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Archive: June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 06/29/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

Monkey, king of the kitchen

The crazy boys were as charming as ever today. I could tell they'd had another visitor since the ceiling fan was on in the bedroom, but they were still eager for dinner, then eager for pets and a little playing. I tried to get Noodle to headbutt me again, but he was more interested in darting between bowls and stopping for a quick scratch on the head between. I watered the outdoor plants again, and kissed the boys goodbye! Here's Monkey, king of the kitchen.

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/29/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

Clovis and the brush

Rigby beat Clovis at finishing dinner tonight, so she stood by Clovis's bowl and dipped her paw in to scoop out a pellet at a time to eat. I gave Clovis a little extra attention tonight since Rigby is usually first to rush to the petting spot on the hall rug, and Clovis rewarded me by rolling on her back while I petted the side of her face. Rigby got her brushing, though, as you can see by the photo, where she waits patiently for me to put down that darned camera and get brushing. They will be so happy to have you home!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 06/28/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

Both the boys were extra affectionate tonight--once they polished off dinner, that is. Monkey enjoy walking under my knees and letting his tail tickle my calves. Noodle was more straightforward about his desire for pets and dashed over and head butted my hand. They both had good appetites, and Noodle ate every one of his pellets and even tried to muscle in on Monkey's dish, but Monkey finished his, too. I tossed all the cat toys to the top landing again so they could bat them down during the day.

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/28/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

The girls were so funny at dinner tonight--about halfway through their meal they made a big production over switching bowls. Then Rigby came to the hall for her ritual brushing and pets, after which she laid on her back and purred while she showed me her impressive tummy. Clovis came over for a few pets (her fur is so soft!) but Rigby chased her away! I caught up with Clovis, though, and gave her plenty of attention.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 06/27/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

Noodle's appetite still looks good--he ate longer than Monkey did and left about 10 pellets in his dish--which I'm sure are gone by now! Both cats came over for some play time with the stick with the bell on it, and Noodle, especially, wanted to be petted. I decided Monkey is the reincarnation of Charlie Chan. Something about how he licks his chops and his little white whiskers wiggle reminded me of the old Chan movies. I'm not quite sure who Noodle is, but I'll let you know once inspiration strikes. I gave all the plants a good drink--it's been warm out.

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/27/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

For the moment, Rigby is over her fascination with the heater vent in the dining room, and she was very cuddly and loving today. I sat on the dining room floor to play with her, and she went to the rug in the hall as if to say, "We always play in here, remember? Now grab that brush and get in here!" Clovis played it a little more cool, lounging in the other room and making me go to her for pets. From the looks of things, they've been having dance parties in their litter box, too, those crazy girls. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to cool down a bit, but they have lots of fresh water to drink, and the center of the house is still relatively cool.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 06/26/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

It's always nice to see Monkey and Noodle! Noodle had a robust appetite--better than Monkey's, in fact. So far, so good in that department. I'll keep an eye on him. I scooped the litter and changed their water while they ate so that after dinner (and after Noodle let me know loud and clear it was time to let him out of the pantry) I could sit on the living room floor and play with them. More than playing, they seemed to want to be petted, and I was happy to oblige them.

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/26/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Clovis and Rigby and their bowls

Rigby seems to have taken a strange fascination with the heater vent in the dining room. After dinner and some brushing, she sat by the vent and looked down it like she expected catnip mice to jump out. I tried the laser pointer with them, and although Clovis was mildly interested (but not enough to chase it) Rigby was more intrigued by the actual device and kept trying to rub her nose against it (I turned it off, of course, so she wouldn't hurt herself.) Otherwise, all is well. The girls both have hearty appetites (as shown in the photo) and are in good spirits.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/25/2010 at 8:10 p.m. Pacific

The girls are shedding pounds of fur in the gorgeous warm weather we've been having, so they've been loving their daily brushing. First, they ravenously consume their nutritious dinner so their fur grows extra strong and shiny, then they let me brush it off in glistening, floaty brush-fulls. Rigby sticks her hind end up in the air so I brush it up the incline and the fur has extra loft as it fluffs through the air. Clovis flops over on her side and flicks her tail. I'm afraid you'll have some vacuuming to do when you get home, but the girls will look like movie stars! I'll take a photo tomorrow for you.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/24/2010 at 6:45 p.m. Pacific

Today when I arrived, Clovis and Rigby competed in a singing match, which, if my kitty-speak serves me well, meant "feed me, and be quick about it." After they ate, they mellowed out quite a bit and came by the hall rug for some stretching and scratches. They are such girls for routine! I think they expect brushing downstairs on the rug and playing upstairs every visit now in the same order. Well, I'm glad to oblige them.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/23/2010 at 8:55 p.m. Pacific

