From the furry side

What I Did on My Summer Vacation
8/6/2008 7:18:05 PM by: Elsi

by Dolphin Dodge

Vacation? I don’t think so! I work much harder in our little house in the summer than I do at home! It’s certainly not a vacation for me!

My first job every morning is to get Mama out of bed. She’s a lazy thing and would loll around if I didn’t supervise closely. I roust her out of bed and make sure she opens the windows and fills the food dish.

            Then I patrol the perimeter, as I do every hour or so all night. But in the morning, when the windows are open, I can apply my specialized smelling and hearing abilities to better assess the situation. I could do this more effectively if I were outside, of course, but Mama can’t understand this. I hope she doesn’t regret it some day …

            Finally Mama makes the walls close in. I push back on them, because we’d have a much more pleasant day if she’d leave them alone. But again, she ignores my sage advice. Sigh.

            While she drives, I make sure the inside is secure: under the seats, behind the sofa, around the edges of the dashboard … I leave no place unchecked. Then I rest, on the dashboard or navigator seat or chair. Of course, I have other, secret, resting places, also, but we won’t talk about those.

            Evenings I watch for terrorists and plan my night patrols. And when there’s a thunderstorm, I stick close to the bed, in case Mama needs comfort and protection.

            Ah, yes, it’s certainly no vacation, but my sense of responsibility won’t let me rest when there are needs to be met!


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