Friday Cat Blogging & Fundraising – 27 April 2012

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On the left we have a rare action shot of Inkblot. This isn’t rare because he never walks around, it’s rare because I’m not a quick enough photographer to catch him very often before he either flops onto the ground or else rushes up to nuzzle the camera lens. But this time I did, right in the middle of all our glorious spring foliage. And on the right, we have a classic: a cat in a bag. It never gets old, does it?

But you know what else we get in spring aside from glorious foliage? Spring fundraising! Over on the right Clara and Monika have 15 reasons you should help support our investigative journalism, and it’s an impressive list that includes pink slime, Vivian Maier, exploding Pintos, redefining rape, and our invention of the po’ boy. But I’ll add two more right below, because there’s more to life than investigative journalism, right? Here’s how to donate:

As always, many thanks to those of you who throw a few dollars our way. It’s what keeps us going, cats and humans both.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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