Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday Thoughts

Hello, friends!

First up, we want to apologize for being late to post and being absent from some of your blogs lately. Our internet at home has been acting up for a while, and this weekend it finally went kaput. Let's be honest, the internet was working, albeit slowly. Then I decided to unplug the modem and see what I could do, and thereafter it didn't work at all. I guess I don't have the magic touch.

What's more, I couldn't do much blogging even using the data on my phone either. Why? Because I dropped my phone in a parking lot on the same day the internet went out. My phone's screen shattered and it hasn't worked the same since. You guys, around here, the furbabies aren't the reason we can't have nice things. I am.

But, anyway, though it took over 24 hours, our internet provider has us back up and running again! (The phone is still another story, as I await the arrival of my new one.)

Now, moving on. Our housemate Toby wanted this to be a Tuxie sort of Tuesday. So, he snapped some shots of himself to show you all.

Toby apologizes for not looking at the camera. He was a tad bit busy spying on the neighbors.

Now, though it's a day late, we finally have our contribution for the wonderful Sparks blog hop. This blop hop for positivity is hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader.

The thought we chose for this Sparks is:
"No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere." -Sheryl Crow
Ten Days of Tortie: Day 3

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Many of you have probably noticed that our tips lately have been all about Thanksgiving foods, and which ones may or may not be safe to offer as a treat to your furbaby. In line with that, keep in mind all of the potential dangers the kitchen can offer when you're cooking up a storm. Hot ovens and stove tops, knives, and of course those hazardous foods being prepared are just some of the potential dangers for a furbaby hanging around the kitchen. Especially if your furbaby might be one to show too much interest in the hot oven or dangerous foods, do consider taking precautions and blocking them out of the kitchen as you prep for the holiday. You can keep your kitty or pup in a safe room, or even use a baby gate to block them from the dangers of the kitchen. Though it might seem sad to block your furbaby from you, if it is for their own safety, it might very well be the best option.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mancat Monday

Thanksgiving may be this Thursday here in the United States, but it already feels like Christmas sort of weather here in our part of the world.

It's been cold and wet, with rain and even some snow flurries. Evan and the other kitties around here don't mind one bit, though, because they stay inside where it's warm, where there are blankets and laps to keep them cozy. Or, sometimes it's even fun to just gaze out the window and watch the rain and snowflakes fall.

The view would be even better if it looked a little like this, don't you think?

Ten Days of Tortie: Day 2

That is indeed our second installment in the Ten Days of Tortie series. We have more of these lovely lady cats in store for you, and we hope you enjoy them!

Now, we usually participate in the wonderful Sparks blog hop, hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader. But, this week we're going to have to postpone or contribution. Why? Because our internet went out this weekend. The human here had to run to her parents' house to quickly mooch off of their internet in order to complete this post. We failed to select a quote for our Sparks earlier, and we don't want to rush it now. We'll post our Sparks within the next couple of days, though!

We wish you all a magnificent Monday!

Our Tip of the Day:
We've been talking about what foods on the Thanksgiving dinner table may or may not be healthy for your furbaby to taste. Today, we'll switch it up a bit and talk about food more geared toward our kitties or pups. If you would like your furbaby to be able to enjoy their own little Thanksgiving goodies that are more assuredly safe for them, then consider selecting dog or cat treats in festive flavors. For example, grab some moist food or treats in flavors such as turkey or pumpkin. In addition, you might be able to find specially made Thanksgiving treats, such as dog cookies in the shape of traditional Thanksgiving foods. Just the other day we saw on none other than Etsy some dog treats that are safe yet are shaped and decorated like turkey drumsticks, mashed potatoes with butter on top, noodles, and other such Thanksgiving goodies. Some pet stores might sell treats such as these as well. Or, you can try your hand at making your own Thanksgiving treats for your kitty or pup, just as long as you are certain the ingredients are safe. Of course, still feed any such treats in moderation!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Can you guess who snapped a selfie for today? Huh? Can you?

Pup Astrid, that's who snapped our selfie for the Kitties' Blue Sunday Selfie blog hop!

We're guessing that selfie of Astrid's looks pretty familiar. Astrid has something like two poses she'll strike on a regular basis. I promise all of her pictures are always new and fresh shots, she just always looks the same in just about all of them.

