12-7-09 – True Blood Terry, the Cookies & the Wonkas.

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Guess who played Santa at Petsmart on Saturday? And guess who was his helper?

Of COURSE I didn’t tell you in advance that Fred was playing Santa at Petsmart. He would have killed me and buried me in the back forty if I’d announced that he was playing Santa and y’all (or even some of y’all) showed up!

It was kind of fun. He played Santa a few years ago for another animal rescue group; this year it was for Challenger’s House. I’ve never been a “helper” before, so I had no idea what to expect. I’d been told that coming in costume was not only allowed, but encouraged, and as the day approached, I was starting to worry because not only did I not have any kind of costume, I had no kind of Christmassy outfit at all. I ended up buying a long-sleeved green t-shirt at Walmart and wearing a red t-shirt over it, and getting a last-minute Elf hat at Walmart. It was fine.

The other helper took the pictures, and I handed out the envelopes, printed out the pictures, and put them in the frames. It wasn’t super busy, and there was lots of down time. The time, not surprisingly, went by a lot faster when we were busy.

There were a LOT of adorable dogs, and they were all surprisingly well-behaved. I was disappointed that there were no cats or other animals, though.

So, if you’re local (or even if you’re not – I’m pretty sure Petsmarts across the country are all doing this) and want to help out Challenger’s House (or your local animal rescue group), go have your animal’s picture taken with Santa! It’s going on next Saturday and Sunday, and the Saturday and Sunday after that from 11 – 4.

I tried to convince Fred that we should go next weekend and take a chicken to have its picture taken with Santa, but he doesn’t seem to be going for that.

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Since we were at Petsmart for five hours on Saturday, guess who I got to see?

True Blood Terry!

It was SO nice to see him and pet him and snuggle with him for a few minutes. He came right to me when I opened his cage, and he purred like mad, and he rubbed his face on mine, and he talked to me.

I hated putting him back in his cage, but he was so friendly and happy that I just know he’s going to find a home soon. The right person just hasn’t come along, but he would certainly make someone a good Christmas present, don’t you think?

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With Fred’s guidance, I made this crate on Sunday (for storing jars in). Mademoiselle Orange, with the great big mouth, approves. She guesses. But thinks the crate would be much better if there was a plate of food in there for her to scarf down.

Sweet, sleepin’ Hydrox.

That’s it for the Cookies pics today. Obviously I need to get the camera out and get to snapping more pictures!

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Oh, these teenagers and their attitude!

The Wonkas REALLY like sleeping in the bed on the dining room table.


Ahem. It appears that Violet wants to be the focus of the picture!

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Okay, cat experts. This is Stinkerbelle. What would you call her? A Lynx point? A Lynx point Torti (because of the orange)? Something else entirely? I’ve never been quite sure exactly how to describe her!


2008: No entry.
2007: Tommy & Stinkerbelle.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



12-7-09 – True Blood Terry, the Cookies & the Wonkas. — 26 Comments

  1. Oh, Terry!! I can’t believe he hasn’t been adopted yet. I just LOVE that face of his. I would seriously adopt him myself, if it were at all possible.

    Teehee at the Santa pictures! You guys looked great!

  2. I’m sorry to have to point out….. but that elf appears to have her hand on Santa’s knee!!! Is that entirely appropriate? I’ve checked all the Santa stories, and I can’t find any mention of him having “relations” with his elves!!!

  3. I agree I can’t believe Terry is still there – he is such a little sweetie. I hope he finds a great forever home soon. And I think the Santa pics are great – I am not surprised that it was all dogs. I just can’t see my cats putting up with that, and none of the other cats I know either.

    Seriously, with Gus it isn’t just the ear floof in the ears – he has ear floof behind his ears too – that is just crazy! It’s like his ears want to be a long haired cat.

    Stinkerbelle – I am going to have to vote on “cat” because beyond that I have no idea. I still get conflicting info on Lola – at least the rest of mine are easy.

  4. @Freya: Hehe, I noticed the hand as well …

    Stinkerbelle can’t be a “point” cat, because the back of an adult color-point cat is a solid beige color, they can’t have any tabby markings there.

    Torties with tabby markings are called “torbies”; I’ve also heard the name “tabico” for a calico with tabby markings, but I think it’s not as usual as “torbie”. So I’d call Stinkerbelle a torbie with white.

    I think it’s a tricky question if she is a [i]dilute[/i] torbie or not. The “ginger” areas on her body look very light and cream-ish to me, which would make her a dilute torbie. But there are some darker red spots on her head, and the black-grey tabby areas don’t seem so dilute. I don’t know.

