From the awwww files: brotherly love

8 07 2012

These are the two newest additions to our family—Pixel and Lobo. We adopted them from a cat shelter in late October and they are both about a year old now. Pixel (the striped one) was a runt when we got him—now his nickname is Hoover because he will eat everything in sight if you don’t monitor him. Lobo (Spanish for “wolf”) is 100% lap cat and we’ve learned that he is a Nebulung—a rare breed of domestic cat. I wanted to name him “JPG,” to compliment “Pixel,” but Michael favored “Lobo.” After eight months, our 12-year-old cat, ZenaB, still isn’t happy they’re here, but she has adjusted anyway. Pixel lets her rule the roost (all he cares about is food, really), but Lobo just pushes her buttons every chance he gets. Although they are not from the same litter, Pixel and Lobo are very close—which is a good thing since ZenaB ignores them most of the time! I shot this with an iPhone this evening.

A bird’s eye view of Pixel and Lobo

17 12 2011

Allow me to introduce Pixel and Lobo, the newest additions to our household. They’ve been with us for two months and are now almost seven months old. Pixel is the tabby and Lobo (Spanish for “wolf”) is the silky gray one. Both are boys and very rambunctious.

Our 11-year-old cat, ZenaB, isn’t happy but she’s very curious about them. We lost our beloved Jasper, a tabby who looked a lot like Pixel, a year ago, and we thought maybe ZenaB might benefit from having another cat (or two?) again. After two months, she’s well aware they’re not going anywhere, but that doesn’t stop her from growling continuously at them when we try to put them in the same room. So, in the interest of peace, we are introducing them v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y, a few minutes every day. Pixel and Lobo call the guest room home base but sure do love to run loose on the main level. We wait until ZenaB has decided to go downstairs to my studio and then we let them run loose for awhile. My friends have asked why I, as a photographer obsessed, don’t have more photos of the kittens yet. Have you tried photographing a kitten? These two are too wired to get closeup portraits!

And, as pet people tend to do, we call them almost everything but their given names. I wanted to name them Pixel and Jpeg, but Michael liked Lobo, so I conceded. We also consider Grayscale or Halftone instead of Lobo (both I thought were cute). Pixel, who was scrawnier when we got him, picked up the name “Lil Bit,” and Michael still calls him that. Lobo has been called “Smokey Joe” on numerous occasions. When he looks at you head on, he really does look wolf-like—almost like he belongs on a Twilight poster. I hope to get some more artsy photos of them soon—if they would only sit still long enough.

Kato & Lulu (again)

5 04 2011

Brian and Shirley’s five-month-old kittens in Austin, Texas (If they wouldn’t have noticed them missing, I would have stowed these cuties away in my suitcase on my way out the door!)

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Kreepy kacti and kuddly kritters

2 12 2008

(Hey, if the Kactus Korral can take liberties on the spelling of their name, I should be able to do the same!)

Creepy cacti and sumptious succulents weren’t the only photographic subjects on our visit to the Kactus Korral. (See my previous posting here.) As soon as we entered the greenhouse, a small and elusive black cat appeared. We later discovered she was checking on her three tiny, six-week-old kittens. I discovered the kittens under a table and fell instantly in love! One was a calico and the other two were torties—one with a neat yin & yang stripe down its nose.

Plants and kittens…do I have to choose?

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