In the UK my cats would bring in mice. Daytime mice or nighttime mice, it mattered not. 3pm or 3am mice, they ended up in the bath tub, under the bed, cowering in the corner.
Here, my cats bring in chipmunks. There is something very different about cats bringing in chipmunks than mice.
This was the UK mouse scenario:
(Me to other half, whilst standing on a chair): ‘Ooooh, help, there’s a [scary] mouse in the bath/room/under the chest of drawers/behind the sofa!’ (delete as applicable). ‘Bad cats.’
This is the USA chipmunk scenario:
(Me to other half, whilst looking fondly at the terrified little creature): ‘Oh naughty little mittens, you’ve brought in a cute little chipmunk, poor thing…. bad cats.’
Yes, I let my cats outside (don’t tell anyone….). I have to get a license to keep my cats in Howard County. When I came here people told me that cats weren’t allowed outside. Um, but there are quite a few, so I’m not sure if this is actually true. And if they aren’t allowed outside, then why do pet shops sell cat flaps…? Just asking.
Anyway, the novelty of seeing a chipmunk won’t wear off whilst I’m here, just like seeing the deer. They are still enchanting!
Americans loves dogs
However, cats are in the minority in this area, I feel. Dogs, however – there are bloomin’ millions of them! Nearly every American I know has one or two doggies and they are part of the family. The Brits used to be the renowned nation of dog lovers, but I’m thinking the Americans have taken over.
Apparently, Americans spend $61 billion on their pets each year. I love doogies (that is not a typo, that is what I call them), but the title of this article made me laugh:
40% Of Americans Would Rather Save A Dog’s Life Over A Foreign Tourist’s
Help, I’m a bit like a foreign tourist! I might have to pop round my friend’s house and put this to the test. So, who would be pulled out first in a house fire/flood/earthquake……me or the dogs?! The truth will out, American chums!!
The video below might explain it…(yes, it has bad language!)
Multi-cultural tooth fairies
I love this picture. This picture is by a five-year old boy who positively experiences a multi-cultural community here in the USA. I don’t know if there would have been tooth fairies of different races in his UK tooth fairy picture, but I suspect not.