They Think This Is A Game

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

This morning, as I was standing watch in The Outdoor Domain, Brother Oliver came outside and joined me. After sitting silently for a moment he said, “Sir Thomas… despite my dislike of your strategic plan, last week’s Wiener Dog Readiness Drills really got me thinking. Do you really believe a wiener dog attack is imminent, or is this all just some silly game you are playing?”

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Brother Oliver asked if I was just playing a game.

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A Week of WDRD

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

Sorry for the lack of updates this past week, but Thomas has been making us run Wiener Dog Readiness Drills. Basically, he waits until he thinks Brother Henry and I have let our guard down, and then he suddenly yells, “Wiener dog!”, and we all have to run to Super Outpost Tabby Tower as fast as we can go. From there we assume a defensive formation and wait for the imminent attack.

Wiener Dog Readiness 1

Thomas has had us running Wiener Dog Readiness Drills all week.

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Cookie’s Gifts To The Guardians

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

This morning, at Thomas’s request, I sat sentinel duty in the front window. He said he had seen a pale gray wiener dog with furless ears and a naked tail move through the yard during the night and he had been watching from the window for seven straight hours because he couldn’t be sure it wasn’t still out there. Now, he really needed a litter box break, but he was afraid the weird looking wiener would launch an attack the moment he left the window. Instead of trying to make Thomas realize that what he had seen was just an opossum, I decided to take the path of least resistance and stare out the window for a while. After all, just because there had been no wiener out there didn’t mean that some other nefarious agents of the Long-feared Dog Uprising might not be plotting nearby. Plus, I was planning on looking out the window anyway.

As I sat there looking for a wiener dog that I knew wasn’t there, a face suddenly popped up into view on the other side of the glass. It was no wiener though. It was Cookie. I quickly averted my eyes because, for some reason, Cookie always gets really angry when we look directly at her.

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When Cookie appeared I quickly averted my eyes so as not to anger her.

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Good Signs

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

The Guardians were out and about in the neighborhood today and once again they brought home photos of signs that were posted on telephone poles. But this time the signs were not as depressing because they showed that our neighbors are looking out for kitties! The first sign showed a handsome Orange Tabby that two kind people had found. They were trying to help him find his people.

Found Cat, Orange Tabby

Two kind people found this handsome boy. They are trying to find his family.

The second sign was a warning meant to help keep both dogs and cats safe from a common danger. See, we kitties and small dogs… what Thomas?… Oh… yes, I know wiener dogs are small dogs… anyway, we kitties and wiener dogs… I mean… any small dogs… are seen as prey by coyotes, eagles, bobcats, and a number of other wild predators. Someone saw a coyote in their neighborhood and posted a sign to let dog and cat guardians know about it.

Coyote warning sign

A neighbor posted this sign in an attempt to encourage others to keep their pets safe.

In reality, the sign should have said, “Car, mean person, toxin, wild predator, dog, cat, and countless other dangers warning in this area! Keep small dogs and cats safely confined at all times and keep dogs and cats on leash if you take them outside.” It’s a little wordier, but much more comprehensive than the poster above. Still, the fact that people are thinking about kitty (and dog) safety and sharing it with others at all is something to celebrate! So, if you will excuse me, I’m off to find myself some celebratory catnip.

In Otis’s Name,

Brother Oliver

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I Expect Punctuality!

People and Fur People who are Disciples of Otis,

It’s Thomas.

As you know, I am mostly not OK with being touched by humans. There are exceptions to this though. Once each morning and once each evening, right after he has finished brushing his teeth, I allow the bigger Guardian to pet and brush me in Kitty Valhalla. I don’t ask for much. I simply require that he climb the stairs in a certain way, sit down in the same exact spot every time, and wait for me to approach him. If he does as is required, he will be rewarded with anywhere from three to eight minutes of brushing/petting time. If he deviates at all from the required routine I assume he is probably planning to kill me or something so I get the heck out of there.

Anyway, the Guardian has been very good about complying with my requirements, but the one thing he is bad at is punctuality. And I am very lenient. I usually give him a full five seconds from the time I hear the electric toothbrush turn off to report for duty. This morning though, nearly eleven seconds elapsed after the toothbrush noise ceased before the Guardian appeared at the bottom of the stairs. I made it crystal clear that I was not pleased..

Thomas displeased

I was not pleased with the Guardian’s tardiness, and I made it clear.

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I Can Control Minds!

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

It all started this morning when I was sitting at the top of Super Outpost Tabby Tower. I was just minding my own business, but all of a sudden I wanted chicken. I mean, I always want chicken, but this time I really wanted some chicken!

Thomas wanting chicken

I know it sounds weird, but I suddenly really wanted chicken.

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Being The Miracle For Tequila and Malibu

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

The Miracle has happened again! Twice! Disciple Amanda wrote to us with this happy news:

“For years I ran an animal rescue and fostered kitties. Since I moved last year, I went months unable to help the shadow kitties of the world. Once we moved into our new place, two very special girls made themselves known to me and have been adopted into our family.

First there’s Tequila. She is a gorgeous long haired calico. I was leaving my home one day to do some grocery shopping when I noticed three kids throwing rocks at and kicking something laying in the gutter. With a sick feeling I stopped the car and jumped out. This kids saw my crazy eyes and ran. I found a skinny, muddy little Kitty laying there. It took no time to get her to come to me. She purred all the way home. She is estimated around eight months old and has one silly personality.”

Tequila

In the gutter no longer, Tequila was snatched from the jaws of cruelty and taken to the warmth and safety of The Promised Land.

“Second is Malibu. She is an incredibly sweet tuxedo girl. I found her at the gas station, hugely pregnant and starving. I brought her home and she clung to my daughter. We are now awaiting her kittens anxiously!”

Malibu

Living outside a gas station is no life for a cat. Malibu is in the shadows no more.

A few days after receiving this email, Amanda sent us an update on Malibu. She had given birth to three kittens! Sadly, one kitten was stillborn, but the other two are healthy and will now be able to spend their entire lives in The Promised Land!

Malibu and kittens

Malibu’s kittens will not live in The Shadows.

Amanda, we cannot thank you enough for your caring, your compassion, and your willingness to act on behalf of kitties in need. You are a shining example of what Leader Otis meant when he said, “Be The Miracle“.

In Otis’s Name,

Brother Henry

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