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First a couple of videos, both starring Declan.

Declan says “hi” :

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and Declan gets sassy:

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Cillian, amazed by… everything!

Declan, looking thoughtful. His skinny little neck and his great big ears crack me up.

“Double rainbow all the way!”

Cillian always laughs at his own jokes.

Team Edward!

“Dude, come on. You’ve gotta lift it a little higher if you want me to get ’em clean. If you go to bed with dirty toes, Mama is going to be SO MAD!”

“Those were some dirty toes. I feel faint. Who knew pouty princesses could get so dirty?”

“Um. Nothin’. Why?”

Macushla, just waking up and looking mighty rumpled.

“I see dead people!”
“That’s not dead people! That’s the paparazzi! You go ‘way, lady! We’re talkin’ ’bout important secret things!”


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Rufus senses the approach of evil.

“Madame, please. I beg of you, stop sniffing my hindquarters. It is so RUDE.”

For his troubles, Rufus gets a smack from Alice before she goes flouncing off.

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Jake presents the top of his head to Newt.

Newt looks around…

Considers licking Jake’s head…

Goes for the neck bite instead…

Then really chomps down…

And Jake stomps off in a huff.


2010: It appears weโ€™ve got an infestation of kittens again. ::sigh:: WHERE do they come from??
2009: I swear she looks just like a little bulldog.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



4-27-11 — 43 Comments

  1. Oh the tiny mewing!The staggering and rolling! The wide-eyed wonderment! I need kittens, stat!

  2. I think I’m in love with Declan… And I can’t stop wondering at the perfectly striped pajamas these babies have! Cillian has really neat stripes on his forelegs.

  3. How in Heaven’s name do those tiny little skinny legs hold up those adorable round bellies????? ACK! Dying of teh cute!

  4. The mom loves to visit you for her kitten fix! Such adorable sweeties! The posts need to come with warnings, though, ensuring that humans are sitting down, perhaps have smelling salts on hand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. It looks like their ears are startng to migrate to the tops of their heads!

    Maybe you could take a straight on photo of their heads every day, and then in a couple of weeks you could piece them all together as an animation??

    Just a thought anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m REALLY wishing I’d started out taking a picture of their little faces every single day, because I bet that would have been a great set of pictures.

  6. I can’t stop watching that Declan video.


    AGGGGGH! Kills me dead.

    • It’s a collar that goes to the fence around the back yard. We have a physical fence, but some of the cats are able to climb over it, no matter how much we put up barriers to stop them. So we have an underground fence to go with the physical fence. If the cats wearing collars get too close to the fence, their collars beep. If they keep going, they get a short zap from the collar.

  7. These are just too cute for words!! And I love the captions..absolutely adorable!!

    LOL at that last picture of Newt with his tongue sticking out!! He’s like..”Ppppfffttt..you taste awful Jake! You need a bath!!” Ha Ha Ha

  8. Awwwwww!!! Soooooooooooooooo cute!!! Awwwwww!! It’s so brilliant that their little personalities are beginning to shine!! Lovely!!! And hugs to mum Maggie – what a great mum!!!!

    Princess Alice!!! Oh dear!! Sweet Rufus will just have to get used to her royal highness I suppose! LOL!

    That was so a draw between Jake and Newt! Take care

  9. Ah, I just have to come back again and again to hear little Declan talk, somehow the clip is very calming. Maybe because he’s clearly communicating with you and getting good feedback – you sound so nice on these snippets!

  10. AWWW tiny Declan mew-mew-mewing! I melted. And is that Maggie’s adorable chirp in there too? Precious! I’m in love.

    *pets the whole fuzzy, stripey bunch, then all the other kitties too* Hi, sweet Rufus of Lovebug. And Princess Alice. And… heck, hi everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh hey, you’re all site transferred and thingy-majiggy backed up and…stuff? Well done you!
    Declan loves you! Mew-mew-mew, look at my wittle tail and my ears starting to sit up and oh, there’s mum to see why i’m all excited and mew-mew-mew…just gorgeous. That Alice is all ‘tude, isn’t she? Smacking the dear Rufus lad that way, hm! That really is a funny snap of Newt with his tongue out. Cu-ute! YOu know, you probably have daily photos of all the babies, oh what, you didn’t take that many photos? Really?

  12. The kittens are all just so adorable, but that Declan — little Mr. Personality! And poor Jake – all he wanted was a little head-licking….

  13. I hope you all are safe. The pictures from Alabama are devastating. Sending good thoughts to you and everyone else in Alabama.

  14. First off, I hope you all (animals included, of course) are safe from the storms. Secondly, I think you have a litter of cats like my Smokey! If only I could post a pic… I will on FB! They look just like he did when he was small and I think he is a gorgeous cat now, course, I am biased…..

