Notes from the Underbelly…


…of the cat world!

The Underbelly - Boomer

Boomer thinks he is hidden under this blanket that covers a chair in our living room!

We just wanted to get caught up on some things that have been going on around The House of 9 Lives, so this post might not seem very cohesive, but around here, life sometimes is not very cohesive!

First of all, we would like to report that the invisible fencing has been installed, and Gily has been trained and all is going well. He and She chose to have a professional installation because frankly, they are a little burned out on the whole DIY thing. I suppose after renovating an entire house, they deserve a little break.

During training they worked with Gily on the leash, with no correction from the collar, in teaching him the boundaries. They were told once he showed he respected the boundaries, they would need to allow him to be shocked at least once. He and She were not happy to do that, but as it was deemed necessary, they became resigned to it. However, before they allowed Gily to feel the shock, they wanted to try it themselves. He went first, of course, and She knew if he told her She could stand it, it would be okay. He gave it a try and though He said it was a pretty fair jolt, He knew She could do it. So, she held the collar against her arm and approched the line. But, She had a hard time making herself break the plane! Finally She just swung her arm in an arc. Boy, was that dumb. She got shocked twice, as She broke the plane going out and coming back in! All in all, though She decided it wasn’t too bad, and if it would keep Gily safe, She felt it worth it. It’s really just a major static shock feeling. She did note in subsequent days, though She thought twice before walking past any of the flags that marked the boundary!

We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We did. It was nice and quiet for us. He and She went out to eat lunch, so there was no ruckus or disruption to our regular schedule of eating and napping. After they ate, they went to visit Skeeter and Ohio and went for a little 4-5 mile walk. They actually got to cross on foot the Bibb Graves Bridge in Wetumpka. It is a concrete suspension bridge that crosses the Coosa River which was completed in 1931. They have driven across it many times, but She has always wanted to check it out on foot. Here are some pictures she took.

View from Bibb Graves Bridge - Wetumpka Alabama

View from Bibb Graves Bridge - Wetumpka Alabama

View from Bibb Graves Bridge - Wetumpka Alabama

View from Bibb Graves Bridge - Wetumpka Alabama

There are also a lot of better photographs on Flickr, here.

The walk was just the thing they all needed to work off some of the extra Thanksgiving calories, and they had a good time, too!

Around the house, we have done our Christmas decorating. Every year for the twenty-six Christmases that He and She have been married, He has wanted to get a live Christmas tree. Because they have always had kitties in their lives, She has resisted that idea thinking it would be chaos. This year, (because She thinks he deserves to “win one” every twenty-six years, or so), She gave in and they purchased a little Frasier Fir. She has to admit, it has gone really, really well. They put the tree up with no decorations for a day, and other than some sniffing and a couple nibbles, we haven’t been extremely interested in it. Not to this extent from a few years ago, anyway:

Let the Games Begin

So, here is this year’s tree:

Oh (REAL!) Christmas Tree

See how respectful Nova and Allie are being?

We are now waiting for the next exciting thing which is two big family Christmas parties that He and She will host the second weekend in December. There will be a flurry of activity around here as they clean and set up and cook and otherwise prepare. Then, when the big time comes, we’ll be scuttled off to the master bedroom, where we can relax without being involved in all the festivites. With Kosmo’s need for attention and proclivity to walk on the counters, it is all for the best!

So, we might not be posting again until all that is over. In the meantime, enjoy this shot of Nova and Gily being interruped during one of their snoozefests!

Nova and Gily - Snoozefest Interrupted

Take care and keep warm!



4 thoughts on “Notes from the Underbelly…

  1. I love the pictures of the bridge…they are so pretty.

    Your tress looks really nice and I guess it is okay to let the “hes” win every twenty six years or so. 🙂 The kitties look sweet under there.

    I am thinking about an electric fense for my doggies. We have a really old fence in our front yard and some places are open. I think it would make me feel better if we had the added protection.

    Gily and Nova are such great freinds. Does Gily try to get under the tree with Nova? Ha! They look so sweet together. Do any of the other cats like to sit with Gily like that?

    Sounds like you are planning a great holiday with friends and family. I hope you enjoy it all and will be glad to see your post when it is over.


  2. Glad the invisible fence is working out. On some days, when it’s cold outside, furnace running most of the day, there are occasions when the shock from the static build-up is a bit stronger than normal.

    Your suspension bridge looks pretty sturdy. If you should find yourself in Colorado, there’s walking on the Royal Gorge Bridge. You’ll really feel the sway of the bridge if your try to cross on foot.

    Very brave with having a Christmas tree. We haven’t had one for 5 years. My concern is the tree would be toppled over by morning.

    Enjoy your parties.


  3. I’ve been having a live Christmas tree the past few years. So far it has worked out well, with no disasters. I love the picture of Gily and Nova and the Christmas tree.

    Enjoy the holiday festivities!


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