Friday, August 01, 2008

may he, or um, she, rest in peace

fritz/fritzess is no more.

Oscar presented him/her to me this morning. while i was drinking coffee. just plopped the little thing down at my feet and then let out an Oscar Meow i have never heard before. look mom, i brought you breakfast! he seemed very, very pleased (oscar, that is. fritz/fritzess was just very, very dead.) and then he rolled around on the floor next to the little mouse carcass, basking in his glorious conquest. what i *wanted* to say was 'i cannot believe it took you this long.' i mean good freaking gawd, this little rodent has managed to squat here for what, a month or more?

but you never look a gift horse, er, gift cat, in the mouth. (what the fuck does that actually mean??) remembering that my dad used to praise our cats every time they brought similar gifts to the doorstep in shapleigh ("you have to darl, this is a present from them to you, and you need to let them know you appreciate it"), i thanked him profusely in my Oscar voice, which sounds similar to the voice adults use to talk to that the adults sound like blubbering idiots? yeah. that's the stuff.

it should be noted that Willie looked, hmmm, dejected and rejected. like it was his mouse to own and his big brother beat him to it.

i properly disposed of fritz/fritzess.

may he/she have a fortunate rebirth.

editor's note:

Stories behind Famous Sayings


Who Said It: St. Jerome

When: 400 A.D.

The Story behind It: This proverb is based on the fact that a horse's value is determined by his age, which, in turn, can be roughly determined by an examination of his teeth. The message conveyed is that a gift should be appreciated for the thought and spirit behind it, not according to its value. St. Jerome, who never accepted payment for his writings, first used the phrase in reply to his literary critics. His exact words: "Never inspect the teeth of a gift horse."


Dawn on MDI said...

Hurrah for Oscar!! What a good boy! Keep in mind that he has had to figure this stuff out on his own. Most cats have to learn mousing skills from their mommas, and if she doesn't get a chance to teach the babies, they're out of luck. So good for him! Kitty treats all around!

Jill said...


not willie, but oscar? this information surprises me given his 'condition'. but, hey! yeah for the, cat.


toklas23 said...

ha lady bug...that comment made me laugh out loud. yes indeed, my redheaded boy is a little, um, challenged. that is a true story.

but he's so. cute. i just can't help myself and have to overlook his other deficiencies. you know, like the ability to, hmmm...think. stuff like that.

willie was even shocked that oscar got the mouse. and very annoyed that i was giving oscar all the attention. let's just say he went and knocked a few things off the nightstand. to make a point, i guess.

he's like that. ahem.


MRMacrum said...

So the mouse saga is over. For the moment anyway.

Dawn - Momma cats may indeed teach their kittens some things, but after my experiences with fostering litters and then keeping too many, they seem to have an instinctual skill level that allows them to be self taught.

Eric said...

This happened two nights ago at my house, our Earwhig (cat) brought in a half-dead mole; then dropped it in the living room, proud! Must be the rain flooding the tunnels and flushing them out!