  15. Robyn, I hope that you, Fred and your critters are safe. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  16. Oh no, I just heard about the devastation. I’ll add my voice to those of your other fans; I certainly hope all is well at Crooked Acres.

  17. From another concerned fan — and not the only one to offer any help you might need. I’m resisting the urge to contact Challenger’s House as I’m sure they have enough on their hands. Meanwhile, my thoughts are with all of you.

  18. I am hoping the lack of a post today is due to electric being knocked out and nothing worse. Keeping fingers crossed that all are safe there.


  19. Sending lots of love and prayers your way…hope everyone (2- and 4-legged alike) are safe and sound.

  20. Noticed on FB that you have no internet. So hope you, Fred and all your furry family are ok. Pics on the news are horrible. Up here we are whining about a few snow flurries mixed in with the rain showers. Shows how foolish we can be sometimes.
    When you can, let us know how it’s going and if there is anything we can do. Prayers are with you.
    Gerri, Daisy and Tessa

  21. Thanks for the update, Gerri. Thank goodness for cell phone postings on Facebook!

    It looks like Fred and Robyn had some property damage, but no injuries to critters. Here are Robyn’s brief posts, for those who don’t have Facebook access:

    “Robyn Anderson
    Sitting in the downstairs closet with maggie & the babies. That was skeery. I think it’s almost past us, yes?
    Yesterday at 12:47pm via Android

    Robyn Anderson No, we’re okay, no twister, just bad winds, everyone’s safe here. You guys in madison cty be safe.
    Yesterday at 12:53pm

    Robyn Anderson Big tree down in the chicken yard, back 40 half flooded, george escaped. Caught him, now he’s hanging in the back yard. I has no internet, WOE.
    22 hours ago via emailยท”

    Hang in there, Robyn (and Fred and critters of all kinds)!!

  22. Phew! Thank you for posting those. I’ve been worried all day and have watched the Declan videos more times than I care to admit. :-

  23. Me too, that’s a relief to hear, was so worried when there was no post, just after I saw the news about all the horrible damage. It has been one heckuva year for storms, south being the worst.
    Can’t think of a nicer way to pass time while the winds howl, tho, sittin with Maggie and babies! glad you all came through okay, sorry about the big tree tho.

  24. According to someone else on FB, CNN has reported that officials are saying that the Huntsville area might not get power back for 4 or 5 days. My guess is that Robyn may not update the blog for a bit after that if they have a lot of damage to clean up.

  25. Doodle Bean — thanks for the updates!! And Miz Robyn, I’m so glad y’all escaped so well. Prayers and thoughts with all y’all in the area…

  26. Thanks so much for sharing the updates, guys, I’ve been checking in here and then FB Love & Hisses page a few times today but just now thought to look at the latest comments.

    Glad everyone is safe at Crooked Acres!

  27. Appreciate the updates! I’ve been worried since the 27th 5am when I saw the Storm Prediction Center had a large area including northern Alabama in the “pack-your-bags-and-head-to-the-cellar” high risk area with storms and tornado warnings moving through every few hours. So relieved to find that everyone at Crooked Acres is well. Hope Challenger’s House is also okay. So much damage to power and cell phone infrastructure, hope Doodle Bean and others on FB can keep us updated. I’ll keep watching the videos..the babies are growing so big.

  28. Yikes! I’m glad to hear everyone at Crooked Acres is okay, two-legged and four-legged residents (and fosters!) included. Keep us posted, and I’ll add my voice to those wishing you guys all the best. Yicch, storms.

  29. The latest news from FB is:

    “Nancy Minnich Stanley
    Heads-up to my fellow worriers and/or nebshits! I received a text from Robyn @ 4:35 pm today: “We’re OK, phone & internet are down & cell svc is spotty, but we’re all safe!”
    about an hour ago ”

    This is the best news we can expect (except no way am I a nebshit! ;)).

  30. Be safe Robyn, Fred and all furry/feathered/curly tailed family members.

    We miss your updates but we we want you all well so we will wait. Be safe and secure. And George! Just where did you think you were going? Boys!

  31. No new updates from Robyn – which I would expect since she is probably conserving all the battery power she has! I did read an appeal for help for the only operational vet practice in the affected areas. They have been providing free care to animals injured in the tornadoes, but are running out of money, supplies and drugs.

    Heidi has the details in her blog. Those of you who want to help Robyn and Fred might want to chip in in their names.

    Anything you can spare will help! Thanks!

  32. I too just read the recent comments! OMG and God bless that everyone is ok! I am thankful that George is back safely! Robyn take good care of yourself and your family! You and every family across that region are in our prayer!

    For those who need a kitten fix…I stumbled across this and about 1/2 way thru it cracked me up. http://comedy.video.yahoo.com/?l=24038736&v=25055655

    Here is to good weather, kind rain when the Earth needs it, and love and safety to all!