Saturday, February 21, 2009

walking my cat named dog

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) writer & naturalist

this morning gwen woke me up by putting her nose on my eyelash. it was a new tender trick. most mornings I wake to find gwen sitting on the nightstand staring at me, obviously sending me telepathic messages to get my butt out of bed and feed her. last night however, f and I went next door for dinner and cards. we stayed up much later than usual and given the fuzzy condition of my head this morning, I guess I drank more wine than usual. perhaps my fuzzy brain was preventing gwen's telepathic messages from getting through and she figured it was time to take matters into her own paws, or rather nose.....

speaking of animal tricks, the other day I took these photos of f teaching matilda a new dance



all this attention to cats and dogs makes sweet notch feel a little excluded. notch enjoys yogurt drops, peanuts, long rides on his wheel, and teasing cats.



but back to cats and dogs the other day blogging bud dw (of barking up the bodhi tree) remarked that he was moved by the nature episode entitled why we love cats and dogs. I guess the episode premiered this past sunday, I missed it. but fortunately my local pbs station is replaying the program this weekend. thank goodness for vcrs!

this day in history: karl's manifesto was published on 21 february 1848
...in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the progress of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of old society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands. Just as, therefore, at an earlier period, a section of the nobility went over to the bourgeoisie, so now a portion of the bourgeoisie goes over to the proletariat, and in particular, a portion of the bourgeois ideologists, who have raised themselves to the level of comprehending theoretically the historical movement as a whole.
Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a genuinely revolutionary class. The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of Modern Industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product...

hmmm......

who remembers this one hit wonder by norma tanega, walking my cat named dog?


photo: top-ringo helping herself to a drink (ringo is not one of the cats on avenue c); bottom notch's cozy home.

25 comments:

California Girl said...

My cat does exactly the same thing...drink out of the bathroom faucet. Maybe they all do? We currently have one cat and two dogs but the cat is my pride and joy. My husband took a recent photo. To view: http://emptynestevolution.blogspot.com/2009/02/ready-for-her-close-up.html

ArtSparker said...

My parents had a cat that could shake hands and sit up on request (treats were involved).

R.L. Bourges said...

I'll tell ya, kimy - given a choice between walking Cybèle and discussing dialectical materialism with Karl and the boys? Ha!

We come to a fork in the road? Cybèle looks at me, I look to the left or to the right and away we go. Man oh man, any wonder I love that dog and she loves me. No yelling, no arguments, no discussions on Karl's dialectical materialism vs Feuerbach Theses.

Thanks for Me and my cat named dog - that was just the right speed for me today.

Hope your head clears nicely.

John Hayes said...

Cats do love faucets-- great photo, & the quote really sums up "cat-ness" in a true & funny way.

Cinnamon said...

I LOVE little Notch! We used to have 2 pet mice, Millie and Mollie- there were the cutest, gentlest little things; Millie much bolder- they used to love climbing up the millet I used to hang in their cage, out onto the top of the cage ( I used to leave it open when i was around) and sniff about wondering what I was cooking. yet they never attempted to jump off the top of the cage. it was like they were just saying 'hello'- then they would scurry back down and fuss about their den for a while...so funny, they were.

The boys used to make runs for them out of their lego/duplo.

Lover of Life said...

I remember that song very well! Hummm it looks like it may have been filmed some time ago, so why does it not feel that way?

We had a male cat for fifteen years who used to ball his little paw into a fist and punch. It actually hurt sometimes, but it was so cute we just had to laugh.

tut-tut said...

Great photo! Lighting is superb.

Baino said...

I don't have a cat anymore sadly but boy do I remember the telepathic stare! Always woke me before the alarm! These days I'm a doggyphile, they're less subtle, more nudgers than butterfly kissers!

marianne said...

is she a waltzing matilda? love the cat & the dogs in our house for different reasons. but they all make me laugh & remember to stay in the moment!

dw said...

Notch is adorable, as are all your housemates!

So.... what is the dance that Matilda be doing? Be she Waltzing?

Megan said...

Hi f & Matilda & Notch & all on ave c!

What card games did you play?

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Adorable, Mousie - I love the slideshow quality - like old film - You are a very talented artist! I know I keep saying that, sorry!

Roy said...

