Duncan’s developed a new habit which puzzles me, and I’m hoping you might have some theories about it. He licks pants. Yes, Pants. My pants, GC’s pants, other people’s pants. He especially likes to lick pants that recently came in from outside. If you come to my house, Duncan will greet you at the door, lead you to a chair, jump onto your lap and proceed to lick your pants. He started doing this about a month or two ago, and he’s a bit obsessive about it. I’m mystified.
Another thing that’s odd is he loves being read to. GC sometimes reads out loud to me before we fall asleep. We recently finished Alice in Wonderland and now we’re reading a book of short stories by Ivan Coyote. Duncan likes to lie on GC’s chest during story time, purring and peering down over the book. As soon as story time is over, he comes back over to my side and snuggles up. Is this a normal cat thing? Does your cat enjoy being read to? (If you’re not sure, please read them a bedtime story tonight and report back tomorrow.)
The lovebirds, Billie and Lester, are happy, healthy and adjusting well to their new home at GC’s house. They had a bit of a mishap a few days ago when, while standing on their swing, they chewed through the thing that attaches the swing to the roof of the cage. The swing and the birds crashed to the floor of the cage, and the birds emerged from the rubble looking a little dazed and confused.
We let them out of the cage about once a week. They’re getting better at flying, and the dog has adjusted well to the idea of birds flying around the house. They have regular flight paths now. They like the tops of two paintings, the chandelier, a high shelf in the kitchen and the ceiling fan in the stairwell. We don’t like it when they go upstairs because they don’t seem to know how to get back down.
We’d let them out more often but it’s a big ordeal to get them back into their cage. They don’t let us pick them up unless they’re exhausted (and even then, Lester is not above biting us). We’ve tried luring them with food, directing them with the broom, waiting patiently, and dimming the lights. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear them.
The Dog has been wearing his cone lately because he’s got a rash on his leg and he licks it compulsively whenever he gets the chance. This makes it worse. GC says the rash is a chronic and recurring problem, as is the licking of the rash. The Dog doesn’t seem to mind wearing his cone, but GC feels bad for him because if he were a dog he wouldn’t like wearing a cone.
I got The Dog a heart shaped cookie with a paw print on it for Valentines Day. I found it at Bark & Fitz, on Richmond Road. So adorable. He loved it.
(Speaking of pets, does anybody else feel that their Green Bin is like a pet? Or is that just me?)