What's more, we have one final update on the malignant sarcoma Astrid had removed by way of a toe amputation. On Friday, Astrid had a date with her doctor, because they wanted to do one final check of the incision. Well, the doctor said it looks great, and Astrid has been given the okay to go back to her usual ways! That means regular walks again, and no more of those quick little trips around the block that give the poor girl cabin fever. Needless to say, we're all quite happy!

Now, all of that being said, it's time for our first doodle in our Ten Days of Tortie series. These doodles were inspired by Mudpie and her mom Melissa, who got us thinking upon recently mentioning that finding goodies starring adorable torties is not all that easy of a task. So, we've decided to give some love to terrific torties by creating ten days of doodles just for them.

The first doodle in our Ten Days of Tortie is for lovely Mudpie herself. I'm sure most of us know that she and her mom are quite well-read, and of course fancy a cup of joe. So, this one's for you, Mudpie!

Ten Days of Tortie: Day 1

Our Tip of the Day:
Another common Thanksgiving food we haven't mentioned yet is stuffing. Is this Thanksgiving staple safe for your furbaby? More than likely, it is best that you simply avoid feeding any of that stuffing to your kitty or pup. Why? Because many stuffings include ingredients such as onion, garlic, plenty of butter, or others that could cause ill side effects. If the stuffing is plain, without any potentially dangerous ingredients, then a small taste might be fine for your furbaby. But, more than likely, that stuffing will contain some ingredients that simply should not be part of your cat or dog's diet.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Caturday Confusion

What is going on here?

We mentioned last week that we were thinking of doing some sort of snowkitty and cat-o'-lantern mashup. So, we plopped a cat-o'-lantern into a winter wonderland, and now neither it nor the snowkitty know what to think. Then again, neither do we.

This Caturday confusion is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.

Now, speaking of art, starting tomorrow, we're going to embark on a new series of doodles. We would like to start bringing some artsy fartsy attention to furbabies who don't seem to get as much publicity as they deserve. One of the things that prompted this for us is something lovely Mudpie's mom Melissa mentioned about the difficulty of trying to find items that star torties.

When you see cute kitty items at the store, how often do you see a tortie in the mix? Not often, if you ask us. So, that got us thinking. We started making a list of all types of furbabies who tend to get pushed to the back burner. We have a number of ideas on what forgotten furbabies we could doodle for this series, but do feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

We will kick off this series tomorrow with Ten Days of Tortie.

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Do you know what holiday food we haven't mentioned yet? Cranberries! This here human loves cranberries, but are they safe for our kitties and pups? In moderation, plain cranberries can be given as a small treat to a dog or cat who enjoys them. That being said, steer clear of cranberry sauces and juices, as those contain excess amounts of sugar and other potential additives that might not be the best for your furbaby. Also be careful with special cranberry dishes, in case they contain not only excess sugar but potentially also toxic ingredients such as alcohol. As always, when in doubt, simply don't offer it to your furbaby.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Festive Friday

We'll start today as we always do, and that's with the fun Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by our wonderful friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader..

I always enjoy the fill-ins. But, I get especially excited when they're extra festive, like today!

1. I can't wait to eat _________ on Thanksgiving.
2. My favorite kind of pie is _________.
3. This year, I am particularly thankful for _________.
4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is _________.

See how fun and festive these are? And here are my fill-ins:

1. I can't wait to eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
(My diet is generally high in protein, but most often in the form of chicken and eggs. And peanut butter, of course. I really do like turkey, but, for whatever reason, I hardly ever prepare it or eat it other than around holidays. So, I'm looking forward to some turkey!)

2. My favorite kind of pie is pumpkin.
(Let's be honest, though, when it comes to pie, I'm really not all that picky.)

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for the health of my furbabies, especially pup Astrid.
(After learning that Astrid had a cancerous sarcoma on her toe just over a month ago, I am so very thankful that she is now cancer-free, thanks to a successful toe amputation.)

4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is hiding a creepy clown ornament for someone else to find.
(My great-grandma had this creepy clown ornament that always sort of freaked out my dad, my sister, and myself. When my great-grandma passed away years ago, that creepy little bauble ended up at my parents' house, where I still lived at the time. Somehow, especially around the holidays, it became a tradition for my dad, my sister, and me to hide it where one of the others would find it. Once, my dad even drove it all the way to my work place, used my spare car key, and hung it from my visor for me to find after work.)

Many of you probably know what's up next. As always, it's Eddy's turn to star on Friday!

That sure isn't an award winning shot. But, when you catch Eddy snoozing and sitting still, you simply sneak up and do what you can.

