Consider this...

"..Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir'd, or coerc'd, only in Interests that must ever prove base. She is too innocent, to be left within the reach of anyone in Power,— who need but touch her, and all her Credit is in the instant vanish'd, as if it had never been. She needs rather to be tended lovingly and honorably by fabulists and counterfeiters, Ballad-Mongers and Cranks of ev'ry Radius, Masters of Disguise to provide her the Costume, Toilette, and Bearing, and Speech nimble enough to keep her beyond the Desires, or even the Curiosity, of Government..." - Thomas Pynchon, "Mason & Dixon"

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.