|Well it seems there were always animals around... Here James with a chicken, I suppose an Easter chicken and, hard to see but Jerry has a cat...|
And what kid in the 30s and 40s didn't get their picture taken on the pony? |
Yeah, I'm the cute one in the front...
|This rooster is also on my car page but if you haven't seen it... this is Pinky, an Easter chick that died of old age... Not for dinner!|
|We had this old tomcat from a kitten, I was in high school about this time...|
|Seems like that Tom didn't do much except sleep... And that old Persian cat lived for a really long time, seems even until I moved to St Joseph... Like 20 years...|
Nope, never owned a horse... I just rented this one at a resort South of Luke AFB, Arizona... |
They rented out horses in the off season when the demand was slack...
I always asked for this one, a lively filly named Sugar... Very nice ride when she was in a good mood... |
But at other times she wanted to go back to the barn early and would take off across the desert... But I always prevailed, sometimes even after a pretty scary ride...
The first couple years in St. Joseph I had an apartment and no need of an animal...|
But when I moved to my new house someone brought in a cat for me... I told him 'I don't want any cat' and I flipped it and then said 'And I sure don't want any momma cat!
But the cat stayed and lived for about 20 years, producing kittens on a regular basis, though luckily in very small litters... This is one of her later progeny...
A friend Raymond, brought over his (not-so-Great Dane... at the time) for a bath...|
Had the poor puppies ears clipped after that, had to be in with the style...
|This is another one of Raymond's puppies in the watermelom patch but not the Great Dane... I think this one was a weimaraner...|
The old momma cat was a calico part Siamese and we got along really well... Had her fixed up with a litter box and all|
But the first time she came into extrous and when I walked in after work... I told her 'Now it's outside for you'... And that's where she lived the rest of her life.. under the bunny barn for the most part...
|This is not the momma cat, but one of her later kittens, all that time and I can't find a pic of her, I had a lot of video though... But I lost it...|
OK, what we got here? Maybe doing the Mexican ~Cat~ Dance|
Old momma cat had many different colors and types of kittens, not too particlar about her boyfriends I guess, but she was very protective of them, one time attacking Butch, Nathan's Alaskan malamute, when he snatched a kitten... and the kitten was unharmed...
|Is this part of the Hat Dance or is there a mouse in there?|
And this one may have been the kitten that Momma cat rescued... it was an orange tabby like this one...
See that look, he knows he's not supposed to be there... Why do they like to sleep in the fresh laundry?.... SCAT CAT!
Notice that quilt? My mother made that way back when and It's still on my bed today... Got to be over 30 years old!
The orange tabby is kind of my favorite, always male (I read that somewhere) but seem to be good natured...|
OH! The rabbits... Someone brought an Easter Bunny for me and that started a whole new era... |
This one wasn't the first, that one was a big white one
And this one seems to be a good match for the upholstery...
I built a hutch for it outside the back door and then someone brought a 'friend' to stay with it...|
Oops now we got more little ones...
|So I built pens for them and made boxes for their houses... And somehow we got more and more bunnies...|
After that got out of hand I got tired of battling the weather to feed them and more for my comfort than
theirs, I built the bunny barn...|
At the far left, Butch's A-Frame dog house, before I built him a deck on it.. And then Nathan's pigeon habitat...
Oops. how did Butch get in there, he was Nathan's dog... a whole other story|
But he had to stay at my house... and he was interested in the rabbits... Notice the wires around the bunny barn pens, a fence charger that I hooked up to discourage him from nipping at the bunnies...
|Now, here's a new bunch of bunnies, five of them there but hard to count all piled up like that...|
|We ended up with several breeds of bunnies, from the plain white to these floppy eared ones, they were all just 'cute as a bunny' though...|
A picture of Butch as a puppy, looking like he wants a bite of the of that bunny...|
Well, Nathan wanted a dog... And a friend of mine raised registered Alaskan Malamutes, wanted to make a nice deal on a puppy for Nathan...
But she was horrified that we called him 'Butch'... Had to explain how we registered him as 'Chief Bluffwoods Buchcroft'... and what it meant...
Sometime in there... Nathan's Grandfather raised pigeons and wanted to give Nathan some 'white kings'... So we ended
up building him a pen and coop for them... After they got acclimated I cut an opening in the top so they could fly out
and come back in, fun to watch...|
But they started mating with wild ones and we ended up with some various colors...
If the Hat Dance quit, here's some more music...
This must not have been not too long after I built the upper deck, no trumpet vines on it...
But then later they got out of hand and I cut them all down again...
And Nathan and Butch, Nathan didn't like it so much when Butch got as big as he was...|
How time flies... Was this really like 14 years ago?
|I built Butch a deck next to his house, in cool weather he was on top, in hot weather he crawled underneath for shade...|
|Butch and Nathan ... Family Portrait...|
|And then when I moved to Parkville... No pets allowed, but this neighbor cat came over to visit...|
|It used to come over to visit so I gave it a little treat now and then...|
|Then a neighbor asked me to catsit his cat while he was away...|
|This was Tiger and he was always glad to see me when I checked on him...|
Then a Robin came to visit in December...|
In the Off season...
|And came back next spring to raise a family in my pear tree...|
|But... Do you count the deer in my back yard as pets?...|