every morning, by the time i wake up, there is usually an email waiting for me with an update of the early shenanigans that take place here in the house while i am still sawing logs. we've sort of lost control of our animal kingdom as of late it seems. i'm pretty sure there's lots of pet laughter that ensues once ricky walks out that front door for work. for example, i give you today's weary update:
hi dani - 6am is WAY too early for dealing with this crew. owen is being extremely true to finicky feline form by snubbing her special new kidney food - how is it possible for her to give me such a look of contempt when i give her a nice portion, all smooshed up into nice little bite-sized pieces, and warmed....did i forget the garnish? billy the kid, of course, swooped in on his regular food, took 2 or 3 bites, then sauntered over to owen's side of the counter, and while owen was giving me "the look" he gives her a shove and starts in on her breakfast. that gave owen the chance to run over and start munching away on billy's regular food which she is not supposed to have. all this going on while i was trying to get jasmine's breakfast together....i had just finished creating the last of the perfect meatballs to hide jasmine's arsenal of pills in, when i caught the cat breakfast switcharoo - the quickest solution was to just switch bowls over switching cats. (these two are SO wearing their santa hats again this year.) this did not sit well with jasmine since she had been waiting on her breakfast, who barked repeatedly in protest. ok. done. with jasmine now all set, i remembered that owen needed her pill - she was still giving me the "i am not happy with the breakfast AND i am still hungry" look so i thought this should be easy....i hid the pill in the little salmon pill pocket (who could think up such a genius thing?) and placed it on top of a fresh little bite of her special food - no go. she gave it a sniff, then the snub - arrrrgh! it's a salmon pill pocket owen!! how could you NOT like salmon? hmmmm....she likes billy's food, yeah? yeah man! so i tried to spread some of billy's food like gravy on turkey....
does she like it?
noooooo......have i mentioned i had not had a chance to make coffee yet?
then i remember the irresistible bonito flakes....it's bacon for kitties (who can resist bacon?) so the pill is now wrapped in a salmon pill pocket, smeared with a cat food gravy AND wrapped in bonito flakes....i've made a kittly breakfast benedict - does she go for it???
a little sniff....
a little taste....
SHE LIKES IT!!
at this point i notice jasmine working on something......somehow she's managed to grab a spice jar off the counter and get the lid off and stick in her tongue as far as she could while i was making the owen masterpiece breakfast. how does a dog get the lid off of a seasoning bottle? last i checked you and i are the only ones with opposable thumbs in the house. what is going on here?
after everyone's been fed, watered, peed and medicated i finally have a chance to pour myself some juice and try to start some coffee - of course that is the perfect time for billy the kid to want a "horsey" ride on my shoulders. can i come back to bed now?
and that is your morning update.
and you know what? i'm pretty sure they do this because they know he'll do anything for them. the same way i know it too. did someone say bacon?
grateful today for: each and every one of them