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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Black Cats Rock: Fun Facts About Rosie


Rosie explains the reason you should adopt a black cat and why black cats rock

One of my blog goals for 2016 is to share more stories and photos of our cats and rabbit. We are a multi-species home, but my posts usually only feature Ruby. The real reason for my canine focus is that I stink at feline photography. But thanks to some tips and advice from one of my favorite cat bloggers, Sometimes Cats Herd You, things are beginning to look up.

Rosie explains the reason you should adopt a black cat


We have three cats, but I will start with the Queen Bee. Rosie wandered into our backyard in July 2009. Only nine or ten months old, she already had multiple battle scars from her brief life on the streets. She was a black cat, skin and bones, missing teeth and fur, and her ears were permanently scarred from frostbite. In spite of her rough start, Rosie was not shy or feral. Basically, we opened the backdoor and in she walked, quickly assuming her natural leadership position in the household.  

Rosie explains the the top ten reasons you should adopt a black cat

Other fun facts about Rosie:

  • She is complicated and bossy and she likes it that way. 
  • Her nails are slightly deformed and extra sharp. Hence her nickname is Edwina Scissor-paws.
  • She is part dog and part street fighter and has been known to walk across the kitchen on her hind legs "boxing" for turkey.
  • Although she is a scrapper at heart, she has a very dainty, sweet meow.
  • One of her favorite tricks is to hop up on the table during dinner and grab something off a shocked guest's plate. She is like a pickpocket on a crowded train platform - she takes what she wants and then disappears into the night.
  • She was once mistaken for a pair of black shoes. It was dark, I didn't have my glasses on and she has never forgiven me for it. 
  • Rosie's fur never grew back after she was spayed. Unfortunately, her bald belly, combined with her scarred ears and black fur, make some people uncomfortable. We have had some mean comments about her appearance and lots of stupid questions.

Rosie explains the top ten reasons you should adopt a black cat and why black cats rock
When we rescued Rosie, we knew bringing her to a shelter was not an option. Black cats still suffer from the bad luck stigma and have the lowest adoption rates of any cats. They are also more likely to be the victims of cruel pranks and abuse. Please consider welcoming a beautiful black panther cat into your home. 

The reasons to adopt a black cat

Although today's photos are technically not selfies, Rosie wanted to join the hop to meet some other cat bloggers.



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  1. MOL MOL Mol Rosie...we had forgotten about your mom thinking you we're shoe Size! Mom got another chuckle out of that story. Oh and visions of you walking on your hind legs boxing too funny kinda like Rocky movie
    Hugs
    Madi your bffff

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  2. she is so precious and battle scars make her more precious to me. people are just so mean sometimes. God bless you were saving her. to funny over the stealing food from the guest. my dad was a non pet person as in could not stand to have a cat or dog in a house or touching him. he was a pastor so had to visit all the people who had one or bothin the house. my job as a child was to go visitng with him and hold, pet, love on all the pets so they would not bother him.. i loved it of course. the thing is a cat has a sense for someone who doesn't want them in their laps. needless to say, there were a few accidents where i could not keep the cats off him.

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  3. forgot to say great idea to introduce your pets one at a time.

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  4. Rosie is beautiful! I loved reading the fun facts about Rosie, and I laughed at how she'll hop on her hind legs and box for turkey. What a shame that people have made rude comments about her, because she is simply gorgeous.

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  5. We think you are a gorgeous gal Rosie so you just ignore those nasty comments!

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  6. Hi Rosie! You are very beautiful, inside and out. You should check out my friend, Smoky's, facebook page, Black Cats RULE! https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatsRULESociety/?fref=ts

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  7. For 20 years I had a black cat. Never understood it. Rosie is beautiful. She is lucky she found you.

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  8. Phooey to those mean peeps. Rosie is beautiful!!! We loved reading about her. She sounds like a very amusing kitty. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  9. What a character. SHE grew up with cats..had a black cat named Tar Baby (it came with the name). The front yard cats Roy, Marvin and Blackie, are all black. We love to bark at them...we love to bark at all cats, we don't care what colour they are.

