Thursday, May 17, 2007

Embarassed? Me? Nahh

Does embarass have one r or two? I'm drawing a blank so forgive me if it is mispelled.

I'm always totally amazed at the individuality of all the animals I have known. They all have their own likes and dislikes, cats hang out with certain other cats, while swiping and hissing at another cat walking by. Then there are their eccentricities.

Take Sweet Pea

I took Sweet Pea in as a stray in 2001. At the time I already had two cats, Butterball and Apu. Sweet Pea was a little wild so I kept him outside during the day and brought him in at night (when he would terrorize Apu). Then in the fall of 2002 I decided to keep him in 24/7. This was not appreciated by any of the cats and it was a hellish couple of months but then things eventually quieted down.

I noticed that Sweet Pea developed a (how do I say this) kind of shoe fetish. My shoes to be exact. And, to put it delicately, only after I had been wearing them all day! I would take off my shoes, go in the kitchen to start feeding the cats and notice Sweet Pea burrowing his head in my shoes, then rubbing his whole head over them. So we started this little game. I would come home and take off my shoes, Sweet Pea would come for some shoe burrowing while I would say in a high pitched voice "stinky shoes! Sweet Pea loves my stinky shoes!" This has now developed into when I come home and Sweet Pea is no where to be found, all I have to do is yell in a high pitched voice "Stinky Shoes," and Sweet Pea comes arunnin!

Yesterday I came in from working in the yard to have some lunch and check the internet. When I was ready to go back out, this is what I found

He was practically asleep in this photo. And, yes he does have a boo-boo on his head but it is healing nicely. Oh, and if you haven't tried Keene sport sandals, they are the most comfortable every day walk around sandals I have. Pricey, yes, but worth it!


Anonymous said...

How sweet! What happened to sweet pea's head? I am off to go get an overdue mammogram!

possumlady said...

He and all the other cats have bad spring-time allergies. Sneezing, wheezing, biting, licking, scratching, etc. He literally scratched a bald patch on his head. Has a nice scab on it now and I see little hairs coming back. With his shoe fetish, he reminds me of this photo book of dogs that came out about 10 years ago, it was titled "If you only knew how much I smell you." Good luck with the mammo!

Anonymous said...

If you only knew how much I smell you!? What a great title. I'll have to look up the book. Speaking of dogs smelling us. . .yesterday morning I had a meeting with a consultant who works from home. We met at her place and she has two dalmations. I was there about 1.5 hours and the dalmations came around for some attention several times during the meeting. Then, I went off to work and didn't think about it for the rest of the day. When I came home last night, I noticed that both of my dogs were acting a little strange--smelling each other and me. It took me a minute to realize they were smelling the scent of the other dogs! Harry, in particular, was persistant about it. Mammo went fine. I hope the results are good. BTW, when did you have your last mammo? This is a good question to discuss on the blog of a woman in her mid (late? haha) 40s. It was recently reported that fewer women are getting regular mammograms than they used to. It had been at least 2 years and maybe 3 since my last one. Okay, back to work!

Mary said...

Hi Christine,

I've been reading your comments on Julie Z's blog for many months. Glad you are now in the blogging community!

Sweet Pea looks like a cat I once had. I have two Boston Terriers now, therefore, I won't be having cats anymore, but I miss them.

She's cute!

possumlady said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your blog and photos are light years ahead of mine. I can't believe we use the same camera (Kodak easy share) and your photos look so precise and National Geographic quality compared to mine. You are definitely an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,

I visited your site, as well. I was amazed at the quality of your photographs--especially the birds! How do you get such beautiful photos of the birds? We get a lot of birds in our yard and I cannot get good photos. Do you use a telephoto lens?