Welcome, Matt. I am an old a2ker who doesn't post much anymore, but I love to see nice newcomers to our group.
I have to keep a few secrets about cats from my Jack Russell terrier mix in order to keep her innocent belief that, someday, she will catch the cat who visits our next door neighbor. Said cat, Tulip, a lovely little tuxedo cat, will saunter along our six foot tall backyard wall.
Tulip discovered, almost immediately, that Sally will never be able to jump to the top of the wall. Having the same genetic makeup enjoyed by most cats, she is overbearing, supervisory and superior to every other animal in the universe....as long as she has an audience. She soon started to bathe when she was halfway along the wall, luxuriating in long, leisurely baths knowing that Sally, poor, sweet little Sally, would try her best to jump to the top of the wall, always failing but always trying her best, bless her valiant little heart.
At least Sally has a purpose in life. Catching Tulip has become something of a sport--a game that she understands will never go her way, but also understanding that Tulip has become a friend, irritating, but fun.
The backyard wouldn't be the same without Tulip.