The Life of Riley Tux and Shadow

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Music – “Cool Cat Mewsic” from Animal Songs for Children by Tim Stockman. Released: 2010

(all photos by Sue Jimenez)

There is “laid back”, and then there is “LAID BACK!” Nowhere is this more evident than in the life that Tux and Shadow live in our domicile.  Tux, especially, is truly a relaxed and cool dude. Shadow is as well, but tends to be a bit more reserved. A picture paints a thousand words…


“I’m not lazy….I’m just laid back”

 

 

 

 

 

 


“I’m snoozing…what dy’a want?”

 

 

 

 

 


“No, I am not having a spasm in my foot….this is my relaxed pose”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


“These darn curtains are cramping my cool dude style”

“Nothing like a snooze on Dad’s clean shirts…”

 


“I dreamed that I was practicing my diving for the next Summer Olympics…”

“What? I have nothing to hide!”

“Oh, I am SO cool!”

 


“Aaahhhhh…this IS the life, not of Riley, but of Tux!”

 


“To sleep, perchance, to dream….”

 


“Hey, Tux…you don’t have the market cornered on relaxation, you know?”

 


“I dreamed that I fell out of bed…”

 


“From looking at all of these photos, one would think I don’t do anything but lay around all day…”

 


“You!   Back with the camera again!?  Is there no privacy?”

 


“Hey, Shadow….you can be a pretty cool cat as well, when you want to!”

“Do you think she can ever untangle us?”

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…

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Music – “Cool Cat Mewsic” from Animal Songs for Children by Tim Stockman. Released: 2010

All photos by Sue Jimenez

 


“This is my evil eye look…works every time”

“Hold on, Shadow….I found the treat cabinet…”

“You mean, this is not the normal way a cat sits?”

Shadow meets Little Nipper…

“He doesn’t say much, does he?”

“Shadow….come quick….I’ve cornered the thing!”

“Do we have 1982, Volume 3…The Big Cats of Africa?”

“Just cat-ching (get it?) up on our reading”

“I’m looking for ‘Cooking for Cats’ by Elisabeth Meyer zu Stieghorst-Kastrup”

“Nothing like a cool refrigerator on a hot day…”

“These houses are cute, but just a tad too small…”

“This IS my happy look!”

Shadow and Tux have an affinity for keyboard instruments…

So far, they haven’t figured out how to lift the keyboard lid…

“Ah….this is the life, Shadow…”

“Mom said you’ll suffocate if you keep sticking your head in a paper bag…”

“This is really not a very comfortable position….hmmm”

“Yes, I would agree that I’m pretty laid back”

“The royalties should be rolling in any day now…”

“If they’d just take this stupid hat off so I can see, I could grab Shadow’s tail…”

“Bah, humbug!”

“Nothing like a stuffed sock for a quick nap”

“You called?”

“I cannot see them, ergo, they cannot see me”

“Laptop, lap…who cares? It’s warm!”

“This is my “now what have I done” look”

“I’m the smartest one and don’t you forget it”

“In case of flooding, I need to be prepared”

“A cat’s castle is his home…”

“Oooh….I tot I taw a puttytat!”

“You may be wondering how I ended up here…”

“Shadow, move” ‘ I can’t…somebody tied our tails together!’

THE END

What is a Cat?

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Music – “I Love You Kitty Cat” from For the Kids!, Vol. 2 by David Thomas. Released: 2016.

For many years, authors have expounded on those mysterious creatures, cats. Here are a few pithy remarks, followed by a slide show of our cats, past and present. Enjoy! (fortunately, unlike the gentleman singing the song, I am not allergic to cats!)

‘When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.’ – Mark Twain

When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?’ – Montaigne

‘Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.’ – Terry Pratchett

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.’ – Ernest Hemingway

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Homage to Cats

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Music – “Memory” from Andrew Lloyd Webber 60 by Elaine Paige. Released: 2008.

As of 2016, the musical “Cats” is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and was the longest running Broadway show in history from 1997 until 2006 when it was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera. It has been performed around the world many times and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Cats is a sung-through musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. (information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Enjoy the photos below, while listening to the fabulous them song from “Cats”. Featured are our current cats, “Tux” and “Shadow”, however, there are a few pictures of cats we have loved and lost: “Amber”, “Casper”, and “Kisa”. Unfortunately, they lived in the days before digital cameras, so we don’t have many photos of them.

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Just Being Cats

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Music – “What’s New Pussycat? (Main Title)” from What’s New Pussycat? by Tom Jones. Released: 2008


“So, I’m sitting in your mother’s favourite salad bowl. So what?”

 

 

 


“That bird is always taunting me!”

“OK, OK. I’ll pose just this once!”

“So, that camera in my face again!?”

 


“I know I have cat litter dust on my face, so lose the camera, already!”

 

 


“This is my emulation of Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess.  Pretty good, eh?”

“Posing is SO BORING!”

“I can’t help it if my nose in the camera shot isn’t as good as the one of Tux!”

“I just love jumping on Shadow’s head as he walks by!”

“My nose shot is better than yours’ is!”

“Well, at least it’s not that stupid Roomba vacuum!”

 

 

 

 

 


“Anyone who said I’m not laid back was wrong!”

 

The Many Shades of Shadow

Shadow, and his brother, Tux, reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  They are brothers from the same litter, born in April, 2008 (they’re celebrating the big 10 this year!) and adopted their bipedal parents in February, 2009 from High Desert Cat Rescue.  Full of shenanigans and the warm fuzzies, this site is to amuse and delight cat-lovers.  I expect lots of “oooh”s and “aw”s from the readers.

Shadow doesn’t enjoy reading as much as Tux, and is more laid back than Tux.  It is difficult to photograph him, as he is not into posing like his brother and most photos of him are washed out due to his all-black coat in the sunlight.  Unlike Tux, he’s not an avid TV watcher of the Winter Olympics.  Enjoy the many shades of Shadow…

 

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(all photos by Sue Jimenez – no reproducing without permission from the author)