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  • DeepRed,

    Or should that be...

    Σ;3

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 3896 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Eye-smiles" are supposed to be impossible to fake, unlike toothy grins.

    Someone hasn't been watching their America's Next Top Model, or you'd know all about "smizing".

    in fact, she watches us in the shower to make sure we're not drowning.

    Lucy, have you considered that perhaps your cat is just a pervert? On an unrelated note, I think Sebastian is a homosexual because he always comes home with bitemarks on the back of his neck.

    And finally,

    admiring the skillful segue to doggi

    A smooth transition into doggy is always appreciated.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Woof

    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Smooother transition to cat Steve B!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    (((
    (. .)
    (( v ))
    ---m-m---

    ("`-''-/").___..--''"`-._
    `6_ 6 ) `-. ( ).`-. _.`)
    (_Y_.)' ._ ) `._ `. ` `-..-'
    _..`--'_..-_/ /--'_.' ,'
    (il),-'' (li),' ((!.-'

    Me? How?

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Moggys huh?

    Eric Bogle had something to sing about them.

    And we can't forget Little Gomez since we are talking about pets....

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Steve B - o shit o dear!
    Can I bring my putative 12kg Maine Coon into that mmmm stirring equation?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    always appreciated

    noice

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    It's knowledge, bro.

    Thanks for the tip regarding avoiding cats and averting my allergy. I shall try out your tip next time I'm faced with a cat; eyes wide and staring at the cat.

    Fiercely independent it would sleep in one of two places; the laundry room cupboard or in my bed at night at my feet. It would jump up and half asleep I'd lift the covers so it could crawl down to my feet... weird.

    I only realised I called the cat 'it' because we didn't know what sex it was.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Smile at it as well, don't be afraid to show a little teeth. They really don't like that.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Lucy, have you considered that perhaps your cat is just a pervert?

    Also possible. Especially given that she thinks the presence of humans on the bed is an invitation to come sit and pur. Even when they're doing that strange human mutual grooming thing.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    when they're doing that strange human mutual grooming thing

    It has been a while since Emma posted hasn't it.

    Our cat love laps, but really doesn't like naked laps (shorts). I think she is a bit freaked out by the idea we can take our fur off.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3108 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    Cats even have their own aisle at supermarkets, that's clever....they got us sussed.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Poole,

    The last time I was in the USA (about 15 years ago), I met a Maine Coon and thought, one of these days I will share my place with one like you: he was a cat of considerable presence, and I dont mean just size-wise. I loved the fact that he enjoyed water, was not a bird-hunte

    I am currently living with two Maine Coons, including Coonhaven Mystic Warrior (Listed on the site Bart gave as still belonging to the breeder) who is a 15kg whopper, with an amazing temprament. He is very affectionate - often looking to share a lap - and not bothered by water at all. I haven't seen him swim, however, and it is possible that the thickness of his coat means he just doesn't notice/care about any water he comes into contact with. He is a bit big to hunt birdlife, to be honest, but brings in the odd rabbit. Depite his very intimidating jaws/claws we haven't seen him deliberately strike out at a human, as we have so many other cats. He did get a fright once and left some fairly deep claw-marks on my mother-in-law.

    But! we also have a female, who does hunt prolifically. She does not bring in much bird-life, but has brought in a Kereru *cringe* which we managed to free and release again. I'd hate to think what would happen if she was in a more bird-dense area.

    Since Dec 2008 • 161 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Poole,

    Also possible. Especially given that she thinks the presence of humans on the bed is an invitation to come sit and pur. Even when they're doing that strange human mutual grooming thing.

    When my girlfriend got a kitten, the first thing we taught it was to sleep at the foot of the bed. She rarely comes further up than that, even when the bed is empty, thank god.

    Since Dec 2008 • 161 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    Eye-smiles" are supposed to be impossible to fake, unlike toothy grins.

    Someone hasn't been watching their America's Next Top Model, or you'd know all about "smizing".

    Yikes, dont go recklessly googling that! OK I've seen the clip or Tyra and Larry King, and I think they look like scary aliens. If someone did that look in my direction, I'd think I was in trouble!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I've seen the clip or Tyra and Larry King, and I think they look like scary aliens.

    Tyra is a *megalomaniac* scary alien. I do not say this lightly: I think only accidents of birth and circumstance have prevented Tyra from becoming the fascist dictator of a rogue state, like Kim Jong-Il. She is transparently, extraordinarily self-aggrandising, and a complete and utter nutbar. She fascinates me.

    Regarding dog-like cats: when I hadn't had a dog for a long time because my living circumstances weren't dog-friendly, I had a cat. And I used to say that my cat was dog-like. Then I got a dog again, and realised that my cat was not actually dog-like at all. Dogs are far too relentlessly... doggy. :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Lara,

    We have a wee tortiseshell girl from the SPCA. She's great but has quite an attitude-one second purring like a engine, the next minute there are teeth around your arm. She's scared of the sound of plastic bags-will run out of the room and hide. If you talk to her she will talk back, which is very cute.

    She has a lovely long tail :)

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2009 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    Tyra is a *megalomaniac* scary alien.

    Isn't the general scary-alien-ness of ANTM the reason people watch it? Those folks came down in a different spaceship from the rest of us.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Isn't the general scary-alien-ness of ANTM the reason people watch it?

    Pretty much, yes. My favourite part of the current-on-NZ-TV season, which is all about models under five foot seven, is how relentless they are about the "petiteness" of the models. "This is the shorty-shortpants season! They're short! Were you aware of their general lack of stature? Do you guys realise that they are challenged in the vertical arena? Oh, by the way: SHORT!" To the extent that, without mentioning it, they've clearly forced all of the contestants to wear flat shoes in the judging room. They are evil, eeeeevil people. Heh.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Those folks came down in a different spaceship from the rest of us.

    Maybe that's why the contest is called Miss Universe .. it's open to contestants from other solar systems.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2008 • 623 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    it's open to contestants from other solar systems.

    Indeed! "Take me to your top-model!"
    :-)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    She is transparently, extraordinarily self-aggrandising, and a complete and utter nutbar.

    Did you see her interview the dominatrix on her chat show? Jay-sus.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    My favourite part of the current-on-NZ-TV season, which is all about models under five foot seven, is how relentless they are about the "petiteness" of the models. "This is the shorty-shortpants season! They're short! Were you aware of their general lack of stature? Do you guys realise that they are challenged in the vertical arena? Oh, by the way: SHORT!"

    Yet all but one of them are of average or above average height, and most of them are quite tall (for, you know, *normal people* measures of tall.) Short, whatever.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Did you see her interview the dominatrix on her chat show? Jay-sus.

    I can only handle thirty seconds of her chat show at a time, usually the clips which are snarked-upon with great relish by Joel McHale of The Soup. Should I seek it out, or would it destroy my soul?

    Short, whatever.

    Well, a model value of 'short' is similar to a model value of 'plus size' - that is, not very. (The shortest of the bunch is five foot three, and they treat her as though she's practically a freak of nature. It occurred to me while watching last week that *I'm* five foot three.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

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