Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

We've been looking forward to today, as we are having lots of fun with the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, which is hosted by the handsome Angel Sammy and Teddy.

We are continuing with our usual occupational furbaby poems, but the star of our poem this week is just a tad bit different than the usual. If you're into spoilers, you can scroll right on down to our illustration and see why. Otherwise, you can read our poem and then see for yourself.

Joe the Jester

They say laughter is the best medicine,
And that’s why Joe the Jester is such a fine specimen.
He’s the best of the best,
And that is not a jest.
All the way down from his toes,
Up to that squeaky red nose,
And of course with jingling hat,
Joe will make your day just like that.

Joe the Jester’s jokes will leave you in stitches,
And his acrobatics are better than any old riches.
Joe’s jests will make you smile,
And for more than just a while.
His tricks will make you giggle,
And more than just a little.

So, are you in need of the best kind of medicine?
If so, Joe the Jester knows just the regimen.
He’ll make that perfect jest
To make you feel your best.
He’ll pinwheel and he’ll cartwheel,
Until it’s nothing but joy that you feel.

So don’t be afraid to hahaha.
Go on, let out that great guffaw.
After all, Joe the Jester thrives on laughter,
And you’ll surely be his fan from here on after.

There's a certain Joe that we know who inspired this poem. To visit him, just click on his name there! Oh, and of course here's Joe the Jester's little doodle.

Now, what's no jest is what happened to poor Thimble earlier this week. This poor girl had her turn for her annual exam at the, well, you know...V-E-T. Though she doesn't enjoy it per se, Thimble is always a little angel for her date with the doctor.

This time at the V-E-T, an impacted ball of wax was found in Thimble's ear. The fantastic doctor tried to flush it out, but it wouldn't budge. So, this here momma has to flush out Thimble's ear at home every day for a week. Then, poor little Thimble will have to go back to the V-E-T for a recheck (on none other than National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!). If the ball of ear wax hasn't budged, Thimble will have to be sedated to have it safely removed. Needless to say, Thimble and I are both rooting for those pesky ear flushes to do the trick.

Just because we had to visit the V-E-T, have to continue with those nasty ear flushes, and then go back to the V-E-T next week, doesn't mean we're not thankful. So, of course, we're partaking in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Though it may be a scary place, we are nevertheless very grateful for our wonderful doctors at the V-E-T, as they take such good care of the kitties and pup here. Of course, we are also thankful for a great many other things, including all of you furiends of ours!

P.S. Speaking of furiends, pup Astrid is excited to say that adorable Dougie over at Zoolatry is sharing a post co-starring her over on his blog today. Dougie's human Ann used her magnificent talent to create some goodies using photos of both Dougie and Astrid. If you want to see for yourself, do give Dougie a visit! And of course we want to thank Ann and Dougie for doing this! We are so grateful to have such wonderful pals!

P.P.S. This here human and Ann each created some art for each other in the not too distant past. Starting next week, we'll be sharing those with you here on our blog!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Toofie Tuesday

Guess who decided they wanted to star in today's post? Eddy! This active girl has been more amenable to photos shoots these days. Well, sometimes.

Anyway, this little lady wanted to show off how, as many of you know, her facial nerve paralysis gives her a stunning little smirk that shows off her lovely tooth. See?

You even get double the toofie, thanks to the reflection in Eddy's beloved fish aquarium! She is also quite proud of her whiskers in this shot as well.

Eddy tried to snap another shot that showed off her toofie and whiskers, but she had an itch to scratch and sort of missed the shot.

Eddy and all of us here hope that you have a beautiful day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

(Any pastel tabbies out there?)

Our Tuesday Tip of the Week:
For cats as well as dogs, the most susceptible teeth for breaks or other similar damage are often the canines (aka, the fangs). This is because, as I'm sure you already know, these are the most prominent teeth that stick out the farthest. Teeth can be damaged by rough play with other animals in the home or toys, by the animal running into something, or other similar events. Other teeth besides the canines can also become broken or damaged, of course, even sometimes simply by the furbaby chewing on a hard treat or toy. For example, especially if a dog is older or has compromised teeth, a dog might crack a tooth while chewing on a hard chew bone. For reasons such as these, not only ensure that your furbabies have toys safe for their dentition and overall health, but also, if possible, try to do regular checks of your cat or dog's teeth to stay on top of any possible issues. Try to keep an eye out for any obvious breaks or missing parts of teeth, and also of course for issues such as tartar. Oftentimes, dental issues such as breaks will also involve other symptoms, such as a decrease in appetite, an aversion to chewing, or yelping or other signs of pain when the mouth or nearby areas are touched. If you notice any such issues, contact your veterinarian, as dental issues as well as resulting inappetance can lead to further problems.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mancat Monday: Manning the Door

