10-25-12 – Myrtle Beach Thursday

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Myrtle Beach Thursday.
(Sights from my trip to Myrtle Beach, obviously.)

The beach, my first morning there. Absolutely gorgeous weather.

After breakfast, we went to Barefoot Landing to do a little shopping. Imagine our surprise when we saw a squirrel go into one of the stores and demand a peanut. Then he went under one of the displays and ate it. He went back to the register and demanded another one, and then took it outside to bury. So cute!

Boardwalk across the water at Barefoot Landing.

Another shot across the water at Barefoot Landing.

We were feeding the fish (carp, mostly) and these two turtles came paddling over to see what we had.


More sunrise. I took about 300 pictures of the sunrise. It was very difficult to narrow them down to just a few, believe me.

Early(ish) morning on the beach.

And sunset. So pretty!

One morning we drove to, I think, south of Myrtle Beach, and we looked at the houses. Such cute houses – and so expensive. (Go figure, right? Houses right on or near the beach are so seldom expensive!)

We went to Broadway at the Beach to look around, and feed the fish, and these fish were just nightmarishly aggressive. They were throwing themselves on top of each other to get to the fish food we were tossing to them. Could you imagine falling into that water?

Pretty sure Fred needs this mug (and equally sure he’d never use it.)

Eating lunch at Pier 14.

Looking off the pier one way…

And then the other. The timeshare where we were staying was up the beach thataway.

I’m pretty sure that in case of tsunami, beach evacuates YOU.

More beach. I’ve actually never gone swimming at Myrtle Beach, but if I’d had a bathing suit with me, I would have this time around. The water was surprisingly warm.

My mother took this picture of me. You can’t see it, but I had the camera in my hand and was taking a picture.

On the beach at sunset (that’s me on the left, some stranger on the right.)

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Guess who’s going off to be spayed in a little while? You can see how thrilled she is about that. She looks so clean and white and healthy!

“But… I don’t wanna be spayed!”

“Uh… nope. I’m good. Is it snack time yet?”

Sleepy Percy.

Magoo in the sun, looking skeptical.

They love the foster room in the afternoon. Lots of sun to stretch out in.

Magoo. I sure do love that silly boy.

Polly, watching the shadows on the wall.

Petey Pickle and his spotted belleh.

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Joe Bob has ALWAYS got something to say.


2011: No entry.
2010: “I’m da baybee.”
2008: No entry.
2007: I’m sure it’s eyeball cancer and we’ll have to put a pirate patch on him and it will cost one million dollars to cure him.
2006: No entry.
2005: The quintessential Crazy Eyes.



10-25-12 – Myrtle Beach Thursday — 58 Comments

  1. Beautiful pics of Myrtle Beach, and the kittehs. My favorite pic, though, is the mug. I may have to find one for hubby!

  2. Curses on those people who brought that beautiful kitty in to be euthanized because they couldn’t keep him. Curses. I hope he finds an amazing home to grow old in. And I hope those people are overrun with mice in their new home. 🙂

    • I also tend to make the snap judgement that people who abandon their pets are somehow ‘bad’. Then I realize that I don’t really have enough information to make that decision accurately. It only takes a couple of seconds to think up scenarios which make it much more understandable why people make the decisions they do. For example, this family’s next ‘home’ might be a homeless shelter. The cat might have expensive chronic illnesses.* The family might not have enough money to feed their kids, much less a pet, etc.

      We just don’t know.

      It’s probably best to hope that this gorgeous meezer finds a good home, network him if possible, and leave it at that. Yes, there are ‘bad people’ out there, but sociopaths and malignant narcissists are only about 10% of the population. It’s much more realistic to assume that these particular people had understandable reasons for making the decision they did.

      *Purebred cats are much more likely to have health problems and lower life expectancies than mixed breeds.

      • well written DoodleBean.. it is hard sometimes to remember that there are still good people out there who do things that they don’t want to do but have to, which often ends up putting them in catagories with the same people who do things they don’t really care about and do because they want to..

