Giuseppe, Scruffy Gray, and Mazie

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Mazie the Manx joined my team in September 2013 quickly taking over Scruffers' duties.

Mazie the Manx joined my team in September 2013 quickly taking over Scruffers’ duties.

Meet my  trusty office assistants

Giuseppe and I enjoying a rare snow storm in the Skagit lowlands

Giuseppe and I enjoying a rare snow storm in the Skagit lowlands

Giuseppe plans my research routes and book talk appearances.

Giuseppe plans my research routes and book talk appearances.

Scruffers reminds me about the importance of taking afternoon naps.

Scruffers reminds me about the importance of taking afternoon naps.

Scruffy Gray showed up at our home in early March looking for a job. After going through a background check at the Skagit Valley Humane Society, Scruffy began her new role at our home office on Good Friday 2009.

Scruffy Gray showed up at our home in early March looking for a job. After going through a background check at the Skagit Valley Humane Society, Scruffy began her new role at our home office on Good Friday 2009.

Here Giuseppe and I review our advance copy of Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge.

Here Giuseppe and I review our advance copy of Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge.

Scruffers is the most snuggly kitty I have known.

Scruffers is the most snuggly kitty I have known.

Giuseppe reminds me to study my Italian.

Giuseppe reminds me to study my Italian.

Giuseppe is always ready to debate. Here he argues with me on just what makes a great spaghetti sauce. Giuseppe insists that it include anchovies!

Giuseppe is always ready to debate. Here he argues with me on just what makes a great spaghetti sauce. Giuseppe insists that it include anchovies!

On February 19th, 2013 Scruffers left me for Kitty Heaven. I miss this little kitty that I rescued and she rescued me.

On February 19th, 2013 Scruffers left me for Kitty Heaven. I miss this little kitty that I rescued and she rescued me.

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In October of 2016, beautiful, Mazie also known around here as Mazie-may left us for Kitty Heaven (photo from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society).

Mazie at shelter

The most affectionate kitty I have ever known.