John had already taken the door off its hinges when his wife Janet came into the garage. She sees John using the measuring tape at the bottom of the door. “Don’t forget to make it big enough for Fitzy but not enough for Rex.” John gave her a look that said, “Go away, I got this.” John had not spoken to her since the big fight. It had been another talk about the pets that escalated and got out of hand and left them, if you will, fighting like cats and dogs.
It was John’s dog Rex and Janet’s cat Fitzy. Fitzy would spend his days roaming the property and often would not come in at night when called. “He comes in most nights,” Janet claimed. The fact is that Fitzty often refuses to come in when called and scratches at the door at some point in the middle of the night hoping to be let in. This scratching alerts John’s dog who then barks, thus waking up both John and Janet.
John lined up the electric saw and easily made the three cuts necessary to create the “cat door.” John rehung the door and sat beside his wife. “I’m sorry honey. I shouldn’t have raised my voice like that.” “I’m sorry too,” Janet said. The two held hands and walked down the hallway.
That night Fitzy was left outside intentionally to test the new cat door. Around 3 am the first noises started. The cat and dog had invented a game where they stick their paws through the hole and swat at each other with playful growls. The next night, Rex was kept in an interior room away from the front door. That worked until an opossum came through the cat door and peed all over the kitchen floor.
© Steve Stucko