Welcome Biscuit – the first official cat of our petsitting ventures!
Biscuit, a beautiful orange tabby cat, recently joined the home of one our other clients, Hannah, a fun-loving yellow lab. This dynamic duo lives in the picturesque West End neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. After a year together, they are finally starting to enjoy each other’s company, while also putting up with one another’s quirks.
While Biscuit is MIA in the morning, Hannah made sure to get us up very early. She is definitely a morning dog and wants everyone to share her excitement of getting up before sunrise. At 6am, Hannah promptly jumps up on the bed to signal it’s time to start the day.
Our last petsit in March was fairly cold and rainy. This time, we enjoyed a warm, sunny stay in August. Sun beams streamed through the large windows of the home, prompting Biscuit to find the ideal spot to curl up for a catnap. The summer weather made our long walks with Hannah more enjoyable too. The trees along the winding streets were in full bloom. In the early morning, with most of the neighborhood still sleep, it was especially peaceful.
Biscuit seemed to particularly relish moments when Hannah was out of the house. He wandered every room as master of his domain, searching for places to lounge or windows where he could enjoy a commanding view.
Inevitably, Hannah would burst through the door causing Biscuit to dart back his ears and scamper away in annoyance.
Biscuit often sought refuge in the basement for a few hours. Ironically, after avoiding Hannah most of the day, he’d eventually saunter up the stairs to grace us with his presence. He often walked by Hannah as if prompting her to react. But by then, she was in full nap mode. With the hotter temperatures outside, she loved relaxing on the cool, wooden floors. Lazy, hazy days of summer indeed.
One afternoon, Biscuit discovered something curious: a ball-like object made of strips of Scotch tape. For a solid hour, Biscuit entertained himself (and us) batting this sticky toy around. Hannah watched the spectacle, but didn’t dare interrupt. Clearly, Biscuit was having a moment!
Despite the new addition to the family, Hannah is still very much the same pup. With her regular humans gone, she would wander into the kids’ rooms to retrieve various stuffed animals. She whined softly and we reassured her they’d be back soon. A late afternoon walk always lifted her spirits (and gave Biscuit his time to shine alone in the house once again.)
By evening time, our adventures with Hannah and Biscuit would wind down. While relaxing on the couch, Hannah would lie down at our feet. Biscuit would be farther away observing all of us, yet still in the same room. Perhaps he was waiting to have the place to himself again in the morning. But we like to think he was enjoying being with all of us.