A Message from Mouse

Hello blog people, Mouse here again.

I’ve had to have words with the Staff. I noticed that Mum isn’t adhering to her usual regular posting schedule and I felt she was Slacking Off. I know you’ll be concerned that the same slackness might be carrying through to My care and feeding, but luckily, all that is still happening on schedule and up to standard.

It appears that Mum (aka Chief of Staff and Quartermaster) is having a spot of bother with her back and hasn’t been able to adhere to her proper schedule (except for looking after Me, naturally). She says there’s a fair bit of pain and some very unpleasant clunking and grinding sensations, and that as soon as Dad finishes his last day of night shift, she’s going to have a day on her back in bed to let it all settle down.

To be honest, I’m not sure what the fuss is about. Her back’s not nearly as long for her size as mine, but I suppose as she insists on walking around on just her hind paws it’s not surprising she’s having a spot of bother. And she doesn’t spend enough time snoozing, in my opinion. Catch me ever having back trouble… On the other hand, too much time spent snoozing might impact on service quality, so I’m going to keep my opinion to myself on that subject!

To be fair, she has sorted out a couple of piles of scraps and has ironed them. She says it’s for F2F and ScrapHappy and is going to be a cushion cover.

I wonder if it’s for Me… My bed could do with a a bit of smartening up.

35 thoughts on “A Message from Mouse

  1. tialys says:

    Sorry to hear your Mum’s in pain with that back again. Make sure you show her how to relax properly and let her have some snooze sessions even if it means normal service is interrupted. However, I don’t think you’ll get her walking on all fours no matter how preposterous you think walking on her hind legs might look.

  2. Hey Mouse, nice to hear from you. I’m pretty sure you’re the kind of doggo who will help his Mum lighten the load as much as possible when she has a bad back.

    • katechiconi says:

      I am a Good Doggo. I make sure she’s nice and cosy in bed by lying across her legs, and distract her when she’s sore by asking to have my tummy tickled… But I do need to get my breakfast when it’s time; I can’t afford to lose any more weight.

  3. Dayphoto says:

    Gosh, Mouse…I hate it when my Mom is stoved up, makes for long days for her and for me. BUT I was glad to hear from you. Boomer

    • katechiconi says:

      Hey Boomer, how’s your nose? Mum says her back’s never going to get properly better, but it’ll be back to as good as it gets in a day or so so long as she gets to lie flat for a bit. So long as I get my meals and my walkies I’m not that fussed – I snooze too much to get really bored!

  4. Terri says:

    Sorry that your mum is having back pain. I’m sure it’s miserable for her but having you close by to give her comfort has to help in the healing process.

  5. claire93 says:

    thanks for keeping us in the loop Mouse! I suggest you might want to learn how to put the kettle on and make a nice cup of tea, so Mum can rest. Or maybe, you could learn how to open your sack of food, and prepare your own dinners?

  6. Sharon says:

    You’re a good son Mouse and I appreciate your update. Take care of Mom and let her know our thoughts are with her. Soft hug to her 🙂

  7. Thanks for the update Mr. Mouse. I’m sure the act of getting this typed up and sent with photos to boot, was a very heroic act on your part. Give love and hugs to mum and let her rest as much as possible. Human backs are a bit fragile when we tax them so much.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Auntie Marlene! I have watched Mum pawing at her silver thing, so I thought i’d give it a go, my toes are very long. Also, her phone will take photos if you give it a good nose boop, and I am the world expert at nose boops. I will keep Mum company while she snoozes on the sofa in the sewing room this afternoon – she has a nice nest of quilts there.

  8. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod says:

    Hi Mouse!
    We’re Marty K’s foster kittens and we’re writing to thank you for the update on your mum. We hope your mum is feeling better soon and can give you lots of attention. We wish we could help you care for her, but unfortunately, we’re half a world away. We promise to think of you both when we use our foster mum as a kitty playground and when we take our snoozles. Have you ever tried a litter box? We find it very useful.
    W, B, & N

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, kittens! You needn’t be scared of your Uncle Mouse, I never chase cats. I just put up my ears and look at them. Mum says a lapful of kittens is very therapeutic and she’ll take the thought as the deed. What is a litter box?

