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BTW – have George and Gracie and the cats (any of them) ever met up? Was it funny or were emergency evacuation procedures put in to action?

George and Gracie have never met up with any of our cats face-to-face, but one day Coltrane was following Fred around the property as he did his chores, and Fred opened the gate to go into the back forty. Coltrane zipped right through the gate, and Fred was sure there was going to be a kitty death, but he managed to get Coltrane shooed back through the gate before the dogs had any idea what was going on. They’ll bark at Coltrane, Maxi, and Newt as they run across the property between the back yard and the back forty. If one of the cats goes running across the back yard, they’ll bark at it, too, but for the most part they ignore the cats.


Yesterday I went over to Katherine’s house to make this candy (which turned out to be really good!).

Do you remember that Kara was pregnant when we got her, and she had four babies, and then Katherine adopted River (now Nate) and Inara (now Dora)? (It’s okay if you don’t remember that – you can always go read the Kara saga starting with this post if you’re interested.)

This is what Inara/ Dora looked like then:

and this is what she looks like now:

This is what River/ Nate looked like then:

and now:

Haven’t they grown up to be absolutely gorgeous? Katherine and I have determined that Nate belongs in Hollywood. Or at the very least, on the cover of magazines.

Nate is a scaredy-cat when it comes to strangers (of course he doesn’t remember me), and at one point he came running through the room – not realizing I was there – and when he saw me, he stopped dead in his tracks, spun around, and ran in the other direction. He stopped in another doorway, gave me a disbelieving look, and then ran for safety. Made me laugh out loud.


You saw the pictures the other day of Jan “Hussy” Brady snuggling with Reacher. Now you can see her getting some love from Elwood.

YouTube link

The kneading paws KILL ME DEAD. Is that one happy kitten or what?

Cindy Brady and a sparkly ball.

Kinda looks like she’s practicing her kissing technique on that toy, doesn’t it?

Bobby tries to decide whether to jump for it.

The scratching post we made. The best thing I did was to use the staple gun to attach that drawstring cord (pulled out of one of my hoodies) to the top of the scratching post. The kittens will bat at it for HOURS.

Peter pops out from behind the scratching post.

Adoption hours at Petsmart take place tonight and tomorrow – I highly suspect that at least a few (if not all) of the Bradys will have new homes by the end of adoption hours on Saturday. Of course I’ll keep you informed!


Stinkerbelle, atop the bookcase in the guest bedroom, keeping an eye on things.


2010: “Who, ME?”
2009: Samba and Rumba.
2008: She is such a SWEET girl!
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



1-21-11 — 5 Comments

  1. yay stinkerbelle. I love any post that have miss poo or stinkerbelle in them. I think Stinkerbelle is the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen. Don’t tell my cat, Mildew that.

  2. Oh wow!! Dora and Nate!! Awwwww!!! My goodness such great before and after pics!! Awwww!! Lovely – thank you for the link to their story and these pics!!!! It’s weird how the kitties “forget” you – I hope that not all the kitties you fostered do!!!! Awww!!

    I have everything crossed that the rest of the beautiful Bradys will be adopted asap!! They’re so cute and adorable!!!

    Elwood is so good to Jan!!! LOL!! Hello there Stinkerbelle!! take care

  3. My husband and I adopted Greg Brady this weekend and we love him so much. Thank you for taking such good care of Riley (that’s what we call him because the name seems sweet, loving, and playful, just like he is). He is the most wonderful kitten I’ve ever seen, and I can tell that you raised him with so much love. I’ve never seen a more affectionate kitten. I can’t stop playing with him and holding him, and he loves every minute of it. His latest favorite game is for me to throw a ping-pong ball up the stairs so he can chase it down and then bat it all over until he’s so tired that he curls up on my lap for a snooze until it’s playtime again.

    My husband is smitten with the little guy who nuzzles him when he sits down to watch TV. We also have three grown children, all students at Auburn. Only one was lucky enough to be home when we adopted Riley, and she couldn’t leave his side. I expect that all my children will be coming home more often just so they can play with Riley. This little guy will get all the love and attention he deserves, and we are so happy that he is part of our family. Thank you, again!

    Jeanne Johnson

    P.S. I’ll send pictures soon.