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A Sad Bit of News

Luther's Legs Fail Him (Again)

A sad little bit of news today from my parents. This morning they had to have Luther, one of their two Red Burmese cats put down. Considering that back in 1992, Luther who was the runt of the litter wasn’t expected to survive into adulthood, and indeed never grew to full size, he’s had a good long life at fifteen years.

He’s been going steadily downhill for the past few months, and has been suffering with his teeth to the point that he hasn’t been eating much, and only usually when someone is there to feed him, so Mum and Dad have ended up hand feeding him four times a day for the past few months. Eventually yesterday he was barely moving and rather than see his quality of life deteriorate any more they took the decision to take him along to the vets this morning and have him put to sleep.

The picture on this page shows how Luther usually greeted visitors to the house, by flopping over and expecting attention, he also liked sitting on your left shoulder – and note, only the left shoulder – being on the right would generally produce a lot of fidgeting to get over onto the correct side! Like most Burmese he was very sociable, and also could be very vocal at times. He also in younger times would quite happily play fetch and retrieve games – something again that Burmese are known for doing.

Another Blue Peter Scandal

Apparently after faking the results of one competition, it has been revealed that producers of Blue Peter have again deceived the public with a story that their new cat, Socks, wasn’t the name that was selected in an online poll.

Having said that, dig into the story a little bit, and you’ll actually find it was because the poll selected an unsuitable name. Amusingly few of the articles have actually said what the unsuitable name actually is. Expecting something shocking, I came across this Times article which drops the following hint:

Socks was the name chosen for the Blue Peter cat by the programme’s producers, although insiders said that the decision was taken because the most common name selected – a variant on Puss – was deemed to be inappropriate.

The Sun has no problem revealing the name.

Having found out what the name actually is, I do think that you’ll find that there were a good few non-viewers who voted for that for a laugh. As to it being inappropriate, and the fact that neither the BBC online service or the broadsheets are reporting the actual name, it is ironic to consider that thirty years ago prime-time BBC comedy series Are You Being Served used the same name as the basis for a running gag… How times have changed!

Update: The BBC have now released a statement claiming that the name that won the poll that wasn’t used was Cookie – quite why producers changed the vote and went for Socks instead I don’t know. The Times is still quoting the original story attributing it to BBC staff – but also quoting that the corporation is officially saying ‘Cookie’. Digital Spy is saying that it is because Socks was considered a more suitable name for a kitten. On what basis is Cookie considered inappropriate for a children’s programme or less suitable for a kitten than Socks? Certainly I’ve known several people who have used one or other of the names for pets before and not had any concerns about the names being inappropriate for their children. Very strange…

A Daytime Picture of our Watcher

Ebony Sitting by the Door

So it seems that our night-time watcher has taken to sitting by our door during the day too…

I snapped off this picture of Ebony, the cat from two doors down as I got home this evening. Beth confirmed that she’d been curled up like this outside our house an hour before too. Certainly it seems like she is pretty comfortable to snooze here, despite it being a pretty open spot. Having said that, we’re not quite sure why she finds this particular spot so attractive, as there aren’t any warm pipes or anything like that which we are aware of. Maybe it’s just one of these cat fad moments, and in a week or two she’ll find somewhere new to sleep…