Tabby Tuesday


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Periwinkle’s Arrival

Stinky is fairly certain that even though today’s adventure is going to be very helpful for pet owners, it may not be that much fun for Periwinkle and him. Nonetheless, they will get to spend the day together, which is always enjoyable. As Stinky waits for Periwinkle, he is thinking about all the supplies they will need for today. He is caught off guard when the teleportation begins to shake, but he’s ready when Periwinkle comes whooshing out.

The two tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing before Periwinkle asks the inevitable question: “So what’s on the agenda today, Stinky?”

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

“Something that may not be much fun, but I think important to share with our readers,” Stinky replies. Periwinkle gives him a quizzical look before he can explain. Stinky quickly continues, “April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. It’s the American Red Cross’s way of drawing attention to the need for pet owners to know specialized pet first aid.”

“Okay, so what is the plan with regard to pet first aid?” asks Periwinkle.

“Well I thought we could let our friends’ humans know what to put in their cat-specific first aid kit.“

“Stinky, you are right, that doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is important. And, even though, our fursibs and most of our friends are inside cats, it doesn’t mean they’ll never get hurt or sick.”

“Very true, Periwinkle. You know my big brother, Angel Mau, was bitten by a neighbor cat in 2017. He was an inside/outside cat, but it is still possible to get bitten or scratched by one of your fursibs. Here’s a couple of photos to show how serious injuries like this can be.


Black cat with bites on back.

Tuxedo Cat with white bandage around torso.










“My mom and dad cleaned him up really well and put antiseptic on the wound before bandaging it up.”

Pre-Made First Aid Kits

“Lots of retailers like Chewy, Amazon, Walmart and even Etsy have first aid kits for pets, but I think we should let our readers know what kind of things to include if they want to make one for their cat,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“That’s a good idea, Stinky, but, most importantly, we need to remind pet parents that a first aid kit is for just that…first aid. Humans always need to take their pet to the vet if they are sick or injured. And that may mean the emergency vet if it is after hours or on a weekend.”

“That’s right, Periwinkle. Though my mom and dad gave first aid to Mau, they took him to the vet the first thing the following morning.”

Cat First Aid Guides

“Most kits will include a first aid guide, but if not or if pet parents want to create their own kit, I found some guides at Amazon,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Here are three:

😺 The Cat First Aid book by the American Red Cross, includes the symptoms and care for more than 60 feline health conditions.
It also includes instructions for putting together a pet first aid kit as well as how to administer medications and recognize what constitutes an emergency.

😺 First Aid for Cats: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Stefanie Schwartz, DVM

😺 The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats by Amy Shojai. (My mom knows her. She is the founder of the Cat Writers’ Association and an award winning author who has written 35-plus pet care books.)

Assembling Your Own First Aid Kit

“Stinky, what should our humans include in their cat first aid kit?”

“Here’s a list of suggestions for a cat first aid kit, Periwinkle. These are based on what I found included in some pre-made kits as well as the Red Cross site and the Pet Poison Helpline.

∗ alcohol wipes/prep pads
∗ antiseptic wipes, lotion or spray
∗ latex-free, disposable gloves
∗ sterile saline
∗ cotton balls or swabs
∗ styptic powder or pencil
∗ iodine prep pads
∗ sting relief pads
∗ adhesive tape
∗ sterile, non-stick gauze pads in multiple sizes and gauze rolls
∗ 5 x 9 inch sterile trauma pad
∗ two-inch elastic bandage
∗ instant cold packs
∗ thermal foil emergency blanket
∗ blunt-tip scissors
∗ tweezers
∗ tongue depressor
∗ bottle opener
∗ flexible rectal thermometer with petroleum jelly or other pet-safe lubricant
∗ eyewash
∗ ear-cleaning solution

Additional Important Information

I addition, if purchasing a first aid kit that is not cat specific, items may be included that should not be used for cats, such as hydrogen peroxide.

It is also a good idea to have the phone numbers of your veterinarian, the local 24-hour emergency vet and the ASPCA Poison Control  Center inside the kit.

“Wow, Stinky, you really did your research. I hope our readers will save this post so they can make their own Cat First Aid Kit if they don’t already have one.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle. Maybe, if our readers have any other items they think should be in the kit, they can let us know in the comments.”

“That’s a great idea.”

Visiting Mau & Allie’s Garden

“Stinky, what would you think about going outside in the fresh air and enjoying a snack?” asks Periwinkle.

“That also is a great idea. Since Mau was a part of our post, let’s visit him,” Stinky suggests.


First Aid: Cat Three purple tulips and a garden stone with the words: Mauricio and Allie's Garden Forever Loved & In Our Hearts.


“I always love visiting this beautiful place, Stinky. It’s so peaceful!”

“I agree, Periwinkle. Let’s have our picnic here.”


Cat First Aid: Cartoon tabbies sitting on a bench with a pineapple motif along with jars of treats and with a red plaid picnic blanket on the ground.


“Stinky, this is a wonderful end to our day. I know the information we provided our readers today was super important, but relaxing with you outside in the sunshine is my definition of a purrfect day.”

“I totally agree, Periwinkle!”

After their snack and a little nap, Stinky and Periwinkle spend time whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then it’s time for Periwinkle to return home, and Stinky accompanies her the the teleportation tunnel. With final waves and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky heads to the catio to spend time with his fursibs.

The End


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A Lame Plan

Periwinkle arrives slightly early for this week’s adventure taking Stinky by surprise. He doesn’t have any time to even worry about whether or not Periwinkle will enjoy what he’s planned. Unfortunately he’s not near the tunnel when she comes tumbling out. But when he hears the whoosh, he quickly hurries to help her up.

After several whisker kisses and paw hugs, Stinky asks, “Periwinkle, did you know that today is National Pet Day?”

“No, I didn’t. Are we going to spend the day petting each other and your fursibs?”

“No, and celebrating it isn’t what I originally planned, but my mom said what I wanted to do is lame.”

“What was that Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“I had colored some Easter eggs and asked one of our resident bunnies to hide them for us to find,” explains Stinky.


Cartoon tabby cat with a real bunny and an Easter basket with decorated eggs.


“I think that would have been fun Stinky, but if we aren’t going to do that, what is the plan?”

National Pet Day

National Pet Month/Day badge.


“National Pet Day is an annual event celebrating all of our friends with fur, fins and feathers. I thought we could give our friends some ideas of how to spend it. We’ll concentrate on cat activities, as you and I are felines,” Stinky explains.

“Oh, I think that is an excellent idea! Can I go first?”

“Of course,” replies Stinky.

Treat Time

“This is especially for you and my brofur, Raz. Pet parents can give their cat a few extras of his favorite treat, but they shouldn’t let him help himself. He might hork. I know both you and Raz have helped yourselves on more than one occasion.”

“Periwinkle, I am certain I have never done that,” exclaims Stinky.

“Then what is this?” asks Periwinkle showing him the evidence.


Cartoon tabby cat with jars of cat trees, which have been knocked onto the floor.


“I’m certain those fell off the counter all on their own,” argues Stinky. Periwinkle just rolls her eyes.

“Periwinkle, how about getting your cat some fresh or dried catnip?”

“That’s a good one, Stinky. Let’s see if Astrid will share some of her’s with us!”


Two cartoon tabby cats with a real tortoise shell cat and a sprig of catnip.


“I think we’re going to have to sneak some while she’s looking away, Periwinkle.”

Play Time

“Spending additional time today playing with your cat is another good idea,” suggests Stinky. Your human can throw your favorite mousie or other toy for you to retrieve. Mau liked doing that,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. The red dot (laser) toy and wand toy are fun as well. One of our favorite toys at my house is a bird that hangs from an elastic cord in the doorway. Raleigh particularly likes to play with it.”


Ginger tabby cat playing with a hanging yellow bird toy and being watched by two cartoon tabby cats.


“Hey, Raleigh, give us a turn,” Periwinkle shouts. Raleigh totally ignores them.

TV Watching

“That really does look like fun, Stinky. You know, lots of cats like to watch TV. I know there are lots of shows on about animals that any cat would enjoy. Here’s a few: The Zoo from Inside, My Pack Life, The Aquarium and Too Cute Cats. All are on Discovery+. World’s Funniest Animals is on The CW, and Animal Clips is on National Geographic. There are dozens of others.”

“They also should check out Animal Planet as well as YouTube and Instagram,” says Stinky. “Also, my sisfur, Kizmet, enjoys sports shows with lots of movement and balls, like volleyball, basketball and soccer. She even enjoys Paralympic tennis.”


Grey cat sitting with paws outstretched and resting on the television while it watches Paralympic tennis.


“Stinky, I can see that Kizmet actually has her eyes right on the ball. That is so cool! I bet lots of other cats would enjoy sports as well.”

Going Outside

“Some cats like to go for a walk on a leash or a ride in a stroller. That would be fun for our readers who live in places where spring has actually arrived. And both Misty May and Kizmet have gone for bike rides with our dad,” adds Stinky.

“Stinky, Kizmet just invited me to go with her for a stroller ride.”

“That’s cool. Can I come too?”

“Nope, this is just for girls,” Periwinkle replies.


Grey cat with a cartoon tabby cat in a purple stroller.


“Wow, Stinky, that was really fun. You need to try it sometime. I’m sorry we left you out today.”

Video Games

“I guess it’s okay, Periwinkle. I did come up with another idea while you were gone. There are fun video games for cats, like Mouse for Cats, Cat Fishing 2 and Cat Fishing Simulator.”

“I saw your mom’s post, ‘Can Cat’s Cooperate,’ from yesterday with Cooper Murphy, Astrid and Audrey playing Mouse for Cats. It really looked like fun. Hey, Stinky, it looks like Cooper is playing now. Maybe he’ll let me join him.”


Cartoon tabby cat and a sleeping orange tabby cat with a nearby iPad displaying the Mouse for Cats game.


“Cooper Murphy appears to have fallen asleep. Come play with me, Stinky.”

“I think we should finish our list first and then we can do whatever you want,” Stinky replies.

“You’re right,” Periwinkle tells him.

“I have a sort of silly idea, Periwinkle. Some animals really love snuggling down into warm laundry, like my sisfur, Calista Jo. Humans could do a load of laundry today so their kitty could curl up when it comes out of the dryer nice and warm.”


Cartoon tabby cat looking on as a dilute tortoise shell cat sleeps on a pile of socks.


“She sure does look warm and snuggly. But, you know, Stinky, the very best thing pet parents can do today is spend time snuggling and cuddling their cat if s/he enjoys that. And look, Misty May is in your dad’s lap right now. I think you should join her.”

Cuddle Time

“Good idea,” Stinky tells Periwinkle before joining Misty May.


Man cradling a tuxedo cat in his arms with a cartoon tabby cat sitting on his other arm.


“Stinky, I think we came up with some really great ideas, but I know humans can come up with lots more.”

“I agree, Periwinkle, and they can even help animals that don’t have homes by donating money, food litter or toys to their local shelter.”

“Stinky, I think that’s the best suggestion of all.”

“And after pet parents do some nice things for their animals, they can treat themselves. It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.”

Periwinkle giggles and gives Stinky a big paw hug before the two head to the kitchen for some of those extra treats.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head home. The two tabbies spend several minutes cuddling and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave and whoosh is gone. As he always does, Stinky heads for a cozy spot to nap and dream of his beautiful girlfriend.

The End

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Train Trip

Stinky is anxious for Periwinkle’s arrival so they can get started on today’s adventure. They will be making a whistle-stop tour around Stinky’s home state of Virginia. When he hears the familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel he is waiting with open paws to intercept Periwinkle. After some whisker kissing and paw hugs, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the tunnel for a a very quick trip to the train station in downtown Roanoke. 

When they arrive at the station and Periwinkle sees what Stinky has planned, she claps her paws together & exclaims, “Oh goody, a train trip. This is so exciting.”

“I hope our friends will think so,” says Stinky.

“Why wouldn’t they?” asks Periwinkle.


Two cartoon tabby cats dressed in warm coats and hats at the Amtrak Station in Roanoke, VA.


USA/World Spay Day

“Well, because they aren’t coming along. You know, Periwinkle, those who adventure with us are well aware of how important it is to spay and neuter their pets and companion animals as well as feral cats living in colonies. And last year, over on your blog, we did a special PSA for USA/World Spay Day. In fact, if our followers want to read more about it, they can click on the link to that post.  So, while we are busy spreading the word around my state, we are going to give our readers the opportunity to revisit some of our favorite past adventures from my blog.”

“I like the idea that I get to spend the day with you riding on a train, so I hope our readers won’t mind that they won’t actually be joining us today,” replies Periwinkle.

“Periwinkle why don’t you select a favorite adventure first,” says Stinky.

Tea Party

“That’s easy. I loved the Tea Party you had for me on June 8, 2020!”

(To visit any of the past adventures, click on the photos.)


A ground hog, rabbit, squirrel and robin at a tea party with two cartoon tabby cats.


“That was a great adventure, Periwinkle. I got to invite some of the woodland creatures who hang out in our yard.”

“I loved meeting all of them. They were so kind to me.”

Double Date with Tyebe and Cooper Murphy

“I really enjoyed our trip to Sandstone Falls in West Virginia on March 30, 2021, when we went hiking, fishing and picnicking with Cooper Murphy and his girlfriend Tyebe.”

“That was great. It’s fun to include friends in our adventures occasionally; though, I do prefer when it is just the two of us,” Periwinkle tells Stinky.


A white cat, and orange tabby cat with two cartoon tabby cats (all wearing hats and holding fishing poles) at Sandstone Falls in West Virginia.


Tortola, BVI

“Stinky, visiting your parents favorite vacation spot on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on May 10, 2022, was one of the most exciting and romantic adventures ever! I’d like to visit there again.”

“It really is beautiful there, Periwinkle. We can definitely go back sometime,” Stinky tells her.


Two cartoon tabby cats sitting on a roof over looking Long Bay in Tortola, BVI.



“Our trip on the James River on April 27, 2021, to visit the Eagles was one of my all time favorites,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Oh, Stinky, me too. We were so lucky they liked us and didn’t try to eat us for their lunch!”


Two cartoon tabby cats, wearing hats, and sitting on a branch with two eagles.


Preparing for Thanksgiving

“My turn again, Stinky. I had so much fun when we went to Mau’s Bake Shop on November 26, 2019, and he helped us make Thanksgiving pies, and we made you a Gotcha Day Cake.”

“That was a great one, as Mau was still with us then. And I really liked my cake,” replies Stinky.


A collage of two tabby cats wearing chef's hats and a tuxedo cat in an apron and chef's hat in front of a bakery and with a cat face cake.


“Those really were great adventures, Periwinkle. I hope our friends had fun revisiting them.”

“I sure know I did, Stinky. We have had so many great adventures…176 to be exact! And I am happy we were able to remind everyone how important it is to spay and neuter their pets.”

“It looks like it’s time to return to my house for a snack and a visit with all my fursibs.”

“Sounds good to me, Stinky,” replies Periwinkle.

After a snack, visit and quick nap, it is time for Periwinkle to return home. She and Stinky spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. With a final wave, Periwinkle hops into the teleportation tunnel for the trip home.

Stinky heads to the bedroom for a nap already thinking about seeing Periwinkle next Tuesday.

The End

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Stinky anxiously awaits Periwinkle’s arrival. He knows time is flying by and it will soon be Christmas, but for him the individual days seem to drag on and on. He finds having to wait an entire week to see his girlfriend Periwinkle is agonizing. When he hears that familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, he begins bouncing up and down on his back paws and spreads out his front ones to catch Periwinkle as she comes tumbling out. The two tabbies share their usual paw hugs and whisker kisses, and then Periwinkle asks the inevitable question, “What’s on the agenda today?”

Thanksgiving Traditions

Stinky tells her that he doesn’t think it’s a good time to travel anywhere because of the Thanksgiving holiday and because so many places are having super bad weather. He explains that he has planned an at home, educational adventure. Periwinkle rolls her eyes. She likes learning about new places when they travel, but sitting at Stinky’s house learning “stuff” doesn’t get her excited.

Luckily for Periwinkle, Stinky does not see the eye roll, as he begins telling Periwinkle what they are going to do. “As Thanksgiving is just two days away, I thought it would be fun to learn about Thanksgiving traditions in other countries.”

Periwinkle gives him a curious look, and replies, “I didn’t know other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. I thought that was totally an American tradition.”

“It is not called Thanksgiving in all the other countries. They have their own name and traditions for the celebration. The places that actually call it Thanksgiving are the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Liberia,” Stinky explains.

Periwinkle puts her paws over her mouth to stifle a yawn. “Stinky, this might be interesting, but to be truthful, I am really bored by the idea. And I bet our readers will be as well. Is there something else we can do?” asks Periwinkle.

“What would you like to do?”

Thank You to Friends and Family

“Can we make some cards for our friends and family to thank them for being in our lives?” asks Periwinkle.

“Periwinkle, that is a great idea. To be honest, I was that excited about just talking about Thanksgiving. I’ll collect some supplies for us!”

The tabbies get busy making cards and chatting about some past adventures. When finished, they share their creations with each other.

Periwinkle shares her first card, which is for her mom.



“Periwinkle, your mom is going to love that,” says, Stinky. “Here’s the one I made for my mom. We pretty much had the same idea for what we wanted to say.”



“Good job, Stinky, I think our moms are going to be so excited when they see what we have made for them. I need to thank my dad too, as he helps us with lots of our adventure photographs. Should we thank our fursibs next?”

“Definitely! I’ll go first this time.”



“That’s nice, Stinky. Now it is my turn. ” says Periwinkle.



“Reesie, Raz and Noelle are really going to appreciate that, Periwinkle. You are a great sisfur. I have the most special card to share now.”



Periwinkle blushes when she sees Stinky’s card. “Stinky, it is beautiful. Thank you so much, I love it and I love you,” says Periwinkle as she throws her paws around Stinky’s neck and gives him a big hug and whisker kiss. “Here’s my card for you.”



“I love you too, Periwinkle. We are fortunate to be together and have the opportunity to travel and do so many fun things.”

Periwinkle replies, “We also are blessed to have friends and followers who enjoy our adventures as much as we do. Let’s make a card for them as well.”

“That’s a terrific idea,” says Stinky.



“Stinky, I am not too sure about that pilgrim hat, but I do think we made a nice card. Do you think our friends will like it?”

Happy Tuesday

“Yes, I am certain they will. And let’s not forget to join the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus, as our Tuesdays are always happy.”


“Purrfect, now let’s go visit those kittens and the other Kitties Blue,” says Periwinkle.

The tabbies hunt down all the other Kitties Blue, give them their cards and paw hugs as well. Then Stinky’s mom gets treats for everyone while they visit.

Too soon it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky wish each other a happy Thanksgiving and share lots of paw hugs and whisker kisses. As Periwinkle enters the tunnel, they give each other final waves. And with a whoosh Periwinkle is headed home, and Sawyer retires to his mom and dad’s bed for a nap so he can dream about Periwinkle.

The End




An At-Home Adventure

Stinky is pacing in front of the teleportation tunnel. Once again, he is worried Periwinkle will be disappointed in their adventure when she finds out they are staying at his house. Before he has time to work himself into a frenzy, however, the teleportation tunnel starts rumbling and ejects Periwinkle with the familiar whoosh. Stinky grabs her before she tumbles head first into the kitten enclosure.

She’s giggling as he wraps her in a huge paw hug. “What’s so funny, Periwinkle?” he asks.

“Oh, the teleportation tunnel was a bit wonky today and it kept tickling me,” she replies with another giggle.

“Well, I am happy you are in such a good mood, as I am afraid we aren’t going any place fun for today’s adventure,” Stinky tells her.

Periwinkle takes Stinky’s paw and replies, “How many times do I have to tell you, I don’t care what we do as long as we are together.”

“I know, but I like to take you to interesting places,” bemoans Stinky.

“I bet you have figured out something fabulous even if we are staying put.”

Miscellaneous October 11 Holidays

“You know I often try to plan something significant for the date of our adventure, but that didn’t work out this week. But I do have a couple of fun things to do before we get to my actual plans, as there are a few ‘miscellaneous’ holidays today.”

Periwinkle claps her paws and bounces up and down. “Oh goody, I love holidays. Will there be presents?”

“Not really that kind of holidays.”

“Phooey,” replies Periwinkle. “Whatever it is, let’s get on with it!”

Pet Peeve Week

“Okay. The first is Pet Peeve Week. Do you have any pet peeves?”

“I sure do, and it actually happens to be a pet. Reesie! Raz and I were doing just fine without her,” replies Periwinkle.

“Well, at least you don’t have eight furblings! What a pain in the tush. It peeves me when they try to take my place on the bed or steal my treats. And Astrid and Misty May really set me off when they go after my food. They are not supposed to have my medicine. But my biggest peeve is when Mom and Dad forget about 11 a.m. treat time. The really gets my dander up!”

“Wow, Stinky, that’s a lot of things to be peeved about.”

“I know, but like I said, try living with eight other cats!

International Face Your Fears Day

So, today is International Face Your Fears Day. What are your fears?”

”I don’t like loud noises or strangers. I usually hide from both of those things. How about you, Stinky, what are your fears?”

“I also don’t like loud noises. I don’t hide, but I always jump.”

“Aren’t you afraid of having seizures?”

“Not really. When they are over, I don’t remember anything about them. However, that is the reason Mom asked me to stay home today. I had another one at 2 a.m. Monday morning. I only made it one week again, which really sucks.”

Periwinkle wraps Stinky in a huge paw hug. “I am so sorry. It really stinks that you have those nasty things. I wish I had a magic potion that would take them away. But then, if you’d eat your noms, I know you’d have fewer of them.”

Take Your Medicine Americans Week

“Nice segue, Periwinkle. This week is Take Your Medicine Americans Week, which definitely pertains to me. And I promise to try to do better with my eating.”

“Thank you, replies Periwinkle.

Veterinary Technicians Week

“Finally, it is Veterinary Technicians Week. Now, I personally don’t care for anybody at the veterinarian’s office, but I know my mom and dad are partial to Tomika. And she does treat all of us very well.”

“Is that it? Are we going to have our at-home adventure now?” Periwinkle asks with a look of exasperation on her face.

Playing Dress-Up for Halloween

“Yep, and it does involve something you like,” Stinky tells her.

“Oh, goody. What is it?”

“Dress-up. We are going to try on several Halloween costumes and let our readers pick which one they like best for each of us. Then when we visit Walter and the black cats in two weeks to get their Halloween Trick or Treat wish list, we can wear what our readers selected.”

“Sounds like it might be fun,” says Periwinkle and gives Stinky a wink. “You do know what I like.” Periwinkle and Stinky get busy trying on several different costumes.

Recycled Mardi Gras Costumes

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed in Mardi Gras costumes.


Lion and Flower

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a lion and a pink flower.


Baby Yoda and Raggedy Ann

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as Baby Yoda and Raggedy Ann.


Bee and Mouse

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a bee and a mouse.


Pumpkin and Unicorn Princess 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a pumpkin and princess unicorn.


“Of course, you might like to wear the ballerina outfit you wore last Thursday for our ‘Modern Dance Misadventure.’ I know you liked that one. I’ve given our readers a link to that post, so they can check you out and vote for that costume if they’d like.”

“Good idea, Stinky. I do like that outfit. I wore it for Halloween one other year, but I bet no one remembers. Stinky, do you have a favorite of the costumes you tried on today?”

“I do, but I am not going to say. I don’t want to influence the voting.”

“Good thinking. I won’t tell my favorite either. Is it time for a snack and a visit with Raleigh and Audrey?”

“You bet. The sun’s out, so let’s have our snack on the catio.”

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky sitting on a cat tree with tabby kittens, one buff colored and one grey.The tabbies take their snack out to the catio where they share with all of Stinky’s furblings. When they finish, Periwinkle plays with Raleigh and Audrey for a little while, but soon it is time for her to head home. After many whisker kisses, paw hugs and whispered, “I love yous,” Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh is on her way home.

Stinky heads to his dad’s chair for a nice, long nap.

The End

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Please leave a comment and let Stinky and Periwinkle know which costume you like best for each of them. Thank you.



Stinky is ready and waiting when the teleportation tunnel shoots Periwinkle right into his paws with that familiar whooshing sound. As they often do, the tabbies begin giggling and then whisker kissing. After a few moments, Periwinkle pulls back and looks Stinky up and down. She asks, “Are you okay? I heard you had a seizure on Sunday!”

