101 Meds to Cats

Okay, so it's hard enough giving your own cat a pill but what about giving a pill to a cat you barely know?

My neighbours were out for the week-end and called upon me to administer the last of Chester's meds. Chester is a beautiful male cat who loves to body-check. While hanging around the house on my prior cat sitting adventures, he seemed to love to body-check me. Never met a cat who liked doing that as much as Chester.

Yet hangin' around to give out a few treats is quite a bit different from shoving a pill down his throat.

My first question was, "Can I do it?" Chris, my neighbour, gave me the 101 on opening his jaw and throwing the pill down his throat. While watching I could not help but notice those nice, long, lean, finely sharpened teeth...(eek).

So this morning at 6 a.m. I headed over to their house. I started off by re-introducing myself to Chester and pretending to be a sweet neighbour; not someone who was just about to tie him down and pry his mouth open.

After two failed attempts with the pink pill rolling sideways to the ground, I envisioned myself writing a note to say I was not successful. I even searched their utensil drawer wondering if I could smash the pill and give it to him another way. After picking up the end of "I don't know what" I decided that wouldn't work.

I gave it one more try...and with some luck got that done.....Whew.

Afterwards we sat on the chairs next to the wall in the dining room looking at each other.

Me: Sorry, I had to be so mean

Chester: You's is mean.

Me: Well, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do

Chester: You's is mean.

Me: I know. Life is good though, right.

Chester: Who are you kidding?

Me: Well, I was reading in the buddha book you gotta take the bad with the good.

Chester: Sounds pretty profound.

Me: So, that means all medicines are good for you.

Chester: Typical female twisting the whole thing around.

Me: Hmmmmm.

Chester: (blank)

So now for tomorrow's adventures in giving more meds to Chester. As I left, Chester was sharpening his claws in preparation for the next encounter. Smart cat.


The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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Heather Morton
is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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