My dad and his cat, Gorbechov, have a special bond. He calls for it and Gorby will come up the stairs and sit on his lap. Then they play at kneading each other into heaven for an hour or so. My mother usually says, "Look at that! Do you see that? It's his girlfriend." Then my dad smiles wryly to himself. I look over at Sogee. She looks over at my dad and Gorbechov. Then Gorby looks over at my mom and says, "Brrreooow?"