Great shot of the cat taking a drink. And did the fellah with the treat teasing Matilda to make her dance finally give her the darned thing?

Cats, dogs, and now a mouse? Well, okay, given the circumstances, a mouse does make sense. Is ntch the inspiration for all the mousiness of your online presence?

I never heard of Norma Tanega and I don't recall the song. Hmmmm... Is my memory failing, or was she a regional phenomenon and I didn't live in that region?

BTW, The Communist Manifesto was published in 1848, not 1948. Karl's been in the cold, cold ground a looooong time.

Roy said...

Uh, that's Notch, not "ntch". My fingers don't like me today!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cg - oddly none of the cats currently who share our space are faucet drinkers, altho I've had some in the past. ringo is susan's cat one of my buds and one of my favorite photographic subjects (ringo, not susan). the portrait of maggie is most magnificat....I mean magnificent!

as - some cats are so talented. years ago we had one that could turn doorknobs (inside doors) - and not for treats, but probably to find treats!

rlb - back in the day I did love talking about dialectical materialism, but I just can't find any one interested any more.... bises to cybèle & her human

jh - I think there's a lesson for us humans in that quote about cats, eh?

cinnamon - I share the joy of enjoying pet rodents...have had a variety of species....mice and rats rule supreme. unfortunately rats seem to freak out most of my family and friends. my best pet mouse was 'mr. mouse' who was a member of our family abut 15 or 16 yrs ago he liked to ride around in the pocket of my bib overalls and peek out and watch the world. i spend a good amount of time training mr. mouse and he did all sorts of tricks...he reminds me of your story of millie and molly as he never ran off and liked to stay on my desk when I was writing or reading....

lover - a punching cat!! my goodness did he think he was a kangaroo? what a hoot!!

tut - ;)

baino - I haven't heard the sound of an alarm in years ....who needs alarms when one has animals in the house!! three cats always sleep on our bed, but gwen is the one who sounds the alarm with her stare!

for months I've been trying to get our local science cafe to feature a month program on animal telepathy....

marianne - animals are such good teachers....

dw - but of course she's a waltzing matilda!!matilda, is an australian cattle dog and lin is her human; she comes over to our flat often to play, especially when dixie (our daughter's dog is visiting)

megan - hi for all the critters on avenue C - hope you are having a good weekend. we played spades last night - generally the card came of choice....
though I'm open to lots of other types of card games ....

awoni - aw, merci!!!

roy - see above about rodent pets....I've had a thing about mice my whole life .... I speculated on this connection before a while ago, if interested check this out

thanks for finding the tpyo about the publication date - I just remarked yesterday how I hate yptos but they love me! I fixed it!!!!! thank you, thank you, thank you.....

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Is that the "sitting pretty" trick Mathilde is doing? Bow and I learned that in obedience class.

I must say I'd never heard that tune but like it. I think you also posted "Everything Reminds Me of My Dog" by Jane Siebery, one of my favorite tunes. I also love Cat Stevens "I Love My Dog" which is sort of a good companion to those two.

I had two dog-cats for nearly 20 years (they were part Maine Coon and growled just like dogs). Now I have a basenji/cat dog.

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Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

My young male cat woke me up early for breakfast and then made a midmorning snack of buttered popcorn I'd left sitting on the counter next to my computer keyboard. My cats basically think they run the world, at least the world inside our doors.

Saretta said...

I used to have a lovely orange kitty who would sit on my chest facing me while I watched TV and bat my eyelashes with his paw (no claws!) when I blinked.

R. Yaeko said...

That photo is wonderful!

Aw man, I miss my puppy...

Reya Mellicker said...

Animals are good. Living with animals is very good for us even when they knock over the toothbrush or scratch something they aren't supposed to.

You know in our house we have three humans and three Very Large Dogs. As my roommate says, it's a lot of poundage.

Worth every pound, though.

Barbara said...

You obviously have some very talented animals!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Both cats and dogs know how to get just what they want. My old Golden Retriever also used to do the staring thing to get me up, if that didn't work, he leaned closer and breathed on my face!

Hope your head has cleared!

willow said...

We used to have a big ferocious "dog" cat who actually thought he was a dog. He lived alongside our yellow lab and I honestly think he thought he was his equal.

Merle Sneed said...

Mouse, you are so clever! I love the slide show and i do recall that song.