Simon and Theo’s first Christmas! They were 2015 fosters and in February 2016 I took them to live with my niece and children in Savannah. Simon is into everything, and he’s clearly scoping out that tree for all the possibilities, but hasn’t gotten into trouble yet.
My niece had some extra photos on her Facebook page but I didn’t want to share them because they’re all pretty casual, but she added this, “Cat’s Christmas perspective: Elsa (oldest)-whatever. i get treats, happens every year. Baby (next to oldest)-yes, they do this, then I remember I get goodies. Simon (1.5 yrs old, formerly feral, new to house early 2016)-yep, these make good blankets. WTH??? is going on????”
Jennifer bought Simon a basket for Christmas so that he could sit in it under the tree. Simon loves to be in things. But when she looked under the tree Theo was in the basket, and Theo doesn’t like to sleep in things.
Simon discovered this and gave Theo kisses and generally annoyed him until he left.
Simon had his basket back.
I know they have an awesome home, and I can visit them along with my family.
They love their doggy brother.
Theo is soooooo handsome and Simon so clever! This is why we rescue, so kitties can have happily ever afters!
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Looking for Trouble to Get Into, 2016
What’s a young cat to do when everyone is asleep and he wants to play? He’s waiting for trouble to happen so he can get into it. They human has been very dull. Who could not love that face?
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Mimi and I got outside for just a little bit yesterday before the rains came and the temperature dropped. It’s hard to believe I was barefoot with capris and a tee until mid-afternoon!
From December 26, celebrating Boxing Day.
From Christmas night…
December 23, from those long nights in the studio…
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They are gathered for when I opened the oven to remove the freshly-baked apple crisp. Why not? Several of them tasted the ingredients as I put it together. It’s not unusual that I get six black cats in one place, but getting the seventh cat on that cabinet is a real trick!
In the front, Smokie is washing Bella’s face. Giuseppe sat down with his tail over her, the rest milled around, not sure whether they would stay for the warmth and chance of apple crisp and possibly dinner, or go back to their afternoon naps. They went back to their naps!
Our friend Debby Nicola came to visit (you’ll see her also in my update to yesterday’s post about Bert and Ernie) and was greeted at the door by five of seven black cats—Mewsette and Smokie were upstairs enjoying an easy Sunday nap. Below four fine felines milling around angling for pets; it’s the boys and Mimi. Each of the boys had some time on her lap, then Mimi occupied her for a nice long nap.
A little later we went upstairs to see how Bert and Ernie reacted to a visitor, and Mimi sat disapprovingly on the top edge of the baby gate—you can see her over Debby’s shoulder—as our traitorous visitor handed treats to the two foster cats. Humans! You can just never figure them out.
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Cleaning Day, 2013
Stacks of boxes! big chunks of paper! twine! packing peanuts! it’s all going out the door! Wet floors and noise! She’s gone crazy! Better get out of her way or she’ll be tossing us out too!
Yes, time to clean up after the holidays, and the kids are losing all their improvised toys. It’s not as if they don’t have plenty of official toys! Except, of course, Mewsette’s precious works of cardboard art.
It’s good to do an inventory and put things away, though, all the stacks of boxes of merchandise and packing materials. It took lots of kitty toes to keep track of how many cards and garden flags and calendars are left, and as much as we all wanted to get started on new things, we had to get the place under control.
Not the best photo, above, but I was running the sweeper when I saw the big eyes and looks of horror and all of them clustered on the cabinet for safety!
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Into the Picture Frame, 2012
Mewsette studies the image reflected in the glass. How does she get in there to explore this magical world?
Perhaps if she peeks around the back…
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He’ll Never Know What Hit Him…, 2011
Somehow I don’t think Jelly Bean is thinking about how much he loves his brother Mr. Sunshine. I think he sees a target drawn right on the back of Mr. Sunshine’s head.
This is how it begins, the daily wrestling match, it’s all Jelly Bean’s doing as he sits on his table by the window waiting for one of his brothers to innocently happen on by. Usually it’s Giuseppe, but now and then Mr. Sunshine walks into the trap.
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Cookie’s Biggest Fan, 2010
I will always thank Mewsette for taking care of Cookie.
Has Mewsette adopted Cookie?
I’ve often noticed Mewsette being near Cookie, sitting, sleeping, bathing, sometimes trying to do a gentle nuzzle or head-butt which is summarily rebuffed by Cookie. “I don’t need any babysitting!” Cookie would say. However, I’ve lately seen Mousse cuddling with or near Cookie—after she’s fallen asleep, of course!
Perhaps like Giuseppe in the way he adopted Peaches years ago, cuddling, keeping her warm, giving her his youthful energy, Mewsette will finally have her way with Cookie. Cookie couldn’t ask for a nicer understudy in Mewsette, big, strong, quiet and sweet.
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HCMT/Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2017 Calendar, still a few more left!
I designed and am publishing this calendar on behalf of these two organizations for which I volunteer and support. All proceeds of sales of this calendar after costs will go directly to our work Making Life Better for Cats Every Day of the Year. Price includes shipping. You’ll find a box to enter your address or special instructions in your shopping cart.
Each month features a cat and its story who we rescued through TNR or rescue from abandonment, neglect or abuse, offered medical treatment, fostering, socialization, and a loving forever home that met their individual needs.
In addition, each month is sponsored with an ad from veterinarians, businesses and individuals who support HCMT and Pittsburgh C.A.T., including five of the veterinarians who regularly take a shift at our clinics to spay and neuter plus pet sitting and pet first aid training so you have ready resources for services you and your pets can use right at your fingertips.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!