Cat and Dog (2)

Who's afraid of whom?

Are dogs afraid of cats? Or is it the other way around?

I've read of both, but in our household, our Attorney II is terrified of one cat. And our dog has reason to cower in fear—even if it is in her very own doghouse.

We don't know who owns this cat, but he sometimes manages to invite himself to our garden and once, to Attorney II's own cage. He's definitely so much smaller than our pet, but he can truly be alarming.

He can spit, hiss, shriek and intimidate Attorney II like no one in our family can—and this feral feline always backs the poor dog into a corner. Then he stares her down and dominate their interaction.  

These face-offs happen every once in a while and when they do, they make our mornings bright and sunny.  It tickles us no end to watch that size is no guarantee for winning a showdown. Confidence is. 

This kitty has it with a capital C. Attorney II has nil when it comes to this kitty.

Why do we even allow these clashes? Well, Attorney II has to learn that she is in her own territory and that no harm will come to her because she has her protectors in us.

When Moses was very old and nearing death, he reassured the people of Israel, who were afraid of impending danger in the land promised to them, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)  

I think of this verse when I see Attorney II get scared or when I do an Attorney II myself, fearing life's feral felines. Then grace brings in the confidence with a capital C.  

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