      • W,B,&N says:

        We could never be scared of you, Mousiekins, although with that name, we might try to chase YOU! 😉 Blynken is especially enamored with his mouse toy. As for litter boxes, we discussed the matter with Marty and she explained that you would prefer the great outdoors for when nature calls.

        Sending purrs and snuggles to your mum! ❤️

      • katechiconi says:

        You may TRY and chase me but I’m a good bit faster, my kitties…

  9. Ahh Mousie, good thing your mum has got you to send out the news. I thought she was a bit quiet, I assumed with important quilting or reno stuff… should’ve known better. Lucky you’re there to lend support and pats, and send her our best wishes.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says “measuring the back yard, having a Covid-19 test and creaking slowly around the house…” And now, you must excuse me. We’ve just had walkies, so I need a snooze and Mum has to lie down to rest her back. Side by side…

  10. cedar51 says:

    Mouse, please convey gentle hugs to your Mum and let her know that we respect her need to take a break. I know that feeling about “body parts” and how they don’t necessarily work as we want…I’m glad you’ve there to support her…luv to you both, from across the ditch in NZ.

    • katechiconi says:

      I will put my head on her knee and pass on the message. I think Mum is secretly afraid it may be time for more metal bits in her back… If she rests for a whole day it may ease off, so paws crossed.

  11. Good morning Mouse … Aunty Chippy here. Tell mum as long as she’s looking after you properly she really should not be worried about anything else…
    I’m liking the look of the pieces of fabric she’s ironed.. & could you tell her I’m also putting some scraps aside to make some trial blocks but haven’t decided what I’ll make from those scraps …. hmmmm … maybe mum can give me some ideas 💡😁
    Chat soon bubs ♥️ Hufs and smoochies from your aunty in Melbourne 🥰

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    Good morning Mouse- delighted you are well but sorry to read about the staff’s health issues. I think you may need to review your health and safety policy- check that everything is at the correct height, no unneccesary bending and climbing. You don’t want to be sued for negligence!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says the bending wouldn’t be an issue if she didn’t constantly drop things. I don’t mind that bit, especially if it’s in the kitchen while she’s making dinner…

  13. Hi Mouse, Roo and Orchid here. We knew you would have your Mum properly trained but it is such a nuisance when the staff are not fully fit. We have taught our Mum to do doga when her back hurts after too much gardening but she makes such a song and dance about getting changed and rolling out her mat – we just stretch as we get up! Orchid says she knows what your Mum is going through – it’s not back with her but legs and hips but she is very stiff and creaky sometimes. The answer is ;lots of rest so you are doing the right thing by snuggling up with her on the bed or sofa. Good luck and we hope normal service is resumed very soon.

  14. I think the Quartermaster is designed to walk around on her two back paws, and crawling around the house would certainly compromise service, Mouse. Let’s hope some rest will help.

  15. Mouse, Sorry to hear your Chief of Staff is having trouble with her inferior non-canine spine. Problems like that can really impact essential services like walkies and treats. If it gets more serious, you may need to let her in one one of our many Wise Dog ways. Show her we twirl three times before settling down to rest because it unwinds the, well, can’t translate into this language but I believe humans call it “bad vibes.” Give it a try!

    your friend,
    Cocoa Bean the Poodle

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Cocoa Bean, good to hear from you! Very wise suggestion. Mum calls it ‘winding down’. I shall put it to her. She has a sort of rotation wiggle she does to make her back ‘clunk’ back into position and feels better after that, but I think it’s sticking just now.

  16. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    Hi Mouse and Kate! I’ve been staying offline a bit lately too, only because I thought internetting could get out of hand for me during Covid restrictions. Good luck with your back. As well as snoozing, Shinee recommends sunbathing, stretching and full-body shaking!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Shinee! Mum says she’s already copying my stretches, but the other two probably won’t help too much. She says she’s almost desperate enough to try roaching, but is afraid that Dad will try and tickle her tummy if she does…

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