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Tribute to Dave 
Jan. 11, 2010 1:43 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2010 9:01 am
Dave is not just an ordinary black cat! First off, she picked me, I didn't pick her! I've never been partial to black cats before, I like Siamese and orange cats. But a co-worker, over 5 years ago, brought Dave to the office to give to someone else who decided he didn't want a female cat, so I was asked if I would take her. I really didn't want to, I already had a calico cat from another co-worker and just wanted to pick out my own cat! But Dave kept crawling across my desk and finally I opened up a drawer and she crawled in and curled up and took a catnap. I said OK! So I brought her home and OMG was she just a tiny little barn cat, literally! I thought the other cat would pick on her. I took her home on my lunch break, walked in, set her on the loveseat next to the calico cat and Dave literally flew straight up in the air, like a fuzzy little black ball that looked like it got shocked and let out this gawdawful yowl that I felt clear to my toenails. I thought, WOW! You'll be fine. The calico cat was looking at me as if to ask, "What the he!! is THAT!?!" Well, THAT is Dave. I named her after my brother. Me and Dave have been together through thick and thin...weirdo ex-boyfriends, ridiculous friends who we later found out were on drugs, roommates, dogs, moving, getting spayed, shots, getting hit by a car and fracturing her pelvis, pins in her pelvis...oh, lord, that list could go on & on! But Dave is still here and plugging away every day and still rules the roost in this RV! We've all had to adjust with this thing...before, at the house, she could come and go at, well...not so much. Dave has a thing for snakes, and I don't share that feeling with her at all. If there is one within a mile radius, it seems like that cat just adjusts her snake radar and she will find it and carry it around and usually that means trying to bring home her catch to show mom & dad. Now, mom is really not into having a heart attack or anything like that, so Dave only goes out on her leash sporting her hot pink harness! And Dave is very nocturnal...not so bad at the house, but she likes to bat stuff around on the floor, a rock that was brought in, a pen off the table, my car doesn't matter, if it moves and makes a sound, Dave will bat it. Dave is sorta weird for a cat, too..she does not like human scraps, except for turkey. She'll go nuts for turkey. Tuna, she sniffs and walks away, turkey, she turns into a little carnivore. Dave tells us she happy by doing what I call "a run-by snotting". She'll walk by and just wipe her cold slimy little nose across any exposed body part! Nothing says I Love You like cat snot! But we love our little Dave!
Dave--the ultimate nosy neighbor, at our old house spying on the neighbors
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Super Dave the Girl Cat and her hot pink harness
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Super Dave the Girl Cat thinking she's all that!
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Super Dave the Girl Cat
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Jan. 11, 2010 2:05 pm
My cat, Wisp, like to play what we call "and here's my butt" she will walk up, acting like she wants to snuggle, then she'll turn and put her butt right in your face. Cats really are quite hilarious.
Jan. 11, 2010 2:08 pm
they are, aren't they? I've found since we moved in here that all 3 of these animals of ours have unique, distinctive personalities and they crack me up!
Jan. 11, 2010 3:35 pm
*lol* WW! We call them "run-by snootings" (because the snoot is cold) ... but you have to love the snot-thing that goes with it (SS...NOT!) Anyway! Head-butts at 3:00 a.m. might say "I love you" or "get off my pillow" in cat,but it gives me a headache! :D Yes, dogs might be loyal, but my Brooklyn has been with me through the ups and downs (no car smashing or back-pins, thank goodness!) When I'm ill, she will come to keep me company. She seems to know whether or not lying on the affected body part will work. (Ear infections need warmth, she will lie by my head and lean against the sore ear. She knows when she can lie on my stomach and when to lie beside me.) Harley makes me laugh, but Brooklyn makes me warm and fuzzy (literally because she sheds like a Newfie). I love dogs, but I love my cats. Thank you for the fine tribute to our friends. (And, yes, Super Dave the Girl Cat is beautiful! Hey, if you've got it, flaunt it! And why not!?)
Jan. 11, 2010 3:46 pm
I am enjoying your blog and cooking adventures in a "tight" environment. Your stories brought me back to a cooking adventure of my own. In 1980 I decided to take a year off (hah!)and volunteered to cook for a small logging crew working approximately 300 miles north of Vancouver, BC. I knew I was "in for it" when the pilot of the float plane kept turning to me and asking "where are you going again?". After circling several times, the pilot found my destination and suddenly we were diving to the water. There were my new accomodations - a small house on a raft floating on the water! After a perilous walk across a boom of logs I was introduced to my new home and kitchen! My tools included a 32" stove, an apartment sized refridgerator, an 18 cubic foot freezer and a cold storage accessible through a hatch in the middle of the kitchen floor. (the otters visited regularly and were very fond of carrots) In a year full of adventures, I learned how long to run the generator to keep the freezer cold I learned to negotiate the trade of showers for prawns. (Did you know prawns are great bait for coho salmon?) I learned how to bait a crab trap and kill the little suckers with no remorse. I learned to expect the freight boat at 3:00 am. I learned to operate an 18 foot boat - including parking! I recognized that fresh veggies and fruit were commodities worth more than gold. I learned patience as it took all day to cook 10 loaves of bread in a one rack stove. I developed creativity, I learned innovation and, more than anything, I gained self esteem when told that my efforts made the isolation a little easier. So keep sending out the stories - lol - I think we may be kindred souls! And more than anything, I learned that planning and innovation were often more important than the actual cooking.
