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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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Our Wiring Is Bad, But Brother Henry Seems Mostly Good

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

It’s Thomas. We seem to be having some electrical difficulties here in our Indoor Domain. I wanted to update you all on Brother Henry a few days ago, but the computer keeps turning off all by itself! I heard the Guardians say this is because of a faulty circuit breaker or something. I heard one of them make a phone call to someone called the “landlord” earlier today. They seemed to believe that would help fix the problem. In the meantime, I managed to commandeer the portable computer (the Guardians call it a “laptop”, but I don’t even have a lap…) so I could tell you what was going on.

So, although our wiring is bad, Brother Henry is doing pretty good! He has been eating way more than I have seen him eat in weeks, sometimes downing two full bowls in one sitting! He has also been spending more time sitting in the window instead of under the couch.

Henry in window

Brother Henry is sitting in the window much more than before his surgery.

I do notice that he still has some ouch episodes where he stops eating and runs away from his food bowl, or yawns and then hisses and runs away. I’m hoping that is because he is still recovering from his surgery and not because he has an ongoing sore mouth problem. I guess time will tell.

As the Guardians try to take care of both Brother Henry and the electrical problem, Brother Oliver and I will continue to do our best to keep you updated on what’s going on. Hopefully our posts will be more regular again soon!

Thomas Out

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Brother Henry Is Home

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. Brother Henry returned home this afternoon. He was pretty loopy from the drugs they gave him at the specialty Bad Place, but he seemed to be in good spirits.

Henry on bench

Brother Henry even jumped up on the bench under the front window to enjoy a little sunlight!

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Bad Stair Day

My Disciples,

I’m having a bad stair day. It happens. Although it’s been quite a while now since I had My Hipsterectomy surgery, I am still recovering. Some days are better than others. On bad stair days, I get a little tired as I climb the stairs and I have to stop to rest. It’s frustrating, as I thought I would be all better by now, but still, I am in a lot less pain than before the surgery so I’m not complaining… much.

Otis bad stair day

I’m having a bad stair day.

Hopefully these bad stair days will become less and less frequent until they are just a memory. In the meantime, I’ll just take My days one step at a time and try My best to keep My head up. And if I’m ever too tired to make it all the way to the top, I’ll rest easy knowing that the Guardians will be along soon to carry Me the rest of the way.

So Sayeth Otis

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Workin’ It

My Disciples,

All right. I can do this I know I can. Here we go.

Otis self exercise 1

I’m ready to do this. Let’s get this show on the road. And…

Otis self exercise 2

…ONE!

Otis self exercise 3

Huh… that wasn’t so bad! My leg’s been stiff after My Hipsterectomy, so I thought that would be harder. Here we go again. And…

Otis self exercise 4

…TWO!

Otis self exercise 5

Ha! Ha! Ha! So easy. I could do this all day. My leg will be back in shape in no time. Here we go again. And… wait, what?

Otis self exercise 6

What Brother Oliver? WHAT! I’m exercising the wrong leg? Are you sure? Oh yeah. You’re right. It was My right leg that was surgerized. No wonder this was so easy…

Otis self exercise 7

Blast you, reality!

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My New Treat-ments

My Disciples,

As I continue to recover from My Hipsterectomy, the Guardians are giving Me a nightly combination of stretching and treat-ments. After they eat their dinner, I take up a position on the couch in between them and lay on the Mystical Mat of Toastiness for a while.

Otis physical therapy 1

They usually like Me to lay on My right side, but I also like to toast My left side now and then.

After I have been sufficiently toasted, the bigger Guardian begins to manipulate and stretch My leg, while the other Guardian provides Me with a hefty dose of freeze-dried chicken treat-ment.

Otis physical therapy 2

One Guardian stretches My leg while the other Guardian gives Me treat-ments.

The leg stretching sometimes gets uncomfortable, and I feel like I might want to jump down off the couch, but then a fresh treat-ment is crumbled in front of Me and I forget all about the discomfort. I must have My treat-ment! I admit though, that I might get a little carried away when taking My treat-ments. I sometimes end up looking slightly less than dignified.

Otis physical therapy 3

I love My treat-ments. Maybe a little too much sometimes.