Evan decided to spend his Mancat Monday at none other than his beloved front door. He's been a bit upset with me lately, as when the temperatures reach unbearably hot levels, we have to shut the front door or we else we all get cooked. The other day, though, it was cooler (almost like autumn!) and so Evan got to bask in his beloved front door sun puddles.

(My goodness, you could form a whole new cat with all the fur on that rug.)

(Ah, what a view.)

So, furiends, how's the weather in your corners of the world? Are you still having a sweltering summer? Or is autumn trying to make an early appearance for you?

Happy Monday to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Easy Sunday Selfies

It's always a mystery which furbaby around here will star in our selfie for the Kitties' Blue Sunday Selfies blog hop each week.

This time around, none other than resident model Thimble volunteered to snap some shots of herself. She decided to make this both Easy and Selfie Sunday, and so snapped these:

We hope all of our furiends out there are having an Easy Sunday as well!

Our Doodle of the Day:

(Thimble's PSA to all you cool cats out there!)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chaotic Caturday Art

Welcome to the weekend! Today, the official Caturday Art blog hop is on hiatus. That doesn't mean we didn't doodle up a little something to share, though.

For today, we wanted to create something to portray some of the chaos our favorite things that go on at our house. This doodle makes both perfect sense and no sense at all. It depends on how you look at it, we guess. Oh, and it has a little cameo from our angel Rosie as well!

This piece was all sorts of fun to create. But, like we said, it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Furbabies galore, books and more books, some artsy fartsy fun, and burning supper all going down in one place? That might not be exactly how things happen at our house, but it's also not all that far off either.

Oh, and when it comes to our daily chaos, each furbaby has favorites, of course. Astrid and Evan love to help their mom set off the fire alarm cook and bake. Thimble loves hanging out in her little library with her books, as many of you already know. And Thimble as well as Eddy both love to help when their mom is doodling away (seriously, art supplies are so fun to slap around and hide beneath the couch!). And our angel Rosie, she was always there to help me while I read a book or doodled in my sketchbook.

What kind of chaos goes on at your house? We hope it's lots of fun, whatever it is!

Happy Caturday to all!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fill-Ins and Fear of the V-E-T

Happy Friday to one and all! It's time for the always fun Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

As always, here are the clever fill-ins from the minds of our hosts:

1. Blind dates _________.
2. _________ years ago, I _________.
3. I admire _________ because _________.
4. _________ makes me think _________.

And, here are my best attempts at filling them in:

1. Blind dates are something I myself would probably never try.
(Blind dates can very well lead some people to find love. I've heard of such stories myself. But, I don't think they're for me. Besides, I'll admit that I'm happily single and honestly plan to stay that way.)

2. Twenty years ago, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up.
(As a kid, I always wanted to be a veterinarian. By the time I hit senior year of high school, though, I had changed my mind. By that point, I had worked with a variety of animals in a variety of settings, and I think it was heavily the thought of having to euthanize animals that really made me think twice. I certainly do appreciate veterinarians, though, and all that they do for our furbabies.)

3. I admire animal rescuers, because they are true heroes.
(There are many kinds of heroes out there, but those who work day in and day out to rescue the most innocent of victims will always have a great deal of admiration from me.)

4. The scent of mint makes me think of my angel pup Shellie.
(I just bought some Andes mints the other day, and it really brought back some memories. After all, my childhood pup Shellie once stole and ate an entire bag of Andes mints right after we came home from the store with it. Luckily, she was a big girl and was scarcely affected by this indulgence. And, her breath smelled great.)


Now, it's Eddy's turn to share her weekly happenings. And what a week she had. As a prologue, I will explain that two of Eddy's biggest fears in life are 1) that nasty PTU and 2) strangers. Guess what? Going to the V-E-T requires both. That's probably why she was so very, very unhappy with me on Monday, when she went in for her annual exam. I'll let her give you the details now.

Hi, furiends! Can you tell that I've had a rough week? Because I have. On Monday, I had to live out my worst nightmare. After all, my mom shoved me into that torture chamber and carted me off to be poked and prodded by strangers.

It all started a couple of weeks ago, really. You see, that PTU of ours, it sits out in our house all the time. Seriously, every day it just sits there and mocks me. Who wants to look at the source of their torture 24/7? I sure don't. But, my mom doesn't seem to care.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago, my started giving that torture chamber extra attention. She started throwing my treats (aka, the frog's food, because that's my kind of treat) in that nightmarish box. She even started attempting to invite it to play games with us, throwing my toys in there and all that silly jazz. But you know what? I'm a smart girl. I knew my mom was up to something. And so was that PTU.

Fast forward to Monday, and I wouldn't go near that nasty torture chamber. Mom was over there throwing treats and toys at it like a buffoon, so I just walked away. A bit later, my mom picked me up and started cuddling me, so I figured I'd won, that she'd given up trying to trick me. But, then it got weird. My mom picked up a blanket and wrapped me in it. Am I a burrito? I think not! So, I started to squirm, because when the mom's acting fishy and trying to turn you into a food wrap, you squirm for all your worth.

Then, that's when it turned into a real nightmare. My mom tried to shove my burritoed body into that torture box. Can you believe that?!? Don't worry, though. I put up a fight. I put up a really good fight. Mom even bled for that one. Don't worry, though. It was only a scratch. I'm no biter, and I was only trying to hug her until she stopped being such a terrible person. Besides, it didn't work. Bloody or not, my mom got me back in that box of horrors and locked me up.

I screamed. I screamed big time. I cried and wailed and demanded to be released. "Please, Mommy, let me out! PLEEEEAAASE!!!" But, no, she didn't let me out. Instead, she took me outside. Outside. At our house, we kitties don't go outside. We're indoor kitties 100%. Yet, there I was outside, and then in this wheeled thing that started moving. And then we were at this place that smelled like other cats and dogs and some weird chemicals.

And you know what? After that battle royale to shove me into the torture chamber, Mom yanked me right back out at this strange place. I did the only reasonable thing. I froze. I was petrified. Like, I now know what it feels like to be a statue. While I remained a statue, people came in, put some weird thing on my chest and said my heart was racing (no kidding, Sherlock), and then stabbed me in the leg. What is wrong with people?!?

(Flashback to baby Eddy's first vet visit! Isn't she adorable?!?)

I wasn't all smiles this time around. At least the torture wasn't too prolonged. Before long, it was back in the torture chamber, back in that wheeled thing that moves, and then back home, where I hid under my mom's bed for a couple of hours. We made up later, of course. I cuddled her and purred and begged her to never do that to me again (or else, Mom, or else).

Well, I hope everybuddy else had a better week than me!


So, there you have it, from the victim herself. In truth, I keep at least one carrier out and about in the house all the time. All of the other cats in the house will use it for fun, eat treats out of it, play with toys in it, and all that good stuff. But, not Eddy.

To be honest, I feel like Eddy's fear of carriers and overall being confined might go back to when she was trapped by the rescue group from which I adopted her. Her first day with them, she was "normal". By the next day, though, she had a head tilt and was spinning in circles. They could never pinpoint an exact cause for this, but I have always wondered if she was hit or in some other way affected by the trap. She even has a scar on her right ear, the same side as her permanent head tilt and facial nerve paralysis. Regardless, I love my special girl and will simply do what it takes (even if that means turning the feisty girl into a kitty burrito) to get her cared for as needed.

One of the morals of this story is, though it might not always work, as Eddy proves, to try to keep a carrier out all year round. This way, it won't be an enemy the second it shows up for V-E-T time. You can also put favorite blankets, toys, food, treats, and catnip in the carrier to make it enticing. Feliway is another option. For those still having none of it, you can try the blanket burrito method for safe handling. If need be, you can also discuss with the veterinarian options such as sedating medications, at-home visits, and any other potential options. So, to those with upcoming V-E-T visits, good luck!

Happy Friday from all of us to all of you!

Our Doodle of the Day: