Vacation Photos 2: Friday cat (and dog) blogging

One nippy evening in Brooklyn, I was preparing for my first-ever dinner party when I heard a meow. This was not unusual – between my ex and me, we had three cats, and meows abounded. But I knew all of their meows, and this one did not belong to any of them.

I looked down from my factory windows to see a small, raggledy cat sitting on the sidewalk. He saw me, and began to turn in circles and jump, as if he intended to leap straight into my second-floor loft. I left the cooling ceviche and went downstairs with a can of tuna. Five minutes later, we had a new, eight-month-old cat. I named him Harper, because, as he has demonstrated every day since his arrival, Harper’s bizarre.

When (now-)Husband and I drove across the country together a year later, Harper and Gawain came with us. Gawain settled right into life in L.A., but Harper, not so much. He hated the weather. He hated our apartment. He hated not having any girl cats to fondle inappropriately. After six weeks of his moaning, complaining, and assaulting the furniture, my mother came to visit. When she left, she took him with her. He was very happy to move somewhere with not one, but two female cats, as well as a dog for him to scorn utterly.

This is Harper, lording it over all creatures.
King Harper

This is Harper, still lording, with his favorite sock and his eternal love, Nessie. Life is good.
Harper and Nessie in their tree

This is Nessie, in a sultry pose. She lost one eye as a kitten, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming the most sought-after cat in the house.

This is my stepfather, walking Divot, the utterly-scorned dog.
Walking Divot

And this is the nose of Rusty, who is not scorned by anyone. Rusty belongs to Husband’s sister. Rusty likes Thanksgiving, because he gets his own little plate full of scraps of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie. Rusty’s not spoiled at all.
Rusty's Nose


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    miss kendra said,

    awwwwww the aminals!

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    Mom said,

    harper says he never signed a release. And Shadow is really ticked off.

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    MonkeyGurrl said,

    Harper really is a fortunate cat – first you, then Mom, were blessed with his presence. I really want Nessie. Even with her one bad eye (there’s a joke in there somewhere), she is gorgeous.

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