People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,
It’s Thomas, and it is my honor to be the Grand Marshal for Box Day 2013! I’m still a little nervous, but I think I can do this. Ummm… wait… what do I do again? Oh no! I forgot! I… WHAT BROTHER OLIVER? JUST SHOW THEM THE PICTURES? Oh, yeah! Without further ado, let’s look at this year’s submissions!
Our first submission comes to us all the way from Brazil! Disciple of Otis Ivy sent a wonderful photo of her cats Gigi and Juju sitting a box together. Both kitties were adopted and Ivy says they will never be in Limbo again. That makes me really happy!
Our next submission comes from Disciple Annie at Animalcouriers in the UK. The photo shows Edgar, who I am guessing fancies himself a good mouser!
Our next photos come from Disciple Carol. The first shows her kitty Maya after she found an awesome box to sit in.
Unfortunately for Maya, her little sister Boo came along and also thought the box looked great.
Our next submission comes from Carolyn of Cherry City Kitties in Michigan. This photo shows Dexter doing what I can only describe as a headfirst box dive!
Next, Disciple Charity has sent us an awesome photo of her cat Sunshine very creatively sitting a buttermilk pancake box. It almost looks like Sunshine could stand up and walk around with the box on. I think that would be a great idea because then you could have a box with you at all times!
Disciple Christine send in photos of two of her kitties for our catstravaganza. The first is Jodie, who is sitting inside a box with a high-tech, clear wall! Amazing! A box with a view!
Christine also sent in a photo of her kitty Lucy who clearly knew her way around a box. Unfortunately, Christine lost Lucy this summer to a quickly progressing illness, so I am sending my softest paw pats and head butts to Christine.
Disciple D’Arcy sent images of three of her kitties showing off their box sitting skills. The first is Rose… who is actually a boy. D’Arcy wrongly assumed that 9-pound Rose was a girl when she found her living under a rose bush in her front yard. Female or not, Rose was swept up in the capture and now enjoys safe pastimes like sitting in boxes indoors!
D’Arcy also included a photo of 18-pound Rosencrantz sitting in the same box Rose was in. You can definitely tell there is more cat in the box! Sadly, Rosencrantz passed away last February. I am sending Soft paw pats and head butts to D’arcy to help ease the pain.
D’Arcy’s third submission was of her kitty Checkers. Checkers is a snuggly kitty that was also adopted from D’Arcy’s yard. He climbed into her lap and asked her to be his mom, and D’Arcy was The Miracle for this kitty in need. He repays her by looking adorable in boxes.
Disciples of Otis David and Brenda sent photos of five of their cats enjoying boxes. They also made me a little nervous by telling me to watch out for wiener dogs hiding under box flaps! Do they really hide under box flaps! Oh my gosh! Ummmm… anyway, David and Brenda’s cat Loohoo showed them that no box is too high to be sat.
Brenda and David also included a photo of Saint Fifi LePu doing a classic shoebox loaf. Excellent form. I think that the “Saint” might mean Fifi has departed. If so, soft paw pats and headbutts to David and Brenda.
Another of Brenda and David’s kitties named Tigger was apparently threatening to hog-tie anyone that tried to take his box!
Brenda and David’s kitty Otis gets a little bit sleepy in a box. I think Leader Otis used to get sleepy in boxes too!
Brenda and David’s kitty Saint Tom said, “Wait till you see the boxes in Kitty Heaven!” Soft paw pats and head butts again for Brenda and David. Tom was a handsome box sitter.
Disciple Dorothy had three kitties that wished to join in the Box Day festivities. The first kitty, Hitch, shows that he can sit a box in more ways than one!
Dorothy also submitted a photo of kitty Mistletoe sitting in a very fancy, upholstered box. It looks like a cozy cat cave!
Dorothy’s last submission shows her kitty Pumpkin sitting in a… well… it’s technically not a box, but it’s a pretty impressive sit none-the-less! Dorothy says the bag Pumpkin is sitting in is his boy’s book bag, and that he is dreaming of going to school.
