Daily Photo: Mentors I

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Giuseppe has been there to greet Smokie from the very first time Smokie ventured from the bathroom and it’s been sweet to see the big ninja with the little fluff ball. Smokie adores him! I think the feeling is mutual, even when it sometimes looks as if Giuseppe is trying to eat Smokie alive though that’s just how they wrestle with their difference in sizes.

This is “Mentors 1” featuring Giuseppe and Smokie. I’ll feature another mentors post as well.

Smokie tends to imitate his big fur brother. How else do kitties learn to be kitties?

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Big and little ninjas.

Smokie can be really annoying as teenagers can be, but Giuseppe is always patient.

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It’s an understatement to say Smokie looks up to Giuseppe.

And Smokie comes in handy sometimes too, as here when he acts as a bolster pillow for Giuseppe.

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Using Smokie as a pillow.

Learning to supervise the human is a special course in ninja training.

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Learning how to supervise me in the kitchen.

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Other daily photos shared on this date


MGM House Panther Bean, 2014
black cat yawning in front of mirror
It’s another MGM House Panther—Jelly Bean!

Jelly Bean tries out the MGM House Panther look after his brother Giuseppe did a few months ago. He thinks the famous movie studio should update its image. Lions are endangered and should not be used for silly things like movie logos.

“House panthers rule, don’t you think?”

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What did you think of that?

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Shadow Play, 2013
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The performance begins.

I thought Mewsette was simply enjoying the sun by the back door…until I crammed myself in the corner to photograph her from a different angle and saw that she was actually cleverly involved in a shadow performance using one of my serving trays. Here the main character enters and wordlessly begins the performance.

Then, below, turns her head to make her point.

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The play continues.

Another kitty enters and makes a wordless comment facing the audience directly.

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Another character enters.
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Mewsette takes a bow.

Finally, Mewsette takes a bow. Bravo!

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A Loyal Sister, 2012
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“She is my sister.”

Mewsette let herself into the bathroom this afternoon and cuddled with Cookie, who can use some big little sister warmth and energy!

On these cold days Cookie stays in the bathroom where it’s warmer and she has the litterbox and water within a few steps. Kelly stays in there with her for company and has been giving Cookie her own brand of love and healing.

Perhaps Mewsette just wanted to see what special food and treats the tortie girls had in there, but if so she would have checked and left; and the funniest thing is that it’s Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine who open doors if necessary, Mewsette has never shown the least interest or ability. When it was the girls’ lunch, I couldn’t coax her away with anything and didn’t have the heart to make her leave. So the girls ate a little later than usual.

Cookie still has some healing to do; her blood test results were truly frightening. However, if it hadn’t been 17 degrees this morning we would have gone outside. I had her with me at my desk and she is wobbly but was back to looking out the window with the boys and wandering from door to door wanting to visit the outside even if it was obviously frigid.

But with a tortie sister like Kelly who cares for her and a big little sister like Mewsette who gives her warmth and energy, she’s on her way. Here’s another photo of Mewsette guarding Cookie.

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Can’t I Get Any Privacy? 2011
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Don’t look!

But Jelly Bean, your little white thong/diaper/Speedo is so cute. And you’re the one who decided to expose yourself in the middle of the bed.

The other three of the Big Four seem to be featured more often than JB, and I’m not sure why. He’s just terminally cute for some reason I can’t define, but it’s hard to catch his cuteness and his LOUD PURRR in a photo.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Mentors I

  • January 8, 2015 at 3:55 am

    In Smokie’s eyes, Guiseppe is truly his hero. They make a great team. The pics are all very good. Seeing Cookie being shown love by Mewsette lends itself to a treasured forever memory.

    • January 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Bernie, I think Giuseppe will always be a hero to Smokie, the big cat who showed him gentle kindness right when he needed it. And the photos of Mewsette with Cookie I treasure forever.

  • January 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    doodz…ewe look good all de time but two day ya look reely good in black & white !! N we hope like bee jezuz ya wuz knot lookin at burdz…

    • January 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Tabbies, they thanks you for the compliments, but they wuz…

  • January 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    All of the photos are wonderful, but the two at the top are stunning!

    • January 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thank you, Ingrid–I turned around and saw their eyes!. it’s been wonderful to see the two together and watch timid little Smokie blossom under Giuseppe’s tutelage.

  • January 6, 2015 at 4:25 am

    We like that Smokie and Guiseppe are such good pals 🙂
    Such wonderful pics today too.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    • January 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

      It’s wonderful to see, Georgia and Julie.


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