Warm Velvet

“Go ahead, you can touch it,” I say to everyone who comes over to our house.  “It feels like warm velvet.” Most people wrinkle their noses. “Really?” I nod. Then they reach out their hand. The other held in tight to their chest, ready to make a quick escape. “It’s really hot!” they say and start petting.  Soon, they are met with a head butting into their hand, demanding more. The rat-like tail whipping back and forth. The warmth always surprises.  An animal’s normal body temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees, but it’s not something normally felt through  fur. […]

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