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American Shorthair from <a href='http://www.catchannel.com/local/WA/kelso/club-members.aspx' title='kelso, WA'>kelso, WA</a>

A.PAWPAW~~~I GAVE MY ♥ TO ANGEL SMOKEY~~~~~

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Hi! My name is A.PAWPAW~~~I GAVE MY ♥ TO ANGEL SMOKEY~~~~~

I am an American Shorthair from kelso, WA

Nicknames: POPPERS, PAW-PAW GIRL, POOPERS, McPOPPERS, AND PICKLEPAW PUSS COURTESY OF A.SMOKEY ROAD!

Age: 23 years old

Gender: F

Coat: short haired

Education: SHE GOT HER FIRST ACOTD ON MAY 22 2010
OH BOY!! TODAY SHE GOT HER 2ND ACOTD~~~APRIL 7 2014****
***SHE GOT HER 3RD ACOTD 4-7-15****


IN HER YOUNGER YEARS SHE WAS REALLY GOOD AT CHASING HER TAIL...ROUND AND ROUND, TIL SHE FELL OVER DIZZY. THEN UP AND BACK AT IT.

My favorite tricks and treats are: SHE USED TO CHASE HER TAIL WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNGER GIRL. and POUNCE CAT TREATS, TEMPTATIONS,

Where I hang out: ON MY BED NEXT TO ME...OR UNDER MY COVERS ON MY LAP, ALL NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT, HER WHOLE LIFE...18 YRS.

My favorite grubs: PASTA, PEAS, GREEN BEANS, SOUR CREME, BUTTER, CAT FOOD CHEEZ-ITS, BAKED CHICKEN

My pet peeves: HAVING HER NAILS CLIPPED. HAVING HER EYES FREED OF KITTY BUGGERS

What I love about my owners: SHE LOVES ME AND MY SISTER, GRACIE, AND FEEDS US ANYTIME WE ASK HER. SHE LETS US STAY UP LATE AND WATCH TV. SHE BOYS US LOTS OF TOYS

My cat hobbies: SLEEP, EAT, WATCH TV.S CUDDLE WITH MOM, BURROW UNDER MY COMFORTER AND SLEEP

Pet motto: DON'T TRUST YOUR SISTER WITH YOUR FOOD DISH. CELEBRATE LIFE EVERY DAY. DON'T MOURN FOR ME NOW THAT I'M GONE. I'M OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE!!

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I LOST MY 2 CAT BOYS IN '92 AND WAS CATLESS. MY FRIEND HAD KITTENS. I GOT 2 GIRLS & 1 BOY...CASEY (HE PASSED IN 2005). RIP CASEY ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ............... OKAY EVERYCAT. ..ANGELS BLACKIE AND MOUSIE ARE CAT-PAIGNING FOR ME TO BE COTD ON MAY 21. MY SISSIE GRACIE GOT COTD ON APRIL 2....VOTE FOR ME OK? IF I WIN, MOM WILL GET ME MY OWN FISHING POLE, SO I WON'T HAVE TO KEEP BORROWING ANGEL MISSY'S WHEN I GO FISHING WITH ALL MY ANGEL FURRENDS. THANKS VERY MUCH..LUV ANGEL PAWPAW :)

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Hi my Angel PawPaw!
Well I've been a bit of an absentee b.f. this last while, but I know you understand why. Mom's been busy with the many many people who phone, then she has to kind of recover from the phone calls. Yesterday she got up the guts to tackle calling the life insurance company & going through the files of bills, etc. so now she knows what bills have been paid and which ones to expect & how much they will be. And she's canceled a few things that only Dad used so some refunds are coming. Dad would have told her to get right on that, he was a cheapskate to the max, mol.

She hasn't tackled that Hoopers strawberry elderberry cooler yet, it's been so hot that she doesn't want to dehydrate herself. And there's still no end to it in sight! It will get maybe a little more bearable, but it will still be hot.

And I've also been on Angel dust duty with Big Bro Will. Would you believe he had a car accident right outside his workplace Saturday morning? He's okay, and he thought the car was driveable but after work when he tried to drive it strange noises convinced him that was a bad idea. So he phoned the claim centre but it was too late by then to get ahold of a garage. So he's been driving Dad's car to work ~ doesn't it just figure the first Sunday in 2 1/2 years that Dad hasn't needed the car to go to dialysis, Will ends up needing it for work? The Universe does have a sense of the bizarre at times.

So Will got his car towed to the garage yesterday & it's probably toast as far as the insurance people are concerned. Luckily he has such a good driving record that he qualifies for a free rental car for 2 weeks while he looks for another car. And luckily today is his last day of work for a few days. Tomorrow's the Canada Day holiday, then comes his usual "weekend" and then he has a week off. So that actually gives him time to look. We're all just glad he's okay.

We sure did have fun at the Royal pawty, good thing Mom wasn't around to eavesdrop on us & we had our privacy. And I enjoyed sitting with you at the HOF awards & cheering on Angel Jezebel. Can you believe that?!

Now I'm still wearing my "Kiss the Cook" apron and I'm starting up the grill again. I can't wait to see what you have picked out to wear to the Coronation. Did you hear it's at 8 a.m. Pacific time? I think my blogger will be up, she likes to open the windows & cool out the house before things get heated up. -- Kisses, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/30/2015 11:11.06 AM Report This Comment
"♫ I got you, babe ... ♫"
And the hippy music plays on.

Silly girl, we don't get elderberry wine because we're elderly, we get it because it's GOOD! The other day when Mom went to pick up some of that Jack Daniels watermelon cooler, she saw some Hoopers Strawberry & Elderflower & couldn't resist. Hasn't tried it yet, so let's sneak some out to Pinto Island and enjoy it with that grilled chicken.

And today is Catfish Day, what could be more perfect than that? Other than YOU, that is ...

Angel Smokey goes to kiss Angel PawPaw and she flies off, teasing "can't catch me!" She has a mason jar with her and starts to catch some fireflies. Angel Smokey catches on and does the same, what great lanterns they make for a walk along the beach!

