I’m not Irish, so St. Paddy’s day has always been a major meh for me. But St. Catty’s day? That, I could really get into!
Yes, invite the snakes! The more, the merrier! :D
OMC!!! The snake is holding a little coffee mug with his little tail tip.
Some places, every day is Catty’s Day.
This is a true Public Service Announcement and I support this unconditionally!
Good suit and tie, little snake! And I love Lupin pointing to the question mark.
I’ll be looking forward to the first St. Catty’s Day. It looks very promising.
The crawls! Hahaha!! And the cats in tiny habits – so adorable.
I enlarged the screen as much as my browser would allow and even dragged out a magnifying glass, but I still can’t see what the little snake is saying in the next to last panel. Can someone with a larger screen please translate parseltongue for me?
Is this the intro for a new channel? SN ‘Tune in at ssssix to ssssee our writhing reporter…’ `~~~~~;;
Love it! Our Pepper, near as we can tell, was born on St. Paddy’s Day. We like St. Catty better! :)
Oh my. I didn’t even notice the cats in their little nun habits.
Leave it to Georgia to come up with a new & better Cat-olick Holiday !!! YAY !
Although most cats I’ve seen jump about four feet straight up if they find themselves next to a snake (or a zucchini).
Puck and Elvis both have pointers and charts. So much detail today!
If I can have my corned beef and cabbage in the form of a Reuben, I don’t care what Saint they name the day after.
But speaking of snake harassers, many years ago, late 1960s, my parents moved us into a house with a sizable backyard, which they used for a vegetable garden. All our cats were able to roam freely during the day, and unfortunately, that meant some fatalities among the local wildlife. I particularly remember them bringing back little garter snakes, harmless things, probably actually useful, but try telling a cat not to attack an animated piece of string.
Our good boy “Houdini” will celebrate his second birthday on St. Pats day. He’s only 2 and is a bundle of energy.
In 1982 we were stationed in Germany. We went on a 10 day trip to England, Ireland and Scotland. In Ireland we were chatting with some locals and I asked if St Patricks Day was a big deal there. He said “no, that’s just a day you Yanks use as an excuse to get drunk and drink green beer.” :D
A Sssnake conssultant?
Is St. Patrick’s day what they called Whacking Day in Springfield?
Hello all, I would absolutely be ever so grateful for some healing vibes/nose boops, prayers, etc. I threw out my back while cleaning yesterday and have not been able to sleep one lick. About to try some extra-strength tylenol. No clue how this happened! Can hardly hobble around. :(
Isn’t that the same as St. Catrick’s Day?
We bears need a day of our own. Let’s call it Feed the Bear Day. Now gimme all your food.
Don’t be such hypocrites, boys. All cats are snake haters! Why, I can never forget how many little snakes my cats used to hunt and kill. Not to mention one of them who drove away a cobra!
I don’t know what got St. Patrick so worked up. The snakes in Ireland would have been the same as those in England: adders (mildly venomous) and grass snakes and smooth snakes, both of which are as harmless as the proverbial aardvark. He’d probably have had fits if he’d met the snakes we’ve got in Australia.
(The saying is “Aardvark never hurt anybody”.)
I agree. Dump Patrick, and celebrate St. Gertrude’s day. It would be a holiday everyone could approve of.
Educational ! Next… “Sredni Vashtar” with Puck in the title role.
OMC – look at the frame for the picture of St. Gertrude! Purrfect.
Oh, the Boys are going to look absolutely fabulous with gold glitter whiskers. But oi, the clean-up ….
As a kid I kept a baby alligator for a few months. I had to catch live food for it, so I’d take a dip net down to a local stream. Well, in all honesty, it was more a roadside ditch. Anyway, I’d catch minnows to feed the ’gator.
My dog, Tyke, always followed me on these food gathering expeditions. One time, he was barking as if alarmed, following something through the reeds next to the water. When I finally got a look at it, I saw it was a large, fat cottonmouth moccasin… one of the few deadly snakes in the USA.
My fearless twelve year old self scooped it up in my dip net… and was horrified to see it strike through the fabric of the net and squirt venom from its fangs. In the end, I killed it with a large rock, justifying it in my own mind because there was a church kids’ playground just a few yards away. Also, kids walking home from a nearby elementary school often walked along that side of the road. Still, I felt bad about it.
Today, I’d probably try to relocate it.
