July 22nd 2013 2:24 pm
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If you've read some of the early entries of Honcho's (did you know "Honcho" is a Japanese word meaning "chief"?)diary then you know he spends most of his daylight hours outside. He's pretty good about hanging around the barn, which isn't too far behind the house, the driveway and the side yard. Sometimes he ventures over to the nearest neighbor's house which is about an acre away and occasionally he goes down to the creek to catch a frog when he's in the mood for seafood.
He has one madding habit, however. Whenever we get a visitor he must go smell their vehicle's bumpers and tires. He likes to walk under them and check out whatever it is he finds so fascinating. We try to be out outside when a visitor leaves to make sure he is clear of their vehicle. I have found him in the bed of a pickup truck about to leave and my wife has had to pull him from under the rear tire of a pickup that was about to backup and leave.
This gives us stress. He is much too friendly with strangers and would happily hop through an open door into the passenger section of a car just to say howdy. Alex is a super nice cat, not to mention good looking as all heck, and if we were not home, a stranger might be tempted to drive off with our boy. That's why he goes into the house when we are going to be away for awhile. We can enjoy ourselves so much more knowing Mr. Stuffy Pants is safely tucked away in the house beating up Rocky (and sometimes allowing himself to be kitten beaten).
Man, I just wish he would hurry up and decide to be a full-time house cat!
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