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Feline Friday: Romeo is an attention seeker

And, yes, he gets his way.

RomeoRomeo welcomes you to our regular weekly Feline Friday. While I write this, he’s standing on the table next to my computer, reaching out repeatedly with his paw, claws extended, to remind me that he’s here. Also, I suppose, to remind me that he really would rather have a can of food opened than to rely on the bowl of dry kibbles that I put down for him a few minutes ago.

In his old age, Romeo has become quite expressive. He talks, he taps, or he scratches, sometimes to grab my attention, make sure he’s a top priority, or to make a point. He’s also become a lap cat, much to my surprise.

Actually, we’re not sure how old Romeo is. He arrived at our house, and was soon adopted, on January 1, 2005. At the time, he was an adult cat. Based on his teeth, our vet estimated he was 3-4 years old. He’s been with us for 11 years, so we’re guessing he’s now 14 or 15 years old.

He is, right now, clearly the Alpha Cat.

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Throwback Thursday: Sometime around 1971

Rob Corbin and I were been friends at University High School in Manoa. His dad was a UH professor, and lived in Kailua. Rob graduated from high school a year ahead of me, and we stayed in touch, ran with the same crowd from school, partied from time to time, etc. When Meda and I got married and moved back to Hawaii, Rob shared an apartment in Kaimuki with us during our first year in graduate school. By June of that first academic year, he moved out, and we moved into a slightly more affordable apartment.

Rob and Marty got married a couple of years later (as I recall), and moved to the mainland. The last time I heard news of Rob, he was living in the Seattle area.

And, yes, that’s me lurking in the background of this photo.

With Rob and Marty Corbin

Another visit with our Kahala Morning Dogs

This is the time of year when the sun comes up early and I’m able to get good pictures of the dogs that we walk with on the beach each morning.

So here’s another set of pictures of our regulars, along with one newcomer, Koko, a cute little Dachshund that lives down at the far end of the beach.

In any case, this is for you dog people out there!

Kahala Morning Dogs: Another look

Feline Friday: Yes, that’s a happy cat!

Mr. Duke

Yes, it’s another Feline Friday! And that’s Duke welcoming you to another update on the cats that share our home.

Duke had quite a week. The highlight was being kidnapped, placed in a carrier, then taken for a ride to the v-e-t.

It started with my desire to check a little lump on his chest. It’s like a little light colored mole. I’m paranoid, because years ago we had Buster, another big part-Siamese cat that looked a lot like Duke. And Buster eventually was taken down by skin cancer that appeared on one ear, and later returned on his face. So I wanted this lump checked out. Dr. Sakamoto took a look, and said it didn’t have any of the characteristics that would cause alarm at this point. I decided that wait and watch is warranted in this case.

But then I remembered that Duke needs another round of Droncit to zap his tapeworms, which returned a treatment some months back. Then in a routine exam, Dr. Sakamoto noticed that his ears had an accumulation of dark gunk. I’m sure that’s some technical word thrown around in such cases. After some further examination under a microscope, she decided that this wasn’t the result of ear mites, but rather a little infection.

So we headed home with a few Droncit pills, two doses worth, and a little bottle of Tresaderm, drops that go in his ears twice a day for a week.

He doesn’t mind the ear drops as much as I thought he would, although he does try to hide after eating and getting his insulin shot. This morning I pulled him out from our closet, where he hides back in a corner behind a section of hanging clothes. I follow the drops with some cat treats, which seem to placate him somewhat. We’re looking forward to seeing how he’ll be doing after we get through the week of ear drops.

Only other thing of note is that Toby is able to move around the house much better after losing a few ounces since switching food in the past month. He still has a little limp, but he’s not so hesitant to jump up or down getting to and from his favorite spots, and he’s making the rounds of the house more often than he has in a long time.

So all of that is good news.

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Another Kaaawa morning (photos)

We had dinner with a friend in Kaaawa on Friday night, and got up early to walk the beach the next morning.

Yes, we miss Kaaawa, although we’re happy being much closer to everything after our move into Honolulu.

Just a couple of photos to share.

That’s Verne in the top photo. He spent a lot of time at sea before retiring in Kaaawa, and for quite a few years he’s been sweeping the parks and fishing areas for discarded cans and bottles. We ran into him Saturday morning at Swanzy Beach Park, a half-filled garbage bag in hand. He now mostly concentrates on cans, which are easier to collect and transport.

And in the photo below, one of the most active Kaaawa fishermen has nets laid out in his garage for mending. The muted colors caught my eye, and I grabbed a quick picture.

Just two little vignettes from a quiet morning in Kaaawa.