Tag Archive: cats



The most adorable photos yet of my sweet new kitty, Petunia!

She is only 1 year 9 months old, and as you can see she is all black on top and all white on her underside. And very fluffy too! She is just a doll. 

You are going to love these!

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senryu – come to think of it = quand j’y pense

come to think of it
we cats don’t think a lot –
it gives paws

cat thinking 620

quand j’y pense
nous les chats pensons si peu –
l'on en « patte »

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – sound asleep = quel bon sommeil

sound asleep
my kitten snuggles up 
to her juniper

juniper 620

quel bon sommeil !
mon chaton se pelotonne
au genévrier

Richard Vallance


3 photos I took of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months, on April 11 2019. You can clearly see she is a medium-haired cat. She is the gentlest cat I have ever known and she purrs like mad! She never puts out her claws. 

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3 of the first 5 photos I have ever taken of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months, on April 10 2019.

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senryu – my wee kitty prays = mon chaton prie

my wee kitty prays,
you know not what you do – 
only humans sin

kitty in prayer 620

mon chaton prie,
tu ne sais pas ce que tu fais –
pécher, c’est humain

Richard Vallance


senryu – my innocent eyes... mes yeux innocents ...

my innocent eyes...
who shredded the cushion?
wee kitty... me? you!

my innocent eyes 620

mes yeux innocents ...
le coussin en lambeaux  –
chaton ... moi ? toi !

Richard Vallance


senryu – my kitties quilt = édredon de chats

my kitties quilt,
I’m nice and tucked in –
I’m gonna doze off!

kitties quilt 620

l’édredon de chats,
je suis bien bordé –
je dois m’endormir !

Richard Vallance


senryu = her ruff unruffled – imperturbable

her ruff unruffled, 
Shadow fancies her basket –
dindin’s over

Shadow our baby age 5 in a basket! 620

imperturbable,
Shadow retrouve son panier –
bien rassasiée

Richard Vallance


senryu – will you look at that! = il faut le voir !

will you look at that!
my norwegian forest cat –
his eyes mesmerize

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il faut le voir !
mon chat forestier norvégien –
ses yeux hypnotisent 

Richard Vallance


Photos of Norwegian Forest Cats who look almost exactly like Lorenzo:

While my new Norwegian Forest Cat mix, Lorenzo, is hiding under my bed, because I just got him and cannot take photos of him yet, still I found 3 photos of Norwegian Forest Cats which look strikingly like him. He is absolutely stunning! He is 2 1/2 years old and like almost all Norwegian Forest Cats, he does not meow but chirrups like a bird.  Here they are:

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I Argentée


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I Argentée

I Argentée have lived a hardy life:
a Maine Coon mix, I’ve forded babbling rills,
the freest spirit, who’s never suffered strife!
Why, I have scaled formidable forest hills,
where I’ve run into coons and surly bears
who’ve never phased me in the very least;
I’ve roamed the fields and sounded foxes’ lairs,
so why be so surprised when I am deceased.
Because I pride the space I always crave,
although I was on leash, the leash was loose,
to leave me running free, for being brave,
since as you know I’ve always been so spruce!
For all the bugs I’ve chased and mice I’ve caught
I bid you, fairest friends, to mourn me not.

Richard Vallance

March 29 2019

in memoriam, fairest Argentée, libre esprit (free spirit)
April 15 2003 – March 14 2019


Life is too short for grumpy people!  Spend life with cats. 

spend life with cats



eternal spring haiku du printemps éternel – the queen of heaven = la reine du ciel

eternal spring!
she is the queen of heaven,
all kitties’ heaven

Queen of Heaven 620

printemps éternel !
elle est la reine du ciel,
paradis des chats

Richard Vallance

Since cats, like all animals, do not sin, they all end up in their own little heavens! For those who do not know, for us humans, the Queen of Heaven is the Virgin Mary. For cats, the queen of heaven is Argentée.

Puisque les chats, comme tous les animaux, n’ont pas de péchés, ils parviennent tous à leurs petits paradis ! Pour tous ceux qui ne le savent pas, la Reine du Paradis pour nous, les humains, c’est la Vierge Marie. Pour les chats, la reine du paradis, c’est Argentée.



 

Photos of my lovely and extremely smart Maine Coon mix cat, Argentée,

throughout her lifetime, 2003-2019. I had to euthanize her on March 14 and it was horrible. All the more so that my sweet tortoiseshell, Daisy, died a natural death on Dec. 28 2018! Argentée was a completely leash-trained cat, who used to go for walks with me for years, and who climbed trees until she was at least 9. She was so smart that unlike most cats, who get stuck in trees when the climb them, she shimmied down trees like a squirrel! Astonishing! She also responded to certain verbal phrases, such as:

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2004june

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Do you wanna go outside? (Trust me, she knew exactly what THAT meant!)
NO
cheese (She loved cheese)

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She was by far the smartest cat I have ever known in my life, and was always completely at home on her leash, when we went for walks and when she was in my front yard. Her leash was at least 4 metres long, so she had plenty of room to move around in in my front yard!

And here are her photos, lovely as she was!

PLEASE comment on them!

senryu – mummy and daddy = maman et papa


senryu – mummy and daddy = maman et papa 

mummy and daddy
wise cats with their kittens –
what divine love!

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maman et papa
chats sages avec leurs chatons –
quel amour divin !
 
Richard Vallance

The picture in this senryu is fuzzy because it is a video clip.

L'image de ce senryu est floue parce ce qu'elle est un clip vidéo. 


senryu – here goes the cat = voilà le chat

here goes the cat,
ears as sharp as razors –
we’re deaf as posts! 

here goes the cat 620 

voilà le chat,
les oreilles si perçantes –
nous sommes tous sourds !

Richard Vallance

hilarious summer haiku d’été rigolo – What! bengal tigers = tigres du Bengale

What! bengal tigers
cramming into a huge box  –
sceerunch, rip!

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tigres du Bengale
s’entassent dans une grande boîte
toute écrasée !

Richard Vallance

senryu – a glaring of cats = les yeux lumineux


senryu - a glaring of cats = les yeux lumineux

a glaring of cats
whose night reflects their eyes -
curious yellow

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la nuit illumine
les yeux lumineux des chats -
jaunes curieux

Richard Vallance  

A group of cats is called either a clowder or a glaring in English.


winter haiku d’hiver – the cat’s azure eyes = les yeux azurés du chat

the cat’s azure eyes
reflecting galaxies
of virgin ice

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les yeux azurés
du chat, galaxies, images 
de glace vierge

Richard Vallance 

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