Sunday, August 24, 2014

Zeke and the Bee

This is the story of Zeke and the bee.

As much as I would like to think so, it is not always a safe place outside in the catio.  This week I happened to stick my head outside the window, to see what was happening out there.  Zeke was at the bottom, trying to catch a bug with his two front paws.  I instantly knew that this was potentially trouble!  I shouted at him, but he took no notice of me.  Suddenly, he lets the bug go free, and it flies away.  Then he comes jumping through the window, and running through the house on three feet.  He is holding his right front paw in the air, and shaking it.  Yes, he got stung by a bee.

He spent time licking his paw, and seemed to be not badly affected otherwise.  I decided not to take him to the veterinarian.  I would just monitor his health closely.  That was a mistake.  

In two days, he was walking well upon his foot, as though nothing had happened.  He was eating and drinking, and normal in every way--almost!  I noticed that he began drooling saliva like an old hound dog!  He was soaked!  It was time to call the veterinarian.

Veterinarian Office

Zeke did not want to go to the veterinarian.  He never does want to go to the veterinarian.  "It is for your own good," I said.  So, I put him into his carrier, and drove to the veterinarian.  

The veterinarian technician weighed Zeke.  She took his temperature.  Then she wrapped him in a blanket to calm him, while he waited for the arrival of the veterinarian.  

Zeke was very still and calm.  He was wrapped in the magical Blanket of Invisibility.  No one could find him now.  Well, maybe someone could find him, if they looked closer.

Zeke in the Blanket of Invisibility
 After a thorough examination, the diagnosis was that Zeke was in excellent health--except for the fact he was drooling.
Since I saw him get stung by the bee, we decided that must be the cause, and he got an injection of antihistamin drug.  That was a few days ago.  I can report today, that he has stopped drooling.  It was caused by the reaction to the bee sting.  Another "crisis" is over--until the next time!

Bee in mint


Friday, August 15, 2014

Paws and Claws: Being True Tales of Clever Creatures (1874)

Today my cats decided to take the day off, so we shall look at some drawings of cats from one of my vintage books.  The book shown today is "Paws and Claws: Being True Tales of Clever Creatures, Tame and Wild, Illustrated."

This book was first published in 1874 by Elizabeth Anna Hart.
She was born in 1822 in London, England.  

Her aunt was Lewis Carroll's grandmother.  Lewis Carroll was the author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."  She is best known for her children's book:  "The Runaway" published in 1872. She died in 1890.  

The cover of my book shown above, is not the first edition cover.  The alternate title is:  "Peeps at the world of birds and beasts."  It is written as a children's book.  Inside the book are many many drawings of English woodland animals, including cats.  The book has many illustrations; however, there was no mention I could find of the name of the illustrator.  Some of these pictures are signed H Weir.  He was Harrison Weir, an English artist and gentleman (1824 - 1906).  His specialties in painting and sketching were  animals, and garden scenes.  I will today show many of the larger "cat" illustrations.  These are familiar scenes today, except, perhaps, of the cat and the hare.  The book is in the public domain, and can be found easily as a free "ebook." The ebook I looked at did not have the illustrations.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Morning Rush Hour

Sunday morning early and it is a perfect morning.  Time for all the cats to gather, and be let out into the catio for some fresh air.

 It can be annoying to have to get up early, and get out of bed, to open the window, and let them outside.  I think Marigold got up too early as well.  Like me, who has not had his first cup of coffee in the morning, she is a bit grumpy!

Do not look at me for help out there!

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Wolf in sheep's clothing / Ein Wolf im Schafspelz

   The phrase: "A wolf in sheep's clothing" is derived from one of the Greek Aesop's (circa 600 B.C.E.) fables.  A wolf could not get near a flock of sheep to eat them, until he hid under a sheepskin.  Below, we see Marigold using the same technique.  Hiding under a panda blanket, she is probably planning to get near some bears!?  If only we had a bird blanket!

Marigold hiding underneath a Panda blanket