The short and sweet story is about friendship. First, it's told though Paul's eyes (Poose's owner) then switches to his adventurous cat, Poose. 

Join him as he becomes lost in euphoria and goes on a wild binge through the neighborhood.


James Allen McDonnell from Sarasota, Fl. is an author of children and Young Adult literature. He studied English and Literature at WCCC and is currently enrolled at SCTI for creative writing. James attends local writers groups and enjoys being a visiting storyteller at children’s reading day at the park. He is affiliated with Well Fed Writer Workshops, Writers Digest University and Music Wire US. Contact:  jamesallenmcdonnell@gmail.com

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One scratch 
Two scratches
Three scratches
Four…

I lifted the latch, and then opened the door.
There sat a cat on my doormat I've never seen before.
​......................................................................................

He looked hungry and sadly alone.
He pawed at the door as if it were his own.
I welcomed him, to come on in.
I was alone too and needed a friend
........................................................

He looked at me and went “Meow”
As if to say, he was happy now.
Then he ran though my legs, across the floor.
I never saw a cat run like that before.
..........................................................

He scurried around…
Up the stairs, and down.

Into my arms he jumped real close
Then with his front paw, he softly tapped my nose.
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His furry touch, tickled so much
I began to…

Ahh…Ahh…Ahh…
Achew!

Then two times more…
Every time I did, he jumped three feet off the floor.
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“You’re a funny cat,” I said; as I bent down to give him a pat on the head

“My name is Paul, Now what shall your name be?”
“Maybe…Poose?”
And-so his life began with me….
​....................................................

It was not long until he found his favorite place in the house.
It was the kitchen windowsill…
Where he’d bring his ball, bell and a fluffy toy mouse.

There he’d play with all his toys.
For hours and hours, it brought him joy.
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However, at the sound of a pin drop, he would then suddenly stop.
Then gaze through the window outside…
Watching shadowy figures that made his eyes grow wide

I wondered what he thought about.
Maybe he thought about sneaking out.
He looked happy…
That was no doubt.
...............................

At night, he loved to sleep by my head
I didn’t like that very much but he never listened to what I said

There he would purr right into my ear
I guess it wasn’t so bad
He loved me and just wanted to be near
................................................................

When morning came…
He wasn’t the same
He acted grumpy and didn’t want to be touched
He certainly never liked morning that much

He knew I had to leave
Then he’d be left all alone
He watched me leave from his window
Upstairs at our home 
​................................

One day I had to work late
Finally, I got back home around quarter to eight

I looked up at the window
I knew Poose would be waiting there
He wasn’t
Maybe he was just sleeping down by the stairs

I called out his name
I called out again but no one came
I went upstairs and then came down
Even if he were hiding, by now he would have been found
​............................................................................................

I went out the door and called out to him some more
I missed my friend and began to worry I’d never see him again

I didn’t know but he was close around
Running through the neighbor’s yard
Swiftly through the grassy ground
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Through the neighborhood
Then through the park
He followed a strange sound all the way downtown 
But lost track of it when it became dark
..............................................................

Poose thought to himself,
What got into my head?
I should be home with Paul
Sleeping in my bed...

He soon looked up at the moon 
Its bright light was shining down on him
He hoped it would guide him home
Where Paul was waiting for him all alone
.................................................................

The streets he traveled back on didn’t have much light
Dogs growled and barked at him as he traveled throughout the night
On the ground, he sniffed around, hoping he would find
Any sign of Paul to ease his worried mind
.................................................................

Back home, all alone
I could'nt sleep a wink
I tossed and turned with great concern
All I could do was think.

His chances of coming home were now becoming slim.
I worried about all the terrible things that could  happen to him.
...................................................................................................

Just then, I heard a familiar noise travel into my ear
My best friend in the world returned
In front of the house
He is here

One scratch 
Two scratches
Three scratches
Four

I lifted the latch
Then opened the door
...................................

There was Poose
Sad he got loose
Worried he wouldn’t see me anymore.

He meowed at me as if to say
Don’t worry Paul, I will never run away

Never again will I leave my best friend
I’ll be with you Paul, till the end
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THE END


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