WAFFLES: Hey Boss, can I come and sit by you on the sofa?
KATIE: What, are you finally tired of sitting on top of that giant ladder?
WAFFLES: Why, do you want to come up here, Boss?
KATIE: I don't do ladders, Waffles. Especially ladders with orange cats perched on top.
A strange phenomenon has been taking place in our new mountain home. At first we thought it was the altitude. Or perhaps something in the water. It's a mystery no one has been able to explain.
If you've been with us for awhile, you might remember when we took a vacation to the shores of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota a couple of years ago. Though Katie has always been shy and sometimes even a little reclusive at home, in the new digs of our lakeshore rental she was strutting her stuff from the moment we arrived. It's almost like she was more comfortable there than at home. She had a confidence about her and was quick to explore every inch of the new space.
Fast forward to our new Colorado home - The same thing has happened again. Katie is more comfortable than ever. So much so that she's even allowing Waffles to get closer and closer to her. They follow each other around the house, sometimes even running with each other. When Glogirly sits down to watch TV, they both join her, sitting closer than ever. They're both even sleeping with Glogirly within inches of each other.
And if that's not crazy enough for you - Katie, who has always been scared of strangers and visitors, has suddenly started approaching new visitors in the house. She's let the painter talk to her and approach her, she's gotten close to the plumber, the electrician... virtually everyone who has come to the house.
It's almost as if the new space has given her a fresh start, a spring in her step and a trusting confidence in people.
What do you think? Is it possible for behaviors to be somehow linked to a physical space? We'd love to hear your theories!