Jan. 11, 2010 3:49 pm
Wow, debs...that's so cool, I would love to do that!
Jan. 11, 2010 5:19 pm
WW, I think Dave would get along famously with my daughter's 'Tinkerbell'. She is almost all black, and she is the most playfull cat we've ever had (let's see, there have been 13). Don't you just love that "I know I'm cute, and that you can't live without me" cattitude? THANK YOU for sharing your Dave with us! Love it. ~decaf
Jan. 11, 2010 5:22 pm
I just figured that I always post pictures of the dogs in my blogs and talk about them, so Dave just needed her 15 minutes of fame!
Jan. 11, 2010 6:04 pm
Nice blog and very pretty cat!!
Jan. 11, 2010 6:08 pm
Dave sounds like a cool cat to know! There is nothing like that bond between cat and the person that feeds the cat. It's a beautiful thing!
Jan. 11, 2010 6:09 pm
so is your new puggle!!
Jan. 11, 2010 6:14 pm
lol. She is snoring crazy loud! She is a sweetheart though! Kitty is slowly making friends...slowly...
Jan. 11, 2010 6:15 pm
Hi WW :) Sounds like Dave is a cool kitty!
Jan. 11, 2010 6:45 pm
Dave sounds like my Achilles. He bats at EVERYTHING. Unforunately we have had to banish him from the bedroom, as he has begun to believe that it is HIS room, not ours. Its hard to put your foot down to a cat, but we are getting plenty of practice from his mama! She used to insist on yowling nonstop through the night. Well, on night we stayed up with her and tapped her on the head every time she made a noise. She learned that it was more comfortable to just keep her mouth shut. Eventually her son will learn that just letting us have our way will prevent him from sailing into the hallway! Merlin is my nursecat. He cuddles with me when I am sick, and watches over whatever body part is malfunctioning. If I am failing to get the attention of whoever is supposed to be my 'gopher', he will run in and flat out scream at them until they get on the ball! My old cat, Zena, was black head to tail, and she would get mad at me when she heard my kids crying. She would give me a look like, "Mom, you are SO not doing your job! Get on it!", or run and get me if I could not hear them. **Sniff** I miss her, but she had to be re-homed when we lost ours. Give Davie a little love for me!
Jan. 12, 2010 3:21 am
Dave is one fine friend!
Jan. 12, 2010 7:56 am
That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
Jan. 12, 2010 8:28 am
Great blog as always, Witchy. I'm partial to black cats, too. Don't have any cats these days. But a loud and verbal conure keeps me on my toes! Hugs to Dave!!
Jan. 12, 2010 8:34 am
I meant to mention a black feral cat that has gotten my attention as of late and with the temps. so cold I've been putting food out for it (her?). There's a small handful of homeless cats that a couple of us are feeding, etc. What can I say, I love to feed people and animals! I don't think that capturing them is the answer as they are doing well and the humane society in this county put down 60,000 cats last year! I can't be a part to THAT!
Jan. 12, 2010 8:38 am
No, I couldn't be a part of that either! Our Humane Society here has a "no-kill" policy. I support that...we also have Rescue Paws, a foster program and they run different animals each week in the local paper. If I had more room, I would foster an animal, but I think we are filled to the max in this RV.
Jan. 12, 2010 8:59 am
Our black kitty, Mooney (Named after Keith Moon from The Who) came to us a couple of summers ago. I kept hearing a cat meowing and couldn't find it for the life of me! Finally, I looked under my car only to be met with two big yellow eyes and one dusty little kitten. I couldn't leave without giving it food and water (it was supposed to be 100 degrees that day. And he was a black cat!) My husband agreed to take him to the vet to clean him up and then we THOUGHT we would see if any of our friends would want him. When we brought him home from the vet, he climbed on my shoulder and fell asleep with the loudest purr you could imagine coming from a little pip squeak of a cat. Needless to say, Mooney is still a resident and now likes to push my head off my pillow at night so he can be comfy. Gotta love our feline friends! Super Dave is adorable!
