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dexter’s mice

This is a brief ode to Dexter’s stuffed mice.

Ever since he was a wee little kitty, he’s loved these mice with all his little cat-heart.

There’s jimmy:

Dexter used to drown Jimmy in his water bowl and once, I contemplated sewing up his back.

But then I remembered I can’t sew. So I gave him a treat instead.

Next is Leonard:

Who resembles a catfish.

And finally, Edmund, the most special of all.

You see, last week I couldn’t find my favorite t-shirt so I was digging around in Adam’s suitcase, which was naturally still packed from over Christmas.

I didn’t find my t-shirt. But I did find Edmund!

Dexter was very happy to have him back and played non-stop until he passed out in a black furry heap with Jimmy, Leonard and Edmund by his side.

For the life of me though, I still can’t figure out how Edmund got into Adam’s suitcase to begin with.

The End.

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    Evan Thomas
    January 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Those toys are so cute. And much better than real mice. I wouldn’t have known what to do if my dog ever came towards me having taken care of a real mouse.

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

    hahaha those mice are adorable! what a great toy for a cat.

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Your cat is so sweet!

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    Sara Ann
    January 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I think our cats are long lost brothers. I have an all black cat named Jerry. Jerry can’t live with his four little mousy friends. He plays for hours ping-ponging his playmates about the house – drowning in the sink, instead of his water – and then falls over with all four mice by his side.
    When I look at him sleeping with his mice, I can’t help but scoop him up and kiss him on the nose. I don’t think he likes that part much.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Those are the cutest mice ever! Dexter is a very lucky kitty ๐Ÿ™‚

    Edmund almost looks like he’s doing a downward dog, the best dog a mouse could do, so to speak ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ellen
    January 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I love the name Leonard!

    I am also now singing 3 blind mice.

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    jen @ taste life
    January 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Cats! They will put anything anywhere, I swear. The mice are super cute. My cats like playing with real mice, bats, and those little plastic balls with the jingly bells inside. Also tin foil balls. And balls made of paper.

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    Lori @ According to Gus
    January 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Love this post…you can tell Dexter loves his mice by the loose strings. That’s always the sign of a beloved toy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses
    January 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Cute! I bought little mice for Mona but she won’t play with them. Instead she chases plastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    January 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    This is too cute! My cat Frank refuses to play with mice. Unless they are real and he has escaped off his leash and hunted them down. Then he drags them proudly around for a while … but he goes nuts for that laser pointer!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    January 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    It’s so funny what toys cats fall in love with. My sisters cat is totally OBSESSED with an ear plug. She runs like wild whenever she finds it. Beats all her fancy toys any day…

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    Amber's Notebook
    January 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

    LOL! Pennie Lane will never play with things like that. I wish she would, because instead she plays with my toys! You know jewelry, ribbons, aything she can get her paws on!

    PS-I am hoping to get tickets to the mac & cheese off at noon!

    Amber’s Notebook

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      Amber's Notebook
      January 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      DUDE! The event sold ut in like a nanosecond. Casey is going to be so disappointed! Too bad =(

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    Mom
    January 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

    LOL ~ Mikey misses his brother Dexter!

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    Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    January 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Is it just me or does Jimmy look like he’s been around the block a couple times ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Laura
    January 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    LOL Jenna I love this. I am cracking up at work. Dexter makes me miss my baby kitty ๐Ÿ™

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    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, I love that you name the mice. Serena’s mice are simply known as Mouse or Mousey… as in “Get your Mousey” or “Oh, what a sweet Mouse you have there.”

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    Rika
    January 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    How precious! and aww look at how big and innocent looking Dexter’s eyes are!!

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    Tammy @ Palm Trees and Manatees
    January 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    LOL, aw man, that’s one cute little story.

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    Camille
    January 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    My little Harley loves her mice too. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to save a mouse from the water bowl. She has recently taken to throwing them up in the air and then trying to catch them before they hit the ground again. She is really special.

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    Ellen
    January 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Too cute. My cat Nubbin is obsessed with his mice too although they only last for about month before they are totally “loved” to pieces. I used to give them all different names, but now they are all just Richard. Various Richards (i.e. Richard Featherbottom, Tiny Richard, Downtown Richard brown) all based on how they look. Apparently this post is making my inner crazy cat lady come out, because I read often (and make many of the recipes), but I’m not a commenter until it comes to cat posts!

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    Kelly
    January 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Haha. I love the names! We have four mice in our collection, and only one has a name: Monsieur Pierre. He is currently hanging from the cat’s scratching post. Tough life.

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    Jess
    January 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Adam shouldn’t feel bad about his suitcase, after all we still have our christmas tree up! shhhhhh:)

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    Kim @ girlevolving
    January 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Our cat has a string she loves to play with. It’s always somewhere different – the kitchen, the stairs, the hall, the living room… it makes its rounds without our help!

