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The Guardians Must Realize The Wiener Threat

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

It’s Thomas.

This morning I decided to head to our Outdoor Domain to see if I could detect any suspicious wiener dog activity going on in or around our backyard. When I arrived at the Outdoor Domain I could not believe what I saw. The Guardians had added a whole new level to the observation deck! Brother Henry was sitting on this new level surveying his surroundings.

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The Guardians had added a new level to our observation deck! Brother Henry was sitting on it!

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Charlie Gets Bolder In Cookie’s Absence

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

During the week or two that Cookie has been absent, I have noticed a change in Charlie from across the street. With the exception of one peaceful moment witnessed by Brother Oliver, Charlie used to always be on edge when he came into our yard. Since Cookie left though, it’s like he’s a whole new cat.

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Charlie has changed in Cookie’s absence.

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Pat The Cat Is Missing

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

The Guardians have found yet another lost cat poster during their travels through the neighborhood. This time the missing kitty is named Pat the Cat, and he has not been seen by his people since August 5.

Lost Cat Poster- Pat the Cat

Pat the Cat is missing. We purr he is someplace safe.

These posters are always sad, but I hope that they are also motivation for cat guardians to become true Guardians. A true Guardian always keeps his or her kitty safely confined. This does not mean that kitty needs to be locked up in the house never to see the light of day. It just means that the kitty should always be provided with safe boundaries, be they the walls of an outdoor enclosure, a harness and leash, or a yard with kitty-proof fencing.

There are many ways to keep kitty safe while still allowing him or her to get sunlight an fresh air. It just requires a little human creativity to create the safe boundaries. And if you use your creativity now to keep your kitty safe, then you won’t need to use your creativity later to create the posters announcing that your kitty has been lost. That seems like a no-brainer to me!

So Says Brother Henry

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A Rare And Beautiful Sight

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

The other day the smaller Guardian took a walk, and when she came back she was showing a photo that she had taken to the bigger Guardian. They were both happy and smiling, so I really wanted to see what was in the photo. I climbed up on the cat tree behind them so I could see over their shoulders, and when I saw the photo I wasn’t quite sure what the big deal was. At first it just looked like a photo of a house, but when I looked closer I saw what they were smiling about. I started smiling too. Stanley was sitting in the front window of the house, and for once he was safe and sound on the correct side of the glass.

Stanley at Home

At first it just looked like a house, but then I saw Stanley in the window.

I know that Stanley will probably be outside again… maybe he was soon after this photo was taken. Still, it was nice to see that, at least for a moment, he was safely confined, enjoying a view of the world from a spot where cars, wild animals, mean people, and a million other dangers could not reach him. It was a rare and beautiful sight.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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Snowy Sunday

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. This morning I woke up feeling all excited about spending the day in our Outdoor Domain. I rushed to the back door to find that it was closed, so I did what I always do. I meowed at the top of my lungs until one of the Guardians came and opened the door for me. As the door swung open, I was appalled by what I saw!

Oliver looking at snow

I was appalled by what I saw outside the door!

Snow! There was snow outside! How was I supposed to enjoy myself in that? The Guardian who had opened the door said, “What, Oliver? I thought you wanted to go outside…” I have to admit, I felt a little embarrassed, so I made an effort to show the Guardian that I wasn’t meowing my head off for no reason. I bravely ventured forth into that arctic wasteland… well… I took one step into that arctic wasteland anyway. Then I turned around and went back inside.

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See, I really did want to go outside. I took one whole step out the door.

So now my whole day has been disrupted. If I can’t nap all day in the Outdoor Domain, I guess I will have to find another place to nap all day. This is simply unacceptable.

Oliver upset about snow

This snow is hugely inconvenient. I will have to find another place to nap all day.

Stupid frozen water.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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In The New Year, Some Things Remain The Same

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. I would have loved to start off 2014 with an announcement that all cat Guardians in the world have come to the light and are now keeping their kitties safely confined. I would have also loved to say that all telephone poles in our neighborhood are now completely bereft of missing cat posters as a result. But that would not be true.

As the Guardians took a post New Year’s walk in the neighborhood, they discovered that some things remain the same. They first encountered a poster featuring a lost soul named Pippi. This handsome, 13-year-old tuxedo kitty is currently missing.

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Pippi is missing. I purr that he is found safe and sound.

As they continued their walk, the Guardians also found a poster heralding the disappearance of Fritz. Fritz has been lost since Christmas Eve.

 

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Fritz is missing. I purr that he is someplace safe.

So the cycle of kitties not being given the safe boundaries they need, and those kitties disappearing, continues. But wait. Maybe I am wrong. Both of these kitties actually went missing at the end of 2013, right? Perhaps they are the last two lost cat posters of 2013 instead of the first two of 2014! Maybe people really have changed and once these posters weather away no more will go up! I like that idea. I am going to choose to believe that until I see evidence to the contrary.

I hope you will all help me hold on to this belief by doing your part to keep your kitties safely confined and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same. Let’s make 2014 the year that lost cat posters are the only things that are disappearing.

In Otis’s Name

Brother Oliver

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Mama Cat’s Conversation

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. Yesterday, I walked into the living room to find Mama Cat sitting on the cat tree in the front window. She was looking out toward the yard, and I don’t think she knew I was there. She was talking softly, and as I moved closer, I could hear what she was saying. Mama Cat said, “You’re OK now. It’s over. It’s really over. They see you. They hear you. They love you. They will protect you. You are no longer alone. You’re safe. Just let the fear go…” I wondered to whom she was speaking.

Mama Cat talking

Mama Cat was looking out into the yard and talking, but to whom I couldn’t see.

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