March 7th 2012 6:50 am
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This morning the temps were much warmer – it’s up to 50 degrees!!! The Mama heaved a huge sigh of relief, because this is one of the scheduled mobile clinic spay days, and the plan was to take Little Socks in NOW, before he becomes sexually active. We don’t know how many of the colony are females who haven’t been spayed, but there are surely some. At the same time, our neighbor who we’ve mentioned before, will send his own indoor/outdoor kitty (male), plus one other of the ferals who hang out at his place – a female. Anyway, with the weather warmer, it will be better for the convalescents when they return. Hopefully Little Socks will not be too traumatized and will just set in to making up for the meal he’s missed this morning. The Mama hates this part, and wishes she could spare them the fear and pain.
Now… we promised Bobette we’d explain the whole situation about her and Bob, Zach ’s pet cricket. We’d only known Bob since this past summer when Zach found out he was missing and thought we’d eaten him! Well, we’d done no such thing! And just about that time a cricket calling itself Bob showed up – who were we to question the truth of this? He said he’d just come for a visit to see the Great Lakes, having heard so much about them; and, to be honest, he was a lot of fun: good conversationalist, quirky sense of humor, preferred the same flavor of pop tarts as we did – what’s not to like? Little did we know Bob was harboring a huge secret…
You see, it’s like this: crickets have a rather short life span – generally only 3 months or so. By cricket standards, the original Bob had already lived a long and happy life by the time he came to see us. We think he just wanted to spare Zach the pain of saying goodbye, but then once he got here, he met Bobette, and, well…it was love at first sight!
We don’t know all the particulars, but we DO know that when it was time for “Bob” to go back home, it was actually “Bobette” who made the trip. This much we’ve seen in the photos, and she’s confirmed it.
But hold on to your leprechaun hats, folks – there’s more. Like about 200 more! Crickets, that is, ‘cause that’s how many baby crickets you get out of one cricket nursery!!! That cricket in the cricket cage at Tao ’s party wasn’t even the first Bobette – it was one of her daughters; and it was one of her son’s providing the background music that everyone so enjoyed!!! Believe me, we were as surprised as anyfur, and we’d still be none the wiser if Sleeper wasn’t such a Wikipedia nut! MOL!!!
So there you have it. The Bobs and Bobettes say they’ve enjoyed the adventure, and will take turns in the future visiting from time to time. The new Bob (BTW, they say they would all prefer to be known as Bob) would like to go back to his ancestor’s home, if that’s OK with Zach. What do you say, Zach – can Bob come home now? He’s already packed his suitcase…
Bob saying goodbye to Bobette
Meez nefur saw Little Socks!! Can U's just send meez a link to one of his pix??
Okay, long story short about Bob and Bobette:
Thez wuss 202 crickets whoz planned alla weird stuffs to make us beleafs that thez wuss ownly one of them!! Ownly One Bob!! Butt what's the point of them dozing alla this?? JUST FUR FUN or something else?? It's seems a bit weird to meez!! Whys didn't they explain alla these at furst??
MMAO! My head is spinning! But then, that's not so unusual.
OMC - that is a lotta Bobs!
Oh, Tao - don't you see? It wasn’t meant as a joke; it was out of kindness to Zach. Bob didn't want Zach to mourn his passing, so he planned the trip, thinking that once he was here he would just sort of "disappear". Of course, then he met Bobette and he saw a way that he could "live forever", so to speak. Which he does, through all his children!
As for Little Socks, here’s the link to the first part of the story; the rest comes after:Little Sock's story
And here is the pic of Little Socks.
We say take thoze crickets fishin.......
Hay, fish gotta eat two!!!
OMC! This is like a soap opera!
*gets some popcorn to sit down and read the story*
MOL!! Good now we know what is going on :)
Let's hope spring is near for everycat.
*holds on to Monster's head to try to keep it from spinning*
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: Little Socks came back angry and disoriented from surgery and took off across the road. But we are happy to report that after a couple of hours, he was back sleeping on the porch with his little girlfriend. When he woke up, he allowed the Mama to pet him and he ate some dinner. Temperature out there is up to 59 degrees! - amazing!
I'm glad Little Socks is doing great.
Second.....Tabbies I'm appalled that you would take my pets (yes I'm claiming all 202) to the local fishing hole. You hurt my feelers!!
Third, so Bob's dead. I'm going to miss my little buddy, Zoe is crying but I told her his son is coming to stay with us. He can sing her to sleep like Bob did. So Bob the II can come as soon as he's ready. We would be honored to have him. Say he's a wicked record spinner....cool. Let you know when he arrives. Girls thanks for taking care of Bob, Bobette and the others.
Zach, you are a prince, truly. I knew you'd understand. Bob is crying, too, knowing he is welcome back at the ancestral home. Bless you, bro. Oh, and you're welcome - we wouldn't have missed any of it!
Mol, I think I'm a little lost about the Bob story. I think I missed something since I haven't been around much. I'll just go along with it :P.
Glad Socks surgery went well, and that he came back around later. Good to know it didn't scare him too much.
oooh!! Nows meez understands!! That wuss sos sweet of Bob!! Heez haz gun to the Bridge nows, right??
I'm sure the Bobs were trying to tell you this WHOLE time, but you couldn't understand them because of all the CHIRPING!! MOL!
Little Socks is a cutie - I'm glad he's okay and is nice to your momma!! Luv, Tink