Selleck and his person Emily sent in a photo that Selleck says he was tricked into posing for. Apparently Emily put treats in the box, and when Selleck jumped in she took his picture. He actually hates boxes! Well, I hope you at least enjoyed the treats, Selleck.
Disciple of Otis Erin sent in two photos showing her three kitties observing box day. First we see Ruthie doing a sneaky box sit, while Bella sits off to the side. I wonder if she is searching for Ruthie and doesn’t know she is in the box!
Erin’s second photo shows 15-year-old Brandie as he ponders whether or not to get into a box. Erin says Brandie may prefer to rub his cheeks on the boxes instead of getting into them. I like to do that too, and once the box smells like me, then I’ll climb in.
Kitties Clooney and Neytiri sent their own photos in. They appear to have discovered a way to make box sitting profitable. The first photo shows Clooney inspecting the box he hopes will score him some num-nums.
The second photo shows Naytiri sitting the same box before Clooney altered the wording on it.
Our next submission comes from Disciple Grace. Her kitty Jenny loves to check out everything that comes into the house and she also enjoys hiding in cubby holes. When Grace left this package she had just received on the bed, Jenny jumped right in.
Disciple Heather sent in a photo of her kitty Pancakes. While he is technically in a bag instead of a box, Heather pointed out that there are festive Catmas lights so that should count for something. Plus, Pancakes is a former Shadow kitty. A nice family found him wandering the neighborhood with a big gash on his chin and an eye infection. They could not keep him, but Heather and her husband were able to give him a home in the promised land. Heather’s husband passed away this year, and Pancakes has been providing her with exceptional comfort and kitty kindness to ease her pain. I would like to add my soft paw pats and head butts too bolster Pancakes’s efforts.
Disciple of Otis Helen submitted photos of her two cats celebrating Box Day. First we have Gizzy, who is sitting in a very posh Harrods of London box.
Helen says her other cat Billy may have been getting evil looks from Gizzy for sitting in a commoner box. Ummm… I think she might be shooting laser beams at him even.
Our next submission comes from Boots and his Guardian Bine in Germany. Boots loves boxes. He thinks other toys are also OK, but boxes are the best!
Disciples Jarrett and Melina sent in a photo of their kitty Winky to demonstrate a point. That point is that the perfect sized box for a cat is whichever one the cat is choosing to sit in. Take a look.
Disciple of Otis Jenn sent in a photo of her kitties Atosha and Bastet enjoying their boxes together.
Jenn also sent a series of photos of young Atosha showing how she has grown during the months since her June adoption. She’s sitting in a basket instead of a box, but I think that is close enough.
Disciple Kathryn sent in a photo of her 5-year old tabby named Oliver. Unlike Brother Oliver, Kathryn said that her Oliver is the head of security at their house. Also unlike Brother Oliver, Kathryn’s Oliver has lost four pounds in the past year at his veterinarian’s request. WHAT? WHAT BROTHER OLIVER? I SHOULD STOP COMMENTING AND JUST SHOW THEM THE PHOTO? Oh. OK.
Next we have a submission from Disciple Kathy who calls the images “Max in the Box”. Kathy said Max enjoys going inside of his treasured cardboard box and remodeling it here and there by chewing the various holes to make them bigger. He is a very creative kitty!
Our next pair of photos comes from Z-Girl of Squeedunk Whiskers and Warehouses. The first shows kitty Valentina doing a serious side sit in a nice, roomy box.
In the second photo we can see Valentina’s adopted sister, Manhattan, who had stopped by to get a few kisses on the face.
Disciple Lia sent in a photo of her Bridge Angel French Toast sitting in a box that a Christmas tree came in. French Toast would “snoopervise” Lia from that box every year. Lia even brought French Toast a favorite box when she was in the hospital. She says there was never a box she didn’t like. I’m sending soft paw pats and head butts to Lia to comfort her.
Disciple Liana has sent us a photo of Jabbers from Pennsylvania. For him, box sitting is a priority!
