Ben is mobile these days. Standing up on his own (even without using anything to pull himself up!) and taking a few steps here and there when he feels bold.
Eventually we had to cave in and ...purchase what is commonly called a "baby-gate"
we like to however think of this slightly more as our own in-house zoo exhibit as benjamin begs to join us on the other side as we eat slices of cheesecake in peace. This as opposed to the previous experiences of becoming human jungle-gyms to a tiger who acts as though he hasn't eaten in 32 days. .......HA! My cheesecake, boy!! Thank.You.Baby gate.
The rest of the "zoo" part comes from the cat and dog still being unwilling to tolerate each other fully and live in peace. Even when Luda is ignoring her across the room drooling all over himself - she lays on the arm of HER chair squinting at him while she processes the numerous evil actions she hopes to someday act upon toward him. Hollywood makes movies about robots taking over, but I'm pretty sure CATS have the intelligence (AND the social/behavioral manipulation) we should worry about. I do not mean to come off as anti-cat... I am just saying that these creatures are more intelligent than most people give credit for and... well in a war of robots and kitty-cats I'm pretty sure influential kitty plays lovey-dovey with robot Master to trick him into her trust before the kitty cat army is let in and begins to play with robot wires like a ball of aluminum foil on yarn.
errr or at Least something like this:
There was no purpose in that cat-robot monologue I just typed out... so on to other things.
The lilac bushes have bloomed!!!
That wasn't very exciting, was it?
Well fine, if you are looking for an exciting time I recommend feeding your pet pop rocks. better yet someone suggested putting it in rootbeer first Then feeding it to the pet. We only attempted the first however Luda is so used to eating anything/everything that the pop rocks didn't phase him. So... not exciting. What else might be? ....
Feeding Ben pop rocks!!! Unfortunately the event was not caught on video, but you should trust me that his eyes opened up pretty wide in satisfaction.
Well if you're not overwhelmed yet with what happens in Ames, Iowa... stay tuned? Maybe I will develop my robot vs. cat storyline a bit more in future episodes...