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Quinn Cummings @quinncy
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Another strange story from my childhood which just bubbled up to the front of my brain.

My parents had a dog before I was born. Ginger was the result of a purebred German Shepherd who lived in rural Agoura and a coyote who jumped the fence when she was in heat.
There was no questioning her lineage; her coloring and face were German Shepherd, the rest was pure coyote. People, as they are wont to do, Had Opinions about Ginger when my mother was pregnant.

"She'll eat the baby!" they insisted, "You must destroy your dog!"
My mother, as she was wont to do, did exactly what she wanted and kept Ginger. This was the best thing that could have happened to me as the second I was born, Ginger decided I was her job. She lay under my bassinet and, later my cradle, all day.
I so much as squeaked, she would run and whine at the nanny until she came to me.

The week after I was born, the foreman of my father's manufacturing firm came to him. The cat who had lived in the loading area who had given birth a week before had been killed.
There was a kitten, eyes still shut, who needed a home. Did my father have any thoughts?

He knew my mother.

He brought that kitten home.
My mother told me stories of my middle of the night feeding. She would grab me and the kitten and head to the rocking chair, Ginger close at her heels, to monitor my well-being. First, I would have my formula.
Then - and my mother never varied in this detail - she would give the rest of the human infant formula to Pooh, the kitten. I know this is a terrible idea but all I can say is that cat lived 16 years.
So, if you ever wondered why exactly I am so weird, please create an image in your mind of an infant sharing her food with a cat as a coyote stares up adoringly at her.
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