      • Yay for Riley finding 3 forever homes! My heart was breaking, reading that story, and I was mentally calculating how long it would take me to drive from PA to Kansas City…… It is completely beyond me how someone could just give up a pet like that to be put down. Hope you have a happy, happy life with your new family who wants you, beautiful boy!

        Great vaca pictures. “Beach evacuates you” was the best!!

      • ZOMG what wonderful news! Wish we could save more cats this way.

        Robyn, thank you SO MUCH for the shoutout. Bless your heart for all you do, not just for cats but for the other animals in your life as well.

  3. Your pictures of Myrtle Beach are wonderful!!!! Love the squirrel.
    Poor little babies getting spayed! Dandi’s belly is sooo adorable – I don’t want to see it shaved! Kisses Dandi!
    Love Joe Bob’s mouth in that pic. Perfect timing!

  4. I suspect that Dandelion will come back from being spayed clean and white and healthy! I’m also amazed that Magoo, like Beulah, turned out to be a normal looking cat after a prolonged ‘alien’ period! Good thing, too!

    I love the photos of Myrtle Beach. Isn’t it great to be near the ocean after being away for some time?

    • Oh, I LOVE being near the ocean, and I think I appreciate it even more since I don’t get to see it but a few times a year. One of my winning-the-lottery fantasies includes a home on the ocean. 🙂

  5. Lovely pics Robyn! Glad you were able to share your vacation with us-thank you. Good wishes to the Pickles and their private parts.

  6. What!?! My God, somebody please save Riley!! I havent even read todays post yet, that info shot an arrow steaight through my heart. Is there any way we can fedex cats? I would take him and Purslane in a heartbeat!!!!!

  7. Thanks for the shoutout on Riley, Robyn. Hope the little guy finds a home, fast!

    Beautiful photos of your vacation 🙂

  8. Yeah, im sorry. Nice vacay photos, I know you like to get away from all this cat stuff sometimes. I think you should do it every season, one or two being vacations out of town. But you are a Cat Whisperer! The crown is heavy! I am a baby whisperer. Cats talk to me and trust me around them.

    • I missed the kittens (and the big cats, too!), but it was nice to have a few days away from it all. I returned rejuvenated and ready to get back to scoopin’. 🙂

  9. “beach evacuates YOU” – I almost snorted diet Coke out my nose when I read that!

    It’s been fifteen years or so since I went to Myrtle Beach and this brought back nice memories. Glad you had good weather and enjoyed it!

  10. Great photos Robyn. We are thinking about going to Myrtle Beach next spring. Looks beautiful.
    The white squirrel was in our neighbors yard yesterday morning.
    We had a situation here where I work where a family was moving from the US back to China. They are moving in a couple of months. At least 2 months ago they started trying to find a home for their precious kitty as they did not want to submit the kitty to the trauma of the long travel. You could tell they loved this kitty and would do everything they could to find her a good home. Never was there any consideration of putting the kitty down. I can understand not being able to take the animal with you for a number of reasons but to consider putting the animal down is just not fathomable to me. How could you sleep knowing you put the animal down rather than find it a home? I hope Riley finds a home soon.

    • I just read that he’s been adopted! I’m not surprised – there were a lot of people sharing the story, I figured it was only a matter of time. 🙂

  11. By the way, the Siamese kitty that the owner was going to EU….WTHeck? I am soooo glad that the vet ignored them. And is there some law that could be put on those idiots to make sure they NEVER own another pet? Killing is their solution? What horrible morons!

  12. What great pictures of Myrtle Beach! Thanks for advertising my state so nicely! My friends are trying to organize a “girls weekend” in Myrtle Beach now, since the weather stays warm really through Thanksgiving. (Not unusual for SC to see 80 degrees at Thanksgiving…) Fall and winter at the beach are some of my favorite times to go.

    Poor Riley…I hope he finds a good home soon. I don’t want to judge either, but I just can’t imagine putting a heathy, albeit older, animal down just because you can’t keep it. But maybe by surrendering the cat to their vet instead of animal control (a sure death), they were hoping for this outcome instead?

    Good luck Weed Girls! I look forward to cute shaved belleh shots when you get back!

