Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Flash From the Past


I know that lots of my readers never knew me when I first started my blog. So I asked Mom L to help me find one of my post in my first year of blogging that we could share with you now. If you have time, let me know in comments what you think of the “me” from the past. This was posted April, 2012.

RE-POSTED FROM: April 3, 2012

Sooorrryyyy…I have failed as blogger…..

Okay,Okay,Okay…we have had some computer problems for last few days…Mom L has not had time to “channel” my thoughts as much as I like….buuuuttttt…


YES!!!  JUST FOR ME!   shhhhhh…Dad doesn’t know!!!

Now, just a little post tonight to remind you to read my sidebar menus…but before I post that…seriously…this is how I get so many head rubs from Dad P…)…I present my chin…

 Then…I let him brush my head…ummmmmm….ahhhhh…

Now…I….OH MY GOSH….I NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD PUT THESE PICTURES ON MY BLOG…..Humiliating… EB condition is showing! Seriously, I don’t like others knowing I have EB, it’s not every cat’s challenge I know, but I am one of those who has this serious feline condition. Not life threatening, mind you, but it can show up and cause a cat like me to become very embarrassed.


OOOKKKAAYYY….I like t’have my butt brushed….FINE!!! So tell the world!!!! FINE!!!

That’s it for now…on to what’s most important….HOW a CAT MUST BE AD-DRESSED!

Okay,Okay…I know Mr. T.S. Eliot wrote this really cool poem called “The Ad-dressing of Cats”

BUT…I just wanna talk about how Dad P and Mom L work really hard to AD-Dress ME ‘cuz I am in recovery…

I scare pretty fast, am afraid of my own shadow, and whine and whimper inside if I think someone is trying to get too close to me. I am scared they might swat me, chase me or somethin’ like that.

NOT my DAD P and MOM L…NEVER…but it makes it hard for them to know how to AD_DRESS ME ‘cuz I have ups and downs.

So….here’s how they do it…I think it’s pretty cool myself…

First…they bow from the waist, no really! They do that!!  Cool beans, huh?!  Anyways, they bow from the waist so’s their faces are more level with me…then they offer their fingers for me to sniff.  Com’on…really THEY DO!  So, I inspect their fingers and if they don’t have anything yucky smelling on ’em, then I kind’a have this really cute little move…

I sort’a lean towards them with my chin lifted, turning my head away, but this way I make my chin available for a stroke or rub or two, etc.  Got it!  And that’s how I roll…NEVER FAILS…they always do it that way…

Check out Mr. Eliot’s poem from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats:

Read On…


You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
to understand their character.

You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whome we find
Possessed of various types of mind.

For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse –
But all may be described in verse.
You’ve seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,

Their habits and their habitat:


How would you ad-dress a Cat?

So first, your memory I’ll jog,

And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.

Now Dogs pretend they like to fight;
They often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a Dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul.

Of course I’m not including Pekes,
And such fantastic canine freaks.
The usual Dog about the Town
Is much inclined to play the clown,
And far from showing too much pride
Is frequently undignified.

He’s very easily taken in –
Just chuck him underneath the chin
Or slap his back or shake his paw,
And he will gambol and guffaw.
He’s such an easy-going lout,
He’ll answer any hail or shout.

Again I must remind you that

A Dog’s a Dog – A CAT’S A CAT.

With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
Don’t speak till you are spoken to.
Myself, I do not hold with that –
I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
But always keep in mind that he Resents familiarity.

I bow, and taking off my hat,
Ad-dress him in this form: O CAT!
But if he is the Cat next door,
Whom I have often met before
(He comes to see me in my flat)
I greet him with an OOPSA CAT!

 I’ve heard them call him James Buz-James –
But we’ve not got so far as names.
Before a Cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream;

And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste –
He’s sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he’s finished, licks his paws
So’s not to waste the onion sauce.)

A Cat’s entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.

So this is this, and that is that:

And there’s how you AD-DRESS A CAT

Closing: February 27, 2017

Let me know if you think I sound different almost five years ago from how I sound today. I like to think I have been evolving more and more and showing my REAL SELF.




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14 thoughts on “Flash From the Past

  1. Awww.. That was a super nice blast from the past, for sure. PURRS.

  2. May I greet you by name, Savannah, that which we know you have grown into and glow. We really love your old timey post and your today posts too. You have grown into being much more… You! How else can I meow it.

  3. Savannah, we think past and present you are both fantastic. We’d say you’ve come along way in so many ways, and y0u are purrfect just the way you are! Also, I somehow had never before read that fantastic poem by T.S. Eliot, so thank you for sharing!

  4. Savvy, you surely have come a very long way! I remember you way back when!! Purrs to you xxx

  5. I think we all evolve, Savannah – I’m sure I sound different now than when I did when I first came to live here. And Sparkle changed a lot over the years.

  6. You have come such a long way Savvy but you were always one smart cookie.

  7. Aw, we love your elevator butt, Savvy.

  8. That EB is the most glorious EB I’ve EVER seen, Savvy! You have nothing to be ashamed of … you love your Dad and that is that!

  9. Oh the progress you’ve made sweet girl, we remember that well.

  10. 15andmeowing on said:

    I love that elevator butt. Great post.:)

  11. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    Lily & Edward

  12. MOL! Your EB condition was definitely showing in those photos!

  13. savvy…photo two iz awesum !! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  14. You are right, a cat is a cat, and how dare you think we act like dogs. No way.

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