Parfums MDCI Un Coeur en Mai

 Parfums MDCI Un Coeur en Mai


Okay, give it a minute for the page to load, LOTS of pictures!

You knew this day was coming – it’s Patty’s Pets Day!!! Well, I will have a couple of review and a draw as well.  Hey, I won’t inflict pain without giving back.  Ready?    Oh, come on, you know you want to!


That’s Buddy, my almost 5-year-old lab, who thinks the camera steals his soul.  Even at the distance I took this picture, he is jittery, but he’s in his chair, what could go wrong?  Lynus, the baby kitten, right out of the picture, who rolls through and ousts Buddy out of his chair about 30 seconds later. I’ve never seen a 3-pound cat so able to terrify and unseat a 70-pound dog from his very own comfy chair.  Yes, my furry friends are spoiled beyond belief.

Boo, my big, black cat, refused to participate in pictures this time and for the previous 9 years of his existence.  He does exist and sleeps right next to my nose every night. He waits until I go to sleep to take that position, which leaves me waking up about 10 times in the night either peeling Lynus off my head or moving Boo from my breathing airways so I don’t suffocate.

This is Rex the Magnificent, formerly Tyrannosaurus Rex Kitty as he was single-handedly wrecking my house when he was a kitten.  He is my perfect and beautiful Toyger, and if you ever put even one finger on his fur, you would know why he is magnificent. There is nothing in the world that I have felt as soft as Rex, and that includes my uber-soft blankets that everyone that comes into my house fawns over.  His personality is what makes him one of the coolest cats I have ever known.  Indifferent, affectionate, maddening. I, of course, adore him.

Lynus and Vinnie, inseparable. Lynus won’t get in pictures by himself, unless it was the pictures he let me take when he was an ornament on the Christmas tree (in my Facebook pictures).  This is the most hardcore cat I’ve ever run across.  All animals back down to Lynus, and he’s only about five months old.  He’s my youngest son’s cat, who I “temporarily” am keeping as they all decided they really shouldn’t have a cat in the dorms.  Wherever there is trouble in this house, Lynus is nearby.  I don’t know how Lynus can ever leave now – he’s wormed his way deeply into my heart and Rex’s and Vinnie’s so completely, he can’t ever leave.  Boo and Buddy would happily pack his cat toys and escort him to the door today, however.

Vinnnniiiieeee Barbarino!!!!!!!!!  Look at that chest and those wrinkles.  His breeder wants to evaluate him as a show dog when he’s six months – he was pick of a really great litter. And while I’m laughing about becoming one of those Best in Show people ( she needs the Busy BEEEE!!!!!) , he is a natural ham, outgoing, social, and outrageously funny.  I know now why people fall in love with English Bulldogs.

Now, nobody get offended at the caption. When Vinnie comes in from outside, he muscles around the house, looking for his kittehs and just gets all discombobulated and grumped if they’re napping and nowhere to be found.

Vinnie also kisses. When you pick him up, he hugs you with his paws and kisses you by putting his flat little mouth and nose right on yours.  There’s nothing quite like a grunting, groaning bulldog wriggling around in your arms.

That’s the Perfume Posse Pet Parade for this Tuesday.  Perfume? Oh, yeah!  Let’s talk about and do a give-away on two more of the new MDCIs.

Parfums MDCI Un Coeur en Mai  has top notes of fine orange essence, pineapple, galbanum; heart notes are ylang ylang , tuberose, orange blossom absolute, incense; base notes are ambergris, vanilla and musc.  This one takes a while to develop, so be patient with it.  It’s very much all orangey on the open, but the ambergris and musc show up pretty quickly, along with the incense notes, to heave it into a much more interesting direction than breakfast fruit.  I’m not sure any description I can write will do justice to this.  It is soft and heady and has a luminous quality that seems to just make it glow. When I first smelled this in Paris, and I admit to not having put it on since, my attention was distracted so completely by Peche Cardinal and Riche Orient that I didn’t quite get a focus on this.  Rectifying that today, I am completely enchanted – it is gorgeous, understated, and it wraps around your nose and brain slowly,  and it’s a scent I could easily sink into regularly.

But let’s let a couple of you find out for yourself. Drop a comment in, and I’ll give away  a couple of sets of samples of these two – Parfums MDCI Un Coeur en Mai.

Winner of the Liz Zorn sample set of Grand Canyon, Underworld and Tobacco & Tulle is:  JAntoinette.  Just click on the Contact Us Button on the left, make sure to remind me what it is you’ve won so I get you the right thing!

Thanks to everyone for playing.  Now,  back to pets.  How many pets do you have?  Dogs/cats/gerbils/birds/snakes?  How many are too many?  I’m pretty sure at 3 cats and 2 dogs, I’ve hit capacity just to juggle animals until the babies are more grown, but for some reason, the more I have, the less work it seems (except cleaning the catbox and buying cat and dog food), they all just seem to amuse each other more and provide me with hours of entertainment.