The two Angels stroll paw in paw, enjoying the night and the stars and more hippy music

“♫ And we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
And we all shine on
On and on and on, on and on … ♫ ~~ Love, ♥ A. Smokey ♥

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/25/2015 11:43.29 AM Report This Comment
Aww, sweet PawPaw!
I just saw your tag line, how sweet! A few kisses & hugs are in order. Well, they were anyway, mol.

And that is so sweet that your Mom knew you and Angels Gracie & Casey from the time you were just little guys and then you came home with her when you were STILL little guys! Three of you in a little green basket, sounds just like magazine picture kitties. How great that you got to stay together for so many years, too.

Isn't that cool how we were just talking about Snuggles' Mom & there she comes with an update? We are sending out the vibes, that's all there is to it! Glad that she got things sorted out with her Mom and then found another job. Pet sitting is way more up her alley than house cleaning! And we wish her well.

Oooh, next Saturday is the nekkid bike ride? It WOULD be on the day it hits the 90's! I think a pillow would be a good idea. Maybe one of those big cold gelpacks even.

Did you hear that the Royal event on Friday includes a bird & butterfly watching hike? That's going to be fun! Today I think we should make a nice campfire and cook some chicken & veggies to enjoy with a little elderberry wine and some hippie tunes on the boom box. Then when it gets dark, let's chase some fireflies. -- kisses, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/23/2015 06:09.38 PM Report This Comment
Okay, May 15th it is!
That spaces the celebrations out nicely for us. Your birthday April 1st, mine on April 30th, your adoptiversary May 15th and mine on June 15th. I was 7 weeks old when I came to my forever home, give or take a couple of days. We're the lucky ones, straight from the home where we were born & lived with our fur moms, right to our Furever homes. Mikey & Moj & Angels Jezebel & Pierre are like that too. A. Mallow took a few detours along the way, mol.

Yep, Snuggles' Mom did get a job, cleaning houses but last I heard she didn't really like it & was reconsidering the job offer from McDonalds.

The Moonpie festival is great, and our stopover at the Bluebird Cafe was pretty great too. Now let's stop & take in the sunset over the Smokey mountains before we head back. I love the mist on the Smokeys, it's the closest thing to being back at our clouds! -- kisses & squeezes, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/21/2015 08:45.08 PM Report This Comment
Hi sweet PawPaw!
I cheered so much the other night that I just got my voice back! What a night of hockey alright, and the males in the family are victorious even though my Angel sisters did a really good job of cheering. I see Evie has tucked her hockey gear away, shined up her convertible and she's on the road, heading out to see Angel Shai and take him for a ride.

That's good that Rescued Paws has lots of volunteers right now, I guess they probably do over the summer anyway, so let's sprinkle your Mom with lots of Angel dust so her gums can heal & hopefully when those new teeth are ready they won't feel like ground glass in there. Not like the kitties care whether your Mom has teeth or not, but she'll feel better talking to the adopters if she has them.

Oh, NEXT year I want to do it up big on my birthday and adopty day, next year will be the big one after all. 30 years! Why, I'm almost as old as Garfield, mol. And my Mom was sure tickled the first time she found out that she & the big orange guy are almost birthday twins.

And of course we have to do something very special for your big days too. Uh .. I know when your birthday is, same as Gracie's and I guess your Adoptiversary is too, but, when IS that anyway? I'm thinking it must be coming up fairly soon.

I guess everyone is headed to Tennessee today for the RC Cola & Moonpie Festival. If we get our tired of moonpies (I hope Gracie didn't hear that), we can slip over to the Great Smokey Mountains. Or up to Nashville, we can check in on Q. Snuggles' Mom and maybe take in a show or two. -- your Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/20/2015 09:33.39 AM Report This Comment
Hi Pretty PawPaw!
It's just purrfect weather today for canoeing on the lake, sounds good to me. Just the kind of lazy day for bobbing along on the water, feeling the breeze in our fur and enjoying one another's company.

Oh, Angel Oliver! Well remember, he was 14 years old with 3 legs when his pawrents sprung him from that high-kill shelter? That was only back in January or February. Then he developed a tumor in his face. His vet sent him to the specialist, the specialist biopsied it and everyone was overjoyed when word came back that it wasn't a particularly bad kind of tumor. But it was interfering with him eating and it had to come out. So the surgery went fine, his Mom posted on his page and everyone was celebrating, then suddenly came the bad news that they couldn't wake Oliver up. His Mom & Dad raced up there to be with him, but he never did wake up. That was SO sad!

They're one of those families who have a lot of Angels because they help out a lot of kitties who have challenges. In fact, they just recently adopted a frostbitten kitty who they'd seen on the news. They put in one of the many applications the rescue group got from people who wanted to adopt her, and they were the family who were accepted. Not only that, but their Mom started working with the rescue group and now SHE'S the one who goes on the news with adoptable kitties! Cool, huh?

Oh, there are so many good things going on to help kitties that weren't even dreamed of in our day! And our day was not so long ago!

Smokey Joe's Cafe was great! I had the best adoptiversary ever, thanks to my PawPaw Puss. -- Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/17/2015 02:58.13 PM Report This Comment
LOVE the song, sweet PawPaw!
Wow, smoked salmon and a Cheshire Cat pinata and YOU! What more could an Angel ask for? It sure was a very speciall day 29 years ago when the kids picked ME out of all the kittens to bring home with them. Dad remembers that I was the runt of my litter, but I did pretty darn well for myself! I'm pretty sure that I was the last of all of us kittens that day to come through the gates at the Bridge, I think I counted all of them coming to greet me.

See my new profile picture? Yep, Mom changed it again, mol. Angel Big Harry's Mom made me a special picture and I just HAD to put it up! Catster isn't letting her put it on there right now, darn Catster. This is the Angel Big Harry whose brother Angel Oliver is in Modern Cats and he WON! So if your Mom goes over to vote today, take a look at the Cat of the Week and that's Angel Oliver and his Mom, snuggling up just a couple of weeks after she sprung him from that high-kill shelter in New York.

