What The Guardians Didn’t Have To Worry About

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

It’s Thomas.

The Guardians had a lot to worry about as they battled cancer this summer. They had to worry about doctor appointments and test results, surgeries, time off work, and a million other things, but can you guess what they did not have to worry about?

Thomas 1 on steps

Can you guess the one thing the Guardians did not have to worry about?

The Guardians did not have to worry about Brother Henry, Brother Oliver, and Me! They did not have to worry about us because they keep us safely confined. So when the smaller Guardian was on the couch recuperating from her surgery, She knew where Brothers Henry and Oliver were. They were not outside in the world without walls, dodging cars and crazy wiener dogs and risking their lives. They were right there with her, doing their best to help her heal!

The Brothers napping with the Guardian

The Guardian knew where the Brothers were because they were right there helping her heal.

And I was right there too! Well, I was kind of right there. I was near there… ummmm… making sure no wiener dogs were planning an attack from below.

Thomas 2

I was there too… or… just below there.

So you see, of all the stressors the Guardians had to deal with, fear that their kitties were in harms way was not one of them. Even if you do not have cancer you should do yourself and your kitties a favor and keep them safely confined. It will save everyone a whole lot of stress.

Thomas out.

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Brother Henry Shouted The Good News

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here,

This might be old news to many of you by now, but the Guardians have kind of been hogging the computer so this was my first chance to fill you in on what’s been happening. Brother Henry, Sir Thomas and I have been eavesdropping on the Guardians’ conversations as much as possible as we have been very concerned about the smaller Guardian’s progress fighting cancer. We have been doing everything we can to help her. For instance, we have been gluing ourselves to her whenever she sits on the couch or lies in bed, and we we have been waking her up early every morning to make sure she is still OK. So far, she has been.

Anyway, last week she had a doctor appointment that was pretty important. It was the one at which she found out whether or not she would need chemotherapy treatments. Even though I am The Brains of The Cult, that stuff is kind of over my head. I just know that if she had to have it, it would have made her feel very bad and possibly cause a lot of shedding. That thought made Thomas very worried that the Guardian might develop a hairball of epic proportions since her head fur is so long.

Not long after the Guardian came back from her appointment, she got on the computer and updated the page on which she is keeping all of her human friends in the loop on her health. Brother Henry was sitting on the table next to her as she wrote, and I asked him to look at the screen and see what he could discover. He looked over, took a deep, relieved breath, and then shouted, “NO KEE-MOOOOOOOOOOH!”

Henry shouting good news

Brother Henry looked at the screen and then shouted, “NO KEE-MOOOOOH!”

Thomas heard Brother Henry’s shout all the way from our Outdoor Domain, and he yelled, “YAY! HAIRBALL CRISIS AVERTED!” and then began to yowl his head off because he couldn’t contain his happiness. I began to yowl excitedly as well, and I ran around the living room until I reached the snack bowl and decided to have a celebratory feast.

So that’s the news, Disciples of Otis. I know the Guardians have been saying there is still more that the smaller Guardian will have to have done before she is fully recovered, but I have sensed so much less stress coming off of them since they got this latest news. My own stress level dropped quite a bit too, that is, until I heard the Guardians say something about Brother Henry’s and My annual Bad Place visit being past due. Haven’t the Guardians had enough of doctor’s appointments yet?

So sayeth Brother Oliver

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Thank You… For Two Reasons!

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

It’s Thomas.

I was hanging out in the Outdoor Domain today when I heard Brother Henry say “Wow!” very loudly from the living room. I thought that maybe he had discovered a secret stash of chicken treats or something, so I rushed in to the living room to investigate.

I found Brother Henry sitting on a table looking at some papers the Guardians had been working on earlier. He looked at me and said, “Sir Thomas! Have you seen this!?”. When I told him I had not seen what he was looking at he said, “Ever since the smaller Guardian got sick, people have been sending cards, gifts, food, and other things to help her get better. This is a list of all of those things and the people who gave them. It says ‘Thank Yous’ at the top. I recognize a lot of the names on the list as Disciples of Otis!”

