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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 11 February 2006 01:01 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ok, so sue me!

Meet our new arrival: Julian!

Julian came to us from the local Cedar Valley Humane Society shelter. He's about 1 1/2 years old and there was quite a bit of interest in him. He came home yesterday after a week of paperwork.

How do I describe this cat? We'll first, his fur is luxurious - like stroking a fur coat - its really that wonderful. As you can see, he's a real cutie too.

And he's wonderfully tempered. I called him the "big hug ball" from the moment we met at the shelter. He loves to be petted and cuddled and is extremely friendly with everyone. You just want to pet and pet him.

He's been meticulously exploring every nook and cranny of the house and is now sleeping next to me on the couch.

He's got a little hitch in his stride from a somewhat deformed (outturning) hind leg. It doesn't bother him but he walks with a catwalk swagger which is kinda cute I guess. I have an appointment with the vet on Tuesday for a complete checkover.

We're spoiling him big time. We've got two plush blankets for him to sleep in and we'll be visiting the local pet store (coupons from the shelter!) to get some more toys and goodies.

Now all we have to do is find a Ricky to go with him. We did, but the shelter gave him to someone else. We're looking for a kitten to keep Julian amused. (We're going to find a big cat toy and call it "Bubbles")

Anyway, here's a few more pictures:


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posted 11 February 2006 01:11 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That is the only cat I've ever seen who looks like a Julian.
Somehow, that makes sense to me.


Congratulations AE - what a lovely cat.

(A week of paperwork??)

[ 11 February 2006: Message edited by: brebis noire ]


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posted 11 February 2006 01:13 PM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Awwww... kitty! I love cats. Right now, I have 2 that I'm "babysitting" for my nephew. They are the funniest things. I have hardwood floors and Sunrise and Missy love to skitter across them, leap onto the rag rugs and "surf" thru the living room. It's hilarious! It will be hard when they have to leave. But Julian! What a cuddle bunny.

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posted 11 February 2006 01:31 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Awww...he's beautiful! He's also quickly made himself at home, it looks like.
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posted 11 February 2006 01:48 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Awwwwwwwww, cutie woootie smootie patootie kitty witty widdwe kitty wittty wooo.
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posted 11 February 2006 01:52 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I talk to our cats like that, they just look at each other and roll their eyes, like the teenagers they are.

Ahem. Wot say, Julian? Welcome. Jolly good. Mwaha.

[ 11 February 2006: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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posted 11 February 2006 01:56 PM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My mum & dad had a cat that looked like Julian but a little darker (though it's hard to tell from the pixs). Apparently, this type of tabby is becoming quite rare.
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posted 11 February 2006 01:56 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
purrmraouw! rrr, rrr, rrr! braaaaoowww!

In the close-up of his face, he looks like a lynx, with those ear-tips and that wonderful nose!

Julian is a wonderful name, but I don't get the Julan and Ricky reference.

prrrwwwwmmmm!


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posted 11 February 2006 01:58 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Apparently, this type of tabby is becoming quite rare.

Interesting. Why would that be, do you suppose? Less popular among those who want "purebred" cats?

Cat breeding. Bleah.


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posted 11 February 2006 02:01 PM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:
Interesting. Why would that be, do you suppose? Less popular among those who want "purebred" cats?

I honestly don't know. Tabbies are part of the most common of cats - North American short hair domestic. Not purebred by any means. I think IIRC, that these particular markings are a recessive gene. That could explain the rarity of it. That and the fact that they aren't being bred for those markings. Don't quote me on this - my memory of how I know this is vague.


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posted 11 February 2006 02:04 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Julian is to me a great emperor - but then he will know that, of course.

But Julian and Ricky? A puzzle to me as well.

Julian is close in markings to my twins, Ollie (the little butterball) and Phillie (the rantin' and roarin' berserker Viking). My guys are more camel on their light sections, but they have those same wonderful stripes.

Love the tiger skin, btw, AE. Wouldn't mind basking on that m'self.

I also would ask you about all the paperwork, AE. Annoyingly bureaucratic though our Humane Soc is here, we can usually adopt same-day. What took so long? Were they running you through Homeland Security?

[ 11 February 2006: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:

Julian is a wonderful name, but I don't get the Julan and Ricky reference.

Trailer Park Boys.


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... sakes. What's it coming to, eh, when this here Yank knows more about Canuck culture than we do?

Especially hoser culture.


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posted 11 February 2006 02:09 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
lagatta, you and I are not au courant, I fear.
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posted 11 February 2006 02:11 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I didn't get it either. I hear good things about Trailer Park Boys, but found it kind of clammy to watch for more than a few minutes. I used to know guys a little like that. Too close to home.
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posted 11 February 2006 02:29 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The closest Québécois equivalent would be Les Bougon. The above wiki entry is supposedly in English but obviously written by a French speaker with a tenuous command of the language. For "syndicate" read "union" ... though obviously the corrupt union in this story has a bit of the crime syndicate about it.

