Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that this year brings you prosperity, love and joy in all things.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Update: I have been informed by Parker that the Food Source is actually the Dad, so I will edit the post accordingly. Radcliff trotted off to the Rainbow Bridge all by himself Christmas morning. His Dad noticed that he was having a bit more trouble with his hind legs than usual when he got breakfast for the kitties, but didn't think much of it because Radcliff had arthritis and had his good days and not so good days. After he got dressed and returned to the kitchen, he found him on the floor. It must have been quite a shock, as he hadn't been ill. His Dad adopted Radcliff from a shelter as one of the two first kitties in the house. Though he wasn't too keen on the other cats who joined him later, he remained the most laid-back cat his Dad had ever known. Radcliff loved to be loved and if he felt that he wasn't getting enough attention, he would wake his Dad up in the middle of the night for his head scritches. He was a fine, handsome cat and will be sorely missed.
Radcliff went to the Bridge on his own,
Softly and quietly -- not even a moan.
Now he runs free
And leaps with such glee
To find that his legs are once more his own.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sox was a very cuddly and loving cat. He was the cat most likely to be found snuggling a bean or another cat at his house. He was also very active and mischievous. He liked to explore shelves, to see what was up there. He loved to sit by an open window and look at the birds. He was sometimes called Mr. Houdini, because he got very good at running out of any open door, but then his People got very good at watching out for him and his escapes came to an end. He never went very far when he got out and was easily brought back inside. He and his brother Cubby originally belonged to a lady who died of cancer about a year ago. Her son couldn't take care of Cubby and Sox, because he was away at college. Various things were tried, but last February, Sox and Cubby came to live with the other cats and beans at Irish Coda. Sox was about eleven years old. He got a tumor under his tongue that couldn't be treated. When it became apparent that he was suffering, his Mom and Dad helped him to the Rainbow Bridge.
We now say farewell to dear little Sox.
He was a sweet kitty; we will miss him lots.
He loved to cuddle
And sleep in a huddle
With brother Cubby, who will really miss Sox.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Pepper had a very sick heart.
It could no longer do its part
To keep him well,
So we say farewell.
Pepper's playing at the Bridge with all of his heart.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The lovely cats at Forty Paws gave me this wonderful award. Thank you very much. I am very grateful. The rules are that:
This award is for the humans - not the cats - so remember to give it to the humans.
Link back to the furson who gave it to you.
The felines in the family then get to pass it on to three other crazy caring cat ladies (or not ladies, as the case may be).
Be sure to leave a link on the other cats' blogs to let them know their human persons have won an award.
HERE is the link to the small size award (200 pxl) to put on your side bar.
I would like to pass this award on to:
The Mom at The Creek Cats because she not only takes care of seven cats and a dog, but takes in fosters, too.
Toni of The Big Piney Woods Cats because she takes such good care of Mistrie Rose, even though Mistrie won't come inside and join the family and she has volunteered at a shelter in the past and may do so again, now that she has found a no-kill shelter that won't break her heart.
Whimpurr who also takes in fosters, even though she has seven of her own, including one FIV+ who has to have his own room, bowls and litterbox.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Diamond Emerald-Eyes was kind enough to give me this wonderful award. Thank you so much, Diamond. Here are the rules:
"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
I would like to pass this award along to:
Max the Psychokitty
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle
Dr. Tweety and Da Fab Five
Missy, KC, Sol, Smokey, BJ and Faith Boomerang
Goldie, Shade and Banshee
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Gibbs Creek Cats gave me this great award. Thank you very much. Here are the rules:
- Put the logo on your blog or post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
- Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
- Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
Sammy, Miles and Billy
Roxy and Lucky
William, Olivia, Caroline, Russell and Grace
Shadow, Molly and Jake
Princess and Pierro
Sunny, Ollie and Rascal
Jan's Funny Farm
Miss Steffy, her rodents and Georgina
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Kelly was a Good Cat; of that there is no doubt.
