Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Penny's Story - A Life with Dogs

Shhhhh.  Please don't raise your voice. 
 Stella and Rory are sleeping.  It's me, Penny.

I've got a story to tell.  I do have to warn you, some parts of this story are sad but I can't change that.  It's my life and how I have lived with six different dogs.  Now, you all know cats have nine lives right?  Well, I'm here to say I reckon I have used most of mine up!  It all started long, long ago.  I came to live with my family when I was eight weeks old.  It was a pretty hectic life then.  All my human siblings were still home, the eldest being 14 and the youngest was only 3.  I got heaps of hugs, snuggles and stuffs so life was good.  My sissy Kara was only about 12 months old but right from the start we got on fine.

Well when I was about 12 months old I didn't watch when I was crossing the road and a big car hit me.  Let me tell you, it hurt like hell and I had to go to the Vet place.  I stayed there and had my broken leg fixed and plastered and for the next three months (yes that's right, three months cause it was so shattered) I hobbled around home but was spoilt rotten so that was fine.

I recovered of course, apart from having my tail amputated cause they found that was knackered too!

Kara and I got on just fine and our house was a peaceful one.  Well apart from the constant noise of a big family but that was ok.  Now this is when, and I don't know why, but mum and dad decided things didn't seem quite right.

So along comes my new brother Oscar.  It took quite a while to train him but eventually I showed him how to be a lap dog.  At least it stopped him chasing me!

We had Oscar for six years, but the evil Cancer Monster came and although my brother put up the bravest fight, mum and dad had to help him pass to the Rainbow Bridge.  Life in our home was not right.  We missed him dreadfully.

Our Sissy Lisa decided it was time for a pup.
Tyler.  That's OK.  He lives around the corner.  
Won't be much trouble.  Sigh.
He loved chasing cats.  Sigh.
Mum thinks, hey what a great idea.  Next thing you know.  A new pup.  My brother Brucey, who by the way, introduced us all to Blogville.  Thanks Brucey.  We will always remember you lead the way for the rest of us. 

He liked to chase cats too!  Sigh.

Don't leg those little puppy faces fool you for one minute.  
Cat chasers, both of them, the little ratbags!
After months and months, I finally trained them too. 
 No more chasing. 
We only had one short year with our Brucey.  He passed to the Rainbow Bridge to be with our brother Oscar.

Life was very quiet.  Just me and Kara.  
She liked sun puddles like me.  No chasing. 

Sadly, our Kara was getting very old and she too passed to the Rainbow Bridge to reunite with Oscar and Brucey.  Our family home was quiet.  I was on my own.  A home without dogs for the first time since I arrived.  Even I have to admit, it was not right.  Something had to be done.  And before I could say, for the love of cats, please don't chase me, THEY ARRIVED!

BOTH cat chasers.  Sigh.

After much training on my behalf and giving them a good backhand every now and then, I finally got a little respect!

No chasing, but the bloomin' watching drives me up the wall!

Anyhoo, that's my story.  I'm going to be 13 years old this year.  
I do get spoilt.  My little sissy and brother are starting to grow up and behave.  They think they are pretty smart cause they go to school, but us cats don't need a school to give us the smarts hehehe.

Oscar, Brucey and Kara, you helped make me the cat I am today.
Tolerant, but I don't take sh@! from any dog. 
See ya mates.  Good to catch up.
No worries, and purrs, Penny.



  1. Wow, you have lived many lives! I like how you train the doggies to not chase you around! Have a good weekend!

  2. Wow Penny you certainly have had many adventures yourself. I'm glad you got better from the scary car machine hitting you. It sounds like you have done a great job at training the doggies in your life to behave around cat's. From Milo

  3. That is quite the tale. MOM wants to know if you can come over here and train me. I do suffer from cat chasing. I try not to, but... well it's a disease. I can't control it.

  4. wow, i can veri mutch see dat yoo dus need tha skool to give you da smarts! dat was sutch a hartwrenchin tale!! I iz sorry to heer dat yoo dus nut hav a tail, butt I iz shoor yoo makey up for it by hazing sutch a cyoot facey! YEAH! niyce to meet you, love pdorg xoox

    1. I meent to say dat yoo dus NUT need da skool, sheesh yoo try n payz a catt a comperliment..heehee it musht be soo agaiynst ma natchoore dat i typit tha wrong fing, sorry! love pdorg xox

  5. Thank you very much for writing your story, Puss. You are very beautiful and smart as can be. I have had two dogs in my life, one Cocker Spaniel (old!) who was well behaved to me, and the Stella Up Over, who chases me any chance she gets. She is sneaky about it because she doesn't want our Mom to see her. She is getting better though.

    I am a Tortie like you, except my colors are what they call diluted. Come visit us sometime.

