Howard Magazine editor: More than a meow

July 27, 2011

After 11 years, I like to think I can read my cat, Lucky.

By the tone of her whine or her body language, I can pretty much determine when she wants me to make room for her to share the couch, when she wants me to refresh the decorative crystal floating candle bowl she has decided is her water bowl, and when she wants to chase after a ribbon.

I especially love the subtle but indignant little noise she makes when I haven’t obeyed her wishes, and the purr that can turn around my mood even on the most trying days.

But these are the things any observant pet owner would figure out. And, apparently, Lucky might have a whole lot more to say to me than I’m picking up on.

There are people who specialize in communicating with animals, and in this issue you can read about two of them — Gena Wilson, who periodically visits the Dogs & Co. store in Columbia, and Terri Diener, who teaches a workshop on “PetSpeak” at Howard Community College.

I’m not sure if I’m a true believer, but I think I’d like to be since the concept intrigues me and since pets are bona fide family members in most American households. I think I’d like to know if some product I use irritates Lucky, why she gets hyper around 10:15 every night, and why she grumbles and slinks away whenever guests come over.

In this issue, you’ll find that Howard Magazine once again wants to survey your household. Our annual Best of Howard County ballot is on page 61 of the print version of the magazine. Please take the time to recognize your favorite businesses, people and organizations. You’ll see there are new categories this year for best blog, dance lessons, spirits, antiques and urgent care center.

And because we love putting this magazine together for our readers, we’re working on two extra issues this fall — meaning you’ll get to read a new issue of Howard Magazine every month between now and December.

Happy reading!

Jennifer Broadwater

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