This story is about three friends,Tabby the cat, Rover the dog, and Mattie the maid. One day Tabby did something wrong that made Mattie very upset.Tabby, not knowing what to do,went out on the porch to get some fresh air. There she met Rover. She told Rover what she did and Rover decided that in order to solve this problem, they have to have a meeting with Mattie. The meeting went well and everyone was happy again
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Tabby and Friends
By Fay Frison, Ramir Quintana
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2014 Fay Frison
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Tabby, the cat, lived with her family, Mr. and Mrs. Parker; Mattie, the maid; and Rover, the dog in a beautiful house out in the country.
Tabby and Mattie were very good friends, and they loved to play and enjoy each other's company. Every morning, Tabby would go into the kitchen and watch Mattie as she prepared breakfast. There Mattie would stroke Tabby's hair while she laid on the floor, begging for more.
Mattie looked at her and smiled. "You stop having fun now, Tabby," she said. "I have a lot of work to do," as she poured some nice cold milk into her bowl. Mattie then fixed herself some cereal and milk and sat at the table with Tabby to have breakfast and to engage in a friendly chat.
Then Tabby walked over to her bowl, drank her milk, and wiped her mouth with her soft white paws. "Thank you very much," she said. "This milk is very delicious."
"I am glad you liked it," replied Mattie.
This friendship lasted for a long time until one day, Tabby made a terrible mistake that almost caused their friendship to end.
One night, Tabby was very restless and could not sleep, so she went downstairs and wandered into the kitchen.
"Wow!" she exclaimed. "I smell fried fish." She sniffed and sniffed until she found the plate of fish Mattie had left on the counter.
"This is all I need," she said. "I am going to have a feast tonight," and she sat down and ate all of Mattie's fish. Feeling full and satisfied, she went to her room, laid on her mat, and fell fast asleep.
The next morning, Mattie went into the kitchen to make breakfast. As she walked over to the counter, she noticed that the cover was knocked off the plate that had the fish. She took one look, and to her surprise, all her fish were missing.
"What has happened to all my fish!" she screamed. "Someone has eaten all my fish." Mattie was very upset.
The fish was for a friend who was coming over for dinner. Now Mattie has to fry some more fish, and she did not like this at all. She was determined to find out who had eaten her fish, so she decided to calm down and think.
She could not believe what had just happened to her, so she sat on a chair in a corner of the kitchen, chin cupped in her hands, thinking aloud.
Rover does not like fish, and the Parkers are out of town. That leaves Tabby, and she likes fish. "Could she be the one? Well, there is only one way to find out," she said, and she ran upstairs to Tabby's room.
She banged on the door and called out, "Tabby, you open the door this minute. You hear me." There was silence for a minute as Tabby decided about what to do.
Finally she opened the door. "Can I help you, Mattie?" she said in almost a whisper.
"You certainly can," replied Mattie. "Just tell me what has happened to my fish."
"What fish?" asked Tabby as if she did not know what Mattie was talking about.
"Don't try my patience this morning, Tabby. You know what I am talking about. You ate my fish last night, didn't you? Answer me."
Tabby had never seen Mattie so angry before. She did not know what to do. With tears in her eyes, she hung her head and said, "Yes, Mattie, I did eat your fish."
Mattie looked at Tabby, pointed a finger at her, and said, "You stay away from my kitchen. You understand me, Miss Tabby. Please stay away."
Tabby stayed in her room all morning, too scared to face Mattie. It was now lunchtime, and she was a little hungry, so she went downstairs and into the kitchen to see if Mattie had left any lunch for her.
Although Mattie was very upset with Tabby, she still loved her and did not have the heart to let her go hungry, so her lunch was waiting for her. Tabby ate her lunch alone, which she did not like at all. She was so used to having her meals with Mattie that the thought of eating alone made her very sad.
After lunch, Tabby went outside on the back porch where she met Rover. He had eaten earlier and was just lying on his mat, taking it easy. He was about to doze off when Tabby walked up.
"Hi, Rover," she said, with a sad look on her face.
"Hello," greeted Rover. "I have not seen you all morning. Where have you been?"
"I know," replied Tabby, "but Mattie is so upset with me I decided to stay in my room."
Rover was very confused now. Tabby and Mattie are very good friends. What could make her so upset with her? he wondered. Then he asked in a sweet and gentle voice, "Tabby, what aren't you telling me? What did you do to make her so upset? I do not understand."
"Let me tell you what really happened. Last night, I could not sleep, so I went into the kitchen just to see if there was any milk left in my bowl when I smelled some fried fish. You know how I love fried fish."
"Yes," agreed Rover, "but how does that make Mattie so upset at you?"
"Well, as I was saying, I sniffed and sniffed until I found the plate of fried fish on the counter. And—I am getting there, Rover, if you will just give me a chance—so I jumped up on the counter as fast as I could, and before you knew it, I ate all of her fish."
"What! You ate all of Mattie's fish? I would be upset too."
"Oh, Rover," said Tabby with a deep sigh, "I am in deep trouble. What am I going to do?"
"Let me think," said Rover, and after a brief silence, he told her that he had a great idea.
"What is this great idea of yours?" inquired Tabby.
"We have to talk to Mattie."
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