Monday, August 20, 2018

What It Looks Like When

The "Farm Supervisors" have been a significant part of the Genuine Faux Farm since day one.  In fact, some of our supervisors were on the job even before we started farming.  These fine felines often teach us things we need to learn and sometimes teach us things we didn't need to know.  But, that's the way of a cat.  They'll let you know what they're thinking when it suits them and IF it feels like the right thing to do from their perspective.

Over the past few weeks and into the foreseeable future, we will share some of the kitty wisdom we have been graced with over the years.  You can see new ones using the hashtag #GFFWhatItLooksLikeWhen on Facebook.  OR, you can just wait until we summarize a group every so often on our blog.

This is what it looks like when you have your own ideas on how things should be done.
Mrranda was with us for far too short of a time.  But, when she was with us, she was very much the free spirit of the group.  That's saying something when you are referring to a cat.  She was fond of farmer surfing (as was the Sandman).  Farmer surfing is when the farmer is crawling to plant garlic (or some other such thing) and the farmer's back is clearly going to be far more comfortable than the cold soil.  Mrranda was actually found ON TOP of one of our high tunnels at one point in time.  That was one event the farmers weren't terribly happy about - but it does make for a story.
This is what it looks like when you've had enough and you're just daring someone to cross that line one more time.
Bree is one of our Indoor Farm Supervisors and she claims Rob as her primary human.  As a result, she is subject to hearing more puns and bad jokes than all of the other farm supervisory staff combined.  On the other hand, she also gets far more skritches per diem than most of the other felines as well.  We are hopeful that this balances out, though we do watch her closely for signs of rebellion.

This is what it looks like when you can find happiness right where you are.
 The Sandman got the most press because, of course, he was the Sandman.  When the Sandman spoke, you had to listen.  That, and, he was incredibly photogenic, finding ways to place himself in front of the camera lens.  He was probably the most willing to attempt to teach the humans what it means to live a good life and had more patience than most cats.  Which means he would look at us for a second to wait for us to show signs of enlightenment before he went about his business.
This is what it looks like when you are secure with who you are and what you are doing.
Cubby came to us as a "veteran" and managed to beat the odds by living to age fifteen or so as an outdoor cat.  Cubby did not really care what anyone thought about her.  If she wanted attention, she asked for it (and usually got it).  If she drooled while she was getting attention, she didn't care.  After all, it was YOUR problem if you didn't like the sleeve of your shirt soaked through.  In the end, she did what she wanted and she did it her way.
This is what it looks like when you're pretty sure everyone is making a bigger deal out of everything than they need to.
All of our farm supervisors have been extremely good at reminding us of our place in the greater scheme of things.  Our place is somewhere beneath them.  Unless it is time for food.  Or skritches.  Then we rise to the level of 'necessary, but requiring tolerance.'

This is what it looks like when you got what you wanted and you KNOW there is nothing anyone can do about it.

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