Category Archives: Friends of Colehaus

07/14/2017 – Around Colehaus

This is not our cat - ©

This is not our cat – ©

First off, let us be clear about one thing: This is not our cat. More about Sweet Teese to come.

No more dirt covering sidewalks - ©

No more dirt covering sidewalks – ©

While we were on hiatus and away from the Internets, Mom finished her long, three year project of removing yards and yards of extra dirt from around Colehaus. The extra dirt came from years of decomposed bark mulch of which she used to be a huge fan. No one tells you you’re actually adding mountains of future dirt to your plot of land, dirt that will rot fences and foundations, slide down to cover sidewalks and bury plants and bushes and choke tree trunks. And the bark slivers embedded under the skin! *shudders*

Mom's 3 year dirt removal project done - ©

Mom’s 3 year dirt removal project done – ©

Along the way however, earthworms will love it and earthworms are much appreciated around here. The native soil has vastly improved away the original century-old, overused cow pastureland, to workable and almost loamy in spots. Roots are protected from drying out and from freezing completely in the winter. Weeds are suppressed (for the most part), and bark mulch adds a finished look to the beds that would otherwise be sun-hardened, clay-packed dirt.

Mom asks, “But did we need so much of it?” No.

Enough yard work babbling. On to the interesting stuff, already!

Not our cat - ©

Not our cat – ©

Did we mention this is not our cat? Yes? Okay, good. Just wanted that to be clear.

Old Happy looking better - ©

Old Happy looking better – ©

Old Happy is still around and looking better every day. We are certain she is partially blind and mostly deaf and we feel so lucky to be able to provide food and a safe haven for her…

Patches' babies 2017 - ©

Patches’ babies 2017 – ©

… especially because Happy is a four times over grandmother this year! Say hi to great, great, great granddaughter Patches and her three babies.

Raccoon Patches and one of her babies 2017 - ©

Raccoon Patches and one of her babies 2017 – ©

We’d wondered if we’d see babies this year. Mom had noticed a raccoon that had ratty-looking fur with a section missing on her back hanging around during daytime hours over a month ago, which means nothing but can also mean it’s a pregnant female looking for extra food to help supplement her diet. So far, we’ve been right five years running!

Patches is a gentle mama and her babies are roly-poly fur balls. And yes, Mom keeps forefront in her mind these are wild animals. She’d never stick her fingers out there, no matter what.

Elusive kitty still elusive - ©

Elusive kitty still elusive – ©

The new-ish kitty with the pretty fur is still coming around occasionally and still just as elusive as ever. We’ve yet to get within thirty feet of him and we’re not sure if that’s ever going to change. We don’t know that it is a him, exactly. We’re just running with the notion that it is, kind of like running with scissors – we know we shouldn’t but sometimes the thrill of doing so gets the best of us.

Visiting boy cat - ©

Visiting boy cat – ©

Here’s someone new, walking along the back fence. Um, no mistaking what gender he is.

Another visiting boy cat - ©

Another visiting boy cat – ©

And another visiting boy cat. Yes, it’s a he and he’s marking our back bushes as his. Thanks, gray guy.

Visiting feral boy - ©

Visiting feral boy – ©

This boy showed up about a month ago and while his fur doesn’t look bad, he is every bit as skittish as any feral we’ve come to know. We’re also wildly happy to report he’s staying, on and off, in one of the feral shelters (Spitty’s Place), and seems to really like it.

Visiting feral boy - ©

Visiting feral boy – ©

Notice his round face and beefy jowls? That apple-shaped head is usually a sign he’s unneutered. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be many females around; non-spayed females, that is, but that won’t stop Mom from trying to gain his trust. Perhaps a snip might be in his future. And a name, too. Let’s call him… Mac.

We’ve got more to report but this post has already gone long so, we’ll save some things for later. In the meanwhile, here’s some photos from around the garden. Thank you for visiting us and reading!

