Motion Monday: Swan, Dog, Duck, Goose!

This year Easter was early, and with it was my human mom’s birthday and our first cruise of the year. (Since she forgot my birthday we don’t really need to know about hers.) Destination Union Steamship Marina on Bowen Island is about a 2 hour journey for Minstrel from our marina in Port Moody. About halfway there we’d left the more sheltered and calmer waters of Burrard Inlet and became exposed to the Strait of Georgia when I suddenly didn’t feel so good.  My human was watching me for “the signs” and as soon as she saw them, in true mom style she whisked me up in a blanket and sat outside in the fresh air with me. After about an hour I felt so much better.

IMG_5016IMG_5030We were there for four weather perfect days. Although my human dad didn’t win the Crabmeister contest, he didn’t disappoint either with a decent catch of both crabs and prawns. He’s my Easter bunny hero. The boats on either side of us had dogs. Peaches was on our port side and Tank was on our starboard. Except for when the dogs left for walks, I mostly behaved and stayed on our boat and greeted all who walked by. My furiend Krypto the yellow (but white) lab was there and came over to say hi, and I also met a new furiend, a white husky whose name I can’t remember but was very interested in meeting me since apparently she’d never seen a cat before. She seemed nice and was a big hit with all the humans.

IMG_5049IMG_5019I spent much of my time on the anchor board, my favourite place at the bow of Minstrel, watching the shore or whatever flew or swam by in front of me. I saw several ducks swimming by who didn’t pay any attention to me,  but what did notice me was a big bird I had never seen before. My human call it a swan and his name is Oscar. He lives at the marina and is not shy around humans, probably because of all the treats they give him especially after they hear the sad story about his mate dying. He seems friendly enough but he does make me feel a little nervous.

Last but not least are those annoying geese. I was trying to take a nice little cat nap when a big ruckus started up outside. The honking of one goose I can handle, but when there’s four of them, I had to go out and let them know I wasn’t impressed. Geese can be very noisy especially during mating season. The worst part was the strange long drawn out ohms between honks. My human thought it was rather funny and took this video.

Our next cruise will be the long weekend in May and close to home. I hear there’s going to be a Gilligan’s Island costume theme with a 3 hour dinghy cruise scavenger hunt. In the meantime, I’m still hoping to get some more votes during the BC SPCA 2017 Calendar Contest, and there’s one more week left. A big thank you to those that donated and voted to support a very good cause including my friend and cat mom Ellen Pilch.

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Vote For Me – A Contest That Speaks For Animals

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It’s official, I am in a calendar photo contest. While checking out some of my Facebook furiends, I found that one of my furiends had entered a photo contest, and snap, it hit me, I could do the same! And you probably thought it was my human’s idea….meow meow.

It’s not your typical photo contest. It’s put on by the BCSPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals). We’ve been seeing a disturbing increase in the number of puppy mill seizures in the news lately and it’s just heartbreaking. It’s happening world wide too I’m afraid. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful home with caring humans, and I shudder at the thought of how close my life came to turning out very differently.

This is finally a way I can help the less fortunate: by helping the society that takes in the many sick and injured animals, straining their finances to care for the rescues in getting them ready for adoption and a new lease on life. My humans agreed it would be a wonderful thing to do and commended me on my selflessness.

Thirteen entries with the most votes win. I hope you too will join me in this pawsome cause by  voting for my contest entry with a small donation of your own to the society. I thank you in advance for your selflessness and generosity.

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Motion Monday: Not Your Average Rescue Kitty

Meowee furiends, it’s been a few months since my last post. I had my 3rd birthday a couple of months ago in February and my humans forgot. To those who left a few good suggestions on my Facebook page about what I should do (to my humans) about that, I thank you, they helped me feel better.

Just before I show you a video of my new furiend Nacho, let me first say that he is one lucky little kitty. Not only was he rescued from under a truck in Mexico half dead, but his humans, who happen to be friends with my humans, will be bringing him back to their home here on the BC west coast where he will become a boat cat like me. And I just found out he’ll be flying in next week! I can hardly wait to show him the ropes…wait, I mean lines.

It’s not easy for street cats to survive, anywhere, even harder for kittens, and by the sounds of it, Nacho probably wouldn’t have survived if not for the quick action and kind heart of a compassionate human who made the effort to prevent that from happening. Apparently it was touch and go. But as you will see, look just how well Nacho recovered. He’s a fighter.

Bringing pets from one country to another is not simple either. Once I find out the story of Nacho’s journey from Mexico to Canada, including vet certificates, airline requirements and other paperwork, I will report back.

