Annimals Ann's cats
The New Kits on the Block: Alafair and Nina Zero (03)
Double trouble arrived in late July 2003. Alafair and Nina are sisters who were rescued by a local group. Alafair is a tortie and Nina is a calico.
Nina is energetic, loving and rather demented. Like her namesake, Nina Zero, she is probably capable of inadvertently blowing up the LAX airport. Nina's favorite band is Ozomatli - eclectic and high energy. When we got her, she weighed less than a pound but has managed to befuddle, bemuse and terrorize Burke the dog. Burke's floofy, feathery tail is a source of temptation to the kits who want to bap it as it wags in their vicinity.
Alafair is not quite the furball of fire that Nina is - but she is often willing to team up with her sis to raise a ruckus. She is delighted to cuddle up with her folks and is a little shy. Mike is quite smitten by Alafair. Zasu is not even remotely smitten by the new kits. She is appalled by the new girls - but we expected that she would loathe them.
Zasu Impulsive/Irritable Pitts (AKA ZIP)
Zip likes to lump on Mike's chest and bite toes, especially freshly showered toes. Communicates via squeaks and hisses. Hates dogs. Hated Sovay. Hates it when people play the "Le Mew" game with her fur (Su is a smoke-colored cat with black hair at the top and white hair next to her skin. So, you can run your finger up her back and give her skunk markings like Penelope - the object of Pepe's lust - from the Warner cartoons). A messy eater, she especially enjoys pizza, butter, and whipped cream (which she doesn't get very often). She persists in helping her people work on the computer. Favorite book: Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry. Dr. Henry Metzger, a cat with an attitude, managed to make a huge monster dog grovel up and behave. Zasu wants to meet Joe Lockard.
And, gone but not forgotten . . .
Shy, skittish Sovay thought life would be kinda ok (but still pretty scary) if Mike, the dogs, and especially Zasu weren't around. Maybe then she would have come out from under the bed more often. Didn't want to meet anyone, ever, if at all possible. Liked to spend quality time with Ann, curled up in bed. Favorite book: Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat could disappear . . .
The queen aka Big Missy. Was one of Town & Country Vet Clinic's and (especially) Dr. Jordan's favorite patients. The Energizer Bunny of Cats, whose batteries finally gave out after more than twenty years. She was the feline equivalent of my great aunt Flonnia - opinionated & indomitable. Favorite books: The Abandoned by Paul Gallico and Archy & Mehitabel by Don Marquis. Her favorite poem was The Song of Mehitabel - "there's life in the old dame yet .. . toujours gai . . . wotthehell . . .".
The one-eyed wonder boy. Much missed, but may have inhabited Georgia's body. Communicated with alfs and bats. Capable of calling in lightning strikes at will. Subject to tongue stuck. Was the proud recipient of a letter from William Marshall (who created his namesake - Yellowthread Street's Harry Feiffer). Favorite authors: Ross Thomas and William Marshall; as well as Brian Jacques - who thought Feiffer was a good cussypat.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.