The Handsome Benji

Benji, I said.  You look so reflective today.  What’s on your mind? 

Well, he replied.  Today I was thinking that I have probably stopped growing.  I will never be big like Tiger. And more than that.  I thought my ear would grow back but it hasn’t.  I will always be different.

Oh Benji, I replied. You are wrong about the ear.  It’s part of your story and makes you, YOU!  Honestly, I have never seen a more handsome cat!  (But don’t tell Tiger I said so.)

Thank you, Sue, he said.  I will try to believe it.

I will believe for you, I said.

~ Susanne

Benji the Mighty Hunter

This is Benji and I am a mighty hunter.  Tiger taught me well.

First, he said, you must listen with your whole body until you sense the presence of the varmints underfoot. This I practice.

Then, he said, you will smell them.  Follow the scent. Quietly.  Patiently.

This too I practice.

Do not be quick to attack, he said.  Conserve your energy.  Wait. Watch. You will know when it is time.

When you discover their lodging, he said, but they refuse to surrender, you must dig and dig until you rout them out.

Rest if you must but do not lose heart.  If they escape today they will be there tomorrow for you to surprise.

These things I practice for I am Benji, the Mighty Hunter.

~ Benji

Well said, boy.

~ Tiger

P.S. from Susanne

Benji exercised these hunting skills for well over an hour last night, patiently watching, digging and pulling up tufts of grass but to no avail. The rodent apparently won this round but Benji was not discouraged.

The Most Interesting Cats in the World

This is Tiger, the mature one in the house.  I don’t always pose like this; but when I do it will be on the most luxurious cover I can find.

This is Benji and I agree you’re lookin’ good for your age Tiger.  But you can’t overcome youth.

~ Tiger and Benji, the most interesting cats in the world

Happy Monday from Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Cats

After waking up all groggy and sleepy-eyed I ended up in my office with my morning coffee for a quiet time.  Tiger joined me and appreciated having the prime real estate to himself since Benji was outside.  He asked for nothing more than a little love and attention which I gladly gave.

Soon contented, he sprawled out among his toys for a morning nap without fear of  the little one’s harassment.

Trails

After I was revived Bob and I went for a morning walk at our favorite local park where all was cool yet sunny, vibrant, and clear.

Garden

After our walk, I visit the garden.  It’s early but the herbs are already cheerful and bright and loads of strawberries have set on and should ripen soon.

Cats Revisited

As I write this it’s now Benji’s turn in the office but he prefers sleeping in the chair and that puts a big smile on my face..

and his too.

Happy Monday from Cats and Trails and Garden Tales!

~  Susanne

Weary of the Sunshine

“Benji,” I said. “What are you doing under there?  It must be the weather, huh? ”

“Catchin’ some shade,” he said. “It’s too hot for me. The sun penetrates my fur and slows me down.  Zaps me of all my strength. Like this,” he said.

“Oh Benji, I understand, ” I replied.  “I’m feeling rather lethargic myself with these temperatures in the eighties.  We’re just not used to it anymore.”

“True, ” he said. “But I still have more energy than you do because I’m a cat and I have youth on my side.  Wanna see?”

“Okay, Benji, yes.  You made your point. You still got it.”

~Susanne and Benji