by Janet Blue on March 7, 2014

My inclination was to turn this photo blue as it is of Kitty Blue #1: Skooter. This is the first photograph we took of him, with some creative editing. I layered three effects from PicMonkey and one from Picasa.

Skooterkitten-001When we adopted Skooter, we had two, ancient, small dogs and no intention of opening our home to a cat. I suspect many other kitty bloggers out there never planned on having a kitty or two or more in their lives either. But even if we humans are unaware, some things are inevitable.

For several months a colleague of mine had been telling me about some kittens and begging me to adopt one. Just like our second kitty, Steamer, Skooter was the kitten of a pregnant mother taken in by this friend. I continued to resist until he spoke the words no animal lover wants to hear: “If I can’t find homes, they are going to the pound.”

So, of course, I was on his doorstep that very evening. First we met the kittens’ mom and dad, who just happened to be the neighbor’s un-neutered male, Tubby (and, boy was he ever). We finally found our soon to be first cat hiding under a chair on the front porch.

Skooter was about five months old according to our vet; though, I think he looks much younger than that in this photo. He was a gentle soul and with us for 14 1/2 years, until he suddenly became ill. He died that same day of congestive heart failure while being treated at the Vet. That was in 2001.

You can read a little more about Skooter on The Felines page. You can see additional photos of him by clicking on the Skooter tag at the end of this post.

We are joining Athena, Cat Goddess’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. You can access that by clicking on the badge to the left.

This post also works for today’s Saturday Photos Hunters word: Colours.

Maxwell, Faraday & Allie March 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

Allie: We were sooo excited to see a certain girlcat’s picture on the calendar on this day!
Faraday: yeah, we meant to tell you ON the day, but our mom was busy clutching her tummy & moaning.
Maxwell: TMI, dood. TMI.
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Timmy Tomcat March 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

Very interesting look to this photo. Dad says he has to try Pic Monkey
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MyThreeMoggies March 10, 2014 at 8:20 am

Gorgeous picture 🙂
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Cathy Keisha March 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm

He looks like a little kitten. Nice effects.
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Sherri-Ellen T-D March 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Sweet Scooter! Ya waz bery nice to take him in Miss Janet!!! Ya gave him a bery guud life n now he iz in Summerland lookin down on ya all wif LUB in his heart <3
Yer other kitteh Nylablue xxx xxxx
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Judy & C.A.T.S March 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm

This is very pretty! Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) March 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Wonderful memento of your special cat!

Spitty the Kitty March 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Hello all you wonderful Kitties, Make sure you come to visit me today because we have a post about YOU! XOXOXOXO
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Melissa March 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Darling photo and story…what a cutie pie!!!

Kwee Cats March 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Hi again! Thank you for the visit, kind words and support. We just wanted to come back and say we added you to our Feedly feed so we can better keep up with you guys too! And we got you on the Google. We think we may try that Wordless Wednesday you mentioned. That sounds like fun too. Thank you, new friends, we look forward to visiting more in the future 🙂
Hugs to everyone.
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Kwee Cats March 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

That is such a neat picture. We love the colors and effects you made. You have inspired our Mumsy! Thank you, she needed inspiring 🙂
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The Island Cats March 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

What a kool effect of Skooter! (We had a Scooter before us…but with a c and not a k.) 🙂
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Maggie@shelter-cats March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Scooter looks like a sweet cat. It’s nice to remember old loves.
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Whisppy March 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

We love the art you did with Skooter’s photo. 🙂
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Noodle March 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

What a great photo!
Thanks for sharing…


Derby and Ducky March 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

Happy Calendar Cat Day to Lisbeth!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles March 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

Cool photo, and sweet story. We can definitely understand taking in a cat when you weren’t planning to! You have a big heart. We are sorry to hear that you lost him so suddenly, but we are sure that those 14 1/2 years you were his were very special to everyone. Thanks for sharing Skooter’s story.

Caren Gittleman March 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

Ohhhh I love that photo!
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Savannah's Paw Tracks March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

Awwww…Scooter was very special and your art work with his photo is wonderful…I know we will be trying out what you did. We don’t use pic monkey much and never use picasa so some fun today!
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Brian March 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

That was a nice story and a lovely photo.
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Katie isabella March 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

I love reading the backstories of the babies we have all come to know as well as their human families. xox

Catherine March 8, 2014 at 7:19 am

Such a little cutie!
Congratulations on all your awards below – wonderful.
xo Catherine
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Flynn March 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

Skooter looked like a lovely kitty. I like the art effect.
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Sammy March 8, 2014 at 6:36 am

Love the effects on the photo of your Skooter…..what a pretty cat he was. So sorry you lost him so suddenly too but bless you for taking him in even though you didn’t think you wanted to! That’s the thing about us…..we know how to wiggle our way into humans’ hearts so we can have a forever home……we are SMART like that!

Hugs and Happy Caturday
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Molly The Wally March 8, 2014 at 6:03 am

That is a fun pic of Skooter and we know you have happy memories.
Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Athena March 8, 2014 at 4:54 am

Wonderful photo and story!
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d'Artagnan Rumblepurr March 8, 2014 at 4:06 am

Awww, what a special fella.
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Pawesome Cats March 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

What a wonderful photo – am glad you enjoyed many years within this beautiful boy! RIP Scooter. <3
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Clooney March 8, 2014 at 1:47 am

Love the photo of Scooter, beautiful effects. We are glad he ended up with you for all the time he did.
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Lone Star Cats March 8, 2014 at 1:38 am

Great picture!
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Katnip Lounge March 8, 2014 at 1:23 am

What a handsome kitten! Skooter certainly DOES look younger than 5 months; I’d guess about 3.5, tops.
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Grace March 8, 2014 at 12:13 am

I bet Skooter was a spunky kitty and that art work does him justice!
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Sparkle March 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I loved hearing Skooter’s story!
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Penelope March 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

He is beautiful!! Mes thinks that Scooter was a wonderful kitty!! And yous has captured his spirit totally!
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Spitty the Kitty March 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Skooter is adorable! No matter how many years we have them, we always wish our kitties would live about 100 years longer than they do XOXOXO

OH MY! We got MAIL!!! We are GOBSMACKED and cannot believe our good fortune!!! It will be our Sunday blog post, so be sure to come check it out! Thank You just doesn’t begin to cover it!!!!

XOXOXO Spitty and his Human
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The Creative Cat March 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I like the effect–he’s a rainbow kitten! Sorry he couldn’t be with you longer.
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