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I’ve Learned a Lot This Week by Furby

I’ve Learned a Lot This Week by Furby

by Joyce Sammons
(Hodges, SC, USA)

Furby the Fantastic - photos by Joyce Sammons

It’s Furby again. Right now mama is a little upset with me because she’s been writing again and I just stepped on the keyboard and erased everything. I’ve tried to tell her I’m an accident waiting to happen. Besides, I want to tell this story. She doesn’t always do it right. I've learned a lot this week.

Furby - photo by Joyce Sammons

Mama just explained to me that I may look like a baby Turkish Angora but I’m really a feral cat. She told me it’s nothing to be ashamed of because there are millions of kitties like me. There are even people who rescue ferals and neuter them and return them to the wild. I was so upset until she explained I will have to be neutered (what does that mean? She won’t tell me) but I’m in my forever home. Mama will always keep me and love me. She said I’m not like most of the ferals because I’m really sweet and love everybody and not afraid of ANYTHING!

I just wanted to tell everyone that yesterday was my best day ever. My best friend Barbara drove over 100 miles to see me and bring me a bag of soup. She loves me and knows how to do the ear thing. I could lay in her lap forever. Or until I find something better to do. Mama fixed me a bowl of soup after Barbara left. She sat down on the couch and spooned up the vegetables and blew on them until they were cool enough for me to eat. I LOVE vegetables. I think mama got confused because she kept forgetting to feed me. She was eating MY soup. I didn’t want to look like a piggy and stick my head in the bowl so I pawed at the spoon to remind her. So yesterday I learned about soup.

Furby - photo by Joyce Sammons

I also learned the most important thing of all yesterday. After I ate my soup I curled up in mama’s lap for my afternoon nap. I was feeling all warm and loved and I was really enjoying my catnap when-mama snatched me up like when I was a sick kitten. It scared me. I didn’t know if I was sick again or if I’d done something wrong. Mama put my belly against her ear. Then she put me down and picked me back up and did it again. Laura was sitting at the other end of the couch and mama handed me to her. I must be in real trouble if it takes both of them to listen to my belly.

Then mama laughed and Laura laughed and I heard that word I’ve been waiting to hear since the day I got here. Who knew it would be this easy. I can do this again. I CAN PURR! YEA! I CAN PURR!


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Jan 11, 2010 well written submission
by: Anonymous

I just loved this article! I loved that you wrote it from Furby's point of view. I think my little ex-feral cat has the same idea when I'm trying to eat anything-- I'm eating his food. I must have made it for him! Sometimes I just put him in his room until I'm done eating, especially if it's something he really shouldn't have. He jumped up and stole a french fry right off my plate yesterday!

Jan 10, 2010 Red Eyes
by: Joyce Sammons

PhotoScape has a button 'region' that will take red eye out. Cody looks like a demon in every pic I made of her. I have more trouble with green eye. HP Photosmart Essential 2.5 works sometimes on green eyes but the hair around the eyes can prevent it from working. My bulldog is blind in one eye and I have to use to draw an eye. Let me know if you find anything for green eye. Darla and Lola both have that.

Jan 09, 2010 Funny face
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Joyce. I can't help smiling every time I see Furby's little curious face, so please keep them coming.
Do you know any special tricks for avoiding red or rather shining eyes on the photos? Turning off the flash is not always an option - especially not in the winter time. Whether the eyes are OK or not, seems unpredictable to me, and it's such a shame to have an otherwise good shot spoiled by shining eyes. Sometimes I can correct or even rebuild the eyes in PhotoShop, but it's a lot of trouble and usually not quite good enough.

Jan 05, 2010 Pictures
by: Joyce Sammons

What I'm trying to show is these are photos anyone can take at home. I miss my high dollar equipment but its nice to know I can teach anyone to do these. I use Photoscape to 'tweak' each one to get the look I want. Paint.NET is great to add writing.All I ask from a photo is a good memory of when it was made.

Jan 05, 2010 Furby's Adventures
by: Barbara

Furby, I will be coming to see you from time to time. Your mama is depressed because she lost someone she loved a lot, so you came into her life to make her smile again. Especially when you purr, I told her Sunday you were purring, but she didn't believe me. This really made her happy, so keep it up and you will get anything you want. Until my next visit keep purring and make mama smile.

Jan 05, 2010 Beautiful Eyes
by: Merrily

Look at those beautiful eyes, full of wonder and curiosity.

I feed six feral or abandoned cats, and their eyes tell me a lot about them. When I speak to them most show interest and have a sparkle in their eyes, but one boy does not, he is owned by a gang member who has moved into the neighborhood. His eyes are empty and show no joy. He is the most beautiful cat of all. I would take him in and find him a better home...... but the owner has a young daughter who loves her cat.

One can only hope for a better life for this cat, in the meantime he is well fed.

Love Furby for all he is worth, he is a gift.

Jan 05, 2010 Be proud!
by: Everycat

Furby, to be a feral cat (ex-feral now) is a wonderful thing. You must be proud of your origins! It's wonderful that you have finally learned how to purr. That first purr is as important to your Mum as the first words a human baby speaks are to its parents.

Now Furby, it's time to get back to training your Mum. She sounds wonderful, but like all humans, she will need constant training with reward (your presence) and praise (purrs)

Jan 05, 2010 Impressive photography
by: Michael

Hi Joyce - great photography. Your photos have a nice quality that I have not seen before. They are a bit "ornate" and decorative. It might not be clear what I mean but it is a combination of props, colour, and the cheeky, little (hairy) man himself..!

Jan 05, 2010 Cute
by: Zach

Loved it! Furby is just getting cuter and cuter, the last picture is stunning! Congratulations furby on your furever home 🙂

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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