Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spaghetti and Meatball update!

In the midst of my trip, I received an e-mail from Laura, Spaghetti and Meatball's new mom. Apologies for the delay in posting -- we've been getting ready for our next guest! But at last, news on our much-missed pair of kitties:

I hope all is well with you and Dieter! The girls are slowly getting used to us, and both of them are becoming much more affectionate -- even Spaghetti let us give her belly rubs last night! I wanted to let you know that I am *still* trying to find my camera cord, so have been unable to get the photos off of my camera and into your inbox. The only ones we have are BlackBerry photos of varying quality.

Here are a few -- they're not really "bloggable" but I wanted you to see how the girls are in their new space. :)

We'll get better quality photos to you as soon as I find that cord (which is likely to be in the last place I check!).

No worries, Laura! We appreciate any photos you're able to share, and we're delighted to see how at home the girls are. Looking forward to hearing about their adventures!

Now, time to go check on our latest resident. Yep, as of this afternoon, we have a new foster in the suite ...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Straight from the source

While I was visiting Oliver and his mom, our friends at 9 Kai and Chani Hokulani gave us an award. Thanks for thinking of us, guys! The rules are that we answer this little questionnaire (see below) and pass the award along to five other blogs.

Of course, since this blog is about the kitties in our lives, we decided to have Oliver do the talking (with a little transcription help from my sister).

1. What would your perfect day consist of?

Padding around my house following patches of sunny carpet, fresh tuna at every meal, and chin rubs on the hour.

2. How would you describe yourself if you were an item of clothing?

Bedroom slippers ... fuzzy and loved by all.

3. What hobbies are you currently working on?
  • Sleeping
  • Chasing laser pointers
  • Finding every high place in my house and picking the perfect spot to survey the world below me
4. Walking in the woods in wellies or barefoot on the beach?

Barefoot on the beach ... only if there's a dry towel to dive into after a romp in the surf (unusual, I know).

5. Have you ever hugged or sung to a tree?

Sadly not, as I'm an indoor cat. (Editor's note: see photo below.)

6. Growing your own veggies or nipping to the supermarket?

Whatever Mama has for me! She doesn't seem to like it when I nibble on her potted plants though.

7. Have you found anyone exciting in your family tree?

The orange coat suggests I might be related to the Lion King.

8. Slap up meal in a posh restaurant or fish 'n' chips from the wrapper?

Fish 'n' chips ... unless the posh meal includes tuna tartare.

9. Which element do you most resonate with: Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?

Fire ... like my glossy coat.

All righty! Thank you, Bev and Oliver, for your time. As for our nominations, we'd like anyone who stops by to pick this up if you so desire. Foster bloggers, it's a great way to introduce the world to your kitties ...

Speaking of which, we hope to have another guest from the SHS soon. Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A little help

Rather, the kitty idea of help. Oliver, we're not on our hands and knees because we're stalking -- we're pinning the hem of Aunt Leslie's skirt!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Enjoying the high life

So in the few days I've spent with Oliver, it's become quite apparent that he likes to jump up on anything -- like the back of the couch, where he can watch the world go by from my sister's high-rise apartment ...

... or just take a nap.

Unfortunately, Oliver tends to knock things over too from places like bookshelves and tables when no one's home during the day. Double-stick tape is an effective but impractical deterrent for high-traffic areas (like, say, the kitchen counter). Short of installing a motion-sensing alarm to make noise whenever he gets above a certain altitude, what ideas do you have, wise readers?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oliver's story

To be honest, we're not entirely sure what his beginnings were. We just know he was found with several littermates at a few weeks of age in a cardboard box someone abandoned in a parking lot in our hometown.

My sister's boyfriend's sister's friend (yes, that's the chain of connections) told the boyfriend's sister about the kittens, and Oliver eventually became Nick's (the boyfriend's) birthday gift. In Oliver's two years of life, he's lived in Nick's college apartment, Nick's parents' home, and now here while Nick is in grad school housing in Boston (the no pet policy was fairly rigid). So Oliver's commuter dad visits when he can and my sister, whom you've met before, takes care of his daily needs. She's a fairly new kitty mom -- Oliver moved here in January -- but she's been doing a wonderful job.

Oliver spends most of the day snoozing or hanging out with his friend Hobbes, a stuffed kitty (see above) that Nick gave my sister before Oliver came into the picture. Oliver enjoys carrying him around by the neck like his very own. Interestingly, though, he seems to prefer being an only cat, according to his parents, when real kitties are around ...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A little surprise

So I imagine you all thought we'd be on hiatus until we got back from these two weeks of travel. So did I! But lucky me, I've got another kitty to introduce to you. Even though I'm all the way across the country in the Other Washington. You know, D.C.

Meet Oliver. He's not available for adoption, but he has a sweet story. And he's now my sister's cat, which means I'm the aunt who gets to spoil him while I'm visiting her ...

Family obligations will take me out of the country over the weekend, but I'll be back with more orange tabby goodness next week too, to tide us all over before we get our next guest from the SHS.
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