Daily Photo Reprise: Cuddling, 2011

Cookie and Kelly cuddling.two tortoiseshell cats
Cookie and Kelly cuddling.

The weather is unpredictable, and my tortie girls were glad I tossed the old flannel bathrobe back on the table for them to cuddle into as the sleet clicks against the windows.

My senior girls aren’t terribly close but they certainly don’t mind each others’ company when the weather turns bad!

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Ophelia Camouflaged

Not to be outdone by her handsome brother Hamlet, Ophelia wins the cuteness award for today.

And she is so well camouflaged, she blends right in! I couldn’t make the bed until much later today because the two of them were having so much fun.

Ophelia Camouflaged.
Ophelia Camouflaged.

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Basil and Bella, Forever Friends

Basil and Bella, still the best of friends, no matter how many other cats have come and gone from their lives. They are not related at all, but are very closely bonded by experience.

Basil and Bella on the chair.
Basil and Bella on the chair.

Sometimes when the cats see another cat outside the front window they act aggressively because they can’t get to the cat, and they transfer that aggression onto the nearest cat indoors. “Transferred aggression” isn’t unusual among cats especially in instances like this, and I’ve watched for it since Stanley joined us all those years ago. He was famous for his outsized reactions to cats he saw in “his” yard, or anywhere near it.

Mr. Sunshine can be pretty nasty in cases like this. Last night I heard the telltale sounds of a situation like this and though I was blocked in by matboard and baby gates with Hamlet and Ophelia I ran downstairs as fast as possible as Basil was racing up and leaped over it all. All three boys had puffed tails as they came up from the basement, but Bella was nowhere to be seen. She reappeared a few minutes later as I was calming the boys with some play, and handed Mr. Sunshine a roll of paper towels to kick the s**t out of.

Bella was covered with stuff from the basement floor and tufts of fur protruded here and there, and she looked a little dazed; she’d obviously been rolled around. Mr. Sunshine is her main man, she flirts with him all the time and they cuddle. That’s probably why she was right next to him when he saw the cat. I was concerned she would be traumatized by it, and that she might be injured, but I waited until she calmed a little and checked her over. She was clear, and by dinner was still a little timid but was fine when dinner was over. Today, no flirting, but she did settle on my lap for a while, and later kept herself busy sitting on the wardrobe looking over the matboard barrier at Hamlet who learned to leap over it and escape down the steps.

She was curled on my desk chair downstairs when Basil stepped up onto it and began bathing her around her head and face, then curled up with her. He was the first one greet her when she came here

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Mimi’s Cold Paws and…Dogs! 2014

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.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: Cuddling, 2011

  • February 23, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I really enjoy this website. I love seeing the photos, sketches, and all of the artwork, and reading the comments and store.

    • March 5, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Thanks for visiting Robin! I love sharing all these things.


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