I looked out of the picture in my den and I called out to Top Cat, “Come see this! The mortal enemies have called a truce!”

Usually, these two cats can’t stand the sight of each other. For two years they have been skirmishing out in the backyard, squabblingover who’s going to be head honcho, call the shots over the breakfast buffet and get first dibs on every body’s favorite door mat on the back door steps (the dry spot ,under the eaves, when it rains).

Top Cat takes a look at this scene and he shrugs, and says to me, “I can’t tell who that is.”

Can’t tell who that is???

How can that be? We only have four black cats for DoG’s sake, and they are all so very different from one another that it’s the easiest thing in the world to tell them apart!

See for yourself –here’s Timmy:

And here’s Blackie:

This is Dudley:

And this is Cindy…

…who is an indoor cat and not really part of this Black Cat Mystery but I wanted to show her to you to prove how very dissimilar all our black cats are, in appearance, attitude, body language, etc.

Right? You see it, right?

So now you tell me: who is on the stone wall?

And everyone who gets it right will receive in the mail a special print of a Vivian Swift cat painting along with a certificate for Superior Achievement in Catology.

Deadline for this contest is noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday July 30.

Please leave your two names (either Timmy, Blackie, and/or Dudley) in the Comments below and if you are correct I will contact you for your home address so I can send you your prestigious credential, suitable for framing.

27 Comments, RSS

  1. Pinky July 29, 2011 @ 6:31 am


    Timmy’s been around, but you haven’t blogged about him yet. There are probably 100 stories you haven’t had room to mention on the blog. Some could be about Timmy.
    Back to square one.

  2. Linda Jacks July 29, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Dudley and Blackie – Duh. (Sitting at my computer with evil black cat princess Lupita on my lap).
    Can Top Cat pick you out of a “group” of two reclining female people?

    Linda Jacks

  3. Linda Jacks July 29, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Or maybe it’s Timmy and Blackie – or Timmy and Dudley? But in person we would all know, promise.

    Linda Jacks

  4. Laura George July 29, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I think it’s Dudley & Blackie…the size seems about right for those two. 🙂

  5. bunny July 29, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    I am trying to gather my wits here, and my first thought is, they all look alike to me. But then, I think I am way past that. And realize I’m one of those super sensitive people who look past LOOKS, and stare into the soul of the other person to size them up, or in this case black cats. You can easily pick up “hints” on the body language, the crook of the mouth, the way they tilt their head, or perk up the ears when they see you appear.

    And by then, its very obvious that they are from rival gangs, each with his own posse, Blackie confident that his peeps, Candy, Licorice and Taffy (just the names are scary, right?) are right behind him giving him props? and Dudley, strutting his stuff like he darn well owns the place, for as long as he’s been coming ’round, his hiss puts fear into all who come within a sniff of him.

    I hope I win…

  6. Deborah July 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Timmy & Dudley

  7. Carol July 29, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I am guessing that it is Dudley and Blackie.
    And – separate comment – I think Cindy is ADORABLE!!

  8. CarolM July 29, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    I believe it is Timmy and Blackie.

  9. chel July 29, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Timmy and Blackie. I think. Hmmmm. (I have a Beloved Black Cat, too- her name is Delilah…)

  10. Susie July 29, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    Blackie and Dudley?

    Hard to tell without knowing them personally.

    My sister lives in a small town and has 12 cats, most of them black. That way the neighbors never know how many she has. She tells people she has 3.

    Cindy is beautiful, nice and sleek with gorgeous eyes and a sweet expression.

  11. Margaret July 29, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Family conference held – agreed that it is Dudley and Blackie. But hey, what do we know!

  12. Nadine July 29, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Me and my feline black beauty, Angelina, think it’s Dudley and Blackie.

  13. Alexandra MacKenzie July 29, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    I am going with Timmy and Dudley.

    Most people can’t tell my two black-and-tan dachshunds apart, either, and they are SO different. One *clearly* has more white hairs on top of his head than the other!

  14. Vicki July 29, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    Timmy and Blackie, of course!

  15. Barbara Lemme July 29, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Timmy and Blackie. In real life it would be easy to tell!

  16. Rachel July 29, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Going with Blackie and Dudley here. But frankly, I think you are attempting to obscure things with that murkey photo.

    As we say in most things, two outta three aint bad.

  17. JOAN July 29, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    I say Dudley and Timmy…

    If you have a black cat named Dudley then one of the others should be named DooRight, right?

    I heard on a local service announcement by a rep. of our local no kill animal shelter, that black cats are the last ones to be adopted because of so many superstions. Black cats are the most tormented/abused cats…based solely on their color. Because they are the least desirable they are the most euthanized (killed) cats at shelters who practice this awful deed.

    Out where it’s so Dog-danged hot you could melt…104F/50% humidity in the desert for crying out loud! There oughtta be a law!

  18. Janet July 29, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    I’m thinking Blackie and Dudley would be looking for a cool place if they were in Texas, too. Timmy reminds me of my black cat Gwydion who went to kitty heaven many years ago — he’s very handsome.

  19. Shelley July 29, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    I’ve been going around and around…and I think it’s Blackie and Dudley. I’d know in a heartbeat if we could see both of the kitties faces (or if you had posted butt shots of all of them to compare).

    At any rate, they are all gorgeous and full of character. Blackie looks like a force to be reckoned with, but then again, he might be the biggest lover. Cindy is simply beautiful too.

    It’s hard to imagine people being frightened of black cats…some of the BEST cats with the sweetest personalities I’ve ever had were black ones.

  20. Michelle July 30, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    Blackie and Dudley!

  21. Kate July 30, 2011 @ 2:53 am

    The House and the Senate? 🙂

  22. Kate July 30, 2011 @ 2:58 am

    No, you said “truce,” didn’t you? I just saw “mortal enemies” and jumped ahead of myself.

  23. Vicki in Michigan July 30, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Timmy and Blackie. 🙂

  24. Eileen Alston July 30, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I think the cats on the wall are Blackie and Dudley.

  25. Tara July 30, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Oh, hahahaha!!! What a great contest! So sorry I missed the deadline!

  26. Benedicte Caneill July 31, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Oh, no! I missed the deadline!! We are on the road. I have not ceased to roam yet!! But I vote for Blackie and Dudley anyway!

  27. JOAN July 31, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    WOOT!! I’m one of the three winners….I’m doing the Happy Cat Dance.

    Timmy & Dudley…you are two rockin’ fat cats! Hope you maintain the truce at least as long as the heat continues to melt pavement, people and cats.

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