A lot of people ask me what my day is like. “Caplin,” they say, “what the heck do you do all day?” Well, that’s a tough question. Obviously I do different things on different days. But I thought I could give an example by showing what my day was like last Saturday.
Saturday was a beautiful spring-like day. But I didn’t know that when I got up in the morning so, after my breakfast yogurt, I went into the bathroom for my morning soak in the tub. In the summer I substitute a swim in my pool for a tub soak. In the pool I am a demon! I can swim and dive and zip around faster than an otter. But in the bath I just like to roll on my side and bite at my toys or push them underwater.
I bite the edge of that Frisbee and I love to push that ball under my chin.
Morning bath lasts about an hour during which time I expect my owner to keep me company. She can do other stuff but she cannot leave the bathroom!
After bath (or swim), my owner goes out to feed the horses. I usually spend this time in the yard, eeping plaintively and generally acting like I’m going to die if she doesn’t come back immediately. (Here’s a link to a video of me eeping.) Sometimes I don’t think she cares if I live or die because she doesn’t seem to be in any particular hurry. In fact, when the weather is nice, she’ll go out and spend hours with those horses and ignore me completely.
Last Saturday she came back pretty quickly though. Since it was so nice outside, she got a book and sat down on the swinging bench to read and watch me graze.
I had to keep looking up to check on her. Sometimes she sneaks away when she thinks I’m not looking.
I have to say, the warm sun felt great on my fur. I thought I couldn’t be any happier. Then my owner got out my harness and said, “Let’s go for a walk!” I love walks. I love walks almost as much as I hate getting my harness on. So naturally I had to struggle some. Once the harness was on, I ran to the gate, eager to go somewhere. Sometimes we go for rides in the car.
I included that photo because I look so cute in it but the fact is that we did not go on a ride in the car last Saturday. Instead my owner said I could go wherever I want and she would just follow me. Naturally I headed down to the creek!
I’ll go swimming in the creek even when it is too cold for me to swim in my pool. I love diving into the murky water and pretending that I am in the Amazon…without anacondas, caiman, jaguars, piranhas and all that. Sometimes I pretend those animals are there but I’m glad they’re not really.
After a while I got out and started looking for some tasty plants to eat. Different plants grow out there in the pasture and around the creek than in my yard. It’s exciting looking at all the fresh greens and trying to figure out what would taste good and what wouldn’t.
I went hither and thither looking for the very most delicious morsels. All the while my owner sat and watched me and the warm sun shone on my back. My fur dries out very quickly because it is so coarse so I was dry and comfortable in no time.
After a while I’d had my fill and I decided to just sit down and take in the scenery.
After a while we headed back to the house. On the way I stopped to examine everything so it took us a long time to get back even though we were only a stone’s throw away.
The day had been going so great that you can imagine my shock when my owner up and left! I ran to the gate and eeped at her but nope, she just kept driving away, leaving a forlorn capybara in her wake.
She came back when it was getting dark and I was happy again, especially because she gave me a bowl of yogurt in the kitchen. (Here’s a video of me eating yogurt.)
Well, that was pretty much my whole day. I hope you enjoyed reading about it!