Stinky replies, “I am fine. I had all day yesterday to rest, and I am ready to have some fun.”

Periwinkle claps her paws together and says, “Oh goodie, I am too. What’s on the agenda?”

“Do you remember when we visited the caverns in Luray, Virginia?”

“Of course I do. They were so gorgeous!”

“Well, we are returning there to go to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. I thought it might be a fun tie-in to an event that occurred on September 27, 1908. That’s when the First Ford Model T was produced.”

“I remember you mentioning we would return to see the cars. Sounds like fun. Let’s go,” says Periwinkle and leads Stinky back into the teleportation tunnel.

They arrive moments later.

Car and Carriage Caravan Museum


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum


“I know that we won’t be able to see everything today, Periwinkle, as there are more than 140 modes of transportation on display, dating from 1725 to 1941.”

“Well, we better get a move on then, so we can at least see a few,” Periwinkle says as she takes Stinky’s paw and marches into the museum.

Stinky tells Periwinkle that the museum opened in October, 1957, and is one of America’s most exceptional displays of rare, vintage vehicles. H.T.N. Graves, the former president of Luray Caverns Corporation built the museum. In the early 1950’s he and his staff set out to find and purchase a collection of modes of transportation important to the history of travel.

1931 Pierce-Arrow

“Stinky, I never heard of a Pierce-Arrow. Do they still make these somewhere?”


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a yellow 1931 Pierce-Arrow car.


“Not anymore, but they were made in America, in Buffalo, New York, from 1901 to 1938. They were best known for large, luxury cars like this one, but they also made commercial trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, camp trailers and fire trucks.”

“Well, this car definitely looks luxurious, and I really like the color and that it’s a convertible.” says Periwinkle. Then she takes Stinky’s paw and leads him to a really luxurious car.

1927 Mercedes Benz


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with 1927 Mercedes Benz.


“Oh, Stinky, look at the vintage bride and groom. I think it is amusing how so many of the cars and displays have these mannequins. But I definitely like the looks of this car.”

“It is supposedly one of the rarest in the collection, Periwinkle. Only eight were ever built!”

“Wow, that sure does make it special,” Periwinkle replies.

1925  Rolls-Royce


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1925 Rolls-Royce.


“Stinky, I wonder why this was called the Silver Ghost Town Car?”

“The only info I could find, Periwinkle, said that the name came about because of its ghost-like quietness. I also discovered that production began in England in 1907 but was stopped during World War I. After the war, a second plant was opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a total of 7,874 Silver Ghosts were produced from 1907 to 1936, including 1,701 built in the Springfield plant. Supposedly some 1,500 are still around.”

“Can you imagine a car from today lasting that long, Stinky?”

“Not a chance, Periwinkle!”

“Hey, Stinky, look at this,” Periwinkle says while tugging Stinky toward a different type of vehicle.

1914 Ford Model T Milk Truck


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1914 Model T Ford milk truck


“Stinky, this is so cool, as we are celebrating the production of the first Model T today. And it operated right here in Virginia.”

“Winchester is less than 40 miles from where Teddy lives. I bet they had trucks just like this delivering there.”

“That’s fun to think about, Stinky; though, he and his parents wouldn’t have been around then.”

Stinky rolls his eyes at Periwinkle. He’s lucky she doesn’t see him.

1935 Hispano-Suiza

“Hey, Periwinkle, look at this one. It makes me think of a gangster’s car.”


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1935 Hispano-Suiza car.


“Do you think there are any bullet holes in it?” asks Periwinkle.

“I doubt it. I don’t know if there were gangsters in Spain, which is where the company started in 1904 in Barcelona. The brand is owned by four generations of the Suqué Mateu family. They are still making cars today, and they are super cool looking. If any of our readers want to seem them, they should check out the official website.”

1927 Bugatti Grand Sport


Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a yellow 1927 Bugatti Grand Sport.

“Stinky, I like this one. Do you think we can drive it back to your house?”
“I don’t know how to drive, Periwinkle. Do you? I cannot believe you climbed in there. You are always the one getting after me for climbing on and in things.”
“I just couldn’t help myself. This car is so cute. Do you think it will fit in the teleportation tunnel?”
Stinky just giggles and tells Periwinkle about the Bugatti. “The car you are in could reach 100 mph. The original company was founded in 1909 in the German town of Molsheim. They built race cars and won lots of races. They also built road cars, like this one, and airplane engines. Due to money problems the company was forced to shut down in 1952. In 1987 the company was bought by an Italian who built one supercar. The company shut down again in 1995. It is now owned by Volkswagon.”
“Stinky this has been a really terrific adventure, but I can see we’ve barely seen a fraction of what’s here. My paws are getting tired, however. Do you think we could get a snack and revisit this museum again sometime?”asks Periwinkle.
“Of course, sweetie.”
Periwinkle replies, “Let’s go back to your house, so I can visit with the kittens and the other Kitties Blue. We can get a snack there if that’s okay?”
“Sounds purrfect to me,” Stinky tells her and takes her paw. They head back into the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh are on their way back to Stinky’s house.
The End

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Audrey & Raleigh

Stinky paces by the teleportation tunnel awaiting Periwinkle’s arrival. He’s always anxious and excited to see her. Finally he hears the familiar whoosh and notices the new kittens, Raleigh and Audrey, almost jump right out of their furs. He hadn’t thought about their enclosure sitting near the tunnel. Stinky grabs Periwinkle as she’s ejected from the tunnel, and they share some paw hugs until she notices the kittens and squees.



“Oh my cat, Stinky they are so adorable and so tiny. Will you please introduce me?” Periwinkle asks. Though, a bit miffed that their hugging session is cut short, Stinky makes the introductions, and Periwinkle continues to “ooh” and “ahh” at their cuteness. “Are we staying here and playing with Raleigh, Audrey and Kizmet?” asks Periwinkle. “I see Kizmet is guarding them.” Stinky tells her that they are not staying, and she looks totally disappointed.

“I planned our adventure prior to my mom and dad adopting those little interlopers. If you really want, maybe we can stay here and tease them when you come again in two weeks,” says Stinky, his voice dripping with sarcasm. Periwinkle gives him a good hard whack on the head with her paw. “You better not be mean to them, or you can expect a lot more slaps from me,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. “You need to be a good big brother to them!”

