Posts Tagged ‘Cat’

Pressing My Luck

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

It might not be wise to post pictures of black kittens on Friday the 13th, but I am going to do it any way because they are super cute.  Enjoy!

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Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten


In Memorium – Hero

January 15, 2010 2 comments

In Memorium


(January 14, 1995 – January 15, 2010)

You Will Be Greatly Missed Best Friend!

I Love You

Today I lost my best friend, Hero.  Fifteen years ago yesterday I adopted her from the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society, and have been privileged to share my life with her ever since.  It might sound cliche, but I knew she was the cat for me the minute I saw her.  She came right up to me as I walked by her cage, and it was love at first sight.   I adopted her on the spot.  The first night she spent with me she slept on my chest the whole night.  I barely got a wink of sleep, but it was worth it.  She had been a stray, so she wasn’t so sure about the whole new home thing.

At that time I lived in a tiny apartment.  Hero only tried to escape once.  She was running so fast she ran smack dab into the glass apartment door and knocked herself silly.  She never tried that again.  She and her friend Beatrice tried to make another run for it a couple of summers ago when they pushed the window screen out.  She only made it as far as the back deck.  The sound of the food container was enough to bring her running back.

Hero was a unique cat.  She really was a one person girl.  She loved me but was wary of just about everyone else, especially men.  She did not enjoy being picked up and was never a lap cat, but she was warm and loving, and would cuddle up against me whenever she thought I was asleep.  After I adopted her I adopted three other cats.  She was never very happy about that.  She got along with Beatrice if she had to, but she really disliked Rocky (who is with her in heaven) and out right hated Crookshanks.  The two of them could not be in the same room together without a violent fight breaking out.  At first Hero was clearly the victor, but it wasn’t long before Crookshanks could hold her own and give as good as she got.  Needless to say Hero and Crookshanks did not spend much time together.  Hero enjoyed hanging out in my bed room and living the kooshy life with a warm place to sleep and plenty of food to fill her tummy.

Hero definitely let me know her anger when I adopted a dog.  She brashely walked onto the dogs bead and urinated.  She definitely did not approve.  Like I said, she was a one woman cat, and she wanted me to be a one animal girl.

I suppose I should have known something was wrong because lately Hero had been cuddling with me more, and had even sat in my lap a few times.  It just wasn’t like her, but I am glad we had that time.  She was a special girl, and I will miss her more than I can even describe.  She will always hold a special place in my heart because she was the first.  She stuck with me through thick and thin, good and bad.   Take good care of her God.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Oscar Needs a Home

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

If you live in the Seattle, Washington area and are in the market for a cat, I would like you to consider Oscar.  Even though I already have more pets than I have space (can you really have too many pets?), I still often find myself perusing  I ran across this 12 year old guy and fell in love.  Why did I fall in love you ask?  Could it be his vampire fang like front teeth?  That’s definitely part of it (Edward Cullen anyone?).  Could it be his declawaedness?  That could be a consideration.  Is it his unique meow?  Maybe.  All those things make him a great companion for a forever friend.  The thing that put it over the top for me is the fact that he only has three legs.  I am a sucker for three-legged babies, as evidenced by the fact that I have had two of them.  They never seem to let their lack of a limb get them down or stop them.  Oscar is no different, running around and acting as if all four legs were present.    I wish I had the space to bring him into my home.  If you do, the Seattle Animal Shelter can give you all of the information or find him at Oscar at



Thank You For Your Consideration (and Oscar thanks you).

The Graham Ten

So Cute Your Head Just Might Explode

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

Warning: What you are about to see may cause serious side effects up to an including smiling, giggling, laughing, and in severe cases of overexposure, head explosions.  You have been warned.  Now enjoy the extremely small cuteness.

