Dwight Peck's personal website

Scenes from northern Wisconsin, summer 2017

More annual lakeside fun in the Northwoods

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

Melvin the Doge's first visit to the USA, continued -- and back home in Europe

This is a small collection of poignant photos of fairly cute cats, extracted from other webpages on this site.

Melvin the Doge helping out with changing a light bulb, early July 2017

Melvin the Doge, in good company

Melvin's meant to be an indoor cat, but it's painful to see his mournful looks spending hours staring out the windows.

Melvin's first day out on his own

-- Oh, grass, cool. Oh, insects!

He's escaped twice, a flash out the door before anyone could react, and occupied five to seven people chasing him all over the property, some with nets, some endangering themselves with flying tackles, unsuccessfully. Now we'll see how he does on his own.

We will see Melvin when he wants to be seen. But not otherwise.

Over the summer, he's passed most of his tests -- never came when called, but so far has always come when he's ready, and only once wandered off the Point.

His hiding techniques are not yet finely honed, but seeing him bears no relation to catching him.

Some cats terrorize the birds, but so far Melvin the Doge cares only about insects -- about which he is obsessively diligent.

Ready to pounce

Exploring the dock . . .

. . . and under the dock.

-- How do you work one of these things, anyway?

Melvin's spotted the hydrobikes

-- How do you work one of these things, anyway?

Melvin's curiosity satisfied, he's getting ready to jump down off this very slippery, hard plastic pontoon . . .

. . . with unforeseen results.

-- Stay calm, it's only water.

Melvin on the loose

Melvin the Doge stalking his prey by the lake, 10 September 2017

Go for it.

Lying in wait

Will fish be next on his programme?

A few more from the summer

Three more from the pontoon boat on the lake in Wisconsin, 14 August 2017

All three taken by Oriane Piskula

Photo by Becca Williams, 12 September 2017

Back home in Switzerland, September 2017

So near, and yet so far

Melvin the Doge making himself at home in Ollon, mid-November 2017

No drawers left unexplored

No birds unmonitored

Asleep on his perch


A feline obsession with keyboards

No cupboards left unexplored

Hiding unsuccessfully

An unsuccessful jailbreak

Melvin is an 'indoor cat' who doesn't always want to be, but so far the plastic chicken wire has frustrated his best efforts. (Wait till he grows up a bit more.)

Birds, insects, passing 'outdoor cats' from the neighborhood -- vigilance.

Pleading to be tickled, 10 December 2017

Back in Settimo Vittone in a right snowstorm, 12 December 2017

Melvin's free to sunbathe on the terrace of the Palazzo Mengozzi (in zero degree weather), Montegiardino, San Marino, 19 December 2017

Less and less fun on the terrace of the Palazzo Mengozzi, Montegiardino, San Marino, 20 December 2017

The obvious solution

Figuring out how mirrors work, in Longiano, 20 December

An uncooperative Melvin the Doge in Longiano, 22 December 2017

At the start of the new year -- Keeping the keyboard safe in Ollon, 14 January 2018

Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 11 September 2017, updated 4 July 2019, corrections 17 April 2024.

Fun with Melvin and Choupette