Menolyrical Challenge – Marv’s Adventure

We are participating in NOVEMBER FINAL FRIDAY FICTION BLOG HOP  at My Take: Doses of Wild YAMS!

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For this we are to Take a favourite book and go to page 87; take a section from lines 8, 12 and 16.

I chose the Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The lines are:

8-through which they had first come into the ruins turned out not to be a good place for
12-in the castle wall and stepped through it into a wood of darker and bigger trees where
16-fresh and deep when they had cleared these away.

Marvelous escaped out on to the deck when his human left the door open. He wanted to see the birds up close. When he jumped up onto the railing, he slipped and fell off the deck and onto the street below.

A car came barreling at him and he ran towards the trees. He did not stop running until he was across the cranberry field, right up to a wall of blackberry brambles. There was nowhere else for him to go. So he sat down and began to wash his paws.

He was cleaning toe number four when a brown face, wearing a black mask peaked out and a gravelly voice muttered, “Whatch doin ‘ere?

Marv put his foot down and carefully flexed all of his claws. “I am cleaning my toes.” he said.

All right then”, said the face and it disappeared.

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Marv sat for a moment and then he moved to where the face had been. The smell of the animals was a little musky and fishy. Marv could see the path that went through the brambles and without another thought, he entered. In a couple of steps, he was walking through tumbled down concrete where a house had once stood. The animal who had spoken to Marv was washing his paws in the river.

Yous lives with people, I can smell their stink all over ye”, said the animal. “What happened that yer over here?

I fell”, said Marv, “Then a car scared me and I ran! I’m Marv. Who are you? How did you get such a big tail? Why do you have hands?

Ravager — I’m a raccoon — you talk too much” said the animal that Marv now knew was a raccoon.

Marv then began to look around the ruin of a basement. There was a pile of rotting wood at one end, an old chimney stack, a dark cave like hole and the gap that Marv had followed Ravager through. As he was edging towards Ravager and the river, a large black crow cawed and landed on the chimney.

Ravager looked up and said, “That be Gassy. He’s telln’ me the Rats is moving…yous best come with me!

The Raccoon disappeared into the other hole and Marv followed. And as he ran, Marv looked back over his shoulder. The path through which they had first come into the ruins turned out not to be a good place for them to exit…a dozen large rats with large yellow teeth came boiling into the ruined basement.  Close on Ravager’s heels, they ran around a corner of the wall and stepped through it into a wood of darker and bigger trees.

Ravager stopped dead. Marv was too busy watching behind and fell on top of him. From the ground, they looked up and saw a woman with a dog walking along the gravel bank of the river. Ravager extricated himself from Marv and bolted into the wood. Marv could not follow, the dog was in his way, Marv just sat there frozen staring back at the rats!

The woman came running with the dog leash as the dog lunged at the rats, Marv flattened himself into the ground, hoping he would not be noticed. But the woman saw him.

Marvelous!” she said. Then she reached down and out of the fresh and deep leaves, picked him up.

Marv knew her smell. She was the Lady Next Door. He knew the dog too! It was the Dog Next Door! Perhaps they could take him home. Marv looked at the lady and said, “Can you take me home?

The lady looked at him and said, “I think I better take you home, your Mommy will be worried. What are you doing way out here. You are a long way from home.”

After Marv got safely home it was three days before a crow landed on the railing and eyed Marv through the sliding door. Marv eyed the crow back, he was not sure, but he thought it was the crow that Ravager had called Gassy. With a “Kaw! Kaw!” and a head dip the crow spread its wings and took off. Marv watched him fly across the street and over the cranberry field towards the brambles.

I wonder if Gassy will tell Ravager where I am and he will come and visit?” thought Marv and he sat on his cat tree and watched the birds at the feeder. “I sure hope so, I bet he’s got some great stories to tell…

If you would like to read the poems and stories the others have written, please go to Aunty-Yam’s blog to see the link up.

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Chance of snow “Furries”

Mommy, at Halloween, I noticed all the comments about punkins and how Nellie made punkins for furrends and then on Halloween, we posted last year’s punkin patch…

I, Marvelous think we should do something to celebrate the upcoming winter holidays!

We could make our furrends snowmen

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or Santa Clauses

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Or Balls!

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If we ask now, maybe we can get them done before Christmas!

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OK Marv, we will write more about the size restrictions and the kinds of files and how many letters and animals we can fit on them later this week.

 

 

Monday Spark!

This picture is what my furrend Sundae’s Mom calls a Scoocp*.

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* SOOCP (straight out of the cell phone)

When mes saw it on her blog, mes asked if mes could use it for a SPARK and mes thinks mes has comed up with the purrfect one!

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Thanks yous Dianna, Gypsy, Sundae and Motor Man for letting me share your wonderful photograph! Dianna’s photos has been on books, magazines and calendars. AND they is great furrends of Teddy and Angel Sammy’s Pawrents!

Mes an Sundae was good furrends. As a matter of fact, Mes had a sleep over at their house and mes meeted the swans too!

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Sundae and Gypsy blogs on Mondays so yous can reads about their adventures on their blog!

Mes is pawticipating  in McGuffy Reader’s Sparks!

