Oh Snap!

On the very rare occasion that I'm not sequestered in my craftroom (ie. when I am forced, kicking and screaming to leave and go to work), the door is shut tight to keep the resident felines from "playing" with all my crafty goodies.

When I AM in my craftroom (ie. the second I get home from the office), I am invariably accompanied / distracted / interrupted continuously by three felines intent on getting into trouble. (The dog simply joins us for a singular purpose; to see how often I can trip over her no matter where she decides to plant herself for a quick nap).

It can be the smallest of things that tantalize the cats, who impress me with their well-practiced tag-team approach; they each take turns at targetting scraps of expensive paper, strands of shiny ribbon, delicate fabric flowers, lengths of sticky tape...

The worst by far is Dakotah The Thief. She is champion at the game of Treasure Hunter - she wins when successful at scampering off with anything that peaks her interest on my desk. I am sure she believes her full name is "No Dakotah!" - the familiar epithet hollered as I chase her down the hallway until whatever prize firmly clasped in her mouth is dropped.

Yesterday she tried to steal a rubber band I had removed from my camera's USB cord. Luckily I was able to catch her in the act before she made her stealthy escape... so I soon found myself in yet another tug of war.

And no matter how this war ended, it was not going to be pretty.

Nope. Not. At. All.

Tug Of WarLet's just say that the red welt on my fingers stung like the dickens.

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Rathi said...

Oooooooh!!!! That must have hurt?

JoJo said...

What is it about an elastic band snap that hurts so damn much? Your pets have great personalities though! The other day my doggie stole my 'foot rest' from under my craft table. OK, granted it's a huge red plush bone, but it works really well for me. Sagan decided he wanted it. So he and I played tug of war for a bit, much to my husband's amusement, till I was finally able to distract him with a loofah dog toy. As soon as I sat back down, he ducked under the table and tried to pull the bone out from under my feet again.

Kathy said...

I'm going out on a limb and saying I don't blame her. Look at all your cute and colorful playthings in the background! It's like a kitteh wonderland.

Sorry about the boo-boo.

Sistertex said...

HA HA oh my! Yep ...love the photo but it is all about trouble. My cats the same. Into everything, even things I didn't expect, don't know why, I should know better.

The day before Easter I ran out and got some tulips, put them in a little vase on the island in the kitchen. Came down the next morning and found them all still standing in the vase perfectly - except they were all full of holes. First I thought - oh no...insects...I didn't see any on them when I bought them. Still wasn't any - what the heck had eaten them....well Lemme of course. Never seen Lemme on the island before but he must have sat up there chewing on ALL of them and managed it without disturbing a thing. Lemme the stealth-meister!

Daisy said...

Way to go, Dakotah!

ReformingGeek said...


I gave my cat a rubber band about that size. I don't think he has given it a second look.


J said...

This cracked me up.

And your cat is adorable.

I want a kitten.. :|

AshPup said...

Great photo- silly Dakotah!

Faye said...

I just love your blog. It's life but it makes you laugh just the same. My two dogs are like your cats in my craft room (2 - 18 mon. old big standard poodles)They eat whatever happens to be in reach & take off with balls of wool to 'play keep away'. Now the balls are just mounds in the basket.
Keep up the great blog.

Bart said...

You should've let go first. I bet she wouldn't steal anything from your holy shrine anymore... ever!

CorvusCorax12 said...

i'm laughing with you... HONEST ;)

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Kisma said...

Rubber bands and cats... always an adventure. Hope your finger is ok.

Cupcake Blonde said...

Sorry about you hand but I can't stop laughing at the fact you thought to grab your camera and take a picture of the battle! You are such a blogger! :)

Jill said...

Oh dear! Cute picture though! :-)

Babs-beetle said...

Well, I'm not one bit surprised that your cats find heaps of things to play with (ruin) in your craft room. We teach them from tiny kittens to play with streamers and things that roll. It's all our own doing!

Tara R. said...

