Rats !






















Since my whole day of drips on Thursday I have had no change with my hands and no reaction such as growing wings or chasing nurses.

I have to go back and do it all again another three times, three days over three weeks.

Rats !


I talk to my pets. Do you ?

(I must talk to a human sometime πŸ˜‰ )


Ralph xox ❀


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  1. Of course I talk to my cat. Who else is there to talk to. I get down on my hands and knees and tell her the story of how she came to live with me. She was a rescue cat. I do it to try to humble her from her diva attitude and remind her that things were not always this good and once she had to catch birds for dinner. she does not seem impressed though. Good luck with your drip Ralph. I have several friends ill at the moment and doing the hospital journey. One has lost 30 lbs waiting to get his gall bladder operation at the end of march. too many demands on the doctors time. Never seen so many people ill. I blame it on the stress of the world Love your posts.

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    • I just love how you talk to your cat and her reaction. I can relate to what you say to her Lynne. My two get the being born on my sofa out of a feral mum. They yawn splendidly as I rabbit on πŸ˜€
      That’s probably true about the stress of the world effecting everyone.
      Ralph xox ❀

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    • I am sure your pet appreciates communicating with you my friend. I haven’t reached the stage of talking to myself quite yet as I would never listen to my sensible self. Hugs back Gallivanta. Ralph xox ❀

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  2. I’m glad to hear you got the drip. Did they warn you about the side effects? It will take awhile to know whether it will work these thing do take time. Hang in there, Ralph.

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    • Hi Leslie. I am glad I finally got the drip as well. I was warned about the side effects and have to take an anti-rash/spots tablet the night before the next session just in case I turn into a ladybird. Thank you my friend …… hanging ! πŸ˜‰
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • I agree. When one is living alone a pet is very therapeutic. Like having a naughty, fun child around the house. Thanks for your lovely comment my friend. Ralph πŸ˜€

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    • That’s nice that you talk to them and they respond. My female cat is a chatterbox and the male has finally listened to what she is saying and so he is starting on me now. Thank heavens I have only two ! πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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  3. Ahh! ARRGGHH! I’m in work H.. E.. double hockey pucks!
    I just want you to be as well as possible. From what I can see from this post, your cats are on top of it all!
    One step at a time, one drip at a time.
    I adore you, my friend!
    I have a new job, and it is taking all of my time.
    Love, love and love! Resa xoxoxox #< #< #< ❀

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    • I can imagine how hectic things must be Resa, yet you still had time to pop by and comment. Thank you so much. I am so thrilled for you.
      My cats do a good job in looking after me, sleeping in the chair I want to sit in, getting themselves shut away in cupboards and lying down in front of me when I am walking with my hands full πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for caring my friend. I am fine really, except my hands like to wander off and do their own things. So beware πŸ˜‰
      I adore you too. Love and hugs. Ralph xoxox ❀ #< #< #<


      • Yes, well there’s nothing we can do about the cats laying down in front of us as we walk when our hands are full. It’s a cat “must do”!
        They mean well, for themselves. ❀ #< #< #<

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      • Your reply arrived just as I was shutting my laptop down for the night. I didn’t know Sonic was asleep by my feet. I swung my office chair round an brushed Sonic with my foot. He yelped and shot across the room. Promptly laid down for a tummy rub. Then the other cat joined him on her back. Took me forever to get to bed πŸ˜€ They must have read your “must do” Resa ! ❀ #< #< #<


  4. Ralph, so glad to hear you had the drip. Over time you’ll have the good effects, and hopefully minor side effects. Yes, I talk to my dogs and they talk back! Yawns, groans, barks, all kinds of noises, and gestures that mean something. What would we do without our furrbabies! So loyal & loving! Chuckled at your clever cat talking post. I’m sure they were saying all of those things too. Feel better! Thinking of you. Christine

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Christine. I do hope you are right that the drip will eventually work. I have to be in the IV room by 8am next time as I have to give a blood sample to be tested in-house before the next session of IVs. So that means me leaving home before 7am. Rats !
      I have been watching a series “The Dog Whisperer” which tells one all about what dogs say and do so the owners learn how to integrate a dog into the human pack.
      Thanks for caring my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  5. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t *want* to grow wings.

