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When God Created Kitty Cats

Poem by Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright April 2009

When God created kitty cats,
He had no Recipe;
He knew He wanted something sweet,
As sweet as sweet could be.

He started out with sugar,
Adding just a trace of spice;
Then stirred in drops of Morning dew,
To keep them fresh and nice

He thought cats should be soft to pet,
So He gave them coats of fur;
So they could show they were content,
He taught them how to purr.

He made for them long tails to wave,
While strutting down the walk;
Then trained them in meow-ology,
So they could do cat-talk.

He made them into acrobats,
And gave them grace and poise;
Their wide-eyes curiosity,
He took from little boys.

He put whiskers on their faces,
Gave them tiny ears for caps;
Then shaped their little bodies,
To snugly fit on laps.

He gave them eyes as big as saucers,
To look into man’s soul;
Then set a tolerance for mankind,
Their purpose and their goal.

He made so many of them;
Then charged, with fatherly concern,
The human race to love them.

When one jumped up upon His lap,
God gently stroked its head;
The cat gave Him a kitty kiss,
“What wondrous love,” God Said.

God smiled at His accomplishment,
So pleased with His creation;
And said, with pride, as He sat back,
“At last…I’ve reached purr-fection!”

To Love and Be Loved

A dog is like an eternal Peter Pan, 
a child who never grows old 
and who therefore is always available 
to love and be loved. 
- Aaron Katcher


ICYMI In The News

I wanted to find a nice quiet spot, go to sleep, and dream about kittens. ― John Corwin

The Perfect Love

I honestly think 
that the perfect love 
we search for 
throughout our lives 
has always existed, 
and shines like a star, 
in the face of man's best friend, 
your dog. 
― Maria Bradley

Black Cat Perks

Ask anyone who has ever owned a black cat and they will tell you that BLACK CATS are:

Legend Of the Tabby Cat

In America and other Christian countries, the tabby cat has a legend of its own. As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an M in token for the Madonna's gratitude.

Merry Catmus!

Season's Greetings Video

Sometimes Words Aren't Necessary

One Cat Leads to Another - Hemingway

Doggy Holiday Guidelines

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans. 
 2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours. 
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers. 
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know: 
● don't pee on the tree
● don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
● mind your tail when you are near the tree
● if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open 
● don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree 
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part: 
● not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
● don't eat off the buffet table
● beg for goodies subtly
● be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
● don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: 
● observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important) 
● respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
● tolerate children
● turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. 
Author Unknown

ICYMI in The News

Walkin In A Doggy Wonderland

Dog tags ring, are you listenin’? 
In the lane, snow is glistenin’. 

It’s yellow, NOT white I’ve been there tonight, Marking up my winter wonderland.

Smell that tree? 

That’s my fragrance. It’s a sign for wandering vagrants; “Avoid where I pee, it’s MY pro-perty! Marked up as my winter wonderland.”

In the meadow dad will build a snowman, following the classical design. Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go Man, So all the world will know that it’s mine-mine-mine!

Straight from me to the fence post, flows my natural incense boast; “Stay off my TURF, this small piece of earth, I marked it as my winter wonderland.”

Author Unknown

Cat Toys

“Anything on the ground is a cat toy. Anything not there yet, will be.” — saying
Cat Watching a Spider
by Ōide Tōkō
(Japanese, 1841–1905)


The value of anything
is only relative in the moment
of contemplating it.

― Steven Redhead

Dog Art

A Sleeping Dog Beside a Terracotta Jug, a Basket, and a Pile of Kindling Wood by Gerrit Dou