Oh, awesome! "Smokey Joe's Cafe"! I am more than ready to celebrate my special Smokeyversary with my special forever PawPaw Petal. I don't think you're a Picklepuss, mol.

Oh, WE are going to come home singing the soundtrack for sure!

♫ Well, fools fall in love in a hurry
Fools give their hearts much too soon
Just play them two bars of Stardust
Just hang out one silly moon, oh, oh

♫ They've got their love torches burning
When they should be playing it cool
I used to laugh but now I understand
Shake the hand of a brand new fool ♫ -- your fool Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/15/2015 05:35.53 PM Report This Comment
Hi Sweet PawPaw flower,
I can't believe in all the happenings we've been talking about, I completely forgot that it's my Adoptiversary tomorrow (Monday the 15th). 29 years since the day I was playing with my fursibs in the barn and our farmer came in with two big humans and four little ones. The little ones played with us and our fur moms (there were two litters, mine was 7 weeks old and the other litter were 5 weeks) let them pick us up & everything. They dangled grass at us and cuddled us and we just had a ball!

Then the farmer took ME in the house while they visited, it was my very first time in the house but I was a nice kitty and just sniffed around. Then when the people went home I went with them! It was a whole new world but I loved it. Big Bro Joe was only 4 and he quickly became my favourite of all the kids. It was a happy day in my life so let's do something happy to celebrate! (you now, I think what I just wrote would make a great blog for my thank-yous).

Anyway, you'll like the picture Mom put up for me, it's me tucked into Big Bro Joe's bed with his scary face ball.

I sure had a great time white-water rafting today! And not once did either of us put so much as ONE claw into the raft, we were so good. You sure lucked out on the gold panning, you found a couple of little nuggets to remember our trip by. Salmon burgers and onion rings out on the observation deck, and what a view of the canyon at sunset! What a perfect day! -- kisses from your Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/14/2015 10:11.17 PM Report This Comment
Hi cuddly PawPaw
Oh, I must have had 15 corn dogs at the Kitty Fair, what a great day!

I don't know if there'll be another one this month, but AJ and Angel Shadow just told me they're having a Hawaiian Luau next weekend up Sunshine Mountain. I'll remind you later in the week so we can practice for the hula contest.

I don't see any reason why we can't do the white-water rafting tomorrow. It's great weather at Hells Gate and afterward we can take the airtram across the canyon & have some salmon burgers at Simons Cafe. We can try the suspension bridge and they even have gold panning. We can watch the sunset from the observation deck and come back across the tram. Sounds like a great day to me!

Love the orange safety vests and you even thought to bring goggles. You think of everything! -- Kisses, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/13/2015 06:00.24 PM Report This Comment
Hi sweet PawPaw!
Wasn't the Kitty Fair a blast? Mom always liked the Tilt-a-Whirl the best too, but you are going to love what her b-i-l said about it once. He hated and despised the Tilt-a-Whirl above all other rides. He said (in his Utah cowboy accent) that after you toss your cookies, then the dad-blamed thing swings you back around so you get a face full of it. Mom was something like 12 or 13 then and she just about piddled herself laughing. Oh, memories of the fair, mol.

Anyway, I'm glad all WE did on the Tilt-a-Whirl was cuddle. And how about when we rode the Wild Mouse coaster without the safety bar? More excitement, holding paws while hanging on with one paw each. We came out of our seats, but hardly needed any wing power at all.

Kettle corn, corn dogs, fried cheese sticks and a deep fried Twinkie or two, what a day! And we finished off watching the fireworks over Angel Lake & sneaking kisses in the moonlight.

I think that would be a great idea, trying white water rafting on Hells Gate. Just try to remember not to sink your claws into the raft, mol. -- loving purrs, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/12/2015 09:50.07 AM Report This Comment
Your picnic was purrfect!
You make the BEST crab cakes and fish sticks! Why, if I don't watch it I am going to put on some pounds with all this good eating!

Hmmm ... the Fraser River isn't near Banff, it runs from Vancouver up through Hope and then hangs a left to go up North. It might sound familiar from your Mom's travels way back when, or it might be from Mikey's Royal road trip and the white water rafting trip through Hells Gate.

So today is the Kitty Fair that A. K. Zaboo is hosting for KUBB. We haven't made our entrance yet but I hear some of the rest of the family are there already. I'm looking forward to the Tilt-a-Whirl, it will mash us right up close to one another ... like we need any help, mol.

Then we can fly circles around the Drop Tower and scare the popcorn out of some kitties while we eat deep fried Twinkies. Sounds like the purrfect day to me! -- your Angel Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/10/2015 09:52.37 AM Report This Comment
Yay! 4300 kisses
for 4300 votes! Hmmm ... I wonder how long that would take? I think counting would kind of ruin the whole thing, anyway. So I will just fly a few circles of joy around you for getting my big vote #4300! All that and a Triple Crown winner, what a weekend!

Yep, I find we have to get Mom to check our blogs when we send them, because sometimes the page refreshes after you send & everything looks okay, but if you scroll down you see NO blogs on the kitty's page and it seems like those are the times when the one you just sent doesn't post. So now we scroll down at least long enough to make sure we see the header to our blog. Then all is well.

It's another warm one today! Let's sneak over to Big Bro Will's work and borrow his convertible. We can ride around with the top down and have it back before he's done his shift! There's a really nice drive along the Fraser River and we can wave at the kayakers. -- your sneaky Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/07/2015 10:04.56 AM Report This Comment
The truth is out there ...
did you see where the other day Monty X-filed his CMR blog & didn't realize it till he came back the next day & didn't see it? Weird stuff is happening all over but thankfully not so far this morning because my family has some catching up to do!

But it gave us more time to enjoy the Boones Farm Strawberry Wine and chocolate-dipped berries.

