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So Now Murphy Wants His Own Email Account


For some time now I have noticed, but misinterpreted, my friend Murphy’s [pic below] behavior at the computer keyboard.  I thought, when he would collapse and roll over it, he was simply trying to get my attention; couldn’t wait another moment for affection.  How wrong could a poor human be?

Yesterday I sat down to write an email to a friend.  I had typed the first word of what was to be a humorous heading when, entering stage left, here came Murphy, with his drop-and-roll maneuver.  Only this time, somehow he actually hit the send button, delivering his one-word message, “Help!”, to my unwitting friend.  I immediately followed up with an email headed, “My cat hit the send button – Sorry!”

My friend, a serious animal lover, responded as might have been expected.  “What did you do to the poor cat?  Do you need a ride to the vet?”  I explained what happened, and I think she believed me.  Just a slip of the paw, everything’s fine.  Move along, nothing to see here.  I’ll bet she “drops in” to see me tonight.  Murphy would just lap up all the attention, probably manage to limp a little, maybe drag one paw and look wistfully at the shelf where the treats live.

All this talk of Murphy reminds me I haven’t seen Max and I wonder what he’s up to.  I glance around and there he sits, about two feet away, looking as fixed in place as the Sphinx, his gaze boring inscrutably into mine, and I know he wasn’t there a minute ago.

So I called a family meeting, and we reached an agreement.  As long as I behave myself, there won’t be any more electronic cries for help.  So much for the theory that the opposable thumb types have the advantage!

Author: Melody J Haislip

I'm either a transplanted East Coaster or a born again West Coaster. My heart kept pulling me toward Oregon, and when I followed it I found my dream, which I am living daily. My dream of becoming a writer has come true as well. I am in the company of people who speak my language, and the sense of community is healing hurts I didn't know were there. I am very grateful for my enormous good fortune.

13 thoughts on “So Now Murphy Wants His Own Email Account

  1. I can just see him acting like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He is a very handsome lad. I bet Daisy and Harley would love this story.


  2. What a sweet looking cat! Fortunately, we have two dogs that cannot reach the keyboard. The little one like to lay on my feet as I am writing. Maybe it keeps her warm and it is a welcome comfort to me. We love our little family. It’s just my husband, me and the two dogs. And often we all snuggle together. Ah, life is good and they don’t ask for money!


    • Sure, they all look so innocent, but watch your car keys!

      Yesterday I heard frantic scrabbling sounds from the coat closet. When I checked I found Max had managed to get inside a very large suitcase, which was unzipped a little at the top. He couldn’t get out and was wild-eyed and uninterested in explanations. I lifted him out and he squirmed loose and vanished under my bed. I zipped the suitcase shut, closed the bifold closet door and sank down on the couch. My adrenaline surge had pretty much subsided when I heard another plaintive little cry, and a black furry forearm appeared under the bottom of the door, trying to get the door open. Good grief, there was my “sweet looking cat” Murphy, whom I had inadvertently closed into the closet.

      The story has a happy ending. I was half-lying on the couch, trying to persuade myself to perform the second kitty rescue in five minutes, when Max ran into the hall, curled his paw around the bottom of the door, and freed Murphy. I swear I’m not making this up! Boredom? Not an issue in our household.

      Allowances? Now that’s another negotiation!


  3. I love this story. I had a black cat named Merlin that looks so much like Murphy. His brother a main coon cat is still around but is 17, and doesn’t get around much. But I adopted a white long hair named Chloe who loves to set on my shoulders as I write. I am so glad you found me and now I know you and that is good. I love your blogs. Seems we have also exchanged cost. Many years ago I lived on the west coast from Carmel to many visits along the beautiful Oregon cost. What a beautiful place you have come/gone to.


  4. Great post! Murphy must be acting like another human and he’s real crazy for the attention he gets from you. Love this story!


  5. great post! i like this story its fantastic


  6. My dogs love to use the computer…everytime I have the laptop in my lap…they try so hard to get in between me and the keyboard.


    • Didn’t get a chance to write yesterday, but wanted to say that Murphy did another drop-and-roll Wednesday night and somehow managed to turn the computer off! I need 2 hands and a mouse to do that!?!?!


  7. u call urself an animal lover? cmon! give the cat an email !!! 🙂


    • If you’d seen what he did to the car, you wouldn’t be quite so blase. Why do you think I’m currently carless and “leaving a smaller footprint”. That’s to save face. Yeah, check the police blotter if you think I’m exaggerating. That’s the last time I’m covering for him. His driver’s license is a fake!


  8. I am really enjoying exploring your blog! I just wanted to tell you and to say hello! By the way – I love Murphy! 🙂


  9. Susannah, I gave Murphy your message and he twitched his ears. He’s lying on his side, snoozing, completely oblivious to the small cat toy I laid on his side about 15 minutes ago. Hey, it’s not Only about the cat tormenting the human! Thank you for stopping by and for communicating.


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