by Paul Olsen
© copyright 2004 Paul Olsen
Pussyraptor was on her morning
berry round, dispensing her morning berries to one and all. She
bop-toddled through the apple orchard to give the cider ducks
their morning berries. "Ber-ry, gwack-gwacks?"
The ducks all came quacking up to her and waited for Pussyraptor
to pop a berry in each one of their mouths.....Pussyraptor liked
feeding the ducks, "Gwack-gwack-gwack!" she gwacked.
After all, as you know, Pussyraptor was once a duck....or thought
she was, until she found out she was really a Pussyraptor! But
that's another story.
While Pussyraptor was in the apple orchard, she bop-toddled up
to Meerkat's hammock. "More-rings, Meer-kas!" said Pussyraptor
"GoodMorning,Pussyraptor!" said Meerkat.
"Oh,YesPlease,Pussyraptor! ILoveYourBerries!" said Meerkat,
and gulped his down, GULP! just like that. What a great way to
start the day! He reached in his rucksack for a nut. "Want
Pussyraptor's eyes lit up. "Sank yoos, Meerkas!" and
she popped it into her mouth.
"You're welcome," said Meerkat.
Pussyraptor then bop-toddled over to Fingers' tree house. She
called up to him, "More-rings, Fings! Ber-ry?"
Fingers peeked out of his tree house, yawning. "Good morning,
Pussyraptor! How are you this very fine day?"
"Huh?" said Pussyraptor.
Fingers smiled. Everyone in the forest loved Pussyraptor. She
took care of them all, more than anyone realized, and never asked
for anything in return. She was always happy and always there
for her friends. "I would love one of your berries,"
said Fingers, pointing to Pussyraptor's berry basket.
Pussyraptor brightened and handed Fingers a berry. "Thank
you," he said.
Pussyraptor blushed and said, "Well-comes Fings," and
went *blink-blink* and then bop-toddled off to Poyyo's tree house.
Well, actually, she bop-toddled off to Poyyo's tree where he was
BUILDING his tree house, though he never seemed to finish it because
it kept falling down!
Fingers watched Pussyraptor disappear into the forest, and had
While Pussyraptor was making her way to Poyyo's tree, Fingers
hot-footed it over to Deeta's.
Deeta was outside, sweeping her porch. She was always up early,
to give Pussyraptor her berry basket and watering can, and tie
new ribbons on her horn-thingies.
"Deeta! Have you got a minute?" asked Fingers, as he
came up her steps.
"Of course, Fingers," said Deeta. "What's on your
"Well....Pussyraptor came by this morning with her morning
berries, and it started me thinking. She is always there for us,
she takes care of us, she's a faithful and loving friend, and
she always gives from her heart."
"Yes she does," said Deeta. "We are all very lucky
to have her for a friend. She's very special."
"You're right, Deeta, Pussyraptor IS special, and I think
we should do something special for her, to show her how much we
love her, and how much we all appreciate the way she takes care
of us," said Fingers.
Deeta smiled, "Why that's a WONderful idea, Fingers! .....but
what can we do????"
"I don't know," said Fingers, "but I'm sure if
we think about it, we'll come up with something."
"You're right," said Deeta, "maybe we ought to
get everybody together and knock around some ideas. Let's meet
here at lunchtime, shall we?"
"OK," said Fingers, "I'll tell Meerkat and Poyyo,"
and he headed off.
"Don't forget Sarah Dactyl and the cider ducks!" called
"OK!" shouted Fingers over his shoulder.
As Pussyraptor came closer to Poyyo's tree, she could hear him
banging and sawing, BANG! BANG! BANG!--SAW! SAW! SAW! She got
a glimpse of her tail out of the corner of her eye and suddenly
spun around, WHISH! WHISH! WHISH! in rapid circles, chasing it.
On one of her spins, her tail thumped Poyyo's tree, shaking it,
and his house came down, CRASH-KABOOOM!! with Poyyo in it.
The pile of wood that used to be Poyyo's almost-tree house began
to move, as Poyyo struggled to climb out of it. "What happened?"
he said, looking at the destruction all around him.
Pussyraptor's heart was pounding "Ber-ry, Poy-yo?" she
said, her voice quaking and her knees wobbling.
Poyyo looked at her. "Huh?"
"Oh! Thankyou, Pussyraptor! I could really use one of your
berries now!" he said, and gobbled one down. "Mmmmmm,
that was terrific! Thank you!"
Pussyraptor blinked, *blink-blink* It didn't look like Poyyo was
too mad at her for knocking his house down. She certainly didn't
mean it. Pussyraptor left Poyyo to contemplate his fallen house
and headed for Deeta's to give her a morning berry, bop, toddle-toddle.
"DEEEEE-TAAAAA!" called Pussyraptor.
Deeta popped her head out the kitchen window. "Good morning,
"More-rings!......Ber-ry, Dee-ta?" asked Pussyraptor,
holding out a berry to her.
"Oooohh, yes please, Pussyraptor. Thank you!"
"Well-comes, Dee-ta," said Pussyraptor *blink-blink*
Pussyraptor bop-toddled off on her morning berry round, making
sure everyone had their berries to start the day.
Deeta watched Pussyraptor bop-toddling off and thought that Fingers
had really hit the nail on the head (Poyyo wasn't the only handyman
around here!)....Pussyraptor really was special, always happy,
always doing for others, and they were all so lucky to know her
and have her as a friend. Deeta was looking forward to the lunchtime
gathering to see what they would come up with.
Everyone arrived at lunchtime and they all sat down and started
throwing out ideas. The cider ducks kept going "quack-quack,"
and no one could make much sense of their suggestions, but Fingers
thought they could all club in to get her something.....but what?
