FABULOUS FESTIVE News!

Well if after reading last week’s post you fell in love with the friendly Bermudian kitty… (the one that moved into my associate’s rental unit and has been visiting him daily and sleeping with him nightly)…

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Just when hearts were ready to break with the thought of leaving behind “The Furry One” (temporary nick-name) —-  TAH DAH —- the owner was located!

Kitty’s name is Casey and SHE *is* a rescue but does have a full time loving home now.  Her gracious owner got her a few years ago when the family that Casey first had couldn’t look after her properly anymore.

(This is Casey relaxing at her second place after her owner checked up on her.  She went home for a quick visit and came back.)

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Her current human is very understanding and not jealous.  She recognizes that Casey is a very friendly feline that loves to roam about (close to home) and will adopt people in the rental units near her home to make them feel welcomed.  Her owner just checks up after a few days absence to make sure she’s ok and being fed elsewhere and knows that Casey will come back home when either no one is in the rentals – or at least none that NEED her company.

Her owner thinks that Casey’s behaviour is very Bermudian and in keeping with the heart of the current Christmas Season.  She advised to keep the door open and let Casey visit if we wanted 🙂

Casey isn’t the only beautiful kitty in the area.  Across the way keeping tabs on all the seasonal visiting is this pretty little Tortoise.  The window is high up and I’m sure that’s the only reason she didn’t drop over to wish us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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All the friendliness and the decorations around St. George’s can’t help but be timely for this ABChristmas for children.  A nice e-gift for those you love that are learning.

For those that say “zee”

For those that say “zed”

 

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Old and New Friends – Bermuda

 

I have a repeat contract that takes me on a regular basis to the LOVELY island country of Bermuda and its very friendly natives (both two and four footed).

This trip I have returned to Grotto Bay several times just to feed my friends there (they are all doing well)… but I’ve also added NEW FRIENDS.

This “little” fellow is visiting every morning and evening with one of my out of country co-workers at the apartment he is in.

First evening:IMG_3799

Following morning:

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(joining him on the patio for morning coffee)

Next evening:

 

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(Yes, the kitty has made it inside the house 😉 )

Next morning….

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I think the big guy is happy (both the four footed and the two footed 🙂  As soon as the door was opened there were purring trills and good mornings from both sides (I got to watch the welcome video).

Friends are good to have – which reminds me of the letter “F”

 

Helpers Everywhere

BLAST!  My “declutter” project just took a set back.  I picked up this fun little terra cotta kitty for my indoor garden (shown here immediately after purchase in the hotel room near London).

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She’s about eight inches high and is awfully proud of herself after a good scratch.  I got her at a Cat Protection thrift shop off the High Street in Crawley England.  The shop re-sells donations and the profits support the efforts of the project – saving cats.

I was on this street a few years ago and remembered a little shop – it was closed last time and I had my fingers crossed it would be open.  The little kitty was one pound and I put the change from the ten pound note in their donation jar.  I find all over the world there are people who care about animals as these folks do.

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Check out some of their good works here:

http://www.catsprotection.co.uk/home-a-cat/

As far as my declutter project goes… I’ll still be on-track if I find at least double the number of things to send out of my house as this little one coming in.  Challenge accepted….

A few hours later back in Canada… today I dropped off several boxes at a donation site in Calgary… room for my little terra cotta kitty here as you can tell happily settling in at her new home.  Dream big little one 🙂

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The highlighted DECLUTTER reminds me of the letter “D“… and my brother’s ABCchildren’s learn the alphabet videos:

 

 

New Ideas

 

Rusty has been trying to fit on my lap for years now.  I think he has finally decided it is an impossible task and so he is wanting me to be more interactive. 

If I would just support his back and neck then he can lay partially on my lap and partially on my chest.  And oh, by the way, get that camera out of my face and pay attention to the job of holding the cat!

Despite the camera he is purring and very happy.  I think it is cute but it is NOT conducive to me getting any work done at the computer and is not comfortable for me.

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This will not last. 

Well – it does last through a snuggle 😊  He is such a friendly and loving boy!

Why all the highlighted “A“s?  to send you to my brother’s ABC’s video for children (and kitties) which is here:

Stop Making The Outside DO That!

Rusty was all keen and eager when I came upstairs to fill the Bird feeder.  It is a chance for us to both go out on the deck together.  Then I opened the sliding door.  And the fresh scents wafted in…

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One of which was snow.  What a let down. 

