I made this one for Melissa who was visiting from NB for a few days. I have spent the last several weeks trying to devise increasingly elaborate ways of keeping Trooper off the couch while I was gone. A recent iteration involved a four foot high blockade made of kitchen chairs, the aquarium stand, and various boxes, with a blanket draped over the whole thing. He was typically too fast for me to catch him actually on the couch – he could hear my keys in the door and had plenty of time to jump off and attempt to claim innocence. But it was easy to spot the indentation in the couch cushion, and feel the telltale warmth where he’d been comfortably curled up all day long. I told Melissa all of this, and I was pretty much speechless when she immediately suggested flipping the cushions up. So simple, so obvious. Finally, someone around here has outsmarted Trooper.