Two hungry girls met me at the door today. After they ate, Rigby enticed me to scratch her above the tail, then lured me upstairs to play. She especially wanted to show me her catnip-stuffed mouse, which she snuggled up to. Clovis watched us but mostly focused on giving herself a thorough bath. Finally, Rigby went downstairs again, looking behind her to make sure I followed. She led me to her brush, and I got the message!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 06/22/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

Tobey intensely focuses on the Pounce

Finally a nice enough day that Tobey wanted to go outside! There was actually some sun on the patio so she got to enjoy that, once I had lured her out with Pounce treats (you will see from the intense focus of the photo that her first concern was the treat – only after that was gone did she look up and notice the warm sunshine.) Today I got there just before the food dish was scheduled to open, so after she hung out with me for a while she went back upstairs to hover over the dish. I swear she was looking at me thinking "Robin, can't you just open that thing up?!" She's doing fine, and I'm sure will be happy to have you home. Hope the nice weather here lasts until you return – or you won't believe we actually had any!

Pets: Clovis and Rigby

posted by Angie on 06/22/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

What a pleasure to see Clovis and Rigby again! They met me at the door, then did a dinner dance while I fetched them some kibble. (BTW, I noticed a few ants hanging out in the otherwise immaculate kitchen-- I'll bring some vaseline tomorrow to dab on the outside of their dishes to keep the ants out.) Clovis found a wide, golden sunbeam on the downstairs hall rug and flipped to her back to warm her tummy. I found the girls' brush and gave them a good grooming, which they loved, especially Rigby, who adores her beauty treatments. Clovis was very loving tonight and kept trotting over for pets. I'm looking forward to our visit tomorrow!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 06/21/2010 at 5:05 p.m. Pacific

Apparently I got there just in the nick of time today, as all four food dishes were empty and the most recent one had opened 12 hours before! So needless to say, Tobey was happy to see me, and spent a good part of my visit crunching away on her meal. She did break away long enough to come and sit with me on the landing, and later even made her way downstairs, but not as far as the patio. She was very friendly, full of squeaks and purrs! The plants on the front porch were looking droopy (yes, we have actually had a few minutes of sunshine here and there!) so I watered the front porch and patio plants (might as well pretend it is summer.)


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 06/19/2010 at 9:05 p.m. Pacific

I'm happy to say the weather forecasters were wrong, and for the most part we had a nice day. Lily and I took full advantage of it and made every minute of our walks count. Tonight the air was full of bird song, and it was hard to come in. Lenny and Ruby appreciated it when we did, though! Lenny wanted to cuddle on the couch, and Ruby wanted me to wiggle the tiger tail under the tissue paper. The pets are all doing well, but I know they'll be so happy to see you tomorrow!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin 06/18/2010 at 8:25 p.m. Pacific

Everyone seems pretty calm and settled into a good routine. The kitties eat while Lily gets her walk, and then Ruby gets into position on the tissue paper and Lenny perches on the couch, and they each wait their turn for attention. (I've tried to do both at once, that is, swish the mousie under the tissue paper for Ruby with one hand and pet Lenny with the other, but they both sense the lack of full attentiveness and have made it clear it is not their preferred mode of interaction.) Today when I was doing a few last things before leaving, I turned around to find Lenny had curled up on my hoodie with his back to me, as if to say "she won't leave without her hoodie and if I don't make eye contact she won't notice that I am on top of it." (See photo.) Lenny on the hoodie A clever ploy, but I did have another pet I had to get to so I moved him off as gently as I could and went on my way, with many apologies and explanations about the poor dog I had to get to because she needed her walk!!! (As if Lenny cares about some other dog – he barely tolerates the fact that Lily gets walks and he doesn't!)

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin 06/18/2010 at 8:25 p.m. Pacific

Miso likes to indicate readiness to hunt by jumping on the television stand – not sure why, except that the television itself is a nice shield for the pesky feather toy when it wants to fly out of her sight. She LOVES that! A new variation today was for her to hide behind the couch and jump out at the feather as it inched along the top of the couch. Another favorite thing that I probably shouldn't even tell you about is that she likes it when I pull my hand up inside my sleeve and hold it out to her so she can take a little fake nip at it - ! - it's always very gentle but she seems to think it is highly entertaining. The complex inner life of cats!! She'll be happy to have you home, especially if you are up for being stalked.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin 06/17/2010 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific

Lily tricked me into a couple of long walks today - it was really nice, and I couldn't bear to make her turn around! I did manage to get some quality time in with each of the felines, though, and they both seemed pretty satisfied (although Ruby did walk me to the door on my last visit this evening indicating that she would really like to chat. Meow meow meow...I guess Lenny and Lily aren't good conversationalists.) Lily met a nice dog in the hallway and was very well-behaved, but she still likes to incite the pit bull at the end of the hall whenever she has the chance. I think it's a big game that the two of them enjoy, for all that it sounds so ferocious!