  • LindaB says:

    THANK YOU!!! Those pictures and your prose have finally put a smile on my face after one of the longest, most difficult weeks of my life!

    We have 3 cats (2 boy brothers and 1 former stray girl) and I would gladly keep piling them in, but the two boys will most certainly freak the F#@* out!! Every Spring though we have some them wander into the yard and we gladly feed them and try to entice them in.

    Thank you again for the great post and I would be much appreciative if you would enter me in the draw.

  • Aparatchick says:

    Awwww…. LOVE those pictures. =d>

    I grew up in one of those families that always had animals: cats, dogs, fish, gerbils, turtles, guinea pigs, hamsters – loved ’em all. I have two cats now: Moose and Squirrel. Mr. Aparatchick worships Squirrel, who is a great big fat tuxedo cat with major attitude. Moose on the other hand, well the vet says he’s a dog in cat’s fur.

  • Lavanya says:

    You have adorable pets! I don’t have any pets but would love a dog..someday..

    Please include me in the draw- both the MDCIs sound lovely! Thanks!

  • Lucy says:

    Love your cats and dogs!!! Thanks for the post.

  • Lys says:

    What a lovely family of pets you’ve got there! I have myself been living without animals for years now, but I’m planning on getting a cat soon 🙂 Please enter me in the draw also 🙂

  • Janet in California says:

    Cute, cute, cute. Is their anything more adorable than puppies and kittens playing together? I have a 6 year old yellow lab named Wally who refuses to take a good picture. It must be a lab thing. I also have a 7 year old Chihuahua named Che. He started out as my daughter’s dog and I never imagined I would love a little dog. I alos have a cat named Gibson AKA Mel. he is the bully of the neighborhood and then comes home and curls-up with the dogs.

    The draw sounds nice too!

  • meg says:

    I’m a one and one household; one 80 lb boxer-shepard, one 14 lb grey cat. They both sleep with me and they both snore!

    And please enter me in th draw. I love the current MDCI’s and really want to try these!

  • ChantillyLace says:

    Your fur babies are so cute! I have a Pug named Lilly and a Cat named Prince Baby Bearclaw of the Putty tat tats, We call him bear:) I would love to be in the draw. Thanks

  • Wendi says:

    Your puppies are so amazingly adorable! I looove dogs; I have a 3 year old Beagle named Charlie and a 6 year old dachshund named Hercules… and that is my limit, lol. :d Oh, count me in for the drawing.

  • elyse says:

    Your creatures look pretty awesome. I have 2 mini-doxies and they are such goofballs and the sweetest babies ever. of course, they are also evil…
    My poochies have healing powers, I swear, and their feet smell like cornbread when they sleep (I know there are a lot of weird things about that statement).
    People misjudge my babies a lot, because they are small and my boy dog was an abused stray, so he is still pretty shy. The idea of abusing a loved one, pet or human, absolutely blows my mind. Nothing makes me happier than a puppy, either, so thank Vinny for that. And I’m not a huge cat person but yours are pretty cute!

    • elyse says:

      I also wanted to announce that I’m one of those creepy people who will walk up to strange animals and talk to them in strange voices in public. Also, I enjoy singing to my dogs, as my boy sings along (cries and wags his tail) I can’t tell if he hates it or loves it but sometimes I just can’t resist.

  • rosarita says:

    Thanks for sharing your babies with us! They are all gorgeous. My husband and I adopted a Maine Coon cat (8yrs old; 20 lbs) from a friend whose allergies got too bad to deal w/him. He is very cuddly, playful, handsome and goofy. We’ve always been dog people, but LeRoy’s the perfect pet for us (only room in our tiny house for one, or I’d totally be getting a dog, too.) 🙂

  • Katherine5987 says:

    I lost my beloved pom, Miles Davis, recently. But Vinnie looks so loveable — I want to kiss him!

    I would love to be entered for the draw. GO Claude!

  • Mariekel says:

    I love Bully puppies! What a smooshy face!

    Please count me in for the raffle.

  • Pantera Lilly says:

    I must kiss Vinnie! He is so adorable, those wrinkles and that mug how do you stand it! I have a pug and I am forever squeezing and kissing her, I love those little faces. I also have a Shih-Tzu named Shin-Shin who is so odd in his behaviour, he cannot go from one room to the next without carrying one of his toys! And if he happens to be loving one toy one week he will not budge until he has it in his jaws! I also have a bird named Francis who is a small conure, she likes to hide in the dresser drawers, and a cat named Cookie, I also have a turtle named Shelly, but we haven’t seen her for a while, she is hibernating and will probably come out in spring time. That is my menagerie. I love animals, please also put me in the perfume raffle, I love the MDCI’s, can’t wait for Luckyscent to get them!

