April 21st 2012 4:19 pm
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Today mom and I went to the park. It was beautiful and sunny and the park was full of people. There was a couple and a beagle with a baby carriage. Hmmm- did I say that correctly? A couple with a beagle and a baby carriage. The beagle was not in the baby carriage. (Too bad, that would have been funny.) Anyway, the beagle and I both strained at our leashes to get to one another. Mom doubted that this meant true love, so she picked me up. I have a tendency to go right up to dogs and puff my tail up. The man in the couple dragged the beagle away, saying to it, "You won't have a nose anymore if you do that." He must have seen the fires of mischief in my eyes. It's funny, because mom read that many Abyssinians get along well with dogs. Not me. So far I have been pretty confrontational with any dog that I have met one-on-one, but I am calm if there are lots of dogs. I know when I'm outnumbered.
Well, we continued our walk. I spotted a squirrel and took off after it. Mom dropped the extendable leash handle thingy by accident, and it hit the ground, bouncing after me as I chased the squirrel. Mom screamed "Toki!" but I didn't run into the street or anything. I just ran to the base of the tree that the squirrel ran up. I gave mom a funny look, like "what are you screaming for?" She picked up the leash and we continued on.
I found a nice spot in the grass, under a cherry blossom tree, and lay down. Mom sat too. She loves cherry blossom trees. We chilled for a while.
Then we got up and walked around some more. Suddenly I spotted another squirrel and gave chase. Mom accidentally dropped the handle thing AGAIN and screamed, "Toki!" as I ran after the squirrel. Bounce bounce bounce went the leash handle. The squirrel ran up a another tree and I looked back at mom as she screamed. Man that's an irritating habit she's developing.
Mom decided that she was being a putz today with the leash and we walked home. She picked me up as we were walking towards our door. I was in her arms, very calm and cool, as she reached for the door. She sees a big brown spider on the door frame and SCREAMED right above my head. LOUD. Needless to say, I practically jumped out of my skin. She held on to me though, opened up the door, and hustled inside, leaning way over to the side and avoiding the spider. She slammed the door and I jumped out of her arms.
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Toki dude, I am so jealous that you get to chase squirrels! Props to you for showing that dog who is boss too! Dogs should know that cats rule!
The first time I heard my Mom scream, I asked Zoe if there was banshees in NC. MOL! Mom's can get so hysterical, we know you weren't going anywhere..just chasing the tree rat. But! My Mom said it would have scared the begebies out of her too. MOMS.
Now, about dogs, smart move challenging them. After all they are beneath us and the tree rat for that matter. I've found most of them are alright, actually slightly afraid of us. Of course, grandma's beagle Buddy tries to chase us. So he's asking for it big time.
I loved my dog-guy...Pipo does not, MOL! Minko likes him but not like I did...
Pipo pretends to chase squirrel dudes from inside, by pawing the window, it is impossible for mzeowmy to keep the windows clean, MOL!
Chasing them outside sounds like so much fun, screaming moms, or not.
Your Mom & mine could have a contest for loud screams when it comes to spiders, not so much for rodents or snakes...
Mom has never let me get close enough to the dogs to actually get a smack in, unfortunately. Mom is afraid I'll get bit. Especially because my claws are rarely sharp- she trims off the best part: the deadly tips. About the spiders- mom is ridiculous. She is so scared to be around them, she won't EVER let them live. If she can get someone else to kill them for her she's happiest, but if necessary, she is like a ruthless spider assassin at home. She will wait for as long as necessary for an escaped spider to come out from under a dresser. Like a cat at a mouse hole.
Back when Mom lived out in the country, they used to get centipedes and spiders in the house during the rainy season. Mom used to freak out over them! She hates both. Here's the thing grandpa would have to kill them for her. Sense adulthood, she has learned how to drag a chair with shoe in hand.
She says they must not live.
Sheesh! Your mommy sure does have a set of lungs on her Toki! I hate it when mommies scream like that! I once broke free and ran down the steps of our house trying to go for a walk and mommy chased after me SCREAMING all the way "RIVER RIVER RIVER, NO RIVER, COME BACK!" When I reached the bottom I sat down and looked up at her with big eyes like "What mommy? Why are you upset?" She carried me back home like a baby, crazy ladies aren't they? Where do they think we're gonna go? Sheesh!
Mom says: Ugh, centipedes are terrible too, almost worse, because they are so damn fast and can run up walls. About 6 years ago mom lived in a ground floor apt in the East Village that had gardens in back, and the place had tons of centipedes. Mom didn't know at first, and one night she and her boyfriend were watching a movie with the lights off, when she saw something skittering across the floor. Her boyfriend thought it was nothing, but she made him turn on all the lights and search, and they found a 3 inch long centipede. Mom's boyfriend killed it with a boot. After that, they found centipedes every day. mom could never sleep. She used bug spray to make a big circle on the floor and wall around the bed every night. Finally they moved out- thank goodness it was only a sublet.
I don't know what it is about mommies and screaming though. It makes them feel better somehow. It definitely sucks to hear a scream when your mommy is holding you.
You have such great adventures on your walks Toki, what fun!