Dog barked excitedly as cat slipped into the room, rubbed herself against the leg of the old oak coffee table and jumped up onto the Old man’s chair. She curled herself into a ball, took one look at dog and closed her eyes.
“Wake up wake up”dog barked his tail wagging wildly.
Cat opened her eyes slowly and sighed.
“What is it dog” she asked curtly, “I am rather tired and would very much like to take a nap.”
“A nap” dog exclaimed “oh no, no, no today is not for napping” he insisted.
He waited for cat to ask why today was not a day for napping. Every day was absolutely a day for napping as far as cat was concerned, and she really was in no mood for dog this morning. She had spent much of the night hunting mice in the barn and wanted to simply curl up and had no intention of asking why today was not a day for napping.
Dog waited for as long as he could, which was not long, before exclaiming excitedly. “It’s my birthday today cat, my birthday”
“And exactly how do you know that” cat asked impatiently.
“The girl with the fat bottom said so this morning” he barked spinning around his tongue lolling from his panting mouth.
“And exactly why do I care” cat asked shuffling into a more comfortable position where she lay.
“Oh because it’s my birthday of course” said dog.
“Yes I believe you said that already” said cat closing her eyes again.
“Oh cat please don’t nap” dog asked “it’s my birthday and birthdays are not for napping.”
“Let me ask you something dog” said cat he eyes still closed.
“Yes yes yes” dog panted. “Ask away ask away.” He barked and sat quite still next to the chair where cat lay.
“What is a birthday?”
Dog cocked his head to one side, his eyes sparkling and his pink tongue hanging from his mouth.
“Well?” cat pressed.
“It’s…” Dog paused. He barked and then exclaimed “It’s a birthday of course cat, my birthday!”
“But what is a birthday Dog” cat asked again, now sitting up so as to stare straight at him. She did love him dearly but he was not the smartest of animals.
“Well…It’s …er…” Dog fell silent and looked rather sad. “I don’t know” he said the grin gone from his face. “It just sounded quite wonderful. My very own birthday.”
“Oh silly dog” said cat making room for him on the farmer’s chair “jump up here and I will tell you all about birthdays and why today is indeed a special day.”