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SPIRIT'S FUMBLE & INSTANT REPLAY
by Spirit on Nov 14 2019 Add Comment

SOPHEE'S CHRISTMAS TREE (If you can't see this video, click HERE!)
by Sophee on Dec 24 2019 Add Comment

Our hooman loves Christmas Carols & blinking Christmas lights.  She just got my fav blanket out of the clothes dryer.  It's sooo warm & soft.  I'm gonna' curl up on it right here & take my much-needed catnap. We get so busy  this time of year. So catnaps are mandatory if you know what I mean.  You can listen with me to our hooman's fav Christmas Carols.  Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night!

EYES LIKE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
by Sophee on Dec 24 2019 Add Comment

Here's another pic of us in the dark. Our hooman didn't edit this pic or make it lighter.  My eyes are super bright cause I'm looking directly into the camera's flash.  The shine comes from that reflective layer at the back of my eyes called the 'tapetum lucidum."  Spirit sits above me but he's not looking so directly into the flash of the camera.  Our hooman says our eyes shine like Christmas Tree lights!  Merry Christmas!!

GIVING VS GETTING
by Inkee-Bear, Spirit on Dec 24 2019 Add Comment

Inkee: We're wishin' all you critters out there a Meowy Christmas!  Spirit:  Is't this when we get treats?  Inkee: Yes, but this is also when WE give treats to others. T'is the season of GIVING. Understand?  Spirit:  Yes, I understand. So who's GIVING  me MY treats? And when?  Inkee:  Sigh. T'is hopeless.

EYES THAT GLOW IN THE DARK
by Gracee on Dec 14 2019 Add Comment

My eyes are glowing like Christmas tree lights!  I'm off to the left of this picture peeking over the edge of my Sleepypod.  When it's dark or getting dark, if I look directly into a light or a flash of light, my eyes shine!  All cats' eyes glow at night when a light shines on them.  So do the eyes of dogs, deer & other night-time animals. We have a special reflective layer at the back of our eyeballs called the tapetum lucidum.

WOOLSEY FIRE FELINE VICTIM
by Inkee-Bear on Dec 8 2019 Add Comment

This Woolsey Fire kitty victim is being treated for his injuries. The Santa Ana winds blew the flames so fast that animals didn't know which way to go and many couldn't be caught by their owners before they themselves had to flee. Fortunately, there are hooman angels that went into the charred, still smoking neighborhoods and rescued what animals they could find. Some hid under cars, some waited on the front doorstep of their totally burned out home, some wouldn't be caught but managed to survive.

PARADISE LOST
by Spirit on Dec 8 2019 Add Comment

Confusion reigned for wildlife in the aftermath of the Paradise Fire in Northern CA in 2018. Experts say that the fire traveled football field lengths in a matter of seconds due to the Santa Ana winds. The single road in-&-out of Paradise was jammed & fraught with obstacles like fallen trees, electrical wires & utility poles. 

THE KITTEN SAVE
by Gracee on Dec 8 2019 Add Comment

Fire Captain Millosovich carried a cage of kittens out of harms way. He told AP Photgrapher Noah Berger that the cage fell from the bed of a pick-up truck as an evacuee drove to safety during the Paradise Fire in Northern CA in 2018.  A few of the kittens are orange like me. I'm not only the oldest cat in our house but I'm the only ORANGE cat in our house.  Saving kittens, particularly orange kittens, makes him a purr-fect hooman.

BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS
by Inkee-Bear on Dec 8 2019 Add Comment

This fire was a year after our fire, the Creek Fire. These Woolsey Fire flames are like monsters bearing down on this lone firefighter. These firefighters run TO the flames!  We run AWAY! They work 36 hour shifts, sleep on the ground -- no catnaps for these heroes. They're super hoomans!

HELPIN' & CLEANIN' UP AFTER THE CREEK FIRE
by Spirit on Dec 7 2019 Add Comment

Here we were helpin' our hooman clean ALL the window sills after that fire.  We're always tryin' to help out around the house, know what I mean?  The smokey smell inside the house was gone but we had to get rid of all that black, dirty, smelly soot stuff in the window sills.  Otherwise, it was going to smell up our house again when we opened our windows.  So Inkee-Bear and I were tryin' to help our hooman clean ALL the window sills. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Sigh.  READ our hooman's "Creek Fire 2 Year Anniversary (Dec 5)" article re our evacuation!

