Saturday, March 15, 2008

Here, Let Me Get the Door for You

I know what you're thinking. "What an adorable kitty!" "What an angel-cat." "Just look at that face!"

Yeah, well that's what Boo wants you to think! But believe me, what we have here is the Eddie Haskell of all cats. Do NOT trust that handsome face because this cat is up to no good!

As Peter drove up the hill to our house the other day, he noticed a brown dog with a few golden spots on it. As he got closer, he realized that it was a currently-muddy, once-golden dog. In fact, it was Shasta, our very own Golden Retriever! We never allow Shasta to run free in the neighborhood, so Peter knew something was up. When he got home, he noticed that the back door was wide open.

Peter immediately knew exactly what had happened: the cat had let the dog out.

We have European door handles in our house, the kind that work by pushing down on them. Boo, being a curious and exceedingly intelligent cat (uh-huh, riiiight), has figured out how to stretch his body up to the door handle, give a little hop for boosted power, and then pull down on the lever with his front paws, thus opening the door! He's been doing this for a while now to get from the house into the garage, but he's never tried to actually escape from the house before. And he's certainly never opened the door for his fellow pets.

But these day Boo is quite the naughty kitty. Apparently, Shasta has discovered Boo's talent for opening doors and has requested (or maybe bribed?!) that Boo help her escape. So Boo, being the middle pet and the quintessential people (or in this case, dog) pleaser, has obliged by opening the door, allowing Shasta to escape.

As if that wasn't bad enough!

Yesterday morning, just as I was getting ready to head to work, Boo, who was outside at the time, pulled down on the handle and pushed on the door, allowing Shasta, who had pressed her nose against the panes of the French door with a "please lemme out" expression, full outside freedom. So now Mr. Haskell is letting Shasta both in and out!

We never had to get kiddie locks for the doors to this house, but it looks like we're gonna have to invest in some kitty locks pretty darn soon.

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Jen said...

Boo is just too darn smart for his own good! (And cute to boot!)

Anonymous said...

That reminds me of the cat and dog we had back in Germany. They had this thing down to a science. It took us a while to figure out that it was not our neighbor who let them out and left the door wide open (nobody locked their doors back then), but the cat would open the apartment door and the door would jump against the very heavy building door and both would be out.

Anonymous said...

...and the dog would jump against the very heavy door ....

swenglishexpat said...

Have you got an Animal Farm situation brewing here? Watch it!

blackcrag said...

Well, just think of how considerate Boo is being to his canine companion's needs!

Now you don't have to get up to let Shasta in and out of the house. Next time Shasta wants out, you can say, "Boo, would you be a dear...?"

Goofball said...

or you could simply lock the door??

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