Barbra Brady

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Cat, napping

In Cats on October 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’m finding that many people think I have only the one cat, Jai, as I tend to give him more press…

There is another. Bitchy, lovesick, jealous to the nub of a tail she has (being Manx), here is Fanny.

Fanny, napping

Fanny, napping

The cat (and human) infirmary

In Cats, Today's Practice on September 30, 2009 at 8:30 am

I’m infirm. The surgery on my broken clavicle not quite two weeks ago, I’m still in an arm sling and have restricted movement. Doing well, but not exactly up to par. Or typing. Or preparing my own, and my cats’ meals without consideration.

So, what does life present, but another challenge. Jai, my giant, sweet, and at times, aggressive, tabby cat.

Case in painful point: Following a cat fight–don’t know with whom or when– he developed an abscess on his tail and I had to get him to the vet yesterday (thank you, Joanne, for helping me get the 17-pounder there) for a procedure: shaving around the base of his tail, lancing, and insertion of drain tubes. And the requisite wearing of an E-collar.

Jai with E-collar

Jai with E-collar

Poor kitty. I brought him home yesterday evening, whereupon Fanny, my other cat, and at this point the only member of this three-individual household who is not infirm (save for her neurosis) saw and smelled this odd monster I brought home and went into full-fledged Chicken Little mode.

Jai needs meds and hot compresses on his very sore tail twice a day, plus some navigation management. (Getting around the house with the vexing E-collar is adding a component of beside-himselfness that doesn’t exactly add to the calm we all need right now.) I’m still recovering and caring for myself…

I take comfort where I can, which right now includes the comic effect of one woman and two cats, two of them recovering from invasive surgical procedures and in need, the third falling from the occasion into the depths of her neurosis.

Matthew Barney house cat

In Art, Cats on September 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I did not consciously quote Matthew Barney when I snapped this shot of my sleeping cat, Jai, but it does bring the Cremaster’s work to my mind…

A further curation in Nine West’s fall hosiery.

Jai's feet

The cat in the window

In Cats on August 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I met the cat in the photo on my banner five years ago in Paris. Having just spent a week in the south of France for my first teacher training with Rod Stryker (there have been, and will be more), and then another cycling through Burgundy (there have been and will be more tours, and wine tastings), I found myself in Paris for three days, where I stayed with my American friend Joe, and his Parisian wife, Babette.

Their flat was very near the Pere Lachaise cemetery, which was one of my favorite haunts (that just typed out, I did not intend the pun, but, well). The gray kitty with the lively eyes would appear each day at Babette’s kitchen window, and I happened to grab this sweet snap of her…I love the panorama effect here…
And love the memories of five years ago this very day, when I began my studies with Rod. And. I will be attending another five day teacher training with him in one week! The training is “Prana,” and will take place in Dallas. I’m ecstatic!

Herding Cats

In Cats on August 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I love cats.

I’m living in Montana.


Pets tracking mud in the house

In Cats on June 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

My cat, Jai, does love to go outdoors. It is June in Helena, Montana, which means…muddy snowy out there. No wonder I’ve been having to sweep the floors daily, that cat is tracking in grime.

But wait. There is a large doormat in the entryway. And he loves to have his paws wiped. I’ve just begun to greet him at the door, and wipe his feet, paw by paw. He loves it. Must be like a foot massage.

As for my other cat, Fanny, who rarely goes outdoors, she keeps her toes ever clean by way of her method of drinking water. (Dipping her paw in the water bowl, then licking).

I’m gonna wash that grime right off of my cat.

The Mad Catter, Once Again a Pussycat

In Cats on June 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

From physically declaring, “I’ll show you!” to a peaceful pussycat in 24 hours.

My Jaipurr.Jaipurr

a Feline Felony?

In Cats on May 24, 2009 at 8:35 pm

My mountain lion sized tabby cat, Jai, came home yesterday sans collar and tags. Was he a victim of identity theft? A feline felony? Feliony?

He's just a puddie-tat...

He's just a puddie-tat...

How to Herd Cats

In Cats on January 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

It’s so easy, it erases the cliche.

1. Train your cats to be indoor/outdoor in Northern California, in an apartment complex featuring acres of nice, chunky mulch.

2. Move with said cats to Montana in early January. There, the ground is covered not in scratchable, litter-like mulch, but snow and ice.

3. After two weeks of keeping cats indoors as they re-orient themselves in their new environment, open the back door.

4. Rest assured as you observe the cats take a few steps out, and look around as if to say, “What is this shit?”

5. Watch the cats herd themselves back indoors as quick as a Whoosh.