I really hope we’ll get along when we finally get to meet. He’s already good buds with his furiend Toby the Chihuahua as you will see in this video. I’m sure they will miss each other but don’t be sad because Nacho will be going back to Mexico for the winter and they will be together again. So without further ado, I present Nacho…

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A Pen, Guin and Me Selfie

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Meet my new furiends Pen and Guin. We were all set to go to the annual Penguin Plunge event on New Years Day this year and then found out it got cancelled. Apparently on New Years Eve day, a boat with a wooden hull had sprung a leak and started sinking. The skipper decided to head for shallower waters so it wouldn’t sink very deep. Unfortunately that was the boat launch at Rocky Point Park here in Port Moody where hundreds of humans gather to take a traditional dip in the frigid sea water to start the new year.

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New Years Day 2015 Penguin Plunge, Rocky Point Park boat launch, Port Moody, BC

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New Years Day 2016, Rocky Point boat launch, Port Moody, BC (photo: Sheila Leavitt)

 
We were all very disappointed, and instead of spending a very beautiful but cold and somewhat foggy day on the water with the other silly humans wearing silly penguin hats, we spent most of the day in our land home, doing nothing. We could have gone to another Penguin Plunge event that was scheduled a couple of hours later in another community about twenty minutes away by boat, but Minstrel has recently developed a mysterious electrical problem and unless the generator is running, we have no power coming into the boat. The generator is louder inside the boat than out, and that was the last thing we needed to hear after a late night of “ringing in” the new year.

Pen and Guin usually stay outside the house in their light-up hot air balloon during the Christmas season, but before they left to go back to their home at the south pole, I took advantage of a rare indoor moment to get a selfie with them. They’ll be back again next December.

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Throwback Thursday: 2015 Review

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The countdown is underway to the end of 2015 and I can’t believe it’s over already. Here is my list of my favourite activities in 2015 and a few new year goals  for 2016.

  • My 2015 posts started with my 2nd birthday in February.
  • Skipping a few months, our posts picked up speed in August with our 2 week boat cruise to Desolation Sound with the Port Moody Power Squadron.
  • From there, we participated in a couple of writing classes from September to November, trying to polish up our poetry prowess.
  • Stayed connected with furiends made in 2014.
  • Reached my 100th Post and 1000 Likes at the same time!
  • Found and made a few new water/boat loving furiends.
  • Like last year, we got a bit busy during the Christmas season and had little time to post in December. Life’s like that sometimes.
  • Felt my first earthquake two days ago on Dec 29th…thankfully it was only a 5 second 4.8… but still!

Goals for the new year 2016:

  • My 3rd birthday
  • Of course more boating adventures!
  • More about my new water/boat loving furiends
  • Try to reach my 200th Post and 2000 Likes….and 2000 subscribers!
  • Continue to challenge our writing, photography, and poetry skills.
  • Continue to stay connected to my friends and furiends.

Thanking you all for visiting my blog and for all the interesting and pawsome posts
and comments that you’ve shared.

Wishing you all the very best in 2016!

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Meow On A Sailboat

Look at meow! I’m on a sailboat! No we didn’t buy a new boat. I just borrowed this one for an impromptu photo opp. Whenever we’re at the marina to clean Minstrel or to socialize with their friends, my humans  let me outside somewhat by myself. So what did they expect I’d do? Sit around on the deck of our boat and be content to just look at my surroundings? Ha, silly humans. So when I spied this little sailboat with the green canvas I thought to myself, “how fun would it be to send my good buddy, Bailey Boat Cat, a photo of me on a boat like his!” …and here I am.

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When my absence was finally realized, which didn’t take long, over she strode all mother-hen like to shush me back to our boat. But when our eyes met and she realized where I was, in that instance I knew she thought the exact same thing I had. Reaching into her pocket, she pulled out the camera and the photo session began. Of course I went with it. My plan was working.

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And there you have it. I came, I saw, I conquered….and I was ready to get off. I hope you like my photos Bailey. Now, what ploy can I come up with to get on that boat over there….

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Writing 101 Day 14: Write a post that takes place during one single day. Recreating a single day doesn’t automatically mean describing every detail. This assignment is very much about editing — and focusing on the right details. Zoom in even further, limiting yourself to just one hour of your chosen day.

Oh Those Sneaky Geese

“Ahoy?” During my deck patrol I heard a suspicious sound and went to investigate. There was definitely something swimming around in the water at the back of the boat.

No answer, but there it was again!

