I am Spirit, the youngest, strongest, most intense and active of all the cats in my family. I am a silver Egyptian Mau with black spots weighing in at just less than 13 pounds. I was born in November 2012 in Wichita, Kansas; I flew from there to my forever home in Los Angeles. Life is so exciting, isn’t it? I love meeting people, learning new things and having my tummy tickled. I run all the time….up and down the stairs, through the house and on my new cat wheel. View Spirit's Posts.
The Woolsey Fire in the background illuminates two horses waiting further evacuation on the beach in Malibu. Many homes in Malibu were burned because the fire moved so fast over the mountains to the ocean. Some people fled in their boats. The Pacific Coast Highway was jammed with evacuees heading into Santa Monica.
These deer have to be confused as they walk through the aftermath of the Paradise Fire driven by the unrelenting Santa Ana winds in Northern CA. Experts say the Paradise fire traveled football field lengths in a matter of seconds.
It wasn't just little critters that were caught in the midst of the fury of the flames -- there were deer, donkeys, lambs, big dogs, little dogs. When the wind blows, the flames move so fast it's nearly impossible to outrun them. This pic was taken by BBC News.
This Woolsey Fire kitty victim is being treated for injuries. This is an AP Press Association photo. There were so many domesticated critters & wildlife that didn't know which way to turn when the wind & flames whipped across their territory. The only good thing is that there were very brave hoomans who came to their rescue both during & after the fire. Some hid under cars.
Fire Captain Millosovich carries a cage of kittens. He told AP Photographer Noah Berger that the cage fell from the bed of a pick-up truck as an evacuee drove to safety. Fortunately, the Captain was there to rescue the kittens which makes him their Savior so to speak. They have no way of knowing how lucky they are.
I might as well take a nap. Meowmuh won't take me out in the cat stroller. Yesterday, she said the Santa Ana winds were blowing too hard. Today, it's too smokey to go out cause of all the fires! To be purrfectly honest, I took a whiff when she opened the front door -- MEOWL! I backed away from that door!
Per an article written by Mark Strauss 8/22/2014: "As the US Naval Institute explains: 'It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates.
Cats not only ate vermin in the trenches, but also were companions & mascots to the soldiers they served with. Per article written by Mark Strauss 8/22/2014: RE THIS PIC: "ENSCONSED IN AN OPENING IN A SANDBAGGED DUGOUT, A CAT, PROBABLY A MASCOT, LOOKS UP EXPECTANTLY AT THE APPROACH OF AN UNIDENTIFIED SOLDIER. GALLIPOLI PENINSULA, 1915. (AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL)
Per an article on 8/22/2014 by Bruce Strauss: "Cats were a common sight in the trenches & aboard ships where they hunted mice & rats. Beyond thier 'official' duties, they were also embraced as mascots & pets by the soldiers & sailors with whom they served.
Yes, yes. I know about the hooman veterans & we honor them today & thank them furr their service. But have you forgotten to honor & thank the 4-legged veterans? No, no. Not just dogs but cats too. Yes,yes. Cats were/are veterans too! They served in The Great War -- World War I -- all the wars. Not just in the trenches but on battleships too. I have picture-proof-positive.