A Hand, A Paw

Dadgummit — I wanted to catch Bugsie’s ferocious toothy snarl in the act of dismembering this cane, from my now-defunct summer lilies — and all I got was the “as the world turns” effect again.

So let me take a different tack with this post.

My relationship with this cat is a spotted one, as regular readers know.  He was once feral, after all.

This next picture expresses a lot about how that can go, from time to time.

The cold shoulder.

Here, though, are ones I took just a minute ago.  He accepted a treat and extended a paw.

Just long enough for me to grab the camera — and then he dashed off again into the other room.  Pfffft. 

Still.  I strive to take what he gives with gratitude and thanksgiving.  Fresh start.  It’s Rosh Hashanah.  New beginnings.  Beginner’s mind.

Come to think of it, though, the beginner’s-mind thing has always been a problem for me.  Standing in the way of perfect enlightenment.

Never mind.  There’s still time.  Insh’allah.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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10 Responses to A Hand, A Paw

  1. Catsparella says:

    I know I should say he’s “handsome” (and he is), but what I really want to say is, “What a pretty cat!” That pink nose gets me every time!

  2. Bugs, well done…keep her guessing! That, besides the biting, is what life is all about.

  3. typist for JhaJha, the Petite Panther says:

    Oh that Bugs is so handsome (har) and cute! Great photos, as always.
    May you both enjoy your fresh beginnings and your best year yet!

    Beginner’s mind? Hmmm…but if I were humble I would be perfect and that wouldn’t be right, right?

  4. lifewith4cats says:

    a beautifull arm. A beautiful face. I think I could break out in song. Bugs……youuuu aaaarre soooo beautifulllll toooo meeeeee!

  5. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    How on earth do you do those animations – they’re fantastic! Congratulations on your award. Every now & then I click on a blog & it’s the award. It goes around & around! I actually wonder if it started off just ONE award. It’s a lovely thing. LOVE your cat photos, love cats!

  6. nadbugs says:

    Thank you so much, wordsfallfrommyeyes. The animations are just regular old images, in the .gif form — and they animate themselves. So easy. I am so glad we share this love of these beautiful companions!

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