Stacked and Mixed, A Lap Full!

three cats on lap

Kelly shows a little tortitude.

So first Kelly was happily cuddled on my lap after a good thorough bath. Then Mimi finished observing the neighborhood from the shelf at the front window and stepped down from the desk onto my knee, settling down, overlapping Kelly. Kelly was okay with this.

Then Cookie hopped up on my lap and discovered she had no place to go! She ended up walking on both Kelly and Mimi…well, she is the queen of the household but there was a little grumbling. Then she just grew tired of trying to figure it out and decided to simply settle down on both of them. At that point Kelly showed about as much tortitude as she ever does, sitting up indignantly and growling for about four seconds, glaring at Cookie’s tail. I am just a prop in the great drama of laptime.

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Cookie in the Snow

cookie looks at the snow

Cookie greets a snowy morning.

Cookie has seen enough seasons come and go that she knows exactly what that white stuff is and what it means. Wet paws. Cold. Usually when we go out the door in the morning she heads right down the steps after a cursory inspection of the deck. But this morning if I hadn’t gone out to fill the feeder she would have been happy to stay put!

But she followed me through what had become slush in the short time since we’d gotten up and picked her way through the leaves and twigs under the tree behind me.

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Cookie carefully makes her way through the slush.

She collected a few snowflakes, though these were melting already as we went in the door. After this she decided to warm herself on my lap using Mimi and Kelly as pillows.

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Cookie with a few flakes.

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Living Green With Pets: Bringing Plants Indoors

cookie looks at the snow

Cookie greets a snowy morning.

We had an unexpected snowfall overnight and this morning, and while I’ve known for weeks I needed to do something with my plants before they ended up as frozen mush, snowfall was decidedly a surprise.

It was also better than the alternative at this time of year, a freeze, because while more tender plants will be tinged with air cold enough to produce snow, it’s also full of moisture which helps to protect leaf and petal surfaces, and plants under cover of a deck or tree aren’t as badly affected. A freeze is typically cold with a clear sky and low humidity, and any plant outdoors that has moisture in its leaves is pretty much done for.

Often annual plants are thriving in the autumn, into a second bloom after the heat of late summer is moderated by the cool dampness of early autumn. Many plants can be brought indoors and kept as houseplants through the winter, which saves you both time and money next spring when you can start with plants that are already growing.

geraniums in the snow

The geraniums were enjoying the autumn.

You may have a variety of plant or a color of flower that is difficult to find, a plant that has an emotional tie to someone, or heirloom plants you’ve purchased or started from seed or cuttings. But you need to take precautions about what plants do well indoors, what might hitch a ride indoors with your plants, and what your pets might decide to do with all that lush greenness.

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National…International…Today is Cat Day!

cat sleeping

A Blissful Namir.

Cat day is every day, right?

October 29, 2011 really does mark the annual celebration of National and International Cat Day, brought to you by the Animal Miracle Network, which hosts nearly two dozen annual holidays celebrating companion animals of all sorts.

black cat on striped rug

Lucy Pink and Gray

We who live with companion animals know that every day is a celebration of their love and companionship in our lives, but marking an individual day on the calendar also helps to further goals for all animal companions, not just our own. For instance, one of the goals of this day is to see the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats—today—through special events promoting feline adoptions both at bricks and mortar shelters and internet adoption sites.

This holiday along with others also raises awareness of other feline-specific issues. More cats than dogs are owned as pets, yet cats receive “significantly less  veterinary care” than their canine counterparts according to a report from the Association of Feline practitioners and the AVMA.

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