No Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday

 Posted by on 17 April 2015 at 8:00 am  Cats, Dogs, Personal
Apr 172015

This Sunday morning, we’re putting doggie Mae to sleep for the aggression problems that I discussed here. At the same time, we’re also putting kitty Elliot to sleep too: his heart is definitely failing, and by keeping him alive, we risk him throwing a clot and thereby having a terribly painful end. My wonderful, wonderful vet is making a special trip out to our place on her day off to do this.

So Sunday will be a terribly day for me, and I couldn’t even think of broadcasting. I know that we’re making the right choice, but still, this is so hard.

The More Cats Change…

 Posted by on 24 November 2014 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Personal
Nov 242014

Jan 182014

When I return home after a few hours away, the various members of my menagerie of beasts respond in basically the following ways:

Dogs: You’re home! OMG, we’re so excited to see you! YAYAYAYAY! We’re going to celebrate by running around outside. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in a few minutes, after we’ve sniffed some stuff. We’ll want to lie near you, just because we missed you so much.

Cats: Why were you gone so long? We were hungry. Feed us now. Also, don’t do that again; it’s just not fair to us.

Horses: Yo.

Dog and Cheetah: Run, Chase, and Play Time

 Posted by on 19 December 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Dogs
Dec 192013

These videos of a cheetah chasing and playing with its doggie companion are just awesome.

Cheetah Savanna and Dog Max Play in Snow – Cincinnati Zoo:

Savanna Cheetah Cub and Puppy Max Play – Cincinnati Zoo:

I wonder if the big cat ever accidentally injures its canine companion, as sometimes happens with humans who’ve raised big cats from birth. I suspect that dogs can read the body language of the cat better — and communicate better too. But I’d love to ask a zookeeper that!

Naughty Kitty Merlin at the Vet

 Posted by on 12 November 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Funny, Personal
Nov 122013

At the vet two weeks ago, naughty kitty Merlin was very enthused to be in a new place with much to explore. First, he opened the cabinet (overcoming the child-proof lock in seconds) and explored inside for a while.

Then, most unexpectedly, he climbed up into the drawer of medical supplies, refused to leave, and ultimately got stuck.

After I took this picture, we were able to free him, although that was harder than expected. He was much more subdued after that, until he went for the cabinet again.

My vet was very amused — and amazed too. Me, not so much! Naughty kitty Merlin is naughty!

Cat Helps Dog Escape Kitchen

 Posted by on 21 October 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Dogs, Funny
Oct 212013


Cat: I’m working on it, don’t rush me!

Conrad Loving on Merlin

 Posted by on 28 September 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Dogs, Personal
Sep 282013

Our dog Conrad would have killed and eaten our cats when we adopted him at a year old. It took me a year of daily training to be able to leave him loose in the house with the cats. Now, about four years later, he’s routinely loving on and attempting to dominate kitty Merlin… and Merlin loves it! I don’t worry about Conrad hurting Merlin. He’s always been gentle. Plus, Merlin has sharp claws and very speedy reaction times!

See for yourself:

Oh, how I love the sappy music! :-)

No Cats on Tables

 Posted by on 9 September 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Personal
Sep 092013

We have a strict “no cats on tables” policy Chez Hsieh, as Kitty Elliot demonstrates here:

If Kitty Merlin Were Human

 Posted by on 2 September 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Funny
Sep 022013

When I left for my lesson last week, kitty Merlin was having a party in our bathroom with his buddies “bathmat” and “fuzzy mouse.” When I returned about three hours later, the party was still in full swing.

If Merlin were a human, he’d be that loveable jerk of a roommate who drinks all your beer, sleeps with your ex-girlfriend, and forgets to repay you the money he borrowed last week … but he’s just such a fun-loving dude that you just can’t stay mad at him.

Cat Versus Stuffed Bobcat

 Posted by on 14 August 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cats, Funny
Aug 142013

This video is hysterical.

The incident reminds me of Lila. I’ve trained her to touch scary objects such as trash cans in exchange for a treat. The silly girl often bops the trash can with her nose just hard enough to rock it a bit back and forth… which is OMG, SCARY! She startles, and I laugh at her every time.

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