Earlier this week I glanced over to find Maggie peering over the counter top looking all cute and "innocent." She was also licking her lips. As my brain tried to work out why she was licking her lips (what did she find on the kitchen floor?), her tongue shot out of her mouth and licked a stick of butter my beloved had left very close to the counter's edge. I was so taken aback by her open and unapologetic disobedience that I was momentarily stunned. Did Maggie think her cuteness made her transgression invisible?
In a fraction of a second, I quickly corrected Maggie and sent her out of the kitchen for an isolated time out: a far more sinister punishment for our little social butterfly than a beating.
Where was Penny during all of this drama? Right next to Maggie looking like "I wanted to but I didn't - honest!" Penny then looked rather guilty when Maggie was yelled at and banished from the kitchen. When I returned back into the kitchen I found Penny: her posture was upright, her tail was tentatively wagging. I'm not at all certain if it was because Penny was: a) relieved that she wasn't deemed guilty by association, or b) happy that Maggie was temporarily banished from the kitchen with the extra added bonus that any food hitting the floor was hers. Probably it was a combination of both a and b.
*Not to be confused with Butt-Licker