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Friday, 10 July 2009

Hmmmm....

Wow, thanks for all the comments and advice on the situation with Gus. I felt what alot of you said before I read it but was led to believe that I was overreacting by my M.I.L....."that's just what cats do Nicky" she said.

Anyway, part of the problem has been solved. Last night as we set off to walk the dogs, Gus was sitting outside this woman's kitchen window. We put the dogs away, went back over and called him and he came running over to us. Took him indoors, brushed him, fed him etc and he settled down to sleep quite happy. Without having a confrontation we have what we wanted, I think the other neighbour (the one who told us where he was) has maybe said something to her about how unhappy I was with the whole catnapping thing....and yesterday's post now seems a tad over dramatic!

Thing is, he WAS sitting outside her house.....obviously waiting for her to come back, perfectly free to come home but choosing not to. So, we're feeding only water and dry kibble (we've tried BARF with him but he's not interested) which is what we've always fed him, he gets no tinned meat and no milk (we knew about the lactose thing) and has never known any different, it's what he's used to.....until now. This woman we know has been giving him milk, I suspect she has given him tinned meat too....of course, he's had a taste and wants more. I haven't seen her yet, she was out at work all day yesterday.....but Craig saw her going into her house this morning. He also saw Gus trying to get in with her and her not letting him......HE WANTS TO LIVE WITH HER NOW!! And to make matters worse, the dogs are more excited than ever to see him, he's been away so long.....we're going to have to do a refresher on how to behave around the cat....and stop the chase instinct and pack mentality triggering WW3 every time Gus is around....and maybe a nice tin of sardines once a week to keep him interested!

Anyway, thanks for all the advice....we'll take some of it and keep you posted. Maybe i'll put a card through her door saying thankyou for looking after the cat during the storms but please don't put anymore food out for him!

In the meantime, here are some random videos of how we spent yesterday (since we can't post photos) sorry if they make the page slow-loading....

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Dinnertime.

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Rosie licks her lips after dinner!

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Rosie plays with the cat....

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Snoop and Rosie enjoy a game of tag at the park....Alfie gets bossy! (Pardon the noise level, it was pretty windy!)

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Hometime.

That's all for now....we're off to begin the mammoth task of visiting you....bear with us, it's gonna take a while!

22 sniffy tailwags:

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Beagles!

So sorry - I'm behind on visiting blogs too and have only just finally come to yours so I missed out on your first post about Gus! Anyway, am glad he's "back" - sort of - at least you know where he is and what he's doing! Hope he realises what a nice home he has already with you and stays put!!!

I really enjoyed your videos...what were you guys eating? It looked really yummy! And you know, when you said "Rosie playing with the cat" - I thought you meant Gus! tee! hee! I love the one of you guys running around playing tag too...ooh, but my goodness, Rosie, don't you have a looooooong tongue!!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

MAX said...

Hi there all you Beagles (&Nicky)
Greetings from South AFrica!
We are (obviosly) new visitors to your blog and have read your recent posts with keen interest.
So sorry to hear about all your drama with the neighbours and glad to hear that you got your kitty back.
I wish people were as keen to looking after animals here as they seem to be in your part of the world.
Take care and lotsaluv
Maxdog & Co in Sunny South AFrica

Asta said...

Hi Rosie, Gabbi, Alf and Snoop

I loved the videos..you'we awfully well behaved eating next to each othew..youw dinnew looks delicious!
I'm glad Gus came home..I was so sad to think youw neighbow took him. I think youw idea of the note sounds pawfect.
Thank you so vewy much fow the pwessies..I've been playing wif them non-stop since Mommi gave them to me
you'we dawlings
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Petey said...

Hello my gorgeous girl (and assorted in-laws!),

Like Honey, I thought Rosie was playing with Gus for a second there and thought "No wonder he ran away!" Maybe Gus will just go across the street for the occasional dinner, but spend the rest of his time with you. I'm glad to see my Rosie is such a lady-like diner, as opposed to noisy Gabbi! And Alfie seemed to be doing the dishes, cleaning up all the bowls.

