The Sparky Report #8


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SPARKY READS

Sparky Tabasco has joined the Mary Jo Putney fan club! Living in a book-loving house, it was only natural that she start reading at an early age. The above picture shows her reading Mary Jo's latest, Sometimes a Rogue. The picture has gone viral on Facebook, and Sparky is suddenly a minor celebrity!

FIGHT CLUB

Sparky has entered the Irrascible Stage. She pounces on anything that moves and if you try to pet her, all she wants to do is fight and wrestle and play-bite. Fortunately, at 4 months of age and 4.5 pounds, she inflicts little damage. Her main target is the long-suffering Christopher, my other cat, as the below pictures attest. Christopher has a world of patience, but even he has his limits. In the 4th picture Christopher is growling at Sparky, who blithely ignores his warning and continues tormenting him. When Christopher's had enough and leaves the room, those beady kitten eyes go looking for other mischief to get into. And she usually finds it. But there is hope on the horizon. There are glimmers of good sense, hints of weighing the consequences, and even moments of peace where she seeks out my lap for 5 minutes of quiet time before the demon bug hits her and she's off on another adventure. Let's hope pictures like the below will become fewer and fewer as Sparky matures!

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POLYDACTYLS RULE

For you kitten owners and former kitten owners, did your kittens go through hellion stages and did they ever grow out of it? Did you ever own a polydactyl, and if so, did you find them using their front feet in unusual ways? Sparky not only picks up things with her front paws, but she turns them palm-up to inspect them. She also uses her front paws like human hands. One day, my carpenter was taking a coffee break and had one of his hands on top of his head. Sparky reached up with her clever paw and pulled his hand down until it rested on top of her head. When he tried to pull his hand away, Sparky immediately used her paw to return his hand to her head. Now that's one smart kitty!

 

75 thoughts on “The Sparky Report #8”

  1. Good Sunday morning, Sparky and Sherrie!
    Umm… I have some bad-ish news for you. Pierce, my Siamese mix whom you are now semi-acquainted with, is now FIVE, and barely slowing down from his kitten behavior. Your pictures of Sparky and Christopher? I could take the same ones of Pierce jumping on Andrew.
    And yes, he uses his paws to draw my hand to his head to scratch it. He’ll also reach a paw around my ankles when he wants to pull me in another direction from the one I’m going in!
    Great pictures! Sparky should have her own blog!

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  2. Good Sunday morning, Sparky and Sherrie!
    Umm… I have some bad-ish news for you. Pierce, my Siamese mix whom you are now semi-acquainted with, is now FIVE, and barely slowing down from his kitten behavior. Your pictures of Sparky and Christopher? I could take the same ones of Pierce jumping on Andrew.
    And yes, he uses his paws to draw my hand to his head to scratch it. He’ll also reach a paw around my ankles when he wants to pull me in another direction from the one I’m going in!
    Great pictures! Sparky should have her own blog!

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  3. Good Sunday morning, Sparky and Sherrie!
    Umm… I have some bad-ish news for you. Pierce, my Siamese mix whom you are now semi-acquainted with, is now FIVE, and barely slowing down from his kitten behavior. Your pictures of Sparky and Christopher? I could take the same ones of Pierce jumping on Andrew.
    And yes, he uses his paws to draw my hand to his head to scratch it. He’ll also reach a paw around my ankles when he wants to pull me in another direction from the one I’m going in!
    Great pictures! Sparky should have her own blog!

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  4. Good Sunday morning, Sparky and Sherrie!
    Umm… I have some bad-ish news for you. Pierce, my Siamese mix whom you are now semi-acquainted with, is now FIVE, and barely slowing down from his kitten behavior. Your pictures of Sparky and Christopher? I could take the same ones of Pierce jumping on Andrew.
    And yes, he uses his paws to draw my hand to his head to scratch it. He’ll also reach a paw around my ankles when he wants to pull me in another direction from the one I’m going in!
    Great pictures! Sparky should have her own blog!

