Category Archives: Outside Cats

01/03/2018 – A Wednesday Smile

Who knew squirrels could smile? And all it took was replacing the old nut feeder with a new one. And, of course, nuts. Lots and lots of nuts. Good thing we have a big bucket full safely tucked away, but don’t tell him that!

One happy squirrel - © Colehauscats.com

One happy squirrel – © Colehauscats.com

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Good thoughts are requested for Mac today as he goes in for his big snip, albeit, a bit earlier than originally planned. We’re guessing all this time spent learning to be an indoor boy has gotten his hormones fired up and he showed an unfortunate mean streak the other day by going after the family’s gentle, 70+pound dog. We’re sending everyone over there purrs and hugs and we thank you again, Friends of Colehaus, for your generous donations toward making Mac’s neuter and vet bills manageable.

Mac with new mom Carrie - © Colehauscats.com

Mac with new mom Carrie – © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2017 – No post
2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – Making Friends Friday
2013 – No post
2012 – Npthing. Colehaus Cats didn’t exist yet.

01/01/2018 – A Look Back at our 2017

Happy 2018 - © Colehauscats.com

Happy 2018 – © Colehauscats.com

Happy New Year! Happy 2018! We hope you’re looking forward to 2018 as we are and that you celebrated, or are still celebrating, ringing in the new year. Before we jump ahead, we want to apologize for the length of this post and thank you for visiting. 2017 tossed a lot our way – wild happiness and sorrow, smiles and delight and of course, visits to and from you, our friends of Colehaus.

Olivia's watching you - © Colehauscats.com

Olivia’s watching you – © Colehauscats.com

January 2017 began with our 2016 recap (and what a year that was!), and smoothly slid into tiny winter biscuits, the search for sun amid snow and ice, a 5 year blogoversary recap (whew!), a new visiting kitty, and ended with a Russell Niblet update.

Guess the trouble - © Colehauscats.com

Guess the trouble – © Colehauscats.com

February saw the bottom of “things,” a sunny update on Sunny, cats on high (again), Monday musings, and Friday Fun. Oh, and Mom started French classes, of which we still don’t understand why.

Sunny and Tessa (in box) - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny and Tessa (in box) – © Colehauscats.com

Spring weather finally popped up in March but only after more cold nights alongside even MORE RAIN. We had grumpy cats and broken promises, Friday Fun days and a Friday Flub day. March ended with a first 2017 Around Colehaus post with first flowers, first spring cat conversations, first sighting in a long time of old raccoon Happy, and a first contact with stray cat Teese (and you all remember how awesome that ended, right?).

Ruby's marble toes - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby’s marble toes – © Colehauscats.com

April showers bring May flowers… or in our case, brought even more showers. April 2017 was one of the rainiest months our area had seen in years. So what’s a houseful of cats to do? We had Friday Fun days, Quint painted a bit, and Sunny had another update. We saw toesies and destruction and a weird bird, flowers and old raccoon Happy and we learned more about stray cat Teese. It was a very full month!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Patrol Sergeant Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

May started with orange and ended with black and white. In between we discovered old girls still play, Viola learned camera skills, and Olivia handed out a life lesson, Ruby made herself understood, and a Patrol Sergeant passed the baton to another. Please have your papers in order.

Time for napping - © Colehauscats.com

Time for napping – © Colehauscats.com

June. What can one say about June other than it started off icky and got worse. Household things seemed to break left and right. The weather was less than cooperative. Our fountain quit working. So, we took the month off from blogging. Was it the right thing to do? Well, it seemed good at the time.

Chunky - 2017 © Colehauscats.com

Chunky – 2017 © Colehauscats.com

A bit later than originally planned, July found us deep in the cat days of summer (hush you, who call it dog days). We had flowers for the briefest of brief period of time before the sun scorched them all, more new visiting strays showed up including the next generation of baby raccoons and that other stray, the Cat That is Not Ours, made themselves way, way comfortably at home. We pondered what we did over our summer “vacation,” found a way to lump together a bunch of miscellaneous photos, got our fountain running again, and said goodbye to one visiting stray… whom, we later learned, was adopted by a wealthy woman who fell in love with big Chunky upon first sight.

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Our August was the hottest, driest, and smokiest on record, something that just isn’t normal for the Pacific Northwest. We closed up the house and ran air conditioning and humidifiers nonstop and still, cats had coughs, one had a nosebleed, another stopped eating, and we were all fairly miserable. Through it all, baby raccoons and outdoor cat Teese kept us entertained, as did Pia’s fur clipping escapade. August ended with a kidney disease diagnosis for Miss Newton and good news of Teese being accepted into our local no-kill shelter.

Sweet Teese - © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Teese – © Colehauscats.com

September was still grumpy and hot but we found joy in things like cherries and flashbacks, and then, Teese was officially adopted! No more smoky outdoor air for Teese. The raccoons were practically living in our fountain by this time. And then, autumn finally arrived and before we knew what was happening, sweet mama Zuzu crashed from renal failure and left us to run scampery-fast and free at the forever summerlands beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Still reeling from the loss of Zuzu, October brought a much needed and appreciated mountain of kind words, thoughts and prayers, cards, email, hugs, love, and understanding. We also found solace in one of the outdoor strays, whom we started calling Pretty Boy Mac for his big, round apple-shaped Macintosh head, and who started to show trust. Inside, there were bossy cats and lucky cats, brave cats and multi-cats. There were reacting cats, napping cats, a bad cat, and costumed cats. We’re pretty sure that last group had nothing to do with that bad cat.

And in between all that, Dad had an accident with his car and our hot water heater and our kitchen wall, and well, Mom didn’t want to say anything about it at the time, and really, who could blame her?

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car - © Colehauscats.com

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car – © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins - © Colehauscats.com

Between a car and a house, the house always wins – © Colehauscats.com

November started off so well. Behind the scenes, our house damage was almost fixed from Dad’s accident and we had hot water once again when he had a second accident with his newly “repaired” car. This time, in the blink of an eye, he accidently drove through the garage door and smashed into the corner of our house. The cats and Mom both agree that was the loudest noise they had ever heard, even louder than Tessa and Viola during one of their fights. This time, Dad’s car was a goner and because new house repairs required Mom to be on her toes 24/7 with contractors and phone calls, insurance adjusters and car research, this blog was on lightweight/sparse duty for the rest of the month…

Lap Nappin' Pretty Boy Mac - © Colehauscats.com

Lap Nappin’ Pretty Boy Mac – © Colehauscats.com

… until the fifteenth of December when most of the repairs from Dad’s second accident were finished and Mom could think straight once more. All along however, Mom had been working outside with Pretty Boy Mac to up his social skills. When our night temperatures dropped down into the teens and looked to stay there for a while, Mom brought Mac inside and as luck would have it, a dear friend who loves big-cheeked boys came to visit, fell for him, and adopted him a few days later.

We’re reminded of Christmas miracles we’ve witnessed in the past and we feel this continued in 2017 for Mac and Teese, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Colehaus, our friends and visitors like you. You helped make possible the adoption and vetting care for both Teese and Mac, and the feeding and warm housing of our area ferals and strays, the cold, outdoor-only neighbor cats, and the occasional happy old raccoon.

Because you helped us get through a tough year, we owe you so much gratitude and love. We’re looking forward to what 2018 will bring and wish for you all a fabulous New Year filled with joy, happiness, and excitement. And most of all, peace and love. Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us. Comments and suggestions for this blog are always welcome!
– The folks of Colehaus Cats

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – A 2015 Recap and Happy 2016!
2015 – No post
2014 – Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

12/22/2017 – Eve of the Eve of the Eve

Sunny's excited for Christmas. Can't you tell? - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny’s excited for Christmas. Can’t you tell? – © Colehauscats.com

Maybe we’re jumping the gun a bit here but the weekend is nearly upon us and we’re just so excited for that special day that follows this weekend – Christmas Day!

And what’s just as exciting for us is to revisit the memory of a very, very special Christmas miracle we ourselves witnessed back in 2013. It seems all the more special for us this year, having helped the strays Teese and Mac find their forever homes with the donations and support of you, the Friends of Colehaus.

This memory has become a Colehaus family tradition here and we hope you’ll enjoy reading it, too. Before we dive in, let us wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May this time be special and memorable to you and your families, full of happiness, joy, and the wonder of the season.

Santa's little helper - @ Colehauscats.com

Santa’s little helper – @ Colehauscats.com

Santa and his little helper - @ Colehauscats.com

Santa and his little helper – @ Colehauscats.com

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A little rhyme runs through our heads at this time of year, every year:

We wish we may,
we wish we might,
help find homes for all this night.

And one year, we saw it happen.

Back in December of 2013, while interviewing potential Niblet forever families at our local Petco, a sweet, jolly man sat upon a chair seemingly meant for him and someone handed him a kitten, one of a very large group of kittens our area had that year.

And then, something magical happened.

That kitten found a forever home that day. And the next kitten the jolly man held did too. And the next. And so on and so on throughout the day. And the senior cats brought to the event found their forever families too. These forever families, they weren’t your average “Hey, we’re at Petco and since we’re buying dog food anyway, let’s adopt a kitten for Christmas, too” Petco shoppers but a string of very vetted families who came in, independently of one another, to see cats and kittens they had been following online through the shelter and through word of mouth, and don’t you know, every one of those cats and kittens found the best of homes that day. *happy sigh*

May we all open our hearts and homes to those who need love, not just for a day but for all of forever.

Thank you for reading us. Have a magical Christmas.
X O X O

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Ruby’s Favorite Story
2013 – No post
2012 – No post