Post 1387: old buddies write…

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What a wonderful post card! Ms. Zulu (on the left) and Benji are well known to Andy and Dougy because the four did interviews with each other, and found that dogs are nice and so are cats! They became friends and are now old buddies. (Check out these interview links if you’ve not read them.) If only people came together the way these four did….

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It did indeed put a smile on our mugs! Don’t the “woofies” look like they are enjoying a great time in the Pine Cone Forest? You know they are! 

Post 1299: On the passing of my sister’s cat, Sox…

I read the sad news this morning. My sister, Kathy, had to make a decision about her tuxedo kitty, Sox, yesterday. He had a cancerous tumor on a front paw. She wrote:

I did have to have Sox euthanized today.  It was so hard to do, but Kitty Boy was miserable and so sad to watch.  It took me until 3:30 this afternoon to finally let him go.  

The Dr. said he most likely had a stroke, perhaps caused by the cancer moving to his brain.  It’s going to take a long time to get over his death.  Molly was so sweet.
She laid on top of me and put her paw and head on my hand.  She knew something wasn’t right.
Sox is missing in Seattle.

Sox in his prime.

My sister “inherited” Sox as a kitten when her grandchildren got him from one of my sister’s neighbors, but were unable to keep him. Like me, she wasn’t a cat person till she got one. We always had dogs when we were little, then no pets till we were older and closer to retirement or retired. Sox was her first kitty.

Sox was an only kitty most of his life. Then my sister had to move. The first day she moved into her new home, she let Sox out to do kitty business, as was their habit from their old home.

That was the last time she saw him for 10 months, a story that I documented here as encouragement to others who lost their kitties. My sister never gave up, and she finally located poor Sox in a shelter!

Molly Moon looks like a sweetheart to me, and my sister says she is a sweet-dispositioned kitty, too.

When Sox disappeared, my sister eventually adopted Molly Moon, who was a bit older than Sox, but is a tuxedo kitty, too.

When Sox returned home, he no longer was the only kitty, and it made adjustment necessary. Molly and Sox eventually became friends and shared my sister without hassles. (Molly, of course, was the top kitty in the home since Sox hadn’t been home to defend his “title” during his absence.)

My sister told me about the tumor and what she had to deal with some time ago, but one hopes against hope for a happy outcome. I didn’t mention it here though anyone who’s followed this blog for any length of time knows the story of Sox and how he was lost then came home.

That story was the “happily ever after” part. Today’s news is the blunt, sad reality. Anyone with kitties, dogs, any creature in their lives knows the joys and laughter they bring, yet always has that other reality at the back of their thoughts: The joy inevitably is followed by the sad reality that those beloved pets are mortal.

Poor Sox. I’ve shed tears for you today. Kathy, I know that you did what was best for Sox, no matter how sad and difficult the task was for you. Hugs and love, sis.

RIP, Sox the tuxedo kitty. Thank you for the joy you brought into my sister’s life.

 

 

  

 

Post 826: home movie time…again!

Videos of the boys as kittens and young cats were a hit, so I’m posting a few more videos today. It always is fun for me to revisit these videos — Andy and Dougy are my boys! — and they remind me what a good decision I made to adopt those two little kittens back in 2011 so soon after the death of the great Louie the ginger cat. 

Hope you enjoyed the show! =(^+^)=

Post 809: up-coming event of huge importance…

If you scroll down far enough, you’ll find a little reminder calendar on the right side that lets you know the boys are just about to have a special day. Yes, Wednesday, the boys turn the Big Four! 

I suppose I should plan something special for their birthday, yet I will just give them lots of scritches and love, just like every day. This is a bit of a heresy among kitty servants, but the boys are unlikely to realize Wednesday is anything but just another day. Let’s not forget they are cats! dougy 2


That said, they are dear companions, not “just cats” in my mind. Maybe I’ll buy some tuna. They love tuna water, though they don’t eat the fish, oddly. I mean, I should do something a little more special for their big day than just note it here, eh!?

Here’s my question for you: If you have cats, dogs, hamsters, parrots, parakeets, goldfish, ferrets, snakes, elephants, tigers, zebras, gila monsters, or bunny rabbits, to name a few, what do you do to observe their birthdays? Or do you observe their birthdays? Give me some thoughts on how you think I should observe Andy and Dougy’s fourth birthday.andy1

Dougy (top photo) and Andy (bottom photo) await your suggestions! Thank you!

Post 806: high contrast Andy…

~ Lick! Lick! ~

~ Lick! Lick! ~

“Watching you watching me…!”

Something smells interesting on the carpet...

Something smells interesting on the carpet…

A big yawn, hidden for politeness sake!

A big yawn, hidden for politeness sake!

Post 750: “A Tale of Two Kitties”…or…”Mi Casa es MI Casa!”

Before this happened, though, Andy had to spend some time alone with the prized boxes, and that was possible because Dougy decided to leave the area

Dougy marked his favorite box by scratching it, but both kitty boys had a box when you last saw them.

Before this happened, though, Andy spent some time alone with the prized boxes, and that was possible because Dougy decided to leave the area “for kitty reasons”. (Who knows?)

