Cats Revival On Broadway
Classic Musical To Hit Stage This Summer. Previews are July 14.
The new choreographer is Andy Blankenbuehler — the choreographer of Broadway’s hip-hop smash Hamilton which I loved and my cat, 02 (Orion 2), gives a paw’s up and a whisker wave.
New York Shelter Adoptions
Adoptions are up at New York Shelters with new reforms.
Memorial For David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust
I recently did a New York 30 second eulogy for the forever rock icon David Bowie on the Brian Lehrer show. Bowie's music already played a resonant note in my cat practice -- when I adopted a feral black kitten at a Japanese art deco restaurant on 18th Street -- the night of a party for David Bowie. This kitten, whom I named Ziggy Stardust, was the remedy for my reformed attack-cat Sunny Blue. "That may be the one way Bowie wasn't aware that his music was used -- in cat therapy!" said Brian Lehrer.
|Sunny Blue and Ziggy Stardust|
|Ziggy Stardust -- in needlepoint|
New kitten competition
"When he becomes too rough or Lou's had enough, she takes off. Kimmy seems totally smitten with her, but we’re afraid he might hurt her,” said Diana. “He’s more than twice her size," added Drew. They had arranged for me to do a session to evaluate their cats’ relationship.
As Kimmy was the top cat or their first born, so to speak, I focused on him while Lou hung out in another part of the apartment with some toys I’d gifted her.
A few months ago, Kimmy had nineteen teeth removed, a catastrophic consequence of Hurricane Sandy. “Let’s hope that’s the end of that residual cycle. What a hero you are,” I said.
Lou became the next star attraction. She darted about, with her whiskers expanded and her tail in a curl, that could easily furl. Although Kimmy was twice her size, Lou was clearly of the Jennifer Lawrence mode, and he, her Bradley Cooper. “Size is not always cat-speak of power,” I said and watched her as she batted and chased one of her toys. Independent play was her template.
Like Kimmy, Lou soon wandered off down the stairs. That was my cue to give Diana a Reiki chair treatment to balance mind, body and spirit. (http://www.thecattherapist.com/moreaboutreiki.asp)
As I finished Diana’s treatment, Kimmy and Lou appeared. “Ah, the two of them are here together,” said Diana. “I guess Lou decided she’d light up his life,” I said. “So what do you think of their relationship?" said Drew. “We don’t want him to hurt her.”
EVALUATION OF KIMMY AND LOU'S RELATIONSHIP
|Lou chills while Kimmy strategizes|
- Delete Hurt. Let’s download to the word play. When Lou’s had enough, she takes off, and it’s Kimmy’s loss. If you feel you must butt in, distract with an enthusiastic toss of a toy, or sharp, quick yell. Otherwise, let them spin their own play in their own inimitable way. Cat spin is authentic.
- The more time they spend together, the quicker their relationship will take off in a fun and likable way. So when you’re out, they can gad about without your butting in.
- When Lou wants her private time, Kimmy can have his on the screened-in terrace where he can re-invent her as the Lou who copies and follows in his every paw print.
- Acknowledge -- Accentuate the Positive. Tell them how good they are. Be generous with your praise. You can never post too many photos or videos on Facebook. Tweet away. Don’t forget Instagram. One cat photo leads to another and another, and there’s always the Internet Cat Video Festival. Kimmy and Lou will pick up on your fun vis a vis your relaxed body language and focus.
|Basket bashed in to front bicycle wheel|
I looked up to see a 20-ish aged male. As he helped me up from under my bicycle, he told me his name was Evan. One passer by handed me my i-Pad and told me how lucky we were to be in the bike path with no other riders nearby.
A few other New Yorkers gathered up the belongings from my signature cat bag. I thanked everyone for their help and told Evan that this was a first. In my many years as a NYC cyclist, I’d never been “dis-engaged” from my bicycle by another cyclist. Evan apologized and gave me his number so I could let him know the cost of my bicycle repairs. The front wheel was jammed in to my basket, My bicycle was un-rideable so I wheeled it on home.
|My signature cat bag|
That evening as I downloaded some photos on my iPad, my thoughts flashed back to Kimmy and Lou’s session and their positive reaction to Diana’s Reiki treatment. I realized how the treatment also helped to balance and limit the impact of my fall. Reiki is the tie that binds.
Kimmy doesn’t try to sleep with Lou anymore. He finally got her cues that no means no. Although their behavior sometimes seems a bit unfriendly, we realize that to them it’s play. On another note, when he gets to groom her, she succumbs as if she were in a state of bliss.
I reassured them that their cats’ relationship was an evolution in process and progress and to share in the fun transformations.