Pussyraptor had simple tastes and had everything she needed.
Or did she?
Maybe they could do something for her. But what? No one could
come up with anything. In fact, they were all sitting around wanting
to do something, but no one had any suggestions.
Poyyo spoke up, "Maybe we're thinking about this the wrong
way," he said. "What have we all got that Pussyraptor
Everybody looked blank. "What are you driving at, Poyyo?"
"Where are we now?" asked Poyyo.
Fingers looked at Poyyo like he was nuts. "We're in Deeta's
house, of course," he said.
"Yes, and.....?" said Poyyo.
Meerkat was lost, but Deeta and Sarah Dactyl smiled, and Deeta
said, "I know what you're thinking, you Jurassic chicken!"
Fingers and Meerkat both said, "What?"
Deeta said, "We all have houses to live in, and yet the most
deserving of us all has nothing.....she just sticks her head in
the sand and goes to sleep. Yet she's happy with her lot. It's
disgraceful that we haven't thought of this before!"
"What?" said Meerkat and Fingers again.
"Quack-quack-quack?" quacked the ducks.
Sarah just smiled, knowingly.
"A house!" said Poyyo, "Let's build Pussyraptor
a house---a really beautiful house with lots of sturdy furniture,
and pretty pictures on the walls, and lots of flowers in the window
The ducks jumped up and down and quacked quackingly, and everybody's
face lit up and they all said, "OH, YES!" It was a wonderful
Deeta said, "The house will have to be very sturdy and strong,
too, Poyyo....in case Pussyraptor thumps in it!" They all
laughed, but Deeta was right.
Meerkat started racing around the room, very excited, and Fingers
was thinking of all the bits and pieces he could acquire to make
Pussyraptor's new home really nice. Sarah would help with the
decorating and donate some of her things, and Deeta could make
the curtains and put pretty fabric on the furniture. Poyyo would
be the main builder of the house, and Meerkat would oversee the
whole project, organizing everything and making sure it all ran
smoothily. The cider ducks would provide the cider to keep everyone
refreshed while they worked on Pussyraptor's house.
"Now, we HAVE to keep this a secret, so it's going to take
some planning to hide everything. Where shall we build the house,
Poyyo?" asked Deeta.
"Well, it has to be near her berry patches, but we have to
hide it while we build it, and we can't work on it while Pussyraptor
is tending her berries, 'cause she'll hear all the sawing and
banging. It also has to be near a donking tree for Donk,"
"Hmm....tricky," said Sarah, "we'll have to be
"WeCanDoIt!" said Meerkat. "It'sAChallenge,ButItWillBeFunToBuildTheHouseRight
"Yes, it will be fun, Meerkat," said Deeta, "A
real challenge for all of us! Let's start making our plans."
A couple of weeks later Pussyraptor was tending her berries when
Fingers walked by with a bagful of something over his shoulder.
"Hi, Pussyraptor!" said Fingers, as he headed deep into
"Hi-lo, Fings!" answered Pussyraptor. She watched him
disappear. Strange. Oh well. She went back to her berries, when
Poyyo came marching by with his toolbox and some boards.
"Hi, Pussyraptor!" said Poyyo, and he disappeared into
the woods as well.
"Hi-lo, Poy-yo!" called Pussyraptor after him. What
was going on? Well, Pussyraptor had important things to do and
got back to work, but she had a lingering niggle.
Sarah Dactyl soared overhead carrying lots of pretty material
in her beak, and Deeta came walking through the woods carrying
more material. "Hello, Pussyraptor!" she said.
Pussyraptor looked up, puzzled, but pleased to see Deeta. "More-rings,
Dee-ta," said Pussyraptor, smiling and blinking, *blink-blink*
Pussyraptor looked at the material and said, "Prit-tee."
"I'm glad you like it," smiled Deeta. "See you
later!" and Deeta went off into the woods, with Pussyraptor
staring after her.
When Pussyraptor made her evening berry rounds recently, it seemed
that everybody was tuckered out these last couple of weeks, so
she started giving them two berries each. Something seemed different....something
had changed, but she couldn't think further than that.
Fingers had drawn up the plans, and they all mucked in building
Pussyraptor's new house in the woods every spare minute they had.
The cider ducks kept everyone refreshed with their apple cider
and everyone put maximum effort into their work. It was tricky
hiding all their comings and goings from Pussyraptor, but they
managed it, thanks to Meerkat's superb organization.
When at last they were done, they all took the time to admire
their work, both inside and out. They really had outdone themselves
and built a beautiful house. Sarah Dactyl paid them the best compliment
of all by saying that in all her travels, she had never seen such
a beautiful house, it was even more beautiful than her own, and
Sarah's house was nothing to sneeze at!
The cider ducks had been extra busy because they not only provided
all the cider for the building crew, but they also provided all
the feathers and down to fill Pussyraptor's furniture, and make
her big feather bed and the comforter and pillows that went on
top of it all soft and fluffy and warm.
Poyyo smiled and said to everybody, "Well, gang, we did it.
It's all done, and I think we all did a wonderful job for our
Fingers piped up, "It's not quite finished!" and he
tacked up a sign over the front door that said, "Pussyraptor
& Donk" and had a picture of her on it, with Donk on
"There," said Fingers happily, "NOW it's finished!"
They all smiled at each other and the cider ducks poured a round
of cider for everybody to drink a toast to Pussyraptor, "Hip-hip,
"Not quite," said Deeta.
What? Everybody turned to look at her.
Deeta took a beautiful wood carving out of her bag and asked Fingers
for Poyyo's hammer. She stepped up to Pussyraptor's front door
and tacked the woodcarving on the door. It was a doorknocker in
the shape of Donk!!!!
Everybody laughed, and had to try Pussyraptor's new Deeta-Donk
door donker, DONK-DONK-DONK! Pussyraptor's house was REALLY complete,
now! They all squaffed their cider happily.
The next day, while Pussyraptor was busy tending her berries,
Deeta came through the forest and sat down on a log near Pussyraptor.
Pussyraptor stopped what she was doing and said, "More-rings,
Deeta smiled and said, "Yes, Pussyraptor, it's a very good
Then Poyyo wandered by and sat next to Deeta and said good morning
Then Meerkat and Fingers came through the forest together, followed
by all the cider ducks, quack-quack-quack.
Sarah Dactyl glided out of the sky and landed right next to them
and said, "Good morning, Pussyraptor!"
They all sat there and looked at Pussyraptor, smiling.
Pussyraptor didn't know what to do, so she offered everyone a
berry. Maybe they were going to have a party. Then Deeta stood
up and said, "Pussyraptor, why don't we go for a walk?"
"Huh?" said Pussyraptor.
Deeta took her by the hand and said, "Come on, let's all
go for a walk in the woods," and off they all went, with
Pussyraptor toddling along, very puzzled. Something was up.
They had walked a little way and came to the clearing where Pussyraptor's
new house was. Pussyraptor knew the woods very well, but she had
never seen this lovely house here before. There were flowers in
the window boxes, and flowers all along the path and surrounding
the house. Where did it come from? Who lived in such a beautiful
Deeta said, "Why don't you go inside?"
Pussyraptor looked at everybody, and they were all beaming huge
smiles at her. She looked at the front door and saw the picture
of her and Donk. She touched the picture and said, "Prit-tee!"
Poyyo showed her the Deeta-Donk door donker and donked it, DONK-DONK!
Pussyraptor clapped her hands and went "GWACK!!" He
then opened the door and motioned for Pussyraptor to step inside.
Pussyraptor held her hands to her mouth when she saw all the beautiful
things inside....the big mirror, the pretty pictures all over
the walls, flowers everywhere, the big fireplace, and the lovely,
overstuffed furniture. What a gorgeous house this was! Whoever
lived here was very lucky, indeed!
Poyyo showed her through the doorway into the bedroom that contained
the biggest, most comfy-looking bed Pussyraptor had ever seen!
She looked at Poyyo, with everybody squeezing in the doorway to
see what was going on.
Poyyo said, "Why don't you sit on the bed and see how comfortable
Pussyraptor said, "Huh?"
Poyyo patted the comforter and sat her on the bed and smiled and
said, "Do you like it?"
Pussyraptor felt the softness and warmth of the comforter and
the featherbed. She smiled and said, "Good-ses, Poy-yo!"
Poyyo laughed and said, "You mean I'm not 'Bad Poyyo' anymore?"
Pussyraptor was very confused. Deeta stepped up and gave Pussyraptor
a big bouquet of flowers and said, "Pussyraptor, this bed
is yours," she gestured in the air, "this whole house
is yours....it belongs to you!"
"Gwack?" gwacked Pussyraptor.
"Yes, you!" said Deeta.
Pussyraptor was really confused now. She said, scrunching up her
eyebrows and thinking hard, "Dee-ta....miss-takes, not.....my
"No mistake, Pussyraptor....this is your house. We built
it for you....all of us," and she gestured to everybody,
who were all smiling at Pussyraptor.
Pussyraptor didn't know what to do or say.... she couldn't believe
such a beautiful house could be hers, or that her friends had
built it for her. She looked at Deeta, and Poyyo, and all the
others.....their faces told her that what Deeta said was true.
Poyyo said, "Look, Pussyraptor, we've built your house snug
up against a donking tree that has a hollow bottom!" Sure
enough, the tree formed part of Pussyraptor's bedroom wall. "Donk
can scamper up the inside of the tree and out the hole in the
top, where he can donk to his heart's content!"
Pussyraptor looked at the hollow in the tree next to her bed and
Donk immediately flew into the hollow and up to the hole in the
top of his new donking tree, DONK! DONK! DONK! His donking sound
was carried by the tree right down to Pussyraptor's bed, which
would wake her up perfectly! She clapped her hands and smiled.
Fingers said, "And we've even made your house thump-proof!
You can thump and thump and THUMP! and nothing will fall down!"
They all giggled. Pussyraptor blushed, *blink-blink*
Pussyraptor got up and looked all around the house again, touching
everything, taking it all in, sitting on the big, soft bed, opening
and closing the chest of drawers and the cupboards....she still
couldn't believe that all of this---that this lovely house and
everything in it----was hers. She looked at all her good friends
with tears just forming in her big, blue eyes. She blinked, *blink-blink-blink*
because she had never had tears in her eyes before, and the look
on her face said, but....why?
Fingers smiled at her, stepped forward and held her hand and said,
"Why, Pussyraptor? I'll tell you why....we built this house
for you because you take care of us."
Meerkat stepped forward and held her hand too, and said, "WeBuiltThisHouseFor
Poyyo stepped forward to join the others and said, "We built
this house for you because you bring us all happiness by just
Sarah Dactyl stepped forward and hugged Pussyraptor and said,
"We built this house for you because you have taught us all
what is really important in life.....caring for, and loving our
The cider ducks ran around Pussyraptor's feet and went "Quack-quack-quack!"
and Poyyo said, "The cider ducks are saying we built this
house for you because you are unselfish and loyal."
