Teddy, a Seal Mink Ragdoll Cat
You may have read about my Ragdoll, Bagheera, in a previous Ragdoll of the Week story. This story is about Teddy, Bagheera’s littermate. His full name is Teddy Bear. He was named by my youngest son who simply liked the name. Teddy is a seal mink point Ragdoll. He was born on June 29, 2015. We had decided to get a pair of littermates because we wanted the joy of seeing them play together, groom each other and cuddle together… and they do… and we enjoy!
Speaking of their play, we are quite sure that in a past life or perhaps in a future life, Teddy was or will be a police officer, and a quite adept one at that, probably sent in ahead to secure the premises. When they play, and Teddy has lost sight of Bagheera, Teddy then secures himself behind objects. He ever so slowly peeks out, just enough so that his eyes can see and then jumps out, rapidly rotating from left to right, and then quickly running to the next object to repeat this procedure. Once the floor is secure, he steps out into the open confidently, and chirps something like “come out with your hands up”. No worries folks, Teddy is not also brandishing a weapon when he does this. In hindsight, it might have been a good idea to name my two Ragdolls Starsky and Hutch.
When not in his cunning, stealth-officer, ‘Teddy Fierce’ alter ego, Teddy is of a very kind, gentle, sweet demeanor. He is a bit more cautious than his littermate, who does not seem to exercise any caution whatsoever on any level. When Teddy first came to us at 12 weeks old, he was not sure about our dog. I would not say he was scared, but he was cautious… as compared to his littermate who decided the dog was his best friend from the get-go. It took Teddy a number of days to decide that this dog creature is safe and nice and he could rub all over him with complete confidence. Teddy eats with caution also. He looks around to see who is looking or who is nearby. He will even look around the bend to check and then comes back to settle in and eat. Mind you, no one has ever stolen his food and our sweet dog is so polite that she leaves the room when food is put out that she knows is not hers. Teddy would do this checking-his-surroundings thing a couple times during his meal so I decided to feed him on the counter. Perfect! He loves eating up on the counter. He gets right to eating and eats uninterrupted. This eating insecurity must have been some kind of vulnerability instinct or perhaps just the residual instinct of a secure-the-premises type. Meanwhile his cat brother, Bagheera, eats on the floor and chows down no matter what is going on, sometimes even while laying down.
Teddy very much enjoys playing with water. He seems to have intent to drink the water but his face gets in the way. He is left wondering where that lovely,cold, clear stream of water went. I have made attempts to explain to him the mechanics of how to go about drinking the water from a faucet but he does not seem to understand my instruction. Teddy loves to sleep with his humans. I have awoken with him sleeping on me with his sweet face all of two inches in front of my own face. So close, in fact, that I can feel his warm breath coming from his little dark nose. I really cannot think of a better way to wake up! What a marvel it is that this cute little furry guy is sleeping right there and trusts me so much to do so. Many thanks for reading my second Ragdoll story!
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