In the New Year.

First of all, dearest cat blog readers of mine, thanks for hanging tough whilst I was spending my last few weeks traipsing all over these parts. You are truly, truly, troopers.

So, Jake and I filled the first several days of 2011 with a tremendously amazing and muddy seven-day hike—the Dusky Track in the New Zealand Fiordlands. (Please visit my facebook for photos!) However, the night before setting forth on our adventure, we rang in the New Year with fellow cat blogger Jonny and his lovely partner Cara!

Posting while waiting for 2011 to begin? That’s cat blog dedication.

Jonny writes (or shall I say draws) the immensely popular blog Blinky and Toots—please, I urge you to check it out if you’ve not already. When I was working at the gallery, coddling my own cat blog in its baby-beginnings, I learned that Jonny, a co-worker, ALSO had a cat blog. (Seriously people, what are the odds? It should be noted that Jonny is also American and also hankers for Burt’s Bees.) Naturally, a beautiful friendship was formed. And so, as a very special 2011 present from me to you, here is some cross-blog-contamination.

As Jonny’s blog-about-cats notes, his sketching “follows the (mostly) imagined adventures of my cat Blinky, and his as yet imaginary — and therefore invisible — brother or sister Toots”. Blinky, as the drawings might suggest, is SO CUTE and SO SHY. He very sheepishly ran around the house, tail between his legs, during our time together. I did, however, manage to snap this photo of him cornered in the closet. Laser cat.

Jonny and Cara call Blinky "silly".

What Jonny’s blog does not include is drawings of Blinky’s half-sisterish sort of cat, Jenny, whom Jonny refers to as “feral”. Here is Jenny eating her last dinner of 2010.

I did manage, in the following dawn’s early light, to snag this shot of Jenny in the hallway.

Jonny and Cara’s comfortable 2-bedroom home is cozy, and tastefully outfitted with loads of great cat items—a collection that made me gasp, green with envy. Jake looked on with apprehension. Here are some notable examples of the objects that adorn.

This is Blinky's whakapapa, which is the term for the recitation of New Zealand Maori genealogies. Please scour for outstanding cat content. Including what appears to be a person-sized kitty peering over a fence.

Can you believe that another co-worker was THROWING THIS CLOCK AWAY? Shocking. Luckily, Jonny’s got a good nose for cat artifacts. Please also enjoy the kitty dishes that so artfully grace this section of the kitchen wall. Loving gifts to Cara.

This fellow lives under the couch.

Taking showers? Boring. Taking showers with a CAT SHOWER CURTAIN? Ecstasy.

And this is the grand finale. Jonny had purchased this shirt for Cara from a completely legit Dunedin shop called “Art Fun Wear”. (Also a good place to buy underwear wrapped in plastic and/or wrestling t-shirts.)

Cara, though completely impressed by its many winning qualities, had enjoyed the shirt more as an object than a piece of apparel during their time together. However, it didn’t take long for her to realize that there was a person in the room who would wear this symbol of cat-enthusiasts with great joy. And so, here it is, my new favorite piece of clothing. I carried this thing all over the Fiordlands, for the entirety of what amounted to a ten-day trip. Across mud swamps, over mountains, hitching down the southern highways, sleeping on smallish strange couches…this cat shirt came everywhere with me.

The best part is that it’s exactly the same design on the back.

And so, there you have it. I’m certain that you’ll love Jonny’s blog as we have come to, and consider this cat-blog report when enjoying Blinky’s exploits—might give you some insight into this kitty’s whimsical life with his totally-rad-cat-people-parents.



About bearicaquinn

Smallish, smushy in the sad parts, certainly destined for cat-lady-dom. Enjoys boats, bikes, black coffee, pug faces, sourdough bread, the morning when you have slept long enough, beards, mountainsides, art, rooftops, etc. Will continue to live in things that are interestingly shaped. So octopus.
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