Daily Photo: Transporting Kittens and Meeting a Curious Horse

What beautiful kittens!
What beautiful kittens!

This actually happened on Wednesday, but there’s no time like the present to share it. Margo asked me if I could transport four kittens who’d been dumped at a friend’s barn to their foster home north of Pittsburgh. I like a nice day trip now and then, and I knew Colleen had horses and land, so I cleared a few hours on my schedule and off I went, camera in hand.

Kittens looking in one direction.
Kittens looking in one direction.

The kittens, with all those colors and patterns and fuzzies, are one of the most beautiful litters I’ve seen. But then, they all seem that way—kittens are just beautiful. They play when on their own, but faced with people they huddle together and might hiss a fierce kitten hiss, but they aren’t terribly reactive. They were probably a little traumatized by finding themselves suddenly in the middle of nowhere without their mom, but they stayed together and weren’t too hard to catch, and they sang little songs now and then on the way up to their new home, so likely they lived with people right up to the moment they were betrayed.

Look at all those eyes.
Look at all those eyes.

We found Colleen’s house easily and got them into their cages in one of the stalls in the barn where they’ll be comfortable and safe and Colleen can work with them when she tends to the horses.

Kittens settling in the cages.
Kittens settling in the cages.
The calico is not happy.
The calico is not happy.

And speaking of those horses…meet Tristan!

Curious Tristan.
Curious Tristan.

He heard there were kittens and he wanted to meet them.

He was very friendly and therefore difficult to photograph because he kept coming toward me. With the lighting and contrast the shots were difficult, but I got everything I wanted in the one above: whiskers, eyelashes, facial structure, and alert ears. Below Tristan looks in one direction…

Tristan looks over there...
Tristan looks over there…

…and then the other. He has a medical condition and was in the horse hospital recently, and Colleen is hoping he recovers.

...and he looks over there.
…and he looks over there.

Here he is out in the yard.

What the rest of Tristan looks like.
What the rest of Tristan looks like.

And this is the pony Kerrit, who knows her name is Carrot even if it’s spelled differently. She is blind and diabetic, but Colleen says she runs the roost there.

Kerrit runs the show.
Kerrit runs the show.

There was another horse in the barn but he was too busy eating and the light wasn’t good. On the way out we stopped to see this kitten who was pulled from a shelter because he had an injury and they couldn’t provide adequate staff to care for him.

There's a kitten in here.
There’s a kitten in here.

Yes, that’s the other thing about this kitten. Hopefully he will heal up and feel more confident soon.

There was a person there too, but as you can see I did not get any photos of humans. I just forgot to photograph Colleen at work.

Good luck to those kittens, and I hope I get to see the horses again soon!

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It’s the boys’ club on a dark and rainy morning at my desk, Basil, Giuseppe, Bean and Sunshine. I had to turn the overhead light on and it still wasn’t enough light.

Rainy morning at the desk.
Rainy morning at the desk.

Everyone needs a little black cat in their wardrobe. Mimi is using a dresser drawer as a convenient instant cat bed. This meant that I did not have to continue putting away the clothes because, of course, I could not make Mimi move.

Mimi uses my drawer as a convenient bed.
Mimi uses my drawer as a convenient bed.

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Shared on or around this date in other years

 

It Rained on Mimi’s Parade, and Other Rainy Escapades

 It was raining on Mimi's parade today.
It was raining on Mimi’s parade today.

This is actually from 2013, but it’s been raining for days and Mimi is no happier this year than she was then.

Mimi insists on going outside for even just a few minutes each day, even today, though it was wet, or raining, or pouring most of the day.

Usually we visit the deck and the garden in the morning, filling bird feeders and bird baths and checking the plants—soon we will be harvesting salad greens and green beans. Often we visit in the afternoon as the back yard is my outdoor photo studio as well for artwork and merchandise, and in late afternoon the back yard is bright with light reflected from the sky, the perfect color balance. Mimi will take both opportunities, waiting impatiently as I buckle her collar and clip on her leash. I open the door and let her go, knowing she won’t go far, and a 15-foot leash is trailing her down the steps to the yard. What would I do without a feline supervisor whether in gardening or artistic pursuit?

As today wore on and she saw no moves to go outdoors near late afternoon she really started a meow fest and tried to lead me to the back door, but I wasn’t understanding what she wanted, or so she thought. “Mimi,” I told her, “you can see it’s raining, you don’t want to go out in that!”

“Yow!”

So I suited her up and let her run out the door while I followed with my camera. Off she went and down three steps before she realized it was wet! She ran back up, circled around, then tried it again, as if it might have changed in that split second. Back up she came to tell me something was gravely wrong with her back yard, and stood there to look at it, now and then meowing over shoulder to me to fix it.

I have still not heard the end of it. I do hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. I can’t take two days of this.

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Cats make each day interesting. Find your weather commentator during Adopt a Cat Month!

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Planting up that basil (see below) this morning with Mimi’s su-purr-vision, even though she highly disapproves of our thoroughly soaked yard. Everyone else, including me, highly disapproves of our thoroughly soaked basement.

Mimi approves of the basil.
Mimi approves of the basil.
Mimi tired to walk through the yard but it's sopping wet. The decorative chairs will have to do.
Mimi tired to walk through the yard but it’s sopping wet. The decorative chairs will have to do.
Mimi looking out on the misty morning.
Mimi looking out on the misty morning.
Mimi on the deck rail, a little annoyed.
Mimi on the deck rail, a little annoyed.

And one more that wasn’t on Facebook, but I love when Mimi watches over me from the deck rail. Cookie used to do that. She had also been drinking from the bird bath, but you don’t see her, of course…

Mimi by my desk.
Mimi by my desk.

About that basil…Basil meets his namesake.

Basil meets his namesake.
Basil meets his namesake.
Basil meets his namesake.
Basil meets his namesake.

And Charm was charming.

Someone discovered how pretty she is in the windowsill behind the ruffled pillows.

Charm being charming on the windowsill.
Charm being charming on the windowsill.

And an extra bonus photo, Mimi and Charm on chipmunk watch, and just being together.

Girls.
Girls.

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