Category Archives: Friends of Colehaus

09/13/2017 – Wordless Wednesday but with Breaking News!


Teese was adopted yesterday!

We are so unbelievably happy for sweet Teese and wish her the very best in her forever home. We feel so happy to have been here for her when she wasn’t sure what her world had or would become. Thank you all for reading and commenting on posts about Teese over the past seven months or so. Your words helped strengthened our resolve to get her off the streets, out of potential danger, and into the best place possible for adoption. And it happened!

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And now back to our regularly scheduled “Wordless” Wednesday post:

Zuzu - ©

Zuzu – ©

Here’s an online jigsaw puzzle of the photo above courtesy of

Have fun!

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A Colehaus Cats Flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Unlucky? Not Me!
2012 – No post

08/04/2017 – Around Colehaus

By request, here’s an online puzzle of Wednesday’s wordless photo of Ruby and Quint kissing, courtesy of

Ruby and Quint kisses.

Bonus: A second puzzle link of a visiting cutie is at the end of this post. Have fun!

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While our fountain wasn’t running, Mom looked outside from upstairs one afternoon and swears she saw a shadow shaped like a sitting cat. Dad didn’t see it and maybe you won’t either but here’s her photo:

Do you see a cat-shaped shadow? - ©

Do you see a cat-shaped shadow? – ©

Yes? No? Here’s the same photo with a blue outside around the shadow.

Cat-shaped shadow? - ©

Cat-shaped shadow? – ©

Let’s turn the photo. Better?

Shadow play in the fountain - ©

Shadow play in the fountain – ©

Mom says the cat shadow is sitting in the well-known loaf-cat position, paws tucked under, facing left with it’s tail straight out behind. If she could find a photo of one of the Colehaus Cats, maybe love panther Olivia, the shadow might make more sense. Or maybe not. She’s still looking for that photo. It could take years for as many photos as Mom has.

Anyhoo…. our fountain is back up and running, just in time for record-setting heat, with some necessary leaks and “tweaks” scheduled for repair in September.

Here’s some cuties who are happy having a constant running water source:

Raccoon baby - ©

Raccoon baby – ©

Two baby raccoons - ©

Two baby raccoons – ©

Curious baby raccoon - ©

Curious baby raccoon – ©

These are Patches’ babies who come to visit every second or third day. They are adorably cute… and wild. Mom keeps telling herself these are wild animals and she feels so fortunate to be able to photograph them nearby. And yes, that is cat kibble they are eating, leftover kibble Mom set out for great, great, great grandmother Happy who happened to have visited a couple of hours before.

And so, where was Mama Patches while Mom was clicking away with her camera. Oh, she was nearby.

Mama Patches waiting - ©

Mama Patches waiting – ©

She was behind the big tomato pot, letting her babies eat first. She is a very gentle and trusting mama raccoon, but we don’t want that to become the norm so Mom wished the family well and went back inside. Whew! You just know one of these days Mom’s gonna report how she touched one moments before she was rushed to the hospital after some mama raccoon taught her that is completely unacceptable behavior.

Later still, after Mama Patches and her babies went back home or out for pizza and video games or wherever it is that young raccoon families go, we saw neighbor cat W hanging out with Teese on the patio (Teese is laying on the chair in front of the green pillow). Truth be told, W chases Teese mercilessly and often picks fights with him. We’re not sure what kind of arrangement they came up with to be napping so close together but we hope it’s a lasting one (it wasn’t).

Neighbor cat W hanging with Teese - ©

Neighbor cat W hanging with Teese – ©

And just for the record, this is not our cat:

Not our cat - ©

Not our cat – ©

… but this is our sunset to share with you, simply beautiful after an exciting day of visitors to Colehaus:

August sunset - ©

August sunset – ©

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Courtesy of, here’s an online puzzle of one of the visiting raccoon babies. Have fun!

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Previously on Colehaus Cats:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Multicat Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

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