Monday, July 6, 2015

Cats in Glasses: Who Wore It Best?

What do you think?  Who wore it best? Nigel or Mimsey?
Take a look, and place your votes!


Nigel9 Mim9


Nigel8 Mim8


Nigel7 Mim7


Nigel6 Mim6


Nigel5 Mim5


Nigel4 Mim4


Nigel3 Mim3


Nigel2 Mim2


Nigel1 Mim1

We hope you all had a lovely weekend and survived the holiday without incident!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Keep Your Kitties Safe!

I know there aren't too many folks around here because it's a three-day weekend and you're off having fun, but I wanted to post real quick and wish you all (in the US) a happy Fourth of July.

Be safe, humans, especially if it's dry it your part of the country.  And for those of you with critters, please do all you can to keep them comfortable and indoors for the few couple of days. The big booms happen on the Fourth, but there are plenty of folks blowing things up the days before and after the holiday.

So many critters get scared and go running because of the noise, so I'll be thinking about my shelter friends who work hard to reunite pets with their families on the 5th of July.

Be careful, be safe, but have some fun, too.

butterbean in a box

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nigel's Glorious Tail


I've had some requests for photos of Nigel's lovely tail, so I've been chasing the poor boy around with the camera for the past couple of days trying to get a few.

His tail truly is glorious.

I think he knows what he has and seems to enjoy showing it off.  He swishes his tail back and forth with graceful and dramatic strokes. When he walks into a room, he holds it high in the air and fans it out to announce his entrance.  He leaves the room in similar style.

It's a spectacular thing!

See for yourself...





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The View

Nigel and Mimsey do spend a tremendous amount of time on their cat tower,  staring out the porch windows.  They've got a great view, and there are so many critters to watch. My folks feed the birds year round, so there's always plenty activity to fixate on.







In the morning and eve they get deer visitors in the yard. The deer like to munch on the clover in the lawn and eat apples from the trees.  The cats are mesmerized when they seem them  grazing in the yard and remain frozen while the deer present. It only takes one tiny movement to startle the deer and send them scattering.

The humans love  the deer, too, and even though it's a twice-daily occurrence, we always run to the windows to watch, and never grow tired of seeing them there.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's Good to have Friends in High Places (revisited)

Because many of you weren't around when Nigel and Mimsey were adopted by my parents, I thought I would share their adoption story again. It's a pretty sweet tale, so even if you've read it before,  I hope you take a minute to give this feel-good story another read!  

This story begins nearly a year ago. My parents were visiting us for the holidays, and they had a chance to spend a little time with Walter and Ira Finch. My parents had met plenty of other litters and enjoyed each one, but there was just something about Walter and Ira that really tugged on my Mom's heart strings. If the timing would have better, she would have left with the pair tucked under her arm.

Long after they returned home, she pined for these kittens, and if they came up in conversation, with a lump in her throat, she would express her regrets for not figuring out how to make them hers.

Fast forward one year and Nigel and Mimsey move in with us. I posted their pictures on the blog, and later that day, Mom called expressing an interest in this pair. I think it was Mimsy's resemblance to Walter that got my mom's attention initially and Nigel's floof that sealed the deal.

We had a long talk about how we could make it happen but couldn't put the plans into motion because my dad was on a dive trip, and he, of course, would have to agree to the plan.

We patiently waited for his return, and the day after he got home, my mom asked if he had seen the new kittens on my blog. She showed him the posts, and then she gently asked him "what would you think if we adopted those kittens?" After a very brief discussion, and with very little persuasion, he agreed.

The next hurdle was figuring out a plan to get them back to Iowa. Fortunately, my friend Kim (AKA Charlene's foster mom) works for American Airlines and commutes to Chicago several times a month for work. I gave her a call to find out if she would want to be a kitten mule and help us get the babies back to the Midwest. Of course she agreed - she's a kind-hearted person and lover of kitties.

She checked with the higher-ups to figure out all the necessary steps we needed to take to get the babies on board. It all seemed logistically possible so the adoption paper work was mailed back to Iowa to be filled out, a special carrier designed for airline travel was purchased, and a delivery date was decided upon. We just had to fatten up Nigel, get them fixed, and get them to the airport.