“Okay, I promise to be nice! Now let’s get a move on. We’re burning daylight. Not that it matters.” Periwinkle gives Stinky a quizzical look as he takes her paw and leads her back into the teleportation tunnel. When they emerge, all Periwinkle sees is a parking lot filled with cars, and she gives Stinky another quizzical look. Then she sees the building and sign.

Luray Caverns



“I remembered how you took me to the Florida Caverns State Park and how cool it was underground. Since we continue to have such hot weather, I thought it would be nice to visit some caverns here in Virginia. The temperature is a constant 54 degrees; though, the humidity makes it feel like 65. I thought that would be quite comfortable with our furs,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. She agrees that she likes his idea, and they enter the caverns paw in paw.

Stinky gives Periwinkle a little history as they explore. “Once called Luray Cave, the caverns were known to Native Americans. They were officially discovered, however, by Euro-Americans on August 13, 1878. So, it is almost the anniversary of the discovery. The cavern system consists of speleothems such as columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and mirrored pools. All formations in the caverns are calcite, which is limestone in its crystalline form. Calcite’s purest form is naturally white.” 

Titania’s Veil

This is Titania’s Veil, which is a prime example of pure calcite.



“Wow, Stinky, that is incredible and so beautiful!”

“Come on, Periwinkle, I want to show you the largest formation in the caverns.”

Giant’s Hall




“This column in Giant’s Hall is 47 feet high. It’s a double column and an example of the two basic cave formations (the stalactite and stalagmite) coming together.”

“Stinky, this is amazing. You don’t think we’ll get in trouble for leaving the path to get a closer look?” Periwinkle asks.

“No, I was a good cat and asked permission. As long as we are careful, it’s okay for us to explore places the humans can’t,” Stinky replies. “Just don’t try to take any souvenirs.”

“Stinky, you know I would never do that,” Periwinkle replies.

Dream Lake

“Where are we now?” Periwinkle asks Stinky.



“This is Dream Lake. It’s the largest body of water in the caverns but not the deepest. It is not more than about 20 inches deep. The lake, made up of spring water, reflects a mirror image of the massive number of stalactites hanging from the ceiling.”

“I didn’t know lakes existed underground,” replies Periwinkle.

Pluto’s Ghost

“What’s this one called, Stinky?”



“This is Pluto’s Ghost. To the original explorer’s of the caverns, this sparkling formation appeared to be following them. They actually thought it was a ghost until one of them was brave enough to approach it. It is the main formation in Pluto’s Chasm, which is 0ver 500 feet long and from 70 to 90 feet in depth. You can see this from numerous places in the caverns.”

Ice Cream Cone

“Stinky, this is so cool. It looks like a gigantic Christmas tree! Where are we now?”



“Wow, this is a really giant stalagmite. I am not positive, but I think it’s called the ice cream cone. But I wouldn’t lick it.”

Periwinkle giggles. “I think it would be nice with some colored Christmas tree lights,” she tells Stinky.

Now Stinky giggles but also nods in agreement.

Skeleton’s Gorge

“That sounds scary, Stinky. I don’t know if I want to see it,” says Periwinkle. “It’s no big deal now, Periwinkle,” Stinky replies.



Stinky tells Periwinkle a bit more about Skeleton’s Gorge. “When the caverns were discovered bone fragments were found embedded in calcite. Also, the remains of what is thought to be a Native American girl were found in a chasm here. The skeleton was estimated to be no more than 500 years old based on the current rate of stalagmitic growth. But I think that’s old enough so you don’t need to be frightened.”

“Well, I am certainly happy to hear that,” says Periwinkle as she gives Stinky’s paw a squeeze.

“The thinking is that her remains may have slipped into the cavern after her burial plot collapsed due to a sinkhole. Traces of charcoal and flint pieces as well as other bone fragments also point to early human occupation,” Stinky explains.

Some Additional Photos from the Caverns



“Periwinkle, there’s so much more to see, like the stalactite organ, but I am getting tired and hungry. How about you? I know they have a snack bar up top.”

“That sounds like a great idea. My paws are tired from all the walking and climbing. Our visitors can find out more about the caverns on-line and maybe even plan a visit,” Periwinkle replies.

“I think that’s a great idea. And we are going to come back as well, so we can visit The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, which has more than 140 items related to transportation, including 50 motor vehicles.”

“Purrfect,” purrs Periwinkle. “Now let’s go get some noms.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and they head off to the snack bar.

The End

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Periwinkle’s Confusion

Periwinkle wanders around the house in confusion. It is Stinky’s day to plan their adventure, but he told her not to teleport to his house. And he didn’t give her any coordinates for the teleportation tunnel so she could meet him somewhere. She asks her mom if she knows anything about it, but Mom Sharon claims she doesn’t.

Periwinkle is on the verge of tears when she hears rumblings from the teleportation tunnel. She runs toward it, but before she can get there, she hears the familiar whoosh, and Stinky comes tumbling out. Without her there to catch him, Stinky slides across the floor right into Periwinkle’s real cat sisfur, Reesie, who has come to check out what’s happening.

Stinky picks himself up and apologizes to Reesie before going to Periwinkle to give her a whisker kiss and paw hug. She accepts them but then whaps Stinky on the head.

“Hey, what’s that for?” he asks Periwinkle, as he rubs his head.

“I thought you’d forgotten all about our adventure when you told me not to come to your house, and you didn’t give me coordinates for my tunnel,” Periwinkle tells him.

Stinky apologizes and tells Periwinkle that since her house is on the way to their destination and he wanted it to be a surprise, he decided to stop and pick her up. Before she can reply, Stinky takes her paw and leads her back into the teleportation tunnel. Moments later they arrive at their destination. Periwinkle looks around and sees only ocean and sand. She gives Stinky a perplexed look and asks him why they have stayed in Florida?

Arriving on Tortola, B.V.I.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies on beach at Long Bay.


“We aren’t in Florida. This is Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It is my parents’ favorite place to vacation, and I wanted to share it with you. This beach is called Long Bay. It is part of the view from the condo where Mom and Dad stay. If you turn around and look up the hill you can see it,” Stinky explains to Periwinkle.

Periwinkle asks, “Stinky, can we go up the mountain so we can see the view?”

Stinky takes her paw, says, “Of course,” and begins to lead the way.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies on hill above Long Bay.


