Friday, July 6, 2012
Let Freedom Ring
Karen Jo: I am saving some boxes for a friend who is moving, but I think I better move the boxes to the forbidden room because there is just too much clutter.
Mom went to the pet supply store yesterday and she bought harnesses for both me and Oja. I didn't fight my harness at all. I didn't slink along on my belly, either.
Karen Jo: You took to your harness like you had worn one before. That is quite possible, of course. I didn't take any pictures of you outside because I had my hands full with both you and Spyro out at the same time. You both got to go out together again today.
I got more outside time today than Spyro did. Mom took me out first, thinking she could just take us out one at a time. I refused to budge from the screen door until she went and got Spyro. I couldn't stand his crying.
Karen Jo: I hooked your leash to the mailbox and went inside to get Spyro. Then you wanted to go in different directions and kept my arms stretched out almost all the time.
That was funny. It was also funny watching Spyro slink along on his belly. Then you took Spyro inside because all he wanted to do was loll around in the driveway and took me to the backyard. That was awesome. I chewed on the grass and inspected a gopher hole and walked almost the whole length of the back yard before you picked me up and took me back inside.
Karen Jo: I will take you out first tomorrow. I still think it would be best to take you out one at a time, so you can each do what you want. It would be easier on my arms, too.
Karen Jo: You sure chased Herman off last night.
Oja: You left the door open to come in and give me my good-night petting and Herman came in to inspect my food dish. I charged him and he left quickly.
Karen Jo: You came out of your room three times today, too. I left your door open when I went to get your lunch you went into my bedroom. You came running back for your lunch, though.
Oja: I was hungry. I came out again when you left the door open to get my fresh water and scoop the litter boxes, too. I saw you coming with my water and ran back to my room, but left again when you left. Then there was some excitement. Spyro sneaked in again while I was gone.
Karen Jo: I was surprised when I came in to scoop your litter box to find Spyro in your room and you gone. I was finished with your box before you came back. You chased Spyro right out of your room again. I am beginning to think that you are not afraid of Herman and Spyro, you just don't like them.
Oja: Bingo! You finally figured out that I will play with toys, if they are new and don't have mancat stink on them.
Karen Jo: That's right. I got you a tin of Yeow Stinky Sardines (catnip) yesterday and put one out and I couldn't even find it today, so I put out another one.
Karen Jo: Now I want some advice. I worry about Oja's quality of life. She has been in that room by herself for a month and is just now starting to explore a bit. I got her a harness, too, but wonder if she would even like to go outside. I don't want to do anything that would scare her, but I also want to give her more things to do. What do you think about seeing if Oja will accept a harness and go outside?