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  10. HEY GURL! Though I loves to see my pal RUBY ☺ (she has such a FABulous name, after all) I never knew your story! I loves that you just walked in and made yourself at home! BOL/MOL!!! My kind of gurl! And don't worries, peeps make funs of my ears too!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  11. OMD OMD OMC OMCCCcccccccccccccc ROSIE.... I (Frankie Furter) WELL recall the story of your mom "MISTAKING" you fur Black Shoes... BaaaaaaWaaaah Mahrahwellll....
    Sorry to laugh at your PAIN... butt DARN IT... THAT was FUNNY.

    Now for the Dinner Table Snatch and GRAB... THAT is HILARIOUS... you go girrrrl.

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  12. Looks like you got some good shots of Rosie but it also looks like she was not too happy with posing BOL!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  13. Well, we know black cats rock...and Rosie is one fine specimen!

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  14. Thanks for sharing. We love Rosie and your revelations about her personality. A fiesty girl with aLook At Me color is a perfect combination. Glad she wound up in a home who can appreciate her.

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  15. Thanks for sharing. We love Rosie and your revelations about her personality. A fiesty girl with aLook At Me color is a perfect combination. Glad she wound up in a home who can appreciate her.

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  16. We just happen to think that black is beautiful! We love your nickname, Rosie!

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  17. Rosie you are beautiful in my eyes!! I like a feisty girlcat!! You obviously knew where you would welcomed!! xoxox

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  18. Hari OM
    I love black cats; we had a gorgeous boy in our childhood, called TJ Coal (Tail Joint... he had a kink at the tip) and he was real 'tinker'! Such fun we had with him... Rosie - I love your eyes and the concept of scissor-paws!!! Hugs and whiskeries ,YAM-aunty xxx

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  19. Rosie you rock! You are the cutest little panther with a big pawsonality :o)

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  20. Rosie sounds like a lot of fun. I have 4 black cats so I agree they are awesome.

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  21. I think Rosie is gorgeous!
    I simply do not understand how anyone could miss her unique beauty.
    But then, some humans are stupid...and blind. :)))
    Happy Sunday Selfie
    Annabelle, Boo, Ping, & Mr Jinx

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  22. Rosie is beyond adorable and precious. Our mom just wants to take her up in our arms and snuggle and kiss her. We love black cats at our house; though, we don't have one right now. Mom Julie is such a great photographer and one our mom admires. Thanks for sharing this darling with us. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  23. Rosie is gorgeous, and we're so glad you featured her today! Great photos. :)

    Black cats are awesome! Of course, we would know, since our Gracie and Zoe are both beautiful, sweet housepanthers.

    Hugs!

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  24. Thank you so much for introducing Rosie to us! I'm not good at taking pictures either, and I guess it becomes even more difficult if you have a black cat.

    I wished I had known that black cats have the lowest adoption rate before I got my girls from our local shelter. I'd have maybe chosen black cats instead. Then again - I'm of course so grateful for my girls, and I would never give them away, but you get what I want to say.

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  25. Rosie is awesome. Great photos and I luv the poster. I don't know why black cats get a bad wrap. I have a Tuxedo and my Pink Collar. Also my Tubby who crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I says Paws Up to all cats, no matter what their color.

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  26. You are lovely Rosie. Ignore those mean people, your scars just add character.

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  27. Rosie is such a unique beauty with a history, you've photographed her so well!

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  28. First of all your photos are AMAZING....I always thought you have great photos! Second, I LOVED meeting Rosie....it was destiny that she strolled right in! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  29. Hi Miss Rosie! It's nice to learn more about you!

    -Otto

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  30. Nice to meet Rosie. We love black cats. We have Grizelda & Chloe Jo (age 5). I bottle fed their litter, and we kept the two blacks girls. Their orange brother & tortie sister went on to another home. We have two more cats, too. Maggie is an 8 yr. old Maine Coon (poly) and George is our 7 mo. old bottle fed Dude. I raised the Minion Litter this year, and we kept George. His siblings moved on. You met Stella today. We are following you, now.