Jan. 12, 2010 12:55 pm
We have a cat that came to us - Oscar the Grill Kitty. One cold November night about 5 years ago we heard a pitiful crying outside. We turned on the light and went out to look - our dog found a little gray kitty shaking and shivering under our grill. We brought him in to warm him up and both our chocolate lab and yellow cat wouldn't leave him alone, they just kept licking him and bringhing him toys. So, 5 years later he's still here - hogging the bed and begging for food!
Jan. 12, 2010 6:47 pm
Loved your blog. Dave sounds like a great cat! She looks just like my own cat, Charlotte.
Jan. 13, 2010 8:01 am
We have a program sort of like that here where I live...for $25 you can spay a femole feral cat and I think it's like $15 for a male...they do it a couple of times a year which I think is great. PLEASE SPAY & NUETER YOUR PETS!!!
Jan. 13, 2010 9:17 am
We have a cat ("Mouse") who, we swear, must be part feral. She is extremely loving (at times), but for no apparent reason will growl and hiss when you pick her up and talk to her, and pet her. Actually, her behavior has gotten a lot worse in the past few months. The only other thing we can think of, is she may have arthritis, and the cold weather may be setting her off. We will be watching her when the warm weather comes back. Kind of scary, now that we have little granddaughter, and baby grandson on the way.
Jan. 13, 2010 1:54 pm
Dave is a lovely cat, and lucky to have a happy home. We have fed feral cats for years. Because of that, some of them have adopted us. We now have 8 cats, a big house and a large yard that is surrounded by protected wetlands, woods and four other cul de sacs that back up the woods. We have all kinds of critters even though we are less than 1 mile from rt 24, a busy road commuting from Boston to Cape Cod. We finally have had all of the cats we can catch or trap neutered. It isn't easy or cheap. Even with programs that help, when cats decide to have kittens, they have lots of kittens. One summer, 3 cats, mother and twin daughters, had 15 kittens in two days. That left us with 20 cats to feed. They all got homes except for the ones we couldn't part with. Some of them remained feral. The grandmother of all of them, Gracie, a grey tiger, has found someone else to feed her. I see her when she is pregnant. I thought she was a kitten because of her small size, but she never got very big. I saw her chase a coyotee out of our yard - he had his head down and tail between his legs - because two of her young cats were in the area. Even though we are friends, I feed her, take in her kittens when she is ready to locate them, she won't let me touch her. I forgot once and she sank her claw in my hand. We were both surprised by her behavior. She looked so apologetic. I should have known better. The vets give us a lecture every time one of them needs some treatment because we let them go outside. I tell them, no, they live where they want to, we let them come in. In this cold weather, I've become a cat doorman. Why is it that they think because it is snowing in the front yard, maybe it is sunny in the backyard? I open the door to let them out and they decide, no. Then they find another door and try again. This is when we try what I've named the "tush push". The instep of the foot gently encouraging kitty to exit. Sometimes they will back up over the foot and retreat for cover. A neighbor, who was dying, used to have her chair moved to her front window in the morning so she could watch the cats playing with each other in the front yard. The mom cats would give them tree climbing lessons. The dad cats would look bored as they swished their tails back and forth for the kittens to chase. They would play tag and wrestle. My favorite is "up and down" where one cat is up on a railing or picnic bench, and swipes at the cat walking underneath. The under cat pretends he didn't see the upper cat, runs for cover, then the upper cat has to chase him. The cutest thing I've seen recently was a very young deer trying to get our older black cat, George, to play tag with him. The deer would come near, with his mom grazing in the background. He lowered his head and pounced his front legs the way a puppy would. George just did his "I'm a cat, you moron." look and ingnored it. The deer pounced around him in a circle. George just sat. I wanted to go out and play with the deer, throw him a frisbee or something. Eventually they wandered away. The deer had way too much energy for George, who needed a nap.
Jan. 13, 2010 8:29 pm
Awww how cute. What a pretty kitty Super Dave is. At least shes not neurotic, my cat Bear has OCD and the vet wants to put him on prozac so he will stop batheing himself bald lol.And Bears sister Savannah doesnt help matters either cause she will love on her brother and bathe him also. LOL@ Melissa's cat "and heres my butt", omg our queen of the house and oldest kitty Spud will do that to my hubby all the time and we call it the same thing.
Jan. 14, 2010 5:49 am
Super blog! Very pretty cat. I have three cats in my house.
Jan. 17, 2010 8:32 am
aww,, Dave reminds me of Kitty, my all black cat I grew up with as a child. So pretty !! im partial to black cats, because of Kitty of course. My hubby and I also had 2 black cats when we 1st moved in together 15 years ago. Chico and Opie.. sadly we dont have them any longer.
Jan. 23, 2010 9:01 am
I think you have Sheba's twin sister. Dave sure sounds alot like her, and looks like her. How precious!!!!!!!
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