Daily Photo Reprise: Keeping Peaches Warm, 2009

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Giuseppe uses Peaches as a pillow.

Peaches apparently makes a great pillow.

(From 2009) She is purportedly 19 years old. She came to me four years ago and a friend of her former owner, who had died, told me Peaches was about 15. She looked entirely her age at that time, perhaps because, although people had been caring for her and her sister in her former owner’s home because the cats were familiar with it, older cats need a little more attention.

In the cold weather, Peaches tends to sleep in front of the heater vent here in my office/living room, and generously shares it with the Cuddly Kittens, now 2-1/2, who just love their older sister who is less than half the size of the smallest of them. They give her little baths, too, and try to get her to play, but Peaches is all about, food, warmth and sleep.

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Mewsette uses Peaches as a pillow.

Peaches is a real joy as a senior foster-turned-household-member, all 5-1/2 pounds of her. I write about her now and then: Feline Faith and Understanding about Peaches’ understanding of the world; Senior Mentoring, Youth Warming Program?, a photo of Giuseppe using Peaches as a pillow on my desk from last year; I Follow My Cats Around With a Sketchpad, showing a little painting of Peaches; and Senior Pet Adoption Program, showing one of my favorite paintings of Peaches, and an offer to donate to a senior pet adoption program of your choice with the purchase of a print, and a favorite is another article about Peaches and her new retirement hobby of photography written after she had commandeered my digital camera, Area Senior Cat Finds Muse in Photography.

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Giuseppe and Sunshine cuddle Peaches.

Peaches was as sweet as her name, and never minded being used as a pillow! Many were the benefits of those “cuddly kittens”!

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More Progress for Bert and Ernie, and Smokie and Bella, 2014
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Margo with Bert and Ernie.

This was just too exciting. After Bert and Ernie met Debby Saturday and weren’t traumatized afterward, I knew we were moving forward. Today they saw a customer of mine who’d stopped in to talk about his dogs’ portrait and as we headed to the studio we peeked in on them. They just looked wary but didn’t scramble to hide. Then a few hours later Margo stopped over and I wasn’t sure how they’d feel with yet another stranger—you can move too fast in these situations, and everything goes backward.

But they didn’t hid and first I stepped in the bathroom, put the flower essence on my hands and Margo’s, then we decided she should step in. We calmed Bert and Ernie and convinced Ernie to come out of the tub to get treats, and eventually they were both sitting right in front of her as she put treats right in their mouths. They played for a while as we sat and talked as well.

Once they start the change, it’s really fast! I’m so proud of them! It’s hard to watch animals be so frightened and know they are having a hard time with their decision. They will only go as far as they feel comfortable, and with foster we never know how far that will be.

Smokie and Bella have made a few big leaps this week as well. They also saw my art customer this afternoon, and this was their response.

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Smokie and Bella in their afternoon nap spots.

Two weeks ago they would both have scrambled under the bed to hide when strange footsteps and an unfamiliar voice came up the stairs. Today, they yawned and went back to their nap. When Margo stopped by they were still napping and she went in to pet them both—along with the required pets for Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe who wondered why all this attention for kittens.

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Margo pets Smokie while Mr. Sunshine stays close.

Four frightened kittens…what would have been their fate? What is the fate of so many kittens and cats living outdoors or even rescued from the outdoors? Foster and socialize, it saves lives, I can’t stress it enough.

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Paper Towel Artist, 2013
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Mr. Sunshine guards his new project.

I walked in the kitchen to see Mr. Sunshine guarding his latest work, not because he knew he shouldn’t be shredding a roll of paper towels—not Mr. Sunshine, he does as he pleases! He didn’t want me to look at it yet because he considers it unfinished.

Mewsette is not the only conceptual artist in our family. In addition to his talents with tools and engineering, Mr. Sunshine occasionally creates a work in paper towels. He continued working on it, and I snuck a look at his progress as he stood back and assessed his progress.

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Mr. Sunshine assesses his next moves on his latest work.

Later, after he was pleased and had spent a good bit of the afternoon on my lap as my afternoon supervisor, I stole a glance into the kitchen to see how the new work was coming along. He’d incorporated a throw rug and a few household objects into it. I think it’s magnificent!

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Mr. Sunshine’s latest work.

Mr. Sunshine has a lot of energy and very physical with the other cats, me, and the rest of daily life around the house. He wrestles with his brothers and runs up and down the steps to burn off some energy, and plays with lots of toys, but every once in a while he really needs to beat the crap out of something or he gets a little too rough, especially with Mewsette, who does not wrestle like her brothers do. I play with him, waving feather toys and tossing things for him to catch and clipping his favorite toys, wooden clothespins, on things around the kitchen—they are made of soft wood and he can dig both teeth and claws into them and he finds it very satisfying.

I’ve tried every larger toy I can find, made a few, and he also has things to climb and jump onto, but nothing works so well as destroying a roll of paper towels on the floor. After he’d done this a time or two I noticed he wasn’t so rough with his family and started leaving a roll of paper towel out for him now and then. This last time I had stashed one atop a box under the table and he managed to find it and pull it down, and create this truly creative work out of wrapping himself around it, biting and kicking it. He’s very happy. I don’t mind having a spare roll on hand for him if that’s what works best.

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Brother See, Brother Do, 2012
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Brother See, Brother Do

Jelly Bean thought he was clever in finding his “secret bed” and crawling into it whenever I put away the dishtowels, but his brothers found him out!

Now Mr. Sunshine is walking all over him trying to find a spot to settle down—which might just be right on top of Bean—and Giuseppe is trying to figure out how to get in on the deal. I am concerned about the integrity of the handmade vintage drawer, probably made better than anything I could afford to buy for my kitchen today but still not something I want to see falling apart at the corners and ending up in parts and towels on the floor.

Sunshine decided he’d try another direction and jumped down. Neither he nor Giuseppe managed to get into the drawer with Bean, who grew tired of their attempts and got up on the cabinet, and I quickly tossed my towels in and shut the drawer. That’s the end of that for another week, until I wash the dishtowels again.


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