Deeta stepped forward and gave Pussyraptor a big hug, and kissed
her on the cheek and said, "But most of all, Pussyraptor,
we built this house for you because.......because we love you."
by Paul Olsen
© copyright 2004 Paul Olsen
Pussyraptor woke up slowly for the first time in ever
she could remember. She was in her brand new feather bed in her
brand new, very own house, built for her by her very best friends.
Donk was still alseep at the foot of her bed. Her bed was so soft
and warm and comfortable! Mmmmmmmmm! She looked around her bedroom
at all the pretty pictures, her mirror, her chest of drawers,
and her vanity table....and the bunches of balloons Fingers had
blown up for her and placed all around her room. She couldn't
believe she lived in such a lovely house. Surely there was no
one in the whole world as lucky as Pussyraptor!
She sat up suddenly, and scared Donk awake. Berries! What time
Pussyraptor panicked....Donk always woke her up at the break of
day so she could go to Deeta's for her watering can, basket, and
her ribbons, come back and pick her morning berries and hand them
out to everyone for the start of their day. Now she had overslept,
and all her friends who had been so good to her, were without
This wouldn't do!
Pussyraptor jumped out of bed, jump-toddle, and dashed out her
door, dash-toddle! Sitting on her garden swing were Deeta and
Poyyo, who both smiled and said, "Good morning Pussyraptor!
Did you sleep well??"
Pussyraptor stopped and blinked, *blink-blink,* and smiled and
said, "More-rings.....BER-RIES!!!" and pointed towards
her berry patch anxiously.
Deeta stood up and said, "Relax, Pussyraptor.....this is
your day off....to enjoy your new bed, and to enjoy your new house.
No berries today....this is YOUR day."
Pussyraptor said, "Huh?"
"No berries....house!" said Deeta, and pointed to her
house. "Enjoy your new house." Deeta walked up to her
and tied some new ribbons on her horn-thingies.
Pussyraptor understood, and said, 'Sank yoos, Dee-ta." Donk
flew out the door and landed on Pussyraptor's horn-thingies, looking
very dashing in his new jacket.
"Good morning, Donk!" said Poyyo and Deeta.
"DONK DONK-DONK!" Donked Donk on Pussyraptor's head.
"Ow-eee, Donks!" said Pussyraptor, screwing her eyes
up to look crossly at him.
Poyyo and Deeta turned to go, and Pussyraptor said, "Bye-gones,
Poy-yo! Bye-gones, Dee-ta!"
They waved goodbye and wandered down the path into the woods.
Donk flew up to his donking tree, and Pussyraptor went back inside
her house and wandered around, opening all her drawers, looking
at her teacups and her glasses and plates and tablecloth and setee
and her pictures and flowers and.....such a beautiful house, and
so many nice things! She was so happy---well, she was always happy,
but now she was extra-special wonderful-splunderful happy!
Hey! Now that she had her very own house, she could have parties,
and have her friends over for tea and games, and.....THAT'S IT!
She would have a housewarming party for all her friends!
"Donk-see!" shouted Pussyraptor.
Donk came flying down his tree and fluttered to a stop on the
kitchen sink, looking at Pussyraptor. What did she want?
"Donk-see," said Pussyraptor, "Hous-es par-tee!
Loons!!!" and Donk jumped up and down in excitement, his
eyeballs rolling around as he nodded his head rapidly.
This was exciting! Now, what did she need to do for a party? Pussyraptor
had never had a party before....but she had been to one! She screwed
up her brows in concentration and bit her lip. Let's see.....she
needed cakes and cookies.....and scones, and balloons, and berries,
and cider....but she didn't know how to make cakes and cookies
Well, she would learn how! That's all there was to it!
Pussyraptor began hanging out at Deeta's, watching her bake, trying
to figure out what she was doing. While Deeta was making some
scones and Pussyraptor was looking over her shoulder, Deeta said,
"Are you interested in baking, Pussyraptor?"
Pussyraptor clapped her hands and said, "GWACK!"
Deeta smiled, and then showed Pussyraptor how to make dough and
knead it, and how to drop little balls of dough onto the baking
pan, making sure the baking pan was greased and dusted with flour,
and then how to pop the scones in the oven to bake them!
Pussyraptor was concentrating very hard. It all seemed quite simple,
really, but it was also very confusing, because she had never
done anything like this before.
Deeta showed her how to make cookies and cakes, too. Pussyraptor
was a bit clumsy, but she helped Deeta and did the best she could.
She thought she had the hang of it.
The next day, Poyyo came up to Pussyraptor's house and donked
on Pussyraptor's front door, using her Deeta-Donk door donker,
Pussyraptor said, "Donk-see?"
"No......Poyyo!" shouted Poyyo, outside her door.
Pussyraptor bop-toddled to her door and opened it. "Hi-lo,
Poy-yo!" said Pussyraptor with a big smile, *blink-blink*
"Hello, Pussyraptor!" said Poyyo, smiling. "Deeta
asked me to bring you this stuff," and he handed Pussyraptor
a big bag.
"Sank yoos, Poy-yo!" said Pussyraptor, as she took the
bag. Poyyo galumped off, towards his tree house, which he was
just finishing. Pussyraptor looked inside the bag and saw Deeta
had sent her some milk, and some flour, and some eggs, and some
sugar, and some raisins, and butter...and all the things she would
need to bake!
Pussyraptor went into her kitchen and put all the ingredients
out on the table, just like Deeta showed her. Now, what else did
she need? Oh! She needed a mixing bowl, and a big spoon, and a
pan to bake in. Pussyraptor looked in her cupboards, and got out
all the things she needed. Her friends had thought of everything!
She looked at all her ingredients, and all her baking untensils....but
something was missing.
