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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by leeave96, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Friends operate the Horse rescue in my sig. They also are breeders of smooths, and are very good at it :) Murph is a blue blood, his Dad is a US & Australian champion (Hytymes Blue Jay). Murph is defective, however, according to the breed definition. He's got too much color for a show dog (he should be white, where he's brown). Fits right in with my colorful crew :)

    The under the covers sleeping is interesting :)

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  2. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I could bore you endlessly . . .

    Dogometer/catometer report:

    DS and I were about to leave for town when we smelled an acute smoky smell in the house. Both zoomed downstairs, found nothing, made the circuit, found nothing, and I told DS, "Check the dog--that smells like hair." I checked the stove and the outside of the window had burnt hairprints across the face. Dogometer reading: flashpoint.

    Cat is housebroken, which is delightful, except that I worry about her coming back with earcicles if we forget that she's out there. She doesn't meow to get back in, just hovers in windows and stares at us while attempting a Vulcan mind meld. Or just leans against the door, and when we open it, she blasts in.

    Today I opened the door for her to ge out, and she was on an adjacent set of stairs, downhill about 4 steps. Ice fog came rolling in and down the stairs, and she laid back her ears and ducked while it went overhead. I offered her another opportunity to go out, same thing happened, and she headed down the stairs away from the attacking fog rays. She may be considering reverting to diapers for the duration. Catometer reading: unacceptable levels of cold have been achieved.
  3. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Did she have her paw splayed???? Inquiring minds wanna know.


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  4. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    Tucked discretely away. It's all in the eyes . . .
  5. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Aha !!! Then it was the "mega meld", like the one with Dr. McCoy !!!
  6. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    Or lack thereof. Not for want of trying on her part, but the touchless meld is often difficult. I think most of the animals I've known think that we're kind of stupid, but we know some good tricks (like food) and they are fond of us. I may just break down and investigate the kitty-litter aisle you told me about. Earless cats are a sorry thing . . .
  7. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

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    Oftimes, I think they think that the fridge is a "Great God" that dispenses food :)
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    HehHeh . . . my female Manx does that . . . she'll sit on the back porch staring in with her paw up on the glass of the door . . . never thought to try doing the Vulcan mind meld with her though. :)
  9. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I think what's going on there, Jake, is that they're attempting that with us. Ringing our doorbells, so to speak, but finding no-one home. Pushing redial on their little kitty mind-meld mechanisms, and we never pick up. Shaking the shoebox and finding it empty. It's all so very clear to them, and so very not clear to us. And yet they keep hoping . . . trying . . . eating . . .
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    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    :lol: That's the best...
    I love when BB posts pics of Michelle the cat..... ;-)

    I saw this lil clip on the world news this am....cats are smart buggerz....
    funny stuff...


  12. snowleopard

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    Turned the computer on to post with tears in my eyes, and told myself not to start crying or I wouldn't stop, and I had too much I had to do.

    Son is leaving on a school trip for the weekend, needs to go today, and we had a lot happening last night trying to find a functioning air mattress, sleeping bag, etc. We'd annoyed the cat earlier by brushing her, and I hadn't seen her the rest of the evening. I was going to bed, and asked my son if he'd let the cat outside. He hadn't, nor had I, and he said, "She's probably downstairs somewhere." She's started hanging out in hidey-holes, and doesn't always come when called, so I went to bed thinking she was safe. Awakened about 4:45 to check on the fire, realized she hadn't come to spend time with me in the night (highly unusual, but not unknown). She didn't turn up when I went downstairs to start the fire. Unheard of. Got the fire going, called her inside and outside. Every son often, I'd think I'd hear her--footsteps behind me, on the stairs, a little carpet scratch--my auditory hope was hypersensitive. Each time I looked, and no cat. Geared up and went outside to look around--moon is still up, so I could see.

    Thought about how hard it was going to be to tell the kids. We've faced so many challenges in the last few years, and last year was really tough: daughter away at college, boiler going down, son rolled our only non-geriatric vehicle, insurance company totaled it and paid pennies on the dollar, bank gap insurance didn't cover the loss, son struggling with school, year from hell at work, knee giving me problems, getting badly burned on some wood deliveries, our old dog starting to limp so badly that her days are numbered--you know--some years are just tougher than others (I'm going to come back and edit out all this whiny stuff, but saying this just to put things in perspective). And I realized: she's our joy. She brings happiness when she comes to us, and we share enjoyment in spending time with her, play with her, laugh at her together. She's just been this goodness that walked into our lives unsought, and became part of the family. All she asked was a little food and a warm place to sleep, and somehow, unknowing, in the end I let her down.

    It's warmed up outside--about 18 below--but still cold enough to kill a little cat who could slip outside unbeknownst when a door is opened--and because its warmed up, hungry things are afoot in the moonlight, looking for a warm meal. Kicked myself for not having looked around more last night--it was late, I was tired, and thought she was inside, but how hard would it have been to take one more look, stick my head outside and call one last time? Headed back to the house in tears, and sucked them back in, because I just can't start right now, and besides, my tears would freeze.

    Came on here to post a requiem for a cat, tell you all how I had let her down--and as I pulled up the site, I heard an unmistakable, I-am-not-making-this-one-up noise. Got up, went to the laundry closet, opened the doors (had already looked there) and then opened the dryer. Dang cat. Better not scare me like that again. Sniff.

    Now I really have to scramble. But just thought you all would get a kick out of this.
  13. GAMMA RAY

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    Your the best Snow.....you crack me up :lol:
    I am glad your cat showed up.....lil bugger.... :exclaim:
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    Dang it SL, you had me in tears for no reason.......but I sure am glad you found your buddy! My "Oggie" and I play that outside game nearly every night. I just made myself a rule that I will not close my eyes until I know she is safe inside.
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    Thank you for writing that and sharing it with us.
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    Damn you SnowLeopard . . . you almost had me in tears having recently lost one of my beloved buddies after I let him go out earlier than normal . . . and knowing the feeling of having let a friend down when I once accidentally ran over my kitten Boots years ago . . .

    I cannot tell you how truly happy I am that this ended well.
  17. snowleopard

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    Thank you all for your replies. Jake, I have been hoping for the best with your cat, but I think I can understand a little what you went through. Embracing the finality of not knowing. Hurts. I thank you for your kind words. I am very, very happy too.

    Steve, we have a new rule in our house, too. I knew a teenthing who forgot her little dog outside for a few hours, and found her curled up on her doorstep, still as stone. `If only' is the court where we put ourselves on trial for being human. New routine: laid eyes on both animals and checked the stove before leaving the house for work this morning.

    Thanks, also, for the support. I know if it had gone the other way and I hadn't found her, you'd have been here. That means a lot to me.
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    Wow, that struck home. I have been putting myself on trial for 5 1/2 months now......can't seem to forgive myself for what I did. Again, so glad yours all turned out well.
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    Funny how we hold ourselves to a higher standard than others. If that accident had happened to someone you love, would you have been critical, or just happy that they're alive and able to heal? I'm so glad that yours turned out well, too.
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    Okay, two more cat stories because why not:

    Cat is still maintaining training, and makes her potty runs outside, even at -20, bless her. When I let her in, though, she does not saunter, she careens past me so fast I have to double-check at times to make sure she made it in. When she zooms in, her heading is always the most direct route to the stove.

    She will let me know via body language when she needs something. She's used to my getting up at 4 or 5 a.m. to check on things, and when she hears me stir, she meets me beside the bed to lead me to her food dish, or to the door to let her out--the message is clear. Recently I've noticed that if I awaken and the house is cold, she escorts me to the stove, and sits down in front of it and looks at me. I missed the cues for awhile, but I've recently begun to wonder: is it just that she knows my routine? Or is she trying to tell me it's time to get up and tend the fire?

    Or would I be happier not knowing?
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    Thanks SL, you always put things in perspective.....and you are right! Still haven't forgiven myself though :mad:
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    I love this story. This is why I love animals so much.....THEY put things in perspective!
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    I have a cat that's been with me for two states and 7 different addresses. She knows when I'm heading into the bathroom for a "long read." She'll zoom right in before I close the door. If I walk into the bathroom to brush my teeth or take a shower, she doesn't appear. It's like she knows. Which is just odd.
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    I think they're a lot smarter than they let on . . . they only let us think they are our pets and we are the owners . . . truthfully . . . I think they actually view it as the other way around -- we are there to provide free food and water to them, heat for them and to meet their needs. :)
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    When i got my kitty she use to sit on the stove to look out the window. First day of brurning the cat was upstairs, she came down for dinner we were sitting in the living room see her stroll in look at the stove. My wife and I both looked at each other and were like, NOOOOOOO KITTY.

    She jumped right on top :(

    Hasn't done it since but my poor kitty.

    Now she sleeps on the wood pile next to the stove. She gets further or closer to the stove as it cools/warms.

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