When we left off yesterday, Thomas had bolted to the top of the Tabby Tower, and Brother Henry was about to join him to give him training on how to properly sit guard duty. The training got off to a bumpy start. As Brother Henry climbed the tower and prepared to jump up onto the forward observation post, Thomas bopped him in the head.
Brother Henry said, “Thomas! What did you do that for!?” Thomas replied, “Ummm…. I thought I was supposed to defend my observation platform from the mongrel horde…” Brother Henry said, “We’re not on that lesson any more Junior Agent T, and I am NOT a member of the mongrel horde.” Thomas apologized profusely and Brother Henry took his place on the forward observation post.
After sitting for a few minutes, Thomas turned to Brother Henry and said, “Sooooo… we just…. watch?” Brother Henry replied, “Yes, Junior Agent T, we just watch. As long as we are on watch, the Long-feared Dog Uprising is very unlikely to start. You see, the dogs are watching us, and if they know we are watching for them they will think twice about attacking!” Thomas looked at Brother Henry for a moment and then said, “Hmmmm… but what if like, a dog, was up here on this post where I am, and he was all ‘I’m gonna reach over and grab this big cat’ and, you know, maybe the dog is really long or something and…'” Brother Henry interrupted saying, “What the heck are you talking about?”
Thomas continued, “… no, I’m just sayin’ like if there was a long, skinny dog up here, and you didn’t realize it right away, and he reaches over and puts his paw right here….” Thomas put his paw on Brother Henry. Brother Henry did not look amused.
Brother Henry said, “Thomas…” Thomas answered, “Yes, Senior Agent H?” Brother Henry continued, “… please take your paw off of me.” Thomas said, “Yes sir.”, and removed his paw. He left it hanging out there in the air though, as if he was not sure what to do with it.
Without even looking at him, Brother Henry said, “Thomas. I need to ask you a question. Can you promise to answer me honestly?” Thomas said that he promised. Brother Henry said, “This dog that you’re pretending has made it up to the top of the tower… is he… a wiener dog?” Thomas paused for a moment, as if he was considering how to respond.
A full minute passed before Thomas replied, “Ummmm… well, no. It’s not a wiener dog… It’s…ummm… it’s a Corgi…” Brother Henry said, “Thomas, I think we’re done here.”, to which Thomas replied, “Yes sir.”, and then Brother Henry jumped down from the tower and headed off to patrol anywhere but the living room. After Brother Henry left, I heard Thomas talking to himself. I thought I heard him say something like, “Secret Agent T works best alone…”, but that didn’t make any sense to Me. I must have heard it wrong.
So Sayeth Otis