Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Window Watching on Wordless Wednesday

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Just as is the case for us humans, diet can affect our furbabies' eyesight. For healthy eyesight, a pup or kitty needs proper nutrition that supports those peepers. To help give the furbabies in your life an extra boost in ocular health, perhaps opt for healthy treats such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, blueberries, or broccoli. You can either give these foods as treats themselves, or find natural pet treats that contain such ingredients, keeping in mind that any treats must be given in safe moderation. Of course, if you have any concern about your furbaby's eyesight or even simply keeping them healthy overall, discuss this with your veterinarian. It never hurts to ask a pro what food and treats can be given in order to promote a healthy and happy furbaby.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

Pup Astrid got to try some new treats recently, thanks to the Blogger Outreach Program. As we've mentioned before, Astrid far prefers soft and chewy treats. That's why I chose the Earthborn Holistic® Earth Bites for her to taste test this time around.

There are a number of flavors and types of these treats available. Since Astrid is a cheese fiend, though, and since she hasn't really had any cheese dog treats lately, I went the cheesy route for her. The best part is that Earthborn Holistic® treats are indeed pretty darn natural. The first ingredient is dried cheddar cheese, and they are also grain-free and gluten-free, as well as contain a lovely blend of fruits and veggies.

Even better? They are perfectly soft and moist, just how Astrid likes them.

And they must smell pretty darn good, too, because no matter how sneaky I was, I quickly attracted a spectator.

She's a patient girl, Astrid is, but how patient can one be when cheesy goodness is on the docket?

"Cheese please!"

"Oh my dog, Mom, could you take any longer?!?"

At that, I gave the poor, patient girl a taste. Did she like it?

Not that you can tell from that masterpiece shot, but Astrid loved her some cheesy treats! In fact, she liked the Earthborn Holistic® treats so much that she gave me her best pouty puppy face in hopes to earn some more.

Don't worry, I gave in to that face quite easily. You can even see her drool marks she left on the floor during her slobbery inhalation of the treats. Yum!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Earthborn Holistic® Earth Bites moist cheese treats in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

We hope all of our furiends have a day as cheesy as Astrid's!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget that some cats and even dogs are lactose intolerant. Though they may like dairy foods such as cheese, sometimes it simply won't agree with them. However, if your furbaby likes the occasional cheesy treat, also remember that there are a number of cheeses that are in fact essentially lactose-free. Natural, hard, aged cheeses, such as cheddar and parmesan, often have no more than trace amounts of lactose. So, if your furbaby has a fondness for cheese, the occasional treat of these such types of cheese are your safest bet. Also keep this in mind when purchasing cheesy pet treats, and look at the ingredients to ensure that safe, quality cheese was used in the production of any such treats. Of course, still keep an eye out for any negative reactions, and also still be sure to keep all human food and even pet treats to a safe minimum in order to keep your furbaby healthy and therefore happy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Special Mancat Monday

As always, my boy Evan is here today for none other than Mancat Monday.

With his hind limbs paralysis, I have always been in the habit of calling Evan a special needs cat. However, recently I have been seeing the term specially abled used more and more frequently, and I am now extremely fond of this title. Evan may have special needs due to his condition, but he is indeed far more aptly described as specially abled.

Can Evan ambulate on four legs? No. But, that doesn't stop him from being anything less than a perfect cat. Thanks to his determination and innovation, Evan pulls himself up onto stools, couches, beds, and even jumps off of things at least as high as my waist. I used to panic and run to his aid when he'd pull such stunts. That is, until I realized they weren't stunts at all. They were Evan. They were his way of making do, his way of thriving and loving life. They were why he is specially abled.

No matter what kind of abled you are, we wish you a beautiful day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
So that you're prepared for any potential medical emergency when it comes to your kitty or pup, always be sure to know and/or have immediate access to you veterinarian's phone number, as well as the nearest emergency clinic's number. If you're traveling with your furbaby, be sure to have access to contact information for veterinary clinics, including emergency ones, on your travels. Similarly, if you're traveling but your furbaby is staying home with a sitter, make sure you leave them the numbers for pertinent clinics. And, in case of an emergency, don't forget to always have your furbaby's medical records up-to-date and readily available. It's never fun to think there might be an emergency, but it's always best to be prepared nonetheless.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Glamour Shots

It's one of our favorite days of the week, with one of our favorite blog hops of the week. As in, it's Sunday, which means it's time for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head!

