This morning Brother Oliver was sitting on the cat tree in the front window when he spotted someone we haven’t seen in quite a while. He shouted down to Me, “Leader Otis! The Mighty Stanley is outside! He’s still around!” I was excited, and quite relieved to hear this. I had been wondering about Stanley since we hadn’t seen him for many weeks. I always hope such absences mean Stan’s guardians have decided to take him out of Limbo and keep him safely in The Promised Land, but I also know such sudden changes of heart are rare. Brother Oliver’s excited meows caught the attention of one of the Guardians. She opened the front door to find Stanley looking at her.
The Guardian popped back inside and retrieved the small ziplock baggie that was sent to us by Katnip Lounge a few weeks ago. I was immediately excited, remembering My own experience with that wondrous, crazy, dried valerian stuff. I was also a little concerned about the idea of a cat as mighty as Stanley getting all hopped up on the stuff. I asked Brother Oliver to give Me a play by play description of what was going on from his good vantage point on the cat tree. He said, “The Guardian just put some of the valerian root down, and Stanley ate some of it. He’s just sitting there though. I don’t know if he ate enough to affect him.”
A moment passed, and then Brother Oliver said, “Hmmmmm… yeah, maybe he’s just so big that he needs a lot of that stuff to get any kind of effect. I mean, he certainly outweighs any of us by about eight pounds or so. He probably needs like two bags of that st…” Brother Oliver cut off his own sentence with a new one saying, “NOPE! There he goes…”
Brother Oliver described the scene outside to Me and we both started laughing. I said, “Well, as long as he is immobilized out there on the front step, we can be sure that Stanley isn’t wandering into traffic, being chased by wild animals, or getting into any other kind of trouble.” Brother Oliver agreed adding, “Yep. I bet the Guardian was thinking that when she gave him that crazy plant.”
Stanley stayed out there for quite some time. At least, that’s what I heard. I don’t know for sure because after the Guardian came back inside, she gave some of the valerian root to Me. The rest of the morning is kind of a blur.
So Sayeth Otis