    Best of health to you, and here’s to no malevolent side effects!

    I didn’t talk to my cat, but meowed to it. I’ve read at times that cats only meow to humans, but I’ve heard them before, meowing to each other from a distance. Take that, SCIENCE!

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    • I would love to fly HT, but not Icarus style. Maybe jet engines as arms πŸ˜‰
      Wow ! You are a scientist ! If my cats ask for pi for supper I’ll get them to email you my friend πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox ❀


  6. Last Thursday was the two week sad anniversary of losing my little Felix and the four year sad anniversary of losing my little Lexy. I still talk to them. But I enjoy seeing your kitties. The tabby looks so much like my little Felix. Who I miss so much.


    • I am so, so sorry Georgia. I bet you do really miss your cats. That’s one thing I dread as my cats are twins and 12 years old now. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


  7. Oh, rats that you’ve had to spend all that time at the hospital, Ralph. I talk to my pets ALL the time. We have conversations. πŸ™‚ I hope all is well with you. xoxo

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    • Rats indeed Amy ! A 12 hour round trip this week ! Not that sort of trip, alas πŸ˜‰ I wondered where you get your ideas for Friday Fictioneers ! Now I know πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀


  8. Here’s hoping this darn drug will restore your super powers, Ralphie. Your doctor is sure giving you her best, isn’t she?

    Of course I talk to my nice little lass, Minx. She yawns a lot.

    Now, I have to get into my newly restored “Ape” and break all the road rules to get to the train station. A visitor from Venice arriveth. Hugs and stuff from me. oxo ❀

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    • I am not sure what super powers you are referring to Yvonne. The kryptonite milkshake I have just had makes my knees knock πŸ˜‰
      Poor Minx. You must be boring her. Chat about tom cats πŸ˜‰
      Heehee. Have a wonderful trip in Ape my friend.
      Ralph xox ❀


  9. Talk to pets? I talk to any animal, birds, lizards, spiders, elephants, which reminds me……during a holiday to Bali, I got on stage with some elephants, who were happily part of an animal show, and there I am chatting away to them, forgetting the person next to me had a microphone on, and all my little coo-ing to the elephants were heard by all and sundry in the audience…..ok, I never said I was sane πŸ˜€

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  10. Ah Ralph, I hope the next visits have a positive effect for you, fingers crossed. Yes, I talk to my cat, Sabi and he talks back! The conversation is usually food related, however I sometimes pretend we are talking about more interesting things… πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Wendy. I hope my next visit this week will produce some form of cure plus getting wet in the rain as well !
      It’s nice you talk to Sabi. Food is paramount for cats to talk about and they tell you off if you are late putting it down πŸ˜€
      Ralph xox ❀

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  11. Hang in there and with a bit of luck such side-effects as chasing nurses are bound to appear soon -:)!

    Take Care,


    • Heehee. Maybe so my friend ! Perhaps I could play the piano as well. I never could do before πŸ˜‰
      Take care yourself Daniela. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  12. I speak to my pets and it takes up more than half my day! I have 5 dogs, 5 cats, 2 bearded dragons, a leopard gecko and 3 tarantulas and they are all just too adorable -mommy’s babies! How are you doing now after the drip, Ralph? Did it have bad side-effects? At least it was not instant death! You had me worrying

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    • Good heavens ! You have a zoo Daleen ! Wow !
      No. No side effects. No effect at all that I can tell. I’m happy about not having instant death. I wouldn’t live it down ! πŸ˜‰
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  13. glad you got the drip at last and happy no wings have sprouted. that would really have confused the cats! yes, i talk to nacho the cat, and he is constantly talking to me, following me around the house, telling me things i should be doing, like feeding him salmon or tuna and sometimes i listen to him to get him to move onto the next subject.