Are you serious? Under the La-Z-Cat chair for 53 days?! I'm assuming the La-Z-Cat chair was not in the living room being used or his humans would have heard him. We saw where one kitty, I think it was in a train station in Russia, crawled into a little hole in the wall when he was a kitten and then grew so big he couldn't get back out. A nice grandpa came by every day & fed him through the hole, then video of it got on FB, people started saying "save the kitty!" and the train people opened up the wall & got him out. Some crazy things sure happen to us felines!

I think we had better get busy fishing! The Belmont is tomorrow and there will be lots of hungry kitties! -- tu novio, SMokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/05/2015 09:00.21 AM Report This Comment
Hi Mi Novia!
It looks like we have tomorrow night off hockey, the schedule just came out and the Final starts on Friday. The humans play their first game tomorrow night, so MHL can't play it till Friday. Wow, I don't know WHO to cheer for. On the one paw there's brotherly solidarity, but on the other paw KCK has had a good year and Evie has really been burning up the ice. They're both pretty excited, I guess we'll just have to get good seats and cheer for both of them. Psst ... I kind of hope for the ladies because Mikey & OC have already won a Scamper Cup.

Gee, a kitty missing for three weeks and they rescued him from a tree? Sounds like a good show. (sigh), we probably don't get it in Canada but we can tune in on our clouds!

Meanwhile, I'm sure enjoying the Strawberry Moon pawty. More strawberry pie, my dear? Strawberry shortcake? Strawberry sorbet? And of course, fresh strawberries too!

We can slip over to the Coronation at 5 and then come right back in time to sip some strawberry wine! -- Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

06/02/2015 03:13.17 PM Report This Comment
"♫ I've got sunshine ...
on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.

"I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl). ♫"

I didn't write that one either, mol. But now that I'm all inspired, let's shoot that marshmallow bazooka. THWAP!! <crash, crash, crash ..>

Got them! There you go, a Sta-Puft stuffie!

No, Spazz moved with his family, so we don't know what happened to him or when. Funny, Mom did see him get hit by a car once while he lived here. It was a police car. Tires screeched & Mom looked out the window in time to see Spazz flying onto the grass and the cop pulling over & getting out of his car. Mom was all set to go out & tell him whose cat it was when the cop picked up Spazz and headed for the right driveway. Mom thought for sure that was goodbye to good buddy Spazz but wouldn't you know, the very next day there he was at our door, looking for me to come out & hang out with him. Tough kitty, that Spazz!

Well, it's official, Evie & Mojo's team beat Angels Jezebel & Pierre. Guess Angel Jezebel stuffed herself too much on cheese today, mol. And OC won too, so it will be Mikey vs. Evie & Mojo for the Scamper Cup! We'd better reserve ourselves some good seats now! -- Your guy, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

05/31/2015 08:43.01 PM Report This Comment
♫ Yes sir, you're my baby ... ♫
I didn't forget you, Angel Mallow was just tying up the computer with her Googling and Mallow Fest preparations. Looks pretty good. I see that the midway & the Mallow guns are set up already, let's see if I can win you a Sta-Puft stuffie. I'm not sure how I am at this, my talents were more along the lines of rodent & bird hunting. The pawrents don't know how good I really was because I didn't grandstand by bringing them to the door. That Mallow tended to be a showoff, mol.

Yep, I had a buddy named Angel Spazz, he was a cross-eyed Siamese and he lived next door when I first came to live with my family. He would come to the back door and look in, and I would give him my most fierce little kitten hiss, like when I got the chance to get out there I was going to rip him limb from limb. Mom & Dad wondered what WOULD happen when they started to let me out.

Well, what happened was that we became friends. Turns out Spazz was lonely because his brother got hit by a car not long before I came along. And I was lonely for my fur mom & siblings. The pawrents would put out food for Spazz because he was kind of skinny, but he would always wait and let me eat first before he went near the dish. Mom & Dad used to find us curled up together in the carport, in a box of car rags that Dad was too lazy to take back in the house one time. Spazz' family moved away long, long ago, there've been 3 families in the house next door since then. But we found one another at the Bridge and we hang out together again, even though Spazz has found his brother up here too.

Okay, now let's try those Mallow guns. YAY!! You got the target!! Now my turn!

And it's just in time for the sunset, burgers & sour cream with my special girl sounds just right to me! -- Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

05/29/2015 09:50.42 PM Report This Comment
Well blow me down!
That new picture just blows me AWAY! Love it! I'm going to swipe it to tuck in my gallery. And don't mind if I DO squeeze the Charmin' ... Angel that is. Of course you can swipe the fishing lure, that's what it's for. Good idea not to wear it on your sweater, though. Don't want to be THAT kind of "hooked".

Nope, I never did do any nighttime singing on the fence. it wasn't there yet when I was a young guy, back then Angel Spazz could just trot on over from next door and come visit. Not like the fence would have stopped him anyway. Angel Mallow used to leap it like nothing. And neighbour kitties have been know to walk along the whole top of it on their way to other places. Might be fun to climb up there and have a go at singing. We can sing "Oooh Baby Baby". In harmony. Now WHO, I ask you, would dare throw an boot at THAT?!

Let's take your Mom some Angel dust. It's good to get used to the new teeth a bit at a time, they'll start to feel better as everything heals. And while we're there, of course, some of that Mexican Lasagna sounds just right. I love sour cream! AND hamburger & cheese too. And we can sip the apple cinnamon cider.

Then we can look for Smudge and the foster kitty some more, and head to Argentina for Q. Lola's pawty. Angel power, no lineups, no baggage check. The only way to fly! -- kisses, Smokey

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05/28/2015 11:03.55 AM Report This Comment
Wow! You bowled me over!
I don't have a pin or a letterman sweater for you, but I do have a special stainless steel fishing lure that says "Hooked on You". I wouldn't wear it on my sweater if I were you, though, those hooks are sharp.

I changed my profile picture too, Mom has been thinking for a while that one she had was WAY too dark. That's her other favourite picture of me, up on the back fence surveying my domain. I was about 14 then.

