Saturday, November 04, 2006

Things moving back to normal

Although it's been a pretty sad couple of weeks without our good friend Macchio, the love kitty, around, I think that things are slowly shifting back to a state of normal. My people haven't been quite so sad and they've been playing a lot with us and the other kitties--even the naughty Fritz.

Yesterday one of the people came home from work early--the other is working at home these days and is mostly sitting in the big red chair in the living room with a computer on a lap desk. For hours at a time. Sometimes I worry that she might be dead, but then I see those weird toes the humans have tap-tap-tapping away at this rectangle with little boxes on it, so I know she's still alive.

Normally, coming home early from work means a big, cool walk for us in one of the parks you have to drive to. I got pretty excited at the prospect. But no. The people whisked themselves away and were gone for a long time. A very long time. Longer than is really quite conscionable on a Friday evening. It was at least 2 hours.

And look who they came home with.

They haven't named him yet (his name at the shelter was "Billy") and they're keeping him secluded in one of the studies. They let the rest of us smell stuff he's been sitting on and see him through the baby gate. Fritz has been pretty relentless trying to get in the room--there is, after all, full fat food in there and a litter box. So the people put up TWO baby gates and tied the door shut (there's no latch on it, so Fritz was just pushing it open). I don't know how long they'll keep him in there, but he looks like he might be fun, so I hope not too long.

Since a new kitty came home, I decided to call off the "dogs be good" routine. While the people were on the first round of walks this morning, I opened the closet door and took out all the coats. I left four of them in the hallway floor and brought the other four into the people's bedroom. There, I carefully extracted all cheese and treat residue from all the pockets. I had one of the coats in my crate, one on the bed and the other two on the floor. The people laughed when they came home, but cleaned it all up before they could get a picture. They think that will keep Hamish from getting any ideas.

So, anyway, we're off to herding lessons in a couple of hours. My people talked to the instructor yesterday and they decided to leave Rafe at her house for another week of herding camp. Par--tay.

Lesson for the day
There's nothing like a new kitty to raise the spirits in the house

p.s. My goofy little brother Hamish said to tell his fans that he's working on a video of him herding and will post it soon. I've graciously agreed to put in on my TV channel, but only if he agrees to cease and desist with any comments about my herding (and as a bonus, I promise not to tell how he freaked out like a little baby and practically hyperventilated when the people burned the pancakes this morning)


Maximillian the Valliant said...

Congratulations on your new kitty. Make sure you train her right so she'll mind you. That way you'll be able to practice herding in the warmth of your own home.

Hamish, can't you do something with your humans? Burnt pancakes don't taste as good.


JustMeCopper said...

Cool videos!! I am going to try some of those tricks.

Tin Tin Blogdog said...

Hmmmmm, Pippin,

just make sure the new kitty knows who's queen.

I dunno how you can stand it, actually.

And as for burnt pancakes...who cares? I'd give a day's walk to have any pancakes at all.

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

The Army of Four said...

What a lovely kitty! I'd love to have a kitty friend. Mom says there are 3 reasons why I can't have one. 1-Amber, 2-Zim and 3-Dave. No fair! I love kitties!
Tail wags,

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Hey Pippin,

Glad you got a new kitty - not a replacement - but a new friend to love and play with.


Cubby said...

Congrats on the new kitty friend. Hopefully he will be fun and not smack you on the nose.