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Running Around: Here's to Mr. D, 'Mr. Monkey,' and a good shave

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Since my husband and I got our new kitten, he has made us laugh, as he rolls on the floor with his favorite “Mr. Monkey” stuffed animal, and has made us yell, when he rolls all of the toilet paper off of the tube.

But, through no fault of his own, Dakota (who I call Mr. D.) is doing something else that will take a bit more damage control than re-rolling the bathroom tissue.

He's making my husband sick — literally.

My husband, who has had allergies all of his life, began coughing about three or four months ago — not unusual for him around this time of year — but the cough has not gone away.

When he got tested for allergies six years ago, the doctors told him he was just a little allergic to cats — at that time I had two. When he recently decided to get tested again, the doctors said his cat allergy was much worse.

Getting rid of our “child,” though, is not an option. So, we have found other solutions — an inhaler for my husband; a shave for the cat; meticulous carpet cleaning; and restrictions for Mr. D.

The nice thing for my husband is that he no longer has to sweep the carpets or dust, which used to make him sick. That will be my job, and he completely will take over the laundry.

The cat no longer is allowed in the bedroom, which he doesn't like one bit, and tries to sneak in whenever possible. When it is colder, the bathroom door does not close tightly. Mr. D. has found a way to push that door open with his nose and paws and then makes his way into the bedroom through another door, if we don't remember to shut it. When he unexpectedly jumps on the bed and kisses my nose to wake me up, it's hard to be mad at him.

When we took him to the groomer, we were afraid how Mr. D. would react, so we packed away Mr. Monkey in his cage for comfort. We wanted to stay with him, but the groomer said there were two cats ahead of us, so we reluctantly left.

The groomer said there was no need to worry. Mr. D. took it all in stride, and my husband's cough is much better.

Mr. D. looks bald and skinny and his beautiful large fox tail has been trimmed down. But, he doesn't seem to mind his new military cut and, it seems, neither does Mr. Monkey.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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