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Brother Oliver’s Bad Place Bonanza

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

It’s Thomas.

Last week Brother Oliver had to go to The Bad Place two times! It all started when I heard The Guardians discussing Brother O’s stinky breath. I tried to warn him. I told him, “Brother Oliver! You better eat a mint leaf or something if you do not want to go to The Bad Place!” But he refused to listen. So it came as no surprise to me when The Guardians put Brother Oliver in the portable kitty jail and walked out the door with him.

Oliver in kitty jail

I tried to warn him that he should do something about his stinky breath.

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Another Trip To The Bad Place For Brother Henry

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. A few hours ago the Guardians got out the portable kitty jail, put Brother Henry in it, and took him out the door. When he returned he relayed the harrowing tale of his visit to some new, specialty Bad Place. He said he was brave the whole time he was there. He only hid under the Guardian’s scarf to make her  and the other Guardian feel better.

Henry at vet 1

Brother Henry says he only hid under the scarf to make the Guardians feel better.

According to Brother Henry, the place the Guardians took him to specialized in teeth and mouths. Brother Henry has been having pain in his mouth recently. It’s been so bad on some days that eating hurt. He was spotted a few times hissing and running away from his food bowl, and he has lost a little weight (although he’ll always be 17 pounds of tabby fury in my eyes!). The good people at this new, specialty Bad Place said that Brother Henry has something called “Caudal Stomatitis”. At least, that’s what Brother Henry thought they said. He was busy comforting the Guardians some more by hiding under the scarf during the discussion.

Henry at vet 2

Brother Henry continued to comfort the Guardians as they talked to the good people at The Bad Place.

Brother Henry also said that during the discussion he heard that he needed to have some teeth extracted to help correct the problem. He heard them schedule an appointment for that this Wednesday. When Thomas heard all of this information he decided that, what with the year we have had, we must all be living under some sort of kitty health problem curse… possibly one that was put on us by wiener dogs. I assured him that it was probably just nothing more than bad luck, but I have to admit, in the back of my mind, I did wonder about the possibility of a curse.

So Brother H will have a long day on Wednesday. Please keep him in your thoughts and purrs, and send comforting paw pats and head butts his way. Thomas or I will be sure to let you know how he does that day as soon as we are able.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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We Need A Little Time

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. For over 1,000 days, without interruption, we have brought you glimpses into our lives, interwoven with lessons from The Leader and examples of how to live in accordance with His Word. But now an interruption is necessary. We are all hurting, our feline and human hearts heavy with the knowledge of what must happen next. We are doing our best to take care of one another.

Oliver announcement

We are all hurting, but we are taking care of one another.

Our priority right now is spending every possible moment with Leader Otis, and giving him all of the love and support we can. We know that you are hurting as well, so please know that you are all in our thoughts and purrs.

Otis bright eyes

We must now focus all of our love and attention on Leader Otis, but you are in our thoughts as well.

Thank you all for your support during this difficult time. The Leader loves you all.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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Brother Oliver’s Harrowing Tale: Part II

My Disciples,

When we left off yesterday, Brother Oliver contended that he was panting for the Guardian because she was stressed and could not pant. Ummmm…yeah. Anyway, here’s Brother Oliver with the rest of his tall… errrr… harrowing tale.

Oliver vet visit 8

“So, after I calmed the Guardian down a little bit with my panting, the good people from The Bad Place came into the room. One of them held me tight, probably because he needed to absorb some of my calmness, while the other one squeezed my head and stuck himself in the eye with a weird flashlight. I’m not sure what that was about.”

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Brother Oliver’s Harrowing Tale: Part I

My Disciples,

I entered the living room late yesterday morning to find Brother Oliver sitting next to the portable kitty jail. I plopped down next to him and said, “Hey Brother Oliver. I’m glad to see you made it back from The Bad Place in one piece. Do you want to take a nap? I could use a nice soft pillow…” I waited for his reply, but I heard only silence.

Oliver and Otis AVV 1

I asked Brother Oliver if he wanted to take a nap. He was silent for some time.

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He’s Home!

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here! He’s home! Leader Otis is home! Brother Oliver is trying to see if the Guardians brought any paperwork home with them so he can get a better idea of what happened at the specialty Bad Place, but so far all we know is that nothing conclusive was found and that some tests are still out. We did find a picture that the Guardians took at The Bad Place Tuesday evening though so what we do know is:

Otis recovering from anesthesia 071613

This is where Leader Otis was sleeping at around 7 pm on Tuesday…

Otis return from vet, 071713-19

… and this is where Leader Otis was sleeping at around 6 pm on Wednesday.

For right now, that is good enough for us. We will report more as soon as we are able.

So Says Brother Henry

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The Leader is Tired of The Bad Place

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. The Leader made yet another visit to The Bad Place yesterday. This time it was the special Bad Place that performed his Hipsterectomy. Apparently, the Guardians decided to have His hip checked out just to make sure that it doesn’t have anything to do with His recent walking and general shakiness problems. Leader Otis was not amused when they put Him in the portable kitty jail before the trip. He wouldn’t even look at them.

Otis sulking in carrier

Leader Otis was not happy to be making yet another visit to The Bad Place. He wouldn’t even look at the Guardians.

I decided to try to cheer The Leader up by poking Him repeatedly through the bars. After the fourth or fifth poke with my paw, I think He was starting to feel better. It was hard to tell though because He wouldn’t look at me either.