DECEMBER 5: THE CREEK FIRE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY (If you can't see this video, click here)
by Spirit on Dec 7 2019 Add Comment

You can see in this video that it wasn't just hoomans and little animals that had to evacuate, it was big animals too. I'm not afraid to admit it,  I was worried. We didn't know what was going on. There were orange pieces of something flying through the air - our hooman said they were hot embers. Our hooman and Auntie Rika were rushing around tossing things in their cars. All we could do was wait. We stayed at Auntie Rika's one night then we had to go to a boarding place. Made us sick.  We finally came home. Read the "Creek Fire 2 Year Anniversay (Dec 5)" article.

DECEMBER 5, 2019: THE CREEK FIRE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY (If you can't see this video, click here)
by Gracee on Dec 7 2019 Add Comment

I don't know about my siblings but I was terrified.  The wind kept tossing things at the back of our house all night.  We tried to sleep.  I crawled under the covers. I never did sleep. Our hooman finally went to sleep but then she woke up and ran to the windows, threw open the shutters and ran out of the house.  We kept hearing that "chop-chop-chop" noise over our house.  When our hooman returned, she fed us and next thing we knew, we were in our carriers in the car! Read the "The Creek Fire 2 Year Anniversary (Dec. 5)" article.

A PILGRIM IS ... ?
by Inkee-Bear, Spirit on Nov 27 2019 Add Comment

SPIRIT:  I'm a pilgrim -- I pilgrimaged from a foreign land -- Egypt! I'm an Egyptian Mau.  INKEE-BEAR:  If you're from Egypt, then I'm from Scotland cause I'm a Scottish Fold. Duh. You came from Kansas, remember? You flew from Wichita to Dallas to Los Angeles & our hooman brought you to OUR home. SPIRIT:   Kansas is in Egypt!  INKEE BEAR:  Not. Sigh. I give up.

WILD TURKEY WATCH
by Gracee, Sophee on Nov 27 2019 Add Comment

Gracee, you don't believe me do you? Turkeys can fly!  Wild turkeys that is, not the turkeys raised on farms.  Sophee, I don't believe anything you meow! So prove it. We'll watch for a flying turkey.  Betcha we'll be here next week waitin' & watchin.'  Gracee, doubt we'll see one here 'cause wild turkeys are mostly on the East Coast, not the West Coast.  We're on the West Coast, remember?

 

TURKEY TALK 2019
by Sophee on Nov 27 2019 Add Comment

Are you a wild turkey or a domestic turkey? There's a difference. Our hooman says wild turkeys: eat off the ground, roost in trees, can fly @ 40 to 50 mph but only for short distances,  can run on terra firma @ 12 mph, & are adept swimmers. They move through water by tucking their wings in close, spreading their tails & kicking! Who knew?  (Domestic turkeys are bred to be unable to fly.)

NATIONAL BLACK CAT DAY 2019
by Inkee-Bear on Nov 16 2019 Add Comment

Let's celebrate National Black Cat Day on Sunday, Nov 17 by giving treats, playtime, a good cuddle & lotsa' love to your black cat. If you're going to adopt a cat, adopt a black cat &/or kitten. You won't be sorry. Just ask my hooman!  

NATIONAL BLACK CAT DAY - SUNDAY NOV 17 (If you can't see Inkee-Bear in this GIF, click HERE)
by Inkee-Bear on Nov 15 2019 Add Comment

Yes, it's another Black Cat Day -- National Black Cat Day, that is.  This time it's on Sunday, November 17.  We are many different breeds  -- we are male & female.  We may look serious & mysterious but we love to be silly, cuddle & purr. Next time you adopt, go with one of us.  You won't regret it.

THE GREAT WAR & UNCLE GENE
by Spirit on Nov 10 2019 Add Comment

Our hooman's Great-Uncle, Eugene, was drafted (lists of new draftees were published in local newspapers) to the Great War/WWI. He was captured by the Germans or, as he referred to them in his letters, by the Round Heads (German soldiers wore round helmets). His letters spoke of harsh weather, sparse if any food & being moved to different prisons.  He knew what countries he was in but never sure where in that country (no maps). He was very thin when he got off the ship after 18 months in prison....