It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night

And I’ve been working like a dog!

Most of you know that my bipeds were unwell over the holiday period, but what you don’t know is how hard I worked at looking after them. The warning signs were there on Boxing Day morning. It had snowed and I was, naturally, very excited about it. The bipeds only stayed outside for a minute or so, before complaining of being cold and shivery. I had to play on my own!

The next morning there was no doubt that they were unwell. The male biped was the first one to appear in the morning and he just flopped into a chair. The female appeared a few minutes later and asked him what he was doing.

He replied, “Just sitting here waiting to feel better.”

She said, “Sounds like a plan!”

She went to the kitchen and opened the back door for me to go outside. I was as quick as I could be and came back inside because I wanted to keep an eye on the bipeds. She gave me my breakfast and put some food down for the cats.

When I had eaten my breakfast, I went to find the bipeds. They had water, tissues and cough sweets in easy reach and they were sprawled out on the sofa – it was like a makeshift camp. The cats, briefly, thought it was great to have the bipeds sprawling about in big, fluffy dressing gowns and went and sat on the bipeds. The first coughing fit convinced the cats they’d made a mistake and they stalked off with their ears laid back to claim an armchair each.

I stayed very close to the bipeds and kept a careful eye on them. Every now and then one of them would get up to fetch more water or make a hot drink. I would follow them to make sure they were okay. One of them tried going back to bed, but soon reappeared saying that it was harder to breathe when lying down.

I was so concerned about them that I hardly napped at all. The cats had eaten all the food in their bowls by early evening. They jumped up onto the sofa and nudged the bipeds. The bipeds stroked them. The cats wailed to say that they were hungry. The bipeds just groaned!

The cats came to me for help. I got up and sat as close as I could to the sofa and stared at the bipeds. They pretended they hadn’t noticed me staring at them. The cats came and nudged me gently in support and wailed as loudly as they could.

The bipeds said, “Have a heart, Clowie!”

If it hadn’t been obvious that they were delirious, I would have been offended! I had been watching over the bipeds all day and not asked for anything. The cats had been no trouble, they’d been sleeping quietly. The cats were now without food and in danger of fading away. And, not only that, it was a quarter past my teatime!

I continued to stare, wearing the saddest expression I could. The cats wailed louder.

One of the bipeds said, “There’ll be no peace until they’re fed.”

The other replied, “You’re right. Are you up to making a hot drink while I feed the furballs?”

They got to their feet and the cats and I were given our food. It may seem harsh to force the bipeds into action, but it was for their own good – it’s important for them to have some activity.

You can imagine how hard I worked over the next few weeks until I’d got them back to health. I took the first opportunity I could to sleep like a log!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Sweet Clowie, I imagine you’re exhausted! Such a good caretaker you are, though. 🙂 Very glad to hear your bipeds are back to good health.

  2. Great to read that your protective instinct of both your bipeds & the cats was very much in evidence over the holiday period Clowie, your bipeds are very fortunate to have you! Also very glad both bipeds are better now ! 🙂

    • Thank you, I’m pleased they’re better. I always keep a watchful eye on everyone, but when there’s something wrong it’s very important that I watch them carefully.

  3. Your bipeds and cats were jolly lucky to have you during such a horrid time. Your calm presence must have helped and your determined, yet calm, presence at feeding times must have been a great reminder 😉
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    • Yes, I don’t think they could have coped without me! They seem to find it harder to ignore me sitting there staring at them than all the noise the cats make.

  4. Clowie, thank heavens you were there not only to take care of your sick bipeds but to help make sure none of the fluffy members of your family (you and the kitties) got some FOOD !!!! Sick bipeds don’t want to do anything so your effort to get them motivated enough to rise from their prone positions to dole out the food was brilliant! I bet you’re glad everyone is well – meals will be served on time……to everyone!