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    heidi @ runaroundaroo
    January 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I think Dexter was trying to tell you he wanted to come along with you over Christmas…he couldn’t pack himself so he packed Edmund instead!

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    Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    This is hilarious. My cat, Jasper, has one too, except his name is just “Mousey”. He also used to drowned him in his water dish! I used to tell him that if he kept doing that, he can’t play with Mousey until he dries, yet he still did it. Finally he learned… I think. He also plays for ridiculous amounts of time with his Mousey and brings it to me to throw it for him. Gotta love cats! Maybe ours are related??

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    Dani @ Body By Nature
    January 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    A few weeks ago I came home to find what looked like my cat’s mouse toy on the floor. Thinking nothing of it I left it there for an hour while I caught up on blogs, homework etc. Upon closer inspection I realized it wasn’t a toy but my cat had caught a mouse in my apartment. Guess who had to clean it up!!

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    Tara
    January 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    What is it with cats and drowning mice in the water bowl? My little one has lost several mice that way and has twice drowned my bluetooth headsets. The only toy that she won’t drown is Squirrel. She adores Squirrel.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Clearly, Adam wanted Edmund all for himself. lol

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    Paige @ Moxie & Marmalade
    January 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Ahahaha! SO cute! My cats have their favorite toy mice, as well. I love that you named them all ๐Ÿ™‚

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    emily hall
    January 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Those mice remind me of “Dinner with the Schmucks”. Have you seen that movie? Very funny!

    PS: I tagged you in a Stylish Blogger Award on my page! congrats

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    Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    January 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Precious! Seriously love this.

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    January 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Best mice names EVER.

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    Heather
    January 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Our cat has the exact same mouse as the one named Leonard. It must be his twin. Our cat loves it and has carried it around the house for years!

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    Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe Dexter wanted Adam to have something to play with? Or maybe Adam has a thing for cat toys that you don’t know about lol.

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    January 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    adorable! my cat, sheba, is obsessed with these fuzzy balls with feathers. we call them her ‘dead animals’ because she kills them. quite literally. and thinks they’re alive….its hilarious! cats are so fun. i’m glad you think so too!

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    Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Cute mice, my kitty would love them. He’s also obsessed with little catnip puff balls he can shoot all over our house.

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Awww – he wanted you to take a present with you! Adorable.

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    Marie
    January 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Ah this is too cute! My kitty loves occasionally killing her mouse and her squirrel, but her favorite toys are a rope with a shoelace tied to it, balls of foil, or other trash. Gotta love cats! Dexter is such a cutie.

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    Katie @ peacebeme
    January 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl)
    January 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Bahaha that is hilarious.. maybe Adam was afraid he’d miss Dexter.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    stacey-healthylife
    January 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Those are super cute cat toys. I love how they are named. Sounds like something I would do.

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    Krista
    January 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Cute mice! Thanks for sharing your White Chicken Chili recipe last week! Made it for my boyfriend tonight and both of us loved it. Easy to make and TASTY!! Served with warm breadsticks. It was wonderful!

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      jenna
      January 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      yay! Glad y’all liked it. It’s my favorite!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Dexter sure does love his buddies. ๐Ÿ™‚ My cat never plays with her mouse- she’s more of a “shiny, jingly” toy type gal. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal
    January 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    As someone who chronically names inadment objects, I love that Dexter’s toys have names. Thanks for a smile and a chuckle on a rainy Thursday night.

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    Maria
    January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Aww, Dexter!

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    lisa
    January 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    awwww…your ode makes me want a cat of my own. I had two kittens in college, and when I briefly moved home after graduating, I left them at my parents. That was almost 8 years ago and now as much as my mom will try to tell you she wants me to take them back, I KNOW she would never let them leave her house!

    You are so creative BTW!!!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 21, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Haha…the mice have fabulous names, if I say so myself. Love it.

    Dexter is such a cutie. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Ingrid
    January 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    oh dexter. i want a cat. if i brought home a kitty, my husband would kill me. with a 4 month old weimaraner puppy and being in the middle of potty training our 2 year old, he would KILL me. but i love me some kitty cat. loved this post :o)

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    Catherine
    January 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    your cat us absolutely adorable!!!! I love the little mice. I had a little black kitty that I had to put down last Feb that was 20 and she loved those catnip cigars. Have you tried one of those? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristen
    January 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    That’s cute. I have a cat and he doesn’t hide his mice in random places but I have a dog who does. He is always hiding treats. He likes putting bones in laundry baskets and one time I found one in my shoe.

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    Stephanie
    January 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My kitty loves her mice too. Oddly, two of them have come back from I don’t where. I haven’t seen them in months and now all of the sudden they are back from wherever they were hiding. Glad she found them and I don’t have to buy more. Although, she’s very into playing with the cap from my bottle of shaving cream – cheapest toy ever!

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