Friday Cat Blogging (Bonus Round!) – 1 June 2012

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I have to end my week guest blogging for Kevin in the only appropriate way. It’s Friday. And you know what that means:

Photographs by Heather Digby

Photographs by Heather Digby

That’s Rhubarb, my 15-year-old lap warmer, lolling on his chair in the garden.

(I have had the pleasure of meeting Inkblot and Domino in person and let me tell you they are even more impressive than they look in pictures.)

Many thanks to Kevin and the fine folks here at Mother Jones for making it easy and thoroughly pleasurable to blog here. Have a great weekend, everyone. And come visit me at Hullabaloo.

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