    Hugs, Sammy
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    • You’re right, Sammy, it can be incredibly difficult to get bipeds to move when they’re unwell! They would never have managed without me. Even when they’re well, I have to remind them it’s mealtime sometimes. They say they were busy and didn’t notice the time. How can they not notice it’s time for food!?

  5. Clowie thank the heavens you were there to keep boat afloat so to speak! That flu bug thing is rough. You were a very good girl to make sure that the cats didn’t starve.. 😉 I am happy your bipeds are feeling better and that you got some well earned sleep after all the “watching over” you did!

    • It was tiring looking after everyone, I was glad when they were recovered enough for me to relax. It was rather a nasty bug this year – they looked dreadful!

  6. They are lucky to have you all. I know when I was ill having my two look after me was brilliant!
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  7. Clowie you were right. activity is the best to chase all sickies away, even the flu gremlin.
    we had a “housepital” during the howl-i-days too, 4 sick bipeds and one hungry Weimaraner… not a good mix LOL
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    • Yes, activity is important, but they can take a lot of persuading! You must have been even busier than I was looking after them all.

  8. Your watchful eye was the nursing they needed. Nothing like loving Clowie energy to heal your bipeds. Wishing everyone a very happy healthy 2015. wag wag <3
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  9. Wow, sounds like you had your paws full for sure!!!
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  10. So happy they are better! Rest up mama~

  11. My mom has had food poisoning and it was a terrible nightmare for us dogs. Nothing worse than an out of commission pet parent!
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  12. Wonderful job of taking care of your bipeds while they were ill, Clowie! It’s been a tough winter everywhere, I think. My husband’s finally getting over a bronchial bug that hit him after a bout with the flu—nearly 7 weeks later!
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    • Thank you. There have been some nasty bugs about this year. I hope your husband is feeling better soon – that’s a long time to feel unwell.

  13. Oh, my, C. You did have your work cut out for you. I hope your people appreciate how lucky they were to have you there overseeing their recovery. The cats were obviously NO help whatsoever. Classic.

    Love and licks,
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    • You’re right about the cats being no help – they wouldn’t even give the bipeds a cuddle until the bipeds stopped coughing and sneezing!

  14. You’re such a good nurse Clowie
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  15. Have you ever considered attending nursing school Clowie? Experience goes a long way in being a good nurse and obviously you have gained a great deal of skill since your humans and the cats all survived this illness thanks to you!
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    • I think I’d be a star at nursing school! I’m sure it is my skills that saved the bipeds – they’d have left it far too long without any exercise if I hadn’t been there.

  16. Clowie, you don’t need any further training to become a therapy dog. You have such empathy and understanding of your bipeds. You did the right thing catapulting them away from the comfort of their tissue box and comfy chair and reminding them of the importance of exercise as well as the Golden Rule. xx Bilbo

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  18. Well, we are just glad that everyone got through it OK and all is better now. I bet those cats are grateful to have you to help, Clowie, as well as your bipeds. Getting up and moving around is always good for congestion!
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    • Thank you, I’m glad they’re better now. It’s sometimes very difficult to convince bipeds that it’s good for them to keep on the move! The cats do appreciate having me to watch out for them.

  19. Clowie, I have been taking care of Mom L for TWO WHOLE MONTHS NOW! I know how tiring it can be. I hope you eventually woke up to find some food. And sending healing purrs to your bipeds in case they might need some to hold in reserve
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    • Thank you, Savannah. You must be exhausted! I know it’s difficult to trust Sage to look after your mom properly, but you should let her take a turn now and then so that you can take a rest.

  20. Heavens, that cold has been around the world and back again. We were also ill in January. I wish we had you here Clowie to look after us. We had to rely on each other because our kitty’s are no help. We did feel better to snuggle them though x
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    • I’m glad that your cats gave you a cuddle. Our cats leave won’t sit on the bipeds when they’re coughing and sneezing, so they’re even less help than your cats are!
      There are some really nasty bugs about for bipeds this year. And I have a feeling that the bugs will head South to bother even more bipeds when our weather improves in this hemisphere.

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