He was really slowing down, but he still wanted out.
He gave his tree one last scratch
And looked around for a mouse to catch.
Then he went to the Bridge, where he leaps about.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I didn't know Cloud Chaser at all when I read of his going to the Rainbow Bridge on the Cat Blogopsphere. I was very sad when I learned that I should have gotten to know him a bit, as the Cafe Cats had been visiting my blog, but I hadn't returned their visits. I am about six weeks behind in returning visits, but I am trying to catch up. As it turns out, none of us could have known Cloud Chaser very well, as he was sick when he joined the Cafe Cats. He had a nasty fungus in his sinus cavity, then cancer moved into the same spot. As you can imagine, this was causing him terrible pain and his Mom and Dad had him sent on to the Bridge as soon as they found out how bad it was. They left his body with the vet for research purposes, so other cats might benefit from the knowledge that can be gained by studying what happened to him. He was a very brave cat and it's a shame to lose him. I am sure that he is having a great time at the Rainbow Bridge now.
Cloud Chaser was in terrible pain.
His Mom and Dad couldn't take him home again.
So they gave him peace
And of pain surcease.
He is playing at the Bridge till they meet again.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Here's Skeeter looking around his backyard, on the lookout for intruder kitties or prey. Skeeter was a fabulous hunter and he taught LC and Ayla how to be good hunters as well. He lived with The Big Thing for 15 years, but lately his kidneys started failing and he went to the Rainbow Bridge Wednesday afternoon. The Big Thing realized that all he wanted to do was hide in the bathtub and he wasn't eating anything at all, so it was time. Everything was very peaceful and Skeeter went while looking into The Big Thing's eyes. He was buried near the pond, which was the last place he visited outside. LC, Ayla and The Big Thing are really going to miss him, so please drop by and let them know that you care, if you haven't already.
Skeeter was a hunter of great renown.
Sadly his kidneys let him down.
Now he can run free
As fast as can be.
He's having fun at the Bridge and he'll never slow down.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I decided to take part in the sixth picture meme. My sixth folder only had three pictures in it, so I chose the best one. I took this picture in January of 2007. This icicle reached from the roof to the ground. It forms off one side of the gutter over the front door, which is supposed to keep the water melting off the roof from forming ice on the front steps.
If you want to take part in this meme, the rules are simple. Go to your sixth folder of pictures and post the sixth picture in that folder. Tell the story behind the picture. Tag anyone you want. I picked up this meme from several open tags, so I will just encourage anyone who wants to do this meme to go for it.
In his birthday post, Vampy Victor encouraged everyone to post a story about love. I thought about it and decided to tell the story of how I got my first cat. I have always loved cats, but I was allergic to them as a child and my mother is extremely allergic to them. At one point while I was in college, I moved into a student co-op which allowed pets. The place was full of cats and dogs. I was determined not to get a cat, because it wouldn't be fair to the cat. I would take care of the cat for a few months, then have to find it another home. I managed very well for several months. One day a good friend of mine, who had two cats of her own, came up to me in the living room of the co-op and said, "Here, will you hold this cat for a minute?" Of course, I took the cat. She immediately hooked her claws into my shirt and looked up at me with pleading eyes. She was terrified and trembling, so I cooed at her and held her close. My friend said, "This cat is sick. Her owners are having her put to sleep in a couple of hours because they say they don't have enough money to take care of a sick cat." I was horrified. She was a beautiful tabby with yellow-green eyes and even I could tell that she was quite young. What did I say? "Let's go to the vet."
My friend said, "Great! Let's go! Oh, I think her name is Louise. Doesn't she look like a Louise to you?" I agreed and off we went to the vet. I found out that her owners had put a flea collar on her and never checked it. Louise had an adverse reaction to the flea collar and had developed and abcess under it. I got quite a lecture from the vet, but never mentioned that I had only adopted the cat a few minutes ago. I was that glad that she was going to be fine. Louise was the cat that liked to sleep on my chest. She also liked to make biscuits on my "pillows" and we had some serious discussions about the use of claws. Everything worked out fine. I did have to find Louise a new home several months later, but I found her a good one and knew that I had saved her life. We loved each other very much.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Little Jack Blain didn't have his own blog, but you can read more about him at Friends Furever. He was the runt of the litter and these kittens are the ones most likely to have problems. He had some kind of congenital heart defect and the vet said that he probably wouldn't have a long life, but his family wanted to give him the best life possible. They loved him dearly and he loved them right back. He loved staying close to his Mom and would meow for her if she left the room without him noticing. He played finger skateboard with the kids. He loved to look out the window and watch the birds. He was very much intrigued by the Christmas tree. He lived a mostly normal kitten life, but if he played or ran too much, he had to stop for a while and catch his breath. He was just two days short of being seven months old when the end came. Now he's at the Rainbow Bridge playing with all the other kitties and he can run and play just as much as he likes.
Little Jack Blain loved to run and play,
But his insufficient heart got in the way.
He had to stop and breathe;
Now he has his reprieve.
Jack went to the Bridge, where he can run all day.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I wrote limericks for all the PB&J kitties, so now it's George's turn. George is a three-year old Airedale terrier, which means that she is a very high-energy dog. She loves running and jumping and playing hard. This picture was taken when she went to the beach with her Mom and Dad for a very fun day. George is very well-behaved on her leash and is generally a very well-behaved dog all around. She was doing so well at the beach that her Mom and Dad let her off the leash for a little bit. She surprised them. She ran and ran and ran and just as her Mom and Dad were beginning to get a little worried, she turned around and ran back to them. It may seem to be a little odd to see a girl dog named George, but she loves bones so much that she was named after the bone-snatching dog in Bringing up Baby, one of my favorite movies. George was adopted from a breeder as a puppy and remembers when she was the only furry in the house. That didn't last long, as the kitties began to appear. George has always liked the kitties and she was really glad when Bert joined the family, as he likes her back. George likes the sunspots as much as the kitties do and it is not at all unusual to find George and Bert curled up together, napping in the sun. George loves her toys, especially balls. She is very fond of tennis balls, but they don't tend to last long, as she chews them up, or the lawnmower gets them. Her Mom and Dad got her a soccer ball, but she ate the skin off of it. Then they tried a dodgeball, but it popped the first time she bit it. They thought about trying a football, but couldn't find one. Finally they found a girl's size basketball, and that quickly became her favorite toy. She has played with it for two years now. Last winter, she left it in the mud when she was called inside for the night and it snowed. The mud froze to the basketball and poor George had to wait until the weather warmed up enough for the ice in the mud to melt to get her basketball back.
George's favorite toy is her basketball.
She throws it and bats it over all
Her side of the yard.
She plays with it hard.
George really enjoys her basketball.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
When Mickey was found, he was tired and sore.
It was too late to save him, but the vet did explore
All of the possibles
And the impossibles.
Mickey went to the Bridge, where he plays evermore.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wizard got sick and didn't get better.
His Mom followed the vet's advice to the letter.
She gave him good food
To tempt his mood.
Wizard went to the Bridge, where he plays without fetter.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Bert just loves to be outside. Here he is supervising his Mom working in the garden. Like Pearl and Jake, Bert is a very good hunter. He is the speediest cat of the three and that really makes a difference. Bert also likes to be up high. He will climb up on the fence outside and seek the high spots inside to sit and watch the goings-on. He loves his nip and is especially fond of the nip banana. Bert was adopted in April of 2006 from the same shelter that Pearl came from. The shelter lady knew that the Mom and Dad were looking for a tuxie kitty after Basil went to the Bridge in January and she called the Mom and Dad as soon as Bert and his friend Cash arrived. As soon as the Mom set eyes on him, she knew that Bert was the kitty they were looking for. Bert was named after the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins and the name suits him very well. He is an adventurous and fun kitty. An interesting situation developed after Bert moved in. Jake had claimed the Dad as his special friend and Pearl had claimed the Mom. Bert looked around and claimed George, the dog, as his special friend. Bert and George spend a lot of time together, playing, wrestling and napping. Bert also plays a lot with Jake and some with Pearl, but he prefers to play with George.
