Monday, 20 May 2019

Being Watched Over


For days now Mary has quietly stationed herself in the kitchen doorway facing the backdoor.
Gone have the cuddles at night and the first-on-the-couch snuggles up and so after dinner times and walks instead of her tightly curled up sleeps she remains on point and alert as the elder members of the household, scratch and snore and belch and fart in their slumbers.
Since William died, Mary now sees Household Protector as one of her roles,
It is a job she is ill equipped for and if my situation was less precarious than it is at the moment I would have brought in a gently assertive alpha male to relieve her of her anxieties.
Very early this morning  I found out just why she has been on guard.
I also worked out just why the cat food bill had gone up recently even though Albert has not even put on a pound in weight.
We have been infiltrated by a ginger Tom with attitude.
I was up around 5am waiting for a decongestant drink to brew in the kitchen when I heard Mary's low growl from the kitchen doorway.
I was propped up silently against the cabinets in a natty pair of boxer shorts and must have looked invisible to the ginger Tom who boldly thrust a meaty paw through the cat flap like a leopard,
Mary was still, her job was to protect the rest of the house and the Tom knew it, he was there just for Albert's food.
Theirs was a Mexican standoff
The tom's eyes flashed gold at Mary as he climbed confidently into the kitchen and he never saw the  half kilo bag of wholemeal pasta shapes until it hit him squarely in the mush.
Game Of Thrones couldn't have staged a better fight as when he panicked and circled in shock and fear Mary ran forward and sank her teeth into his fleeing ginger rump.

and twenty five minutes after I had returned to bed Mary returned to her usual nightly position  curled up under my armpit

89 comments:

  1. What a smart little dog she is. There is something so pure about the love a pet has for its human x

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  2. The cheeky ginger bastard!

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  3. Well, I have never seen "Game of Thrones" but in any case, I would rather watch a soap opera based on the goings on at your corner cottage. This would make a great episode.

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    1. Do they throw pasta at each other in Game of Thrones?

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    2. I totally agree. It would be a surefire hit on Netflix. Title anyone?

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    3. "Fifty Thousand Shades of Gray"

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  4. Priceless, made me laugh.
    Briony
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  5. Clever Mary to handle that big bag of pasta all by herself!

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  6. Bless her heart, you are lucky with your animal family John. Hope you feel better soon and let's hope the ginger invader has learnt a timely lesson.

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  7. Heloise11:29 am

    Did a proper LOL at this!

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  8. Defender of your castle. One ginger tomcat with a seemingly irrational fear of bags of dried pasta.

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  9. Aha!! Good for Mary. We also have a cat door and have had a neighbourhood cat come in a few times (ironically also an orange cat - we call him "Orange Cat"). Our two felines don't really fight him on it. Perhaps they are all friends. -Jenn

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    1. What a lovely comment, Jenn. Friends indeed. Breaking and sharing bread with friends instead of begrudging and counting the pennies.

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    2. Sweet but not practical

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  10. John, you throwing a packet of pasta (wholemeal at that - is a kg of wholemeal heavier than the usual stuff, and was it Penne?) reminds me of an incident I am not proud of. Neither does it involve cats.

    No sooner had I returned from hospital with three K-wires to keep my broken wrist together and aligned, no sooner did I fling a pan of pasta across the kitchen. In anger. You can imagine the impact. Alas the pan wasn't any old one. It was (still is) a Le Creuset. Le Creusets are dead heavy. HEAVY. So heavy one of the K wires took flight too.

    For my sins, you will be pleased to know, I found pasta (spiral), dried and shrivelled, in the most unlikely places for many days to come.

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    1. It was automatic , I'm not having a tom in the house when I'm not there

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  11. we've had lots of feral cats in our gardens this spring. it is only a matter of time until they meet their fate with winnie. willie enjoys sitting back and watching the drama.

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    1. He is not feral but an overfed tom with attitude

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  12. Wonderful story John. It gave me a chuckle this morning.

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  13. We have a sneaky tom cat like that too that comes in through the cat door. So instead of leaving the cat food out, it now gets binned before bed time to discourage the visitor. Unfortunately our door can't fit a cat door that is opened by only Poppys microchip.

    Good on Mary for being a good guard dog.

    Your ending is much better than the GOT finale I just watched.

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  14. Go Mary!! I did LOL at the pasta though :-)

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  15. Oh, the fights we've woken up to when our resident feral (is that an oxymoron?) comes in the cat door to challenge our cats for their food. It's always so confusing because this wild guy looks very much like our male, Jack. Especially in the early morning hours.
    Good for Mary, taking her responsibilities so seriously. She is a valiant little lady dog.

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  16. Mary was not joking. Go Mary!
    And that cat was absolutely cynical. The gall!

    XoXo

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  17. People here often make the mistake of putting in a pet door, one of my coworkers went into his kitchen to investigate all the noise and found seven raccoons which still wasn't as bad as another coworker who found two skunks in his house.

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  18. That Mary! Small but tough, not to mention loyal. You are lucky to have her.

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  19. Terriers are worth their weight in gold .. or pasta
    Our cat food has been disappearing lately, and last night I found the culprit, a cheeky raccoon!
    Jo

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  20. She's a smart little dog.

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  21. Barbara Anne3:33 pm

    Bless Mary's sweet and protective heart! Am glad that, job done, she took her rest in the shelter you provide. As ever, a charming tale.