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    • Thanks for warning me about not growing wings Beth ! Whew, my cats would be patting me around the room all day or sitting there mesmerised πŸ˜€
      Nacho loves talking to you my friend. What fun !
      Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thanks for telling me off Shey. I really do have to pull myself together (quote from Frankenstein’s monster) and behave like a man …… maybe πŸ˜‰ Hugs back. Ralph xox ❀

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  15. Hi Ralph, I am thinking of you my friend and praying for you to get well soon. Keep fighting and surviving and thriving. You are one awesome guy and a good blogger buddy that I want around for a long time to come.

    I talk to my piggies. I lost Daisy yesterday, so it’s Chestnut and Snow that I can only talk to now.

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    • You are so sweet Sandra. Thank you so much for the first paragraph of your comment. I really do appreciate what you have said πŸ˜€
      I am so sorry for you that you have lost Daisy. I did watch your videos and read your post. I do understand how upset you are. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  16. Doesn’t everyone talk to their pets? The pets may not have human words, but they say it all with body language and facial expressions.

    Sorry to hear there was no improvement so far, but at least you haven’t had side affects either….though sprouting wings might come in handy.

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    • That’s so true what you say about pets LB πŸ˜€
      No change detected so far after my first session of drips last Thursday. I am beginning to like the idea of sprouting wings πŸ˜€
      Ralph xox ❀


  17. Pets, particularly cats, are just meant to be talked to. They sit on your lap and just beg you to speak. It’s lovely that you’re so attached to yours. I’m glad to hear your Rituximab drip went well, Ralph, and you’ve had no adverse effects, as yet. Fingers crossed you never will. Love the post – great idea to get the info across through your feline friends. A very ratty post indeed.

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Millie. Sonic (my black cat) is laying on my lap. It’s almost impossible to type on my keyboard as he is digging, trying to rip my clothes to pieces. Oh boy ! Ralph xox ❀

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      • That’s a strange habit of cats – all that pawing at you, forgetting to retract their claws. I think it’s a sign of affection … It makes you jump a bit though, doesn’t it? Glad you’re still OK. Soon be getting nice and warm down your way. πŸ™‚

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      • lol. Only when they jump off me do they make holes in my legs. They do ruin my clothes though. They don’t care as they don’t wear any, I suppose πŸ˜€

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      • Good job cats don’t wear clothes – it could work out expensive! About the holes in your legs … all I can suggest is either needle and thread or good old Elastoplast. πŸ™‚

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  18. Ralph, I have been worried about you and your health. I will keep you close in my heart and be hopeful that your ‘drip’ does in fact help you grow wings so you can soar all over the world and keep us all smiling!
    And yes, I do talk to my cats! We just adopted a rescue kitten who is still terrified of people, but I’m sure he’ll come around.
    Sending you much love!

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    • Thank you so much for caring ASL. I love your idea of flying all over the world πŸ˜€
      I am sure your kitten will come around. Mine took a while, but now they are lovely house cats πŸ˜€
      Love to you my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  19. Hopefully the next couple of tries will do the trick Ralph. Maybe your body just hasn’t got the message yet?
    Good luck!

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    • Thanks for the good luck Tracy. I’ll need it ! See what happens tomorrow on my second session. Maybe I will get the message and twitter.
      Have a lovely day. I just love your series of photos. Ralph xox ❀


  20. MFR, chasing nurses is not a side effect, it’s your personality. You just love women, and they love you back. You’re outrageously adorable. Maybe that’s a side effect? You ooze charm. Is that what they are dripping into you? Whatever it is, I hope it works on more than just your chasing ability. As Autty would say, “Thanks for dripping by.” Take care, my pet. πŸ™‚ hehehe Oh I thought I was talking to Kalev. Sorry. πŸ™‚ xox

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  21. Absolutely I talk to my kitty, Georgina! She talks back to me, too. πŸ˜€ I think talking to your pets is quite possibly one of the most beautiful forms of communication.

