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Here's Lookin' at You, Kid !

Ahh... Miss  Mollie T is at it again.  My wonderful guard cat... simply worn out from working the entire night... keeping all the elephants away from our cozy home.

I am not sure if she is just close to dozing off to sleep, here, or if she is all drowsy from barely starting her waking-up process.

There is, of course, another possibility.  Mollie T wants me to "think" she is sleeping, but she is actually "watching" me.  You see... just before she went off to kitty-cat dream land... she came over to me to have a little "kitty cat chat."

It seems that I had done the unforgivable... or at least close to it.  Miss Mollie T, of course, lives the life of luxury.  Those of you who are "in the know" are aware that just as dogs have owners, cats... have "staff."

    

I am Mollie's "staff."  So what did it do that was so "un-staff-like ?"  I allowed the bottom of her food dish... to become "visable."  Ya see... it's not enough to simply have food to eat.  That food... must be of sufficient quantity that not even one little square centimeter of the bottom of the bowl is visible.

So... she is watching... every so vigilant, and ever so sneaky about it... to see if I will eventually get my poor old body up... waddle over to the bag of kitty food under the sink... and transfer sufficient quantities of food back into her dish... to cover that itty, bitty square centimeter of the bottom of the bowl that is visible.

Oh... the life poor Miss Mollie T is forced to live.

Comment balloon 29 commentsKaren Anne Stone • August 22 2010 05:30PM

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Ah yes, my three bite my ankles if their bowl isn't "full enough" to suit them.  Cats are indeed the masters of their domains.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 8 years ago

Tammy:  Love your picture, and your fresh little smiling face.  Yes... our kitty cats do... once in awhile... let us care for them.  Mostly, Mollie does her own thing... but when she feels it's "her turn"... she surely lets me know about it.  Yes, that's it.  "Full enough."  I hope all is well with you on Lake Sinclair.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Karen Anne, What a cutie! Mollie T and Hiway would definitely get along! We go to the garden almost every now to pick vegetables and she thinks she should go too by going to the door and trying to open it. When she says 'meow', it almost sounds like 'now' when she wants something and we aim to please...her!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 8 years ago

Wanda:  It sounds like the last thing you want to do is say NO to your Miss Hiway (love that name).  If she wants outside... you better deliver.  I can just hear her yelling Now, Now.  How 'bout a picture of her ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Poor Mollie T!!  I see that she has it rought!!  I expect my grandkitty Elle and my kitty Calvin would tell you that they have it rough also.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hiway

Here she is Karen Anne! My husband found her alongside a major highway when she was a tiny baby so we named her Hiway.

She is a great cat and is always entertaining us or demanding that we do something for her!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 8 years ago

I am on staff for two cats, KiKi and Ashley. They have the same demands as Mollie. I want a raise!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) almost 8 years ago

Ms Karen- you described the difference between cats and dogs to a perfect T.... dogs have owners; cats have staff.  I can just see what Miss Mollie T is thinking but best not repeat it here.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Marchel:  Yeah, Poor Mollie T.  Such a hard life.  And... do you mean to tell me that you are equally tough on your grandkitty Elle and your own poor kitty Calvin, as well.  Oh, the shame of it all.  Remember... sooner or later, they'll getcha for it.  Be warned !  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Wanda:  Ahhh... so THAT's where that cute name came from.  I was guessing that your kitty every once in awhile told you that it was "Her way or the Hiway."  But... that is so great that your husby found her and brought her home.  By the way, is your husband aware of how fortunate he is to have you as his beautiful wifey ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Joni:  It is pretty much a "given" that the only "raise" you will ever get... is an extension of the time KiKi and Ashley allow you to take care of them.  Pretty darn generous of them, huh ?  By the way, that's the same kind of raise Mollie T gives me.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Kathy:  Yes... that is the major difference.  That, and not having to take your kitty cat for a walk when it's raining or snowing out. 

And yes, I am aware that some folks can read "sign" language... but when one lives with a cat... sooner or later you get the hang of reading "stare" language.  Some times it gets kinda rough, huh ?  Yeah, same here as well.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Yes I too am on out "kitty's' staff. Betweeen the two of us I don't think we accomplish everything he thinks we should be doing in as timely as manner as he 'prefers.  I know who's bowl must never see the bottom - no no no!  Don't want to be fired!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 8 years ago

Anna:  I doubt if you'll be fired anytime soon.  By the way, does your kitty like bananas ?  What a hoot if that were to be the case.  And... second question, have you made a banana suit FOR your kitty ?  Sounds like a great idea for a post... if he would allow you do DO such a thing.  Keep that bottom of the dish covered, my friend.  The unemployment rate is much to high to be out looking for a job.  Have a great week !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

I love her markings Karen Anne!  She's a beauty!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 8 years ago

You are so very lucky that all Miss Mollie T does is stare from under half closed lids.  My bosses, Kinckknack and Bric-a-brac, tap me on the nose with their paws when they can see the bottom of their bowl. 

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I work for five cats...Maddie, Pugsley, Bodean, Handy Andy & Frankie.  And one dog, Layla, who is confused into thinking she is a cat! 

Miss Mollie T is too cute and sweet....My cats are not so nice when they see empty bowls!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) almost 8 years ago

Susan:  Yes, she is a beauty.  Every once in awhile when the sun is shining on her... I can see some gold markings on her as well as the predominant black and white.  There are some striping on her tail... that make me wonder if one night her Grandmother Cat may have had a "dalliance" with a Maine Coon cat.  yes, she is a beauty, but don't well all think that about our cats... and a few of our dogs, as well.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Lorrie:  I just love it.  Nose-taps.  They don't mess around, do they.  It could be worse, I guess.  Tammy in # 1 says that she has some "ankle biters" that let her know when they are hungry.  Knickknack and Bric-a-brac... I like that.  Cute names.  And yes, they ARE bosses, aren't they ?  Hopefully, when they tap you on the nose, their claws stay put... if they still have them.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Amy:  That's a pretty demanding group you've got there.  Love all those names... and then there is poor, dear Layla.  I can surely understand how she has been confused into thinking she is a cat as well.

Speaking about Mollie being so nice... when I am sitting at my chair typing on my keyboard, as I am now, Mollie T will often come up next to my feet, and reach one paw around my ankle to my calf.  She will then very gentle "pet" my calf... very softly... just like she, of course, wants me to pick her up, and pet HER.  It works just about every time.  Hugg them all for me, especially poor, dear sweet Layla.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

we had a cat Furball who lived to be the ripe old age of 13.  She would sit on top of her box near the back door and swat at us as we walked by.  Not always for food, but just because she could, she was already chubby enough!  She was quite the character as most cats are.  Now my daughter is the cat lady in the family with her stud "Joe"

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) almost 8 years ago

HA HA! Are you kidding? He scoffs at the site of anythingbeneath his dignity and place in the castle.  Not a chance he's put up with anything on him - nada!  Hey I will - we're all off to rain camp in cowboy land (Prescott) on thursday in our fun ride the limo.  Lots of work to get down before now and then - but not tonight as my master Kitty wants his 'playtime' NOW! 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 8 years ago

Karen Anne,

This is a very good photo of your "boss" watching you. What a wonderfully written funny lively story

You Molly T has great "staff"

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 8 years ago

Karen Anne, she's so cute.  How long have you been working for her?

Maybe my next blog should be about cat houses!  Oh, my!  That didn't come out the way I intended.

Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) almost 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... it's the least you can do for your employer.  Does she make you pick up her dry cleaning as well?  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 8 years ago

It seems to me that Mollie T. is ever so vigilant to ensure that you fulfill your duties to her high level of expectations. Ah Karen Anne, I’ve experienced your burden. I love both kitties and doggies, and have been servant to both. Currently, my Maltese makes me aware of her feeding needs by banging her empty plate with her paw… clicking her toenails in a steady drum-like fashion, only occasionally pausing to look at me as if to say… You! …Man servant! … Fill my plate… now!

I gave two of my daughters kittens many years ago. The kittens were born on July 4th, 1989. The one passed away about two years ago. But the other is still doing quite well… even though she’s over 21 years old.

My best wishes to you… and the challenges you face in living up to Mollie T's expectations. ;)

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) almost 8 years ago

My Phoebe squaks whenever she can see the bottom of her food bowl, even if it is the size of a pencil eraser.  She also INSISTS that my husband and I go with her to guard her while she eats.  She had been attacked before we took her in from the wild.  We think that must still traumatize her.  So at high Noon, the Phoebe alarm will be sounded and we'll be off to protect her.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 8 years ago

Karen Ann, as a fellow cat-staffer, I am well aware of the importance of not exposing the bottom of the food bowl. Glad you have Mollie T to keep you in line.  Can Mollie T explain why my Maggie Doodle insists on depositing something in the water bowl practically every day? Most days, it is a small piece of paper.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) almost 8 years ago

Karen: I knew I liked you. You are a cat person.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 8 years ago

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