Our house consists of two distinct parts. These can be variously described as:
Old house and new house
Log house and framed house
Day-time house and night-time house
Wood stove house and furnace house
And now, to this we add ...
Dog house and cat house
The cat and dog do not get along. It's mostly the cat's fault. She has made it clear that she does not like the dog. She lies in ambush behind doorways. She initiates spats. She's like the conniving older sibling, baiting the younger sister with subtle jibes until the little one explodes, then acts all innocent.
Gradually they are working out the details of a ceasefire. It appears the cat is claiming the new house, the part that contains beds, comforters and silence. The dog is claiming the old house, the part with the wood stove, the kids and the unguarded half loaf of banana bread.