All of the pets around Islewood Farm have a purpose. I remember driving to another farmhouse about an hour north to pick out two barn cats after Figaro, the calico, went on walkabout over two years ago. Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax The Gray (the cat who stalks Gandalf to this day – “If Frodo Lives, then why not Gandalf?” Ajax The Gray keeps mewling this to anyone who will listen — Eartha Kitt’n has less patience and is easily bored by her brother) were only five weeks old when we got them, but I only figured this out later. This is how small they were.
I know Zippy thinks of Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n as his buddies, and, as kittens, Zippy even allowed them to burrow into his fur in search of milk (he wouldn’t admit to this today). They don’t run away from him when he trots up to their barnyard territory. Kipling is a new teeth machine who only wants to nip at them. Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n run away from her and climb trees to get away . . . they laze on rooftops too and insult Kipling’s puppy clumsiness.
Eatha Kitt’n is the extrovert and Ajax The Gray is very introverted, shy, but will come inside to eat dinner when called, if the varmint buffet that day was wanting.
Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax The Gray climb the cabin trellis and hang out on the roof. This is a rental cabin, and the shingles are old-growth cedar shingles.
Catching a view of Zippy approaching.
The cats hang out all day, follow each other to the neighbor’s house and then try to purr their way into the offices. They also walk down to the pond’s edge. Eartha Kitt’n loves to gaze at her reflection for hours, but you probably already knew that about Eartha Kitt’n. She won’t tell me what her big secret is, and she has several.
I hope you and your furballs bring you as much laughter and stress relief.
Best to you, and may your birthdays be as hairy.
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Happy Birthday Greetings to the furry ones! I hope the have a wonderful birthday topped off with kitty birthday cake 🙂 Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!
Thank you, Barb. You and your family are welcome back anytime. Your romance blog is the best. Your Guest post will be up next week: Yay!
🙂 Justin I like the kitty stories, those naughty kittens! I am sure that they are effective in their hunting adventures.
You don’t know the half of it, Lena. They are so naughty. Ajax The Gray’s favorite movie: Lord of the Rings (extended version only – for that extra Sarumon death scene alone) . . . and Eartha Kitt’n loved The Crying Game.
Compelling kittehs. Fabulous, Justin!
LOL especially because of Ajax’ name sake….took me a second. It’s Friday. Slowwww…..on the uptake. *Hugs* and have a great weekend!
Thank you, Lena, and the critters around here are very funny at times. Zippy is saying: I just turned six and no one threw me a blog post party.
Gorgeous felines they are. Happy birthday pussy cats, meow meow meow meow meow meow (sung to the tune of ‘happy birthday to you).
Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax The Gray salute you, Dionne, and would certainly stand guard around your house when the possum army comes a calling. Ajax The Gray thinks he really knows sorcery.
Happy Birthday Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax the Gray! Wonderful pics, Justin. They are adorable, and I think it’s great how Zippy took them under his wing. Thanks for sharing. My birthdays are always hairy ones!
These kittens were raised around a dog about 60 pounds heavier and larger than Zippy, so they took to him with gusto. They still follow him around the farm. Kipling is the puppy terror, but Eartha Kitt’n just drops and rolls and mystifies Kipling now with her pancaking maneuver.
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear furry ones . . . . . happy birthday to YOU! Head pats all around, please!
Thank you for singing to my furball warrior prince and princess. I can see a whole line of Judy Critter Dolls 🙂
heheh, your pix are so fabulous! I never had pets, or not for long anyway, and always thought of myself as anti-pet…( I like insects ). I must admit, though, your pictures of the kittens are just adorable!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both EARTHA KITT’N & AJAX THE GRAY — #2 WAHOO!
Now, I KNOW you like the Beatles, hope they like it too. xox
What a great Happy Birthday video, eden. Didn’t know about it (will be gifting that to a special someone very soon). What’s your music queue this weekend? Should I send Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax The Gray to that #2 restaurant to celebrate?
So much to ask after your comment: insects? What kind? Should I be worried? LOL
I grew up playing with insects, so I like them all … nothing to be worried about, hon
I think your kitties deserve better than #2, they should go to #1. 😉 hehe, Listening to Ray LaMontagne – he’s fab.
I like spiders now, and dragonflies, and ladybugs, butterflies, moths, caterpillars, pill bugs, japanese beetles, cicadas, and water bugs too. I’ll tell Eartha Kitt’n to make reservations. A good friend steered me to Ray LaMontagne’s music a while ago and I got her to listen to one of my favorite music muses: the eels. Love E and his musical muse.
A VERY Happy Birthday to Eartha Kitt’n and Ajax The Gray from my kitties, Princess Maya, Moji and Meiko ( the Papillon ). Fuzzy friends are such a joy to have around. Loving unconditional and without question. Love them and cherish them always. 😀
Princess Maya, Moji, and Meiko are welcome to join Eartha Kitt’n’s and Ajax The Gray’s pub crawl any fine weekend for a karaoke caterwauling jam. Just send iCatting usernames and they’ll meow you back.