Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waffles Wednesday: A Grand Day Out - Waffles' First Shopping Adventure



Um, hi everybuddy. Waffles here.

You'll NEVER guess what I got to do yesterday! Ok, the headline is sort of a clue.

I went shopping! Glogirly brought me to the local PetSmart. In fact, Katie...I mean the Boss, was looking around the Townhouse ALL morning long for a receipt. I think she wanted Glogirly to try and return me. Or at least exchange me for some freeze dried salmon treats.

But this wasn't that kind of shopping trip. It was like going to school. I was learning to not be afraid in strange, new places and to be friendly to people I don't know.

When we were getting ready to leave the Townhouse, Glogirly put my harness on and *helped* me into my carrier. I wasn't too happy about the carrier, but she kept saying we were going someplace fun and someday I might actually like getting into the carrier. Then she put me in the car and strapped my carrier down with the seat belt. She drove way slower and calmer than she usually does and she was talking to me and singing the whole way there. She sang "You Are My Sunshine" and changed the words to "You Are My Waffles." I think the people in the other cars thought she was singing to them. But they probably weren't named Waffles.




Glogirly brought me into the store inside my carrier in a shopping cart. She opened up the top of the carrier and attached my leash to my harness, then let me get comfortable with the surroundings. I got to ride around the aisles looking through the shopping cart. There was SO much to see and smell. I was a little scared, but I didn't freak out at all.

Lots of people came up to say hi. Glogirly says I was very well-behaved and let them pet me and talk to me. It was still a little scary, but Glogirly protected me.




We met our friend Dee at the store. She's Spaghetti Bob's human. Bob's the therapy cat we featured on our Labor Day blog post HERE. Dee is super smart when it comes to training cats and helping them become comfortable in new environments. She told Glogirly to look for subtle signs of stress, like dilated eyes and lip licking, and to not push me to do anything I didn't want to do.

When I was ready, I even let Dee hold me in the toy aisle. I've never seen more feathers and catnip mice in my LIFE!



One of the highlights was meeting my new friend, Rat. You can tell by the look on his face that he was pretty surprised to see me. He even tried to run away on his wheel. I really wanted to bring him home for the Boss, but Glogirly said we better stick to the salmon treats.

That was my adventure! Glogirly says we'll go back again soon after I practice a little more with my leash and harness. Next time I think I'll say hi to the birds and fish.





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53 comments:

BoSoxAmy said...

What a fun trip! I wonder if Lowenstein would like to wear a harness and go shopping?

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Wow! You were very very brave! Gemini and Ichiro are both way to chicken to do something like that!

Patty Woodland said...

Are you going to be a Therapy Cat Waffles? I think people would LOVE you.

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

FaRADaY: Mommy PROMISED to buy me one of those harnesses!!! But wait - does that mean I need to go get tutored at the pet store too? I would prefer to go sniff bushes outside I think.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Dilated eyes and lip licking are the LEAST I would have done in your situation, Waffles! I think you handled it very well and how cool that you got to hang out with that rat!

Ann Staub said...

Oh how cool! You do look a bit scared Waffles. Your friend Rat is absolutely adorable! Maybe you can come meet Nibblet some day. As long as you don't try to eat her.

PDX pride said...

Way to go Waffles! Heimdall says he and you are advancing at the same time! He just got to go on his first trip to Petco on Sunday and blogged about it. Yay for both of you boys! Paws up to your mom and to Dee!

Sushi said...

Waffles! You lucky kitty. What an adventure you did with your mom. Mom said she likes your harness because it has her name on it, the last 3 letters. Tee hee...

Dash Kitten said...

Oh well done guy that is amazing!! Well done you, well done Mum too!!

The Kitties of Purring Pines said...

You are soooo brave Waffles! It sounds like you would make a great pet therapist soon! Our mommy has sung the same song, but using"sunshine", of course!

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful Waffles Too! AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! What an amazing day!! Wow!! And didn't you do ever so well! Awwww - yay for you!! We totally totally love your new pal, Rat! What a cutie!

Lovely Katie!! LOL!! Did you find the return receipt? So funny! Take care
x

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

What an adventure, Waffles! The head peep sings "You are My Sunshine" to us, too, but lets us sing inbetween the lines. It's a duet. We didn't know it was such a popular cat song!

Dorothy Abernathy said...


Our HuMom always uses the tune of Buddy Holly's *Peggy Sue* for her tunes to us felines.

We love you, Waffles Too,
You are so orange and cool,
Oh Waffles, oh Waffles Too, oo oo,
We love you kitty,
We love the Waffles Too

There you go, that's just a small part of the hell we must endure. At least you don't have to actually hear it!
Purrs,
Mistletoe & Hitch

Ingrid King said...

I love this post so much! You've done a wonderful job with Waffles. I can't wait to hear more about his adventures.

The Island Cats said...

Wow, Waffles! How fun! The only place we get to go to is the evil v-e-t.

The Florida Furkids said...

Great job Waffles!!! We think you're a very brave kitty!!

The Florida Furkids

Venus Newby said...

Waffles you are such a beauty! You did a great job!

Carma Poodale Allen said...

