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Old Mar 24, 2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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I had a little minor medical procedure yesterday that meant I was mostly sitting around the yard the last couple of days, enjoying beautiful weather on spring break unencumbered by thoughts of what I wasn't getting done, since I was supposed to "take it easy" for a few days. I had in mind reading a good novel with the camera sitting beside me and shooting birds in my front yard and at the feeder.

However, my results weren't all that great. Perhaps it was because I had so much help from my "watchers."

King of the household is Plato...



and his mother, Missy



The third cat was also around, but dodged the camera. However, I don't really think it was so much the cats keeping so many of the birds away, but the dogs who insisted on lying down near the feeder.

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and his young assistant, Portia



Everyone had a wonderful time, and, surprisingly, I got a few bird pics I'll include in another thread.

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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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I sure like your helpers. They were probably concerned about you, especially Portia and Melvin. How old is he?
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I sure like your helpers. They were probably concerned about you, especially Portia and Melvin. How old is he?
Melvin was a pup who showed up on our doorstep two weeks after we moved into our house in 1999. I had seen the stray puppy on the road on my way to my summer job. When I got home, my son asked, "Have you met Melvin?" I knew that once an animal has a name, it's no good to resist and welcomed him into our home. Portia, also adopted as a stray, dotes on him and won't go anywhere without him escorting her, even though she's twice his size. (She's six years old.)

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Hi Paul,

I really know how that goes. . . in '79, some kids in the neighborhood brought a couple of kittens to our house that they found abandoned in a window well. We were the closest cat people around. They were less than a week old, and their eyes hadn't opened yet. We decided to call them "The Boy" and "The Girl" so as not to get too attached.

We nursed them every 3 hours with doll baby bottles and had to rub their tummies with moist towels to mimick the mother cat grooming them so they could excrete wastes. "The Girl" was nineteen when she passed, and "The Boy" stuck around for 20, and I never had nor never will connect with another animal as I did with him. We never did give them "real" names. I still miss them, and don't imagine that will ever change. . .

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Great pictures of gorgeous animals, hope everything went ok with your procedure as well.

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Hiya, Paul! Glad that everything went ok. Nice photos! Especially the cat in the first photo! All the best. Ned
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Sure do hope & pray your recovery is quick & complete.

With such great "furry friends," you should be doing great soon!

(Nice photos too! Thanks for sharing!)
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With beautiful pets like those around, you should be better in no time. That first cat photo is as nice as any I've seen.

A speedy recovery to you Paul.

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Some lovely shots of beautiful pets. The first one is amazing. She's a beautiful cat.

We currently only have my son's ex-fiance's dog. (The things that get left behind!) He's pretty good - black lab mix. But, I still miss my kittie and bunnies that we lost all within a few months of each other. It was a tough time.

Glad to hear your procedure went well.

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I hope you're feeling well Paul. I love your pet photos, especially Melvin. He looks serene and wise.
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