The Bramble Diaries

Remember me? I am the Alentejo cat that might be getting new pets — the tall one and the red one.  They have been coming to see me most days and have been leaving me food.  I was very glad of it when it was raining all the time — they even left it on the porch so it would keep dry for me.

Now it is sunny, and I have spent my time trying to catch these two birds on the fence — so far they have eluded me! They are crafty; they steal my cat food and fly off just as I pounce.  I am patient though and, like me, they hang around most days.

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Curiosity Can Kill More than the Cat

This has been specifically written for cats and their owners, a lot of the information will apply to dogs and their owners as well.  If your cat is special to you, is a pedigree cat, or has unusual or special markings please, get it chipped. In Portugal this will cost between twenty-five and fifty euros and can be done by most vets.  These cats have a high risk of being stolen.

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Lucky O’Connell’s Sister Wins Select Bitch!

Lucky O’Connell‘s sister, Meadowbrook Madison won Russell Terrier Select Bitch –Second Place! — at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City!

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The New Yorker Against Romney

If you aren’t aware of the cruel but, thankfully undying, meme — “Dogs Against Romney” — then you can get an eyeful of an update by looking at the March 5, 2012 cover for the New Yorker Magazine:

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Why Cat People are Better than Dog Folk

We love cats.

We love dogs.

We love all animals.

We do not, however, love all animal owners and in our direct experience and in our non-scientific research, we have come to the following conclusion: Cat People are better than Dog Folk and we’ll tell you why.

Freedom Over Control
Cats love to roam while dogs hang around. Cats are active explorers; dogs merely accompany.

Cats are self-entertaining — dogs need to perform for others to find self-satisfaction.

Independence Over Obedience
You do not tell cats what to do; you only make suggestions. Dogs live to be ordered around.

Cats choose owners that believe in liberty, freedom and The American Way and that means cats are self-providers: They can hunt down and kill their own dinner.

Dogs are bound to those who leash, command, and demand slobbering affection; dogs depend on the kindness of others to have their feed bowls filled twice-a-day.

Cats climb trees and fall from them without getting hurt. Dogs chase cats up trees so they can wonder at the example of “Falling, But Living” in the example of Nine Lives.

Pooping Over Eating Poo
Cats do not eat their own poo — dogs do. Enough said.

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How Would You Like Your Potatoes?

by Barb Beck

The other day when I returned home from work, I walked into a complete disaster! My little devils, Maxx and Carley (my Yorkshire Terriers) were not there to greet me. I knew as soon as I backed my car into the garage and didn’t see our “little greeters” at the patio door jumping with joy, that something was not right. Panic was striking me as I ran to the door.

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