Frisky in the Sun.

Diesel looked board, ok maybe he looked more relaxed than board. He was sitting stretched out on the lawn today in the sun. I had hung the washing out but before I had a chance to wind up the line Diesel arrived prancing around the hanging towels and because he was looking so frisky I thought I’d see if he wanted to play. I talked in an earlier post about how when Diesel was a kitten he often bought me items of washing from other neighbours so it seemed only fitting to see if he wanted to play with a pair of Ty’s socks.

He leapt in the air like a kitten, he got such a fright when I threw that sock. He stared up at me slightly annoyed at first then he turned and jumped at the sock again. I threw a peg towards him……

He paused, stalked it then he finally leapt on it and shook it as if it was a frightened field mouse. I’m glad it wasn’t a little mouse I hate it how cats torture their prey rather than just kill them quickly and I could see Diesel role-playing almost pretending the peg was a mouse. But when a cats prey is dead they often lose interest, you know if it’s not wriggling for freedom it is no longer fun and the peg was no longer fun, he needed something new to focus on and play with.

I should have wound up that clothes line while I had the chance, I missed my opportunity while he was playing with the peg but he was having too much fun I started it and I couldn’t spoil it for him now.

Gotcha! And with that the excitement was over, he had concurred the front lawn, shown a sock, a peg and now a towel who is boss. Thats right Diesel you’re the man!

Bedtime Routines

Diesel is never far from the kids side when it is bedtime. We have a routine, some might find that boring but our routines are pretty reliable and they work for us. Dinner, shower, teeth, books then bed. Diesel normally chimes in with a meow or two at the book reading stage.  He loves the attention at this time, the kids never want to go to bed and Diesel seems to know that they will do ANYTHING to get out of going to bed. So there stalling tactics now include rushing over and refusing to go to bed until they have cuddle him and he is lapping it up.

Bring on the bedtime routines!

Shower Time

Book Reading Time

Cuddle Time

Sshhh….

It’s Sleep Time

Pause. Watch and smile. Enjoy the moments.

Living a hectic life means sometimes forgetting to pause, reflect and just take pleasure in the simple things. My two children, two dogs and three cats ensure I am kept busy but sometimes I need to pause and just relax, ideally with a hot cup of tea and a fresh scone still warm from the oven or perhaps a wine but only if it’s after 12pm ;-). Which means when those heartwarming moments happen I think it is vital to stop and enjoy them. I stay sane by watching those moments, I give them as much time as I can which is sometime only seconds.

I don’t think I have given these ‘moments’ enough time, but since Diesel has been here I have been watching our beautiful animals more, I have always known they have unique personalities but I never really took the time to stop and smile at their honesty. Tiger-Lilly is a tricky personality to characterise, she is a little crazy at times but she is so cuddly and friendly and she accepted Diesel from day one.

Tiger-Lilly is Gorgeous! There is no denying it, okay she has a little weight issue but hey, who doesn’t. I watched Tiger-Lilly and Diesel play in the sun, it is these moments that I love as a pet owner. I love it how animals put a smile on our faces by just being their honest selves.

Was she flirting?

Hmmm I think she is.

Yes that is definitely what I think a cat looks like when they are flirting. Diesel’s new adventure is clearly all about keeping his two favorite girls Tiger-Lilly and Shadow happy and he has them wrapped around his little finger paw.

Diesel works his Magic.

Cats are solitary creatures, the only ‘cat species’ to live in a pack are lions, we (cat owners) often have more than one cat but is this what they want? Does it make them happy? Well living with two gorgeous females seems to be making Diesel happy.

Shadow joined our family when Ruth from the Queenstown Cat Rescue told me about this beautiful cat that was left behind with her brother. Somehow, someone decided she wasn’t worth keeping, they left, just drove away one day never to return. I said to Ruth that I was interesting in a grey cat and grey she was. She is a little angel, I adore her and slowly Diesel and her are becoming friends.