  • violetnoir says:

    Girl, I just ordered the MDCIs and a few more things at TPC, and I cannot wait to receive them, I am that stoked (and that’s not a word I use often)!!

    But, since I loves me some MDCI, please enter me in the drawing. Yes…I will horde these until they are officially released, at which point I will have a huge bill to pay. 😮

    I love pets, especially dogs and cats. At one point we had two cats, a Tonkinese named Opal Blue (I found her on the street on Mother’s Day 1989 when I was seven months pregnant), and a long-haired Siamese named Jasmine Cecilia, and my first baby, a shelter dog, Candy Marie. Those babies are now dearly departed from Mommy and Daddy, but we now have Miss Alpha Female miniature poodle, Lily Autumn. Because she is the only one, I admit that she is quite spoiled, extremely feisty, and loved very, very much.


  • Lora says:

    Oooh … your description makes these sound so lovely! Please enter me in the drawing!

    I have two cats, sisters from the same litter. We adopted them when we lived in California, and flew them with us (under the seats, not in cargo) when we moved back to Ohio. They were rather spoiled for their first several years, but adjusted nicely to sharing their owners with our two kids when they came along. They are very quirky, funny, and rather disdainful of us, but they really do enrich our lives!

  • Tara says:

    I also have a b/w tuxedo girl named Lila, and a champagne mink Tonkinese named Zoe. They tolerate the two papillon dogs, Dot and Rikki, who delight in chasing and growling at them. Who needs TV when pets provide so much entertainment? Please enter me in the drawing, I’m dying to smell those new MCDI’s.

  • NancyN says:

    Love your pets!

    We have 2 dogs and 1 cat. Mercedes is a standard poodle and as she is small for a standard, I’ve stolen March’s line that she is a substandard poodle. She sniffs me enthusiastically when I wear L’air du desert marocain. Suzuki is a toy poodle- somewhat spoiled. Goodwrench is the most magnificent cat in the universe, but he hasn’t let it go to his head.

    There are a lot of feral cats here that I have taken pictures of so while I’m learning about facebook I uploaded those pictures as a trial , so far so good. They are sort of like family too.

  • Liesl says:

    What a beautiful cat your Rex is!  I do love all animals, but cats have my heart :x  We have one cat, a good part Maine Coon, as it turns out, named Sally. We illicitly snuck her into our apartment [-x  and she was “discovered”  about four months after DH (that’s Dear Husband, right?) brought her home to me.  His parents live 15 minutes away, and they have pets, so they graciously let us keep her there until we could get out of our lease.  I sobbed the day we found out. =((  Our apartment manager, also being a cat person, upon finding out why we were moving, decided to let us keep our little Sal Pal, thus eliminating the need to move out of a place we otherwise eally like.  So I would like to get one more, but until we have our own place, that isn’t going to happen.  Can I go on?  I’m probably putting you to  |-). And everyone else is skipping my post because I’m :-@.
    I mentioned she’s part Maine Coon. She is very distinctive-looking, which prompted us to do some research. DH and I both grew up on farms with a mixed bag o’ rescues, and Sally looked nothing like any of them. She’s a tortoiseshell, and she’s got the most beautiful plume of a tail! She’s also very big (not full-blooded MC big, but enough so that that’s the first thing people comment on) with these short, little stumpy legs. She’s very clean, she fetches and retrieves, she eats my tofurkey and rice milk, and she loves us both equally. And tends to take up more than her fair share of the bed at night. :x:x:x:x:x
    My little Sal Pal.
    Anywho. Umm, thanks for asking! Please enter me into the contest as well!

  • Julie says:


    I have a soft spot in my heart for any critter with shoulders and eyelids. I loved your pics! I have 2 border collies (Tater and Panda), two hairless sphynx (Bare E. Potter and Whimsey) and a rose breasted cockatoo named Pigeon. I’d love to be entered in the draw!

  • Disteza says:

    Also currently heading up a one cat house, with the most intelligent tuxedo boy I’ve yet to meet. Having grown up with dogs, I figured if you can train a dog to understand commands, you can do the same to a cat, right? It turns out that he was amenable to be trained (after firmly establishing I was the boss, that is), and now understands commands and options! And the older he gets, the more snuggly he gets with me and the SO. He likes to talk, and is one of the best rescue animals I’ve ever taken on, having singel-handedly converted me to liking cats.

  • Erin T / Tigs says:

    Soooo cute. Although I miss Boo. We’re currently a one-cat household, which we certainly never expected to be. But Gary (also a black blur) is kind of like a dog. We just came back from vacation and she did Victory Laps around the house, just like my parent’s border collie does when they come home. She is currently sitting on my lap, to make sure I can’t go anywhere.

    Please enter me in the draw. Love me some MDCIs!

