Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/9

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Well Hello There Friends,
Since Wednesday didn’t fall on International Cat Day (which was yesterday) I thought I’d continue the celebration and share with you some of my favorite posts from International Cat Day. Enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Bjorn and her feline dancing partnerThe Ten Greatest Kitty Videos of All Time – Yahoo News 

I thought I’d seen every kitty video out there but I was woefully wrong. Some of these are completely hilarious however I did get a bit hissy when I saw that the Devo video only got honorable mention…really??!!

These Adventure Cats Are Giving Us FOMO – Travel Channel

You know how much I love stories about adventuresome cats ans this compilation is in honor of International Cat Day. I’ve written about a few of these fearless felines and I aspire to be one some day too!  For those of you who follow our blog, yes, the training for kayaking is going well. The female human finally found a life vest that fits me.

yellow and white cat looking out of window of cat cafe train carJapan’s First Cat Cafe Train Combines Eating, Traveling & Feline Bonding – Sora News 24

All I can say is “Meow” it’s about time and two paws up to the folks in Japan! The train car cat cafe will begin in September and will be about a 2 1/2 hour ride in each direction.
A bento boxed lunch is provided for travelers (which include sweets) and a ticket that allows the unlimited travel on the Yoro Railway for that day.  The ticket price is 3,000 Yen (about $27.00 U.S.) and a portion of the cost will be used to fund cat rescue operations.

cats on a dutch houseboatStray Cats Find Home on Amsterdam Houseboat – SF Gate

Here’s another wonderful International Cat Day story. There are many houseboats in Amsterdam on the canals and this one is being put to purrrrfect use! If your humans like to travel and find themselves in Amsterdam, make sure they check this place out.

The cat shelter boat is named De Poezenboot and has been in operation since 1968, when a lady inherited an old Dutch sailing barge.  Now cat lovers from all over the world come to visit, drawing about 100 visitors a day.

gray and white cat at Caturday on Boston CommonHundreds of Cats gather in Boston for first Caturday – Boston Globe

This is a shout out to Bean Town! These enlightened folks recently held their first public Caturday event. What I didn’t know is this event is happening in towns all across the country (I wonder why my town hasn’t held one??)

Boston’s first Caturday celebration was quite a success. What a Caturday event is a a feline friendly meet up. They advertised it on Facebook as “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends.” It was such a success that the organizer is planning to hold future Caturdays on the Boston Common on the first Caturday (Saturday for you humans) of each month.  Folks showed up with cats on leashes, cats in strollers and cats in their arms. The dog people did a double take but there were no hissy fits.

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 3/22

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Happy Wednesday!
It’s time for me to take you to some of my favorite spots on the web. I found some great stories so please enjoy.
Your Friend,
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Cat Gets Herself Hired at Nursing Home – Petcha

OreoA cat walked into a nursing home……and the rest is history. This beautiful feline, now known as Oreo, wandered into St. Augustine Health Ministries in Cleveland, Ohio one day and she worked her way into an important job.

This little black and white bundle of joy began her career hanging around the outside of the facility where she lived as a stray. Staff began feeding her and taking care of her and her next “promotion” came when she was invited inside.  She now works there full time and brings happiness to staff and the residents. There’s no limit to what a career-minded cat can do!

D.C. Shelter Has the Answer to Businesses’ Rodent Problems – Washington Business Journal

160712125203-cats-waiting-list-super-169The D.C. based, Humane Rescue Alliance is putting felines to work in local businesses. They provide businesses with resident felines, “hired” to patrol the property and keep rodents away. In return, feral cats  get homes — and they earn their keep.

The shelter provides spayed/neutered, microchipped vaccinated felines to the business. One ear is clipped to indicate that the cats are “employed”. The business signs an agreement to feed, shelter and care for their new hire for it’s lifetime. It’s a win-win situation. So far, two bars, an apartment complex, a real estate office, a brewery, two homes, a hardware store and a church have expressed interest. More and more cities are getting cats jobs in business and I say an enthusiastic “meow” to that!