Blueberries - ©

Blueberries – ©

Blue Hydrangea - ©

Blue Hydrangea – ©

Pink Dianthus - ©

Pink Dianthus – ©

Red Strawberries - ©

Red Strawberries – ©

Wild Daisies - ©

Wild Daisies – ©

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Previously on Colehaus Cats:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Who’s Knocking?
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

01/30/2017 – A Niblet Update!

Recently, we received word from Russell Niblet’s dad who said:

“I Hope all is well. The time flies. I can’t believe Russell is now over three years old. We haven’t been good about updates, but I thought you two would appreciate some new Russell Niblet photos. He’s doing great, and we love him very much. Here he is with his big sister Gerty. Thanks again for being such good foster parents to the Niblets! Best wishes.”

Russell Niblet with big sister Gerty

Russell Niblet with big sister Gerty

Russell Niblet with sister Gerty 2017

Russell Niblet with sister Gerty 2017

Russell Niblet all grown up!

Russell Niblet all grown up!

We love foster updates but don’t expect them. This was a real treat! We are so happy to see that sweet boy looking so good and so comfortable with his big sister Gerty, and to see that he still has his mama’s eyes. It’s clear he is very loved. Thank you, Russell’s parents!

And just because we can, here’s some shots of Russell as a baby Niblet. Who wouldn’t love that?

Russell, the orange Tabby boy, at one week, 10/12/2013 - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell, the orange Tabby boy, at one week, 10/12/2013 – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell's big moment *thurp* - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell’s big moment *thurp* – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don't look! I'm getting a

Don’t look! I’m getting a bath – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Mama Erinn Zuzu and son Russell - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Mama Erinn Zuzu and son Russell – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet at 4 weeks - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet at 4 weeks – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Russell Niblet - 2013-2016 ©

Russell Niblet – 2013-2016 ©

01/18/2017 – Happy 5th Blogoversary, Us!

Five years! Who knew we’d still be here five years after Dad offhandedly suggested Mom post photos of our cats somewhere as a way to honor those who had passed and because the Internet didn’t have enough cat photos?

Mom published the first Colehaus Cats post on January 19th 2012* using a free WordPress theme over the use of several other frustrating blogging software options. Seeing angel Maxx’s photo finally posted out to the world convinced her Dad’s comment was the best idea ever.

Colehaus Cats - Maxx 2010. © Colehaus Cats

Maxx. © Colehaus Cats

The first blog post was titled “Meet the Colehaus Cats – Maxx, the Innocent.” That was an inside joke because Maxx was known more for being Maxx, the Troublesome Nipper Who Regularly Draws Blood and Who Doesn’t Understand the Physics of Possessing a Weighty Big Butt While Always Failing at Jumping Across Big Expanses of Empty Space and Therefore, Makes a Mess.

Thankfully, Mom shortened that post title.

Then, Mom tried to create a header. She cringes when she sees her original Colehaus Cats blog headers. Here’s a few of them from that first year in 2012.

Then, Mom got the bright idea that maybe one of the actual Colehaus Cats ought to be on the header, not some cute, but random cat photo stolen from the Internet. Yes, our Mom stole a photo once from the Internet without figuring out who created it. Ex-feral, angel Cameron was her first choice, followed by one featuring angel Zooot, and then angel Seth.

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header with angel Cameron – ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Zooot – ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth - ©

Original Colehaus Cats blog header featuring angel Seth – ©

That last one was from when Mom was in her Peach phase. She was under the impression blog colors needed to change with the season, so the peach header was followed by a pale blue one, then soft pink, and finally, light green. You might remember those days. Eventually, she got over that.

All told, Mom posted three separate Meet the Colehaus Cats entries that first day introducing Maxx, Seth, Cameron, and Zooot. Later in the month, before Mom figured out a regular blog post schedule, she told an audience of one a little about each cat’s personality.

Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

Where’s that rabbit? Maxx in a Hat. © Colehaus Cats.

She almost quit our blog a time or two, most notably after Zooot passed quickly followed by Cameron in April and June 2012. A first commenter, Baby Patches from Nip and Bones helped Mom feel she wasn’t posting to a big, black void. Jan from Jan’s Funny Farm was the second commenter following Mom’s discovery of the wonderful world of The Cat Blogosphere who brought so many commenters to welcome baby Pia.

