It’s my Otter birthday (finally!)

It doesn’t seem quite real … but it is .. it’s my birthday at last. This is the second birthday I’ve had now and I think this one is even better than the first. I just can’t believe it’s finally arrived, the suspense had got to critical levels – me and Teddy had to spend a majority of yesterday going under the sofa pillow to remain calm.

I’ve got so many presents, but most importantly I got to open the BIG Present. Did anyone guess it? I got my very own car!! (I think otters often get cars on their second birthday). It’s just about the best present ever and Otter Keeper got me the one which I saw in the showroom (the early learning centre) last month.

My first Otter car

I’ve wanted a proper car for ages. Me and Teddy often need to get to places around the house and we really need the increased independence. The car does need a few modifications, it has no sound system, but Teddy seems to think we could do something with the cassette player and the sellotape. we also need a satellite navigation system like Otter Keeper has in the big car, but he says you don’t really need one of these when you only drive round a house.

Otter Keeper also says I can’t drive my car on the real road (which means I can’t drive him to the shops – his loss). I’m not taking too much notice of this, he’s probably just a bit excitable on this amazing day. And what an amazing day it is. Otter Keeper said he has a special Birthday party planned for me later. I’m worried we might not be able to fit everything in. Surely it would be sensible to span otter birthdays over 2 days?

Actually I really should get going, there are so many other birthday activities that need to be done, and I need to go and pick up the car. we skidded off the road in the hallway (a notoriously busy junction where the stairs intersect with the bathroom). We had to call in Otter Keeper assistance, I think he will have sorted it out now and the car should be ready for pick up!

Thank you so very much for reading my stories for another year, and for all the comments and support. It makes me and Otter Keeper VERY happy, it makes Teddy happy too .. but as we all know it’s hard to tell with him. You wouldn’t even guess it’s my birthday if you were to look at him right now. At least he’s made an effort by wearing his special birthday hat. He is a very good friend really.. But I think I will NEED that satellite navigation. I’ve got a very bad feeling that Teddy is going to be terrible at map reading.

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  1. Dean November 14, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Happy happy Birthday Otter πŸ™‚ Hope you get thousands of presents… And cake of course ^_^

  2. Liz November 14, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Hi Otter!!! A very Happy Birthday to you little one! I always enjoy your stories about all your otter adventures. Keep them coming, and be careful driving!

  3. MKT November 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Otter, dear! Happy birthday to you, and to Otter Keeper. Did you know that Otter Keeper celebrates his birthday on the same day as you? Shouldn’t you prepare something nice for him? Don’t just rely on Teddy: do it yourself this time.

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  5. Louloute November 14, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Yay ! This is a real great birthday story and when you’ll be a bit older like me (I’m 2 and 3 month – you’ll see : it makes a striking difference ), you’ll guess that the best is not the car but the story itself and the pleasure otterkeeper has to write them for you and Teddy. You don’t notice that he’s happy just because he’s exhausted after so much story writing and he is observing you having pleasure with the presents he made for you and he for sure can’t tell you -it’s too complicated even for keepers- that he’s just happy you live not only in his mind but as a real otter in real life ! You imagine : which otter can say : I have a car for my own ?! It’s just amazing and you’re indeed an exceptional otter from a very exceptional keeper and I’m sure many of your readers would like to change places and live with your keeper. I won’t since I’m unique too and I love my keeper although she can be as annoying as yours but there are many people who haven’t and actually need ! He deserves a creamy otterkiss (I’m sure, he’ll adore – mine always try to avoid, saying she knows I love her but I insist : there are some occasions like birthdays you can and you MUST show your love and it’s almost the only moment you can find cream cakes at home). Mine says she already regrets she bought us one today to share your birthday with you : I gave her a kiss whilst she was writing the message and now I tried to give you and Teddy one through the laptop screen but she hindered me and caught me roughly by the snout so that now she has a creamy hand and she says she can’t keep writing : she must wash her hands because laptops don’t like cream at all. They’re too stupid. It’s their only drawback though. I understand your birthday present is the most amazing thing ever and I must discuss with keeper whether it could be a suitable Christmas present for me and TT but, for the moment I’m still stuck in the same dilemma : is the laptop number one or number two of my favorite household things ? I think it’s utmost important because without laptop, you wouldn’t exist for me and me probably for you either so otters wouldn’t exist without laptops, right ?! I’m so fond of coffee though that I can’t do without espresso machine ! Keeper begin’s to be nervous and she says there is a solution which is used for competitions and it’s called ex aequo. She says it’s a special language people used before English and Otterish and it means you can’t decide who is the winner. I’m not sure it’s the best solution but it is one and she says we need a coffee now to finish our cream cake and here she’s obviously right ! So, we’ll shut down the laptop now who doesn’t like coffee either and have a short otter party thinking of you, Teddy and keeper and thanking you for so much joy all around the year and wishing it will continue during next one. (It’s amazing to look at the list of published stories at the right handside whilst writing, keeper says). We don’t know what we’ll do next week now we’re used to get a little story every day !
    Lots of love

