Posting days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
This week ……
One evening Isis is so sound asleep that I decide not to disturb her for her bedtime Dentistix. She slumbers on as I creep around the kitchen locking up and making coffee. After carefully collecting bits and bobs from the trolley next to her, I steal upstairs and in and out of the bathroom. Phew! All that achieved without waking a sleeping dog. Assiduously avoiding creaky floorboards, I tiptoe into the bedroom and slide into bed. “W-w-w-w-woof!”, barks Isis, indignant and very much awake. Sigh. I return downstairs – quite noisily.
A sunny afternoon. I am surprised when Hairy One comes into the kitchen from the garden, very deliberately positions herself next to me and points her spotty nose at me. I’m puzzled. Wondering at my stupidity, she emits a low growl and pretends to nip her tail. On inspection, I discover a twisty dried grass stem tangled in the hair on her flank. She stands still while I remove it then hops happily back outside.
In a few minutes I will carry on with the resurrection of her tunnel. Hopefully she will be able to reclaim it today. In the meantime, her attention is attracted by a thick sheet of polythene which has been put out to dry. She tunnels under it, pounces on top of it, shakes it vigorously and then runs off with it.
I’ve never met a more energetic, tenacious or playful animal. Nor a more rebellious, stubborn or disobedient one.
Isis, you’re something else.
Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dogwatchuk.com