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If anyone didn't know by now, I'm a big animal lover.  A week or so ago, mskatej  posted some pictures of her darling cat, Charlie, and I told her she inspired me to post some pictures of my own fur babies.  They'll be behind the cut.

I wanted to share this vid from youtube here though.  I don't know how many of you have been following the devastating news about the fires in Australia.  bop_radar  , who lives in Australia, has shared a lot of information with us, and provided lots of links, including ones to denote to the Red Cross and the RSPCA (for the animals).  With such a tragedy, its always so important to look for something, anything, uplifting in such a terrible time.  It seems that Sam the Koala might be just such a thing. 

And here's a link that follows up on the story, and brings us the happy news that Sam (a female) has found herself a friend in Bob http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29123220/

In happier news, Stump, a 10 year old Sussex Spaniel became the oldest winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  In doggie years, he's a senior citizen, and a few years back, he nearly died of a bacterial infection.  But Stump won the hearts of the crowd, and charmed the judges.  And looking at him, is it any wonder?

If you'd like to see 2 of my fur babies, they're Type your cut contents here.

This is my Duncan.  He's a 13 yr old grey persian, though he looks pretty white here.  He had a haircut in December, and his fur actually grows in white at first, but when its fully grown in, he's closer to the color of his head.

And this is why I'm never able to make my bed in the morning before I go to work.  Duncan doesn't quite understand that cats shouldn't sleep with their heads on pillows, under the covers.

This is my Winter.  He and Duncan are full brothers.  Winter is pure white, with no other colors.  He also had a haircut in December, and with the way his fur is growing in, I think he looks like mashed potatoes.  This is him on his beloved lamby blanket.

And this is an extreme close-up of Winter, showing off how pretty he is

I just recently got a new camera, so I'm hoping to take more pictures of my kitties.  Actually, my other cat, Boo-Bear is a bit sickly (he has asthma), and he's a little worse for it, so I'm not sure he's up to having his picture taken.  I'll ask him though. ;)

Thanks for indulging me. :)


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Feb. 12th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I heard about the updates on Sam on bop's LJ. I'm glad to hear she is doing okay. It's so sad what's happening there. Thanks for linking the video!

And aww, Stump is such a cute dog.

Your cats are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us! :)
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Sam just hurts my heart.

I don't watch the Dog Show too often because they rarely choose the dog I want to win. But I watched the final group last night, and they choose my favorite!! I was so thrilled. And I've always loved that breed.

And thanks for the kind words for my kitties. I will tell them you said so (because yeah, I want them to get even more full of themselves).
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Feb. 12th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
The firefighter thought that she might be holding his hand because his hand was cool, and her paw was burned. But I wonder if she just wasn't looking for some sort of solid, comforting contact. I'm so happy she had Bob to hug her now. Poor baby.

And thanks for the kind words on my kitties. I think they are beautiful, but I'm a bit biased. ;)
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Kiiiiiiiiiitties. Hey, my cats sleep under the covers all the time.

Will look at other links in morning.
Feb. 12th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Have a tissue handy when you watch the Sam vid.

Feb. 12th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't cry! Which is a major achievement, seeing as how anything to do with animals can make me cry at the drop of a hat. Perhaps because it was a happy story and I pretty much spent the time going "OMG KOALA!!!!".
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
Awwww, so SO cute. <3
Feb. 12th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for inspiring me :)
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
aww the cats are beautiful!
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I'm a proud mama.
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
We aired the koala story on our newscast several times yesterday. It was very sweet- a bright spot amidst all the tragedy.

Stump is very cute! He looks kind of like he has a dopey look on his face, but I'm sure he's very smart. :-)

And most importantly, your fur babies are very cute! Winter totally blends in with the white blanket/towel thing he's laying on. I think it's adorable how Duncan is under the covers with his head on a pillow. My doggie has done that a few times and it's so cute! I hope Boo-Bear is feeling better and up to facing the papparazzi soon!
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I think the Sam story is going to be one of those that travels the globe. And if it gets peoples attention, so much the better.

