Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Cat Stalker

That's Chris' new name for me. I love animals. We are doing something very exciting for our anniversary that directly correlates to me and exotic animals (hopefully exotic felines!) and I'm very excited about it. More on that later.  Those of you who know me know I love Blue Tick Coonhounds!  I really want a Smokey of my own but I'm not going to do that until I have a lot of land for him to run on.  Speaking of hounds, there is a man in our neighborhood who has a BLOODHOUND! Everytime I see him drive by I jump up and down and point at his truck yelling "Toph!!! The Bloodhound!!!!!".  The guy must think I'm crazy. One time he was walking on our street on the opposite side and I got so excited I was yelling to him "I love your dog!!" Unfortunately, he never understood what I was saying. The other day I saw him running down the road with Bloodhound behind him, no leash, jowls going up and down in a way only a bloodhound could do. The dog was barely recognizable because his skin was just flailing everywhere. I about ran into a parked car watching that dog run. I'm sure the guy would think I was even more odd if he knew I was blogging about him...

Anyway, cats. I've met a lot of a lot of cat haters.  Come on people, they're soft and cuddly and you can hold them (I even like to hold my 50 pound dog if that tells you anything)!

Chris has pretty bad allergies. Years ago he would come over and have to leave after a bit because Riley would really irritate his allergies. Chris has grown somewhat of a tolerance to Riley. He can now cuddle with him and barely even sneeze. Cats are a different story. He can't be in a house with cats and carpet for more than 30 minutes without going into a complete allergy meltdown. I want a cat so badly but I know I couldn't do that to Chris, but I still bug him about it for fun:) I take pictures of cats all the time.  There is a man who owns an African Serval in the neighborhood just north of us and I see him walking the cat on a leash once a week or so. Everytime I see the African Serval I call Chris and tell him.  I'm sure that really thrills him.  Here I am blogging about another person in our neighborhood.....

Anyway, here are pictures of cats I have "stalked" recently:

Penny, our neighbor's beautiful cat, who Riley would like to nibble on:



A cat on top of a car in Orvieto, Italy:


A cat on the Palatine Hill in Rome:



A cat at San Galgano, Italy:




Cats galore in Rome!




I'll even take a picture of a cat through a metal door:




7 comments:

emily said...

Hounds! Yay! Chad's brother is allergic to cats and they have some kind of hypo-allergenic one that doesn't bother him. Seriously. Hypo-allergenic cats. Wierd.

Elizabeth Witt Walters said...

I know about the hypo allergenic cats! They are very very expensive though.....so no dice!

Ted & Shana said...

Ok you are crazy but I can totally picture you sneaking up and taking pictures of strange cats!

Katy Southern said...

You are the cat whisperer! I love your cat portraits- Sorry I don't feel the same about your subjects! I don't dislike them.... They just aren't dogs that's all :)

Jessica said...

Love the cat story. I can see you sneaking up on cats too! Speaking of which, I had a really cute white and black cat trying to get into my house 2 nights ago. I think the poor little guy was lost and was crying at my front door, looking through my windows. It was so sad. I desperately wanted to let him in for the night but Jeremy wouldn't let me. I was so sad for him. Good thing he was gone in the morning otherwise I would have felt horrible!

Elizabeth Witt Walters said...

Oh my gosh I would have died if there was a cat at my front door. We had a neighbor with a very vocal cat once. I named him socks, because of course he looked like he was wearing socks. I think I brought him in once. Chris was not happy.

Ted & Shana said...

After closely examining photos from a childhood, I have decided that you are not a cat stalker but an animal stalker. No one would believe how many photos I have of you with various animals!