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Juuuust as Gilbert grabbed for Angelo’s tail…

Angelo casually curled it upward out of Gilbert’s reach. Angelo’s no dummy!

So Gilbert went around to Angelo’s front, to see what toys were there.

Bath time for Grant.

Marshall and Blaster, keeping an eye on Angelo.

LOVE the one fang!

Angelo takes a bite outta Marshall.

And Marshall goes after the scratcher.

Sweet boy.

The look on Marshall’s face is cracking me UP.

“He’s just CRAZY!”

Tuesday evening, Fred and I went outside to do a little work in the garden, and investigate the compost heap, and when we walked back into the house, the screen door at the bottom of the stairs was hanging wide open and the Cheez Doodles were running all over the place. We figured that they’d somehow accidentally knocked the hook out of the eye, which would surely never happen again.


So yesterday morning, I put them all upstairs and shut the screen door, as I usually do between 8:30 and 9 every morning. I was cleaning out a closet when all of a sudden here came Gilbert, all “HI LADY WHAT YOU DOIN?!” The screen door was standing wide open and there were Doodles running in all directions. I put them back on the stairs and shut and hooked the screen door, and Gilbert smirked, stretched upward, and smacked the hook out of the eye.


I locked them in the foster room, and Fred and I made a quick run to Lowe’s to get one of those hooks where you have to move a little piece out of the way to unlatch it.

So far it’s working to keep them contained, but I’m not convinced that those little monsters won’t figure it out and then all will be anarchy.

Here’s a video of what the Cheez Doodles do at nap time. I wasn’t able to capture the sounds of them smacking as they nurse on that blanket, but you get the idea.

YouTube link.


If only Corbie could relax…


2013: Puff does not appreciate it, but she’s just doin’ her job, man!
2012: “Am busy ripping paper! You go ‘way!”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: The kittens are 15 weeks old today
2007: Maxi, guardian of the garden.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



7-31-14 — 19 Comments

  1. While Marshall’s face may be cracking you up, I love how in the picture, Angelo is either holding an invisible umbrella or is waiting for a fly ball to be hit his way…Great pictures, as always!

    The kitten escape artists has skilz!

  2. Hahahahah. Brats. They’re too smart for your good. Good luck with that.

    My Pumpkin used to open the fridge. I stopped him with (this will sound nerdy) a platter out of an old IDE hard drive. This is actually a strong magnet about the size of your hand, big enough to span both sides of a fridge door.

  3. If that nappin time video isn’t the cutest thing ever, then I don’t know what is.

    Does Angelo still suck on his toes?

  4. That video is SO cute. And I can totally hear some smackin’!

    Your door issue reminds me of the lovely morning several years ago when two of our cats were in our bathroom with the door closed (they had woken us up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning and we were having none of that). Next to the door, on the inside of the bathroom, right at bolt-style lock level, is a towel rack.

    You can see where this is going.

    When we got up at 7:00 and went to feed them, we realized that they had climbed onto the towel rack, slid the bolt, and locked themselves in. After trying various methods to open the door, we eventually called our landlord, who had to use his circle saw to cut through the walls, reach through and up, and unlock the door. Needless to say, the cats were freaked out, and we removed the lock after that.

  5. Smart kitten!

    But you just made me think. I am moving soon to a new house that has a refrigerator with ice and water dispensers in the door. I’ve never had one before – wonder how long it will take one of my four girls to figure out how to operate it? Guess I’d better get used to using the lockout mechanism now!

    • Bubba comes running when he hears the ice dispenser and absolutely requires some bits of crushed ice to play with. He’ll bat them around and chase them across the floor. Khaleesi has learned from him and she will pounce bits of ice. When the Daughter takes Khaleesi back to Auburn I’m going to have to send her with a hammer. She doesn’t have an ice maker in her fridge so she’ll have to bash some cubes up for Khaleesi to play with.

  6. Thanks for the fun pictures and the funny story!
    Little monkeys. And how can Corbie relax? He MUST keep the back of the couch from falling down!

  7. My Merry, two years old now, will still knead a blanket like the doodles. But he doesn’t actually nurse, he just stretches out his head and puts his mouth right up against it. It’s pretty funny to see because I keep expecting him to start nursing but he never does.

    Angelo is all, I see you kid, don’t even think of touching my tail. Too cute.

  8. No wonder Mama Dennis is SO unimpressed with those little weirdos! Blanket-sucking nutballs!

  9. Don’t you have a brick you could put in front of that door??

    although I just laugh at the image of him batting at the hook while you are watching him..

  10. That has to be my absolute favorite video !!!! I almost passed out from the cuteness !!!!!!!

    I wanna kiss Corbie’s soft tummy……even if it means risking having my head scratched to pieces !!!!!