Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme...
Old Deuteronomy lies on the floor
Of the fox and French Horn for his afternoon sleep;
And when the men say: `There's just time for one more,'
then the landlady from her back parlour will peep
And say: `Now then, out you go, by the back door,
For Old Deuteronomy mustn't be woken -
I'll have the police if there's any uproar' -
And out they all shuffle, without a work spoken.
The digestive repose of that feline's gastronomy
Must never be broken, whatever befall:
And the Oldest Inhabitant croaks: `Well of all ...
Things ... Can it be ... really! ... Yes! ... No! ...
Oh, my eye!
My legs may be tottery, I must go slow
...from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats written by T.S. Elliot
Ho! hi!?? How about just a friendly hello. I am called Deuteronomy, and my human mistress asked me if I would like to tell my story. If I am to ever get my afternoon nap, I guess I really should begin.
The beginning isn't so different from most others who end up at the shelter. I was born in a litter of several siblings. I was adorable with my blue eyes and long shaggy hair that my mom always had trouble getting to do right. I grew up, then for some reason was taken to the shelter in hopes of finding a new home. I waited patiently, quietly, day in and day out. Then a male human came in looked at me, left then came back and brought a female human with him. They also looked at another fellow in a cage across from mine. He was truly a sad cat. He did not seem to care that these humans were interested in us. I so wanted to tell him things would work out, but he just kept his back turned on all of us. But, I stray from my story...oh my..hee hee...stray...get it? Hrumph...So, as I had seen many times before the people left, but came back the next day and took me and, to my surprise, they also took the sad fellow. We rode a while in a cage, went to a clinic (yes I knew what it was as I had been before), then took us to their home, and what a wonderful place it was...all those nice comfy places for me to nap! There was also two cute female cats already there who were trying to show me around. Try as I may, I could not convey to the little black one that all I was interested in was a nice, long nap after my tiring morning of riding!Finally the other female, a Siamese I believe, took her into another room and kept her occupied with something. YAAAAWN!...oh my, please excuse me, but it has been at least thirty minutes since my last nap. So this is really a short story. Me, the sad fellow (who isn't sad any longer), the two cute females as well as a few other animals live here with these humans who tend to us and care for us...and we are all very happy. Now please excuse me and don't think me rude, but it is my nap time.