    Louloute, TT and the otters

  6. Sarah November 14, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Happy birthday to Otter and Otter Keeper!

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  8. mustelidmama November 14, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Oh, I so covet this gift of yours. I hope it isn’t too hard on the rugs in otter keeper’s house, but then I’m sure he thought about that before he bought it! Hollering “beep beep” really loud will help that sound issue!

  9. Helen November 14, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday Otter! What a fantastic present, Otter Keep must really love you very much! Thank you for another year of very entertaining stories that brighten my day. I look forward to many more!

  10. Victoria Sitch November 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Happy Birthday Otter! I hope you eat lots of cake and have fun in your new car!

  11. phantom and shadow November 14, 2010 at 8:19 am

    many happy returns for today from shadow and phantom, the rolls royce of cats ( shadow of course is the black one and phantom the black and white one ( twin brothers) )and from speck the chicken who would have sent one of her eggs to you, but wasnt sure it wouldnt have broken in the post xxxx

  12. Mooniak November 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Happy Birthday Otter!
    Hey it seems you had really GREAT time πŸ™‚
    I think you should trust a bit Teddy, maybe he will learn, how to read maps πŸ˜‰ .
    It was great year with you and Otter Keeper, I will for sure read your stories for a long long time :).

  13. Jack the Cat November 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

    YAY!!! Happy Birthday dear Otter πŸ™‚ What a great present!!! Enjoy your birthday Otter!!!

  14. Susannah November 14, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    HapPY BIRTHday dear OTTER!
    Happy Birthday to you!

    And many more!

  15. Barbara November 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! Glad you had such a great present! You might not need a Sat Nave though, there’re not as good as you might think! You might find yourself directed under the sofa which is too low and you get stuck, or sent on a detour through the kitchen that adds miles (well, yards) to your journey! I’m sure otters have a natural sense of direction, so I’d rely on that!

  16. Barbara November 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Sorry, “Sat Nave”? A device to find a way through churches? I meant “Sat Nav”

  17. Grace November 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Happy Birthday, dear girl! And what a wonderful present that is! Your very own car – easy to have adventures now. What fun!

  18. Alix November 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Happy Birthday! Your new car is lovely – make sure you wash and polish it weekly to keep it looking shiny and new. I think you and Teddy will have lots of fun in the car – don’t worry about map reading, going the scenic route is the fun part of driving!

  19. Angela S November 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Happy happy birthday, sweet otter! A car is a wonderful present. Be careful by the stairs and enjoy all of your birthday treats.

  20. bev otter November 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    WOW!!!!!! What a wonderful present *HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR OTTER* We hope you are having fun on your special day. Otter stories always make us smile so much. XXX

  21. thepetmuseum November 14, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Happy birthday Otter! Oh what a cool present! Now you will have even more adventures to share with us lucky folks. You’re the best!

  22. Lesley Wright November 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    And it’s only a few weeks till Chirstmas too1
    What a lucky little otter you are. Give Otter Keeper a special hug for being so kind to you.

  23. jansfunnyfarm November 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful present. It sounds like you have a big house. It would be hard to get lost in this one. Except for the doors. We have a lot of doors but they mostly go in a circle. So we hope the Otter Keeper makes you a map so you don’t get lost.

