Up Up And Away


SCRAT: This was a great idea to go camping tonight, Fuzzy!

CHIP: Yep…. good buds, bitter beer, the great indoors.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

FUZZYWIG: Oh, it will definitely get better!  Just wait until 4:20….

This serene, manly critter camping scene was suddenly interrupted by something falling out of the sky and into their campfire…


SCRAT: It’s a UFO!!!!  Grab your nuts and RUN!!!!!!!!!!!

CHIP: That’s no alien spacecraft… that’s just a cat in a balloon.  The feline version of Steve Fossett.

FUZZYWIG: HEY!!!  Be a little more careful where you’re landing that thing!  Don’t you know that only YOU can prevent forest fires?

SAMMY: Sorry everyone… didn’t mean to cause a ruckus.  I’m getting one last grand tour of the world before I head off for the Rainbow Bridge.  I’d heard a lot of great things about The Nest from my friend Bashful, and was curious to check this place out for myself.

SCRAT: Bashful said great things about us?

FUZZYWIG: Don’t believe any of it!  Not a single thing he said is true!

CHIP: Well anyway, welcome to our shelf here at The Nest, Sammy.

SAMMY: Thanks guys!  I’ll go looking around now….

Meanwhile…. a little further down the road….


TINA: W00t!  I rolled a twelveteen!  My little elf just totally assimilated your pathetic wizard!

SCRATCHY: Dammit, this is why I hate playing Bottom Shelves And Dragons!

TWILIGHT: As Bottom Shelf Master, I shall now summon the next enemy…

AJ: Oh wow, Sugarcube, you got great summonin’ skills!  Here they come now!


SAMMY: Greetings, ponies!  It’s Sammy passing through…

TINA: YAY!  Fresh meat!  Prepare to be defeated!

TWILIGHT: Welcome Sammy!  Where are you headed.

SAMMY: I’m on my world tour before I retire to the Rainbow Bridge.

SCRATCHY: Careful about those bridges… you know they’re infested with trolls!


SAMMY: No, that’s not the Rainbow Bridge!  It looks more like this…


AJ: Oooooooooh!  That’s perty!!!

SAMMY: Well, it was nice meeting you all!  I’ll be on my way to see more of your friends….

LUNA: HALT!  Who is this interloper in my domain!?!?


SAMMY: Oh, you must be Luna!  Nice to meet…

LUNA: That’s PRINCESS Luna to you, airborne peasant!

SAMMY: Well, then you can call me Prince Samuel of Catagonia then, Your Majesty!  I humbly request permission to explore your kingdom here.

SCRATCHY: Back off, Looney!  You don’t scare anybody around here anymore…

LUNA: Hmph!  This is no way to talk to a Goddess… but I guess I shall allow you passage.  Just stay out of the castle’s airspace…

With Luna’s generous blessing, Sammy continued on his journey of the land of the shelf critters…


SPONKIE 1: HAHA!!!  We’ve got you now, Pokemon!

SPONKIE 2: Yeah!  Say your Pokeprayers before we capture you as our own!

SHADOW: (Chuckling to himself) Oh, these kids.  They always think they can get the upper hand on a clever umbreon like myself.  Why don’t you two bored little sparklecorns turn around and capture the critter hovering behind you instead?


SPONKIE 1: You think we’re stupid enough to fall for that distraction?

SPONKIE 2: (Readies the Pokeball) Fat chance, nuclear reactor!  You’re ours now!

SAMMY: Hi guys!


SPONKIE 1: Wow!  It’s a kitty in a balloon!

SAMMY: Hope I wasn’t interrupting anything important.

SPONKIE 2: Naw, we were just ready to capture this stupid Poke…. (turns around)  Aw, POOP!!!

SPONKIE 1: He got away!  Drat!  We’ll catch that thing, yet!

SAMMY: Sorry if I was any trouble.  I’m just passing through on my tour of the world!

SPONKIE 2: No worries, mate!  Hey, have you been to Uluru, Australia yet?

SAMMY: I don’t think so.  Can you tell me how to get there by balloon?

SPONKIE 1: Not a problem!  Just turn around!


SAMMY: COOL!  How many critters can say they’ve seen it snow in Australia?  Thanks a lot, friends!  I’ll be on my way now….

A little farther on down the road….


BUSTER: Well, what do we have here?

SAMMY: I’m Sammy, and I’m checking out the world before I head over to the Rainbow Bridge!

BUSTER: Hey, I’ve been to the Bridge myself many, many times!  They keep kicking me out, though…. probably all of that gas I get from living off roadkill and thrown away Big Macs…

SAMMY: Awesome!  Maybe you can help lead me there…

BUSTER: Sure thing, kiddo!  First off….



BUSTER: (From underneath the Mitzi’s massive, silicone enhanced chest) Oooooooooooh, my spleen!

SAMMY: Thank you!  And you are quite the attractive horsie, yourself!

