Apr 042016

wally-ernie-small-picHey everybuddy.  Wally and Ernie here.  Y’know, it’s been a while since we’ve let the garden center cats, Chip and Slim, have any blog time.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Chip and Slim, they’re two feral cats…though they don’t act very feral anymore…that live at the dad guy’s garden center.  They stay mostly in a back room where there’s lots of straw and some heated blankets for them.

Chip and Slim are doing pretty good.  We bet they’re glad spring is here, and the weather is getting better so they can go out more into the garden center.  We hear there’s lots of cool stuff to explore.

Slim shows his belly

Here’s Slim…waiting to have his belly rubbed.  The dad guy says Slim just loves a good belly-rubbin’.

Chip needs a bath

And Chip…showing his belly, too.  Looks like he could use a bath, don’tcha think, Ernie?  

Yeah, Wally…I guess that’s one of the disadvantages of having white furs when you’re an outside cat.

Chip and Slim together

Chip is the more adventurous of the two.  He’s out wandering a lot.  Whereas Slim likes to hang out in their backroom most of the time.

Y’know, Wally…Chip and Slim may not have all the comforts that us Island Cats have, but they have food, shelter and people who care about them.  And they have each other.  And that’s what matters.

You’re so right, Ernie.


  55 Responses to “More of the Garden Center Cats”

  1. very handsome fellows. and yes, they are lucky to have what they have, especially each other.

  2. Hi Chip and Slim! We think it’s so cool you get to live in a garden center! Thanks to Wally’s daddy for taking such good care of you mancats.

  3. It’s nice to see Chip and Slim. They’re very fortunate to have a good “home” and someone to take care of them.

    The Florida Furkids

  4. Aw, I’m so glad to see Chip and Slim. And it’s so nice knowing that they have each other, as well as somewhere to call home and humans to rub their tummies. Purrs!

  5. What a pair of cutie pies. They are so lucky to have you guys taking care of them.

  6. Chip and Slim are such cuties! Glad they have a safe and warm place to live. Thank you for sharing their pics with us, Wally and Ernie!

  7. Nice to see you boys again! Their names remind me of old western movies…

  8. Chip and Slim are two very lucky guyz to have wandered into Dad guyz garden center. They are great mascots too
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. How wonderful these two sweeties found your dad. One of our garden centers has a resident cat. Food, shelter and, if so inclined, some luvins’ once in a while. All the basics with some good hunting on the side 😉

  10. Yes, you two do have a great home. And thanks to the Dad for taking such good care of you. We know you are happy boys living at that Garden Center. You sure are handsome dudes.

  11. and belly rubs 🙂 Glad they are doing so well

  12. They look like pretty happy guys to us!

    The Chans

  13. Chip and Slim are furry lucky kitties! Good to hear about them! xx

  14. Chip and Slim are indeed very lucky kitties to have food, shelter and love! They are both such handsome kitties!

  15. They are very handsome. We are so glad they are cared for. It’s funny you should mention them today. Mom visited a local garden center who also have a garden cat, Buck.

  16. They are precious! I am smitten with “Slim” in pawticular

  17. It’s nice to see Chip and Slim again ! They are lucky to have such a good home at the garden center. Purrs

  18. If there were cats living at a garden center near us, my human would be there all the time!

  19. I love seeing them. Thank you and I hope I see more of them. xoxo

  20. Aw, they’re looking good and have the best of both worlds:freedom and being cared for.

  21. Ahem! I think it’s time to change Slim’s name. 🙂

  22. doodz…total lee grate ta see ewe both again ~~~~~~~~ waves frum de land oh trout…we think itz total lee awesum… yur cuzins wally, ernie & zoey’s dad helpz look out for… & care for ewe both….high paws two him & de l;adee with de yellow hair two !! ♥♥♥ stop bak again sum time soon & let uz noe how de catnip’s doin in de gardin 🙂 ♥♥♥

  23. And they wouldn’t want it any other way!!!!

  24. Chip and Slim are lucky. They have a good life thanks to your dad.

  25. Chip and Slim look great! You know, they’re pretty lucky. I hear garden centres sometimes stock the nip. MOUSES!


  26. Do they interact with the customers?
    We think that a garden center would be a great place to call home!

    • They’re both still a little scared of strangers…so they don’t interact with the customers much.

  27. We have never met them before. We are glad to make their acquaintance. Do they go out of the garden center? Garden center is like a nursery right?

    • Yes, there’s a store and an outside nursery with plants and stuff like that. Chip likes climbing the dirt piles. We think that’s how he gets himself so dirty. 🙂

  28. We think you’re all pawsum boys. And great job at da quest Wally.

    Luv ya’


  29. Nice to see them, they look very happy.

  30. Yup! Those two are lucky boys! And they are also super cute 🙂 And . . . what’s a little dirt between friends, right?! ;p

    the critters in the cottage xo

  31. Belly rubs? You’re right… they aren’t very feral at all! We’re so glad they are so well taken care of at the garden center.

  32. I’m glad Chip and Slim have people who love them and a safe place to stay. I love their names! 🙂 And both are handsome boys.

  33. Hi Wally and Ernie, I really like the pic of you two! Thanks for the update and pics of Chip and Slim. We’re glad they’re so well cared for and that sounds like a fun place for kitties.

  34. They are totally, totally adorable!

  35. Chip and Slim have the life. They’re getting the milk for free and they didn’t have to buy the cow to paraphrase a human saying.

  36. It makes us smile to see Chip and Slim knowing that your dad-guy is so awesome that he takes care of those kitties too! We’re glad they picked his garden center to live!

  37. Chip and Slim are looking happy and well cared for. It’s good to see them again.

  38. paws up to you guys for looking out for Chip and Slim! they are cuties 🙂 it is always good to hear about them and know they are doing well.

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

  39. Good to see Chip and Slim again! We are so glad they have a safe place to live with cozy places to sleep, good foods, and belly rubs. 🙂

  40. Kitties who enjoy belly rubs are pretty much no longer feral. Thanks for updating us on what’s happening with Chip and Slim. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  41. We love seeing this extension of your furmily, Wally & Ernie!
    They do look comfortable around the peeps they know:)

  42. We are so glad your garden kitty friends have people who care about and love them – that is the most important thing, isn’t it? We are sure they are happy that warmer days are here so they can get out and enjoy some sun puddles!

  43. We just think it’s wonderful that Chip and Slim have it so good at the garden center thanks to your Dad….they look happy and healthy that’s for sure. Bless your Pop for taking care of them!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  44. Lovely boys!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  45. We loved visiting Slim and Chip at your Dad’s garden centre.

  46. What a sweet couple. So good to have people around that care! Double Pawkiss to you all 🙂 <3 <3

  47. Your dad is very kind to care for these kitties. Sounds like a pretty good life for them, and much safer.

  48. we are SO happy to see them and know they are well cared for….

  49. We think they have been given a very good life. What handsome guys!

  50. I love it that your garden dad has two friends at his place so that when he is away from you guys he is not lonely!

  51. Chip and Slim are two cute kitties and I’m sure they love their life!

  52. Hurrah fur Chip an Slim!!! Iss grate to see them again. They look healthee an happy an they are ON thee Island…that iss pawsum inn itself!
    ***nose bumpsss*** to them both
    Siddhartha Henry xxxxx

  53. Chip and Slim are looking great! Your dad guy and mom are awesome for loving Chip and Slim, and taking good care of them. 🙂

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