Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Blog Star!

by Naomi on September 20, 2011

in Daily Life

Norwegian Forest Cat photographed in studio

It’s come to my attention that our beloved Jina’s blog star status has been slipping, since I haven’t posted photographs of her in a while. NOT acceptable, especially in light of what a beautiful (albeit small by usual standards) Norwegian Forest Cat she is! Thank you to fabulous Jamie at Musing by Moonlight for the heads up about this, as well as her inimitable cat, Gypsy, who blogs with her at The Cat’s Meow πŸ˜€

I figure it’s particularly fitting to dedicate today’s post entirely to Jina, because it also happens to be her 9th (in human years) birthday! That means that she’s being spoilt with her favourite roast chicken breast and fresh-from-the-tin tuna (in spring water, no less), with a handful of cat “greenies” for good measure.

To prove that she holds a precious place in our home – and my heart in particular – I’ve selected two pics of her in typically close proximity to whatever we’re up to. The pic above shows our princess taking her turn in the spotlight, during a recent studio photography shoot that I was doing for lovely Nina Robertson (featured in my post IMTA Feedback + More Mine Dump Glamour).

Jina loves our studio, when we’re at work there. She’s a social soul, except where our German Shepherd Dog, Quest, is concerned. Much as he considers her his primary plaything, she wants NOTHING to do with it. Fortunately, he has Dave as a best buddy (see Move over BFF, we’re talking MBF), leaving us with some special girl time. I love having her close, like curled up in her favourite daytime spot at my desk. Our frequent cuddle breaks give me as much pleasure as her purring suggests she enjoys.

My home office, with Jina curled up right where she belongs

She’s a consummate purrer, our Jina. Other than that, she’s really quiet, but for a few exquisite, chirp-like meows when she’s especially excited about a treat – or focussed on hunting something unsuspecting (she’s a ruthless huntress). By the time she was six months old, we hadn’t heard a peep from her and were worried that perhaps she didn’t have a voice . . . until she got stranded on our roof and startled us all with an expert meow that got the message across:

Baby Jina imploring us for a hand down from the roof

Jina as a kitten, soaking up a sunset on our roof

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jeanie Beans! Love you to bits, ever since the first glance into your gorgeous eyes!

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paul willis (@sonsothunder) September 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Beautiful Cat!!! You would think those Germans and Norwegians would get along better by now. I’m sending her out over twitter and facebook, maybe she’ll use me as a free-lance publicist now and then. As long as I don’t let these cats around here see her. They’ll have my ISP cut off.
Bless You
paul

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paul willis (@sonsothunder) September 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Twitter is “Over Capacities” We’ll see about that!!! Holding up “Jina” Blog star…oh Heads are gonna roll !!!

I wonder why “Meow” is the same word in every language?
At least, it is for Cats.

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Naomi September 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

LOL!!! Thanks for your hilarious comments, Paul πŸ˜€

Jina is taking a gracious bow – I mean cat stretch – and basking in your generous attention. If she were human, she might be blushing, which reminds me of a great quote I read recently:

“Man is the only animal that blushes or has the need to.” – Unknown

There’s so much we can learn from them, isn’t there! πŸ˜€

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JamieDedes September 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Oh, she is a darling.Lovely! I’m glad you posted her photos here again, Naomi.

Happy Birthday, Jena! You look budaful darlink!
from Gypsy and Jamie

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JamieDedes September 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Just shared on FB.

Happy day, Naomi! xoxo

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Naomi September 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

Thanks again, Jamie – you’re a darling! XO

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Naomi September 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

Thanks to you, Jamie & Gypsy, you super stars! Jina sends you both a nose tap and head butt in appreciation πŸ˜€

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Nadira September 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

She is a stunner!!!

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Naomi September 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thank you so much, especially from Jina!! Thanks also for visiting and leaving a link to your lovely blog. It’s a delight πŸ™‚

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nrhatch September 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

She is so gorgeous! Love this post.
Even as a kitten (bottom pic), she looked positively regal.

Your home office is gorgeous (much nicer than my hodge-podge of mismatched this and that). But, like your Jina, Tigger happily sits on my desk as a type . . . giving us some lovely cuddle time.

Happy Birthday, Jina!

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Naomi September 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Thank you, Nancy! You’re so right about the regal part – perfect dignity πŸ™‚

Thanks also for the compliment for my office, which has recently been renovated and tailor-made for me. It’s the ultimate treat that I appreciate every moment, but like Tigger, Jina probably enjoyed it just as much before πŸ˜€

This comes with a purr of thanks from her…would love to see more of Tigger too!

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Tokeloshe September 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

She is stunning! Great photos and post. Love your office.

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Naomi September 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

Thanks Tok – much appreciated by Jina & me πŸ™‚

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[email protected] September 21, 2011 at 4:20 am

What a gorgeous girl! She really exudes personality, Naomi. No wonder you love her to bits.

A big happy birthday to Jina from Duc and me! Duc would love to share that cushion, Jina, but I bet you would have other ideas. πŸ˜€

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Naomi September 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

LOL! I bet you’d be right about that, Amy πŸ˜€ Perhaps they could level the playing fields first with a team hunt…or maybe that would make her even more territorial! No doubt Duc would hold is own, though, and I’m sure we can agree on the magnetism of a real “man’s man”. My money’s on you to seduce her, Duc πŸ˜€

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Cindy September 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

She is beautiful!

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Naomi September 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

I’ll tell her you said that, thanks Cindy πŸ˜‰

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