Tux and Shadow and “Social Distancing”


Like everyone else, Tux and Shadow have been obeying the Governor of New Mexico’s edict to “stay home“, which is pretty much what they do anyhow, other than visits to the vet, so the impact of their mandated self-quarantine has been pretty much negligible.  On the other hand, Tux has a scheduled “curbside” visit to the vet next week, so we’ll see how that goes.  To date, I haven’t found any cat-sized masks.

While enjoying the peace and quiet of home, they’ve spent time gazing out the window at our goldfish pond, watching hummingbirds flitting around the feeders, playing with household items and generally taking very l-o-n-g catnaps.  However, they haven’t just frittered away their time, but have taken a real interest in my cookbook collection, sniffing out a couple for reading and picking out a few recipes to try.   Not having opposable thumbs, however, they find it hard to get their paws around the kitchen equipment, so guess who will be doing the cooking?


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Tux and Shadow Pose (sort of) for Portraits

Several weeks ago, I was surprised to receive a package from the good folks at Chewy. com.  Inside were two beautiful hand-painted portraits of Tux and Shadow, by artist Mechelle Roskiewicz (LovedDogsArt).  They were done solely from photos I had previously sent to Chewy.com, of the cats playing with their favourite Chewy cartons.

Since Tux was “Pet of the Month” in the September, 2019 issue of “Albuquerque the Magazine”, and Shadows‘ film “Litter Must be Just Right” was included in the November, 2019 “Furry Burque Festival”, the addition of portraits to their repertoire is really going to give them swelled heads!



Tux and portrait by artist
Mechelle Roskiewicz

Shadow and portrait by artist Mechelle Roskiewicz

Introducing “Tux”….Pet of the Month in “Albuquerque the Magazine”!


Music – “I’m Too Sexy” from Hits! by Right Said Fred. Released: 2010. 

Well, Tux has made it to the “big time”.  He was selected as “Pet of the Month” in the September, 2019 issue of “Albuquerque the Magazine”.  However, fame has not gone to his head (yet).  Pretty soon, he’ll be rubbing elbows with all the big dogs (so to speak!)…..


Tux – “Albuquerque the Magazine”s choice for Pet of the Month, September, 2019

“Here’s what my people said about me!”

“Geez, am I sexy or what! Eat your heart out, Shadow!”

He’s What’s Known as a “Silent Partner”


Music – “Top Cat” from Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin’ Cats by Mark Steyn. Released: 2015

Little Nipper” was the name of the dog whose picture was shown with the slogan “His Master’s Voice” and which later became the trademark of RCA.  Although he has lived with Tux and Shadow for nearly 11 years, he has yet to speak…

“He sure doesn’t say much!”

“What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?”

“He likes me!”

“Speak to me, oh great Nipper”

“Really, I didn’t do it! It was Nipper”








(Photos by Sue Jimenez, in cooperation with Tux, Shadow and Little Nipper)

July 11th is “All-American Pet Photo Day”!

Music – “Take My Picture” from Andyland by Andy Robinson. Released: 2017


Well, according to the Albuquerque Journal 2019 Pet Calendar, today, July 11th is “All-American Pet Photo Day”, and since Tux and Shadow are not exactly camera-shy, they insisted we participate…..

(all photos by Sue Jimenez)

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Shadow and Tux Just Hangin’ Out


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

Tux and Shadow recently turned 11 years of age…..I wonder why they don’t have gray hair like I do!?


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March 22nd is “Cuddly Kitten Day”!

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

March 22nd, 2019 is “Cuddly Kitten Day”.  Go ahead.  Cuddle one (or two).  Even better, adopt one (or two!) 



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Shadow and Tux want you to go out and cuddle a kitten on March 22nd! (Photo Credit: Sue Jimenez)

Can Cats Croon Christmas Carols?


Music – The 12 Days of Christmas” from Funny Cat: Christmas Songs by Funny Cats. Released: 2012.

Well, Christmas 2018 has come and gone at our house and Tux and Shadow are recuperating from their busy morning amid heaps of wrapping paper, a cat toy or two, and general good fun.

All photos by Sue Jimenez, 2018

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Desert Observer


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

All photos by Sue Jimenez unless otherwise noted


“It’s all in the eyes…”

“Any idea where the issue is on “Flora and Fauna of the High Desert?”

“I’ve looked everywhere….it’s got to be here somewhere…”

“I’m very into the desert fauna and keep a watch out for critters in the area…”

“As you can see, I’ve taken up my secondary post in order to review the previous day’s observances”

“I’m now ready to take up my watch”

“There appears to be some movement around the firethorn bushes…”

“Just as I thought! A beautiful specimen of Picoides scalaris! (for those not in the know, a Ladder-backed Woodpecker)








“I’m trying to covertly observe that Sialia mexicana out there, but I think he’s spotted me…”

“Yes, I believe it WAS a White-lined Sphinx that I saw!”

“Shadow and I confronted one of these guys some time ago, inside our house….a “vinegaroon”, which looks a lot like a scorpion…they spray acetic acid if
disturbed….glad we didn’t disturb him!” (Photo Credit: http://www.tumblr.com)

“Bonus day! A nice Sylvilagus audubonii…and right outside the window!”

“After a quick de-briefing of the day’s observances, it’s time for kitty dinner!”

“I know this post is ALL about Tux, but I just can’t help but admiring that handsome feline reflected in the refrigerator door”

Cats Just Gotta’ Have Fun

Music- “Top Cat” from Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin’ Cats by Mark Steyn. Released: 2015


Tux and Shadow, just doing their thing(s).

(all photos by Sue Jimenez)

“Heck, it’s a cat bathroom. Nobody told me I shouldn’t use toilet paper!”

“Hey, he’s my bro!”

“Maybe if we push hard enough, Shadow, we can bust out of this joint!”

“So, like, whatdy’a want?”



“I love being on top of the castle and gazing down at my cat serfdom”

“Hurry up, Shadow. I can’t hold this door open all day”

“Well, it’s a long story”

“No, Shadow, you’re wrong. The recipe calls for only 1/2 cup of tuna”

“I’m still looking for that other cookbook for cats…”

“Are you sure only Easter bunnies come in baskets?”

“Speak to me, oh great Nipper”

“I guess he’s the strong, silent type”

“Really, I didn’t do it! It was Nipper”

“I am a master of disguise”

“Well, just practicing my leg lifts, if you must know”

“Puzzled? Do I look puzzled?”

“Ah, yet another day to loll about in the sunshine”

“I’m getting ready to ambush Shadow”

“OK. I’m all packed and ready to go. Where are we going?”

“I love it when Dad reads me a bedtime story”

“I am SO good-looking!”


“Well, gee, Tux….you were hogging the whole bed so I just gave you a shove”

“C’mon in, Tux….the water’s fine”

Let sleeping cats lie.

“I know there’s a piano keyboard under here somewhere…”

“Is this focus or what?”

“Now you’ve done it, Shadow. You’ve broken the litter box”

“Wow….did you see the size of that mouse outside?”

“Do you think we’re spoiled, Tux?”

“Wow. So many cigars….so little time”

“Ooh. I just LOVE Christmas morning!”

“Tux, Mom told you NO PEEKING!”

“Well, it’s a long story”

“One day, I’ll get the hang of this contraption”