"It's as if a great bird lives inside the stone of our days and since no sculptor can free it, it has to wait for the elements to wear us down, till it is free to fly." Mark Nepo

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dear Furry Friends


Dear Furry Friends,

While we may not have been completely appreciative of all you did for us during our three weeks in your care, we'd like you to know we've landed in the catbird seat for sure. We still miss our first human a lot, but every day he becomes fainter and fainter in our memories. The two humans you gave to us are more than satisfactory replacements.

You wouldn't believe how posh our new castle is. There are many many rooms to explore, and two levels. We can explore, and hide, and play to our hearts' content. There is a tree much like the one we loved at your place with the exact same tube I (Alex) felt so safe in. There are more toys than we've ever seen before, each one more fun that the last. I (Bunkie) especially love the flying feathers that allow me to demonstrate my magnificent acrobatic skills.

The food is plentiful and tasty. The female human even understands we each need our own space to eat. Bedtime treats are provided in the form of lovely green morsels both humans feed to us by hand. We're so happy you gave us such well-trained humans.

There are many soft places for napping, including two laps. I (Bunkie) have taken advantage of both, and am still deciding which I prefer. It's so nice to have variety, and I may need more time in which to choose a favorite. I (Alex) still don't want to be anywhere I can't make a quick escape from, so my lap time has been short. I'm a bit worried Bunkie will take them both over before I've had a chance to get braver.


We've already chosen our favorite spot from which to view the outside world. Our humans seem to have gone to great trouble to create a place for birds to come just for our pleasure. We would prefer a softer viewing post, and will be making that desire clear in the future.

These humans seem to understand our language surprisingly well. Every time we speak to them, they respond immediately, and mostly correctly. As they seem to be fairly bright for humans, we expect they'll get better at that over time.


The same cannot be said for the very large dog who lives here. That is the one complaint we might have about our new home. He seems very slow to understand that we have no interest in being friends no matter how much he wags that ridiculous tail or how often he approaches us with an invitation to play. Since we know that what we don't see doesn't exist, we expect he'll be vanishing soon.

As humans go, you all are as good as they come. What you did for us, and what you do for so many of our cousins, is worth gratitude and more - even from those of us who don't ordinarily believe in being grateful for what is our just due. We would purr for you any time, as we purr now for our new and forever humans.

Love,

Alex & Bunkie

22 comments:

Barb said...

Welcome Alex and Bunkie! As I would expect, you seem to be very literary cats. I hope to hear more from you as you settle into your new forever home.

DJan said...

My, you two are very fortunate ones, as are your humans. I'm so glad to make your acquaintance, and I look forward to hearing more about your wonderful home. You are very beautiful and deserve to be admired. Please let me be one of your fans :-)

Teresa Coltrin said...

Very funny, Alex and Bunkie. You have cashed in and will be cherished.

PS Try the dog friendship, you might benefit.

patricia said...

These two have already pegged every aspect of their new home. Love them already, even though I'm not a cat person. Can I say that out loud?

kario said...

Oh, I hope they warm to Toby! Our kitty intimidated CB on day 1 and he is still, eight years later, petrified of her. I wish they had become friends.

So glad Alex and Bunkie are settling in.

Linda Myers said...

Such articulate animals!

Retired English Teacher said...

I'm so glad Alex and Bunkie like their new digs. They should!

Deb Cushman said...

Alex and Bunkie, you have really hit the jackpot with your new home, and I'm sure the large dog will come around eventually. Happy exploring!
Deb

#1Nana said...

I was ready to move in, but then I read about those green treats in the evenings...I'm not big on veggies!

Dee said...

Dear Alex and Bunkie, I have read your letter of gratitude to the humans with whom you stayed for a few weeks and I want to thank you for expressing so well what we three cats think of our ever and always human.

My name is Maggie, I'm a beautiful calico. Standing next to me here on the computer chair is Matthew, who's a feisty tiger and often delights our human with his antics. I personally feel he's a show-off, but thus far I haven't convinced my human of this.

The third cat in our menagerie is Ellie. She's a philosopher and so boring. She keeps trying to share with Matthew and me our human's point of view. And the question comes down to--who cares?
And yet we do--Matthew and I--try to appear grateful for our human's attempts to create a warm and cosy home for us. She gets a C+ I think.

As to your windowsill, please flip open the cat catalog your humans get to the window perches. My human bought two of them. They extend out from the window and have fleece toppings. They are, you may learn, satisfying to those of us who are accustomed to rule.

Enough of this mewing. We send you a litter box full of purrs. Peace.

Amber said...

:)

Love it.

:)

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Hope all is well, Catbird. Hope all is well.

Pam said...

I am so pleased for you. My grandcat has seen this empty-nester's household through some quite tough times of late. Bless you dear kitties and the dog too. You'll be so much part of Deb and Walt's warm, caring and loving household.

Laura said...

So glad you have found a castle with companions (except for the dog) you feel comfortable with. In time you may discover that dogs are not such bad company, they are fiercely protective, kind of like your own personal dragons... gruff and noisy, nosy and drooly at times, but ultimately befriending a dog may be a wise investment of your time.

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Rian said...

Found this site via Linda's via DJan's and being a devoted cat lover am going to spend some time catching up on your posts. Our house is home to 6 inside cats ages from 5 to 19... all thoroughly spoiled and equally loved.

deborahjbarker said...

I am delighted to see that you two have found such a loving home.I am sure you and Toby can be friends eventually. :-)

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deborahjbarker said...

Hi Deb, I have nominated you for the Inspiring blogger award - your writing always inspires me so I thought I would share it. Details are on my blog. Hope all is well. Debbie X

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Sandi said...

Oh my, how did I miss this? Such a great post introducing the boys. I loved the pictures, and just knew they would love that perch by the big window in the dining area! What a purfect cat view, with all the bird feeders!

Poor Toby! I know he is getting just as much love as ever, but I can just imagine how disconcerted he is that they boys don't wanna be his pals.

Thanks for bringing a cheerful smile to my face!