Walter vs. The Life Coach: The deconstruction of Steve

No word from Mr. Maury. I really hope he’ll have Willow on his show so we can get down to the bottom of who is the father [or are the fathers?] of Marmalade’s kittens!

In the meantime, Baby Girl’s been spending a lot of time at our window brushing up on her Life Coaching skills. Between Steve obsessing about getting Willow back, Violet’s food obsessions, and Ethel’s quashed singing aspirations, she has her paws full.

Baby Girl brought Ethel a copy of a book called “The Secret” and told Ethel that, if she does everything the book says, her singing career will come to her. Ethel’s had her nose in the book all weekend. At least it’s keeping her quiet!! I wonder if I read that book if I can “will” the General to stay off of my favorite sleeping spots? Maybe I’ll ask to borrow the book when Ethel’s done with it.


Ethel ponders the awe-inspiring potential of The Secret.

My brother Walter says he has some misgivings about Baby Girl’s “expert” advice. For the past several months Walter’s been in therapy. He suffers (and I mean SUFFERS) from debilitating anxiety. But therapy has taught him a lot (even if he hasn’t learned how to not be afraid of his food bowl, raindrops, doors opening, doors closing, loud foot steps…). walter-cowering Walter said having Steve make a Vision Board was a terrible idea, especially when he wasn’t given any parameters, whatever those are.


Walter establishes parameters for Steve’s Vision Board.

And telling Ethel that she can read a book and will a singing career into existence [especially with THAT voice] is borderline malpractice, at least according to Walter. But then can a Life Coach be charged with malpractice? Good question. I wonder if Baby Girl carries liability insurance? I should talk to her about that.


This is for real.

Anyway, according to Walter, Steve needs to shift the focus from Willow onto himself. For starters, he suggested Steve write down a list of all of the things he’s been telling himself since Willow left. Walter said the idea is to replace Steve’s irrational thoughts with rational ones.


Walter helps Steve counter his irrational thinking.

The thing I don’t get about Walter’s perspective is: Why can’t he do this for himself? Not only is Walter still scared of his food bowl, but lately he won’t come inside when our moms call him after letting out the furry beasts. He lays down in the yard and acts a fool, terrified of the door while at the same time terrified of the wet grass beneath his feet. Did I mention that his anxiety is debilitating? walter-cowering2 Really, I’m just about over it with ALL of them. Ethel, Steve, Violet… the whole bunch. I write down my observations to record all the things that happen around here, and things just seem to get crazier every day. It’s times like this that I start to understand Violet’s compulsion to drown herself in dog food.

24 thoughts on “Walter vs. The Life Coach: The deconstruction of Steve

  1. Oh, poor beleagured you, Carol. But poor Walter, too. Perhaps if you can be a little more patient with him, he might turn out to be an ally? I know he is a dog, but despite his anxieties, he may prove to be less nutty than Ethel or Steve.

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  2. Carol – I have to tell you… I yelped when I saw Walter’s picture. I wasn’t sure if he was anxious of working on moves for something in PlayDog magazine (maybe he’s got more confidence than you think… 😉 ). Then I cackled – cackled, not laughed – out loud when I saw Steve’s “revised” vision board. Jacques now thinks I’m completely insane. Luckily there’s no one else around to hear me… or judge me.


    • Walter was chagrined when he saw what picture of him I used, but I told him it could be a confidence booster. Look at Steve and his abs. And, by the way, Steve has yet to acknowledge Walter’s revisions for his Vision Board. In fact, he’s taken to spelling out Willow’s name with his dry food.

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      • Thank you for your kind words! They mean a lot. I’ll pass your well wishes onto Steve. He’s been a little down since Basil Worthington left and could use a pick-me-up.

        Oh, and the picture of Ethel reading that you liked was included in this week’s Tummy Rub Tuesday on Katzenworld. If you haven’t checked out this site, you should. Anyone can submit a photo for their #TRT feature that runs every Tuesday!

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