Hi Burgers,

MsAnna and Old Gray Whistler’s celebrity name would naturally be MsAnnaWhistler, or possibly M.A.O.G.W if you’re into the whole acronym thing. Either way, today we have the fabulous MsAnna! She is an officially certified ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ and engages in the most noble enterprise of tracking down, rescuing and giving copious amounts of love to many a furry and feathered creature. Bravo MsAnna!

We’d love to hear the story behind your username.
MsAnna is a nickname from a summer camp I attended as a teenager, and “it just followed me home” !

How long have you been a member of the Cheeseburger community and what made you want to join?
I’ve been a part of this great big, happy, mildly dysfunctional family for about 3 yrs now! I first discovered Cheezburger quite by accident. After visiting a few times,and seeing how much fun people had making Lols, and the ‘good-natured’ banter that would follow each new post…. I was hooked! THIS was the place for me!

What do you look for in a Cheezfriend,and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
I have always liked the quote, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”. I like to have as friends AND Cheezfriends, people who can see the humor in the mundane without resorting to being ‘mean’. If someone posts Lols that are sweet,goofy,or slightly quirky I will check out their profile page,their favs,and friends to see if we have more in common.


What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
My favorite site is definitely Lol cats,because as it says in my profile, I’m a ‘crazy cat lady in training’ (A few people might say that I was officially certified long ago! Or was that certifiable?) I enjoy I haz Hotdog and Daily Squee quite alot. I will also visit the sci-fi site from time to time.


What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
I enjoy the creativity of the various contributors and the chance to see things from a different perspective is great. It’s nice to have a place where people understand about being ‘critter-crazy’. The support and encouragement given to each other in both good times and bad is truly remarkable. Getting to know my many Cheezfriends over the last few years has been a true blessing and I am proud to count some as ‘Real-life’ friends as well.

Tell us something super interesting about yourself — an interesting story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
Actually, I’m pretty DULL, but I do remember one thing that happened a few years ago. The O.G.W and I went to a ‘Star-City'(aka Lincoln NE) music store (Homers Records – we miss you Homer!) and spent a long HOT summer afternoon sitting on the floor, going through box after box of old vinyl records. (Remember vinyl? Anybody??) The following week, calling to see if the item we had special ordered had arrived,the VERY YOUNG voice on the other end of the line blurted out, “Oh yeah,man. I remember you guys! You’re the old hippies!” Maybe I should re-think my wardrobe of broomstick skirts and peasant blouses??? hmmm!?!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be Cheezburgers? Actually, I DO LOVE cheezburgers… with spagetti a close second. I am also a chocoholic! I remember many nights, rummaging in the bottom of a purse, praying to find even a fuzzy M&M ! LOL!!!!!!!! {The O.G.W. thinks they’re W&W’s.)


If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why?
At the moment, I can’t think of anything, but I will let you know if I do. Well, maybe a ‘troll-proof’ zone. Sometimes people will go on the attack in the comments and I truly wonder why they are on Cheezburger in the first place? Oh, is there a way that we could move more than one fav at a time? Also, with the people in political office now, I wish Pundit Kitchen could return! Who better to poke fun at than politicians! I guess maybe I did have some ideas after all! LOL

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the internet?
I love to read!! Mostly I read non-fiction, but I do enjoy a good mystery. Music is also a passion! I collect Boyd’s Bears (the older ones)and anything ‘Israeli’. The O.G.W kind of took over the care of ‘the Garden’, but I still love spending time there in the cool of the evening. I like listening to the sound of the fountains and the pond ‘gurgle’. It’s my ‘happy place’.

Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
Sometimes the inspiration will come from an event or a quote I have read recently and sometimes I have no idea the source… it just kind of pops into my head.


Do you have any favorite vacation spots? Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like to go?
I’ve never really gone on many vacations. I do love the Henry Doorly Zoo on Omaha,NE. I could spend days there. In the category of places I’d love to visit, Israel tops the list followed by Ireland.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I think I would take a trip to the places that I mentioned and buy a larger house with a little land so that the kitties could have a safe,enclosed outdoor place to play.

Do you have any animal companions or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
I really can’t remember a time in my life without pets. Often I’ve had a collection of dogs, cats, & birds all living together happily. Since most of the time they are rescues or foundlings, I feel especially honored the day I realize that I’ve finally gained their trust. i think that there is usually a special bond between the rescued and the rescuer. Like the saying goes…”Who rescued who?”

Any great stories to share concerning being a CheezCouple? Maybe some lolwars?
At first, the O.G.W. couldn’t understand my ‘obsesseion’ with Cheezburger, but now he’s hooked! I am actually a little envious amount of the time he is able to spend here. I can’t say we’ve ever had a lolwar, but sometimes a request for suggestions while making an LOL can turn into a total ‘re-write’ with the reminder that “this is MY LOL… make your own!” LOL!!!!

Looks like you two have created a refuge for some “tough-luck kitties”. Any stories that you’d like to share about your kittiehs?
Boomer and Louie are often used as my ‘messengers’ to Cheezfriends. (the cats in the picture I use are stand ins, but their real photos are in either my or O.G.W.s pics)Boomer showed up after having been hit by a car (we think) having a messed up paw, eye and jaw. It took a while to gain each others trust, but once that happened Boomer brought Louie home one evening and they’ve been here for many years now. Our latest addition, Chessie, led us on a chase for days under hedges and through fences, often resulting in my being underneath a hedge just as an underground sprinkler would start! Finally; tired of the chase, Chessie let the O.G.W. catch her. Friends joke that most people spend July 4th with fireworks & picnics, while we seem to be always rescuing another kitteh! Chessie, Gabby, and bridge-baby Libby are all our little firecrackers. Some of our kittehs are very camera-shy, but there are pictures of some of them on O.G.W.’s and my sites.


Thanks for the lovely interview MsAnna. I do remember vinyl! Nothing like the organic, analog feeling of placing the needle on the LP.

Don your broomstick skirts and peasant blouses and have groovy weekend everyone.