I had to laugh... my little furry demon would have done the same. He attacks my bunny slippers each time I wear them. Hope your hand is better.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...


Anonymous said...

I wonder what Dakotah thought she might do with an elastic band? Tie up her ponytail?

Marla said...

What a cute picture! Thank you for suffering injury for the sake of your readers. We appreciate it.

JD at I Do Things said...


I have had rubber band competitions with my cats, and I always lose. Painfully. Those cats will NEVER let go.

Unknown said...

Have your cats ever jumped onto your computer keyboard and simultaneously pressed down CTRL+A+DEL with their paws? Mine has..... He then wandered off purring contentedly to himself whilst I panicked over my entire work being irretrievably lost - thank the lord for the UNDO option. Phew!!


Carley said...

lol how cute though..My kitties like to steal pens from my purse... and then they disappear forever.. not to mention they steal slippers also.... very strange lol

Brenda Grolle said...

I don't have any animals to steal things from me. My 2 kids don't want anything that I have, lol.

But looking at that picture does make me go, ouch!

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Elastic bands are consumed at my house, so we aren't allowed to leave them out..

Margaret said...

Gotta love cats and the things that amuse them.

Anonymous said...

Lol. I was having a tug of war battle with my cat Nala the other day too. Luckily though, we both ended up letting go at the same time so no one got hurt.

Maureen said...

Ratz: Oh yeah... it stung alright.

Jo-Jo: Well, what do you expect if you have bone-shaped furniture??? The dog probably thought all bone-shaped things are his ;) Sagan is a GREAT name!

Kathy: Ha! They are MY cute and colourful playthings! And as I have written before, I don't share well!

Sistertex: Ahahaha! "Lemme at 'em!" Awesome story.

Hey! Don't encourage her Daisy!

Reforming Geek: Elastics are the one thing I take away from them. I am always scared they will try to eat them... very dangerous.

Jennifer: I hope you kitten-proof your home first. It's almost as bad as child-proofing.

Ashley: Well, since I was preparing to download some other photos, the camera was right there!

Ah ha Fuzzy Wuzzy! Welcome and thank you!

Bart: Don't think I didn't ponder that...but I wouldn't be so cruel. Although I didn't think it would hurt so much to have HER let go first...

I'll believe you Twain12... I think.

Grace: :)

Richard: I wasn't laughing then!

I'll live Kisma. But next time I won't pull so hard.

I am Vegas Princess! (and the camera was right there...)

Jill: Yeah. Lucky shot. I took it and then was quite surprised how well it turned out once I uploaded it to the laptop.

Babs, you are SO right! "Here kitty kitty! Play with the wiggling ribbon! Aw, you're so cute!" Then years later, "Hey cat! Leggo my ribbon! Grrr!"
It IS my fault!

Tara: Ahahaha! Your cat is just killing them for you so you can wear their pelts....

Perpetual Chocoholic: Yep. Times Three!

Ha Pinklea! I have no idea. She tries to run off with everything. She must have a secret stash of goodies somewhere.

Marla: You're welcome. I think.

JD: You're right. Which begs the question... who's the smarter one? (Don't answer that)

Ahahaha, oops, sorry Sarah. Shouldn't laugh at that. Karma will get me for sure (in the form of cat paws trekking across my laptop).

Most of the time, Lady Banana... most of the time. Your Mabel is a sweetie!

Ha! The Perks! Yes, I do believe cats have a secret treasure trove... it's the only explanation.

Brenda: Lucky you! I am forever finding my craft stuff outside the craft room.

Exactly Connie! I always make sure they don't run off with them. Hence the tug of war...

Margaret: Mine want anything that isn't theirs... they have gobs of cat toys. But no, instead of playing with those, they want anything I am touching.

Anahid: Now THAT's what I should have done! I need faster reflexes, obviously.

Janet said...

Ack! Go, Dakotah! Much as I like you, I'm glad she didn't get snapped!

Great pic! Don't you love the help you get from your cats? I'm typing around one rigafdht now...lol

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