My 'The Her' is still not here and I'm having to adapt myself to this situation in a practical way.
For instance, my 'The Him' now has 4 reasons on his ankle to remember when it's bedtime. I mean I can't be expected to go to the sleeping place on my own after always being with 'The Her' can I? So, practical as ever I have that organised now. I find if I go towards him and utter a plaintiff cry to make him look, raise my paw before gently washing my face, he gets the message. Training is everything. Once in the sleeping place he lies on his back so I can sit on his chest. I laugh because I can hear him breathe like old bellows but I won't move until I've stared hard and told him I want my 'The Her' back. At least I know she's not buried in the garden now and that he says he goes to see her every day..
Standing in the clearway near the sitting place and giving a cry is a good indicator that I want something. As soon as my 'The Him' is on his feet I can lead him to my empty food dish. He seems to think I can manage on one sachet a day. If you could see his stomach you'd know it''s more than one a day for him. If I stood on that at night instead of his chest, I'd need all my claws to cling on and my ears would pop when I came down. I think he needs more exercise like I get and should spend less time in the chariot.
I don't want it to seem as though I'm moaning. But we Superiors expect certain standards and I only want to keep the longlegs on their toes. This one couldn’t be on his toes to save his life. But until my 'The Her' returns to me he will have to do things the way I want them. Maybe even a little bit longer as I may not talk to her for a while when she comes back . Perhaps I will though as he doesn't snuggle like she does and let me tuck under his chin. It was funny when I tried it though and he wriggled his chin down so I ended up covering his mouth. He coughed and spluttered for ages.
So, my lesson for today is 'Be Practical'. Accept what the situation is and adapt it to suit you as best you can. Remember though, Superiors must come first.
Dear Sir Oscar,
One of the definitions of intelligence is the ability to adapt to new circumstances. This ancient Haiku defines it well:
when the running brook
meets large rocks, it breaks in two
and wraps around them