Petidote of the Day 2012-01-13
Founding (and sole member) of Occupy Dog Treat Jar (#ODTJ)
Ernie is a Tabbysinian (we made up that breed!) rescue cat who originally came here with his friend, Bert. Bert and Ernie had been taken from a horrendous situation involving dozens of cats living in a pay-by-day motel room. All the cats were taken to foster homes and eventually found better situations. Bert and Ernie liked to play together, but Bert found a home with an older couple who didn't want two cats. Since Ernie didn't seem to mind, he stayed with me.
That was 8 years ago, and since then Ernie has become a service cat. The service he performs involves rodent removal and he is exceedingly efficient. Nearly every day, he presents a newly killed mouse, gopher, mole, or rat. These are carefully positioned in imaginative death poses on the backyard patio. Then he cries loudly to let me know he's done working for the day. Time to kick back and sleep for 18 hours.
Other than killing sprees, Ernie's only other hobby is attempting to head butt the dogs. Occasionally he's successful, but the dogs are very skeptical of cat encounters. So most of the time, Ernie has to make do with occupying their cookie jar. (His slogan, translated by my son: "Down with Dog Hegemony!") And, yes, he actually sits there on the kitchen counter crunching on little bits of dog cookies. I'll bet that really makes you want to have dinner at my house!
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