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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tank Goodness For Friday!!

I apologize, dear readers, for not being here the last two weeks. Back surgery was on 2/11 and much more invasive than I thought it was going to be. My younger son was here to help me, but he had to unplug my computer to plug his in so he could work from here. Didn't have a chance to let you know what was happening before he unplugged me! Hope you enjoy the story.

Pudge was a very busy cat! He was an inside/outdoor cat and loved to explore. He slept almost sixteen hours a day, so he had to make good use of the six hours that he was awake. This didn't always happen to be pleasant for the humans he lived with, but he WAS a cat, after all! Cats do what they want and humans have to get used to it. There were a variety of things that he could explore outside in his own yard as well as the neighboring yards. There were flowers, grass, and bugs to play with most of the time; when the weather was good, he also liked to go to the local coffee shop and hang out with the customers. In the winter he liked to go out and dig through the snow.

There were a lot more things to do inside which always seemed to get him into trouble. He wasn't trying to be a bad cat; it just seemed to turn out that way. He loved laundry day because the clothes smelled so good when they came out of the dryer. Why did the humans get so mad when he would lay on them? So what if they were clean. Another warm place was on the computer keyboard. Humans didn't like that either. Geez! His racing around the house at midnight also caused problems. When's a cat suppose to get their exercise?

One week it seemed like everything went wrong. One of the neighbors yelled at him and chased him out of their yard for stalking their pet Chihuahua. The mailman didn't appreciate a playful nip on the ankle. Pudge knocked over some spices on the kitchen counter when he was chasing a moth. He barfed up a hairball in a good pair of shoes. He missed the end table when he jumped from the couch and ended up hanging from the curtain. He decided that he better leave home for a while and let things calm down. So he headed for the coffee shop.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

The "Kitten" Bowl is About to Start!

It's a beautiful day in Santa Clara, California, and everyone is anticipating the start of the "Kitten" Bowl. There are eight contestants on each team. The goal is to see which team can get to the catnip in the end zone first. The contestants were introduced last week in this blog. If you missed that, you can check them out while you're waiting for the game to start.

Looks like we're ready. Team A gets to go first. Will they get to the catnip or will Team B be able to stop them The whistle blows and here we go!!!!

I said the whistle blows and here we go!!! Ummmm, maybe the referee will tell us what's happening because there's no activity on the field. What in the world?!!

Referee: Team A has a five yard penalty for delay of game!

Seems like there are several problems with this team. Sandy is trying to sing the National Anthem (or should I say screech the National Anthem)

Ginger ran too much in practice and is too tired to play.

Tabby couldn't find the right shoes.

Merlin decided he didn't like the moment and was going to take a nap.

Kirby was too busy smelling the flowers.

The only one who seemed to be ready was Fluffy. He was ready to receive anything he could catch.

Referee: Since Team A can't get their act together, it will be Team B's turn!!

Okay, now maybe we'll see some action. Since Team A is all over the field doing their thing, Team B should be able to go right down the field and get the catnip first. Here we go!!!!!!   Or not........

Arvin likes to eat flowers

which Fang thinks is really funny!

Rhett is sad because of Scarlett

and Whiskers is having a fit about his whiskers not looking good.

Snuggles is looking for a friend.

Sammy would rather run in the house instead of on a grassy field.

So, of course, the referee is going to give Team B a five-yard penalty also. Now what are we going to do? Morris, from Team A, is really disgusted about the whole thing.

Smarty, from Team B, seems to have all the answers, but that's not much help.

What about the quarterbacks. Which one is going to lead their team to the catnip? Guess it won't be the one for Team B. He's too busy showing off his beautiful coat!

Here comes the quarterback from Team A. Now we're talking! I know who's going to win this game!

His team piles in, they grab the catnip, and win the game! Way to go Team A!

Whew! Finally got through that one. I think the big boys had better forget the Kitten Bowl next year and leave it up to the kittens. They seem to have the energy to pull it off better. Oh, well, live and learn. Hope you enjoyed it.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.