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Archive: August 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 08/29/2010 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific

After hiding from Angie yesterday, Tobey was in a very social mood today - she came right down to see me and pretty much stayed with me the whole time. First we sat on the landing so she could butt her head against my hands while purring like crazy; then she watched carefully to be sure I did the chores right; then she sat on the couch with me while I wrote up my notes and fed her occasional treats. Hope you had a good trip - I'm sure she'll be happy to have you home!


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Angie on 08/28/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

Tobey was taking advantage of the languid afternoon to do some serious napping, and she decided she'd rather nap than visit with me, no matter how persuasive I tried to be! From the looks of her empty food bowls and busy litterbox, though, she's doing very well. It's perfect cat weather right now: sunny but not at all hot.

Pets: Bitty and Marie

posted by Angie on 08/28/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

Bitty is so much more outgoing with me now than she was at first, and I love it! She let me pet her right away, and after dinner and the chores she crawled right into my lap on the couch and purred. While I was changing the water, I heard an insistent meow at the back door, and sure enough there was Marie asking for dinner. She's such a regal looking girl. I'm so happy you're looking after her. All was well--the apartment was cool but sunny, very peaceful.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 08/27/2010 at 5:40 p.m. Pacific

Tobey was in no hurry to come out to say hello, but she did finally show herself at the top of the stairs, and she moseyed down to help herself to a couple of treats. She mostly seemed interested in getting back to her afternoon nap, however! She appears to have a good appetite and in general is having a very relaxing time while you are out of town. I watered the plant pots on the front and back porches - it's surprisingly warm and sunny for what I thought was supposed to be a cool day!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pet: Oscar

posted by Angie on 08/22/2010 at 7:45 p.m. Pacific

It's easy to tell Oscar is a much loved cat! His grandma appears to have spent several hours with him Saturday, and when I arrived Sunday morning I was a big yawn to him. He ate a hearty breakfast, though, and did crawl into my lap for pets. He pretty much talked the whole visit except when he was eating or purring--and sometimes he even told me a few things while purring. He's eager to go outside and vocalized his thoughts clearly, but I talked him out of it. I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pets: Sky, Emma, Molly, and Josie

posted by Angie on 08/21/2010 at 7:05 p.m. Pacific

Last night Sky slept on the bed, which is a rare treat Tex doesn't allow just any dog. Those two have been having a great time hanging out together, whether they're napping in a splash of sun on the living room floor, or raising cain barking at someone walking down the sidewalk. Sky has been extra loving and licks my knees and cuddles up for pets regularly. Her kitty friends at home were all charged up this morning when I stopped by. Once I filled their bowls, they ran around the house tossing toys here and there with tiptop friskiness!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Pet: Sky

posted by Angie on 08/20/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

Sky has settled down nicely, and before I went to work this morning, she and Tex were napping together on the bed! She's still a little wary of new noises, and my bicycle in the backyard disturbed her briefly, but she's doing great. I plan on spending a cozy evening reading with her curled up near me.

Pet: Oscar

posted by Robin on 08/20/2010 at 8:40 p.m. Pacific

The famous Mister Oscar

No surprise that Oscar greeted me this morning with lots to talk about! I've had a few dogs that I swear were able to say "hello" (kind of like "heh-row") but Oscar is the first cat I've known that could do it! Then he told me about how he was starving and how he had not had any food at all in at least a week. He stretched up to his full height to help me dish out his breakfast, and then things were quiet for about five minutes while he ate! Then back to talking, this time about how he would like to go outside please. He ended up settling for sitting beside me on the couch, where he purred loudly and let me pet and brush him. After Angie visited him this evening, she had this to say: "Oscar talked the whole time, except when he was eating. Since I was just back from a haircut, I choose to believe he was complimenting my neatly trimmed locks." Over to your mother for tomorrow's visits, and we'll post again on Sunday!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pet: Balloon Dog

Balloon Dog

posted by Robin on 08/18/2010 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific

Balloon Dog was a very good companion as I made my rounds today - we visited a Dalmation, some Greyhounds, a Golden Retriever mix and a Rottweiler mix, and even a few cats! He is happy to be home with me now, especially since no cats live with me. Django ignores him (as he does most dogs) so Balloon Dog is making himself very comfortable on the couch.