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin 06/17/2010 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific

Miso watched me expectantly every minute I wasn't playing with her - she apparently thinks that is my only function, and food, water, and litter boxes are the responsibility of someone else! So I hurried through chores with those big eyes burning a hole in my back, and then we played with the feather toy tied to a string. She also showed me her excellent view of the back yard jungle and the birds, butterflies, and interesting bugs it attracts!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin 06/16/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Lily hears hammering

Today one of the cat dishes mysteriously floated from the kitchen to the bedroom....Lily of course looked entirely innocent! I think I left it on the desk (Ruby was being coy about eating) and obviously it was within reach of someone's inquiring snout. I don't think there was too much food in it, but I bet Lily thought she hit the jackpot anyway! I brought a new big piece of tissue paper for Ruby today, which made her VERY happy. We played the mousie-under-the-paper game for a few minutes and then I had to take Lily for her walk – when we got back Ruby was sitting exactly where I left her, waiting for the game to start up again! Finally I gave some attention to Lenny, and while we were sitting on the couch Ruby continued the game on her own. At one point a large square of purple tissue paper was moving magically across the room with no cat visible underneath it – Lenny and I were laughing very hard but Ruby ignored us and continued her hunt. On tonight's walk, Lily and I heard a flicker hammering on utility pole, and she was quite interested in the sound - you probably recognize these alert ears!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin 06/15/2010 at 8:25 p.m. Pacific

Ruby the chatterbox

Thanks for the note on discontinuing the melatonin, which we will do, just to make everything as easy as possible on Lily's system while you're gone! She seemed pretty much back to normal today. The kitties are getting more demanding of attention now – Lenny sits on the couch and waits for someone to join him, and Ruby sits near the toy box with that look that says "Ahem, aren't you forgetting something?" Angie also mentioned that Ruby was particularly talkative on the evening visit! I like a girl who has something to say for herself.

Pet: Ernest

posted by Robin on 06/15/2010 at 8:25 p.m. Pacific

I'm sure Ernest will be happy to have you two back home! (He'll probably even be glad to see Bentley.) He sure is a sweet guy, and I've had a good time hanging out with him. He continues with the great appetite and the "Will Work for Greenies" attitude - if by "work" you mean rolling around on the table looking cute and loveable. I fell for it every time! Safe travels home, and thanks for letting me care for Mr. Ernest T. Cat!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin 06/14/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

Good to have Lily back with her sister and brother again! She seems to be settling back into the home routine just fine. We think she may have had a slightly upset stomach - eating lots of grass, a little soft stool - but by evening she seemed to have shaken it and had a hearty dinner. Lenny and Ruby are resigned to the fact that Lily gets the walks and they get the leftover time - ! - and they are both in sweet, friendly moods (with Ruby as usual having a lot to say about the matter).

Pet: Ernest

posted by Robin on 06/14/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

It is always so gratifying to feed Ernest – I don't think I have any other pet client who appreciates it as much! It is clearly a super exciting event for him. Then he ambles back upstairs and is content to be petted while he stretches out on the table (and it doesn't hurt that the greenies bag is in sight.) He really seems to be doing well – he's friendly and affectionate but not needy, and he doesn't even seem as desperate about food as I remember him being in the past (although of course it is still of HUGE interest.) I'm having a great time hanging out with him!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 06/13/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

While Robin was giving Lenny and Ruby breakfast and play time, I took Lily on an hour-long stroll through Ladd's Addition. It was such a gorgeous day--the air is clear and breezy and full of the scent of roses, grass, and honeysuckle. We kept our walks later in the day shorter since it was so warm and Lily's fur just soaks up the heat. At lunch, I gave Lily a few leaves of spinach, and she loved them! Honestly, I've never met a dog who liked her vegetables like she does. Tonight I dropped off Lily to her feline welcoming committee. Ruby was unusually talkative and jumped up for pets while I was writing my note. I'm not sure if she was thanking me for bringing Lily home or castigating me! Everyone seems to be feeling summer.

