Let me introduce you to my research assistant, Oscar Wilde.
“No, no, not me!”
I can’t say he’s the most highly skilled assistant I’ve ever known.
He’s not great with computers, he refuses to take phone messages, and he’s often less than accommodating to visitors.
He is a bit bratty, extremely selfish, and at times, quite compulsive. He can even become violent, if provoked. He is often quite needy, and on occasion, he might even start to cry if he feels he is being ignored.
He is also very harry, and to be honest, he’s a little on the chubby side.
But he can also be infectiously rambunctious, ridiculously silly, and fiercely loyal. His patience astounds me, as he can sit with me for hours in silence if he knows I need company while I’m finishing a paper.
He’ll even remind me when it’s time to take a break, inviting me to join him in the kitchen for a salmon snack or, sometimes, a quick cuddle on the couch.
Oh yes, he’s also a cat.
I’ve had Oscar for 2.5 years now, and while he can’t edit a paper, answer my emails, or tell me my ideas for educational reform inspire him almost as much as my generosity with Fancy Feast dinners, in my eyes, he’s the best research assistant I could hope for.
…Or at least the most entertaining.
“My favorite snack is the blood of my enemies.”
Check out Oscar’s YouTube debut.