Otis sulking in carrier with Oliver poking

I used my advanced skills in cheerful poking to try to cheer up The Leader. I think it worked.

The Guardians left with The Leader and returned about two hours later. Leader Otis was exhausted and climbed up onto the couch to recover. I asked Him if He had heard any of the discussion at The Bad Place and He simply said, “Leg’s OK. No other news. Tired of The Bad Place. Going to sleep now.” He closed his eyes, but then opened one and fixed it on me. He said, “Don’t even think about poking Me again.”

Otis on couch glaring

The Leader was tired after His visit to The Bad Place. He said He was going to sleep… and told me not to poke Him.

At that point, I left Him to His nap. So, I guess it’s good news that The Leader’s surgerized leg is doing OK, but we still don’t know why he is shaky and weak. Hopefully Monday’s visit to yet another special Bad Place will help to nail down a cause. Thomas, Brother Henry and I will keep you posted.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

 

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I Am a Healer

My Disciples,

You are probably aware that I  have many different responsibilities as The Leader of The Cult of Otis, but did you know I also act as personal healer for the Guardians of Otis?  It’s true!  Whenever they are ill, I must share My body warmth with them to help cook the sickness out of their system.  Truthfully, Brothers Oliver and Henry also often play a role in the healing rituals, but I think they would both agree that neither of them is able to achieve as high a level of body warmth output as Me.  They tell Me it probably has something to do with My longer fur or superior svelteness, but I also think it has to do with My advanced heating postures.

Otis the healer 1

When the Guardians of Otis become ill, I must help them cook away the sickness. I am very good at it.

Warming the sickness out of a person is very hard work, but the Guardians do so much for Me that I gladly make the effort to help them heal.  I’ll even go the extra mile and stretch My legs out over them to create the maximum surface for heat exchange.

Otis the healer 2

Even though it is physically taxing, I will do whatever it takes to help get the Guardians well.

Yes, it can be exhausting being such an effective healer, but when a Guardian gets sick I step up to the plate and stick it out for as long as it takes to get them well.  In the end, having a happy, healthy Guardian is its own reward.

So Sayeth Otis

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Working On My Side Plunk

My Disciples,

After My recent discovery that I have art thritis, I decided that I should start concentrating more on My kitty yoga.  I spent most of yesterday working on a modification of a human yoga position called the side plank.  The kitty version I have invented is called the side plunk.

Otis Side Plunk

I call this kitty yoga position the side plunk. It is very effective at increasing My yoga-ness.

So far I am very happy with the increased yoga-ness I have achieved with the side plunk.  It makes Me feel so relaxed that I bet I will recover from My art thritis in no time!  Plus, I bet this will really help Me maintain My svelteness, so I’ll not only feel good, I’ll look good too!  I think that’s what yogaing is all about!

So Sayeth Otis

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Brother Henry Visits The Bad Place Again

My Disciples,

The other day I saw the Guardians getting out the portable kitty jail that they use to transport The Brothers and I to The Bad Place.  I immediately darted downstairs to take up residence in My safey-safe by the furnace.  Fortunately, the Guardians weren’t after Me.  They wanted Brother Henry.  Brother Henry had no idea what was happening until he found himself being placed inside the jail.  By then, it was too late.  Brother Henry is mighty, but no one can withstand the will of the Guardians.  I heard Brother Henry meowing in protest as he was carried out the door.  When he returned later on he told Me that he had continued to meow all the way to The Bad Place, but the Guardians refused to turn around and bring him home.

Brother Henry in a cat carrier in a car.

Brother Henry said he meowed all the way to The Bad Place, but the Guardians wouldn't turn around and bring him home.

I asked Brother Henry if he could recall in detail all that had happened to him at The Bad Place.  After his last visit there, I began to suspect that there may be more to The Bad Place than first meets the eye.  Brother Henry started off by telling Me that he was taken to the usual room with the bright lights and the high, smooth table.  The Guardians took him out of the kitty jail and began to pet and speak soothingly to him.  He said he was still afraid, but this made him feel a little better.

Brother Henry sitting on an examination table.

The Guardians took Brother Henry out of the kitty jail at The Bad Place. They began to pet and soothe him.

I asked him what happened next, and he hesitated for a moment.  He then said, “Ummmmm…I remember that after awhile the door opened and people I didn’t know came in.  I looked up at them and tried to figure out if they were coming in to attack me or do something else.  I was frightened, but I knew the Guardians wouldn’t let them hurt me.  Still, the Guardians had brought me to The Bad Place, so they might not have been in their right minds at the time…”

Brother Henry looking up, concerned.

Strangers entered the room and Brother Henry tried to figure out if they were a threat. He was frightened, but the Guardians were there with him...although he questioned their sanity.

I prodded him to go on, but he said he didn’t want to talk about it anymore.  When I asked him why he asked Me, “Have you ever had anyone at The Bad Place do something to you that is called ‘taking your temp-sure’?”  My eyes widened as a deeply suppressed memory from My last visit to The Bad Place tried to force its way into my consciousness.  I don’t know why, but at that moment I no longer wished to discuss what Brother Henry had experienced in The Bad Place.  We both decided to go hit the food bowl for a snack, but as we headed off in that direction, both of us were walking slightly more stiff-legged than we usually do.

So Sayeth Otis

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