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Apr 03, 2008

[Butler announcement voice] The Baroness Von Possum!

'Poss the Boss' (full name The Baroness Von Possum) after getting caught out in the rain.


Judith M., I suggest a roaring fire and whiskey in the water bowl to warm up.

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Heavens me....I was out in the garden tending to the calla lillies, with Mrs. Pitnick at my side, when suddenly, I am soaked to the bone and that damned Priscilla is nowhere to be seen with my summer parasol! Needless [Read More]


adorable! they're so sweet when they're wrapped up like a little beh-beh!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:12 AM

awwww!! look at the little pawsicle sticking up! AND THE EYES!! just like a beh beh.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Stiff upper lip, luv. Curling up next to Mum will warm you and help dry your fuhr....she looks thoroughly displeased, as if she was *GASP* LEFT out in the rain. Not caught out as we mere humans suggest....

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:21 AM

The teensy paw protrusion is a veeeery nice touch!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:21 AM

The look on Baroness Poss face CLEARLY states that her subjects have failed her. They should have PREVENTED the water from falling from the sky in the first place.

Good help is so hard to find.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:22 AM

The "We are not amused." look.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I want to keees the kitteh on the leeeps!!!!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:35 AM


 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:40 AM

In our house, this is "sausage cat". Only used for dispensing meds. Requires two people. At least. We are not amused, indeed.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:47 AM

LOL @ lurkertype

Susan B
 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:51 AM

ahn! look et the itty bitty paw!

crazy weinerdog lady
 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:52 AM

The kittenface-plus-paw combos are killer today!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:56 AM

I can only hear Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots from Shrek as his voice!!!!
"Thee rain, she is falling."

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:57 AM

WE ARE NOT amused. THE look given only in case of wet substances and fur and the occasional plea to play nice. Wonder how many stitches her human{s} needed after said episode?

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:57 AM

"Heavens me....I was out in the garden tending to the calla lillies, with Mrs. Pitnick at my side, when suddenly, I am soaked to the bone and that damned Priscilla is nowhere to be seen with my summer parasol! Needless to say, I had a frightful chill, dreading that I would have a relapse of the rheumatiz, and be forced to winter again in Biarritz. Fortunately, that handsome young stable boy, oh what's his name, you know, the one with the cleft chin and the proud buttocks, came along and wrapped Mrs. Pitnick and I in his blanket, which smelled of musty steed and scotch whiskey, and somehow he guided us through the torrent into the groomsmen's shed. It was only after a providential interruption of the deluge that we were able to retreat to the back entrance of the parlor, where that frightful Priscilla was raising quite the ruckus about the water dripping on the Oriental rug. 'You prissy little trollop,' I cursed her in a fit of pique befitting Lady Bracknell herself, 'can't you see that Mrs. Pitnick and I were nearly drowned like Spanish sailors and that we must be attended to at once?' And I slapped her across the pate -- oh, I know such a thing shouldn't be done but I was in such a state. Hand to the almighty, it worked, and Priscilla was back on her knees, 'So sorry, missus,' and she fetches the good blankets, you know the one's we got at that little shop near Claridge's, and snuggles us next to the fire. Finally, a moment of rest...Mrs. Pitnick is out cold, snoring softly, the poor dear, and I am left with a hot toddy and the memory of that stable boy's cleft chin and the rough aroma of the groomsmen's shed. Such excitement for one day, I tell you, I can't imagine how I could bear such an ordeal. The House of Possum is not one to be shaken, as pa-pah used to say, but sometimes the power of nature can be...overwhelming."

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Wow! Bertha I lerved it!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:11 AM

dee eyes and dee chin. dey have overcome me. No wonder Ms. Baroness here is royalty. poor da wet kitty-witty.

A thinker
 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Every kitteh should be treated with this much love and kindness. :)

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:24 AM

OMG Berthaslave!!! To fericin awesome!!! LMAO!!!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:35 AM

OMG Berthaslave!!! To *freakin* awesome!!! LMAO!!!

---> what can I say. It's tax season.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:37 AM

LMAO @ Berthaslave! You need to refer back to the comments regarding white people rapping about their cats. This comment is just further proof of why all us gals are crushin' on him... If that PhD thing doesn't work out, you could go for an alternative career as a romance novelist.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Ub, Ib code. Ebberbuddy weft be all alode id da wain. kechoo-kechoo-sniff-sniff. Nebber do dat eddybore. By paws bight belt. I coulda drownded you doe.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Anerabuhl purrito! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 12:13 PM

she's got some serious owl eyes and such a stern look. she actually looks like those little fake kitties that have the "real" fur that you see at cracker barrel or an old person's house. weird, but strangely captivating.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 12:32 PM

"the one with the cleft chin and the proud buttocks"


And the kitteh is NOT amused, indeed!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 12:38 PM

"Must you intrude upon my awkward situation? Cahn't you see that I just need some privacy to collect myself, while the servant dries me off and sets me down by the fire? Have you no sense of propriety? Oh - these peasants!"