Pet: Ernest

posted by Robin on 06/13/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

Ernest was not as frantic for food this morning as I would have expected, given that it was three hours after the timer would normally have gone off...I think he had given up on me as a food source, though he still was optimistic about scoring greenies. When he realized I was actually going downstairs to feed him, he was beside himself with joy. And when he discovered that he got a second scoop as I was leaving, his morning was just about perfect! In between snacks he was hilarious, stretching out and rolling around on the table, doing every trick he could think of and being as cute as possible. It is the second sunny day in a row, amazingly, so I watered the plants on the deck while Ernest supervised from behind the sliding glass doors.

Pets: Aja, Gaucho, and Raindance

posted by Robin on 06/13/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

It's hard to keep from smiling at these three hungry guys when they line up so patiently in the kitchen waiting for breakfast! And then they all settle in to very serious eating – three big furry lumps smacking their lips. Then I opened the window and out they went to their kitty patio – it was a lovely morning, and I sat out with them for a bit watching them watch the world. Tonight Aja and Raindance in particular were very energized, wrestling and chasing each other all over the house. Gaucho preferred to hang close to me and the food dishes, and stretch out while I stroked him and told him he was beautiful.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 06/12/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

A gorgeous sunny day, finally! All pets are happy and doing well. Lily is having a great time with Tex, and we had lots of sunny hours in the yard today. The kitties are enjoying their alone time (without their canine sister), eating well, and also enjoying a few stray sunbeams.

Pets: Aja, Gaucho, and Raindance

posted by Robin on 06/12/2010 at 8:15 p.m. Pacific

The boys must have had a great afternoon in the kitty cabana because they were in very relaxed mode tonight - ! They didn't seem at all surprised to see me, and they crowded around very eagerly for dinner. After dinner all three of them plopped on the living room floor - even Aja! - except when I started to write that in the note to you he must have read my mind because he did finally hop up and do the obligatory dash around the house. Those ragdoll boys were feeling way too comfortable for such antics, however. Clearly the first sunny day in months tired them out!

Pet: Ernest

posted by Robin on 06/12/2010 at 8:15 p.m. Pacific

Today my visit was just a few hours after Ernest's morning meal had appeared in the magic food bowl, so he didn't bother with the basement ploy. He was mostly interested in greenies and lots of petting! I even got him to chase his feather toy around a little bit. Judging from the white cat hair and the way it is all scrunched down, it looks like he has been spending a lot of time curled on top of the middle cushion of the couch. And we are finally getting a little bit of sunshine, so there is something for him to watch out the window besides raindrops!

Baily ready to pounce on the laser toy

Pets: Morgan and Bailey

posted by Robin on 06/12/2010 at 8:15 p.m. Pacific

Bailey is so sweet - he met me at the door, but you could tell from the look on his face that I was not the one he was expecting! Morgan is much more relaxed about it - she just stretched as if to say "Oh hi, where is dinner?" They both had good appetites, and then Bailey and I played with the laser toy while Morgan stretched out on the floor to watch. This photo is of Bailey being extremely focused on the laser! Morgan came over after a while to be petted and purred like crazy. Your apartment was lovely, just bathed in afternoon sunlight, so I'm sure they curled up for nice naps after I left.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 06/11/2010 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific

It was so nice to see Lenny and Ruby again today! They are both extra frisky, and Lenny is taking his tuna oil no problem. Ruby was especially playful and demonstrated how sharp she could get her nails on her scratching post. Lily is doing well, too. We've had lots of good, long walks, and she's been friendly with every dog we've encountered. She sleeps like a log and seems very comfortable here.

Pet: Ernest

posted by Robin on 06/11/2010 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific

Ernest posing on the table for greenies

As soon as he saw me come in the door, Ernest made a mad dash for the basement so I would be sure to notice that he was starving to death! I told him that I happened to know that the magic food dish was going to open for him at 5 pm, but that did not impress him much. However, when I gave him a couple of greenies, he cheered right up! In fact he would not leave the dining table where the greenies are dispensed, except for a brief trip to follow me to the basement, but when he saw I was only scooping the litter he went right back up to his table. He was being extremely sweet and affectionate, so I thought he might want to sit with me on the couch to be petted – wrong! There are no greenies on the couch. He looks gorgeous – I haven't seen him in a while – so he will have a hard time convincing anyone that he is anything but healthy and well-fed. Though that does not stop him from trying!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Robin on 06/10/2010 at 7:35 p.m. Pacific

