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Daily Sketch Reprise: A Vigilant Nap, 2013

This has become one of my most popular daily sketches, and it’s the one where I really feel I hit my stride with sketching in charcoal on the toned paper. Hard to believe it was only a year ago… Yes, Giuseppe is napping, but it’s not a serious nap, it’s

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Kittens!

We have kittens! These are those elusive kittens I was pursuing last week when we met Charm and Scarlett. They seemed to have been sighted several times through the week, but not until yesterday, Saturday, did Jenn get a good tip that they were actually under the porch where we’d

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Book Review: “Purr Prints of the Heart”

Our animal companions have many lessons to teach us humans, and they know the most difficult for us to learn is to recognize, understand and accept when they tell us they are ready to leave this life, they will always watch over us, and will be there to welcome us

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Why Dandelions Are Essential

I POSTED THIS on my photo blog Today and it had a wonderful reception from readers. It occurred to me that the information here also applies to managing your backyard wildlife habitat as well as “Living Green With Pets” while keeping your yard healthy and pest-reduced without using toxic chemicals.

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Daily Sketch Reprises: Minding Their Own Business and Toe Cleaning

Sometimes, this is all we see. I like the times when they are going about their business without me involved. Jelly Bean is curled, sleeping, at the top of the steps where the sun had been shining, briefly awakened by Mewsette as she climbs the steps and rounds the corner

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Daily Photo: Smokie Toes

Smokie has a goood stretch and shows all of his toes! He’s enjoying the sun on the wardrobe at the top of the stairs, his favorite morning spot. It seems his bath is much more successful if he does it here. All that fur! And now…the nap. . . .

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Daily Sketch Reprise: Mimi’s Sunbath, 2012

This is one of the other sketches in the series I mentioned in this month’s desktop calendar. This is still one of my favorite drawings, ever, I just like the way I handled the ink lines and watercolor pencil lines and washes, Mimi’s whiskers and the patterns of lines on

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Daily Photo: Mewsette and her Shadow

Mewsette is a wonderful model no matter where I photograph her. She holds more still than her brothers who like to make faces at the camera like my brother did when we were growing up. But Mewsette is a proper kitty and holds a pose with every whisker in purr-fect

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From the Archives: The Old Man in the Garden, 2006

My “old man”, Stanley, at the age of about 24, enjoying the warm bricks and sun in the garden on April 30, 2006. Spending more and more time in my garden in spring, and especially yesterday, a bright and warm day much like the one you see here and my

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Help Diabetic Cats in Need with “Peaches and Peonies”

Help diabetic cats and win a highest quality giclee of “Peaches and Peonies”. Diabetic Cats In Need (DCIN) supports diabetic cats in their original and adoptive homes, rehomes unwanted diabetic cats, and helps to educate caregivers on the appropriate treatment of diabetic cats. We’re happy to help diabetic cats and

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