If I can still use it as an excuse to eat corned beef and cabbage and get drunk, I don’t much care what you wanna call the day. I’m not Irish, so I have no attachment to the holiday as is.
St. Catty’s Day, just brilliant! I love it! As my hubby has a pet ball python and feels that these beautiful, placid creatures are very much understood, he really enjoyed reading this strip. I’d love panel three in a poster. I’d love to hear Pucky say again, “Feed me, I’m Scottish!” :D I’ve really missed you all so! Hubby and I just got back from our holiday in North Yorkshire where there was pretty much zero internet access.. I can’t really say that was a drawback, although I missed BCN so much. I enjoyed being unplugged for a week. (((((((((((((((((((huge engulfing bear hugs going out to all in the Mega Orb))))))))))))))))))))) @Shaunnmunn: Hubby got your wonderful birthday card yesterday and he was so moved by your drawing of the British bomber Lancaster! You have such a great talent my dear friend. Xxxxxx
We need to build floats with fireplaces and fuzzy blankets on chairs and beds and bookshelves for the adventurous.
Could are new friend’s name be Monty?
This is accurate. Saint Gertrude of Nivelles.
Here’s the Wikipedia link. Protection against rats and mice spreading the plague may be the origin. If anyone’s got some better research we can update Wikipedia.
BCN hasn’t been in the Top 5 in a while. I’m starting the campaign that next Sunday should be #1 on GoComics!
If I can tip my Guinness Extra Stout on St. Catty’s Day then I am a convert.
Happy Bunday, everyone! I’m looking forward to celebrating St. Catty’s day next week, with corned beef and brussels sprouts (Paul hates cabbage) and smashed potatoes with lots of butter.
My orb friends, I need some advice. We have a local no-kill shelter that is looking for new quarters. I have discussed their dilemma with Paul and am slowly convincing him to adopt another cat. My question is: Is this fair to Yum Yum? She has been an only cat since I was given her almost six years ago. She is very territorial. I don’t want to traumatize her. Should I get another cat and hope she learns to accept it? If so should it be younger or older, and why?
Thank you all so much for any advice you can give me.
Cute but the hereditary witch in me must state that it is totally inaccurate re: snakes and St Patrick…. What he actually did was viciously eliminate all the Druids (whose standard is the snake) from Ireland by forcing Christianity on the people. Either way I’m all for St Catty’s Day :) https://sojo.net/articles/saint-patrick-druids-and-snakes-truth-middle
There’s a relief sculpture of St. Gertrude of Nivelles in Utrecht that shows four mice riding on her staff. And we orbsters know who those four mice are.
She might have become associated with mice because she was also associated with souls in purgatory, who were sometimes depicted in art as mice.
Next Sunday will also be the 12th anniversary of the day a rent-a-minister on retainer with the Flamingo in Las Vegas met separately with me and the Woman and asked both of us for his $60 fee for performing a 15-minute ceremony.
So now we have a newssnake. Also, cats dressed as nuns.
Heh, St. Patrick’s crosier has a No-Snakes emblem.
An absolute classic. Well done!!
Thanks so much for the extra-long Sunday strip! Like others, I had to enlarge a bit to enjoy all the little touches and extras that Georgia always manages to hide for us, but that’s just even more to love. Thanks so much, and happy Sunday, everyone. I could support Saint Catty’s day – catnip shaped cookies and green-tinted cat food anyone?
…And Georgia will make sure that a proud contingent of rainbows will be welcome in her St. Catty’s Day parade!
Does Lupin sound just a touch tabloid-ish, click-bait-ish in panel two?
It’s also known as corned beef day! Yum!
st cattys day!!! The day my darling second daughter and noted cattery assistant is set to marry her true love, a confirmed cat loving man.!!! My new in-laws are cat people too. St cattys day forever!!!
I cat you not, folks, I even painted the word “bride” on a set of green cat ears/ hairband which she promised to wear at her reception!! Groom got a st patty’s hat.
Georgia, I will wait until st catty s day to compare strips and then order a print of the more celebratory one if I can afford it. I promise.
St. Patrick. Not a saint. Not Irish. Never were any snakes there. He’s ready for politics.
I like this way better than the drunken festival we have now.
I thought the feast day for St Gertrude was Nov 16?
The tiny snake in the last panel said “sssure” when puck invited it to attend st catty s day next week.
