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If Only...

If only it were my birthday, some fairy granting wishes would magically complete a couple of chapters of Anna so I can turn it in. But it's not, so I shall have to write them myself.

As in...
If only we had known that it mattered so much more to the Somadi than it did to any of us whether we were men or women.

And now, Benny spam:

Benny is 4 yrs old. He's a pixie bob, but without the bob, thank goodness. Pixie bobs are a very recent breed from the 80's. His owner paid a pretty penny for him as a kitten, despite his tail. He's needy, but in a nice way. A very gentle cat, not an alpha at all.


And yes, with double paws and something that resembles an opposable thumb.


Benny likes his tummy scratched, especially under his front paws.


And look at what he can do with his tail, too.


And one more...


Pause for the paws

Comments

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deliasherman
May. 23rd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
That is one extremely handsome cat. His pelt is so very dense. And then,there are the paws.

Um, what's a pixie bob? I get the bob part (except whether the desired short tail would be genetically or surgically achieved), but not the, er, pixie. Markings? Pelt? I'm endlessly curious about this kind of thing.
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Bob for a legendary bobcat cross that was disproved with DNA testing. Pixie is the first kitten out of the litter that started the breed and all purebreds have to trace to that cat but are often outcrossed with other breeds. Gakked from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixie-Bob (assuming W. is accurate). The tail and the head are the most desired traits apparently.

I like his size. To me he looks like a British shorthair, which run larger than American shorthairs. Typical male is up to 18 pounds. Compared to Thomas, who is quite rotund, Benny is all muscle with dense, beautiful fur (I can hear you sneezing from here). And he's a love.

Like I said before, hard to understand that anyone could give him up, easy to understand why we made room for him.
arwensouth
May. 23rd, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Picture #3 = Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Want to scratch that kitty tummy!
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
And he would purr up a storm!
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birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, we'll be playing here all week...

And yes. Cats need tails for balance. I love the way they move them in slow-mo films as they jump or fall.
shaolingrrl
May. 23rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Look at that beautiful boy! Looks like he just wants to be loved.
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
He does! Biggest luv in the world. We're hoping our response to his desire to be the focus of affection is making him happy in his new home so we can let him go out on his own and know that he'll come back, despite sharing the house with so many other cats.

When we took him out yesterday, he had quite an escort. ALL the cats wanted to parade along.
acwise
May. 23rd, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful kitty! I don't know how you manage to get anything done at all with such soft, pettable fur just begging for you to bury your fingers in it.
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thankfully he spends much of the day in another room or I wouldn't get anything done. If he comes and asks, I'm free with the petting. We want him to want to be here.
klingonguy
May. 23rd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I secretly wrote several thousand words of Anna for you. They were brilliant. Then the puppy ate them. Sorry.
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I read them, what I could, piecing together the slobbery shreds. You're quite right, they were brilliant. Then Benny and Goliath finished shredding them, alas.
klingonguy
May. 23rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I especially like the part where Anna breaks the fourth wall and begins a very one-sided interview with China Mieville. Brilliant!
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
And I enjoyed the gratuitous insertion of Regency England into a science fiction novel, along with Gollum and the Nazgul. Derivative, but so accessible to the reader. And when the Lord of the Nazgul hypnotized Anna as part of his stage show, well, I tell you, I was agog. And then she saw King Arthur and his knights coming through the mists of Avalon, though clearly the part where she clucked like a chicken was the best.
klingonguy
May. 23rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have to agree. And don't worry about the incoming lawsuits. The book's initial epigraph from Shakespeare (the one about "first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers") can be used to establish that the entire thing is a parody, and thus protected from copyright infringement. So there.
accordingto_ada
May. 23rd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Is that really true about fairies writing stuff for you? Because my birthday's on Wed and I'm trying to get a children's story done for a May 31 market deadline and I'm not sure I'm gonna make it.
birdhousefrog
May. 23rd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, every word of it is true. The fairies are in Starbucks typing Anna as I write this to you. So very much we appear to have in common.
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