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( Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:13 pm)

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My mother’s cat Smoky is staying with us. She is an elderly dilute tabby Manx. In an attempt to keep her from laying on my laptop as I use it, I made a bed for her in a crate on my work table. She seems to think this is an acceptable compromise.

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( Jun. 4th, 2010 05:51 am)

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This beautiful, young, and affectionate gray cat showed up at my friend’s place a few months ago.  Cursing the people who had apparently dumped her in the country, my friend waited for Wendy’s first heat cycle so she could be spayed.  Then we noticed Wendy was getting rather pear shaped.  She had her kittens in the hay barn two weeks ago, but was quite agreeable to them being brought inside the garage where they would be safe from predators.  She is a very good mother, and just purrs when people admire, and even handle, her babies.

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( Mar. 16th, 2010 03:26 pm)

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The web site GoPetFriendly.com Pet Travel allows you to find hotels and other accommodations that allow pets.  Ideally, I think vacations are to give me a break from taking care of critters, but not everyone feels that way.  I did find Red Roof’s policy of allowing pets very handy when I drove three cats and an elderly Golden Retriever from Plano, TX to Colorado Springs.  Dairy Queens were also very useful, because they were spaced about every sixty miles in Texas, allowing me a break from driving, a refill of coffee, a bathroom (needed after all the coffee) and a chance to walk the dog.

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( Feb. 24th, 2009 06:35 pm)

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It was unseasonably warm here in Colorado today. I took Orion to play with my trainer’s rat terrier Cheney while I rode Lily in a lesson. I had planned to ride yesterday, but after longing Lily for a while, I didn’t see a horse I wanted to ride. (In middle-age, I’ve become a lot more conservative about when I get on a horse. Of course, the first four or five years I had Hap, I would have rarely ridden if I’d waited for him to calm down.) Today, although it was no warmer and even a little more windy, Lily was much calmer on the longe line, and almost perfect under saddle. She seems remember all the stuff we were working on last fall, although she is not quite as strong.

Afterward, my trainer and I took Cheney and Orion for a short walk. Cheney, who D got from the shelter at around 18 months of age, has issues and has apparently hated being taken for walks off her property with other dogs. D was hoping that Cheney would enjoy a walk if his best-friend-forever Orion was along. I was astonished when it worked. Orion trotted along cheerfully checking out everything he could find, and Cheney followed him almost as happily.

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( Feb. 4th, 2009 06:33 am)

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Is the puppy gone?

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( Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:31 am)

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( Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:06 am)

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I just found Orion chewing on the cover of one of those cute little mending kits  high class hotels provide for their guests.  Fortunately, I found the intact insides, complete with needle and thread, before I had a chance to panic.  In other news, Sheila is visiting for a week, and is not amused by the puppy.  She has started to come around when the puppy is in his play-pen, probably because she became bored sulking downstairs.

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( Sep. 8th, 2008 06:56 pm)

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Queen of all she surveys

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( Dec. 24th, 2007 09:28 am)

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Sheila is visiting again. One of her nicest traits is that when she rolls over on her back, she actually wants her chest rubbed, and is not trying to sucker you into getting your hand lacerated.

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( Oct. 16th, 2007 12:17 pm)

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This morning, I was taking a bath when Sheila pushed open the door. She likes to watch me take baths, so I didn’t think too much of it until I looked over and saw that she had a mouse dangling from her mouth. I was tactless enough to scream, and she left in a hurry, fortunately taking the mouse with her.

In principal, I approve of cats catching mice, but in practice, I hate dealing with the results.

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( Aug. 26th, 2007 12:54 pm)

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( Aug. 25th, 2007 03:38 pm)

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Sheila enjoys this spot on the work table in my office.

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( Aug. 17th, 2007 07:12 pm)

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Dear Sheila:

Any resemblance between my back side and a rock climbing wall is purely coincidental.  

Love, Elaine

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( Aug. 15th, 2007 09:02 am)

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In the two decades since I last lived with kittens, I had forgotten what it is like. Very early this morning, I looked up and saw a big fat bug clinging to the outside of the screen in my office window.  A small slender cat was clinging to the inside of the screen. Since the screen is old and presumably fragile, I carefully detached the cat rather than finding my camera to take her photo.

And then there is the box of (biodegradable) packing peanuts which is now all over the storage room floor, also courtesy of Sheila. Picking them up is on my to do list this morning.   I should have done it last night, but the electricity went out during thunderstorms for the third or fourth time this week, and I didn’t feel like doing it by flashlight.

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( Aug. 14th, 2007 07:29 am)

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We are kitten sitting for the next two weeks. I am used to the “bring cat to new place and not see it for a week” variety of cat. Sheila (pronounced “Shayla”) is of the “get into everything and be apparently fearless” model. Mia, the Dalmatian, is fascinated by her. Lody, the Collie, wants to know where we put her food and litter box. Both dogs have obviously been nailed by a cat during a formative stage. It was hysterical to watch two dogs, the smaller of which is forty pounds, ooze out of the way of a three pound adolescent cat.

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( Mar. 17th, 2007 02:07 pm)

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Petsmart has a good press release on canned pet foods that have caused renal failure in some pets. Check the list if you feed canned food.

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( Mar. 6th, 2007 09:10 pm)

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Smokie is my mother’s cat: a very friendly Manx.

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