Monday, December 31, 2007

Fair Weather Vladimir

Our Weather has been cold (20s-40s F) for us,
and rainy (every day) for a least six weeks now.

Once Uschi is out, he doesn't seem to care if he gets
rained/snowed/sleeted, on,... he just strolls around

taking his time to look at and sniff whatever
catches his attention for the day.

Les and I have become "Oregon Weather Weenies."
We both come from colder climates but now when it dips
below 40 we get cold, and need to bundle up.

On the colder days, Tanji has even wanted to head home early.
He heads out and runs a "Tanji loop"... a set of trails,
heads to the woods, then straight for the door home.

Little Vladi gets all excited, running around
the house, in preparation to head outside.

I'm ready,...

V sits by the door looking out the cat windows.

Then it is time to be sure our attention is on him,..


Look at my belly,...

I'm cute,...

He seems ready to go,... but when the door opens, if it is cold,...
he will hesitate,... then slowly head out after his brothers.
After a few tree climbs, if given the chance, i.e. an open door,
he will shoot back home and refuse to come back to the
door. We can get him to come to the entry hall, but if
we try to reach down to grab him he will run off to the other
side of the house. Once he is inside where it is warm,
dry and "clean," he is happy to stay there.

Vladi shot indoors

I think I'll just watch

from my window cat tree,

safe behind these clean windows.

Come on Vladi, we can't have you running
around the house unsupervised wearing your
harness and dragging your leash.

It is then back outside for more

Standing still with Uschi.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

T & U Basket Wrestling

Since Vladi has shown that he likes the cat-cup,...

Tanji wants to curl up in it also,...

And "Uschi is back",...

Whatcha' doin' ?



Uschi is about to

Pounce !

Vladi - "you two are boring,..."
T & U continue to battle.

Bat, bat, bat.


Oh No, Tanji,...

Leaned too far, so

the wrestling continues in the tipped basket.

Look who is back,...


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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Baby-V And The Baby Oak

Baby-V is kind of "stocky."

Whaattt ?

I'm cute,...

and I haven't met a tree I can't

climb, yet.

This is fun !!

He releases his front claws and propels
himself up with his hide legs.

Up and up.

Change of direction.

V stops for a lookout,...

Then it is up this side limb.

Baby-V in a baby oak.

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Friday, December 28, 2007


Tanji is

one handsome boy, with

a curly tail.
(He likes to whip it back and forth)

He likes to inspect known things when they change.
(Some new items and situations take a little adjustment time)

Pulling on a thread,...

feels good between the teeth.
(It is like flossing, T's got some tartar build-up)

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Uschi Is Back

Vladi's arrival has been good for the big brothers.

Before Vladi came home,
Uschi seemed a bit frustrated with Tanji's
continual need to wrestle and play. He regularly
hissed and yelled at Tanji, then did his best to hide.

It took Uschi about 6 weeks to really accept Vladi
but now he is acting like a young buck again,
playing with Vladi and chasing and wresting with Tanji.

Often he is the instigator, making trilling noises while strolling
around the house before relentlessly chasing and pouncing
on his brothers, who love it by the way.

The pride roams,...

Vladi jumps on his big brother,... Uschi

U chews on V's head,...

Uschi looks for an opening to pounce,...

Uschi kept on attacking, and stalking Tanji

Uschi was quivering, ready to spring,...

Tanji is on the defensive,...


in a "Tanji-blur" a reversal is made.

Big brothers battle in the sun.

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