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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Time To Smile

Or maybe laugh out loud:

(If you must have politics, please scroll down. Sam Huntington has been taking up the slack here at Always On Watch while I've been coping with the death of a friend and has recently posted two excellent essays. I'll be back to "regular" blogging on Monday, April 23)


  1. Cats are more fun than watching a three-ring circus.

    Cats are a never-ending source of joy.

    Cats are natural-born clowns, and never fail to bring smiles and laughter.

    Cats elicit tender affection in all but the most cold-hearted, self-centered, stingy, mean-spirited people.

    Cats are a unique mixture of great dignity, self-possession, resourcefulness and touching vulnerability.

    Anyone who could look at a little kitten, and not instantly love it is deficient in the one essential quality it takes to make a good human being.

    I LOVED this video!

    Thanks for posting it.

    ~ FreeThinke

  2. FT,
    Puppies are cute, but they outgrow that cuteness and some of their playfulness.

    Some cats, on the other hand, remain quite kittenlike. We have one of those kittenlike, full grown cats in our Mysti. She's almost 13 years old, but not a sign of losing those kitten qualities.

    Glad that you enjoyed the video. One must find relief from geopolitics!

  3. Really, would a dog make a fool of himself like that?

  4. Cats may make fool of their owners, but never of themselves.

    They know EXACTLY what they are doing, and most often that is making fools of those who fail to admire and appreciate their unique brand of charm.

    As I posted above: "Anyone who could look at a little kitten, and not instantly love it is [woefully] deficient in the one essential quality it takes to make a good human being."

    ~ FreeThinke

  5. The cat with its head in the water glass cracked me up!

    Funny story: I keep a bowl of food and water in our bedroom, where the dogs are not permitted so that our cats can eat and drink without being bothered.

    I also keep a glass of water on my bedside table just in case I wake up and need a drink.

    One morning I woke up to the sounds of a cat drinking. I figured it was out of the bowl... Dave nudged me and said, "The cat is on the table, drinking out of your glass."

    Gah! I wonder how many times I woke up in the middle of the night and had a nice tall glass of cat drool?!?

    Needless to say, I bought a cup with a lid/straw!

  6. Brooke,
    Our cats ALWAYS investigate our beverages. Usually, they reject what we drink. But milk and water have to be guarded -- as does pear juice in Cameo's case. Cameo loves pears!

    One of our cats, Mysti, will not drink directly from her water bowl. Instead, she cups her paw and brings the water to her mouth. I read somewhere that such a manner of drinking is somewhat rare.

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  8. FT,
    Cats may make fool of their owners, but never of themselves.

    Unless the cat misses her jump or falls off the mantel. I have seen cats feel obvious embarrassment when their "skills" failed them.

  9. Duck,
    Really, would a dog make a fool of himself like that?

    Dogs make fools of themselves, but in different ways.

    A dog obviously aims to please, whereas a cat usually aims to satisfy itself -- although I have seen cats very solicitous when their owners are ill or dying.

  10. AOW: Pear juice? Huh! It must not have that citrus smell and is very sweet!

    My Siamese mix will go to our large dog bowl and lift herself up on one foot on the brim to lean over and drink when she goes in the kitchen. It is very odd looking. I guess some cats like Mysti and she just have weird habits.

    Now as for milk... Our cats could care less. But let one of the kids leave a half finished glass of milk on the countertop, and our old Great Dane will knock it over and lap it up when no one is at home, even though she KNOWS she isn't allowed to 'counter surf'!

  11. Brooke,
    Actually, Cameo likes citrus too, especially mandarin oranges and pineapple. Go figure! Most cats HATE anything citrus.

    Cameo used to eat fruit more often. Once her heart murmur went away, she laid off the fruit -- mostly. I think that all that fruit must have cured her heart murmur!

    Cameo's brother would turn down turkey in favor of cantaloupe!

  12. That is so funny!

    Also, cats know... There must've been something in the fruit that Cameo needed.

    One day, just in a mood to mess with one of the cats, I held a clementine peel up to Spot's nose. She literally did a backflip to get out of the way, and then gave me the 'glare' for about an hour.

  13. My condolences for the loss of your friend Always.

  14. RWT,

    I've been in a fog since her passing.


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