Bright Lights, Big Kitty!
It began like any other Saturday morning at Animal Inn—busy!
On Saturdays, Mom teaches her Polite Puppies class. That’s when a herd of little yippers invades the inn. They come to learn some manners. And trust me, they have a lot of work to do.
Dad and Jake also host the Furry Pages. That’s when children read aloud to an animal buddy.
Plus, there are grooming appointments and usually a birthday party or two.
Saturday is my favorite day of the week, and not because I’m a big fan of puppies. It’s my favorite day because the front door is always opening and closing, giving me plenty of chances to sneak outside.
On this particular morning, my little brother Whiskers was curled up on the sofa in the Welcome Area. Leopold was on his perch, and Dash and Coco were out for a walk with Mom and Cassie.
I was hiding behind the sofa, waiting for things to start hopping when I heard Dad, Jake, and Ethan coming down the stairs.
“I’ll be outside if you need me, boys,” said Dad. “I want to clear the leaves from the walkway before
our first guests arrive. I can’t wait to try my new leaf blower.”
Dad paused before opening the front door. “I see you hiding back there, Shadow,” he said with a smile. He quickly opened the door and closed it behind him.
“Are you ready, Ethan?” asked Jake.
I peeked out to see Ethan carefully holding Dad’s smartphone.“I’m ready,” said Ethan. “Action!”
“Welcome to Animal Inn,” Jake said to the camera. “Here at Animal Inn we promise to love your pet as much as you do. My name is Jake. Today we are going to show you Saturday chores. First on our list, we tidy up the brochures.”
“Cut!” said Ethan.
“What’s the problem?” asked Jake.
“It doesn’t make sense to show brochures in a web video,” said Ethan.
“Good point,” said Jake. “This information is all online anyway. I’ll skip that part and go straight to feeding the pets.”
“Okay,” said Ethan. “Action!”
“Our first morning chore is to feed the Animal Inn pets,” said Jake. He walked toward the supply closet.
I slinked out from behind the sofa to see what would be for breakfast.
“Cut!” said Ethan again.
“What now?” asked Jake.
“Everybody knows we feed the pets,” said Ethan. “This is supposed to be a super-cool video for our website. What’s the next chore?”
Sweeping the Welcome Area,” said Jake with a sigh.
“That isn’t very exciting,” said Ethan.
I looked around. Ethan was right. The Welcome Area wasn’t very exciting at the moment. Leopold was preening his feathers, and my little brother Whiskers was already dozing.
“Let’s give it one more try,” said Jake.
Ethan held up the phone. “Action!” he said.
Just then, Dad appeared outside the window with the leaf blower strapped to his back. He wore big safety goggles and ear-protection headphones. Leaves whipped and spun all around him.
Whiskers’s eyes suddenly shot open.