Cat Herders Pierre, Newton and Ashton


Today we are visiting Pierre, Newton and Ashton from the blog Sometimes Cats Herd You. Pull up a cushion and make yourself at home while they tell their story.

Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourselves and your human.

Pierre: We are Pierre, Ashton, and Newton.

Newton: Especially Newton! I’m seven years old.

Pierre: *sigh* Do you see what I live with? I’ve been putting up with him for seven of my nine years.

Ashton: I’m three years old, and everyone knows me as “that one-eyed tabby”. Well, everyone who sees me. I’m a little shy.

Pierre: Our human, or as we call her, the head peep, writes software documentation when she’s not doing things for us.

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Funny Farmer Felines: How did you come to live together?

Pierre: I had been part of a litter of kittens born in a boat. The owner hitched a truck to the boat and towed it to a new location, then took off the tarp to find us inside, and when they couldn’t find our mother, we went to a rescue organization to be raised until we were old enough to find new homes. For me, it was love at first sight across a crowded PetSmart adoption center. One look into her eyes, and the head peep had to take me home, even though she had not intended on adopting a kitten that day at all.

Newton: I came from the same adoption center, a little over two years later. I was the feisty, playful kitten in a litter of three, and I was pouncing all over my littermates. I turned my pouncing to anyone in the household who would hold still. Pierre appreciates it sometimes more than others. *pounce*

Pierre; Hey!

Ashton: Do you boys mind? I was a true rescue. The head peep was driving to work one day and spotted me in the median of the highway, unable to walk. My eye was already ruined and I couldn’t walk. She took pity on me and took me to the vet because she thought it would be kinder to have them put me to sleep than leave me by the road. The vet did an x-ray and said that nothing was broken, and encouraged her to take me home to see if I recovered. And I did!

Funny Farmer Felines: Tell us a little about the area where you live.

Pierre: We live in Orlando, Florida. Everyone says there’s a big mouse around here, but so far, we haven’t seen it.

Ashton: But living here means that we have lots and lots of sunny days to bask in sun puddles by the windows.

Newton: And awesome bird TV. Some people have asked us about our view. We have a neighborhood water retention pond where we can see it that brings us lots of extra specialty programming on bird TV.

Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any nicknames?

Pierre: I get my name pronounced like it’s two words a lot: “Pee air.” I’m not a balloon, so I don’t really pee air, but that’s what I get called. Also, I’m just called P. The last time I went to the vet, even he called me P! That’s getting a little familiar with the nicknames, Doc.

Newton: My name gets shortened to Newt. And the head peep sometimes calls me “Rooty Toot Newt,” but I am not going to let the other cats get away with calling me that! I also get called Naughty Newton a lot because I’m into mischief.

Ashton: I’m just Ash.

Funny Farmer Felines: Do any of you guys have a love interest or are you all confirmed bachelors?

Pierre: Well, Ashton has a love interest…

Ashton: *shoves Pierre*

Pierre: If you don’t tell them, I will.

Ashton: All right, all right. It’s not like it’s a secret that I’m sweet on Mr. Jinx from Manx Mnews.

Newton: It’s a good thing. She can’t have me. All the laydees love the orange floof.

Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of mischief do you like to get into?

Pierre: I’m a perfect angel and never get into anything.

Newton: Riiiiight. That’s how you keep getting locked in the guest room closet, right?

Pierre: *glares at Newton* Well, there’s that, I guess. If that closet is open, I make a beeline for it. I was once closed in there for about four hours, and just this past month I slipped in and was closed in for over an hour before I was missed. That’s part of why we have a “whisker check” whenever the head peep leaves, to be sure everyone is accounted for and not locked in closets. But really, that’s for the treats.

Newton: I’m the one who gets into everything. I’m not called Naughty Newton for nothing! I love to check out what’s on the counters, and I pee in the kitchen sink. Don’t worry, it’s not a medical thing, I was checked. It’s just what I prefer. That goes over great when we have human guests in the house!

Ashton: I really don’t get into a lot of mischief. My cautious and timid nature means I’m a lot less likely to get into things I shouldn’t. It wasn’t even me in the catnip drawer. That was Pierre.

Pierre: There’s no proof! *checks his whiskers, just in case*

Funny Farmer Felines: Does your mom help you participate in blogosphere events? Do you belong to any groups or clubs?

Pierre: We belong to the Tabby Cat Club, but don’t really participate. The head peep says she’s too busy. We do participate in some special blogosphere events, like we recently took part in Blog the Change for Animals.

Funny Farmer Felines: You opened your blog in 2011, but we understand you were blogging prior to that on your mom’s blog. How did you convince her to give you your own blog?

Pierre: At the time, the head peep was blogging about totally unrelated subjects. Not about cats, how boring! She wanted to share the funny things we do, so she started up our blog to share them with the world.

Newton: Aunt Orvis did a lot of posting to help us out back then, but we took the blog back from her entirely a while back.

Funny Farmer Felines: You have a fun blog with lots of great photos. But there is also a serious side. Tell us a little about how you strike a balance.

Pierre: You know, that’s kind of hard. We’ve tried writing serious posts ourselves, with mixed success.

Ashton: Sometimes, the serious stuff is over my head. I just want to eat and nap. Mostly eat, though.

Pierre: That’s why you’re on a diet, Ash. Anyhow, we try to be predictable, with our more serious posts on Topical Thursdays, so no one is surprised about which posts are serious and which are fun. Also, we’re letting the head peep use her voice more and more for those posts. That seems to work better, and will probably become our standard.

Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?

Pierre: We did some reorganizing to make it easier to find things last year, and we need to do a little more this year. We would love to get to the point that we have more than one serious post a week, but that’s really time-consuming. For now, we’re making sure she gets one a week done, except for at the holidays, when she was a total slacker. You know, every time we start to feel discouraged about writing factual articles, worrying that everyone already knows things already, someone comments and says, “I didn’t know that!” That’s part of why we keep at it.

Funny Farmer Felines: Pierre, Ashton and Newton welcome visitors at their blog, Sometimes Cats Herd You.

20 thoughts on “Cat Herders Pierre, Newton and Ashton

  1. Great interview! I loved getting to hear the adoption stories of all three kitties 🙂 It seems like they have a wonderful relationship!

  2. Thanks for this great interview. We learned things about our furiends that we didn’t know. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. FFF: guys…total lee rockin interview….we enjoyed thiz veree much ♥♥♥

    de “herdin cats” R rockin awesum palz !!

    pierre, ashton & newton….we due knot think we ever hurd all yur gotcha day storeez….way kewl N high paws N headbonx two yur mom …

    { N ya noe, we liked de big cat rescue post }

    now…bout de hole BURD thing goin out side de paddy oh door ~~~


    heerz two a goatfish N guppy kinda week oh end !!♥♥♥

  4. Great, great interview! Loved reading more about our friends and their stories. I admit I didn’t know about Pierre or Newton’s background. Great job!

    OMCS Pierre you were a Sailor thank goodness your found your land legs in your furever home. Ashton you have superior taste in mancats. Mr. Jinx is a catch for sure Newton you and I have similar feisty personalities. I was with my sister and mom says she thought I was cute because I was into everything…MOLMOL boy did I fool her. Now I’m almost 13 and still into everything.
    Hugs madi and thanks for the great interview

  6. The informational posts are definitely time consuming, but they are also very important. I, too, am trying to balance Fur Everywhere between factual posts and entertaining ones. I do one informational post a week right now – usually on Fridays, but I hope maybe someday, I’ll be able to do more informational posts on my blog.

    I really enjoy visiting your blog – both fun and informational posts. Keep up the fantastic work!

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