Flip’s Friends

This month I met Rory, a 16-pound cat, who patrols Scraps Dog Bakery in Truckee. Rory is up for adoption through the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation. If you come into Scraps looking for dog food, watch out for this guy. Rory might be a British Shorthair but to me he looks more like a cougar. His feet are enormous. Not only is he big but he can jump high and is one of the most athletic cats Carol from Wylie has ever seen — and Carol knows a lot of cats. When I met Rory, he was perched atop about 10 bags of dog food, daring anyone to grab a bag. Rory seems friendly, but it’s my job to be suspicious of 16-pound super athlete cats. My person likes Rory because you can pet him like a dog, as well as rub his head and mess up his hair. If you are looking for a big cat with a big personality, check out Rory. For more info, contact Carol with Wylie at momcatcarol@gmail.com.


  • Flip Speckleman

    RIP 1999 – 2011


    Flip Speckleman was one of Moonshine Ink's original columnists, writing his beloved column "Flip's Friends" for almost a decade. His wry sense of humor, eloquent style, love of shelter animals, and appreciation for Tahoe living touched readers over the years, with many citing Flip's Friends as their favorite part of Moonshine.

    A sample of his writing:

    “I’m getting cranky in my old age. Ok, I’m getting crankier in my old age. A few random neighborhood dogs have been wandering by my house lately. My immediate response is to bark, ‘Get off my lawn,’ and then mutter something unintelligible under my breath about kids today. Excitable young dogs jump up enthusiastically when we greet on a walk. My response is to not even make eye contact. If they persist I show my teeth and growl. I don’t know what it is with young pups today. I blame social media. The cats are texting. The dogs are tweeting. I look like a caveman showing up with my notebook, pencil, and press pass. I think it’s time Moonshine Ink bought me a laptop.”  

    ~ “Bruno: Short, Brown, and Handsome,” published in Moonshine Ink, Dec. 10, 2010

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