"Tay-shuns!" said Pussyraptor. Of course! She couldn't
have a party without invitations! She got out some paper and cut
it into little squares, and then took her crayons and scribbled
some scribbles on each 'invitation,' concentrating really hard.
Pussyraptor didn't know what writing was....it was just scribbles,
wasn't it? She could scribble real good!
Her party would be this afternoon, and she would hand out her
"invitations" as she made her morning berry rounds.
Then she would come back to her house and start baking!
Pussyraptor gathered up her invitations and bop-toddled over to
Deeta's to get her ribbons, berry basket, and watering can.
"Dee-ta!" called Pussyraptor, as she snurfled against
Deeta opened her door and said, "Good morning, Pussyraptor!"
"More-rings, Dee-ta," said Pussyraptor. Pussyraptor
proudly handed Deeta an "invitation" and said, "Tay-shun,
Dee-ta. Par-tee, my hous-es!" *blink-blink*
Deeta took the invitation and looked at Pussyraptor's scribbles
and smiled....what a sweetheart she was. "Oh, Pussyraptor!
Thank you!" and she gave Pussyraptor a big hug and a kiss.
"I would love to come to your party! How exciting!"
Pussyraptor was thrilled that Deeta was so excited to come to
her party. It made her very happy and anxious to get all her invitations
out to her friends.
"Here's your basket and watering can....and I'll tie your
ribbons on for you," said Deeta. She looked in Pussyraptor's
ribbon cupboard and selected some sparkledy ones. "How about
these?" she asked.
Pussyraptor clapped her hands....they were very pretty ribbons!
This was going to be a very special day! Deeta tied the ribbons
on Pussyraptor's horn-thingies, and then Pussyraptor bop-toddled
happily off to her berry patch, bop, toddle-toddle, bop!
Deeta looked at Pussyraptor's "invitation" and giggled
at her scribbles. Then she thought, WHEN is the party?
When Pussyraptor had gathered her morning berries, she headed
for Meerkat's hammock. "Meer-kas?" called Pussyraptor.
"Yes,Pussyraptor?" said Meerkat, as he peeked over the
edge of his hammock.
"Ber-ry, Meer-kas?" asked Pussyraptor.
"Ohhh!Yes,Please,Pussyraptor." He gulped it down, GULP!
Pussyraptor blushed and blinked, *blink-blink* Then she shyly
held out an invitation to her party. Meerkat took it and looked
at it and said, "What'sThis?"
"Tay-shun, Meer-kas," said Pussyraptor.
He looked at her scribbles. "AnInvitationToWhat?"
Pussyraptor pointed to her scribbles, as if Meerkat was a dummy,
and said, "Tay-shun to par-tee! My hous-es!!!"
"Ohhhh!" said Meerkat, pretending he understood how
silly he was being. "ThankYou,Pussyraptor! IWouldLoveToCome!"
"Well-comes, Meer-kas," said Pussyraptor happily.
"Huh?" said Pussyraptor.
"Oh!" said Pussyraptor. Of course! "Hous-es-hot
"Huh?" said Meerkat.
"Uhhhh," Pussyraptor screwed up her eyebrows, thinking
hard. "HOT-hous-es par-tee!" she said, triumphantly.
"AHothouseParty?" said Meerkat, flummoxed. Then the
penny dropped. "Oh!YouMeanAHouseWARMingParty!" said
Pussyraptor clapped her hands and said, "GWACK!"
"You'reANut,Pussyraptor," said Meerkat, smiling. "SpeakingOfWhich,WouldYou
"Huh?" said Pussyraptor.
Pussyraptor smiled and blushed, *blink-blink* "Well-comes,
Meer-kas," she said, demurely. "Fings now!" she
bubbled, and off she bop-toddled to Fingers' tree house, leaving
Meerkat holding her invitation and chuckling. What a lovely friend
she was, he thought.
Woops! When was the party? Meerkat forgot to ask Pussyraptor.
Oh well, Deeta would know.
"FINNNNNNGS!" called Pussyraptor, at the bottom of Fingers'
Fingers popped his head out the window and said, "Good morning,
Pussyraptor! You look really pretty today! And Donk...you look
extremulatingly handsome in your new jacket!!"
Pussyraptor blushed deeply, and kicked the dirt with her foot,
twisting this way and that, *blink-blink* "Sank yoos, Fings,"
she said, sweetly. Donk stood extra straight on Pussyraptor's
horn-thingies, very proud of himself. Pussyraptor liked Fingers.
"Yummy! I would LOVE one of your berries, Pussyraptor! In
fact, I would love TWO of them!"
"Yo-kay, Fings," said Pussyraptor, smiling, and handed
him up two berries. Pussyraptor took one of her invitations and
handed it to Fingers. "Tay-shun, Fings!"
"An invitation? For me?" said Fingers.
"Gwack!" gwacked Pussyraptor.
Fingers looked at her invitation, and her writing scribbles, and
smiled. Pussyraptor really was the sweetest, nicest, most loving
friend any of them had. "Oh, Pussyraptor....this is the most
beautiful invitation I've ever seen! Thank you! I'll pin it up
on my wall!"
Pussyraptor was very pleased that Fingers liked her invitation....but
she was so embarrassed, she didn't know what to do or say....so
she just stood there, looking at the ground, blinking her big
blue eyes, and shuffling the dirt with her feet.
Fingers climbed down his tree and stood in front of her. He had
an idea what Pussyraptor was up to, and asked her, "So what
kind of party are you having, Pussyraptor?"
Pussyraptor brightened and got all excited, and blurted out, "Hot
"A hot party, huh? Well, I wouldn't miss THAT for the world!"
Pussyraptor wasn't sure she had got it quite right, but she was
very happy that Fingers was so excited about coming to her housewarming
It was time to toddle off to Poyyo's. "Bye-gones!" she
said to Fingers, as she headed for Poyyo's tree house.
Fingers watched her toddle off towards Poyyo's, and then thought,
when was this party? He forgot to ask! "Oh, well," he
said to himself, "Deeta will know," and Fingers headed
over to Deeta's to find out.
BANG-BANG-BANG! Poyyo was building again! This was what.....his
tenth tree house? Pussyraptor couldn't count, she just knew this
was Poyyo's something-eth tree house. Poyyo was silly, thought
Pussyraptor. "POY-YOOOO!" called Pussyraptor.
BANG-BANG! "Huh?" said Poyyo, as he looked down.
"Ber-ry, Poy-yo?" asked Pussyraptor.
"I would love a berry right n-----"
"GWAAAAACKKK! Poy-yo! Duck-ees! GWAAACK!" THUMP!!
One of the boards Poyyo was hammering came loose and was going
to fall on Poyyo's head! Pussyraptor thumped in her excitement,
and before the board fell on Poyyo's head, his whole house came
crashing down, with him in it---again! CRASH, CLANKETY-BANG-KABOOM!!!
Donk took off.
Well, at least Pussyraptor saved Poyyo from being hit on the head!
"Poy-yo?" said Pussyraptor, as she gingerly cleared
away the pile of wood to get to Poyyo. He emerged from the wreckage,
completely confused, and Pussyraptor said, "Yo-kays, Poyyo?"
"Huh?" said Poyyo.
"Yo-kays?" said Pussyraptor, very concerned for him.
"Uh-h-h-hh....what happened?" said Poyyo, looking at
what was left of his house.
"Hous-es go BOOM!" said Pussyraptor.
"It sure did," said Poyyo. He must have done something
wrong....it must be the new design of the floor he was putting
"Poy-yo?" said Pussyraptor, holding out an invitation
to him. Maybe it would make him feel better to be at a party with
all his friends. "Tay-shun, Poy-yo?"
"An invitation? To what, Pussyraptor?" as Poyyo tried
to read her scribbles. He couldn't see too clearly right now.
What did it say???
"Hot-hous-es!" said Pussyraptor, proudly.
"Hot house?" said Poyyo, thoroughly confused, now. His
head hurt. Come to think of it, his whole body hurt!
"Gwack!" said Pussyraptor, with a big smile on her face,
*blink-blink* Pussyraptor had to get over to the cider ducks and
she made sure one last time that Poyyo was OK. "Yo-kays,
"Yes, I'm OK, Pussyraptor....thanks!"
"Bye-gones!" said Pussyraptor as she bop-toddled off.
Poyyo sat there, in the midst of all his house wreckage, still
trying to figure out what happened. Hey! When was Pussyraptor's
party? And what was a hot house party, anyway?? Oh, well, Deeta
would know. He was going to go to her house now for some tea and
"Your house came down AGAIN!!??" said Deeta. "You
jackalope!" she added, as she rubbed Poyyo's back. Poor Poyyo.....he
just wasn't having ANY luck building his house! "Have you
ever thought of giving up on the idea of building a tree house?"
she asked. "You have to admit, Poyyo, you're not doing too
well with it."
Poyyo turned to look at her. "I'll get that tree house built
if it kills me!" he said, emphatically.
"That's what I'm afraid of, Poyyo....it just MIGHT kill you
someday!" said Deeta.
"Well....I'm not a quitter, Deeta. I'm not giving up. That
tree house WILL get built!" insisted Poyyo.
"Whatever you say, Poyyo," said Deeta. "By-the-way,
did Pussyraptor give you an invite to her party?"
Poyyo pulled it out of his pocket. "She sure did....what
a cutie! Do you know when her party is?"
"No, I forgot to ask. I'm sure Meerkat or Fingers will know,"
"And what's a hot house party?" asked Poyyo.
"You dope," said Deeta. "It's a houseWARMING party,
Just then, Meerkat and Fingers showed up, both asking when Pussyraptor's
party was. Deeta said, "I thought you guys would know!"
Fingers said, "We thought you would know, Deeta. You know
everything that's going on around here."
"Oh dear," said Deeta. "How are we going to find
out? We can't hurt Pussyraptor's feelings by asking her, because
she 'put' all the information about the party on her invitations!
But it's all just scribbles to look like writing! What to do?"
PartyIs!" said Meerkat.
"Good idea," said Deeta, and Meerkat popped his goggles
on and took off, ZOOM! electing himself to do the job.
Meanwhile, Pussyraptor dash-toddled back to her beautiful house,
after giving everyone their morning berries. She was anxious to
get baking!! Donk was anxious, too...this was going to be fun!
He could help Pussyraptor in the kitchen.
Pussyraptor took the apron that Deeta made for her off the hook
on the back of the kitchen door, and put it on. Donk flew over
to the sink, so he could be of assistance. Pussyraptor couldn't
tie the apron strings, so she had to leave them hanging loose.
Her ingredients were all out on the table, along with her mixing
bowl, big mixing spoon, and pitcher.
Pussyraptor picked up the bag of flour and Donk opened the top
with his beak, ZIP! What a team they made!! This was easy! And
fun! She poured some flour into the mixing bowl, and a whole lump
of it spooshed out, FLOOP! Flour went everywhere, making a big
dust cloud! Pussyraptor started coughing, and Donk started sneezing,
WA-CHOOO! Donk's sneeze knocked him off-balance, and he fell into
the bowl, BOOOF! He panicked, and fluttered his wings to try to
get out, throwing flour all over the kitchen!
