Animals

Animal

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I have blogged about my Pepper before.

She has given me a lot. Most importantly, she made me realise I was a cat person. I didn’t know I was a cat person for 33 years, until she decided she was going to live with us. Imagine had she never decided to come to live with us, I would have lived and died not knowing I was a cat person. That is quite something.

Also, if it wasn’t for her, I would not have known what great creatures cats are. Because they’re out of this world. Almost.

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You’d better love me unconditionally. Or else…

Though I have to disagree with people who claim that cats want to take over the world. There’s no need for cats to plot world domination, because they already have it. They domesticated themselves on their own terms and they pretty much do what they want. Humans feed them, love them, pet them, take pictures of them and post them on the internet. We are practically their slaves. So there.

Some quotes about cats from Goodreads:

I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.

Neil Gaiman

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert A Heinlein

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Mark Twain

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Charles Dickens

Finally, let me throw in some Star Trek:

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Meow!

Animal

Miscellaneous

State of Mind

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River Danube in Devin, a village near my home town of Bratislava, Slovakia. The other bank belongs to Austria. I still remember how hot it was on that day, which helps with the freezing weather we’ve been having lately. I think it looks quite peaceful–and what’s better than a peace of mind?

Though my mind is mostly made up of a lot of nonsense and random memories.

Another idea I had for this weekly challenge was the feline mind.

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What is a cat thinking indeed? That we will never know, probably. The popular idea seems to be world domination, but to be honest, cats pretty much rule the world anyway. They do what they want and humans feed them and pet them and anything more is just too much hard work. Besides, how are you gonna organise cats?

Other than that…

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Game of Thrones is on my mind A LOT, ‘cos I’m such a fan. Scratch that, I’m obsessed with it. As Season 6 approaches, that state intensifies, especially as it’s looking like we’re not getting Winds of Winter anytime soon.

How do you say “all pictures must be taken” in Valyrian?
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Animals

Pepper

She’s black and she’s my cat.

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Here she’s chilling on the plastic bag (with Lego logo) on the sofa.

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And here she’s in the box. She’s had a few boxes that she chewed to pieces but I think this one’s for keeps.

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We never exactly decided to get a cat, she sort of came to us and we’ve had her for two years now. Maybe it’s true about cats owning people instead of people owning cats. They’re certainly wonderful creatures. You know how they say, ancient Egyptians used to worship cats and cats have still not forgotten about that.

What do pets really think of their owners?

Dog: Wow, free food! These people must be gods.

Cat: Wow, Free food! I must be god.

Animals, Outdoors

Donkey

I wasn’t planning to post this, but going through the photos from my last visit to Heaton Park, I just could not resist:

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I wonder if, since animals don’t have hands and can’t work with technology, this could be considered a selfie?

Here’s another one.

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Benjamin the donkey is my favourite character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He is so deliciously sceptical and cynical. He knows what is going on on the farm but does nothing. Yeah, I relate to Benjamin a lot.

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey