Monthly Archives: January 2013

Quint’s 2012 Paintings Going, Going…

Getting ready to paint. - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Getting ready to paint. – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

We don’t mean to push but if you could help Quint free up some space to paint by picking up one of his last, remaining 2012 paintings, he and the no-kill shelter his art helps support would be mightly grateful!

Both his fall and winter 2012 watercolors and canvases sold well and few remain. Once these are gone, they’re gone. Look for the unveiling of his 2013 Spring collection on February 8th here at colehauscats.com and at Quint’s Art Shop. Have a heart and help support shelter kitties for Valentine’s Day. We thank you!

Ruby Tuesdays.

Ruby in the blue-gray winter light.

Ruby Tuesday - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby Tuesday – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby is getting friendlier and her fur much softer since becoming a Colehaus Cat just a month ago. We’ve learned her routine and her ours. In the morning while Mom straightens the room, Ruby likes to sit on the windowsill and catch up on the world for about an hour. There’s lots of different birds and squirrels to watch and sometimes, a neighborhood cat walking through. Then, it’s nap time until someone, usually Mom, picks her up and brings her out of her favorite servants’ quarters to mingle in the library. Ruby always complains a little over this.

Then, once the doors are closed, the real complaining begins because all she wants to do is go back in. While Mom does her Internet work in the library, Ruby ‘might’ wander over to the desk to let Mom know that she really, really wants back in. She ‘might’ sit on the back of one of the leather chairs to glare into her room, hoping that will speed the opening of the door. She ‘might’ hop up on the library window to look at the world from a different direction. She ‘might’ walk from the window, across the desk to where Mom is tap-tapping away at the keyboard and then, she ‘might’ sit on the desk for just a moment or two before jumping down and resuming her spot in front of the glass doors, knowing that Mom will need to go in there sooner or later.

Ruby Tuesday - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby Tuesday – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Later, having napped long enough in preparation for nighttime sleeps, Ruby nibbles on food and drinks a good amount and just about the time her servants are getting ready for bed, she’ll find a toy and bat it around for a bit. Maxx, who also loves staying in the servants’ quarters, looks at her like, “Uh, whatever.” And goes back practicing his napping.

Next comes nightly brushings. We haven’t been able to brush her belly yet, but it can’t be too far away. So close!

Then, snuggles with Mom (don’t touch her feets or bitey-bitey, whappity-whap!), pets from the Dad and finally, real sleeping down by the Dad’s feets until morning.

Rinse, repeat every day! She loves this life and wonders what are your routines?

We invite all free-spirited Rubys (or whatever your name) to celebrate every Tuesday with us!

Kissing Wars.

Here at Colehaus Cats, we don’t believe in fights. Oh sure, there might be a bit of hissing and a whap here or there but nothing serious. No, our biggest battles are…The Kissing Wars.

The rules are simple:
1. I, as the aggressor, will prove that I can kiss you first before you can kiss me. If I do, I get a point.
2. Trickery is allowed, however…
3. A show of your teeth signifies biting, not kissing, and you lose a point.
4. I can choose to wave your lost point by touching the top of your head thereby keeping you interested in playing.
5. I lose a point if I kiss anything other than your lips.
6. If you can outmaneuver me and give me a kiss, you gain a point.
7. In the end, we all kiss and everyone wins. Ready to play? Here we go!

With Miss Newton acting as referee, Tessa initiates war with the pre-approved batting signal all kittens instinctively recognize. Referee Newton reminds the warriors of the importance of a level battle field. Use of elevation as an advantage is strictly prohibited.

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia.  © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

With both opponents on the floor, each assume their preferred attack positions. Tessa readies for her first smooch…but then retreats. Will Pia take the bait and lose a point?

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

No! Pia wisely chooses to advance toward Tessa, the aggressor, who cleverly tucks herself behind a fold in the blankie; hidden and yet, with a foot confidently exposed signifying this is a play war, not a real one. Pia playfully paws at the blankie, taunting, taunting…

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

…and then, certain that Tessa is about to spring a kiss on her, Pia shows her needle-y kitten teeth and loses a point! Oh, Pia!

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

It is at that moment when Tessa dives in and delivers a kiss square on the lips. Outstanding play! The Score: Tessa – One, Pia – Minus One.

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

In keeping with the rules and because good sports make good sleeping partners, Tessa eliminates Pia’s lost point with a gentle tap to the top of her head. The Score: Tessa – One, Pia – Zip. Good show, Tessa!

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

But before Pia can acknowledge Tessa’s act of kindness, Tessa dives in yet again, determined to increase her kiss points. Pia twists in time and…denied! Tessa misses her intended target and smooches a set of pink toe beans instead! The Score: Tessa – Zilch, Pia – Zero.

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

The tustling is heated now. Tessa flips and rolls over Pia, determined to regain the lead. Pia twists like a worm on a hook, just as determined to keep those lips away. So close, closer, closer…

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Masterfully, Tessa flips around again and just as she’s ready to plant a big ol’ smooch, Pia outmaneuvers her and makes contact first! “Gotcha,” she mews. And with a tender paw, the war is declared over and both sides as winners. Final score: Tessa a winner via her skillful moves, Pia a winner via her crafty patience.

Kissing Wars - Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Kissing Wars – Tessa & Pia. © Colehaus Cats.

Until next time…