Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Before we get to your tip, I just want to mention that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. One of my Little Books would be a wonderful gift for the burlesque lover in your life. Also, The Boston BeauTease are presenting Valent-Tease Day at Thunder Road that night. Not only will we be presenting our usual burlesque delights, but some of my students from B.A.B.E. will be making their burlesque debut. AND you’ll get to see the act I debuted in Los Angeles. Right now the only way to see it is to support me on Patreon.

With no further ado or commercials, here’s your tip!

If you have pets with fur, keep a lint brush in your show bag.

No matter how carefully you keep you costumes away from your fuzzy family members, somehow fur is still going to make an appearance — and of course it will contrast as highly as possible. Albert just loves to cuddle up to dark clothing…

Scratch points out that if you’ve forgotten your lint brush, there’s still hope, “you’re a burlesque dancer — you’ve got double-sided tape!”.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 8 February 2019 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Brief Feline Interlude

Dear Constant Reader,

I promise I will get back to the burlesque soon, after all, I still need to tell you about my travels to Winnipeg. However, I didn’t want to leave you hanging after my missive of Friday.

Thursday night I was awakened by Scratch yelling that something was wrong with Albert. He was behaving very strangely and clearly having trouble breathing. We raced off to the animal hospital. It was a terrifying trip, dear reader. After some oxygen and some tests, the vet diagnosed a possible asthma attack, gave us some recommendations, and we took him home at about 2:30 in the morning.

At about 7 in the morning Scratch yelled again — Albert was having a seizure. Then he had the same strange behavior (although thankfully not the breathing issue) of the night before. And then he was perfectly normal. Back to the hospital we went.

We realized he had probably had a seizure the night before, but we had only seen the aftermath. He was admitted to the hospital for observation and to have a battery of tests. His People were pretty well wrecked at this point and went home to fret. We did visit him in the evening and he was happy to see his Man, if a little dopey from the anti-seizure medication.

All his tests came back clear and we brought him home Saturday afternoon with a diagnosis of epilepsy of unknown cause. He’s very unsteady on his feet and he’s having a hard time climbing up and down from the day bed (his favorite spot and usually an easy jump), even with the trundle bed out to make a step. He’s uninterested in much of anything except sleep and food, although he enjoys being petted. Even his favorite toy holds no attraction. We’re told it will take him a couple of weeks to adjust to the medication. Also, his fur was shaved in a couple of places, including the top of his head, so he’s not his usual handsome self.

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Angell Animal Medical Center. Everyone we dealt with was terrific. The fact that Albert was able to see a neurologist was incredible. If you need medical care for your pet, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

The outpouring of love and support from all over the internet has been amazing and we appreciate all your kind words. It really kept us going, knowing how many of you were sending us well wishes and healing thoughts.

And here he is, not the best picture, but he’s not at his best right now.


Published in: on 27 August 2018 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip

Dearest Constant Reader,

I had a nice Friday Tip all planned for you and then everything went to hell. Albert, Scratch’s beloved cat, had a scary medical incident last night that had us at the animal hospital until the wee hours and then this morning it happened again, so he’s back in the hospital. I’m kind of a wreck, so I’m just going to say

Be good to one another.


Published in: on 24 August 2018 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dear Constant Reader,

Vote for the Boston Babydolls!

Do you know this charming creature? Scratch found it wandering the streets, but it’s clearly a house cat. We’d like to find its owners. Drop me a note if you know anything about this cat.

Published in: on 1 March 2012 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment