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All cats like to sit in boxes.

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The Little Cat Prince likes to sit in a pink plastic washing up bowl which is a bit small for him. I could hear awful noises in the middle of the night and tiptoed into the loungeroom to investigate. It was His Highness sleeping in a funny position in his bowl, snoring like some wild beast.

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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in cats


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Exercise the lazy way

Dog walking while you drive the car. A man was caught walking his dog (lead out the window of the car) while driving very slowly on a little-used road. He was fined and lost points off his licence.

About 15 years ago I lived in Kambah, which, like many Canberra suburbs, has a veritable rabbit warren of small, quiet streets. One summer night when coming home from choir around 9 pm, I rounded the corner and had to brake suddenly. In front of me was a yellow Kombi van driving very slowly, hugging the curb. I thought maybe the driver was in trouble. Then … I saw it. Walking on the nature strip was a huge dog on a lead which lead into the van. Sighing, I put on the indicators and overtook the van and thought no more of it. Until today when I read the BBC online news item.

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Posted by on March 2, 2010 in Odd stuff


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Hairy Maclary and other good dogs

Mimi has several “favourite” books. One of these is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, which we read before bed several times a week. Equal favourite is Scattercat, in which that naughty dog, Hairy Maclary, chases various kitties in the town, pouncing on them and chasing them, until he meets his comeuppance in the form of Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town! Mimi also loves Slinki Malinki, a naughty black Oriental cat who can get up to all sorts of capers, including toppling the Christmas tree fairy.

These books are not only heaps of fun for toddlers and preschoolers: they’re lots of fun for adults who read them to an appreciative audience! The rhythm and meter of the lines encourage reading aloud and kids joining in, and the alliteration and assonance add to the interest. Then, of course, there’s the loud RAWWRRRRRR of Scarface Claw (but not too loud, though, or you’ll frighten tender ears). The illustrations are a delight: the sinuous, sleek lines of Pimpernel Pugh and Slinki Malinki, the scruffiness of the terrier-mix Hairy Maclary, and the sweet fluffiness of Zachary Quack, to mention just a few.

Jamie Lee wrote about the joy of book series. Oh, how I can relate! I am very grateful that there are a number of books that feature Mimi’s favourite book characters.

BTW, if you go to Hairy Maclary’s homepage, you can try to click on the different dogs as they jump at the fence. Woof woof!

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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Books, Child Development


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