Saturday, April 30, 2011

hey yeah i'm the tax man

A very portly and intelligent Camille helps Parker do her taxes in BC.

Once referred to by my sister as "the most beautiful cat I've ever seen", Camille Hewes not only has the beauty, body and brains demonstrated in this picture, she also has an exceptionally loving personality, incredibly soft fur and a beautiful, melodic purr.  This kit's really got it all.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coloured noses.

Q: D'y'know what's cute?

A: When cats have coloured noses.

This guy knows what I'm talking about!

This guy DEFINITELY knows what I'm talking about!

It makes me happy.

And apparently it makes this guy happy too.

Thank you to the inimitable Margaret Kwan for the tuxedo cat straight "chillen: on da pavements, and to my best bud Sarah Colleen Dillon for capturing mi amorato on Spencer Ave.

Monday, April 25, 2011

White Cats

In the clear gold of sunlight, stretching their backs,
Closing eyes jealous of their inner glooms,
Slumbering in the tepid warmth of their illumined fur.

For since then their dazzling and inestimable whiteness
Ennobles them to a rank of calm contempt,
Indifferent to everything but Light itself!

Poem by Paul Varley

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Seventy-Five Praises of RA

Praise be to thee, O Ra, exalted Sekhem,
Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods
And the judge of words and the president of
The sovereign chiefs and the governor of the
Holy Circle; thou are indeed the bodies of the
Great Cat.

From THE SEVENTY-FIVE PRAISES OF RA inscribed on the walls of royal tombs of Thebes in Egypt (c 1200-1100 B.C.E.)

Thank you to Sarah for taking this pic of me worshipping this cat god on Cowan Ave.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cat craze.

So the newest craze in cat culture is getting portraits of your cats commissioned in order to prove your undying love and devotion to them.  Without these art works, your cats WILL NOT KNOW you love them!  

Take Brenda here, for instance.  My parents had Bren-Bren immortalized by local textile artist Margaret Butt (yeah, I said it).  Margaret rug-hooked Brenda's likeness onto a chair pad - that Brenda now sits on!  It's the ultimate luxury for little Brenda.  

I mean, look how insecure and sad Brenda looked before we had her portrait taken: 

 She is not certain we love her enough!!!  

But when she saw herself lovingly portrayed in recycled fibres....

She totally knew she was loved.
haha, that wasn't even the photo that Margaret used for Brenda!  She just always looks like that!!  So cute.

Gotta let you COP fans know that the bio-pic about my life, called The Cat Blog, is coming to theatres soons!  I'll be played by Jessica Alba and Tatum Channing's gonna be Kam.  Don't worry - when the bottom falls out of the cat blog boom, I'll work it all out in art therapy.  Happy 420 y'all!  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

that shizzle is clap trap baby oh yeah

Sometimes facebook is a dark, dark place.  do you ever stumble across pictures in the small hours of the night that make you taste blood?

but I've got the tools and support to deal.  Just for today.  

and i've got a great bff who i can text about it.

the best wiz and witchard of our time.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cats Saving Peeps, Peeps Saving Cats

This photo was taken in Misoula, not Parkdale, but it's sooooooooo cute!  Go firefighter!  The kitten was found in a fire, given oxygen and love, and recovered.  The firefighters named her smoky!

The following story is about a life-saving cat, who warned his owner about a house fire, and it happened right by my house!  I wonder if I've seen this Hero-cat around?  

Wednesday February 4, 2009 - Residents of a street in Parkdale have a cat to thank for their lives after a fire broke out in a semi-detached house overnight.

The blaze began at about 4am Wednesday in the Spencer Ave. home near King and Dufferin Sts. and quickly spread to a neighbouring residence. A man called 9-1-1 after his beloved pet woke him up.

"My cat jumped on the bed, believe it or not, and woke me up," Rob noted. "I smelled a bit of smoke, looked outside and a burst of flame came flying from the window next door on the second floor. I grabbed my roommates and said, 'Fire! Fire!' Yelled it, called 9-1-1."

Nearby buildings were also evacuated. Residents and their pets were sheltered in a nearby apartment lobby as fire crews made quick work of the blaze.

Fortunately no one was injured. There's no word yet on what sparked the flames. 

I always knew Parkdale cats were special!

Friday, April 15, 2011

cat fight club.

Yo, you ever tempted to skip yo pillz so you gotta good excuse to act currr-ay-zay?

This kitty do.

Give it up for Margaret!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bukowski, reincarnated as stray cat, living in Parkdale!

There’s a bluebird in my heart
That wants to get out
But I’m too tough for him
I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody
See you

There’s a bluebird in my heart
That wants to get out
But I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke
And the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
Never know that
In there

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be

then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do

"Bluebird" by Charles Bukowski, 1977.

Thank you to my best friend Sarah for helping me help this Bukowski cat show his softer side and taking pictures of it.  I think Bukowski woulda liked Parkdale.

The Secret Garden

Handsome is as handsome does.

All credit to Margaret Kwan!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Honesty is the Best Policy

If this face tells us anything, it's that honesty is the best policy. 

Thanks again, Margaret.

Monday, April 11, 2011

I am a marshmallow

OH I am a marshmallow of love!!!   


I wish that cat bloggers only got cuter and lovelier as they get bigger and bolder as cats do!  

"Fiercely real" (thanks Tyra) kitties captured by Margaret Kwan!  Thank you so much. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Born this way.

Oh sweetie, I think you have a little soot on your nose!  Have you been sweeping chimneys?  

No!  I was born this way, and God makes no mistakes!

Gorgeous special sooty nosed cat snapped by Margaret Kwan.  What would I do without her? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Catfitti Part Deux

My friend Haley McGee snapped this great stenciling in Friedrichshain.  I never even heard of that joint!

Cat aficionado and dear friend Crazy Baby Michael Mouris took this New York City kitty art.    

Cross walk kitty found in LA by Lindsey!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Cat memorial in Toronto, taken by Margaret Kwan.  

Cat homage in LA, taken by Michael Mouris.

Amazing cat drawrings from Maggie Vernon. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

when first we faced and touching showed

When first we faced and touching showed
there stood how much our meeting owed
to other meetings, other loves

The decades of a different life
Belonged to others, lavished, lost
Nor could I hold you hard enough
To call my years of hunger strife
Back for your mouth to colonize

Admitted: and the pain is real
But when did love not try to change
The world back to itself – no cost
No past, no people else at all –

Only what meeting made us feel
So new, and gentle-sharp, and strange?

Pictures by Margaret Kwan, poetry by Phillip Larkin.