Well, Lou is still with us. I have not taken him to the vet yet, but someone identified him as "belonging" to another family in the neighborhood (and his gender), and then advised me to keep him as they were not pleased how that other family treated their pets.
Of course, I am not "keeping" the cat - indeed, one thing I am learning is that you do not own a cat, but it deigns to remain with you. Lou likes our house, he likes our family, and I secretly believe that my husband likes Lou, as he went and bought not just one, but two bags of cat food. Lou remains an outdoor cat, which means he can decide to leave when he wants. So far, he hasn't wanted.
Someone asked whether getting a new pup will disturb the role I have as "Auntie Steph" to Dante, my Time Share Schnauzer. Oh, heavens no! In fact, Dante and I went out this past Saturday to the bark park - but it was so cold, we only lasted about an hour and Dante was quite agreeable to take a little side trip to Petsmart, where he got a hoof. When he saw me come into his yard at the rectory, he was literally going 4-foot vertical leaps, he was that excited about seeing me and heading out.
I have sent my deposit on my corgi puppy. I have decided to name her Boudica (click for the pronunciation and alternative spelling) and call her Boo for short. Boudica was a Celtic queen who led a revolt of her Iceni tribe against the Romans in 60 AD. It did not turn out too well for her, but her name means "Triumph" and corgyn are dogs with a feisty spirit.
Before she has all of her shots and can go safely to the dog park, I will arrange "play dates" with Dante to get her socialized with another dog (and so he knows that Boo will be a fixture on our outings). I do not expect any trouble as Dante is sweet-natured and not aggressive to other dogs.