this is F-Man aka Feather aka Patience (his actual name) aka The Dude.
he isn't my cat, but he's been featured on my blog more than once and he shows up in my Instagram feed quite often.
he visits me almost daily, and for a little while even lived with me (before I knew he was owned by my neighbour).
yup, F-Man is my neighbour's cat. but he pretty much lives in my backyard (good hunting opportunities lay there, however I do not allow killing of my garden's critters - and the dude wears a bell to help hinder that activity).
I love the dude. As soon as I step outside, I can hear his little bell when he runs out from under a shrub or hops up on the fence to dash over to me. He always - ALWAYS - does his little happy-rolling-on-the-ground dance as a way to say hello.
I have wild catnip here and there in my yard, specifically for the dude to partake in.
He's my buddy.
above: a Polaroid I took of the dude lounging in my red wheelbarrow. he does that a lot. :)
If it were possible, I'd adopt this cat to be mine always. I've known him for 8+ years. He's the same age as my Strongpaw - oh, and Strongpaw HATES the dude. Spitting mad hate. And my dog Grace is super jealous of this interloper of my affection. Even though she's known him her entire life and was her first furry friend. Funny fur babies. Henry Bear cat doesn't know F-Man very well, but I think they could be friends.
So, today's Caturday is all about the dude.
"the dude abides" works well for the cat as well as the character from The Big Lebowski