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin on 08/14/2010 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific

Miso and the camera strap

I visited fairly early today, and opened some windows to let the cool air in before the heat wave kicked in! It was very comfortable in the house so I'm sure Miso will be fine. She looked typically unsurprised to see me, and immediately hopped into position to start playing. She is my favorite pet for photographing, because of her endless fascination with the small hanging strap on my camera, which makes it easy to get shots of her pretty face! She's doing great, and wanted me to mention that Violet has way more toys than she does (although I did point out that she could probably consider Violet to be the best cat toy ever!)


Friday, August 13, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

Laurel says 'hello'

posted by Robin on 08/13/2010 at 3:15 p.m. Pacific

As if to make up for hiding yesterday, Laurel came right out this morning to say hello and pose for a photo. He also followed me around to get some petting, and chowed down next to his brother when the wet food was served. Hardy meanwhile kept up a running commentary - he is a cat with a lot to say for himself! I gave everything in the garden a good soaking as we are supposed to be heading into a heat wave now, but I think you will be home before the worst of it hits. Everything looks nice and lush and healthy! Nicole will be doing the final visit tomorrow, and I know the boys will be very happy to have you home. (Be prepared to get an earful from Hardy.) Safe travels!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 08/12/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

Today is the first day that Laurel didn't at least show himself briefly, but I was there in the late afternoon so maybe that is his favorite nap time. Hardy did his best to make up for the fact that he was the only cat in evidence, with extra loud purrs and meows, and he managed to keep me distracted! The garden is looking good - the super hot weather starts tomorrow, so I will give it a good soaking before I turn it over to Nicole for the final visit on Saturday.

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Robin on 08/12/2010 at 7:40 p.m. Pacific

Stella looks for her brothers

This is my last day with the kitties - Nicole will be covering the rest of the visits - so we had an extra good time playing today, although the red string has mysteriously disappeared. We gathered all of the other little mousies and balls and other furry items and threw them about the living room - Jackson was always good for a chase, while Kiku watched with interest and Stella went to sit in the hallway awaiting something with feathers. I did get her very interested in the old scratch-under-the-pillow-on-the-couch game - she got so interested she even forgot to hide from the camera. In this photo she is actually looking to see what her brothers are up to, but I love it because the green of her eyes exactly matches her collar! Anyway, they're all doing well and asserting their big personalities. There won't be any more posted reports, but Nicole will leave written notes for you, and I know they'll be very happy to see you on Sunday!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 08/11/2010 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific

The chores went fast today, to Hardy's delight, so I had extra time to spend with him on the couch. He was my first visit today, so he made sure to cover my khakis with lots of black cat fur! Laurel came out to sit with us, although Hardy wasn't too enthusiastic about sharing. But I gave Laurel some pets when Hardy wasn't looking, so everyone got some attention!

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Robin on 08/11/2010 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Today Nicole came over to meet the cats, so Kiku and Jackson were in their element with a new person to show off for! Stella was a bit more shy, as usual, but I told Nicole that she loves to play so I'm sure they will make friends quickly. I bet they will all have stories to tell you about how many people came to visit while you were gone - they have so many pals!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

Hardy face

posted by Robin on 08/10/2010 at 6:15 p.m. Pacific

Hardy was in an extremely talkative mood today, or maybe I was just extra slow in giving him the food and/or attention he wanted! Laurel came out as well to line up for wet food. I discovered that Hardy is an expert at turning his head away from the camera just as the shutter is about to click, but he finally got tired of messing with me and posed for a lovely full face shot - he wants to be sure you remember how handsome he is!

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Robin on 08/10/2010 at 6:15 p.m. Pacific

Today Kiku was the playful one - he was thundering around the house after the red string as if it were a live mouse. He was also the most affectionate - Stella and Jackson seem to assume he gets first shot at sitting in my lap, and are content to wait their turn. They did ultimately all get to chasing the string, though - it you have a hidden camera, you will have some very funny footage of three cats running after a tall person who is laughing her head off and trailing an extra long shoelace!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 08/09/2010 at 5:15 p.m. Pacific

My visit was earlier in the day today, but Hardy was as hungry as ever - ! Laurel came out to say hello but decided he was still sleepy so he went back to bed, trusting his brother to leave some wet food for him when he wakes up later. Hardy divided his time between eating and lounging on the couch being brushed and petted, and when it was time for me to write my daily note he had a blast rolling over the paper and knocking the pen out of my hand! I guess he thought that if I couldn't write the note, I'd have to stay longer. The plants all look good - it's much cooler today, and everything is fresh and healthy.

