Our dogs were also an important part of the “pore farm” menagerie. My dad, as well as many others locally, always preferred a collie/shepherd mix – always male dogs. They were good natured, intelligent, aggressive hunters, and could be somewhat trained to help work livestock. Rarely would they show aggressive tendencies, and they were not prone to egg sucking, chicken killing, or killing a neighbor’s goats.
While I loved my dogs when I was growing up, I have to admit that I also loved and was fascinated by cats. Except for a stray barn cat or two, we never had a pet cat until Grandpa Jones gave me the aforementioned kitten. He had an old female cat that had a litter of kittens in his smokehouse, and I played with them every time I visited him. Here, I broke all the rules. Most egregious of these was the fact I chose a female kitten. I didn’t pay any attention, and she was the one who liked me best. Her name was Cindy, and she was with us many years.
I don’t remember what my mom told my cousin about “getting a start of cats,” but I can assure you that choosing a female kitten will get you started in the cat business in a hurry
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.