Monday, May 28, 2007

Wild Kingdom

It was an all animal all the time day today. My cat Cookie has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition and we've started him on some pills. He's improving, but slowly. He been spending his time in the basement in a box of books, but felt good enough to venture out a little bit today. I've been taking him food, water and treats so he doesn't have to deal with the doggies.

Perhaps one reason Cookie was feeling better is because Buddy and Pepe were off getting a pre-summer trim at the dog groomers. Or as they call it, "It's a madhouse! A maaaaadhooooouuuuse!"

Here's some "before an after" shots. The first two are Buddy and the second two are Pepe.





I know they'll thank me in their own way when they're comfortable on our long noontime walks in the 90 degree heat. Buddy particularly, because he's been known to just spontaneously lie down frog-style with his belly in the cool grass when he gets too hot. That yak-like coat of his must be really warm.

And just for fun, I decided to make a little video of Lisa feeding the goldfish in our goldfish pond. When watching, keep in mind Quint's immortal lines from "Jaws": "A shark's got lifeless eyes, like a doll's eyes. When it comes at you, it doesn't even seem to be livin'." I don't think these guys are far removed from ol' Bruce the Great White.

5 comments:

Tavia Rowan said...

Awwwww! The liddle guys!

Devon said...

Great family pictures. I've always wanted a fish pond with a waterfall in which the birds could bathe and drink. In a sense, my OWN wild kingdom. In fact, I was surveying my tiny back yard (and I mean tiny) just the other day and thinking if I might actually fit a small pond in there. . . nah. My newest kitty, Beamer, who's 8-1/2 months old, likes the water way too much for that nonsense. Hey, maybe I could teach her to water ski on it. . .

Tavia Rowan said...

Our "fish pond" is the drainage ditch that borders the back yard. It's hardly the mighty Rock River, but it allows the muskrats to come eat our strawberries. And once we saw a truly large snapping turtle making her way upstream.

Devon, you needn't worry about the kitty (unless you're worried she might eat all the fish). Almost all animals can swim. Just make sure the sides aren't steep all around. If you get a big enough pond-- no mowing!!

Tavia Rowan said...

Poor Pepe looks funny without eyebrows.

Andrew said...

Oh, he has eyebrows. They are now just kind of integrated, like Grommet's.