  • Aimee L'Ondee says:

    Hey, fabulous post! I’d love to sniff some MCDI, so please enter me in the drawing.

    I love hearing about pet personalities. I found my two cats (bro and sis) under my house when I bought it a couple of years ago, so it was fate. I had always had adult pets rescued from the pound until these two (Delia and Virgil), but now I understand why raising kittens from the same litter is so amazing. They are truly the most well-adjusted sweeties, since they’ve always had each other, and the level of trust from a cat you’ve raised from toe-biter kittenhood is really awesome.

  • Teri says:

    I can’t resist an opportunity to brag on my furbabies. :”>

    We’ve always made it a policy to adopt shelter pets, so ours is an eclectic group and a couple came to us with ‘issues’. But with a lot of patience and love, we’ve developed a wonderful blended pet family.

    We have two dogs and two cats. Buddy is about 11 years old, a poodle, who has a seizure disorder which is why he was surrendered to the shelter. It’s easily controlled with medication and he is the most loving little guy on the face of the planet. It’s as though he knows we saved him.

    Quinn is a year old border collie, just your basic farm dog, who was picked up as a stray. When we first got her she was so anxious and traumatized we assumed she’d been abused or had a bad experience with people as a stray. She’s still hyper, but that’s not uncommon with her breed. But thankfully she no longer screams and keens when someone she doesn’t know comes to the house.

    Jackson is a tabby and white cat about 4 years old, we think. He was feral when we got him, but appeared to want to like humans, so we took a chance on him. He bonded with Buddy before he bonded with us, but although he’ll never be a lapcat, he likes to sleep at the foot of my bed and keeps me company when I read or watch tv in bed. Often he’s curled up with Buddy.

    The other of our ‘fabulous fur brothers’ is Harvey Greypants, 1/2 Maine Coon, 1/2 Heinz 57. He’s long haired, and grey as his name suggests. My son found him, nearly dead, stuck in the window well of an abandoned house, with a broken leg. We fed him and nursed him and he’s now a big powerful beautiful boy with golden eyes and a magnificent set of whiskers. We estimate him to be about 5 years old.

    I so agree that it is so much more fun to have a bunch than just one or two. They all squabble as siblings will, but there is much love in the equation, too. Their interaction with one another is so great to watch.

    Your babies are magnificent and such individuals. I can see how they’d be an endless source of pleasure to you and your family. 🙂

    • Liesl says:

      I love that you take on shelter animals! I hope to be a rescuer one day, myself, once we have a place of our own.

  • Natalie says:

    I love seeing other people’s pets — all the cuteness, none of the cleaning out the litter box! Your menagerie is wonderful, Patty. I have one cat who has been with me through thick and thin and even the cargo hold of Cubana de Aviación; he’s so amazingly personable that he even converted my cat-hating father. I’m not much of a dog person, but my son looooves them, so I have a feeling a pup may be in our future.

  • Max says:

    Vinnie is adorable! Lynus sounds like he’s going to be a permanent addition.

    3 little monsters keep me company and I’m contemplating a new puppy. I must be crazy but please enter me in the drawing.

  • Linda says:

    Oh, critters! I so miss my darling cat, Pepe, the malicious little monster. We are currently petless while we try to conceive (and the partner says until we have a child big enough to want a pet.)

    Do please enter me in the drawing, so do want!

  • dleep says:

    I absolutely love the “bully” breeds. I currently have an American Staffordshire Terrier (Nellie) and a Boston Terrier/Pug cross (Harley). They make me laugh out loud every day. Bully breeds are supposed to be the clowns of the dog world and I totally agree. My next dog will be a French Bulldog. I miss having a cat. I had to send my calico, Clementine, to the Rainbow Bridge last year. Don’t you wish you could set up a video camera to see what they do when you aren’t at home?

    I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks.

  • Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous sack of sugar Vinnie is!!! I love love bulldog puppy ‘cankles.’ When my bullies were little, their ankles resembled dirty tube sock. I hope his snoring isn’t too loud (but a snoozing bully is pretty cute). Best of luck!

  • Tara says:

    We have two 15 pound ragdoll cats, Skatey and Collin. They are two males who are big and fluffy and beautiful. But, don’t let the fluff fool you. We they chase each other or play fight, they knock things over and move rugs. It’s hysterical. Once when I was alone in the house, I thought an intruder had come in, but it was just them running around, thump, thump, thump..

    It is amazing how pets can add so much to you life. I know my family loves our cats.

    Please enter me in the drawing, I’ve never tried any of the MDCIs. Thanks.

  • sweetlife says:

    Cute pics! Our menagerie include two cats and one small black dog. Our newest rescue kitty runs the house, just like Lynus runs yours. He is absolutely implacable, and will walk write up to the dog and rub on her in spite of her protestations.

