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Archive: May 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Robin on 05/30/2010 at 8:55 p.m. Pacific

The boys were showing their respect for our troops this Memorial Day by taking to their dinner bowls with military precision. After dinner--Monkey was unusually quick to eat tonight--the cats joined me on the floor for some pets. Noodle was especially in the mood for attention tonight, but he kept walking under my skirt! I think Noodle loves to nest. Monkey was more gentlemanly, except when he jumped on the table. As always, it was hard to leave those boys.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Robin on 05/30/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Noodle fights the mousie

It was my turn to visit the boys! They are such an enthusiastic welcoming committee. Meow meow meow meow meow meow! They ate dinner (and took turns checking out each other's dishes) while I did chores, and then Noodle and I sat on the floor in the living room while he rolled around and batted at a mousie. Monkey did the important final inspection to be certain all pieces of kibble had been consumed, and then he came and sat on the couch with me, soaking up the attention. They are such a nice combination of crazy playful and just plain sweet! I'm really glad I got to spend some time with them.

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 05/30/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Tobey is still in her shy mode today! She did not come to greet me, did not come in to watch while I fixed her food and scooped her litter, did not come downstairs when I went out to water the plants on the front porch or when I sat quietly in the living room. I finally broke down and looked and called for her, and of course did not find her - ! - I was starting to get kind of worried, because it's been ages since I went without at least a quick sighting of her. Then just as I was packing up to leave, I heard her little paws pattering down the stairs, and there she was, all friendly and purry and ready for some treats! I guess she was having a really excellent nap somewhere. So at least we had a few minutes together, and she seemed just fine, except she may be wondering why I left after such a "short" visit!

Pets: Molly, Emma, and Josie (and chickens)

We watched the chickens, they watched us.

posted by Robin on 05/30/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

The girls were pretty excited to tell me that they are allowed to have special canned food for the holiday weekend! Josie sat on the kitchen table right beside the can saying "Over here, Robin!" and Molly and Emma followed me anxiously into the Room of Food. mmmmmmmmmmmm, tuna for breakfast, the best! The chickens were out in the yard cluck-clucking, so Josie and Molly and I watched the three of them, watching the three of us. Everybody is fine!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 05/29/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Monkey and Noodle went through their usual paces this evening: desperate longing for dinner, then equally desperate desire for pets. Monkey especially like his post-prandial petting session. I'm starting to think he is Cary Grant reincarnated for all his suave seductiveness. Noodle, meanwhile, darts over for a few pets, then hustles to Monkey's dish to see if there are any stray pellets left for him. Also, I found a wallet full of change in front of your door, so I brought it up to the apartment. Maybe from Noodle, hoping I'll order out a large pizza with extra anchovies?

Pet: Tobey

posted by Angie on 05/29/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Tobey was shy today at first. I refilled her bowls and did an extra thorough job scooping out her box hoping it would convince her I was o.k. Then I went downstairs to wait quietly for her to come around, and it worked! Tobey crept down the stairs and let me pet her! She's such a sweet and pretty girl. I told her how much I appreciated her company, and I think she understood. She looks great.

Pets: Molly, Emma, and Josie

posted by Angie on 05/29/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

What hungry kitties today! They all met me at the door but weren't too sure of me at first since I wasn't Robin. Once I demonstrated I could open a can of food for them to share, they liked me just fine. After they thoroughly licked their bowls clean (I topped off their dry food, too, and cleaned out their litter boxes), two of the kitties played crazy cat and ran wildly through the house! It was hilarious. They are such funny cats. I gave each of them a greenie because they're so darned cute.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 05/28/2010 at 7:55 p.m. Pacific

As usual, Monkey and Noodle met me at the door, Monkey lingering for a few pets and Noodle darting ahead in anticipation of dinner. Also as usual, they wasted no time getting down to business--business being to make short work of their cat food. While they ate I checked the mail (it looked like the cats had already had a visitor who took in the mail today), scooped the box, and changed their water. After dinner, Monkey came up for some extra loving, while Noodle still toiled at his dish. Then Monkey jumped on the table to supervise the note I left for you. Noodle did pop his head out of the pantry long enough to let me pet him goodbye.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 05/27/2010 at 9:35 p.m. Pacific

It was so nice to see Monkey and Noodle again! They're looking quite handsome, Monkey in his tuxedo and Noodle in his delightful mania. As usual, they let me know they were starving and might die within minutes if I didn't load their dishes with food. While they ate, I did my chores in the house then settled on the couch, where first Monkey then Noodle jumped up to say hi (when one left his bowl for a few pets, the other run rushed to the bowl with kibble, and vice versa.) I'm looking forward to seeing them tomorrow!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Angie on 05/23/2010 at 7:10 p.m. Pacific

It was a stormy Sunday, but not so stormy that Misty didn't dart out for a few perambulations in the yard! Tigerlily wisely decided to stay in and let me pet her and tell her she's the sweetest orange kitty in the world (the sweetest gray kitty being you-know-who.) When Misty tired of the rain, she came in and played a hearty game of string with me. Misty's tummy seems to be a little upset--she didn't want to eat today, and she threw up a little liquid with some grass in it. But she's lively and looks robust, and everything in the litter box looked healthy. She was especially friendly tonight, in fact, and wound her way through my legs a few times, daring me to pet her so she could give me a loving hiss.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Robin on 05/22/2010 at 8:10 p.m. Pacific

Do the girls like to sleep in on Saturday? Because they were definitely lazy kitties this morning! No greeting at the door, no kitties showing up expectantly when I started moving around the food dishes....I finally got worried and went to check on them.The soulful stare of Tigerlily Tigerlily was in her usual place curled up on the bed, but no sign of Misty - luckily I did not decide to sit down on the bed next to Tiger, because I might have crushed the lump in the covers that turned out to be Misty! She crawled out blinking at the daylight and then of course headed for the back door, though she didn't stay out long (it was pretty cold and gloomy out). Since it is the weekend I spent a little extra time with them - Tigerlily getting brushed and petted, and Misty playing with the laser light and a string. I had the evening shift as well tonight, so I got to spend even more time with them. They were not fans of their breakfast food (beef with gravy) and left a lot of it in their dishes, but the tuna they had for dinner was a huge hit, and they both gobbled up every bit.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Robin on 05/21/2010 at 8:35 p.m. Pacific

Rainy and dreary today, which did not stop Misty from lots of trips out to explore the yard.The soulful stare of Tigerlily Her outdoor adventures seemed to work up her appetite, since she ate well both morning and evening. Tigerlily continues to be reliable about greeting her food with enthusiasm, although today, since there was no sun to soak up in the living room, she retired after meals to the bedroom so she could curl up with your t-shirts and think about her people. Here's a great photo Angie took of her yesterday, staring soulfully into the camera.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pet: Paka

posted by Robin on 05/20/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

Just as I arrived at your house this morning, a crazy hailstorm started crashing down on your neighborhood (seriously, the weather has been so insane that you can be in a torrential downpour while six blocks away it's sunny. I'm not exaggerating!) Anyway, I dashed to the front door, and Paka was looking a little uncertain about all of the noise outside. So we opened the front drapes and sat on the couch watching the storm, and Paka made it her personal goal to purr louder than the hail hitting the roof! She did a good job, too. I also could no longer talk myself out of my concern about the relative cleanliness of the litter box each morning - even though she seems happy and healthy, I wanted to be sure little Paka had all of her bodily functions going, so to speak! So I called Coe, and it turns out he has been cleaning the litter box at night, too. No wonder Paka is so happy - she's got all kinds of people waiting on her hand and foot! Which is no more than she deserves. I will go over a bit later tomorrow morning, since you will be back late tomorrow night. Safe travels home - you've got an adorable kitty waiting to greet you!

Misty wants to go out

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Robin on 05/20/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

The girls seem pretty used to seeing me in the morning now - they don't have that surprised look I saw the first couple of visits! After the windy evening, it was relatively calm and nice this morning when I was there, so Misty spent most of the time outside in the back yard.The regal Tigerlily She is so cute and happy when she's roaming around out there! (I'm sure the beseeching pose in the attached photo will look very familiar to you. "Please open the door please!") Tigerlily stayed in with me and gobbled up breakfast, then we again sat in the living room, where she watched me write my notes, got some petting, and posed regally for a photo. Misty came in before I left and ate a good 1/3 of her breakfast. Angie reported good appetites on her visit tonight, and some more nice outdoor roaming for Misty, while Angie got some quality time with Tigerlily. They miss you, but they are being good sports about allowing inferior humans (me and Angie) to take care of them.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Angie on 05/19/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

The girls are so sweet, each with distinctly different personalities. When I arrived tonight, Misty greeted me at the door, then escorted me to the kitchen where she could keep an eye on me while I fixed dinner. She let me know, though, that she was not interested in me using my hands for petting her, but only for opening and closing the back door when she wanted to go in or out. Tigerlily, on the other hand, was playing Camille in the bedroom and letting me know she was dying from grief without her people. Of course, once a bowl of food was in front of her she changed her tune really fast and licked the bowl clean before coming around for a full body massage. They're both doing well--great appetites and looking healthy. I'm so sorry I forgot my camera and couldn't show you firsthand! We'll make up for it soon.

Pet: Paka

posted by Robin on 05/19/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

Another sunny morning with Paka! She loves to roll around in those sunbeams. I also discovered that if I lie flat on the floor, she will sit on my chest and purr like crazy. She is such a sweetie! She seems to be eating fine and in good spirits - very playful and affectionate. But I know she'll be glad to have her people home. (How do you resist sticking her in your briefcase to take to work with you every day???)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Robin on 05/18/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Both girls met me at the door, and the expressions on their little faces said plain as could be: "You're not our people!" But they let me pet them and purred a little, so I guess I was forgiven. They were both little angels with their ear cream, and Tigerlily did a good job of eating her wet food. Misty went out for a little while but it was cool and the grass was wet, so she was happy to come back in and bask in the sunshine coming through the front window. Angie spent an hour with them this evening, and Misty had several trips in and out, while Tigerlily got lots of petting and attention. She reports that they both had good appetites, with Misty actually eating more than Tigerlily (the opposite of this morning.)

Pet: Paka

posted by Robin on 05/18/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Today we had time after breakfast and chores to play with a fresh frond from Paka's palm plant - she was adorable, rolling around on her back and swatting like crazy. She is so funny - she can't decide if she is more excited about breakfast, company, or the open blinds on the front window, so she dashes around trying each thing, then on to the next. When I left she was sprawled on the dining table soaking up sunshine, looking pretty content!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Pets: Misty and Tigerlily

posted by Angie on 05/17/2010 at 8:05 p.m. Pacific

Misty and Tigerlily were quite the welcoming committee tonight! They watched me make their dinner, then hustled over to eat. Misty had a great appetite and pretty much finished her wet food. It was raining while I was there and Misty only decided to take one backyard tour, despite a few invitations to go out the back. Tigerlily went to bed after dinner, so I sat next to her and petted her and told her a long story involving elves and flies to chase and tigerlilies (naturally) which I think she enjoyed--at least, she flicked her tail happily and gave me all the good spots to pet while I talked. Meanwhile Misty played it cool in the living room and gave herself a bath. Tomorrow morning they'll see Robin!