Yeah, I had neighbours down the street where I lived before who were like that. They actually stole the trash bin from my back balcony, and my plastic plant planters from the front. And kept trying to sell me junk they had stolen elsewhere.

They would also sit out on their front steps drinking some kind of alcohol that came in big clear plastic containers like bleach bottles. No idea what it could have been. Later on, the SAQ (government booze monopoly) started to sell bulk spirits at their warehouse stores, but they didn't back then. A friend told me the stuff would have been a kind of moonshine.


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posted 11 February 2006 03:23 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Awwww, what a cute kitty. I love it when people get new animals. It usually means that I give the poor thing too much attention and it avoids its real masters when I'm around (namely, my friends little dog Wilson). On that note, one of my friends is going to the rescue to pick up a dog. I'm hoping that they pick up the Corgie and rename him Ein.
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quote:
I used to know guys a little like that. Too close to home.

Me too. I grew up on the Miramichi.

I forgot to say -- great kitty, AE!

[ 11 February 2006: Message edited by: Sharon ]


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posted 11 February 2006 03:40 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
posted by Américain Égalitaire: ... Meet our new arrival: Julian!
What a handsome fella! He looks a lot like a friend's cat companion, Misty aka 'Mystery Lump' when he would snuggle and hide under her comforter for naps.

A word of caution, from past experiences with tabbies - they need to be active, not necessarily outside - otherwise they tend to grow an obvious, though cute paunch as they age. Some cats just get heftier and more solid but tabbies are fine-boned and they tend to accumulate their body-fat around the middle. Another friend lived with an indoor tabby with a healthy appetite that was instantly appeased whenever he meowed, was mortified when new acquaintances asked 'So when are the kittens due?'.


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posted 11 February 2006 04:01 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
AE, he's sooo cute!!!
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posted 11 February 2006 04:57 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And when do we break out the mayonnaise and burger rolls?
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Very handsome, AE. You don't sound like you're acting anything like Mr. Randy toward Julian.
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posted 11 February 2006 05:33 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by deBeauxOs:
A word of caution, from past experiences with tabbies - they need to be active, not necessarily outside - otherwise they tend to grow an obvious, though cute paunch as they age.
Much like me! Tee hee!

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posted 11 February 2006 05:33 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemeral:
Very handsome, AE. You don't sound like you're acting anything like Mr. Randy toward Julian.

Nah, we won't let him eat cheeseburgers. But we went out for lunch and got some at Burger King where I discovered they're selling Spongebob Squarepants figurines representing different cultures of the world. Guess what the Canadian Spongebob is dressed up as? Of course, Nelson Eddy, er, I mean a Mountie. No they didn't have any of them at this Burger King but they had the damn cowboy Spongebob (not representing Alberta). Maybe they'll never get the Mountie Spongebob but I'll check back. I have to have it. I don't know why.

Anyway, glad you're enjoying the kitty. We might be on the verge of getting a Ricky and if so, I'll post pictures of that cat here too.

quote:
A word of caution, from past experiences with tabbies - they need to be active, not necessarily outside - otherwise they tend to grow an obvious, though cute paunch as they age. Some cats just get heftier and more solid but tabbies are fine-boned and they tend to accumulate their body-fat around the middle. Another friend lived with an indoor tabby with a healthy appetite that was instantly appeased whenever he meowed, was mortified when new acquaintances asked 'So when are the kittens due?'

I can see that in this cat!


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posted 11 February 2006 07:36 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nice plush-toy, AE!
I wish you many happy years together.

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I didn't get the Ricki and Julian reference until the Bubbles toy was mentioned then it all fell into place.
Wot a cute kittie! Nice photos AE, I would like to paint him. I notice in one of the pictures he has his little front paws crossed while he is resting- is that a habit with him? Our cat does that all the time and I just think it's so cute.

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posted 11 February 2006 08:12 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by faith:
I didn't get the Ricki and Julian reference until the Bubbles toy was mentioned then it all fell into place.
Wot a cute kittie! Nice photos AE, I would like to paint him. I notice in one of the pictures he has his little front paws crossed while he is resting- is that a habit with him? Our cat does that all the time and I just think it's so cute.

Yeah, he likes to do that a lot. I forgot to mention he has BIG paws and the undersides of them are solid black fur. I can't get over the markings on this cat - the more you look the more you see. Roni trimmed his nails and bought some of these things called "soft paws" which are plastic gizmos you actually glue on the tips of their claws. Jules doesn't have any problems with people touching his paws either.


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posted 11 February 2006 08:14 PM      Profile for Kevin_Laddle   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cute!!!
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Beautiful cat. Did you pose him with that tiger print blanket, or did he choose it? I love how my Hester has a knack for choosing blankets with which she blends in.
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posted 12 February 2006 04:08 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just a little something to sooth kitty when he's alone 'n lonely.

