Chester Appreciation Day

Chester sleeping with his tongue sticking out ;)
Chester sleeping with his tongue sticking out 😉

As many of you know, I have a cat named Chester.  He just turned a year old last month and it has been such a fun experience being new “kitty parents,” as we like to call ourselves.  I’ve had dogs in the past and they are loyal companions for sure, but cats are a different animal altogether.  They are very clever, curious, and funny animals.  Chester entertains us nonstop.  I’ve realized that I’m a cat person and I’m not sure I will ever get another dog.  Despite the species, I’m sure everyone can attest to how therapeutic pets are to have in life.  There is a lot less tension in the house since we got Chester and there’s just an overall general sense of happiness all the time (except for when Chester chews on cords or breaks a drinking glass).   When I’m having a difficult day, I come home to my cat and am welcomed always with unconditional love.  Everyday when I come home from work and walk through my front door, my cat is there to greet me, rubbing against my legs and purring, waiting for me to pick him up so he can rub his cheeks on my face.  I’ve heard often that having a pet lowers blood pressure and I would never argue this fact.  It’s been a joy.  Here’s a poem to express how grateful I am to be able to have a pet in my life and how therapeutic having Chester has been for me.  Enjoy 🙂

“Cat”

Sitting on my lap,

The deep rumble,

Evidence of your content.

I scratch your neck,

Behind your ears,

On the white of your chin.

So calm at this moment,

Quite the opposite of your usual,

Mischievous manner.

At this moment,

Pure,

Uninterrupted,

Enjoying the now.

You,

My cat,

Are living therapy.

I would not wish a moment without you.

You gotta end with a bang.
You gotta end with a bang.
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127 thoughts on “Chester Appreciation Day

  1. What an amazing story about Chester, i have heard many times that cats are very much more smarter than a dog. I wished my 6 year old would agree to one! Love your blog!

  2. It’s true – we do all fall into two categories – cat or dog lovers! Having said that, I am a cat lover but since we’ve had dogs, there’s a different level of enjoyment. Calm, funny times with the cats and mad, roustabout times with the dogs. Can’t complain about the combination 😉

    1. I think it would be fun to see how my cat did with another pet, particularly a dog. I don’t mind the species, just prefer cats 🙂 I’m low maintenance I suppose.

    1. 😉 Chester likes anything that I eat. He was a lot worse when we first got him, but he still tries to stick his head in my cereal bowl 😉

  3. No problem, I just was getting paranoid about the moderation… don’t worry, I am also not able to get to the comments and I don’t have as many as you! I enjoy all the ones that you receive and you are very good at responding! Did not know lil Bub was a neighbor, so to speak, living close by! I love your Chester photographs, keep them coming please! Have a wonderful and restful weekend! I am going off the grid for a day at least!

    1. Absolutely 🙂 I do take too many photos of him perhaps, but he’s the perfect model! I have never actually seen lil Bub, although she does make appearances around town 🙂

  4. It is so true that companion animals can be therapeutic. For people with mental illness/es, the animals can be used for therapy. The therapist says that the patient needs a therapy animal, signs off on some paper work, and then the patient is allowed animal/s even in apartment buildings that do not normally allow them. 🙂

  5. I like your chester appreciation day. I appreciate my dogs to they are getting old and have a few health problems now. So I appreciate them a little more each day

  6. Hi Megan, I don’t have a cat but everybody around me does. Thank you very much for liking my poem ‘ The Pensioner’. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

  7. Love the poem Megan. I really don’t like cats, but seem to be drawn to cat people. One time I was in line at the grocery store and this attractive man started chatting with me, but he had a 20 lb bag of cat litter in his arms; so I cut short the conversation. Yes, he might have been the man of my dreams, but that 20 lbs of cat litter looked like a nightmare to me. 🙂

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