Pet: Paka

Paka on a walk

posted by Robin on 05/17/2010 at 8:05 p.m. Pacific

I could hear Paka meowing as I unlocked the front door, and as soon as I got in she started purring and showing me her rollover technique. What a sweet little girl she is! She was extremely excited to remind me of where her food dish is, and she gobbled her breakfast with gusto. Then she helped me open the curtains and showed me how intently she watches the neighborhood. There are some crows across the street that would be in big trouble if Paka could only reach her paws up to turn the front door knob! Until she grows (A LOT) taller, she seems content to beam an icy glare out the front window that I'm sure the crows find quite terrifying. She misses her people but she's doing fine, and I think is enjoying the attention of so many nice visitors!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pet: Paka

posted by Angie on 05/16/2010 at 3:50 p.m. Pacific

It was great to see Paka again! She met me at the door and started purring her outboard motor of a purr the second I knelt down to pet her. Once the chores were out of the way and once Paka had had some breakfast, she ran into the living room for a thorough fur massage and then a walk around the living room in my arms. Somehow she convinced me to spend the walk pointing out the highlights of the view outside and interspersing the tour with embarrassingly flattering comments about what a darling kitty she is.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin on 05/10/2010 at 9:10 p.m. Pacific

Lily on a walk

A rainy morning, but the rest of the day turned out to be pretty nice so Lily got some good walks. Lenny and Ruby are quite focused on their naps, although Ruby did wake up to have a little chat with me this morning. Also, I opened a can of whatever food that is that has big pieces of fish in it - WOW is that ever popular! Angie gave them the rest for dinner tonight and reports that it was a big hit for the second time. Lily got both of her pills today, and everyone is doing great!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 05/09/2010 at 8:25 p.m. Pacific

Today was knockout gorgeous, and Lily benefited from it by having some extra long walks because I just couldn't drag myself inside! Of course, once I was back in the apartment, I was rewarded with a purring Lenny on my lap. For the most part, Ruby watched from her throne on the cat scratching post, although she did come to the hall to greet me this evening. Lily seems to be loving the weather, and loving teasing the dogs on the street side of the building, that minx. Tomorrow it's supposed to rain again, so I'm glad we made the most of today.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pets: Josie, Molly, and Emma

posted by Robin on 05/08/2010 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific

All quiet girls this morning, enjoying the early morning sun. Josie and Molly were in the cattery and wanted some petting, while Emma just wanted a full food dish! The chickens are all fine, and I promised them that tomorrow afternoon they will get some yard time. A sweet thing happened - I was sitting at the front table writing my note at the end of my visit, and Emma was sitting on the floor near the hallway where a sunbeam was coming through. After a minute she got up and moved over near me, just sat by my feet, which from Emma seems like a huge gesture! When I finished my note, I gave her a few pets, which she also seemed to like. I think she was saying "I like attention, too - I'm just not as pushy as my sisters!" Everyone is doing fine, peacefully enjoying the lovely weather.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Pets: Josie, Molly, and Emma

Josie in the sunny outdoors

posted by Robin on 05/07/2010 at 7:45 p.m. Pacific

It was a lovely sunny morning, and Josie was out in the cattery taking full advantage when I arrived! Emma as usual was my shadow as I filled the food dishes, but ultimately she and Molly came out too (I think Josie was a little miffed that I tipped her sisters to the fact that there was sunshine to enjoy outside.) The chickens were making cute little morning noises - they are much more talkative when Sky isn't around. Everyone is doing great!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pets: Aja, Gaucho, and Raindance

posted by Robin on 05/06/2010 at 9:10 p.m. Pacific

Hungry boys this morning, but now that Aja knows I will open the door to their cabana, he gobbled his food and headed right for the window, with his brothers close behind. They look so happy when they are out there! When I arrived this evening they had again come back in the house, I think mostly because they were hungry. It's a nice warm evening, so after dinner Aja immediately wanted to go back outside, and when I didn't open the door he expressed his opinion by flying from room to room like a maniac, with his brothers watching in awe (he IS pretty amazing when he gets going!) Unfortunately the only effect it had on me was to make me laugh, so then he gave up and let me pet him while he rolled around on the floor. I'm sure they miss you, but they are so much company for each other that I'm really not picking up too many lonely vibes from them!

