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Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)
TITLE: While The Boss Is Away
By Terry Walker
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"What do you want now?"
"What are you doing?"
"Laying in the sun over by the patio doors, and trying to sleep if someone would shut up and leave me alone."
"Ah come on Bingo, let's go jump Sugar. She's tied up in the kitchen and can't run from us. It will be fun to watch her hit the end of her lease."
"You go ahead, I'm just too busy purring here in the sun. While you're in there, check and see if there is anything in our bowl. I'm getting a little hungry."
Rummy slinks into the kitchen. Sugar the mutt of the house was sleeping in her bed with her leash tied up to a nearby cabinet. Rummy softly jumps to the top of the cabinets and walks down to the end where Sugar is tied up to. He peers over the edge of the cabinet, tail twitching as he plans his attack. Suddenly he springs straight up in the air to gain more height and adjusts his flight path as he zeros in on Sugar's stomach.
UUNNFFFF. The air is knocked out of Sugar as she jumps awake from her dream of chasing a rabbit. As she pants the air back in her lungs and the sleepy haze leaves her, she sees Rummy standing there with a big cat smile on his face.
"You sorry #@%&*$@#", Sugar yelped at him as she jumped from her bed. Rummy didn't move as she streaked towards him. Sugar opens her mouth to shallow him whole when she ran out of her leash. TWANG! UUNNFFF! The next thing Sugar knew was that she was lying on her back, all four legs straight up in the air.
Bingo walked into the room and looked the situation over. He waddled over to Sugar while she was still laying on her back. WACK, WACK, WACK! Bingo slapped Sugar across her nose. "Why you big dumb mutt, why do you let him do those things to you? Haven't you learned anything in the ten years we've lived together?"
"She's just a mutt, Bingo, she ain't got no the smarts that us cats do. I'm thinking that I'm a teacher and one day she'll learn her lesson." Rummy purred with a smirk on his face.
"I won't be tied up forever, just wait till the boss gets home, your feline whiskers will be mine." Sugar whined as she rolled back into her bed. "One day, when you least expect it, one day and you'll be mine."
Bingo looked at them both, "Can't we just all get along? Why do we have to fight?" He walks past Rummy and quickly turns and jumps on him. Rummy gets away and the chase is on, through the kitchen, through the dining room, up the stairs, down the stairs, over the bed into the bathroom and back out again, back into the kitchen where Rummy loses his footing on the tile floor. Bingo pounces on him and bites his neck.
"YEOW," cried Rummy, "let go you big fat cat, let go!"
"Get him, get him," yelped Sugar, "give him the what for! Knock him over here and let me have a go at him!"
Fur was still flying when they heard a car door. "The boss is home, quick, back to our jobs." cried Bingo.
The boss walks in and pats Sugar on the head and unties her. He leads her to the patio door to let her out. There in the sun lies Rummy and Bingo, giving each other a spit bath.
"You two have the life don't you? It must be nice to just lay around all day." the boss tells them.
Bingo looks at Rummy, "Yeah, it's REAL nice. Oh, by the way Rummy, I give you an 9.0 on that dive into Sugars stomach."
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