Unwanted House Guest: Hush Puppy's DilemmaPublished September 2, 2009
While this story about our uninvited houseguest may not be considered "newsworthy", or a "hot off the press" item, I am beginning to wonder if Hush Puppy, one of our Oriental Short hair cats, has become proficient in using my Blackberry to gain access to the Internet when we are sleeping. I started considering this possibility shortly after Vincent came to visit. I will share my reason for my suspicious nature later on in this saga. Vincent has been hanging around our home for a couple of weeks now. He spends his time divided between the master bathroom and the kitchen where we have a bowl of fruit handy for snacking. He seems to especially love those ripe, sweet bananas. We have been desperately trying to evict him, but he is one determined and skillful intruder. So you may ask, "Who is Vincent and why are you so determined to be rid of him?" It is very conceivable that some of our more "mature" readers may have already accurately guessed to whom I am alluding. Our Vincent was named in honor of Vincent Price, the star of the original movie, "The Fly". Hush Puppy Photo credit: Jo Singer Vincent is a housefly who constantly flits around our bathroom mirror, buzzing in our ears, flaunting his undaunted spirit. He appears to enjoy teasing us for our inability to capture him. I know he is thumbing his nose in delight as he watches our futile attempts. Of course, at the same time, we are earnestly listening for any sounds of those chilling and frightening pleas of "help, help!", with which those of you who are familiar with the film totally recall. Not only is he completely brazen, but the other day he was sufficiently nervy to flitter into our bedroom where Hush Puppy was fast asleep. The first thing he did, in an apparent act of defiance was to "buzz" around Hush Puppy's ears. This leads my husband and I to suspect that Vincent may have an unconscious death wish. Awakened from his deep slumber, Hush Puppy instantly jumped into action. Paws raised, tail lashing, hind end shaking excitedly, he leapt into the air, sadly to miss his mark. Like a trapeze artist, he repeatedly "flew" back and forth between the bed and the dresser, following Vincent like a hawk, stalking him as deftly as a wild jungle cat in pursuit of its prey. Vincent laughed in his face alighting on the ceiling out of reach, sadistically taunting our very frustrated kitty. Poor Hush Puppy, embarrassed and despondent, his ego deflated, hopped back onto the bed, curled up and went back to sleep. Purrhaps he will remember the episode only as a bad dream. But if Hush Puppy is using my Blackberry to "surf" the "net", he needs to again watch, "The Cat and the Fly", Simonscat's brilliant and popular video, for further clues to finally be able to capture Vincent and restore our household to sanity once again. Are your cats skillful hunters? Share your stories by leaving a comment.