Dashiell is a very beautiful and graceful cat.
As long as he’s standing still.
As handsome as Dash is, he has a very…awkward way of walking.
Walking…not so much.
Yesterday, Dashiell was lying in a bright, warm sun puddle, and I commented that, in that light, Dash really reminded me of Jacoby in the sun. So Björn got the idea to introduce Dash to Pancake Jake.
Dash was actually a little afraid of Flat Jake.
He actually backed away from Flat Jake.
Lorelai came to see what was going on. Flat Jake sits in a window that Rory frequents, so she’s more familiar with him than Dash is.
2021 seems to be defining itself as the Year of the Meme. First, we had Bernie Sanders and his mittens, and then, last week, we had , an enormous container carrier ship the size of the Empire State Building stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking all other carriers and stopping roughly 10% of global trade. So, of course, “Boaty McStuck-Face” launched a fleet of silly memes. Of course, I had to make one…and a cat sitting on top of a bunch of boxes with the ubiquitous “If I fits I sits” caption. I posted this in the Facebook group This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED, and so far it’s had almost 2,000 (!) reactions.
And then, I did this. Because of course I did.
The meme of the week has been the Texas attorney who accidentally turned on a kitten filter during a Zoom court proceeding. And of course, once it got out, the jokes and memes followed.
Inevitably, that woman showed up to yell at the poor kitten lawyer.
So, yeah. You knew this was going to happen.
When I did Alfred’s birthday photoshoot, I started out by myself (Kalle came and helped me later), so I was trying to manage the cake in one hand and the camera in the other…all whilst trying to keep Freddy from eating it before I could get the candles lit. This was an accidental shot, but I thought it was so cute the way Angel was patiently waiting for her snack, so I kept it.
Don’t worry, Angel. You’ll get some, too.
I know it’s been a while, but I literally woke up with this idea in my head…and here it is.
We got the cats a remote-controlled rat toy for Christmas. We thought it would be a lot of fun for them.
It…didn’t go quite as planned.
I’m not sure if it was the motor noises or the crazy, self-righting wheels, but they seemed a little intimidated by the thing.
So, Björn got the idea of putting a bit of ham on the back of the rat. Well, that got Alfred’s attention.
And then the ham fell off.
And…then Freddy ate the ham. So much for that idea.
So we stopped the rat to see what they would do when it wasn’t moving.
Dashiell grabbed it and started dragging it off.
He was growling as he pulled it along!
I don’t think any of us saw that coming.
Here’s the video of the whole encounter. I sped it up a little bit, so you may not be able to hear Dash growling.
Seven years ago this Christmas, I found Bruce the Spruce, the plush Christmas tree who dances and sings Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. We didn’t put up all our decorations last year, but we bought a new tree this year, and we brought up about half our decorations from the basement.
Bruce was one of the decorations. I don’t think Lorelai had seen him before.
I don’t think Izaak had seen him before, either.
Given his plushie obsession, Zak was fairly fascinated.
Or frightened. Could be either.
Nah…I’m going with fascinated.
Don’t stick your tongue out at Bruce, Izaak!
Sometimes Alfred is so funny.
He flopped onto his back in the dust rolling spot, and of course Izaak had to go see what he was doing.
“What do you want, Zak?”
“You know you bear a striking resemblance to a beached whale, right?”
“Zak! Don’t chonk-shame me!”
“Freddy, do you need help getting up? Because you look like you need help getting up.”
“Erm…yeah, a little help might be good…thanks.”
You’ve probably heard about the new Snapchat filter that gives your pets Disney eyes. I actually downloaded the Snapchat app so I could try it…but I couldn’t get it to work on any of the cats. So, I did the next best thing: Photoshop the eyes on. Above we have Lorelai and Izaak. I like this one.
Alfred also looks about right…plotting, as always.
I spent the most time on Dashiell’s eyes, but I couldn’t get the left eye to not look kind of goofy. I like the right eye, though.
I found a closed eye that was perfect for Angel.
Now, I said I couldn’t get the filter to work on the living cats…but, rather hilariously, it did work on Flat Jacoby!
As I’ve mentioned before, people keep telling me that Izaak looks like Ron Swanson, a character on the TV show Parks and Recreation Last night, Zak was looking especially Swansonesque and I manage to capture it. Today, I posted these two photos of Zak in the Facebook group This Cat Is NICK OFFERMAN (yes, there is a Facebook dedicated to cats who look like the actor who plays Ron Swanson).
I posted them with the caption “Izaak would like to enjoy his chicken neck now and in solitude, please and thank you.” It’s fun to see people enjoying my silly cat.
The other day when we went outside, Alfred suddenly ran up a tree!
We were all surprised at his feat…I think Freddy was the most surprised of all of us. Look at his face!
He didn’t seem sure of what he wanted to do.
At first, Freddy thought he might try to climb higher.
But in the end, he decided to jump down. What goes up, and all that…
As you’ve seen this week, Dashiell is becoming increasingly comfortable with going outside, but he’s still rather easily startled.
The other day, Dash was standing out in the open on the lawn when Lorelai came speeding past him.
It happened so fast.
And then, in hot pursuit, Alfred came barrelling past.
Look at Dash’s body language. He’s completely thinking, “What just happened?”
Cats. Graceful, elegant cats.
Until you freeze their action in 1/30 of a second.
Then, as Dashiell demonstrates, they can look a little…well, goofy.
Izaak, too, has a fairly silly run.
Lorelai can look like poetry in motion…
This is her impression of a dolphin…I think? Or an otter. Something aquatic.
And then we have Alfred.
It’s like he was re-enacting his run at that same corner when we had snow on the ground back in March.
We have some sheepskin circles on our sofa cushions, because they look nice and they happened to be the exact same colour as the sofa. Then, when Björn’s mother died, we got a grey sheepskin patchwork square. We keep it at the end of the sofa, and the cats like to nap on it.
He’s got a different relationship with the sheepskin square.
He likes to randomly attack it and kick its guts out.
But look in the background, at Lorelai.
Look at Rory, flying over the sofa and Zak’s battle with the sheepskin square.
Did that just happen?
Hm. Well. Back to grooming and fighting with the sheepskin square, then.
The funniest, cutest thing happened this morning.
Izaak got inside Björn’s duvet cover and was trying to get to me for a cuddle. He got his head through the hand hole…and then got stuck.
Which is funny, because I always thought that if a cat could get his head through a hole, the rest of the body would fit, too. Apparently, not so much.
I had to make a video of him for Björn, who was making his breakfast and couldn’t come to see Zak in the duvet. I thought you all would like to see it, too.