During the time that my pads have been sore and all the work has been going on, things have changed. I have spent so much time in my chair resting that I have unwittingly allowed these changes. My 'The Her' has become sick and sometimes the door has been closed against me. My the 'Him' has been able to sleep in and has got used to not having me wake him when I want something. All that changed this light.
I had been lying in my chair as usual when I suddenly realised I was hungry. Jumping down from the chair I realised my pads were fine. I strolled to my food dish and found it empty. Now recently I would have taken to my bed again rather than jumped about with sore pads. Not this light though.
I wandered through to my the 'Him's room and called to him. He didn't hear me or at least pretended not to. I gave him one more chance with a louder shout, the 'I'm about to be sick' shout. Amazingly that didn't move him either. You must understand I was left with no choice now. I jumped up on the bed, found a gap in the covers and entered. As usual his toes were twitching, at least until I sunk my teeth into one and then it was jerked away rapidly. I emerged from the covers in time to see the look of surprise on the 'Him's face. I spoke to him again before jumping off the bed in the safe knowledge that he would follow. For the sake of his other toes, he did. I led him in the direction of my food dish and he got the hint straight away. That's what good training does for you.
Having eaten I noted he had returned to his bed. I didn't want that just yet and so I followed him in. I spoke again, and his fluttering eyelids opened wide. I didn't even have to jump on the bed again. “What is it now Oscar?” he said getting out and following as I led him to the lounge. I stood by the settee and waited. Sure enough my training skills had remained. He sat down and moments later I was on his knee getting hugged and stroked as I should. The only problem was it looked as though he was falling asleep again. A few head nudges and he was back. After a while I'd had enough and settled at his side to rest. He left.
Alone again I decided to wander through to my the 'Her'. I know she's not well but that's no excuse for ignoring me. There was no point in shouting as she never hears me and wakes but I decided to settle in the gap left where she lay on her side with her knees drawn up. Resting against her stomach I went to sleep. It was there that I woke later with a purr of satisfaction when I realised just how back to normal life is.