I am a cat person. I admit it. I have always had cats, and probably always will. If you ask my children, they will tell you I am a crazy cat lady, also a cat whisperer. Cats that hate everyone will usually come out and visit me. My reply to them is they should be happy that their dad keeps me in check, so the maximum number of cats I own is two.There is only one dog that I have ever met that I actually enjoy, and that is Cooper. He is a therapy dog in training at Camas High School, and he is the best dog ever. It is probably because he is more of a big teddy bear, and he always smells good. Also, I do not have to clean up after him.
Well, back to cats. When you visit the Camas Public Library, you will notice that there is usually at least one cat somewhere around the building. I like to think of them as our unofficial library cats. They provide me with a lot of amusement as I am coming and going to and from the library. You have probably seen them in action while you were visiting.
The cats all belong to Mr. David Sanks, who lives near the Library. Mr. Sanks has two sets of cats. Litter mates Sis, who is all black, and Gus, who is orange that are around 6 years old, and his mischievous young cats Mr. Darcy and Karrie, also litter mates, that are both black and white. I first met Mr. Sanks, as well as Mr. Darcy and Karrie when I started working as a substitute page about two years ago. When I would leave the library in the evening at 9 (or 8 after the library hours changed), Mr. Sanks would be out for his nightly walk with Mr. Darcy and Karrie. Yes, Mr. Sanks cats do go for a walk with him. No they are not on leashes; they are just trailing along, or running ahead. Mr. Darcy would come and let me give him a quick pet on the way to my car, but Karrie is much more timid.
After I started working full time at the library, I would find myself outside a lot at lunch enjoying the beautiful days, and the fact that I actually got a whole hour for lunch, but that is another story. The cats provide me with a lot of amusement. Mr. Sanks has a bird feeder (which I call a cat feeder) in his front yard. On a nice day, at least one of his cats is usually under it watching the birds. I have seen Mr. Darcy leap into the air on more than one occasion trying to catch a bird as it flew away.
When talking to Mr. Sanks about putting his cats on the blog, I found out about Sis and Gus. I had seen both of them before; I just did not realize they were also his cats. Mr. Sanks shares my love of cats. He too realizes that all cats have their own personality, and do indeed have nine lives.
Speaking of nine lives, when visiting the Camas Public Library, or anywhere in downtown Camas, please drive slowly. Mr. Darcy in particular likes to test your brakes as he darts out between cars. I am pretty sure I have seen at least one of his lives slip away as he just misses getting hit.
Football update: Undefeated Camas will play Battleground at Battleground tonight. 7-1 Stanford will host the Oregon Ducks on Thursday November 7th, and 5-3 UW will take on Colorado at home on November 9th. I think our Halloween pumpkins say it all. I will follow that with a GO PAPERMAKERS!