The Cats of Salmon Brook Farm

Left to right – Abby, Nano, Marcus, Hope, Lucio and Willow. The photo was taken back in 2012. Willow, Abby, Lucio and Hope have since passed away. The Three Sisters did not arrive until 2013.

The featured image above was taken just after moving back into the new house on the farm.  The old 1974 doublewide (nicknamed “The Mouse Hotel”) was taken down and replaced with a new manufactured home.  Everyone was hungry, and I was able to get this photo of all the cats in their dishes at the same time, tails pointed out.  We use glass bowls set inside three-cornered pans to help contain spilled food.  Left to right – Abby, Nano, Marcus, Hope, Lucio and Willow.  All are rescues or refugees.  Willow passed away on December 20, 2018.  She was 22 years old.  Abby passed away on September 10, 2020.  She was 18 1/2 years old.  Lucio passed away on January 23, 2021.  He was 15 years 7 months. Hope passed away from cancer on May 21, 2021.  She was 13 years 10 months.


Marcus and his sister Hope were from the first set of mother-kitten refugees to show up here on the farm.   Marcus was the most congenial, Hope the most skittish, with not much of a chance of finding a good home anywhere.  They were hard to tell apart unless I saw their tails.  Hope had a shorter tail with a kink at the end, something she had from birth.  She was wary,  but came a long way over the years, and was known for her “barking meow” call, like a small dog.  Hope passed away from cancer on May 21, 2021.  Marcus cat was named after my father, pictured below with two of his Marine buddies during WWII.  Dad is the handsome Marine in the middle with the monkey companion.  Dad was quite also quite fond of cats.


Marcus cat was named after my father Marcus, the handsome Marine in the middle with his pet monkey. The photo is from WWII. The identities of his companions are unknown.


Nano the Great White Hunter,  pictured with Marcus in the second photo.   Nano showed up from nowhere, and used to hunt gophers and mice out back.   He and the now departed Klaatu (probably a relative of his) cleared the property of gophers.  Nano stuck around, even after trapping him to vaccinate and neuter.  He got into too much trouble with other critters out there who beat him up too many times, requiring veterinary care.  So he moved inside, where he became my caretaker.    After my two surgeries in 2010, he never left my side, and still frets if I have been up too late.  We call him “Dr. Nano”, for his white coat.  He tries to herd me back to bed if I am past curfew…



The latest residents, left to right: Wynken, Blynken and Nod (see the February 2014 Newsletter).  This photo is the best one I have of them so far as a trio, as they had so much energy  and didn’t hold still well for the camera.  Very loving and sweet girls, all of them.  Wynken the longhair is by far the largest and strongest.  Blynken had a heart murmur as a kitten, which she had outgrown.  On February 25, 2022, she was put to sleep after being taken to emergency the day before and being diagnosed with left heart failure.  A clot discovered in one of her atria had also moved, and she was in severe pain and was not able to be outside the oxygen cage.  I called her the quiet intellectual, as she studied people and was a good lap cat.  Little Nod, with her stunning Paul Newman blue eye, is the commentator of the group, and quite talkative.  Her nickname is “Sister Bertrille, The Flying Nod” for her tendency to take a flying leap and ride about on my shoulders while I am working.  One has to be prepared for that…

The sisters as young adults.  They still sported their grey stripes on their heads back then.  All are now solid white.


Curious Nod, spying on outside activities. “You won’t believe what I just saw!” she says.


Blynken the quiet Intellectual and sometimes, gossip, giving Nod an earful!


Lovely long-haired Wynken, a very thoughtful girl. Lead cat of the Three Sisters.

Below are some photos from their early days when they first appeared.  When they first showed up, we put fencing in front of the shed to protect them at night.

Silvie's Kittens-09202013

And then they moved in to safer quarters…


The little orange guy is Tio Pepe, the only male in the litter.  Tio Pepe and mama Silvie found a home with a friend. (see the February 2014 Newsletter).  The Three Sisters, now The Two Sisters have been with us for over 8 years now, and remain with us.  Blynken will remain forever in our hearts.


Cats Emeritus:  These treasured family members have gone on to join the greater Universe.  We miss them!

Blynken February 15, 2022

Blynken on February 15, 2022. She was euthanized after being taken into emergency on 2/24/22 and being diagnosed with left heart failure and a clot in one of her atria. They clinic tried hard to save her, but in the end, she had to be put to sleep the morning of 2/25/22. She would have been 9 years old on August 1st, 2022


Hope was born to a feral mother under the old doublewide on the same site as the new house. She and her brother Marcus were absorbed into our family, where they have been loved and cherished. Hope passed away from cancer May 21, 2010


Lucio was named for the late Lucio Sorre, a past president of The Society of Wine Educators. A larger than life presence here, our Lucio was 15 years 7 months when he unexpectedly died in his sleep.

Abby, who could also have been named Eleanor of Aquitane. She was an adventurous, happy and determined spirit, a commanding presence who purred right up to the end. She was 18 1/2 when she passed on.

Willow was roughly 22 years old when she passed on. She was an exceptional cat, known for her spirit and opinions on life.

Old Klaatu on his barrel dining station

Old Klaatu on his barrel dining station

Mr. Austin, left, and Mr. Beaucastel on the right. Watching the grill on the old porch, waiting for the fish to come off.

