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How to mange your household like the best Damn Ship in the Navy

Pooh Hodges manages his household like A Navy Captain

As a business owner I always want to read books on better management techniques. Mr. Hodges, who use to be in the United States Navy and is married to my typist,  recommended I read, “It’s Your Ship,” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff.

Mr. Hodges leaves the house every day so he can get paid and pay the mortgage on my house. I think Mr. and Mrs. Hodges think this house is their house, but it is really mine. I manage it for them, and allow them to live here.

Running a household of five people, one dog, three cats and two birds is time-consuming. And, I do take my responsibilities seriously.

How to manage your household like the best Damn Ship in the Navy, (Please forgive me, I don’t say bad words. But the word Damn is actually on the cover of this book. Mrs. Hodges says bad words a lot.)

Pooh, don’t tell your readers I say bad words.

Mrs. Hodges. Would you please just type and not comment. I write the truth. Now, where was I.

Reading It's Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff was the former commander of the USS Benfold.

 His four main management techniques are:

1. Let your staff feel important. Talk to them and find out what matters to them.

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff thought it was important to see the ship though the eyes of the crew. He interviewed all of the crew members. He wanted them to feel that the shop was theirs. The slogan on board the ship became, “It’s your ship.”

The slogan for the Hodges Household will be, “It’s your house.”

Today I will set up interview appointments with the cats, my bodyguard Martha, and the Hodges family, who are my staff. Perhaps if they start to think of this as their home, someone will stop shredding the toilet paper rolls. And maybe the cats will cough up their hairballs on the kitchen floor and not on the carpet.

If the Hodges family start to see this house as their home and not just mine, maybe they will sweep up the litter in front of the litter boxes. And maybe they will pick up their clothes off the floor in their bedrooms. Mind you, I do like to take naps in their dirty laundry on the floor.

2. Captain D. Michael Abrashoff thought it was important to communicate the plan. He talked about his plan so often the crew began to call him, “Megaphone Mike.” The cats may call me, “Megaphone Pooh,” Actually I would be preferred to be called Captain Hodges, or General Pooh.

3. Captain  D. Michael Abrashoff told his crew that what they did was important. Discipline was created as the crew focused on their purpose.

Perhaps Mrs. Hodges would clean out the litter boxes more often if I told her how important her job is.

Hey, Pooh, I clean all the boxes every day.

Mrs. Hodges, you keep forgetting the litter box upstairs and you need to clean them twice a day and not just once. We like to have a clean box each time we use it, and there are, after all, four cats. I value your work Mrs. Hodges. Your job in very important.

Thank you Pooh. I live to serve you.

4. Listen aggressively.

I do have one bent ear, but I can hear very well out of the other one. Listen to your employees. If your employees want clumping litter, buy clumping litter. If your staff want softer toilet paper. Buy them softer toilet paper.

Keep your staff happy by doing what is important to them. Don’t worry about saving a few pennies. Buy the best.

You may not live on a ship, but you can run your home like one.

Perhaps I should start signing my name Captain P. William Hodges instead of Pooh Hodges.

All the best,

Love Pooh

P.S. Please tell me in the comments how you like to manage your home. Do you listen to your staff or do you make your own rules?

P.S.S. If you click on the picture of the book, it will take you to Amazon if you want to buy the book. It is an affiliate link. The pennies Amazon pays me helps pay for kitty litter. After all, we have four cats and seven litter boxes.

You don’t have to buy the book to be a better manager. Just listen to me and you will do fine.

About Pooh Hodges

I have had a hard life. Born to a single mother in a back alley in Wisconsin. I never knew my father. My sister died young. I am writing my story. Look for it.

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  • I only have a staff of one. However, it’s very important that I put the toilet paper on the holder with the end of the paper coming over the roll, never under. I don’t always get clutter taken care of, but I do manage to keep it off the floor. I’m pleased to say our household manages very well, in spite of it. Thank you for sharing those vital tips.

  • Amindele

    Hello Captain P. William Hodges. I agree with you entirely. Though the laundry is comfortable.

    • Good Morning Amindele,
      I seriously need to not nap as much, and pay more attention to my mail.
      It is always a pleasure to hear from you.
      Yes, the laundry is comfortable. I also like to take a nap in front of the space heater in the painting studio in the basement.
      All the best,
      Love Captain P. William Hodges

  • kathunsworth

    Pooh I love how you run a tight ship. I try to do that but the rest of the family have other ideas….Some days I need to ignore the midden of clothing piling up in the laundry and go and draw. I love drawing cats….you would be a great study and I bet Mrs Hodges will make you famous when she does your portrait.

    • Hello Kath,
      I hope you don’t mind that I refer to you my your first name. I am reading “Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Bronte, and I want to call you Mrs. Unsworth.
      Oh, please ignore the laundry and draw. Or at least put in a load and draw while your machine is working. No need to fold or put away. Just live out of the laundry basket.
      Mrs. Hodges hasn’t painted my portrait yet. I will ask her to.
      Do you have a drawing of a cat you would like to share? I would love to see one. Please add the image here, if you would like to.
      All the best, my dear Mrs. Unsworth,
      Love Pooh, or Mr. Hodges

      • kathunsworth

        Pooh this is the man of our household his name is Apple and he is a very special cat, he use to come walking with me up the hill. Just like a pretend dog, But he can’t anymore because he tore his achille’s tendon and we had to replace it with a new one. I miss our walks together but we still cuddle when I sit at my computer writing, he loves to watch me write. I am giving this picture away on my blog in the coming weeks to one of my subscriber’s. Just getting it matted at the moment. I can’t wait to see a portrait of you on your blog that would be so cool.

        • My dearest Apple,
          I am so sorry you have hurt your Achilles tendon. You are a very handsome cat. And I pray you feel better soon. You look a lot like my assistant Charlie.
          All the best,
          Love Pooh

  • Tink Caron

    Dear Mr. Pooh, I would like to come work for you as a bodyguard, I am a very good bodyguard, except when it’s dark. I’m afraid of the dark. love, Tink

    • Hello my dear friend Tink,
      You would be most welcome as my bodyguard, however, I think the Caron Family would be devastated by the loss of your company. Who would keep Joe company and what would Mrs. Caron do without you to bark at spiders? or catch rats?
      I would take care of you in the dark Tink. God made my eyes to see in the dark.
      Love Pooh

  • Dear Pooh, this is really good advice for employers. I will suggest to my boss that she should read this book and follow the guidelines. I really see you as more of a General than a Captain, because of your vision and magnanimity.

    • My Dearest Kathleen,
      Your wisdom is only exceeded by your beauty.
      How did your boss take your suggestion? Perhaps she was offended by the title of the book.
      This book should be required reading for all managers.
      Even for Captains and Generals.
      Yes, I try to have vision. Even without wearing glasses I try and see clearly the needs of my employees and staff.
      All the best,
      Love Pooh

  • La McCoy

    Dear Captain Pooh WH.
    I have missed you. I ask Mom every day to read me your writing. She usually says you have not written today. I wait patiently. The life of a responsible dog is patience.
    I have a big responsibility as a German Sheppard. I organize all the doggies in the neighborhood to bark as needed to keep things proper and under control. I try to organize the Cats, Birds, Squirrels, Varmints and anything else that moves. This is a hard part of the job.
    I nibble on the Gecko and Wasps. But that is another story.
    I love my job but it is a big chunk of responsibility and I get tired doing so much work.
    Maybe you can advise me Capt. Pooh WH. I am open to learning better organization techniques. Mom is always telling me to delegate. Let the other doggies do more of the barking. But I just love my doggie job so much i can not help barking! and Barking! with them all.
    Did you get your pillow for Christmas? I was worried about that and will have Mom mail you one of my favorite blankets if you are cold.
    Love Edelweiss.

    • My dearest Edelweiss.
      Thank you for much for taking the time to write. I have missed you as well. You sound very busy. Barking is a big responsibility. Perhaps you can interview your staff and find out what is important to them.
      Perhaps they want to be taken on more walks. Perhaps you need to branch out and take on more responsibility. Walking your staff may make they sleep better at night.
      I did get my pillow for Christmas. Thank you for asking. Mrs. Hodges, my typist was not available to type. I almost fired her, but she does do a good job with the litter boxes. So I gave her another chance. She will be typing more regularly now.
      All the best,
      Love Pooh

  • Christa Sterken

    Pooh, your wisdom and insight are great tools to help start my day. I see you run a tight ship just by how you keep your typist in line. Yet, you still let her know you value her

    • My Dear Mrs. Sterken,
      May I call you Christa?
      Yes, I try to run a tight ship. It is so important to be firm but loving. Mrs. Hodges is so kind to type for me. She does have thumbs. And I show my love for her by sitting on her lap in the morning when she reads her Bible.
      I would purr for her all night and sleep on her pillow if she would open the door to her room at night.
      All the best my dear friend.
      Please give my regards to your mother.
      All the best,
      Love Pooh