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    • Georgina. What a lovely name. Have you noticed when talking to her she gently closes her eyes. I do that to my cats as I am talking and they respond in the same way. What fun ! Ralph xox ❀

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      • That’s called a “cat kiss”! My friend Gina told me that so yes, I do that all the time with Georgina. πŸ™‚ apparently it’s cat language for I love you. Heehee

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  22. I talk to my imaginary pets ;).
    Too bad rat hunting is so far away 😦
    Hope you get your super powers soon! Be well 8)

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    • Heehee ! Of course you talk to your imaginary pets Katie. That’s normal ! Down at the unicorn farm I expect πŸ˜‰
      I’ll fly over and feed your imaginary pets if these drips work.
      Be well yourself my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  23. Take care, your beautiful cats will listen and meow back as you work through this difficult time.

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    • Oh dear Christy. No pets ! At least you have someone poetic to talk to πŸ˜€
      The drive is lovely, over mountainous winding roads. Got to do it all again tomorrow. Leaving at 7am. Rats ! :/
      Ralph xox ❀

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  24. It’s good to see that despite everything that’s going on right now for you that you haven’t lost your sense of humour. Wishing you all the very best with your ongoing treatment and willing it to turn out well for you xox

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment my friend. Let’s see what happens tomorrow as I’m off to Ronda again. I hope it will be a sunny day. Well, that’s what we are here for πŸ˜€
      I wish you well and am so looking forward to your next post Lottie.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  25. LOL!!! I just read this again, after taking the prednisone, as when i read it the other day they had chemicaled the house with solvent and I couldn’t talk or do much and my brain didn’t process a different in cats and rats πŸ˜€ it’s hilarious now, steroid working!

    Hope you are dealing well with meds, I think I’ll read it again so I can crack up! Laughing is good and I just realized that I’m not doing enough of it.

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    • Wow ! What a chemical mess ! I’m glad it’s sorted out now Elisa. Ralph xox ❀


  26. Rome wasn’t built in a day Ralph. Stay positive something good will come! At least you could have got a chasing nurse side effect! πŸ™‚ xo

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    • Heavens Debby ! Does this drip give me a Rome building side effect ? I do have a nurse side effect in my next post though πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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      • Omg, lol, now I will be waiting for your next, next, post, lmao. Am I to imagine you will be writing about Rome???? xoxo ❀

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  27. I can’t even imagine not talking to my pets. They listen and don’t judge me too harshly. πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you had no ill effects from the drip, Ralph. Hopefully after the next ones you will begin to see a huge improvement in symptoms. (also with no side effects) Although sprouting wings would be one side effect I could appreciate. Love and kisses, my dear friend.

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    • What a beautiful comment Elizabeth ! Thank you so much for giving me a germ of an idea for my next post. No need for medication for this idea ……. or maybe you will think I need some after publishing Sun/Mon. Big hug to you my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  28. Ralph, looks to me you have a great cheering section by the looks of the LONG list of people I had to scroll through in order to comment. I wish you all the best in your treatment and my prayers are with you, even if we just did meet. As for talking to my cats, I do all day long, and they in turn talk back to me. And this here is the thing … I honestly do understand them (sometimes!) which sounds crazy but it’s true. I even talk to the horse who lives next to me, and get as my reward the softest of all head bumps and nuzzles. Cats are good therapy, believe you me. Hang in there and I hope to see more of you and your posts. I just signed up to know you better. LOL! Love, Amy

