But one of the reasons is a cat, well kitten, sort of. A young cat.
She's adorable, sweet, black and white, and showed up out of the blue on my porch Saturday night during an annual staff get together.
I have a dog.
A Belgian Malenois (AKA Malligator) who decided this five pound cat was a threat. To be fair, my dog alerts us of anything in our yard. She protects us from the UPS guy, other stray dogs, squirrels, birds, leaves...you get the picture.
We have let the cat stay outside on our porch, or rather she has decided to stay on our porch this week.
We have tried to introduce the dog and cat to each other in hopes of keeping her as an outside cat but that has ended up with large scratches, puncture wounds (all on my arm), and a broken wine glass.
The odd thing is that she just showed up and acts like we are her family. She even waited at the mailbox for us to come home on Monday, then followed my car down the driveway where she got back onto the porch.
I know I need to bring her to the shelter so a family without a big scary dog can have her as a pet but it's so hard. The shelter just received 20 cats yesterday alone, not to mention the kids want to keep her badly. I am still torn.
I bring up familiars because our family have discussed how odd this situation with the cat is.
For those of you that don't know what a familiar is, it is a companion of a witch. "They are drawn together as if by a magnet, each intuitively knowing they are meant to be together, they are similar in character as both are astute, wise, and independent. When the witch and cat are at work together the magic pull is extremely powerful and they know instinctively that it is meant to be, a bonding takes place and the two form a lifelong alliance. Cats have a mysterious air about them and have for centuries been linked to all matters occult." (www.witcheslore.com)
I am writing the second book.
In the second book (spoiler alert) Morgan is getting/finding a kitten as her familiar.
I started writing that scene last week.