Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's Not a Banana Slug, but . . .

It looks like my dad is going to settle down in the Santa Cruz Mountains just outside the city of Santa Cruz, California. Mom plans to go out to visit him again in late October.

As Grr, Midnight, and Cocoa pointed out to us recently, the University of California at Santa Cruz has the most unusual of school mascots: the banana slug.

Here I have one of our common Virginia slugs out on my deck. Mom cruelly poured salt on him and he shriveled up. It was fascinating to watch. When Mom was a girl, her first cat Tony loved to eat bugs including slugs. Unfortunately, it would get his chin and neck all slimy, and Mom would have to help clean him up. I don't care to eat slugs.

Here's to you, Dad!

Your son,


P.S. Our hearts go out to our cat friends as we end a very sad week in the Cat Blogosphere. For a little cheer, visit the adorable kittens staying with Grr, Midnight, and Cocoa.



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At Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:40:00 PM, Blogger Henry Helton said...

I am glad to hear that mom is gonna go to see dad in October, even though that seems so far away. Santa Cruz is nice, I bet. I wonder if you'll ever get to go and visit, too!

At Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

Eat a slug? Ewwww.

At Friday, August 31, 2007 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Banananana Slugs are GINORMOUS!!!! They are big enuf for three brekfists and three dinners... but the slime: YUKKKK!!!!

At Friday, August 31, 2007 12:37:00 AM, Blogger Samantha & Tigger said...

Yucky!!! Banana Slugs look too slimy for my taste!!
Your FL furiends,

At Friday, August 31, 2007 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Aww Jake, that's so sweet! I'm sure your dad misses you a lot. Sounds like a lovely place to live! Well...except for the slugs...


At Friday, August 31, 2007 11:26:00 AM, Anonymous Gemini said...

There a banana slugs close to us too, in the Olympic Mountains by Lake Quinault. Momma loves it there but she says the banana slugs would startle even Pixie, who likes bananas!

At Friday, August 31, 2007 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Boy said...

Swugs! Eeeugh!!!
I don't wike swimy things!

At Friday, August 31, 2007 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

Santa Cruz is a very beautiful spot.

Pixie wants to eat some bananer slugs, but I told her they are something different than regular bananers.

At Friday, August 31, 2007 12:38:00 PM, Blogger The Furry Kids said...

We have never seen a slug before. It looks interesting. Pop over to our bloggie if you get a minute and check out what Tazo catched for Mom.

Earl Grey

At Friday, August 31, 2007 2:53:00 PM, Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

ooh - your dad's in a very nice place! dunno why those people wanna have a slimy banana slug as their mascot though. guess that's a deranged college kid idea of "cool". we think they're pretty yucky. our Lady salts 'em too.

the kittens say "mew mew mew". it either means "thank you" or "feed me" - we're not sure which yet.

At Friday, August 31, 2007 3:59:00 PM, Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Banana slug mascot? That's very ummmm slimy. hehe We have the normal Virginia kind here too. They're not even any fun to play with.
your bud Pepi

At Friday, August 31, 2007 6:08:00 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

Yuk we don't like slugs. We haf nefurr seen a banana slug but we don't fink we would like it.The pikchurs of Santa Cruz look lovely.

At Friday, August 31, 2007 7:16:00 PM, Blogger Skeeter & LC said...

We have found a few slugs in our yard. We weren't sure if they were little lizzards or buggies but we tried eating them. They dont taste good AT ALL!

We sometimes whap them off the "hostas" cause The Big Thing doesn't like them there, but we are careful to wash our paws off in the pond afterwards. Those slugs are horrible. And icky!

Skeeter and LC

At Friday, August 31, 2007 8:13:00 PM, Blogger Lux said...

Mom thinks that slug is disgusting, but I think it looks rather ... intriguing!

At Saturday, September 01, 2007 7:44:00 PM, Blogger Jeter and Mickey said...

deer jake,
i wuz jus catchin up wid mi reedin an saw yer meme anserz an i wuz laffin an laffin!
now i havta go study abowt da banana slug.
i'm sure it will be intrestin reedin fer me.

At Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:43:00 PM, Blogger michico 小芥 said...

Santa Cruz is a very beautiful place, I hope your mommy and daddy will meet soon.

At Saturday, September 01, 2007 11:44:00 PM, Blogger Lux said...

Thank you, Jake & Bathsheba! When I started blogging, it seemed like you two had been around forever; I didn't realize you'd just started, too!

At Sunday, September 02, 2007 9:48:00 PM, Blogger DaisyMae Maus said...

Banana slugs are yucky. I don't understand why a party school like UC Santa Cruz would choose an animal like the b-slug to be their mascot. They should be the UC Santa Cruz domestic house cats ... That'd be better.

Mom used to put salt on slugs when she'd go to Grays Harbor, Washington to visit her grandma and grandpa. She'd get paid by the slug ... Eeewww.

Smooches to you, Jake!


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