Friday, March 15, 2013

Meet Mandrake! (Crazy cat lady post.)

Our dear Earl Grey lost his battle with kidney disease last week. My dad tried to console me that he had a great life, and paid me a backhanded compliment: "You're so good to your cats! You're almost as nice to people!"

We thought we'd see how Vasil McNut did as an only cat, but immediately, he turned into a needy, yowling fuckface, so we got him a brother.

Meet Mandrake! The shelter we adopted him from was calling him Candy Cane. We thought that was a bit ridiculous, and Mandrake sounds close enough that he already knows his name.

Does he look like a big Oreo cookie or what? And he has adorable white socks.

Doesn't he look serious? (Portrait by Mr. RK. I told him he could go into pet photography. And yes, there is a sideline of business in that area.)

He and Vasil are becoming buddies. Stay tuned for lolcats.

Oh hell, why wait?

My dad is right - they do lead the good life (see Vasil below.)


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Farewell, Earl Grey, bestest of cats. My condolences to you and Mr RK.

Also sorry to hear that Vasil turned into a needy, yowling fuckface but he was grieving, okay?

Mandrake will be devoted to you forever, if for no other reason that you mercifully changed his gawdawful former name. I bet you named him after the tuxedo-clad Mandrake the Magician, didn't you?

The Elephant's Child said...

Farewell Earl Grey. The wind their paws into our heart strings and take a piece of us with them when they go don't they?
And of course Vasil was a little shit. I am really pleased that he and Mandrake are becoming good friends. And yes, his previous name was vile. Jazz came to us called Jazz-purr. Which made me retch. He is now just Jazz (and I happily paid to have his name changed on his micro-chip), or the psycho cat from hell.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

So very sorry to read of Earl Grey's passing....I know how very hard that is---And it had to be hard on Vasil, too...Animals do grieve---poor dear Vasil. How smart to get him a new buddy....!
Mandrake is a handsome devil, isn't he! And I love his name...He DOES look like a Magician about to go into his "act". All dressed up in his Tux. Mr.RK took a great picture of him!

Charles Gramlich said...

Not grumpy cat but "serious cat." :)

Introverted Art said...

I think Mr. Mandrake has some serious personality: I am good, I am hot, and I KNOW it!!! ;-) I am sorry to hear about your baby though...:(

LL Cool Joe said...

Poor Earl Grey. I thought "Crazy cat lady" wasn't very PC these days, or is it okay to say it about yourself? :D Like I'm allowed to call myself an old tranny, but no else is. ;)

Betty Manousos said...

i'm so sorry for the loss of your kitty. i know how you feel i felt the same way after my cat died.

mr mandrake sure is a handsome guy.

big hugs~

Granny Annie said...

Mr. R.K. has definitely caught Mandrake pondering his new environment. Glad you gave him a bit more of a dignified name than Candy Cane.????

Oh so sad about the Earl:(

G. B. Miller said...

Haven't had Grey Poupon in years.

Mandrake the Magician, very cool old timey comic thus very cool name for a cat.

Birdie said...

Oh, I am sorry to hear about Earl Grey. xo

"he turned into a needy, yowling fuckface, so we got him a brother." That made me laugh because it describes The Ungrateful Bastard perfectly. He is yowling as I write this and I keep telling him to shut the fuck up but he won't. He will keep at it until he gets his way. This time he wants out. As soon as I hit enter I will go and bend to his evilness and let him out even though he is not allowed out when it is getting dark.

Sorry again about E.G.

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Ileana said...

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your Earl Grey. :/ I know how tough it is to lose a cat because they're FAMILY. Mucho hugs to you, my friend.

Hope both of your kitties keep each other company and don't get into too much mischief. Love the lolcats!

Riot Kitty said...

Debra: I actually didn't know about Mandrake the Magician, but it fits! I wasn't sure Vasil would want another brother, as Earl Grey tolerated him but didn't love him up.
TEC: Jazz-pur? Poor bastard! You know, I didn't even think about the name being connected to the chip.
Naomi: Thank you! And he does look like he's wearing a tux.
Charles: Serious indeed.
Joey: Yes, I think we're allowed to be un-PC about ourselves :)
Betty: Thank you! We miss Earl Grey a lot. But I am glad we got to give Mandrake a home.
GA: Thank you, he was a dear boy. And yes, the old name had to go!
GB: That was a neat coincidence about the comic! My dad was the one who told me. I've never had Grey Poupon. Is it any different? I'm not a mustard person.
Birdie: Thank you. How do you do those neat pics?
Ily: Thank you chica!

Lynn said...

Mandrake is a much better name that Candy Cane! And he looks like an awesome cuddler.

Birdie said...


Rock Chef said...

That is one serious looking cay, the sort my dogs stay clear of :-)

Riot Kitty said...

Lynn: We thought so!
Birdie: !(*# Still wondering.
RC: He is flattered ;)

Christielli said...

Sorry about the loss of your cat.

Mandrake is adorable! I've changed cats' names too when I've adopted them. :)

Riot Kitty said...

C: Thank you!

Claire said...

What a fine fellow of a man!

As I've said elsewhere, I'm so sorry to hear about Earl Grey. Such a special boy.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I'm sorry to hear about Earl Grey. I recently lost my childhood cat, and it left me feeling really down for a while. On a lighter note, I always hate shelter names. They called my cat "Gypsy." My wife (such a noob) asked about renaming her, and they said, "Oh, you don't want to confuse the cat, so you shouldn't rename her." Yeah, right. 2 weeks later and my cat was already answering to a name that does not sound like it belongs to a worn out stripper. "Everyone welcome to the stage... Gypsy!"

Kitty Moore said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss x

Riot Kitty said...

Claire: Thank you, honey! And Mandrake seems to be settling in nicely.
ABFTS: Good call. Jeez.
Kitty: Thank you!

G. B. Miller said...

Grey Poupon is simply a dijon style mustard. A bit tangy to the palate, it gives everything an extra zipppiness.

DWei said...

RIP Earl Grey. :(

Mandrake just looks angry, but I would be too if I was named Candy Cane.

Riot Kitty said...

GB: Now I know!
DW: Thank you, we miss him! Mandrake is actually a very cuddly guy, I think he was just posing here.

Holland said...

Both Mandrake and Vasil(ine?) are handsome devils!!! Sorry to hear about Earl Grey... but you have found one serious bloke to fill up your heart...

Wiwille said...

My condolences, and your Dad sounds awesome.

Riot Kitty said...

Holland: Thanks! They are pretty sweet.
WW: Thanks, and he is. :)

Darth Weasel said...

rip earl grey and welcome mandrake...apparently the magician. I shall look into the future and seeing him magically bringing into your life Crazy Cat lady...