Evan recently informed me that resident model Thimble isn't the only one who can do glamour shots. He made it clear that he can take just as bright and shiny of shots as she can. To prove himself, he snapped some glamorous selfies to share today.

See? Evan says glamour shots are easy as pie.

Of course Evan didn't forget to snap a glamorous profile shot.

But modeling sure is tiring work. Being so glamorous really wore Evan out, which of course meant that a nice little snooze was in store.

Did any of our furiends share any glamour shots today? What a silly question. You're all always glamorous!

Happy Sunday to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I guess I just felt compelled to draw my Angel Rosie in a bonnet.

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't let your old clothes go to waste! You can upcycle old shirts, pants, and even socks to be used by your furbaby. You can use pieces of clothing items to make knotted or braided toys, for example. Catnip can be tied in the knots of such a toy for a bit of added fun for those kitties out there. Your old clothing can even become your furbaby's new clothing. For example, if you have pup who enjoys wearing clothes, you can fashion some of your old shirts into shirts or sweaters for them. You can even uses pieces of the clothing to create bandanas for your pups or kitties. Also, of course, your old clothing can be used as bedding and blankets for your furbaby's comfort. We all know how our furbabies like to use our clothes for that purpose already!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Caturday at the Cottage

All of my furbabies wanted to be included in our doodle for today's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the one and only Athena.

My furbabies didn't care what I doodled, just as long as they all had a role in it. Sometimes I find the options so endless and overwhelming, though, that a blank piece of paper stares me in the face for days on end. I found myself in just that sort of predicament this time around, until I finally told myself to stop stalling and just go with the flow. Well, I happened to tell myself that while watching Anne with an E, the new reboot of my childhood favorite Anne of Green Gables. With that playing on the TV, mixed with my fondness for all things quaint and Victorian, this emerged:

Welcome to our cottage! We hope your visit is a cozy one!

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
If your dog or even your kitty gets out of the house and is nearby yet won’t come to you, you might try the trick of falling to the ground to give the impression that you are injured. You can try just lying there, as that might be enough to get your worried or protective furbaby to come over to you. If that’s not enough, though, you can try adding whimpers and cries, as many furbabies will respond to their human’s pain, even if fake, by coming to their aid. Of course there are also options such as using treats to entice a loose furbaby, or even their favorite toy. If your pup or kitty has a certain word or command that they always respond to, even if that word is "treat", try that as well. Though easier said than done, in the case that your furbaby gets loose, it is very important to not panic. Not only could your panic be relayed to your furbaby, but it is also crucial that you remain calm so as to assess the situation and try your best to determine the best course of action to return your loose furbaby home.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Party like it's Friday!

It's time to party like it's Friday! Because, well, it's Friday! Let's start the festivities with the ever fun Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by our friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Our hosts always know just the right fill-ins to get our minds going.

1. I have googled _________.
2. I have _________ on Ebay.
3. I think _________.
4. _________ thinks _________.

After some prodding and pleading, my brain finally gave me some ideas to work with. Here they are:

1. I have googled trolls.
(Weird, huh? I've mentioned before my love for animated movies and shows. One of those happens to be Trollhunters, and I recently found myself surfing the web for info on the different types of trolls seen on this show.)

2. I have bought oodles of old books on Ebay.
(I love to read, and I have a great fondness for the genre of fantasy. The thing is, though, that I most often prefer fantasies written by the old timers, fantasies that are often a bit obscure and hard to find. My dad, from whom I acquired my love for fantasy, will often give me book suggestions that require me to go on Ebay hunts.)

3. I think four-legged furballs are the best medicine.
(When I'm feeling blue, nothing lifts my spirits like a good ol' dose of my furbabies.)

4. "He is able who thinks he is able."
(I try to live with this mindset. Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself.)

Okay, now it's Eddy's turn to show you all what she's been up to this week. Last week she showed you how she uses this here human mom's headboard to fine-tune her mountain climbing skills. She's been doing more mountain climbing this week, but instead of focusing on her groovy moves like last time around, she's been enjoying the view.

