i begin in the corner of the dining room. i am ready. paws set, eyes fixed on my target. the imaginary starting gun goes off in my head - and i'm off! i scamper around the dining room table, up onto a chair, and onto the table. from there, it is a quick leap to the family room rug - back paws don't quite make it, they land on the tile floor, which is going to cost me points, i'm sure.
but i continue - into the living room, brace myself for the high jump onto the entertainment center, and stick the landing. i carefully paw my way across the entertainment center, being careful to avoid all picture frames - knocking one over would surely cost me the gold. i jump down, and it's one step to the ledge at the bay window. i don't stop for a second, and continue my course to the couch, and across the back of the couch to the loveseat. i race back through the family room and jump on the stripey chair, onto the end table, and back on the floor.
I make my two compulsory tumbles as i race down the hall, and get the spongy play ball i left by the back bedroom. i pick it up in my mouth and carry it to the bedroom.
i leave it in one of eric's sneakers, and jump onto the low dresser. onto the television, and prepare myself for the jump to the high dresser. i pause for just a second - even though that slight pause may be judged unfavorably, it is worth the slightly lower score, as i make a perfect jump to the dresser. from there to the bed, and up onto the windowsill behind the bed.
onto the nightstand, back to the sneaker where i pick up the ball again, and am flying back into the family room. i'm not positive, but i may be close to my best time ever at this point. onto a barstool, up on the counter, one look at my pet fish, and off the other side. to the food bowl, where i drop the play ball, and come racing back around the corner. my paws slip on the tile floor, it's hard to get traction, but i use it to my advantage, as i come racing to the finish, and slide right into the corner, brace my paws against the wall, and in one motion, turn around and end in my finishing pose.
my time is my second best, but the judges take valuable points off for not keeping my paws together when i tumbled, as well as the pause before jumping in the bedroom. but my overall score is good enough for the bronze medal, and so i shall strive to perfect my routine another day.