Be as independent as you want…
…but always make time to hold paws with the one you love.
–Cosmo and Stella
It’s hard when the stripey, gray object of your affection is out of reach.
She’s not physically out of reach, of course, as you could easily stretch out an enormous paw to caress her whiskers or, if you’re feeling bold, sit up on your hind paws and sink your great muzzle into her velvety flank to breath in a draught of kitten perfume.
“NO Cosmo! DOWN!” the Humans will cry.
“HISSSSSS!” your beloved will screech, while somehow simultaneously reminding you of the restraining order she has taken out against you in the most intimidatingly legalistic terms she can muster.
Who knows? You may even get a bloody nose. You’ll probably get a bloody nose. Kitten claws are sharp and you saw your dearest filing hers assiduously on the remains of the living room furniture just prior to claiming her current spot.
Sometimes it is best to love from afar.
Sometimes, your girlfriend will ask you tricky questions like “Do I look good in my new collar?” Don’t just bark out the first thing that pops into your head. For example, don’t tell her that she makes for a pretty lamp. Don’t tell her that she could probably tap into some satellite radio stations if she tilts her head just so. Take your time. Think it through. Chew on a bone if necessary to buy time.
This is a tricky question and how you answer it will determine how your girlfriend treats you for the rest of the day if not longer.