Monday, September 26, 2016

Gifts from Far Away

A package arrived from Finland!

Angel inspected it...

...then she spent a long time sniffing...

...and Chuck did a lot of sniffing too!


And who is this gorgeous fella?

That's Punapippuri!  I so admired Spitty's royal purple beddy (check it out here), that Karin shipped her original version all the way to Michigan for Chuck and Angel's enjoyment!  There were other toys in the box, as well as this handsome photo and a note.  How generous is that!?!

So far, no cat has ventured inside the purple beddy, but they've sniffed and sniffed and sniffed it.  Judging by past behavior, The Hubby and I will be searching the house for a missing cat in about a month, only to find him or her tucked up inside the new bed.  They like to keep us humans guessing, don't they?

Thank you, thank you!  I love it; the color is gorgeous, and I know the cats will come around.  And now I shop for a new cat photo frame, to add Punapipuri to my collection.  Look at those toehawks!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nicknames

We all have our cutesy widdle sillums names for our kitties, but do we tell other people about it?

NO, we don't!  Sometimes they are too wacky, and would take too much explanation.

That is...until today!  I'm going to broadcast for all to read, the goofy nicknames that I call our cats.
Chuck

Chucky gets called:
Chuckinator
BBC (Big Black Cat)
Brogums
His Sleekness
Pooper
My Boy
His Largeness
Manimal
Limousine
Handsome


Angel
Angel is called:
Pinky
Princess
B&W (Black and White)
Wee One
Sissy
My Girl
Her Highness
Angelinka
Angelova
Bunny Rabbit
Pretty

Patty O'Malley
We call him:
Pattus O'Mallus
Fat Boy
Squeaker
Clowny
Alley Cat
Stripey
Boyfriend
Handsome


Sweetie
Sweetie's nicknames are:
Mama
Mamasita
Lady
Queenie
Cutie
Girlfriend
Pretty


Aries
Well, we really haven't had too many nicknames for Aries, other than that we used
           to call him Romeo before we discovered that he had humans and a home.
He has been a bit aggressive when I walk out with food bowls in hand; even Patty has taken to hanging back rather than face him, but I don't like dropping into negative-land with Brat or Bad Boy.  Aries needs MORE love, not less!  He is a real sweet kitty, when he isn't afraid to show it.

Thank you all for the terrific comments yesterday!







Friday, September 23, 2016

My 3rd Blogoversary!

My first blog post, on September 22, 2013: Parking Lot Cat

I didn't even post a photo!

Prior to starting this blog, I sent occasional emails to family and friends, telling amusing stories about Angel and Chuck, or the 'O' Cats.  My inspiration for cat blogging was the first one that I discovered: William of Mass Destruction (now called William's Kith and Kin).  Then I found Ingrid King at The Conscious Cat and Way of Cats by Pam Merritt.

So many of you have been instrumental in furthering and expanding my posts, and I read many blogs daily that just light up my world.  We have a terrific online community, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. Each one brings a separate viewpoint, but we are bonded together by our love of the cats in our lives.

The Hubby is very supportive of my need to reach out with my cat stories and information, just as long as HE isn't a feature.  Well, too bad...he is very important, but I've honored my promise to not include him in any photos.  He had no idea that I've been at it for three years!

Thank you all for reading about Angel and Chuck, Patty O'Malley, Sweetie, Aries, Hobo, Sammy, George, the neighbor's cats, and everything else catty!


Vicky and Patty

P.S. Please visit Katnip Lounge; Sylvester left for the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly, and his peeps need some purrs and head bonks from all.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

9/22/16: Remember Me Thursday-Adopt, Don't Shop



Orphan pets should live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. Get everyone you know on social media to talk about pet adoption on Thursday, September 22, 2016, so the world can shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues right now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

All We Need Is Love: International Day of Peace 2016

"Question"
1970, by The Moody Blues

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?

'cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need.
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed.

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That's what the war of love is for.

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me.
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be.

And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true.
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you.

I'm looking for someone to change my life.
I'm looking for a miracle in my life.
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me through.

Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she's waiting there for me.

But in the grey of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose.

I'm looking for someone to change my life.
I'm looking for a miracle in my life.
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew.
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our souls.

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me.
It's more the way you really mean it
When you tell me what will be.

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?

When we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need.
In a world of persecution that is burning in its greed.

This song was written during the Vietnam War, by a British rock band after touring in the United States.  I mention it today, the International Day of Peace, because every day, the feeling of LOVE for each other and everything on this planet needs to be expressed.  Surely, when bad things happen, like terrorism, we humans cannot understand the evil, and become hurt and dangerous.  Having the love of a cat...or if you are lucky, many cats!...can seriously improve one's outlook.

I held a purring Angel to my chest this morning, and her love and warmth just melted the knot of frustration that was building in me before commuting to work (which seems like a battle, let me tell you!)  So therefore, I say unto you...Get a Cat, and Know Peace!

"Angel" created by BGianossa


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chuck And Angel's Saturday Vet Visit

On the way...

Afterward, Chuck was hiding a bit...

...but then he came out again!

Angel just wanted to nap

Both Chuck and Angel received good marks from the holistic vet!  He feels that Chuck's organs are doing very well, and Angel's recent bladder infection is over, and she has no lasting effects from the antibiotics.  Chuck did have an 'accident' on the way, and he smelled BAD from sitting in it, and I felt badly too.  The vet people had some nice organic cleaner stuff, and Chuck smelled fabulous after I wiped him down.  He was so embarrassed, but everyone treated him well.  We are decreasing the amounts of herbs and vitamins that are mixed into their every meal.  Chuck goes back in two months, and I've scheduled another chiropractor visit for him too.  Angel can wait longer for her next visit; we'll discuss her again when I go back with Chuck in November.

Wait...did I just type NOVEMBER!?!  OH NOES!!  I'm not ready to give up on Summertime yet, folks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

"I Was Here"

Patty O'Malley, showing off his handiwork
Sweetie prefers to use this post
Cats need to scratch, so they can exercise their bodies, remove nail sheaths, and mark their territory with scent glands in their paws.  We've wrapped sisal rope around a post on the deck, but Patty prefers the feeding station, and Sweetie likes the unwrapped post.

"I prefer if you'd get that camera away!", says Sweetie