    Please put me in the draw–that oriental sounds scrumptious.

  • AnnE says:

    Great photos and captions, Patty! That Lynus would be the one to steal my heart – I always fall for the troublemakers. 🙂

    We have owned both dogs and cats, and at the moment, we have one white standard poodle, Lola. She’s our resident beauty queen, and I sometimes call her our poser, since she always seems to be camera-ready.
    (If anyone wants to check out poodle puppy porn, her breeder put her photo on her wesite, called mydeerpoodles. If you click on “puppies” at the bottom of the home page, and then scroll all the way down, you’ll see her on location in our back yard the day we did the “snow princess” shoot. 🙂 Just kidding. I hope I haven’t offended by adding this, but I couldn’t resist.)

    I would love to be in the draw! I don’t own any of the MDCI’s, and I really don’t want to fall in love with any of them, considering the cost, but it wouldn’t hurt to sniff, would it? :-\”

  • Suzanne says:

    I don’t have a pet, though my daughter is nagging me for a Papillon (um, no). Please enter me in the drawing.

  • sybil says:

    Ohhh…i love that jolie-laide Vinnie! And the kittens are so cute! I am the human mom of Monty, a Staffordhire Bull terrier (the english version of a pit bull, supposedly). He’s not a dog lover, so we’re holding steady at just one canine. However, cats are another story. We have 4. Emmy G is the most beautiful & least photogenic of the bunch. She is a solid black long hair who prefers her privacy. Lighting has to be perfect, or she looks like an ink spot with eyes.
    And please enter me in the drawing.

  • London says:

    Grew up with 2 dogs and a cat. No time or space now unfortunately. Would love to be in the draw for the MDCIS. Love MDCI, love orientals, love orange, love PDN. These couldn’t be more up my street if they tried.

  • Olfacta says:

    We have two cats, a Tonkinese (Siamese/Burmese mix) named Paco and a mutt named Cholo which is L.A. Mexican slang for “fat little gangbanger.” Paco rules our house and in fact has destroyed a lot of it. Cholo is a rescue cat and is still really skittish, but sweet, and is coming around. Paco is almost like a person; so smart he practically talks. Cholo, well, he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer but has his moments. He’s all black with big gold eyes, the blackest black cat I’ve ever seen.

    Yours are beautiful!

  • Jamie says:

    Just loved the pictures!!! So cute! We have three dogs and two cats. They all have their own little idiosyncrasies (sp?) and personalties. A home without them, just wouldn’t be home.

    I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanx!

  • Musette says:

    As I sit here typing, falling head over heels in love with Vinnie, the sounds of my 6mos old boxer mix rescue (literally – from a 4 lane highway) puppy ‘viciously’ attacking his 120lb Rottweiler brother provides my daily backdrop. Georgie, the Rott’s father, is seriously wishing both of them would stop stepping on him. It’s a pretty jolly morning here at Casa O.

    Georgie runs this house. He bought me a charm that says “let’s get it straight who’s in control here’ …and on the other side it says “it’s not you” embellished with a bone and heart.

    Truer words were never written.

    I would love to be entered in the drawing. That orange-y thing sounds right up my alley, Bigarade Lover that I am.


    ps. no offense to your cats – I’m so allergic to them I sort of put them off my radar – and the Rotts are not cat-friendly AT ALL, so we try to pretend they don’t exist so as to keep the population at its current level.

    George sends his sympathies to Buddy, being camera-averse himself. b-)

  • karin says:

    Patty, Vinnie is ADORABLE!!! Yes, 2 dogs and 3 cats sounds like quite the handful. I myself have never had pets as an adult (though my best friend, Vaila, a Shetland sheepdog, grew up with me). I love animals and fall heavily for them, yet shy away from the responsibility. I like having my freedom. I know the benefits far outweigh the negatives, but can’t seem to take that plunge. My husband agrees. If I had to let animals into my life, though, I’d choose life on a ranch with horses, dogs, chickens, pigs, you name it. As a suburban/city girl, it would be quite a life change (and not a likely one). If I were to go out today and buy a dog, I’d probably choose a West Highland terrier. They’re adorable. My husband wants a basset hound – for comic relief. He loves their deep bark and long ears. And golden retrievers are such sweethearts (my brother had one after my Vaila passed away).

    Anyway, thanks for sharing photos of your menagerie!!!! They must all be such great fun. Please also include me in the draw. Thanks, Patty!

  • Magpie says:

    Ohhhh, happy puppy snuggles!!! Doggie grunts are the best :). As to my own…um, you have to understand…we’re a farm house at the end of a dirt road in the country. I am not, I repeat *not* a crazy cat lady. They just show up. So, current population: 2 dogs, 7 (or so) cats, four chickens, one peacock, one goose. The two horses board at a stable closer to town. I think that’s it, right now.

