It doesn’t have the same ring as ‘sofa raft’, but I achieved a bed raft with the pets this afternoon. It wasn’t quite natural — Henny has to be lifted up to the bed, and Nova needs some help to scrabble up, too. But I was reading this afternoon and had some pet company, which is nice. I think it’s funny that the pets are arranged in this photograph according to their personalities / affection preferences — Nova on my lap, Beany right beside, Henny off in the distance, with Birdy even a little further away.
Later, I managed to clip Nova’s claws for the first time. I can sometimes get one cut, but she struggles like I’m actually trying to remove her claws rather that just trim them a bit. I was more determined today, though. I tried to explain that I was just going to clip a few nails, and then she could have a treat, but I sometimes get the impression that her grasp of English is tenuous, at best. Even with really elaborate gesturing to the clipper, followed by the treats, I couldn’t get her to understand. I persuaded Beany to come over, so I could clip her front claws as a demonstration (she holds perfectly still), but I don’t think Nova was paying attention properly. I finally had to use the fact that I’m several times bigger than a Chihuahua and make her hold still long enough to clip a few claws at a time. And now she’s less stabby, so we all won, in the end (she won some treats).