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  5. Good Sunday morning, Sparky and Sherrie!
    Umm… I have some bad-ish news for you. Pierce, my Siamese mix whom you are now semi-acquainted with, is now FIVE, and barely slowing down from his kitten behavior. Your pictures of Sparky and Christopher? I could take the same ones of Pierce jumping on Andrew.
    And yes, he uses his paws to draw my hand to his head to scratch it. He’ll also reach a paw around my ankles when he wants to pull me in another direction from the one I’m going in!
    Great pictures! Sparky should have her own blog!

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  6. I love the Sparky Tabasco Updates. The book picture is delightful.
    All of my adult cats have been rescues of older cats, but each of them would have their kitten moments, but don’t we all? Some days just propel me back into wanting to play: sunny days when the temp is just perfect or a new snowfall that calls for a sled.
    I remember Momma Cat just looking at her kittens playing, those youngsters trying to draw her into the fun. She would swish her tail and walk away. You could see her thinking, “Those kids.”

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  7. I love the Sparky Tabasco Updates. The book picture is delightful.
    All of my adult cats have been rescues of older cats, but each of them would have their kitten moments, but don’t we all? Some days just propel me back into wanting to play: sunny days when the temp is just perfect or a new snowfall that calls for a sled.
    I remember Momma Cat just looking at her kittens playing, those youngsters trying to draw her into the fun. She would swish her tail and walk away. You could see her thinking, “Those kids.”

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  8. I love the Sparky Tabasco Updates. The book picture is delightful.
    All of my adult cats have been rescues of older cats, but each of them would have their kitten moments, but don’t we all? Some days just propel me back into wanting to play: sunny days when the temp is just perfect or a new snowfall that calls for a sled.
    I remember Momma Cat just looking at her kittens playing, those youngsters trying to draw her into the fun. She would swish her tail and walk away. You could see her thinking, “Those kids.”

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  9. I love the Sparky Tabasco Updates. The book picture is delightful.
    All of my adult cats have been rescues of older cats, but each of them would have their kitten moments, but don’t we all? Some days just propel me back into wanting to play: sunny days when the temp is just perfect or a new snowfall that calls for a sled.
    I remember Momma Cat just looking at her kittens playing, those youngsters trying to draw her into the fun. She would swish her tail and walk away. You could see her thinking, “Those kids.”

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  10. I love the Sparky Tabasco Updates. The book picture is delightful.
    All of my adult cats have been rescues of older cats, but each of them would have their kitten moments, but don’t we all? Some days just propel me back into wanting to play: sunny days when the temp is just perfect or a new snowfall that calls for a sled.
    I remember Momma Cat just looking at her kittens playing, those youngsters trying to draw her into the fun. She would swish her tail and walk away. You could see her thinking, “Those kids.”

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  11. I have a friend who has had many cats (often all at one time!) and she told me that polydactyls do use their front paws as hands, and will catch a ball with them while playing.

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  12. I have a friend who has had many cats (often all at one time!) and she told me that polydactyls do use their front paws as hands, and will catch a ball with them while playing.

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  13. I have a friend who has had many cats (often all at one time!) and she told me that polydactyls do use their front paws as hands, and will catch a ball with them while playing.

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  14. I have a friend who has had many cats (often all at one time!) and she told me that polydactyls do use their front paws as hands, and will catch a ball with them while playing.

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  15. I have a friend who has had many cats (often all at one time!) and she told me that polydactyls do use their front paws as hands, and will catch a ball with them while playing.

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  16. Sparky is adorable and she’s getting so big! And yay for Christopher who takes most of it in stride. He could have been a very grumpy old man instead, but I’m glad he’s not.
    One polydactyl I had used to pick things up with one paw, turn it over like a human would, inspect it, taste it then, would either place it neatly back on the floor or use the other paw and shred whatever it was to pieces. Spiders rarely stood a chance. And those little toes moved just like fingers. Probably the closest to opposable thumbs one can get in a cat.

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  17. Sparky is adorable and she’s getting so big! And yay for Christopher who takes most of it in stride. He could have been a very grumpy old man instead, but I’m glad he’s not.
    One polydactyl I had used to pick things up with one paw, turn it over like a human would, inspect it, taste it then, would either place it neatly back on the floor or use the other paw and shred whatever it was to pieces. Spiders rarely stood a chance. And those little toes moved just like fingers. Probably the closest to opposable thumbs one can get in a cat.