Andy bravely checks out the smaller box, the one Dougy didn't mark.

Andy bravely checks out the smaller box, the one Dougy didn’t mark.

Sniff! Sniff!

Sniff! Sniff!

Under the watchful eye of Dougy, Andy makes a decision to check out the smaller box. It's a better choice for a cat anyway: Tight is best!

The smaller box is a better choice for a cat anyway: Tight is best! Andy’s made up his mind.

Woohoo! A good, really good fit!

Woo hoo! A good, really good fit! Dougy seems a bit blase about Andy’s discovery.

Andy checks out the possibilities for his new box. It's a comfortable fit, he can tell!

Andy checks out the possibilities for his new box. It’s a comfortable fit, he can tell!

All this drama's made Andy sleepy!

All this drama’s made Andy sleepy!

Of course, it's so quiet. Where's that Dougy and what's up with him?! (Andy knows better than to get too comfortable!)

Of course, it’s so quiet. Where’s that Dougy and what’s up with him?! (Andy knows better than to get too comfortable!)

The main thing is Andy now has claim to the smaller box. Dougy's still oblivious to the implications: He left the area so now he has to share one box with his brother!

The main thing is Andy now has claim to the smaller box. Dougy’s still oblivious to the implications: He left the area so now he has to share one box with his brother!

All in all, the box delivery is a success, with both kitty brothers getting a box of his own.

Post 749: Oh boy! Boxes!

Nothing gladdens a kitty’s heart more than new boxes, and the UPS delivery person made two very happy kitties by bringing two new boxes to the house.

Andy and Dougy can'ty believe their good luck! Two new boxes! All there's left to do is sort out who gets which one or who gets both.

Andy and Dougy can’t believe their good luck! Two new boxes! All there’s left to do is sort out who gets which one… or who gets both.

Dougy hops right to it.

Dougy hops right to it.

Dougy's first one in!

Dougy’s the first one in, and Andy has to wait his turn, if Dougy lets him have one!

Dougy hears something outside: Another box delivery? (No, false alarm.)

Dougy hears something outside: Another box delivery? (No, false alarm.)

Back to business! Can't let Andy have a shot at the boxes!

Back to business! Can’t let Andy have a shot at the boxes!

And Andy has been thinking about taking over!

And Andy sees the boxes aren’t guarded…for now! He plans a coup!

Andy confronts Dougy. This box isn't big enough for two! And Andy wants it.

Andy confronts Dougy. This box isn’t big enough for two! And Andy wants it.

Andy makes his case: MINE! Get out!

Andy makes his case: MINE! Get out! Dougy resists.

Andy hops in...on top of  Dougy!

Andy hops in…on top of Dougy! More than one way to skin – or unbox – a cat!

Dougy sends Andy packing!

Dougy sends Andy packing! Dougy had “home box advantage”.

“Don’t go away mad, just go away, Andy!”

>scratch-scratch-scratch< Dougy marks HIS box, just in case Andy didn't get his point!

>scratch-scratch-scratch<
Dougy marks HIS box, just in case Andy didn’t get his point!

Smug Dougy!

Smug Dougy! Andy’s gone for now.

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Tomorrow, Andy regroups and gets his box. In the meantime, just so you don’t feel bad for Andy, here’s one last photo of the boys, each in his own box:

Dougy (on left) in his box; Andy in his. The boys worked it out, then Dougy ran off on cat business,  leaviong both boxes to Andy. More about that tomorrow!

Dougy (on left) in his box; Andy in his. The boys worked it out, then Dougy ran off on cat business, leaving both boxes to Andy. More about that tomorrow!

Post 657: unintended consequences…

The enthusiastic response to the Ms. Zulu/Andy and Dougy interviews...

The enthusiastic response to the Ms. Zulu/Andy and Dougy interviews…

...others in the househod to try their hand at bloggery!

…encouraged others in the household to try their hand at bloggery!

Post 652: Tomorrow’s the day!

Tomorrow, Ms. Zulu talks with Andy and Dougy about being cats. Anarette and I have seen the questions for this interview and the one Andy and Dougy do with Ms. Zulu to find out what it’s like to be a dog.  The second interview will come out at the end of the week — we’ll let you know exactly when later! We know you will be entertained by both and won’t want to miss either interview!

Andy has a new respect for dogs, thanks to the interview with Ms. Zulu!

Andy has a new respect for dogs, thanks to the interview with Ms. Zulu! Even he was surprised how much he liked Ms. Zulu.

Dougy wonders if Ms. Zulu will come for a viosit or if they will just have to settle for Skype visits. He thinks Ms. Zulu is a lot of fun!

Dougy wonders if Ms. Zulu will come for a visit or if they will just have to settle for Skype visits. He thinks Ms. Zulu is a lot of fun!

We are really excited about these interviews because Ms. Zulu and Andy and Dougy ask provocative, very pointed questions about wet dog smell and herding cats, for example. They may be cute, but our dog and cats don’t hold anything back!

Ms. Zulu, preparing to set up the Skype connection.

Ms. Zulu, preparing to set up the Skype connection. (Aren’t her ears great!?)