Cat Poetry from our Poetry Collection “Two by Two”:  Poem 31. Domestic

Cat Poetry from our Poetry Collection “Two by Two”: Poem 31. Domestic

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Today’s post is an excerpt from our collection of poetry, Two by Two: Into the White. It is available for purchase for just 99 cents on Amazon!

31. domestic

rounded mountain back
dip of concave shoulder blades

swish, swish, flick
periscope tail never wags

soft paws, rough tongue
white chin, green eyes

eighteen claws, twenty-three whiskers
lick, lick, lick, never done

stripes and spots standing on end
watching, listening

crouched down low to the brown
brown carpet of earth

among the tall grass
of dining chair legs

The Inspiration

cat, feline, domestic shorthair

The inspiration for this poem was Billy, the Most AMAZING Cat!. We’ve been family for nearly eight years now and I have spent a lot of time just observing his movements. That might sound creepy to some extroverts, but to introverts, observing is our number one hobby. The introduction to the “nature” section of Two by Two reads as follows:

dogs and deserts and domestic shorthairs
dancing on the mother earth

daring to do, to live, to be
while we admire and provide rationale

I think that really captures why we love animals so much. This poem is a vignette of Bill as he goes about his business. He doesn’t worry about how others perceive him. He doesn’t second guess himself. He just is.

A great lesson for us humans.

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Let Sleeping Cats Lie

Let Sleeping Cats Lie

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Happy #MeowMonday everyone!

Billy was being too cute this morning. He decided that Nana’s bed was the perfect spot for his morning power nap. He only recently discovered that dog beds can be a cozy retreat for cats, too.

“So comfy.”

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Using his spidey-sense, he caught us staring at him and taking photos of him while sleeping.

“Oh, boy! The paw-parazzi are at it again.”

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“Oh, hoomans. I know you love me, but please… can’t a cat get some sleep in peace?”

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“I really can’t be bothered. No more adorable pictures for you!”

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Then he fell back to sleep. Being a cat model is hard work.

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Billy, the Most AMAZING Cat!

Billy, the Most AMAZING Cat!

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Even though I am a twenty-something, every once and awhile I like to pretend I am a kid again. One day, while channel surfing in the morning, I came across a PBS educational cartoon called Peg + Cat and was intrigued solely because it had cat in the name. I flipped it on and about ten seconds in Peg exclaimed, “the most AMAZING cat!!!” I, in turn, looked at my cat and exclaimed “the most AMAZING cat!!!” and snatched him up.

My cat’s name is Billy and to me, he is definitely the most AMAZING cat. He is a mackerel tabby, weighs about 14 pounds, and is going to turn 8 years old next month. Here he is!
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Earlier this month we talked about Nana the Brave! and how we spotted her in the window at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Shop at the mall. Well the same thing happened when I adopted Billy.

We were at a different mall and we walked by a sidewalk adoption setup by the Pima Animal Care Center. I spotted a wire kennel full of kittens. I scampered over and ducked my head down to inspect them. I had no intention of taking one home, but that all changed when I spotted this cute tabby boy with green eyes. My heart melted.

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From that day forward, we have been inseparable. He follows me around the house like a shadow and has no problem demanding attention by standing in front of the computer screen.

I guess everyone thinks that their cat is the most AMAZING cat to them. I truly believe that mine is. Sometimes we forget to stop and appreciate our furry friends. Peg + Cat helped me to remember exactly how amazing Billy is.

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Porcupine at the TFOB: Quills, Porcupettes, and Homeward Bound

Porcupine at the TFOB: Quills, Porcupettes, and Homeward Bound

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The next animal in our Tucson Festival of Books roundup is Rue, a North American Porcupine, and a resident of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Thank you to Robin Kropp, Education Specialist from the Museum, for taking the time to show us Rue!

Rue is around six years old and guess where she was found… Downtown Tucson, on a porch! Being a desert dweller for most of my life, that really surprised me. I never would have guessed porcupines lived in Tucson.

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Yummy yummy snacks!

Rue weighs about 22 pounds. North American Porcupine’s can vary in size and color depending on where they live. You can see a map of the range of the North American Porcupine on National Museum of Natural History’s website.

In the southern United States, like in Tucson, these porcupines are smaller and of lighter color than those that live further north.

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As soon as Rue stepped out of her kennel, I fell in love with her. I felt like the emoji with hearts in her eyes. You know, like this: ?.

Look at Rue’s precious face! Look at it!

Porcupines can live 15-18 years. In the wild, these tree-climbing rodents consume the sweet inner bark of trees, bugs, leaves and flowers. Porcupines can retreat up trees to escape predators or wedge themselves into a hole and use their quills as protection.

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I love corn on the cob! How did you know?

A brief digression, for all you porcupine lovers:

Rue’s quills are hollow and have small barbs on the end, which allow the quills to burrow deep into the predator’s flesh. A porcupine has about 30,000 quills all over her body except her face, belly and paws. They shed their quills like hair and regenerate more.

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Porcupines usually give birth to one porcupette, but occasionally have two porcupettes. That’s really what they’re called!

The young are soft when they are born and then the quills harden a couple days after birth. Porcupines are very solitary animals and not very attentive to their young. These creatures do not have a good sense of sight however they have an excellent sense of smell.

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Carrots are pretty delicious, too!

I read a funny thing on Wikipedia about porcupines, but couldn’t find it’s original source. Usually that means I won’t quote it, but I think this is too funny to pass up.

“The porcupine is the only native North American mammal with antibiotics in its skin. Those antibiotics prevent infection when a porcupine falls out of a tree and is stuck with its own quills upon hitting the ground. Porcupines fall out of trees fairly often because they are highly tempted by the tender buds and twigs at the ends of the branches.”

Isn’t that adorable/cute/sad/adorable? Not sure if it’s true, but definitely adorable

What do you think of the beautiful Rue? Of porcupines in general?

One of my favorite memories of porcupines is from the movie, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Did you ever see that movie?


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Happy Earth Day 2015 at the Desert Museum

Happy Earth Day 2015 at the Desert Museum

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Happy Earth Day 2015!

We visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum this weekend and in honor of Earth Day,  we have some pictures to share with you.

Can you see the first animal?

sheep earth day

Who’s there?

lamb

It’s the Bighorn Sheep!

sheep earth day

This little lamb was born on April 1st. You can read more about her on the Desert Museum website. How cute is she?

sheep earth day

A Bighorn Ram sticking his tongue out at us.

sheep earth day

Another new addition to the Museum is this thirteen-month old Black Bear cub.

bear earth day

Her name is Strawberry, as recently determined by fans of the Desert Museum. Read more about her on the Museum’s website.

bear earth day

And here is our final picture: the Museum’s Mountain Lion, lounging in the shade. You can read more about the Desert Museum’s Mountain Lion here.

lion earth day

It is wonderful to spend a day appreciating the beautiful world we live in. We hope you had a magnificent Earth Day!

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