Extremely Tiny Chameleon

Extremely Tiny Chameleon

Extremely Tiny Mr. Peebles (the cat)

Extremely Tiny Mr. Peebles (the cat)

Extremely Tiny Horse

Extremely Tiny Horse

Extremely Tiny Marmosets

Extremely Tiny Marmosets

If you wish to continue despite the known risks, you can view more extremely tiny cuteness at The Web Ecoist.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

The World’s Cutest Pets

August 1, 2009 3 comments

Oh Hai!

After surfing the internet for about an hour, I have come up with a list of twenty of the world’s cutest pets for your consideration.  My pets were not eligible to compete because that would  be unfair.  Without further ado, the top twenty cutest pets in the world.

#20 –  Great DaneGreat Dane

#19 -Puppy in Bandanna – You can’t resist those blue eyes.


#18 – Puppy in Costume


#17 – Kittens Relaxing


#16 – Adorable Mixed Breed


#15 – Hound Dog


#14 – Owl


#13 – Piggy


#12 – Pug


#11 – Cutie Patootie Puppy


#10 – I’m Not Sure What it is, But it’s Exotic


#9 – A Puppy With Heart and Soul


#8 – Bulldog


#7 – World’s Tiniest Chihuahua


#6 – Cruft’s Prize Winner


#5 – I Will Eat Your Soul


#4 – Hamster


#3 – Tiny Cat


#2 – Bunny Cuteness Will Make Your Head Explode


#1 – Hedgie Cuteness Dominates The Standings


To all the amazingly cute pets out there that enrich our lives and bring great joy and happiness, I salute you.  Whether you be fish or foul, domesticated or exotic, cat or dog, big or small you make the world a better place just by being in it.  Special shout outs to Hero, Beatrice, Crookshanks, Tinkie, and Rocky up in heaven (because there is no heaven if my pets can’t be there with me).

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Pet Detectives are Real!

June 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

Pet detective is a real job.  Who knew?  These heroe’s search for and rescue missing pets to reunite them with their families.  What a lovely calling.  I learned about pet detectives while reading about a Seattle Area search dog named Zeke who swallowed a rock and required extensive expensive surgery.

Detective dog’s surgery causes rocky

situation for owner

10:41 PM PDT on Thursday, June 25, 2009


SEATTLE – A local pet detective says her organization is in financially rocky straits after one of her search dogs swallowed a large rock, requiring expensive surgery.

That, plus an economy-related drop in donations, has really put a strain on her non-profit Missing Pet Partnership, said founder Kat Albrecht, especially during one of the busiest times of the year.

Last Friday, Zeke, a 5-year-old bloodhound, somehow swallowed a 1-inch diameter rock, said Albrecht. Veterinarians had to surgically remove the stone from Zeke’s intestines and close it up with stitches. The final bill tallied about $2,089.


Zeke and the other Missing Pet Partnership dogs are trained to sniff out missing pets, much like police search and rescue dogs find missing humans. In fact, Albrecht said she got the idea while working with K-9’s as a police officer at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

July 4 and the days surrounding tend to be the busiest time of year, Albrecht said, as many pets run off, frightened by the sounds of the fireworks.

The Missing Pet Partnership will be offering lost pet assistance, free of charge, from July 5 through July 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Seattle Animal Shelter at 2061 15th Ave W. Last year they helped find 14 lost dogs, Albrecht said.

She said she is also accepting volunteers and donations.

Read more about Zeke and the Missing Pet Partnership at Missing Pet Partnership: Search and Rescue for Lost Pets.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Cute Baby Animals In Tiny Spaces

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai,

There seems to be a rash (if you can define rash as two) cute baby animals finding their way into really tiny, unusual places.  First off is the story of two little raccoons that made their home in a soda vending machine.

They should name them Pepsi and Coke!
Raccoons Rescued From Inside Pepsi Machine

Chris Howell,

TULSA, OK — People who live at an apartment complex in Tulsa were shocked to see more than soda cans in a Pepsi machine.

They saw two raccoon faces peering out from behind the machine.

