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Let me introduce you to my "Helper." This is Lorcan - Warrior Kitty:

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This now nine pound bundle of Frolicking Feline Fury began her quest for domination of our hearts at the young age of 8 weeks in June of 2012. Her quest began with my Future Admiral in a county maintenance yard where she was on an assignment. Hiding under a wood chipper she began her assault. After quickly defeating the FA Lorcan showed her disdain for the conquered by consolidating her victory on the FA's shoulders. Promptly falling asleep she remained there throughout the entire interview with a member of the LA City Council. 

 

Upon hearing that hostilities had began, Gunnar - the Dog - and I quickly joined forces vowing to fight to the death. Our manhood (or doghood as it were) was at stake. Planning our campaign we awaited the coming conflict. When the mighty Warrior Kitty appeared Gunns immediately showed his mettle by attacking in the opposite direction; ceding the coveted high ground.

 

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Being made of sterner stuff I vowed to fight on alone. Our eyes locked. Battle was joined. After many long seconds (thirty IIRC) of bitter hand to paw combat I was able to flip my opponent on her back exposing the soft underbelly. Victory was mine! The battlefield grew silent; would it be thumbs up or down? In an apparent bid for mercy my foe sheathed her claws and placed her paw on my cheek. Ahhh... sweet victory. Suddenly without warning she unleashed the most terrible of feline weapons, the Silent Meow. No human being can withstand a well timed Silent Meow. My defenses shattered, I was doomed and succumbed.

 

Since that day Lorcan has appointed herself as Grand Poohbah of the House and Senior Quality Control Expert of the shipyard. All parts, tools and supplies not meeting her high standards of excellence are cast out and sent to the fields of La Cocina were they spend what little time is left to them as pucks on the great House Hockey field where Lorcan the Mighty is a fearsome competitor. (thank you to the unnamed MSW 1.0 member who introduced me to the term House Hockey) To this day the only one to best her is the cold hulking bulk of Ken Moor, a distant relative of Refrigerator Perry, the American Football star.

 

When she isnt playing House Hockey or schooling me in the finer arts of Kit Bashing, Lorcan can be found pursuing her other many talents:

 

 

Acting and Theater. Here she is reprising her role as lead in the off broadway smash hit, Saturday Night Kitty

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Interior decorating

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Dog trainer

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She is even a master Hoola Hooper!

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Sam

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike,

She is quit a hand full at times. Poor Guns is getting old and although they are best buds, sometimes he doesnt quite know what t do with her. She will sneak attack him, dance on his back for a second or two then run off. Poor guy is left with a befuddled look on his face of "WTF the just happened?"

Sam

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Sam,

 

Cats v Dogs....no contest. The cat will prevail every time. They are smart, sneaky, calculating and cunning. If they can't win they just ignore the problem and saunter off with that look of pure disdain or they will find that their bottom needs sudden and profound attention.

I feel for your poor old Guns and your image of the uncalled for assault  on his nose says it all.

 

I sometimes feel guilty for being a cat lover.

 

Mike.

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Mike,

It was amazing how gentle he was with her in those first few months. He is 55lbs and she was malnourished at 8 weeks, 2lbs maybe. He would lay on his side and they would play for what seemed like hours, sometimes with her inside his mouth. And yet never a squawk of pain from either. 

Sam

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Jim,

The cat on the left appears to be saying "You thing Snake-Gate was bad? Check this out!" Perhaps they both need  a Germain Pointer to keep them occupied?

Sam

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I think the bi-color is the culprit!!!!

 

Don't let the cute 'look at my tummy' picture fool you, it is Eric the Snowshoe that is the usual cause of mayhem.

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My helpers are my two cats, Bethie and Rennie.  They are sisters.  Rennie is the split faced cat, and Bethie is the fuzzy one.  Bethie especially likes to help with whatever I am doing.  She is also the instigator in this house.  Rennie and our dog, Emily, are the mellow ones.  Bethie likes to try and help by tossing my stuff onto the floor.  I swear she is giggling when she does stuff like that.  Rennie just comes and pesters me, because she wants me to go lay down so she can lay down with me.  Rennie is also the protector of shoes.  Though she and Rennie are good about catching flies, box elder bugs, etc. that have made it into the house.  The occasional flies seem to like the room where I work on my model ships, so it is handy to have Bethie or Rennie in the room.  Emily is usually just laying at my feet when I am on my computer.  She is not allowed upstairs where I work on my ships.  Upstairs is the cats' domain.

 

Bethie and Rennie helping me fold clothes.
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Bethie helping me at my computer.

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Rennie protecting a pair of shoes.

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Emily doing her usual laying around.

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ShirtNinja, 

I used to have a cat that knew what page of the magazine, newspaper etc I was reading if I was laying on the floor. She would always sit on that page, if I moved to the other page she would move too. She loved Nacho Cheese Doritos also. Came into the living room more than once to hear a crunching sound and see nothing but her tail sticking out of the bag! She would meet me at the door when I came home from work, just like a dog. It was a sad day when the leukemia finally caught up with her and I had to put her down.

Sam

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Beautiful cats. We have three and, even though the door to the kitchen where I work is usually open, they know not to jump onto the worktop. Occasionally though the cat's most pressing need, to obtain food, overcomes this and one of them will try it. The other source of interest, especially with the young male, is the open work box – and the toys therein! (I try to remember to keep it closed.)

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I did, but he met a most tragic fate whilst installing some of the standing rigging.

 

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Now, however, we have a very sedate (as befits here nearly 15 years) Dachshund that guards the house so no one can sneak up to the shipyard!  That is, when she is not dozing by the deck doors or out on the deck in warmer weather!

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As i wrote earlier ...

 

 

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And this hairy monster to get a little help in my building, from today ...

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Bobtail, month and half old

I am kidding, of course, I love pets

...

In owen

Kidding again

Pets are part of mi life last 20 years

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My little bichon/poodle Eddie has been with me for 7 years and is always by my side. Recently started limping on one

of his rear legs. Vet says he has an anterior cruciated ligament. Took him to an orthopedic specialist who suggested surgery

to the tune of $4,000. I will do anything to forego surgery on him. Started red light laser therapy last week. Hope it works. I'm doubtful. 

 

John

 

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Might feed him doggie glucosamine. Or rub some MSM on the leg. We used it on our horses. Try a little dab, since Eddie seems about I/60th of  my old horse Dusty. Ask your vet about these.

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John,

 

Find a vet who practices acupuncture. Don't laugh !  My last Corgi had degenerative myelopathy (a slow degeneration of the spinal cord - dog feels absolutely no pain - just slow loss of muscle control). He kept her alive and mobile for over a year longer than she would have lived without it. Took her in every 3 weeks for a 15 minute session - she could barely walk in but was walking fine going out the door. That and some Chinese herbs he dispensed. He told me Eastern medicine does not have a word for her condition only Western medicine. Eventually she lost all use of front and back legs and we had to euthanize her. But she enjoyed her daily walks down the street.

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