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  18. Sparky is adorable and she’s getting so big! And yay for Christopher who takes most of it in stride. He could have been a very grumpy old man instead, but I’m glad he’s not.
    One polydactyl I had used to pick things up with one paw, turn it over like a human would, inspect it, taste it then, would either place it neatly back on the floor or use the other paw and shred whatever it was to pieces. Spiders rarely stood a chance. And those little toes moved just like fingers. Probably the closest to opposable thumbs one can get in a cat.

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  19. Sparky is adorable and she’s getting so big! And yay for Christopher who takes most of it in stride. He could have been a very grumpy old man instead, but I’m glad he’s not.
    One polydactyl I had used to pick things up with one paw, turn it over like a human would, inspect it, taste it then, would either place it neatly back on the floor or use the other paw and shred whatever it was to pieces. Spiders rarely stood a chance. And those little toes moved just like fingers. Probably the closest to opposable thumbs one can get in a cat.

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  20. Sparky is adorable and she’s getting so big! And yay for Christopher who takes most of it in stride. He could have been a very grumpy old man instead, but I’m glad he’s not.
    One polydactyl I had used to pick things up with one paw, turn it over like a human would, inspect it, taste it then, would either place it neatly back on the floor or use the other paw and shred whatever it was to pieces. Spiders rarely stood a chance. And those little toes moved just like fingers. Probably the closest to opposable thumbs one can get in a cat.

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  21. She is getting so big! And she looks more like my Rebecca Marie every day. Speaking of Miss Rebecca, she is eight years old and STILL races around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Since the recent deaths of my three senior cats (all in less than a year – we are still struggling with their loss) she is the sole cat and queen of the house. Her purpose in life now seems to be (1) ridding the house of any non-canine or non-human creatures with a vengeance and (2) sneak attacks on the dogs from the tops of doors, bookcases and around corners.

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  22. She is getting so big! And she looks more like my Rebecca Marie every day. Speaking of Miss Rebecca, she is eight years old and STILL races around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Since the recent deaths of my three senior cats (all in less than a year – we are still struggling with their loss) she is the sole cat and queen of the house. Her purpose in life now seems to be (1) ridding the house of any non-canine or non-human creatures with a vengeance and (2) sneak attacks on the dogs from the tops of doors, bookcases and around corners.

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  23. She is getting so big! And she looks more like my Rebecca Marie every day. Speaking of Miss Rebecca, she is eight years old and STILL races around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Since the recent deaths of my three senior cats (all in less than a year – we are still struggling with their loss) she is the sole cat and queen of the house. Her purpose in life now seems to be (1) ridding the house of any non-canine or non-human creatures with a vengeance and (2) sneak attacks on the dogs from the tops of doors, bookcases and around corners.

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  24. She is getting so big! And she looks more like my Rebecca Marie every day. Speaking of Miss Rebecca, she is eight years old and STILL races around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Since the recent deaths of my three senior cats (all in less than a year – we are still struggling with their loss) she is the sole cat and queen of the house. Her purpose in life now seems to be (1) ridding the house of any non-canine or non-human creatures with a vengeance and (2) sneak attacks on the dogs from the tops of doors, bookcases and around corners.

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  25. She is getting so big! And she looks more like my Rebecca Marie every day. Speaking of Miss Rebecca, she is eight years old and STILL races around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Since the recent deaths of my three senior cats (all in less than a year – we are still struggling with their loss) she is the sole cat and queen of the house. Her purpose in life now seems to be (1) ridding the house of any non-canine or non-human creatures with a vengeance and (2) sneak attacks on the dogs from the tops of doors, bookcases and around corners.

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  26. A good Sunday morning back atcha, Donna. And to Pierce and Andrew, too.
    So, Pierce is still exhibiting kittenish behavior at age 5, eh? Well, it seems Sparky Tabasco is going to live up to her name after all! I suppose having a youngster in the house will keep Christopher young, himnself.
    And I’m glad to hear that polydactyls are so handy with their paws. It really is a kick to see how clever Sparky is with her own multi-toed front paws. Uncanny, really.

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  27. A good Sunday morning back atcha, Donna. And to Pierce and Andrew, too.
    So, Pierce is still exhibiting kittenish behavior at age 5, eh? Well, it seems Sparky Tabasco is going to live up to her name after all! I suppose having a youngster in the house will keep Christopher young, himnself.
    And I’m glad to hear that polydactyls are so handy with their paws. It really is a kick to see how clever Sparky is with her own multi-toed front paws. Uncanny, really.

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  28. A good Sunday morning back atcha, Donna. And to Pierce and Andrew, too.
    So, Pierce is still exhibiting kittenish behavior at age 5, eh? Well, it seems Sparky Tabasco is going to live up to her name after all! I suppose having a youngster in the house will keep Christopher young, himnself.
    And I’m glad to hear that polydactyls are so handy with their paws. It really is a kick to see how clever Sparky is with her own multi-toed front paws. Uncanny, really.

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  29. A good Sunday morning back atcha, Donna. And to Pierce and Andrew, too.
    So, Pierce is still exhibiting kittenish behavior at age 5, eh? Well, it seems Sparky Tabasco is going to live up to her name after all! I suppose having a youngster in the house will keep Christopher young, himnself.
    And I’m glad to hear that polydactyls are so handy with their paws. It really is a kick to see how clever Sparky is with her own multi-toed front paws. Uncanny, really.

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  30. A good Sunday morning back atcha, Donna. And to Pierce and Andrew, too.
    So, Pierce is still exhibiting kittenish behavior at age 5, eh? Well, it seems Sparky Tabasco is going to live up to her name after all! I suppose having a youngster in the house will keep Christopher young, himnself.
    And I’m glad to hear that polydactyls are so handy with their paws. It really is a kick to see how clever Sparky is with her own multi-toed front paws. Uncanny, really.

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  31. Shannon, I’m so with you! Yes, a bright sunny day or a fresh snowfall really do speak to the kid in me, making me want to run outside and play.
    Bless you for being the adopter of older rescue cats. They are so needy of good homes, yet are often overlooked when there are kittens available. Older cats can make good companions for senior citizens, too, because they are over their more destructive kitten phases. I respect and admire anyone willing to take a change on adopting an older rescue pet.

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  32. Shannon, I’m so with you! Yes, a bright sunny day or a fresh snowfall really do speak to the kid in me, making me want to run outside and play.
    Bless you for being the adopter of older rescue cats. They are so needy of good homes, yet are often overlooked when there are kittens available. Older cats can make good companions for senior citizens, too, because they are over their more destructive kitten phases. I respect and admire anyone willing to take a change on adopting an older rescue pet.

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  33. Shannon, I’m so with you! Yes, a bright sunny day or a fresh snowfall really do speak to the kid in me, making me want to run outside and play.
    Bless you for being the adopter of older rescue cats. They are so needy of good homes, yet are often overlooked when there are kittens available. Older cats can make good companions for senior citizens, too, because they are over their more destructive kitten phases. I respect and admire anyone willing to take a change on adopting an older rescue pet.

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  34. Shannon, I’m so with you! Yes, a bright sunny day or a fresh snowfall really do speak to the kid in me, making me want to run outside and play.
    Bless you for being the adopter of older rescue cats. They are so needy of good homes, yet are often overlooked when there are kittens available. Older cats can make good companions for senior citizens, too, because they are over their more destructive kitten phases. I respect and admire anyone willing to take a change on adopting an older rescue pet.

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  35. Shannon, I’m so with you! Yes, a bright sunny day or a fresh snowfall really do speak to the kid in me, making me want to run outside and play.
    Bless you for being the adopter of older rescue cats. They are so needy of good homes, yet are often overlooked when there are kittens available. Older cats can make good companions for senior citizens, too, because they are over their more destructive kitten phases. I respect and admire anyone willing to take a change on adopting an older rescue pet.

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  36. Artemesia, thank you for mentioning your friend whose polydactyl cats would catch balls. Sparky does that too! It’s hilarious to watch. She loves to sit on her hind end, front end raised up, and catch paper balls that I throw to her. It’s one of her favorite games, and whenever she hears me wadding up a ball of paper, she comes running!