I want a Stump for myself. So adorable.

Winter likes a fuzzy blanket. Thats his happy place. Put the fuzzy blanket on my bed, and its a home run for him. Duncan likes a pillow. But he could probably sleep anywhere. He sleeps like a log, no joke.

Boo's condition is chronic, so its a matter of maintaining the best quality of life for him now. He's doing OK though. But his papparazzi days are probably behind him. :(
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I want a fur baby now *pouts* A tabby one.

But on a serious note the pic of Sam holding the firefighters hand just broke my heart.... I donated as soon as I could.
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I recommend a fur baby for everyone. Whether they be the feline variety, or the canine. Having a pet=Love!

Thats awesome that you could donate. I did too. Whatever we can do to help, right? :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Right. I couldn't give much, but i still gave something, y'know?
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Your kitties are so gorgeous - and look like they'd be amazing cuddlers!

The Koalas made me tearful.
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
They are cuddlers, especially Duncan, who is a shameless affection hound. Kisses, hugs, cuddles, you name it, Duncan wants it, and will give it back. Winter is a bit more reserved, but if he could be snuggled up to me all day, he'd be in heaven.

As happy as the story of Sam is, I can't help but wonder how many like her perished. :(
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Beautiful cats!
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm pretty fond of them. :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
How can one ::not:: love Stump! And I'm not even that much of a dog person.

Love the pics of the kitties! Duncan is so eccentric looking! I imagine he has his little quirks, heh. And Winter is precious.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Stump was just so adorable. Its so rare that the dog I'm rooting for wins, and when he did, I just starting applauding. And the crowd at the show went crazy!

Duncan is just an hysterical cat. He's such a mush, and he loves everyone, and he's never met a repairman he didn't want to make friends with. Everyone that comes to my house falls in love with Duncan. Winter is a bit more cautious, but super sweet when he decides he wants to be your friend. They really are such good cats.
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Lovely post! I loved both Sam and Stump. And of course your kitties are gorgeous! I never knew cats could be so interesting until I had my first one. Now I'm very happy with the four I have, specially with my Clarkie. And of course I adore my two doggies too! Thanks for sharing the sweet video and the pics!
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
4 cats and 2 doggies? I am so jealous! I would love to have that many. Its just not practical for me at the moment, but one day I hope to be surrounded by that many animals.

I think a lot of people have a certain idea of what cats are, and its not until you have your own, or get to closely experiance someone elses, that you realize how loving,diverse and interesting they are.
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Val, I didn't comment when you first posted this, but I'm catching up on some stuff I missed now. Thank you for posting that video, it was really touching. I, too, was keeping up on things on Bop's journal, and the devastation from those fires is just staggering. I love that firefighter. I was so impressed to read he's been a volunteer, risking his life to save others, for 26 years! And the follow-up story is just heartwarming. We need our symbols of hope in the wake of such tragedies, you know?

Your kitties are just beautiful! Such pretty white fur on both of them. That's so interesting that Duncan's will change as it grows out. He has a gorgeous face, full of personality. And Winter looks positively regal. It's obvious they are both well loved. I'm sorry about your Boo-Bear, I hope he's having good days now. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos of your fur babies!

And dude, I am seriously lusting after your bedding! That's the most decadent, luxurious pile of blankets and pillows I've ever seen. If I were you, I'd never be able to make myself crawl out and go to work every day! Especially if I had three little cuddle bugs to keep me warm!
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the compliments on the fur children. They really are wonderful cats. Persians are almost something a bit apart from cats, since they generally lack the cat hunting instinct, and they don't have much sense of adventure and play. But they are such mushies.

And thanks for the comments on my bed. I bought that duvet cover a few months back and I'm in love with it (so are the cats. And I'm a huge pillow fan. :)
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