Monday, March 30, 2009

Mancat Monday

You best back up.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Investor skimps on food

By Bogdan
Morning Scratch editor

I recently ordered the investor to stock up on food for the Morning Scratch staff.

Investor, I am disappointed. This is not nearly enough.
Do not force me to do an investigative report into these neglectful conditions.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sara's stroll

By Sara
Morning Scratch reporter

Hi guys! It's me, Sara. I thought I'd add to the pretty outside and go on an adventure.

Mom was on her new deck and I really really wanted to be with her. I whined and cried at the door, and then I got what I wanted (just like a princess should): She brought me outside with her.
Here I am checking out branches from pruning. They weren't really that interesting.

The grass was really comfortable. I was enjoying myself.

And why is all this newsworthy? I NEVER want to go outside. I've gone on the front porch before. But I just run back to the front door, with my eyes all big, sorta panicked and meowing to be let back inside. I sure have mom puzzled. She can't figure out what changed and why I suddenly would just let her slip the harness on me and take me on a walk in the backyard.

But really, the answer is simple: I wanted to see our blooming California poppies up close. Pretty!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring is here

How do I know?
There's a cat at every window.

(From left, Jeff, Kat 3, Sara and Bogdan)

Tribute: Princess Scooter: sleeping expert, chicken eater and forever friend

Sara


Kat 3


Jeff


Bogdan


By Bogdan
Morning Scratch editor
Scooter first gained notoriety as a princess to her mom and dad, later turning that Siamese-given right into a fruitful (and toy-full, catnip-full and chicken-full) career as a Caster cat extraordinaire, a life journey culminating with her becoming one of the world’s most well-known and well-loved cats.

The Albuquerque, N.M., native was a devoted sleepaholic who also never missed a celebration (whether holiday or birthday). Her expert opinion was frequently sought on all-things Olde Furts, and she was known for her years of research on chicken baby food and its delicious benefits. A goodwill ambassador on the Catster forums, she’d always lend a paw to any cat in need.

Little sister to the beloved late SooLing, Scooter became a “big sister” to many cats and kittens on Catster, including The Morning Scratch’s very own Kat 3. “We are Siamese sistahs forever,” Kat 3 said.

Her skills were many, but she may be most remembered for her mastery of relaxation during her Summers of Scooter, a series of seasons celebrated by all.

To give proper recognition to a cat who has so deeply influenced The Morning Scratch staff, the newspaper has named Scooter an honorary editor. SooLing also holds the title, named to it years ago in a Morning Scratch “Scooter” special edition spearheaded by the staff and Scooter’s dear friend Kazumi Joy.

Morning Scratch staffers are honored to share some of their memories of Scooter, a forever friend and role model. She will be greatly missed.

“Scooter was a distinguished community leader and a generous friend. As a loyal reader of The Morning Scratch, she was integral to the newspaper’s success. And her catnip toy gifts have helped many of our reporters through difficult assignments.”
— Bogdan, Morning Scratch editor

“Although I did not get to know Scooter very well, my superiors speak very highly of her. When I’m not busy fetching treats and reporter’s notebooks for my bosses, I sneak in a few play sessions with the toys she’s sent the staff.”
— Jeff, Morning Scratch intern

“Scooter was the best fashion consultant a model could ever wish for. A few years ago, she gave me a diamond ‘S’ for my collar, which I wear each day to this day. It’s my lucky charm and reminds me just how beautiful I am. But Scooter, she was the most beautiful!”
Sara, Morning Scratch reporter

“Scooter Scooter Bo Booter! She was awesomest. Even though I am only half-Siamese, she made me feel like I was part of a very exclusive club. She taught me everything there is to know about being Siamese. She taught me about chicken baby food, crooked tails, zooms, outside adventures, toys, snuggle sacks, sleeping, chicken baby food, lizards, scratchers and the joys of mommy arms — and did I say chicken baby food? I teehee’d and pffft’d with her through good times and bad times and food times. I will miss her a lot, but I know she is watching over me. I love you, Scooter.”
Kat 3, Morning Scratch reporter