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  37. Artemesia, thank you for mentioning your friend whose polydactyl cats would catch balls. Sparky does that too! It’s hilarious to watch. She loves to sit on her hind end, front end raised up, and catch paper balls that I throw to her. It’s one of her favorite games, and whenever she hears me wadding up a ball of paper, she comes running!

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  38. Artemesia, thank you for mentioning your friend whose polydactyl cats would catch balls. Sparky does that too! It’s hilarious to watch. She loves to sit on her hind end, front end raised up, and catch paper balls that I throw to her. It’s one of her favorite games, and whenever she hears me wadding up a ball of paper, she comes running!

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  39. Artemesia, thank you for mentioning your friend whose polydactyl cats would catch balls. Sparky does that too! It’s hilarious to watch. She loves to sit on her hind end, front end raised up, and catch paper balls that I throw to her. It’s one of her favorite games, and whenever she hears me wadding up a ball of paper, she comes running!

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  40. Artemesia, thank you for mentioning your friend whose polydactyl cats would catch balls. Sparky does that too! It’s hilarious to watch. She loves to sit on her hind end, front end raised up, and catch paper balls that I throw to her. It’s one of her favorite games, and whenever she hears me wadding up a ball of paper, she comes running!

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  41. Hi, Theo! Love the story about your own polydactyl who would pick up things from the floor and turn them palm-up to inspect them. Sparky also does that!
    Another thing she does is to sit on her haunches, then raise up her front end, and paw playfully at the air, as if she is boxing with an imaginary playmate. In fact, she did that just a moment ago on the corner of my desk. She sat facing the printer, making all sorts of waving and pawing gestures at it. Too funny!

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  42. Hi, Theo! Love the story about your own polydactyl who would pick up things from the floor and turn them palm-up to inspect them. Sparky also does that!
    Another thing she does is to sit on her haunches, then raise up her front end, and paw playfully at the air, as if she is boxing with an imaginary playmate. In fact, she did that just a moment ago on the corner of my desk. She sat facing the printer, making all sorts of waving and pawing gestures at it. Too funny!

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  43. Hi, Theo! Love the story about your own polydactyl who would pick up things from the floor and turn them palm-up to inspect them. Sparky also does that!
    Another thing she does is to sit on her haunches, then raise up her front end, and paw playfully at the air, as if she is boxing with an imaginary playmate. In fact, she did that just a moment ago on the corner of my desk. She sat facing the printer, making all sorts of waving and pawing gestures at it. Too funny!

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  44. Hi, Theo! Love the story about your own polydactyl who would pick up things from the floor and turn them palm-up to inspect them. Sparky also does that!
    Another thing she does is to sit on her haunches, then raise up her front end, and paw playfully at the air, as if she is boxing with an imaginary playmate. In fact, she did that just a moment ago on the corner of my desk. She sat facing the printer, making all sorts of waving and pawing gestures at it. Too funny!

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  45. Hi, Theo! Love the story about your own polydactyl who would pick up things from the floor and turn them palm-up to inspect them. Sparky also does that!
    Another thing she does is to sit on her haunches, then raise up her front end, and paw playfully at the air, as if she is boxing with an imaginary playmate. In fact, she did that just a moment ago on the corner of my desk. She sat facing the printer, making all sorts of waving and pawing gestures at it. Too funny!

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  46. Oh, Louisa, how sad to lose not one, but THREE pets in less than a year! I’m sure you must feel the loss keenly. My condolences. I also lost several beloved pets in the past year–a cat, two dogs, and a horse. I’d had the horse for 30 years, and I still find myself glancing out the window toward the barn, looking for him.
    It sounds like your Rebecca Marie is doing her part to keep things lively in your household! My Christopher is also known for surprise drive-by slappings upon unsuspecting victims. His favorite target is the dogs. Dogs, bless their hearts, are good torture subjects for cats, because dogs never seem to remember that certain corners, certain hiding places, are ideal ambush spots for a cat. When Christopher was small, he used to goose my Doberman every time she walked by the sofa where Christopher was hiding under the cushions. Dog walks by and a long tabby arm sneaks out from a cushion and gently pats the dog’s bottom. Dog jumps ten feet and whips around to see her attacker, but the tabby arm has slipped back into its hidey hole and all you see are two beady eyes peering from the dark depths.
    While one can never replace a lost pet, there is much to be said for having other critters around to help ease the grief.