Thankful Henry 1

Brother Henry had discovered the Guardians’ “Thank You” list. A lot of the names on the list were Disciples of Otis!

I noticed that the laptop computer was sitting next to Brother Henry on the table. It was turned on and something was displayed on the screen. I asked Brother Henry If he had looked at the computer and he said he had not. He then looked at the screen, gasped, and passed out.

Thankful Henry 2

Brother Henry looked at the computer screen and promptly passed out.

I was puzzled by Brother Henry’s behavior so I took a look at the computer screen. I nearly passed out myself. On the screen was a list of donations and supportive messages from people who were concerned about the Guardians. I recognized many of the names as Disciples of Otis!

Thank you all for your caring and support during this challenging time. I have been watching the Guardians, mostly from under the couch because people I do not know keep coming over, and I know they have been very touched by all of your supportive words and gifts. Thank you also for making Brother Henry pass out, because after he did I found a secret stash of chicken treats behind one of the couch cushions! Because of all of your kindness and generosity, I got to enjoy the treats without having to share them with Brother Henry. That was the greatest gift of all!

Thomas Out

P.S. if you would like to follow the Guardians progress in their battle against cancer, you can do so at the Welcome to Cancer website and on the Facebook page.

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The Smaller Guardian Is Home

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

I am a dumb head.

Wait! Brother Henry! Erase that right now! No? Awwwwww… forget it.

As I was saying. Brother Oliver here. Brother Henry is dictating for me although he is not doing a very… he is doing a great job.

That’s it. Thomas, please take over for Brother Henry. Thank you.

You’re welcome.

No! Thomas, just write what I say, OK?

OK.

Thomas… forget it. Give me the keyboard and watch the Guardian.

Disciples of Otis.

Brother Oliver here.

We are all very excited, and apparently feeling a bit mischievous (I’m looking at you Brother H and Sir T),  because the smaller guardian came home from the hospital yesterday. I have been sitting watch by her side ever since she returned, with occasional help from Brother Henry when I need to eat or use “the box”. Thomas has been sitting watch directly below her underneath the couch. He says he is making sure no wiener dogs attack her ankles while she is in her weakened condition.

Oliver sitting watch 1

I have been sitting watch next to the smaller Guardian since she returned from the hospital.

The Guardians seem to be fairly happy about the news they received after the surgery. They seem to know that additional treatment is likely, but I noticed their relief when they talked about there being no lymph nodes involved. I’ve been too busy sitting watch look up what that means. I haven’t JUST been sitting watch though. I’ve also been keeping up a constant stream of purrs to help heal the Guardian. Every once in awhile I become so focused on watching out for danger that I forget to purr. When that happens the Guardian gives me a gentle reminder to keep the purrs coming.

Oliver sitting watch 2

Every once in awhile, the Guardian reaches down and reminds me to keep purring.

So I’m going to keep doing my job here and make sure the Guardian gets better. If you want to track her progress from the perspective of the Guardians you can check the blog and updates on www.welcometocancer.com or on the Welcome to Cancer Facebook page.

Now, back to work…

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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The Guardians Need Us Right Now

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

Ummm… there’s no easy way to say this… one of the Guardians is sick. Sir Thomas, Brother Oliver and I have known something was wrong for a few weeks now as the Guardians have seemed very stressed. In recent days Brother Oliver has been sticking close to them and he discovered that the smaller Guardian has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and that she is having surgery for it on Wednesday, July 15. We are all very worried.

Henry worried

The smaller Guardian is having breast cancer surgery on July 15. We are all worried.

Brother Oliver also discovered that the Guardians have created a new website about the smaller Guardian’s illness called Welcome to Cancer. It will include updates on her progress as she goes through her treatment. I was getting impatient with the Guardians recently because they were hogging the computer when Thomas, Brother O, and I wanted to write new blog posts. Now that I see what they were doing I feel a little guilty for that impatience.