“We are almost there. It’s the three-story building. My mom and dad stay in the the second floor unit; though, they have stayed on the top floor when they came with friends,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies on balcony overlooking Long Bay.


“That was a bit of a trek, but well worth the view, don’t you think?” Stinky asks Periwinkle.

“Oh yes, Stinky, I can see why your mom and dad like it. I can hear the ocean waves even up here.”

“That’s my mom’s favorite thing. I could sit and listen all day. It’s so restful,” says Stinky. Before Stinky can say anything else, Periwinkle starts giggling, jumping up and down and pointing at something.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies with a lizard.


“Look, Stinky, it’s a lizard. I am so exited! We can touch it and play with it as much as we want. My mom isn’t here to stop us.”

“We can, Periwinkle, but they are everywhere here, and we can play whenever we want. I want to show you the view from the roof.”

“Wait, what? The roof. I don’t think so,” Periwinkle replies.

Stinky tells Periwinkle it is an easy hop, grabs her paw and makes the leap. She squeals, but Stinky’s right, it is an effortless jump.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies on roof overlooking Long Bay.


Periwinkle agrees that it is a terrific view. That makes Stinky very happy, and he gives Periwinkle a big paw hug before leading her down off the roof. He tells her that they are going to head to his parents’ favorite beach, Smuggler’s Cove.

Smuggler’s Cove


periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies on beach at Smuggler's Cove.


“Stinky, this is a great beach, so where are all the people?”

Stinky explains that locals mostly come to this beach on the weekends. The others who visit are those staying on this end of the island, the West End. He also tells Periwinkle that cruise ships come to Tortola, but they dock in Road Town. It is a bit of a drive to this beach, so they rarely come here.

“Let’s look around, Stinky,” says Periwinkle. They begin strolling on the beach.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies meeting chickens at Smuggler's Cove.Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies meeting crab at Smuggler's Cove.


“Stinky, look, chickens and a sand crab. I am not surprised to see the crab, but chickens on the beach are amazing!”

“Mom told me the chickens are super friendly. She brings Cheerios to the beach and they eat them right out of her hand,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Oh, phooey, I wish we had some Temptations. I bet they would like those! My paws are a little tired, Stinky. Do you think we could sit for a bit and watch the chickens and crab and listen to the ocean.”

“Good, idea, Periwinkle.”


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies res ting in beach chairat Smuggler's Cove.


Stinky’s Pelican Adventure

As they are resting, Stinky notices a pelican and starts running down the beach after it. As it begins to swoop down toward the water close to the shore, Stinky leaps and lands on its back. The pelican begins to fly away with Stinky.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: Stinky takes a ride on a pelican at Smuggler's Cove.


Periwinkle jumps out of her seat in a panic and starts running down the beach yelling at Stinky to come back. When he disappears from sight, she begins wringing her paws and crying, fearful she has lost her boyfriend forever. Finally the pelican circles back around close to the beach, and Stinky jumps down onto the sand.

Periwinkle runs up to Stinky and throws her paws around his neck, hugging him close before she starts chastising him. “How could you do that, Stinky? You are too impulsive. One day you are going to get hurt really badly or get lost forever. After that dang walkabout you took last year, I think you would be more careful. Don’t you know how much it would hurt me and your mom and dad if something bad would happen to you!”

Stinky wipes the tears from Periwinkle’s cheeks and apologizes for his behavior. He takes her paw and starts walking down the beach telling her that he wants to show her something special in the hope of distracting her from her anger and disappointment in him.

The Coral Tree


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies visit tree decorated with coral at Smuggler's Cove.


“What is that in the tree, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“It’s coral that washes up onto the beach. Visitors pick it up and put it in the tree. Mom told me that when she and Dad first came here nearly 25 years ago, there were lots fewer pieces in the tree.” (You can see a photo from that time on the post, “Caturday Art: Where’s the Cat?

After looking at the tree and walking back up the beach, Periwinkle seems to have calmed down. She tells Stinky that she is starving and asks if they could get a snack. He tells her that there is a nice restaurant on the beach at Long Bay and they head back in that direction. It is quite a hike, and they are both exhausted when they get there.

Snack Time

periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies stop at a restaurant on Long Bay.


Before going up the steps to the restaurant, Stinky and Periwinkle spot a friendly bi-eyed kitty. Periwinkle whispers to Stinky, “Look at that kitty’s gorgeous eyes…one green and one blue. Let’s go say, ‘hi.'” Stinky agrees.


periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: cartoon tabbies meet bi-eyed island cat.


The tabbies have a nice meow with the kitty. She explains to them that there are kitties all over the island. Stinky tells her that his mom has shared lots of photos with him and his fursibs of all the cats she has met during her visits. Then he asks if the restaurant has any good, fresh fish? Their new friend agrees to show them where they can find someone who will give them some yummy morsels.


After their snack, Periwinkle and Stinky head back down to the beach for a nap. When they awaken the sun is setting. Periwinkle gasps when she sees it.


Periwinkle & Stinky visit Tortola: sunset at Long Bay.


“Stinky, that is so beautiful. Thank you for bringing me here,” says Periwinkle. The tabbies hug each other tightly and watch until the sun totally disappears. When it is down, they stroll slowly to their teleportation tunnel. As they walk, Stinky tells Periwinkle that they have only seen a tiny bit of the island, and he promises to bring her back another time to explore other areas.

They enter their tunnel and moments later arrive back at Periwinkle’s house. It is very late and so after a quick “hello” to Periwinkle’s mom and fursibs, the tabbies share some whisker kisses and paw hugs. Then Stinky enters his tunnel and with a whoosh is gone.

The End

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If you received this post prematurely, Stinky & Periwinkle apologize. Must have been some Halloween goblins messing with things. Here is the complete post. 


Visiting Walter and the Black Cats

Stinky is more excited than usual as today he and Periwinkle are visiting Walter and the black cats to deliver their annual Halloween “treats.” They visited last week to get Walter’s list of needs, and Stinky knows Periwinkle has been looking forward to delivering the items just as much as he has. As soon as Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel, she grabs Stinky’s paw. Without even a hug or a whisker kiss, she pulls him back into the tunnel, so they can get to Walter’s right away.



