Sunday, August 23, 2009


If you were fortunate enough to get the now-sadly discontinued Far Side cartoons in your local newspaper, you may remember these as two of the best:

While the plain truth of these two cannot be denied, most dog owners, and cat owners…oh, sorry, make that cat staffers…like me, have learned (by necessity) to read pet body language, intuit behavior, listen deeply to every utterance, to decipher what is really being communicated. With patience, dedication and imagination, it can be done. Here’s a typical series of exchanges from around here, translated. Starting with Sweeney—Miss Congeniality—she never has a bad word to say about anybody, and Flash, the tenderhearted, mystical one; Pearl, the alpha diva, and Elliott, our resident Gilligan.

Me: Hey Sween, whatcha lookin' at?

Sweeney: A bird! Right there in the bushes!

Flash: (under her breath) Om mani beh meh hung
Pearl: (directed at Flash) In ancient Egypt, WE were the ones who were worshipped, fool.
Me: Oh Pearl, can’t we all just get along!

Me: Elliott, come on little buddy, let’s go…
Elliott: Wait, wait! Something visited this one when it was outside last week! I’ve got to know more…!
Me: *loud sigh* Well, sniff faster; it’s too hot out here on the porch!

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storyteller said...

Yup ... I do remember and miss Far Side. Thanks for bringing these classics to my attention this morning. Love ALL your photos and captions ... and think some are purrfect for Shadow Shot Sunday too. I'm into 'multi-tasking' whenever possible these days. Ms Kitty is featured at Small Reflections this week and my Scenic Shadow Shots are at Happily Retired Gal.
Hugs and blessings,

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Deb, I do remember and will miss Far Side... Seems like they always stop some of my fav's... Sigh!

Love your post... I can almost hear Kitty saying to you calmly, "A bird.. Right there in the bushes"... CUTE!!!!

And I love your comment: "Sniff faster"...

LadyFi said...

Very funny!

What gorgeous, regal cats.

bobbie said...

these are great. I always loved Far Side. I think I'm sort of a cartoon addict. They say so much in so few words.

Quiet Paths said...

Far side was a favorite! I am LOLzing at the sniffing scenario. So typical of around here too. Very funny post.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! Always loved Far Side and I do miss it! Love your cats! They've obviously got so much personality and they're sooooo cute -- excuse me, elegant, graceful, brilliant and intuitive!

Enjoy, Madame Furry Ones!


James said...

I love love it. That is not only cute, it's very clever.

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Sue said...

I do remember -- and love-- those old Far Sides. But I'm still convinced that at least some of MY cats know their names (especially Pepper the blind cat), and I like most dog owners am convinced that my dog listens to (almost) every word I say!!

Anonymous said...

Deb, I love it that you can speak animal-language. Sounds like you guys have some good communication going on. :)

Sandy Kessler said...

what are cats called that have an undercover fur lighter like that last one??

lv2scpbk said...

The cats are all cute.

Lin said...

i think kids hear the same as!

SandyCarlson said...

These are so true. They remind me there really isn't a whole lot to say. Just show up and be kind.

Cloudia said...

You are wise in the way of CAT!


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Cezar and Léia said...

Happy Pet Pride dear friend!
Your blog is so cool and I enjoyed a lot this post! LOL
purrs and love

jabblog said...

Loved this post - I'm sure you have interpreted your cats' thoughts and feelings with absolute precision. Fun, isn't it? :-)))

Rose said...

Oh my goodness! You must have been talking to my cats, I mean my handlers.

magiceye said...

hey guys you sure have a fast learning staffer!

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Poetikat said...

I love the Far Side and of course those are two of my favourite cartoons.
Great photos and dialogue. Have you seen our new boy, Harry? He's up on "Keepsakes".