Roly Poly was our self-appointed protector. Maybe because he was the only male kitty, I don’t know. But, that was the role he chose for himself. When we were at work, he would be outside, watching the house. When we came home, he would be waiting to guide us safely inside. If a stray cat came around, he would chase it away. Even when he was housebound and blind, Roly would guard from the balcony or kitchen door; if he smelled the presence of a stray, he’d scare it away with a roar. At least, I am sure that meow was his version of a roar.
He never attacked people, and he knew my mother-in-law’s two dogs, Chocolate and Peluchín. He tolerated them, never bothered with them unless they came near the house. Or… too close to us.
One afternoon, Vidal and I were heading out to work after coming home for lunch. Roly walked us down the stairs. Peluchín happened to be sitting at the family property entrance. That wasn’t anything unusual. Peluchín was a very friendly dog, and loved us. I used to call him “mi novio” (my boyfriend); he would wag his tail in excitement whenever he saw us. That day was no exception. As Vidal and I got close to Peluchín, Peluchín stood up to let us pet him. Roly suddenly ran and pounced upon Peluchín, taking us all completely by surprise!
I have always heard that you never get in the way when a cat is attacking. Fortunately, Roly was very obedient, and it wasn’t hard to get his claws off a petrified Peluchín. But I think Peluchín understood; Roly was simply protecting his territory, protecting his most beloved treasures: Mommy and Daddy.
Roly was simply protecting us, we know that. It wasn’t anything he had against dogs, or even against Peluchín. Case in point- there were a few times that Peluchín ran upstairs and pushed his way into our house, frightened from the loud thunder. Although Roly was not afraid of storms, he left Peluchín alone during those times. He understood the poor big dog was just afraid, and so he let him be. My good little boy!
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored. Proverbs 27:18