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Melvin and Choupette in Wisconsin, Summer 2019
Feline hijinks in the great Northwoods
Melvin the Doge preparing for a restful summer in Wisconsin, 7 July 2019
Choupette in a meditative mood
-- Where has Choupette gone? (Dmitri knows.)
Bolt for freedom
A minor disagreement
Choupette in pursuit
Watching the storm outside (19 July 2019) . . .
. . . as long as the rain's coming from the other direction.
The Battle of the Early Morning Kitchen (22 July 2019)
A temporary truce
Choupette investigating the fallen tree limb out in the yard (29 July 2019) (Choupette, sadly, is a frustrated indoor cat, being still just bite-size for the local eagles.)
Busted. We know all of Melvin's hiding places by now.
Two family cats getting along together fairly well (31 July 2019). That's at 4 a.m.
And that's at 5 a.m.
Choupette doesn't want to miss anything. (We're hoping that next summer she'll be big enough to scare off the eagles on her own.)
Choupette says 'hi . . . welcome to my lair'.
La grande bagarre félin
Melvin appears to be settling down for a mid-afternoon snooze (13 August 2019).
Choupette has other ideas in mind, as usual.
Melvin affects to be unconcerned, more interested in something going on out on the driveway.
Choupette can't help making her intentions evident.
Some sort of whispered challenge that we probably would not understand.
And an exploratory sally out. Which Melvin, always conscious of his dignity, ignores.
An urgent human request from the cameraman to calm down, and talk it over.
Choupette is having none of it, and attacks.
It's said to be very frustrating when your much superior opponent will not come out and engage!
Another intense interaction between the cats
Encore une bagarre félin: Choupette starts it off by coming in low on a sleeping Melvin (18 August 2019) in the morning.
Melvin tries evasion but gets dragged down into the middle of it.
Melvin is not always as enthusiastic as Choupette is about these brief bursts of primordial instinct and energy, but . . .
. . . Choupette often cannot be denied her fun.
The best defense is a vigorous offense.
Somehow, they never, ever hurt each other.
Eventually they'll tire.
Uh oh, look what the cat dragged in. Himself! (18 August 2019)
Mea culpa. Melvin evidently followed me into the boathouse for a canoe paddle and got the door shut on him and, after doubtless shouting for help for some hours, decided he had to swim for the shore.
Nothing a brisk rubdown won't fix.
Melvin the Doge has hidden away for a quiet map. But Choupette isn't having it. (24 August 2019)
-- It's time to come out and play.
The middle drawer seems to be a common favorite. (7 September 2019)
An amazing sense of balance. (Any cat that can turn a 360° a metre in the air can certainly balance on a piece of furniture.)