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  31. Precious Rosie you sure had a ruff start inn Life butt mee furend you found yourself a berry good home there!!! An yur beeteefull an if peeple do not see past yur earss or yur belly do not waste any time on them! Mee was overlooked beecause of mee 'ouchie' eye an LadyMum saw rite past it an fell inn luv with mee! An even aftur mee gotted so sick an now need speshell foodss an meddysin shee wood not give mee up. Mee finkss Hu'manss who adopt us Burmese/black kat typess are trulee speshell peeple!
    An yur selfiess are gorgeeuss.....
    Mee hopess you will do more Selfiess Rosie...
    Yur furend, Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

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  32. Awww, we loved seeing Rosie! We being meezers are not black furred, unless you count the seal points on Pipo, MOL!!
    Rosie is precious and we are so glad she found you...we think she knew where it was going to to be 'just right'!
    Hisses to those that are blind to her lovely little self!

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  33. We love your beautiful green eyes, Rosie! And we do agree with the bad luck point - they're so hard to get adopted, and that's just NOT fair!

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  34. Rosie you are quite a character and have a Verrrry commanding presence! Very pleased to meet you!

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  35. As we have said before, we think Rosie is beautiful. She has the most beautiful green eyes and is so expressive! Panfurs rule! Mom had a panfur named Black Jack when she was younger, he was an absolute cuddle bug!
    Luvs
    Marty and the Gang

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  36. Rosie looks to me like she has a very special sense of humor!
    love
    tweedles

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  37. I personally think that Rosie is beautiful! Any differences just make her unique.

    That post about being mistaken for shoes is hilarious!

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  38. Rosie is beautiful! Sorry about stupid comments. :(

    Bless you for giving this scrapper a home! I loved reading those facts about her. Love the pickpocket story!

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  39. You've taken some beautiful shots! I know that cat photography is much harder, in some ways, than dog photography. Most cats won't hold a pose, and very few want to look right at the lens. But you've done this beauty proud! I hope you take many more photos of her for public consumption. Nasty comments be damned!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  40. Black cats are so cool! <3 People are just jealous calling it bad luck! ;) So cute to hear Rosie is a part dog! :) I wanna have a cat one day and hopefully he's a part dog too. :)

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  41. Oh wow - can we say congratulations on some of the best Black Cat photographs EVER. Rosie is a star!! Franky we cats are not at all surprised about her cattitude after the 'show incident' but hope you can be forgiven at some future point!

    The Dash Kitten Crew.

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  42. I think Rosie's ears are cute! We rescued a black kitty named Angel and she is part dog too... she loves to play fetch. -Katie Kat.

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  43. I think Rosie is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing about her.

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  44. What a gorgeous lady cat Rosie is! Pop has always wanted a black cat with orange eyes but he got me instead.

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  45. Nice to meet you, Rosie. You certainly are a beautiful girl, never doubt that. I have two black cat sisters, who live with my mother and they are beautiful, just as you! Pawkisses :) <3

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  46. my stars girl, you know.... we are sooooooooo not alllowed to play online on the week ends but thanx to Ruby, she pointed out you had your very own post and may I say it's FABulous....may I also say not only are you gorgeous but I love your cat a tude..... boomer can relate to street life and I'm sorry you had a time of it until you found your forevers....oh, and please let me know who has made nasty comments about you as I haven't had a chance to put a curse on anyone yet this year and I shall totally curse them ...because I can, and boomer said I'm running on and on, and maybe I am but like so.....what....indeed you are FABulous; black cats rock and always will...now we shall nap...hugs rosie; from dai$y and the boys =^..*= ♥♥♥

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  47. oh...and like also... we forget.....TURKEE ?????? ♥♥♥

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  48. We're finally getting to commenting on blogs after having the head peep away all week, and we wanted to say how much we love these photos! Rosie is gorgeous, and she absolutely does not look like a pair of shoes. No wonder she was indignant about that.

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