    Hugs!

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  22. Protection is one thing, but a bag of hard-edged pasta? That was definitely a no-no. Poor Tom!

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    1. I don't want him back Raymondo

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    2. I appreciate that, JayGee, but even so......After his experience I doubt if he'll want to even try, but sometimes hunger has the upper hand.

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  23. guess you must lock the cat door at night against the tom.

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  24. Why are you able to bring tears to my ears more than any other blogger?

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    1. Oops. Auto correct and lack of readers will get me every time.

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  25. That's creepy, but poor hungry kitty! Maybe latch the door at night or b=next you'll have raccoons or--rats!
    I think you can get a door with electronic opening, the chip is on a collar Albert would wear.

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    1. Poor hungry kitty my arse he is a well fed greedy housecat

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  26. Perhaps Mary could teach Miss Priss her Pasta throwing methods as we have an invading Ginger Tom too. Not having watched Game of Thrones, now I have a vision of them tossing Pasta during Warfare!

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  27. Now that's a truly joyful ending.

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    1. I'm watching game of thrones and Mary is watching the flap again lol

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  28. What a great story! That Mary is a winner. Defending her house against all and sundry. Good on her! And props for the assist with the bag of pasta. Good eye/hand, John!

    I lock the pet door at night. My elderly cat stays in and all the vermin stay out. Plus, my pet door is big enough for a Rottweiler which means that it is big enough for a human, so... closed and locked it is!

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    1. Albert is in and out like a foddlers elbow

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  29. I refuse to put in a cat flap as the bullies in our neck of the woods are raccoons and skunks, and they are very keen to find kibble and quite fierce ..!

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    1. Luckily only fat cats here no raccoons

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  30. Anonymous5:06 pm

    Homeless cats have a hard life, battling the elements and hunger.cruel to smack him with hard pasta. Wondering about some of the comments finding it funny.

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    1. Who said he was homeless , he's a fat tom from London road who is stealing

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    2. Anonymous4:55 am

      Let us hope the cat's owner notices the dogbite and treats it accordingly.

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    3. Anonymous3:27 pm

      "hit it squarely in the mush." I do hope that not only the dog bite is treated but also the cats eyes are ok. I wonder how you'd feel John if you heard the cat had lost an eye due to you hurling something at it.

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  31. She has her alpha male!

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  32. Lori Wong5:47 pm

    I was just wondering if this was related to the story of Mary being found outside crying in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. Maybe she tried to pursue the ginger tom.

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    1. My thoughts exactly!

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    2. I suspected that too.... wisely she is now sitting and watching

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  33. Victory is hers! Well done, Mary!

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  34. Reinforcements - just what she needed.

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  35. I shall keep a packet of wholemeal pasta handy ....

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  36. What a relief. And what a throwing arm Mary had with that half kilo bag of wholemeal pasta shapes (I'm sure it was important that it was wholemeal).

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  37. I had to chuckle at the comments like Mitchell's implying Mary had thrown the bag, but on a serious note, every soul has to eat, and probably the cat would have been just as startled if you had simply hissed at it. A cat or dog door is an invitation to intruders of the small furry kind. Some day you may find worse than that in your house.

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    1. He looked healthy enough Jenny....and ihes not a stray

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  38. I'd love to have seen the stand-off. Quite dramatic by the sound of it. I don't think the ginger tom will be back for a while - if ever.

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    1. He was seen by the neughbour this afternoon

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  39. In his younger days our Jazz was that ginger Tom. He regularly cruised into a neighbours kitchen to see if their cats were getting a more interesting diet that he was. He no longer (I hope) does it.

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  40. Quite the story ... but is there a Tom that DOESN'T have an attitude?

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  41. Great story John. Mary is indeed quite the dog!

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  42. 'We have been infiltrated by a ginger Tom with attitude.' ...Your blog is like a best seller John...Love the details

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  43. Poor Mary must have been quite stressed standing guard,
    hopefully the ginger Tom won't be back and peace is restored to the cottage.

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  44. Cat sounds like my across-the-street neighbor: yellow stripes, attacks any dog with the temerity to walk by their porch on the sidewalk, and sends them fleeing.

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  45. Mary just needed you for shotgun, all along.

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  46. Thieving cats are a nuisance. I recommend a zero tolerance policy; as I imagine do you!

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  48. It is interesting to read another cultural perspective regarding cats. In many places in Australia it is illegal to let cats out at night. They are environmental vandals and reduce the native animal population. They also get in fights and can get injured. A post fight cat abscess can be painful and expensive.

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  49. My little cat is often bullied by one of the many who traipse through our garden. Non-cat owners, believe me - unwanted cats do not take a gentle hint or hiss. They are not strays, hungry of even far from home. Just bullies. My weapon of choice is a water pistol! Mary, of course, is blameless.

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  50. Aww ... clever Mary guarding the inner sanctum of the house. At least, hopefully, you didn't end up with pasta shapes all over the kitchen!

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  51. Anonymous3:30 pm

    Violence to any animal is never justified. The cat would have been sufficiently startled by you hissing at it. I'm surprised that you as an animal lover think your behaviour was acceptable.

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    1. It was a bag of pasta ... not a bloody H bomb!!

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  52. i agree anon, maybe someone should hit them ....squarely in the mush....with a bag of hard pasta, Poor cat.

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