May 24, 2009

But they all live in the basement (update)

UPDATE 5/24/09

The call came over the police scanner: cat struck by car at 11th and P-----. That's my territory. I was out of the office and to the scene in a minute, but the teens gathered at the corner had not seen a cat.

Around another block and another street over, I hadn't found an endangered cat. Then I saw Dirt Cat. Unscathed. Or perhaps struck by a car and unfazed. Dirt Cat lives. Here is a few months ago:

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Photo of Dirt Cat by Chase.

Whenever I see Dirt Cat he is walking cautiously in the wide open. And he never sees me until I'm approaching at a sprint.

He looks like a bobcat in the face, a mangy dog otherwise, but ultimately he's a stray cat and perhaps a little slow. He lives in the basement of our house with Basement Cat, Weiner Cat* and Real Cat (otherwise known as Dust Cat, because he's gray, but he's also the least stray-like, and hence, real).

The first time I saw Dirt Cat he was creeping along the neighbor's fence. I chased him for fun and he led me right to his home: our basement. The next time he was creeping into a pipe: I surprised him at the other end. I also chased him with Chase, leading to the first-ever photo seen above.

The best chase happened about a week ago, when I started chasing him around the house. He way ahead and I think he slowed down, expecting me to be coming back the other way around, so when I caught up from behind he was peeking around the corner and had to bust tail all over again.

Finally, I chased Dirt Cat yesterday afternoon. Having just finished a juggling session I turned to walk home from across the street when, sure enough, here comes Dirt Cat, padding onto the lawn but unaware of me. See him bookin' it at the end of the video below:

* Weiner Cat has short legs and a long body.

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Blogger Chase said...

Awesome post! That video was cool too. I'm glad I got to see Dirt Cat scramble down that hole again. Also, the mini-ode to the Mpls video (the plane) was good.

You're still using Vegas?

February 8, 2009 at 5:55 PM 
Blogger Maria Servold said...

that video made me miss you and your collegian days. :(

February 8, 2009 at 7:02 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Yeah, still Vegas. Totally works for what I need, and I like that many of the keyboard shortcuts are single letters, not ctrl +'s.

February 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virginia looks nice this time of year. Great video.

February 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM 
Blogger K. Janke said...


February 9, 2009 at 8:25 PM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

"Hey...Dirt Cat. I see you."

"Hey...Juggle Boy. Who do you think you're talking to?"

May 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM 

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