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PAGE 4 FEBRUARY 5, 1988ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Both dogs and cats By Dolores Curran We have two cats, no dogs. I realize I am endangering my popu- larity with dog-loving readers by this admission but it can't be helped. Somewhere along the cultural myth- ways of America, we have come to believe we are either cat lovers or dog lovers, not both. I don't subscribe to this duality. | like dogs and loved those of my childhood on the farm. But I don't want a dog in suburbia. They bark. They have to be walked. They don't bury their refuse. They need tending when you go away for a weekend. Cats, on the other hand, are quiet (if neutered), walk on their own, bury their refuse and can get by with a dishpan of dried food and water for a weekend. But they have their own demerits. They claw both the arms of furni- ture and of humans. They climb onto the roof and shred the solar in- sulation. They bring dreadful gifts like dead birds and lay them at your feet, waiting to be praised as great hunters. They crave affection when you don't want it and disdain it when you do. They get killed by cars when you least need it. We never intended to have two cats but our son adopted one in col- lege and when his roommates ob- jected to sand on the shower floor and night-time prowling, he brought it home. So we have his and her cats--one for each lap at Ted Koppel time. Our grown daughter came in at 11 o'clock one evening and saw us sit- ting with our feet up and a cat in each lap. She surveyed the scene and commented, "| don't believe it." I didn't bother to inform her that this same cat was thrown out uncere- moniouslv that morning when it walked across my computer keyboard and erased a couple of paragraphs or to reassure her that the cats were not replacing her in our affection. We just smiled because it is this same daughter who stumbles up early in the morning when she's visit- WINE CELLARS yourself back over 100 years. Enjoy a delightful day or evening in the romantic atmosphere of tfle O[d Wor~. Dine in Arkansas' o~[est wine ceffars and enjoy our superb Swiss Cuisine. Taut our vineyards, shops and cegars and taste our award winning wines. Luncheon Dinner 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. ......... iwations Preferred 468-3551 ] "~') ' -~ 'It, 'c "," :It' "%,~ i "~t. 'J " - ". '."" I I /ill I I ....... i: ~.v~.;:, : A ~,';I :i~ . :e,~;-x-..i C::c .~ ing to let the cats in so they can snug- gle into her.bednest. It is this daughter who called me out of a workshop a thousand miles away to sob and tell me our cat had been killed by a car when she was thirteen. It is this daughter who, when in a moment of lunacy we al- lowed a litter of kittens to be born, insisted they stay in her closet in spite of her allergies because their needs came first. Like children, pets enrich family life. They are alternately pests and lovers. They supply a dimension and a responsibility we would not other- wise experience. I don't care whether pets are cats, dogs or canaries. They become part of the family and as such, offset sad- ness, give joy and create problems. When I was a child on the farm, we made pets out of lambs and calves that were destined for slaugh- ter. "How traumatic," people say. But that was part of life. We knew their end but it didn't keep us from enjoy- ing them. So it is with all love. If we protect our feelings by refusing to get emo- tionally involved, we won't get hurt but we won't reap the rewards of af- fection and love, either, whether it's with pets or humans. ST.SCHOLASTICA CENTER 1205 South Albert Pike P.O.Box 3489 Fort Smith,AR 72913 (501) 783-1135 Weekend Retreats February 26 - 28 "Remember Dust, Thou Art Splendor" ( a Lenten retreat ) One - day retreats arrangements can be made to stay overnight ) March 16 A Journey of Healing For Lent April 20 The Road to Emmaus Holy Wee,k March 26 - April 3 Pet owners know that some their pets will die, probably they do. They accept this, that the pleasure of pets sates for the pain of eventual They know that death is a part and that, as painful as loss is, us deal with more difficult ahead. Children, to,), learn that pe fun but work and that they annoying as well as fun. Not preparation for parenthood, c. 1987 Ah Publishing Co. Sir Knight John Brockway, Youth Director for the Kni Columbus, has announced the lowing winners for the 1987 tion Awareness Essay Contest: First Category: Grades 4-5-6:I Place, Christa Gilliland, St. Ther School, Little Rock, Council Second Place, Jodianne Ch St. Joseph's School, Paris, 3787. Second Category: Grades First "Place, Jill Fougerousse, Heart School, Morrilton, 5209; Second Place, Kristen sonis, Our Lady of Good Little Rock, Council 812. Third Category: Grades First Place, Mary Christine Paul's School, Pocahontas, 2443; Second Place, Maury John Baptist Parish, Brinkley, cil 6814. PAX, from p. 1 the group concentrates on ing "study with show point of view." Sister Nancy Sullivan, DC, of Rock, added that Pax "support group for a cause not always popular...but it's an some little nucleus." The Little Rock area Pax group meets the third each month at 6:30 PM at members' homes. Anyone more information should Pax Christi USA, 348 East Street, Erie, PA, 16503, or 814-453-4955. STUDY, from p. 1 Subiaco; Feb. 27 at St. Paul's Pocahontas; and March 3 at Raphael's Parish, Springdale. The workshops will begin A Guided Holy Week Retreat AM and conclude at 3 PM. Ila Als0 available[[ tration is required. A re of $3, which includes a light II t'll / Private and II will be collected at the door. Directed retreats II To register for a worksho Retreat Director: ]l the Diocesan Scripture Study ]] Sister Macrina]l at 664-0340 or 664-6102. Or, a Wiederkehr,O.S.B II son can send the registration For further info., ]] found on Page 5 of this week'! =,nt,,ot SisterII kansas Catholic. Deadline for' IIL ."TA Gertrude Grabber,O.S.B.|[ tering is the Monday precedin II ,'date ' fd" : da kshtm,,..e erse i alan n to/ tthla&. ,,e.,,. '_. '. .~' ,, - :~ ,, .=' ~'~ ~.,llCl '* -:,~P,