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Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz Meet Merle... by LadyAliceofOz
FULL VIEW PLEASE! :heart:

I'm not sure that Merle qualifies for the category of "domesticated animals" :giggle: but, he's not completely wild, either... and I know that orange tabbies are normally considered to be domesticated :nod:

Anyways, my sweet hubby Bob =TThealer and I have been encouraging a new outside cat in recent weeks.... and this afternoon, he really gave us a lift, with this remarkable show of ownership... when he "meatloafed" himself on the rug at the far side of our patio!! :clap:

Now, you may not think this is any big deal :giggle: but for Merle (as we have named him... which is short for Merlin... yes, in honor of the great magician :D) this is QUITE a big step!! He was so skittish and frightened the first time we offered to feed him, that he ran at the slightest movement.... and remained in a "ready to run fast" position at all times :nod: even while eating :faint:

He's still not confident enough to allow us near enough to touch him, but in this morning's 25 degree fahrenheit (-3.88 c) temperature, he found the rug, in the :sun: to be to his liking, and actually relaxed enough to meatloaf himself, and wait patiently, hoping for some food :excited: He did not run when I approached the door with my :camera: and gave both of us the opportunity to take his picture for the first time!! :clap:

Be sure to visit Bob's page =TThealer for his "meet Merle" capture!! [link] I :love: the totally cat shadow that he captured! :excited:

If Merle manages to survive the rigors of being an on-your-own-neighborhood cat until summer :fingerscrossed: maybe we'll even be able to coax him into letting us pet him!
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WHOA giant hens. (I refer to the back leg fur fluffs as hens, don't ask why.) xD
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha. Meatloafing Merle. The light in this shot is wonderful. Golden and bright, really lights up the cat.
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much Robert! :iconsnuzzleplz: I appreciate your comments and the :iconplusfav:!! :w00t: :dance:

We haven't seen Merle, but once since the day I shot this pic... but, we think we may have seen him at a house, several blocks away (a week or so, ago)... so it could be that his people were just out of town, for an extended period, when he was stopping by on a regular basis :nod:
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Either that or the other family feeds him Tuna Fish.
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually :giggle: we figured out today, that it may just be the new very large, very fluffy, black & white fixed tom cat that moved in next door, and has decided to add our backyard to his territory! :laughing: The new tom looks like a really sweet push-over... but, I think he's already set the nosy female (who lives in the house on the other side of his house) straight about who's yard is who's!! :rofl: :rofl:
Cats are sooooooooo funny :laughing: we used to have the most docile (towards people) huge tabby male, who lived outside... and though he wouldn't put a scratch on any human (even a very small child)... we noticed that several of the neighborhood cats would cross the street, when they got to our yard!! :rofl: :rofl: :lmao:
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: I guess so! I can just imagine the cat conversatons that would happen around all that drama. Sort of Chicago Mafia accents maybe.

Cat #1; I thought I said youse ain't to be comming around here no more.

Cat#2; Sorry, Guido (or whatever cat's call each other), did'nt realize I'd wandered into your turf. I promise it won't be happening again. Just let me go this one time.

Cat#1; Dat's right! and tell all youse friends too.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
:winner: Congratulations!:winner:

This is to let you know that this deviation has been featured here>>>[link]
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No, you haven't won a free subbie or the lottery, just a little recognition!:nod:
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:w00t: Thanks babe! :iconlovesplz: :iconsnuzzleplz:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
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RooCat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
He's a good looking cat. I wish you lots of luck. The black feral here I finally got to touch after 10 days of feeding him disappeared, probably was gotten by a predator, the next day as he vanished forever after that visit. It broke my heart.
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