Friday, February 13, 2009

Mousie Update

On Thursday, Mousie underwent the transition known as neutering. The post-operative instructions included several orders starting with, "Do not allow the cat to ..." but as any cat minion knows, felines have a tendency to disregard commands.

Mousie quickly resumed his macho attitude, doing battle with Mr. Bear and various pieces of crumpled paper and even biting the hand that feeds him. As pictured above, he seems to be saying, "Surely you jest" at the thought of meekly obeying anybody else's rules for his conduct.

How did such a brute come to be named Mousie?

Here's why. Up until the time he took a liking to this writer, he was an underweight, sickly creature, quiet as a mouse. Since leaving the feral life behind, he has filled out, grown big muscles and asserted his claim as lord of all he surveys. When not imperiling my house plants or testing his new fangs on important documents, he will occasionally let himself to be petted or spoken to in terms of endearment before resuming his brawling.

No new name has emerged to replace "Mousie." Someone suggested "Moosie." But he really no longer cares what he is called, because now he is calling the shots.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Renata said...

Shot Caller....sounds like a name to me LOL

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Audrey said...

Wow, comparing these pictures, you can see by the size of his ears and whiskers that he was destined to be "Moosie" if he was given a chance.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous joanna cassidy said...

wow we are all grownup now.far cry from that little mousie,in the driveway.i am happy bernice that you gave mousie a chance.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Moosie. But I also like Mousie. I think it is great when someone's name does not match their appearance. I have one friend nick-named Pollito (spanish for little chicken) and he is huge. He must have been small as a child when he got that nickname. Ironically, I have another friend that we call Porky who is thin as a rail. So, I suggest you just keep calling him Mousie. It is much more interesting.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Aw, Mousie is one lucky cat to have found you. He's beautiful!

10:46 PM  

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