I think I mentioned that we recently added to our household a critter in the form of a miniature pinscher mix named Mimsy. She's a cute dog, smart, personable, but a trifle hard for the cats, especially LWK, to stomach. Thud and Mimsy are close in size, 14 and 15 pounds respectively. LWK is about half that, tipping the scales at 6-7 pounds. *
The first week was full of the drama of introductions and various vocal displays. Thud was somewhat unruffled by the advent of new dog, but then we always suspected she was part canine in character. She quickly learned the ways of wrestling and escape. She soon discovered the delights of sitting under the furniture that Mimsy wouldn't or couldn't get under and swatting at the poor frustrated dog.
LWK (Little White Kitty) was less comfortable. She retreated to safety in the basement, secure behind the baby gate at the top of the stairs. Each day, we'd give her love and talk to her so she would get at least some of the attention she would normally demand and after a few days, moving whiteness would catch the corner of our eyes as she flitted around nooks and crannies upstairs.
One night I had flopped down on the bed to read a bit when I felt Mimsy jump up next to me. I didn't really pay attention to the fact that she didn't demand attention like she often does, in fact, I kind of appreciated being left in peace to turn the pages at my leisure. Then I felt a tremor...kind of like the tremor that you might feel when a huge truck rumbles by, but here there was no noise. There it went again ... and again ... finally I noticed and looked up to see Mimsy sitting, tight and alert and shaking from head to foot. She had never acted like this before so I sat up to get a bead on her line of sight and saw a demon ghost kitty sitting in the hallway with the light reflecting blue-green off her eyes. I have to admit, I was a little spooked myself. The ghost soon evaporated, leaving a shaken little dog in her wake.
* Names have been changed in these stories to protect the innocent. The fact that one of these names is real is probably an indication of non-innocence.