Yes, this is filled with whisky

Yes, this is filled with whisky

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This blog is going to the dogs, Day 20


This is Ooee

She has 7 lives after falling from a couple of apartment balconies (6th storey and 3rd storey), before coming to live with us.

She’s not always this irascible - she just didn’t appreciate having her catnap interrupted by the paparazzi.


Jennifer R. Donohue said...

I'm with Ooee (especially as I get ready for work this morning)! Who wants to be woken up?

7 lives left is a pretty lucky number, all things told. I'm sure she'll hold onto them more carefully now!

Sam Hawke said...

I enjoy this particularly for the combination of lethargy and menace. Like, I'll cut you, but be damned if I'll lift my head to do it.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Spunk, nothing like a clawed animal with spunk.

Words to live by :"... defend the nap."

Lisa Bodenheim said...

Yikes, watch those claws!

What a great photo. Ooee? I'm pronouncing it like Joey with out the J. Is that right?

So glad Ooee now has a home where she's not falling from high balconies. I had a cat who got herself on top of our 6 foot high entertainment center (my kids tell me, I wasn't there) and she fell between it and the wall when she tried to get back down. She was always a feisty cat but the kids think that was when she entered her phase of never liking to be held and she ate any food and ribbons she could get in her mouth.

Susan said...

That's exactly what I look like when I'm woken up from a nap. I think I found my spirit animal.

Love the cat pics from the past few days. You all have some majestic felines in your life!

Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli said...

Ooee has fantastic eyes. How do you pronounce her name?

The cats and dogs, the turtle and the cactus have been fun to read about.

I've been working ten hour days. Then last week-end finally boxed up the manuscripts I'd worked on since 2003. All the files, character bibles, and the piles of colored note cards were collecting dust since February. I have no remorse for giving up the idea of publishing it. I learned a lot. And I've gone back to writing journal entries in long hand. I think it is more important I record what's going on around me with the science and the art. And the current events.

CynthiaMc said...

That is one lucky cat!Love the picture!

Claire Bobrow said...

Hint taken. I'm backing away slowly. Strike that - quickly! Sheesh, Ooee. We come in peace :-)

MA Hudson said...

It's Ooee as in Huey, Dewey and Louie, and with surprising regularity... Spewy!

It's short for 'ooee ranga' which apparently is a term bodyboarders use for red heads (from orangutan). My nephew named her when he was a kid.

A lot of people find it hard to believe that she's female. There seems to be a myth that all ginger cats are male. Of course her name doesn't help matters.

Lisa - I winced when I read about your cat's fall. Ouch! Ooee isn't keen on being patted on her back as a result of her injuries. She threatens to nip anyone who tries. I'm sure I'll be the same as I grow old and accumulate a multitude of aches and pains!

Angie - I'm with you on writing long hand. I love it for the first draft, when the ideas are spilling onto the page.

Thanks for the comments guys. The funny thing is I didn't even see Ooee's claws while I was taking the photo. It was only when I scrolled through the pics that I realised just how much I'd irritated her.

Donnaeve said...

Funny, when I saw the name, I thought "Ooooooeeeee!" I too am glad Ooee has found a safer place to live.

I can just make out her teeth too. Definitely don't disturb Ooee's naps.

abnormalalien (Jamie A. Elias) said...

Awww Ooee is cute, napitude and all. But I have a particular fondness for testy cats.

My youngest currently chomps on whatever body parts are available first thing in the morning. "Food slave is not up yet. Maybe if I eat her arm (or leg or head), she will feed me."

Lennon Faris said...

wow, great action shot! I love the name and the story behind it.

Sam Hawke your comment made me laugh!

Barbara Etlin said...

"Back off! I need my beauty rest."

Great photo, MA. You don't mess around with Ooee, and she'll tell you so if you aren't sure. She's a lucky cat.

Theresa said...

Haha--what Sam said!

Peggy Rothschild said...

Great shot. I'm assuming it's all due to perspective, but Ooee looks like she has at least one enormous paw!

(Love the '...defend the nap' motto)

Colin Smith said...

