Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

Cats and Dogs, Living Together, Mass Hysteria December 11, 2013

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Ember wants nothing to do with Maggie the Dog

Ember wants nothing to do with Maggie the Dog

My friend Mike visited from Indiana this past weekend, and his dog Maggie came with him. Maggie is a very sweet dog, who lives her life dominated by the cats she lives with, so what could go wrong? Surely our cats could handle this visit?

Mike arrived, Maggie in tow, and our elderly cat, Rufus glared and sauntered off. Okay, not so bad. Then Maggie turned toward the front parlor, and a great commotion was heard. Ember and Pumpernickel took one look at Maggie and decided she was not for them. Pumpernickel took off in a streak of white. Ember, on the other hand, had other ideas. She ran up the drapes as if they were flat on the ground, only stopping when she was hanging from the window trim eight feet off the floor. She hung up there hissing, even as I climbed, shoes on furniture and tried to rescue her from her perch. This scene ended with me pulling Ember and the drapes off the window, followed by Ember launching herself off my shoulder in a single leap that seemed to propel her from the front parlor to the back upstairs laundry, where she stayed, almost exclusively, for the duration of Mike and Maggie’s visit. This will be the event I think of, whenever I hear the Ghostbusters line about cats and dogs living together. It really is mass hysteria.

 

There Weren’t Enough Kittens on the Internet

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The cats hunt down a mouse tag team style.

The cats hunt down a mouse tag team style.

So we decided to add an update about the kittens we adopted a while back from the Animal Rescue League. We’ve since started fostering kittens for the Panora Animal Shelter, but those kitties keep getting adopted before we can post photos of them. Let us know if you’re looking for a new furry friend. As you can see, we train excellent old house cats (or we happen to be standing nearby when many kittens become awesome cats).

As if drafty windows weren't costing us enough, now Pumpernickel has learned to turn on the faucet.

As if drafty windows weren’t costing us enough, now Pumpernickel has learned to turn on the faucet.

Pumpernickel loves to snuggle. This daily behavior his earned him the nickname "Productivity Killer".

Pumpernickel loves to snuggle. This daily behavior his earned him the nickname “Productivity Killer”.

Mouse...caught, soon to be relocated outdoors.

Mouse…caught, soon to be relocated outdoors.

 

Drywall Crimes March 10, 2012

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imageCats and drywall do not mix. I cleaned up the cat crime scene footprints three times before I just gave up and waited to clean until after the drywall was finished.