Oh, wasn't that a great day yesterday? And we made such a great team, grilling Rainbow Trout and then snuggling in the rainbow blanket. Before we head back to the Bridge, let's take your Mom some Angel dust and then I hear the Castle has a really nice rose garden that we can walk through.

Did you hear? J.C. is home and so is Heidi! Things are looking up around CC. Now we just need to do some serious looking for Smudge! -- your Smokey

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05/26/2015 12:37.02 PM Report This Comment
Hi Sweet PawPaw
Yes, you've caught my heart along with all those Rainbow Trout we just brought into Queen Angel Sakura's picnic. Hope you don't mind that I brought us in together, how about we mark this as our official Couple's Anniversary? That is, if you agree to make us official that is (blush).

Mom was busy the last couple of days, but that picture of Angel Jezebel & Pierre isn't her new one, it's one of the very first ones they used. Jezebel's brand new one will go up next Saturday night for the big reveal on Sunday, her crossing day. And she's going to reclaim her page, with the two kids Angels Pierre & Shadow sort of "c/o" her. It's about time Angel Jezebel stood on her own.

Mom WAS very busy doing something you didn't know about, writing up the Hairballz stunt show for the picnic. Her Majesty asked for it and Zoe was going to write it but she ended up having a busy weekend come up. So Mom did it and posted it on the Cats Meow page and on the Hairballz FB page.

But now our blogger is all caught up, except for getting over to the birthday kitties' pages to let the earth kitties sing their songs. I brought my "Kiss the Cook" apron and let's get these fish cooking. Then I brought the rainbow blanket and we can cuddle in it to our hearts' content. -- Smokey

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05/25/2015 03:15.10 PM Report This Comment
Who KNOWS what evil lurks
in the hearts of felines? The Smokey knows ... Bwahahahaha .... I just could NOT miss that vote 3900!

And now look down in my gallery and behold, it's Big Sis Caroline and Big Bro Joe and Yours Truly, on Mom & Dad's floor in the middle of the night with their pillows and rainbow blanket. How perfect does it get?

Yep, that's what the abcesses need, inside out. Mom used to accomplish it by opening the hole up with a hot compress and then going all around the outside of it, pushing the pus toward the middle & she'd keep doing that till there was nothing coming out but the clear stuff. Then she'd put peroxide on it & a few hours later, go through the same performance. Each time there'd be less bad stuff coming out, until the time came that the hole just closed over and it looked good. See what a long suffering, saint of a cat I was? That did not feel good, but I knew it was helping and I would sit there on her lap making a little whimper every so often.

There was only once that it got away from her. She took me to the vet & he said I needed surgery & a drain again. And because I was 12 and a senior now, this time he would need to do a bunch of blood tests before the surgery. The results would take a day or two. So Mom told him what she'd been doing & asked if we could just please try antibiotics for backup in the meantime, and if it didn't improve in a couple of days she'd bring me in and get the drain. Well, the antibiotics helped Mom keep on top of it and the abscess healed without needing the surgery.

My ulterior motive in all this gooshy talk, my dear, is to ruin your appetite so that I can have more Rainbow Trout for myself, mol. You look enchanting as ever in your hip waders with your big net. After we're done stocking the cooler for Queen Angel Sakura's picnic, let's see what ELSE you can catch in that net. I think you already caught my heart ♥ -- Smokey

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05/24/2015 10:59.57 AM Report This Comment
Gotcha! #3900 from the Lurking Smokey,
chaser away of nightmares and monsters! ♥

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05/22/2015 10:17.10 AM Report This Comment
Hi sweet PawPaw flower!
Darn, my Mom forgot all about finding that picture of me with the kids, it's in someone's baby book, probably Joe's. She is writing a Note To Self right now to get that in my gallery tomorrow.

Did you hear that UBB is making noises again about it maybe being his time? I think Angel Mallow went over & had a talk with him, maybe we should get over to his place with our Angel dust too. Give him a double whammy. Not like we won't welcome him if he does have to come, but there have just been SO many lately that we don't want any more of our friends coming over the Bridge right now.

Well I guess some kitties climb into baby beds to sleep with the little ones and that scares their pawrents. After all, most kitties weigh more than most new babies. Angel Jezebel was there when Mom & Dad brought home the first two new babies and she never climbed in with them. If you look on her page there's a picture of Big Sis Caroline just a little past her first birthday, squatting down and petting Jezebel nicely. If Jezebel had enough attention from little people she would yap, hiss if needed and go somewhere private.

Angel Jezebel tells me that not long before she crossed, when Big Bro Will was just home from the hospital Big Sis Caroline (who was only just 2, like Cindy Lou Who) went to the fridge for a drink and when Mom put baby Will down to check she found Caroline sitting on the floor with Jezebel in her arms, trying to feed her mint sauce & BBQ sauce from the fridge. Mixed together. Jezebel (12 at the time) was complaining, and rather loudly too, but she did not hurt Big Sis Caroline & we all know she could have. I'm sure glad I didn't come into the family till the youngest was 2 and the older ones could supervise.

Yep, I had an abscess, pretty bad one. I was about 10, I guess. Then I had a couple more before I realized I was too old to fight, but I came to the humans with those ones and Mom got pretty good at getting all the bad stuff out with hot water & massage. And I used to let her, I knew she was helping and sure enough, I never needed surgery for one again.

Nope, Memorial Day is THIS weekend, so as soon as we make sure that your Mom is home and settled in the capable paws of all the earth kitties, we'll slip away & catch some fresh ones for the big feast. I might get a little fresh myself, mol. -- Nuzzles, Smokey

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05/21/2015 07:40.52 PM Report This Comment
Hi sweet PawPaw!
Well gee, wouldn't you know it looks like Mom did NOT digitize that picture of the kids sleeping on the floor with me. I think that means the picture albums will be coming out again, we have to have that one in with our family pictures on the computer! Smokey the brave protector on duty & all that. I think we were all wrapped up in a fuzz rainbow blankie even. Good times. I don't get how some people think you shouldn't have cats AND little kids at the same time. Those kids were good to me and I really really loved them. I think it's all in how you teach them. The kids that is. You can't expect US to not bite & scratch anyone who hurts us, after all.

