Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Run, Sparky, Run!

I hope you all enjoyed the scenic photos I posted yesterday of my home away from home in the country. I promised you some more for today. Not all the fun occurred outdoors.

Relaxing inside after doing all my chores was delightful. I especially enjoyed the fireplace... nothing like it on a cool, fall night.

A good book, a glass of wine, a roaring fire, a kitty curled up at my shoulder and the trusty canine curled up at my feet.... doesn't get any better than that!

There was just one itty-bitty problem we didn't count on. There's a new kitty who arrived since I last stayed in the country. Sparky the Wonder Cat showed up on the doorstep one day not long ago and decided to stay. Lulu Belle and Bad Jake (the other two cats) don't seem to mind nor do the dogs.

Sparky is one of those cats that's fearless. Nothing bothers her. Where the other cats would dart out of your way, Sparky holds her ground. Several times I turned around quickly, only to trip over Sparkles.


Sparky is short for Sparkles... perhaps because of her sparkling white coat. However, Vlad and I noticed that Sparky might be a good name for her for another reason... which we found out accidentally. And I do mean accidentally... or nearly so.

Sparky is fascinated by flames. Which is all fine and good until she starts poking her nose into the roaring fire. We had the door of the woodburning stove open to get the fire started and that's when Sparky decided to explore.

Meow... I wonder what this could be? It looks pretty!


Purrrrrr... Oh, my! It feels so nice and warm... I'll just get a little closer...


Oh no! Watch the tail Sparky! Nooooooo! Run, Sparky! Run!

That was close... too close! Somehow I don't think Sparky would have gotten the concept of "Stop, Drop & Roll!"

Only a little soot on the right side of her face... Whew!


Yeah, I'm pretty sure that soot wasn't there before.

From then on, Sparkles was only allowed to enjoy the fire with the door closed!


Because it's just bad form to burn up your friend's cat while you're the responsible adult in charge.

So says the catless CatLady.

19 comments:

The Old Silly said...

"it's just bad form to burn up your friend's cat..."

Hmm, yes, 'twould be bad form indeed, lol. Love the little sweetie, nice pics too. Fall is my favorite season. Today the colors are in full bloom here in Michigan, it's a crisp sunny day and out in the back acre got a bonfire of leaves and brush burning - that smell is sooooo heavenly!

Marvin D Wilson

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I can teach Sparkie the stop drop and roll...perfected it from the couch scene.

Jayne Martin said...

LOL! See... you do like cats.

frigginloon said...

Roasting cats on an open fire .....I hear they taste like chicken.

CatLadyLarew said...

Hey, Marvin! Thanks for being my newest follower! I'm imagining the lovely scent of your burning leaves!

Lee: You get to come along the next time to teach Sparky new tricks!

Jayne: I like the cats... just not the kitty litter. Vlad REALLY likes Sparky! She cracks him up!

frigginloon:
White cats roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose...

The Peach Tart said...

I love that cat and its name.

Nanodance said...

I want that cat.

Secretia said...

Sparky will become Flame if she's not careful.

CatLadyLarew said...

Peachy: I actually became very fond of Sparky, myself!

Nanodance: You'll have to talk to Shamra about that!

Secretia: Where there's smoke, there's fire! I think she'd have to be Lady Flame!

Jen said...

Truly bad form to burn your friend's cat. Hilarious, I'll remember never to leave you in charge of my dumb dog or children. My cat would stay away from the flames, I'm not so sure about the kids or the dog.

Laoch of Chicago said...

What a sweetheart

julochka said...

it sounds like sparkie had a narrow escape. kinda strange. i thought animals had a natural fear of fire. tho' our cat does plop herself down on the tiles near the fireplace when it's especially cold. like it is today. brrr..

Moooooog35 said...

..and suddenly the air was filled with an aroma vaguely reminiscent of a Chinese restaurant.

Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

"bad form to burn up your friend's cat". I think that was seriously on page 16 in the Miss Manners Book. I read it religiously so I would know....lol!

otin said...

The fire does look very inviting, though!

JennyMac said...

Love the fire...and the kitty cat..but not so much that Sparky almost lived up to the name. LOL.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

I'm not too crazy about cats, but even I have to admit that was a pretty cute story—and well told, Cat Lady.

AmyLK said...

Lovely kitty! I had a kitty that would lean on the fireplace screen with the fire going. I'd have to chase her before she combusted!

Phillipia said...

Reminded me of Christmas vacation...
Why did you close the doors?

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