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Saturday, February 4, 2017

One Antidote For Political And Societal Angst

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The two most-human cats that Mr. AOW and I have ever had the pleasure of calling family very much resembled the white cat toward the lower left corner and the gray cat in the center.  Both of our very-human cats were at least part-Siamese.

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  1. As WILL ROGERS said of humanity, I say of cats.

    I've never met a cat I didn't like.

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  2. Always having been dog people, we knew their character......but have recently found chickens to have quite distinct personalities as well.

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    1. CI,
      I know about chickens' personalities because we had chickens when I was growing up.

      You might enjoy this video: Patriotic Chicken Playing Keyboard Piano.

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    2. Amazing what food will do! Good one, didn't know it could be done. Someone had a lot of patience.

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  3. WHERE IS THE RED MEAT!? I WANT DISCOURSE AND ANGST! *fists clenched* *neck veins popping* AND ANOTHER THING... awwww... look at the little gray kitty with the black M on his li'l forehead center-left... *drops rock and walks home*

    But I wouldn't trade in my White GSD... he's as goofy as I am.

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    1. DaBlade,
      That little gray kitty with the black M on his li'l forehead center-left has a way of defusing anger, doesn't he?

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  4. I see allergens, lots and lots of allergens.
    But there is a political side to cats as they are being let into the Westminster dog show now because of the PC crowd.

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    1. Are you allergic to cat dander, Ed? If so, I'm sorry, because it prevents you from experiencing one of the greatest joys earthly life has to offer.

      Such an affliction can work two ways, however. Wheezer Jean Sellery [that was her given name, believe it or not!] became part of our family, because the children in her household became violently allergic to her.

      My mother was a realtor at the time, and was showing the Sellary house, when she met Wheezer –– a coal black, TWENTY-EIGHT POUND female, with only one tis white spot between her two back legs that was invisible unless she lay in her back and stretched her limbs. Wheezer, as you may imagine, was QUITE a specimen.

      At any rate, Mrs. Sellary started to cry when mother oohed and ahed over Wheezer. Mother quickly learned that this extraordinary beast was going to have to be put to sleep because of the children's allergy.

      Well, my mother wouldn't hear of that, so she took Wheezer home to live with us that very afternoon. We were between cats at the time, so naturally we were delighted to have Wheezer join the family.

      She remained with us very happily until she died –– a most memorable feline. Cats rarely tell us they're grateful for what we do for them, but they show their obvious contentment by growing sleek, and submitting to our frequent demonstrations of affection and admiration.

      Cats are like people in that no two ever have the same personality. They are as individual as the many different colors and markings that appear in their fur.

      To quote the girl I almost married, and probably should have:

      "I can't understand how anyone could look at a little kitten and not instantly love it."

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    2. That's a nice story. My mom was a realtor also.
      I had a favorite cat, a rescue, but it slept with the dog outside, with access to a heated room and bed in the winter. Pretty Face preferred that.
      She often slept on the floor against Motley's belly.

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    3. FT,
      "I can't understand how anyone could look at a little kitten and not instantly love it."

      Agreed!

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    4. Ed,
      Pretty Face -- what a cute name! I might start calling our Amber that!

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  5. A calming picture, for sure. All those beautiful little faces. Yum!

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    1. Adrienne,
      A calming picture

      America as a whole seems to need a "chill pill."

      Apparently, even Super Bowl LI is going to be filled with political barbs. I won't be watching.

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  6. All with unique personalities too. So much fun they are.

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    1. Kid,
      Yes, all with their own personalities.

      I have found that some are more intelligent than others, too.

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  7. Ozymandias McGuirk said

    Every one of those kitties is precious, but if I had to choose just one, the fluffy brownish one with the white muzzle and bib in the bottom row between the little white fellow and the pale orange one touches my heart most.

    It wouldn't be easy to go to a shelter to get a new cat anymore. I used to think of finding a beautiful one preferably a marmalade of which I could feel proud to show my friends, but in later years I realize every one of them deserves all the love and care we could possibly give them, and so leaving any behind would be painful, even though it's necessary.

    Nowadays, I think more of how the cat must feel, and what it needs than I do of myself.

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    1. My beloved Dusti was marmalade with a dusting of black -- somewhat like the kitten in the upper right corner, but with a big bib.

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  8. Well, I'm truly a cat person. Imagine my shock when a co-worker told me why she couldn't stand them. "They walk around so quietly and sneak up on you. It gives me the creeps, and especially when they purr." Go figure. The very traits we cherish!

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    1. Baysider,
      There is something wrong with any person who thinks purring is creepy!

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    2. Cameo, our Russian Blue/Siamese mix purrs nonstop. Even when the vet is examining her! Even the thermometer insertion doesn't stop Cameo's purr.

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    3. Sometimes they purr to comfort themselves when anxious, too. Hence, at the vet's. She's a beauty.

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    4. Baysider,
      Yes, they purr to comfort themselves when anxious. Our Persian (1961-1978) did that during her final trip to the vet.

      But Rottweiler Cameo is never nervous! She has a very powerful self-image. ;^)

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  9. We have a vet that gives us a volume discount and we take our pets once a year for checkups, currently 4 cats and one dog. When the vet puts the stethsascope on Little Bear, she always says "Oh, He's Purring" Heh. It's not because he's nervous.

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    1. Kid,
      We get a senior citizen discount, which refers to Mr. AOW and me. Our vet, a homecare vet, is a veteran and offers us all sorts of "silent" discounts.

      We get the multiple-pet discount applied to the travel fee in that our vet doesn't charge per pet, but rather per trip. And on occasion, when a kitty was in crisis (Cameo's bladder stones in 2010), the vet stopped by every other day to give her a pain-killer injection. No travel fee applied!

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  10. Now that's rare. Glad you were able to get such kind care for Cameo..

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    1. Kid,
      This vet we've found is dedicated to loving animals. He's a "cat talker," too. I've heard others of his clients say that he is a "dog talker" as well. According to his FB page, he has adopted many senior pets, probably some left behind by elderly human clients.

      All of our kitties love this vet. Can't say that same about some of our previous vets.

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  11. I think our vet is very good. I don't see her making house calls, but I could be wrong. She takes in strays that find their way to her door. Good lady, better than most.

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    1. We fired the vet we had back in January of 2007. She took to price gouging -- and with our 19-year-old kitty Sheba. That's when I phoned the local home care vet, who was willing to treat Sheba with palliative care instead of running a bunch of expensive scans.

      Sheba had always been terrified of vets, but she fell in love with the home care vet at first sight. He kept her comfortable and happy until late November of 2008, when she had a stroke (unrelated to the problems she'd been having -- thickened bladder walls).

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    2. Glad that worked out so well for you and Sheba. I view most domestic animals as children who need protection and care.

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