Larry the Downing Street Mouser Under Scrutiny -Independent 

larry-cat-paI’ve written about the feline employees in the British government before and Larry in purrticular. Larry is one of several Whitehall pets, which include dogs. Unfortunately, Larry has been caught in the act of non-mousing.  Rumor has it that rather than catching rodents, Larry is taking cat naps and has recently been caught in the act by a photographer, leading some in government to speculate that Larry may lack the killer instinct important for politics. A photographer recently reported that Larry came face to face with a tiny mouse, which he allowed to escape after he played with it a while. 

Note to Larry…when you have a cushy government job,  don’t let them catch you napping!

Fish & Chips, Vancouver Island Explorer Kitties – Adventure Cats

30I love stories about adventure cats as much as I do stories about cats with jobs. These two felines, Fish and Chips  were adopted at different times, and are now the best of adventure-seeking friends.  The female human wanted to adopt a kitten but the male human (thinking he was really a dog person) wasn’t so sure. Then he discovered one of my favorite websites, Adventure Cats and he was convinced. First Fish came home with them. After deciding that having felines in the family was a great idea, they then adopted Chips. The adventures of these two and their humans are captured in stunning photography you can view at the Adventure Cats website. Reading about the life of these brave kitties makes me think I need to wander a bit further than our front garden!

Cat Islands in Japan – Creative Boom

c7ebc447205a9ea0a5f8d9812ce1664845f3667c_860Speaking of adventure, one photographer , Andrew Marttila’s photography series captures the feline residents of Cat Island in a beautiful pictorial album at Creative Boom.

Marttila went to Japan to see Cat Island. What he found out is that there are several cat islands off the Japanese coast and although there are beautiful felines to see, there are also issues in these places. The cats are not spayed and overpopulation is a problem, Still, the photographs are beautiful and a must see and these felines look very healthy and happy.

 

 

How Your Office Would Look If It Was Run By Cats – Bored Panda

The female human is a great fan of the cartoons of Tom Fonder, the creator of The Adventures of Business Cat. She likes him so much that she uses a “Boss Cat” as a branding tool for her Coworking Facility Tom Fonder has pondered important questions such as “What would it look like if a cat was the CEO of a major corporation?” He provides the answer in his wonderful cartoons and describes his Business Cat as a hard-hitting executive, not afraid to milk the corporation cash cow for his own purrrrposes.  I hope you enjoy the cartoons as much as our female human does, although as a real-life Boss Cat (the female human is only a purrrrsonal assistant and typist) I do think Mr. Fonder is a bit harsh about feline management skills.
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Cat Art Blog Hop

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Hello Folks,
Alberto here. My purrsonal assistant decided to exercise her artistic side and entered my photo in the Car Art Blog Hop. She took a photo of me in the garden and then used something called “Color Pop”, she says it’s an “app” but I have no idea what that is.
Let me know what you think.
Your Friend,
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/15

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Hello All You Cats and Kittens (and humans too),
Alberto here with my weekly purrrusal of the web. I’ve got some working cats, a sporting cat, luxury for cats and a “must see” documentary for feline fans. Enjoy!
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Police build mini condo for unofficial mascot ‘SWAT Cat’ – The Boston GlobePolice

Calico mascot of the Boston SWAT team gets a new houseMembers of the mobile SWAT team in Roxbury have constructed some fancy digs for their calico “unofficial” mascot SWAT.

This lucky feline received a one-story apartment with a spacious interior, a nice deck for outdoor dining (and perhaps entertaining) custom-made outdoor living facility .  Now that’s a job with some good benefits, food and fancy lodging!

 

George the Cat goes to work at the local Wilco Store – Daily Mail

British tabby cat hangs out in Wilco storeGeorge, the tabby has decided that the retail life is for him.  He’s created quite a sensation in the Wilko store (a budget store) in Bristol, England.

George has created quite a sensation and has garnered a fan club as well. Some fans created a Facebook page for him. When asked about his job description, the response was that he takes strolls in the aisles (probably greeting customers), catnapping on mats and relaxing on cushion displays. Sounds like a good job to me!

