Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Last Thursday Hailey and Zaphod's Lady had a post about
about challenging pets and figuring out just what they need.  Mom said it brought back memories
ME trying to TRAIN my PEEPS, which by the way is a work in progress.
Mom told this tall tale on me way back in 2009.  She thought it was time to 
poke fun at me again with pictures.  She did not have a digital camera in 2002 so there are no actual pictures...

Dear Hailey's Lady...it is Madi's lady here to say bravo for this post and for your solution!!

Madi is our second cat...and oh dear me she is 360 degrees different from Milky-Way our first cat. Madi should thank her lucky stars MW came first 'cause he paved the feline road to our hearts in gold.  Every piece of furniture in this house was in the same place when MW lived here but he never ever had lofty thoughts.

I have heard for years cats are either tree 
dwellers (like high places) and she is a champion jumper

or bush dwellers (like being on the ground).
 Madi has a split personality she likes both. 

Within 4 months of living here, 5 lb Madi, figured out she could jump on the back of the white chair (below) by the fireplace, jump over the floor lamp, onto the mantel without disturbing anything on the mantel.
FYI: the GRITS is an acronym
Girls Raised In The South...a very dear friend gave it to me. 
Thank you CAT!

She sashayed to the other end of the mantel where she jumped up on top of the 8' secretary.  She was once again found chewing on the finial. 
We were pretty sure she was a beaver and a mountain goat in a kitten body.
To solve that we had to move the chair to the middle of the room.

 Next she jumped from the banisters of our stairs to the top of the Grandfather clock...where she was found chewing on that finial. 
Her launching point was where the wicker step basket sits.
Well solving this was harder we could not move the clock and she would not stop jumping up there so we covered it with a quilt which was secured with duct tape.
The clocked stayed wrapped in the quilt for several months.

Madi can easily jump from the corner of the dining room table
to the perch and does it often

Madi is a perpetual teenage girl nothing is ever exactly like she wants it and she is quite verbal. Nearly 12 years later she SHE KEEPS US LAUGHING, HAS THE BEST PURR IN THE WORLD and we LOVE HER DEARLY. We, too, had to learn not to compare Madi with MW and like children all pets are different. Our first pet was a mighty mini Dachshund, Toto. You know about Doxies...stubborn, serious attitude and strong willed. We often say Madi is part Doxie.   I wanted to say BRAVO to you for loving Hailey for who she is.



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  1. I like being up high lots, but sometimes I sleep on the floor, so I guess I's a mixed purrsonality too!


  2. Great post! We love that you say your peeps are "still a work in progress". Aren't they all?? MOL!
    Have a wonderful Tuxie Tuesday, Madi.
    >>Smooches<< from your BFFFs, Princeton and Precious.

  3. Totally impressed by Madi's athleticism.
    Toodle pip!

  4. MOL, Madi, I really enjoyed hearing about your finial fixation!

  5. I'm a bush cat Madi, sometimes I will jump on the back of the sofa. I'm lazy MOL xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. Sheesh, Madi... It took THEM long enough to realise what you NEEDED. A bit slow, are they?

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  7. We are pretty much bush dwellers but that's because we don't have a lot of high places to get up on. Except the cat trees and the upper shelves of the catio. :)

    Glad you got your cat tree, Madi!

  8. LOL Madi we agree a finial fixation indeed. I chewed the corner of peeps best mahogany cabinet once and she was none too pleased. LOL at least you have The Tower Of Power now. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. Pawesome tower! We are mostly tree cats, but Ashton is only now learning to get up on other things around the house at two years old.

  10. We all love to jump from one thing to the other and are always doing just that. Glad you have that Mom all trained Madi. Good job. Have a great day.

  11. Always knew you had the heart of doxie.

    ♥♥♥Mona & Prossy

  12. Madi, I have a nice high cat tree with room for two!! Want to come over?

    Your guy,

  13. Oh Madi, you sure like to explore high and low don't you! The tree seems like the best idea to do that. We love your jumps and your action, you keep your mom on her feet! xoxo

  14. OH Madi... Training Peeps is not only a WIP... it is a SLOW Work in Progress. It takes them like 87 years to Catch On. SLOW SLOW SLOW... BUTT once they DO... they are fairly good at thingys.
    Love your GRITS thingy. hehehehe

  15. What a great story! We love you too Madi and think you're most special.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

    Sorry we're hardly around, but we know you understand!