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  47. Oh, Louisa, how sad to lose not one, but THREE pets in less than a year! I’m sure you must feel the loss keenly. My condolences. I also lost several beloved pets in the past year–a cat, two dogs, and a horse. I’d had the horse for 30 years, and I still find myself glancing out the window toward the barn, looking for him.
    It sounds like your Rebecca Marie is doing her part to keep things lively in your household! My Christopher is also known for surprise drive-by slappings upon unsuspecting victims. His favorite target is the dogs. Dogs, bless their hearts, are good torture subjects for cats, because dogs never seem to remember that certain corners, certain hiding places, are ideal ambush spots for a cat. When Christopher was small, he used to goose my Doberman every time she walked by the sofa where Christopher was hiding under the cushions. Dog walks by and a long tabby arm sneaks out from a cushion and gently pats the dog’s bottom. Dog jumps ten feet and whips around to see her attacker, but the tabby arm has slipped back into its hidey hole and all you see are two beady eyes peering from the dark depths.
    While one can never replace a lost pet, there is much to be said for having other critters around to help ease the grief.

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  48. Oh, Louisa, how sad to lose not one, but THREE pets in less than a year! I’m sure you must feel the loss keenly. My condolences. I also lost several beloved pets in the past year–a cat, two dogs, and a horse. I’d had the horse for 30 years, and I still find myself glancing out the window toward the barn, looking for him.
    It sounds like your Rebecca Marie is doing her part to keep things lively in your household! My Christopher is also known for surprise drive-by slappings upon unsuspecting victims. His favorite target is the dogs. Dogs, bless their hearts, are good torture subjects for cats, because dogs never seem to remember that certain corners, certain hiding places, are ideal ambush spots for a cat. When Christopher was small, he used to goose my Doberman every time she walked by the sofa where Christopher was hiding under the cushions. Dog walks by and a long tabby arm sneaks out from a cushion and gently pats the dog’s bottom. Dog jumps ten feet and whips around to see her attacker, but the tabby arm has slipped back into its hidey hole and all you see are two beady eyes peering from the dark depths.
    While one can never replace a lost pet, there is much to be said for having other critters around to help ease the grief.

    Reply
  49. Oh, Louisa, how sad to lose not one, but THREE pets in less than a year! I’m sure you must feel the loss keenly. My condolences. I also lost several beloved pets in the past year–a cat, two dogs, and a horse. I’d had the horse for 30 years, and I still find myself glancing out the window toward the barn, looking for him.
    It sounds like your Rebecca Marie is doing her part to keep things lively in your household! My Christopher is also known for surprise drive-by slappings upon unsuspecting victims. His favorite target is the dogs. Dogs, bless their hearts, are good torture subjects for cats, because dogs never seem to remember that certain corners, certain hiding places, are ideal ambush spots for a cat. When Christopher was small, he used to goose my Doberman every time she walked by the sofa where Christopher was hiding under the cushions. Dog walks by and a long tabby arm sneaks out from a cushion and gently pats the dog’s bottom. Dog jumps ten feet and whips around to see her attacker, but the tabby arm has slipped back into its hidey hole and all you see are two beady eyes peering from the dark depths.
    While one can never replace a lost pet, there is much to be said for having other critters around to help ease the grief.

    Reply
  50. Oh, Louisa, how sad to lose not one, but THREE pets in less than a year! I’m sure you must feel the loss keenly. My condolences. I also lost several beloved pets in the past year–a cat, two dogs, and a horse. I’d had the horse for 30 years, and I still find myself glancing out the window toward the barn, looking for him.
    It sounds like your Rebecca Marie is doing her part to keep things lively in your household! My Christopher is also known for surprise drive-by slappings upon unsuspecting victims. His favorite target is the dogs. Dogs, bless their hearts, are good torture subjects for cats, because dogs never seem to remember that certain corners, certain hiding places, are ideal ambush spots for a cat. When Christopher was small, he used to goose my Doberman every time she walked by the sofa where Christopher was hiding under the cushions. Dog walks by and a long tabby arm sneaks out from a cushion and gently pats the dog’s bottom. Dog jumps ten feet and whips around to see her attacker, but the tabby arm has slipped back into its hidey hole and all you see are two beady eyes peering from the dark depths.
    While one can never replace a lost pet, there is much to be said for having other critters around to help ease the grief.

