Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rest in Peace, Julie

June 27, 1997 - July 8, 2015

Beloved sister of  Carlos "Carl" Raphael Camaro, beloved sweetheart of Gabriel of Mewsings of Cottage Garden Cats, sisterly companion of Oui Oui, nemesis of Mica Minnie Moo, cherished family member of The Girl and the mom. 

 A little charmer from the start.

Julie was the daughter of a grand champion mother who had a wild night of hanky panky, meowgaritas and fun after slipping out the door one evening.  She inherited her mother's beauty and lovely long furs, as soft as an angel's kiss.  While she was tiny, never more than 10 lbs, she was a true dynamo and all the cats learned to respect her and her personal space.  The mom is convinced when William Shakespeare wrote "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" he had Julie in mind.

Julie didn't suffer fools, or foolishness, lightly.

This past year has been a difficult one for Julie.  She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and by the end of the year her kidneys were beginning to fail.  She found a balance and comfortable equilibrium through meds, subQ fluids and diet, and while she never gained back all the weight she had lost, she held her own.

Her funny antics, like sleeping with her arms in the air,
would make the mom laugh.

In the beginning of June, The Girl found a tumor on her throat which turned out to be a very large goiter.  When her blood work came back, the vet wasn't as concerned about her hyperthyroidism as he was about her kidneys.  She was in stage III kidney failure.

 She could win hearts with one glance.

Over the last week, Julie had started eating less but otherwise acting normally.  The mom, hoping it was because she had so much food to eat she wasn't as hungry as she had been, kept a close eye on it. Wednesday morning Julie wasn't sleeping in her favorite spot, the one she used if not in the bed, and didn't come in the bathroom as was her routine.  Very suspicious, the mom carried her down to the kitchen where Julie hung over the water bowl without drinking.  When given her breakfast, Julie walked back to the water bowl and sat there rather dazed.

Julie could control the entire upstairs with one well positioned roost.

The mom made her as comfortable as possible and was able to get an appointment for noon.  When time for her appointment, Julie still hadn't eaten and was lying on her padded cushion, apparently not having moved since the morning.  The vet said it was the right decision and the mom stayed with her until the end.

 Julie takes loving care of the mom 
after she was injured feeding feral cats last summer.

She will be greatly missed, Julie was always a mommy's girl.  Just hearing the mom say her name was enough reason to purr.  Fly away, sweetie, whole and beautiful.  I'm glad you didn't suffer too much or too long, though it breaks my heart not to have you with me.  Run free and easy, my love.

Friday, October 31, 2014


It's UNhappy Howl-O-Ween!
There is nothing happy about a costume!
And the trick is on me.

I will not look at the camera.
I will not look at the camera.
I will not look . . .

 Dressing me up as a Taco Cat doesn't help!
Not to mention comments about no more extra small costumes for me.

Is it over?

 The purrfect time to indulge in one of our favoritest photos ever.
OMC was Julie mad!
If she could have hurt someone she would have!

Today is fair Mica Minnie Moo's 8th Birthday!

 She's our kitty who never has to wear a costume to fit in with Halloween.

Grab some treats and enjoy!

Naturally there's birthday cake.

 And drinks for every taste.

 Lots of food.

 The recipes are a secret.

 And so are the ingredients!

Enjoy and have fun!  Thanks for stopping by and everyone have a great Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tabby Tuesday

I'm in my special hiding place.
I've got lots of nip toys in here.
See my kicker?

Working hard to make it cozy.
I'm decorating with some lovely paper.

Some scratches here.

Lots of scratches there.

There's no rest for the weary?
Or is it wicked?  MOL!

It doesn't matter!

As you can see, I have lots of welcoming
pieces of paper scattered about!

Now it's purrfect!
Come and join me before the sucky machine comes back out!

We missed you all!
The bad mom has been two timing us!
She says there is another little tabby that has stolen her heart.

OMC!  It's one of her TNR kitties.
Look at that sweet face!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Meow Like a Pirate Day

 Me-arg!  Avast ye ol' sea hag!
Tis not seemly to be dressed up and slapped on a cannon.

I'd druther walk the plank!

 Woe is me!
Me hearties, time to teach the sea hag photoshop.


There be lots of mateys meowing at the Tabby Cat Club.  Stop o'er and grab some grog and booty!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What We Have Been Up To

We can't believe it's been so long since our last post!  The mom has been slacking for sure!

First we want to thank everyone for their good wishes for the mom's surgery.  Those wishes worked so well that she canceled the surgery!  The big lump is still there but her leg has gotten so much better, she can cook, stand and sleep at night.  The surgery started sounding worse than what she is experiencing now - with drainage tubes for a week, not being able to get it wet, post-op pain, yadda yadda . . .

All kinds of things have happened have happened to us kitties!  We went to The Place That Must Not Be Named, and some of us are feeling our age a teeny bit.

You can see Carl is starting to get cataracts.  He's 17 years old now.
Julie had a quick dental to remove some tartar.
She broke a tooth (lower left fang) since last year and we wonder
if it was when she hurt her leg last spring.  Maybe she fell?
Anyway, she might have hyperthyroidism, we are watching her
and she'll go back for follow up testing in a couple months.
She's seventeen too.

Oui Oui waits her turn in The Girl's arms.  She just knows she is going to be violated!
 Mica Moo waits too, in the mom's arms.
It's just too scary to face!

The mom said good bye to her first ferals.  As a going away gift, they started eating out of the dishes when she was spooning out their food.  She could have petted them if she wanted.
That's some good stuff!

Now there is feral colony #2!
There are six cats but so far only four have shown themselves.
And these ones are so wild, the mom has to sit in the car
to take their pictures.
The local TNR group asked the mom to handle their
substitute care taker program and she is super excited to help!
And there is going to be a big winter shelter building event!
Fun times!

We hope everyone has been doing well!  Best wishes and fair skies to you all.  We hope to get back on track posting now that things are going better.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Today we celebrate all the hard working folks who schlep off to work and leave us kitties at home.  Alone, unplayed with and unscratched most week days, but today let's make up for it!

We know this is an American holiday, but we don't see why we shouldn't celebrate workers world wide!  So, here is to everyone who works every day, whether in an office, a manufacturing plant or in a home.  Let's commemorate the day with extra scritches and play time!

We can do it!
Happy Labor Day, everyone!

And here's a little laugh, something the mom saw online and thought was cute enough to share:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Gotcha Day Julie & Carl!

Happy 17 years of love to our Julie and Carl!

Time passes so quickly, it's hard to believe we have been together so long!

17 years ago, Carl and Julie were the youngsters in the family.

Back then there were Lumpy (white and cream) and Minnie Pumpkin (tortie) ruling the roost.
Breakfast with the kitties.

Julie showed off her tail at a young age.
Carl plays with a toy.

The Girl and Julie were kittens together.

Julie and Carl had been turned over to the mom's vet hoping she (the vet) would find them a good home.  Having known the mom since she had her first cat, the vet knew they would have a loving home with her.  The vet wanted her to adopt both since they were brother and sister.  Of course, how could anyone choose between the two?  And that is how the mom and The Girl walked into the vet's office with one kitty and left with three.

So Happy Gotcha Day, Julie and Carl!  Our lives would have been a lot less exciting without the two of you!  And we wouldn't change anything, we love you just the way you are!  (Shouldn't that be a song?  MOL)