Friday, June 3, 2011

Little Miss Marla

Introducing Miss Marla Dearborn.

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She wins the First-to-Purr award.

Many have called her a calico, but she's not. She's a tortie and white, like her sister-from-another-litter, Tressa Lovejoy.

Hopefully soon she'll let me snap a picture of her beautiful belly. It's got a great assortment of quirky little dots, dashes and patches.

Miss Marla, you're marvelous.

29 comments:

  1. Miss Marla is truly magnificat! So sweet and a tad overwhelmed...

    Lemme tell you - You have won the kitten lottery!!!

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  2. Welcome, little Marla, to tIBKC and The Charlene Butterbean Finishing School. I look forward to watching to grow until you graduate with your gold medal!

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  3. I can't wait to see her fur after the Beanie gives her a good going over. :D

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  4. What a gorgeous photograph of a beautiful little girl! Welcome, sweet Marla! Laurie's given you the purrrfect name!

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  5. Yes indeed, Miss Marla, you look mahhhvelous!!

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  6. Wow she's gorgeous! And such a wee little thing.

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  7. Miss Marla looks adorably serious.

    A little OT:
    I clicked on a "you might also like" link of the Suprenants and the Bean window watching and I started to wonder if this has ever happened to you (because if you were my neighbor I would so be doing this): http://catversushuman.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-cats-like-to-hang-out-on-window-sill.html#comments

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  8. Sorry to comment two times on one post, but I just revisited here....Laurie, this picture is serious art! Such great contrast, depth of field, lighting....the fact your subject is one of the most beautiful kittens ever certainly plays a part! But hats off to your skill as a photographer - pictures like this don't just happen!

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  9. This is the squee-ist batch yet, and I have been following for many many litters. Do you have a book of names you check off with each litter? Laurie, you are the best. And Charlene, you are such a great foster mom and role model. All kittens who come into your lives are so fortunate! Ironically, my name is Laurie, and my sisters name is Charlene! My rescue boys are Spencer and Gus.

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  10. Yes, I do think Ms. Charlene is most unusual in her foster mothering skills/patience/tolerance. You would be unlikely to win that cat lottery twice!
    But you didn't have to explain. You could have just let us believe you have superhuman willpower! Like your superhero photography skills, and your magic with words (purring swarms, swarming purrs have captivated me since reading)
    And these kittens are so lovely...sigh.

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  11. What a purrfect name!!

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  12. Oh yes seabreeze, my boyfriend thinks its crazy but I totally want to bid on tea with the bean!!!

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  13. So beautiful. If I lived anywhere in driving distance of you, I would so have a new cat (or two).

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  14. All us mancats from Cat Wisdom 101 are in love...with your beauty.

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  15. Hello there, little Marla <3
    That itty bitty pouty mouth just kills me.

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  16. Such a darling little girl! How does a torto differ from a calico? I'm not sure about that. :) samm

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  17. Anon- A calico has distinct patches of color. Torties have blended patches of color.

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  18. What a pretty little face she has!

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  19. From my understanding (per vets etc) is that torties do NOT have any white on them. They are black/drk grey and carmel. Calicos have the black, orange/red and white. So..... I also had a calico and I now have a tortie. Callies do not have to have distinct patches.

    Please set me straight if I am incorrect.

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  20. Oh, little Miss Marla Dearborn, aren't you the lovely girl!!! And the first to purr too yet.... nice work, wee one :)

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  21. GD...

    Found this explanation, hopefully it will clear up any confusion.

    Tri-color cats include:
    Calico
    Separate solid blocks of color, which must include red (orange), black, and white. They also may have blocks of tabby pattern, which produces an extremely colorful and beautiful cat. Dilute calicos, have the same separate blocks of color, only the colors are "diluted," i.e. "faded" shades of the original, which gives them an ethereal appearance. A dilute calico will have pale orange or buff for the red, and gray (or "blue") for the black.

    Tortoiseshell AKA "Tortie"
    Torties are not true tri-color cats, because they do not all contain white. Instead of solid blocks, torties' coats weave the black and red throughout. Tortoiseshell cats may also be dilute, with softer versions of the colors. Like the tabby, some torties may also have white accent markings, creating a "tortie with white." It should be noted that white plays a very small role in the tortoiseshell pattern - most of the color weaving is done with the red and black components.

    Both Marla and Geraldine have the blended colors on their backsides and white on their undersides, making them "tortie and white".

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  22. Tressa is a torbie and white though - I went back to check but I was pretty sure I remembered because my Tessa is a torbie (no white).

    However you classify their markings, these are gorgeous kitties! I'm glad they'll be around for a little while.

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  23. Hi there, Miss Marla! You are absolutely adorable!

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  24. Laurie, I think you must have some sort of magic in your soul, as Miss Marla looks exactly as I would expect a Marla to look. The very perfect, most fitting name for this young lady. Looking forward to knowing more about her -- torties have such wild personalities, in my experience.

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  25. She looks exactly like my tortie and white, Daisy...ironically, we had to put her down 6 days after this was posted (after 16 long, happy years of being a pampered indoor/outdoor kitty). It's kind of nice to see a kitty who looks just like her :)

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