Pussyraptor couldn't see a thing, as she heard Donk's mad flapping
to try to get out of the bowl. "Donk-see! Donk-see!! No-see
Donk-see!!!" called Pussyraptor, as she felt around for him,
"SQUUUAAAAAWWWWK!" squawked Donk, in a complete tis-was.
Pussyraptor found him and lifted him out of the flour. He sneezed
again, which threw him against Pussyraptor's face, and she jumped,
tripping on her apron strings, and fell over backward, kicking
the underside of the table and causing it to tip over the other
way, sending everything on the floor, CRASH-BAZOOGLE-DE-BLONK!!
"GWAAACK!!! gwacked Pussyraptor. Oh dear! What a mess! Donk
was fluttering around the kitchen, trying to settle down somewhere,
while Pussyraptor got up and surveyed the damage. She picked up
the table, and then the bowl and pitcher and her spoon. She got
out her broom and dustpan and cleaned everything up. Luckily,
most of the eggs didn't break, and the milk container hadn't burst
open, and there was still plenty of flour in the sack. Whew!
Right. Time to start again! Pussyraptor thought she might start
with the milk first, this time. She carefully opened the milk
and poured it into the bowl....but it came out too fast and went
down one side of the bowl, and up and out the other, WHOOOSH-GUSPLURGLE!!
After she cleaned THAT mess up, she thought, right, I have to
be VERY careful...just like I am with my berries. This baking
business is trickier than it looks!
Meerkat had been looking in her kitchen window and laughing so
hard that he almost wet himself. Poor Pussyraptor....she was trying
so hard....but she was learning! He better get back to tell everyone
what was going on.
Pussyraptor carefully spooned out flour into the bowl. Then she
slowly poured some milk into the flour....she was real good at
making mud pies when she was a little Pussyraptor, and her mud
pie skills came in handy, now. She sprinkled some raisins into
the bowl and spooned in some sugar. So far, so good!
Now came the tricky bit: the eggs. She had seen Deeta easily break
eggs by cracking them against the side of her mixing bowl. The
inside of the egg just popped out and into the bowl like magic.
It looked easy enough. Pussyraptor took an egg and held it the
way Deeta did, and then cracked it against the bowl. The egg broke
alright, but some of it went in the bowl, some of it dribbled
down the outside of the bowl, and most of it ended up in her hand!
Pussyraptor wiped her hands clean on her apron and tried again.
Crack! Blooey! "GWACK!" This was no good. It wasn't
"Donk-see! Helps, pleas-es!" called Pussyrpator. Donk
alighted on the edge of the bowl, while Pussyraptor held an egg
over the bowl. Donk cracked the egg expertly with a single donk!
and the egg blooped into the bowl perfectly.
Pussyraptor mixed in the ingedients with her big spoon, and then
began to knead the dough, just as Deeta had shown her. Trouble
was, the dough stuck to Pussyraptor's hands....it was real gooey!
Something was wrong.......BUTTER! Of course! Silly Pussyraptor!
She wiped her hands on her apron again...but they were still very
dough-y, then she took a pat of butter and went to put it in the
bowl, but it squished out of her hand like a wet fish and landed,
SPLAT! on the floor.
Pussyraptor wiped her sticky, greasy hands on her apron AGAIN
and cleaned up the butter mess. She was more careful the next
time, and the butter landed on the dough. She mixed in the butter
with her spoon and then kneaded the dough again, adding milk and
sugar to get just the right consistency and taste.
Right. Time to bake!
Woops! Pussyraptor forgot to light the fire in the oven! She got
the oven going, then while it was warming up, she dolloped out
the dough on her baking tray, SPLOP-SPLOP-SPLOP! This was exciting!
Soon, she would have her first-ever scones!
She slipped the tray into the oven and then wiped her hands again....they
were all sticky! She tried to wash them, but the water just ran
off the dough and didn't clean her hands. Help! She had to lay
the table, yet!
Pussyraptor wiped her hands as best she could, and began to put
out the plates and knives and forks and spoons and glasses. How
many were coming? She couldn't count, so she put out ALL her plates....surely
that would be enough, wouldn't it? There was hardly enough room
on her dining room table! Her hands were slippy and gooey, and
two plates and one glass slipped out of her grasp and broke on
Oh dear again!
Pussyraptor didn't know it, but all her friends were outside her
windows, peeking in, watching Pussyraptor get ready for her first-ever
Pussyraptor cleaned up THAT mess, and dashed back into the kitchen
to check her scones. They looked perfect! Yippee! She grabbed
her apron and took the tray out of the oven to cool. Then she
dashed into the dining room again and poured all the cider, and
then dashed back out to the kitchen to put the scones on a serving
The scones wouldn't come out of the baking tray. They were glued
Oh no! She forgot to grease and dust the pan with flour so they
What could she do? Donk-see! "Donk-see?"
Donk fluttered to her side and donked the table, DONK-DONK! He
was ready to help. Pussyraptor showed him how stuck the scones
were to the pan, and he got to work, donking them loose. It was
a bit messy and crumbly, but he managed very well. Clever Donks.
Pussyraptor made some cookie dough hurriedly, and popped them
in the oven, remembering to grease the pan this time. She wouldn't
have time to make a cake....and after all the trouble she had
already, she didn't think she was ready to tackle a cake!
Loons! She forgot all about the balloons! She got out all the
balloons and tried to blow them up, but couldn't. Donk came to
her rescue and stuck his beak inside each balloon, while Pussyraptor
squeezed him like a bagpipe, holding the balloon snugly round
his beak with her other hand. It worked perfectly!
