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My Life with Maddie - Chicken Bones

They're all over the floor!"


Those were the first words my wife said when I got home.


"What" I asked. 


"Bones!" Chicken bones!" she replied as she led me into the kitchen.


It was indeed a remarkable sight. 


There were bones all over the floor, scattered about a shredded garbage bag. There, in the middle of the chaos and debris, looking up at me with those innocent emerald eyes was Maddie, our "sweet" little tortoiseshell feline

Our sweet cat Maddie in the trash.

Maddie amid the chicken bones and trash with the sweet "Who Me?" look.

"Oh my, what have you done?" I asked, trying not to laugh. 

"Meow" was her barely audible response. 

It's a story we fondly remember and eagerly share when talking with other pet people. We all seem to have them, that "one" story you can't forget. 

How about you? Do you have a funny story you would like to share?


Please email your stories to Use "Funny Stories" in the subject line. 

I would love to hear from you and will publish as many as I can in a curated collection in the future.

But, along with the “one” are many other both maddening and endearing moments. Most happen so fast there isn’t time to snap that shot or video that event. They are all memorable none the less. Here’s one I was able to grab on the spur of the moment.


We love to watch “Simon’s Cat”, an animated series featuring the mischievous and often hilarious antics of a fat white cat and his owner Simon, stories that any pet owner can relate to.


As we were sitting watching the show one afternoon, Maddie jumped up beside me on the arm of the couch. She was immediately enthralled, watching each scene, the comings and goings of each character and what they were doing in every scene.

Maddie enthralled by Simon's Cat, a wonderful animated series.

I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on in the little head of hers. Was it strictly entertainment, was she learning in her own way, would she adapt her behaviors based on what she saw. Interesting questions, I believe the answer is yes and here’s why.


Not long after I was working on writing a short story in bed when thirst drove to me head for the kitchen. I grabbed my phone to check email on the way. I was so amused when I returned, I had to snap one of those fleeting moments that seemed to confirm the question I asked earlier.  


There she was, intently watch the laptop screen hoping for some action. Priceless. And I thought – unique. I was wrong.


As I was scrolling through my gallery of our feline family looking for possible IG post images, I came across an shot I had long forgotten. It was Belle, one of our sweet girls who crossed the rainbow bridge a year ago. I was most amused.

Why? Take a look.

Belle watching the History Channel.

There she was, watching TV. The History Channel!


Curious? Perhaps not so much after all.


Some may say it is nothing more than coincidence, behavioral experts may say it is nothing more than instinct. I like to think it is something more. You?


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