I was one of the doggies featured on Cat Forsley’s blog recently. If you haven’t seen the post, you should take a look – you may meet a new doggy friend there!
I’m going to tell you about our log fire. When the weather is cold and my bipeds are relaxing, they like to light a log fire. I’ve never found the actual fire particularly interesting, but the logs in the basket at the side of the fireplace are quite tempting! I don’t do more than sniff them now, but when I was a puppy I used to take one or two logs out to play with if I thought no one was looking. They always noticed! One of my bipeds would hand me one of my toys and put the logs back in the basket.
The cats, Mulberry and Pippin, like to sit close to the fire. Pippin is usually sensible, but Mulberry sometimes wants to be too close. When that happens I gently push him with my nose, until he moves away to a safe distance.
When Mulberry was a kitten, I think he would have climbed into the fire if he could. The bipeds were always moving him to a safer distance. They would play with him to try to keep him away from the fire, but he would keep going back again.
I heard my bipeds say that it wasn’t very relaxing having a fire when Mulberry was determined to get so close to it. I also heard them ask Mulberry if he would ever learn! I think he knew they didn’t want him to go so close, but he can be quite determined.
One evening Mulberry had been asleep on the sofa and then got down and approached the fire. I wasn’t sure whether the bipeds had noticed and I was closer to Mulberry, so I stood up and moved and blocked his path. He tried to walk round me, so I gently pushed him with my nose.
The bipeds chuckled and one of them said, “That’s right, Clowie! He’s going too close to the fire again.”
Ever since then, I’ve helped by keeping Mulberry at a reasonable distance from the fire when it’s alight. He doesn’t often need reminding now. Sometimes I suspect he’s teasing me, when he does edge closer to the fire. But I push him away for his own safety. When I settle back down again he’ll come and play with my tail. I think he likes to know that I look after him.
See you next Wednesday!