As you know, Blog, I took off work last Friday not only to rip songs to my new iPod, but to assist Davie in taking two of our three cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Alice (aka Pookie) and Selke were the cats in question; Cody isn't due to go again until November.
Davie found that Alice was in the first floor powder room. He shut her in. We got ourselves ready for the trip, the cat carriers were brought up from the basement and placed in the dining room. Cody could bear his terror no longer and fled to places unknown.
DAVIE: Okay, Alice is in the bathroom. You can bring Selke out.
ME: What if she gets away? Maybe we should put Alice in a carrier first?
DAVIE: No, first we can put Selke in a carrier. She won't get away.
ME: But what if Alice gets away when you try to get her out of the bathroom?
DAVIE: I'll let you get her out of the bathroom, blah blah blah and other inaninities were said by him and by me which I can't honestly recall except we were way too paranoid about the plan.
[TIME COMPRESSION THROUGH EDITING...]
We had Selke and Alice safely in their carriers. They began to meow. And meow. And mrowr. A lot.
CUT TO LIVE FOOTAGE OF THE REST OF THE OUTING...
See what I mean? Ye gods.
Cody, however, is too smart for his own good.
CODY [hiding in parts unknown]: Oh my god! Oh my god! They came back alive! But surely I'm next. Oh I'm doomed! So very doomed! And I have to pee. Oh no, oh no, oh no....
Hours later the really-having-to-pee Cody slunk down the stairs and into the basement. He did not make eye contact. His tail was puffy. He did not emerge for hours.
Finally, after dark, he appeared in the living room. He sat, hunkered down, his tail still puffy, staring.
CODY: Do I even know you? Are you planning to torture and kill me? Will you put me in one of those HORRIBLE CRATES????
ME: It's okay, Codes, it's okay! You're fine. No vet for you, no vet, Buddy!
SELKE: [lying on the cable box]: Hmmm hmmm sleeping whatevs...
CODY: I don't trust any of you! You're plotting my demise, I JUST KNOW IT!
Well, Blog, eventually we did win back Cody's trust (although it took about 36 hours). But I really wonder how he's going to deal with his turn in November. Yikes.