Dino: Rainbow Bridge Day

It is the ninth anniversary of his Rainbow Bridge Day. We remember Dino with great fondness and love. He was the best of cats – friendly, happy, close confidante, and loyal littermate. Dino loved all things fresh, from cut-flowers to laundered clothes to Kona coffee to babies.

Dino: on kitten watch in early spring  (March 1990)

the fan: favorite objet d’arte

napping with his objet d’arte

catnip scratcher box: “all mine”

Pebbles and Dino: waiting on dinner

Dino at one (Sep 1990)

We were most privileged to have our Siamese boy for nearly 19 years. Every day was a good one with him. We miss you much.

Love you always,

mom and dad
xoxo

Photos are from the Two Cats Two archives. They were taken using a Canon FTb 35 mm SLR using Kodak Gold (ASA 200) film.

A Rainbow Bridge Day

She had a strong personality. Step into our home, one knew Pebbles was the one in charge. A trait not unusual for kitties of the Siamese persuasion.

Yet, Pebbles had her sweet, affectionate side. She slept under the covers with her one, her little feets pressed on the back. A soft meow in the ear when it was time to wake up.

When October 10, 2005 came, we awoke early as per our custom. Breakfast, Pebbles ate that well, and part of Dino’s leftovers. Afterwards, a brief nap then she watched the light snow fall outside. With her bright blues and her purr machine on high, Pebbles signaled she was ready to say goodbye for the time being.

We miss our Siamese girl very much. Pebbles was the best of friends, and was a very loving member of our family and confidant.

Love you always,

mom and dad
xoxo

Happy Birthday Meezers!

My sister Ginny, and her friend Jewel, were (and are) tight as thieves. They could identify with each other as working moms. Jewel’s kids were still young and Ginny’s daughter, M, was entering her teen years. And, both were also mom cats. Sis had a calico cat (named Calico, of course) and Jewel had a pair of Siamese, Wilma and Betty. Ginny asked if her two Siamese were spayed. Jewel replied, “No, Wilma and Betty were quite satisfied being indoor cats, showing no interest or desire to go outside. Besides, they’re both girls.” Ginny had Calico spayed just in case if she slipped outside. Being fixed also would add years to a cat’s life (male and female) with fewer health issues.

In late July 1989, Jewel had noticed Wilma was putting on some weight and didn’t think much about it. She did take more notice as July became August and Wilma beginning her search to find the perfect nesting site. Wilma’s chosen nesting site was on top of Jewel’s bed, and that is where she gave birth to three baby meezer kittens – Dino, Pebbles and Bam-Bam. The Flintstone theme to names was courtesy of Jewel’s daughter, Sophia.

Finding good, forever homes for the three babies ensued when the kittens were two weeks old. Jewel asked Ginny if she would be interested. Sis said she would take one, but Calico was set in her ways as the only cat in her house. But, Ginny said she would ask around. And, ask she did. I said, “I don’t know. You know my work. I could be gone for weeks on end. Who would take care of them while I’m away?” That’s easy, mom and dad would care for your kitty while you’re away. I wasn’t so sure, but agreed nonetheless.

On Columbus Day Weekend 1989, a wiggly Siamese kitten named Dino came to stay. New to the home, he investigated every square inch. When Dino ate, his purr machine turned on. Between his sleeps during the day, he was a non-stop play machine. The first three nights, he stayed in the laundry/utility room with a low cardboard barrier separating that room from the rest of the house. It was so he would be know where his litter box would be located. Beginning on the fourth night, he had full run of the house at night. He would begin his sleeps near the dishwasher, soaking in all of its heat, and later finding his way to bed to sleep with me.

First Christmas: Dino and Pebbles (Dec 1989)

While Dino settled in nicely, Jewel was having a difficult time finding a home for Pebbles. Jewel also began to have doubts about the person who said they would take Bam-Bam. She asked Ginny if I was interested in taking Pebbles. I said I would, and if her concerns about the person regarding Bam-Bam’s adoption grew, I would take him as well. Fortunately, Jewel found someone more reliable and more loving to take in Bam-Bam. The someone also had previous experience with Siamese cats and their talkative nature.