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Selfie Sunday–Marv Laughs!

It’s Selfie time! I need to get into the right mood. I hear the lady cats just LOVE that little half smile of mine…. Can yo tell me a joke?

No?

Then I have a joke for you Mommy…

Why do banana’s use suntan lotion?

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Because they PEEL!!!

Did you get it….? They PEEL!!!! Bwa! Haa!! Haaa!!!!

OK, I’m ready

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I am participating in the Cat on My Head’s Selfie Sunday!
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I, Marvelous, am part of a grand Adventure!!!

Click the button to go to Erin the Cat Princess’ Blog to read about it!

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Art on Caturday with Marv

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It is Friday night…Mommy got home about 1/2 an hour ago and I am staring at her. You know why?

She has not helped me blog since Wordless Wednesday! I think this is unacceptable. I figure if I pose, purrfectly and I stare at her, purrhaps she will get the hint and help me get some Caturday art ready.

Mommy relented and took a picture. I asked her why we have not been blogging. She gave me some lame excuse about documenting the submarine simulator, but I do not think that is acceptable. I am going to see if I can get her to help me next week.

In the picture below – we have used Photoshop. We like some of the filters that are online but tonight we are going old school. We bumped up the contrast and then we added watercolour paper.

After that we applied poster edges and then we used the cutout filter (only 5 levels).

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We thought it was a little too brown, so we added some colour with the paint bucket.

I LOVE it!

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We are participating in Athena the Cat Goddess’ Caturday Art! Please click on her badge to see all the other great art!

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Training Tuesday

Marv came with some bad habits that we have been working on. I grew up with cats and over the years raising cats and kids, I learned how to get cats to not scratch the furniture, pee in my plants or not use the litter box. Nellie was the worst cat ever and if these worked to  turn Nellie from the worst cat EVER, to a mostly pleasant friend, I am sure they will work on Marv.

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To correct your pet’s behavior, You can’t yell at or physically punish your cat. This does not work. In fact, hitting your cat or yelling at them makes them more afraid to be around you and even likely to be fearful around you and other people. You cat can get downright aggressive and scratch and bite. They will continue the behavior that you don’t like as they know nothing will happen when you are not around.

I use remote correction. This method works by having the cat associate an unpleasant texture, smell, taste, or sound with a certain bad behavior (or behaviors) to stop your cat from doing them. There are quite a few things you can do without having to buy expensive sprays,

  1. Texture: You can put sticky paper, aluminum foil, or heavy plastic carpet runners on areas that you would like your cat to avoid. Cats generally dislike walking on any of these textures. To stop Nellie from using the fig tree pot as a litter box, we put aluminum foil in the pot on top of the dirt. When summer came around and we could drag the pot outside and repot the tree –putting in all new dirt that had not cat smell, we did not have to put foil back in – at least until Jo Jo came along…then we had to start over.
  2. Smell: Citronella, perfume, air freshener, citrus, aloe, eucalyptus oil, and oil of wintergreen are all smells that cats don’t like. Using cotton balls soaked in the areas where you don’t want the cats. We put them in the cupboard under the sink, on the mantelpiece and the top of the cupboards. You may need to periodically replace these – no matter how often we put them on top of the kitchen cupboards, Nellie would wait for the smell to die down and then head up there.
  3. Taste:  This may seem a little strange, but if you put bitter apple, citrus products, hot sauces, cayenne pepper, or aloe gel on the places where the cat likes to scratch, over time, they stop. After they scratch, they clean their paws, and after a while, they associate the bad taste with the object or surface and avoid it. With Nellie, we tried Bitter apple, Orange oil, and cayenne pepper before we finally sprayed a watered down hot sauce on the box spring.
  4. Sound: Yes, its hard not to yell, when you catch your cat in the act of peeing on the carpet or scratching the sofa, but there are more effective  solutions. You can use noises to startle your cat to stop from doing a behavior or going on a surface. Try blowing a whistle, ringing a bell, clapping your hands or shaking a can with some coins inside. These will work more effectively than your yelling. If you use the sound, instead of your voice, to startle him just as he is about to do something you consider bad behavior, soon the cat will associate the behavior with a negative sound. Nellie hated “the whistle”. It was the most effective means of stopping her from clawing the sofa.

With Marv, I’ve found clapping my hands loudly is an effective deterrent but he’s still a work in progress.

Do you do something that is effective?

Monday Spark with Nellie

This week me and Sammy Kimmel went on a Flutterby Safari! It is the mostest fun!  We chased them hither and yon around the waterfall and through the rainbows at the bottom! Wes laughed so hard our sides hurt! And wes talked about our new little brothers! Sammy’s Teddy and my Marvelous. They is young and rambunctious and they is filling our pawrents hearts with love!

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Wes caught lots and lots of flutterbys and bringed them to share with our furrends so they could plays with them too!

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Also, it is Pipo, Mr Jack Freckles and Dalton’s Petcretary’s birthday, Minko and mes wanted to send her special wishes!
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Wes LOVES yous so furry much!

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Mes is pawticipating  in McGuffy Reader’s Sparks!
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Now here is mine!

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Mes is looking forward to seeing yous again next week!

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