Friday, April 13, 2018

Year of the Cat Clip Show

This is hard for me to write not only because I'm broken up about Dexter's owner taking him back soon, but because being a dog person I would have been one of those people shaking their heads at this kind of display. That is before I met Dexter (cue music).


It's been a Year-and-a-Half of the Cat altogether.


Dexter has been my soft, fluffy, mewing, mewling, curious, shedding, shredding, licking, biting, playful,warm, sneezing, scratching, yawning, adventuresome, bird-watching, bathtub-surfing, counter-climbing, food-snatching, paper-catching,


mischievous, hilarious, surprising, consoling, cautious, pink-pawed, crazy-loud-purring, dog-dreaming, trick-learning,


inscrutable, foot warming, baseball-watching, companion, sounding board and goofball accountant for more than a year straight and I was a little surprised his owner was coming to collect him.


I'm all verklempt so here are more of my favorite moments.















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  1. You are a special sweet soul Dexter and I hope your life is happy when you return to your other home. Hugs pal.

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    1. He's here snuggled up next to me downstairs on his day bed right now cuz I can't sleep. He is as sweet as any dog with an extra scoop of imp. I hope it is too, Brian, and now you've given me another excuse to stop typing and hug him...ha, he kind of went with it then decided he better sit on the arm of the sofa for awhile, haha.

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  2. Oh wow, that would kill me to take care of an animal for a year and half and then have to hand it back. So sorry. We love our critters in our house. They are all pains in the rear but we love them just the same.

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    1. It is killing me, I didn't think I could experience so many emotions in such a short period of time, Yogi. The last week or so has been utter hell. I love any critter that's stayed with me as well, and all that dropping Dexter off and taking him back then dropping him off only to leave him here for more than a year has done me in.

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  3. How hard to have to give that cutie back! Sweet shots.

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    1. It sounds stupid, but this is one of the hardest things I've ever done except i haven't done it yet, Fi. The waiting is no picnic either.

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  4. Aww! Dexter is so cute and what a poser love your description of him lol

    Have a fluffytastic weekend :-)

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    1. He is a good model, Steve. If fluffy is warm then it will indeed be part of my weekend.

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  5. My heart is broken! :(
    I am crying with you .... Hugs!

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    1. My heart is breaking and he's still here, curled up next to me again after I stopped typing and picked him up and hugged him. He decided to stretch out on the arm of the sofa after that unexpected hug then came back next to me. Guess he's learned to put up with me, take a breath and get back to it, haha. Thanks for empathizing, Ella.

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  6. A beautiful cat. I can see why you will miss him. Hugs. xx

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    1. He is the brushing king, even allows a warm washcloth bath (I think because he's a little egotistical). Thanks for the hugs, we both need them.

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  7. Hello, I am sad for you. I would not like to see Dexter leaving. He is a handsome cat, great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks also for the comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. He is a handsome boy and may be the most brushed and groomed cat outside of a show ring. Brushing and playing have been part of our "diet" but he loves to be brushed while he eating so I may have created a new bad habit (: I expect him to be gone on or by Monday so these last few days are pretty difficult, thanks for commiserating, Eileen.

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  8. Dexter looks a right character, that would be hard to see him go, I hope he is happy in his return and who know who is just about to walk into your life now... there is obviously an opening in your heart, some moggy is bound to turn up. Haha how did that get so deep? I'm a dog person too!!!
    Thanks for taking the time to visit me in Bangkok, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit despite our humungous lizards!
    Wren x

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    1. He is as much if not more of a character than most dogs I know and I know and have been fond of many canines.
      Itrully hope he is too but I've been reading about how cats bond with one person and I fear that person may have been me. On the other hand I didn't start taking him in until he was four or five so maybe he bonded, debonded and bonded again and no one really knows anything much about cats.
      Thank you for that sentiment, one never knows and right now I foresee a big hole in my heart but again, that could be my diet.
      Moggy, eh, love it.
      Those monitor lizards are both hypnotizing and frightening.

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  9. Oh my . . . what an entertaining, soft, cuddly, handsome yellow/white . . .
    I can’t imagine someone leaving him, now wanting him back . . .
    Caring about you and YOUR caring, loving heart . . .

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    1. He is more entertaining than I could have imagined even though I've had friends with some hilarious cats.
      My cousin has left him with his brother, parents and finally me over the last few years, but since the little guy was first supposed to be picked up last April (2016) and then last fall I began to think he might find his forever home here.
      I can't wrap my head around being able to leave him for such long periods of time while still wanting him in your life. I guess I've got to think outside of my views on pet ownership...thanks for the kind comment, Lynne.

