Caturday felid trifecta: Cat naps, goalkitty, Darwin the retriever cat

Once again you’re lucky enough to get three cat-related items today. The first, from the Daily Mail, shows moggies sleeping in weird positions.  There are a lot more; here are my favorites:









From LoveMeow, meet Keys, aka “goalkitty”:


Her human, Peter Mares from California, discovered her unique talent by accident.

Peter noticed one morning that she tossed her paws up in the air as some sort of a stretch. He quickly grabbed the camera and captured the moment. The next day, she did it again, so Peter immediately rewarded her with her favorite treat.


“She has come to recognize the camera, and does these ‘goal hands’ whenever she sees it,” Peter told Buzzfeed.

Every time she receives a treat, he says “I know what you want.”


Now those words have become the magic phrase that gets Keys excited. Whenever she hears them, she throws her paws up and gets ready for action. “Every time I pop out my camera and say the magic (phrase), she poses,” he told HuffingtonPost.


There are a few short videos of Keys at the site.


Finally, from the California news side Berkeleyside comes the story of Darwin the retriever cat, who simply goes out, fetches stuff he finds, and brings it home. (Of course he has a Facebook page.) His owner regards each one as an objet trouvé, saves them as art, and posts them on his page.



The objects are found and retrieved by a cat, Darwin.


His spokesperson, who is the epitome of all that is good and inspiring and to be admired about our dear old Berkeley, explains:

“A friend from West Oakland called me.  He had found an orphaned kitten. I was going to just socialize him and adopt him out, but that … uh … didn’t happen. I knew from the get-go that he was odd. I called him Darwin because I was convinced he was going to naturally select himself out of the gene pool. If there was a dangerous object, he would find it. He would chew on tacks, broken glass, scissors, X-Acto blades, walk toward hot burners and open flames, that sort of thing.

He started out by bringing leaves. It took me a while to figure out how they were getting in the house.  The early ones scared me. I was living alone at the time, and I found them under the kitchen table. I finally remembered to look for the fang marks. Phew.

I think the first non-leaf thing was the instructions for quinine bush tea. He still makes a big yowling announcement when he brings these gifts. If I’m out really late, I’m lucky to get anything. If I’m home early, he’ll sometimes make 5 or 6 trips. Most of it is just yucky garbage, though.”

Darwin is a retriever of things.  He retrieves, always at night, from neighbors near North Berkeley BART. Mostly paper items, but occasional surprises.  Here are a few more examples of his found object art:



Why does Darwin do this? They aren’t the corpses of mice or birds, after all, but leaves and papers! Does he have a preference for certain detritus above others?

h/t: Roger C., j.j.


  1. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    The sleeping box kitty made me laugh out loud. But the goal kitty is gonna go viral. I can feel it.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    If he could get the retriever cat to bring back the green stuff with numbers on it. Maybe hang around banks.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 24, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I live pretty close to the North Berkeley BART Station and would love to go on a night-roaming adventure with Darwin. He’s an explorer and collector like his namesake.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        Might be profitable. I lived in Alameda a couple of times. Great place if you can afford it.

  3. jrhs
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Now…I gotta see if my dog can be trained to do that touchdown signal.

  4. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The real mystery is, who writes “Shopping List” at the top of a shopping list?

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      It looks like one given to someone who does your shopping for you. Other reasons (besides the heading) I think that are: it includes everything (not just stuff you don’t buy regularly or might forget) and stuff has been marked off as it’s put in the trolley. It also looks like it’s been pinned up somewhere as items to add to the list are remembered too.

      I hope that’s why anyway, because you’re right – who does head their shopping list, “Shopping List?”

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted September 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

        Maybe someone who’s running low on shopping lists and needs to buy more?

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Looking carefully, I see someone in the ‘hood is selling Rx cannibis.

  6. Real Me 86
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    This is soooo very cute thank you for posting this

  7. loren russell
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I love Darwin’s “Jesus Auto Upholstery” find.. Nothing says class like a Shroud of Turin replica car seat!

  8. Darren Garrison
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Okay, “Jesus Auto Upholstery.”

    Somebody has to make that a web comic or something.

    • Flemur
      Posted September 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      “I called again and spoke with Jesus himself (who apologized and seemed nice).”

      “Jesús” is the 6th, 14th or 47th most popular boy’s name in Mexico, depending where you look.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 24, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      “You shalt NOT sit on the hot black upholstery for your LORD has seen to it that always thou shalt sit on this nice furry upholstery!”
      “And if you buy now, the LORD will toss in a fur covering for your steering wheel! Hallelujah!”

  9. Kevin
    Posted September 24, 2016 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Darwin gets noms.

    Also adorable double bowl sleepers. Minimization of surface area.

  10. Mike
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    I see Jesus has gone into car upholstery ! must have given up on the odd Miracle.

  11. frednotfaith2
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Goal Kitty Keys put a smile on my face, along with all the other amusingly posed felines.

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