Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Fur Trapper

Our nephew Matt (the younger of Tom and Linda's two sons)  and his wife Lindy arrived here yesterday from South Dakota. It was a complete surprise for Tom and Linda. San Geraldo and I have known for months and we somehow managed to not let the cat out of the bag. It makes us so unbelievably happy to have them around for a little while.


And speaking of cats... Matt and Lindy are cat lovers. Or perhaps I should say Matt has learned to love cats and Lindy would rescue every single one in the world if she could. So, it was no surprise that they arrived with gifts for their cousins, Dudo and Moose. Fur mice. They haven't had any since Lindy mailed them a multi-pack more than a year ago. (Click here to see what happened to those.)






With the mice and the treats Matt and Lindy are giving the cats, Dudo will love them forever. Moose, too, but there have been just too many people coming and going. He seems to think four should be the limit at any given time. Too many feet to steer clear of.






Dudo has been going nuts playing with the first two fur mice. He hogs them both. Last night, when he finally wore himself out and was sleeping soundly on the sofa, Moose came into the den and played like I've never seen him play before. However, every few minutes he would pause and peek out to the living room to make sure his bossy brother wasn't about to come in. No photos of Moose this time. He gets annoyed and I didn't want to disturb his independent play time, which is so hard to come by.

Thanks to all the fun they've been having, this morning, both cats slept in.

BREAKFAST?

20 comments:

  1. What great photos of Dudo! Was there catnip in those furries? He looks stoned!
    Wonderful for your in-laws to have such a good surprise. Enjoy all this special time with them.

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    1. Jim:
      That's withOUT catnap. I don't think I want to see what happens WITH! It's always a joy to see Linda and Tom. We're getting together with Matt and Lindy again in Málaga this week. Wish they lived here!

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  2. Awwww, nothing nicer than well-loved gifts for the fur-sons! Hope everyone continues to enjoy a fabulous family time in España :)

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    1. Judy:
      With the extended family gone, Dudo is feeling neglected.

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    1. John:
      Lindy thinks Dudo has the look of a supermodel. Facial expressions especially. Kind of like Kate Moss.

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  4. this looks like cocaine for cats.

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    1. Spo:
      And no catnap... Imagine what that would be like.

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  5. I'm so glad more of your family is visiting! That must have been a tricky secret to keep. And family bringing fur mice! What could be more desirable! I love seeing how different the personalities of Dudo and Moose are.

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    1. Kristi:
      Lindy and Matt currently have FOURTEEN cats! So, she's especially fond of her "cousins." It was so wonderful to have everyone here. We were amazed we managed to keep the secret. We knew for months and only came close to slipping (and quickly recovered) a couple of times.

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  6. Enjoy your time with your family, I am so sure more stories are forthcoming. Cute pictures!

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Yep, there are more stories coming. The next will be at Linda's expense I think!

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  7. Wow a wonderful cat it's the same as my parens have. I love cats they are so clever.

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    1. Gosia:
      I was not a cat lover until we got our first two in San Diego in 1996. Now, I'm converted!

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  8. You sure get a lot of mileage out of your furry housemates.

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    1. Stephen:
      And for those who don't love cats, I'm sure it gets old!

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  9. I'm with Lindy. Whenever I feel I can give a little to charity it's 'Cat Rescue' that's way out front. Others, no matter how worthy, and no doubt a LOT worthier, just have to wait.
    Btw: Do you ever give your pussies an occasional small pinch of catnip? If they're super-active now there's no knowing what they'll be like when they're high on that stuff. Mine go totally wild, but not 'nasty-wild'. D & M would be whizzing round so fast you wouldn't be able to catch them on camera!

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    1. Raybeard:
      You would love Lindy. She was president of the Humane Society in Pierre (the capital of South Dakota... population 14,000). She and Matt currently have 14 cats (foster or adopted).

      I put some poor-quality catnip in a velcro-sealed mouse one time. They went a little nutty. As you can see, they really don't need any extra stimulation.

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  10. If you think it appropriate you can let Lindy know of my existence and that she isn't alone. But she's most likely found out that there are quite a lot of us around, only we don't declare ourselves for fear of having our priorities criticised. (14 cats is my idea of heaven - but 15 is still better.)
    When Dr(Ur)-Spo asked for where we want charity donations to go to after his Spo-shirt world tour I, unsurprisingly, nominated 'The Humane Society', a generic organisation we don't have in the U.K., though we do have plenty of various animal rescue/sick service charities.

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    1. Raybeard:
      I HAVE told Lindy about you. It made her happy. Her parents have FIFTY cats, but they also have a huge farm. Talk about soft touches!

      Dudo and Moose were, of course, in love with Lindy. First, she arrived with fur mice. Then, I had her give the cats a chewy treat every day.

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