Friday, June 18, 2010


I wonder why they were called butterflies and not flutterbies...because they sure tend to flutter on by when I try to capture them in a photograph.
Remember when we were kids, any where there was a mud puddle, there would be all kinds of butterflies. One I don't often see around here are the tiny little silver ones....not sure what they are called, but I don't think they are an inch long even. Oh, I see one once in a blue moon, but that is about it.

Puss Puss is rough on butterflies....I have seen her chase one all over the yard, leaping for it. Run up trees, and jump out after it, and finally actually catching it by doing just that. Of my four cats, she is the most dedicated hunter. Always catching the least bit of movement and going on the alert.

The cardinals have moved on...I don't think they had babies yet. But I am sort of relieved because I don't think the cats caught one of them...usually if they catch a bird, mouse, or mole, they bring it to show us. They like to share that way.

But the cats are just being cats, and I love them. Each one has a distinct personality. My four now are so totally different than the four I had a few years ago. The ones I have now never listen to me...and I am meaning never. Except one time last Christmas Bubbie was about to start with the Christmas tree and I yelled at him, really mad in fact, and he looked at me and actually stopped. I think that was the one and only time any have ever listened. They don't look when I call their name, much less come to me.

The four I had before, well, one was mine, one for each of my daughters and the other....she came here and claimed us all. One of my daughter's cats came from the humane shelter, and was older, but she still knew her name...all of them knew their name, came to their name, I don't remember the one we got from the pound ever doing much for me to tell her no or get down...but the other three all knew what the word no mean, they all got down when I told them, and they came to their name.

With our cats now, we call ourselves the cat herders part of the time; the rest we are just doormen.

I want to leave you with a couple quotes which I find to be so true....if you want to read more go here.

"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."
- Unknown

"Dogs have owners, cats have staff."
- Unknown

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. "
- Jeff Valdez


EG CameraGirl said...

I like your cat quotes, especially the one about cats having staff. :)

Your butterfly shots are great. I'm seeing more butterflies this year than last. The caterpillar population must be up too, though I haven't noticed that.

Anonymous said...

Your butterfly pictures are nice. I have yet to photograph a butterfly this year. They are being so elusive!

Susan Tidwell said...

Great butterfly, I got a picture of one just like that this week! Love this: "cat herders part of the time; the rest we are just doormen." - SO True!

Have a great day!

Judy said...

Awesome shots!! I'm glad the cardinals moved on...I would have hated to hear that Puss Puss got one.

Lowell said...

Flutterbies - I've never heard that but it sure fits. They don't hold still for me, either.

Cats are wonderful creatures, though quite independent. Sounds like you have a good relationship with all of yours!

Mary said...

I like your Flutter-bys :-) They really are pretty. Everything you say about cats is so true. I've never been without cats, so I guess I've been on "staff" for a long time. In and out, fill the food bowl. Mine know their names, but that doesn't mean they pay attention. I do think that cats are smart.

Small City Scenes said...

I love the cat quotes. Oh so true. I have 2 cats now. Prisilla and Niblet. N is a very good cat and sits by the door if she wants out but she also is a great huntress. She will leap through the air for a fly. Every morning there is a little present on the front porch--usually a little shrew.
Now Priss just seems to sleep all day so what she does at night we don't know/

Beautiful captures of the flutterby.


George said...

I like your quotes about the difference between cats and dogs. Thanks for the smiles.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Cute post... Cats are all different---one from another.... The personalities are all different, one from another.

Love those quotes, especially the last one... cute!!!

Caron said...

Yes, cat personalities are so different! I'm sure my cats think my name is Feeder.