A concentrated effort was made to find out if George has a human, and he does. His human remarked that “he has a loving home with two other cats but I can’t keep him in and he keeps returning to the shops to say hello.”

Well, I guess if you’re a career minded kitty, you’ve just got to do what you need to do.

Kedi-The ‘Citizen Kane’ of Cat Documentaries – IndieWire

black and white cat from the Turkish movie Kedi,IndieWire refers to this feline film as “technically  a sophisticated, artful documentary from Turkish film maker Ceyda Tourun.”. That’s a  bunch of human language to say that this movie tells the story of Turkish felines and the humans who love them.  Although stray cats are sort of a cultural thing in Turkey, their cats are loved and cared for by the people of Instanbul. The film opened in New York on Feb. 0 and will be in Los Angeles on Friday. You can watch a ” target=”_blank”>preview  here.

Now I don’t understand all this “film speak” but I do know that any movie about felines is a good movie! Oh, and guess what “kedi” means in Turkish…cat, of course!

The Amazing Skiing, Swimming & Hiking Norwegian Cat – Adventurecats

orange cat skiing with his humanWe felines, by nature, are athletic and supple. Why even Tucker, our 16-pound Alpha can leap onto a high stool and onto the kitchen counter in an elegant and acrobatic movement. But Jesper, the Norwegian athlete takes athleticism to an entirely new level. He even has his own Facebook page. And if you don’t  believe that Jesper is the ultimate feline athlete, check out the video of him swimming.

His human says that Jesper likes hiking in the mountains and forests but he really loves fishing trips. She said some of her best memories are “When we are on fishing trips in the evening. It’s dark and we make food on the campfire, and he is sitting with us. He’s our best buddy in fur. It’s a special time for us.”

Well, Jesper, I commend you but I think I will contain my outdoor adventures to my regular strolls through our garden wearing my stylish harness and leash.

 

 Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels

tabby cat in wrought iron kitty bedLast week I told you about a fancy feline hotel in Indonesia and this week I’ve discovered an entire chain of feline luxury hotels in England.

So here’s what you proper British Moggies can expect when you check in:

  • a sumptuous suite with decorations befitting a 5 star hotel
  • wrought iron beds with soft pillows
  • A La Cat menus served on bone china
  • there is a themed garden area for each cat suite
  • 24 hour human concierge service
  • cheerful music guaranteed to get a feline purring

After reading this and looking at the a-cat-modations on the website, I have only one question, “Human, when are you sending me to a Longcroft hotel?”<style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style>

 

 

 

Oliver, the “Hairy Houdini” of Cats

Hello Friends,

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Me, sporting my new black and white collar. Note the look of happiness on my face.

Oliver here. I’d like to share my “battle of the collar” with you. The humans have a rule; every member of The Tribe of Five must wear a collar with our names and the human’s phone number. Even though we are inside kitties, there has been the odd occasion over the years when one of us has slipped through someone’s legs and shot out the door to explore the garden or the neighborhood, hence the reason for the identification on the collars. Oh, and each collar has a bell because when there are five felines in the household who aren’t well-behaved all of the time, the humans are able to identify who is walking around, racing up the stairs, or jumping off the counter by the sound of our bells.

My brother Alberto and I came to live with the humans about a year and a half ago. The female human promptly ordered us collars. The collars arrived and were placed around our necks. Alberto (and the rest of the Tribe of Five) sport their collars proudly. I, on the other hand, have issues with these things. I’ve spent much time learning how to remove the offending collar (the “safety” feature is wonderful for ridding myself of the offensive item when I get my teeth into it and pull in just the right manner.)

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Whoops, busted!

I lost my first green collar quickly. The humans searched the house but I’d hidden it so well they gave up. A second collar was ordered. I pulled on that one so much, I managed to break the plastic buckle rendering the thing useless.