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 05/06/2010 at 9:10 p.m. Pacific

Tobey on the patio

Finally a nice enough day that Tobey felt like spending some time on the patio! It was really lovely this afternoon, so she went out and sniffed the air for a while. Then she came back in to supervise my chores, and we ended the visit with our new favorite thing of her sitting on the floor by me while I sit on the couch and check email - she just curls up so contentedly that it's really cute! She did much better at cleaning up her food dishes today, and of course was appreciative of as many treats as she could get out of me. Safe travels home, and I will see her in a few weeks!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 05/05/2010 at 8:15 p.m. Pacific

Tobey again had not eaten all of her food, but this time when I sat with her to see if she wanted company, she still didn't eat, just purred and did her little chirpy meow. Her appetite is fine when it comes to Pounce treats, though! And she is eating most of her food, just not completely finishing every piece of kibble. Today she was very content to hang out close to me, wherever I was, so after she helped me with chores we had a peaceful time on the couch while I checked email with her curled up at my feet.

Pets: Aja, Gaucho, and Raindance

posted by Robin on 05/05/2010 at 8:15 p.m. Pacific

Aja the inquisitive

It's interesting that Gaucho appears to be the official greeter now - Raindance is too relaxed, and Aja is usually busy in some other part of the house! They were somewhat interested in breakfast but EXTREMELY interested in having the door to their patio opened. Aja was out first, and before I knew it Gaucho and Raindance were outside too, soaking up sun and looking happy as can be. When I returned later for the evening visit, they were all inside looking very relaxed - a big squall had blown through an hour or two before which must have forced them into the house. But they looked happy, so I'm guessing they enjoyed their day outside!Gaucho and Raindance relaxing While I fixed dinner and did other chores, I could hear the three of them thudding through the house, and when I was finished we played with one of the feather-on-string toys - very amusing to observe their different hunting styles. They're doing great!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 05/04/2010 at 8:10 p.m. Pacific

Tobey still wanted to mostly stay upstairs, although she is very friendly and happy to see me if I come up to her territory! She had not eaten all of her last dish of food, but as soon as she had me for company she started purring and chowing down. I guess she prefers to dine with a companion! I also found the Pounce treats, which she likes MUCH more than the other ones, so that made her day.

Pets: Aja, Gaucho, and Raindance

posted by Robin on 05/04/2010 at 8:10 p.m. Pacific

Aja attackes giant bear

So great to see these handsome boys again! They are quite the greeting committee. I had three sets of attentive eyes while I fixed dinner, and after Aja had eaten a lot, Gaucho had eaten some, and Raindance mostly watched his brothers, it was time to show me (1) the door to their outside lair and (2) how fast they can all three dash around the house. Actually, it seems to work out that Aja takes off like a streak, Raindance is hard on his heels, and Gaucho kind of meanders behind them, mildly interested but not really silly enough to join in. (Or maybe he's just trying to act dignified while I'm around.) Aja also attacked his giant bear (see photo) in order to be sure I realize that he has no fear. I promised them I would open the door to their kitty casa tomorrow morning.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 05/03/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific

Tobey was in a pretty low-key mood today - she was friendly but didn't really feel like going downstairs, so we just hung out on the landing. I tried to get her to play, and she looked mildly interested, but ultimately would turn back to look at me and I swear she was thinking "You do know that I realize that is not a real mouse, right?" She had gobbled up all of the food in the dishes that had opened, and seems to be doing just fine.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pets: Bailey and Chico

posted by Robin on 05/01/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

Bailey and Chico as The Sniffers

These two pups were so happy to (1) see me; (2) eat dinner; and (3) have a walk! They both seem to be in great shape and spirits. They gobbled their dinners - I don't know when I've seen them both with such good appetites. It was a lovely evening, so we had a brisk stroll to the park (Bailey setting the pace) and a more leisurely stroll back (Bailey again setting the pace in her usual move to prolong the walk as much as possible!) I think they were tired enough to be ready for bed, so I tucked them in and promised them another fun excursion in the morning. I thought you might like this photo of them intent on their job, namely, sniffing every possible leaf and blade of grass on Mt. Tabor!