Daily Photo: Mimi’s Cold Paws and…Dogs!

black cat with snow
Mimi looks out at the snow.

This morning, though it was warmish and drizzling, we still had snow cover. Mimi desperately wanted to visit the yard, but not until…

…I made some solid footprints in the slush for her delicate little paws to step into.

black cat in snow
Mimi carefully steps into my footprints in the snow.

She visited the basement door where we’d spent so many happy mornings in the warm sun of the garden, and the brick patio, but it’s all closed up now.

black cat looks in screen door
Fond memories of warm summer mornings.

Although it was VERY exciting under the deck! Apparently lots of critters have been visiting over the winter, and a shelf I’d had suspended from the rafters came down, no doubt under the weight of our overfed groundhog, which has excavated everything under there. Mimi is in this photo though.

black cat in garden equipment
Mimi explores the heap of stuff that our wild friends have strewn about under the deck.

What do you do if the black cat is ON the ladder instead of walking underneath it? Once all her exploring was finished she had no interest in getting her tiny little paws cold and wet. I had to carry her from the yard up onto the deck.

black cat on ladder
What happens when the black cat is on the ladder?

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Meet Sasha

You can just see Bean on the inside and Sasha is on the outside.
You can just see Bean on the inside and Sasha is on the outside.

Jelly Bean meets Sasha, a Shih Tzu, the subject of one of my next portraits! You can just see him inside the door as he and Sasha are just about eye to eye, but the reflection is confusing.

If possible I like to meet my subjects in the fur, so Sasha and her human stopped by today on the way back from the vet. Sasha has congestive heart failure and though she’s doing well her human wants to have this done now while she’s still looking healthy. She had won the certificate at last summer’s Animal Care and Assistance event to help raise money for veterinary costs at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic. This is one of the portraits I’ll be posting as I work, so look forward to seeing more of Sasha!

Not sure about Bean and Mimi, though, as they slowly approach the door after Sasha jumped a few times to say hello!

two black cats
Mimi and Bean looking out the door at Sasha!

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And Miko

dog in warehouse
Miko greets me at the printing plant.

Then shortly after I met with Sasha and her person, I had to drive to a printer in Pittsburgh to pick up post cards for an upcoming event. No need to worry about anyone getting in the door unnoticed! Miko comes to work each day and guards the entrance door since the plant is noisy and the office is a little farther down a hallway and there’s no person right at the entrance door. Even over the equipment noise Miko heard the door and me. I didn’t have any treats with me at the moment. I’ll have to take extra next time.

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