For those interested, today is the day that I will be bicycling from Buffalo, NY, to Medina, NY.
Number 8: Your Familiar Will Still Pee In Your Shoes
Let’s face it – besides all of my previous posts (I think there were one or two) about familiars, familiars still are, at their base, pets. The closest thing I have to a familiar, my dog, is still a dog. He wants his walk every day, he wants to play when he wants to play, and when I go away, he is very, very sad. As a college student, and an active one at that, it seems like I’m leaving for a week or a weekend every few weeks in the summer and in the winter, and in the fall and spring, I’m constantly back and forth between college and home, sometimes going 2-3 weeks without making it home to see my family.
This dog with his big brown eyes and lanky body will still pee on my property when he gets jealous or upset. As I’m sure that the black cat that you own will throw up in your shoes, or be kind enough to leave a hairball right where you step down off of your bed in the morning. Being a familiar means that they get to take part in your rituals, in your spiritual journeys. And on those planes, and in those situations, those animals may be the best friends you’ll ever have.
Your dog may growl at unseen enemies each night and keep watch over you as you sleep – but if you don’t fill his water bowl correctly, don’t be surprised if it (or he!) comes back a little bit later to bite you in the ass.