  • Melissa says:

    Great pets! We have had a zoo in our household over the past 10-15 years. Dogs, birds, sugar gliders, ferrets, etc, many of them rescues. But, energy and time constraints have forced a more reasonable approach in the past few years. So, we are down to Kimiko, the regal and cat-like Shiba Inu, Lance, the dorkie Yorkie and Nikki, the loyal (to me) cockatiel.

    Oh and please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • Shelley says:

    Hmmm…let me list the love…a shepherd/husky/rottweiler mutt, little heavy and lots o’ character…two cats, different litters, one day apart in age, names Balder and Dash…one pygmy hedgehog…please don’t make me count the fish, there are plenty (and two tanks in the house), just note that the angelfish is named after a hot dog joint and has survived worse fates than most…there still seems to be room for the rest of us. In fact, there is an odd tendency for us to all gather in one room…the more, the merrier…

    (Okay, the fish don’t congregate that way, but the dust bunnies come on over in their stead. /:) )

    😡 >:d<

  • Elle says:

    OMG! Cuteness to the nth degree! Thanks so much for this post! I have to say I often think I’m more of a dog and cat person than I am a people person. And what great personalities your hirsute children have!
    We have only one hirsute child now – a five pound bundle of adorableness we have named Bubbachka (or Bubba as his dad calls him to balance out his size). He’s a Maltese, but for multiple reasons I actually think he’s a cat who has pulled off a clever disguise. Anyway, must stop now or I could go on about him ad nauseum. 🙂

  • ggs says:

    My sister has a grown-up version of Vinnie named Newman who rules the roost in her home in Illinois. He is on expensive rice & lamb food due to his allergies… let’s hope Vinnie avoids those! I sent her links to your photo and she is completely nostalgic and charmed!
    I submit that not much is softer than a Bengel breed cat. We have 2 and they have unusual “pelts” — just super-soft short fur sprinkled with glittery tipped hairs that sparkle in sunlight.

    Our black lab entered our home two years ago and converted me to a dog person. She is really smart and uses her paws almost like hands.

    Can’t wait to try the new mdci’s.

  • Francesca says:

    Lovely pets. Thanks for letting us see them.

    I have two beautiful little black and white Japanese Chin, both boys. Think pekingese with longer legs, much more delicate bone, and not as much coat. Beau is 6 and dignified and puts up with a lot from his one-and-a-half-year-old nephew Dion, who is a goof.

    I also have a red-lored Amazon parrot, Max, who has lived with us for 24 years, and he was “pre-owned,” so God knows how old he is. He doesn’t like me, just my husband.

    Would love to be included in the draw.

  • Connie says:

    What an adorable troop of 4-legged friends! I have a 13-inch beagle named Rocky. And even though I’m a tad upset with him at the moment (nudged me to take him out at 5am on Thursday morning … pulled on the leash and I twisted my ankle, ripped up my foot and fell on my back … broken toe and possible surgery needed for the top of my foot, alas) he’s a very sweet dog. And he’s a cancer survivor. After his surgery 6 years ago he was given 5-6 months to live. Enter a fabulous Vet/Holistic Vet who started treating him with chinese medicine and acupuncture and a certain mother with a bum left wheel (at present) who cooks for him and he is still going strong … yay!!!!

    I would love to be included in the drawing, thanks!

  • Louise says:

    I am currently petless, due to circumstance (condo dwelling) and schedule.

    Your kitties are stunning but would make me sneeze, through no fault of their own.

    But what I want to really know is…does Vinnie have a brother 😡 ?

  • KathyT says:

    What great pictures! We have two rescued kitties and one bratty Golden Retriever here. My baby is the 16 lb tabby who is such a marshmallow.

    Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!

  • Frenchie says:

    Sadly, no pets in my life at the moment. In my family we had two dogs (not at the same time), an English Setter (kinda dumb but sweet and lovable) and a Tibetan Mastiff (the most amazing dog I’ve ever encountered, I swear – so intelligent, great personality and beautiful beyond belief 🙂
    At one point I’d like a cat and a dog. My husband has never had pets and is slowly adjusting to the idea.
    I LOVE your photos!! They are all so cute. It seems like a fun household.

  • MattS says:

    What an AWESOME post! Thanks for sharing your pet pics. I think I just fell in love with Vinnie, who seems so aptly named ‘cuz he seems like the sweetest, toughest little bruiser. Give ’em all big kisses and hugs from me. I’ll friend you on FB and you can see my little Scottish terror. Oh, and Best in Show is sooo great; I wonder if they could do a movie on perfume enthusiasts and the community??

  • JAntoinette says:

    I don’t have any pets at the moment, we’ve just moved to Europe and are still settling in. After seeing your pictures, I am definitely thinking about an English Bulldog! Vinnie is beautiful. Patty, you now have me procuring perfumes and pets 🙂

    (P.S. Thank you so much for the drawing prize. Can’t wait to sample these lovely scents!)

