Paws: n. the feet of a quadruped that has claws (dogs, cats, lions, bears, etc.)
Pause: n. temporary inaction or stop
Play: v. to engage in recreation or sport
This really isn’t a blog about pets, but last night was all about pets.
First the dog threw up. Loudly. I woke up – cleaned up the rug (god knows what she got into…). Back to bed. Lay there waiting for it to happen again.
It didn’t. Eventually I got back to sleep.
Then the cat decided it was time to play. Although he’s almost ten months old and very active, he just discovered that he could pretend his tail was a foreign object – a mouse, perhaps. And he practiced catching it – on my bed, with me in it trying to stay asleep.
Next he used his prehensile paws to root about on every table and shelf in my bedroom, seeking something he could pick up or push onto the floor. Papers, pencils, books, my glasses, my watch, a bracelet, a stapler – one by one these things clunked, crashed or fluttered to the floor, with the cat after them.
Lightweight objects are always worth several bats around the room; heavier stuff he just stares at before jumping back up to find something more interesting.
Meanwhile sleeping had become nearly impossible. BUT, in that awful nighttime nether world I was also too out of it to get up and throw him out of the room. Besides, I knew he could make an even bigger mess with the stuff on the kitchen counter.
A seed packet?? !
And what would happen if I just pushed it a little farther??
I wish I had as light-hearted and dispassionate view of the world as he does – that I could pause to play.