Happy Friday to all of our friends!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the  Day:
Even fruits might come in to play at the Thanksgiving table. So, which fruits are safe to offer as a small treat for your furbaby? If fed in moderation, berries such as blueberries and strawberries are healthy for cats and dogs, as are bananas, and also apples as long as you don't feed your furbaby the seeds. That being said, keep in mind that when fruits like apples are made into pies, added ingredients such as sugar are not so healthy for your furbaby. Of course, also remember that fruits like grapes and raisins are toxic to cats and dogs, so never feed those. Even cherries are dangerous, especially if consumed in large quantities, as cyanide poisoning can result due to the contents of the seeds, stem, and even leaves. So, among other potentially dangerous foods, don't feed your furbaby cherries, cherry pie, and most certainly not chocolate covered cherries this holiday season.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Who here is ready for Thanksgiving? Are you excited for some turkey? After all, Turkey Day is just one week away!

For today, though, things are as normal. That means today we have a poem to share with you as part of Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.

This week, we've reached the letter W. If you've been following our poems throughout this challenge, you might have an idea of what we have in store.

Wally the Weatherman

How's the weather up there?
Is it sunny and fair?
Is there a nip in the air?
Or is it snowing enough to suit a polar bear?

If it's the weather you need to know,
Just tune in to Wally's weather show.
He can tell you if you can expect buckets of rain,
Or whether a snowstorm might delay your train.

Wally can tell you the weather for this afternoon.
He will know if your evening picnic might be ruined by a typhoon.
Wally the Weatherman can also look into the future,
And will tell you if your weekend plans the weather will butcher.

Whether the sun is shining,
Or whether there is thunder and lightning,
Wally the Weatherman is your guy.
After all, he knows all that goes on in those clouds in the sky.

As always, we were inspired by a real life Wally. To visit him, just lick there on his name! And, as always again, here is the doodle we created for Wally the Weatherman(cat):

Now, of course, it is Thimble's turn to star in this Thursday post. Thimble was all set up for a photo shoot recently, but she ended up having competition.

Do  you see that? Thimble's silly human of a mom put a scarecrow in Thimble's modeling station. What's up with that? Don't worry, though, Thimble took care of it.

No more competition.

Thimble is entering her happy freedom from that scarecrow into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Moreover, we are grateful for all of our blessings. We are thankful for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, when we can celebrate all for which we are grateful. We are thankful for our family, and for the wonderful friends we have in all of you.

Happy Thursday to all!

Our Tip of the Day:
As we approach Thanksgiving, for the past couple of days we have been discussing vegetables and which of those at Thanksgiving dinner are and are not healthy to feed your furbaby. One we have not mentioned yet is corn. There is some debate out there on corn, and whether or not it provides much beneficial nutrition for cats and dogs. While corn in small amounts may not cause much or any harm to your furbaby, it is also believed that corn is not the best type of food for your furbaby to consume. Many studies have determined that corn is not a great source of energy for furbabies, and does not offer all that many nutritional benefits. It is often used in pet foods since it is a generally cheap grain, but at the same time, corn can contribute to food allergies in cats and dogs. That all being said, as long as your furbaby is not allergic, a small amount of corn will not necessarily harm your pup or kitty. But, of course, do try to hold off on allowing your kitty or pup to chow down on a substantial amount of this debated vegetable.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

A certain pup told me that it wasn't fair for the kitties to have all the fun. So, I doodled up a canine version of art we shared yesterday.

We've made this one into an ornament, because there's nothing more festive than a gangsta hanging from your Christmas tree.

Our Tip of the Day:
Our tips these days have been inspired by the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We have very recently discussed what kinds of vegetables and such in a Thanksgiving dinner can, if fed plain, make decent treats for you kitty or pup. Today, on the other hand, we'll mention some vegetables and other similar foods that it is simply best to avoid feeding your furbaby altogether. In addition to alliums such as onion and garlic, which we've already discussed being toxic on multiple occasions, it is wise to steer clear of feeding your cat or dog foods such as avocado, mushrooms, tomato, and rhubarb, among others. While some such foods are only dangerous in large quantities, or if certain parts of them are eaten, when in doubt, avoid them altogether. Also, of course, be aware if certain dishes being served contain such foods as added ingredients. If you are in any way unsure what a dish contains, simply do not feed any part of it as a treat to your kitty or pup. As always, it is better to be safe than sorry!