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Cat person

So over the years and even though we’ve had multiple cats in our house, I’ve often said to my kids that I’m not a cat person. I guess I now realize that while that’s true for domestic cats, I guess I’ve always had a place in my heart for wild cats.

Reading this article, entitled “Mountain Lions Went Extinct in Missouri in the 1920s. They May be Making a Comeback” by Edward McKinley over at the Kansas City Star, I guess brought that point home. I think of all the wild cats, my favorite cat has always been the leopard.

Maybe this picture below tells the story why. I got it from my grandparents years and years ago. Not the best shot, but certainly a great memory.





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Cat’s meow

So to say this has been a tough week would be an understatement. It started last Thursday and ended yesterday as my daughter and I said good-bye to our beloved Oreo. Even though I have said many times, I am much more of a dog person, I have cried many, many tears over the last few days.

Like many pet owners, Oreo was and still is, a beloved member of our family. As someone who is divorced, he has also provided much comfort to all my kids. While I have known this, as I’ve reflected on our life with Oreo over the last few days, I have only begun to find out how much.

Like I entitled my post tonight, he was truly the Cat’s Meow and unlike any of my previous pets, we will have his ashes here to remind us. We will also have many, many pictures, which I hope to soon make into a collage.


Oreo, you will truly always be loved.



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Big cat country up north

I must admit when I first read this article, I was a little surprised to learn that the fact that someone spotting two cougars or mountain lions is rare. I guess I just kind of assumed (I know, I know…) that the range for big cats is rather broad.

Anyway, you can learn more about the eye-witness account in the article “Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota” by Dave Orrick over at the Bismarck Tribune. Pretty cool if you ask me. Ecosystems are healthiest when they are complete.



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Pleistocene cat

So I guess you’re wondering what a Pleistocene cat is and if it wasn’t for the book I’m reading, Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles Spencer and tonight’s article, I wouldn’t either.  Thanks to the handy chart in Mr. Spencer’s book, I know the Pleistocene period is from the Cenozoic Era, when the ice sheets advanced as far as northern Missouri.

Plus, thanks to the article entitled”How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age: Changing the menu may have allowed jaguars to thrive while other cats perished” by Brian Switek over at the Scientific American blog Laelaps, I know that unlike many animals of that time, thankfully the Jaguar survived.



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Walking by the river

So today I got the kids over to Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, which I guess you could call our favorite place to go (at least for the boys) when the weather is nice. Anyway, once we got on the trail, we did manage to have some fun.

We took a few pictures, including these three:


The first one appears to be from a cat. My daughter thinks it’s a bobcat.


The second one is from a log that is sunk into the ground. My youngest son thought it was kind of cool.


This last one, my oldest son said looks like a river is cut into the rock.

Anyway, it was fun to get out with the nice weather. It appears that we’re going to get lots of rain the next several days so with the Meramec river still running high, it will be interesting to see what happens.



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A Christmas gift from Cecil

So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the African Lion an early Christmas gift this year and will officially “list —two lion subspecies, one native to India and central and western Africa, and the other to eastern and southern Africa—as endangered and threatened, respectively”.

In addition, there will be”a special rule to ensure that trophies are not imported into the U.S. unless they are from countries with a management plan for lions that has been approved by the U.S. government”.

You can check this article over at the Born Free USA website entitled “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Rule on African Lions!” Born Free has been working on this issue for the last four years. What I think needs to be added is Thank you Cecil!



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Cat guy

Despite the fact that I’ve told my daughter I’m a dog person (and even though I have a cat), when I read this article it occurred to me that maybe I’m also a cat guy.

Looking back when I was much younger, I must admit I was always fond of the big cats like leopards, cheetahs, tigers, bobcats and  lynxs.

So when I read the article “California outlaws recreational and commercial bobcat trapping” by Louis Sahagun over at the LA Times, I thought hmmm…Maybe it’s time to admit that I’m both a cat and dog guy.



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A picture is worth a thousand words

Tonight, I just want to keep this post short and sweet. Check out this amazing picture over at The Grist with the article entitled “Rare photos show Serengeti lions napping in a tree” by



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Cats and dogs and people, oh my!

Here are two  stories, one about a cat and one about a dog and how perhaps we humans can  get along withthem if we just work together.

The first story, “Lonely Cougars Look for Love in Southern California” by Sheila V. Kumar at the Wall Street Journal. Here we have the state of California and several interest groups looking to build the cougars their own freeway overpass, in order to help them survive in our highway world.

The other article is entitled “Coyote Struck by SUV, Gets Stuck in Bumper” by David Strege at GrindTV. This kind soul not only took him to a rehabilitation center, he also helped pay for the expenses.



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Cats & dogs or dogs & cats

So as soon as I came across this article, “What Dogs can Teach Kids” by Pete Nelson the other day in an old copy of (the now defunct) Wondertime magazine , I was reminded of a couple of other articles.  One was on cats and one was on dogs.

To make the story more complicated, my kids have dogs with their mom and a cat at our house, with talk of getting a second even though I would rather have a dog.  Confused!? Me too!

Since it’s sort of still Christmas around here as  the tree is till up, I thought I would post three articles here (since I have three kids), two on dogs and one on cats. If I do get a dog, it will probably a Newfoundland. They’re great with kids as we had two when I was younger.

The first one is the aforementioned one on what dogs can teach kids. The other two are on the domestication of cats and dogs. They are “Cat Domestication Traced to Chinese Farmers” and “Domestication of Dogs May Have Elaborated on a Pre-Existing Capacity of Wolves to Learn from Humans“, both at Science Daily.

Chow (or meow)!


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