The Fur Children

Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I LOVE animals. If it wasn’t for the Husband, I would  have 9 cats and 5 dogs and a horse by now.

Eric loves animals as much as I do but levelheadedness wins.

I have Four Fur Children (five if you count the bearded Husband).

Read: 3 cats and 1 dog.

Meet . . .


aka Bitch, Monstro, Princess, Miss Thang, Baby Girl.

She is 2 years old and one of two kittens Eric got me from  13th Street Cat Rescue here in San Jose.  (Gambit was the other) She is a whopping 16lbs of in your face suffocating attitude.


She loves nothing more than to sit on your chest (preferrably compressing your lungs to minimal breathing) and suckle on whatever she can get. Fingers, chin, ears, nose, neck . . . she is a suckle fiend. All while kneading the dough.

And she’s my only little girl. That is why she is the sassy Princess. And she is the smartest of the cats.

That being said, meet her brother . . .


Enough said. 😉

Yes, that it my Big Boy, Dopey, Crybaby #1, Little Man, trying to chew on a light switch.

We think he is a couple pieces shy of a completed puzzle. The wheel is turning, but the hamster fell off the wheel.

Gambit is a special case. He can be very cuddly and loving when he wants to be. Then other times, he’s hiding under the toliet or in the litter box. The boy has issues. He cries a lot when he doesn’t see his sister or brother and he even cries when I am out of view. He has run into various walls and screen doors over the two years of his life and there will probably more of that in the future.

In any case, I love my little Gambit.

Lobot. EDIT: Lobot has been missing since February 2014. I hold out hope that he will return home. Miss him dearly.

aka Hobo,  Zoolander, Stinky, Crybaby, Punk, Motorboat.

He is an awkward looking kitten. Long legs, muscular body and very strange face.  He came to our home last fall. The story goes is that Eric was walking Lando outside one night and heard the distinct cry of a kitten. He tried looking for it, but to no avail. He comes in and mentions the kitten to me. The next day. . . .I spot the kitten. Track it. Lure it out of hiding with the offering of food and brought it home.

We had planned on giving him to some friends (after posting flyers of a found kitten [no response]) but we saw how he got along so well with Lando that we decided to keep him. Hence the name Lobot.

He is an amazing cat that cracks me up every day.  And as much as he drives his older siblings nuts (springing from behind the catch to tackle them) he loves curling up with Lando.

Lobot also purrs like a fiend.


You have definitely seen this boys mug around here quite often.  He’s our little bundle of chaotic pride and joy.

Lando is a TriColor Austrailian Shepherd and just about 1 year and 1/4 old.  We got him from a breeder here in California (Eric’s mom got his sister Lilu and my sisters boyfriends parents got the other sister Trico). And it was pretty much love at first bite. Lando clamped down on Eric’s arm and I immediately knew that was the pup were bringing home.

We can’t imagine our lives without the little furball. Being a high energy breed we try to keep him well socialized and give him various toys to keep him from getting bored. He has become my running partner on various days. He is a very smart pup and has a crazy stubborn streak. And I swear he understands you. He just chooses to ignore you 😉  There is so much intelligence in this boy, knowing when you’re angry or sad and in need of a laugh or hug. I have cried many tears into his comforting fur and received kisses that wiped them away.   He loves still your spot on the couch and his favorite thing is to destroy toys and chase balls in the backyard.

And herd cats of course.



They are the inspiration for a lot of my paintings.






I paint animal portraits and would love to paint yours! If interested or want to see more of my animal portrait work, please check out my artist website: SKOP Studios  or click on the image below for commission information.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sally August 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Hi Sonja!

This is Sally with the Grilled Cheese Bandits! Thank you so much for the amazing review, we greatly appreciate it! We just wanted to know if we could use your hi-res photos on our site? Of course, we’ll give you photo credits and say you are the amazing photographer 🙂

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Mexigarian August 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hi Sally! If you think my photos are worthy of your site, then by all means go ahead and use them 🙂 I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next time you’re in the area. That Nutella and Goat cheese dessert is calling my name to try it. lol. Wishing you all great success on the road!


Natalie @ Free Range Human April 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I absolutely love your puppy! We have a black tri Aussie as well so the breed definitely holds a special place in my heart 🙂


Mexigarian May 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Awww. I love my Aussie. thank you 🙂 Such a good breed. Black tri’s for the win! haha.


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