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Skimbleshanks, 3/2011 – 5/30/2013

You can play no pranks with Skimbleshanks! He’s a Cat that cannot be ignored; So nothing goes wrong on the Northern Mail When Skimbleshanks is aboard. Sometimes, though, things go wrong. Sometimes, your two year old cat has digestive problems … Continue reading

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Asparagus 1/30/03 – 5/15/13

Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door. His name, as I ought to have told you before, Is really Asparagus. That’s such a fuss To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus. Seven years, almost to the day, … Continue reading

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Radish and Artichoke join the rest of the house!

Thankfully, before my hands fall off (though Holy Goats’ lotion helps immensely), Radish and Artichoke have been pronounced free of SPED (small parrot exploding disease. ;)) and all other contagions, and can now join the rest of the parrots downstairs. … Continue reading

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A week of pseudo-spring and parrots.

Slowly, Ontario is trying to determine if it might be okay if we went over to spring, instead of snow. The idea has a great deal of appeal. As you can see, the crocuses are blooming, which is a great … Continue reading

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Welcome home, Artichoke… and Radish.

Today, we drove 2.5 hours to go pick up our baby black capped conure, who we reserved in January, shortly before he was born. :) His breeder is awesome, and we got to stand in a room filled with flighted … Continue reading

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Like most of the north eastern part of this continent, the Greater Toronto area got some snow a few days ago — in our case, somewhere around 14″ or 15″, though it’s hard to say with the drifts. It’s the … Continue reading

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Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!

I love that title. I’m sure I’ve used it a thousand times over the years. Still, that is indeed what you’ll find behind the link. Cats, dogs, together! The players, as usual: Charlotte, ancient female German shedder. Crow, 7 year … Continue reading

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Little birdy bird birds!

I decided to finally drag the camera downstairs today and snap a few portraits of the little birds, as well as an updated shot of our bird room. This was done for two reasons. 1) Not enough bird pictures! 2) … Continue reading

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All the pictures of the year, Cats in Baskets Edition.

I joked, after looking at these, that I probably could make a calendar entitled ‘365 days of cats in baskets’. Apparently, I take a phenomenal number of pictures of that. Or, there are several baskets in my house that can … Continue reading

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All the pictures of the year, Home Improvement version.

I had December 21st – January 2nd off this year (though I ended up working a huge portion of it — part of the joys of working for a rapidly growing startup), and we decided to redo the master bedroom … Continue reading

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