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  10. Nice shots of him, were you cat-sitting for the owners?

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    1. I was cat-sitting for my cousin, Jane. He has left him with me for several months over the last few years. It's just this time since he wasn't picked up either of the times I expected him to be and it's been such a long time I didn't think the scraggly ol' thing was really a part of my cousin's life.

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  11. The last shot is... something!! Aww!!

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    1. Yeah, Italia, just a phone shot but captures how playful he is...I'm so sad and he is still here but any day or time now.

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    1. He is, was, a fantastic companion, Sandy.

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  13. awwww I don't I could give him back....my sympathies xoxoxo

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    1. I haven't yet and am trying to cherish every last minute while keeping things normal for the mangy beast. Thanks, Kathe, it's kind of killing me.

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  14. Awww, I'm not sure I could give him up. He's so precious to you.

    Hope you both had a purrfect Feline Friday. ♥

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    1. Well I haven't yet, Sandee, but I don't expect any Hail Marys. He's looking at me right now and meowing about who knows what. I think he's asking, "What's with the snow in the middle of April?"

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  15. Oh Wow! What a cutie and fantastic photography ! love your kitty!

    Namaste,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol, there's a LOT more where that came from! I love him too.

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  16. Dexter looks amazing. Sorry you lost his company. I bet he misses you too.

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    1. He's one of the most brushed cats in the history of house cats I think, lol. Dexter is still here with the expectation of being picked up on or just after the 15th, Mary. For now he's snuggling with me on the couch. I hope he doesn't miss me but I'm afraid things will be tough for him.

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  17. Awww. Cats do that, don't they? Sucker you into loving them because how could we not. That happened to us. None of us in this house thought of our hearts being nursed by cats. Ha! That's our Molly. She purrrrrs for you, by the way. She hopes the best for Dexter and is quite glad that you have photos to keep your memories warm. Hugs to you, Jeanna.

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    1. Thank you for the hugs and purrs, Susie and Molly. I'm sorry you had to go through this, it's truly awful. Yes, haha he suckered me in! Am thinking of your beautiful garden while loading up some wintery photos I took today. I had to get a root beer float and a grilled cheese to cheer me up cuz the weather sure isn't.

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  18. Dexter looks like a fun character - wonder if you spoiled him, lol! Sorry you have to miss his mischievousness:) Love the photo of his profile with your glasses:) Many thanks for sharing a difficult experience with All Seasons! Did you think on going to the pound for another cat?
    As far as I know, you didn't test any of the limits. It's more for people who use everything for advertising their own stuff. My conference was phenomenal -about 10 pages of notes - thanks for asking. Learned a lot:)

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    1. He's a hoot and a half, J and I hope I have spoiled him. I will miss him terribly. I couldn't even think about another animal, especially since he's still here. I'm expecting my cousin to take him in the next day or two.
      I really don't like those self promoting blogs or links and avoid them. When they leave a comment and I see what they're all about I never know what to say. That's why I ask no links in the comments because it's often someone linking to a blog that's promoting something.
      Good to hear the conference was a smashing success and that's a lot of notes (:

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    1. Yes it is and it's not the first time but sadly the last.

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  20. I am so sorry that happened to you and to that sweet baby.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I'm looking at some of the damage from the two day tornado in 1998, wow. I remember now that I see it. We've had a few close calls around here but a big city like that for two days...
      I'm still working on a Cat FAQ for his young owner and trying to convince him to keep up with his vaccines. He's still here nosing around my plate of chicken right now but I'm expecting him to be taken today or tomorrow.

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  21. Dexter has certainly had his share of "Aww" moments.

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    1. And there are so many more, Driller, it's just getting too sad to put up more. Not to mention I'm sure people are sick of my whining over the mewling ol' thing.

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  22. Dexter is so adorable. I had no idea you were cat sitting. After all that time, he should be yours. Have you told his owner you would keep him and he doesn't have to take him? I am sure this is breaking your heart. XO

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    1. I've had him on and off since...let me check, July 19, 2016. He belongs to my cousin who has been moving around a lot as people in their 20s do.
      This time, however, I've had him since early April 2017 so more than a year uninterrupted and I sense a new type of bond this time. I compare it to a wand changing allegiance if you're a Harry Potter fan. Dexter actually wants me to scratch his belly now and practically rolls off the bathroom counter knowing I won't let him fall.
      I asked my cousin if he really wanted him and he said yes, Dexter was his buddy. I added that Dexter has made a home for himself here and asked my cousin to think about it. I don't want to insult him but need to make sure he knows both Dex and I will have a hard time apart.