  16. Oh my gosh Madi, you do tend to keep your parents in line...thing is, with your posts and mind of a teen-ager, you crack me up!!! Mischievous, soft, tender, loving, and still one beautiful lady when you choose to be!!!!

  17. Wow Madi have you thought about sending a video to the Circus Ole Lay......well wesa thinks you are one of the coolest cats we knows next to mean ole cat dietzman..(we had to say that abouts him cos he is sitting here watching mesa typing)
    Angus McConnell

  18. That was fun reading about you Madi, I did not know you were a high jumper!

  19. Doesn't she know a little variety is good!
    Lily & Edward

  20. Hi Madi! Have you recovered from the Moon adventure? I hope so....I'm still napping to catch up from all the parties. Looks like you like to try and fly leaping through the air? I used to do that when I was younger but no more of that for me.....all four paws on the ground these days!

    Hugs, Sammy

  21. to funny, maybe there is a mountain lion in her ancestry.... Bob had five cats and he said they were all different, one even thought it was a dog. I am just thankful our dogs can't leap like Madi, think 50 pounds not 5... yikes.
    our first dog Max, chewed all the handles off my antique dresser. at least they could be replaced, your finials could not

  22. At what age did Madi slow down? Or is she still jumping up to high places?! LOL
    Kathy and Molly

  23. I like your spectacular jumping photos, Madi. That you can jumpf throught the whole room without touching or damaging things is one of the feline secrets, I think. If I would do that we probably would need a new crib. Have a super tuesday!

  24. you sure are graceful. Mummy's old cat Figaro used to climb on the mantlepiece and knock everything over. The clock that lived on there never worked again and grampy never forgave him lol

  25. Madi you are a fabulous feline. Our Annabelle is basically a ground dweller, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the tribe which are tree climbers! YOU do spectacular jumps!

  26. Madi, you are writing your own chapters and that is purrfect!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  27. We loved seeing how athletic you are Madi. Wish we could jump like that, we would be up on the counter to pinch food in no time!
    Dip and Elliot x

  28. Madi you are handful! And you have blown the theory that cats grow out of the kitten-ish stage and settle down to cat napping on laps and slow down!

  29. madi....yur mom haz skillz with chalk we haz never seen N ewe haz jumpin a bill a teeez like we never hurd !! awesum !!!

  30. Hi Madi, we wanted to say hello to you & Mum. Are you having trouble getting our blog? e-mail us!!!
    Hugs & Purrs from us...

  31. Wow… Madi, I wish I had a fraction of your agility! Do you think you might have been a Border Collie in a past life? :)

    Keep on purring,

  32. You keep your peeps on their toes Madi. I am equally happy up high or down low.

  33. Grrrrrr to Google! Mayor Madi should have no rrestriction EVER! I love reading about you and wow you are like an Olympic star.

    p.s. I wish you could visit I am having a comment a thon for Angel Remington. I will count one for you

  34. Those finials taste good don't they Madi. Cindi Lou is a Bush cat, Adam and Gloria are the Tree Cats and Georgia is a little of both. Georgia is doing her best to follow in your Diva pawsteps Madi.

    Kitty Kisses,
    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew
    Georgia, Adam and Gloria

  35. Madi,

    No matter what you do or how you do it we LUVS you! :)
    Happy Mardi Gras!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  36. Thank goodness you haven't slowed down Miss Madi! Happy Mardi Gras! Hope you guys have a great one!
    Marty and Mom

  37. What a great post!!! Guess Madi knows how to keep you on your toes. Mom says that when she first got Dakota, our first Siberian, she thought she would go nuts with her antics. Guess what was the best solution - getting Phantom:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  38. Lady says she is hopeful that once we come up with all the solutions she will look back and laugh! We are glad you are still keeping your people on their toes.

  39. Madi, we're high flyers around here. Though you'd think with our nice window seat we'd be bush dwellers.

  40. We just love your adventurous side!!
    Dory, Arty, Jakey & Bilbo

  41. I like that step basket. A neat contraption.

    I think Putter Jean is a tree dweller. She gets mad if you bother her when she's napping.


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