12/25/2015 – Meowy Christmas!

Package open! - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Package open! – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

We’ve posted this over on the Secret Paws 2015 web site where you can see and share in all the excitement that came with sending and receiving our Secret Paws packages! Thank you, Truffle and Brulee for hosting this year’s Secret Paws gift exchange!

So, we received our Secret Paws package days upon days ago and after careful consideration, thought, “Sure! Let’s let them open it!” Ever the polite boy, Quint let Tessa pull everything out of the box.

There was pretty, pretty wrapping paper and sniffing and interest…

Tessa bogarting the wrapped gifts - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Tessa bogarting the wrapped gifts – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

… and then Tessa horned in, pulled out all the gifts from inside the box, and settled in for a long winter’s smell-fest or something.

Tessa goes in for the kill - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Tessa goes in for the kill – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

But then, without hesitation, she went in for the kill! Teeth were flashing. There was biting and witnesses described the scene as, “Attack-like,” and “Horrifyingly crinkly!” One went as far as to say, “Whoa!”

And Mom swiftly stepped in to rescue the gifts from the Jaws of Death, also known as Tessa who cares not that Santa’s helpers might be watching and reporting back to the big man himself on who is naughty and who is nice.

Clearly, this called for a brief intermission. One that lasted for over a week!

Thank you for all the wonderful cards! - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Thank you for all the wonderful cards! – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Oh look! Pretty holiday cards! So many beautiful cards, we decided to move them from the mantel where that pesky snowy owl threatened to un-décor our décor, to the buffet where we think they look that much prettier. For those keeping score, the cats received 34 cards. The humans got 1, as should be expected.

Last night, on Christmas Eve, the Secret Paws package excitement resumed.

Ruby picks up where Tessa left off - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Ruby picks up where Tessa left off – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Since Ruby prefers to stay in her room all the time and often misses out on things, we let her unwrap most of the gifts. As if on cue, she picked up where Tessa left off. So many good whiffs! So many good rips and tears!

Viola checks out the gifts - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Viola checks out the gifts – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Everyone had one two things on their minds to request for Christmas: Greenies and mousies. And guess what? They got Greenie Treats and mousies! Lots of mousies! LOTS and LOTS of mousies! It’s like, mousie world around here! Brown mousies, gray mousies, mousies with feathers on their tails!

Viola sees her favorite - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Viola sees her favorite – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

And when Viola saw those mousies with feathers on their tails, she made up her mind right then and there she didn’t want anything else.

Looking at ingredient list - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Looking at ingredient list – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Viola checking the feather-tailed mousie ingredient list. Or maybe she was looking to see if her name, and her name alone, might be somewhere on the package. “Please tell me it reads, For Viola Cole only!”

Miss Newton surveys the goods - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton surveys the goods – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton proclaimed the Greenie Treats and mousie gifts the best ever. And while doing so, Viola sure kept an eye out to make sure Miss Newton didn’t get any funny ideas about HER feather-tailed mousies!

“I dunno,” she said. “Is it just me, or does the adorable kitty on this card look like he’s reaching for my feather-tailed mousies?”

Miss Newton reads the card - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton reads the card – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

… which prompted Miss Newton to say, “Hey! Didn’t anyone read the card? All these great things are from… Ducky! Oh, I love that Mancat Ducky! He’s a ginger too, you know. So suave, so handsome!”

Viola worried for a moment that maybe suave Ducky might want his feather-tailed mousies back, especially if he found out she liked them so much. “Maybe I just ought to keep close to those mousies, just in case anyone else decides to take off with them,” she said.

Olivia might like the feather mice too - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Olivia might like the feather mice too – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

So when Olivia pawed and sniffed her way through the Greenies (“Yums!” she said) and all those wonderful mousies, Viola’s sharp eyes made sure Olivia kept her nose away from her feather-tailed mousies.

“That’s right, panther sister, sniff those mousies. Sniff ’em good. But I’m watching where your sniffer is at and these here mousies aren’t the mousies you’re looking for.”

Pia and Viola showdown over feather mice - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Pia and Viola showdown over feather mice – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

It was a little different story with sister Pia, who loves mousies with feathered tails, even though she had never seen feather-tailed mousies before. What we had here was the classic stare-down, a master starer and the young apprentice starer. Your guess as to who won. It’s safe to say multiple girls LOVE the mousies, especially the feather-tailed variety.

