This is what I do when my Mom gets down on the floor with me and gives me pets and scritches. She wanted to catch me fully on my back making happy paws in the air, but I never stay that way long. You can see my curled paw here, though. I just love it when she gives me scritches, but sometimes she tries to take her hand away too soon and I grab her hand and give her a small bitey. Sometimes she says, "Ouch!", but mostly she just goes back to giving me scritches. I have learned some of her routine. Just before she goes to bed she checks my food dishes, gives me a few scritches, cleans out my litterbox then says, "Herman, it's bedtime!" Last night I beat her to the bed and made her get in around me. Hee-hee! I slept curled up behind her knees last night. Also on her feet. I just love that soft blanket that she keeps over her feet.
I haven't been paying much attention to my platform, so this morning when she heard the birdies outside, she lifted me up on the platform and gave me a treat. Then I watched the birdies for a while before I hopped down again. Then we played on the floor until it was time for lunch. We both got yummy chick-hen. After lunch, Mom got out that fevvers on a string thing again. I batted it a bit and it did that scary jumpy thing again. I ran and hid behind a box and watched it for a while, but didn't come out to play any more. Early this afternoon she lifted me up to my platform again and gave me head scritches. Then I saw the biggest black bird I have ever seen.
Karen Jo: It was a raven, Herman. I wanted you to see it.
I watched it until it flew away. Then I kept watching out the window for a while. This platform gets the nicest sunspot. I just lay down and enjoyed it. My Mom went away for a while then she came back and reached for that thing she puts on when she is going to leave me. I jumped down and twined around her ankles and asked her nicely not to go away, but she did anyway.
Karen Jo: I have to go to work, Herman. I would rather stay home with you, but I have to get the green papers to buy us food and toys for you.
I guess I can live with it. Tonight I ran to the door to meet Mom when she came home. She had to be very careful opening the door to keep me inside. I just wanted to greet her. She got me my dinner and gave me some scritches, then she went and sat by my platform and made some funny scratching noises on it. I went to the platform and jumped up in the little box nearest her and made some biscuits and she gave me a Temptation. I liked that and wanted another one. She made some more scratchy noises and I scratched a tiny bit on the post and she gave me another Temptation. I am not sure what is going on, but I like it.