Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Penpals and how to live with cats

 Our dog, Shado, has a pen-pal. Yep. 
Her name is Stella, and she lives in Minnsnowda. 

Stella lives with a cat named Zkhat (Stella also lives with a human, Jo, but that isn't of concern to Shado right now). 
We think this is Zkhat

Shado is perplexed.  He wrote to Stella. 
You can read his letter at 

What are you supposed to do with a cat? Why are they CATS and not dogs? 
Stella offers her sage advice, not just on cats but on other questions Shado asks. Stella is smart; she is a wealth of information for us.

Hey, Shado!  Yes, it has been a long time since we have written each other.  You are always full of news with your four dog family, where I just gotta take what little I can find!

I got one neighbor dog who has a huge fenced in back yard.  I can't tell for sure what kind of dog he is but he looks like Dennis the Vizsla dog and is almost as goofy as Dennis is.  He just tears around all the time he is outside and sort of scares me sometimes he is so wild.

Then on the other side of me, I got a Goldendoodle who is pretty young, like seven months old.  She pretty and well behaved but she gets her two walks a day and thats about all I ever see of her. 

CATS!  You want to know about cats!  Two things to start with:  One is that in Ancient Egypt, cats were considered SACRED.  They have never forgotten this and feel as if we are all servants to them (which is mostly true, if you think about it!)  The second thing is a Group of Cats is called A Glaring and I think my Cat Zkhat is president of that group since she glares at me every chance she gets.  She used to be very much afraid of me, and I do miss those days, but now our Mom says  Zkhat has learned that she is smarter than me and faster than me.  I am not sure about the smarter but definitely she is faster.  After supper, she gets up in my Mom's lap and gets a whole lot of snuggling, petting and scratching, which aggravates me to no end.  I get this in the morning when I wake Mom up for breakfast.  She pets and scratches me and talks very nice to me, but I deserve it and Zkhat doesnt!

Scientist James O'Brien of the National Cancer Inst. in Frederick, Maryland said

"Cats are one of evolution's most charismatic creatures. They can live in the highest mountains, and the hottest deserts.  They are everywhere except Antarctica!  So if I was you guys, I would just steer clear of them and mostly don't let them in your backyard where they would hurt or kill your lovebirds.  The only reason I don't do anything bad to Zkhat is that my Mom likes her and would feel bad.

Shado, my Mom ordered Walter the Farting Dog from Amazon and it was only a penny plus postage.  Those used books are really good deals and Mom says she has never got

a bad one.  Just savin' a few more trees here!

You know what, the trouble with my Thundershirt is that I have furry thick curly furs and its always hot when the big thunder-boomers come, so I am not furry comfy with it on.  But here is the good deal, I am getting way better about the Thunder.  I don't like it, but like your Mom B., my mom talks to me, and reads part of her book to me, covers my head with a pillow, gives me treats and she loves to tell me she is not scared of the Thunder, so its getting a little easier.  I still don't like it, especially with big lightnings going on too, but I am workin' it.

At the moment we do not have a farting dog here, so you will have to find another spot for Toby.  Next time Cousin Vinny comes, send him home with him for a month or two.

Anxious to hear about Ondine and Holly's visit.  Take good care of yourself, Shado!

Lots of hugs and treats to you,
Gus with Shado
 Right now, Shado has decided to sleep on Stella's letter. And even though we don't have a cat, we do have Gus. He wants to be in the picture, too!
Thank you, Stella and Jo!!!! 
You two are the best - we reserve opinions on Zkhat until we understand all this! 


Jo's World said...

Whoah, Brenda! You just had to sneak that Green Bay Snackers pillow in there, didn't you? lolol

Stella just loves connecting with Shado . . .I bet it won't be too long before they send out another one.

Gus is such a beautiful dog. . .does he type too? Bren, I think we were really lucky to pick out two such literate dogs at the Shelter.

Hugs all aroundd!


Sam said...

Right now Sam is in the corner with his paws over his ears going "LALALALALALA..." He isn't fond of cats!

It's nice that you have a pawpal, Shado!


rosadimaggio63 said...

Dolcissime immagini !!
Myriam :)

Banjo52 said...

Nice shot of the dogs at the end!

KB Bear said...

Cats are a mystery to us too... I hope that Stella's wisdom helps.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Very useful information about cats there Stella. I am rather envious of you, Shado, living with so many other pups.
But Shado I have a question. Between you and me, I do find that Stella can be rather bossy towards me. But I notice that she treats you with great friendliness and respect. Can you please let me in on the secret?
Toodle pip!

Pat Tillett said...

Gotta watch out for those felines! We have lots of them here and I know!
Cute photos!

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