My cats of 2017

This is not my cat but if he was, I would call him Kevin. Why you might ask?

Pet names are often influenced by current (or historic) pop culture e.g. Simba or influential people or cats of influential people – politicians (Paddles), musicians (Tom, Bowie or Prince), Continue reading “My cats of 2017”

What is a Tonkinese?

this picture shows Ziggy, the white tonkinese cat, walking along the top of the fence
©Karen Mumme 2016, non-commercial use permitted with attribution

My Tonkinese cat (for three weeks) was completely white, slender with a very long tail and blue eyes.  He was timid and while we shared the same living area I was not allowed to touch him.  Continue reading “What is a Tonkinese?”

Dogs love sticks

this picture shows Rafi, the soft wheaten terrier, sitting and waiting

Rafi loved to chew sticks and he preferred to chew his sticks inside the house.  With doors closed his only option of bringing his stick into the house was through the dog door but he could not get through with the stick held in the typical way.  He worked it out, the stick had to come in long ways.  Unfortunately for Rafi, stick chewing was an outdoor activity and he and his stick went back outside.  Double unfortunate was the learning process had to start again the next time he wanted to bring in the stick as he had forgotten the technique from the day before.

this picture shows Molly, the black labrador, carrying a small tree branch

Molly had the biggest stick. She found it down by the river and wanted to bring it home.  I told her she could bring it if she carried it.  She carried it all the way home, carefully negotiating the bollards at start of river track and not stopping once to rest.  When we got back to the house (about 800m) she dropped the stick at the bottom of the driveway and had no further interest .