  24. Stephanie Rivera November 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Otter!!!! Keep these stories coming, they are absolutely adorable!

  25. Keeper of Trevor the Cat November 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Happy Birthday from Trevor and me! Trevor was 2 on October 2. He envies your new car and I suppose he’ll insist on having one for Christmas.

  26. Madame Riverotter November 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Happy Birthday, Dearest Otter! You have all our Hugs and Kisses here! My Otters wanted to wrap you up a cheese and send it to you (We have very Large Cheeses here in Wisconsin) but I told them that it wouldn’t ship very well and that you wouldn’t like it for a Second Birthday. We have shipped you a tin of Home-made Chocolate Chip Biscuits instead. They will have each of the Childrens’ Paw Prints on them to wish you a Happy Birthday!.
    I do so like your Car and Teddy is being a very good side-seat driver by being Quiet. Kisses and Love from Across the Pond, Dear Otter and Love to Teddy and Otter Keeper too! — Otter Mum.

  27. Mr. POSSLQ November 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I sincerely hope you had a very good birthday, and best wishes for the year ahead!

  28. Patrick Otter November 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Happy berfdaaaay! ( ^_________^)

    Marie and Kev says happy berfaday toooo! THEY SAY i CAN HAVE A CAR when I’m two as well!


    – Patrick Otter

  29. Otterkat November 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Happy OTTER YEAR ahead to Otter, Teddy and Otter Keeper!

  30. Clare November 15, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Wow! What a fabulous car you have, you lucky Otter! When can I come for a spin ☺ Hope you enjoyed your Birthday xx

  31. Maria November 16, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Wow,, I was wondering what that big present was going to be. Awesome car,, now don’t get caught speeding!!!!
    I hope you enjoyed your birthday!! XOXOXO

  32. another otter November 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

    hello, dear.
    happy birthday to you, accept my best congratulations. nice to see you in well mood again.
    you’ve got the best gift at your second birthday EVER, i think. every otter should have a car, it is surely one of the most necessary things, believe me.
    now you got an otter keeper, you got a brand new car, you got even all of the household things, as i do, too. look, otters are the happiest people ever, aren’t we?

    i like to drive my car having my otter keeper as a passenger, doin’ this way we have so much fun and it is comparale with swimming.
    we swim together with my otter keeper, we play the ball together and i hope soon we will catch the fish together too. definitely every otter needs a good otter keeper who takes care of otters generally.
    stay vivid, my dear!

  33. Virginia November 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Dearest Otter,
    I think you should definitely stretch your birthday out over two days. They could be two days together, or you could be like the Queen and have two separate birthdays, one summer and one winter. I think Otters are just as special as Queens.
    Keep up the safe driving. We wouldn’t want you to lose car privileges!

  34. Coolio November 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday to Otter
    Happy Birthday to Otter
    Happy Birthday dearest Otter
    Happy Birthday to Otter

  35. Nicole November 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Ah, totally late! But Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚ <3

  36. Merebear414 November 28, 2010 at 12:41 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OTTER! I think it’s very fitting that you would get a car on your second otter birthday! Enjoy all of your new otter toys, and keep us posted on your adventures!

  37. Catherine and Ferret December 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hello again!! Otter + Teddy + of course Keeper too! I know your Big 2nd Birthday was a few weeks ago, but tonight I was happily busy with my most favorite activity–Reading Otter Stories!! You certainly have had a very amazing 2nd year! I am so happy for you -Ferret is also–that you had such a wonderful Birthday Celebration! You and the gang look so happy in your new car! I am very much looking forward to hearing about all of your future driving adventures! I think the “Otter Gang in Car” is just about my most favorite Otter Picture ( but it so SO HARD to rate them!!) I can see that you and Teddy must have a very important job in rating the Household Objects! Such an intelligent Otter! who looks SO HANDSOME in his new car! My Ferret is rather envious–he wants to ride with you —then he will want his very own car!
    Thank you so very much again for sharing your special day with us–and all your amazing life adventures, too!

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