WITH JOYOUS ANTICIPATION. . . .they greet each day
They are so happy when I get out of bed and become vertical again. (As am I) They follow me as I put on my robe and slippers and trail behind as I trod to the kitchen. They sit quietly looking up at me with their huge eyes while I make the coffee and then and only then to they emit a few little noises in anticipation of a treat. A tiny little treat pleases them and seems to start their day.
They never are grumpy, nor do they dread the day and what it may bring. They do not complain about body aches or sleeping poorly, which surely they must experience now and then. They are always so positive that it is the beginning of another grand day.
While I take a bath they sleep on the rug next to the bathtub and wait for me to change the water in their water bowl I keep next to the tub. They are so appreciative of a bowl of fresh cold water so I change it every day making a big splash in the tub as I empty the dish. They peer over the edge of the tub to see the splashes, then take a sip or two to show their appreciation. Izzi likes to dabble her left paw in the water bowl and scoop the water onto her tongue. That’s how Izzi does it. Sam watches her and seems confused by that technique.
Later when it is warmer I will open the door to the laundry room and they will bound out and sit on the counter looking out at the world. There are squirrels and birds and chipmunks that need watching. To make sure they have plenty to keep tract of I dump corn and birdseed around the yard.
If it is really warm they will go out on the deck and sleep on a big quilt I put down for them. They are especially happy when I join them and brush their fur.
Then we do chores and they help joyfully with that. As I scoop out the litter box they climb onto a storage container and head butt me to let me know I’m handling it well.
Washing dishes, in fact any activity in the kitchen brings on some momentary signs of pure glee. The nearer we are to food the better and of course it means another treat.
They each have a little colorful dish, and they know the sound of those dishes when I set them on the counter to fill with a gourmet treat from Fancy Feast.
Naptime takes up about 85% of the day, and that’s good too. They each have their own little round bed to curl into next to a heater to keep them warm. They appreciate that a lot when it's cold.
By evening, they are ready for a long sleep. It’s been a good day and tomorrow will be even better. They climb on my bed and settle down while I get horizontal again. One of them snores a little bit, the other wants to get under the covers. I've learned to sleep with these things.
They are my precious pets.