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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

{Telling YOU the Tale of our 4 Feline Girls}

As promised yesterday, when I showed you our {You like to meet our three Feline Boys?}; I will now introduce you to our Feline Girls...
But first I have to start at the beginning of this remarkable story. 
In 2006 we went to Acapulco, Mexico on vacation for our winter escape to the tropics. Our hotel was the Hyatt Regency where there was a huge botanical garden and I mean HUGE. In that garden there lived some cats, and I learned that management tolerated BUT 3 cats on that vast property. So once we'd fallen in love with a cat that befriended us; we planned to take her home. But two days prior to departure we found out she had 3 kittens. We left with sagging hearts, since we could not take her home that time... 
 Spicy was such a regal looking, svelte Feline... we LOVED her!
A year later in February 2007 we went back and she FOUND us, which is incredible at such a vast hotel compound with 1,200 rooms... We proceeded by having her vaccinated and brought her home this time. Yes, sweet Spicy flew on the plane with us some 2,500 km or 1,500 miles to her new PURRFECT FOREVER home. Rescued from the risk of being killed (not a very humane way as they described to me...). BUT, surprise... our svelte Spicy as we called her, was growing... That was not because of the good life and love she got from us, but she appeared to be pregnant!
Spicy with her favorite toy... it matched her markings somewhat. Great advertisement for Chick-fil-A!
Proud 'Mamita' Spicy with her 5 babies. Incredible that such a slender feline got 5 healthy babies!
Bandido was her favorite... but she loved them all to death; such a caring Mamita.
Hence the Spanish names for some of her babies... 
We had to keep them; how could you give some away?!
 Spicy looking spent from nursing these five kittens, she was so slender, so elegant.
Here she is dreaming on top of the retainer wall next to our driveway...
Spicy's watchful eye when her five kittens were playing outside...
Sadly, on Sunday, November 4 when we came home from Church, Spicy was gone. We suspect that she got kidnapped since it was such a rare beauty. We never gave up searching for her but so far in vain. Wish she would be found, somewhere... She got spayed, after she got through nursing the babies and would just start enjoying her own life. I've been very heart-broken by her loss and above all, for not knowing where she is.
This is Sacha, one of Spicy's girls. Napping in her oak bed with rose sheet.
Some of you asked if our cats do sleep in these pet beds. YES they do but not so much in summer as they love to be outside or in the gazebo, somewhere. 
Once the UPS guy did deliver goods in winter time and he shook his head as they were ALL in their pet beds; just lined up...
Sacha is like her Mamita a Tuxedo cat but not black.
This is Tiggy-Tiger the most svelte and elegant of the three girls. She takes after her Mamita with the same six pound body...
Tiggy-Tiger is a mini-cat but very smart!
This is Spunky who is not as svelte and she loves to be a lazy tiger, just lounging around.
Whenever we walk the loop through our wood garden, all others follow us like doggies but Spunky cheats by taking a short cut!
Since January we have this Spicy look-alike and named her thus. We still receive info from Animal shelters and such, whenever there is a tuxedo cat found... This time it looked so promising that we took the long trip to the Appalachian mountains for picking her up. The one that would be our Spicy was twice her size though and it was quite obvious that we'd made the trip of six hours one-way in vain... Then I spotted this tiny kitten that was turned in just two days ago and she looked a lot like our missing Spicy. Not the long slender legs but we did take her home with us!
Spicy is not in this picture but everybody LOVES her; as we do...


  1. Liebe Mariette,
    das ist wirklich so schön, wie du von euren Katzen erzählst. Spicy ist wirklich ein außergewöhnlich schönes Katzenmädchen. Ich kann gut verstehen, dass dir das Herz schwer wird, wenn du an sie denkst. Was für ein Glück, dass sie noch einmal so zauberhafte Kinder bekommen hat. So hat sich das Glück für euch vervielfacht. Es ist eine große Familie, die du da mit Liebe versorgst.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  2. Dear Mariette, such a wonderful story about Spicy, going back to the hotel and she found you again after a whole year and pregnant again, she was meant to be with you... and so sad she has been lost. She left her legacy of those sweet kitties. So beautiful the boys too, very spacial type of cats!! I have one cat only and still the 11 puppies which nobady has asked for one yet, I don´t really know how to cope with such a big animal family....
    muchos cariños,
    maria cecilia

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    What a touching story about Spicy... Indeed, she was beautiful, elegant. I just love that picture of her and Bandido! The cutest thing ever!!!

    I broke my heart to learn that she is missing. She left such a cute family, certain that you would take care of her babies. I wonder if something really wrong happened to her, it doesn't sound like Spicy to run off just like that.

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story and pictures.


  4. Hi Mariette, your feline posts are awesome and the story you told sad and merry at the same time. Hope Spicy is enjoying her self-ruling life and someone could take care of her as you did. Your girls & boys are all beautiful and elegant looking and I'm fully aware of how much heartening living with cats is! Thanks for sharing beauty, words of wisdom and love.
    Ciao bellissimi!

  5. Hi Mariette,
    Your boys and girls are all beauties! They are obviously well loved.I enjoyed the photo of them lined up eating by their beds.


  6. Cute and attractive picture and story both--i liked it.
    best wishes.
    Please visit my blog also---

  7. Mariette you are truly wonderful. Spicy was so beautiful. I'm sorry she is gone but her kittens are all just gorgeous. I cried reading this. I love all animals.

    Blessings to you and yours.
    Warmly, ~Melissa

  8. Oh Mariette, wat n schatjes...en wat n mooi verhaal. Dat je ze allemaal hebt gehouden...jeetje 6 in een keer! Ze lijken qua figuur en kopje op oosterse katten, meer zoals onze Siamees.
    Doe ze de groetjes! en fijn weekend!

  9. Such a smart cat indeed. I hope your husband is having a quick recovery....wishing him and you all the best. Thanks for visiting me, always a pleasure to see you. Debbie

  10. your cats are soooo cute! and spicey was such a beautiful cat! :-)


  11. Hi Mariette,
    What a lovely story.Thanks for linking up to Millie and Maud's blog and your lovely comments..I garee 100%, it is always better to have not one but at least two pest, like I have with Maud and Millie, so they have some company and aren't lonely.I still feel bad about taking my doglet harris ( who dies in June last year of old age ) and not having taken one of his siblings as well- alwthought we did get another pup form the dogs home, Sophie, who was his best friend for 10 years.. as you say we all like company!!

  12. Que elegancia!
    Me encantan los gatos me parecen unos animales fascinantes!!

  13. Liebe Mariette,

    eine ungewöhnliche Geschichte und wunderschön.
    Traurig das Spicy nicht mehr aufzufinden ist. Dafür durfte eine neue Katze Einzug halten. Spicys Junge sind allerliebst. Was für ein grosses Herz von euch sie alle zu behalten und für sie zu sorgen.
    Das Beste dem Katzenclan und dir. Viel Freude miteinander.

    Herzliche Grüsse aus der Schweiz
    Julia... mit Fiona

  14. What absolute little beauties these kitties are!


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