Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Black Cat, halloween,dog,seal and frog prince,

P. contemplates life BY the sea......
While this fellow contemplates life IN the sea....

 I asked A. Cat what he thought about dressing pets up in halloween costumes. He replied, "You are asking a black cat about halloween?  First of all, let me point it out that black cats are totally misunderstood on this day. Some people even carry an unnecessary superstition of black pets all year. We are much like any other animal. Some good, some not so good. To judge unfairly is unwise.  To answer your question, if it makes the owners happy, then many pets will put up with a costume for that reason.  From my point of view, I prefer to be in my natural state.  Costumes, collars, etc. only put a damper on my natural activities.  I can't imagine wearing something that tells the world I'm something I'm not.  You see my dignity and this is who I am.  I don't want to pretend I am human. Your various celebrations don't really matter much to me. In fact, they are really boring. But,if there is something good to eat, then maybe I'll be present. Mostly, I'm not interested.  Hope I didn't disappoint you with this answer, but you asked and this cat doesn't always say what you want to hear.  Take it or leave it."  
M.: "That's a very diplomatic answer.  You mean if you had a chance to be a human, even for just a day, you would not be interested?"
A.C.: "Nope.  Here's why. Humans take everything so personal and they don't live in the moment.  Just once try to use only your body language and eyes to communicate your distaste and then move on.  Don't dwell on the complications of your everyday life.  There really is no time for that.  Relax, challenge yourself, have fun, give love, treat pets like pets and not babies,  If something does not work out for you that day, don't beat yourself up.  It's not healthy.  Eat what you need and at the right amount. Eat until you are 80% full.  The Japanese people have got that right. Stay clean. Be curious.  By the way,  I don't believe in that old saying. (Curiosity Killed the Cat)  That's not been my experience." 

M.: "Thanks A. I don't know where I would be without you and our little talks."
A.C.:Well, come here and rub my right cheek and listen to me purr.  Show me your love and then let's get on with the day.  I am soon for a nap."
In my last post, I photographed a Tree Frog which was caught at a local nursery.  We didn't know what type of frog it was when we released him.  He was placed on a rock in the new pond where I took pictures.  
He sat there for some time as if not sure where to go.  Finally, he jumped in the water, swam around in there, came out and headed for the nearest tree. 
Since that time in late august, he was relocated back to the pond area from the greenhouse. Not sure how he got in there.  I've tried to keep an eye out for him, wondering about his welfare. Yesterday, while in the garden near the pond I noticed a frog.  Only this one was brown. 
Was it the same guy?
In summer; waiting before plunge into pond...

 I believe this is the same frog.

Quick Google search says that Tree Frogs DO change color to match their surroundings.
He looks like he is expecting a kiss.  I'll name him "Prince."
Um, I'll get back to you in Spring on that kiss.. Ugh.


Two views of same barn for my photographer friends.  One day, I'll be good enough to play with the big boys.

And a different angle. With a faint rainbow...

Thanks for visiting.


Kerry said...

Pacific tree frogs change color? I had no idea! Guess I just learned something new.

Very enlightening interview with A.C. Thanks for that. I just fostered a litter of kittens and decided to keep the two black-and-whites. I wouldn't dream of forcing a costume on them. However when I was 9 years old...doll clothes on barn kittens? Oh yeah.

Outdoor Dog's Blog said...

Thanks for that Kerry. Ha ha. Not 100% sure if that was the "same guy", but always fun to hand out some pseudo-science if you believe it yourself. There were no frogs on this prairie land (that we ever saw)before, but recently planted young trees next to the pond and that should provide some habitat for our new friend. Congrats on the new kitties. A.Cat rolled his eyes at the doll clothes bit.

Linda said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'll be back to read more.
Linda & Cinnamon

Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner said...

On black cats, I have more recently learned that people DO hold superstitions about them all year as they are the hardest to get adopted at shelters. Apparently the same is true for black dogs although I am not sure where that came from because I don't ever remember a "black dogs bring bad luck" story. Anyhoo, your black kitty is handsome. We had one when I was a kit but he was a persian mix so he was fluffy.