Ooee!! So her last name isn't "Ooo"? Sorry, Doctor Who humor. :)

She certainly does guard her nap time, doesn't she? Those eyes and those claws say "Back off, bucko!" like nothing else.

Great picture, MA, and what a lovely fluffy cat. So adorable, even when irritated. :D

Dena Pawling said...

She looks like I WISH I looked when my naps are interrupted. Except I'm not cute and my claws aren't sharp. I can dream tho, can't I?

BJ Muntain said...

Lovely cat, MA! I love this picture. What a nice-looking - if sleepy - cat. :)

I, too, loved Sam's comment. :)

I know there are female ginger cats, but I also know the colouring is sex-linked, so I did some quick googling. Turns out, most ginger cats are male, because the gene is on the X-chromosome. Therefore, males only need one X-chromosome that makes them ginger, while females need 2. So she needs both parents to be orange or calico. All calicos or torties are female, though. I love learning things like this!

Beth said...

I knew torties were female, but I didn't realize it applied to calicoes, too. I guess the males I knew were only two colors rather than three.

Ooee is lovely, but I wouldn't want to be her alarm clock. You've really captured her cattitude.

Caption: I'll tell you when I want petting. Go away.

Brian Schwarz said...

I've gotta say something.

There is no substitute for this community. People here are frigging amazing. I've been looking for a new writer group lately, scouring the Internet for people as passionate and uplifting and supportive about writing as me, and after a few failed attempts at finding a solid and knowledgable writer-munity, I just keep realizing how incredible this place is.

Y'all are amazing. Seriously. Keep being amazing.

Donnaeve said...

Well, dang Cap'n BS, and here we were just ooo'ing and eee'ing over Ooee.

That said, I agree with you. It's rather addictive this place, actually. And yep, check, check, check on the passion, positivity, and support.

Brian Schwarz said...

So what you're saying is, I sure know how to read a room and do the opposite. ;)

That about spells me to a capital T.

John Davis Frain said...

As any cat owner knows ... nobody owns a cat.

John Davis Frain said...

Oh, and Brian, I third your thoughts. (Donna already seconded.)

Donnaeve said...

Ha, John (MS) Frain...nobody owns a cat is right. You can tell your wife you were right today - but only today.

Cap'n BS - I was actually feeling all put out you'd be trying to find another group other than us here. How could you? Sob. (haha)

Mark Ellis said...

I feel Ooee's pain. I would like to be a celebrity, but I loathe the paparazzi.

MA Hudson said...

BJ - Thanks for the ginger research. Now I can do a better job of defending Ooee's femininity.

Sam - I agree with everyone else - great caption. It's like you can speak cat.

Brian - you're so right about this community. It's the most welcoming and informative that I've come across. said...

Ooee looks like Gloria Swanson in the last scene of Sunset Blvd, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup." If you look at her hands, they're rather claw-like:

Great picture, MA! Beautiful cat.

Craig F said...

You never know how a cat will awaken. Seeing litters of kittens grow has given me some perspective but I am sure there is a lot more to it. The craziest cats I have had were both single kittens.

Cats learn a lot of their social habits from their siblings. Things like how far they can go before the shit hits the fan. Then they learn that all over again when they pick a human to accompany them.

Ooee looks to be a fun and beautiful cat. I hope you enjoy each other for a long time. She is not at all like a cat I once had who would come and cuddle, lick you twice to make sure that spot was clean and then bite the shit out of you,

Brian Schwarz said...

Bahaha! No one could replace you Donna!

Andrea said...

What a character! She looks like a toughy. I love animals with an attitude.

I'm partial to ginger cats. The first love of my life was a ginger tom called Tommie. Six year old me wanted to marry Tommie because he was much more reliable and kind and good-looking than the boys my age.

Still loving all the pet pictures! I'm on holiday at the moment so not always able to comment but I'm keeping up with the blog.

Panda in Chief said...

I love Craig's comment about the cat that would lovingly clean your hand before biting the shit out of it. Ha! I love cats.

An interesting side note on cat color and gender, there are very rare instances of male calico's or torties, but they are always sterile. I knew about the female ginger kitty possibilities.

Ooee says "watch out for my pointy bits"

Cats do have some attitude going, don't they?