Recall a while back when China was having troubles getting up the stairs? Through genius deduction, we concluded that the hardwood stairs were too slippery for her. Well, she/we just sort of dealt with it in our minds, because she would eventually make it up.
Recently, though, with all this stormy weather we've had, her troubles have been troubling her more than usual. She's understandably not a fan of lightning and thunder, so when they are present, she prefers to seek the lowest ground. From there, we have seven carpeted steps to get to our entryway/foyer/ hall-where-everyone-throws-their-shoes-and-muddy-bicyles... followed by a set of seven more hardwood steps to get to the main floor. The carpeted steps are no problem, thus our genius deduction.
Today, she'd stranded herself once again. This is what a guilt trip looks like when it's on stairs
|Oh sheesh, they even have reflectors...|
Anyway, they worked. As I installed the ghastly strips, China was hanging out with me there down on the entryway/foyer/ hall-where-everyone-throws-their-shoes-and-muddy-bicyles, and she seemed to know what I was doing and why. When I was finished, she gave them a sniff and headed on up without much hesitation.
In fact, if you look closely in the pic, that black blob in the bed at the top of the stairs is hers truly.
I plan to get nicer looking stair treads, so note that this is a temporary ugly fix. I feel half like I'm climbing out of a pool as I go up the stairs now.
In other pet news, Snake Reese is still at large! We have had some shuffling of boxes and crap as Chaco's in residence transition, but there's still a lot of junk to hide in. Still no sign of Reese. I've told Chaco to be on the lookout as he unpacks boxes, but he's convinced Reese isn't in any of them.
In the meantime, we've set out this inviting portal. Heat lamp, water, cozy hollow rock... Geez, whatta we gotta do to catch a snake around here??
So yeah, ugly stairs, boxes and bins of dorm crap, and a snake on the loose "somewhere". Anyone up for a visit?