She played hard to get at the start keeping her distance, she isn’t the kind of cat to jump into situations without thought, she is intelligent. She is loyal, non-cat owners don’t believe that cats can be loyal but they can, you just have to work harder, you have to earn it.

She flat-out refused to acknowledge him at the start………….

Diesel worked his magic, he inched closer and closer. Shadow however looked away giving the illusion she was uninterested. They were behaving like a couple of school kids, you know the old, I’m going to pretend I don’t like you trick. Yet neither of them ever hissed or growled, there wasn’t even the slightest sign of a hair being raised.

BOO! Oh Diesel, perhaps the art of surprise is not the right ‘move’ to use to woo her. Darn it! All that hard work was lost, he blew it. Diesel takes rejection well and their love story continues, how long it will take? Well that remains to be seen.


Valentines Day Photo Shoot 2003

Valentines Day 2003!

This was a photo ‘The Southland Times’ included in an article they were doing promoting Valentines Day. Diesel was only about thirteen weeks old and as you can see from the photo it was before his tail was amputated. He was like a little child actor,hopeful and eager. He worked with the photographer, tilting his head, reaching with his paw and flicking his tail. He was comfortable advertising himself and he loved the attention, this was his first time in the spot light and he loved it.  They were using him because of his ‘heart shaped black patch’ on his side, the title for the article was ‘He wears his heart on the outside’.

Is Diesel settled in here? Does he look happy? I think it is safe to say he is at HOME here.

Okay just now, as I was spell checking and editing this post, Ty dropped his plate of fruit on the floor right beside Diesel. The fruit and plate hit the wooden floor with an echoing bang and Diesel casually stood up to check out what the commotion was, glared unimpressed at Ty before turning twice and relaxing into the exact same position. So yes I think he is sliding back into family life without hesitation and we are all so very happy to have him.

Friday Night Fun

Yup, it’s Friday whoop whoop! The week-end has begun and for most, the fun has already started. For me that means enjoying a quiet bottle of my new favorite drink……..Rekorderlig’s Strawberry and lime Cider, yum. Diesel however has enjoyed a relaxing Friday afternoon doing what cats do best, nothing. Well he possibly groomed himself and moved around the house following the sun but all in all, he did nothing and I can’t blame him, in fact I am jealous.

A scratch pole, yes a simple wooden structure surrounded with carpet and a dense woven pad, oh and a very enticing hanging ball, is all it takes to entertain Diesel and his new friends for hours. They think this ‘toy’ is there for their pleasure and amusement but little do they know, I really put it there for the sole purpose of protecting my couch from there wickedly sharp claws. Okay it does both jobs, we are all happy, so with cider in hand I watch, I watch as these three ‘friends’ interact and play.

Diesel and Shadow played while Tiger-Lilly watched from the top position, perhaps slightly unimpressed with their rowdy behaviour.

As soon as I got close enough to get a great shot, I interrupted their play, Diesel froze and Shadow backed away out of shot, I found this very frustrating.

Okay play time is over, it’s been a hard day, time to relax.

Drink water from a bowl. Yeah Right.

Most cats hate drinking water from a bowl, it seems below them to be drinking from something that has been sitting there all day. Fresh water is the only option and if I really think about it I don’t blame them, I too enjoy my water fresh, cool and if possible with a slice of lemon. Okay, so a slice of lemon might be going too far if you are a cat but Diesel feels that requesting demanding running water is perfectly reasonable and thinks how dare I deny him, um how dare I deny him, anything.

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want” – Joseph Wood Krutch

Diesel jumped on the bench and started sniffing at the faucet. I knew what he wanted and I don’t really want him in the habit of jumping on my bench but in a moment of weakness, as I looked into his adorable eyes, I did it, I did it against my better judgement because now I am sure he is going to demand it everyday. Shadow already jumps up on the bathroom sink while I am brushing my teeth, so maybe I can train Diesel to do the same. It is more acceptable for him to jump on the bathroom bench than the kitchen but I guess if no one is around no one will know, it can be Diesel and I’s little secret………..oh and yours.