pretty girl (my avatar) is a shop cat. she is a former feral that was in the colony that i have behind my work.
when i decided to try and socialize her i did it at work for two reasons; first, at the time my morriss was at home and was about 19 years old with failing health, so trying to do it there was not an option. secondly, i figured that since i spend 65 or more hours a week at work socializing her would be easier there since i would be with her much more than if she were at home.
now, morriss passed last december so i could have brought pretty girl home but she stays at work. this way she is with me much more than if she were at home and since she is very bonded with me i felt that was crucial. also, since my colony is there it allows me to multitask when we are closed, i can be with pretty girl and then just walk out the back door to check on all of the ferals. on the one day that we are closed or on holidays i come to work to feed the colony and then stay with pretty girl for as many hours as possible.
pretty girl has become a quasi celebrity with our customers. she will not let any of them get too close but she likes to see what is going on.
"In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me."