Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Starlene's Interview with me Part ll

This next question is a sweet one:
3.) I am totally stealing the idea for this question from Moonshark but since I loved answering it so much, I thought you might too. Tell us the love stories of Max, Zeus, Mr. B., and Spike.

This is the only photo I have of all my boys together.



First came Mr. B and Spike. About six months after my beloved cat, M&M died, I went looking for two cats. I knew I wanted two and I wanted them to be boys and I wanted them to be brothers. I had a thought about black and white or orange kitties. I went to the shelter in Taos not expecting to find much. Boy was I wrong. They had a bunch of black and white boys, and a bunch of orange. Now I had to pick just two, which was hard, but I finally pointed to a mostly white and black kitty in the top cage and the one in the cage with him was cute too, so I told the lady I would take them both, when I told her this a mostly black and white kitty came running up to the front of his cage which was just under the two I had picked and he was yowling like crazy. I decided that I would take him instead of the other kitty with the mostly white one. That is how I ended up with Spike and Mr. B. I picked Spike, but Mr.B picked me :-). And they turned out to be brothers too. Spike is smart and very sweet, he has a catnip habit and eats too much, he is an addictive personality :-). When it is cold out he snuggles under the covers with me and warms me up. He is also a watch kitty and once alerted me to a peeping tom. Spike is magic. Mr. B is sweet, but he only wants loving when he wants it, does not like to be picked up or cuddled. He can be coy and likes to bat his eyes at you. He is a very special, delicate little guy.
About five years after I got Spike and Mr.B, I decided I wanted a dog, I knew I would know the right dog when I saw it. One day I was reading the Taos Newspaper and I saw a picture of a lovely looking male, border collie who was at the shelter. I went right away to see him. When I walked into the shelter all the dogs were barking at full volume, except Zeus. He was up in the front of his dogie cell and he was Pleading with his eyes for me to please take him. We went for a short walk and I knew I had to take him home. It was clear he had been abused and he needed lots of love. Border collies need a job, so he took on babysitting the cats :-). He is a wonderful dog and he loves to smile and run. He is getting older so he does not run as fast as he used to. Zeus is ever at my side when I am home and a better friend I have never had. He gets along with all animals and all people. Zeus is a gem. Last, but not least is Max. A year and a half ago, in July, my neighbor knocked on my door holding a tiny stripped kitten. She had found it in our drive way and her daughter is allergic to cats, so could I take him? What could I do, but say yes. I thought I could find a home for him, but after 5 minutes I knew I could never part with him. Max is a bully and a trouble maker, but he is also a genius and a comedian which balances out his bad qualities :-). Sweet and sour. Max is extraordinary. That is the love story of my four wonderful boys. I still have two more interview questions, but that is enough for today. XOXO
P.S. I have no idea why this post looks so goofy, it looks fine before I publish it. If anyone(Willowtree) knows what the trouble is, please help.


Kate P said...

Aw, those are great stories. What a fun bunch of furry guys.

Laura Doyle said...

Thank you so much for this story! I always get a little teary about animals. I would love to give all your companions a pet. Even Mr. B although he'd probably duck and slink away. : )

About the goofy placement of pics and words...if I use the 'insert photo' button it always foils my plans and never looks like I want it to. Don't know why. I use google's free photo software picasa (which is super easy) and I upload the photos to web albums. When viewing the photo in a web album, off to the right of the photo, there are the words 'link to this photo'. If you click the words, you will see a 'link' field and an 'embed image' field. Under 'embed image' is dropbox to select the size of the photo and a box that says 'hide album link'.

If you decide to use picasa, all you have to do is check the 'hide album link' box, choose a size from the dropbox, and then copy the html from the 'embed image' box. You can then just paste the html into your 'create new blog' window where you type your text. You copy the html where ever you want the photo to be. If you want to check to see how it looks, click the preview link in the upper right and you can see how it's placed.

I know it takes some getting used to because you can't SEE the photo but it's the only way I've been able to put the photos and the text where I want them. Hope this helps! And thank you so much for letting me interview you! You were the only taker. ; )

Lisa said...

Your little guys just melt my heart. Your stories are so great. Congrats on having more time to paint!

Annie Coe said...

Thaks you all and Starlene thank you so much for your photo advice. I am glad to know it is blogger and not me :-).

Teri and her Stylish Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, FurryDance Brighton, and Disco NoFurNo said...

I was busy with the "election" the last couple of weeks, but the weekend is here and I am catching up with blogs.

What a wonderful story to read on the day of the heart today. I have been a vet tech since 1972 and it truly warms my heart to see the love you have for your animal companions.

That is one thing I love about blogging, it opens up the world to show you it's not all bad news!

Happy heart day!