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Our family enjoys animals and along with the 6 cats, (all indoors) a coulpe of neighbours cats, the birds, we inheirited a family of racoons. We feed a family of 5 babies (getting quite big now) and the mother. We also have a loner that comes around and will sleep on the back porch and when he eats he lays by the food and pulls it to him. I call him "Lazy".

We feed them cat food, they sure do like it. When the babies were small, was it ever cute to watch the mother trying to keep some form of order. Reminded me of our children when they were small and the better half trying to get them fed or ready for bed.

Here are a few photos of the racoons, and 5 of our 6 cats, don't know where Grey buddy was this day. (our newest stray, has a hard job joining the gang)

Left front is "MJ" (short for MJ, she loves watching the racoons)
Right front is "Pee Wee" (the only male and chills with the kids)
Left rear is "Squeeky" (the oldest and smallest and fears none of them)
Center rear is "Little One" (the youngest and afraid of it's shadow)
Right rear is "Angel" (we definitely misnamed her, the terror of the house)

I have a photo of 9 of our cats (5 years back) sitting in the kitchen waiting for Yvonne to give them a treat. It is a hard copy only, I may scan it when I can find it,,, the funniest thing to see.

How about all of you, any animals or stories of your pets, photos?

Have a great evening, off to bed, chat tomorrow.
John
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Hi John. I really love your little extended family. I recently lost my kitty, Lucky. She was 21 years old. We now have a Parrot named Baby and a Lab named Coco.
Good luck with your bunch of kitty's and coons.

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Hi John,

We only have the one cat but she's a healthy 18 years old. She's 1/2 Persian and 1/2 tabby. She hates it when I'm away at work and won't leave me alone when I do get home.

BTW, cute raccoons...but they are still wild, right?

Your cats look very cozy on the comforter.

Ed......:-)
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Good morning George, Ed

We have a natural green belt a stones throw from our place, and this is where the racoons reside. If Yvonne could get me to say yes they would be in the house. They have done some small damage over the last two seasons, but fixable. Knocked over bird feeder, they use one post of the porch for a scratching pad, no big deal. Our family has learned to co-exsist with them.

George, something neat we had a Golden Lab 10-12 years back (another stray, we eventually found a home for) we called him Lucky. I found him cuddled against an old out building in a snow storm, almost frozen, one Christmas. The Vet said he was a lucky dog, hence the name was born. A Parrot Huh!..... Hum (mental note) don't let Yvonne see this thread. I like the name Coco.

Ed our oldest and wisest cat Squeaky drives me silly wanting to drink out of the bathroom sink, taps. The Vet told us the water from the tap has a different taste as it still has oxygen in the water, and is much cooler than the bowl water the rest seem fine with. What is her name, she fine looker.

Animals are no different than people, (well a friend of mine would always claim they were more loyal than people) they have personalities, and habits, like us. One has to respect their adapability.

Must get this ugly face shaved and off to work, have a great day
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Hi John,

My cat's name is Kisa. We lived in Iceland for 5-1/2 years. When we went to name her, we just couldn't seem to come up with a name for her. We decided maybe we should just call her cat....now, that didn't seem quite right for such a cute little princess that she was at the time so we racked our brains some more and came up with Kisa. Kisa means 'cat' in Icelandic.

Because Kisa is 18 now, I've stopped letting her drink from the sink. This is protection for her because I'm afraid as she gets older, she will damage her shoulders by jumping down...she lands pretty hard sometimes so it's just a matter of time before she hurts herself. What I did instead was get her one of those cat dishes that circulates water. She seems to like that.

Anyway, she's a pretty happy cat and because I'm working from home due to the rock slide, she's very pleased....

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My pets. I keep them outside. I just have to walk out my door, sit down by the water and enjoy. Some shots are through my window. I see them walking by as I'm typing here on the forum. (The fishing isn't bad eather)
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Hi Ed, great name for your cat, and very fitting. I don't think they mind what we call them, as long as they know they own us. A cat dish that circulates water,,,,,, Oh No! (mental note) Don't mention this to the better half. Yes our Squeaky is 14 and we can see she is slowing down. You have a great looking Kisa and I can see the affection you have for her by the way you care. She will repay with affection for you.

Hi Jim, Ok I have to ask, the leather looking little devil, with the extra eye (closed mind you, ,,,,, I know a spare incase) what would we call him. I would be careful Jim remember he lives outside your door, If I met him on a dark street right away he becomes "SIR" to me. I never seen one of them.

You have some photos of very beautiful and graceful looking flyers. You are definitely a lucky man, to be graced with such beauty, in you own backyard.

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John, the little devil is an Iguana and he's a plant eater. They like red flowers. (and red toe nails) But I wouldn’t want to corner him. And he or one of the other 2 around here have actually been right outside my door in the plants. They live on the other side of the lake in a wooded area. They climb trees to sun themselves. In the last post the distance from the ground to the top of his head is a little over one foot. I'm not a birder but these birds are around here ALL the time. It's enjoyable to watch while in my shop. I have 12 feet of tinted patio windows to see them. They can't see in because of the sun reflection on the windows, so they sometimes get real near. (Boy, this is a real tangent from routers)
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Thanks Jim, it is interesting how different areas of the world have such unique looking animals, and birds. I have travelled to many parts of the world (including yours) when I was youger, and never took the time to look around me. "My bad". In those days hard to see much from the inside of a bar.

I am not really a birder or a person that studies animals, I have learned as years grew on me to enjoy the beauty of nature and the things that were under my nose all the time. Funny that Huh!

Whether creating a wood working project or just viewing the creations already around me that nature has for us to see and enjoy. Life is good. I guess what I am saying is to be creative, one must appreciate what is already created. Just my foolish view!

"(Boy, this is a real tangent from routers)" Maybe so,,, but I have learned, and had the priviledge to chat with you. I think these forums were designed for the building of knowledge and friendships with a community that teaches each other. Could I be wrong, maybe so, but I had FUN. Life is too short to be like a horse with blinders and only see what is in front of us.

Through the eyes of John.

Thanks for all the input, I enjoyed it. Off to another day in the shop.

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Hi John,

Thanks you for the kind words. This pretty cat of ours has already paid back more in love and affection than I feel I deserve. Animals are such funny creatures and this one is no exception. She certainly more than knows how much she is loved. My wife is not an animal lover but she loves this cat to death....when you treat any animal right from the beginning, they always repay with love and affection.....and you're right, John, she definitely owns us, not the other way round.

Interesting that you mention nature. When I was in my early 20s I was a surveyor. I was outdoors in an area that was almost not walked by man before. It has taken me many years to appreciate the things that I've seen during those days. I've walked with cariboo herds....did you know they can circle and protect the herd while staying exactly a certain distance from you? I experienced that...it was awesome.

Anyway, for any really young woodworkers on this site, if you get a chance to be with nature, try to just drink it in, because it is rare to be alone with that phenomenum any more....life has gotten so fast and we forget about the roses of life.

Ed......:-)
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