December 28th 2011 8:58 am
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Some of you might already know that "we have" two feral cats, Jenga and June. June came to us with our boy Justin. One day mom came home and Justin was on the couch with June. June was a skinny, filthy little thing and shy. Over the years she got used to us, though. At some point mom could pet her and clean her up, too. She could also give her a de-worming pill and flea medication. She was really good. After that she gained weight and looks really pretty now. She likes to come when it's quiet here. She started coming in 2005 and is still alive and well :o)
In the beginning of this year, we found a fluffy cat sneaking around our house. She looked skinny and not well taken care of. Mom named her Jenga. She seems to like the name, because she responds to it. Jenga is missing the tip of her right ear. I told mom that she was a feral. For about 6 months now she has been coming regularly. We can hear her sneak in the cat door at night. We know it's her, because Jojo always lets out a very quiet grunt. If it were an intruder, she would growl and get up to check. But Jenga belongs to the family, kind of. So, a little grunt will do, Jojo says.
Mom is fine with June and Jenga coming in at night or when we are not home, because they need to rest and re-charge, too. These guys are always on the run, get poisoned, run over or chased away by dogs and people. No one misses them. They are feral. They are welcome here and we miss them when they don't show up for a few days. We don't even chase the skunk away *sigh* what a zoo.
For two weeks now Jenga comes in the house when we are all home. She even eats when we are here, and she talks, too! She got used to us walking around and peaking around the corner. When she is in the kitchen, we are not allowed to be there. We get to watch her from a distance. I usually hang out on the armchair and Jojo in front of it.
Yesterday was a real breakthrough. Dad was sitting on the ground with Jarah, mom was sitting right next to the food bowls. Jojo and I on the armchair. Jenga walked in, hesitated a minute, but then came to her bowl and ate! She was totally fine. She stayed for a good half hour, stretched out on the floor even! Jarah's presence helps, because she is so very trusting and zen.
Here are few photos:
Dad feeds the squirrels and the blue jays in the winter time. They get fresh nuts of all sort. This morning dad was a little late with the feeding routine. They were already waiting in the feeding area. All of a sudden one of the blue birds came to the kitchen window, sat down on the window sill and screamed his beak off!! He really wanted to tell us that we were late! Unbelievable.. So mom took the nuts, all with shells, and went to distribute them. We don't make it easy for them, they all have to work to get them :o) Apparently they like it this way.
Mornings are always busy here......
Our week and weekend were very nice. Dad has a few days off :o) We spent lots of time on trails and at the beach, with friends and pals. It was nice. Jojo is in good shape with the Rymadil and is fine walking 4 - 6 miles a day with no problem. Mom is glad. Jojo is so happy and even gets to carry her ball around during our hikes. What a lucky dog she is. I don't need to carry a ball, I rather sniff :o)
I haven't worked a whole lot either. Mom said it's the holidays and I can kick back a little. Nice :o)
Today I will have to work, though. We are meeting up with a friend to go to a restaurant for a snack and then to the movies. Looking forward to that..
It's great hanging out with dad. It's rare. We could go on like this forever *sigh*
A few photos:
Ok, got to go.. love and tail wags to you all :o)
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Have fun hanging out with your dad!
WOW!!! Dose kitties wook bery healfy an' all cuz ob yur fambly ♥ I r nod a huge fan ob kitties (Whu knowed, wite???) bud I du nod wike any peepole or an'mal be sick an' hungwy an' nod hab a safe pwace tu be.
I seed da whale, tu!!
Gud stick sharin' tu, sweet gurls!
What wonderful pictures! I sure wish I could have been there to play with that great big stick! So glad the ferals are doing well and why wouldn't they with such a good momma and poppa that you girls have! We wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
The Kits are beautiful Thankyou for caring for them so well. We also make sure the farm kits next door get "a bit extra" and we feed the sqwirls and raccoons.. and birds... and wild turkeys.. and... like you said.. a "zoo" .. and wouldnt have it any other way. !!
Hendrik.. you are looking well too !
These are good days.. time just to "be". Rest and Recharge,