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  51. Just watch out for your houseplants, especially the ones that shouldn’t be eaten. *g* Kitten on search-and-destroy mode can de-pot and disembowel an aloe vera in 2.5 unsupervised minutes-flat.
    🙂

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  52. Just watch out for your houseplants, especially the ones that shouldn’t be eaten. *g* Kitten on search-and-destroy mode can de-pot and disembowel an aloe vera in 2.5 unsupervised minutes-flat.
    🙂

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  53. Just watch out for your houseplants, especially the ones that shouldn’t be eaten. *g* Kitten on search-and-destroy mode can de-pot and disembowel an aloe vera in 2.5 unsupervised minutes-flat.
    🙂

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  54. Just watch out for your houseplants, especially the ones that shouldn’t be eaten. *g* Kitten on search-and-destroy mode can de-pot and disembowel an aloe vera in 2.5 unsupervised minutes-flat.
    🙂

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  55. Just watch out for your houseplants, especially the ones that shouldn’t be eaten. *g* Kitten on search-and-destroy mode can de-pot and disembowel an aloe vera in 2.5 unsupervised minutes-flat.
    🙂

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  56. And also, the book pic is utterly, absolutely priceless. I can see why it’s gone viral–it’s just a pic for smiles. She’s been looking more grownup lately, but that one makes her look the kitten again.

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  57. And also, the book pic is utterly, absolutely priceless. I can see why it’s gone viral–it’s just a pic for smiles. She’s been looking more grownup lately, but that one makes her look the kitten again.

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  58. And also, the book pic is utterly, absolutely priceless. I can see why it’s gone viral–it’s just a pic for smiles. She’s been looking more grownup lately, but that one makes her look the kitten again.

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  59. And also, the book pic is utterly, absolutely priceless. I can see why it’s gone viral–it’s just a pic for smiles. She’s been looking more grownup lately, but that one makes her look the kitten again.

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  60. And also, the book pic is utterly, absolutely priceless. I can see why it’s gone viral–it’s just a pic for smiles. She’s been looking more grownup lately, but that one makes her look the kitten again.

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  61. I’m really enjoying these posts! You’ve reached what we call the teenage stage. Where they are just full of themselves. Some grow out of it, others take their time. We once had a cat that would get our great dane to play by running up, and grabbing the dane’s leg with his paw then take off to be chased. My Chartreux, Raphaella, uses her paws all the time. Mostly to hold my hand on her belly while we sleep.

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  62. I’m really enjoying these posts! You’ve reached what we call the teenage stage. Where they are just full of themselves. Some grow out of it, others take their time. We once had a cat that would get our great dane to play by running up, and grabbing the dane’s leg with his paw then take off to be chased. My Chartreux, Raphaella, uses her paws all the time. Mostly to hold my hand on her belly while we sleep.

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  63. I’m really enjoying these posts! You’ve reached what we call the teenage stage. Where they are just full of themselves. Some grow out of it, others take their time. We once had a cat that would get our great dane to play by running up, and grabbing the dane’s leg with his paw then take off to be chased. My Chartreux, Raphaella, uses her paws all the time. Mostly to hold my hand on her belly while we sleep.

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  64. I’m really enjoying these posts! You’ve reached what we call the teenage stage. Where they are just full of themselves. Some grow out of it, others take their time. We once had a cat that would get our great dane to play by running up, and grabbing the dane’s leg with his paw then take off to be chased. My Chartreux, Raphaella, uses her paws all the time. Mostly to hold my hand on her belly while we sleep.

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  65. I’m really enjoying these posts! You’ve reached what we call the teenage stage. Where they are just full of themselves. Some grow out of it, others take their time. We once had a cat that would get our great dane to play by running up, and grabbing the dane’s leg with his paw then take off to be chased. My Chartreux, Raphaella, uses her paws all the time. Mostly to hold my hand on her belly while we sleep.

