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The boys

Several weeks ago I posted pictures of the kittens Sherry and I brought home. Both are boys, and they pretty much were blank slates, color-wise, back then. Now, not quite four months old, they weigh somewhere between 7 and 8 pounds, and they certainly look different. Zappa has dark facial features, just like Frank himself did. Zevon's colors are more muted but no less distinctive. Sherry took the photos. Here they are:


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This shot was taken from our deck. Zevon is inside a terra cotta frog that we usually plant day lilies in, but it's empty this year.

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Zappa, in a rare instance where he's looking at the camera.

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Rolling around together in the perennials bed.

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Zevon sprawled out at the edge of the tub.

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sahlah
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Happy new family members
Did I miss them a few weeks ago? They are lovely - and so big... What beautiful creatures - those blue eyes are amazing. They are so fluffy - do you have to groom them? We had a short hair tabby growing up - I have no experience with their long haired cousins.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy new family members
I posted their baby pictures a few weeks ago. The breeder took those, and the boys were pretty much blank slates.

Males for this breed (rag doll) can reach 30 pounds. They're gaining a pound every two weeks—and it takes this breed about three years to mature.

They need brushing, but not nearly as much as our Birmans did. And they don't shed nearly as badly as the Birmans.


sahlah
Aug. 31st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy new family members
I remember the baby pictures - I was afraid I had missed some other pictures. :)

30 pounds - that is a cat that means business.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy new family members
We've read where the rag doll should be strictly an indoor cat because they are so non-aggressive and trusting. If a mean dog were to run at them, they wouldn't run away, or if they were in the road, they wouldn't move when a car came. All that is fine: We have a fenced-in back yard, and we only let them out when we can watch them, but so far all they seem to be interested in is crickets. So while they may get to be lunkers, there won't be a mean bone in their bodies. Which is a good thing for our three shih-tzus, our toy poodle and our chihuahua.
sahlah
Aug. 31st, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy new family members
The dogs are watching...

Do you have a picture of the rest of the pack? We had toy poodles growing up, just love them.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy new family members
I'll have to check with the chief photographer.
penshark
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Love the photos -- thank you for posting them. But the frog clearly isn't empty this year -- it's full of cat. :-)
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd like them.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
They are such handsome fellas! I have always wanted a blue eyed cat. And an orange tiger cat. And an all-grey tiger cat. And... and... and. I won't live long enough to have all the kinds of cats I want, unless I become one of those crazy cat ladies. It could happen!
T.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
So many breeds, so little time.
nodressrehersal
Aug. 31st, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, such handsome fellows, they are! Great photos. The one where they're in the perennial bed is hard for me to figure out - it's messing with my depth perception or something. It looks as though it could be one cat and a reflection in water. (except it's not)
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 31st, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sherry took it from the deck, looking down at them. I wouldn't have used that shot except for Zappa's searchlight eyes shining up from all of the greener.
callioperato
Sep. 1st, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
They're so cute! Their names are perfect, too.
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 1st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Sherry named Zevon first, and her choice surprised me, to say the least, because she named one of our shih-tzus Lola and named our chihuahua Olivia Joy. But once she picked Zevon, I knew I wanted a "Z" sound in the second cat's name, so Zappa was a quick and easy choice.
callioperato
Sep. 1st, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
I would have bet money you named them both. Good thing I didn't! Not sure who I would have made that bet with... Whatever.
android_weber
Sep. 2nd, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
So fluffy! http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lydsn7GXXq1r4mxbl.gif Congratulations.

(I would use a second exclamation point, but I haven't been out of the journalism field THAT long...)
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
Before long, you won't be able to use them at all.
android_weber
Sep. 10th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Though I'll be tempted to use them all the more...especially in emails to folks at home.

Follow up: I just put my journalism degree to good use in writing a statement of fact for a legal memo. All those lede-writing exercises in undergrad paid off.
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