When Pebbles came, nearly three weeks later, she acted she didn’t know who Dino was during the first night. Beginning the next morning, the two were playing without having missed a beat. Not only were they littermates, they were also the best of friends. They kept on eye out for each other. When one was not feeling well, the other stayed near.

Pebbles with the beanies (Summer 2004)

Dino with the kitty grass (Fall 2004)

Though both have been gone for many years, we continue to mark their special day.

Happy Birthday Dino & Pebbles!
xoxo

 

Photos from the archives of Two Cats Two™. The Christmas photo was taken with the Canon FTb 35 mm SLR using Kodak Max film (ASA 200). The latter two were taken with a Kodak APS camera using Kodak Gold APS film (ASA 400).

A Rainbow Bridge Day

He loved the scent of fresh-cut flowers. The one scent Dino enjoyed the most was gardenia. When that plant bloomed, it was like he consumed all of its scent.

In summer, Dino enjoyed the greenhouse very much. The plants, the scents, were very intoxicating.

When July 18, 2008 came, we awoke very early as usual. Though his appetite had slipped away, his eyes were bright, clear and alert. It was his approval to say it was okay to say goodbye for now.

We miss our Siamese boy very much. Not only was he the best of friends, Dino was a very loving member of our family and confidant.

Love you always,

mom and dad
xoxo

Caturday Memories: Ten Years Later

It was ten years ago, on this day, we said farewell to our Miss Pebbles. She graced our lives for 16 years, 2 months. Though Pebbles was fun and playful, she definitely was the one in charge of the household.

always box ready

 

the hiding place

 

taking the afternoon nap

 

a fashion icon, with her leopard print, leather handbag

 

When that day came, she fully understood we were parting ways temporarily. Her eyes were bright, her head held high. Ten years later, we occasionally feel her presence or sight the swish of her seal-point tail. Indeed, we miss Pebbles very much. We were very, very blessed to have her as a good friend and family member.

 

Photos from the Two Cats Two archive, using Kodak Gold 35 mm film (ASA 200) and Kodak B&W 35 mm film (ASA 400).

Caturday Memories

Today, we remember our handsome, sweet boy, Dino. He lived a full life, 18 years and 11 months, of lots of fun and play.

taking his morning nap under the covers

 

having his 1:30 am breakfast with his sister and littermate, Pebbles

 

the late night portrait

 

It may be seven years since his passing, but there are days when you expect to see Dino waiting for his breakfast. Yes, we miss Dino very much. We are glad to have had him as a good friend and family member.

 

Photos from the Two Cats Two archive, using Kodak Gold 35 mm film (ASA 200).

The Gotcha Day

Nine years ago, a certain young tabby girl became the chosen one. Her fact sheet said she was an active (read: high energy) cat, has a fondness for wood and carpet, very social, and a purr machine. She is indeed all of that and more.

in the first hour at home, with Dino watching from behind

 

Dino, my 16 year old Siamese boy didn’t know what to make of her. He was likely thinking, “nice to meet her acquaintance, but when is she going back.” For the remainder of that day, and late into the night, Miss Egypt investigated every square inch of the house. She was satisfied when all had been investigated.

relaxing on the bed

 

Though she wanted to play with him, Dino did not take kindly to Egypt’s aggressive style of play. Nonetheless, they developed a bond of sorts. He waited for her to come home from her vet visits. She sort of watched over him. Not a snuggly pair, they were good at sharing the various sleeping spots around the house.

Egypt sleeping on the office chair

 

Happy Gotcha Day, Little Miss!

 

About the photos

Not the best of shots, these were taken with an APS film camera. Probably a good idea, as a camera type, it didn’t last long.