19Jul21: play is possible…

Andy’s busy with paw maintenance but I suspect he’ll play… 

…if I persist! 

Say “RAWR“!

18Jul21: “You sure you want to try that?”

Oh boy! A soft, “floofy” kitty cat!

Andy is suspicious…

…when I reach out top touch his soft, “floofiness”. (Who can resist!?”)

Andy gives me his “You sure you want to try that?” look, which is to say, I probably should leave him alone for now. 

17Jul21: bugged…

While Andy caught up on international news…

…this masked hunter* bug stopped by the end table.

When I told Andy he just missed the bug, he was sad. Awww!


* https://extension.psu.edu/masked-hunter


16Jul21: while you’ve been watching videos…

Getting ready to sleep or….


So you didn’t miss any big events!


The shocking photos and videos of floods in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands sadden me as it does anyone who was blessed to spend time in the lovely villages, towns, and cities of those countries. Condolences to the families and their losses, both human and property. May the flood waters lower so the cleanup can begin. My hope is none of my German, Belgian, or Dutch friends were in these floods (I think not…), nor any of their families. Take care and have heart.

15Ju21: Dougy

On this sad day one year ago, Dougy died. I named him after me, a family in joke too involved to explain. I don’t feel like telling a joke today anyway. He was a comedian, an explorer, a loveable kitty boy who is missed by his brother Andy and me each and every day.


July 1, 2011 – July 15, 2020


14Jul21: for the birds…

Lots of excitement for Dougy!

Now it’s Andy’s turn for excitement!

Then the kitty boys missed a “good one”…!


13Jul21: some birdwatchers on the job; boxes, boxes, boxes…

Andy gives up on watching the birds, then a big juicy American robin stops by the bird bath.

Cleaning up!

I eventually learned boxes a nd cats go well together!

Twenty minutes at the back door, both Andy and Dougy eventually spend door time.




12Jul21: purr!…purr!…purr!

Andy purrs in his sleep sometimes. Don’t you wish you could know what he dreamt about just then…?

Cute, but the snoring is a result of being born with a “smooshed” Persian face.

Cats like the birds, too. Hee! Hee!


11Jul21: …including Dougy cleaning up after a bath

Poor kitty! The kitty boys had lots of baths as kittens, thanks to an intestinal bug caught eating an infected grasshopper. Of course, Persian “floof” also catches “stuff”, and water is the easiest way to get it out of a kitty boy’s fur. It also pointed to the need for hair cuts for hygienic reasons.

Dougy had a better day in this video!

Dougy in front, of course. 



10Jul21: more early videos of Andy and Dougy…

Typical Andy and Dougy behaviors! Andy always stayed in one place and Dougy wanted to explore! The kitty brothers were just a bit over five months old in this video. Their eye colors were set, and you can appreciate Dougy’s beautiful copper -colored eyes since he makes closeups at various times. Their Persian coats are starting to be more typical.

This bathroom window is a cat favorite in this home. The yellow heirloom climbing rose just outside the window is a favorite hang out for birds, so…!

Weren’t they handsome teenagers?! 

Classic Andrew James Thomas behavior. If you can’t take the pain, don’t touch his tummy!  Boy, were they wound up that day! Reminds me of that earlier video when they were really little and Dougy couldn’t resist Andy’s tail! What goes around comes around, eh?!


I wasn’t aware I was doing it, but these recent postings of videos are a bit of a tribute to my late kitty, Dougy, who would die on July 15th last year, just two weeks after Andy and Dougy’s ninth birthday The first anniversary of his passing is around the corner and Andy and I miss his ornery, comedic, exploratory self. These videos remind me of what a fun cat he was, how handsome he was, how extraordinary his copper-colored eyes were. Because they were brothers and I raised both from kittenhood, I always thought of them as Andy-and-Dougy, one being almost, always to be together. RIP Dougy. The last two videos show how they were brothers together, squabbling, playing, being kitty boys~!

Yes, he slipped out the door when I was checking the snowfall and went exploring and I didn’t miss him till hours later.