Snippets: Mid-Winter Edition

☆ January 17, 2017

I feel like I’ve been on a zipline since mid-December, sailing along, hyper-stimulated and entranced by a rush of things I’ve never seen before, high from a rush of adrenaline, having a grand ol’ time. And then it stops and you’re so far from where you started in no time at all, and… it’s the middle of January??

I long to get rid of clocks and calendars. Life would be way less stressful if we weren’t constantly told where we happen to land in this convention called time. I feel I have accomplished so much in the past six weeks – epic, life changing stuff (some of which I’ll share here) – but when I look at a calendar and put myself in the context of “mid-January,” I get panicked and feel behind.

Ivan thinks he’s a dog. He thinks he’s the biggest, baddest, toughest dog. He eats anything. He climbs everything. He thinks it’s great fun to run alongside Chloe, leap into the air with paws outstretched, and latch around her neck. Another favorite game of his is batting and punching Charlie’s face… from opposite sides of a window. Charlie seems to think it’s just adorable – though Ivan hasn’t tried this without the window between them.

When I’m in the kitchen getting the canine dinner ready, the pooches line up in a row, sitting at attention, eagerly waiting for me to hand it over. Ivan bites their wagging tails, then sits in their midst, poised and patient, waiting for his portion of the dog dinner.

He has the paws of a mountain lion:

A photo posted by Shreve Stockton (@dailycoyote) on

I have just 10 Charlie calendars left! {EDIT: Those 10 sold out in minutes of this post, so I’ve had one more very small print run produced! I’m so glad everyone is loving this calendar, it’s my favorite yet and I don’t want anyone to miss out} And about 20 of the Wyoming calendar (filled with cute animals + a dash of cowboys). The print quality is so great, you can tear this calendar in to pieces, forget the grid of days, and frame the art. That’s what I’m going to do! Get yours HERE.


15 Responses to “Snippets: Mid-Winter Edition”

  1. Amy
    January 17th, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    I love that Ivan is so very different from Eli. He sounds like he’s broadened C&C’s horizons in the world of cat love, too. Charlie must have been so surprised to receive a buddy instead of a monarch!

  2. Diane
    January 17th, 2017 @ 9:12 am

    I understand about the clocks and calendars! I will be making the traditional family calendar this year with no dates at all in it.
    Ivan looks and seems to act so much like my old, long-deceased Gustav (named after the composer, Gustav Mahler). It brings back fond memories to read about him and to see the photos. thank you.

  3. Julie
    January 17th, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    oh my word. I do love a good cat/dog story. this one ranks high up on the *love* meter. I laughed, several times, enjoying the stout adventures of Ivan the cat/dog. Methinks he is more than something special. Which? happens to people who are just that as well.

  4. Theresa Szpila
    January 17th, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

    I love the expression on Ivan’s face! The world is very much HIS oyster, isn’t it?! No wonder Chloe and Charlie have taken a big shine to him; he’s as confident and strong as they are.

  5. Lynne
    January 18th, 2017 @ 6:03 am

    Ivan is so photogenic and obviously loves having his picture taken. I suspect he would enjoy having his own calendar. Has he brought you any more mice?

  6. hello haha narf
    January 18th, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

    having a sort of rough day. reading your words and seeing ivan’s sweet face certainly helped make the day better. thank you!

  7. Patr
    January 18th, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    Stinker kitten! I so see Eli when I look at him.

    Yes – the year ended very quickly and WHAM I am writing/typing 2017… What happened to 2016? Oh wait – a hell of a lot of bad things happened in 2016 to me and mine.

    Prayers for a better 2017…

  8. BarbaraR
    January 18th, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

    That’s an orange tabby for ya. I’ve never met one that wasn’t a huge spirit and a force to be reckoned with. My Simon will be 20 in April. Love to you and yours, dear one.

  9. Kathleen
    January 18th, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    I saw this story on our Seattle local magazine show and immediately thought of you. Found the YouTube. Hope you enjoy!

  10. wright1
    January 19th, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

    Those are Big Cat paws, alright. Fitting for such an expansive spirit whose idea of play apparently involves full-body tackles.

  11. Scotty
    January 19th, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    haaa haaaa … he looks like my scruffy. the sideways launch attack must be a sight to see. scruff sits half on my shoulder half on my desk chair. when she gets annoyed i get the dreaded double kick multiple blows hammer time wack fest upside the head. soon after is often a launch attack take down of tigger who was minding his own business at the time. oh and… nods, that is some big ass paws.

  12. Calico
    January 21st, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

    Shreve, I have never before put a political comment on anyone’s site, but I know you spoke previously about the election and your disappointment. The marches in other countries today (Sat) to point out unacceptable attitudes was heartwarming. Maybe 60,000 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. But I wanted to share this post with you because I hope it makes you smile! If the link gets cut out, look for “Thousands gather in Toronto to support Washington women’s march” on 680News.

    PS. LOVE the Ivan stories!

  13. Deborah
    January 22nd, 2017 @ 11:46 pm

    I miss Eli. And I love Ivan’s spirit, and that C&C kowtow to him.

    We bought a small beef from you last year (this is Deborah from Vacaville, btw). I cooked the shank from my order in the slow cooker, and after separating the meat from the connective tissue, and putting the marrow back into the broth, and then straining it a second time, I decided to make a thick soup/thin stew by adding the stew meat. That was Chris’s detail, and he did very well. So we collaborated to make the richest-tasting stews/soups we’ve ever made or eaten. Our friends Ron & Doris and Betty & Jim are likewise impressed with the quality of your meat. You can expect a repeat order this year.

    In other news, Chris and Jim and I repped in the Sacramento’s Women’s March yesterday. I haven’t protested since SDS in Philly in ’73. We had an amazing experience. And the stats according to @SBalaghi on Twitter: 4.75 people, 673 cities, 0 arrests. We rock!

    Shreve, you as an entrepreneur are such a great leader for many who want to start their own business and have fear. You rescued a coyote pup and look at what you have now. Thank you for that. I appreciate your spirit and contribution to the world. xoxoxoxo

  14. Karen
    January 24th, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    Deborah, I grew up in Vacaville!!! hi–

  15. Marci Green
    March 7th, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

    Ivan looks almost like an oriental shorthair the way his eyes slant because his face is pointy…I Love Him!!

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