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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 07:38

Lovely picture, MM!

I think "Tostig" really suits him. He is most definitely not a Willibald.

T. is a very handsome moggy indeed. I'm glad he's found a good home with friends.

PS There has been more fighting at Whitehall, but it's all been hushed up recently.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 08:38

There's one difficulty though ... Tostig looks very similar to one of my other cats, Zwartje, and so with my eyesight telling them apart is not always that easy, especially as she also likes to spend time in the dog's company:

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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 12:13

Black cats do seem to be more wary than other cats. Our transgender village cat, Denis, aka Denise, looks identical to Tostig; he/she is often in my garden miaowing plaintively at Bosworth, but runs off if I make any attempt to get close, let alone stroke him/her.

Denis lives across the river, yet has never been seen on the bridge. Rumour has it that he/she has been spotted crossing the Torridge at low tide - there is a shallow ford with stones at one point. Then, cut off by the tidal flow, he/she hangs about in the field or in my garden waiting for the next low tide so he/she can go back home. Denis's apparent ability to ford the river is a mystery. Perhaps he/she does a bit of fishing en route.

Bosworth igores D. - never tries to chase him/her away. But then Bos can't be bothered to chase anything these days.

PS Not just saying this - but Doggy-Dog is a beautiful animal. He looks very loving.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 13:04

Oh dear, I am now fretting dreadfully thinking that I may have offended PC sensibilities by calling Denis a transgender cat. It's just that he is. He started out as a boy, but was then discovered to have been a girl all along. He still is known as Denis, though - Denise as a name just hasn't "taken".

No offence meant to anyone, human or moggy. No
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 13:06

Well Doggy-Dog's a golden retriever so he is generally very placid and friendly, and since I do b&b he's well used to other people and their dogs. He'll be anyone's friend for life if they'll just rub his tummy!



.... not much doubt about DD's sex though. Shocked

My sister had a tortoise called George who when we went on holiday spent the time at the home of one of my dad's colleagues who had several tortoises. We always thought George was a boy (we had thoroughly looked and checked in books etc) ... but then once after coming back from staying with these other tortoises, she laid some eggs!

Wasn't the river Torridge the home of Tarka the otter? Any otters there still? I once, many years ago (1970s), saw an otter, very briefly, in a stream near Tavistock.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 13:50

Please give Doggy-Dog's tum a tickle from me!

Yes, Tarka was born  here, near Beam Aqueduct. It is only about twenty minutes' walk away from where I live. Henry Williamson, who wrote Tarka the Otter, was married in the little church I have mentioned on the Confused Christian thread.

Otters are indeed back in the river: my neighbour has seen one, as has the local farmer. So far I haven't, but I keep looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 30 Nov 2016, 14:13

Awww,MM, that's lovely.

I currently have 1.75 cats - 1.00 of my own, 0.5 of next door's tabby and 0.25 of the ginger tom from two doors down.

The tabby's owner however thinks I am trying to kidnap her cat; she clearly has no experience of how the sods make up their own wee hairy minds about where to go and what to do there. Ozzie, for that is his name, knows my car and beats me in the door when I open it or forces it open if it's on the snib when my own is out and about. Having cleared up any food left in bowls, he then hides in dark corners, cupboards and, a couple of days ago, in the washing machine thus:


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Needless to say, both interlopers are far more affectionate and appreciative than my resident feline.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 01 Dec 2016, 08:00

That moggy is adopting you, ferval. I know the signs!

Great picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Tue 06 Dec 2016, 15:35

This year's Liverpool Museum advent calendar is cat themed.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/christmas/advent/index.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 05 Jan 2017, 13:40

Larry's been got at - boo hiss.


                                   



Maybe Palmerston has one of these though.



                                 
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 05 Jan 2017, 18:59

Oh gawd, they've turned him into a Brexit means red, white and blue Brexit cat. Is nothing safe?
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:50

Wildcat pictured by camera trap in the Cairngorms:

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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 08:41

I am distressed that Larry appears to be adopting Presidential tactics in his war on Palmerston (which continues, whatever the media black-out would have us think).

A comment by a so-called journalist that "Palmerston is a much friendlier cat than Larry" evoked the terse tweet from Number 10: "Fake news!"

You really can do better than this, Larry.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 15:02

Larry could well sack his PR personage aide. Appointing a successor might be a trial A suitable spokesperson chosen by referendum could be catastrophic.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Sun 12 Mar 2017, 09:31



@PoliticalPics has posted the above rather splendid image and tweeted that, as shown, Palmerston has been allowed out again: he's been spotted roaming about in Downing Street this week, looking for Larry. Watch this space (or don't, as you see fit).

PS Larry tweeted that for Lent he had given up tormenting Palmerston: this came after a very regrettable - possibly drunken - post on Shrove Tuesday when he called the Foreign Office mouser "a tosser". Palmerston, as the cleverer and more dignified (snooty) moggy of the two, simply ignored the provocative remark: Palmerston obviously believes you can take the cat out of South London, but you can't take South London out of the cat.

PPS Following two cats on Twitter - how sad have I become?


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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Mon 13 Mar 2017, 18:14

Come on you saft, southern pussies - "Who're you looking at?" -


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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Fri 17 Mar 2017, 09:20




The London Times only featured the horribly embarrassing photo shown above: political comment and analysis offered by the Telegraph. The Foreign Office - so far - remains silent on the matter.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/16/should-larry-sacked-number-10-mouser-seen-letting-mouse-run/


An interesting metaphor for these interesting times: that insolent little mouse should surely be wearing a tam o' shanter.



PS I was appalled to read Conservative member Andrew Boff's comment on Labour Assembly member Tom Copley's question to Sadiq Khan on the need for a mouser at City Hall - exchange reproduced here (from the Telegraph):



In addition, recently London Assembly members begged Sadiq Khan to get them a mouser.

After a mouse fell from the ceiling in front of a group of startled schoolchildren, Labour Assembly member Tom Copley asked Mr Khan: “Given the problem with mice in the building will you consider getting a cat for City Hall, preferably rehoming one from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home?

Andrew Boff, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, said: “I’m fully in favour of this idea and in fact I’d go a step further and recommend a cat for each political group to give it real cross party support. The problem here, however, is that, as is well known, cats are mostly Tory.”
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 22 Mar 2017, 18:02

What is it about boy cats? I took in the stray, Tostig, as a mouser to gradually take over from my two girls who are both now getting very old. I thought he must be a good hunter as he'd been hanging around the house and garden for over two years, summer and winter, and I know he wasn't cadging food from the immediate neighbours (the only other house within a kilometre distance). And he seemed to have settled in and was generally accepted by my existing cats and by the dog.

But I think perhaps he's settled in a bit too well. He spends most of the day lolling in the sun with his feet up ...



... or just mooching around the garden with the dog:



Perhaps he hunts at night although he never brings any 'presents' and he seems more concerned about keeping an eye on the food bowl than on any mouseholes. I'm coming to the conclusion that he's just a big fat lazy tom who thinks he's now on a full board holiday. Oh well maybe just his presence around the house and in the cellar, where I know he slept over winter, will keep the wee timorous beasties away.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 22 Mar 2017, 19:37

Ah if you want a good mouser MM you'd best stick to the females. Male cats are lazy buggers.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 23 Mar 2017, 06:07

Love the flowerpot pic, MM - the position of that paw says it all.

But yes, just having a cat puts the mice off (Downing Street excepted) - and, even more important, perhaps keeps the rats away. My neighbours' cat (female) has killed and presented three huge rats here in as many weeks - worrying to think there are so many around, especially as we are all so careful with bagging rubbish etc. .

Bosworth would get on well with your Tostig. They could have adjacent flowerpots.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 29 Mar 2017, 07:06

Today is not really a day for Moggy Thread joking, but Larry posted a panic-stricken tweet from Number 10 yesterday:

Has anyone seen Article 50? Theresa needs to trigger it on Wednesday, but we can't find it anywhere...
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Tue 18 Apr 2017, 17:04

When it comes to political reporting, the BBC knows what really matters:


What you didn't see was Larry sauntering over to us mid bulletin and letting me stroke him!


BBC reporter, Sophie Raworth, earlier today.


Larry apparently knew about the election early last week. Don't believe he kept it to himself over the entire Easter break.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 19 Apr 2017, 10:44

Not that anyone is particularly interested but my oldest cat, Mama Poes, died on 5 April. It wasn't really unexpected, she was 24 years old and for the past 6 months had been getting increasingly frail, but it was still a sad day.

Here she was several years ago with her two daughters (one of whom, the little black one, Zwartje, is still with me):



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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 19 Apr 2017, 12:10

Of course we're interested (some of us anyway), that's a family bereavement. Commiserations, MM, no matter how much we moan about them, they are part of our lives.

On a different note, I understand Palmerston has had the snip and is now quiet and subdued - if only the same could be arranged for his ultimate boss at the F.O.


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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 19 Apr 2017, 12:46

@Meles meles wrote:
Not that anyone is particularly interested but my oldest cat, Mama Poes, died on 5 April. It wasn't really unexpected, she was 24 years old and for the past 6 months had been getting increaingly frail, but it was still a sad day.


That is a very good age:

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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Wed 19 Apr 2017, 15:06

@ferval wrote:
Of course we're interested (some of us anyway), that's a family bereavement. Commiserations, MM, no matter how much we moan about them, they are part of our lives.


Agreed.

Your Mama Poes seems to have led an idyllic life: a huge and interesting garden to roam and hunt in; a cosy cellar to sleep in; human and animal companionship when required; food supplementation generously and regularly supplied - and her own children around her. Couldn't have been better. I think I'll opt to come back as such a cat.

PS No official bulletin about Palmerston's operation has been issued from the Foreign Office, but he certainly has got much fatter recently, as Larry has - with rather malicious glee - been quick to point out. I'm surprised Larry has not commented on his rival's alleged reduced capacity. Palmerston is no doubt saying it's all fake news.
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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 20 Apr 2017, 09:21

@Temperance wrote:


Your Mama Poes seems to have led an idyllic life: a huge and interesting garden to roam and hunt in; a cosy cellar to sleep in; human and animal companionship when required; food supplementation generously and regularly supplied - and her own children around her.

She'd also in the last couple of months taken to spending a lot of time round the neighbour's house (probably because it was quieter there, especially since their dog died) and they had been giving her treats and "beauty treatments":



They've given me all the stuff they bought so both Zwartje and Tostig are now getting pampered too. Tostig by the way has got a couple of ticks on him at the moment which will probably cause some temporary bald patches. Hopefully they won't cause anything worse but the ticks here potentially carry Lyme disease and other bacterial infections. I could easily get them off him but he still won't let me touch him so I'm afraid he'll just have to suffer and as he was living wild in the forest for at least two years before he settled here I assume he's probably got some resistance to the local pathogens.


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PostSubject: Re: Moggy Thread 3   Thu 20 Apr 2017, 13:55

Sorry to hear about your kitty, MM, my penultimate kitty was a dark tortie but quite small though she did make it to 18 or 19. The one I have now is a rescue cat (wasn't ill-treated or a stray - the lady who had her before went into a care home). She's currently 13 and is tortie and white. While I was typing (why do these things always happen when one is trying to prioritise something else?) this morning I heard some awful yowling and she and another cat were going at it paw and claw through the cat door. I presume the other cat wanted to share her breakfast and she didn't feel like sharing.
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