Cats on the Vine

I have had dogs in my life since I was born.  When I was 8 years old, our champion (dog show) labrador retriever, Ebony, gave birth to 8 puppies in our living room.  Over the years, I’ve had Shelties, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and currently have a Lhasa Apso, who I refer to as a P.I.T.A (Pain In The Ass), if you click on the “Lhasa Apso” you can read why…

When I was in the 6th grade, one of my neighbors called my mom and told her that she saw something follow me to school one morning, it was a black cat, I had actually seem him too…  Soon, my sister and I were leaving food on our doorstep for him, as we figured he was a stray cat without a home.  Low and behold, he welcomed our “generosity” and started to eat the food and hang around outside our house.  A few weeks later, all three of us kids, including my mom, convinced dad to allow us to bring the cat in, and on Friday, October 13, we “adopted” a black cat.  Being only 11, I wanted to name him “Blacky,” my sister thought that was stupid and suggested “Licorice.”

Licorice liked to climb up on my bookshelf and “blend in…”

We had Licorice, or “Licky” for about 6-7 years or so before we lost him to Leukemia.

Next came an adopted Russian Blue, mom named her Sammie.  While Licorice was my sister’s and my cat, Sammie was mom’s baby.  We lost Sammie the same way we lost Licorice years later.

We soon adopted a black and white tom cat and his cage mate, a black female cat.  A year later we added a Tabby kitten, and our house was then full with a 130 pound flat coated retriever and 3 cats.


Duke didn’t mind having to share his bed with a kitten, who mom named Peaches


Tom and Princess welcome her into the family as well…

A few years after we adopted Peaches we lost Tom, to illness (can’t remember which), and a few months later, mom wanted another kitten, so she adopted a Tortoiseshell kitten, and named her Isabella ( I call her Izzy)

  This was when we brought her home in February of 2011, she has since more than doubled in size…

So, with the situation as it is now, a P.I.T.A. of a dog, and his three feline sisters (above), I’m more of a cat person at this stage of my life.  I still love dogs, I just need one that acts like a dog, and pays me attention at times when he doesn’t just want to be fed or taken to the tree to pee…

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that cats, as “opinionated” as they can be, are a little more intelligent that some dogs…

I am also a fan of larger cats, like the ones I photographed at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, housed at Sigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden:


As I was walking around the “Garden,” taking pictures of the various cats and other exotic animals, I was getting annoyed by the kids who would yell at the animals, trying to wake them and provoke them to move.  When one of the lions got up and started to back up, I yelled, mostly at the kids and their oblivious parents, “Watch out, he’s gonna spray!”  They all scrambled, running away.  I just stood there, smiled, and got another picture…

In my next post I’ll put up what I’ve done with the above pictures while exploring PhotoShop…

How You Doin?


2 comments on “Cats on the Vine

  1. Michael says:

    great post Joel…

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