Always Time For Important Things

My kitties remind me that no mater what deadlines there are… there is ALWAYS time for important things, like a few minutes play.

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Princess rumbled down the stairs into my home office and then slowed… tail swishing, ridge raised on her back she plots her attack.

Rusty, alert to her presence, waits amongst the packing/unpacking….

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When the action starts it is so quick that really a slow motion video is the only way to go… but that isn’t what I had right then.

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The tussle is over in 20 seconds of rambunctious activity and then it is time for THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL.

Grooming – which also includes stretching the muscles so there is no stiffness after the exercise.

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Princess is older than me in kitty years and her flexibility still rivals mine as a young teenager… hmmm… guess I best get back to my yoga poses.  Daily practice keeps one young (according to Princess anyway).

 

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Maybe NOT so smart…

In the ongoing “saga” of the new neighbourhood kitty… after a viciously nasty stretch of cold weather a chinook blew into Calgary raising the temperature to a balmy near freezing.  That morning I was not surprised to see the gorgeous climbing kitty (currently calling her “Snuggles” till we learn her real name) up the tree on my front yard.

I dashed off to get my good camera knowing that once she’s noticed that I’ve seen her she comes over to the step for a snuggle and a treat.

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To give you perspective she is most definitely two stories in the air (and she goes way higher in this tree!)

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She, of course, immediately started talking to me when I started to take the photos (was difficult to get one with her little pink mouth closed 🙂 )

After taking photos I went back into the house, put on my GoPro, picked up a few treats for her and went out to meet her…

But she was still up in the tree.  She was on the lowest branches (about 6 feet off the ground) and calling to me.  Apparently she doesn’t know how to back down a tree and maybe the last time she was up this one jumping down she may have twisted a paw.

We talked and talked for a while and she insisted she should get some help from me.  So I went to help her.  As you can tell even though she “asked” for help she really wasn’t sure!

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I offered her to jump down on my back – but that obviously confused her… then I moved around a different way and showed her the branch I wanted her to step onto – she did so confidently.  And as she stepped onto it I got hold of her.  Eeek… but she controlled herself and stiffened and held in her claws.

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Happily she talked to me and purred and sat up for a few treats.

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Next time if I find her asking for help I’ll try to teach her about coming down a tree backwards.  She can likely learn that.

Dominant Kitty?

The regal Princess pensively ponders the question “who IS the dominant Kitty?” as she watches Rusty enter the room…

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I personally think she is amazed that there is any debate – of course it is her 😉

But there *IS* debate.  My brother is convinced it is her, my girlfriend believes the torch has been passed to Rusty.  In living with the two of them I think there is good reason to be wondering.

And I think it has to do with Princess’s leadership “style”.  She doesn’t have to constantly enforce her dominance… and so gets miss-interpreted.  She is fine with Rusty thinking (occasionally) that he is the boss.

But when push comes to shove, when Rusty gets on her one remaining nerve and tries something just a bit too far…

She puts him back in his place.

 

Happy Cat 2018

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These “Happy Cats” from one of my trips through Beijing last year called to me in the photo album as a delightful start to the bright and shiny NEW YEAR!  I looked up a whole bunch of information on the meanings behind them… and decided to just let their happy smiles welcome us into 2018!

Though not picture perfect on January 01st 2018 my two kitties were happily snoozing in the sunbeam on my bed as I slept the afternoon away.  They thought it was the most PURRfect start to the year.  I have to agree that despite being a “bit” under the weather… I agreed!

Despite the wash-out blast of the sunshine you can tell they are warm and happy 🙂

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We shall all get rested up for some adventures in the year ahead!!

Happy 2018 love from our house to yours.

 

Christmas Eve Celebrations

I’m spending Christmas through New Years away from my kitties and with human family but we celebrated our Christmas early.

It is cold and snowy in Calgary but the wind finally “let up” on the morning of the 24th and when I went outside just at daybreak to sweep down the walk and driveway… and look who I found!

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Minus 20 is NOT temperature for kitties to be out!  But obviously this well cared for kitty has the ability to come and go from her house and she thinks it is.  I suspect that the previous four days of being housebound with blizzardy conditions made her feel that Christmas came early – she could get out and about.  She purred and stayed for a few minutes and then dashed off (I think it was getting cold on her kitty paws <G>).

Back indoors my kitties won’t even go NEAR the patio door for fear that I will open it and they will get that chill on their tender tootsies.  I was all packed for my departure and we started opening their presents.  The best one EVERY year is from a dear friend of mine that goes to great lengths to bring them new smells and challenges.

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This is first stage of the “unpack”.  She stuffed all sorts of neat toys inside this… and they KNOW it – they can smell and sense them.  But despite the anticipation they both want to play with the first part.  They do for about half an hour with just a bit of pulling out the paper blocking the insides.

Then every now and then one of them (in this case Rusty) would go take frustrations out on my luggage (I let them scratch my luggage as it will die from all the travel long before they make a dent in it.)

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We played for over an hour and then all of us had to take a nap 🙂

A wonderful Christmas!

Goodbyes and Hellos

I’m late with my weekly “daily kitty” but I have good reason (at least I think so)… TRAVEL.

Just before I left Bermuda I stopped to see some of the kitties I have fallen in love with there – most particularly “Casey” (the well looked after non-feral from the condo-rental unit my associate was staying at.)  I parked my scooter and headed for the top of the stairs to walk down to the unit he was in.  At the top of the stairs looking down I thought I saw a little grey furry on the cement hand railing half way down.  I stopped and called.

With a jerk of her head in my direction – an immediate perking up of ears and body – she jumped down and trotted up the stairs to me trilling as she came.

It was almost impossible to get a photo as both hands needed to be involved in the petting and cuddles.  But there was some rolling about too:

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While cuddling her several people walked by and talked about how friendly she was and how they had fallen in love with her – so she has converts in every batch of folk that stay there.  So lovely to get to share in some of her love that she spares for us traveling waifs.

To see me off she got up above (above is always so much better for a kitty).  And with purrs and head butts I was off…

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And headed for the airport to fly home… flight delays and all… getting back to my kitties.  I have no video/photos of the greeting home – but it was thorough.  Lots of purrs and chatter to tell me all about what I had missed.  I spent most of my first full day home taking naps and cuddling.  Appreciated by us all.

This is Princess tolerating an afternoon nap with me:

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And Rusty helping me to settle in the next morning at the computer to work:

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Home for the Holidays 🙂  We are all in sync for that!

 

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”

 

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.

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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: