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Archive: December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 12/31/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Poor Blue - there was not a dry window of time in this entire day. So we got pretty soaked on our walk, but he was fine with it until about the last 10 minutes when it started to really pour! He sure loves the rubdown with the towel, though. Luckily the rain did not keep squirrels from darting across the sidewalk in front of us on several occasions, so it was all worth it.

Pets: Lily, Lenny, and Ruby

posted by Angie on 12/31/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

It was great to see Lily, Ruby, and Lenny again! Lily and I had some good--if wet--explorations of the neighborhood, and Lenny was keen to show me his new play tunnel. Ruby looked at me and sighed and decided it would be all right if I gave her a few pets. Also, Lily made two new friends in the building: Tony, the lab mix who lives upstairs, and Chloe, a hound two doors down. In both cases, she was extra friendly and eager to play.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 12/30/2009 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific

Today Blue wanted to go back to the park to see if the snow on the ground made the squirrels more willing to come down and play with him. No such luck, but there were seemingly dozens of squirrels to stalk! And we found a house on Grant where they must feed them because there were at least eight in the yard. Blue was transfixed. And, in between squirrel sightings, we had a great walk!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pet: Blue

posted by Robin on 12/29/2009 at 7:35 p.m. Pacific

Blue looking for squirrels

Blue was happy to see me, and very energetic, until we got to the park, where stealth was definitely required due to many squirrels sneaking around on the ground and in the trees. I finally got him to move on, and then we had a good brisk walk, until it was time to turn around and go home, through the park again (of course)! It's hard to be Blue, with so many squirrels to stalk. We finished our walk about an hour before a surprise snow storm struck Portland! Lucky timing. The snow should be gone by tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to more fun with the big guy.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/27/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

I'm so sad this is my last day with the crazy boys! Lucky for me it was a long visit. After dinner and chores, the cats traded off sitting in my lap. Noodle was the most demanding, and Monkey stood by in his gentleman-like way. I had to nudge Noodle aside to give Monkey his scratches. During the day the cats had been busy opening cupboards and knocking over things in the pantry. What goes on in the brains of Monkey and Noodle?

Pets: Beans and Cooper

posted by Angie on 12/27/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

The cats had chowed through their food yesterday, and when I refilled it today, Beans hurried over for her fill, but Cooper launched into my lap. That guy would rather have love than food! (I can tell by a friendly squeeze, though, he manages to get both.) I think I could have settled down with War and Peace in an armchair with him in my lap and he would have sat and purred through the whole thing.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 12/26/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Hardy was being extra cute today - I'm afraid I left you a somewhat illegible note because he insisted on rolling around on the paper and occasionally batting at the pen! He is such a funny guy, and so proud of his fat belly, which he frequently rolls over to show off. Laurel is still hiding from me - ! Big eyes, under the bed - that's all I got from him. I'm glad at least he ventured out to see Angie! Anyway, they will both be so happy to have you home. Safe travels, and hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Pets: Beans and Cooper

posted by Angie on 12/26/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

It was a sunny day, and Beans was eager to prowl the backyard, so I let her out. Cooper, though, wanted some serious lap time. After doing the chores, I settled in the back room where I could watch Beans scamper in the grass, and Cooper settled down for a kitty massage. Beans came in at the end of the visit, so they're both inside and warm on this chilly night.

Pets: Josie, Emma, and Molly

posted by Robin on 12/26/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

There are mousies and other kitty paraphernalia scattered all around the living room - I see zee cats had a Christmas celebration! They evidently worked up quite an appetite, since they had eaten all of their kibble and were ravenous. After they ate, Josie wanted some petting, but Emma and Molly were running around the room like crazy. Whenever I made even the slightest move in their direction, they took off like they were being chased by demons. Those two have some imaginations - I would love to know the inner workings of their little kitty minds! I told them you would be back tomorrow, and I always have the feeling that those three understand every word I say, so they'll be expecting you.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/26/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Although it's usually Noodle who charges onto my lap during and after dinner, this time Monkey took charge and made sure he got his petting time! Both of the boys rotated between their dishes and my lap, with occasional forays to visit each other's dinner plates, too. They look great, and I'm looking forward to our longer visit tomorrow for more play time.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 12/25/2009 at 9:30 p.m. Pacific

At last, Laurel came out to say hi! He ran away when I tried to pet him, but it was still gratifying to see him spying on my lovefest with Hardy. He must have heard the purring from wherever he was hiding. In any case, they're both doing great--good appetites, busy work in the litter box, and no signs of distress.

Pets: Beans and Cooper

posted by Angie on 12/25/2009 at 9:30 p.m. Pacific

Cooper rolled out the welcome mat as soon as I arrived, and Beans came by to check me out and rub up against my leg, but she preferred to stay at a distance while Cooper took over my lap. What a lovebug! They both look great, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better tomorrow.

Pets: Josie, Emma, and Molly

posted by Angie on 12/25/2009 at 9:30 p.m. Pacific

The stockings were a bit hit with the kitties! The raffia toy with the feather was an especially popular item, although the canned food came in a close second. It's so nice Santa thought of them. The house was bathed in sun, and the cats seemed to love all the areas to loll around and take naps.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/25/2009 at 9:30 p.m. Pacific

Monkey and Noodle have the routine down pat: Meow wildly at the door; run upstairs and dart around until the dishes are full; chow down at top speed; take turns sitting in my lap and purring. You can guess the part I like best! Those two have such great personalities. I have to admit I'm glad Noodle isn't a person, though. He'd either be a genius or a total delinquent.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pets: Bailey and Chico

posted by Robin on 12/24/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

Another REALLY cold morning up on Mt. Tabor! But the hounds still were up for a walk. Chico was eager for breakfast, Bailey not so much (and then they reversed for dinner - Bailey hungry, Chico not.) I have a hunch that they spent most of the day in their warm little room. Tonight Bailey took us on a brisk walk on a route I had never taken with them before, but there were lots of gorgeous lights, so I think it was her special Christmas Eve route!

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 12/24/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

Hardy was again my shadow while I did the chores, and then he helped me search for his brother, who we finally discovered under the bed! All I could really see were his big eyes, but he's eating and using the litter box, so I think he's just having some quiet time to himself. Hardy did his usual half-headstands and half-somersaults, lots of purring, lots of pets from me. He is such a sweetheart.

Beans on the bench

Pets: Beans and Cooper

posted by Robin on 12/24/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

Today the sun came out, and both kitties were happy to run out to the yard! Cooper didn't stay out long, though - he prefers to hang out with the human. Beans didn't go far, but she stayed out as long as she could (you would think from this photo that it's a warm summer day!). They seem great, and tomorrow they get to meet Angie for the first time!

Pets: Josie, Emma, and Molly

posted by Robin on 12/24/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

When I walked in the door, all three girls were in the living room looking at me expectantly - it was quite a welcome committee! They just wanted some attention, and then when they found out I was also serving up some wet food, they were pretty excited. Josie and Molly wanted some petting, but Emma was all about playing - she went after both a ball and a mousie, and was especially sly and fierce in stalking the mouse. I have the impression they are having lots of kitty fun with Sky out of the house.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Robin on 12/24/2009 at 9:55 p.m. Pacific

Finally I get a chance to visit these two crazy boys! They met me at the door, and then herded/led me to the kitchen with many meaningful glances at the food bowl. Then I dished up the food, and - what a circus! I thought I would die laughing at Noodle, dashing back and forth between his bowl and Monkey's. And Monkey calmly munches along the whole time, ignoring the cat-with-wings zipping around the room. By the time Noodle settled down to eating Monkey was finished with his, so he got some cuddles while we waited for his brother. They are such characters! They're doing just fine, although I'm sure you will see some crazy kitty antics when you get home.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

Once again, Hardy auditioned for the picture to be used under "affectionate cat" in the Encyclopedia of Darling Things. He sat in my lap and did a few side flips and scooped my hand up over his head. It was hard to leave him! I still haven't seen Laurel, but judging from his food and the litterbox, he's doing just fine.

Pet: Bitty

posted by Angie on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

We got in two rounds of kitty fishing with the feather toy--one before dinner, and one after. One of your friends left Bitty a toy on the counter, and I was tempted to try it out since watching Bitty play is so fun, but I resisted. Just as we were deep in our post-chow playtime, another of Bitty's friends stopped by to play, so I handed the toy over to him.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

Today was one of the half hour kitty sessions. I was determined to get a good photo of Noodle, but the little stinker is too fast! He darts around the apartment like his pants are on fire, and I kept coming up with photos of a blurry back or pieces of his tail. He did spend some quality time in my lap, though, purring and rubbing his cheek on my clothes. Monkey jumped up on the bed behind me, so I could give him some loving, too.

Pets: Beans and Cooper

posted by Robin on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

Beans met me on the front porch, eager to come in and have some lunch! Cooper had no interest in going outside - just wanted to sit with me and be petted. You have a new piano! I played Ave Maria for them, which they seemed to kind of like - they both sat and listened anyway!

Pets: Chico and Bailey

posted by Robin on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

It was pretty cold and foggy up on Mt. Tabor all day today! The dogs are SO good at being careful on the slippery front steps. They had two good walks and did lots of sniffing and exploring. Chico didn't eat much at breakfast but had finished by evening, and then gobbled up his dinner. They miss you, but they're doing just fine!

Pets: Josie, Molly, and Emma

posted by Robin on 12/23/2009 at 10:15 p.m. Pacific

It's turned really cold again, so all three kitties were inside. A friend of yours (Greg?) was there when I arrived, so the kitties were hiding, but as soon as he left they came out to see what I had for them. I gave them all some pets and a tiny bit of canned food, and left them all looking like they were ready to settle in for the night!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Angie on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

What a good host Hardy is! After I'd finished scooping the box, watering the tree, and filling Laurel's bowl, I sat on the couch and Hardy jumped right up to say hello. He rubbed his cheeks all over my coat and hands and luxuriated in some kitty massage. I tried to convince him to go fetch his brother, but he didn't feel like interrupting the love fest. Sweet kitty!

Pet: Bitty

posted by Robin on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Today we got the feather toy flying all around the living room, and as soon as Bitty had eaten most of her dinner (while I scooped the litter) she went right back into position in the middle of the room, looking very expectant. I bet she keeps you pretty busy entertaining her! Such a sweet face - on such a fierce predator! She's just fine, good appetite, friendly, and EXTREMELY playful.

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

The crazy boys were mewing at the door when I arrived. Just to make sure I knew the plan, they scrambled to the kitchen and alerted me they would collapse instantly if their dishes weren't filled! While they ate, I did kitty chores and still had time to sit with them a while and do some post-dinner petting.

Pet: Tony

posted by Robin on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Tony was pretty happy to see me tonight - wagging and wriggling all over the place! He had dinner, then we had a good walk in the park. When I left he had already settled down in his (very posh) bed, ready for a good night's sleep.

Pets: Chico and Bailey

posted by Angie on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

It's so nice to see Chico and Bailey again! After dinner--Chico ate all of his--we walked through the neighborhood and crunched the frosty grass in the parking strips. As usual, Bailey was all nose, and Chico rushed over to sniff at whatever had attracted her. They were such good doggies that they each got a treat and a good overall scratching before I put them to bed.

Pets: Jackson, Kiku, and Stella

posted by Angie on 12/22/2009 at 9:20 p.m. Pacific

Oh boy. I can see by Kiku's shaved pink belly he might be a little peeved at his brother. While Kiku eats dry food, his naked paunch all too close to the cold floor, Jackson is chowing down on wet food and so furrily warm that he's happy to stand under the faucet! Meanwhile, Stella is calculating how she will bust into the cupboard, commandeer the can opener, and get some of that canned food for herself. All the kitties looked healthy and happy tonight--no evidence of illness.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Pets: Laurel and Hardy

posted by Robin on 12/21/2009 at 10:25 p.m. Pacific

Hardy met me at the door - he has definitely turned into Mr. Personality! He followed me everywhere and got as much petting from me as he could. He also did lots of semi-headstands to show me that even though he is somewhat portly now, he still has his moves. No sign of Laurel at all - I guess it's been long enough since I've visited that he's forgotten we are friends. He had been eating his food though, so he must be around somewhere. I happened to be there when Hardy's food was released from the feeder - !- a very exciting moment for him! It's great to see him, and I have hopes of sighting Laurel at some point.

Pet: Bitty

posted by Robin on 12/21/2009 at 10:25 p.m. Pacific

Bitty looked like she might be having a shy spell until she saw me pick up the feather toy, and she shot out of her room in immediate pursuit! She is such a little thing, you wouldn't think she would be a hunter, but look out! Very cute. We finally stopped for dinner, which she also enjoyed a lot. She seems to be doing just fine, although I think she would have kept playing for hours!

Monkey sees Noodle jump to the stove

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/21/2009 at 11:10 p.m. Pacific

Today I spent half an hour with Monkey and Noodle, and they loved the attention. I thought they might want to play, so I sat down on the bedroom floor, but instead they wanted to cuddle! First Noodle came over and purred in my lap, then when he went to make sure no kibble escaped, Monkey came over for some pets. They were so cute! Here's a photo that was supposed to be of both the boys, but Noodle decided to jump on the stove, so you only see his tail.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/20/2009 at 10:35 p.m. Pacific

Somebody has been having a really good time knocking down the trash can! Just in case, I took the trash and its paltry contents to the garbage outdoors to remove any temptation. Otherwise, the boys are doing great. Monkey finished up his dinner first and came around for pets while crazy-but-adorable Noodle lingered over his bowl of food.

Pet: Bitty

posted by Angie on 12/20/2009 at 10:35 p.m. Pacific

Bitty was much braver than she used to be with me--especially when she saw that I had the power of giving her kefir! We played with the feather on a string, which she loved. It was so nice to see her again. She's such a sweetheart.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pets: Monkey and Noodle

posted by Angie on 12/19/2009 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific

Monkey and Noodle, always the welcoming hosts, met me at the door when I came by this evening. Monkey wanted to show me the garbage can he knocked over--at least, I'm guessing it was him--but Noodle wasn't interested in any delays when there was dinner to be had! What crazy boys. They ate, then darted over for a few scratches, then darted back to their bowls. Our quarter hour passed in a flash.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin on 12/18/2009 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific

I brought a little present for Miso today (in the spirit of the season) - Miso and the black spidera crazy black spider on a string! Of course, she had a blast going after it, including some crazy standing-on-her-head moves that made me laugh so hard I couldn't hold my camera still to get a photo. But this picture should give you an idea of her intense interest! (I put the spider back in its package when I left, so she won't be tempted to eat it while left to her own devices.) Over to Kadie now for the rest of your trip!



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin on 12/16/2009 at 8:10 p.m. Pacific

Miso was in the mood for some petting and affection today, but she still had plenty of energy for playing. Her current favorite game is to have me twitch the feather toy along the top of the computer table by the couch, and then do the same thing underneath the table - she becomes a mighty huntress! Very cute. She is eating well and seems just fine. She also managed a few minutes of interest in the buckets of rain that are coming down, as observed through the front window - but ultimately, not as compelling as the feather toy.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Miso gets ready to pounce

Pet: Miso

posted by Robin on 12/14/2009 at 4:10 p.m. Pacific

I swear Miso's face lit up as soon as she saw me - or maybe it was more a gleam in her eye that said "Playtime!" She looked very unimpressed while I fixed her food, scooped the litter, opened the front blinds for her - she's all about the feather toy. I love this photo of her licking her chops before going in for the kill! I'm going to start calling her Miso Fierce.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 12/11/2009 at 5:10 p.m. Pacific

Tobey popped right down to see me when I arrived today, and after we sat on the couch for a few minutes so she could be petted, we went to do chores (she is my constant shadow!) Then she wanted to go outside again - she had a good time for a while watching squirrels and birds in the back yard trees, but then something alarmed her and she ran back inside. I didn't see or hear anything scary - maybe she just has an active imagination! She's been such a good girl while you were gone, and we've had a wonderful time, but I know she will be SO happy to have you home. Safe travels!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 12/10/2009 at 4:55 p.m. Pacific

Tobey braves the cold outdoors

Tobey has really come out of her shell in the last few weeks! She loves to rub her head against my hand, be brushed, even sit in my lap - purring the whole time! It's hard to believe that this is the same kitty who hid from me for about five months. It's still very cold outside, but she seemed interested in venturing out, so we spent a little time on the patio and she took in the sights. I told her you are now back on dry land, and she gave me a look like "Fine, can I have another treat?" Hard to impress cats, I guess...



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 12/08/2009 at 5:05 p.m. Pacific

It's still pretty frigid outside today, so Tobey and I spent most of our time on the sunny upstairs landing. Today for the first time she let me brush her! And she seemed to love it. Purr purr purr purr! She is being extra sweet and affectionate, and also eating very regularly and doing just fine.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Angie on 12/06/2009 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific

Tobey's routine for me seems to be to play coy at first (possibly to extract a few treats, that crafty girl) then purr and scoop up my hand for pets. I'm happy to play along! She's been a good eater the past two days and looks great.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 12/04/2009 at 4:25 p.m. Pacific

Today we spent most of the time on the couch (after Tobey supervised my chores) - it's REALLY cold outside. And when I arrived, the tuxedo cat that lives in the neighborhood was next door yowling like crazy, so Tobey and I figured we were best off staying inside and leaving him alone! She's doing fine, very affectionate, and with a good appetite. I told her you were on a boat now but she looked unimpressed with that information...she'd rather have you here at home!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pet: Tobey

posted by Robin on 12/02/2009 at 5:15 p.m. Pacific

Tobey was in a very talkative mood today! Not distressed meowing - just very conversational. She had a lot to tell me, I guess! She was very affectionate, lots of rubbing against my hands and legs. She's been eating well and enjoying some treats, and we also spent time on the patio until I got too cold and had to come inside (it's sunny and clear but REALLY chilly). The house is warm, though, and Tobey is nice and comfortable.