Once the Guardian is done stretching My leg, I spend some quality time with Boo-Boo Buddy Bob. As always, Bob takes the edge off of My soreness. I’m still pretty limpy, but I think the stretches, and especially the continued treat-ments are helping to make My leg less stiff and a little stronger. I bet I’d feel better faster with even more treat-ments though!

So Sayeth Otis

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Catching Some Rays

My Disciples,

The sun came out very briefly yesterday, and I took the opportunity to soak up a few rays. The warm sunshine felt very nice on my still sparsely furred hindquarter.

Otis sunning himself

The toasty rays felt great on my poorly insulated booty.

I have noticed though that My fur really is starting to grow back. For one thing, I can see My stripes again! It still kind of looks like I’m wearing a furry boot on My foot, but I’m sure the rest of My leg will catch up eventually.

Otis Fur Growing

I can see My stripes again! I’m not going to be naked forever!

The sun didn’t stick around long before the clouds closed back in, but I sure enjoyed it while it lasted.

I’ve also been enjoying all of the photos that have been rolling in for the big Box Day catstravaganza! Thanks to everyone that has contributed so far, and there is still time for those who are planning to contribute. Send your photos to Me by 3pm Pacific time on Dec. 25th and they will be included in the special Box Day post!

So Sayeth Otis

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The Mystical Blanket of Toastiness

My Disciples,

You may recall that I once performed a successful sneak attack on Brother Oliver to claim the Mystical Mat of Toastiness. Several months later, the Guardians used the Mystical Mat to help soothe My Art Thritis. Well, last night I was laying on the couch with one of the Guardians, resting My head on his leg. Suddenly, the Guardian started to get up. I was quite annoyed as he had not asked permission, but I was pleased when he placed a soft pillow under My head to take the place of his leg. I settled back in and started to fall asleep.

As I laid there dozing, I suddenly felt the most glorious warmth on the back half of My body. I opened My eyes to discover the Guardian had partially covered Me with the Mystical Mat of Toastiness. Apparently it can be used as a blanket of toastiness as well!

Otis under heating pad

The Guardian covered Me with The Mystical Mat/Blanket of Toastiness!

I was laying on My left side, which meant that My right leg was up. That is the leg on which My Hipsterectomy was performed, and the fur is still very short from being shaved. The heat from the Mat/Blanket of Toastiness soaked into My sparsely furred leg, warming Me right to My core. I let out a huge sigh, and began to purr without even realizing it, then I drifted off in toasty, sleepy bliss.

So Sayeth Otis

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Boo Boo Buddy Bob is the Best!

My Disciples,

I’ve been working hard the past few days, taking all of the treat-ments that the Guardians offer to Me. They are continuing to combine My therapeutic regimen with getting their exercise though, walking to the opposite side of the room after every treat-ment. You would think they would realize that My leg is still weak, and that it is a major hassle for Me to walk to them over and over again. Plus, all this movement is making My recently surgerized leg tired and sore! Luckily, the Guardians must realize this because they have introduced Me to a new friend.

My new friend’s name is Bob, and the Guardians say he is a “Boo Boo Buddy”. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but Bob is a smiling, yellow, squarish fellow who lives in the freezer. When placed on My sore leg, Bob’s soothing coldness takes the edge off My pain.

Boo Boo Buddy Bob

My Boo Boo Buddy Bob reduces My pain with soothing coldness.

I hope Bob sticks around throughout My recovery period, especially if the Guardians keep insisting on getting their exercise during My daily treat-ment sessions. Bob doesn’t say much, but he doesn’t have to. Just having him sit on My hip for a few minutes makes Me feel better. He is really, really cool.

So Sayeth Otis

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A Rousing Show of Support From The Brothers

My Disciples,

My rehabilitation has begun in earnest! Last night, one of the Guardians stood at one end of the living room shaking a bag full of treats. I figured that the Guardian was offering Me treats to help Me regain My strength after My surgery. Even though My leg is still stiff and weak, I got up and walked on over there to get a treat.

Otis walking right

The Guardian was offering Me treats, no doubt to help Me regain strength. I walked over to get one.

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