Results tagged “Pirate” from kwc blog

Pirate, almost as good as that other cat

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After Josh sent me that video of the 'Ninja' cat, I had to let Pirate have her go. She did really well -- until I got the camera out. This is the best I got. As you can tell she was eager to charge the camera.

And, for comparison:

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Axel 13

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This sketch by Axel #13 is my second-favorite sketch from Comic-Con (my favorite will be posted later and is of a similar subject matter). It's easy to see why I like this sketch: who doesn't think their pets are superheroes?

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Pirate Fest!

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Pirate Fest!

Savannah straddled a fine line between old charm and decrepit, winning me over as I got to see more of the town outside the historic district. Tybee Island won me over more easily: Tybee Island Pirate Fest, Oct 10-11. Oh, and their mayor looks like Marky Mark.

Pirate taunt

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Pirate taunt

To those of you to whom I've described the lost sleep due to pets, this photo illustrates the guilty party. Our dog Ninja is generally well-behaved about getting in her crate whenever we say, "Go to bed." Unfortunately, a cat paw waved in front of her face is Pirate-speak for, "Get out of bed." Whether our cat Pirate does this to attract a play partner for her nocturnal battles or if she merely does this for the joy of getting us to yell at Ninja, we have not yet come up with a proper translation yet.

Fight!

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Today's cuteness

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Pirate and Ninja

Iz not amuzed

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Pirates hate flash

Pirate/Ninja Play

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Some of you have requested video evidence that Pirates and Ninjas can in fact co-exist, so I submit the above. If you'll notice, it's the smaller, scrappy Pirate that initiates the whole affair by grooming then attacking Ninja. Ninja obliges as gently as a 50-lb dog can, occasionally sticking Pirate's entire head in her mouth, at other times offering her legs like drumsticks to the cat. I edited out as much cuteness as I could to keep it under two minutes, but it was tough.

Pirate's First Post

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I've always suspected that our cat Pirate harbors murderous thoughts. She jumped on my keyboard just now to type me this message:

cv Q DEAED FFFFFFFFFFFFFFce /'io bc

She appears to prefer to send messages in hex.

Yin-yang

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Yin Yang Yin Yang (3)

d worked a lot on the Pirate/Ninja socialization while I was off in Japan for a week. Witness the power of her skills, even in the face of cosmic misalignment. It's been nice for me because I've been zonked with jetlag since getting back. It's nice to be able to pass out on the sofa with your puppy and kitten curled up on you.

They aren't really this good when they're both awake and puppy/kitten hyper, but its easy to get them to curl up with one another when bedtime approaches.

U can has hoody?

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I've already fielded a couple of questions regarding Pirate's plastic hood, aka Elizabethan collar. It's to prevent her from licking her stomach as she heals from her recent spaying. In the meantime, Pirate has adopted a special gait while wearing the hood, which is part strut and part sea legs:

Pirate vs. Ninja

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Pirate vs. Ninja

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We're making slow progress on the Pirate and Ninja introduction. The Dread Pirate Lily is bold and courageous, even with kitten sealegs that stagger to and fro. Pirate prefers friendly nose-to-nose greetings with Ninja from the front and attacks on Ninja's tail from the rear -- never trust a pirate, not even a pirate kitten.

Ninja has been fairly good throughout, with some mishaps. Ninja pretends to evince calm as she lays down watching Pirate play, but her left front claws are dug in for good pounce leverage. d and I have been caught off guard several times already by these sudden Ninja moves.

I must return now to the living room. Just now Pirate confused her water bowl for the open sea and went swimming. Her plastic hood gives her tunnel vision and now we must return her to safe shore.

Pirate Videos

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The obligatory new-cat videos are now online and embedded below. The videos don't quite capture The Dread Pirate Lily's omnipresent purr -- imagine a helicopter flying overhead in the distance. At first I thought there was a copter flying into Moffett. It took some testing bringing Pirate back and forth to my ear to convince me otherwise.

One video I didn't post is fairly boring until about 30 seconds in when I let out an "ow" as she stands on my chest. She doesn't know the difference between scratching post and not scratching post. As a result I feel aerated, though her two-month-old claws are too small to leave visible proof.

We're slowly progressing on the cat/dog and cat/rest-of-house introductions. Ninja is learning that, whenever Pirate appears, she gets a mouthful of treats. Pirate's perspective is rather different: she sees a dog that is always chewing.

Pirate

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Pirate's First Day (4)

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The mortal enemy of the dog is the cat. The mortal enemy of the ninja is the pirate. Cosmologically it was only a matter of time before the two were brought together under our roof. We picked up our new kitten, aka the Dread Pirate Lily, from the Santa Clara Humane Society. Our dog Ninja is a San Mateo SPCA rescue -- perhaps they will add Peninsula vs. South Bay to their natural conflict. Nitpickers may point out that a cat is more naturally the ninja and the dog the pirate, but they forget that you must balance these forces: the universe has rules about these things.

Lest I be blamed for bringing Ninja vs. Pirate into my household, I will point out that it was d who first sent me listings for potential pirate pussycats. It was skillful manipulation on d's part: I'm not keen on cats, but a pirate cat is irresistible -- as is the opportunity to have a personal LOLCat kitteh:

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