Monday, April 29, 2013

Baby Photos

Hey people, This is Valentina...
Z Girl went to Maryland this weekend and came home with some of her baby pictures.

This got her to thinking about OUR baby photos....and so I get to go first:

Do you know that when she saw this picture, she fell in love with me? But she STILL thought she wasn't supposed to take me.

Maybe it was this picture that did her in:

Cuz here you can see that my paws have uneven white markings on the front. Those are my siblings, they all went to good homes.

I really was adorable, you have to admit...and now...I'm 4!
That's all I've got for this Monday...

Valentina, over and out...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Some mothers of human children have jewelry made using the birthstone of their offspring to proudly wear.

I don't have kids. Well, I have fur-kids. And so my gimmick is to buy fragrances named after each of the cats.

So far, three:

Mademoiselle Coco Chanel (by Coco Chanel), Valentina (by Valentino), and Manhattan (by Bond No. 9).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Two Tuxedos Tuesday: Frisky, Four and Fabulous...Happy Birthday, Valentina!

Hi blogger-people, THIS IS VALENTINA...

In case you didn't recognize me, this is my first solo photograph. Z-Girl took this of me when she brought me home in May of 2009. Look at my engagement with the camera. It's unparalleled. I know. I'm beautiful.

I'm also 4. I don't really know what that means but Z-Girl keeps saying it.

Manhattan turns 4 in a few months too, so I'm told. That means I won't be the only one with 4 attached to my name. Thankfully. I don't know if I can handle the expectations all on my own, so I'll be glad to share the title with Manhattan.

Manhattan: You go first, I'll just follow behind.

Valentina: You are the definition of a copy-cat, Manhattan. *sigh*

On the day that photo was taken, I was really happy to be carried in to the warehouse apartment to find Coco waiting by the Big Red Chair. She wasn't very happy, but I didn't care. I rushed to see her. She looked so much like my cat mama. Z-Girl says that's because Coco's cat mama is the same as mine. That makes us half sisters.

I was then, and still am, the ham-bone of the Squeedunk cats. Check this out:

Z-Girl invited a very talented photographer, Wendy Ploger, to do a photo shoot back in 2010. Naturally, my job was to be as cute as possible and I think I succeeded.

This is me thinking about climbing up the window. I know I can find a way...

Manhattan: Happy Birthday, Tuxedo Sister! 

Valentina: Thanks, M. I sure hope this 4 thing works out in my favor...

This is Valentina, over and out.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Manic Monday

I like this song because it says kissing Valentina.

Manic Monday

Okay, so it says Valentino. I was named for him. So here's a picture of me, as a baby, being a maniac. Not the same as manic but not far afield. One extra vowel.

I have a birthday, Z-Girl isn't sure what date it is exactly but I know it's somewhere around now so there will be pictures of me and discussions about how adorable I am. I'm really looking forward to that.

This is Valentina, over and out.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Light and Easy

This is Z-Girl, busting in to talk about my visit to Simply Cats Hotel this morning. Hence the mid-day post.

If you've been tuned in to our story, you know that Nat and I have rescued multiple cats from our neighborhood, known as the Powerhouse Arts District, or the PAD for short. During Super Storm Sandy, we were simply not equipped to trap and pull everyone we feed off the street although we did wish multiple times that we could somehow keep our crew warm, safe and dry.

I'll skip the story but you can read about it here. Happily, four of our boys are now in boarding at Simply Cats Hotel in Flemmington, New Jersey. They are cleaned up, healthy and happy. Curly is ready for adoption and will flirt with you to prove it.

So on today's "Easy Sunday" post, I'll share that our boys have great cages in the hotel, right next to the window. When Sue, the owner, is there they can roam and play. If I were not witness to how these kitties lived on the streets, I'd be so sad they are in cages. But their reality here in the PAD is grim. The lot where Curly and his brothers, younger kitten siblings and mama once lived is now a full-on construction site. Had they been there the day the heavy equipment and concrete been delivered, they may have been killed. The other areas for them to seek some shelter and live are also overtaken with equipment and construction activity daily.

So, today, I was pleased to see them living and relaxing, soaking up the sun.

I returned home to my warehouse apartment to find the Squeedunk cats in their respective sun spot posts too.

As for me, I was able to stop at The Mall at Short Hills. Any day shopping is an easy day for Z-Girl.

Valentina and Manhattan, soaking up the sun sometime in 2010. This scene is on re-run almost daily.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Take it Easy

Bessie and Lulu here to say Take it Easy, if you can.

If you aren't on the street, looking for your next meal.
Or fighting off fleas and other parasites.
Or running from humans who don't like kitties, especially BLACK cats...
Or minding traffic that doesn't look for small creatures trying to survive as best they can...

Well, then you can consider it a good day. We love being inside, having our coats shiny and beautiful, our food readily available, and lots of toys, cat nip and treats.

Z-Girl came back from a trip to NYC yesterday and reported seeing a man waiting for the train with a beautiful kitty in a carrier. He was just rescued from the kill list at the shelter. So today is a nice, easy Sunday for that 3 year old beautiful boy. But we know, many others wait for their furrever homes, or for someone to rescue them. Not so easy...

Whatever you do, give a helping paw. And enjoy every bit of your comforts. They are true gifts.

We just learned it was a group named the Eagles who sing a song Take it Easy...seeing an eagle would be wonderfully entertaining to us--we can't imagine seeing a whole GROUP of them...

Bessie and Lulu, Over and Out...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday PHOTO HUNT *Scrumptious*

Z-Girl, joining the Photo Hunt late this week with...

Valentina as a baby, kissing Coco's ears. August, 2009. Ah, those were the days! Delicious....

