The Travels of Mouse: Coffee, chores and catastrophe!

Yes, OK, perhaps catastrophe is a bit strong. Bear with me…

The staff hastened to rectify the coffee situation. We started with brunch at Brother Jenkins Café, a really very nice café literally across the road from the caravan park, and extremely welcoming to doggos, who get their own red drinking bowl on arrival. According to the Staff, they have a very good choice of breakfast options and decent coffee. I must say, there was another epic bacon situation with Dad’s pancake stack with maple syrup, so I was able to take full advantage by giving my best ‘starved greyhound’ impression. Mum’s eggs bennie with mushrooms were extremely good, on excellent crusty sourdough. The mushrooms were cooked with thyme, the eggs were perfectly poached, and her only beef was that the home made hollandaise sauce lacked a bit of acidity, it was almost too rich. You know the food’s good when the humans start nitpicking, don’t you?

Further rectification came when we went to buy a new coffee machine, Dad needed new paw-covers because his old ones were falling apart, and a thingy for the car, Mum needed groceries (and also bought some paw-covers, which she didn’t need).

Bridget was just too fast, she’s out of shot already!

But the best – and also worst – part of the morning came when we visited Touch Park off-leash dog park. It’s my favourite in Cairns, and has the best canine company and Staff attendants. There were heaps of doggos there as it was Sunday, and I was able to do a lot of racing. I made a new friend called Bridget, a cross between a red brindle whippet and something with a broader, shorter head. Up to this point, her Staff said, she’d always been the fastest dog in the park, so it must have come as a bit of a surprise to meet Me… We ran and played, the Staffs chatted. It seems she also has a lot of sighthound traits, like zoomies, paper shredding, unstuffing stuffed toys, and so on, which her Staff hadn’t realised were typical sighthound behaviours.

The catastrophe bit came when I Hurt My Paw. I’d been running and playing so hard I’d managed to acquire a small cut on the pad of my right front paw, and had torn the nail a little. Sigh…. I have naturally capitalised on this injury as much as possible, limping, wincing and looking pathetic, and it has resulted in a very satisfactory increase in fuss, attention and treats. I hope it heals soon, though, as the Staff won’t take me on the beach while I might get sand and salt in it. And I do want to run on the beach…

Today, according to Mum, is another lazy day. For me and Dad, at any rate. She has laundry to do… It’ll be a struggle, but I reckon I can manage a snooze or three on my quilt outside in the sun. Mum says she has to do more sewing as she needs something finished for Thursday. The caravan park is emptier just now; all the families with small children have gone home as school has started again after the spring break. It’s just the grey nomads (no relation to grey hounds) and the backpackers, and a rather rude and aggressive German Shepherd on the corner who leaps out and barks loudly and bares his teeth, at the full stretch of his tether. I don’t like him, and neither does Mum, and if he keeps it up, she’s going to say something at reception, as dogs are not supposed to be aggressive and bark too much. He’d be very frightening to small humans, I reckon.

Sorry about the lack of photos. The Staff were a bit slack about that and I shall attempt to keep them up to the mark tomorrow, when we’re planning a second attempt at Mungalli Creek Dairy and scones, jam and lactose free cream for Mum…

Doggos also welcome.

30 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: Coffee, chores and catastrophe!

  1. cedar51 says:

    Oh nooooooooooooo on your “paw” maybe the staff will get you a “paw cover” like a mini gumboot so you can run on the beach, dabble your paws in the water without getting things “mucky” OR lying on your quilt with your “paw” exposed should work as well…

    At least the staff and paying “You some attention” and not wandering off to their books and sewing all day long…

    Not good about the barking dog…I had a bit of a run in with a dog on my walk last week and now I’m avoiding that side of street as the dog doesn’t appear to be in a fenced space at all…the staff of the dog, did call it off, but I was so scared.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Catherine, thank you for your sympathy. I fear I won’t be able to play on my ‘injury’ much longer; the cut is virtually invisible and Mum has trimmed the broken toenail. Also, I have been detected in limping on the wrong foot momentarily…. Never mind, I’m sure they’ll come up with a plan for my entertainment soon, now that Mum has finished the laundry!

  2. Marty K says:

    I’m sooooo sorry about your little paw, Mousiekins.❤️❤️❤️ I’m glad you got to meet a friend who can keep up with you.

    I feel bad for the GSD having to be in such a stressed-out state all the time. Totally not fair to you guys and definitely not fun for the pupper. His staff are definitely not in the same league as yours!

    Your Mum’s Eggs Benedict sound really good. I agree that hollandaise needs to have a little tang (I’m most fond of lemon in that role).

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Miss Marty, but my paw is almost completely better (Dad says it was the Savlon ointment he snuck on it while I was asleep, so I wouldn’t lick it off). Mum says the injury was greatly overstated in the first place – so harsh and unfeeling! The GSD went from sitting quietly beside his Mum to all-out fierce. He needs to learn to relax; I could teach him!