Mr. Austin, left, and Mr. Beaucastel on the right. Watching the grill on the old porch, waiting for the fish to come off.

71 thoughts on “The Cats of Salmon Brook Farm

  1. Thanks, Timothy! They are a wonderful bunch of cats, and they sure do keep us busy. I love the photos of your kitties too, especially Rosencrantz with those fangs!

    I think it is in the Calico genome to consider themselves Alpha cats.

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  2. Herman says:

    I’m really impressed by this family of beautiful cats! They sure look all very happy… I wonder if Mr. Bowie would be welcome to share some of his fresh catnip…


    • Thanks, Herman and Mr. Bowie! We do our best to keep everybody healthy and happy here. Mr. Bowie is always welcome to share fresh catnip with the Salmon Brook cat crew. They are growing some too! And we have plenty of dark chocolate for Herman…


    • Thank you! We love it here, and every season has its own particular beauty. Australia, your home, is also quite lovely. I’ve never been there, but the photos of the countryside I’ve seen on various blogs paint a beautiful picture.


  3. Wonderful to see all your fur friends and hear their stories. You’re very kind and generous to have so many. My brother has four, I suffice with two. They came as a pair for a birthday gift from my brother. I’ve had many cats over the years but this is the first time I’ve had more than one. Even though they go at it sometimes, they still love to snuggle together which is so cute. Thanks for visiting my blog, much appreciated. Happy New Year!


    • Thanks for stopping by! This is my favorite picture of him. I often wonder what became of his monkey friend. Perhaps another soldier took him on? Dad was also very fond of cats, and I think would be proud to have one named after him. I have childhood memories of him, under a car changing the oil. Usually one of the cats was under the car talking to him. They would have a conversation going along the lines of “Really? You don’t say! Well then, I’ll have to do something about that!” I think he preferred their company over most people.

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  6. Inese Poga Art plus Life says:

    Cats are very nice! I think it’s a lot of work with so many, but they give so much love again, and cure and understand you. I cannot have here any pets because paintings and paints are everywhere, but your place must be very safe.
    Happy, rich, healthy and creative 2017 for you and for all the extended family!

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    • The cats do provide so much love! They give us far more than we humans realize. We work at keeping the place safe for them. They continually find new ways to challenge us in that department. I used to do pen & ink drawings long, long ago, and also worked in acrylic paints. I could not do paints in here now, although I keep thinking about doing artwork again.

      The same wishes for you for 2017! Have a wonderful year ahead!


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  8. What a full loving life you have with your furry friends! They reflect what I see in the wild and that is every animal has its own unique personality!
    Nano has a wild streak in him.To grab Gophers would require great skill and strength!
    I bet nobody messes with him!
    Abby was rescued from a cat show and she had a bad eye. She must of gotten the bad eye after being a show cat. CBC just had a great show on cats in shows. “Catwalk”.

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    • Good to see you, and thanks for stopping by, Toffino Photography! Yes, every animal, just like the human animal, has their own unique personality.

      All our cats have backstories. Mr. Nano was an outside cat, a feral, long ago. I brought him in about 9 years ago, when he was tame enough. I don’t let any of the cats outside to due to predators, traffic, parasites and various human activities in the area. When he was an outside feral, I watched him hunt, as well as other neighborhood cats. He would watch a gopher hole for hours. When one appeared, he did a vertical lift-off, coming down and landing right on top of the gopher. A miss can mean serious injury, and I have seen gophers turn and lunge at a cat. The Camas pocket gopher is one of the most vicious animals for its size known.

      All the best to you. You have some amazing wildlife photography posted!


  9. Your babies are beautiful.
    I love their crochet blanket! I crochet too for home and animal organisations.
    I have 3 at home, all come with stories and loveable personalities.
    I have more than 3 in the office car park.
    Kind regards
    Sunshiny South Africa

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Kavita, and for the kind comments! Welcome aboard to Salmon Brook Farms. The crocheted blanket was a gift from a friend many years ago. I never took up crocheting, but it is on my list of things to learn.

      Wishing you and your cats all the best. 🙂


  10. Hi Lavinia. I realize there might be far too much going on for you to reply. I don’t have good access to news, so I wanted to let you know that I’m sending every good vibe for the health and safety, and wellbeing of you, Rick, and all the kitties. Particularly Abby Cat. Hugs on the wing.

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    • Hi Teagan, I will be going offline for a bit after I let a few people know.

      Abby cat was euthanized yesterday morning amid all the chaos. She had been losing muscle mass and weight over the summer, and was staying very close to me. Although her kidneys were doing very well, and the rest of her blood work they did last Friday was very good for an 18 1/2 yer old cat, diabetes was discovered. She was put on insulin, and monitored carefully, but there was something else going on as well. She collapsed yesterday morning, and I rushed her in. A large mass was discovered in her abdomen, which was quite likely cancer of some sort. She was dying on the table, and we gave authorization to let her pass on peacefully. We buried her yesterdsay in the garden under my office window, where I can watch over her. She was a dear old kitty.

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  11. My goodness…you have quite the pack of felines! And all so pretty/handsome. And love living…you must be quite the cat whisperer to have had many for so long. Good on you! And thank you for swinging by the Ranch and for the follow. We 💙 fellow pet lovers.

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