Daily Photo: Bella and Basil, BFFs

two black cats
A kitchen cuddle.

They’ll go days without paying attention to each other (that I see), but I see them greeting, bathing, napping and just hanging out together at some point every few days like they’ve never been apart. Even though Basil can be a real jerk sometimes, Bella always welcomes him. These two aren’t related, but I fostered them together and they somehow formed a bond the moment they met in the bathroom.

“By the time Bella joined us three weeks later [Basil] was still shy but curious and welcoming. When we unzipped her carrier she just didn’t move. Time passed, and she had no intention of coming out. Smokie(Basil’s first name) ducked inside and settled down, they had a silent conversation for about a minute, then he got up and left the carrier, and soon Bella came out. The two were fast friends and began wrestling that night, and went through the same socialization together, and are still closely bonded.”

So close, they’re almost like one cat!

ink sketch of two cats around curtain
“One L-o-o-o-ng Kitty”, ink hybrid technical pen, 9″ x 5.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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From Instagram

I didn’t get a chance to share anything new on Instagram!

From the back yard and beyond

I’m a little behind but I’ll be sure to catch up on my daily photo blog Today.

 

From around this date in past years

A Sweet, Blurry Welcome, 2019

Five in the kitchen.
Five in the kitchen.

My camera wasn’t quite ready to take the photo so they were blurry, but I still love to see many five faces anticipating me as I walk into the kitchen. And I was really just walking in there from the next room, nothing special. I love it when they gather like this, Giuseppe, Basil, Mimi, Mewsette, Jelly Bean. Sometimes I just look at them. (I saw something in this composition and made a piece of artwork out of it, soon to be a garden flag!)

From Instagram

Why are you fussing with laundry when you should be petting me?! Sienna wants to know.

Sienna and the laundry.
Sienna and the laundry.

Photos from years past

Daily Photo: Sunny Naps, Two By Two, 2018

Giuseppe and Hamlet napping.
Giuseppe and Hamlet napping.

Now that the weather has moderated kitties can cuddle again. This was not so much a cuddle as it was Giuseppe taking advantage of Hamlet’s extreme deference to his elders. Hamlet was stretched out enjoying a sunbath when Giuseppe jumped up and decided he’d like to lie there too, and pretty much laid down on Hamlet. Hamlet was thrilled to have Giuseppe take advantage of him. Hamlet could not be sweeter than he already is.

Here they are in black and white. I thought the mix of textures and values was interesting in black and white.

Naps in black and white.
Naps in black and white.

And here’s how they looked from above. Good boys. Too bad I can’t fit there with you.

From the side.
From the side.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

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Getting Cold in Here, 2017
Hamlet tucks himself into a nice comfy basket for and afternoon nap.
Hamlet tucks himself into a nice comfy basket for and afternoon nap.

We had an unusually cool August (not that I’m complaining!), and September has already had some very cool nights. Some longhaired kitties are growing in their winter coats, and finding cozy comfy baskets for their afternoon naps.

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From Instagram

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Helping Me Rehearse

I rehearsed my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation for them in the kitchen.

I am rehearsing for my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation.
I am rehearsing for my Pet Memorial Sunday presentation.

We’re listening, really! It’s great!

We're listening, really! It's great!
We’re listening, really! It’s great!

A Sunny September Morning

Hamlet, Giuseppe, Basil, Mewsette and Mimi line up in the sunshine when I open the basement door.

All lined up for the sun.
All lined up for the sun.

Bella joins them as Mimi begins her petition to go outside.

Six black cats enjoying the morning.
Six black cats enjoying the morning.

Looks like September mornings are good for this sort of thing, judging by the photos from last year!

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

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The Morning Array, 2016
Everyone look up.
Everyone look up.

Sometimes each individual cat settles in this rectangle of morning sunshine in their own comfortable posture and viewpoint, and becomes an integral part of a scene.

Then add one more. The players, from the bottom up, are Mimi, Bean, Basil and Bella.

An interesting array.
An interesting array.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

I completely forgot to add the Labor Day photos to yesterday’s (Labor Day’s) post! My feline family wants all due credit for the work they’ve done over the years!

Someone’s Got To Work Around Here, 2105
Someone has to work around here.
Someone has to work around here.

Apparently I don’t get the day off but am required to be at the service of my fine felines. But who could resist? It’s a job I love.

Later we’ll all be in the studio as I spend a little more time on a few portraits, and possibly later Mimi and I may go back outside for a little more “modeling”. And perhaps even Mewsette will join us again! She likes to come outside now and then, and she’s really excited and talks and rubs on everything. She’s really hard to get a photo of because she doesn’t stand still, but I did get one clear one this morning. Mimi is in the background, busy watching the activity in the side yard which is where the bird feeder is outside the big casement window.

Mewsette joined me and Mimi this morning in the back yard.
Mewsette joined me and Mimi this morning in the back yard.

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On Instagram and Facebook this morning

Mimi and I begin our Labor Day with a little labor we both love–a modeling session in the back yard. Have a wonderful holiday!

Mimi poses on the chair.
Mimi poses on the chair.

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ink sketch of two cats around curtain
“One L-o-o-o-ng Kitty”, ink hybrid technical pen, 9″ x 5.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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5 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Bella and Basil, BFFs

  • September 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm
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    Those two really are totally adorable!

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  • September 9, 2021 at 10:46 am
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    basil, dood….984 paws UP buddy for helpin bella….we noe her waz kinda scared and all….it waz way awesum oh ewe ta a sure her that everee thing wood be oh kay 🙂 ♥♥

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    • September 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
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      Now Basil himself isn’t so sure sometimes and Bella has to roll her eyes at him so he calms down. They are both on the cabinet in the kitchen together again right now.

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  • September 8, 2021 at 9:34 pm
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    Such sweeties. I would have guessed they were related. 🙂

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    • September 9, 2021 at 10:59 am
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      I’ve seen unrelated young kittens bond and unrelated older kittens and cats become good friends in foster, but not this close. I think it was one of those things that was meant to be.

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