Flying High with the PDX Pride


We have the cats of the blog with us today – Rori, Tabby, Carbon, Starla, Little Bit, Missy, Freya and Heimdall.  We’re excited at the opportunity to get to know them all better.  Pull up a chair, grab a pawful of treats and let’s get started.

PDX Pride 

Funny Farmer Felines: Would you introduce yourself and your mom to everyone?

Rori:  We are the kitties of the PDX pride, in Vancouver, WA, USA.  I am Rori, the alpha cat of the group.  The others in our family are Tabby, Carbon, Starla, Little Bit, Missy, Freya, and Heimdall.  We also have two fosters, Dare and Panther.  Our mommy is Karen and our daddy is Scott.

Funny Farmer Felines:  PDX Pride.  That’s an interesting name for a blog. Is there a special story behind it?

Rori:  Mommy writes for a website called HubPages, and her name on that site is KT pdx.  A few years ago, we started hijacking her account to write our own articles, because we didn’t have a blog then.  The writing community loved our work!  Someone dubbed us the PDX pride because there are so many of us that we’re like a pride of little lions all living together in one place and getting along well.  PDX is the airport code for Portland, OR, the big city we lived in then.   We now live in Vancouver, WA, which is right across the state line from Portland.

Funny Farmer Felines: What nicknames does your mom have for you?

Tabby:  Most of us have double-names as our nicknames.  Mine is Tab-Tab, Carbon’s is Carb-Carb, and so on.  Daddy likes to mix up the first letter of Starla’s name all the time, so her nickname is Tar-Tar.  Heimdall’s is Heim-Heim.  We also have other nicknames that are our special nicknames, based on our behavior and personality.  Mine is Tabby, because my full first name is Tabitha, but my other nickname is Trashcan, because I’ll try to eat anything once.  Carbon’s is either Cuddlekins or Fluffikins, based on his personality at the time.  Rori is the Big Kitty, because she’s our alpha cat.  Heimdall is Mr. Goober or Crazy Boy, because he’ll act totally nuts.  Heimdall and Freya together are the Tuxedo Twins, or just the Twins.  Little Bit is Bit, but also Snickers, because she once ate a fun-sized Snickers bar with no complications!

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

Carbon:  Mommy and Daddy were on their way to the beach one day in 2005, and when they went through Daddy’s hometown of Clatskanie, OR, Mommy saw a sign on the feed store.  The sign said, “Free Kittens”.  Daddy stopped on the way back from the beach and brought Tabby and me home.  Mommy had already agreed to adopt Skylar and Lydia, but Mommy wasn’t officially our mommy yet and Daddy wasn’t their daddy because our purrents were not living together.  A few months later, we all combined households and became a family for real.

Rori joined us in 2007, then Lydia made her Big Kitty in 2008.  Lydia passed a few months after that.  Starla and Little Bit joined us from a house two down from ours.  They’re cousins.  Starla was abandoned by those “humans”, and Little Bit was dropped off with us after a shelter wouldn’t take her and her then-3-week-old boys.  Her boys have other homes now, but she stayed as part of our family.

Fosters and a few forevers have joined us and gone, including Skylar passing in 2010.  Skylar sent the twins to us, just like Mommy asked him to, three days after he died.  They look and act very much like him and Lydia!

Missy Kitty called for help outside Mommy’s work in 2011, so she came home with her and Daddy.  We also have two fosters living with us at the moment:  Dare and Panther.  Panther lives outside, although we’re all teaching him to come inside more.

Funny Farmer Felines: Every kitty likes to get into mischief.. What kind of mischief do you get into?  Separately or together?

Little Bit:  *looks around with a gleam in her eye*  Do you really want to know?  Ok, I’ll tell you!  Carbon and I love to zoom up and down the hallway, into and out of rooms, climb the loft bed ladder in the guest room, then zoom back down playing chase.  Sometimes the twins join us, too!  If Carbon and Tabby are in the other room and Starla is out, then she and Dare join in the fun.

Carbon likes opening doors and once even turned a doorknob!  Freya can paw open cabinet doors, too, then the rest of us climb in and sit among the pots and pans or in the bread baskets.  Carbon takes pens and bottlecaps, and Rori swipes lint roller papers.  Freya and Starla steal socks and anything that’s fuzzy or fleece, including slippers, blankets, and robes.