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Maneuvering closer I repeated: “Ahoy?!”

Still no answer. My curiosity got the better of me and I just had to look….

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Oh it’s just those marina geese sneaking by on their sunset tour. Maybe they think I’m one of them and want me to join them, or maybe they’re trying to taunt me into chasing them. Either way, I’m not getting in that water!

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Writing 101 Day 13: Play with word count. For those who’d like to aim for a specific word count, take a look at some 100-word stories at 100 Word Story, or Reader’s Digest list of winning 100-Word True Stories, then take a stab at your own.

The Show Must Go On

I recently watched the Acro-Cats on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Who are the Acro-Cats you may be asking? They are a troop of specially trained trick cats that are far more talented than meow is. They’ve taken obstacle and agility course stunts to a much grander level, and even have their own music band called the Rock Cats. Not bad for a bunch of rescue kitties.

Here’s the show under review:

If anyone saw them like that for the first time, I guess I can’t blame those who couldn’t hold back their catty hairballs of sarcastic humour.  I have to catfess though, I thought the comments could have been much worse than they were, and was glad they weren’t. If their trainer Samantha Martin had been able to preface the performance by saying that sometimes things don’t go as planned, it might have gone a long way to elicit a little more understanding. Being a trick cat myself, I can totally empathize with the level of distraction those kitties must have experienced being on a show like that: the noise, the lights, the size of the venue. I probably wouldn’t have left the safety of my carrier either no matter what tasty treat they waved in front of me.

So what do you do when the stars of the show won’t purrform? The show must go on, and if you have to, fake some of it like it’s part of the show. I was very impressed with the way the humans just kept smiling and moving on to the next stunt with their arm raised ‘Ta Das” even when any of the cats couldn’t overcome it’s stage fright to perform it’s trick. Stephen Colbert, to the audience’s delight, joined the act and pretended he was a cat doing the “roll the ball along the balance beam” trick. Of course for those cats that did perform their tricks, the audience was very supportive and, judging by the laughter, all in all it was still very a entertaining act, even though it seemed like it was a bit of a fail. But on the other hand judging by the comments, some of audience members weren’t really sure if that was the way the act was supposed to be or not, so then it was actually rather genius when you think about it. The music really had a lot to do with that as some of the notes in light genre refrains seemed to play with the scene.

To be fair, I think their real abilities deserve equal air time so you can see they’re not fake. Take a couple of minutes and check out this video from Youtube.com. We think they, and what they are doing for shelter kitties everywhere, is very special and I wholeheartedly recommend their show to everyone.

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Writing 101 Day 12: Critique a piece of work; express your opinion on a topic or a piece of work. This is your opportunity to comment on something you’re passionate about, or review a piece of art or entertainment that you love or despise. You can approach this assignment in your own style and preferred format. Here are some ideas: Review something you’ve recently read, watched, or experienced: a book, movie, TV show, art exhibit, festival, or something else.

My True Blue Selfie

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True blue
True blood
Blood stains
Blood on hands
Hands over fists
Hands holding weapons
Weapons of destruction
Weapons in secret
Secret locations
Secret agents
Agents of doom
Agents of injustice
Injustice is served
Injustice is hard
Hard reality
Hard hit
Hit hard
Hit a target
Target practice
Target the innocent
Innocent lives lost
Innocent not guilty
Guilty of what
Guilty for being human
Human kind
Human race
Race of life
Race to end
End the madness
End the hatred
Hatred does not cease hatred
Hatred is ceased by love
Love thyself
Love heals wounds
Wounds that run deep
Wounds of war
War torn
War is hell
Hell on earth
Hell of a time
Time to change
Time is of the essence
Essence of trust
Essence to let
Let go of fear
Let us pray
Pray for peace
Pray for Paris
Paris…
Peace…

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Poetry 101 Day 9: As temperatures begin to drop in the Northern Hemisphere, let’s focus our attention today on “cold,” and whatever that word evokes in you. Write a poem that will send chills down our spines (literally or not). Our form was to be a concrete poem but I changed it to a Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim. This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow. There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe. Find out more about it at Shadow Poetry. The device is anaphora/epistrophe which coincidentally is part of this form by design. Anaphora simply means the repetition of the same word (or cluster of words) at the beginning of multiple lines of verse in the same poem. Epistrophe is its counterpart: the repeated words appear at the end of lines. Like most simple devices, though, the trick is in deploying them to their full effect. Repetition lends emphasis to words, adds weight, and leaves a deeper imprint in your readers’ memories.

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