Consider this...

"Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood of his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man'- with his mouth." - Mark Twain

Before the dreadful summer of pet deaths, we had a dog and a cat. Now we have two cats, but it seemed right somehow to get a dog too.

So, after much searching on the Internet, we found a baby collie, but not the same color as Babish, our collie from 1986 to 1999. This one is more Lassie-colored and not quite four months old. We decided to name her Katia. (Yes, opera fans, that could be Janacek's opera, Katia Kabanova. And Benny could be short for Berlioz's Benedict, the buddy of Beatrice, and there is a Babette in Henze's opera, "The Englsh cat", so she is a cat even! But I digress...)

Coming home in the car in Siv's armsComing home in the car in Siv's arms

As Siv says in an e-mail message,

" the BIG news is that we also have a collie girl now, since last Saturday. We were a bit worried at first since she seemed far to small for a 3 1/2 month old collie. And she is, but she's so alert and playful and adorable AND gets along wonderfully with the kitties that we've stopped worrying."

Checking out the new family memberChecking out the new family member

Katia is coming along very nicely. She has got over her initial lethargy and is now alert playful. She runs after us in the back yard and tries to play with the cats, who are gradually accepting her. In fact, we are afraid that Benny is in love with her. Or else he is just one of them there preverts.

Benny in the arms of Katia, or is it the other way around?

Benny in the arms of Katia, or is it the other way around?

For video lovers, here is Siv's latest contribution to Youtube. I am amazed at the way they move the frame up and down to keep our very amateur video centered.