This Protection Island tabby came out to greet us as we explored the neighbourhood.
The display of friendship was obvious when Kitty approached us even though I, at least, was a stranger.
“Can you come in and have a saucer of milk with me? Perhaps a snack of tenderized mouse tidbits?”
“Thanks for the kind offer,” I told her, “but we’re going to have lunch after our walk. Perhaps you’d like to join us instead. It’s tender slices of another of your favourites – a bird.” I thought of the chicken that would dress up our salad.
“Neeow thanks,” Kitty said. “I think I’m too fat to walk that far.”
“It’s easier just to have my belly rubbed.”
Kitty must have had a good home for many years to be so trusting. She does not expect anyone to hurt her or she would never lie down (making a fast getaway more difficult) and expose her ample belly, leaving her most tender parts unprotected. That takes complete trust.
“My life is in your hands,” she purrs. “Just rub my tummy gently and I’ll be your friend forever.”
To see such trust got me thinking. People could learn a lot from animals (and I don’t mean “how to get your belly rubbed”).