The Oww and the Pussycat

I’ve highlighted our Grands on several occasions recently, but it’s really been quite a while since I featured the smallest member of our family—and even longer, I believe, since I posted an actual selfie, rather than just including myself in a tripod-based group shot. And so, for something really different, I bring you both. Leo joined us from the Nebraska Humane Society in January 2005, and we estimated his age at the time to be something between one and two years, so we figure that he’s now probably in his eighteenth year. We brought him with us when we moved to New Zealand, of course—but that’s another story—and he’s still in great shape (and yes, that’s a professional opinion) and he is loving being the king of his new castle here. He has never been out of doors, so I had to construct screens for all of the windows that open, but that was a very enjoyable DIY project for me. And, yes, back to my cryptic title: That was not a typo. We’ve noticed one recent change in Leo that brings him a bit closer to me in appearance, namely the development of his new and striking one white whisker (which provided me with the “oww”)! Did you spot it? No? That’s OK, just sit back and relax. And my little jest? Give it time. It may grow on you.

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25 Responses to The Oww and the Pussycat

  1. It’s a start towards the distinguished look.

  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Nice post Gary!

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Oh you’ve sold me, I love cats! And very good to see the selfie too!! :)

  4. The alternate title “Le rouge et le noir” came to mind. None of us could have penetrated the oww without your explaining what it’s an acronym for.

  5. Nice post, Gary! I would never have guessed the ‘OWW, either.

  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Indeed the title initially was puzzling. I thought how odd to leave a typo in the big title?!

  7. krikitarts says:

    Thanks for making that plural! ;<)

  8. Nope, without the explanation I’d never have guessed. That’s quite the living fur stole you have.

  9. shoreacres says:

    Of course I thought first of the Owl and the Pussycat, who side by side by the window sat. You are by a window, after all. I do love cats. My Dixie Rose was eighteen when I lost her, but it seems to me that this one has a spunky look in its eye that portends many more years of lounging around your neck.

  10. Platypus Man says:

    Leo’s definitely a Grand Old Man!

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  12. Meanderer says:

    I love the living fur collar!! He’s looking good for his age, despite his OWW; a lovely set of teeth :-)
    Interesting that he has been a house cat for such a long time. The last cat I had was a house cat until I gave in one day when he was looking longingly out of the window!

    • krikitarts says:

      Outdoor cats have been responsible for serious depredation of many native songbirds (especially here) and none of the cats that have ever shared out homes (with the exception of my very first in student days in Berlin) have been allowed out. And they don’t miss what they don’t know. It is certainly far harder when one adopts a cat that’s been accustomed to outdoor freedom with their natural instinct for predation.

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