questionswhat should i name my new rescue kitty?

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We just got a rescue cat and he is a real cutie. After a few days of strutting around the house real cute like he owns the place we decided to name him Vinny. It just kind of fit. If anyone remembers the Welcome Back Kotter series with John Travolta character Vinny.

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@reginafilangee: Hey, I've got a copy of Nop's Trials-1992 edition! Yeah, I've blubbered my way through it several times. Uh, @belyndag, it might be a little too soon after the death of your doggie, to read this. But definitely put this on your reading list, it's a good 'un. And thanks for reminding me about Nop, I think I'll start on it again. Now, where did I put my kleenex?

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@reginafilangee: Thanks. I'll give it a bit more time and be sure to have the tissues on hand when I read it as @barnabee suggests. Katz' books will require the tissues, too. Better stock up! (Is there a deal posted on tissues?)

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@belyndag: Take your time, and read it when you're ready. For myself, I often find that emotionally intense scenes such as are in this book (only here and there--not all throughout it) can give me the emotional release I need to help me through a grieving process. (Yes, you'll need to have tissues on hand.) I blubbered like a baby during the Rue scene and (particularly) her district's response to Katniss and hers to them in the first Hunger Games book---had to put it down and walk away for a bit---but it turned out that it was just what I needed that particular day and I was all the better for it. Barnabee knows you better than I, however, and is probably a better judge of whether it has been long enough yet for you.

How's that new kitty doing? :)

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@reginafilangee: New kitty (still unnamed) is a HOOT! I've been late to work every day this week because she decides that the moment I head to the door is the BEST time to attack my ankles, fingers, briefcase, etc. How can I resist?

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@barnabee: "Puppy puppy puppppppppy!" goes over really well at the dog park. :)

Interestingly, I find that I don't use it much in our backyard (we moved to a place with a backyard long after the recall command was established). The dogs developed their own system for recalls in the backyard and eventually taught it to me: if I open the door and stand on the top step, I am (apparently) merely asking if anyone wants to come inside. When I take a step down to the next stair, however, they come running, so I assume that's the sign for "I'm not asking if you want to come inside; I'm TELLING you that you're coming inside." I find it fascinating that they developed this system without any deliberate action on my part.

I also use their names with particular emphasis and/or tone of voice and they respond appropriately. For the older dog (let's call her "Doggy" here), saying her name as "d'g-GEE!" brings her running: she knows she's in trouble!

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I think this is a viral marketing scheme from Toyota to get you to associate cute kittens with their products.

When I was young I had a cat named Camry because we found him... wait for it.... at a Toyota dealership my neighbors worked at!