Early on, we knew we had a problem.
I walked into my closet to see a quilt I had stored on the top shelf now lying on the floor. The quilt, made by my mother, waits for a granddaughter to grow old enough to graduate or get married. I had to take a chair into the closet to get the quilt on the highest shelf.
Now it lay on the floor.
I watched him when we were there for the next day or so. It didn’t take long to learn how he did it.
He leapt up from the floor, or from my husband’s oxygen machine, crawled up the sleeves of Jack’s shirts, and on up to the shelf above the clothing.
Later, we found Sparky sleeping on the shelf.
We banned Sparky from our bathroom.
I walked into the guest bath not long after and found claw holes in the toilet paper he had unrolled, completely.
He’d jump up on me and onto the counter by the sink. Once, I had to move him from the sink so I could wash my hands!
He’s banned from both bathrooms.
In the living room, Sparky climbed on top of the empty birdcage and starred at the moving ceiling fan.
That wasn’t going to happen.
I moved the birdcage outside. I can’t give it away yet. I can’t get another bird yet. So it sits on our back patio, waiting.
Meanwhile, Sparky jumps from the floor to the top of the printer, which rests on a bar stool. He sits on the back of my chair, higher than me.