Kesey decided to wear his Christmas hat bandanna-style. Kesey is a nine-year-old Akita mix who lives with two kitties, Riley and Tiki, and his Mom and Dad. First Kesey lived with his Dad and Oldmom for the first two years of his life, then something happened and his Dad went away. Things went all right for him at first, but then Oldmom got a sticky little person and a new man in her life and Kesey ended up being chained up in the back yard and fed really cheap dog food, which he didn't like at all and didn't eat much of. The summer of 2006, Dad and Newmom, who Kesey knew from before, came to visit and saw how badly Kesey was being treated. Kesey stared and stared at their car, beaming out doggie thoughts that he wanted to go home with them. Things worked out and Kesey did go home with them. Waiting for him there were two little kittens, who took to him immediately. The kittens had never seen a dog before and thought of Kesey as just a big playmate. They often all three play Thundering Herd of Elephants through the house. There is a very interesting relationship among the three of them. Tiki thinks of Riley as her best friend; Riley thinks of Kesey as his best friend; Kesey seems to think of the cats as his responsibility. Kesey has taken up herding the cats lately. He pokes them with his nose and nudges them with his body and gets them to go wherever he wants them to go.
Kesey taught himself to herd cats.
With nudges and pokes and gentle nose pats
He gets them to go
Over there, just so.
Kesey's the champion of herding his cats.