The rest, well, most of you know how the rest of the years have gone. We’ve had a blast, we’ve laughed and cried, and we’ve vowed to find ways to help pets in need, inspired by the work of many of you.

Most of all, we’ll always cherish the memories how other pet-loving people found us and encouraged us to keep going via their own blogs by posting great, timely information and tips, a spectacular photo or set of photos, and hundreds of warm, from-the-heart posts. We continued to feel encouraged during a long questionable time after Mom was publicly shamed by a longtime friend at a science fiction convention in May 2014 for running a cat blog. Thank you for your supportive and positive emails.

The Stats

We still post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some kitties have left us and more kitties have joined us. We care for and feed our development’s feral, stray, and abandoned kitties (and squirrels and raccoons, too). Since blogging, we’ve gone from four cats to six, then seven followed by eight and once for a few months, a high cat count of thirteen (with Zuzu and all Niblets). Some years we take in fosters, and we don’t mind admitting we’re suckers for adding fosters to our family. Who wouldn’t when presented with these faces?

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny - ©

Former fosters Tessa, Ruby, Zuzu, Viola, Sunny – ©

For a while, we had a cat web cam and Mom sometimes misses it even though it wouldn’t stream live.

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo - © Colehaus Cats

First Colehaus Cat webcam photo – © Colehaus Cats

Dad took over posting for four summer months in 2015 when Mom was going out of town to writing conventions a lot. We love our cats and are very much in tune with each other and the needs and desires of each Colehaus Cat so we hoped no one noticed the difference in posting styles from Mom to Dad.

We’ve published 903 posts over the past five years and received 19,376 comments total in that time frame. The most viewed post (1,169 views) was just after the birth of The Niblets. Our About page is the most viewed page (1,252 views).

Mom’s personal stats show the shortest amount of time she spent creating a blog post was four minutes. She might have been showing off. The longest time spent creating a post was seventy-three hours, give or take an hour. Obviously, this was not continuously working time otherwise, Mom would have gone bonkers. Wouldn’t have been the first time.

Since 2012, we’ve met five Cat Blogosphere bloggers in person and have heard from close to one hundred others. We’ve held four raffles and have won four raffles. That’s evened out nicely.

Here’s some of our favorite posts and photos over the years:

Dad’s Little Girl Newton. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Dad’s Newton

Miss Newton and Seth - 2012 ©

Miss Newton and Seth – 2012 ©

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Seth and Green Apple. © Colehaus Cats.

Olivia's Snake Toy.

Getting Her Spit All Over It – 2012 – 2016 © Colehaus Cats.

Serious Pia.

Pia relaying her side of the conversation. August 2012. © Colehaus Cats.

Bug Battles – The Two Sides

What Tessa wanted to do to the V-E-T’s fingers – – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Don’t Just Get Mad; Get Tessa Mad!

Minding his own business – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx TV

Shopping at Craft Warehouse for art supplies – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ruby’s Tower – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

First Niblet for Erinn Zuzu – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

BREAKING NEWS! It’s baby Niblet time!

“There’s no treats in here!” – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Conversation with Dad – 2015 ©

Spitty's Place feral shelter - 2015-2016 ©

Spitty’s Place feral shelter – 2015-2016 ©

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl - 2016 ©

Welcome Itty, a very special Ginger girl – 2016 ©

We hope we’ve been good bloggers over the years. We always welcome comments and suggestions, and we love hearing directly from you.

Thank you for finding us, for reading us, and for sometimes commenting. We’re big blog lurkers ourselves from time-to-time and we don’t mind lurkers here.

Thank you for visiting us. It might seem that we say that a lot but we mean it from our hearts every single time.

Thank you for helping us celebrate today and for celebrating all the Colehaus Cats!

*we know we’re one day short of the official Blogoversary day. We’re cutting ourselves a bit of slack here.