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Robin on 08/09/2010 at 5:15 p.m. Pacific

When I arrived today I dropped down on the living room floor and held my arms out, and all three cats milled about rubbing their heads on my hands - very cute! But I do need a third hand. Stella is much friendlier today, Kiku just wants to sit in my lap, and Jackson is the most playful I've ever seen him - between the dripping sink and the red string, he is having a ton of fun, and purring the entire time. They sure love looking out the window in the TV room at the back yard - you should get some chickens! What a blast they would have watching them.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 08/08/2010 at 5:50 p.m. Pacific

As Angie mentioned, Hardy is taking his responsibilities as host very seriously - he met me at the door and quickly ushered me into the living room where his favorite things, the couch and the food dish, are located. Laurel came out too - a little shy, but he rubbed against my hand and almost showed me a somersault (he remembered just in time that he didn't quite trust me yet). They both munched away at the wet food while I did chores, and then Hardy came to watch me watering plants (they were looking a little droopy - the weather is so odd, cloudy and humid, but surprisingly warm). It's great to see them both again!

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

Jackson and the string

posted by Robin on 08/08/2010 at 5:50 p.m. Pacific

Jackson and Kiku gave me a "Hey, you're not Angie!" look but quickly recalled that I am also a good source of food and attention, so they were very welcoming and eager to take turns sitting in my lap. Stella hovered on the edges but hung back a little, feeling shy, although she did chase the string a little bit. I see that having a water fountain has not deterred Jackson from his preference for drinking from the sink! Silly guy. They all look just great, and it was fun to hang out with them again!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/07/2010 at 6:35 p.m. Pacific

All is well at your house. The tomatoes are hardy and turned toward the sun, and all the kitty vitals are thumbs up. Today while I was petting Hardy, he settled next to me and purred himself to sleep. It was so cute! It was all I could do to keep from burying my face in his tummy fur and giving him a big kiss. The apartment was very peaceful today. I wouldn't have minded cuddling up to Hardy and having a nap, too.

Pets: Molly, Emma, and Josie

posted by Angie on 08/07/2010 at 6:35 p.m. Pacific

The kitties wanted to make 100% sure I knew they were supposed to get some wet food, so all three of them met me at the door then escorted me to the kitchen, where they milled around and stood by their empty bowls until they each contained a blob of food. They were really sociable, too, and once the food was eaten wanted to sniff me and let me pet them. Those are some happy cats.

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Angie on 08/07/2010 at 6:35 p.m. Pacific

Today after chores were taken care of I sat on the living room floor and played with the cats. The red shoelace was a huge hit, and I liked it because it's so long I could play with two cats at once! At one point I had all three cats going by using the shoelace cleverly in one hand and the stuffed rope toy in the other. I kind of felt like one of those one-man-bands in cartoons. I found a little regurgitated food in the living room and hall to the basement, but it's cleaned up so well you'll never find it.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/06/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

I swear, Hardy is one of the most loving cats I've ever met. He's so eager to get on my lap, he hardly even pauses for wet food (except, of course, to make sure I've actually put some in his dish!). I love scratching his head and seeing his little pink tummy. Other than more of loveable Hardy, not much is new at your house. Hardy says he hopes you're enjoying your vacation!

Pets: Molly, Emma, and Josie

posted by Robin on 08/06/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

Emma in the routine

The kitties were all sitting comfortably in the living room when I arrived this morning, but they quickly moved into the kitchen where they seemed to know cans of wet food awaited. So I dished it up, and they were pretty much busy eating for the rest of my visit! The chickens are clucking happily in their run, and everything seems pretty peaceful. Emma, who normally lets me just stroke her head if I'm lucky, again came out to sit by me while I wrote my note at the front table - I think it is so sweet that she has made that our little routine!

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 08/06/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

Today was cooler than yesterday, or at least less humid, so Blue and I had a nice long visit. I can't say we had a nice long WALK because we spent a good amount of time in super secret stealthy stalk mode while we actually followed the same squirrel around the park from tree to tree to tree - ! I have to believe the squirrel was in on the game - sometimes it went from branch to branch, and sometimes it came down to the ground and twitched its tail enticingly. Blue is about the most patient, focused hunter imaginable! He seemed pretty satisfied with himself, so as much as I'm sure he would love to actually catch a squirrel, the expert stalking component is obviously quite important. The big guy is a credit to all Weimaraners!

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Angie on 08/06/2010 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

It's so nice to see the gang again! Kiku was his loveable self and commanded my lap the second I sat down. Jackson stared out the back window and purred so loud I could hear him from where I sat. When the boys finally went downstairs to investigate dinner, Stella jumped up in her delicate way and loved up to me, too. I love it that they remember me, because I sure didn't forget them!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/05/2010 at 8:55 p.m. Pacific

Once again, I found a hairball in the living room, so Hardy got another vigorous brushing. Wait! Do you think he knows he'll get brushed if he upchucks a hairball? That little kitty might be craftier than I thought! Otherwise, all is well. It was warm today, and I watered the vegetables thoroughly, and they look strong and healthy. No sign of Laurel, but the food dishes and litterboxes show plenty of action. Oh yes, and the bread is safely in the freezer.

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 08/05/2010 at 8:55 p.m. Pa cific

This is the first day that Blue has shown any reluctance to face the heat, and I can't say I blame him - it was pretty miserable. He did make it to the park, and then we surveyed the trees and found a few squirrels, but I think they were laying low in the heat as well. He finally gave up and threw himself on the grass and rolled around for a while, which seemed to cheer him up quite a bit. Then he wanted to head for home. On the way he did try stalking a cat in a driveway, but I told him we couldn't do that - he gave me a look that said he knew he probably wouldn't get away with it but he thought it had been worth a try!

Pets: Willow and Archie

posted by Angie on 08/05/2010 at 8:55 p.m. Pacific

The cleaning woman visited today, which means (1) your house looked wonderful; and (2) the cats were cowering under the bed upstairs when I arrived. After I did my usual tasks, I found their toys and scratching mat, which had neatly been stowed on the dresser, and tossed the toys around. Willow was very interested in watching me play with their toys, but she didn't want to come out from under the bed. Archie, of course, wasn't going to budge. I did a mighty impressive (if I do say so myself) puppet show for them featuring an eviscerated mouse and a stuffed fish that gurgled when I shook it, so hopefully they were entertained (or at least laughed between themselves later.)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/04/2010 at 9:25 p.m. Pacific

Someone had a hairball incident in the living room, so I cleaned it up then gave Hardy a thorough brushing, which he of course loved. The cats really seem to like drinking from the water bowl in the hall! I've been keeping it nice and fresh for them. Hardy watched and waited impatiently until I sat on the couch. He leapt into my lap and did his special brand of back flip while I petted him.

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 08/04/2010 at 9:25 p.m. Pacific

Blue's ears

Today we hit the squirrel jackpot. They were on top of houses, in trees, on power lines, and one time directly in front of Blue on the sidewalk! I don't know if you can tell, but this photo caught him turning his head (note the ear whipping around) and he was truly hard put to keep track of them all. So, of course, he had some very satisfying stalking experiences! Another high point of our adventure was being accosted by Princess Leia as we began our walk - Blue quickly put her in her place, but she seemed oblivious to the fact that she had been chastened. She's pretty cute (not sure Blue shares that opinion, though!)