MITZI: Awwwwwwwww, I’ll bet you say that to all the bimbocorns!  Wanna, like, stick around and get a few drinks?

SAMMY: I’d love to, but I can’t.  Gotta see the world before the Rainbow Bridge comes calling my name.  It was nice meeting you, though!

MITZI: You’re such a sweetie weetie cutie pie!!!  Let Mitzi give you a big ol’ buh-bye kiss!!!


As Sammy continued on his journey through the shelf, he ran into many of The Nest’s other well-known denizens…


And some lesser known critters…


And some truly bizarre creatures…


SAMMY: Wow, so you’re really a rainbow dinosaur?


After seeing all there was to see at The Nest, Sammy prepared to lift off for the next destination on his global trip.  But there was one small problem….

SAMMY: Oh no!  I seem to have lost a lot of the hot air in my balloon!  I won’t be able to get off the ground like this!


RAINY: You have no hot air in your balloon?  That’s a coincidence, I have no rain in my rain gauge.

SAMMY: I’ll bet I could get you some genuine Rainbow Bridge rain if you could tell me where I can find enough hot air to fly my balloon!

RAINY: Hmmmmmmmm, I have an idea….


SAMMY: Are you sure this kind of “hot air” is going to work in my balloon?

RAINY: Are you serious?  Did you know they flew the Hindenberg all the way across the Atlantic Ocean on skunk gas?

SAMMY: Ummmmm, didn’t the Hindenberg….

RAINY: Bon voyage, and don’t forget my rain!

SAMMY: I won’t!  (Waves to Rainy) Thank you so much for all your help!!!!!


Fuzzywig’s dog Fleabag joins Rainy in bidding Sammy adieu from The Nest….




Today’s episode of Shelf Critter Theatre was part of a Blog Hop put together to allow bloggers from all over the world to pay tribute to the ailing Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.  The concept was to introduce Sammy to someplace in our world where he would have liked to visit, and I hope he enjoyed the tour he was given of The Nest!  Sadly, the Rainbow Bridge came calling for Sammy on the same day as this tribute was scheduled… so for a second straight day, I must say goodbye to another of my anipal bloggers who has left us.  Happy travels, Sammy, and I know you will always be with us in spirit!


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16 Responses to Up Up And Away

  1. This was PRICELESS……a tour of the shelf at The Nest is the ULTIMATE. Thanks for this because I got to meet all the crazies at Evil Squirrel land and now I think I can truly go up and park this baby in the balloon garage at the Bridge and get my first night of REST. Only problem is how do you get comfy under the covers wearing wings??? Purrrrhaps some of your gang has an idea???

    Thanks for being on my hop today – wouldn’t have been as fun without you!
    Hugs, Angel Sammy

    • I think the only one of my gang with wings is Luna, and she’s acting all huffy as usual and not wanting to be helpful (I actually cursed at myself last night for forgetting your designation as the Bacon King during that dialogue with Luna!)

      I’m glad you liked your visit, and I’m even happier (and relieved) to see that the skunk gas actually worked in the balloon!

  2. I laughed out loud at the reference to snow on Uluru! That will happen the same day Hell freezes over. That was a lovely tribute to my old mate Sammy. Geeze! What a shocking week. 😦

  3. I am sure Sammy enjoyed the tour. I certainly did.

  4. Two in a week is rough. It’s been that kind of year. We lost two in just a month and that was rough. I cannot read anything about the rainbow bridge without crying. So many gone over the years. I hope there really IS a rainbow bridge. I’d like to think all my kids are there, playing in the sunshine.

    • It was a really sucky week. While I’ve had to read the sad news from other bloggers about losing pets before, these two hurt more on a virtual level since Easy and Sammy were each the stars of their blogs, and the posts were written from their perspective. In Sammy’s instance, it was just a matter of when… but Easy’s death came out of nowhere. In fact, Easy’s owners were the ones who helped put this blog hop tribute for Sammy together, making his sudden death an even more horrible twist of fate…

  5. draliman says:

    Lovely tribute to Sammy.
    I’m sure you can install Pokecritter No! on that museum-piece of a phone… 🙂

    • My museum-piece of a phone’s replacement is actually sitting on top of my printer as we speak! It’s, like, totally 2010! It’s also just sitting there collecting dust since I have yet to feel inspired enough to switch the SIM cards (assuming I can even figure that out)…

  6. Kat says:

    Another very sweet tribute, sir. All of these friends leaving sucks.

  7. Trisha says:

    A very fun-filled tribute! What is with this mass exodus of animal friends though? I know of three just in the last week and there were several more in recent weeks. It’s so sad and, with all my elderly animals, it’s making me nervous. It’s already very likely that I go from four pets to one within the next year….

    • About the only thing it’s done for me is make me better appreciate getting to pay $70 a bottle for a three WEEK supply of insulin for Ody, given what the alternative could be…

      I was a bit worried with how long you’d gone without commenting, so I’m glad you still have four animals and hopefully everything else as well!

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