Wednesday, March 2, 2022


Dr Bellen liked watching the residents of the Cosy Apartment Feline Sanitarium. Sometimes he simply walked through the rooms and corridors and saw them sleeping and playing. It made him feel good. Now and then, he overheard conversations. He didn’t try to eavesdrop, but if he made out a discussion here and there, they often told him how things were faring at the sanitarium.

Very recently, he stopped to pass the time with some of the residents and, before he started on his way again, he heard, from around a corner, the distinctive voices of the two youngest cats in the institution, Hector and Auric.

“Noe, ai don’t wan’ to play rite now, Auric. Stop pooshin’ me.”

“Peep pip whrrrr oop.”

“Yes, ai still lyke yoo... Ai didn’t at ferst... Yer too pooshie.”

“Pip eep wip mrrrrrrr.”

“Ai think yoo tryd too hard. Yoo get inta trubble.”

“Whrrrp ip peep oooo.”

“Yeh, lyke wen yoo get on the mikrowayv ovven stand. That’s ware Dr Bellen keeps the stuf he duzn’t want cats t’get in too. Yoo nokked things off.”

“Peep poo ip crrrrrrr...”

“Haha, yeh, it wuz funny. All the paipurrs fline everyware. Hahahaha.”

“Pip woop pip pip pip unhh ooooo.”

“Noe, nawt reely?! The lawndree? Yor nawt s’posse t’bee thare. Wut did ya doo?”

“Reep ip whrrrt mip mip!”

“Hahaha! Thae cot yoo with th’ sawk? Hahaha! ‘Yoo don’t hav enuf toys?’ thae sed. Hahaha. An’ ai thawt ai cauzed trubble by aluss been underfut! Hahaha.”

“Eep mip putt putt wheeeee.”

“Awl rite, let’s go play. Last wun ta th’nylawn tunnel’s a rawtten fish!”

There was a sound of scurrying, and of eight feet skidding on linoleum. Dr Bellen smiled. He recalled, not so long ago, that Hector didn’t care for little Auric. Hec was right: Auric had been quite pushy. But it wasn’t long before Hector realised that the new arrival didn’t mean any ill by it. He was just young and eager for fun. Now, those two were the best of friends.

Then Dr Bellen frowned. Auric amid the laundry... That explains why the doctor’s socks hadn’t been coming back from the laundry in pairs lately...


  1. Those pictures ARE adorable...just as Undine said. I so enjoyed "hearing" Auric's voice. And Hector wit the increasing wisdom of his months there is the best mentor Auric could have! Now. If Neville would saunter over and add HIS four feet to the scramble..that would be past awesome.

  2. I love your pictures and stories about the Cosy Apartment Feline Sanitarium. You're an incredible story-teller, John. You always manage to capture the personality of each cat. Sometimes your stories make your readers laugh, and sometimes they make us cry, but they always cause us to appreciate our cats.

  3. Those two are adorable. It seems they, Auric in particular, are keeping Dr. Bellen on his somewhat bare toes. :-)

  4. doodz....we canna vote on what we like de best...yur fotoz...yur friendship with each otherz....yur trout speech...rotted fizh....scram bulled sox !!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 984 PAWZ UP two all....☺☺☺☺☺

  5. All that conversation, and then they pass out. Too cute for words.

  6. That was adorable, the conversation and the photos!

  7. Oh I love it! Continue on with that playing now you two!

  8. The good Doctor won't lack for conversation...or entertainment!

  9. Well, Dr. Bellen sure got an earful. So cute!

  10. Awww look at the snuggling. Its nice to see the boys becoming pals.

  11. Brilliant! Lovely to see they've
    become firm friends..While asleep
    anyway...! :)xx

  12. I'm impressed with Dr. Bellen's ability to translate the conversation between the cats. It's a talent I've not acquired. Except when there are airplane ears and growls of discontent.

  13. What an intriguing and yet telling cat-versation you overheard, 'Dr Bellen'!
    Has Auric revealed the hiding place of those lost socks??
    Else we might begin to see you wearing un-matched sets...LOL!

  14. Hello ♡
    You have a wonderful blog. Great post, it's very inspiring here and I love this style on blogs :)
    Lovely kittens! I have two myself, that's why I love to read about others :)
    I love such inspiring blogs, maybe you want to stay in touch and agree to follow for follow on our blogs?
    Regards nice and warm from Poland ♡