11.11.2008

This belongs to Manny...and so does that, and that...

When we first moved into our new place, we used the second bedroom upstairs as a dumping ground for miscellaneous boxes and items that we weren't sure where we were going to put them. Among these items were Manny's litter box and food stuff. We decided to keep his stuff in the second bedroom while we worked on arranging (and rearranging) downstairs. We didn't want to keep shifting his food and litter box every two seconds.


This past weekend we made some great strides in organizing the second bedroom (it can actually be used as a guest bedroom now!). We finally found a couple of spots downstairs that work for Manny's food and litter box and shifted his stuff downstairs. That transition went well for Manny and he just continued eating and using the box in the appropriate places as if nothing ever changed. The daybed that we bought for the second/guest bedroom is set up with bedding and blankets waiting for potential over night visitors (hint, hint family!) to use it. Yesterday, I walked into the room to look for a miscellaneous box, and there staring at me from the bed, was Manny. He looked at me like, "uh, don't you ever knock", and I looked at him like, "uh, what are you doing on *this* bed...". So I went over, picked him up off the bed and carried him to my bed explaining to him that he can not possibly take over every piece of furniture in this house -one bed per customer!". He noted his dissatisfaction by a few tail swishes but eventually plopped down on my bed to continue his snooze.

Fast forward a few hours later. I was walking up the stairs when I heard the unmistakable sound of paws landing on the floor. I looked toward the second bedroom and saw Manny sneaking out of the guest bedroom heading towards my room. I followed him into my room and watched him curl up on my bed.

"Manny", I said. "I know you think everything in this house is yours, but seriously, do you think I can have just one thing that does not have orange fur all over it? I would appreciate it, and future guests would appreciate it - do you think you can make that happen?

I got a tail swish in response.

I'm pretty sure his orange fur is the equivalent to human's leaving yellow sticky notes with the word "MINE" all over their belongings.

So now I am on a crusade to reclaim the guest bedroom as the guest bedroom and not Manny's Domain East. Even if it means having to leave yellow sticky notes all over that bed. I have a feeling it will be a losing battle, but we'll see if it can be done.

19 comments:

courtneyl said...

LOL!!! that's absolutely hilarious!!! I can only imagine that Manny's thinking, um, do they not recognize that everything is mine and that I'm just gracious enough to let them use it?!? That's what Mazzy & Murphy would be thinking I'm sure!! You'll have to let us know how the crusade turns out!!!
=^..^=

courtneyl said...

I meant to ask, are you getting my emails?

Bird said...

My cat is like that and I've pretty much just accepted it.

IF you have an area that you want your pet to avoid, go to Walmart and buy clear mats with carpet pokes on the bottom--like the kind you put under and office chair. Put them down in the doorway of the guest bedroom. Hopefully, this will discourage him. If not, lay the mat down where he likes to sleep. The pokies do not feel good on their little paws.

Bird said...

I forgot to say--pokie side up!

Jane! said...

Pick your passive-aggressive battles carefully! He may make a show of displeasure in your shoes.

Nadine Hightower said...

You'll have to close the door. As long as he has access to the whole house...orange fur will too.

kilax said...

Manny is so cute. But not so sneaky! If only he didn't shed... you might never know he was there!

Mocha said...

If only sticky notes were used to make people go away. There are a few people who would get blasted by my Post It Parade.

I mean that in a good way.

Amber said...

Manny knows there is no greater way to welcome your guests than to smother them in his furry goodness...

MizAngie said...

Ohhhh, to only have little clumps of orange fur... I have bales and bales of blonde lab hair everytime I sweep. (And yes, I do sweep more than once a year.) And now I have a new bulldog, too! Well, sorta. I'm dogsitting but the owner NEVER mentions her. How sad is that? Doesn't really matter - she's happier than a pig in shit with me'n Timber.

courtneyl said...

i have been meaning to ask you but since i don't know if my emails are coming thru or not i thought i would ask you here... how did you get the kitty in the corner of your blogger page? where the "b" is?? i love it!!!
=^..^=

Gina (Mannyed) said...

Court...I can't remember where I got the kitty, but I'll do a search and see what I can come up with. CIC needs one!

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Amber said...

All right, I'm waiting for Manny's Thanksgiving updates. What is he grateful for???????

Nancy said...

Ha ha ha! Good luck with keeping Manny out of the guest room. I think it is his room now. Our dogs know that there is an invisible line on our bed. One half is for me and the dogs, the other half is for my husband. I just had knee surgery, so I made the dogs get off, but while I was sleeping .... remind me to tell you what happened when the puppies crossed the invisible line sometime.

I hope you are doing well. It is so fun to come here, you always make me smile.

Happy holidays!

Frana said...

Manny is confused because he thinks you moved to give him his own room, not a guest room! haha!

NoBS said...

So, how goes this battle?

I have a one bedroom apartment and I use the "bedroom" for storage (having moved out of a studio) I do my living and sleeping in the front room. My cat claimed the bed/storage room for hers. I refer to it as "Flynn's room".

Amber said...

Long overdue for some updates, Manny. String yourself with lights, I don't care. I just need a reappearance!

TwiggyB said...

I just wanted you to know that I am enjoying reading your posts on Manny. I had an orange cat, Archie, but he died last year. I have three other cats and though I love them dearly, Archie held a very special part of my heart. So thanks for letting me read about your orange boy.