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Feline Friday: Translating Kitty Ass-ets

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Today’s Ask Amy video addresses kitty tail talk, and I’ve had fun finding a variety of furry models to tell the tale–er, I mean, tail. So give it a shot–what do YOU think the tail semaphore means?  What does Sleepy-Seren’s tail (above) say about her c’attitude?

Burmese

What about this Burmese beauty? Cats talk with their entire bodies, not just meows and airplane ears. What’s that tail semaphore mean when held on high? Happy? Agitated? Relaxed?

cat on railing

And here’s a couple tails held down instead of up–what’s the significance, or is there any? Do they mean the same thing? Seren’s tail rarely stops moving, but other kitties only flail tail when upset. Why should you care? Well…sometimes kitties lose their homes when there’s mis-communication.

July 15-17, Petfinder.com is joining with over 1,500 rescue groups and shelters across North American for what could be the largest adoption event in history–in honor of Petfinder.com 15th Birthday year! That sweet kitty above, with her tail wrapped around her body, is Bella Luna and she’s available–just click on her picture for a link to details. Betcha once she’s adopted her tail talk will transform into happy signals . . .

This Paw Nation article on understanding felinese includes some translation, but every cat has his own dialect. Just like people from different parts of the country have funny accents–unlike me, cuz I have no accent at-all, y’all.

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How do your cats express themselves with their furry ass-ets? What have I missed in the video? And  what’s unique about your furry wonders? Please share!

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Woof Wednesday: Ask Amy & Nobody’s Dog

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Nobody's dogs...want to belong to somebody.

“Today, I found Nobody’s Dog. Her ribs were beginning to show through a once shiny black coat. At first, she tucked her tail tightly and ran, then, ever hopeful, returned with a tentative wag.

I bet she was cute as a puppy. Somebody picked her out special, took her home, and made her believe she would always be loved; but some humans change their minds and their loves as often as dirty socks. Even so, the betrayed black dog is still loving them, futilely waiting for them to come back for her. She had a name once, and now she can’t understand, for you see, a dog’s love never dies.

Today, I found Nobody’s Dog, one of millions abandoned each year by owners that take the coward’s way out. They won’t see her slowly starve or freeze to death, be hit by a car, or live at the mercy of strangers as she  begs for a scrap of attention.

Today, the Shelter rescued Nobody’s Dog. There, she’ll be fed, she’ll be loved, and hopefully she’ll be claimed by a more fitting, deserving human. If not, she’ll go to an even better place, one where dogs are always loved and are never thrown away on a cruel whim. But she still yearns to be Somebody’s Dog once more. . .” (Excerpt from THE DOG COMPANION, copr Amy Shojai, 1992)

I wrote that in my very first published dog book but it rings true 19 years later. My friend Jan Fletcher emailed me this week about these two sweet, well-mannered fellows. The pair of 4-6 month old lab mixes just showed up next door on Hazelwood Road in Sherman, Texas,  “. . .about the time a work-over rig crew came to work on a pumping site next door to us.  The first week we thought they belonged there.  This last week we asked and the workers said no.  Our neighbor, Mike, made the mistake of feeding them wieners when he cooked outside.  So now they won’t leave his house.”

Jan has made it her mission to find a place for these brothers–a rescue? a shelter?  Or even better, a permanent home.  I suspect they’d make some family incredibly happy, perhaps even be stellar sniff-aholic huntin’ dawgs (as in the Ask Amy video, below).

Have you ever rescued a pet? My Seren-dipity was a dumped kitten. What have you done when faced with that waif on the doorstep? Can you have it in your heart to welcome Nobody’s Dog and transform him/her into Somebody’s Dog? I can put you in touch with Jan . . .

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