The next two weeks, while we waited for Nigel to make weight, were filled with many phone calls and email exchanges. These would be my parents very first kittens, and there were many questions ranging from eating and litter box habits to my personal favorite, "what do kittens smell like?" My mom was a nervous new mom. How sweet.

She went out shopping with my Aunt Sue (local cat expert) to buy all the needed supplies. She prepped the house and moved plants and knick-knacks out of kitten's reach. They were as ready as they could possibly be.

And finally, the kittens were fixed and ready to go.

I drove Kim and the kittens to the airport bright and early on Saturday morning. The kittens were very good and hardly peeped at all during the 40 minute drive to the airport.

We parked, and I walked with Kim and the kittens up to security. We said our goodbyes, and off they went. I watched as they passed through the screening. Kim had to pull them out of the carrier and held one kitten under each arm as she walked though the metal detectors. I was too far away to hear the conversations, but could see by the expressions on the faces of the TSA employees that they were delighted by these tiny travelers.

They were loaded back into their carrier, and off they went to their gate. Kim called to let me know they had been assigned a seat, took photos with the crew and pilots, and settled onto the plane. I texted my folks, who were on their way to Chicago, to let them know that everything was a go.

The kittens traveled very well and napped in their carrier beneath the seat nearly the whole flight. Kim took them into the bathroom midway through the trip to let them run around a bit and stretch their legs. After a little exercise, both kittens took a moment to take a quick bath before returning to their carrier. They had a little lunch, a little drink, then back to sleep they went for the remainder of the flight.

According to Kim, they were perfect little angels, made many, many friends on the plane and upon departure, received this certificate.

First Flight

My folks met up with Kim near the American ticket counter. There were many hugs, smiles, thank yous, tears of joy and the kittens were turned over to my parents. They chatted for awhile, hugged some more, then Kim left for her gate, and my parents headed to the parking garage with the babies.

Here's a teary/happy Mom with Kim and the kittens...


Once in the car, the kittens had a chance to use the litter box, have a little snack, and roam around for a bit. When everyone settled, they headed off to Iowa with my dad as chauffeur, and Mom in back with the babes.

Nigel curled up in the carrier and slept the the whole car ride home. Mimsey spent most of the trip sitting on Mom's shoulder, watching the cars go by. Eventually she settled into Mom's lap and napped until they pulled into the driveway.

It was a very long journey - nearly 12 hours from our house to my parent's - and the kittens did remarkably well. There wasn't a single glitch or problem along the way. I'm so grateful it was so easy, and not a bit stressful for any of the parties involved.

Honestly, I couldn't imagine it going any better than it did.

So, now the kittens are all settled into their new home. It sounds as though they're having a wonderful time exploring the house, and looking out all the windows. My parents have a ton of bird feeders in the back yard which attract all sort of of critters and the Frosts are thoroughly enjoying watching all of this action.

And my parents are thoroughly enjoying watching the kittens.

I'm so happy that these kittens are making my parents so happy. I've talked to my mom at least a dozen times in the past couple days and she just keeps saying "they're such sweet, sweet babies". And even though he's probably not saying it, I know my dad is feeling it, because he's just a big ole softy when it comes to critters.

According to Mom, the Frosts settled right in, and are acting like they've lived there all their lives. It's nice to hear how quickly they adjusted to their new surroundings. Nice work kittens. You make me proud.

This post is getting a little lengthy, and I need to wrap it up, but before I do, I just wanted to say thanks to Kim for making this journey with the kittens. I appreciate SO much all the strings you pulled to make this happen. THANK YOU Kim for all you did to get the kittens home safely. You're the world's greatest kitten mule!

Kim's traveling right now, but took lots of pictures of the kittens' trip. Once she returns, I'll share the pictures with you all.

Here's one picture that my dad just sent of Nigel and Mimsey checking out their new kitty bed.


I've got some more pictures from Dad, but they'll just have to wait until tomorrow. I'm running out of space, and running out of steam.

I know you're all anxious to hear their story, so I'll just hit "post" and call it a day.

Good night, everyone.



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