Our next submissions come from Disciples Linda and David. The first shows their kitty Griffon sitting in a box with all of the flaps up in a defensive position. Linda and David did not say so, but I think Griffon might have been preparing for a wiener dog attack!
Next we have a series of photos showing Linda and David’s kitty Luna as she demonstrates her prowess at sitting a wide variety of box shapes and styles. Especially impressive is the, dare I say it, Wolf Eel style beer box sit!
Linda and David also sent us two photos of the kitty they rescued and named after Leader Otis! In the first photo, little Otis is doing an interesting take on box sitting by putting just his front paws on a closed box.
In the second photo, little Otis is again demonstrating his creativity by pretending a wooden bowl is a box. This is going to be a kitty to be reckoned with!
Disciple Linda sent a photo of Savannah and foster to adopt sister Sage celebrating box day. Linda and her family met Sage just before Leader Otis departed, and after reading his final message they decided to Be The Miracle for Sage. Savannah is having a little difficulty accepting her new sister, but hopefully that will change with time. Brother Oliver used to hiss at me all the time when I was first swept up in The Capture, and now we are very good friends. Hopefully that will be the case with Savannah and Sage as well.
Our next submissions come from Disciple Lisa and her photos feature three impressive box sitting kitties. First we have Romeo who, after careful consideration, chose box number two.
Lisa’s kitty Calvin is a multi-talented box sitter. Below we see him guarding a very big box with a stove in it, and using a sink as a box substitute.
Another series of photos reinforces the idea that Calvin is both a talented sitter, and has an affinity for non-traditional boxes.
Lisa third kitty Lula Peanut also enjoys the non-traditional box sit. She says that boxes can even be round and upholstered!
Disciple Melanie had two stunning box sitters to share. The first is Kratos who is doing a picture perfect sit in a high-sided box.
Melanie’s other kitty is called Silver Shadow! I am also as shadow! Anyway, Silver Shadow seems to know how to throw a party in a box. Look at those toys in there!
Disciple Sandy sent in a photo of her kitty MeiMei checking out a large, fancy box. Looks like a fun one to me!
Disciple Rhiannon sent in a photo of her Kitty, Luna. For Luna, Box Day is a formal occasion. She even wore her Christmas tie for her box sit!
Disciples Caitlin and her sister sent in a variety of photos of their kitty Amber sitting a very festive box! Looks like she was having fun!
Our next submission comes from Disciples Sherri-Ellen and Nylablue. After a parcel was delivered to their house, Nylablue couldn’t help but snoop in the box! I’d like to snoop with you Nylablue, but I would probably get all blushy again.
Disciple Tracey sent in a photo of her Kitty Momo doing an impressive sit on a box that is already occupied. Tracey says that Momo is the most box obsessed of her five kitties, and she will try to get in any box, no matter how small or large, even if there are already things in the box. Tracey says there are Christmas decorations in this box.
Our final submissions come from Walley, Ernie, and Zoey, The Island Cats. The first shows Ernie making a strong effort to sit a very difficult box. How did he get in there?
Next we have Island Cat Wally who appears to be making a statement with his choice of box.
The last Island Cat entry shows Zoey who appears to be playing in a box. See, that’s why cats love boxes. They are multi-purpose corrugated containers of joy!
That does it for this year’s submissions, but before I wrap this up I want to do one more thing. I would like to dedicate this Box Day to two kitties whose absence is greatly felt. The first, of course, is the kitty who not only started this whole crazy blog, but was also an amazing box sitter in his own right, Leader Otis.
The other kitty I would like to dedicate Box Day to is Her Majesty The Queen Mama Cat. Now, I should note that Her Majesty was not a box sitter. I believe she felt that boxes were for, shall we say, the more common kitties.
No, The Queen preferred accommodations more befitting of her status. Fortunately, such accommodations were always available.
Many thanks to all who participated in this year’s event. I hope I did OK and I hope would have made Leader Otis proud with my Grand Marshalship… errr.. Marshalling… ummm… Marshalness? Anyway, thanks, and Happy Box Day to all!
In Otis’s name,