Shit! I’ve been outed!
Last night, Mom called for Teddy and I to come home. She does it every night and most of the time we comply. Every once in a while though, we are in the middle of something and we just can’t make it home. She locks us out and we can’t get in to eat and poop until morning but that’s a price we’re willing to pay. Sometimes.
Last night she called us a few times. And then Peter – that dirty, rotten stool pidgeon – calls back to Mom….
“Are you calling for a little black cat?”
Mom: Yes. Have you seen her?
Man: I see her all the time.
Man: Sure. She’s a beauty.
Mom (incredulous): Hasn’t she swatted at you?
Man: Oh sure! She swats at me all the time! But I have bird feeders and she likes to lay under a tree and watch them. She never catches them though. They are too smart for her.
Mom had walked down the sidewalk by now and could see the guy that she was talking to0. He was watering his lawn.
Mom: Wow! I had no idea!
Man: She has a pretty bell and tag so I was sure someone loved her.
Mom: Yes, we do. I’m just surprised that she’s made friends with you. She hates everyone.
Man: She was in my basement day before yesterday.
Mom: WHAT?! She was in your basement?
Man: She somehow got the screen off the basement window and was sitting on my washing machine.
Mom: Oh my Gawd! I am so sorry!
Man: No worries! I just let her out the front door when she was ready. I saw her a while ago, really early in the morning, like 5:30 or something and she was hanging around my front door.
Mom: That dirty cat!! She wouldn’t come home so she had to stay out all night. But that only happens once in a blue moon.
Man: I was pretty sure that was the case but I went and bought some cat food and I put it out for her now.
Mom: Wow! Thank you for looking out for her, even though she tries to kill you a lot.
Man (laughing): No worries.
Mom: I’m Lori, by the way. I live in that house there.
Man: I’m Peter. Nice to meet you Lori. Don’t worry about Izzie. I keep an eye out for her.
Mom: Nice to meet you too Peter. Stop by some time for a coffee. We run a business out of our home so we’re home all the time.
Peter: Thanks. I always have coffee on too.
Mom: Well, I hope to meet you in the daylight sometime.
Peter (laughing): Same here. Oh, there she is! Good night.
So! Now she knows! She told The Viking all about it and he started laughing like an idiot.
They think they’re so smart! Ross, the guy across the back alley, tattled on me for taunting his dumb dogs and now when they start barking Mom hollers “Izzie! Leave those dogs alone!” Ross wanted to be friends but I nipped that in the bud with a good Saa-lap! I’m only here to bully your dogs!
But then, my collar got caught on the fence and my beautiful beads snapped apart. Ross brought them to Mom as proof and now I have to wear my baby collar and it’s hideous.
Then there’s RJ and Stephanie who live next door; they are okay I suppose. I like to run through their sprinkler when RJ is watering his lawn. It’s best when I get really wet and then come home and walk all over Mom’s paperwork. She loves it. And again, RJ wanted to be friends but I gave him a Saa-lap! too. I’m only interested in getting on your garage roof so I can bully the neighbor’s cat! His kids are a different matter. I kind of like short people; they don’t tower over me so much.
On the other side of RJ is a guy who wanted to be friends. Saa-Lap! I’m only interested in bullying your ginger cat! The guy told The Viking that I was a bitch. Me! A bitch! Asshole. Apparently they like Teddy but Teddy won’t get anywhere near other people.
My point here is that I don’t mind people if they just let me do my thing. And once Mom finds out what I like doing, she suddenly doesn’t want me doing them. So, now I will have to be super vigilant so she doesn’t find any of my other hang-outs. A girl needs her own places, you know.
Oh! A Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! Go ahead and appreciate me.
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