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  66. Glad you like the book picture, Lucy! And yes, she does look more grown-up, doesn’t she? It’s too bad they just don’t stay kitten-like in appearance.
    Re houseplants: oh my, yes, Sparky has certainly discovered houseplants. I had to move my spider plant because the long, slender leaves were just too tempting a plaything. And my golden pothos has also been moved to a cat-proof location. (But then, is there *any* place that’s truly cat-proof?) *g*

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  67. Glad you like the book picture, Lucy! And yes, she does look more grown-up, doesn’t she? It’s too bad they just don’t stay kitten-like in appearance.
    Re houseplants: oh my, yes, Sparky has certainly discovered houseplants. I had to move my spider plant because the long, slender leaves were just too tempting a plaything. And my golden pothos has also been moved to a cat-proof location. (But then, is there *any* place that’s truly cat-proof?) *g*

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  68. Glad you like the book picture, Lucy! And yes, she does look more grown-up, doesn’t she? It’s too bad they just don’t stay kitten-like in appearance.
    Re houseplants: oh my, yes, Sparky has certainly discovered houseplants. I had to move my spider plant because the long, slender leaves were just too tempting a plaything. And my golden pothos has also been moved to a cat-proof location. (But then, is there *any* place that’s truly cat-proof?) *g*

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  69. Glad you like the book picture, Lucy! And yes, she does look more grown-up, doesn’t she? It’s too bad they just don’t stay kitten-like in appearance.
    Re houseplants: oh my, yes, Sparky has certainly discovered houseplants. I had to move my spider plant because the long, slender leaves were just too tempting a plaything. And my golden pothos has also been moved to a cat-proof location. (But then, is there *any* place that’s truly cat-proof?) *g*

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  70. Glad you like the book picture, Lucy! And yes, she does look more grown-up, doesn’t she? It’s too bad they just don’t stay kitten-like in appearance.
    Re houseplants: oh my, yes, Sparky has certainly discovered houseplants. I had to move my spider plant because the long, slender leaves were just too tempting a plaything. And my golden pothos has also been moved to a cat-proof location. (But then, is there *any* place that’s truly cat-proof?) *g*

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  71. Ella, my original reply to your comment went walkabout, so I’m rewriting this. I had to laugh at your cat grabbing the Great Dane’s leg as enticement to play! Sparky does that with Shona, my Boxer!
    And you have a Chartreux?!! How divine! I’ve never known anyone who owned a Chartreux, and have only ever seen one at at cat shows. It sounds like Raphaella has the perfect sleep partner!

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  72. Ella, my original reply to your comment went walkabout, so I’m rewriting this. I had to laugh at your cat grabbing the Great Dane’s leg as enticement to play! Sparky does that with Shona, my Boxer!
    And you have a Chartreux?!! How divine! I’ve never known anyone who owned a Chartreux, and have only ever seen one at at cat shows. It sounds like Raphaella has the perfect sleep partner!

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  73. Ella, my original reply to your comment went walkabout, so I’m rewriting this. I had to laugh at your cat grabbing the Great Dane’s leg as enticement to play! Sparky does that with Shona, my Boxer!
    And you have a Chartreux?!! How divine! I’ve never known anyone who owned a Chartreux, and have only ever seen one at at cat shows. It sounds like Raphaella has the perfect sleep partner!

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  74. Ella, my original reply to your comment went walkabout, so I’m rewriting this. I had to laugh at your cat grabbing the Great Dane’s leg as enticement to play! Sparky does that with Shona, my Boxer!
    And you have a Chartreux?!! How divine! I’ve never known anyone who owned a Chartreux, and have only ever seen one at at cat shows. It sounds like Raphaella has the perfect sleep partner!

    Reply
  75. Ella, my original reply to your comment went walkabout, so I’m rewriting this. I had to laugh at your cat grabbing the Great Dane’s leg as enticement to play! Sparky does that with Shona, my Boxer!
    And you have a Chartreux?!! How divine! I’ve never known anyone who owned a Chartreux, and have only ever seen one at at cat shows. It sounds like Raphaella has the perfect sleep partner!

    Reply

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