Life, house sitting in Potrero, Costa Rica, is a rather hilarious experience. We have three quirky cats and a giant dog that we care for and they never stop fooling with us. We have Belinda, who was 9 weeks old when we met her and three or four months old now. She enjoys zigzagging in front of Andy while he goes up the stairs, falling asleep in my hair, and trying to suckle (yes, suckle) my earlobes. The operative word in that last sentence, in case you are concerned, is “trying”.
After that there is Pipa. Pipa is generally a chill cat. She enjoys getting petted, enjoys hunting outside, and is pretty easy BUT she has one strange traits. She loves being around toilets when you flush them. If she gets in before you close the door she will sit and watch you do your business and then, if you don’t hop of the toilet once you flus,h she will gentle bite you out of the way. Once she hears that flushing she needs to watch the water swirl.
Then, there is Sonreisa. Sonreisa was not my friend until I let him sleep in my room with me. Ever since the first time we did that he has become me shadow. When I go to lay down he will sprint past me and jump on the bed to wait for me right where I was about to sit. He still likes to mess with me though and it would be too easy if he was just “my little sucker”. When outside Sonreisa is an entirely different cat. He will not be caught and he will not go inside. Last week this mild botheration became a little more extreme when he raced past Andy when he was entering the property gate to real outdoors. This meant that he had nothing stopping him from becoming feral alligator food. Nelson (the Nicaraguan fellow who works on the property), Andy and I spent the night searching around for him. Well, clearly petrified the cat ended up climbing Nelson’s bike and leaping over the 6ft (?) cement fence! Needless to say he was locked inside for the entirety of the two days following this “adventure”.
also his tail is twice as long as any other tail should be
Lastly, is the dog. This dog is more like a miniature horse and his name is both Kandor and Alejndro Grande. He is an anatolian shephard. Most of the day he spends lounging on the porch barking at the stray cow or dog. Most of the time, minus the occasional whimpering, barking, or EXTREME loving (anything the size of a pony trying to love you can be deemed extreme) he is an easy dog. Unfortunately, he is not a fan of other dogs. This means that when we do our daily walk on the beach with him we must be on high alert for dogs at all times for fear that he will drag us across the sand, like he did with his owner, while he chases the poor creature down. While Kandor does get to eat fresh meat we don’t particularly want him eating the meat that fresh.
also he likes to squeeze under the bed (when he doesn’t sleep on it)
My thoughts go out to my brother Greg and his wife Laura that are coming to visit this Friday!! Also to my fabulous friend Rachel who may be teaching in Wilsonville soon :)