Friday, April 12, 2013 Pet Parenting

Today, we share's Blog:

Click here to learn more about adoptable cats and dogs who are waiting to be loved. Those of you who are humans living with and caring for a cat (or yes, a dog!) tell us how your furry, feathered or (gasp) reptile companions complete your family.

We've saved close to 30 cat lives and have placed over 20 of them in their furrever homes. Natalie and I have more adoptable kitties available, and can attest to the transformation that comes with opening your heart and space to these fascinating roommates.

Bessie, Lulu and The Captain in July 2011, after our rescue. The Captain has a wonderful home. Bessie and Lulu, bottom photo, in the Fall of 2012. Going from street kitties living in a warehouse, hunting for food and living in danger, to lounging on their favorite scratching couches.

These girls have changed my life in ways I never thought possible.

What's your story?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

This is from the warehouse where we rescued Bessie and Lulu.

Peace. Joy. Love. Ideas. Hope. 

All part of our mission at PAD PAWS.

Check back for information on our adoptable cats...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two Tuxedos Tuesday and The Cat Whisperer Book

Good morning people of the Blogosphere!

Valentina:      This is Valentina
Manhattan:    ...And Manhattan too!

Valentina:      Yes, and Manhattan too. Geesh, I would have said that...okay, anyway we saw a new book yesterday. Z-Girl took it out of a brown envelope and smiled.

The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do

Is it that hard that you people need a book?

One thing we do know: Z-Girl learned a lot after a few consultations with Mieshelle via phone last year. She learned that punishing Coco for attacking Bessie and Lulu was NOT productive. While Coco is still not happy with them sharing our space, she is much better. When Coco is better, we are all better.

We just want to find the part of the book that says: "Don't go to work in an office, stay at home and play with your kitties all day," or the part that explains how to cat-ify this big apartment.

We've heard Z-Girl talk about getting us a cat tree, and also installing some cat shelves so we can climb and perch. Right now she seems focused on replacing things we've shredded. New sheers in the bedroom windows on Saturday, and just heard her make a call to someone who upholsters furniture. Could it be the big scratching post  couch will be covered in new fabric?

Why, that's like giving an artist a new canvas....

Manhattan:      A cat tree? Sure hope Z-Girl has the sense to put it by the window so I can survey for pigeons and catch sunbeams.

Oh, so I'm gonna sign off for us today. Last week I was napping. Come see us again soon!

This is Manhattan, over and out.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Photo Hunt "QUIRKY*

Hello, Squeedunk Blog Readers.

This is Coco Chanel, making my debut post. I've really a lot to say but today, it's Saturday. Z-Girl is preoccupied with shopping, cleaning (thankfully, that includes my litter box) and other such human nonsense, like a manicure. I think Z Girl believes that when she trims my claws using the phrase "want a manicure?" is somehow supposed to make the experience pleasant.

Where's the dislike button on this thing?

Anyway, there are no Quirky photos of me. I'm above that. But, my half sister Valentina is a super goof. So I've selected this one from the archives for our very first entry to the Photo Hunt:

Here she is, sitting in a steel bowl designed by my very talented Uncle Robert. This was taken in the summer of 2009.

FYI, there was a "no cats on the dining room table" philosophy in place at that time.

Guess who won that battle?

Happy Saturday.
Coco Chanel, Over and Out.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April's First Two Tuxedos Tuesday

Hey, Humans of the Blogosphere, this is TWO TUXEDOS TUESDAY. Valentina here sharing some fun facts about our world:

One great feature of our restored warehouse apartment is the concrete floor. We find it especially useful for running after toys because we can slide and spin. It's a little like a hockey rink. All five of us enjoy chasing plastic water bottle caps up and down the hall.

Given our location, we face the New York Harbor. Lady Liberty is within our view, although from our windows we can't see her because she is blocked by some buildings. We can see the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, although for our cat attention span, this is meaningless. Directly across from our building is another old warehouse, waiting to be torn down so that the Evil Toll Brothers Corporation can build a high rise building and ruin the footprint of our beautiful artist neighborhood. Sigh. Many of the humans here in the area tried to stop them, but after two years of court battles, the evil corporation won.

Joke may be on them though. There's chemicals in that there soil. And so ground breaking is ON HOLD. Which means the pigeons can convene on the roof top and provide entertainment for us in the upcoming months. The warm weather should be calling them back to their posts.

In the meantime, we will relish in the urban landscape that we bear witness to, day and night. I think I speak for all the Squeedunk Cats when I say that a special time during this early spring period is that just before dawn, when the moon is spilling from the windows, casting beautiful light onto the concrete floor by Z-Girl's bed. We like to surround her, either as fixtures in the window sills, on the bed, or around the perimeter. Soaking in moonbeams and the tranquility that precedes our morning playtime chaos.

Manhattan: (Yawn)...Well said, Valentina. I'm too busy enjoying my cat bed to blog this morning. Go ahead and wrap up

Okay. So Mama wanted me to tell you that from now on when blogging, she will be referred to as "Z-Girl". Many friends call her LZ, and one in particular coined Z-Girl.

From all the Squeedunk Cats, we say Happy birthday to Papa Joe, Z-Girl's Dad. He and our Nana Lou wanted Z-Girl to adopt Coco when she needed a home and then HE was the one who wanted her to adopt ME. So, he must be pretty cool. He has an identical twin, so happy birthday to Uncle Jimmy too!

People think that Manhattan and I are SISTERS because we both have beautiful tuxedo fur. But we aren't even from the same mama, like Coco n me (born in different litters to the same mama kitty).

Papa Joe (on the left) and Uncle Jimmy, his, they are cute, aren't they? Is that a CHESS board behind Papa Joe? NERD....