Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A stranger in the house...

It seems there is a stranger in our house.....
nestled inside a cupboard in the mudroom.
 This is not a total stranger, as I have observed this kitty on and off for the past 2 years; quickly flitting around the corner of the house, glaring at me with distrust from the uppermost eaves in the barn or dashing beneath our porch at the least sign of human activity.  I did not see him over the entire Spring and Summer months. But now, she is back again.
 I discovered her/him in a cupboard inside the mudroom/utility room at the back of our house which contains laundry facilties, tools and, most importantly, a doggie door. She's been huddled in the cupboard for 2 days.
I am trying to make friends as witnessed by bowls of cream, dry kibble and canned fish.
 As I gently stroke the velvety soft fur and scratch behind the ears, this kitty hisses, snarls and growls at me. but doesn't try to bite or scratch. It is rather pitiful, I don't think he knows how to PURR, imagine the sadness in  that, a kitty than has never purred.  I think he is just fearful and suspicious  probably never having been touched before.
This cat is ever so beautiful, what a glorious face!
I hope kitty hangs around this time... I want to give her/him a name and a home.

Last weekends show was fun, but this coming weekend is my favorite show of the year.
WHY is this my favorite show? Well, it is only 30 minutes from our house, It is a Craft Guild I have belonged to for nearly 20 years, and the show, though small, has a wonderful ambiance with high quality work.
 I will be bringing a new rabbit along,
"Ruben the Radish Addict"
I am SOLD
He is a stout fellow with an appetite for those red thingies...
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He cannot get enough and is a scourge to farmers all over the area.

 Nov. 20-22nd
Foothills Guild Craft Show
Knoxville Tn a
 Jacobs Building at Fairgrounds in Knoxville 
http://foothillscraftguild.org/ 
Ruben SOLD at the show.

36 comments:

  1. She's a very pretty girl, sounds as though she's a feral although not completely wild ?
    I had a male cat that looked just like her, he had a gorgeous coat and a beautiful face also.
    Love your furry rabbits, your talent is endless. Hope you have a wonderful time at the craft guild.
    ~Jo

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    1. Hi Jo, Pretty sure he is feral, but, because he has been hanging around our house for so long, there is a bit of tameness about him.

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  2. i hope that kitty becomes a pet. he/she is beautiful! as is ruben. i love him!

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    1. He has moved from the cupboard and onto the shelf.... I think he is here to stay.

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  3. Looks like you have to take baby steps with the newbie. Such a gorgeous face and coat. I hope he/she learns to trust you soon. If he/she only knew how lucky it is to have landed at your home. :) My goodness, you are so talented. I love Ruben...so cute.

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    1. baby steps, true. I am dying to hold him, but I will try to take it slowly.

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  4. The sweet kitty is going to love living at your place. Why he/she even gets a Friendly Village bowl! Lucky kitty. Ruben the Radish Addict made me laugh out loud...too cute for words. xo ♥

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    1. That Friendly Village bowl really gets around! They are our everyday dishes and have been used by one and all>

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  5. Do you think you'll find kittens in your utility room soon? Why else would she come inside suddenly? Love your radish addict!

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    1. Oh I would love to find kittens, but I am fairly certain this is a boy, I had a brief glance at his "underparts".

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  6. This is from the feral cat expert (unfortunately moi.) When you get the chance, put food in a cage (carrier) and catch kitty and haul to the vet. Have it spayed/neutered and when you get it home, it will be purring and rubbing all over you. It is like magic. Feral cat Mean Mom (she tried to claw out my eyes and slapped my glasses off) turned into a sweet puss after I had her fixed. Have fun at the show. Have you sold out of everything yet?

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    1. Absolutely agree Donna, all my kit kats are fixed and it does change their personality for the better. I have a traveling vet, who does operations from his mobile clinic. He only has to pull into our driveway and do the job. I still have lots of little critters left over , and only 2 more shows to go.
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  7. Our barn/garage kitty, Bobby looks identical to yours. And because he disappears for days on end sometimes ( I assume he is off adventuring)....perhaps he has been making regular treks to Tennessee to visit you!! If it is our Bobby....he is a wonderful cat!! I have no doubt that very soon this cat will understand just how wonderful YOU are!!!

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    1. A doppelganger! I hope mine is as sweet as Bobby.

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  8. Gorgeous cat! Hope he sticks around this time and becomes another creature for you to take care of. He could't choose a better home I'm sure.

    I love Reuben's vest and hat!

