Monday, 9 March 2009

As One Door Opens An Other Closes


Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth...or would it?

Never was a saying so true as this one is in my house at the moment. When the cat comes in the front door..the shout goes up "CLOSE the doors, the cat's in!" and panic stations!! I scrabble across the floor, slam the door shut..... not daring to look behind me to see if I'm one step ahead of Charlie. Tigger then eats his food in peace, has a wander and either goes out or back to his bed......or that's what's happens most of the time!

We also have a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs to keep Charlie down and more to the remind him to stay away from the cat!!! The cat loathes him with a vengeance!! Tigger has "his own room" now, upstairs...he has since the dreaded dog arrived. His  hammock is slung on the radiator in my husbands little office..his own private boudoir away from the cares of the world (the cat's that is not DH's, lol)...and of course away from the dreaded Charlie.

But...a failure to close the door on time spells disaster...Charlie skids and slides down the hall looking for that lovely little fur ball to play with...he adores Tigger! Tigger at this point is normally minding his own business, tucked away in the corner under the stairs in the hall. Until ....he hears the skidding and scrapping on the tiled floor...and then...the fur and tail shoot up.....just before he leaps the stair banister and flies like a maniac up the staircase.

The only problem is that Charlie is almost as fast, well faster than me anyway!! He does a racing turn at the bottom of the stairs and takes the stair gate in one leap!!!! I Charlie you KNOW that's wrong!!! But in the heat of the moment he thinks his best friend is playing and he is not going to be left out..not him. When will he get the message that he is NOT the cat's best friend...more like an unwanted neighbour, no more like a hated neighbour!!

By this point I'm trying to open the gate and shouting at the top of my voice at Charlie.....why I don't know, it is a complete waste of time, he's gone deaf..again!!

When I do catch up with him he's normally standing back jumping around, ducking and diving at Tigger, tail wagging ten to the dozen. The cat however, is not amused and has his claws ready to swipe that nasty great dog on the nose if he comes within range. If I'm not fast enough then all I hear is the yelp as Tigger whacks Charlie sharply across the nose....and I mean sharply, claws and all. This normally makes Charlie back off...well, move one step back at least.

The whole episode ends with Charlie being firmly taken back downstairs by a stone faced me, to spend the next hour surrounded by stony silence. At this point he normally just goes to sleep until all the hue and cry has died down and to save his energy for the next playtime opportunity.

It's amazing, the stair gate works to keep him downstairs most of the time as he understands that he is not allowed past it. That is unless the cat runs up stairs and then the chase is on, he just can't control himself.

So you can imagine what it was like at the weekend when you added Lilly into the chaos!! I closed the door and Lilly opened it, Charlie escaped and the cat ran. Lilly was as bad as Charlie, she laughed and laughed to watch them and I think she thought that it was all for her benefit!! She, of course loves Charlie and Tigger and so she really believes it's their playtime and Grandma is a spoil sport not letting them run riot!!!

The good thing about it all was her laughter, it was just like music, so happy and sure that the world was a good place and that these to hooligan animals did really love each was just a game....for her benefit of course...or so she thought. Oh, the innocence of little ones....if only it were true!!!

Before I go I have some grungy papers...not all dark and grungy, more like a Spring time grunge of lighter colours.


You can download them here

I'm of to make sure the doors are well and truly shut...or the cat is out!! So take care and have a great day/evening!!


Maryse said...

The innocence of childhood :)I can her laught from here:))Poor Charlie!
I LOVE your papers but where are the darh ones ;p

Yvette said...

Great story. My dog Chewie likes going over to my parents house to see their kitty or he just wants to eat the cats food. Thank you for the great papers.

Caroline and Jayne said...

sounds a fun house lol !!!
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angelfaye said...

wonderful papers - great story!

I have an award for you on my blog!

Michele said...

Lovely papers thank you!

I have that same type of story except it is our child and our dog! lol He goes chasing the cat and the cat goes running to hide under the bed! lol

Txmommom said...

Great story! I could visualize the entire scene as I was reading it. Thanks for the papers - I love grunge and these will be great!Donna

Mrs E of Scrappy Freebies said...

thanks for the great papers.

Kay R. said...

Thanks so much for these wonderful papers!!

Susie2shoes said...

Yet another fabulously funny and enjoyable blog post. Thanks for the read I loved every moment.


tajicat said...

What a story! Wow what a lot of work! Love the papers, but won't use 4shared any more, I got a really nasty virus. I still enjoy coming to read your blog though! :)

Keryn said...

Good Morning/Evening June - how I love reading your blog, I must admit that it is one of the first places I visit when I turn my PC on as I love to read about Charlie's exploits and about Lilly and how she is growing up fast - (probably too fast.

Thank you for today's gift of the papers.

I haven't had any problems to date with any viruses from 4shared so don't mind you using them.

Hugs, Keryn

Anonymous said...

Lilly and the animals sound like pure joy! They say the chaos keeps us young - or so we have to believe anyway - right? Charlie has to be the cutest dog I've ever seen. :)

grammy201 said...

Great story; I can just picture them, lol.
Thanks for these wonderful papers!

Anonymous said...

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Polly said...

I can relate to this post! You are so creative to both write so well and to create such beautiful papers, etc. Thanks.

Swapna said...

I love this post.. your words made me feel as if I were watching it happen..!!! So sweeet...

Shinade said...

yes I think butter would most definitely melt in that sweet mouth. Along with a few other things too!!

Wow talk about fast...try to catch a half Jack Russel and toy Schnauzer. The Jack Russel in Mollipop is wild.

When she gets started all you can see is a streak.

Great story!!:-)))

RoseAddict said...

What a funny story, though I bet you didn't find it so funny at the time, lol.

Thank you for the lovely papers! And thanks for sticking with 4shared, which is still safer than most download sites. It doesn't try to force pop-ups on you like some of the download sites, or require cookies or such.

catlady aka catslave said...

Thank you for the nice papers. I love the softness.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful papers and a hillarious story, June.
Is that a rawhide in Charlie's mouth LOL. He looks so cute with it.
Hope you are watching him carefully with it though as they can sometimes cause assorted problems. Make sure you check his poop for any blood too. I tend to feed ours the chew sticks as they are smaller and easier to digest.
have a goodie day

Jeff said...

Your story was great with LOL so early this morning. I can relate so well to it. We solved out problems with an Innotek containment system that included a disk for indoor use. The colors, we have two large dogs, also have a single remote that controls both collars that comes with 15 settings. Never made it past 1-2. People wonder if we have the same dogs. Anyway love the colors and I think they will go well with a boy. Looking foward to see what I can do with them.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the papers!

Kim's Scrappin' said...

LOL Love the story June, I can just picture it all happening and hear Lilly's laughter. :) You are a great writer and designer, the papers are great.

sdwrdt said...

PERFECT TIMING! These papers will work great with the scrapbook I am making RIGHT NOW!

you are an AWESOME writer! Could picture exactly what was happening with Charlie!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the great papers!

Joan said...

Thank you for the lovely papers. I love reading your blog. It is such a day brightener!!!

LindaJD said...

Sounds Great fun
TYSM for the pretty papers..:)

lol..Just got my word to type in the code box it's dogim!!! can't get away from

ccynden said...

What a precious story, it is just hysterical.Thank you for lighting up my day and for the lovely papers.

Cindyrelly said...

Sooo pretty ;) Thanks!!

VJ's Scrap Room said...

I LOVE these!! Thank you so much for sharing.:)

eilajean said...

Hi June,

I stopped in to pick up these papers. I like the colors a lot... Thanks for sharing. I wanted you to know - for as beautiful as this place I call home is... there are some issues. Today it is -16 F - which is -27 C!!!! Guess I won't be going out!

Have a great day!


makeyesup said...

great papers and folded frame, thanks for sharing. Love reading your blog and the escapades of the dog and cat and Lilly enjoyment of the two. Think you need to find out if there is any such thing as a remote door closer so you can shut the doors from a distance. You do realize that you will never be fast enough for them. And then add doorknobs that are at the 5 foot level so Lilly can't open them as she will be faster than you too.

suruha said...

Hi, June,

Great story, as usual. Do you ever wonder what other people would think if our home lives were broadcast for others to see? LOL I'm sure there would be some strange tales from all over. Yours lead the pack, though, lady! LOL Charlie needs some "dog-whispering". LOL

Thanks for the papers.


Anonymous said...

Agradeço pelos belos papéis.
Cores clAras, leves e muito delicadas! Adorei!
Um abraço pra você e muito obrigada!!!

amsangel said...

Silly pets! I shudder to think what our cat would do if we brought in a dog, or even another cat! Thanks for the lovely papers!