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 12:42 PM

It's the saucer eyes that kill me. That's powerful stuff.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 12:57 PM

berthaslave, you have ruined me for all other men. none will compare with you - hence, i give up. signed,

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:08 PM

Mrs. Pitnick?
Would a Baroness really be dallying in the garden with a Mrs. Pitnick?

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:21 PM

I think Mrs. Pitnick is the Baroness' former governess, from when she was a wee lass. Mrs. Pitnick is about 83 now. She hasn't been "working" for years, but she's like family. If there was a movie, she'd be played by Estelle Winwood.


As to the comments, uh, I'm blushing. You are all very sweet. The Ph.D. should be done in June, then it's unemployment and more time at my mom's house until some university decides I am worthy. So, you can see that in the real world, I'm not considered much of a catch. It's nice to have an outlet for my personality in a place where I get so much joy from teh cute and the various immensely clever responses. I always feel bad when I don't have anything brilliantly witty to say about each caption, but it's enough to lol at everyone else's observations, even the nuffers.

Seriously, thanks.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:31 PM

Bowing gratefully before berthaslave...
Well done! All around. Perfectly delightful story. And nice save.
I very much like your sentiments regarding CO.
For some peeps, it stands for Creative Outlet, eh?

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:38 PM

Berthaslave...when can we expect the next installment???

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:42 PM

just continuing the warm and fuzzies, CO is indeed my port in a sometimes (!) unpleasant world. love gettin to know ya'll and laugh, smile and sneer at the comments. i remain honored to be berthaslave's slave. and pyrit, you ain't too bad yourself!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:43 PM

That is NOT a happeh kitteh face...not happeh!

I see disapproval...water bad, cuddles in warm towel against mom, good.
Warm up the whiskas and set in front of fireplace, please.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 01:59 PM

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I was relieved to see it was not a real possum.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:08 PM

The Baroness was apparently the inspiration for many of Louis Wain's paintings!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:11 PM

Sign me up for the berthaslave fan club. Meanwhile, can I have a roaring fire and whisky in my water bowl even though it's not (for once) raining here? AND of course.. the sweet kitteh to cuddle with and maybe test the blow-dryer on.

Mary (the first)
 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:16 PM

OH! Sure. Now I remember Mrs. Pitnick! Marjorie Pitnick? With cat's eye rhinestone glasses? From the Little Kittengarten School? ...Or was that Mrs. Henpeck?

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:16 PM

If the ENTIRE internet was filled with photos like this, there would STILL not be enough photos like this.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:20 PM

I think there needs to be a new rule of cuteness: Outlined noses are cute.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 02:26 PM

Oh, THAAAAT Mrs. Pitnick.
I was thinking of the Mrs. Pitnick who was my 3rd grade religious school teacher. She made wonderful hamentaschen.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 03:17 PM

berthaslave, so clever!
i'm not worthy (bows really low...)

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 04:46 PM

omg berthaslave, lol.

i've never seen such kitty disapproval.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 05:11 PM

berthaslave - My dear, however do you do it? That thing with the prose -it's so charming. I can picture it so well - the garden in the fading daylight, the shed as the shadows fall across the discarded pots, and the house, that warm haven of the soul. I agree that you should write more on the adventures of Mrs. Pitnick - love it!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 06:26 PM

Hey BerthaSlave. LOLing at the cleft chin and the Proud Butocks (which I promptly imagined) ::Blushes::
Thanks I enjoyed that story emensly.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 06:34 PM

I have never seen a cat POUT before! So cute.

jess e.
 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 06:47 PM

Berthaslave: I absolutely loved the story. When you finish this brilliant novel that you have started here will you host a book signing? I'm sure if you announce it here on CO your fanclub (myself now included) would gladly show up for it.

Oh, and the kitty is adorable! So cute! I miss my kitty, who's 1500 miles away... :(

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 07:58 PM

So much pressure! Well, by popular demand, I'll do something else at some point, but it has to be apropos of what Meg and Theo offer here. Something tells me we may have another encounter with the stable boy.

My mother was right. A little imagination is a dangerous thing.

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 09:58 PM

Berthaslave, I bow to your amazing talent. Please tell me you have a blog to store all of it!

 |  Apr 03, 2008 at 10:51 PM

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