It’s a pleasure to interview Gracie, Bella and George, those busy farm kitties from A Blip on the Radar. Their blog is not entirely about cats; it includes sheep and humans. But we enjoy the kitties and we think readers will enjoy meeting them for the first time, or learning more about them if you’re already acquainted.
So grab your human’s favorite seat and let her or him stand while you read.
Funny Farmer Felines: Would you introduce yourselves and your humans to everyone?
Gracie: George and I were born on another farm in October 2010. The nice lady who gave us to Mummy & The Shepherd wanted to go traveling and didn’t want to have to worry about trying to find someone to take care of us, so she found us this new furever home that we really love. I’m the spokescat for our (semi) regular Caturday Report. I know everything there is to know about Mummy and The Shepherd and our little farm.
Bella: I just appeared at the gate one fall day and Mummy didn’t have the heart to send me away. Oh, and even though she has had kitties ever since she was a young girl, she made a mistake when she identified my gender. Mummy thought I was a “she.” That is why my name is Bella – it means Beauty in Italian. Imagine her surprise when she had to take me to the V.E.T. earlier this summer and found out that “Bella” was a Fella. Since there are men named Bela (Bela Lugosi, Bela Bartok, to name a few) they decided to keep calling me Bella.
Funny Farmer Felines: Does your mom or The Shepherd have any nicknames for you?
Bella: Mummy calls me Bella-rella – She calls Gracie Fluffy-butt (he he he) and The Shepherd calls Gracie “his little girl.” George is Mummy’s “Handsome man cat” and she also calls him Buddy.
Funny Farmer Felines: We haven’t interviewed any farm cats before, so we’re kind of curious as to how you started blogging.
Gracie: Mummy started the blog in early 2006 to keep family and friends apprised about a health issue she had. She discovered she had so much fun writing and posting pictures that she decided to keep on blogging. She started doing “Weekend Cat Blogging” in July 2006. Angels Sinda & Neelix were the blogging kitties then. Through Weekend Cat Blogging, we got to know Miss Peach, Leigh’s Rascal & Little Catzee, & many others who have since gone to the Rainbow Bridge. But as we knew the ones who came before, we are getting to know the ones who are here now and have formed some enduring friendships.
Funny Farmer Felines: You’re farm cats, so your lives are totally different from ours. We’re indoor kitties. We would love to hear a little about life on your farm.
Gracie: Mummy (Tina TP) and The Shepherd live on a little “gentleman’s farm” just outside the city of Bellingham in the far northwest corner of Washington state. The Shepherd’s flock of Shetland Sheep is featured regularly on the blog. Right now we have 7 sheep. We’ve had as many as 15. Shetland Sheep originally came to the US from Scotland and are prized for their wool. Neither Tina nor The Shepherd like to eat Lamb, so our sheep are all pets, although they do sell them to people sometimes.
George: Through the sheep, we have gotten to know farmers (and not just sheep farmers) from all over the world. And with all that wool, it was only natural that Mummy would learn how to spin yarn on a spinning wheel. She takes that yarn and crochets it into fun accessories for friends and even sells to other people.
Bella: The Shepherd is a professional landscaper for his daytime job. Mummy likes to say that he comes home from working in people’s yards and gardens, and goes back to work in his own yard and garden – sort of a busman’s holiday. He is responsible for growing and taking care of the pretty flowers, vegetables and other plants that are shown on the blog.
Gracie: Tina goes to work every day at “The Salt Mine.” Besides spinning yarn and crocheting, she loves to cook, read novels and take photographs. So you will often find recipes, recommendations for good books and posts with lots of pictures on them.
Funny Farmer Felines: As farm cats, you have jobs to do, chores to snoopervise. What type of work do you do?
Bella: I am chief snoopervisor and head greeter to anyone who comes to the farm. I check out their vehicles to make sure they don’t have any mean doggies. I’m also in charge of checking the new bales of hay that The Shepherd brings home to feed the sheepies. The other day I was inspecting the back of The Shepherd’s work truck, and the next thing I knew, he shut the door to the truck canopy, and I was on my way to town with him. Luckily, he didn’t open the canopy while he was in town, or I surely would have jumped out and gotten lost. It was kind of exciting though! He was sure surprised when he got home and opened up the back again and I jumped right out.
Gracie: George can sit for hours waiting for a mousie or a mole to come up through the dirt. (He also likes nice joocy burds, but both Mummy and The Shepherd yell at him when he brings one of them in for dinner.) I don’t care much for catching them, but I do love to play with them after George has deaded them.
Funny Farmer Felines: Every kitty likes to get into mischief.. What kind of mischief do you get into?
George: Bella and I like to climb up the tree on the corner of the house and run back and forth across the roof. Mummy is afraid that we will forget that we don’t have wings and try to jump off. We also have been known to run back and forth the length of the inside of the house like our pants were on fire. Nobody knows why we do this, but it is fun.
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?
Gracie: Because Mummy spends most of her day in front of a computer, she says she doesn’t have time to put us in clubs or groups. We think we should belong to the Tabby Cat Club and Bella should belong to a black cat club. We were going to do Meow Like a Pirate Day, but Mummy said that the ebil blogger & Picasa took away her Creative Kit – so she had no way to put hats on us. She was furry disappointed. We also do “Blog Blast for Peace” and try to celebrate most Holidays, like Valentines, Christmas, etc.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your cat blogging?
Gracie: Just to keep on blogging, and maybe get into doing some of the weekly blog hops. Mostly, we love all the friends that we have made in the blogosphere and try to visit them when we can.
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like and dislike about blogging?
Gracie: We love all of the wonderful friends that we have made through blogging. We especially love how the cat bloggers support each other – helping to find new furever homes or chipping in a few bucks to help pay a V.E.T. bill. Things like that are what really make a community strong.
We dislike it that Mummy doesn’t have enough time to help us blog as often as we’d like. The one thing that makes us sad is when one of our blogging friends goes running off to The Rainbow Bridge. It seems like we have lost so many friends lately.
Funny Farmer Felines: Even though you kitties don’t post on a daily basis, you’ve been blogging for quite a while. What advice would you give to anyone just starting a blog?
Gracie: Not to get discouraged. Keep a little notebook in your pocket and when you think of funny things to share with your blogging friends, write them down so you can remember them later when you are sitting in front of the computer. And most important, visit other blogs and leave nice comments. Everyone likes encouragement. I can still remember how excited I was when somebody left me my first comment!
We’d like to thank the Funny Farmer Felines for inviting us to be on Mousebreath! It’s been fun and exciting!
Funny Farmer Felines: Thank you for joining us. We’ve learned a good bit about all of you and we’re sure readers have too. We think it’s nifty your Shepherd could grown a whole garden full of tasty grass and catnip if he so desired. Jan’s black thumb kills anything that tries to grow, so we pine for fresh homegrown catnip.
If you haven’t met Gracie, Bella and George yet, you will find them patrolling the farm, protecting the nip, and pouncing on intruders at A Blip on the Radar.