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  23. Dexter is a character. It's sad he is leaving.

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    1. Sadder than I can express, Betty.

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  24. Cats steal your heart. I gave my last cat to my mother as a companions in her last years. Of course, I got to see him lots the last two and a half years when I was her caregiver. It was the best thing I could do for the both of them. My husband and I traveled and worked too much to give him all the attention he needed. Mom could do that so it was the best for both of them even though it was hard for me. After she passed he came back to live with us, but he lasted only 8 more months. Now I'm catless and yearning. - Margy

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    1. He's certainly stolen mine, furry thief.
      That was an important and heartfelt gift and no doubt made your mother's final time warmer and brighter. I'm sure it was quite difficult for you but you must know what a mitzvah it was. Do you think he missed her so much he didn't last as long as expected?
      I hope you find another fur baby to fill that gap, you certainly deserve it, Margy.

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  25. Your Dexter touches my heart. Very cute photos.

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    1. He's touched my heart and pocket book but nothing like the expense of a dog the same age. I'd give up just about anything to keep him, Carol. Thanks for the fantastic stuffed date recipe.

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  26. Great cat pics. Looks like you will have good memories of Dexter.

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    1. I'm not sure I'll be able to do anything but put him out of my mind for awhile when he leaves, Judy.

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  27. I can see why you're missing Dexter. My Rosey - who looks a little like Dexter is independent enough to dash out through the front door and return a few days later. I wish I could stop her and my heart is in my mouth until she returns.

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    1. That would keep me on pins and needles, Kalpanaa. I think if I had a fenced in garden and knew he would stay there, maybe I could let him experience the outside world. But he is a chicken and wanders the short hallway in the apartment, coming back quickly when I call him. But I got him as an indoor cat and have made an extra effort to keep him amused.

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  28. How to say goodbye to someone who had you at hello? A big, strong hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. That's right, he did, my poor fat orphan kitty. Thanks, Amalia.

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  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBxRRUj1bcA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKvhU3FarMg
    I can see why you're "verklempt"...too emotional to speak. So much love in this blog post about your beautiful furry friend! I'm including two links here to a piece called "Kitten on the Keys" — one the 1920s version, and the second Liberace's livelier version, as a tribute to your wonderful Dexter. My musician father made sure we listened to plenty of old hits in addition to our preferred 1960s rock'n'roll, and the title of this piece has always stayed with me.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. Both fun and jazzy tunes, I can imagine a cat hopping along the piano keys. Every time I see Liberace's name I think of the Michael Douglas movie though, shudder. I believe my mother will tell you, "He's from Milwaukee."
      Dexter listened to your cool tunes while sitting on the edge of the love seat watching an incredible display of snow flurries. My cousin hasn't picked him up yet so we're living our final days together watching Narnia form in the front yard.
      My grandpa made sure his family listened to opera and my parents played all sorts of music while putting up with my childhood addiction for musicals. I have a Godmother who loves classic jazz and it rubbed off on me. Now she's in memory care and I'm binging all that good music back to her.
      Thanks so much Kay.

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  30. Oh no Jeanna! Can't you hide him somewhere and say he ran off?... Worth a try? I can't imagine looking after an animla for so long and then having to let them go. Especially one that has character... Has Dexter been asked about how he feels about all this. Maybe it should be a call the cat contest and whoever Dexter goes to is where he lives?

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.

    xx

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    1. His idea of hiding is crawling under his blanket cave with his tail sticking out. Unfortunately the last time I tried to get him in his carrier he ran to his "safe" place which is on the bathroom counter. My cousin is young and agile so I don't think the poor little guy is a match for him.
      Dexter didn't want to leave when he was here the year before last for shorter amounts of time so I know how he feels at this point.
      I'd like to see that contest, haha. Whoever is holding a piece of chicken will win.

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  31. Awww Jeanna I’m so sad for you and for Dexter. I really think your cousin should start over with a new rescue kitten, then there would be two kitties with a happy home.

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    1. We've been waiting for the ax to drop since Monday but will take any last moments we can get, Sallie. I think a lot of people don't realize how attached cats get and think they can be moved from place to place like goldfish.

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