Category Archives: Cats

KC Watching For Pigeons

Picture of KC the dog in grass.KC considers it her mission to keep the doves and pigeons out of the back yard. Here’s a picture of her looking around to see what needs to be done.

I’ve noticed that she leaves the robins and chickadees alone, though.

We live in a city, so pigeons are a major problem in our neighborhood. She almost never catches a pigeon … except for one time, when a pigeon got too lazy and careless to fly away, and she caught it.

And yes, she ate half of the dead pigeon, but then she brought the other half to us to share with us.

Our cat Rajah loves to sit in a windowsill when KC is outside so that he can watch her rummaging through the grass. I think he finds her amusing to watch. He seems to be smirking at her about her escapades.

KC found a dead wood dove during a walk a week ago, and proudly carried it home in her mouth to show off to all of us. My husband said that all the drivers slowed down their cars to gape at KC parading down the sidewalk with the dead dove sticking out of her mouth.

She’s a good dog, and dropped the dead wood dove on the front porch, then ran on into the house. That made it easier for us to grab rubber gloves and get rid of the carcass before she decided to eat it.

It’s nice to know she likes to provide for the family.

Until next week… Cheers, Lynn

 

Rajah the Cat Supervisor at Work

Here’s a picture of Rajah doing what he does best at the office: blocking access to a computer.

As far as I can figure out, cats consider it their job as cat supervisors to make sure a chosen human in the household can’t reach their keyboard or see their screen without first petting the cat.

Maybe it’s a secret stress reduction program to help out humans … though it gets stressful if I’m in the middle of a Skype meeting and can’t see the computer screen because Rajah is sitting up straight right in front of it.

I’ve noticed keyboards are another favorite target of cat supervisors–to lay on … to randomly walk across the keys to send off a strange garbled message to business colleagues … and to shed on the keyboard so that the keys are coated in cat hair.

Our dog KC gets rather jealous of Rajah’s ability to demand attention from a human by jumping up in front of the computer screen. KC is an 80-lb German Shepherd mix, so safely jumping up on a computer desk is out of the question and she knows it.  So instead she whines in complaint at Rajah when he perches on the desk. It sort of sounds like the dog version of, “Get down from there. You’re not supposed to be on the keyboard. You’re going to get in trouble.”

Rajah really seems to enjoy watching KC from above where she can’t go, and will look rather smug about it.

Hmm, Rajah is letting me know as a I type this that it’s time to bring this blog post to a close. I admit I find writing about pets and nature very soothing since the fiction I write tends to be very serious in mood and plot.

May you all find something that helps you to relax.

See you next week. And there will be major news coming soon about the fiction writing side of things, but I plan to do those as blog posts that are separate from the nature and pet stuff.

Cheers, L

 

The Joy of Cherry Blossoms

Picture of cherry blossomsThe cherry blossoms are in bloom here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwestern United States.  Here’s a picture of blossoms outside my home office.

Rajah, our cat, is all excited about the cherry trees blooming, because it means the robins are back for 2014. He loves to stare out the office windows to watch them hop around in the cherry trees. He gets great exercise from all the leaping up and down to the office windowsills each day.

Cherry trees are a definite bird magnet (for obvious reasons). The robins and wood doves make sure each year that we don’t have cherries that go rotten on the ground or in the trees. They strip the trees clean, but we are usually able to pick enough cherries for ourselves beforehand that we don’t mind that the birds are eating up the rest.

The blossoms have a sweet (but not overpowering) smell that is wonderful. Their petals are very soft and delicate, and soon will fall like confetti when the spring winds blow.

May you all find something wonderful in nature to look at this week.

Until next time, L

Rajah, My Cat Supervisor

Picture of Rajah the catThis is Rajah. He was given that name by his previous owner, and it suits him very, very well.

Rajah decided that he wanted to live with us about 18 months ago, and made it clear that he was going to move in with us and KC, our dog, whether we wanted him to or not.

He ran off from his owner three times (crossing roads with 6 lanes of traffic to reach our neighborhood) and after the third time we all finally gave in and let him have his way. He moved in, and has fun bossing KC the dog around, and putting his tail on my writing keyboard so that I can’t type.

He gets fussy if I don’t go in the home office at least for an hour or two each day, so I consider him my Cat Supervisor. KC is my Dog Supervisor, but she’s much more lenient about my work schedule.

The cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. I’ll see about posting a picture next week. Rajah loves jumping in the windows stare at the robins in the cherry tree. There will also be more about Rajah and KC in the following weeks.

May you all find joy in something you do this week.

Cheers, LM