Pets: Willow and Archie

posted by Angie on 08/04/2010 at 9:25 p.m. Pacific

Today when I came in, Archie was on the couch in the living room, but he quickly made his way under the guest room bed. I did the usual chores and petted Willow for a while before trying my luck with Archie. He tolerated my hand near him for a few minutes, then he backed further under the bed and turned around so I had a view of his magnificent derriere. I took that as my sign to go play with Willow some more.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 08/04/2010 at 9:25 p.m. Pacific

How those boys eat with such gusto and yet remain so slender is a mystery. I have a feeling if I left the lid off one of their kibble jars they would eat the whole thing and wobble around like hippos for a few hours then snap back to their trim selves. Monkey was extra loving today and leapt up on the table when I was leaving you a note. He head butted against me and purred. That boy is a heartbreaker.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pet:Blue

posted by Robin on 08/03/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

Blue continues to surprise me with lots of energy, despite the brightly shining, warm sun! One good thing about squirrels is that wherever they are, there is also shade, so thanks to Blue's stalking responsibilities we had lots of nice cool breaks. I actually have to say that I personally did not see any squirrels at all, but Blue certainly thought he was looking at something (or at least he fooled me.) At any rate, he's having a blast and loving his walks. The next couple of days are supposed to be warmer so we will see if he manages to maintain the same level of enthusiasm!

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/03/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

Once again, Hardy was waiting to greet me and make sure I enjoyed my visit to his and Laurel's house. Hardy seemed especially pleased that I was wearing black and white, so he could flop around on my lap and shed all he wanted without having to bother me to find a lint brush! (Little does he know how proudly I wear cat hair.) I rewarded him with a spoon of wet food. I sure wish Laurel would come out and join in the fun.

Pets: Willow and Archie

posted by Angie on 08/03/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

Today when I came in, Archie was downstairs! He hesitated like he might run away, but he actually hung out for a few minutes before crawling back under the guest bed. I played with Willow for a while (she loves fighting the toys from a belly-up position) before hunting him out. I was actually able to brush him a few times, stretching under the bed, before he backed off a bit. Very encouraging! With any luck, I'll be able to give him his next set of meds.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 08/03/2010 at 9:40 p.m. Pacific

The crazy boys! After a busy day, there's nothing like unwinding with Monkey and Noodle. They make me laugh, they're so goofy, but they're so darned sweet. I think I discovered why they're so hungry at night: they spend all day batting their toys down the stairs. I put the toys in the living room again so they'll be plenty busy tomorrow.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Pet:Blue

posted by Robin on 08/02/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Blue was very excited to see me and, to my surprise, he practically ran the first few blocks! He slowed down a lot by the time we got to the park, however, and we did plenty of slow motion squirrel stalking. I also discovered that he can drink from a water fountain. (Or maybe you try to discourage that?!) The little container at the bottom of the fountain that is supposed to be for dogs wasn't getting much water, so he decided to just help himself to the water that was actually flowing - the poor guy was thirsty, what could I do?

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 08/02/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Hardy sure is a good host! He greeted me in the kitchen, then supervised as I did the chores, keeping an especially keen eye on how I dished up the wet food. He also watched me through the glass as I watered the plants. He was momentarily flummoxed when I went down to get the mail, but I made up for it by sitting with him on the couch for a good petting session. It was hard to leave him! Laurel, as usual, was nowhere to be found.

Pets: Willow and Archie

posted by Angie on 08/02/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Willow trotted downstairs to greet me right away and get a few scratches on the head, but Archie was stubbornly settled under the guest bed. I lay down at the side of the bed and put a few greenies in front of him, but he didn't even move. Willow helped out by coming by to demonstrate to Archie that I was pretty benign and, in fact, gave kind of a nice massage. In the end, I had my hand within a foot of Archie, and he was either breathing loudly or--as I prefer to think of it--purring quietly, but he didn't seem stressed. I just love the his little brown chin, like he's been drinking café au lait.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 08/02/2010 at 8:45 p.m. Pacific

Monkey and Noodle are up to their usual tricks, with Monkey being suave and efficient at dinner and Noodle being a totally adorable maniac who (before I shut him in the pantry) spent more time darting around than settling down to chow. After dinner, each of them came up to me separately for some pets--it was really cute. I watered the plants on the back deck, too. All is well at your house.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 08/01/2010 at 7:55 p.m. Pacific

Noodle licking his chops

Today, Monkey waited on the steps for me to pet him while Noodle raced ahead to his dish. He was so sweet--I sat down with him and pet him while he purred. After a minute, he decided he'd had enough and now he'd like his kibble. Both cats had hearty appetites (see the photo of Noodle licking his chops after dinner while Monkey investigates to make sure there's nothing left for him!). After dinner, Noodle was the one wanting pets. They sure are adorable boys.