Today was animal day for Natilee and I. At first, we spend 4 hours at the Seattle Zoo. It actually was one of the best kept zoos I have ever seen. Most of the animals had large and natural habitats. I have to admit that a large chunk of our time was spent in front of the two resident gorilla families. How could it not? One of the fellow gorillas had run across a metal wrench and proudly displayed to us and the rather confused zoo staff. Amazing.

The rest of the day was spent looking at cats in one way or the other. Natilee and I are already fairly frequent visitors (5 times a week) to the local Petsmart. No, neither of us owns any animals, but Natilee is surely starting to develop a certain level of ownership to the Humane Society cats living at Petsmart. Especially, to a cat called Simba. The 10-year old, medium haired cat lady has left her marks. She is by far the oldest cat in the group and until most recently we were under the impression that she had severe heart and lung problems. Who would have known that WNL means “within normal limits.” It was quite the relief to learn this, and Natilee can now stop paying attention to the cat’s breathing patterns. Now, we just need to inform anyone and everyone else who walks in that store. Tomorrow…

Anyway, we spend our entire Saturday night online, looking at homeless cats in the Seattle area. Believe it or not, there are at least 484 of them at this point. And it won’t be long before the first one moves into Natilee’s tiny one bedroom apartment.

We ran across a great organization that rescues cats,dogs, rabits and ferrets just as they are about to be euthanized by the local animal shelters. The name of the organization is “Rescue every Dog” and you can find their web site at

I also made Wienerschnitzel for dinner.


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