Archive for the 'Ailurophilia' Category

Paws in Water

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

It’s not often that I see a cat with its paws in the water. Maybe it thinks it’s a raccoon? My boss commented that strays must be desperate for water. The huge downpour last night ended a long dry spell, but I took these pix yesterday morning, well before it rained. This is not a […]

Requiem for a Cat

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

We adopted Archer back in 2002, I think, when we were living uptown. Actually we didn’t so much adopt her as take over feeding her when some guys down the street abandoned her. I’m not sure how old she was at that time, but she was already full grown. When we bought our house in […]

Bye Bye Folds

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Folds seemed to be doing better immediately after her surgery. But a week or so later she took a turn for the worse. She was lethargic. Then she got more lethargic. She couldn’t make it to the litter box. She didn’t have the strength to eat. She could barely take a drink of water. She […]

Cat Problems

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Our cat Folds is going under the knife today. I feel ambivalent about this. The idea of cat surgery seems sort of ridiculous to me. How did we get to this point? Folds was living in the shed behind our previous house when we purchased it in 2002. She moved into our house in 2003. […]

Milo Needs a Caption

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

It has just been brought to my attention that Ulysses Press has canceled publication of LOLcats: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Kittehs. That’s a shame because they were going to use my photo of Milo (may he rest in peace) in the book. The worst part is now I’ll never know what clever caption they […]

Messy Morning

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I woke to the sound of a cat vomiting. Then I discovered the girl’s diaper (Huggie’s Overnight) had sprung a leak and there was a sizable wet spot on the bed. I removed the diaper, which was pretty heavy with the volume of urine it had successfully contained. In the time it took me to […]


Monday, June 16th, 2008

Our household has been diminished by one. He doesn’t look sick, does he? But this is the last picture ever taken of Milo. He was lethargic and not eating much, so we took him into the vet just after this picture was taken. They confirmed he was having some serious issues, and kept him over […]


Monday, August 27th, 2007

My picture of Folds was lolcatted by someone I don’t even know. Originally uploaded by blackheartedwolf2000. The internet is a funny place. Update:¬†As of February, 2012, the lolcat photo seems to have disappeared from the internet. I guess I should have saved a copy. I can’t even remember the allegedly humorous caption. Oh well.

Salute the Lieutenant

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

We saw the final showing of The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Southern Rep. It was a strange play: very funny and very violent. Some people actually walked out during the penultimate scene, which was bloody enough in its own right. The final scene was completely over-the-top. Still I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t too […]

For the Love of a Cat

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

It’s been just over a year since Lucy disappeared. Somewhere along the way between then and now our hopes of ever seeing her gradually diminished until finally we have accepted that she is gone forever. But I still miss her. I find myself strangely unattached to the many cats in and around our house these […]

Missing Milo

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

We haven’t seen Milo since I put him and Crybaby out of the bedroom this morning for making too much noise. He missed breakfast and now he’s missing dinner. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Update: He’s back. False alarm. But obviously my characteristic easy-going optimism is slipping. Still, I couldn’t be happier. This […]

Feline Trouble

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Biggs disappeared sometime around the New Year. He had an infected cut behind his ear. Xy treated it with peroxide, but we fear the worst. Shortly thereafter a new cat started hanging around. We call her the Crybaby because she cried a lot at first. But soon she joined our household and seemed to fit […]

Milo the Mouser

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Dark thoughts dominate my days. How could it be otherwise, with headlines like these: Man accused of robbing, beating elderly women mistakenly released from jail and New Orleans’ future bleak, historian says and Mom gave teen a gun for revenge slaying and Many residents of New Orleans consider leaving and A culture’s sad finale? And […]


Thursday, August 31st, 2006

A few days ago I posted a picture of Milo and me, and noted that we had the same color eyes. My friend Sean went a little crazy with this picture and swapped my eyes with Milo’s. The results are funny and a little disturbing. According to Sean, “Milo’s eyes fit perfectly inside the iris […]

Three Weeks

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

It’s been three weeks since we last saw Lucy, and this makes us very sad.


Saturday, June 17th, 2006

Last night I dreamt we entered one of the many vacant houses nearby and found Lucy just sitting there staring at us. Alas, in waking life she remains missing. We finally put up flyers and talked to neighbors today. Some guys who appear to be squatting on the 200 block of North Gayoso said they […]


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Add this to the list of “crazy things white people do”: First, we collected our urine in a bucket. Then Xy poured it into a spray bottle. Then I sprayed it around the perimeter of our house. Why? The vet recommended it as a way to help Lucy find her way home. We also made […]

Lucy Please Come Home

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

We haven’t seen Lucy since Saturday afternoon. She was lying on the curb in front of our house, kind of a strange place for her to be hanging out, but when we pulled up in the car she got up and ran off in perfectly normal cat-like fashion. But we haven’t seen her since, and […]

The Death of Van?

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

When I came home from my book club meeting today, Xy was crying. Our neighbor, Richard, had just told her some bad news. She didn’t get all the details, so I talked to Richard myself and confirmed the following: Around seven o’clock this morning, he saw a car stop and pick up a dead cat […]


Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Speaking of cats, Folds scratched Xy’s face again. Even though I evicted Folds from our bed back in July, Xy has been letting her back in and she’d been spending a lot of time on our downstairs couch. Despite getting scratched repeatedly, Xy can’t resist kissing Folds and pressing her face against the feline’s body. […]