George is the one that Bert loves to pounce.
He does it with such aplomb and bounce.
They wrestle for fun
And when they are done
They both curl up and nap at once.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Pearl was feeling a bit neglected.
She didn't get to blog, though she is respected.
She got the blog for a week,
Which her interest did peak.
Let's hope that Pearl no longer feels neglected.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Moki is a fighter; there is no doubt of that.
If fight were all he needed, he'd be well in nothing flat.
Let's pray he keeps warm
And safe from all harm,
For he really is a remarkable cat.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Poor old Bounce was tired and sad,
So his Mom decided to make him glad.
She helped him sleep,
Though it made her weep.
Now Bounce is bouncing around like mad.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Winton was looking for somewhere to hide.
He was hurting, which Mom could not abide.
They went to the vet
For the deepest sleep yet.
Now Winton runs free, with friends by his side.
Girl Girl waited 'til everyone was home
Before breathing her last and setting off to roam
Over the Rainbow
To bask in the glow
Of eternal youth and freedom to roam.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Jake has a crush on the big cold box.
His Mom all the goodies in there stocks --
Like nip and treats
And all the good eats.
Jake has to learn how to open that box.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Shy was so sick that she couldn't stay,
So her Momma and Poppa helped her on her way.
Though tears were falling,
The Bridge was calling.
Now Shy can run and play all day.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monty Q. Kat is one of the more famous cats around the Cat Blogosphere. He has hosted the "Do the Q" contest twice and he is the one who came up with the name for the Monty Q position. He is a big fierce mancat who is very tender and loving. He helped his Mom tremendously when she had to cope with the loss of Sprout. He loves his kid beans without reservation and has put up with lots of tail-pulling and other indignities that kids can inflict on cats. He is very laid back and nothing much ever bothers him, but he is also very particular. He likes his dry food almost exclusively and isn't even much interested in what the beans are eating. He only likes certain toys, but will play with his favorites very energetically. Kidbean has a fishing pole with a cat toy on the end of the line and Monty loves playing with that. He also is very fond of his feather wand. He has some shiny, rolly things with a bell inside that he just loves, but he tends to bat them under the refrigerator. Sweetbean, the little girl, is also very partial to these, and they tend to disappear after she plays with them. Monty has a great backyard with a high wooden fence. His Mom lets him out to play for a while and he almost always comes back in when he is called. However, on two memorable occasions, Monty has been very naughty about coming back in. Last November, he decided to go visit the neighbors and drove his Mom to distraction when he didn't come in that night. He was returned by one of the neighbors the next day, when the neighbor found Monty on the porch and recognized him from the fliers that the Mom had been handing out. A couple of days ago, he pulled the same stunt, but it was so cold out that he showed up by the back door the next morning. His Mom and Dad are going to look at the fence very carefully to see if they can find out how Monty is escaping. The fence is high enough that he shouldn't have been able to jump up and over it. The one thing that does get Monty worked up is if the family goes upstairs to bed and closes the baby gate at the top of the stairs, leaving him downstairs. This only happens when Monty is napping at bedtime. Monty has successfully trained Kidbean to open the gate after Monty starts singing. The limerick is kind of a catchall. Follow the links for more information.
Monty showed us how to Do the Q.
To get to the top-era.