Funny Farmer Felines:  We understand you were famous even before you started blogging since you used to write Hub pages.  Do you still write them?

Rori:  Not so much anymore, now that we have our own blog.  Mommy sometimes writes hubs still, but we usually don’t now.

Funny Farmer Felines: Do you belong to any clubs or groups? And does your mom help you participate in any of the blogging events, such as Talk like a pirate day, LiveStrong, Box Day, etc?

Freya:  We love pawticipating in those!  We always do “Meow like a Pirate Day”, “International Box Day”, the Peace Globe day, and other main events.  We sometimes pawticipate in LiveStrong Day, because cancer is what took Auntie Lydia.  We do one or two of the remembrance day ones, like the Facebook event we just did called “The Great Meow”.  We just joined the BlogPaws Community.

Funny Farmer Felines:  What inspired you to start blogging?

Carbon:  We were part of the Catster community, but we were getting in trouble for writing some of our opinions there.  Some of the management there didn’t like what we had to say about their ideas and blog posts.  We wanted a place where we could write whatever we wanted to write.  HubPages is fine for articles, but we couldn’t do journaling there, either, because of the format.  We looked around and found the Cat Blogosphere and created our own blog in January 2009, then later copied our Catster blogs over and quit Catster.

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

Starla:  Look for continued journaling of our adventures and those of our visitors (ferals, strays, fosters, and others).  We will also continue our fan favorite “Therapy Cat Tales” series by Auntie Tabby when she starts visiting again in the fall.  As we try to find homes for Dare and Panther, they will be featured in the “Foster Friday” series.  Look for a new book in October, too!

Funny Farmer Felines:  You wrote a book?  Would you tell us about it?

Tabby:  Sure!  I am a therapy cat, which means that Mommy and I go visit people in nursing homes to cheer them up.  I sit on their beds or laps and purr for them.  I love my job, and write the “Therapy Cat Tales” series for our blog and my Facebook page to tell about it.  Since it’s such an important job, Mommy wanted to share it with children, so she helped me write a book about it.  The book is called Meet Tabby the Therapy Cat, and is written from my perspective with full-color photographs to illustrate it.  Mommy took the photos.  It is available on as a paperback  or,  and on first message on dating site in ePub format.     

Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like and dislike about blogging?

Missy:  We like that we can each write from our own purrspective, even in the same blog entry, and weave it together into a narrative.  Interaction with others in the Cat Blogosphere and general pet blogging world is wonderpurr, too!  We love to blog-hop and read the comments others leave on our blog entries.  Of course, we love that we can write what we want to, as well, without having to stifle our creativity.

Tabby:  We also like the ability to put in pictures that illustrate our entries.  That’s especially nice when I go places in my therapy cat work, because then others can see what I’m doing as well as read about it.

Rori:  We don’t like that we can’t visit every blog we want to.  There are just too many good ones and not enough time!  As far as writing blogs, we don’t really see a downside except for when our typist (Mommy) forgets to transcribe our posts.

Funny Farmer Felines: You’ve been blogging since 2009. What advice would you give to anyone just starting a blog?

Heimdall:  Choose a focus for your blog, then start writing.  Just keep at it!  Try not to get discouraged if your first few blog entries don’t get views or comments.  Connect with others in the community, post your links on the Cat Blogosphere, comment on other pet blogs, and pawticipate in some of the special events or theme days (Wordless Wednesday, PhotoHunt on Saturday, Formerly Feral Friday).  Like the movie, if you write it, they will read.

Funny Farmer Felines:  It’s been a pleasure meeting and learning more about all of these kitties.  Unfortunately, we missed the opportunity to visit with Miss Marble, as she went to the bridge at the end of July. She is greatly missed.

We’re sure there will be many more blog posts and perhaps a few more books to come.  So go by and introduce yourself.

5 thoughts on “Flying High with the PDX Pride

  1. grate interviews FFF

    and meowloz two ewe PDX pride…nice two meet ewe N nice two meet sum former catster memburrs…we bee outta ther like a fish ona samich two N way kewl tabby ewe iza therpeez kitteh !!! hope everee one haza awesum week oh end 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for featuring these kitties! Tabby is one of my heroes, because she is one of the first therapy cats I got to know!

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