Our Little Superstar

Well, Mr. Jackson has quite the big head these days.  He's featured on fellow blogger Shannon's blog, Cozy Home Scenes, today and thinks he's quite the big deal.  Check it out if you get a chance.  She has a beautiful blog full of pets {and pet treat recipes}, design, crafts and gluten-free recipes {for people}.

To those of you visiting from Shannon's blog - welcome!  We hope you enjoy your stay and come back soon.

P.S.  Jackson thought it might be best to prepare a nice headshot, just in case Hollywood calls next.  What do you think?

Happy Friday!!

Here's all about Jack.


First, I'll start with the basics.  I'm allergic to cats,dogs, and the mold found in chicken litter.  I have cats, dogs and chickens.  Surprising?  Not if you know me.  I've grown up with animals, love animals and hope I will be able to surround myself with animals for the years to come.

Caitlin {our princess kitty} had been an "only child" after the death of our beloved cat Zach.  My husband {Jay} and I felt so sorry for her that we decided it would be a grand idea to adopt a French Bulldog for her to hang out with.  Well, we came home with two.  Brothers.  Cait was so upset and disappointed that she began refusing to leave our bedroom.  She was suddenly withdrawn and not at all herself.  A year later she still hadn't pulled herself completely out of her funk so Jay and I had another brilliant idea.  Adopt another cat.  Surely this is all she needs.  A cat companion so she's not outnumbered with dogs.  Surprisingly {shocked actually}, we seemed to be right, although not initially.

Our local vet had homeless kittens they were adopting out.  My husband had seen them when we stopped by for the grand re-opening and was still talking about them 2 weeks later.  I decided to stop by and just "look" at them.  Jackson came home with me that evening.

Jack {i.e. Jackie, Chunky Monkey, Big Boy, The Boss} was full of personality from the beginning.  He strolled through the house, was checked out by his two French Bulldog "brothers" and his sister and decided he should be in charge.  He's been the boss ever since.

Jack assumes he's a French Bulldog-Maine Coone Mix-Cat.  Please don't tell him he's not a dog.  This would break his heart.  When I go to take his brothers for a walk outside, Jack joins me in latching their leashes.  When they get "good boy" dog cookies, Jack gets a cookie to.  If the cookies come from the cat bag he says "no thank you".  They must come from the dog cookie jar because...well, he's a dog.  {wink-wink}

Jack is a man of many talents.  I'd like to share a few of them with you:
  • Jack steals money.  Not coins, dollar bills.  For about a week I blamed my husband for taking my coffee money off the counter.  One morning I strolled in the kitchen to see Jack with $7.00 in his mouth, making his getaway for his secret stash behind the pellet stove.  We've discovered 3 secret stashes:  behind the pellet stove, under my husband's chair in the living room, and in one of my shoes in the closet.  I'm thinking of renting him out to anyone who's having a dinner party.  One day my sister-in-law and brother-in-law were visiting.  My brother-in-law heard a noise from the kitchen.  Jack had dug through my sister-in-laws handbag, moved other papers aside and found her money.  He was halfway across the kitchen floor with it when I busted him.
  • Jack is a great supervisor.  Although he's very clumsy, he feels it is his duty to supervise most things within the household.  When I feed Oliver and Emerson, Jack races from wherever he is in the house, jumps onto the dining room table {sometimes doesn't make it the first time - mostly because he's too lazy to} and supervises my dishing out of the hard dog food.  He also appreciates the opportunity to smell and taste it each time.  Want to take a shower?  Guess who will be sitting on the side of the tub?  Brush your teeth?  Guess who will be in the bathroom sink.  Make the bed?  Guess who needs to lay and roll on each clean layer?
  • Jack is a pig pen.  Many days he smells of the cat litter because he likes to play in there, so Jack also gets bathed every week to 2 weeks.  When he uses the litter box litter comes flying out the door {we changed to the covered box}.  When he leaves it there's a litter trail where he's been.  When Cait uses it there is no trace of litter outside the box.
  • Jack is clumsy.  Most cats land on their feet if they fall.  Not Jack.  He lands on what ever body part falls first.  His head, his back, his stomach, his behind......usually not his feet.
  • Jack loves food.  He gets a bit panicked when the last of the food in the storage container is dumped into his dish.  He insists on looking inside the empty container.  When I empty a new bag in the container he supervises me and happily rubs his body against my legs and then does "victory laps" around the dining room table {victory laps are also run if he is successful at getting either of the dogs yelled at or gets yelled at for hitting or biting his sister}.
  • Jack is a hunter.  He can hear a bug from a dead sleep.  He's even caught a mouse or two and then showed us where they were coming from.  I kid you not!  Jay found a dead baby mouse in my shoe in our closet {nice he was giving me the gift} and asked Jack "where did you get this?"  Jack went and sat on his stool in the closet and looked down at the ground to this tiny hole.  Jay put steel wool in the hole and we've had no mice since.  Did I tell you he was talented?

There's certainly more, however, this post was longer than I intended.  Needless to say we are thrilled to have him in our lives and are entertained by him and his crazy antics more often than not.

If you'd like to read more about Jackson's crazy antics, you can check out his section of the Cobble Hill Farm blog {here}.


Meg said...

Well that's just awesome! How exciting for me - now I can say "I used to know him before he was famous." ;)

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

It's easy to see why Jackson has such a big head. He's quite the looker, so that's why people like him so much! Thanks for sharing your wonderful post with us at Cozy Home Scenes today. Have a great weekend!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Staci: I really enjoyed reading about Jackson on Shannon's Paws and Claws (She sent me over by the way, but I would have come myself anyway). What a character he is. I can just see him supervising everything. Shannon did a wonderful post on our Buddy too. I think we both better be prepared for their stairways to stardom..Happy Weekend..Judy

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

I think Jackson has that certain, "je ne sais quois!" He's a superstar!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Meg - you are correct! He promises not to forget those who knew him when..... :)
Thanks Shannon. Judy - welcome! I'm happy you came to visit. Mary - I'll share that with Jack. I'm sure he'll agree! :)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi nice to meet you! I so enjoyed reading about Jackson! He sounds like quite a cat and fun too! Have a great weekend!


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

May I have Mr. Jackson's autograph please!

Diane said...

Wish I could meet Jackson in person. He reminds me of our silver tabby, Silver. Always getting in to trouble but such a love bug.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Pink Roses and Teacups - happy you found us! Alone Again - Jack says you'll have to wait in line as he's got quite demand right now. :-) Diane, you are correct that he is definitely always in trouble but full of love.

~mich said...

Oh my goodness what a handsome boy! Love a cat with personality! Following you on Facebook & love your blog.
I have cats, dogs & chickens too. Although I am in the middle of the city. Can't keep a pet person down!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

We're so happy you found us Mich! You're so right about not keeping a pet person down. :)