The Cat Diaries: A Must See VideoPublished July 15, 2009
When a dear friend introduced me to Aaron Rift's creative "The Cat Diary" YouTube videos awhile ago, I was thoroughly enchanted. His skillful photography coupled with his choice of music and sound effects were purrfect. With his keen eye and understanding of feline behavior, his mini productions are very absorbing. Highly entertaining, I looked forward to every new episode.
One of my favorite "dramatic" series is his "rubber chicken" collection. While bordering on the "dark side" of humor at times, I find them to be an utter delight. With the blend of humor and "dramatic" mystery, they can be riveting. However, most of the time I am laughing so hard that when our cats catch me watching one, they give me that "oh no . . . not again" look; you know the one to which I am referring! It is frequently accompanied by several very slow eye rolls and perhaps even a soft sneeze or two. Purrhaps it is they are allergic to watching me viewing these feline oriented video productions. But most of the times they turn their back and slink off into another room and promptly fall asleep.
But I have been puzzled for a long time about how many cats own Aaron. I have a burning curiosity about his cat population. He features such a wide variety of feline stars that make appearances in his work. He certainly has my curiosity piqued. And while he has taken the time to add a FAQ feature on his website, there is a dearth of information about his purrsonal cat clowder. Personally I think this is a huge oversight and may result in an inordinate amount of "hissing" from his audience. Of course he is entitled to maintain his privacy, but gee whiz, the kittens in his features are so darned appealing. Inquiring minds "knead" to know.
This said, after spending time investigating his website, I was thrilled to learn that the chickens used in his "Rubber Chicken Vs Cats" series were purchased at Dollar Tree, that he uses stage blood and not ketchup for those dastardly violent scenes and no kitties were harmed in the creation of his videos; that all the fight scenes were filmed while his cats were playing with each other. The rubber chickens however, may not have fared so well.
One of my favorites is one of his longer productions, "The Cat Diaries, Episode 5: The Mouse and the Mirror Visit". And an unexpected short homage to those mountain banjo and guitar pickers, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt playing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" hits the spot.
So, without further amew, take a moment to sit back, put your feet on your desk and enjoy this amusing production.
You can view all of Aaron Rift's work by visiting http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=thecatdiaries&view=videos
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