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Melvin and Choupette in Wisconsin
Feline bonding in the great Northwoods
In the old days, the cats would run off and hide under the building when they sensed an imminent trip in the car. Choupette is determined not to be left behind.
Westward through West Virginia, bound for the Great Midwest!
-- Are we there yet?
In Champaign, Illinois, who gets to use the catbox first?
Six hours of camaraderie into southern Wisconsin
Welcome to the Wisconsin Northwoods (14 June 2019)
Choupette has been chasing a fluffy mouse toy all round the house, and unwisely batted it under the chest of drawers (19 June 2019).
Can't quite reach it!
Something's going on out on the lawn.
Something very interesting for cats
The cat team may be planning something (23 June 2019).
Melvin the Doge on sentinel duty, watching over the lake
Choupette, watching over Melvin the Doge
Choupette's attention diverted by a plant
Choupette capturing (and trying to assassinate) a fluffy pink mouse (26 June 2019)
Choupette discovering the pingpong ball that evades capture by little cats
A good effort, but it missed.
The pingpong ball battle is joined.
It can't be caught.
Feline demons from bathtub hell
4 a.m., an hour before sunrise, no chance of breakfast yet (1 July 2019)
An hour later, the kids are missing the pretty sunrise.
Another hour later, and still no sign of breakfast
Another Battle Royale -- this is the 'Approach' phase
Melvin's pre-emptive strike
Up come the back legs; it's getting serious.
Melvin relies, in a dignified manner, on his size.
Choupette relies mainly on the back legs.
Mr Mel may have the situation under control now.
But for the Choup, all truces are tactical.
More feline consultations about the Great Outdoors (whither Melvin will shortly proceed, but alas not tiny Choupette, the potential eagle-snack, at least not until she's enlarged a bit over the next year)
Melvin Stylites on his holy pillar -- Choupette watching for his chance at mischief
Melvin, on his pillar, pretends to ignore Choupette's stealthy reconnaissance.
Choupette's intentions are obvious to us all . . .
. . . and to our dignified Melvin the Doge. Seconds later, Choupette attacked, but failed to claw her way to the top of the scratching-post and retreated in temporary defeat, as Melvin calmly looked on.
Melvin has survived the ill-planned assault to remain dignified still another day (5 July 2019).