The female human thought she’d try a new tactic. She went shopping and bought yet another new collar. She declared it perfect for me and told me over and over how “dapper” I looked in the black and white restraint, and how well it matched my luxurious coat. Then she had a small tag made with my name on the front and the human’s cell numbers on the back. This was attached to the collar with the bell.

So, it’s not bad enough that I’m forced to wear this restraint now; I’m forced to suffer further distress with a tag that clinks against the attached bell. Every step I make, I hear, “tinkle, tinkle, clink, clink”. It is maddening. Alberto heard the “song of my collar” immediately, ran over to me and promptly slapped my tag and bell back and forth, enjoying the new “toy”. I was not amused.

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I refused to turn around so the female human was forced to photograph the newest constraint this way.

I admit it did take a little more time to figure out how to extricate myself from this contraption but I managed- five times. The first four times, the humans successfully located my hiding place for the restraint and attach it to me. The fifth time I hid it so far away they’re still looking for it.

Sadly, the female human found my very first collar and had the temerity to make me wear it this morning before she left for work. I have an entire day to get the thing off of me and bury it in a place she’ll never look.

I don’t know about the rest of my feline friends, but I hate these collar things and I refuse to accept them in the docile manner Tucker and Jasmine have (they’ve been wearing the same collars for 13 years!)

I call all my collar-despising feline friends to unite! Tell me your terrible collar tales and let’s figure out how to put an end to this barbaric practice!

 

Your Soon to Be Collarless Friend,

Oliver
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The Felines Opine On 2016

tukcrownTucker Opines

Well, I must say, 2016 was fairly much like 2015. I retained my lofty position on the red chair in the living room, received treats regularly and even strolled (under human supervision) on the upstairs deck.

The “little guys” as we call them continued to be annoying and always  up to  some kitten shenanigans  but they do recognize my authority as the Alpha of The Tribe of Five and now that they’re just over a year, they are settling down a bit.

And they are making themselves useful. Oliver has decided he likes my prescription food and this is quite convenient for me.. Each morning, when the female human comes out of the bedroom, Oliver races down the hallway and does a little dance by the food bowl. The female human obediently goes to the pantry in the laundry room, grabs the food and fills both of our bowls. Having Oliver around is never having to say, “I’m hungry”.

I’m looking forward to another relaxing year as Alpha as I take up my post on the red chair (or, as the humans refer to it, the “throne”), watch the household antics of Oliver and Alberto, receive my treats and have a perpetually full food bowl.

Jasmine Opines

Siamese cat Jasmine in fake nose and glassesWell, I am still living in the human’s bedroom but things have progressed. If you’re wondering why I live in the bedroom, you can read about it in Amelia’s story.

There have been some breakthroughs in 2016. The humans invite Lily into the bedroom frequently in the evenings and things are progressing enough that  I will actually come out from under the bed when she’s there (although sometimes she forgets she’s supposed to show me deference and chases after me, resulting in a loud a hissy fit and a big “fluffy tail”).. The female human is also leaving the bedroom door open periodically (when she can watch Lily and make sure she doesn’t waltz in.)  I am optimistic about the future.

Siamese cat sitting at a snowy windowThere is much in my two-room environment to keep me interested, the automatic red dot thingy Siamese cat sitting oi chair in front of widow in winterthat twirls and spins and throws red dots down the hallway, huge windows and wide window ledges that look out to the woods around the house.  I often have visitors come by. Some are felines, some are birds, some are squirrels and there is the occasional raccoon as well.

My brother Tucker comes and visits and sleeps overnight, as does Oliver and Alberto.  Tucker sleeps in one of the cushy cat beds but  Alberto and Oliver are a bit disruptive so they end up being escorted out of the room at some time in the wee hours.

The female human showed me that you don’t have to go out to do good work for pets. She and her sister founded a lost pet social media organization for our area and many pets have been reunited with their families thanks to all the good people who help.

All in all, it’s been a good year and much more interesting than last year. The female human told me that when I write my year end comments for 2017, she hopes I’ll be telling you how I roam around the house again.

