The New Outdoor Domain Part I- We Venture Forth

My Disciples,

It’s done!  The Guardians have finished My new Outdoor Domain!  They spent all day yesterday attaching wire to the wooden frame and making sure everything was secure.  Every time they took a break and came inside, I ran to the bedroom, jumped up on the bed and pretended that I was bringing up a hairball on their pillows.  I think this was a very effective motivator for them because they continued to work well past dark to finish!

A cat enclosure.

My new Outdoor Domain is complete! I shall reward the Guardians by leaving their pillows hairball-free!

Even though The Brothers and I know that the Guardians will always keep us safe, Brother Henry insisted that we take every precaution as we made our first foray outside the back door and into My Outdoor Domain.  He  said that as My Muscle, he would be remiss in his duties if he just took it for granted that the Guardians had created a secure and safe area for Me without checking it out for himself.  “After all,” he argued, “the Guardians are humans and, unlike cats, humans make mistakes.”  I couldn’t argue with that logic, so I ordered The Brothers to go to Defcat 2, which is the second highest state of alert for kitties.  Brother Henry took over from there.

Brother Henry suddenly became very serious and shouted, “Alright Agent O!  We are at Defcat 2.  We are moving into unfamiliar, possibly hostile territory and we must protect The Leader at all costs.”  Oh, I should tell you that “Agent O” is Brother Oliver.  Brother Henry decided to let him help with security duties after I trained him in the Art of Sneaky and paw to paw combat.  Brother Henry continued saying, “Everyone follow my orders and we’ll get through this thing in one piece!  Now, approach the doorway and hold there until I give the signal to proceed!”  We moved as a single unit to the doorway and held as instructed.  Well…we held as instructed and also sniffed everything within reach of our noses which is what we assumed Brother Henry meant.

Brothers Henry and Oliver and Leader Otis stand in the doorway to their enclosure.

We held in the doorway as instructed, and sniffed as not specifically instructed but none-the-less assumed.

As Brother Oliver and I sniffed around the doorway, Brother Henry peered cautiously out into the new Outdoor Domain.  Suddenly he shouted, “Agent O!  Protect The Leader!”  He then bolted out of the door and ferociously attacked what appeared to be our scratching post from the living room.

Brother Henry attacking a scratching post.

With a shout to Agent O to "Protect The Leader!" Brother Henry bolted out of the door and attacked!

After giving the scratching post a thorough mauling, Brother Henry turned to Brother Oliver and I and said, “Agent O!  the threat has been neutralized!  Is The Leader unharmed?”  Brother Oliver replied,  “Errrr…yeah Agent H, I think He is fine.”  “You THINK!?  Or you KNOW!?” snapped Brother Henry.  “Ummm…well…I KNOW He is fine sir because…”  Brother Henry interrupted Brother Oliver mid-sentence saying, “Great work Agent O!  You have passed your first test as backup protector of The Leader!”  A puzzled look passed over Brother Oliver’s face but it was quickly replaced by a swelling sense of pride.

Brother Henry gave Brother Oliver and I the OK to proceed cautiously out of the doorway.  “Check those corners Agent O!  We don’t know what else might be out here!” he shouted.

Brother Henry, Brother Oliver and Leader Otis enter their Outdoor Domain.

Brother Henry gave us the OK to proceed out of the doorway. He ordered Brother Oliver to "check those corners."

As Brother Oliver and I slowly moved out into My Outdoor Domain, Brother Henry exclaimed, “Oh my gosh!  There’s a deck over here!”  He was so surprised by the deck that his guard went down momentarily.  Brother Oliver was still following Brother Henry’s last order to “check those corners”, and for a split second I was left open to possible attack!

Brother Oliver, Leader Otis and Brother Henry explore their new Outdoor Domain.

Brother Henry was momentarily distracted by the deck while Brother Oliver was still checking corners. I was momentarily left vulnerable.

Brother Henry quickly realized his mistake and shouted out, “Agent O!  Assume defensive position Delta now!”  Brother Oliver reacted immediately, leaping in front of Me and using his body to screen Me from any potential danger.  He shouted, “We’re all clear back here sir!  Awaiting further orders!”  I turned to Brother Henry and shouted, “Give Me a status report on that deck soldier!  Am I clear to approach and possibly scratch it!?”

Brother Oliver strikes an imposing stance in front of The Leader.

Brother Oliver assumed defensive posture Delta. I asked Brother Henry for a status report on the deck.

Brother Henry said that the deck appeared to be all clear.  He gave Me permission to proceed to the deck and ordered Brother Oliver to fall in behind to protect My rear as I advanced.  I made it to the deck without incident and proceeded to test its scratchability.

Otis proceeds to the deck where Brother Henry is waiting.  Brother Oliver protects his rear.

As I proceeded to the deck, Brother Oliver protected My rear.

I found the deck to have excellent scratchability.  It also extended past the corner of the house and I found I was able to look around that corner and see all the way to the front yard.  As an added bonus, the Guardians had placed My kitty jungle gym on the deck so I could lounge and/or climb if I so desired.  I was becoming more pleased by the moment, and I anxiously awaited the “all clear” from Brother Henry so I could start to relax and enjoy My new space.  But first, Brother Henry felt that there was some very important business to which we had to attend.

So Sayeth Otis

Tomorrow–> The New Outdoor Domain Part II- Defcat 1

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18 responses to “The New Outdoor Domain Part I- We Venture Forth

  1. Brenda Haltom

    Leader Otis, the Guardians did an excellent job on your outdoor domain! You will have to conspire with the Brothers to send them on a trip to Iowa to help design an outdoor domain for Sisters Lynn and Angelica…they were so impressed!!!

    • Auntie Brenda, I will see what I can do to get the Guardians to plan a trip. It may be a while though…I made them spend most of their money building My Outdoor Domain…

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