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    • Sorry that I have been so long in replying Amy.
      First of all, thank you so much for your comment. I have been over to your posts and I see you have a great cheering horde of bloggers. Mind you, you deserve them after seeing your beautiful photos and the work you did on the Niagara Falls. Lovely !
      You are very kind to care about my medical issues. Thank you so much my friend.
      I also understand my cats. The signs their tails make ie. a toilet brush when posturing ! And I usually know what they want when they talk. A routine helps in understanding them quickly.
      My sister was into horses big time from when she was born I think.
      It’s great to meet you Amy. Have a lovely weekend my friend, what’s left of it.
      Ralph xox ❀

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      • Take care of you, Ralph. Welcome any time at Petals and don’t feel you must comment. Just knowing you are here absorbing the Beauty Mother gives you while you are here, allows me great pleasure, and I also know, without a doubt, this same Beauty will assist you in your Life. I am keeping you in my prayers, and I shall also ask my sister, who is a great prayer warrior, to keep you in her prayers as well. Those cats will stick close to you and give you more Love then you will know what to do with. I know this too. I just lost my Dad recently so I am not blogging as I normally do. In other words I am not getting around to blogs as my normal. I really am interested in your blog and I will be there as much as I can be. Most importantly, you get well. BIG (((HUGS))) Amy

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      • PS I really believe there is much healing in the images of Niagara Falls I took. Please come here any time. My Love is firmly sealed at Petals as well as my prayers. xx Amy

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  29. Lovely kittens Ralph… I have two over here… Huge Cat Fan waving at you!… ⭐
    Happy weekend to you. Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    • What a purrfect comment my friend. Sonic & Samantha are waving back, or they would do if they weren’t still asleep by the fire πŸ˜€
      I’m staying in as it’s pouring down with rain, but, no matter, I am having a happy weekend after reading your comment Amalia. May I wish you a wonderful Sunday. Ralph xox ❀

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  30. My daughter talks to her Persian cat Fluffy. Even asks her to pray for her before going to write her exam. And I have been watching their friendship from so many years. When my daughter is preparing for her final year end school exam fluffy is always sitting close by. When my daughter gets up for a break and comes to the living room to have a quick chat with me Fluffy mews and mews and leads her back to her study table. I think animals understand their owners very well. Your cats must be feeling your trouble . Do get well soon. πŸ‘

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    • What a beautiful story SKD ! Fluffy is a perfect name for a Persian ! I hope your daughter passes her exam or Fluffy may have a few words to say to her. I am sure she will do well though πŸ˜€
      Thank you for caring my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  31. My compliments to you how you made all the story with your gorgeous cats,very creative and fantasy ! And when I had still my cat or I’m seeing other animals I always talk to them because they really understand you!! According to me also without saying nothing they are natural wonders and know immediately in what kind of shape you are and what are you thinking πŸ™‚ !

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    • What a wonderful comment Serach my friend. Animals do like to be talked to ….. even trees do πŸ˜€
      Be happy ! Ralph xox ❀

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    • Yes. My cats do worry. Mainly about their food and tummy rubs πŸ˜€
      I’ll have a look at Fenway’s FB page later.
      Happy Tuesday my friend.
      Ralph xox ❀

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  32. I adore this upbeat Blog! That kitty is waiting patiently, so adorable. I talk to my dog all the time, he is my baby…I know that sounds too silly!

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    • I’ll just have to do some more cat posts just for you Julia. They will become divas you know ! Thank you soooo much for your lovely comment. Love it. Ralph xox ❀


  33. Talking to your cats is natural. This post was so funny!
    Reading this reminded me of a Fraiser episode, in which Frasier told Eddie (the dog) about all his problems.

    I, on the other hand, talk to myself a lot! Now that’s more of a problem. πŸ˜›
    I hope you feel better soon! πŸ™‚
    Love Amrita

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  34. Of course I do,Ralph Dear!Oftentimes they can understand me more than humans do ..
    Your posts are so rich and handsomely animated!Thanks for coming by!
    Take good care of yourself πŸ™‚ ,Doda xxx

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