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    1. Vic, I adore him already.. Now if I can just get our 2 Great Pyrenees to accept another kitty into the family.....

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  9. What a pretty cat. Hope he learns not to be so fearful and finally gets a home.

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    1. Hi Wendy, He was much better today, I actually got about 1/2 of a purr out of him.

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  10. I've had two feral cats that turned into the biggest lovers and lap cats I've ever had. Cunkles had a damaged ear ( the name came from that) and was nothing but a hissing, spitting bundle of teeth and claws until he figured out that petting wasn't such a bad thing. He also realized that he had all the food he would ever need, all the petting he could handle and a warm place to live. He lived a long happy life after the trip to the vet and would flop on his back for belly rubs.

    Maxine showed up pregnant and starving. I put a plastic storage tote that turned upside down and cut an entry into on the back deck and feed her. After a couple of weeks she figured out that I wan't going to hurt her. She had her kittens a few weeks later. She was the best mom and even let me handle the babies. As soon as she weaned the kittens and I found homes for all of them she went to the vet, got all her shots and was spayed. Maxi cat is now going on five years old and the biggest baby ever.

    I hope your newcomer turns into a wonderful new addition to the family. Rina

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    1. CUNKLES! I love that. A fellow traveler in the world of kitty adoption, I see. I too have taken in many little orphans, and they absolutely become the most loving and grateful of companions. I am so thankful you took in the pregnant Maxine, and shudder to think of the sad existence all the kittens would have had without your love and care.

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  11. I will venture to guess that Mr. New Kitty's purring days are about to begin! Soon he will just be another one of Hopalong Hollow's adorable furry critters. Ruben the Radish Addict is a handsome little rabbit, for sure!

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  12. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA Oh do I have to show my husband RUBEN this post! He will spit with laughter. Jeri Landers, what miracles are you going to execute for CHRISTMAS? My goodness women, your wool is spun into golden treasures. AND that kitty is precious! OK, gotta run to work, but this is one delightful morning surprise for the eyes and heart. LOVE!

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    1. Anita, Does your Ruben stash radishes too?

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  13. What a beautiful kitty! I'm sure she'll end up purring and sweet as can be, knowing she is loved and cared for.

    Love your latest rabbit.

    Have a GREAT show ~ FlowerLady

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. We both have a cat story to tell....I do love your radish rabbit-he is adorable and so life like. Have you ever thought of making tutorials for felting? It would probably be quite exhausting to do that, but your lovely work is so wonderful-it would be nice to have some of your art tips! At any rate-it's just plain wonderful to see what you do!

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    1. Debra, I just read your wonderful cat story today, it touched me greatly.
      I don't really want to do a tutorial on my work; I could not do a better job than those tutorials I see on YouTube, which are boundless.

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  15. Those half-wild kitties usually turn out to be the best pets. We had one named Scooter when I was a kid. She kept the premises clear of mice and would even chase strange dogs out of the yard!! One of the best cats I ever had. Oh, and Ruben is fantastic! what personality! he seems so alive as if he might just begin to talk at any moment! have fun at the show :)

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    1. I think this one may have been living on mice for quite awhile, which explains why I haven't seen any in the barn for ages!

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  16. Love the raddishes! Congratulations on your new family member! Name?

    I used a back scratcher to gently pet a feral cat. Good luck

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    1. My petting strategy is beginning to work, he really likes the attention.

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  17. Jeri, he is beautiful! Oh how I hope you have a new friend. Hugs!

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  18. Jeri,
    What a beautiful cat! I think she will stay this time... She certainly could not find a better home.
    Now... this rabbit is fantastic! I love his stance, and those radishes.. I love your imagination Jeri.
    So happy you have a show that is so close... Wishing you the best this weekend.
    Love ya!
    Penny

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  19. Beautiful kitty, hope it comes around for you.

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  20. Ohhhh my!! What a sweet beautiful face!! Hope She/he will soften his/her heart soon for Hopalong is the place to achieve it!! ((Our Mr Stubbs was a growley hisser, but now he is a mooosh ball))
    Mr Ruben the Radish Addict is sure to be a hit at the show as handsome as can be!!

    Much warmth and love, Linnie

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  21. I hope this cat becomes one of your pets. We had a male cat named Boots who looked exactly like that and was sweet and adorable and acted more like a dog. I am a true lover of all things rabbit, so your Ruben has just touched my heart!! -Jenn

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  22. I suspect this little one knows a loving home when he/she sees it, but just wants to be sure you want him/her. Totally in love with all your felted animals!

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