Someone open the gate and let Monty through.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours, and
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you've nominated
I would like to nominate:
The Cat Realm
Marie, Casey and Donny
and The Gibbs Creek Cats
These are the rules suggestions for passing it on:
1. Those who have received this award, can add the pic.
2. Add a link to that person’s blog who awarded you.
3. Choose 7 others to receive this award and add links to their blogs.
4. Leave a message to their blogs so that they know about this.I would like to nominate:
Shadow, Molly and Jake
Missy, KC, Sol, Faith Boomerang, Smokey and BJ
Katie's Furry Mews
Niko and Cloud
and Jan's Funny Farm
Sorry for the bare bones post today. I had an exhausting time at work and just am not very creative right now.
Friday, October 31, 2008
To all my friends, Happy Halloween!
It's the time when ghoulies and ghosts are seen.
I hope you get treats
And lots of good eats.
To all and sundry, Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Xena had a velvety soft ear.
Just to stroke it gave her folks cheer.
She loved all the cats
And they would say, "That's
Our beloved Xena. Let's purr in her ear."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This is Nelson enjoying his very favorite catnip. This little bag is his and nokitty else's.
Nelson zealously guarded his nip.
Oh, woe to the kitties who thought to slip
It from under his nose.
He dealt with those
With a mighty paw and claws ready to rip.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Cocoa bathes Nitro with a tongue like a wet mop.
Nitro accepts it, though he wishes it would stop.
On and on it goes
From his head to his toes
'Til Nitro is soaked and wet as a mop.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Nitro stalks the human food.
He hopes his folks don't see him intrude.
When ravioli is near,
He sings loud and clear.
Nitro really loves the human food.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Xing Lu means "fortunate jade" and Xing Lu is certainly a fortunate cat. Her present Dad was taking some tree branches out to a dump site way out in the country one day. It's an area set aside for disposing of wood and leaves, kind of like a giant compost pile, I guess. Anyway, on the way, he found a new-looking fabric carrier, like the ones for sodas, by the side of the road and stopped to pick it up and put it in the pickup truck. Once they had unloaded all the branches, the Dad decided to open up the carrier to see why it seemed a bit heavy. Up popped Xing Lu's head, soon followed by the rest of her, so he took her home to join the family. Xing Lu's previous life is pretty much of a mystery, though she had been well cared for. She was well groomed and spayed. She is missing her top left fang, but that was well healed up by the time she was found. Whatever kind of life she led, she loves people and dogs, but doesn't care much for other cats. She is getting better about that, though. She never learned how to play. She likes catnip, but just sniffs and licks catnip toys. She doesn't toss them around or bunnykick them. Rolling balls and feathers on strings don't get any reaction from her at all. She did once get interested in a tinsel wand that Nitro was playing with and joined in for a bit, but that's it. Nitro would love to kitty wrestle with her, but she just yells and runs away. Edmund and Nitro find this yelling and running away amusing and will sometimes chase her all over the house. Xing Lu has her own suite of rooms at night. The Boy used to live in them, but he has moved out and now they are hers. This is where she gets her rest time from Edmund and Nitro. She and Edmund used to really hate each other, but lately they have been caught actually sharing the same chair and even both sitting on Mom at the same time without growling at each other. Xing Lu is quite floofy, but doesn't shed much. This means that she doesn't often get hairballs, but once she had a really impressive one. I can't do the story justice by summarizing it, so you should follow this link for the full story behind the limerick.
Xing Lu once really hurled a hairball.
Everyone gasped as it slid down the wall.
They stared in awe
At what they saw
And crowned Xing Lu Queen of the Hurled Hairball.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sir Edmund Hillary can climb anything.
As a kitten, to Mom's head he'd cling.
Now he views the fridge
As a mountain ridge.
Go, Sir Edmund, and climb that thing!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Our dear, sweet Tiki got so tired
That to go to the Bridge was all he desired.
His Mom helped him go,
Though it hurt her so.
Now he's running and playing and nevermore tired.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I would like to pass this award along to:
Princess and Pierro for the pure humanity shown in their blog and their wonderful quotes.
