When our pen was developed in 2008, the section nearest to the garage was left pretty bare, as you can see in the following photo:
So this summer, Pat decided it was time to build something over there for us to play on.
Pat had a meeting with our usual contractors -- Dean Smith Carpentry Services -- and plans were made to build a new structure right up against the wall of the pen. The plans called for:
--entrances on the front of the structure to each of the three stories, opening on to ...
--side entrances to the top story and to the bottom story
--new planks connecting the two side entrances to our already existing system of walkways
--peepholes on the back of the new structure, so that we can spy on the next door neighbors
--strategically cut holes inside the structure, between the first and second stories and the second and third stories, so that we can leap between the different levels
Dean and his associate Mark got right to work and completed the new structure in just a day and a half!
Here is what the new structure looked like before we moved in. We think the staggered balconies are a really great design feature:
A view from the side:
The next picture, taken from outside the pen, shows the peepholes on the back of the new structure::
Here are pictures of us settling in:
Hershey was the first to go inside:
If you look carefully at the next picture, you can see a bit of Hershey's tail, just inside the top right entrance:
In the following picture, Hershey exits from the side door of the top story:
On top of the new structure, there is plenty of space for perching and sprawling. We can also leap, from the top of the structure, to the walkway that passes above it:
We will be posting more pictures as we come up with more ideas for using all this great new space:
THANK YOU, Dean and Mark of Dean Smith Carpentry Services, 69 Kingston Road, Cornwall, PEI, COA 1HO -- Prince Edward Island's premiere designers and builders of quality cat pens and furnishings!
The neighbors behind us have built a tall fort that is SO fun to climb:
And in our pen, there is a watering hole that Pat fills with fresh water every morning:
Pat has been saying that she thinks we are a bit better behaved this year than in past years: we stay closer to home and some of us even come inside when she calls us.
Pat thinks that maybe we are becoming more "mature." (Which doesn't sound like all that much fun to us, actually.)
But today something happened that made Pat think, perhaps we are not such good cats after all . . . in fact, Pat says that this morning we were very BAD!
Here is how it all started.
We were all so excited that we came running to get a better look (CLICK the picture to enlarge it):
In no time at all, we had the Skunk surrounded.
And then - the Skunk lifted her tail! She STAMPED her feet!
Pat started calling for us to get away, QUICKLY!
But we stood our ground, until -- the Skunk turned tail and scurried off!
The Skunk ducked underneath the deck of our next door neighbor! And naturally, we followed:
In fact - Dandy and Cocoa went right underneath the deck after the Skunk!
Pat was SO alarmed at the thought of Dan and Cocoa being confined with the Skunk in such a small place . . . but then . . . the Skunk calmly strolled out from under the deck:
So of course we hurried after her:
Pat was SO relieved when, one by one, we each came wandering back. . . .
Pat told us that the Skunk has more sense than we do!
Then Pat said that any cat who gets sprayed by the Skunk will have to take a bath in hydrogen peroxide + baking soda!
And that's not all: any cat who gets sprayed will have to live full time in the pen, not coming into the house until the bad smell disappears!
Which leaves us wondering: is it worth the risk to continue playing with the Skunk?
To be continued .....
every morning (between 6 and 6:30 a.m), Pat puts on our collars and we DASH out into the yard, eager to see if we can find Skunk!
And on two different mornings in the week following our first encounter, we did find Skunk, poking about in one or another of the groves.
As a result of Skunk's poking, lots of tasty insects flew into the sky -- insects which we chased and caught and ate!
Pat says she is very happy that Skunk made the choice to ignore us completely.
But we were NOT so happy -- because -- we wanted Skunk to play with us!
Dan was particularly insistent. He repeatedly dashed right up to Skunk. He jumped up and down in front of her, he ran in circles around her . . . hoping that Skunk would respond: it would have been SO much fun if Skunk had decided to CHASE Dan!
but all Skunk did was turn her back on Dan and wander off in a different direction . . . still poking in the leaves for insects ....
which gratified Pat but not us ....
And now it has been several days since we saw Skunk.
Pat warned us this would happen: she said Skunk would move out of the neighborhood if we didn't stop pestering her!
we are still hoping that one of these mornings Skunk will change her mind and re-join us in the back yard ....