  3. jmcheney says:

    I am sorry you have hurt your paw, Mouse. Please take it easy & heal ASAP. My dear old German Shepherd mix, Luc, behaved exactly that way but our front fence which was fortunately very strong along the sidewalk along our place, but he sure did scare the little people & small canines passing by. The big doggos iust disdainfully ignored him, I must say, as they walked by looking the other way with their staffs. He was really a very sweet guy & never hurt anyone, includong the many cats he lived with. I miss him terribly. I never risked his reputation by taking him to a doggo park & always took him through the rear entrance at the vet’s. I think that’s in a German Shepherd’s genes, just like you all from your genes Have to Run!

    • katechiconi says:

      Miss Judith, I think I’d have ignored him if there had been a fence, but he was on rather a skinny long line which only just stopped him short of passers-by. It’s a pity, because I’d have made friends if he’d been friendly… As it is, Mum stepped between us, which was very good of her, I thought, as I’d already decided to back away quickly! I’m sorry you lost your friend, do you ever think of getting a new doggo?

  4. Ohhh dear … your poor paw 🐾 🐾 My poor baby … make sure u get a lot of rest.
    As for the lazy day snoozing in the sun sounds heavenly 😍 So wish I was there with you.
    Hugs to mum & dad and tell mum will chat soon ♥️

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Aunty Chippy, it’s much better today, thank you. We’re having a lazy day (except for Mum doing the laundry and Dad doing the washing up, and both of them giving me walkies), but unfortunately the sun isn’t out at the moment and it’s sprinkling with rain, so perhaps you’re better off where you are just now…

      • Oh good to hear u are better. It’s beautiful and sunny 24 here today so I’m feeling happy and sunny 😎
        I’ve planned a picnic in the park today with a girlfriend as it’s her birthday and as we are allowed to meet one person from a different household outdoors (🙄) I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate her birthday. Tell mum I will send her pics on google to show u
        Happy snoozing Mouse love 🐾💝🐾

      • katechiconi says:

        A picnic sounds fun! It’s hot here, but raining off and on, so not a good time to eat outside… Still, fresh crusty rolls, ham, tomato and hollandaise sauce 😛

      • I’ve made brownies to cut with a candle
        Making a fresh focaccia pizza and will take it hot
        Masalas tea and other little goodies 🤩

  5. Aww Mouse I hope you paw comes good. Deez says to lick it better ‘cos otherwise as he did the week before last you might have to go to the vet to get some nasty ointment for the humans to rub on it but it didn’t stop us going to the beach for my birthday and the salt water made it feel much better.
    Your Mum and Dad are the goods when it comes to finding brekkies and dog spots.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Deez! It’s a lot better today. Mum trimmed the torn nail and Dad snuck Savlon on it while I was asleep and I can hardly see or feel it today. I think Mum was worried the salt water would make it hurt and put me off paddling. Mum says she’s checking out all these food places purely for research purposes, ho hum, and hopes you’ll all find a way to use the information one day soon.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    There is nothing more painful than a poorly paw- you poor thing. I hope you are keeping it well off the ground and walking on three legs, just so the staff know it hurts! Hugs to you.

  7. tialys says:

    Sending healing licks and nose bumps
    Stan & Flo 👅👅

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Stan and Flo, hi Aunty Lynn! The licks and nose boops are much appreciated. Mum says she’s relieved it doesn’t seem to have affected my appetite, but it is still a bit sore. Dad keeps sneaking Savlon onto the cut whenever I’m snoozing. I think it may be helping…

  8. Dayphoto says:

    Sorry about the hurt paw and toenail. Your folks are right, sand and salt would not be a good thing. My dog cousin, Loki, had a torn toenail that got infected and he had to have his toenail removed. Shudder. You have fun…I’m doing lots and lots of resting now. Running around is over for me nowadays. Boomer

  9. May you heal as quickly as you run, Sir Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Miss Laura Grace! That should be pretty fast, then…. Mum is concerned because I don’t want all my breakfast, but I’m not getting as much exercise as usual so I’m not so hungry… except for puppacinos, of course!

  10. Hmmm… It took me a minute to figure out who was talking here. I hope your paw feels better soon. Do remind your humans to take more photos. 🙂

  11. bearmkwa says:

    Oh, no, mister mouse, I’m so sorry you hurt your paw. That reallys sucks. You just go ahead and milk for all the sympathy you can get, boy. LOL! Hope you feel better soon so you can go to the beach. Have a great week. And steal the bacon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! I have a black belt in pathetic limping and tragic big brown eyes, and so far, it has netted me lots of extra treats and strokies. Hopefully there will be some beach action very soon…

  12. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Sore paws are terrible! Especially at the beach. Hope it gets better soon but make the most of it while it is healing. Love Orchid and Roo

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Orchid and Roo! Thank you for the sympathy 🙂 The paw is much better already, to the point where I was happily doing zoomies at the park before I remembered to limp pathetically. I’m afraid the game is up…

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