Looks like you had a purrfect time there Waffles. There is a kitty that comes in our Petsmart every Sunday. He walks in a harness like you did. I must say you look very handsome in your harness.

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and More) said...

This is just about one of the most adorable posts ever :)

What an exciting adventure, Waffles! (Tell Katie to stop being so mean...looking for a return receipt, geez!)

I'll bet you were the star of the store while you were there!

Nature by Dawn said...

Sounds like a fantastic adventure! So are you thinking of becoming a therapy cat too, Waffles? I think you'd be great at it.

Rene said...

What fun! We can't wait to read about your future adventures!

Belle Kozlowski said...

You iz a very brave kitteh - And you gots to see Katie's boyfriend's hooman - wow do't tell her that or she will be all over you

Austin Towers said...

Cool Waffles! I would never let anyone do that to me!! But maybe I would if I knew it was a fun place! Hmmmmm?

Fuzzy Tales said...

Wow! We're blown away, Waffles, super impressed at your shopping trip. One of us here would utterly freak...maybe even both of us. You're definitely very brave!

The Army of Four said...

Totally cool, Waffles! Just think of all the adventures you can have once you get comfy being out and about!
Play bows,
Zim

twocatsviews said...

Waffles....what an exciting adventure you had! You look so awesome in your harness. Concatulations on a great field trip with your human!!

Brian said...

Oh my goodness, what fun Waffles! I only get to shop on the internet!

www.shelter-cats.com said...

What an adventure! I always sing, "You are my sunshine" to Tommie and to Mickey (changing "sunshine" to their names) when we are in the car too.
They probably hate it because it means we're going to the vet...

xxoo
Maggie

Caren Gittleman said...

Waffles what an amazing day you had and you did sooooo well!!! Next thing you know, you will be asking Glogirly for the car keys and credit cards!!!
xoxoxo

Amelia Hughes said...

You are one cool cat Waffles! That was very brave of you and I hope you have more adventures in the future. Just don't forget to bring the Boss some treats and such!!!

Random Felines said...

Great job Waffles. While none of US think that is a good idea, mom tries it with the fosters and it seems to work pretty good. :)

Meg & Quill said...

Rat sure does look surprised!!

Terri said...

That was quite a visit! The girl cats are jealous you got to see a real rat. We see lots of dogs in the pet supply stores but very few cats :(

Alice Marie said...

Wow Waffles...you are SO brave! I would have peed my furs and ran away, but I'm a scardy cat to start with.

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! Why did she have to put you in that steel trap? You should have a pram! Maybe someday you'll get to meet PumpkinPuddy or be a Therapy Cat like Bob.

Grace said...

How about a nice kitty stroller? I'm thinking long and hard about getting one for my furries...

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

When I first adopted Jack, he went everywhere with me. He LOVED going out, and would often sit at the door and ask to go.

One time I took him down to the local ice cream shop and bought him and ice cream, he was a complete and utter hit, and he loved every second of it.

The Swiss Cats said...

What an adventure ! I (Zorro) would love it (a little bit scary, but not too much), but Loupi is so shy... It would be a nightmare for him ! Purrs

da tabbies o trout towne said...

DOOD !!!!! did ya get ta drive two de store we troooly hope !!! awesum, oh, N due KNOT fall for de ole...him will get used ta de carrier trik.. itza rooze....we dunno what a roooze reeely iz but itz KNOT good....

Nerissa said...

I think it's safe to say that the people in the other cars were NOT named Waffles. If ONLY they should be so lucky!

Purrs,
Nissy

PS.. I like the colour of your harness. Suits you! purrs

Mariodacat said...

Woohoo - Way to go Waffles. M says Glogirly is doing a wise thing - starting you out while you are young. She has often wished she could take me to a store like that, but she's afraid to try it because I hate my carrier.

Simba said...

Wow. That is pretty amazing. Are you thinking of working towards therapy cat status like S. Bob? That would be quite something.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

You are a very brave kitty Waffles!

Derby, Ducky said...

Wow we never get to go shopping! Did you get to pick out a new toy or treat?

Sam said...

Wow that's so cool. I did that too with my dad except I had to walk around the store. Once he even took my barky brother Jetta through the domestic and international terminals at the airport to get him used to noise, strange people and stuff. So we're glad that Glogirly is getting you used to the big world outside the townhouse.

Eileen said...

Way to go Waffles, you is furry brave! There must have been lots of funny smells and strange peoples.

But we likes your furriend Rat, MOL

Sasha, Sami, & Saku

Two French Bulldogs said...

Katie, cover your ears. Waffles you look adorable. What a fun day shopping
Benny & Lily

speedyrabbit said...

sounds a great adventure Waffles,xx Speedy

Katie Isabella said...

Waffles, my mom simply adores you. I don't even mind. xoxoxo

Flynn said...

That was an exciting adventure. I thought Glogirly would have got that rat for you though.

Clooney said...

Go Waffles, go Waffles! What a cool outing and good boy you are! What fun.

savannahspawtracks.com said...

oh Waffles! You are so gonna luvluvluv getting outside...woo hoo!

Kitties Blue said...

Waffles, are you thinking you might like to become a therapy cat like Spaghetti Bob? We think you'd be very good at it as you always have a smile on your face. That looks like a super fun outing. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo