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When are you leaving?

My mom sent me some blue dutch iris rhizomes, and I needed to get them into the ground. We've got a heat advisory starting at noon and going through TUESDAY at 8 p.m. It was about 10 a.m., already 78 degrees in the shade, so I thought I'd get it done now because the heat's just going to get worse from there.

So I put the cats out in the backyard, along with me and the bulbs and a shovel. Dasher was in his harness and on his leash.

Sun. Sweat.

Okay, I've planted them, now I just need to water them, then we can go back in. Dasher was lying in the shade by this point. I'm dragging the hose toward the flowerbed, which is generally in the direction of Dasher. The hose is not running. I'm going to take Dasher inside before I start up the hose, along with Buddha.

Dasher sees me dragging the hose, jumps up, and takes off for the side of the house. He starts off so violently that the leash handle jumps off the shepherd's hook it was attached to and is now dragging behind Dasher as he sprints.

As Dasher runs past the patio, Buddha looks like, "What's going on?!" but stays on the patio. I drop the hose and walk quickly after Dasher. If I run, he'll think I'm chasing him and just run more.

I hear the clatter of the leash handle on pavement, so he's either in the front yard or the neighbor's yard. I get to the front of the house and start calling for him. I hear a pitiful, scared mroooow and follow it to the front door of the house.

He's sitting there praying for the door to open. I approach gently and pick him up, trying to make soothing sounds. As soon as I've got him in my arms, he starts to calm down. I carry him back to the back door (because it's the only one unlocked), and put him inside, along with Buddha who has been waiting at the back door all this time.

I took the harness off Dasher and gave them both some Feline Greenies. They've calmed down now.

I guess someone must have squirted Dasher with a hose before, or he thought it was a giant snake.

Note to self: don't do anything with the hose while Dasher's around.
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mental_floss Blog » 12 Bookstore Cats

Hm, with large bookstore chains suffering, I wonder if it will give a chance for smaller independents (the kind that house cats) to bounce back...
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But then again, you already knew that, didn't you?
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Just so my journal's not all frustrating posts or posts about health issues, have this kitty chasing a laser pointer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_acNtyTqaM

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