Lenny in a box

I went over a little early to see the kitties tonight, since you were leaving so early this morning. I think they appreciated it, from the way they gobbled their dinners! Ruby showed me how she likes to scratch on the new cat tree, and she had a few things to tell me about her day. Lenny got into his box after dinner and stayed there until I sat down on the couch, and then he was right in my lap. Angie reports: Lily is much more relaxed here than she was last time. She had a solid night's sleep, full of patches of snoring, and a nice but rainy morning walk. Before our late afternoon walk, she and Tex were even playing, chasing each other around the living room! Lily is spending the evening divesting one of Tex's old bones of any meaty goodness left in it.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pet: Lily

posted by Angie on 06/09/2010 at 10:00 p.m. Pacific

Lily is settling in well. We explored the neighborhood on a long minute walk, and Tex showed her all his favorite places to sniff and mark--and she marked right after him! She seems to like her new harness, too. I put Tex's on him first, as a demo, and I swear she figured it out from that. Lily and Mae West were peacefully reacquainted, and now we're all settling down to a little reading on the couch.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 06/08/2010 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific

Blue was super excited about his walk today - he flew out the door and halfway to Harrison in about 30 seconds flat! He kept up a pretty good pace throughout the walk, until the last six blocks or so when I think he was looking for a nice green lawn to relax on. The really sad thing is that we didn't spot any squirrels. We headed up toward Mt. Tabor but didn't reach the actual park, and though he kept his eyes on the trees and wires, there was not a furry rat to be seen. I told him it was because the word was out on the street that Blue was walking, so they all hid! I think he had a good time anyway. And I think he was tired - usually he watches me go with the sad face until I'm out of sight, but this time I had barely locked the door behind me before he turned and headed upstairs for a nap!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 06/07/2010 at 8:20 p.m. Pacific

Lucky Blue! Just as we started our walk, I got a call cancelling the walk that was scheduled immediately after his, so he got the full hour after all. It was a great day for a long walk, and he looked completely happy the whole time. Many squirrels were spotted, with the highlight being one poor guy who somehow found himself walking down the middle of the sidewalk heading straight for us....needless to say, Blue could not believe his eyes! Clearly the squirrel did not realize the caliber of squirrel-hunter heading his way. We had a great time, and it looks like another nice day tomorrow, miracle of miracles, so we should have another good Blue-trek.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 06/05/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific

Finally, sunshine! Tobey and I spent quite a while on the patio, and she showed me how the sun makes her stretch into a really looooong kitty. She wouldn't go into the grass, though - I guess the concrete of the patio was nice and warm. She's eating pretty well, although she had left a little food in each empty dish. She's loving the Pounce treats, though, so there's nothing wrong with her appetite! I hope the good weather sticks around for your return tomorrow.

Pets: Rocky, Rupie, Freddie, and Squeezle Thunderpaws, and Jimmy Garbazo

posted by Robin on 06/05/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific

Squeezle helps on search for Rocky

It turned out to be a lovely, warm day, so Jimmy only came in long enough to gobble some food, and then he wanted to go back out. The other boys were happy to hang out and entertain me, as usual! Squeezle and Rupie were the greeting committee, and Squeezle shadowed my every move. Freddie was feeling low-key - he stayed close by but under the table, watching his silly younger brother jump around after a feather toy. Rocky did not appear, so I finally went in search upstairs - it was toasty warm up there, so I think he was having an extra-comfy cat nap! As soon as he saw me he headed straight for the bathroom sink and waited patiently for me to turn on the tap so he could drink the special water - it's kind of amazing that he remembers I will do that for him, since it's been over a year, I think! He was very social (once awakened) and after a long drink joined us downstairs for dinner. Squeezle of course followed me upstairs on my search for Rocky, and I took this picture of him up there where it was nice and bright. He was fascinated by the strap on my camera, and pounced on it about a second after this photo was taken!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 06/04/2010 at 6:10 p.m. Pacific

Tobey is back to being my best feline friend! She came right down to see me, and then we went out on the patio where, miracle of miracles, we actually had a bit of weak sunshine. But a neighbor dog started barking so she wanted to come back in and make sure that I filled her food bowls. Then we sat on the landing for a while and I tried to get her to play, but she preferred just being petted. I'm glad she's bored with playing hide and seek!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 06/01/2010 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

I can't believe this was my last night to visit the boys! Monkey seemed to know and was extra affectionate (although he could just be lonely for his person), and Noodle made me laugh extra hard with his cartoonish dashes from dish to dish once I opened the pantry door. During the day they must have played a game of "bat the toy down the stairs," because I found some half-stuffed mice and a chapstick at the bottom of the stairwell. No wonder they have such great appetites! I'm sure going to miss those kitties.