Sunday, July 20, 2008


My brother Mike is a doter. He took wonderful care of our mother and now of our dad. He spoils his nephew (Wolf), Uncle John, the kid-cousins and pretty much everyone he knows, (including myself) rotten.

His dog, Shasta, is as extremely well taken care of and so are his two newly acquired cats.

A few examples...

His cats, Cuddles, the one he inherited from Lois our favorite neighbor, and Floyd, the one that traded in his old owner (traded up in my opinion), were shedding quite a lot. I attributed it to the change in weather, but Mike set out to find a solution to the problem.

Since neither of them were fond of being brushed (can you say kevlar gloves and sleeves needed?), he went to Pet Smart and bought them kitty treats that were
guaranteed to prevent excessive hair loss in felines.

There was one had to get them to eat them. Neither cat was at all interested in the crunchy delights, in fact they avoided them like the plague...going so far as to walk around them on the floor or even leave the room altogether.

Mike, in his infinite wisdom, decided that the treats were
RADIOACTIVE so I agreed to take them home with me.

My cat, Emily, did NOT find them radioactive, in fact she loved them so much that she carried the bag around in her mouth...she loved them so much that I have recently bought stock in the company.

Not long after the ill-fated cat treat adventure, Mike went online in search of the perfect cat condo.

A few weeks later it arrived in the mail. Standing almost 7 feet tall it had seven levels upon which were situated a house, a cave, several pedestals of varying sizes and a hammock. Yes...a hammock. :-|

Once again...

Apparently Emily is immune to radiation.


Anvilcloud said...

Emily has no shame -- taking other cats castoffs (catoffs?) like that! :)

Laurie said...

AC, LOL @ catoffs! She feels like the queen of the universe. She already had a cat tree, but it was nothing like this one. This is a real Catillac!

Within Without said...

You REALLY bought stock in the company? You're not going catatonic us, are you?

That would be a catastrophe.

Lynne said...

Emily is so lucky to get such fabulous cast-offs!

Ur-spo said...

cats never cease to amuse, dont they?

Ginnie said...

I have a friend who loves her cats so much she had her husband build an actual 4X6X8 feet tall cage-like room off of their bedroom. The cats can go in and out at their pleasure and she doesn't worry that they will run off or get caught by the raccoons that live there too!!

KGMom said...

Well, Emily is making out well on rejects.
Good for her--at least she has the good sense to use what the other cats won't.

Mary said...

Oh, Laurie. I needed this silly post tonight. That cat tower is well suited for our finicky feline friends. Thanks for the laughs, girl.


thailandchani said...

Nice pictures.. as always..
There's nothing more peaceful than a cat!


Q said...

Dear Laurie,
A wonderful brother you have!
Emily is lucky to have such a great Uncle.

Pam said...

This post reminds me that it's time for an Idgy update... she carries EVERYTHING around in her mouth.

Cathy said...

Oh Laurie,

It's so good to be here and find that all is well with you, Wolf, your brother Mike - your dad.

Another job to help those darling kid-cousins? God bless you, dear.

Ask Nels, if he's found the Como cemetery. Years and years ago I found a little tombstone there with Daisies sculpted on it. It was the grave of a little 13 year old girl named Daisy Stark. It inspired a poem.

I loved the parade pictures and understand how emotional you were. Yes, thank god - there are places that these wonderful people can live openly and, in the main, live unencumbered by the ignorance of bigots.

Those pictures of Emily in her new digs CRACKED ME UP!!

Life is good. So are you.


Squirl said...

Lucky Emily! Looks like she's having a great time with the cat tree.


MsLittlePea said...

Ha! Castoffs and hand-me-downs were the story of my life growing up. Glad kitty doesn't resent them as I did!