  • elve says:

    Vinnie is absolutely sweet 🙂 and glaring Rex’s eyes 😮

  • Thanks for the photographic relief, Patty. I spent much of the evening dealing with the unfortunate recurrance of something we’d just finished treating in one of our two Ocicats – the one who looks much like Rex but with spots in place of stripes on her body. A nice spicy, or even fruity, oriental would be welcome about now. Enter me, please.

  • Mim says:

    I have a cat – mad, one-eyed little monkey – and a snake. We’ve pretty much rearranged our house so the cat can jump on all the places she likes to jump, and she’s shredded the sofa, but we love her.

    I’m surprised no-one’s ever recreated the smell of a snake as a perfume base; it’s slightly honeyed, slightly earthy. It would work!

    Please enter me in the draw.

    • Natalie says:

      Glad to see some snake love around here! Our family pet growing up was a snake; she was older than me, and I was in my late 20s when she died .:o

  • Lee says:

    Vinnie is adorable. Love the boxing pic!

  • Nancy says:

    We have two pets, Gwen the blue Burmese and Amy the Jack Russell. Having two female half-children moves me from being a minority demographic in my house. I would so love to get another dog, your news about Vinnie made me envious, but sadly, I have been outvoted by the rest of the family. The men in my house utterly worship Gwen, it’s like some sort of religious sect. I give Gwen and Amy each one fish oil capsule a day and their fur is seriously lush. Please put me in the draw for the samples, some day my number will come up!

  • Memorie says:

    I adore Rex! What incredible fur he has! Total cat person here. Had no less than 5 cats growing up. At the moment we have 3: Clicquot, our sweet older calico beauty who showed up on my doorstep when I lived in Brooklyn. She has an Alice Cooper-esque face, one solid orange leg and one solid black one. Then there’s Lila, our 5 month old black and white gal with a huge white bib and a sweet lap-cat quality. And there’s Jicky, 4 month old boy kitty who looks like a girl cat with a sweet pink nose and gray stripes. Love my kitties! Thanks for sharing your pets with us!
    Oh, and please enter me in the drawing!

  • Jan V says:

    What a great post!! Of course, all those hairy and furry people who allow you to service them are totally adorable! Those sweet dogs must be great companions/chair warmers!

    Having been owned by cats my whole life, I am currently owned by three, who, like yours, also love love love bedtime. That Rex is truly magnificent; He looks like he knows it too!

    oh, I’d love to be in the drawing for that great sounding Riche Orient!

    Thanks for another delightful post…

  • Margot says:

    Thanks for sharing your pets! The photos are just great. I’ve been looking forward to seeing pictures of Vinnie since you mentioned getting him. Who could resist him? Rex looks every bit the king, Lynus is adorable, and Buddy looks to be a stoic sweetheart.
    I think the number of pets really depends on the person and circumstances. In some ways, it does seem easier to have several, since they do tend to entertain each other. It’s so important to take the responsibility seriously, though – the shelters are full of lovely animals that were given up or abandoned.

    • Patty says:

      I know, and I agree. It took me months to make a decision on Vinnie, just weighing all the pros and cons about that breed, just having a second dog, etc. The extra cat just was an accident, but I can’t believe how quickly that little bitty kitten wrapped the entire house around his paw.

      Serious, responsible pet ownership is key. Without that, you have more shelter animals.

  • noyna says:

    I love Vinnieeeeee, and his name. Please enter me into the drawing!

  • Deniz says:

    Vinnie is just adorable – you were so right to get him. Don’t your multiple dogs and cats provide a certain level of hilarity to daily life?
    This year, our household has had to expand to include 2 young adult children seeking temporary refuge from the recession. They each came with two dogs and one teeny cat. Add these newcomers to my H. and I, our own feisty little terrier, and two long suffering cats and you’ve got:
    a) a close family
    b) a psychiatric group home
    c) an animal shelter
    d) hell
    Actually, I think the animals make it work – they’re fun and endearing, and make all of us laugh!

    • Patty says:

      There is something more joyous about a house filled with pets, and they are all less lonely than when I just had two, which was not that many months ago!

      so I’m with you, more is better.

  • Masha says:

    Well, Rex is gorgeous! But I know someone even softer, our house rabbit, Lady BunBun, is an English Angora, and oh my goodness. High maintenance, but worth it. She has a very gentle spirit, and models on the side as a Tribble. Count me in for the drawing.

    • Patty says:

      Rabbits are softer, though I swear, Rex is the closest cat fur to bunny fur I’ve ever felt. That’s what he reminded me of, Bunny fur!

      • Masha says:

        Well, I have to say, “That’s some cat!” And you rarely see one looking so close to Total Tigerhood. I wonder what breed he is?

