The Adventures of Mouse: A short break

Hello people, Mouse here again.

Something had been going on for a few days, but the Staff had not informed me what… It turns out we were heading down the coast a little for a short three day break. Because it was short, Mum had not been fiddling about for days in advance, making me all unsettled. The Staff got everything done on the morning we left, with the unfortunate result that a couple of things have been left behind. Nothing critical, and nothing of mine, luckily.

Anyway, we are now at Kinka Beach, near Yeppoon. We’ve been here before, so it’s nice to revisit all the smells and the, ahem, message posts. The Staff have considerately brought my Floof and my privacy fence, so I will be able to lie comfortably in the sun without neighbouring small yappers trespassing on My Territory.

“What is a Floof?” you ask.

Floof is a doughnut-shaped, highly silky-fluffy stuffed ring with a soft padded middle instead of a hole. It is Me sized, so I can curl up inside or lie across it. It’s also light and, did I mention, fluffy? So it makes a perfect Fluffy Prey Toy, and I spend many happy hours savaging it, dragging it about and vanquishing it when it gets uppity.

I don’t think the Staff have big plans for today. Mum originally thought she’d be hand-stitching down the binding on the Floribunda quilt, but she didn’t quite manage to get it fully assembled before we left. But she says we have enough time to get it finished for the Show after we get back. Now, she says she’ll sit in the sun and read her new book (The CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Diet & Lifestyle Solution – Mum).

Oh, and I wondered why Mum kept popping in and out after dinner. It seems there is a Celestial Event in progress. A Blood Moon Eclipse!

I’ll pass, thanks. It’s much warmer and comfier inside. Even this sighthound isn’t tempted to gaze at the moon…

46 thoughts on “The Adventures of Mouse: A short break

  1. Caroline says:

    That’s great Mouse, I think you all deserve a few days recreation. Take care of mum and dad for us. XXX

  2. cedar51 says:

    Mouse, and of course the humans – needed some respite from the issues that indirectly they both face; one more than the other – so a break away is a great idea. As you’ve said it was “spur of moment” but also they didn’t leave any of your critical needs at home. Enjoy revisiting the message boards, lying around on your Floof and of course eating whatever is offered.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Catherine! You have it exactly right, plus also accepting the admiration of the small children around here, and chasing down all the smells. It’s quite different from home! Mum is having a “nice lazy morning”, she says, and Dad is walking me for a change.

  3. Happy ‘little’ holiday Mouse Boy. Have a good rest and keep me posted on any adventures ❤️

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Mouse you should go and do some moon gazing, you’d be very surprised at what can happen to some hounds when they do!

  5. Yay for Kinka Beach and mini breaks… your humans are sensible peeps 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Aunty Dale! Yes, I think so too, and it’s nice not to have to lie in the back of the car for days before we arrive. Also, I remember this place, and I do like revisiting places I know… Having a brief post-breakfast snooze before Mum takes me out. The addition of the Floof was a game-changer, I must say. Occasionally, the Staff are afflicted by moments of genius… xxx

  6. magpiesue says:

    Sounds like a restful, peaceful break for all involved. Enjoy! And don’t let Mum break any body parts! (Or Dad either for that matter.)

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Sue! It is certainly being quite restful for me, although of course the Staff have to scurry about a bit ensuring My comfort… Mum says she’s enjoying a brief break from frantic quilting, but as that’s a self-imposed labour she can’t claim too much sympathy. The weather is perfect, the smells are good, the food is up to standard. All is well in My world…

  7. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Mouse. I’m eager to know if the staff made your floof. I happen to know two of your brethren here would be interested.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Laura Grace! Mum says no, she didn’t make it, as she wasn’t able to source the right fabric. It’s not just fluffy, but also sort of silky. You can buy very expensive dog beds (like this:, but I’m afraid this was a cheap rip-off online from somewhere (like – search for calming pet beds). They’re probably not quite as durable or comfy, but I don’t suppose I’d know the difference… Besides, I like to give it a hard time when I’m in the mood to play!

  8. Dayphoto says:

    YAY! A va-ca for you and Mum and Dad. It’s time! Enjoy everymoment

  9. anne54 says:

    Good morning Mouse. I am glad that you and the Staff are able to enjoy some lovely sunshine (15º down here….and is looks like a 7 day lockdown 🥺). What alternative treats is your Mum finding to replace the pies that are off the menu?

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Anne, I’m sorry you can’t join us, as it’s a perfect balmy 24°C with a gentle breeze. Lockdown again! Oh no! Paws crossed it doesn’t last too long. Mum hasn’t yet decided/worked out what she’s going to choose instead of pies, but I hope it’s doggo-friendly… Dad, of course, is still allowed pie, but has heroically chosen to forego them in support of Mum. What a hero!

