This and That, and Lots of Cat!
Tomorrow, my blog column that runs in the Living section is about all of us Pet People who hang out here, so make sure to check it out, either in your paper or on the Web site! Guess which Pet Person gets mentioned the most? I could have written pages on everyone, but have limited space, so I had to be picky!
Pictures above are from Skeeter who says: "Here are some pictures of my parents' cats. I have mentioned them at times and thought it was about time we put a face with the names.
"Punkin is the beautiful Tortie. Can you guess why her name is Punkin? The pumpkin nose of course. She is the oldest of the group and is a special needs baby with health issues. She does not require a lot of attention. She loves to steal socks from people! She can be very verbal when wanting to be left alone! MEOW.
"Pepper is the Maine coon... He was found in the parking lot of the Trane company. He is a loving playful boy. And his nickname is Knothead, (amongst other things I cannot print) as he does not listen to anything you say. He drinks the water when squirted with a water gun to keep him out of the flowers on the screen porch! He wants to be in the middle of all the action. He loves to give shoes shines when you come into the house. He rears that butt in the air and takes those front paws and rubs your shoes as if giving shoe shines. We all love our shoe shines from Pep. In the one picture of Pepper, his fur is short due to a hair cut so no Maine showing, but you can see the Maine in the shot of Pepper and Patches together.
"Patches is the newest addition to show up under their deck last fall. She was so small that they were not sure she was a kitten when they first saw her! She hid under the porch for several days before she would come out. She resembled a opossum when she was tiny, but now she has a beautiful coat. She and Pepper are good buddies and he has taught her all his tricks so she has taken over the house! She is pure stinker kitten and gets into everything! Nothing slows her down and she has an appetite out of this world! I doubt that any plants or flowers will be on the porch this year. It was darn near impossible to keep Pepper off them and I am sure it will be double trouble with Patches!"
I can identify with a lot of the things Skeeter mentioned. Growing up, we had a beagle/terrier mix named Misty who loved to take socks off feet. When my dad came home from work, he came in the basement and took off his shoes. Misty pulled his socks off, ran upstairs with them, shook them side to side, then rested with her head on them. The only socks she wouldn't go near was Mom's. Her feet must have smelled disgustingly awful!
My cat Yogi was a long-haired cat that shed his coat in the summer and looked like a totally different cat, just like Pepper.
The shoe-shine cat is one I've never heard! Do your pets do anything strange like that? Something unique?
posted by Sandy at 4/03/2007 08:10:00 AM