PIONEER PERSPECTIVES: In addition to their entertainment value, pets are great companions – Bemidji Pioneer

In the event of a power outage in your home or apartment, you might be so lucky to have a pet to entertain you in place of Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube, not to mention a source of comfort.

That being said, pets can be quite particular and it can be fun to note their quirks, whatever they may be.

In my experience, cats have a knack for innovating everyday objects and places into their own nap spots. My parents’ cat, Colby, is no exception as he ends up in some interesting places.

Colby came to my parents in May 2021. At that time, I was fresh out of Bemidji State University and in limbo before starting my first job out of college.

I had some time to spend with Colby before returning to Bemidji in July and noted the many creative ways he was twisting, hiding and just relaxing in his new home.

His first day turned out to be a bit overwhelming as he was hesitant to leave the corner of my parent’s porch for a few days.

Our efforts to coax him with food proved unsuccessful, though he quickly made his way to the bathroom and ducked behind the toilet. Colby wasn’t too concerned about people’s privacy at this point.

Slowly but surely, he got comfortable with the idea of ​​staying away from random corners of the house and allowing his new family members to pay him pets and attention. It took a little longer to become friends with our outdoor cats, resulting in aggressive hissing and menacing meowing that would be characteristic of a horror movie featuring cats.

But over time, he’s made himself at home and perhaps got too comfortable with his napping spots.

I spent a week babysitting when my parents took a birthday trip to South Dakota in May, during which I found Colby curled up in the bathroom sink. I wouldn’t consider Colby a kitten by any means, but he managed to make it work.

During the same week, he lay down on my parent’s couch with one of his front paws looking like he was hugging the couch.

He also found shelter in a laundry basket before.

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Colby finds refuge in a laundry basket as one of his resting places.


Fast forward to the winter of 2023, and he now has his own bed where he apparently spends most of his time. Donning his favorite jingling necklace since we got it, he’s since added a bow-tie collar to his wardrobe and rocked a “Naughty or Nice” scarf this holiday season.

Such an outfit complements Colby’s personality and resourcefulness – not to mention his photogenic nature – all of which make him his very own person in a human world.

If you’re lucky enough to have a pet that keeps you guessing with every step it takes and every ring on its collar, don’t take it for granted.

I find pets to be a source of innocence and happiness whenever your personal or professional life lacks those two things.

BSU and Northwest Technical College recognize the importance of relaxing with pets, especially during their biannual De-Stress with Pets events where students and faculty can mingle with furry friends before the week of the final.

Having covered a few of these events since my debut at the Pioneer in August 2021, these have given me the opportunity to spend time with cordial canines and friendly felines – and even Cleo the donkey last December – when I’m not able to visit my parents or Colby.

The pet companionship and entertainment value are second to none, and they can keep you a little saner than you otherwise would be.

This is the case of Colby the cat.

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Daltyn Lofstrom is a multimedia journalist for the Pioneer.

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