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April 29, 2010

It’s a Pirate’s Life!

I’d like to introduce you to our beautiful cat Scotty!

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Like a cat will be, he’s quite a funny character! Scotty’s joie de vivre has us laughing at his antics and loving him wholeheartedly. We call our yard “Scotland’s Yard”, and believe me he owns it! (BTW: that would make my house “Queen” Victoria’s House; better known as Windsor Castle!). He loves me well enough, but he LOVES Brian more and seeks his lap every time he saunters into the living room. If he’s not on Brian’s lap, he’s laying upside down somewhere – on a chair, on the floor, on the sidewalk… any surface works just fine as Scotty’s bed! When he’s on the floor like in the photo to the right (below), he won’t move an inch when we approach – we have to walk over or around the lug!!

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Xmas 2008 11One Christmas he was determined to join the family for dinner; he took my seat at his first opportunity (I was off to get more much-needed gravy!) and, except when I took his photo, he stared at the turkey on my plate with relish ~ eyes and nose inches away! MMMMM!!

When ever we’re trudging away in the yard, he’s out DSC02478there with us “supervising” our work. The moment we stop doing whatever we’re doing, he runs over meowing and flops down at our feet. He gets a few pats and then takes off back to his perch to watch us some more – we take that as our cue to get back to work!

Oh… and how could I almost forget?! He prefers his water from the fridge dispenser with ice in it. It’s hilarious! Every time I go to get a glass of ice water, he’ll come charging into the kitchen (off of Brian’s lap if he must!) and he’ll sit patiently by the fridge door until I pour him some, too. Yes… he wants it in a glass so the ice floats. What a weirdo kitty!! ;-)

DSC00564Poor Scotty has been through some traumatic times, too.

One time was when we had the vet shave off all of his thick luxurious fur because it was matted with burrs. He WAS NOT impressed! Although he discovered that pets felt soooo much better close to his sensitive skin!! He was so wonderfully funny looking!!

The other bad time in Scotty’s life was NOT as funny. Some nutcase in our neighbourhood DSC00807(we never discovered who – could have been someone passing by) decided to grab him by his tail and not let go… the result was a broken spine at the base of his tail, and that meant amputation. What a tough time for him!! And as you can imagine, we were extremely upset!

But true to his life-loving and adventurous nature, Scotty just continued to have fun!

So why am I sharing Scotty tales with you (you’ll pardon the pun?)?

Because our silly Scotty is a pirate-hoarder!

Here… take a look at this:

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These are Scotty and Shelby’s food bowls… AND Scotty’s stash. He takes twist ties, plastic bread-bag clips, strips of stuff like shoelaces & weather striping, dried twigs and leafs that he drags in from outside (it’s funny to see him at the door with a leaf in his mouth, waiting to be let in so he can add his new-found treasure to his collection!), and he brings them here to his bowls. He really, really likes dropping his treasures IN to a food bowl, like the leather shoelace above right.

Practicing good pirate security, Scotty keeps his treasure in 2 food-bowl locations.

X marks the spots!!

Fortunately for Scotty, Shelby (who has her own individual quirks, like happily pressing my fabric for me when I was making my pillows!) doesn’t mind sharing her food bowl with his junk. Ahem. I mean gold bullion!

Don’t judge us (LOL!!)… but it’s probably safe to say that we’re enablers of Scotty’s hoarding activity (bad us!!); rarely do we intervene by removing items from his stash zone or take any other action to curb his pirate behaviour… like picking up enticing tidbits we “accidently” drop on the floor!! And yes, when I clean the kitchen floor I work around any items lovely left… and when I’m cleaning bowls I generally put twist ties and such back in the bottom before placing the bowls on the floor… or I’ll “drape” a longer string ever so carefully half in and half out of his bowl in an attempt to re-create the treasure-trove scene! See… enabling!! ;-)

DSC02629In fact, his hoarding activities have become such a common place occurrence that we generally don’t take much notice except to smile when we fill the cats’ bowls.

Last week though (and the whole reason I’m sharing Scotty Tales with you now), when I was making my new dining room drapery, he had me laughing and grabbing my camera! You see, I had cut off some excess lining and left the long piece sitting on the living room floor (my “work table”, if you’ll remember!). Moments later – not even 5 DSCF0433minutes - Scotty came strutting in the front door, walked right up to the enticing bit of treasure and, without any hesitation, picked it up and started to drag it – between his legs, trailing about 2 feet behind him – to his little stash zone! He stopped along the way to flop down beside his find and pose for a photo, possessively keeping his piece of lining close at paw. You know… just in case someone wanted to pull it and wiggle it around for him to snatch and bite!!

What a KOOK!

Of course once he’d deposited the lining-strip into his bowl, he had to have a bite to eat! The life of a pirate takes a lot of energy!!

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We LOVE our pets!!

Do you have pets that make you laugh and bring you joy?

 

I’m dedicating this look at Scotty’s pirate, treasure-seeking life to his best friend, Simon. We lost Simon just before Christmas, weeks away from his 12th birthday, and we miss him terribly!!

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16 comments:

A Room For Everyone said...

What a fantastic cat, I love the way you write about him. Poor baby with no tail - cat cruelty is rife, I will never understand why.. We have two lovely tabby boys - Lenny and Sonny. They're such different personalities. Lenny is either very belligerent or very smoochy (and very comforting to the kids when they're upset) and Sonny is always well behaved but rather aloof towards everyone except me. We love them..Rxx

Annie@A View On Design said...

g'day scotty! Would you like to meet my two princesses, Samantha and Paris, a bit older than you, bit like a couple of cougars!!! lol

Laura Trevey said...

LOVE the shades!!!

Razmataz said...

I love a shaved cat, they feel like micro-fleece or something, and with the hair on the face, they seem almost cartoony.

I have a 16 year old yellow lab "Gracie" who is senile and kooky, and I just lost my chocolate lab Mooch to leukemia which broke my heart and I can't look at his picture without crying.

They are such a part of your life, just like you say in your post , they are into and part of all the little daily things.

Sarah @ Dream in Domestic said...

Oh man! What a hilarious cat! I love how every cat is so unique with its own quirks - and what quirks your precious Scotty has!

I am saddened by the story of the person who grabbed his tail - I don't understand how people can be so cruel. I'm glad he seems to be his normal self again, but I'm sure that was a traumatic experience for everyone.

Thanks for sharing this about your cat - it really started my day with a smile! :)

Verve! said...

I love your cat and the stories that you have to go along with him! The one about the tail is so sad though! I will never understand some people.

I have a cat named Simon :) I'm sorry to hear about your Simon. Our Simon was found under a log on a fishing trip that one of my co-workers were on. How could anyone leave a kitten out in the woods like that!? But like Scotty, Simon doesn't let it keep him down either :) He isn't a cuddler, but more of a supervisor, lol.

Thanks for sharing the pictures and the personality! I know I love to get my cat into my blog as much as possible too!

Marcus Design said...

Soooo cute, what a special little guy Scotty is! Thanks for sharing all about him. I can't believe what happened to his tail, who on earth would do such a thing to a poor little cat??!?

It's so fun to see the personalities of our animals, they all have such quirks. My little dog is much the same way (minus the hoarding!), he is quite paticular about many things.

PS. I LOVE you an Kelly's comments on my giveaway post...you had me laughing so bad!! Makes me want to give you both a prize just for being so cute!
Nancy

BubBLeS said...

OooooOOoO Scotty is such a cutie! At first glance, I thought you've put a shirt on him, but it was actually Scotty in the nude! :P Poor thing, must've been horrible to lose his tail. Sorry to hear about Simon, but he looks darn cute in those sunglasses! Maybe Simon's met Bunny by now! I can see Bunny riding Simon around :P

thelennoxx said...

I'm sorry you lost your dog, I lost mine less than a year ago too =( She was 13 yo and about 5 years earlier she lost all her ability to hear. She had an ear infection so deep the vet had to remove her eardrums and sew both her ears shut. Good thing I had always used sign language with her, lol. I hate loud dog owners, if you use signs, the dog looks at you all the time for direction and sits down where you point. She was always the best dog at the vet's office, I was so proud of her =)

Oh, and half a year before she died, she poked out her eye too. She tripped on a rock in the garden.

Okay, enough sob stories. I have 2 chats that make me laugh all the time! They are brothers, long coated persians. The black one, his name is Plasitc, thinks he is a dog, and the gray one, Professor, is down right retarded. His jaw is really crooked so his tongue sticks out vertically, lol. And they both want to be carried around on my hip like babies.

I have NEVER heard of a hoarder cat before, very fascinating! Scotty is really beautiful!! Thanks for sharing this funny story =)

Puna said...

Oh not that's funny! I'm going to shave my cat too this summer...your dog even looks like mine:)

Petra Voegtle said...

Victoria, so sorry to hear about this animal cruelty. Never understand how people can do such a thing. It's awful but then they probably torture their kids as well!
I lost my lovely back cat in 1986 and I still mourn him. He had such an incredible personality.
Now we are living with a whole pigeon family - incredible intelligent and funny birds. If you find some time - I am writing "Pigeon Tales" - a diary about their adventures and everything that happens to them:
http://pigeonwriter.wordpress.com

Tricia - Avolli said...

What a great post. I love you beautiful kitty and was so sad to read about his cruel encounter. Clearly he is a survivor though and didn't lose his sense of humor or adventure in spite of it.

Sorry to hear about your sweet dogie's passing. I am a passionate pet lover and can feel your pain. He looks like he was a character too!

Thanks so much for sharing them with us!
Tricia - Avolli

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Scotty could have his own sitcom..seriously! I love this cat. Simone was so handsome, so sad when they leave us. Thanks for sharing Victoria, such fun to read and see.

Happy weekend to you and Kelly xx

Lisa said...

So sad to hear about Simon and what happened to Scotty's tail! It's hard to believe that people can be so cruel! But what a personality! I have 3 cats - and we love them all! Our Milo also hoards but just his scrunchy balls which he stashes under my dining room hutch - we found over 20 under there recently - we were wondering where they all were!!!

Maria Killam said...

Pets are the best!! xo Maria

Diane Schuller said...

gosh, I am appalled that someone broke his tail. That poor cat. So glad he has you to care for him. I'm so sorry about losing your dear Simon before Christmas. It's always so difficult and painful when we lose one of our dear 4-footed family members.

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