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Cat Angels
June 1, 2005
"Verne, I just wanted to say to you that you are too cool in my book. An Animal lover who is brave enough to share his stories about his kids with strangers!"
Cats seem about as intelligent as most people I meet who don't speak English. I believe that  respecting an animal as one would a human is essential. But few people seem to understand what respect is.
August 16, 2006
I love the saga of Rusty and Dusty and look forward to the next installment! Three cats own me too . . .

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Raccoony turned 1-year old
June, 2008
Happy birthday to the youngest of the cat Angels.
Half pound gopher
June, 2008
Cougar battles a world record size gopher to the finish. Call Guinness!
Generous with his spare gophers
June, 2008
Cougar let Raccoony have one when he was too full to eat. That made her cat day.
Valedictorian Cougar
June, 2008
High School provided Cougar the intellectual framework he needed to master cat-human language, to develop athletic skills to out run the fox, and the cunning to steal prey out from under the beak of the hawk.
Verne's cat pack
May, 2008
After Rusty left his old body behind his presence continued to warm us like a fire on a cold evening. Cougar stepped into his mighty paws to become the new alpha male as the girl cats came to accept him.
Raccoony loves the Dalai Lama
March, 2008
All the cats were upset that China would not let Tibet be free. Raccoony made this collage of photos from the news to send to the Dalai Lama. That way she hoped he'd know that the cats were with him. Little Raccoony printed this picture to mail with her cat allowance (cash$) to:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling P.O. McLeod Ganj
Dharamsala H.P. 176219

Verne had to put $.90 postage on the envelope for her.
Raccoony leaves Cougar in the dust
July, 2007
Kitten energy seemed boundless. Cougar had to rest up.
Cougar begins kung fu training for Raccoony
July, 2007
Cougar enjoyed play fighting with the new kitten. Raccoony gets whooped.
New kitten Raccoony
July, 2007
She looked like a raccoon. Now Dustball wouldn't be the only girl in the pack.
Jailed Paris Hilton interviewed by Dustball
June, 2007
Paris shares her spiritual insights. Dustball let's her tell it all.
Cougar at 10 months
March, 2007
The youngest cat was the new alpha male. A tough but sweet little kitten.
Dustball 2007
March, 2007
Her favorite song is Don't worry baby by the Beach Boys. With cat lyrics.
Cougar's first pheasant
January, 2007
The young one bags a big one! Kitten discovers gourmet eating.
Cat Models
February, 2007
Which cat was the best model? It was a toss up.
Employee of the month
October, 2006
For excellence in cat modeling, Cougar was awarded "Employee of the month"
Face of an angel
October, 2006
Cougar was no ordinary cat, he was an Angel
Dustball finally had a playmate
September, 2006
Her first year was lonely, now she had a kitten to play with
Rusty liked pizza
September, 2006
Three cats living together, a happy group of felines
Evil foxtail weeds
August, 2006
The foxtails were sharp, one stuck in Dustball's eye
Why cats get "fixed"
August, 2006
Cougar was too much fun, he needed to see the vet to, uh, get "fixed."
Rusty's future looked bright
August, 2006
Sleeping on the deck at night allowed Rusty to watch the stars, he felt the deep stillness of the country. The sun rose to warm his fur and he felt peace. He felt gratitude.
God gave Verne another Angel
Cougar was obviously an Angel. Verne was grateful and said "Thank you Father for this cat Angel" several times every day.
God asks Rusty to stay on earth to protect Cougar
Rusty wanted to go home to Heaven but when GOd asked him to protect his cat Angel Cougar Rusty said "Yes, Father"
Cougar & the full moon
Cougar goes bonkers playing in the light of the summer full moon.
Cougar learns the ropes
The new kid fits in quickly.
Dust Ball's kid brother
They divide up the office territory. Who gets to warm Verne's chair...
Dusty's Toys
June, 2006
In the middle of the night she calls my name.  "Peep! Peep!" another toy...
Rusty's Retirement
He still had to work as Night Watch Cat, and train the next lead cat...
Dusty learns cactus packing
She loved bubble wrap but kept falling asleep on the wrapping paper.
Dusty meets her first snake
She'd never met a gopher snake before. Had Rusty ever seen a snake she wondered?
Rusty bitten by Possum
Another $288 in emergency vet care. The old Rust Bucket had yet another drainage tube, and wears the funnel on his head till it heals.
Dusty at age 11 months
Dusty has outgrown the terrible twos. No more galloping through the house tossing rolls of toilet paper.
Dusty's Sex Change Operation
Wishing to avoid "problems later in life" the little Dust Ball choose to get fixed. This career kitten had no time for raising a family.
The Vet hurt Dusty!
Barking dog, the Wicked Witch, the painful needle
Dusty won't ever go back to that Vet again!
Dusty's first hunting trip!
She watched Rusty and copied his moves
The kitten was becoming a hunter.
Dusty flunks computer school
We sometimes push our children too fast
Every cat parent wants their kitten to get a head start on a career. But learning the computer at only 8 weeks was a bit too much for little Dusty. Now we're scaling back expectations and she may have to fall back on modeling.
Dusty Attacks the computer desktop
Dusty takes driver training
Few people know that cats drive
I learned the trick long ago; that I could tilt my seat back while my cat kept the car centered on the freeway. If we came up on a slower vehicle all he had to do was dig his claws into my chest to brake, or swish a tail in my face to speed up. Works great on those long freeway trips. I once dozed for 150 miles while Rusty steered and cruise control held the speed steady.
San Pedro cat has 11 lives
Cat Angel Rusty turned 15 this year
He grew up on our San Pedro farm. After a recent near death infection from one of his many animal battles it was discovered that all of his 9 lives had expired. As he lay on the doorway to the infinite San Pedro granted him two miracles; one was the extension of his 9 lives to 11 and the second was to give him an Angel companion named Dusty.
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Dusty meets Rusty in the hospital
Rusty helps with Spring planting
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