But, how to tie them?
Pussyraptor stretched the bottom of the balloon, and Donk twizzled
the stretched bit into a knot with his long beak, and presto!
Pussyraptor was dashing around her house, making sure everything
was right, wiping her hands on her apron, then dashing back into
the kitchen to get the cookies....which came out great! AND, they
came off the tray!
When it looked like Pussyraptor was ready, Deeta whispered to
everyone, "I think now is the right time....shall we all
go to the front door?"
They snuck up to the front door, and Meerkat donked the Deeta-Donk
They heard Pussyraptor inside call to Donk, "Donk-see?"
"No,It'sUs!" shouted Meerkat through the door.
Pussyraptor clapped her hands, and opened the door for her friends.
There they all were...Deeta, Poyyo, Sarah, the cider ducks, Fingers,
Pussyraptor still had her apron on, and it looked like more scones
and cookies were on her apron than on her table! Donk flew atop
Pussyraptor's horn-thingies to say hello. He was all covered in
flour. It was all Deeta could do not to giggle!
"Well-comes!" said Pussyraptor, as she ushered everyone
inside. They were all carrying presents, and went into her bedroom
and put them at the base of the Donking Tree. Then they went into
Pussyraptor's big room where her table was all set.
They were all very impressed at the spread Pussyraptor had laid
out for them. Deeta said, "Do you need any help, Pussyraptor?"
Pussyraptor blinked and said, "No-nose, Dee-ta....yo-kays!"
She was very proud of herself. "Down-downs, pleas-es,"
said Pussyraptor, as they all sat down. There were too many plates
put out, but no one said anything.
Pussyraptor disappeared into the kitchen and brought out the cookies,
which she placed next to the scones. Meerkat was eyeing the scones
hungrily, but Deeta shot him a warning look that said, 'don't
even think about it!'
Fingers stood up and donged his glass with a his knife to get
everyone's attention. "I would like to propose a toast to
our hostess and best friend, Pussyraptor!!!"
Everyone stood up, and Pussyraptor blushed with embarrassment
and went *blink-blink* "Pussyraptor, on this very first party---your
housewarming party---on your very first day in your new house,
on behalf of all your friends, I wish you happiness and good fortune!"
Fingers lifted his glass, and they all gulped down their cider.
Pussyraptor didn't know what to say, so she looked at all her
friends and said softly, "Sank yoos!" *blink-blink*
Then she reached for the scones to pass them around and said,
"Scone-ses?" and everyone dived in.
Deeta was very impressed with Pussyraptor's first baking efforts....her
scones were GOOD! The scones disappeared like that (even without
Meerkat's help!), and Pussyraptor passed out the cookies, which
were yummy, too. Then Fingers stood up again and tapped his glass.
"Pussyraptor, here's a little housewarming present for you,"
and he brought out all the presents from her bedroom, handing
her a box with pretty bows on it.
Pussyraptor clapped her hands and smiled, and held the box for
Donk to open....he was a whiz at undoing ribbons and knots. Inside
was a little bedside candle holder and candle that Pussyraptor
could use to read her picture books in bed!
Pussyraptor blushed and said, "Sank yoos, Fings!"
Then Meerkat handed her a brightly wrapped present, and after
Donk undid the ribbons, Pussyraptor opened it carefully. Inside
was a doormat that said, "Well-comes!" Pussyraptor couldn't
read, but she liked the mat. "Sank yoos, Meer-kas,"
she said, *blink-blink.*
Then Sarah handed Pussyraptor a big, flat present. Donk and Pussyraptor
opened it, and it was a big breadboard. "Sank yoos, Sarah,"
she said. That would come in handy for her baking!
Deeta gave Pussyraptor a big, soft present. Inside were beautiful
curtains that Deeta had made for Pussyraptor's bedroom and her
kitchen. "Ohhh, Dee-ta....prit-tee!" said Pussyraptor,
as she held up her new curtains all decorated with pretty flowers.
"Sank yoos, Dee-ta!"
"You're very welcome, Pussyraptor....I'll help you put them
up later," said Deeta.
The cider ducks then dragged their present into the room, and
Donk and Pussyraptor opened it. Inside was a small cider barrel
that Pussyraptor could keep her cider in! She had just the place
for it in her kitchen. "Sank yoos, gwack-gwacks!" she
said, and gave them all a hug, gwack-gwack-gwack.
It was Poyyo's turn. He handed Pussyraptor a big box. She and
Donk opened it, and inside was a cuckoo clock in the shape of
Pussyraptor's house that had a tree growing out of it, just like
hers, and on the tree was Donk, and in the tree, was Poyyo's tree
house! Pussyraptor was enthralled....it looked so cute! Poyyo
said, "Here, Pussyraptor, let me show you how it works,"
and he banged a nail into the wall, BANG-BANG! and hung the clock.
He started the pendulum swinging, and set the time for the cuckoo
to come out. Everyone was watching Poyyo, and couldn't wait to
see what this clock did.
The clock chimed, BONG! and the little cuckoo door opened, and
the cuckoo came out and went, "cuck-koo!" Then 'Donk'
went, "donk-donk!" and then....AND THEN...Poyyo's house
came crashing down! So the clock went, "Bong, cuck-koo, donk-donk,
CRASH! Bong, cuck-koo, donk-donk, CRASH!"
Everybody laughed, and Pussyraptor clapped her hands....what a
wonderful clock! She couldn't tell the time, but that didn't matter....the
clock would tell the time for her!!! She couldn't wait for another
hour to go by!
Everybody stayed late into the night and had a wonderful time
at Pussyraptor's. That girl really knew how to give a party!
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