Kimo and Sabi for their inventiveness and humor.
Black Cat for the sheer fun of reading her blog.
Jan's Funny Farm for all the help they give to animals in need.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I am still working on choosing blogs to pass on the award Mr. Hendrix gave me a few days ago. I hope to be back to my regular blogging tomorrow or Monday. At least I am going to have a better week starting tomorrow, because I am on vacation. Yay!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Samantha likes to play with the blind.
She likes to look out the window behind.
The blind may crinkle,
But it doesn't wrinkle
When Samantha gets up to look behind.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Samantha and Mr. Tigger's Mom asked me to write limericks for them some time ago. Now that I finally have the time to do it, she's on vacation. I hope this will make a nice surprise for her when she gets back. Maybe it will help make up for the thorough house-trashing that's going on now.
Mr. Tigger started off life as a feral kitty. A friend of his present Mom found him in her yard and decided to keep him, but he tried to eat her bird. She decided that he needed a new home and gave him to his present Mom and they have been together ever since. Mr. Tigger is an inside/outside cat, but he stays around his neighborhood and is good about coming inside when he is supposed to. He is a good hunter and presented his Mom with a mouse as a Christmas present last year. He loves catnip mice with tails to play with. He loves catnip in whatever form it comes in. He gets great enjoyment out of stalking Samantha, but she doesn't mind it too much. He is great with the granddaughter. He never puts the bitey on her, even when she pulls his tail. Mr. Tigger's favorite way to get a drink is to get his Mom to turn the faucet on for him.
Mr. Tigger loves to drink from the tap.
He just sticks out his tongue and takes a lap.
He also bites it,
But never fights it.
And that's how Tigger drinks from the tap.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
I would like to pass this award on to:
Ruis and all the other Kattenpraat kitties
Victor and Nina
Samantha and Tigger
The Real Cats, Gibbs Creek
Chancy, Jake, Babe and Ernie's Voice
The modem seems to be behaving a bit better. For some reason I need to reboot it a couple of times when I first start trying to connect with the internet, then it works fine.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I am very sorry I haven't been around much lately. My internet connection has been very erratic lately. I think my modem is dying.
D~ Ma and the boyz over at Cat's Eye have been kind enough to give me this lovely award. Thank you very much. The rules for accepting the award are as follows: Give this award to five friends (and only 5) who are dedicated followers of your blog - one has to be a new blogger in a different part of the world. Link back to whoever gave you this award.
I would like to pass this award along to:
Princess and Pierro
Michico, Adan and Lego
All the Ballicus cats
Goldie and Shade
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Dragonheart and Merlin
The Cat Realm
and, though it seems a bit circular, to Omer's cats, Snow, Leo and Fairy.
D~ Ma at Cat's Eye has given me an award, too, and I hope to do that one very soon.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Captain Nelson John LaPurr
Was the finest pirate kitty ever.
He sailed away,
But we'll see him again where it's always fair weather.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Quest is such a pretty calico girl. She is Shy's litter sister and was adopted at the same time. While Shy is aggressive and bossy, Quest is laid back, but not exactly quiet. Quest is the most vocal of the three cats at Ginger's house (or maybe four, if Q2 stays). The Mom thinks that both Shy and Quest may have some Siamese in them, as their brother looked very Siamese. Quest can really talk up a storm, if the mood so takes her. Since Quest is so calm and laid back, Shy and Ginger like to chase her around the house. Shy even whaps her once in a while, for no apparent reason. Quest takes all this in her stride most of the time. Once in a while, she just gets fed up with the other two, then look out. All of a sudden Quest is chasing Shy or Ginger or both all around the house. Quest's favorite toy is her catnip mouse and she really enjoys it.
The other two cats like to chase Quest.
She really wishes they would give it a rest.
When she's tired of the game
She knows just who to blame,
And the other two cats go running from Quest.