And those kids stuck up for ME, too. I will never forget how once when I got into a rumble with a strange feline in our back yard, Big Sis Becky saw it and ran inside to get Mom. Mom came out with the broom and got it between us. The other guy ran off and I ran into the house. That's the time I got the big abscess and ran off & hid for 3 days. Big Bro Joe would not give up looking for me and he found me just in time to get me to the vet for surgery. I wish they'd taken pictures of me with the big old drain sticking out of my side, I sure looked like a warrior THEN!

But I'm mostly just a cuddler. You're on to me, scary stories as an excuse or not.

The fish supply? Well, there IS a big Memorial Day pawty coming up, I think you can never have enough fish! -- Hugs & cuddles, A. Smokey

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05/20/2015 08:44.29 PM Report This Comment
Well I'M having a relaxing weekend!
A nice hike out in the woods and then some toasted rodents that you caught on your trusty pointed walking stick. I love how you're always prepared for anything. Pawpaw seed moonpies to go with the tea, and a fuzzy lavender snuggie to cuddle around the campfire with. I think AJ & Angel Aria just about has the fire going just right, Angel Mallow has graham crackers and some of her special 'mallows, and Angel Shadow is just about to lead us in Kumbaya. Maybe a few campfire rounds, won't that be fun? I have more of that delicious seafood, the sun is going down and pretty soon it will be time for those Zombie stories.

You know when the kids were little & they'd wake up scared in the night, they would get ME? It's not on my page, but there's a good picture Mom took when she got up in the night because she heard noises, and there on Mom & Dad's bedroom floor were Big Sis Caroline & Big Sis Becky with their pillows and blankets from their rooms. They were fast asleep and I was right between them! Mom could not resist going for the old Instamatic for a picture, and the flash didn't even wake us up.

So you're safe from all the campfire monsters, I have years of monster patrol duties behind me and not a ONE ever got through!

IT'S THE WITCHING HOUR on a dark, moonless night. We're huddled with our friends around a campfire in the woods far from the brightness of the Rainbow Bridge, taking turns telling stories. Angel Misty has just recounted a particularly eerie tale about an encounter with a ghost, insisting it was true. Angel Smokey sits quietly, staring into the flames, reluctant to let on to Angel PawPaw that it actually made his skin crawl. Then someone in the shadows clears his throat and begins to speak: "Did you hear the one about. . . "

Hang on tight! -- A. Smokey

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05/18/2015 06:11.39 PM Report This Comment
Lookin' good in those shorts, alright!
Are you ready for the hike with AJ and Angel Shadow? We'll take some pawpaw flower sun tea and you definitely have to wear that Aloha shirt tied at the waist! It'll be fun to go hiking with the gang and if we keep our eyes pealed we might even catch some rodents to roast on a stick at the campfire night tomorrow. Angel Shadow said they're going to tell ghost stories, so if you get scared I'll protect you.

Um ... do Angels GET scared by ghost stories? Well, there will be campfire songs too. And tonight we get to cheer on my sibs in their first game of Round 3. The Angels vs. Evie & Mojo. Dad starts dialysis later today so we can probably be there for most of it.

Now let's be careful out there in the woods ... oh look! Cattails, let's gather some to take back to our clouds! -- A. Smokey

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05/17/2015 11:24.38 AM Report This Comment
Another new Angel to welcome!
Angel Wally was ready to come here, but the humans of course are never ready to let us go. I do love the excited welcome the newcomers get when they arrive! Let's go sprinkle Mom Joy with some Angel dust, and see if we can squiggle underneath that red barn where Heidi might be hiding & see if we can nudge her toward the garage without disturbing any of those skunks. I have never angered a skunk and I don't want to start now!

It was fun cheering my Angel sibs on to victory tonight, hope you enjoyed the Lobster Tail and Escargot we nibbled on. Boy, the Aldergrove Arena doesn't have food like THAT! I don't think even the Rogers Arena where the Canucks play has food like THAT! I even packed enough in our to-go box so we can take it in the canoe tomorrow. -- A. Smokey

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05/15/2015 08:38.38 PM Report This Comment
Another perfect day at the Bridge
coming up! Oh, a corn maze! Now I can hardly wait for fall! Of course, at the Bridge it's growing season all year round .. for everything, right? It feels like fall today, so we can cuddle up a bit on that picnic.

A bicycle built for two! What a great idea! Your seat, milady and I will steer. And try not to tip us over.

Hey, get this, you just reminded me. The other day Dad was out driving and he saw a guy on a big motorcycle pull up to a red light and .... fall over! Dad says he looked like the worse bruise was to his dignity as he wrestled the bike upright and got back on.

I'm sure somewhere, Angel Mallow was laughing and laughing! -- A. Smokey

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05/13/2015 09:24.37 AM Report This Comment
Hi mi Amore!
It is such a nice day at my earth home, sun is shining but the windows are still open for the kitties to sniff the fresh air, it's just right! It should be just purrfect near the lake so let's pack a picnic lunch to take on that canoe ride.

I sure do grow corn near my cabin, so I can go pluck a fresh cob any time I want. We can grow some peas & green beans for you, too. Make a nice spring veggie salad with something for everyone! And watercress sandwiches.

And I brought more of those chocolate covered strawberries from hockey the other night. We can dip them in your coconut milk and have a wonderful day under the rainbow!

It IS great that Angel Queen Sakura is doing so well, it's an adjustment for each of us but if you can't be with your family, I can't think of much better place than right here! -- your Smokey

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05/11/2015 02:22.40 PM Report This Comment
Well, mi novia PawPaw,
it just goes to show us that not even we Angels can control everything, try as we might. One of these days that new kid A. Mallow will learn that and put down the bazooka & brass knuckles. We both know the relief it is to be free of weak bodies weighed down by failing kidneys. The having to leave our homes & families part, that's the worst. I tried SO hard to hang on for Mom & Big Bro Joe, the last vet I saw told Big Bro Joe she was amazed I was still hanging in because I was using 110% of all that I had in me to do it. Joe didn't want me to do that anymore so he held me and let her help me. He said that the vet had barely slipped the needle under my skin when I just left. I guess all I really needed was the permission. Yep, I was a stubborn old goat to the end, mol.

I'm sure Queen Angel Sakura can have a beautiful cloud with cherry blossoms and bridges and streams like a perfect Japanese garden. She can have whatever she likes, that's what I love best about it here.

Mmm! You make the best pawpaw petal tea! I enjoyed sitting with you in the rafters last night, and Angel Maggies corn on the cob was really good. Sorry about that language Angel Mallow was using though (blush). The girl does get herself worked up but I hear she's already working on cheers for the next two rounds. -- tu novio, Smokey

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05/09/2015 12:22.21 PM Report This Comment
Oh, mi novia hermosa PawPaw!
Can you believe that Queen Sakura has joined us at the Bridge? I really, really thought she had turned the corner and would be okay now. Well, we Angels were gathered all around her to help her have a peaceful crossing into the arms of her Angel sibs Peja and Muffin. Let's show her the field of cherry blossoms, I think they're blooming all over again just for her.

And how about a walk by the lake amid the Pawpaw trees before we head out on our Angel dust rounds? -- Su novio, Smokey

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05/07/2015 10:44.34 AM Report This Comment
Hola, mi bella novia!
Mom says she had to look that up because it looked way too much like the French for "nephew" and she was pretty sure you weren't calling me that! The disadvantage of being hopelessly incompetent in multiple languages, mol. Spanish was always the easiest for Mom, it just seemed to make the most sense, but she's dabbled in enough French & German that they all get mixed up in that round thing on her neck that passes for a cabeza, mol.

The fish tacos were perfection and sharing them with yo on the pawpaw blanket under the full moon was even better. I know it's not Mexican, but let's dance the tango anyway. You can hold a pawpaw flower in your teeth. -- Su novio, Smokey

PS: Love your Cinco de Mayo picture. Is that Steve's little tequila worm who sneaked into it?

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05/05/2015 07:06.23 PM Report This Comment
Pawtying on with Paw Paw!
What a weekend! That last dance in the moonlight at the barn, then on to Derby Day wearing my derby, drinking mint juleps and cheering for Danzig Moon(pie) with you. And YOU, my dear, were a flower garden of delight in that big huge hat of yours! And the lavender girlie sundress with purple sash & paw paw flowers, Oh la la! All those flowers carry perfectly on to the Flower Moon pawty.

I am finished my thank-yous and I'll sprinkle Mikey with one last batch of Angel dust, he's looking pretty comfy over there on his lawn chair by the bonfire, holding paws with Lady Dolly. Let's get ourselves a flowered blanket & spread it on the sand and toast some flower-shaped marshmallows for s'mores. I missed coming to hockey tonight, my blogger got there just in time for the goodnights but I see that Lady Dolly's Mom brought the rest of the family earlier. So since we didn't get to snuggle in the rafters tonight, we'll just have to do some extra snuggling under the full moon. I think I'm up to the challenge, mol. -- Moonlight kisses, A. Smokey

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05/03/2015 06:52.15 PM Report This Comment
Congratulations
on winning cat of the day. I'm so sorry I missed it. I haven't been on all month so I've missed so many. I'm just catching up now.

I hope you enjoyed your day in the spotlight. What a wonderful way to honour your memory.

Leaving a vote for you.

Come visit me, Tom & ♥ CC ♥ (In loving memory).

05/03/2015 12:19.11 AM Report This Comment
Oh, sweet PawPaw, I had a feeling too,
especially after all the excitement with Mikey kept me so busy with Angel dust that I didn't even do ONE birthday thank-you yesterday. So I started out today doing those, now I'm doing my COTD thank-yous. Oh, it IS a day to remember, though, and that's what it's all about.

A beacon made of bacon! You are ingenious and poetic, too. And a cowboy boot pinata is just the perfect touch.

Well, I am sitting on the arm of Mom's chair supervising my correspondence and I see a nice clear night out there with a great big moon. JUST the view you can see from the barn. So let's leave up just a few twinkly lights, keep our scootin' boots on and have one more dance under the full moon before we pack it up and head for the Derby. And the Flower Moon pawty.

May I have this dance? -- A. Smokey

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05/01/2015 08:59.43 PM Report This Comment
Oh my sweet, I LOVE your corny song!
I guess you've heard how my goofy earth brother crashed the pawty yesterday. Mom was JUST sitting down to start my thank-yous when the Call of the Bull Moose took her downstairs and things got really strange UPstairs! By the time they finished with Mikey it was dialysis time and then they got back just in time to barely make it to the coronation. Sorry we didn't make much of an entrance, but it was a lovely evening anyway, without Mom looking over our shoulders, snooping & all that.

Oh-KAY ... after the moonlight hayride I will put on the pink dress (and the pearls, we must be elegant on our birthday) and we can do some private line dancing. Before the crowd starts to arrive because guess what? My 5th COTD! Whoever would've thought?

So I'm glad you made that great big 2900 layer crazy quilt cake, we're going to need it! I think I'll just fly up for a minute and put a beacon on the top layer, just so no aircraft collide with it. If I put on my Smokey Bear hat I'll look like I have some kind of authority around here, mol.

Love your little corny PawPaw heart ~~ A. Smokey

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05/01/2015 09:47.28 AM Report This Comment
Hi sweet PawPaw!
Well, would you believe they missed me on the CMR birthday list this year? A little part of Mom went "yay!" and with it being the end of tax season she was very tempted to let the two of us have a private barn dance all by ourselves. The hayride & everything, just for us. Appealing though that sounded I said no way, I had my picture up already & was all set for a big pawty so I sent her over to CMR to post what was going to be my thank-you! So let's get that hayride started early, before the kitties start to arrive.