Lily Opines

cat with New Years hat and glassesIt’s been a good year. I’ve been in the human’s bedroom many times and I’m thinking Jasmine and I may be friends after all (as long as I don’t forget myself and  chase her).

I have a nice routine with the female human. Each evening after she finishes making dinner, she goes downstairs and gets a pail full of cat food. She calls this “junk food” and won’t let us eat it on a regular basis, but she does give Alberto and I a few bits. If Tucker deigns to sashay down the stairs to join us, he gets a few pieces too. She then takes the pail and puts the food down on the patio for our masked friends. One of them comes with her little masked babies and I like to sit by the sliding glass doors and chat with them about woodland life versus indoor life. Seems to me I have the better deal.

The female human’s story “All My Children Wear Fur Coats” was published in February in the newest Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s soul book. This experience made her even more interested in writing about and for cats (it’s because of this that she is our purrrrsonal assistant and types for us in this blog). She was even on several radio shows talking about the fabulous Tribe of Five and is now working on something she refers to as a “cozy mystery” that has two cats as main characters (I hope one of them is me).

This month was a bit stressful. Some of the human’s relatives visited, and, although I am sure they are wonderful people, I did not want to be bothered so I spent the time downstairs, burrowed under the sofa cover. The Tribe of Five produced a manual for guests who visit homes with felines, you may want to ensure your humans read this.

It’s been a purrfectly wonderful  year and I look forward to a purrfectly wonderful 2017 as well.

Oliver Opines

Black and white cat with new years mask and hatI would say that I probably had the most exciting year as I threw my hat in the ring as the Kitty Cat Party cat-i-date for purresident. My running mate, Olive, from Three Chatty Cats, and I even sent our human to a conference called Blogpaws with campaign buttons to spread the word about our platform.

Olive and I presented a complete platform only to find that the Today Show featured another feline who was running and never even mentioned my name so I had to take them to task, sheesh, what’s a cat got to do to get some press coverage?

Sadly, my running mate and I did not win but this does black and white kitten runs for presidentnot mean that I have abandoned all my purrlitical aspirations. I have been reading about cats that are mayors, customs officials and even a Chief Mouser for the British Cabinet.  Now that I have some experience, I’m thinking I might just be successful at this purrlitical thing.

No matter what I decide to do in 2017, it will be a great year and I look forward to opining all about it.

Alberto Opines

Siamese cat in bag wearing party hatIt was a great year. I was the official spokes-purrson for the Kitty Cat Pawty campaign and I quite enjoyed all the attention.  Even though my brother Oliver didn’t win, he told me there would be a job for me if he ever entered the purrlitical arena again.

Things in the spring and summer were grand. The humans bought us a portable catio and we all enjoyed
bird and squirrel watching on the front porch and upstairs deck in complete safety. Ever since the female human took a class about the concept of “Fearless” cat raising, she’s made sure our home is as fear free as possible.

The next exciting thing I experienced was being able to Siamese ca walking on leash in the gardenstroll through the front garden with a harness and leash. I quite enjoy myself when the female human takes me out to explore.

I had fun with the male human showing him how to pluck the string things on his guitar, we made some lovely mewsic together

img_2553Fall was a bit dicey. First the humans tried to put some ridiculous thing on me that they called a “dinosaur costume”. I was having none of it and, as you can see by my expression, I conveyed my unhappiness quite clearly.

Then, the female human came out into the living room one night made up like a feline. I was completely gobsmacked (as my British moggie friends would say). At first I was freaked out. Was she going through some strange human to feline transformation? If she was transforming into a cat, who would take over all the things she does for us? (I don’t trust siamese cat and woman with cat ears and cat make-upthe male human to do this). Once I calmed down and figured out she was not cat-morphing I became a bit annoyed. Was she mocking us? It was a terrible “faux paws”  and one, I am fairly certain, the female human will not repeat.

As I lounge by the fire, I am thinking what a happy cat I am and I think 2017 will be even better.

A final note from the #TribeOfFive

Thanks to all our friends out there in the blogosphere. We love the notes we receive from other felines (and other non-feline creatures…and even humans)  and we look forward to entertaining and enlightening you all from our little corner of the world in 2017.

