Next up in the pet selfie series leading up to ANIMAL CRACKERS: A Concert For A Cause – Michele Fejfar and Bonnie Galat, both Alto Ones with small animals that take up a ton of room, physically or otherwise!
This is our cat Bunter. My husband and I adopted him- well before kids! – from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter almost 15 years ago. We went there intending to adopt a cat and found a good one. He’s an orange tabby and we think he’s about 19 years old now. We call him our dog because he will run to the door to greet people (a little less often now that he’s gone deaf), and as soon as you sit down, he will find your lap. Some of the goofy things he does are yowling in the middle of the night and sleeping on my neck- neither very sleep inducing!
This is Yogi. He is a Maltese and has just had his 13th birthday. My husband and I would probably never have gotten a pet but our younger daughter began her relentless, hard-driving campaign for a dog when she was six or so. We humored her for a while thinking she’d move on (as her older sister had!)…but, this child really wanted/needed a pet and when she turned eight, we caved.
We chose a Maltese for practical reasons: small enough for a small girl to walk and wash (ha!), no shedding, essentially a lap dog so no need for excessive exercise or long walks on cold, rainy days!
When the girls were in their teens, I really began to appreciate the fact that Yogi was the only one to be really excited to see me when I came home from work, trips, etc. With no electronics to mesmerize him, nor social drama to monopolize his time, he would run to the door, make eye contact, shake wildly with joy, just as they had as younger children. And, particularly now, with both girls away, Yogi is my constant buddy. He gives me daily motivation to get out for a long walk to exercise us both!
He is a total love bug. The goofiest thing he does is whenever he hears an airplane overhead, he runs to a window, stands up against it and follows the path of it while barking….looking like a gunnery sergeant at the back of the old armored tanks. He knows my mood, responds to tone of voice, and if I am sick, he’ll camp out nearby for hours just to keep vigil.
ANIMAL CRACKERS is A Concert For A Cause in partnership with HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team) and featuring The Freedom Hill Singers under the direction of Gretchen Lynch.
We sing ANIMAL CRACKERS at 4:30 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2016 at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180).
Tickets to ANIMAL CRACKERS – and 2015-16 season tickets – are available online. Adults/$25, Seniors(65+) and Students (15-18)/$20, Youth/Free – with a paying audience member. We’ll have tickets at the door too. Box office opens at 3:45 pm, doors will open at 4:20 pm.