I certainly WOULD love to escort you to the Coronation afterward, and to the full moon pawty and Cinco de Mayo too. We should be able to slip back to the barn after the coronation and have a really good view of that almost-full moon. Maybe we could even sneak in another hayride & some kisses too. -- Birthday boy A. Smokey

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04/30/2015 09:38.38 AM Report This Comment
You've got it, lovely PawPaw!
I've never been OUT of my family's life, and I know you haven't either. For sure we'll never leave them, or each other either.

That's right, I was born a barn cat like my fur mom before me. Fur Dad was a feral, Dad saw him once but Mom never did. There were two mom cats, the other kittens were 2 weeks younger than my litter. Mom & Dad's friend used to pet & play with us every day in the barn, so we got used to humans and when those four kids came to visit we kittens had a ball playing with them. Then when they left, they took ME with them. I was the runt of the litter, but I grew fast.

So tomorrow we'll have a hayride, line dancing, the whole thing. Mom was busy this morning Google-Earthing my birthplace with Dad's help. We aren't having our barn dance in the actual barn I was born in, it doesn't show from the road, but there is an older barn that's just perfect for it! Mom is still working on building the picture, but I told her she HAD to get me over here without any further delay. She did all the voting, she did Mike's golf summary, I insisted it's my turn now.

I don't know if any of my relatives are there now, I know the guy was planning on getting the rest of the kittens and our moms fixed before there were any MORE kittens. It was 1986 and he was way ahead of his time with the TNR colony idea. So the line may have died out, except maybe for any relatives that feral fur dad might have had back in the woods. In 2006 when the family were looking for another cat Mom, Dad & Big Bro Joe drove back to that farm, even though their friend hadn't lived there for a few years. They told the new people about me, what a good cat I was and how long I'd been with them, and Dad asked if there happened to be any barn kittens around. There weren't, so Mom & Dad & Big Bro Joe went on to the shelter and that's where they found Mallow with her great big eyes going "Me! Me! Pick ME!" And they did.

And guess what? Since my day that area has sprouted a whole bunch of wineries! So now that all the decorating is done, we can go on the tasting tour and see what they have. After you, my dear. -- A. Smokey

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04/29/2015 02:38.48 PM Report This Comment
Sure I'll hold you, sweet PawPaw
in fact we can dance. I have just the perfect song for it, too.

Angel Smokey riffles through his MP3 player (who says old guys can't get with the times, mol?) and soon the voice of Garth Brooks wafts through the clouds:

"♫ Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

"And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance ♫"

That one kind of gets me right here, but in a happy-sad kind of way.

Yep, my birthday in ... two days now. I was thinking of going down to the farm I was born on and seeing if they'd let us have a great big barn dance, in the very barn I was born in! How's that for an idea? Why, if there are any feral cats left in the area they will be relatives of mine, that's pretty cool. We can invite them to the fish fry and there's a field big enough for that 1000 layer cake. We may have to get Big Bro Will to bring the big reach truck from work to help assemble that one! -- Kisses, Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

04/28/2015 11:54.49 AM Report This Comment
You said it, lovely PawPaw!
We had such high hopes for K. Pushkin to pull through again because, well, he just always DOES. Or did. But at over 15 years old with a heart that's stopped 3 times, failing kidneys and now a blood clot on top of everything else, well eventually not even the strongest will or all the love in the world can bring you through anywhere but the Rainbow Gates. You & I both know that, but still, we sprinkle our Angel dust and hope, because it's just how we're built.

So let's hold each other tight just a bit longer and then go bring Mum Aedamair some Angel dust. I hope she can feel the outpouring of love & support coming at her from all of our pawrents from so far away. It helps so much. Big Bro Joe didn't have that when I crossed, he just had the family. But he did have his friend who drove him to the emergency vet with me when Mom couldn't be there because of Dad being in the hospital. That friend was a bit of a wild kid, Mom really wasn't sure what to think when she got home from seeing Dad to hear from Big Bro Will that those two had taken me away.

But that kid came through, he waited for Joe while Joe looked for one last little ray of hope and when the emergency vet couldn't give it to him, did the hardest thing he'd ever done. Then the wild & crazy kid drove us both back home while Joe sobbed over me and begged me to move just one more time. Joe's friend told him to pick a song to dedicate to me and Joe picked Bon Jovi's "Always", they drove home with Joe holding me and the two of them singing:

"I'll be there, till the stars don't shine
'Til the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme
I know when I die you'll be on my mind
And I'll love you, always .."

And I felt the love. I hovered over them while Joe got Mom to drive all of us (yes, me included) to the hospital to see Dad at something like 11 p.m. Then Joe & Mom took me back to the emergency clinic to leave me for cremation, and that's when I left Joe in the hands of Mom & Dad & the family & made my way through the gates.

Sorry to be a bummer, but it's part of my history and a very weird but special night our family will never forget. Let's get going now & take Mum Aedamair her Angel dust and purr with her a little while.

Then I guess it's getting time for my birthday, just a couple more days. I KNEW there was another reason we caught all those fish! -- Your cuddlebug, A. Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

04/27/2015 04:11.41 PM Report This Comment
Oh, this IS the (after)life!
drifting along on the lake in the moonlight with some sweet paw paw tea and a sweet PawPaw, relaxing after a nice day of fishing. We've done a lot of work and we deserve a break before there's a new Queen of CC, a horse race and a full moon to celebrate. Not to mention the end of tax time!

Two very tired Angels raise their cups of tea to the end of tax time and continue to enjoy bobbing along in the moonlight, listening to the bullfrogs and crickets in PawPaw Plains. -- A. Smokey

Come visit me, Family Events~vote A Maggie & Ginger #223639 /July, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ Q. Lady Dolly ~ Happy 8th Birthday, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ♥ OJ, Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai ~ Take Your Cat to Work Day.

04/26/2015 08:57.38 PM Report This Comment
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