  5. ugh, it’s breaking my heart to see terry. please bring him home!!!

    love the santa pics!!! i need to take my crew to go get some.

    yes!! i NEED to know what stinkerbelle is!! i have one of them too, and i never know how to describe her! white with splotches is what i say… my vet said she’s probably part siamese.

  6. It also breaks my heart to see Terry all alone there. I keep watching to see if he has been adopted. I think the reason is clear. You need to go get him and bring him home to Jake and Elwood.
    Also, I don’t know what Stinkerbelle is but she sure is beautiful! And I think she knows it.

  7. Oh sweet little Terry…so happy to see new photos of him and hear that he’s purring and friendly and happy but I really wish his forever-family would just hurry up (please) and bring him home…

    The photo of Violet pushing away Veruca just cracked me up…sisters…gotta love ’em but gotta make sure they don’t steal the spotlight πŸ˜‰

    Stinkerbelle is stunningly gorgeous, whatever torbie/calico/lynxpoint/thingamajigie mix πŸ˜‰

  8. Freya: Helper Elf was trying to get Santa to smile (Santa SWORE he was smiling, but with the beard on, you couldn’t tell!). What you should be more disturbed by is how my hand looks HUGE. And here I always thought I had petite hands. πŸ™‚

    Nadine: I had no idea that Stinkerbelle couldn’t be a “point” cat, but of course it makes perfect sense! I’d probably agree with her being a dilute torbie – but in addition to her cream color, she actually also has true white on her as well.

    Given that cats can’t be “point”s if they have markings on their backs, and the Cookies are all loaded up with tabby stripes and spots, does that mean they’re not Lynx points and are something else entirely? I’d almost call them beige tabbies. (Whatever they are, they’re gorgeous!)

    Angie: If we didn’t have so many cats at the house right now, I’d have brought him home for a few weeks. If he’s still there when it’s time for the Wonkas to go (WAHHHH!), I’ll likely bring him home for a bit. (Also: nothing wrong with using a lot of exclamation points when cats are the topic. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Robyn, you’re right, the Cookies are tabby’d all over. Hm. But judging from the much clearer markings on their little faces and legs and tails (ohh those tails …), I’d say they must be lynx-points. Maybe the markings on their backs will disappear as the kittens grow, just like the stripes you can see sometimes on young all-black kittens?
    I’d so adopt one of them (or two) to study this further, but unfortunately I’m on the other side of the planet …

    And of course Santa is smiling, I can see the twinkle in his eyes. πŸ™‚

  10. Terry is so dang cute…I just can’t believe no one has grabbed him and ran! Will have to add him to our purrs/purrayers for a great home quickly!

    And Stinkerbelle…..what a gorgeous baby she is! Looks like a mix between a tabby and a flame point siamese (her orange coloring and the blue eyes) to me!

  11. Awww…so nice to see sweet little Terry! I am sending warm thoughts and wishes that the right person comes along soon to scoop him up and take him home to love!

    Santa and his helper look very sweet as well! πŸ™‚

  12. All the babies are getting big so fast! Ahhhh!

    Terry is gorgeous. His markings are amazing and he has so much character! His forever fam needs to get on the ball already.

    Also, I gotta agree with the Stinkerbelle comments… falls into the calico family, but I think “dilute torbie” describes her the best. She’s so lovely!

  13. Kisses to Terry! His markings are just beautiful.

    Stinkerbell is not a lynx point of any sort. She would have to have stripes on her face and perhaps on her forearms. She is a diluted calico. (A lovely one, of course). Positive!!! No ifs ands or buts!!! [puts foot firmly down]

  14. Oh…one last thing to clarify something for everyone. Tortie + Lynx = Torbie. Thus Torbies have stripes where torties/calicos do not.

  15. GD: So if we take the “point” out of Stinkerbelle’s equation and she’s a dilute calico (I was being distracted by the fact that she’s part Siamese and apparently thought “point” HAD to be part of her description!), do the tabby patches on her back add anything to the description? Dilute calitabby?

  16. I think there is no official single word for “tabby stripes + tortie coloring + white”. I came across both “caliby” and “tabico”, but neither seems to be in use with official breed standards. The CFA, for instance, seems to call them either “patched tabby and white” or on one occasion “torbie and white”.

  17. oh! something i didn’t think about till today, you should post a kitten pic of stinkerbelle and then ask again – now that would really throw ’em off! this is why it’s so hard to classify her (and phoebe), because they start out almost all white with dark “point” tails and ears. the rest of the color shows up as they age. so NOT your typical dilute calico! i need to scan and upload phoebe as a white kitten.

    to GD – phoebe does have stripiness on her face, and i can sort of see it on stinkerbelle too…