Boris grows Bigger, while Schooner grows Younger! (February 2010)

For the past few months we’ve all been worried about Schooner. He was losing weight and his fur felt dry. To the amazement of all of us younger cats, there were days when Schooner didn’t seem interested in eating or even in playing.

SO Schooner went off to the veterinary clinic for 48 hours. We missed him, but Pat explained it was important that he be put on IV fluids to lower his phosphorus levels.

When Schooner came home, we were SO happy to see that he was obviously feeling MUCH better. In fact, every day since his return, he has seemed to grow younger and stronger. His fur is soft and fluffy again and even his tail seems longer! Pat says he has to be on a special diet now and we are not supposed to eat his food.

These next pictures are a bit blurry because Schooner was in a playful mood and wouldn’t sit still for the camera. But look at the expression on his face:

We are so glad that he is again enjoying his toys:

Schooner will be 17 years old on March 1 and we will certainly celebrate!

Meanwhile, Boris, who was born in November 2008 (the same month Schooner came to live with us!), has now grown larger than his mother Natasha. Here are some pictures of Boris as a baby:

Boris today, with Hershey:

For more pictures of Boris today, keep reading . . . .

January 2010

We have been so busy this winter that the New Year came and went, even before we had a chance to sit down at the computer and report on all our activities!

It snowed so much that our pen was covered with a canopy of snow:

Cocoa was amazed:

But Nasha-Tasha couldn't wait to get out there:

Pat gets tired of opening and closing the windows to the pen, so she installed a new door for us. As you can tell, we are pretty clever cats! But even so, we found the learning curve to be a bit steep:

Natasha wonders, "How does this contraption work?"

Boris figures it out:

We are glad Pat took the screen out of the window in the upstairs study, so that we can climb out there to play on the roof of the porch.

In these pictures, Hershey arrives, and Boris goes out the study window:

We also have been spending a lot of time perched indoors on our towers.




Taffy, on the scratching post:

And of course, we play hours a day with all our toys, new toys and old, low-tech and high-tech:

We got two NEW toys that are battery-operated! In these pictures, Boris and Summer are playing with "undercover mouse":

And here is the best battery-operated toy in the world: Fling-ama String!

The Fling-ama String was a gift from our buddy Rufus, who lives with Sheila and Barry. Here are two pictures of The Mighty Rufer (such a handsome guy!):

Hershey doesn't always do a good job of sharing favorite toys, so Pat had to get a second Fling-ama:

Other recent pictures of us:


Summer and Schooner:




(clockwise, from Hershey's back paws) - Hershey, Tootsie, Taffy, Schooner:

Hershey, wondering why his bowl is empty:


Taffy and Cocoa:

Schooner and Summer:


Pat and Farah: