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Chocolatte and Chocolate – or Chunks and Chips

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Our Siamese cat Chocolatte – who is a Chunk – hanging out in our Japanese maple pot

I’ve been obsessing about our cats this week; Andy – in Andy’s Corner – is thinking about flies.

Two years ago we adopted a tiny kitten, whom we named “Chocolatte” – but we shorten to  “Choco.” We thought that our name was SO clever: a Chocolate Point Siamese named Chocolatte.  Think about it: creamy latte-colored body and chocolate coffee-colored points.  But then he matured  – and became a Seal Point with almost black, not chocolate, markings.  Oh well.

There’s something about Siamese.  You either really love ’em or you really hate ’em.  Yes, they’re often arrogant and difficult and demanding – more so than the average Joe Schmoe cat.  Nonetheless, we fall into the the really love ’em category.  While we’ve talked (incessantly?) about our Aussie(s), we haven’t said much about our history of Siamese, starting out with Zero, whom we have affectionately dubbed “The Prince of Cats.”  We acquired Zero at the pound in Baton Rouge, having left Raggedy to live with my Aunt Helen after our move from Fort Collins to Baton Rouge.  When our precocious little daughter asked how old the kitten was, we responded “not even one yet.”  And she said, “So he’s zero!”

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Zero – the Prince of Cats – and the Princess

After Zero came Jake.  An aside: Jake’s companion was our dog Elwood.  Catch the blues music/movie-related cleverness?

Jake turned out to be a Himalayan, filled with Persian moodiness and lacking the Siamese quirkiness; he didn’t love us any more than we loved him.  But when we sold our home in Baton Rouge to move to California, the new homeowners kept him and loved him – so much that after he passed away his ashes rested on their fireplace mantle.

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Jake – of Jake & Elwood fame

Then there was Trace, a purebred (maybe) Blue Point.  Not too bright but incredibly lovable.  Trace, the name, came from the bit of white he had on his back feet.  That – and the fact that we had a bit of a name-theme going for our cats.  We’d had Zero, then a non-Siamese named Minus, and finally Trace.  We over-emote about pet names.

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Trace – with one of our Aussies and one of our grandsons

The super-nice Humane Society of Sonoma County – in Santa Rosa – was where we found our next Siamese, Ono Moore.  They had dubbed her “Feisty,” which should have alerted us to some personality shortcomings.  We still have her; she’s feisty and fussy, a little unstable and a little mean; we adore her.  Plus, she’s drop-dead gorgeous – with her tabby points.

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Ono’s only true love is Oakley, the Aussie

Which brings us back to chocolate – and Chocolatte, whose feral Siamese father lived near the fire station in Boyes Hot Springs, just a few miles down the road from us.  Choco and his tabby mother ended up at Pets Lifeline in Sonoma and we ended up with him. 🙂

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Chocolatte – as a kitten and before we knew he was a Seal Point – in another Japanese maple pot

That’s the Chocolatte story.  Even if you’re not fond of Siamese, chances are good that you’re fond of chocolate.  And maybe REALLY fond of chocolate chunk or chip cookies.  After a heated family/friends discussion as to which was THE best amongst these three favorites, we decided to offer up all three recipes without ranking but with our personal picks.  And, don’t forget that our Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cake and the World Peace Cookies also make delicious use of chocolate chips. Continue reading

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