Purrs & Meows,
Tucker, Jasmine, Lily, Alberto & Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

Walk This Way-Fear Free Leash & Harness Walking

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Is Your Feline Ready?
Hello, Alberto here. My brother Oliver and I are quite interested in what goes on outside our house. There are little furry animals running around, large striped creatures who wear Alberto the rescue kitten with the purebred Siamese lookmasks and even big dog-like creatures that the humans call “coyotes”.  I would like to get in the middle of all this action but the humans are having none of it. They did note our restlessness though and a few weeks ago the female human came home with a black thing that had a long tail.

Now I would like to say to all my feline friends that this black thing might not be for you. I am the adventurous type. I never run from the vacuum monster and in fact, love to chase it. My brother Oliver is a lot more timid. When he hears the vacuum monster being wheeled out of its cave, he hightails it downstairs. Purrsonality is important and, as our home is always as fear free as possible, the humans decided I would be the first to try this harness and leash thing.

The Harness Thing
Alberto the Siamese cat walks on a harness and leashThe female human sat down on the floor, holding the black things. I’m always interested in new stuff and so I walked toward her. As soon as I got close I noticed that the black thing smelled great and I wanted to get closer. (I heard the human say she sprayed the black thing with something called “Safe Space” .)   After I sniffed a few minutes, the human reached out, pulled me toward her and slipped something around my neck. Before I could scamper away, she pulled something around my tummy and then snapped it into place. Everything happened quickly and before I knew it, she was standing up and the front door was open.

I took a few steps onto the porch and couldn’t believe my eyes and nose. What a magical place, birds were singing, the breeze was blowing and I could smell that other felines had come to my front porch.

Evidently I was standing too long, because the human picked me up and took me into the place she called ‘the garden”. Wow, what a place. Lots of green stuff to smell and as soon as I found a smell I liked I just rolled around in it. I was having a ball!Al the Siamese cat rolls around on the ground enjoying his harness and leash

 

I’m Wearing Your Harness Thing, Now What?
The human seemed to have a different agenda than I did. She tugged at the contraption I was wearing and I did not like it a bit. Evidently she wanted me to walk in a certain direction. I, on the other hand, had alternate plans. The harder she tugged, the more I rolled around in “the garden”. The long black thing that was attached to me and which she held in her hand kept getting shorter and shorter. She learned quickly that allowing me to implement my plan worked better than having to stop and unwrap the thing from around trees, bushes and plants. I think she learned that our little excursion  would have gone much easier on her had she allowed me to wander my way.

Relax and Smell The Roses
At some point the human realized that I was in charge of this little outing and I could
Alberto the Siamese cat enjoys the smell of the lavender in the garden as he walks on his leashsense she was relaxing (fear free applies to our humans too!) . She let me roam in “the garden” and as a reward, I decided to pose for her next to the cat planter. All the time I was out there, Oliver was sitting in the window, meowing and pacing. It looked like the little scaredy cat wanted to try this harness thing too.

 

Final Mewsings and the Human Speaks
Since the human took me for my first outing in “the garden”, I’ve had several more trips and enjoy this new activity very much. She did make the mistake of remaining outside with me when the male human arrived and opened the big  door that goes up and down that keeps the electronic monsters on wheels inside. This was NOT fun and I let her know quickly that little experience did nothing to further her fear free agenda!  AlbertoPose1

 

From the Human
After observing Oliver’s great distress at being left out of the adventure, I adjusted the harness (Oliver’s girth is much bigger than Alberto’s) and put it on Oliver. My experience with Alberto who is mellow and very compliant, allowed me enough practice so I could put the harness on Oliver much quicker. As you see from the photos, Oliver enjoyed himself thoroughly and I made sure that he wasn’t outside when the “big door” opened.  Also note, the first time I took Al out, I did not have his harness fixed correctly. If you look at the shots of Oliver with the harness you will see the corrrect way to use this harness (ah, live and learn).

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