When they arrive, the two take a moment for some paw hugs and whisker kisses and to admire each other’s costumes, which Stinky has provided.



They notice a huge group of black kitties waiting for them on the back deck and Periwinkle exclaims, “Wow, Stinky, look it is an entirely new group of cats. Let’s go meet them.”


Walter black cats


When the cats see Periwinkle & Stinky, the cat in front speaks up. “All the kitties you met last year have been adopted. We are waiting for our forever homes after Halloween. We will be safe here until then. I was selected to introduce all of us. I am Onyx. The others are Blackie, Sooty, Smokey, Ebony, Coal, Inky, Jet, Raven, Bat Man, Shadow, Pepper, Smudge, Midnight, Ash, Salem and Stormy.”

“Those are such wonderful names,” Periwinkle tells them, and then all the black kitties share head bonks with Periwinkle and Stinky.

The Treats Arrive

Suddenly, all the felines hear multiple whooshes from the teleportation tunnel. When they look, they see numerous wagons filled with supplies come flying out. Instead of pulling the wagons themselves, Stinky had his mom load them after he and Periwinkle left for Walter’s and then send them through the tunnel.



“Holy cow,” gasps Onyx. “This is amazing. You two little cats are so generous. Thank you so much.”

“We cannot take all the credit. The Cat Scouts helped by donating lots of the items,” Stinky tells Onyx and the other cats.

“And the Tabby Cat Club helped as well,” says Periwinkle.

“We are all so lucky,” the black cats proclaim in unison. Onyx then invites Periwinkle and Stinky to come inside to meet the other new residents and have a snack. When they have eaten and visited with all the cats, it is time for Periwinkle and Stinky to head home.

The two tabbies share oodles of paw hugs and head bonks with Walter and the black cats before entering their tunnel.

Upon arriving at Stinky’s house, Periwinkle spends some time visiting with Stinky’s parents and fursibs. Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head back home. She and Stinky share lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs before she enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky retires to the catio for a nap and to dream of his beautiful and sweet girlfriend.

The End

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Show and Tell

Stinky is super excited for Periwinkle’s visit, as he has a new friend he wants her to meet. He bounces from paw to paw next to the teleportation tunnel until he hears the familiar whoosh. Then he opens his arms and catches Periwinkle as she tumbles out. They both giggle, then share some whisker kisses.

“Stinky, I am so happy to see you, and it looks as if you have put some of your weight back on,” Periwinkle tells him.

“I am happy to see you too. I have been eating better since coming home. Thanks for noticing.”

“So what excitement do you have planned for us today?” Periwinkle asks.

“Well, we aren’t going anywhere,” Stinky tells her, and then notices Periwinkle’s disappointment. “But don’t worry, I think you’ll still have fun. I have a new friend for you to meet. But first I want to show you something really nice.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her out the front door to the yard.



“Wow, Stinky, that is so beautiful and nice. A plaque for your brofur and my sisfur. Where did it come from?”

“Angel Charles’ mom sent it to my mom. Then my mom added the little purple hearts and pink flowers and green leaves. If you remember, Mau’s burial site is right behind us.”

“Oh, I do. I bet this is making Mau and Allie’s hearts smile. Charles’ mom is so kind.”

Meeting a New Friend

“Now I have something else to show you,” Stinky tells Periwinkle and takes her paw again. He leads her to the front yard and into the grass where he points out the next surprise.


Woodland Box Turtle


When Periwinkle sees what’s in the grass, she gasps. “Wow, Stinky, who is this?”

“This is our new friend. It’s a Woodland Box Turtle.”

“How did he get here? Can I touch him? Are you going to keep him?”

Stinky tells Periwinkle the turtle is not a him but a her, and she came from the neighbor’s yard on the other side of the alley. His dad posted the turtle’s photo on the Neighborhood Forum and got a message from the neighbor. The turtle walked to Kitties Blue yard by itself.

“How do you know the turtle is a her?” asks Periwinkle.

Woodland Box Turtle Facts

“Because she has brown eyes and her underside is flat,” Stinky explains. He tells Periwinkle that he and his mom read lots about the turtle after his dad found her and that he has a website where people can learn more about the Woodland Box Turtle.


Woodland Box Turtle


“What a cute face she has, Stinky, and such beautiful markings.”

“Supposedly, no two are alike.”

“Are you going to keep her for a pet?”

“No, we will leave her alone to go where she wants. My mom did name her though. Yesterday was her step-mom’s birthday. She passed away eight years ago, and my mom decided to name the turtle after her.”

“So, what is her name, Stinky?”


“Oh, that’s cute, Stinky. Terry the turtle. What I don’t understand is how she was brave enough to come to your yard, especially since your sisfur, Misty May, gets to go in the yard.”

“That is a mystery, Periwinkle. I have to show you something else that makes it even more strange for Terry to have come to our yard.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw again and leads her to the back of the house.



“Terry came from the yard where the red fence is, which means she had to pass right by our Beware sign and cat flag. I think maybe she isn’t too bright,” says Stinky.

Periwinkle begins to giggle uncontrollably. When she finally stops, she tells Stinky she is pretty certain turtles cannot read.

Before leading Periwinkle back to the front porch for a snack, Stinky tells her that the garden they are in is where angels, Thelma, Louise and Daphne are buried. Periwinkle tells him it is very pretty, especially with the St. Francis statue.

Snack Time



“The porch looks really nice, Stinky. Has your mom made some changes?” asks Periwinkle.

“Yes, we have new rugs, curtains, plants and a new wall hanging. And today we are getting a ceiling fan. It will make it much more comfortable out here when it’s really hot. Now let’s have some treats. We have Party Mix and Temptations. Would you like some of each?”

“Oh, yes please.”

Stinky and Periwinkle spend time enjoying their treats and visiting with Stinky’s fursibs and his mom and dad. Before Periwinkle leaves, Stinky tells her that this is their 100th adventure. Both are surprised and proud of the fact and promise to share 100 more adventures with each other.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle’s departure. After one last visit to Terry, and lots and lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs, Periwinkle enters her tunnel and is gone with a wave and a whoosh.

Before going inside for a nap and to dream about Periwinkle, Stinky shares one last thing. His mom registered Terry with the Virginia Herpetological Society, which requested she post this badge on our website.


Woodland Box Turtle

The End


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