Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Atticus update part deux!
Recently, Animal Friends resident Dorian (now Atticus) was adopted into a loving home, where he started out living in his own cozy room. This blind cat--whose eyes were removed due to life-threatening disease--has turned out to be a feline of many talents, and we thank him for sending us another update! By Atticus, guest blogger, with a little help from his new mom, Katie Tontala WOW!!! This past week I got to explore other parts of the house - and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! On the first day, mom just let me go up and down the hall so I could get used to the smells. The next day I got to go in my brothers’ and sisters’ rooms. I had no problem finding my way around-mom says it’s because I have such a little nebby nose! Mom sat by the doors of the rooms, and if I got a little confused, she called my name so I could get myself oriented again, but I really didn’t need much help. Now, every morning before mom goes to work, she lets me explore and then I get to do it all evening when she is home. I’ve got it down pat! One night I woke up and decided I wanted to find mom. I discovered that if I hit the screen that keeps me in my room a few times it will fall over and I can get out! So I went to my mom’s bedroom and meowed. She said “Atticus, it's 2 am!” She picked me up, gave me a kiss on the head and put me back in my room. Then, she put a big artificial tree in front of the screen to hold it in place and I went back to sleep for a bit. Guess what? If I hit the screen a little harder, both of them will fall over and I can still get out! (See, I am smart!) I went to the bedroom again and meowed. She said “Atticus, it is 4:15 in the morning!!” She picked me up again, gave me another kiss on my head and put me back in my room. This time, she closed the door. I don’t know what all this o’clock business is about, and of course I have no idea if it’s dark or light. I haven’t figured out how to push open the wooden door, but I’m not going to give up! Actually, despite the adventures, I really do like my room the best, and will come back in when I want a break. Mom said that is why she kept me in here at first; it’s my safe haven and I will always have a place to go if I get overwhelmed. I also got a bunch of toys to play with. My favorite is the “octopus” string toy. Mom waves it around my feet while I pounce on it. Because I can’t see it, she sprayed a little perfume to help me find it. We play every night before I go to bed - she said she hopes it will tire me out so I don’t get the urge to play explorer in the middle of the night again. For my next adventure, I get to meet my brothers and sisters. Maybe they can help me figure out this door thing? I’ll keep you posted!