I was going to say I didn’t know if these two were related, as the first appeared online as grainy gif with little detail, but I later found the source video, which originated in Italy.
Seemed a shame not to carry on with the rest though, since I had started… and it’s a while since I had any cat content:
Mother cat walks through fire five time to rescue her kittens:
This appeared a little later, and would have been handy for mum above – one trip would have been a lot quicker and a lot less wear and tear!
These giant cats were something of a surprise when I made into Glasgow recently.
The rendering is quite good, especially given their scale.
Many years ago I was told by a real artist that one of the tests for artistic talent was to see how well someone claiming to be an artist could create images of cats. If they could produce realistic sketches/drawings/paintings then they passed. But if their attempts looked more like dogs, farmyard animals, or the products of a nuclear holocaust… then they would be advised to claim some other trade or ability.
I’d have to go along with that, since I might be able to beat anyone into submission with technical illustrations, but I wouldn’t dare try anything artistic, unless using a real airbrush (ie needs compressed air, not a plug-in) – and since this is really a technical tool in many respects, that probably tells what I can do (or used to, years ago.)
For as long as they last, these cats can be found in Howard Street and Dunlop Street. Since I don’t get to pick and choose when I visit, I just had to shoot around the parked cars, otherwise I’d have returned at a time when the streets would have been deserted, and I could have taken clear shots of the walls.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but later discovered that if there had been more time and I had walked on a bit further, there was more work (not cats, but at least one Dalek apparently) just a little further on. I haven’t been able to get back, and it will probably be gone by the time I do, but I have made a note to check if I do get near any time soon.
There’s a lot of fun to be found on the Internet concerning cats, and there have been humorous “Cat Sale” adverts produced on numerous occasions in the past, and it took a moment to realise the one depicted in the ad below actually was genuine and had a serious purpose.
There’s not much we can do for Friendswood Animal Control since we are in Glasgow, but it does provide us with an opportunity to see how differently things are done in the US compared to here.
The sale has come about because Friendswood Animal Control, unlike most charitable animal rescue centre here, puts down (or as they say over there ‘euthanises’ – or should that be ‘euthanizes’) their excess guests that have failed to find a new ‘Forever Home’ when their accommodation is full, to make space for new arrivals.
There’s not much to add.
Different countries have different customs.
After all, people in the US think it acceptable and almost normal to abuse cats by having them “de-clawed”, and seem to be under the impression that Brits don’t have indoor cats. I had a long fight in a cat forum a few months back, after an American stated that “fact”, and I dared to correct them by noting many elderly people here have pet cats that never cross the threshold, live in flats (apartments), and have their claws too.
Everybody doesn’t know all this already?
Clearly, this video must become viral 🙂
After our good MSPs awarded themselves a £413 glory hole to hide in – after estimating it would cost only a then of that (which is around £40 million, just in case you think I mis-typed – and I am one of those who does not buy ANY of the mythological excuses that the £40 million was not the original estimate, no matter how the story is spun), it seems that they are just as hopeless when it comes to dealing with the vermin which has taken up residence there.
No jokes now… I am not a rabid political activist (I’m an equal opportunity cynic) and don’t want to see any comments about this relating to the good folk in there, regardless of party, and wish to make it clear than I am referring to the mice which have made the skip known as the Parliament Building at Holyrood their home.
While many famous and glorious institutions around the World have seen fit to establish cats within their wall and act as natural vermin control, see for example The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, featured by the BBC(2007) and The Telegraph (2013):
The MSPs, it seems, are too sickly and sensitive to live with cats anywhere near them:
“Members have said to us that they would have an allergy to a resident cat.
Said Corporate Body health and safety spokeswoman Linda Fabiani.
Are they serious, and is the level of reality the MSPs we are supposed to depend on demonstrate?
If they are that sensitive to a cat wandering around a skip the size of Holyrood, then they’re probably not fit to go there to work in the first place, as a little pollution in the street is likely to have them in need of an ambulance to get them as far as the door.
They’d be better throwing the MSPs out of the building, and filling it with cats – at least the visitors would get something nice to see instead of that abomination on the site.
Essential reading for MSPs
The BBC has a couple of offerings which MSPs might well be advised to study:
After the quote from the Corporate Jokeswoman of Holyrood, I can only add this posting made on Twitter:
Spoof Twitter account pokes fun at cat rejection
A spoof Twitter account set up in the name of the ‘romping rodents’ has taken the news in its stride. @HolyroodMouse, set up in March tweeted ‘Common sense prevails!
Freeeeeeeeedooooooom!!!!!!!!’, following it up with ‘You see all these stories about how I’m such a ‘problem’ but not once have I been approached for my side of the story. Pro-cat media bias!’
When asked for a comment, the mouse replied: ‘I welcome the common sense rejection of a #parlycat because sociopaths have no place in Holyrood. However, “pest control” is inflammatory language that we can do without in the interests of human-mouse relations.’
Last word, of course, to an expert in such things:
Time isn’t on my side just now, and even though I have plenty of local items to post, they have turned into a glut in the past week or so – maybe the improving weather – and trying to pare them down is just not working. I think I will have to do a ‘Reset’ and start fresh, leaving most of the stuff I have been forced to miss recently.
Amazing. At the start of the year I could barely cobble together a Post-a-day. Now, even though I have managed to make some guidelines for choice, they seem to be feeding too many items. Time for (another) rethink methinks.
I couldn’t even pick one that I could have written about quickly, so yesterday’s Justice! post reminded me of another gem along the same lines.
Probably everybody’s seen it, but it can take a lot of repeating, as this kid gets the bath he rightly deserved – enjoy it, just once more 🙂
None of the “Responsible Adults” stand around do anything while the evil infant drags his victim to the pond.
However, in the longer video version of this gif, it’s nice to see none of them seem to be in any particular hurry to do anything after the kid falls in the pond, so it’s nor all bad.
Donning a generic UK/British hat, purely for the purpose of referring to the generalisation that claims we are a nation of animal lovers, I have to confess to getting into trouble sometimes, with our friends across the pond, when I have a go at them for their deplorable practices (which they seem to think are not cruel or unacceptable) such as de-clawing cats, and the really odd one of giving cats a regular bath.
Given that so many Americans would appear to sustain receive near-fatal wounds during the latter, one wonders why they even bother engaging in this highly dangerous ‘need’ they invented.
I tripped over the video offered below, where those involved claim this bath was necessary because of the cat “getting into the furnace room and getting his coat covered with harmful particles.”
This one is worth watching to the end, because the girl giving the bath does not have the slightest clue about how to treat a cat and keep it calm if does have to be bathed. She gets what she deserves.
She keeps shouting and yapping all the time, and at one point even starts hitting the cat while it is in the bath because it will not stay still.
It doesn’t take much to work out why this cat doesn’t ever want to get in a bath when she is around, as I guess it has had the same treatment in the past, and associated being beaten and abused like this with the bath.
She is not fit to have a cat, at least not until educated, and events at the end of the video are almost a foregone conclusion given her abusive handling of the unfortunate cat.
I just call it justice 🙂
They also have a cheek calling the cat vicious in the title – it’s not the cat that’s vicious!
As for their claim of “harmful particles“? Well, you can try watching for a change in colour as they terrorise the cat, but I don’t see anything.
She probably asked the dog for advice…
Always respect the elderly – ANY elderly…
Has it been a year already?
The smile hasn’t been off my face since she first appeared 🙂
Poor old Pokey (her brother) – I hope he wasn’t forgotten…
Happy Birthday Pokey…