Before I get to the best stuff, I want to tell you that I am the Perfect Little Man (PLM). That's what the new lady and Man call me all the time. I am the PLM because I don't yodel in my crate anymore, and I know where to pee, and I do a down-stay before dinner for a very long time, and I love all of the cats except Kika. Kika hisses at me all the time, even when I put my bottom in the air and open my little troll mouth at her. I will make her love me soon I think. Don't worry, I have a plan. This is me thinking about my plan while I wait for breakfast.
The lady also gave me a bath and it was acceptable because I got treaties afterwards. And the lady said I smelled de-li-cious. I think I smelled mostly like sour cream and chives, but this makes the lady happy so I endure it.
I hate the vacuum cleaner and I chase it around because I think it wants to slurp me up and make me twirl around in the tube with all of the other grungies on the floor. But I am not a grungie. I am the PLM, so I yodel at it to tell it No! I'm not going in there, you bad vacuum!
So, here's the best part of part deux of my new life. Tigger the cat peed in my bed. Tigger is 17 years old and the lady says he has "de-men-tia," so he does things that other cats think is strange. When I found out he peed in my bed, I skipped right over there and did the happy dance all over it. And then I rolled my little body up and down and made sure it was all in the crevices and behind my ears. This way, I can sneak up and be a part of the secret cat meetings without being noticed. And I can get extra breakfast when the lady feeds them, and I can make Kika realize I am cat and she should should stop hissing at me and maybe even let me carry her around like a princess. They won't even know they have a PLM in their midst! Genius!
Part deux of my new life started at 6am. When I stayed at the old lady and the Man's house, I had to sleep until 7am but that was always too late for me because I am "party in a box" and they always start early.
This is why I like New lady and Man's house, and I because I also got to go on a walk with the new lady while the Man was at the gym. I was a very good boy and said hello to the squirrelies and birds. When we got home, the lady tied my leash to her belt, and I helped with laundry and cleaning dishes, and I met Patches the kitty. Patches is very nice. Then when the Man came home, he took me for a walk too! My life in the New house is "off the hook" I think!
I had a little trouble holding the Man's attention though at the tennis court because there were two dogs playing off leash. He REALLY wanted to play with them. I kept telling him to Sit! and Look! But he wouldn't listen. So we had to wait for 5 whole minutes because I wouldn't give in to the Man. Then, finally, he paid attention to me and we could keep walking. The lady and Man think this will be the biggest challenge for us now that I'm in their lives, but I'm not going to give up on them. Promise.
After that I got breakfast and then we went to Shoreline! It's bigger than the Barn and at first I was excited and then I was nervous because it's a very loooong place and there are lots of things happening there. Once I started walking I felt better. See?
Then lady and Man bought me a new wire crate because I hate the one with plastic sides. Now I have two.
Hi, I am the lady who loves Robin and now loves Bouncer too. Robin told me he was furiously writing his thoughts down after he got to his new home. Here they are...
Ya know how I told you that life in Ca-li-fo-nia is full of surprises and that if you just wait they find you? Well it happened...again to me! I went to class with Ms. Donna and Mr. Tim and I saw my sister Winnie and also these 2 people who said they wanted to take me home for good. I had to work really hard in class and even though I wasn't "in the mood," I did my best to show them my fo-cus and sweet Robin moves.
After class we had this meeting and the people had to listen really carefully to instructions about how to take care of me (not because I'm fra-gile but because I am full of many things). Then the people signed this paper, and they told me to hop in their car. So I did.
We got to stop at this place full of tasty smells and the Man picked up Kongs, Nylabones, bully sticks, kibble, tennis balls and kitty litter - most of this was for Me - I felt very expensive at this time and it was so nice! Lots of people in this store wanted to give me treats, but the Man said that we are "in training," so I guess this is my first rule - "No Treats from Strangers until I Pay Attention to the Man."
This is me with all of my things in the car
Then we went to a house, and I went right to the pee place and the lady and Man said I was such a good boy for peeing right there (and not on my feet like I did before at graduation, or on the table when I was so fus-strated at the Ancient One).
When it was time to go in the crate, I skipped right in because the Man put about a ba-zillion toys in there, and when he got back he said "oh, did it snow?" You know me, I am the Squeak Master, and yes, I found every single one of them.
It was time for a walk, and the lady made me "stay" and "wait" at all of the doors BEFORE we even got to go outside and then at every corner outside too. So many of these rules again and my little head was very tired from all this working. Sigh. But when we got home I knew it must be time for breakfast. The lady made me wait until all of the cats were fed, and I got anxious about this because I am Number One, and that fish juice smell should be for me, but then the lady let me eat my own food and it was so good.
I'm still in my crate relaxing, and it's not so bad because I can see the lady and the Man and they keep looking over here and smiling, and with all of the surprises I had today, they are my favorite surprise of them all.
I'm doing good. So good actually that I told Bouncer he should start writing too. It's a great out-let for many things, especially for pocket pits but it could also be good for big-heads like Bouncer to get his thoughts and ideas in order. I put him on my page over there. You could go visit him if you want.
One thing I've realized about Cal-i-for-nia, is that life here is full of Surprises. And lots of sun. The second I got here people loved me. And I got treaties for doing good things. That was a Surprise. I got to play with Elliot and Josephine in the beginning...
...and then Chlo-wee and Sweet Pee and Penny all wanted to be my bffs.
I found my sometimes best friend the Rock completely unexpectedly, and I got to make bumper stickers for myself so no one would forget that I have per-sonality.
I found my Greenies in the backyard without even looking for them and learned the ways of the "Ancient One" without falling under her spells. I got pushed in the pool, met sweet Miss Emily (aka Little Robin who would like to live in a pouch on my belly), and I was still just "graduating" at the lady and the Man's house!
I didn't realize that just one little pocket pit could have so many Surprises, but then another one happened. I went to visit the Barn, and Bouncer told me 2 things:
1. He heard a family was looking for me and they might want to come meet me soon. Oh boy!
and 2. Since little Ayse just got here, she needed me to show her the ropes.
He said I could stay at the Barn and borrow his kennel for awhile and that it was big and there are many scrumptious things inside (not like my measly crate with only a few chicken softies tucked in the crevices).
He said that since I was going to be busy for awhile, would it be okay if he went to play at Miss Emily's? Bouncer's head is bigger than Miss Emily's whole body and it's shaped like a chewy toy. I know she will think it's pretty excellent, so I said okay.
Since I know Ca-li-for-nia so well now, I will tell Ayse that life here is full of Surprises. And sometimes you just think you're doing regular things and having regular days just like everyone else. But then you realize there's a moment that just feels extra special and maybe a little bit scary because you weren't expecting it. But don't worry, it's just the Surprise that's been there, patiently waiting to amaze you.