disliked. Couldn’t they come up with something better than doggy day care?

Then one day I was telling my friend about our new cat, Buddy. I told her how Buddy loves everyone. His theme song is Why Can’t We Be Friends? by War. He is so kind and gentle with our 17 year old cat, Vinny.

All of a sudden I heard myself say it.

“Buddy even has Tiger and Lovey over for play dates.”

You know when the words come out, and we immediately think, I can’t believe I just said that! Wait! Erase that! What I meant to say was that the neighbor cats like to come over and spend time with him. (Of course they are really coming over for the comfy couch and treats, but hey, I don’t want to hurt Buddy’s feelings.)

Am I really one of those people my righteous indignation loathes? Or maybe I just need to get over myself, and learn to love anything that brings two-legged and four-legged creatures together for some fun. Life is hard enough without getting caught up in words.

I have to go now – need to call Buster’s mom to see what he’s doing today.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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6:56AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I love it. Very cute story. Thx for sharing.

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12:41PM PDT on Apr 27, 2010

Everyone has such cute story's to tell.

12:51AM PST on Dec 14, 2009

Like it ! The term "play dates" is a bit too adultish for kids, but fine for kitties, 'cause play and sleep is all they ever seem to do between two meals !

8:19PM PDT on Aug 19, 2009

Correction: The boy cats are not DEsexed.

8:16PM PDT on Aug 19, 2009

I wonder what dads think of their ten yr old boy going over to have a 'play date' with the neighbours boy. Would he use that terminology himself?
Doggy and Moggy play dates, cute. I just wish my four legged kittygirls were a bit more sociable. My neighbour has four male cats and my cats hate them. Perhaps it's because the 'boys' are not sexed and they can tell. (BTW My 'girls' are). Their cats only have to be caught looking at my cats from their side of the fence and they get hissed at and the fence takes a few fast slaps. Just so they know not to dare step foot over to this side. It's like "Don't even think about it pal"! Lol.

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