Whistlepig and sidekick eat out (or in)

Readers are familiar with that blogally famous Perry County Prognosticator, Blossom the Groundhog. As good as her predictions are, she has been a little less predictable.

However, her spokespeople, Tamara and Jack, have sent new dispatch. Blossom has reappeared after spending the spring rearing a den of babies (pups? kittens? whistlepiglets?) Jack, an excellent human chef and vintner, was pleased to offer a spread that would delight any rodent of Blossom’s stature: cabbage, apples and peanuts. This time, Blossom brought a friend, the curl-your-toes-cute Ratty the wood rat, who was content with a bowl of oatmeal. Thanks to Tamara and Jack for the photo update!

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Ratty Solo

What I want to be when I grow up.

Forget astronaut or fireman or rock star. With the half-century mark looming, this cat embodies my latest grown-up ambition.

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This barn cat enjoys a snooze in the sunshine after greeting guests.
Old pony sleeping in the sunshine.
A pony, still wearing most of his winter coat, dozes in the warm spring sun with his "herd" of Shetland, Haflinger and other assorted equine munchkins. Not a bad way to live out your years, if you like a group setting.