“They just kind of came peeking around there and before I knew it, they were all the way out here kind of looking at me,” said Linda McWater. “I really thought it was best to get someone that knows what they’re doing. We called several people and I finally got hold of the Skunk Whisperer.”

The Skunk Whisperer, Ned Bruha, has rescued all types of wild animals from inside attics and under houses. So while the call was unusual to the apartment residents, it was just another day for him.

“They put money in and a little raccoon hand came out,” Ned said. “All wildlife wants is food, water and shelter, that’s all wildlife wants. That raccoon has substituted that water with Pepsi.”

After the Pepsi vendor opened the machine, Ned was able to use a little of his quiet coaxing and a gentle poke in the backside with a bent coat hanger to evict the troublesome twins from their poolside condominium.

“This is what we do every day,” said Ned, “and when we can save an animal’s life, that makes it so much better.”

The raccoon kits were relocated to much more appropriate accommodations at a local wildlife sanctuary.

The second story involves a kitten and a mailbox. in Boston

A Special Delivery: A Kitten found in a street mailbox

By Matt Collette, Globe Correspondent

She was locked in the dark with nowhere to go. Amid letters, bills, and packages sat a small, frightened two-pound kitten, abandoned inside a streetcorner mailbox in Hyde Park.

MSPCA photo

“That’s horrible. That’s inhumane. I just can’t believe it,” said José González, 37, who lives in the house adjacent to the mailbox. He speculated that whoever left the cat may have put it in the mailbox because it is checked a few times each day.

On Saturday, a letter carrier discovered the kitten, who was malnourished and shaking, but healthy overall, inside the mailbox at the intersection of Arlington and Davison streets, said Brian Adams, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 8-week-old kitten was named Postina. by the MSPCA’s assistant manager after it arrived at the organization’s Jamaica Plain headquarters Saturday afternoon.

“She thought it was appropriate, being that she was somewhat mailed,” Adams said.

Because the postman had to complete his route, a woman who witnessed the discovery brought the cat to the MSPCA.

“She came to us through a fortunate set of events, through the good acts of several people,” said Adams, who said the pair involved in Postina’s rescue wanted to remain anonymous.

Postina, a friendly white, orange, and black calico cat, was nourished back to health, given vaccinations, and is up for adoption.

“We’ve been getting about 10 calls an hour,” said Adams. “People are really connecting to her story and it is certainly going to bring out a magnifying glass to animals who are homeless or need a home.”

Agabus Lartey, 51, the pastor of Family Life Fellowship on Arlington Street said the abandonment was inhumane.

“A good man treats his animals well,” he said. “I know times are hard, but that’s too much.”

Instances of pet abandonment have increased dramatically during the recession, said Adams. While the MSPCA does not count abandonment cases, there has been “a significant increase” in Boston and statewide. This time of the year is the busiest for shelters, since many mothers deliver new litters of kittens and puppies that cannot find homes.

Postina has adjusted well to her temporary home. Though initially hesitant to meet a group of reporters in the MSPCA lobby today, she quickly adjusted to the spotlight.

“She obviously is a very forgiving cat, regardless of how she has been treated in the past,” he said.

Adams said anyone interested in adopting Postina should come to the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain to fill out an application. The deadline to apply to adopt Postina is Thursday, though hundreds of other cats are available.

Cat and dog owners in Boston who need to give up their pets can do so for free at the MSPCA, Adams said. The organization also offers low cost veterinary services, like spaying and neutering for as little as $50.

The MSPCA is asking anyone with information about Postina’s abandonment to call its law enforcement department at 617-522-6008 or 800-628-5808. Animal abandonment is a felony crime with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

It is illegal to mail animals like cats and dogs, though creatures that can survive without attention for 72 hours, like earthworms, grasshoppers, and bees, can be sent through the Postal Service, officials said.

I am very glad that both stories had a happy ending.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten