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Did I mention that The Terrible Pickle and Joe are always fighting?

The Terrible Pickle shows off his teeth and claws.


Petey is just the sweetest little dreamboat.

Percy climbing up the cat tree to see what’s going on.

Percy in the sun.

Fred thinks Percy’s the prettiest Pickle because of his round little face. I don’t know how you could ever determine a prettiest Pickle, because they’re ALL so pretty.

Polly chewing on Petey’s tail, yet again.

One thing you might not know about The Terrible Pickle: he’s a snuggly little lovebug. (And then the next, he’s a bitey little brat. He’s well-rounded, you might say, and I don’t mean his belly.)

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Dandelion, watching her sisters.

“Hey! MY scratcher! You get away!”

Purslane, disturbed. “Can’t we all just get along?!”

Don’t judge those smudged mirrors. I clean them regularly, but the KITTENS with their NOSES and PAWS keep messing them up!

Dandelion and her pink belly.

I know that in this picture, it looks like Purslane is much bigger than her sisters, but it’s just the angle. She’s the smallest Weed, by a couple of ounces.

::jazz paw::

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Today’s Crooked Acres Cover Boy: Newt!

Newt, although technically one of our “outside” cats, has decided that IN the house is where he wants to be. He probably spends 75% of his time snoozing in weird, out-of-the-way places in the house, 10% rushing to get in front of me when I’m walking through the house*, and the rest outside climbing over the back yard fence (both to get out of the back yard and into the back yard).

*He tends to rush to get in front of me when I’m walking near the door, so the first 3,000 times I thought “Hey, he probably wants out.” So I’d open the door, he’d look at me like “I’m not going out THERE. Are you CRAZY?” and then walk away. He just has a need to be in front of me, wherever I’m going. Not sure what his intentions are, but whatever works for him, I guess. Goofball.


2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: And now I’m about to leave to take Lafayette to the vet for his new eyelips.
2008: Kara, Zoe & Kaylee.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



9-4-12 — 35 Comments

  1. Why MUST cats (and my dogs do it, too) get in front of your feet at all times? This drives me nuts. They will be sorry when I’ve tripped over them and fallen down a flight of steps. Then I won’t be able to feed them or open the door letting all the A/C out while they decide if they would care to go out. (not right now I think, maybe later though)

  2. My cats like to get in front of me too–all the better if there can be more than one, and they can be pretending to be a herd of elephants. I have no idea what the guy in the apartment below me must think. πŸ™‚

    And OMC, isn’t Newt just the mancatliest?! He’s so handsome. πŸ™‚ (oh I love me some big-cheeked boy kittehs.)

  3. Freckles not only spends most of her time in front of my feet (coming to a sudden halt often on the stairs), but occasionally, she makes a grab ‘n’ bite for my leg, as if it were going the wrong speed or the wrong direction. I don’t like that particular maneuver one bit.

  4. Nope, Newt’s not trying to get out and he’s not trying to trip you. Fact is that he considers himself your bodyguard. He’s keeping the path clear for you so you can get important things done… like feed him.

    Far be it from me to judge the smudged mirrors. Looks like we have the same cleaning lady for the glass door to my foster room. I just wish she’d use windex and a paper towel instead of spit and a kitten paw to get them clean.

    Not sure what to do with myself today… kids left for school for the first time since June 14th and I have no need to administer kitten medications for the first time since July 2nd. That being said, I’m sure that someone will break out with something by the end of the day just to punish me for thinking we’re done.

    • Isn’t it AMAZING the amount of time freed up when you don’t have to medicate them? It’s amazing! (Fingers crossed that no one breaks out with anything, and you get to spend all your time loving on them instead of torturing them!)

  5. I think my cats have a deathwish, getting under my feet while I’m cooking. I have not yet dropped anything on them – although the scatter when they knocked my suitcase off the bed was both yikes-inducing and strangely satisfying.

  6. Dandelion has some serious floof going on…she is gorgeous. The blue eyes are to die for. Would love to see her all grown-up someday! And I agree with other comments: Newt is a manly-man-cat, with that huge big cat head/jowls.

  7. Long time reader, first time commenter- I know you love people’s dreams. I had a dream this weekend that I needed to stop talking to my friend Erin (another big fan of your blog) because I had urgent business to attend to with you! I had names for your next batch of kittens- the Busters! They were named after the dust buster and the kittens would be Decker, Dyson and Eureka. I was desperate trying to remember the last kitten’s name and I was screaming “THE ONE WITH THE BOWLING BALL!!!” which I now recognize would be a kitten named Oreck lol!

  8. Newty, what a handsome boy you are!!

    Princess Polly Pickle, we know the only way you can keep those silly boys in line is by biting their tails!

    I am so happy that the Weeds are looking so healthy and big now!

    And I am constantly warning all of my cats that if they trip me and 1) kill or 2) break me, they are ALL in trouble because no one else is going to cater to their furry butts like I do!! :p

  9. Ooh ooh! I have a name theme! (You must have way more name themes than you need!) I don’t know if you liked or watched Battlestar Galactica, but they had some great names for pets. For girls, there’s Boomer, Athena, Sharon (although Boomer and Sharon were the same person), Six, Roslin, Starbuck and Dualla. For boys, you have Apollo, Helo, Chief (Tyrol), Adama, Gaius (or Baltar, aka the one you love to hate), Saul (Tigh)… oh and Hot Dog. My last car was nicknamed Boomer (we used to give names to a lot of objects around the house) and I love that name. I wish I had something/someone to call Boomer.

  10. I’m willing to bet once Tony gets grown up, he’s going to be one gorgeous little man. Every time I see him I think of the Ugly Duckling story. P.S. Newt is probably just running point for you so nothing gets your way πŸ˜‰

  11. Newt is one gorgeous hunk o’ cat.

    I am waiting for the Rocky Horror litter and a video of all the kittens doing the Time Warp.

    • Dandelion has that β€œI have been electrocuted” look that is so adorable in kittens.

      Okay, this killed me. XD Of course, Dandelion kills me anyway (baby blues <3) but this is so apt.

  12. I see Newt’s nefarious plan.. He’s lulling you into a false sense of security.. You will get so used to him being in front of you that you’ll stop looking down. Then, one peaceful day when you’re carrying some kind of yummy food to either yourself or another cat, he’ll stop dead in his tracks! You’ll fall and it will be his! All his!! Bwahahaha! And you thought he wanted inside for peaceful purposes… Silly human!

    I love the fluffy Dandelion! Can you blow on her fluff and see if she will float gently away, hopefully to land on my doorstep? Thank you please!

  13. They are all such cutie patooties but Pursulane is killing me with the cute today. She really does look like some artist’s adorable drawing come to life.

    Newtles is the man. Loony Jake is a close second but Newtles is the #1 man about Crooked Acres for me!

  14. I love every single picture today — and every single caption and comment to boot! But Newt would probably like me to correct that to read “to Newt.”