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The Daily Squee

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Telynor
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Location: On the Banks of the Hudson

Postby Telynor » Fri July 16th, 2010, 5:14 am

I roared with laughter over one that was posted today (July 14) of Mama Jaguar washing baby, and the look on the cub's face was just priceless.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun July 18th, 2010, 2:46 pm

Don't miss Spooning kitties.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Fri July 23rd, 2010, 9:49 pm

This one'sfor MLE.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

annis
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Postby annis » Fri July 23rd, 2010, 10:17 pm

So cute - they look as if they're smiling :)

annis
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Historical literary squee

Postby annis » Mon July 26th, 2010, 11:23 pm

A lovely poem scribbled by an 8th century Irish monk on the margins of a text he was writing which proves that cats and writers have been an irresistible combo for centuries :) (Pangur was a common cat name - bán is the Irish word for white)

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Pangur Bán

I and Pangur Bán my cat,
Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will,
He too plies his simple skill.

Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.


(And for anyone who wants to read the original Gaelic as well)
http://www.sky-net.org.uk/canals/pangurban/name

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon July 26th, 2010, 11:46 pm

"Misfit" wrote:This one'sfor MLE.


Thanks, Misfit! But FYI, those are alpacas-- bred for for wool and meat. I specialize in working llamas--less wool, more brains.

They might be huarizos--a cross of the two breeds. Nice-tempered enough, and they have the hybrid vigor, but not built to carry a load, and the wool quality/quantity is poorer.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Woof with the Wind

Postby Misfit » Mon November 1st, 2010, 12:12 am

Hehe, they've been posting pet halloween costumes all day but this one is tops.

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At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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michellemoran
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Postby michellemoran » Mon November 1st, 2010, 6:19 am

Annis - what a great poem! Thank you for posting :)
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LoveHistory
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Location: Wisconsin, USA
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Postby LoveHistory » Mon November 1st, 2010, 2:12 pm

Puglett O'Hara perhaps? I'm sorry but that is just sooooooo wrong!

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Ludmilla
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Location: Georgia USA

Postby Ludmilla » Mon November 1st, 2010, 2:26 pm

I actually feel sorry for poor Puglet O'Hara. That looks downright uncomfortable for the poor animal. My brother was fond of taking his dog trick or treating, but the costume was usually very minimal (no more invasive than a doggie sweater, e.g.).


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