Cat of the Day: There is a reason they call them Russian “Blues”

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Until Gunther the cat entered our lives, none of us had heard of a cat breed called “Blue”, specifically Russian Blue. We’ve since learned that blue refers to a variety of grey colored cats. Gunther himself seems to have already known this as he recently found the perfect patch of sunlight to sit in that would bring out his blue …

Gunther thinks he's hiding

Cat of the Day: Gunther thinks he’s hiding

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Unlike most cats, Gunther has the run of a very large building, a large cabin or lodge in the East Tennessee woods. The interior is a cat’s paradise when it comes to finding nooks and crannies to snooze in or hide in. In this photo he has chosen to hide just behind a bench in the library office area overlooking …

Cat of the Day: Gunther’s New Toy THANK YOU!

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Gunther got some toy ‘cat dancer’ wands in the mail from some generous donors and we want to express our gratitude on his behalf. He would type the thanks himself we are sure but he’s napping after another several rounds of snake-chase, sneak-attack, pounce-n-kill and his morning favorite paw-at-it-lightly. This last one is self-entertainment requiring little human interaction, if any, …

Is Gunther praying?

Cat of the Day: Gunther and friends

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As COVID-19 lockdowns continue in places, we try to provide some levity in sharing not only some cartoons each week, but a little photo whenever we can of Gunther, our Russian Blue. Here he seems to be praying that God might send a few more deer to visit. He’s a pious little guy so its little wonder that 5 deer …

Cat Photo Lost in the Shuffle

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In a couple of posts recently, the photos we were trying to upload fell through, as it were, either not showing in our news blog page or our social media venues. So, to make up for the loss of yet another Gunther shot we send you yet more Gunther shots from his favorite balance beam. He is well, handling COVID-19 …

Cat of the Day

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Gunther likes ‘the balance beam’. It’s a support beam running the width of the refectory and this portion is directly above the stairs. What he really likes is waiting until an unsuspecting nun comes down the stairs and he gives them a surprise ‘blessing’ by lightly tapping his paw to their veil.

Cat of the Day

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For your smile today: Gunther approves of a whimsical puzzle we recently completed. He also likes biting the pieces and swishing them around (and off) the table.

Russian Blue Cat on Ottoman

Cat of the Day

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Victor Gunther basks in glory after presenting his second trophy to Rev. Mother just after the rising bell. The score is now: Gunther 2 Mice 0.

Gunther Goes Out!

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Just a fast update on our beloved “bane of squirrels”, Gunther, the Russian Blue cat. He’s got his curiosity up and in his ventures outside he has taken intense note of all the squirrel gnaw marks. Unsurprisingly, the squirrels seem to be noticeably absent from their favorite stairs at Mater Dei lately. We will keep you apprised, especially if he …

Meet Gunther the Cat

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We know that many of our family and friends are eager to learn more of our recent anti-squirrel acquisition. His cartoon alter-ego pen name is still a little up in the air at Cor Jesu Monastery but we decided we might as well introduce you to the real cat. The Name He came to us providentially with some hunting experience …

Meow Mwews News

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We want to share some of the names we’ve received regarding a cartoon name for our new cat. After our annual retreat we’ll let you know what his moniker will be. Owing to his reserve and shyness, we won’t be sharing a photo of our handsome squirrel deterrent until after he’s more settled…unless he reduces the squirrel population sooner than …

CAPTION CONTEST or How the Squirrel Ate A Monastery

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The photo above of one of our many squirrels is begging for a caption contest. As we alerted our friends and benefactors when we shared the photo of this animal’s handiwork, we anticipated an upcoming caption contest should we capture any miscreants on camera. Through the assistance of a generous Knight of Columbus, we found ourselves quickly in possession of …