  • zeram1 says:

    Love the pets – they’re all so “cute”. Buddy sits there like a stereotypical cat does (esp. with the phrase that he’s “thinking”). Please enter me into th drawing as well.

  • Joe says:

    Ha! What a cute pet parade! Definitely a welcome diversion this evening. Sadly, I’m in a pet-free apartment (what’s with that kind of rental rule anyway?), but I’d give anything to have a pup, or even a parrot like my mom (she’s kind of a crazy “bird lady”).

    Your little Vinnie is soooo cute as a baby, but I just don’t think I could love a full grown Bull. I used to spend time around a friend’s female Boxers though, and those girls were sweet as can be. I’m a dog person, but I do like the soft kitties — however, the last thing I’ll say is that a cat sleeping on my face pushes my buttons… and I’d probably wake up dead due to my allergies.

    Oh, and I’d love to be in the draw. Thanks again for sharing!

    • Patty says:

      Full grown bulldogs are really pretty great. You’ve already l oved them through puppyhood, and they don’t really grow up and have the same happy personalities all the way through their life.

      Given what one tenant’s dog did to the carpet in a basement, I do get why they have the no pet rule. People too often don’t take the time to properly educate their pets on clean household living, and it’s a shame, gives the rest a bad name.

  • Calypso says:

    Your bulldog is truly adorable! I can see why you love him.
    I have eight cats and I’m pretty sure that’s too many.
    One funny cat/perfume anecdote. The first time I tried Musc Ravageur, I spilled a bit on the floor. My cat Zoe came over and promptly peed on the spot. I think this tells us something, although I am not exactly sure what. 😉

    • Patty says:

      8?!?!? Holy Hannah. I get a headache thinking about just the catbox cleanup. Just with 3 and two boxes, i’m scooping twice a day!

  • tmp00 says:

    I don’t have pets. I’ve grown allergic to cats over the years and while I am less allergic to dogs I don’t think it’s fair to keep one for the 8-10 hours I am away from my place. I do however love other people’s pets, which I hope means I’m not a total psycho..:d

    • Patty says:

      Well, you’re not a psycho for that reason. 🙂

      I agree with you about not having a dog if you’re gone all day. I know people that do it successfully or they live close enough to work to run home a couple of times a day to give their dog a walk and some love, but unless I could do that, I just wouldn’t be able to do it. The years when I was out of the house working, I didn’t do dogs at all.

  • maitreyi1978 says:

    Beautiful kitties! I wish I could have one, but my family has allergies. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Mindy says:

    I have an English Bulldog named Lula, a Congo African Grey named Cedric (he has well over a 100 word vocabulary) and I take partial care of my daughter’s budgie and tarantula. I think we’ve reached our limit around here as well. I have not reached my limit with perfume, however, so please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

    • Patty says:

      Lula, what a great name! I keep thinking I need to add a bird and/or fish to the household. I mean, if you’re tied down, you might as well just go all in.

      So how hard is a bird, and what would I need to know to make a decision on a bird? Or will it just make the cats insane?

      • Mindy says:

        African Greys are like smart toddlers. They need a LOT of attention and they will get it in one way or another. Their cages are huge and they need to be placed where most of the activity takes place in the home since birds are extremely sociable creatures. Also, they can live 80 years or longer so you’d be in it for the long haul. I love my Cedric so none of these things are a burden to me. Cedric is also out of his cage whenever someone is at home so I don’t know how well a cat situation would work. His beak enables him to be boss of all the other pets in the house although my daughter’s budgie is too stupid to realize his life is in danger if he gets near Cedric. Was this too much info.?

        • Mindy says:

          I forgot to mention that I’m a stay at home mom and have a lot of time to dedicate to all these freeloaders in the house 😉

  • Christine says:

    As I mentioned on your facebook page, I want to kidnap Vinnie. So cute! We would love a dog, but we’re never home. Therefore we are a currently one cat household. But the GingerNinja may be the best pet I’ve ever. LOVE.

    Give poor Buddy a smooch for me.

    And also, the second perfume sounds really interesting! Please sign me up for the drawing.

    • Patty says:

      I know, what’s not to love. I’d never have dogs if I didn’t work from home. They really do need people around much of the time, it’s just part of that pack thing. The couple of times I’ve had to work all day and left Buddy home, before I had people coming in and working that would keep him company, he was just miserable by the time I got home.

  • Jan L. says:

    I’m a cat person, so I’m enthralled with Rex and Lynus but enjoy animals in general. Rex has a just-from-the-wild look whilst little Lynus looks sweet and fierce all at once. Thanks for sharing, and perhaps in the future you can persuade Boo to make an appearance.

    Oh, and please enter me in the drawing. 🙂

    • Patty says:

      I’ll work on Boo, but he’s completely black, and when I try and get him in a picture, it just turns out this big, black blur.