Olivia from Bolivia

We have such a menagerie of pets at Mother Goose’s house! There’s Fran our dog who recently suffered an aural hematoma but is now recovered quite completely. And there are the seven Zebra Finches — six hens and a little rooster who doesn’t have a clue but is very protective of his girls. Three Glass Catfish in the globe aquarium — countless platys and mollies in the upstairs aquarium. And a partridge in a pear tree. No, just kidding about that partridge.

And then there’s Olivia our cat.

Olivia was here before anyone. Her home has been her castle, and the table has been her throne. From ages past and time gone by, Olivia from Bolivia has reigned in this house. Her words and her actions constitute the ultimate law of the land here. She would like us to bow as she passes by. She knows where every ray of afternoon sun will fall because she is the ruler of the sun and the moon and the stars. They rise and set according to her wishes, her whims and her orders.

She is suspicious of any challenger to her throne, even a mysterious ceramic one.

Olivia is learning to share her kingdom with other creatures. She loves to babysit the birds, from atop their cage. She admires the fish swimming in their watery worlds. And she enjoys a love/hate relationship with Fran. Actually, Fran likes Olivia a whole bunch! Fran likes Olivia much more than she likes other dogs or strangers at the door.

The first time they met, Fran thought that Olivia was a squirrel. Fran did what comes natural — chasing Olivia around and around the house, barking with the excitement of a hunter hot on the trail of the prey. It took many months for Olivia to forgive Fran of that case of mistaken identity, but today harmony reigns in the zoological garden of Mother Goose.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alexandra
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 18:30:56

    It’s such a good post! Oh I enjoyed it genuinely, really! You are a great story teller and the pictures just show what you are telling, so it’s like reading a children book with pictures.
    The title is outstanding, such a great rhyme there – Olivia from Bolivia. I think it already stuck to me and now I’ll be repeating it to myself over and over again, I just like the sound 🙂

    Thank you for your post!


    • Natalie
      Oct 23, 2011 @ 20:25:48

      Alexandra, thanks so much for stopping by and reading about our fun little kitty. I will tell Olivia that she’s got another fan, and she’ll be very very purrrry.


  2. Bunn
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 20:04:26

    Aaahhh love Miss Olivia from Bolivia!


  3. ElizOF
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 02:57:27

    It’s a pleasure to meet Olivia… I wonder how she’d handle meeting our Tangy; an equally proud and possessive cat. 🙂


  4. Dianna
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 08:41:44

    What a sweet post! Well written, especially “ruler of the sun and the moon and the stars”.
    We once had a tortoiseshell and half her nose was black and half was orange. Her kitten had the “dividing line” down the middle of her tummy.
    Love your post and I love kitties!


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