By Jacky Sapphire
It was such a nice morning, a cool morning, 6:30 AM. The wind wasn’t blowing and the grass was dry. I wandered around the yard, checked my favorite places and cut through the hedge to our neighbor’s yard. I really like checking their bushes and going to the far side of the yard where I can lay in the caragana hedge and watch the street. Sometimes there is traffic. I don’t like the sound of engines, but I like to watch them move along the street. Sometimes I can see people across the street. I wonder if they have cats like me. It would be a great morning to play games with other cats.
“Oh, there’s Joe Boo Boo. He’s trying to hide in the tall grass. Not doing so good, though! Hey Boo, I see you! You’re IT!”
“This tree and brush looks like a good hiding place. The neighbors don’t seem to mind that I come over to visit. I do clean up after myself, if you know what I mean. I’ll sit here quietly and see if Boo Boo realizes where I am.”
“I don’t know what happened to Joe Boo Boo, but he hasn’t found me yet. So, guess I will go to the front of the yard. This tree should give me a good hiding place. I don’t really think Boo’s sight is all that good anyway, he’s getting older so even if I am a larger white cat he won’t notice me against this dark tree trunk. Besides, from here I can watch what’s going on across the street. Sometimes I see a cat wander from the park over to a yard.”
“I’m still hiding from Joe Boo Boo. He didn’t find me behind the tree so I moved to the tall grass. I’m sure he won’t see me here!”
“I have been looking everywhere for that white cat! I don’t know how he does it! He isn’t all that small! I’m tired of this game..
“I think I’ll go take a nap.” And Joe Boo Boo found his favorite place to go to sleep.
Sapphire realized that Boo Boo must have given up looking for him. Then he heard Mom calling. “Sapphire. Sapphire. Come on. It’s time to come in.” She was using her coaxing voice. It didn’t work! I wasn’t ready to come in. Then she started walking to check my favorite places to hang out. She walked all the way around the block. She even crossed the street to the park to see if I had gone there. (I did go there a couple of times, but she scolded me about going across the street so I don’t do that anymore.) She went back in the house and then after a little time she went looking for me again. This time she walked around a little further. But she didn’t find me. I could hear the concern in her voice. “Sapphire? Where are you? Come in now.” I know she loves me a lot, and would be heart broken if anything happened to me. But, I am safe and I know where I am. This morning I was just playing hide and seek with Joe Boo Boo. We stayed close to home.
Then she got crafty! She knows how to get to me! She shook the treat can. Our treats are Purina Dentalife, available from .Chewy.com. When I heard those treats rattling in the can I galloped to the back door. I didn’t want to miss out on treats! She picked me up and scolded me lightly for not coming when she called, then she gave me a few treats. When I finished them she picked me up again and hugged me and told me how much she loved me and was a little scared when I didn’t come as I usually do.
I’ll try to do better next time, Mom. I am glad you let me be outside for a time each day. And I Love You, Too!