Another From the Archives

Here is Monster (then named Daphne) when she was at the shelter. Unfortunately, her first home didn’t work out (through no fault of her own), and she was brought back after only 3 days. She was due to return to her foster home to await a new family, but the Humans arrived searching for a new furbaby. The normal waiting period is a few days whilst everything gets sorted out, but Humans were allowed to take her home that day so she didn’t get further confused by the back and forth.

Moral of the story? Shelter animals go through a lot before you take them home, whether they’re old or young, but the love they give you once they understand they’re home forever is a beautiful thing.

Adopt, don’t shop.

Momma, I’m Stuck

Human comes home. No sign of Monster.

This is out of routine.

Human waits. No Monster. Human checks usual hidey holes. No Monster.

Human goes outside. Calls Monster. Plaintive cry comes from the trees behind next door’s garden. Human continues to call. Monster makes definitive “halp I am stucks” sounds.

Human enlists help of Human What Lives Next Door and Human What Cycles to Work.

Monster is about 6 feet up a tree and is not at all stuck but is convinced that she is. Sees Human What Cycles to Work and promptly comes down.

What a drama llama.

Not Today, Peasant

Human hoped to have a lie in until 7.30am before her dig today.

Monster says no. Human has to get up now. Archaeology cannot wait.


This time last year, we found out that Monster’s predecessor, Orlando, had terminal liver cancer at just 8 years old.

Human adopted Orlando from the RSPCA when he was almost a year old. He had been in a collision with a truck that left his lower jaw in pieces. It was still wired together when Human took him home. He was a loving, playful, intelligent cat who always seemed to appreciate everything that he had, though his successes in hunting only ever amounted to a few vicious and troublesome leaves and one entirely unharmed mouse.

He adored Human What Cycles to Work from the moment he met her and was usually found resting against her in the afternoon or following her around the garden to inspect her work. He was otherwise critically shy and didn’t easily take to new people.

We decided to let him rest from his pain a short while after we got the news after a routine scan to ensure his heart was up to surgery on a broken tooth. We didn’t want him to deteriorate to the point where he couldn’t enjoy life (or the cat soups he had come to love so much). Human has always said that part of the pet contract is that at some point you must be brave enough to exchange their pain for your own.

We miss you, Wonky Face, and we’re so glad to have known and loved you.

Baby Monster

Oh, and we also found some photos of Monster when she was very small, with her brother Alf (tabby) and sister Dolly (faded tortie).


Belated Update

Hi all!

My apologies for the long absence, it’s been a tough start to the year between one thing and another.

Still, you’re not here for me, so let’s have some updates on the Monster!

Monster is now 1 year old and has a boyfriend (Human has inspected this boyfriend and he is a nice, giant lump). Humans have a new sofa that is far preferable to the old one and Monster must have it all to herself or Humans will get the dead eye.

Unfortunately, Kitten has not come home, though is regularly sighted by locals. She has always been a nomad at heart and Humans believe she has found herself a new home after other humans were very clearly feeding her (if her expanding waistline is any indication)! Humans hope she is happy. The blog will continue Monster’s story in her absence and Human will of course update on any Kitten news.

Anyway, some pictures, we know you all love some Monster time…