Category Archives: Friends of Colehaus

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.

01/11/2017 – A Dozen or More Festivus Photos

Tessa says - ©

Tessa says – ©

Mom thought our five year blogoversary was this week. WRONG-O! It’s next week so we’re all going to have to wait another week before she wows us with some clever blog banter over that. *sigh* So hard to find good help nowadays…

Mom: Yes, it’s next week, not today. Geesh! Okay, today’s post title is a wee bit misleading. Festivus was twenty days ago. Where’d the time go?

That doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate, especially when a certain Festivus package arrived shortly after stuffed with super cool gifts won in the Finally Festivus post over at 15 and and in which certain kitties here aired their grievances like no one’s business! Just read this:

“Oh, a Festivus for the rest of us! How we LOVE this day, but our Mom didn’t this year. And that’s just the start of our grievances! We just learned she didn’t buy us any presents this year except for some buzzy Hex Bug thing that quite frankly, is more annoying than “fun.” Dad’s slacked twice last week on playtime before bed and Mom took over his bedtime brushie sessions with us. It’s just not the same, trust us! Mom washed all our bedding and blankets on Monday and now, none of us remember where we slept because all our smells have been replaced with Snuggle dryer sheet smell! Dad bought us Sureflap feeders last month and we’re forced to eat from tiny plastic bowls now instead of the GI-NORMOUS open glass bowl most of us grew up with, not to mention having to stand there and wait one half nanosecond for the thing to open. So unfair! Quint and Pia got yelled at for chasing each other just tonight and Miss Newton’s name was mentioned in the same sentence as coal. How are we to get through this season with all that history behind us? Thank goodness we have a platform like Festivus in which to air our grievances ’cause we have plenty!”

Miss Newton is not amused - ©

Miss Newton is not amused – ©

Miss Newton was not at all amused about mentioned her name in the same sentence as coal.

But rather than boringly tell you about the package contents – a note from Phoebe thanking us for attending her Festivus party, the great ninth season of Seinfeld DVD that contains the Festivus episode (the 166th episode that started it all), the crocheted toys all the Colehaus Cats can’t ever get enough of, and the Grinchy mat that smells like the most awesome-ist awesome sauce in all the world – we thought we’d let Sunny tell the story in photos.

A package! - ©

A package! – ©

It started with a package.

A wonderful Festivus package - ©

A wonderful Festivus package – ©

A wonderful package that Sunny was determined to investigate first.

Festivus gifts for me? - ©

Festivus gifts for me? – ©

Naturally, Sunny went straight for the crocheted toys that Ellen and Phoebe seem to know the Colehaus Cats L.O.V.E.

Going for the crocheted drumstick - ©

Going for the crocheted drumstick – ©

This chick-hen drumstick here is mine!

Loving the Grinchy mat - ©

Loving the Grinchy mat – ©

The drumstick was forgotten once Sunny got a good whiff of the Grinchy mat. She airs her grievances… with well-placed rabbit kicks.

Dad, open this thing! - ©

Dad, open this thing! – ©

*nom nom nom*
Temporarily forgetting the Seinfeld DVD, Sunny got impatient for Dad to open it.

Meanwhile... - ©

Meanwhile… – ©

Meanwhile, someone woke up from their beauty nap.

Hey, what’s in here?

Zuzu looks on - ©

Zuzu looks on – ©

Zuzu: Exactly what’s going on here?

These gifts need inspecting! - ©

These gifts need inspecting! – ©

These gifts, they need inspecting and I’m inspecting them and whoa! They smell…. wonderful! I love them! This mat smells especially intoxicating. The smell…. It might sound crazy but I just can’t get enough of the smell. It’s making me feel…. silly! Seriously, you need to get a good whiff of this…

Pull my finger - ©

Pull my finger – ©

But wait. Pull my finger…

Seriously, pull my finger - ©

Seriously, pull my finger – ©

Don’t worry about the claws at the end. Really, just pull my finger…. WHEEEE!

I'm going to lay here forever - ©

I’m going to lay here forever – ©

I think, no, I know I’m going to lay here forever. Thank you, Ellen! Thank you Phoebe! Thank you 15 and meowing kitties! Purrs and sloppy kisses to you all!

Sunny and "her" Grinchy mat - ©

Sunny and “her” Grinchy mat – ©

Does this mat make me look high?

Pia's crocheted drumstick - ©

Pia’s crocheted drumstick – ©

After proper inspection, Pia liberates the crocheted toys from the “Too High to be Grinchy” duo. Everyone knows Pia loves a good crocheted toy!

Thank you Ellen and Phoebe!