“Man’s best friend” is a reference that primarily describes the unique relationship enjoyed by dogs and their owners. Would you be surprised to learn that cats are actually the world’s most popular pets? Cats outnumber dogs by as many as three to one. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 25 percent of all U.S. households have these fluffy felines as a live-in friend.
Of course, cats are often mischievous; mine enjoy lying across my keyboard when I’m trying to work, or smacking things off my table for no particular reason. But funny enough, after living with a pair of cats for the better part of 10 years, that’s entirely part of their charm! I’ve learned that cats are equally affectionate and self-reliant. Cats need virtually no training, graciously groom themselves, potty without needing to be let outside, and can essentially be left alone for days at a time without requiring any help from anyone. Overall, they are fiercely independent, curious, and loyal – making them a fantastic option for a family friendly companion.
I didn’t grow up in a family that owned pets. It just wasn’t our thing. But when I got married, I instantly became a “cat dad” to my wife’s two cats, Charlie and Lady. I would be lying if I said I was overly thrilled. But through the years, I have grown to understand and appreciate the impact that they have had on our lives. It’s a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship that has had a positive influence on the health and well-being of our family and our cats. I sometimes “joking” say that if my wife had to choose between us, she would pick keeping Charlie over me any day, and we both know it’s true!
These cats have been by her side, day in and day out, for over 19 years. She could have a raised a child and shipped them off to college in that amount of time! They aren’t just pets, they are family! Sadly, Charlie’s time with our family has come to an end, and I can’t put into words the sadness that I have seen in my wife since losing her best friend. His loyalty to her was unmatched and the love he relentlessly gave her will live in her heart forever.
This issue isn’t related to pets, but it does directly correlate to the roles of loyalty and longevity. In this edition, we are honored to have the opportunity to feature some of Saline County’s longest tenured businesses. These companies have served our community for countless years, and that service has not gone unnoticed. Just like a family pet, these businesses have become a large part of our every day lives, providing Saline County with much more than just an open door for countless years. Your town. Your life. Your magazine.