Grumpy Tessa - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Grumpy Tessa – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Back to Tessa, who more than likely was creating havoc elsewhere during all this excitement, came to the party late, and though thoroughly loving the Greenies (“More PLEASE!” she insisted), was not terribly happy that she alone was not allowed to open the Secret Paws gifts.

And so, she sat off to the side and was grumpy. To which we added, “When isn’t she?”

Patrol Sergeant Zuzu's papers - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Patrol Sergeant Zuzu’s papers – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Even though paper was flying and gifts were being sniffed, crunched, batted, and battled over, Patrol Sergeant Zuzu was in patrol sergeant heaven! She liked the Greenie treats and approved of the mousie hoard, but it was the wrapping paper that caught and held her attention. She pulled the beautiful paper bits together into a pile and sat surrounded by it for hours.

“Papers, please,” she requested with a smug look on her face. How could we refuse to give her what she wanted the most?

Thank you so much, Ducky and Mom Janet, for participating in Secret Paws and sending us the best, most wonderful things everyone here wished for. Kisses and hugs, squinty eyes and soft purrs to you and Ducky!

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day and a great weekend!

32 responses to “12/25/2015 – Meowy Christmas!

  1. What great excitement!! Merry Christmas to you all xx

  2. Merry Christmas to you all,enjoy all your gifts,xx Speedy

  3. That was a great lot of gifts from Ducky and his mum. Looks like it was a big hit with everyone.
    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  4. Holiday wishes to you and yours on this blessed and beautiful day from all of us at Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles.

  5. A very Merry Christmas to all of you and what fun to see you all having such a great time with all those toys and treats. Looks like Santa was good to you.

  6. Wow you were all having such a good time with all those treats and of course the mousies and all the other toys. We hope you all have a great fun day.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  7. That’s a lot of pawsome gifts ! Have fun ! Merry Christmas to all of you ! Purrs

  8. What a wonderful package of gifts fro your secret paw! Merry Christmas to all of you!

  9. To a joyful present
    and a well remembered past.
    Best wishes for Happy Holidays
    and a magnificent New Year.
    Merry Christmas
    Annabelle, Boo, Ping, Mr Jinx & Mom Debra

  10. That was some party–twice! Meowy Cats’ Mess everyone!

  11. Such a great Secret Paws package.

    Merry Christmas from Truffle, Brulee, and Mom Paula.

  12. what a precious Christmas post!!!! Enjoy your prezzies and Merry, Merry Christmas!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

  13. Meowwy Chrissymouse! Enjoy the great Mousie Horde.

  14. Yay, glad you like everything. I know, mum had to keep those mousies away from me. Otherwise you would have never gotten them. Not to worry, I got my own mousies in my Secret Paw package.

    Suave, handsome? ::blush:: Thanks. Merry Christmas to you all.

  15. Meus amores, vocês tiveram muita diversão desembrulhando os presentes, mas a diversão está começando!
    Feliz Natal para todos vocês e sua família!
    Adri

  16. Merry Christmas!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  17. Fun, fun, fun!! Mousies for all! Merry Christmas!!

  18. What a fun Secret Paws package. It was worth the wait! Meowy Christmas to you all!

  19. I love presents because they come in BOXES…which I love more
    Hugs and Merry Christmas Madi and mom

  20. What an amazing secret paws package – it sounds like there were Greenies and mousies for EVERYONE!

  21. Aw, you are such an adorable bunch…what a sweet post. What fun and great pressies you received! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you…hope you saw that Clooney Claus delivered some feathers and mousies!

  22. Looks like so much fun. Merry Christmas from our house to yours,

  23. Meowy Christmas Colehaus Cats and mommy daddy humans from Frank, Samantha, Jack, Ben and Oliver and our mommy and daddy humans. We love you!

  24. mochasmysteriesandmeows

    What a pawsome Secret Paws package! Hope you’re having the most purr-fect Christmas ever!!!

  25. Funny post about Violet and the feather butt shmousies! Merry Merry Christmas from La Condo Keisha to your abode.

  26. Great gifts! Merry Christmas!

  27. That’s s super special Secret Paws package, gang! Merry Christmas to you all. We love you!

  28. Meowy Catmas from our Horde to your house!

    What absolute and utter joy to receive EXACTLY what you want for Catmas! Ducky Rocks!

  29. Merry Christmas you precious babies! AND pawrents! I love seeing the opening of the presents!

  30. ooooh those feather-butt mousies are the BEST! We hope you had a lovely holiday!!

  31. Merry Christmas to the Colehaus Cats and Mom and Dad!