“Gabbie Face” Is Not A Good Look

by Kevin Burton    God showed me a picture of myself Friday. It was unflattering, but hilarious.    We were taking our new cats to the vet for a checkup.  Jeannette had just bought them carrying cases for the occasion.     The cases are mesh-like, affording the ability to see in, or see out, depending …

New Kitties Alter Household Routine

by Kevin Burton    Does anyone make “kitty on board’ stickers the way they make ones for “baby on board?  If so, I might need one as a reminder.    Our house had been cat-less for two years before we adopted 11-year-old Gabbie and 6-year-old Ronnie last month from Save the Kitties, a cat rescue …

Christmas Shopping In January! You Bet!

by Kevin Burton    Did a little Christmas shopping today me and the wife. We were in the moment.    The moment had been delayed at least three weeks, but it was still a moment. Let’s call it a moment out of place.    We didn’t get 100 percent of the things done that we …

Ronnie’s Bold Risk/Reward Gambit

by Kevin Burton    Out younger cat Ronnie has a strategy for obtaining food that will not serve her well in the Burton household.    Even though we just got our two new cats and are still getting to know them, certain things are obvious from their behavior.  Already we know these cats are no …

Christmas Joy, Late Cards, Lost And Found

by Kevin Burton    You won’t find any turkey or dressing below, but I do have here a sampling of Christmas leftovers.    These are the fragments you can stitch together for a true accounting of the most wonderful time of the year, Burton style. Here is what it looked like:    It isn’t really …

It’s A Wonderful Counting Device Thing

by Kevin Burton    My wife asks me every year what I want for Christmas and every year I can’t think of anything.     You would think she had asked me to cut the grass. I just groan.    And the thing is, I always think of things too late.  It’s like those clever remarks …

The Burtons Make Room For Two

by Kevin Burton     Four mouths to feed on a Sunday morning. Four heartbeats on the second floor.     It’s the morning after the big move and our two new cats seem to be at home already. Yes, two new cats.     Making their Page 7 debut today are Ronnie and Gabbie. That Ronnie is …

Words From A Learned Feline Bard

by Kevin Burton    If you love Shakespeare, or cats, or both, today I’ve got you covered.    I’m not as familiar with the works of Shakespeare as I am the works of say, Three Dog Night. I say this to my own shame.    But I know cats. I love cats, sure as I’m …

Updates: Page 7’s Mexican Debut

by Kevin Burton    Within my general and ongoing shameless plea for readership, I got specific two months ago.    On the occasion of Mexican Independence Day I lamented that nobody in Mexico had ever read Page 7 (“Happy Birthday Mexico, Please Read This,” Sept. 15). That hurts, because I used to live in Mexico. …

Preparing For Grace, Our New Cat Daughter

by Kevin Burton    There is a very small area rug on the floor in the laundry room.    Unlike the many other things on the floor in the basement, this one is there for a reason, a good reason.     This one marks the space where the food and water will go for our …