With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect.
Off three of the pets go to see grandpa and grandma. The solitary dog rides in the front on a lap. The two social cats are loaded instead into a crate. Around the three pets on the seats and on the floor, every inch of space is used for gifts. The dog is so happy, he tries to kiss, kiss, kiss his Momma. The cats push their heads against the top of the crate. They’re eager to arrive too.
At grandpa and grandma’s, all three pets are unloaded. The solitary dog goes outside to do his business. The cats endure being subjected to harnesses and leashes. Soon though, they get to explore, and all is well. Especially because under the tree are gifts piled high, and several are for them.
Who should give out the gifts? Who should get the first gift? The pets all gaze at each other in agony. All they want is for the action to start. The solitary dog can’t wait anymore! He boldly strides up to a gift that smells suspiciously like meat. He paws at it. The paper rips. He digs some more with his claws. He uses his teeth too. Finally, the paper is off. It’s a beef snout.
The solitary dog is torn between enjoying his beef snout or opening more gifts. He eyes his meat and then eyes the gifts. The thrill of ripping up paper is too strong. He rips into another, and another, and another. Half of them are for the cats. He doesn’t care. The cats don’t seem to care either. As long as they get to eat the treats, they’re fine with whoever opens them.
Then the excitement ends. There are no more gifts that smell of meat or anything remotely like food. The solitary dog and the two cats lay down, while daddy opens an unexciting box. Inside is a blanket. It’s snuggly and warm. The dog lies on it. The cats lie on it. Who will own it? Mommy opens a different but equally unexciting box. Inside is a mouse-shaped plush cat cave. The dog can have the blanket! Each pet keeps the watch as more gifts are handed out. None seem to be for them.
They settle in for a snooze. And for a time all is well. Except when the gifts are all opened, the one cat decides she absolutely must know what all those smells are upstairs, while the one cat decides she just needs a comfty chair where she can curl up. To make the fur babies happy, Daddy stays downstairs and Mamma heads upstairs. On the second floor, there are four dark rooms to sniff out and carpet galore to rub one’s scent.
The dinner bell rings. Mamma whispers, “Food time!” Down the stairs the two rush. Being loaded on the table is roast, potatoes, and other yummy-smelling foods. The dog, he’s over the top excited again. During supper, he taps claws on the floor. At any movement, he runs into the kitchen. He’s determined to have every chance possible for table scraps. As for the cats, one watches from her comfty chair and the other cat curls up on a comfty dog bed next to the table. They know that food will come their way. Their patience is rewarded!
Games are last on the list of events for the night. The pets all exchange knowing looks. The excitement for them is over for the night. The one cat decides to protest. She meows and hauls at her leash. Mommy takes her outside to do her business, but then it’s back to games. The pets sigh and give up. They snuggle in for naps. Let the adults have their fun. There will be much to tell their sister when they get home. Over all, it’s been a most wonderful day.
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