He did NOT accompany onto the balcony and he did manage to convey to me that I was a fool to have allowed this blustery day to happen.

He’s right – why DO I live here?  <G>  

By the way… Why all the highlighted “B“s?  Because B is for many neat things – check out my brother’s ABCs for children learning to read on the letter

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The Neighbourhood Smarty

If you have been following along you may remember a few weeks ago that the new neighbourhood kitty (still no name) was proving herself to be extremely smart by figuring out how to climb the tree to my kitties’ balcony?

Well she is continuing to prove her intelligence.  The first time I thought to see if she could learn sit-up… she did without difficulty.  This is day two of the “sit-up” command.

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PURRfection!

  • paws relaxed (not grabbing)
  • firm stance
  • careful about taking treat and not nipping

I noticed that she now has a bell – hope that helps the birds as she is quite the huntress and is convinced she might just catch one of the squirrels (having watched her speed and agility – she just might).

All Hallows’ Eve Cats…

I have a very special place in my heart for Beautiful Black Babies.  I’ve had a number of black cats throughout my life.  In celebration of the black ones as Halloween draws near I am doing a “throw-back” to the kitty that started me teaching tricks (for treats) to my kitties.

Mitten.  Mitten isn’t my kitty – Mitten was the best friend and companion to my hero and cat training mentor Karl Mitchel.  Years ago I saw a photo of Karl and Mitten and it inspired me to work with every kitty I have had since enriching both their and my lives.

Enjoy this old video of a BLACK scary cat out riding the wilds with pal Vietnam veteran Karl.

Karl continues his love and work with rescue of cats of all sizes – find out more about him here:  http://www.bigcatencounters.org/

And in memory of one of my beautiful black babies is this photo of Nipper in 1973 when me (the 15 year old hand) is giving him a “roll over” command.

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Black cats ROCK!  Happy Halloween!! 🙂

PS – “H” is for Halloween… and for some other neat things.  If you have children in your life learning their ABCs check out what other “H” words there are:

Enriched Viewing At the Zoo…

I love the Calgary Zoo but have not been in town much recently so a lot of the upgrades they have done over the summer I am only just seeing now in the late fall.  One of the upgrades was a viewing window improvement into the lion habitat.  This goes from the ground level to about ten feet in height and extends over a long section of the walkway. 

It appears that the lions like the improvement.  They are down at the window people watching.

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The keepers have placed lovely straw beds down at the glass at the favorite viewing spots.  While I was there this time there was a tussle between the two males about who got this prime viewing location.  The victor of the friendly push and shove was this guy.  Right now he is watching the antics of a young visitor that he either recognizes as a cub… or as a snack.

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One of the lionesses had been down viewing people with the other male (see in corner of photo) and then came up to lie beside this guy and watch.

It is oh so obvious they are enjoying the new view.

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And that they are very relaxed in their enclosure.

Her pretty pink tongue was later used for some grooming.
 

Clever, Agile and Friendly.

We have had a change in next door neighbours – and a few days ago the neighbours started letting out their kitty.  Very friendly.  Kitty and I (no name yet) had a few petting encounters on the driveway the beginnings of a beautiful relationship.

I few days later I was getting ready to head out of the house and was checking the doors and windows when I heard a meow that sounded like it was from the patio.. I went to investigate.

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Yes, there, up the tree calling to me was next door neighbour kitty.  I went to investigate closer and discovered that at the end of the branch – thoroughly convinced that I should help – was the athletic champion (who made a wise decision that she couldn’t quite make the leap)…

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On her way back to the trunk and down to the ground (I went outside and called her down with treats) I could see her looking up at the branches that were higher…

She’s going to figure out how to get onto the patio.  I’m going to have to do some pruning!

Clever, agile and friendly.

Post Snow Inspection

Yes, sigh… snow.  Killed off all the gorgeous flowers in my planters on the deck and brought the realities of encroaching winter to both me AND my kitties.

They do not appreciate snow.  They do not wish to go out in it and get their paws damp (and cold).

Days after it was melted off Princess deigned to go back onto her patio and sniff about.  She inspected all the new smells, checked up on the planters, gazed out at the driveway…and then harrumphed over her shoulder.

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She is not amused.  And she let both me and Rusty know that if it was going to be only a little longer on her patio then she wanted exclusivity.    (Rusty is daring to put a paw on it at this very moment.)  I assume sharing is fine when there is plenty to go around!