From wise commentor Werebear:
This is RJ (big) and Mithrandir (small). Only now Mithy is bigger than RJ!
Maine Coon mixes rule.
This, I can attest, is true… whether or not one wishes to be ruled, Maine Coons will take charge. Lucky for us thumbed primates, they are (mostly) benevolent dictators.
What’s on the agenda for the new day?
@OzarkHillbilly: Yep! Gotta hit the road ….
Maine Coons are awesome. I still miss mine.
Good Morning ☺, Everyone ?
@rikyrah: Good morning to you, too.
And a soggy morning it is, too, here in South Florida. We had a real turd-floater at Chez Mustang while I was at work yesterday; there was at least an inch of water in the corner of the patio enclosure. The rainy season is here.
In addition, they have cranked up the AC in the office to the point that yesterday I had to leave the office and walk around the block to get feeling back in my fingers.
Is anyone else having trouble with the mobile site? I either see a front page from yesterday morning (most recent post from Richard Mayhew at 7 am), or nothing at all. It’s been like that since yesterday morning.
Do Maine Coon cats come in orange stripy color?
I really need a cat now and I have long wanted an orange stripy cat.
I am definitely not up for another dobermann though I miss both of my dear old friends.
it appears to work fine for me FWIW
What platform (device, OS, browser)? Balloon Juice works slightly differently on each, depending on plug-ins used.
The mobile version is working okay on my Android phone with Chrome.
You know you are going to have a bad day when…
They are the only kind of cat I would ever own.
Now those are fluffy cats.
Me too, except for the content.
The best mouser I ever knew was a Maine Coon. Had some kind of Tolkein name on account of nerd owners. Didn’t like to be held. Could climb impossible things effortlessly. Played fetch for hours. Truly an exceptional animal.
@Sam Dobermann: From this blog, there are pictures of Maine Coons with orange. (Just scroll down the blog for the pictures in the posts.)
yeah, except for that!
Yes they do! There is a stray/ feral one that my friends and I were feeding who was the biggest cat we’ve ever seen. He finally was coaxed inside their house where he rules in glorious style.
We call him Mufassa.
I just read this over on Hullabaloo, and it just cracks me up. There are far too many liberals who think this way. It’s as if they [the liberals] think that they will have a seat at the negotiating table or any input into how the US will “re-negotiate” the accords. Please.
Thinking the other nations would be willing to “renegotiate” is ludicrous. Trump might as well guarantee lovely weather for the next four years.
When you postulate that Democrats are the worst, it follows that anything that is not Democratic must be an improvement.
When anything that is not Democratic turns out not to be an improvement, it also necessarily follows that Democrats must be to blame, since Democrats are the worst.
@debbie: The weather under Trump will be tremendous. So, so beautiful.
Iowa Old Lady
@NorthLeft12: I wonder if he has the faintest idea which nations are involved in this.
Or, more succinctly, the Bush/Cheney administration.
@debbie: Which Obama, as a Democrat, was necessarily worse than.
Easily provable since they’re busy respinning all their old bullshit. If they don’t stop with still pushing this mushroom cloud bullshit and over-regulation…
I heard that yesterday. We have just managed to get a agreement (weak, but hey anything) and this nitwit wants to “renegotiate”. Is this going to be happening as Japan and S Korea develop nuclear weapons because that would be really cool? And I would not label anyone who wants to “renegotiate” as “progressive”. “Stupid”, yes.
@Iowa Old Lady:
It does not matter. The “get us out of the U.N.” sentiment that pervaded conservative thought in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s hasn’t really gone away.
There’s a strong contingent of folks, who feel any negotiations the USA enters into that is not backed by military might and does not involve the other nation’s unconditional surrender is somehow an international plot to undermine our sovereignty.
Without such vigilance of thought America would long ago have surrendered to the Tri-Lateral Commission, the Rothschilds, the Counsel on Foreign Relations, and more recently Agenda 21. Edit: Forgot to add the thwarting of the North American Union and replacing American dollars with the Amero.
@Steeplejack (phone): iPhone, and apparently it healed as I am now seeing this page on my phone
Is the name of the Apple communications device now triggering moderation? Why is my last comment in quarantine?
The new fun symptom seems to be that all my comments from the phone go straight to moderation
@Sam Dobermann: Apparently they are officially called red tabby maine coons but a google of orange maine coons turned up plenty.
try petfinder although organizations tend to exagerate guessing breeds in the interest of placing pets and claiming maine coon breed might make a cat more adoptable. I wouldn’t worry about it if you like the actual cats personality. selecting longhaired orange tabby may also work.
That’s what happens when you believe in ponies and unicorns and are over 18 years old.
My Bitchy Kitty, the aptly-misnamed Angel, was a Maine Coon. She was a stand-offish but mostly malevolent dictator. I think I just rescued her a whisper beyond the cusp where she could be truly socialized – she was a feral child, for sure. But damn…I miss her. She disappeared one day and never came back, the creature, and to this day I don’t know whether a coyote nailed her in the alley or she just decided she was out of fucks to give and lit out for other doorsteps.
So nice to come here in the morning and see such sweet faces. Thanks Anne Laurie!
No One You Know
I have a Bombay that is very aware that cats waste once worshipped as gods. Mostly benign in aspect, but has the most malevolent yellow stare I’ve ever seen outside of a B movie. Ann’s a heat-seeking missile. All your laps are belong to Her!
@Sam Dobermann: Maine Coon Cats come in all sorts of colors including orange striped.
Here in the NorthEast, they are also abundant in the shelters, where RJ and Mithy came from.
@Sam Dobermann: My Zander is a beautiful orange and is at least part Maine Coon and so different (and outgoing) than any other cat I’ve ever been owned by.
@TaMara (HFG): Maine Coons are unique to themselves, and the fates have decided I should not be without some for very long. Which suits me.
I adore their little trilling voices, the big presence, and the dry sense of humor.
@WereBear: OMG, that humor! Zander and anything on a horizontal surface. He looks at me and then gently, almost imperceptibly moves his paw and pushes it to the ground. Then looks at me with the big eyes as if the say, “what??”. It’s all meant to entertain. Little clown.
And he and Bixby – such similar personalities and they love to play together. He is not intimidated by that 160 lbs of puppeh coming at him. Full speed.
@TaMara (HFG): When RJ was a teen cat, I told him he couldn’t play with our little electric Christmas tree (with the ornaments wired to the branches for safety.)
So he would play with the electric cord leading to it, to make it rock around on the table, and when I called him on it, he was, “What? I’m not playing with the tree.”
@WereBear: We have a year-old partial Maine Coon, he’s only 10 pounds but has huge paws, and yes, the trilling voice. Lord, the pre-supper “I’m starving here, feed me!” drama. Heck of a hunter too.
J R in WV
We were gifted with a pair of Maine Coons, and they were wonderful. Very social and outgoing, at parties Elly (short for Eleanor Roosevelt Coon Cat) would walk around wrapping people’s ankles, and Bandit (William Harding Coon Cat) would sit up somewhere above the floor and gaze serenely at everyone attending.
This was before Feline Leukemia vaccines were out, and we lost them and their kittens to that vile disease. Five kitty coon cats rushing around in a herd was something special. They would tumble down the banister from the upstairs bedroom in a fuzzy landslide.
The disease is more of an immune system perv than actual leukemia. They all died of different symptoms ranging from fluid in the chest cavity pressing on the heart to paralysis, to… well, anything.
@J R in WV: I’m so sorry. What a wrenching experience.
reality-based (the original, not the troll)
I assume you’ve sen Jesper, the skiing Norwegian Forest Cat (Maine Coon cousin and/or progenitor?
Orange Tabby AND an athlete!
Now, THAT is a CAT!
Siamese are unimpressed.
Just now catching up (WTF with all the TBU threads) and wanted to say beautiful kitties WereBear!