Careful, cats. Don’t get too cosy around snakes! Listen to uncle Johnny as he sings ……
On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman," sssssighed the snake
She wrapped him all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had bee revived“Take me in, tender woman
She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, tender woman," ssssssighed the snake
“I saved you,” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die"
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
ssssssighed the snake
ssssssighed the snake ..!
(“The Snake”, by Johnny Rivers)
I tried to follow Sue Ellen’s instructions on finding Lupin Leaps In reviews in Goodreads. There was no “book” icon to be found. All it lets me do is go to my own review. DID ANYONE ELSE GIVE A REVIEW?
About ready to drop my membership. The advice page is super long & doesn’t address reading reviews. What’s the point of this thing if reviews aren’t available to interested readers?
Thank you, >^.,.^<
Off topic for today, but in yesterday’s strip did anyone notice the little white area (and maybe claws) and the “lump/bump” under the afghan by Pengo? Would that be Lupin? No one noticed this or said anything, but Georgia often puts little details in the strip.
She’s apparently patron by popular acclaim. The Vatican hasn’t made it official. I don’t care. Anything that involves wearing cat ears seals the deal for me. Bonus, no green cardboard derbies.
Wonder if Natasha will dye her fur green for the event…
Love the look on the snake’s face, like “Meh, dude, whatevz…this party sucks, I’m outta here…”
For me March 17th is now St. Catty’s Day. I am now a convert.
Oh. My. Cat. This is great. I can get behind this holiday. St. Catty’s Day will be great. Most excellent.
Poor Snake in Elvis’s poster reacting to St. P. “Wow, Rude!” Love it!
Love today’s comic. Nice to see snakes get some respect, for once. :)
As the granddaughter of William (from county Cork, came to North American after WWI) and Clare (whose Mom came from Clare, and who da came from Galway; they married in Canada where they met), I approve this message. (also, yeah, what’s with the 4-leaf clovers?)
Absolutely believe today’s comic is poster worthy! All the details are fantastic! From tiny nun-cats to snake news reporter——-Georgia, another brilliant comic!
All right! Kitty cat party count me in :)
There are four-leaf clovers everywhere. That may be good luck in America, but a shamrock has three leaves. It’s even part of the legend of St. Patrick, that he used the shamrock to demonstrate the tri-partite nature of the Christian god.
(Yes, according to Robin’s rules I’m Canadian, but my Dad was born in Ireland, and this four leaf clover thing has been spreading, and has always bothered my family.)
Looked up St. Gertrude out of curiosity and found there are several. One Gertrude’s day is November 16, but St. Catty’s Day, St. Gertrude is March 17 and only lately so. “Because of her reputation for hospitality, Gertrude was originally the patron saint of travelers and the recently dead (who were seen as making their own form of journey) as well as gardeners and the mentally ill.” I rather take offense to that but then gardeners and cat people are a bit crazy. I have on first hand authority as I am both.Interesting woman, well educated and had enough spunk at a very early age to say No I will not marry the duke, at a time when women, especially young girls had no say. She didn’t marry him, never married, and started her own convent.
Need to find green cat ears headband.
Remember recently when it actually snowed in Washington on the very day the Beatrix story started? Georgia said she wanted to hear about coincidences like that, so here’s mine. I saw a rainbow this morning for the first time in years, and then came back to re-read today’s comic, and they’re all over the place!
I love this so much! Next to cats, snakes are my favorite creatures. I study them, interpret them (meaning talk about them in a public setting), and even write about them. The thought that we may have a snake correspondent on the news team warms my heart.
The little coffee cup is killing me! So cute.
I’ll celebrate St. Catty’s day by petting every cat that wants to be petted.
I’m just discovering and loving this comic
Since when do cats stick up for Snakes’s Rights?
That isn’t a snake, it’s a Partnership Collective drone! Tagon’s Toughs have a ruling that allows those drones to be killed for the bounty, to pay an indemnity the Partnership Collective lost! It’s one of the few court decisions that properly treated a clone-hive of attorneys. (His little necktie is even orange!)
I suspect St. Patrick was simply kicking the drones out so there wouldn’t be any collateral damage once the mercenaries start blasting lawyers!
I am so so so delighted that everyone is this excited for St. Catty’s Day! Thank you!!!
“Wow. Rude.” LOL
Cat ears on everything? Don’t hafta change! (Yay me!)
um problem St Gertrudes feast is on NOVEMBER 17
I just binged 2 years of BCN
February 26, 2016