Cat Lovers

Pressing the flesh: 60 Kitten Cammers meet for the first time

Pressing the flesh: 60 Kitten Cammers meet for the first time

Dispelling the notion that virtual friendships are not real, sixty fans of The Critter Room kitten cam are gathering this weekend at Purrfect Pals in Arlington, WA to meet for the first time. Many were local but some came from as far away as Boston and even Australia. They organized the first annual Kitten Cam […]

There is such a thing as happily ever after – The Critter Room: a microcosm of a perfect world

There is such a thing as happily ever after – The Critter Room: a microcosm of a perfect world

In a previous post I shared about a special community of lovers, one that revolved around a foster dad, a homeless pregnant cat dubbed Janine and her three kittens, Egon, Ray and Peter (known as the Ghostbuster kittens). I wrote about how this community pulled together in the wake of the loss of sweet Peter […]

Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Eighteen months ago I started Be As One with the idea of chronicling my life in my attempt to pull all the various pieces together and live as a whole and integrated person. It has occurred to me that I used a flawed approach. As a result what I see is a random collection of […]

The rich legacy of a deceased 4-day old kitten, and the foster dad who tried to save him

The rich legacy of a deceased 4-day old kitten, and the foster dad who tried to save him

I never realized how powerful a virtual community can be. Thousands of strangers pulling together because of a single passion. I never dreamed that one person’s willingness to be generous with his gifts could have such an impact. This weekend I was privy to something extraordinary which made me proud to be a part of […]

Happy Birthday, Seven Kittens!

Happy Birthday, Seven Kittens!

The litter that started it all! I can’t tell you how much pleasure it has given me to watch kitty cams on the web. It sounds like a silly waste of time but the wonderful stories of love, caring and creativity have been inspiring (resulting in beautiful quilts, drawings, paintings and T-shirts). The seven kittens […]

Dreaming of Africa as a child, and remembering the TV show “Daktari”

Dreaming of Africa as a child, and remembering the TV show “Daktari”

As you know I have a love for the outdoors, especially for birds. And I love cats. Back in the 1960s I had a favorite TV show that had me dreaming of living in Africa taking care of wild animals, especially the big cats. I idolized the lead female character, wishing I could live as […]

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

For the many thousands of you who have followed the lives and antics of this mother tuxedo cat and her five kittens online, you know that today is bittersweet. As one chat member dubbed it, it’s “Graduation Day.” Ripley and her kittens will be adopted out to their forever (aka “furever”) homes bringing joy into […]

A day of many goodbyes

A day of many goodbyes

Today marks a day of many goodbyes. One is a goodbye and good luck to new friends that I met just a few short weeks ago. Six furry friends who gathered around them a community of thousands, wishing them well. Cared for by a man and his son, who bring laughter, comfort and meaning to […]

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

I admit it, I am totally hooked on watching live kitty cams. It is tremendous, harmless fun. Often the comments from fellow chatters is more entertaining than even the kittens. It all started rather innocently with a text message from my son whose girlfriend alerted him to Noodles and her seven kittens. A beautiful and […]

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“I gotta get outta here!” The black, grey and brown four week old tabby surveyed every rung of the white cage, eyeing the top tier with eager anticipation. “Mama goes up there all the time! I wanna see!” “Cheeerupp!” Mama Ripley flopped down on her side. It was time for a visit the milk bar. […]

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