I only like dogs who meet the following criteria: A) Have non-smelly breath, B) Don’t shed and C) Don’t bark too much. And I spent a fair share of time visiting the eye doctor with chronic pink eye. I had to stop going over to my boyfriend’s house, which was fine because I was leaving for college and wanted to break up with him anyway.

To see the poor conditions in the Leper Village and to see the clothing the children are wearing makes you want to give the shirt off your back to them.

It was overwhelming to be standing in a circle with three other group members and to be surrounded by over 40 children who are just curious and want to shake your hand.

This is a unique place that the hospital offers to past and present patients and others in need where they can make beautiful tapestrys, tablecloths, shirts, blankets and wall hangings 'from scratch.' The whole process, from start to finish, happens at the craft center: they make the string/yarn that they use; put it onto smaller stools, weave the blankets, and embroider them with beautiful designs.

After our tour, we had a beautiful lunch-- my first experience with real Ethiopian food!

The reasons why I am thoroughly incompatible with male cat owners … My parents got me a stuffed animal, it was a dog, and Mandy was jealous. The only thing that overrides my canine preferences is if I feel like I have a spiritual connection to a dog. I was trying to be really open minded but it was a disaster.

Her name was Mandy, and she was a fluffy, white Bischon Frise. I made up a song for her whenever I would give her treats. Mandy and I only got into one fight in our years together. My dad decided to have her put down when I was a freshman in college. The truth is: I’m not ready to get attached to another animal — dog or cat. I prefer small to medium dogs with a high fluff to face ratio, but not those toy dogs or ones that look like mini ponies. I can smell the litter box even if you have it hidden away. After my third visit, the doctor asked if I had been sharing a pillow with a cat. The takeaway here is that forever in my psyche, pink eye-like symptoms, cat allergies and a boyfriend I need to dump are all rolled together into one neat pellet of associative discomfort. As if to reinforce my discomfort, a few years ago, I went on a series of dates with guys that all had cats.

We had immediate emotional and physical attraction the feelings were very surreal.

Over t he next couple of days we spent little time apart as we just clicked and felt so comfortable together.

his is, in most part, a response to Brian Donovan, the man who made confessions about being a male cat owner over at Thought Catalog. She usually slept with me and when she spotted the stuffed animal, she went into a jealous fit, refusing to make eye contact with me, refusing to lick my hand. I literally had to throw the stuffed animal in the garbage can before Mandy would acknowledge me again. This happens to me a lot, where I feel like the dog and I “get” each other. I am averse to having pet hair of any kind on my clothing. Chances are, if I can’t leave your apartment without looking like I rolled around in a pile of pet hair, I’m not going to want to frequent your place. The worst being the guy who told me that the only reason he would want a relationship is to have someone to watch TV with at the end of a long day. Sometimes (rarely, but SOMETIMES) I think cats are cute. My co-worker Julie has a very fat cat named Colonel Mustard and I kind of like him.

Let me start by saying, Brian, you sound like an incredibly kind and thoughtful guy. I am one of the girls you speak of, the kind who cocks her head sideways and looks at you as if you’ve just revealed that you were a fat kid (so was I! You’re right, I do see male cat ownership as a “preexisting condition.” One not conducive to me dating you. I don’t find you creepy or feminine (or, I’m sure I wouldn’t if we met in person). Then he followed that up with, “But that’s what my cat is for.” There were other terribly unsettling things he did, but I am focusing on cat ownership for now. Another one of the cat guys displayed affection to his cat way too soon in the relationship.

Aaron Lindsey and myself made the 12 hour drive from Fort Worth to make the ride.