We aren’t sure how much we will be updating the Blog of Otis in the coming weeks. We will probably be needed to snuggle and comfort the Guardian as she recovers from her surgery and whatever treatment will follow. We will return as soon as we are able though and, for those of you on Facebook, Thomas will do his best to continue the Flashback Friday posts.

Even in our absence we hope that you will continue to do all that you can to help make this a world in which every cat is happy, healthy, and safely confined.

So says Brother Henry

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Brother Oliver Recreated A Piece of History

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

Last week Sir Thomas read “The Legend of Kiddy The Cat“. He was still in Limbo at the time Brother Oliver posted the story, so he had somehow overlooked it until now. Anyway, he was so excited by what he read that he decided to do his own research to see if he could find any details that might have been missing from the story. He didn’t find much due to the fact that humans have largely ignored Kiddy’s story, instead embracing their own historical mythology about the events that occurred in Dodge City, Kansas, and Tombstone, Arizona. Thomas did hear a rumor though, from a cat on the felines only “Cat Chat” social media site, that piqued his interest.

The rumor that Thomas heard was that, during his time in Dodge City, Wyatt Earp had created a publicity campaign aimed at increasing the popularity of cats among men. At the time, a majority of the men in Dodge City felt that owning a cat would somehow make them appear less manly. To combat this belief, Wyatt Earp commissioned a series of portraits of local men posing with cats. He made cards and posters out of these images and added the tagline “Real Men Love Cats”. He then hung the posters in local saloons and stores, and passed out the cards wherever he went.

Unfortunately, none of the cards or posters exists today. Thomas was very disappointed about this as he really wanted to see what those images were like.When he mentioned his disappointment to Brother Oliver, Brother O got all excited and said, “I think I can help you Thomas!” He then came to me and asked if I would be willing to participate in recreating one of Wyatt Earp’s old publicity cards! I agreed immediately, and with the help of a mysterious drifter who just happened to show up at our door, Brother Oliver worked his magic and created what we believe the cards must have looked like… although we know the originals did not say “Cult of Otis” at the bottom. Anyway, here’s Brother O’s vision from the past.

Real Men Love Cats

With a little help from a mysterious drifter, Brother O and I were able to recreate Wyatt Earp’s publicity cards.

Although Thomas was thrilled to see the card, he scolded us for letting a drifter into the house because, in his words, “He might have been hiding a few wiener dogs under his coat!” To placate Sir T, Brother Oliver said, “OK Thomas, we won’t bring any more drifters into the house.”, to which Thomas replied, “Good, because the word on Cat Chat is that wiener drifters are currently the number one threat to safely confined cats…” Thomas then left the room. After he departed, Brother Oliver turned to me and said, “That’s it. We’re blocking his access to Cat Chat.” I wholeheartedly agreed.

So Says Brother Henry

P.S. Be sure to read The Legend of Kiddy The Cat to get the whole story!

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Brother Oliver Was Seeking Inspiration From The Leader

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here,

Brother Oliver and I have been making slow progress on our upcoming history of The Cult, but the task has been more difficult than we expected, especially for Brother O. This morning I found him up in Kitty Valhalla lost deep in his thoughts. He was resting his head on a very interesting choice of pillows.

Oliver lost in thought

Brother Oliver was lost in thought. He was resting on an interesting pillow.

I asked Brother Oliver if that was the pillow that had been sent to The Leader after his hip surgery by Disciple Andrea and her kitties and he said that it was. I asked what he was doing with it and he said, “Leader Otis loved this pillow. He played with this pillow and snuggled it all the time, so I thought maybe I could channel his spirit by meditating on it. I thought if I felt the presence of The Leader I would be inspired to better write his story.” When I asked him if he felt The Leader’s presence he said, “Not exactly, but the scent of The Leader is still detectable on the pillow. That scent is bringing back all kinds of great memories that I can use in the story!”

I left Brother Oliver to explore his budding memories, and whether he realized it or not, those memories proved that he had been successful. Leader Otis was present as Brother Oliver lay there with his head on the pillow, and as long as he held onto those memories he always would be.

So Says Brother Henry

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