    • OK – I just re-read my last sentence and it sounds like I’m advocating doing liquor shooters off of kitten tummies!! Please don’t call the ASPCA on me!! :p

    • Oh, they were so irate when I opened the door this morning, howling at me about how they were starrrrrrrving. I put Thistle and Dandelion in the carrier, then grabbed Purslane, and when I opened the top, Dandelion hopped out and went running. I had to coax her back into the room by rattling dishes like I was getting their snack. She totally fell for it – but I felt just the tiniest bit evil. 🙂

  13. I just want to pick Percy up and snuggle him; he has such a sweet little face! Unfortunately I don’t think my own beloved Percy would be very happy with that. 😛

    • That would certainly be confusing when it was time for their yearly checkup at the vet. “No, Percy and Percy. Yes, two cats. Yes, they’re both named Percy….” 🙂

    • Isn’t it wild? I know turtles are slow, but how slow must you move to let that kind of stuff grow on your shell? And I wonder if the other turtles nibble at it when they’re hungry but not up for a long swim.

      • That turtle definitely doesn’t need to sign up for the Hair Club for Men! Thanks for the dreamy pictures, Robyn.

  14. It’s wonderful to see Tony Rocky Horror Magoo Pickle looking so healthy. You and Fred saved his life and now he has become quite the handsome boy!

      • It so is. I totally have a thing for black kitties now. You don’t know how wonderful they are until you are owned by one. Just mind your feet in the dark 🙂

  15. oh dear, I just started twitching over the poor abandoned kitty–glad he’s getting a home!

    A friend recently came thisclose to sending one of their cats to a shelter (in a kill area) because it scratched their 2 year old’s face. The same two-year-old who constantly chases and hits it, and has for a year. Who apparently cannot listen to “no.” If the child doesn’t have a developmental disorder that I magically haven’t heard about, I can’t deal with them as parents.

    Thank you for the kitties!! Ack, that rant was necessary.

    • Augh. Lousy parenting like that is – but wait, that’s another rant. 🙂

      I’m just grateful that the word got out and Riley found a home. I wonder how many more in situations like this we can save.

  16. Oh, man, I have not been able to get to the beach this year and your pictures make me hurt for it – Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite places. I live in upstate SC and I think I’ve gone down there most every year of my life (46 years). I dream about a house down there too 🙂

    And those lovely belly spots! They must be kissed 🙂

    • Oh, they definitely were kissed. 🙂

      I’ve been to Myrtle Beach maybe 4 times, and I love it more every time I get to visit!

  17. Wonderful pics of the beach! I shall STEAL them directly and put them in my cache of art inspiring photos!

  18. Hi Robyn! Long-time lurker here. I volunteer a rescue group, so normally I’m one of the gals cleaning up the cages and playing with the cats at Petco adoption centers. I’m looking for a little bit of advice regarding cats transitioning from the foster home to a cage in the store.

    This past weekend, I ended up rescuing two kittens from a parking lot. We had them for a few days at a foster home, but due to space constraints, we got them into the cages pretty quickly – they are healthy but a little scared right now. How long does it take for a pair of siblings to get used to the cages and other cats? I’m worried I’ve traumatized them for life or maybe made a mistake by getting them into the cages so quickly, but we had no foster room and the local animal shelter has a 5 to 7 day period between arrival and euthanasia (yikes, I know). They are very quiet and watching everyone (normally they are pretty high octane), but they are eating and drinking. One person described it as “very reserved.” I just worry over what they must be thinking, transitioning from wherever they were to a parking lot, then to my boyfriend’s apartment, then to a foster place for a few days, and then the cages. It’s been a whirlwind, but even though I keep telling myself they are now safe and sound — far better off than in a parking lot — I can’t help but worry over what’s going on in those fuzzy heads. Is there anything else I can do for them? (They have been vetted, and they are healthy, minus clearly not getting enough food in recent days.)

    I really appreciate what you do, and you’ve been an inspiration for me to get involved in cat rescue. Any advice anyone has here would be welcome. Thanks!!

  19. those are wonderful photos. I think I like the sunset photos the best, but only by a hair.

    You, like me, seem to find the cute wildlife photos whenever we go on vacation 🙂

    just love the turtles!!