Ed: god, somebody please stop me - im on a hyper cuteness roll! BTW, credit where credit is due: www.babyanimalz.com.

[ 12 February 2006: Message edited by: Makwa ]


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posted 12 February 2006 07:21 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Makwa. Awwwwww.

Since you are Aboriginal, you do need a Native Cat though:

http://www.babyanimalz.com/images/Cougar-159037.jpg

I have a Zuni Fetish of a Cougar/Puma/Mountain Lion...


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AE, if you are already calling him "Julie," and if you wish to extend your education as a Canadian, then you gotta learn this script off by heart:

Wayne and Schuster: Rinse the Blood off My Toga.

quote:
I told him, Julie, don't go. Don't go Julie, I said. Don't go, it's the Ides of March--


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quote:
Flavius: Stabbed? In the Senate?

Brutus: No, not in the Senate. They got him right in the rotunda.

Flavius: That's a fatal spot. I had a splinter there once. Those marble splinters, you know--


This site links to a video clip of a shortened version.


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Contrarian, may I offer you a martini?
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Thanks but one is my limit.
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posted 12 February 2006 10:03 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
AE, if you are already calling him "Julie," and if you wish to extend your education as a Canadian, then you gotta learn this script off by heart:

Wayne and Schuster: Rinse the Blood off My Toga.


OK got it. Wayne and Schuster, I'll memorize it later. IF I can be trusted.

kurichina: we got him the blanket and he took to it immediately. loves blankets!


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Speaking of cats who walk with a swagger, down the mean streets of New York must walk a cat who is not himself afraid.

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The place was New York City. Crime was the dish of the day, and the main course was injury to an animal with a side of petty larceny. The victim was Burt. Burt was a Boston terrier. He was about to find a friend who looked more like a foe.

The case unraveled over six months, with an indictment this week. The details spilled from court documents and interviews with investigators and Burt's owner, Raymond Reid.

...

The district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, put his top investigators on the case. Rackets Division. Senior people. A sting was arranged. An apartment was wired. But this mousetrap was all spring and no cheese.

Carol Moran was working a steady 9 to 5 in the district attorney's office. She had 22 years on the job. For this case, she was going to need a sidekick. That's where Fred came in.

Fred was the strong, silent type with no place to come in out of the rain. He was an alley cat from the streets of Brooklyn, long and lean with thick black stripes. Ms. Moran took a shine to him right away. She adopted him from Animal Care and Control.

Fred never asked to be a hero, but he needed work. And neutering. Mr. Vassall agreed to end Fred's sex life for $135. Last Friday, he picked up Fred and the payment. Fred was in a carrying case. The payment was in cash.


There hangs a tail. The long claw of the law gets all, in the end.


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What a little sweetie!

This picture perfectly shows off the classic tabby "M" on the forehead.

One legend I have heard is that the "M" was bestowed by Mohammed upon his cat as a sign of honor after the cat alerted Mohammed to the presence of an assassin (one version) or a poisonous snake (different version.) Mohammed had a cat named Muezza, and was so fond of the cat that one day Muezza was asleep on the sleeve of his robe when Mohammed was called to prayer; rather than awaken the cat, Mohammed decided to cut the sleeve off of his robe.

Pets: bringing cultures closer together.


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'lance:

You can just imagine how that reporter got there - he starts off feeling vaguely resentful that he, tough-guy reporter, has to cover this story ... And then he has a lightbulb moment.

kimmy, I'd never thought of that as a M before, but I just checked the two tabby foreheads, and there it is. I shall explain to them that they have been specially blessed. They will consider that it was no more than their due, of course.


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Cool. I never knew that tabbies have an 'M' on their foreheads. My very first cat (Minou) came to our house in November and she has an 'M' too.
She's just a touch younger than Julian. Her first birthday is next week.



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Very high Awwwww factor, janew.

What a wee dear. I call my Minerva "Minnie Minouche" or "Minnie Minoushka" sometimes.


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All cats have that "M" on the forehead. (Some fur patterns obscure it more than others.) Catholics say it's cause a saint or Mary put it there as a blessing.

How would i know that?


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If it was from The Prophet, shouldn't it be a "م" instead of an "M"? And if it was Mary, wouldn't it be an Aramaic character?

Great looking kitty, AE. But, alas, he is the wrong color.

And his tormentor:


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Nice orange tabby, Jingles. Oranges are almost always males. I've seen a few female oranges (and surprised at least one owner by telling them Orange Tom lacked balls...) but have heard somewhere that they are sterile. I should look that up.

ETA: can't find confirmation for that bit about being sterile, though I doubt it because it's apparently not a sex-linked thingy. However, male calicos (cats which are charmingly referred to over here as 'les chattes d'Espagne') are very rare and almost always sterile.
More than y'all wanted to know, I guess...

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