Sunday, February 15, 2015

Update on Big Bro



He's still alive and well. Shows up for food and water; he purrs, I stroke. We meet daily, on the front porch. And he brings me presents. I think he fancies himself a lizard-whisperer.



I don't want to hurt his feelings by saying the gifts are both totally inappropriate, and no longer listening.

36 comments:

  1. Sadie brings us lizards too...sometimes, alive and in the house...

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  2. I'm very sorry for that lizard. But it's proof that cat carries you in his highest esteem.

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  3. Yes, he's thanking you for the food. What a beautiful face - I'm happy he's doing well.

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  4. I guess I can deal with the daily lizard corpses. Just no mice, please.

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  6. Hey, he's waiting for that right time to present Mickey!.

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  7. I keep thinking that you should spray that lizard with some kind of preservative coating and hang it on the wall.

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  8. The body's in good shape. Looks like Big Bro just scared the little dude to death.

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  9. The cat I had used to bring me pigeons.

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  10. As to the presents, at least he has a good eye for color!

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  11. Who else do you know who got a lizard for Valentine's Day? It must be love!

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  12. He's an overachiever. There were three offerings at my alter when I came home today, and he's still working.

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    1. is he your knight in shining armor? beats some guys I know.. :-)

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    2. But would he drive the 210 at rush hour for you?

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  13. This is serious. You have been chosen. My Ur-cat, my soulmate Sasquatch, used to bring me fine gifts including colored leaves of beautiful form, and he used to build assemblages in my studio, showing that he too was an artist. I don't recall any lizards, but I do know that for several years there were lots of tailless lizards in the yard. His brother Rubio on the other hand specialized in rats. Not a pretty thing. And Felicity, she of the most poorly chosen name in the world, once neatly lined up a rat heart, liver, and snout [including front teeth] very neatly at the front door. I never knew if it was a curse or an apology. Heaven knows she had lots to apologize for.

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  14. Addendum: Here is a link to a TED talk:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra-lxoAUP5c
    About 12 minutes in, Paul Nicklen tells of a gift giving predator. I met him and Goren, the guy he mentions in the talk, in South Georgia [Antarctica] where they told us about this Leopard Seal. She would hang out at night by Goren's small boat, breathing audibly, awaiting his first dive. He named her Yellow Belly. If you have the patience this is worth watching.

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    1. What a story. What a story! You know the best people -- I remember you told me about Goren. After this vid, I'm fine with the lizards, maybe even a mouse or two. But please, no penguins on my porch.

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  15. Cats are selective and love to show love. On the back deck each spring, summer fall I get 'treats' too. Chipmunks, moles, mice and other unmentionables. It's love.

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    1. Do they ever wonder why we don't eat those treats?

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    2. It's all in the presentation. Given enough garlic and butter, we humans will eat almost anything, including snails.

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    3. :-) I'll have the lizard and bay leaf casserole.

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  16. So are you keeping him? If you give him a name, he's yours.

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  17. I think this cat is what you'd call a Boulevardier -- a man about town.

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  18. Yes, he likes you! Our cat brings me gifts too, usually in the evening while I'm exercising. But because she's indoor only, she'll bring me one of her faux mice.

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  19. I am glad that Big Bro is alive and well!

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  20. So glad to hear he's not only alive, but thriving. He must really love you to bring you all those gifts. On the other hand, maybe he thinks you're a complete moron when it comes to hunting and foraging and feels compelled to keep you from starving. Or...perhaps it's Albert he's trying to soften up?

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  21. Good news that Big Bro is thriving. I've had the odd notion lately that I'd like to have another cat, but the idea loses merit when I think it through. What I would really like is a cat who brings me presents~

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  22. Albert keeps trying to teach Big Bro how to play tennis ball. Big Bro remains unimpressed.

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    1. I would love to see that. Albert grows more charming every day.

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  23. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

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  24. Mister Earl, that is one of the best things I've ever read. Thank you.

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  25. No boulevardier would bestow such gifts freely up and down Lake Avenue. You've got a friend. Cats are the bestest.

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  26. Definitely better than dead penguins.

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  27. That cat loves you! Of course, he didn't kill it outright. He "played with it to death" first...

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