Dagny is the name of a very strong-willed female character from the book Atlas Shrugged. Whether or not you enjoyed this piece is irrelevant, because that’s not what we’re here to discuss (although I did like the story an awful lot, in spite of the fact that I am in no way whatsoever a Tea Partier, but we’re not talking about politics at the moment, either).
For the purposes of this post, Dagny is also the name of a very cool person… er… I mean, CAT. I’m about to tell you about her, because she is fabulous.
A catless writer
is almost inconceivable.
Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. I know, I know. When people talk about their pets it can get gross, or boring, or pathetic, or sad. Or a weird mixture of all four, like this:
“My cat is [[[ blah-blah-boringness ]]] so she peed all over my [[[ blah-blah-grossness ]]] and then I had to put her down because [[[ blah-blah-sadness ]]] and now I want to [[[ blah-blah-pathetic]]] myself.”
I promise not to be any of those things. There will be no pee, no death, no overly demonstrative emotional attachment, and no boringness. Know why?
No, for realz. Dagny is Polydactyl (Click here for the Dictionary Definition of Polydactyl), which means she has more than her fair share of fingers. (See, what’s boring about THAT?) I call them fingers instead of digits, because Dagny actually uses them as such. Her thumbs? Totally opposable. I’m not even lying.
Women and cats
will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax
and get used to the idea.
Dagny gets into all sorts of trouble with her fingers and her opposable thumbs. She can pull open the fridge and crawl into the veggie drawer. Dagny can also turn the doorknob and open the back door to run away. We have to keep all these doors pulled shut with ties and ropes. We’re totally prepared for the zombie apocalypse, since no one can get in just as much as we can’t get out. But I won’t say any more about her many adventures because that might delve into boringness for you, which I am sworn to avoid.
My cat seeks
The door into summer.
Hemingway — An unboring history lesson.
I am not a lover of history. Unless it involves a literary or artsy-fartsy icon! Hemingway, therefore, definitely fits the bill as *unboring*. Even if you don’t admire his writing style, he was a pretty snazzy dude in his love-’em-and-leave-’em way.
Hemingway was a great lover of these awesomely-cool cats, which are also lovingly referred to as “Mitten Kittens”. Yes, it’s true: My Dagny is a Mitten Kitten. Tell me that’s not just entirely too cute!!! I mean, *Mitten Kittens*!!!
<<<*** I squealed just then. True story. ***>>>
It is impossible to keep a straight face
in the presence of one or more kittens.
~Cynthia E. Varnado
Hemingway thought six-toed cats were so nifty, he didn’t mind at all when his first baby-kins bred with the locals. They kept breeding more and more, and today his estate is saturated with Polydactyls (though, none as awesome as my Dagny, I’m sure). This place is way at the top of my bucket list: Places to visit before I kick it.
Dagny is supposedly “fixed”, but she has been gaining a lot of weight lately. She escaped a couple times last month, and we are seriously hoping she did not get herself knocked up. The hubz says that sometimes a “fix” doesn’t “take”. That scared me, because I am “fixed”, too, and we would be in a world of trouble if it didn’t “take”. Last night, I had nightmares of giving birth to Dagny-like kittens, and of Dagny giving birth to six-fingered, human babies. That’s no fun. And also a bit off-topic, I’ve only just realized. My bad.
Have you ever enjoyed the presence of a six-toed, Polydactyl, Mitten Kitten? I hate to start an argument, but I am sure yours is nowhere near as great as our Dagny. If you would like to try and compare, I’d love to hear all about your mediocre, non-Dagny feline in the comments.
This post is part of the great bloggy-blog recovery process.
During the month of April 2012 Andi-Roo participated in the
wherein she posted every day that month
blogging thematically from A to Z.
Her theme revolved around issues about which she feels passionate.
Andi-Roo was told not to apologize for this.