Archive for October 2014

October, 2014 Hodge-Podge   3 comments

Rainbow Over Mount Adams cincinnati

Taco Monster!
Taco Monster

The sad time of year when indoor cycling becomes more common. Gotta do it to stay fit.
Lik your ass now or get it kicked Sunday. #IWBMATTKYT #ovcx @thesufferfest

Beso still loves the Cat Crib!
A boy in his hammock. #cats #catsofinstagram #foodcatspens

Why do I love cyclocross? It doesn’t take itself too seriously.
#cx cheetah #StormEvaBandman #ovcx

Where’s our gelato?!?
Waiting for #cincygelato

Rainbow Over #ovcx

Posted 2014-10-31 by Mr. Guilt in Hodge-Podge

Friday Afternoon Dance Party: Roundtable Rival   Leave a comment

Posted 2014-10-24 by Mr. Guilt in Friday Afternoon Dance Party

Snow Leopard Day 2014   Leave a comment

Snow Leopard Family
I got my Snow Leopard Trust newsletter last week. There were several photos taken by camera traps of wild snow leopards. I stood in my kitchen staring at these photos. Here are these cats standing on a mountain. There are no bars to protect them, and no keepers to bring them their meal. They hunt on these rocky slopes, fearing nothing. Only one thought went through my head: our world is so very blessed to have these amazing creatures.

I had a similar experience watching a documentary about snow leopards. Researchers saw that a mother snow leopard went to hunt, leaving her two cubs in their den. Wait! I thought. They are so rare and tiny! What if something happens to them? But that’s life in the wild.

Today is International Snow Leopard Day, a day to call attention to the Ghost of the Mountain. We are left with between 4,000 and 6,500 wild snow leopards. This number is shrinking due to habitat loss and conflict with man. There are simple ways to protect these cats. For instance, the Snow Leopard Trust works with the people who share the snow leopard’s habitat. Where the people might do a “revenge killing” after one of their goats is taken by a snow leopard, now they are more likely to shoot pictures with a cell phone. Studies of snow leopard behavior also help reduce this conflict, giving a better idea to the impact they are having.

Snow leopards are my second favorite species of cat, and I hope they are around for future generations to be amazed by.

Posted 2014-10-23 by Mr. Guilt in cats, feline conservation, snow leopards

Literate Luna   Leave a comment

Literate Luna
My wife and daughter do storytime. Since Luna moved in nearly three years ago, she has joined them. Presently, they’re working their way through Harry Potter. She lays there, listens, and occasionally purrs.

She skips some days. Other days, she’ll realize she missed it, and run in and chirp. Once in a while, another chapter is read, just for Luna.

My wife related to me today that Luna enlisted Beso in trying to get out the current book. He’s bigger, and better able to help. I wonder what she would do once they got it out–I’m not sure she can read herself.

Posted 2014-10-11 by Mr. Guilt in cats, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

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