Category Archives: Holidays

05/22/2017 – Happy Victoria Day with Pia

Pretty Pia's smile - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Pia’s smile – © Colehauscats.com

Happy Victoria Day to our friends to the north in Canada, a mere 275 miles away! Why we don’t visit beautiful Canada more often is a mystery but there it is nonetheless. We’ve chosen Pia to help celebrate the day because of all the Colehaus Cats, we believe she’s the one born and fostered in the closest proximity to Canada, so why not?

The day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies and it is said today is the official start to the summer social season in Canada and when gardeners can safely plant without fear of frost.

Sleepy, Poofy Pia - © Colehauscats.com

Sleepy, Poofy Pia – © Colehauscats.com

Whew! All this celebrating must be exhausting for this ginger girl who’s settling into her poofy tail for what surely is just the first of many naps. Have a great day!

01/02/2017 – Our Year in Review – Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Tessa's not sure where the year went - © Colehauscats.com

Tessa’s not sure where the year went – © Colehauscats.com

Where’d 2016 go? It was just here a day ago… Happy 2017! From everyone here at Colehaus Cats, we thank you for visiting us, for reading our words, enjoying our photos, and leaving comments. We hope what we’re doing works for you and that your visit here puts a smile on your face. Please join us today for our 2016 Year in Review!

MadCat Miss Newton – © Colehauscats.com

January 2016 began with the first habitation of two Feralvilla feral shelters and a feeding station just in time for a rare snow day, with evidence of all our overnight visitors. The month evolved (devolved?) into picky cats and mad cats. There were claims of ownership, morning snuggles, and a certain Patrol Sergeant showing off her kitten cam video habit.

Love Itty (now Sunny) - © Colehauscats.com

Love Itty (now Sunny) – © Colehauscats.com

February rolled in with an infestation of counter seals from which Mom ran from the house to go meet an adorable blog friend in town for an important show. Quint, tired from all the winter rain, created late winter art, Pia sent Valentine kisses to her boyfriend Dexter, someone didn’t like being called the baby (and still doesn’t), and someone else nicknamed Ms. GrowlyPants temporarily moved in for some fostering.

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan - © Colehauscats.com

Beautiful Frame from our friend Joan – © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Viola kisses ushered in March to help temper all the vet checkups and nasty ear infection medication foster Miss Itty required daily. Our friend Joan sent us a beautiful frame which quickly became the focal point of our living room and houses the first piece of Quint’s art we purchased and framed for ourselves. Spring finally arrived and with it, the first visit of the year with the visitors around Colehaus. We learned a number of things about Miss Itty, including her love of catnip, and making a friend in Zuzu with a shared dislike of all loud shenanigans. Must be a ginger girl thing.

Quint adds purple - © Colehauscats.com

Quint adds purple – © Colehauscats.com

April started with grumpy cats as is the norm around here on April Fool’s Day. A couple of Friday Flashbacks returned smiles to our faces. We posted about a mama’s right, excuses on a Monday, and finally, Quint took his first spring walk in his garden, after which, he created his top-selling art series ever, Full Spring.

Ruby and friend Squeakers - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby and friend Squeakers – © Colehauscats.com

Quint relished a second stroll in his blooming garden in May and we gave a nod to Squeakers, the highest ranking toy amongst all toys at Colehaus. We got silly with foster Miss Itty and Olivia found herself the highlight of two blog posts in a single week! There were MultiCat Mondays, furniture clearly made for one particular cat, and more visitors to Colehaus.

Zuzu - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu – © Colehauscats.com

June brought dental checkups and some extractions so we dedicated the rest of the month to pure fun. There were toys, Three Word Wednesdays, more toys, and trust from foster Miss Itty.

Baby Tessa – © Colehauscats.com

July started with the bang of fireworks. We made a big, multi annex fort and spent the 4th of July playing with toys, listening to Mom read kitty books, hiding, and napping until the big booms were over. Foster Miss Itty showed everyone senior girls still know how to play, the typical teen Viola spent the month being bored, and we got a peek of what was to become our daily dinnertime entertainment. There was a Friday Flashback with Tessa, questions from Pia, and cat math according to Olivia.

From Pia with love - © Colehauscats.com

From Pia with love – © Colehauscats.com

Quint jumped into August by recreating his Summer Lilies with paint, we raised questions about the future for foster Miss Itty, and there were more yearly vet checkups to get through. Ginger Princess Pia sent her love to Ginger Prince D, and we took a summer stroll to see the visitors around Colehaus.

Olivia's magic bed - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s magic bed – © Colehauscats.com

Ducks and good news heralded in September with a pinch of mischief on the side. Foster Miss Itty because Sunny, our last Colehaus Cat, and with the help of kind donators and fans of Quint’s Sunflowers art, she was able to afford her final medical procedures plus elimination of two pesky infections and support for her ongoing Stage 3 kidney disease. THANK YOU! We took another walk around Colehaus, Mom confused us with her cat fiction, and fruit-lovin’ Olivia was instrumental in the great grape escape.

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets - © Colehauscats.com

Mama Zuzu and her Niblets – © Colehauscats.com

October saw a Monday tribute to Colehaus Cat mamas, a dear happy three-year birthday letter to the Niblets (with links to all past Dear Niblet letters) – one of which grew up to become the Colehaus Circus Cat, and Quint jumps at the chance to paint once again. We showed piles of kitties snuggling together and gave an update on Sunny.

Fits just right for The Squirt - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Fits just right for The Squirt – © Colehauscats.com

We jumped into November with what else? A Wordless Wednesday. But later and with what we hoped was better content, we shared MultiCat photos, a rare lint panther, a Friday Flashback with Pia and Bunny, some hellos and goodbyes on our final around Colehaus tour, Quint’s winter painting, and finally, some Friday fun.

Quint eats the props - © Colehauscats.com

Quint eats the props – © Colehauscats.com

And lastly, December rushed in with a month of holiday cheer and happy surprises, a nod to previous Colehaus Cats, a couple of snugglebugs and Christmas card bloopers, a word or two about the Nice List and the Naughty List, and our favorite true Christmas story. Given a health A-OK, Sunny moved into the luxury suite with Ruby and there came more cards and gifts and toys than anyone here had ever seen.

There you have it, 2016 revisited. What a wonderful, fun year it was here at Colehaus. We’re looking forward to what this new year will bring and wish for you all a fabulous 2017 filled with joy, happiness, and excitement, and most of all, peace and love.

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us.
The folks of Colehaus Cats

12/30/2016 – Another Eve of an Eve

Happy New Year from Colehaus Cats - © Colehauscats.com

Happy New Year from Colehaus Cats – © Colehauscats.com

For puzzle lovers out there, here’s a ninety piece online puzzle of Sunny’s New Year photo above, courtesy of JigsawPlanet.com. Have fun!

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2016 is rapidly winding down and we want to thank every one of you for visiting us, for laughing and crying with us, for helping us help other kitties, for encouraging us and making us want to keep producing an Awww-worthy blog.

We welcome comments and suggestions and look forward to our fifth year blogoversary next month. Can you believe it? Five years! *minds boggle*

Thank you, friends of Colehaus. Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year’s Eve and we’ll see you again in 2017!