  10. Marty K says:

    Glad you’re all getting a much-deserved, albeit brief, holiday! Good to know that you have your Staff trained so well as to ensure you are fully catered too. As it should be. Have fun with your Floof — and with Mum & Dad. 💗

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Miss Marty! It’s nice to lie on Floof in the sun while the Staff paw at their planks or fetch me treats and neighbours come by to admire me Σ:>

  11. Mouse, I would love to know where you got your Floof from? Do you think they’d make one in my size, and ship to South Africa?

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Jill! Dad can’t remember which el cheapo site he got it from any more. As for whether they make them in Staff-size… this website makes them for, ahem, *doggos* up to 90kg…:
      If you go to the shipping policy page, it seems to say it would ship to South Africa…
      But I’m a doggo, and I can’t tell if you’re making a joke or if you’d really like a Floof of your own. Personally, I think any sane creature would!

      • I agree – any sane creature would (although there are days when I’m a little lacking in that department). I think I will have to make do with my existing furry blankets, maybe get one or two more, and shape out a Floof-type cocoon of my own. Winter is here already and it’s jolly COLD at night….. 😉

      • Caroline says:

        do a search for “full body pillow” – my daughter has one of these and absolutely loves it XX

      • katechiconi says:

        Are they fluffy, or is it the shape?

      • Caroline says:

        This is the one my daughter has

        I know it says pregnancy pillow, but she bought it because she wanted that cuddled feeling. She did subsequently get pregnant though! She says “I would say they have a fairly firm foam filling”. Her husband got jealous of it, so they bought another one.

      • katechiconi says:

        I like the fact that the raised edge keeps the draughts out, Miss Jill. I can snuggle my back up against it and tuck my nose down into the crack. Although… I suppose humans are shaped a bit differently and maybe your nose doesn’t feel cold like mine?

      • Possibly the case, Mouse. Although with the icy weather we’ve been having here, I could happily sandwich my entire body between two Floofs, like a burger 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        You need a nice warm doggo to keep you cosy ∑:>

      • Mouse, if this is your way of suggesting that I would enjoy a visit from you, then the invitation is always open! You’d be welcome any time, and Choccie and I would our best to make your trip to Cape Town a happy one. There are loads of beautiful parks and beaches and forests you could explore, and all my neighbours have doggos so we could host a big Welcome to South Africa party, where you would be the guest of honour. But this would have to be post-covid and, the way things are being mismanaged over here, SA will never be post-covid… so we can only dream. xx

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh Miss Jill, that would have been lovely, but sadly I can’t travel without the Staff, and Mum isn’t able to fly long distances any more because of her back. So we shall just enjoy your description of the beauties of your part of the world. What I had meant to suggest is that a couple of cosy, furry doggos on either side would be much friendlier and warmer than a Floof – and Mum says to point out that I am not at all furry and besides have extremely bony elbows. I think the latter point is an exaggeration (I don’t – Mum)… Perhaps if the Staff win the Lottery, we can pay a visit on our world tour aboard cruise ships!

  12. Hi Mouse. It must be the time of year because we are off tomorrow to visit Carrie. We must say that a beach sounds nicer but a break is a break right? Glad to know you are all relaxing after a tricky time. As you say your Dad is a hero for going without his pies to help Mum. Not sure that book is exactly holiday reading but hope it helps her get better. Enjoy your hols and make sure you charm everyone around into spoiling you. Roo and Orchid

    • katechiconi says:

      Hey Roo and Orchid! Have a great break. I must say, I’ve had a very restful time, bringing the Floof was an inspired move by the Staff as I’ve had some really excellent snoozes. Dad is indeed being a hero and is eating all sorts of filthy salad stuff, not fit for dog or beast. Thankfully I’m not expected to join in… Luckily the supply of beef jerky and frozen chicken necks continues unabated!

      • We had a nice time in many ways – walks and loads of new sniffs but the staff kept going out without us – we think you have better trained people!

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, I know what you mean! Mum went out at 2pm yesterday, and didn’t get back till AFTER MY DINNERTIME! She says she has a good excuse, but I think it’s outrageous! (He wasn’t so much outraged as worried, and I did indeed have a good excuse. Poor old boy – Mum)

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Oh Sir Mouse you are sooooo spoilt !! I wish all dog would be spoilt like you 😀 Have a great time !

  14. Bear says:

    Oh, wow, a blood moon! So rare. It’s so cloudy here this week that you can’t even see the moon. Makes for especially dark nights. Leahmae has been playing nursemaid to her staff as they weather the after effects of their second covid vaccine. She says to tell mouse that he’d better watch his floof carefully, she’d love to attack it, too.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Floof is the new love of my life! I bet sick Staff would find it very comforting too, except maybe on the bed instead of the floor… I hope you feel better soon, Miss Bear. Mum says she got sick after her first shot, so she has lots of sympathy.

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