    Ziva Zophia (aka Zkhat), Stella and Jo

  6. Penny, you had an exciting livr. No wonder you look like Yoda on the last picture...

  7. Wow Penny, you are one brave girl to have survived ALL those K-9's. Mom misses having a cat, but, alas, we chase cats, too and it's too risky. Thanks for telling us about yourself!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  8. Hi Penny, that's a great story. Your peeps and the other furry kids that passed through your house sound like they were part of a larger family. Any whatever happens, good or bad, you have each other to face whatever it is that life throws at you. And that's a good thing. Thanks for sharing that short chronology. It helps to add a "human element" to blogville. Funny how things are so electronic yet they help us to connect.

  9. Penny, you have had a very long and interesting life. Thank goodness you had all those wonderful pups to keep you company. Thanks for sharing your story and we hope you have many more tales to share.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. Well Penny you are one wise cat, and have seen alot in your life time, its lovely to hear from your side of the story so thanks for sharing.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  11. Oh MY Penny you REALLY Don't need to go to School beclaws you must be the Bestest TEACHER in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Goodness what an exciting life you have led. I am sorry that you have had Losses in your life, butt you WILL see them again... we all know that.. and they WILL remember all the lessons you taught them..
    I do think that all that WATCHIN would get on the nerves.
    EXCELLENT POST PENNY... I hope you will do another one soon.. Pawhaps give Me some tips on how to deal with my ERNIE... who doesn't chase Cats.. HE chases ME!

  12. You are an expert dog trainer Penny, probably better than humans (cos we don't give our humans much respect, he he.)
    Plus, you are also beautiful, our mum loves torti cats.
    Hope you blog for us again soon!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  13. That was quite the story, Penny, and thank you for telling it. shhhhhhhhh - we won't wake the sleeping pups.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  14. Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you are getting some respect now!

    Your friends,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. Oh Penny, you have put up with a lot of doggies in your life havent you? You must be a pro at training them now!

    Thanks for sharing :)


  16. Penny!
    Sure your life has been very interesting!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Glad you taught them to show respect!
    Happy Saturday to all of you!
    Kisses and hugs

  17. Oh Penny your story is great. Your are one smart kitty, to be able to teach dogs not to chase you. We are very impressed with that.We just love your colors, you are so pretty.

    The silvers and more

  18. Hee hee. I think George can sympathise with you Penny. He's only recently started to co-exist peacefully with Flo... little does he know there's another puppy just around the corner... shhhhh.

  19. Cute, cute and simply very cute. Love the pics.
    Best wishes Molly

  20. You need to come and have a word with my Grandpaws' cat, Bruno. He is losing the war against us 3 mini schnauzers...... but he needs to learn what you know Penny - sounds like you have sorted out quite a few doggies in your wise life!!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

  21. You are one tough kitteh kat Miss Penny! So glad the good VET fixed you up after that metal monster side swiped ya! You are a stellar trainer. If you were lookin for a job, I'd say that'd be a good bet ;) Thanks for sharin your story Penny! You are one very special cat :D

    Waggin at ya,

  22. Loved your post Penny!!! Happy has a close to yours, story too!! Happy is a very good dog trainer too!!
    She doesn't take any thing from dogs!! She did love Bambi and she is coming around to liking Zoie.
    Our Happy is so old now a days--20 to 22 years old and she is so arthritic !!!!
    I do love my family very much!! YES!!
    Happy Mothers day to you Carol!!!

  23. Hello Penny mate! Mum says please PLEASE will you come and stay with us for a while and knock me into shape?! You sound like just what I need. We'll pay your air fare, kitty class and everything... as much tuna as you can eat? Are you tempted at all?! Deccy x

  24. Aww Penny you are a good teacher. Bruce... I miss that face!

  25. Great post, Penny! It's good to see you on the blog. We're not allowed to have kittehs because of Abby's super strong prey drive, but mama had cats with her Danes for many decades and they always got on well. Some of them napped with the Danes, licked their ears, and even shared their food. We didn't know about your nasty accident, and we're sure happy you made a full recovery.

    Jed & Abby

  26. I think you would get along nicely with my feline sister Rosie. She has me quite well trained, too.

    Your pal, Pip

  27. That was a wonderful story even though I cried a little seeing big old Brucey again because he was so young when he made his final journey. I hope that you are receiving the respect you deserve being such a wise old kitteh. You certainly have trained a lot of doggies.


  28. Oh Penny - what a wonderful story! I so enjoyed hearing about the No Worries Mate family from your point of view! ;-) You sure have had an eventful life, training up so many doggies. Oh - and you know my humans have a soft spot for calicos & torties! ;-)

    Honey the Great Dane

  29. Hello Penny, My name is Lucky!

    You don't hear about me often, but I am actaully the true owner of Lexi and Jasper's house - silly dogs don't know anything!

    Though my story isn't as sad as yours, I have also trained and shaped every dog that has been through our house - and that is ALOT!!!! Well over 15 (Laura's job was the reason for that). I'm am now 16years old and still have it in me ;)

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story! I hope to hear about you more often :)

    Whiskers Twitches,


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