Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Father's Day Tribute

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." -- Anne Geddes

Not a lot of guys like cats like women do but Pop does. We would like to thank our Pop for all the loving, care and snuggles he has given all of us over the years. He does so much for us.....he shares his food with us, has driven in snowstorms to feed feral cats, shoveling the snow to make paths for them to get around, has taken injured strays to the vet, built shelters for us when we lived outside, dug graves to bury the cats who went to the Bridge and every night before he goes to bed goes around and says good night to each and every one of us.

He helps Mom take care of us in so many ways and even though he kept saying "No more cats!" he accepted and loved each one of us that was added to the growing group!

He has his favorites...whether they pick him or he picks them...Yoko has always been his kitty and can do no wrong in his yes. She will lay on his chest with one paw on his face all stretched out like a furry tie!

Sweetpea loves to snuggle on his lap and seeks him out over Mom.

And Al is Pop's boy..he gets extra scritches and lap time from Pop. Al knows he is
special with Pop. You can see the love in Al's eyes.

Thanks Pop and Happy Father's Day from all us cats! Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there!

Check out Camera Critters this weekend for more critter posts. And Pet Pride too! Mr Bear was back to visit us this all about it here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Forever Friday - Beatrice

This lovely cow cat is Beatrice and she is at the Asheville Humane Society. Uunfortunately it is not a no kill shelter but all the more reason to help find homes for the loving cats and dogs that are confined here.

Beatrice is about 4 years old, a large girl and sadly has been declawed. She could really use a forever home so let's send her purrs, prayers and lots of vibes that the right person finds her.

For more info on adoptable pets please go to Asheville Humane Society.

Au and Target from Katz Tales gave us this fun award. It comes with three rules....

Rule #1 - Thank the person who gave it to you.
Big thanks to Au and Target.

Rule #2. - Share 9 things about yourself.
We will share 9 secrets of us cats......

1. Lots of folks wonder about our name Wildcat Woods. Well, Mom's friend Emily is an artist and wanted to know what we were going to call our new home which sits at the edge of 8 wooded acres. Emily called her abode Hobbit Hill and created a lovely sign that sits beside her long driveway. Since we are all feral and wild (not really) Mom decided on Wildcat Woods. Hopefully Emily will paint us a really cool sign with the name on it one day!

2. Joey, our mancat tabby in the house, gives love nips, especially to Mom. He once bit her nose when she was holding him in her arms. She has to be careful if he gets that look in his eye...a nip is coming.

3. Sweetpea falls alspeep in the weirdest place and then falls off! One time when we had company, she was asleep on the shelf by the door. We were telling our friends about how she falls off things and the next thing we hear is a thump and there she is on the floor. Most times she does land on her feet even asleep! Everybody laughed - she didn't like that.

4. Mamacita thinks her name is "Lookout" That's cuz she always runs in front of Mom when she is putting food down or getting ready to feed us and Mom has to keep saying "lookout" or she will step on Mamacita!

5. Al, our deaf cat, loves to use his paw to push small things off the table, shelf or counter and watch them fall to the ground. He doesn't hear the crash things make when they break. All the other cats run away from the noise. Mom stopped putting breakables out - Al doesn't mind - it's the falling he likes!

6. Georgie is really the most perfectly proportioned cat we have. Mom thinks she is the most beautiful. The shape of her head, eyes and everything is just right. Isn't she lovely?

7. Chica plays catch with the cage balls - when Mom throws one to her, she stands up on her hind legs and catches the ball with her two front paws. Even now at 19, she still plays.

8. At feeding time, Snowball and his three brothers - Norm, Sam and Woody - gather around the dry food bowl and eat. Pop uses this time to love them up and they get so excited. He is petting everyone and they are all rubbing up against each other and him all the while munching down on dry food. Feeding frenzy for sure! (We need to video this one time!)

9. Mom thought Smidge was a boy - even up till she was neutered. She is Only and Two Spot's litter mate and acted tough and bossy and rough like them. Even tho she has a sister Tabitha, Smidge played rough with the boys. Mom was sure surprised when they told her he was a she!

10. Sam is the only one of the cats that had his ear tipped when he was neutered (what they do to ferals in colonies so they know they got TNR'd). Mom had the vet do it cuz she couldn't tell him apart from Norm. Now we know who Sam is by his ear.

Rule #3 - give this award to 9 other bloggers.
We hope you enjoyed this tell all and would like to invite anyone else to take this award and join in. So many of you already have it.

Please keep June 24 open - our Chica is 19 this year and we are having a huge celebration for her that day plus a give-away too. Come on by!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!

Only tips his hat to our flag!

Today, June 14th is Flag Day, a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Here are some interesting tips about how to properly display our flag -

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land and "half mast" on a ship.
When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

Happy Flag Day fellow Americans!



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