The Stool and The Capybara


Something wicked this way comes

Today I was sitting out on the front porch, minding my own business, chomping on a piece of corn, when Melly came out of the house carrying that thing that you see in the photo above. It’s cute enough, but what’s it doing on the porch? When Melly brought it home for the first time yesterday, it was seated quite placidly in the living room. Doesn’t really look like porch furniture, does it?

What's that doing out here?

I believe this thing is called a stool. It is for humans to put their feet on when they are sitting in a chair and are too lazy to sit up enough for their feet to touch the ground. But, being a capybara, I guess I shouldn’t talk. Still, I can’t help but think that all that fancy embroidery is not going to hold up once the chickens see it.


It smells so clean!

I decided to investigate.

It doesn’t even smell like our house yet. Not like me or Oakley or the chickens or even my Rick or Melly. I think it smells like a distant land, maybe India or Idaho. Interesting.


The top is pretty.

That’s probably the prettiest thing on the front porch, other than me. (I’m including Melly in that, in case you were wondering.) Even so, it doesn’t fit the decor, which otherwise is either metal or pet beds. Why’d she bring it outside?


I need another smell.

That stick with the funny ball on the end is my “training stick.” I use it to tell Melly that I want a treat. She isn’t the softest cushion on the sofa, but she has figured out that when I touch the stick with my nose, it is time for her to give me a treat. Right now, I was more interested in the strange smell of the stool than in food. I think maybe it smells like Colorado.


Do I want a treat or not?

I am going to have to work harder on Melly’s training. I kind-of wanted a treat, not a lot but, you know, I could eat. But Melly kept putting the stick over the stool where I couldn’t reach it. I guess I could have put my front paws up there so I could reach those little balls with my nose, but it seemed like an awful lot of effort. Plus, I didn’t want to get the stool dirty, and you never know where these paws have been.


Another smell couldn't hurt.

I wonder if it will keep that interesting smell forever or whether it will fade with time.

I guess I have my work cut out for me this weekend, teaching Melly to put the stick next to my nose so I can touch it. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.


8 comments to The Stool and The Capybara

  • Kathryn

    Gari, you silly beastie – she wants you to stand on that sucker!

  • Betty Mc

    Gari, Im w u on this …its too nice to put ur paws on. Maybe Melly wants a treat?

  • Julie

    A very interesting little stool for a very interesting little capy 🙂 PS – if you decide to chew on it, blame the chickens ;D

  • lynn marcotte

    That is one beautiful stool!
    I would train you NOT to touch it!

  • Laurie Coppola

    It’s your new throne 🙂 All pretty and fresh for you to make it your own! You just need to give it a try, and you’ll love it 🙂

  • Stephanie Labbate

    What DOES Colorado smell like? Guess I never thought about it.

    I am very interested to know more about the pretty stool and about Melly’s training…

  • It’s an extremely pretty stool, but like you, I’m baffled at why Melly brought it out to the porch. I like Laurie’s idea that it’s your new throne. Do you have an old throne?
    Evidently, Melly thinks you ought to be multitasking: looking at the new furniture AND having a treat. You should tell her that sometimes you just need to concentrate on one thing.

  • Alena Loiselle

    I’m with Lynn on this, I’d train you to NOT jump on such a beautiful piece!

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