Health Issues: Getting Old

Conrad the Kat, our beast (animaux sauvage) Conrad, our sweet and crazy-friendly beast, is having health issues. He had a terrible seizure about a year-and-a-half ago when we first moved to Atlanta. I was hoping he was just mad about moving away from his friends the deer, skunk, and red-tailed fox1 or had eaten some bug in the house to… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Conrad the Kat

Conrad the iBeast Conrad the Kat, our animaux sauvage, was born on November 1, 1999. Today is his birthday. He is 15 years old! He actually has a really good life. He spends it demanding┬áhis fresh kill at 5:30am and again at 5:00pm. He suddenly, and for no apparent reason, runs around the house in unexpected fits of uncontrolled… Continue reading

Vacuuming Our Cat

Conrad the Kat, also known as “Beast” and “Animaux Sauvage,” is a total fur factory. He generates more fur than any critter alive. He sheds everywhere. Enormous fur bunnies lie in his wake as he saunters around his lair. I’ve given up the idea of having fur-free dark clothes. A colleague told me she vacuums here cat and that her… Continue reading

Special Names for Siblings & Pets

Do you or any of your siblings have special names for the other–I mean, names that can be repeated in public? For example, I’ve mentioned from time to time that I have always called my sister “The Sistoid Unit.” I have no idea why or when I started doing that, it’s just been that way for what seems forever. Amazingly,… Continue reading

Three Deer & a Cat atop the Mountain

Click to enlarge. This apartment complex is beautifully situated atop, at the very least, a “hill” that overlooks the beautiful, mostly undeveloped hills, mountains, and valleys of the wine country. The views really are gorgeous. As we are mostly out “in the woods” up here, I’ve seen a lot of deer casually meandering about. Three spent the day outside the… Continue reading

Conrad Is Sick

Conrad, the Animaux Sauvage (Click to enlarge.) This morning, around 10am, I realized that Conrad, the animaux sauvage, had not been accosting me demanding his fresh kill. This is completely out of the ordinary. He normally begins his “hunting” rituals around 4am. To have heard nothing from him by 10am is unprecedented. In my search for him, as he was… Continue reading