And while I'm sorry you still have to wear the red lead, it sure made it easier to spot you in that blur of black, tan and white!

Our official wedding (as opposed to our trip to City Hall) is almost a week away!!!

Love,

Your Petey

Jennifer Wilbur said...

great videos!

glad to hear gus is home. i'm sure the junk food is enticing (who doesn't want it more than the healthy stuff), but you're doing what's best for him. he'll live longer and be your happy cat.

Clive said...

Glad to hear that Gus is back!

lots of woofs
Clive

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Glad the kitty has come home!

The Army of Four said...

We're glad Gus is back home!
Love,
Ammy

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Of khourse, I'm khwite happy the tasty khytty khame home!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: The furst video prompts me to paw 'please Mum, I'd like some more'

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Love the videos!!!

Sue said...

Cats aren't exactly known for their loyalty. If the neighbor has food he prefers, he'll probably go back there. He has you right where he wants you, bidding for his affections.

No wonder I prefer dogs.

Stella said...

Ummn, maybe Gus takes a look at the stuffee cat that the gang plays with, tosses, jerks around, and sees a portent of things to come. Could that be his problem? That and the tinned meat/fish?

Think about it . . .how would you feel?

Kisses,
Stella

Lacy said...

w00f's, now i on the other paw have A different problem...my neighbor has about 10 or so cats ranging in age from 4 weeks to adults..we live in a mobile home and they have took up residents under it...cant git rid of them, they come back..we do not feed them either..lol even had a litter of kittens over here..my daddy has tooked the little bitty black one home at least 2 times, but it must like it here..cats iz strange little creatures, they decide where they wanna b..heehee that prolly didnt help u, but thats my 2 cents worth..

b safe,
~rocky~

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Beagles!
I love the video of you all having supper. So good to see that I'm not the only one who licks the plate thoroughly. Waste not want not, I say!
Cheers, H.
PS Glad to hear that the neighbour/Gus situation seems to be resolved.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're so glad to hear that Gus is back! We loved the videos, guys!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mason Dixie said...

Are you sure Rosie didn't just put lip gloss on for some smooching with Petey? he he. and of course this past year I met the guy of my dreams Alfie, but that is for a later post, I am almost at 200!! and I will have a quiz about me =)

GoldenSamantha said...

I had lots of catching up to do as mom's been so busy, she hasn't commented either lately. You have lots of news! We have a neighbor who loves to feed Ozzie, our cat, too - very annoying, but we've tried to work out a schedule as this is a lonely lady, and Ozzie came from a few blocks over from a lady who abandoned her, so... it sort of works out, although O. knows her home is here. I love the vids! I should learn a lesson from them - eat neatly and slowly - with manners. But.. I don't think I'll learn that very quickly, which is how I tend to scarf down my bkfast and dinner!
Hugs xo,
Sammie

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Wooo, I am glad you have your kitty back to chase, er.. I mean play with. I am sure she is thrilled too.... well maybe not.... tinned food/dry food/ dogs chasing her... anyway, I see my Snoop was having fun! Cool, I will play chase with you Snoopy...
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Persephone and Buster said...

good to hear gus is back on home turf...silly cat running off like that.. w/the beags waiting for him ...heehee..anyhow neat videos ... running like the wind..
theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone, & Ms. Blue

Joe Stains said...

wow, tempted by the fruit (or canned meat) of another. Cats are strange little buggers aren't they. We think the card is a good idea, glad you were able to resolve it peacefully.

Team 3 Dawg Flite said...

Cool videos! You beagles are funny dogs. I think we would have a good time playing together. I'm glad to hear the good news about Gus. Good job with him. Love, Sally

Agatha and Archie said...

Well we are glad Gus is back.We can not beleive you guys can eat that close to each other.We have to eat in separated rooms or we get a little,uhmm touchy shall we say?? Archie is worried that your ears go in your food ....do they? If they do he said he could invent something for you..(don't forget he has been watching a LOT of cooking shows) Lvoe A+A