Cat in a Hat
Cat in a Hat

Busy busy morning. So much to do. So many cabinets to explore. Places to hide. Things to put on your head; And Dumpa’s.

No telling what else we’ll find to get into today, but for certain, little Ollie (Henry’s sib) will be the chief instigator. [Henry stayed home with his favorite nurse.]

Gandy is not performing as hoped with this smallest human in her two year’s experience. She thinks of Ollie as a bipedal rabbit, maybe.

And he is so excited to see the dog down at his level that he squeals and waves his arms wildly–her signal to freak. So far, no serious infractions by either.

But the pup will spend most of the remaining Ollie time in our bedroom behind closed doors or outside–both places, barking in an irritated tone.

By Ollie’s next visit (around 2017 by historical patterns) the two of them will get along much better.

I gotta go. I have a command performance to read the same book, again, one more time.

Published by fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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6 Comments

  1. What a little love bug! i remember when my great-grandson was here for a visit (don’t even attempt the math – my late husband was MUCH older) in 1991. My first jack Russell terrier had never seen such a thing as a BABY! Long story short, Bobby picked up the dog’s ball and Becky went up and sniffed Bobby’s face. I guess the cold nose startled Bobby – he stopped, smiled and squealed while waving the ball. The dog made tracks for “tall timber”. I will always remember that moment – Bobby’s mom took a picture just as Becky approached. What an absolute hoot! Do let Gandy “explore” Ollie a bit more with plenty of supervision of course. You would be amazed. Dogs “know”.

  2. What a little cutie, Fred! I love the Tupperware hat. It looks like you are going to have some fun filled days with Ollie. Gandy may be jealous at first but I bet they become good friends as time goes on. Enjoy your time with them.

  3. Just said goodbye to our grandkids – exhausted but sad – made our Christmas as I am sure Ollie did for you – much love to you Fred – Rob

  4. Oh, how delightful! Thanks for sharing. Play and read those books. I expect there is nothing better!
    We finally have a 2-month old grandson whom I hope will be able to visit in a couple of days.

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