Nothing like a good ol' view from the top.

So what if it's rude to spy on the neighbors?

Have any of our furiends been taking in some lovely views? We sure hope so!

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we talked about how those pesky mosquitoes carry heartworm, and how it's important to take that into account for your furbaby's preventive care. We'll continue our talk on heartworm prevention today, but in a more natural way. Did you know that there are herbs and plants that are not only safe for your furbaby, but that can also help deter mosquitoes? One of these just so happens to be catnip! That's not all, though. Others that might help repel mosquitoes, and that are also safe for your furbaby, include basil, rosemary, and garden marigolds. A number of other plants and herbs are also said to have natural mosquito repellent abilities, but some of these are toxic to our furbabies, so always proceed with caution. That being said, when it comes to herbs and plants that are safe mosquito repellents, you can try planting or stationing some throughout your yard, especially in areas that you or your furbabies frequent, as well as by entrances to the house. Though this method is of course not fail-safe, it never hurts to take all precautions possible to keep your furbaby happy and healthy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thimble Squared Thursday

Thimble met another little thimble in her Thimble Thursday post last week. We had some trouble deciding a title for that double Thimble post. Ever so creative Mudpie and her mom Melissa gave us the idea of Thimble Squared Thursday. Well, we liked that so much we wanted to do a redo just so that we could use it.

So, there it is again. That thimble, always lurking over poor Thimble. See? It won't even leave her alone while she tries to enjoy some window whiffies.

Now, let's be honest. Thimble is not the biggest fan of competition.

So, she took matters into her own hands paws. What else to do than bat that photobombing thimble away? That's how you wipe out the competition. You just brush it under the rug. Or the couch. The couch works great, too.

Ah, that's more like it. Peace, and quiet, and sun puddle snoozes, and no more competition from all those thimble wannabes. In fact, those are the very things for which Thimble is so very grateful to enter into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

And, as always, we're also thankful for our family and furiends, like you!

Wishing everybuddy a beautiful day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
We had our first mosquito home intrusion of the year last night. Please do realize that mosquitoes, and other potentially dangerous insects, can indeed find ways into your home, such as through open doors or even small cracks. Mosquitoes carry heartworm, as I'm sure most of you know. So, please do take this into account when considering preventive care for your furbabies. Preventives that cover heartworm are often only able to be obtained at a veterinary office, or by prescription, so please consult your veterinarian about protecting your furbaby against all potential threats such as this. Keep in mind also that, while dogs can be go through an often difficult yet viable treatment for heartworm, there is no heartworm cure for cats. Long story short, please do take heartworm into consideration when it comes to preventive care for your kitty or pup. Their life could depend on it!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Just another obligatory nose shot.

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
We have a pup tip for you today. If you have yourself a high energy dog who has difficulty resting and relaxing, even after walks and play time, then perhaps considering having them wear a weight-bearing vest on walks. This type of vest allows them to carry a bit of extra weight, such as in the form of water bottles, which helps them to expend more of their high energy. Needless to say, do not allow them to carry so much that they become overtired or pained, and don’t let them get overheated on the walk. But, if done safely and with care, this extra bit of weight can help a high energy dog drain some of that excess energy. Especially in the case of dogs in a working breed, this can also give them a sense of purpose and be enjoyable. Of course, in the case of an extremely high energy dog, also discuss this and other methods with a veterinarian or professional behaviorist.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Toby Tuesday

Toby, our housemate who just so happens to also be my girl Thimble's brother, informed me that it's been far too long since he's starred in a post all to himself. So, this one's for you, Toby.

Feel free to tell Toby how handsome he is, even though he already knows that he is.

Happy Tuesday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Do you have some studying or work to do, yet your furbaby wants to play? At times like this, wand or string toys can be your best friends. There are already a number of cat toys of this nature available on the market, including ones that you can hold in one hand while working with the other, as well as those that can be stood on the floor or even attached to a windows with a suction cup. You can place toys such as this near your work area, so that you can direct your cat's attention to them when they seek you out, but also so that they can still feel close to you. Toys such as these may not be as common for dogs, but you can always get creative in order to keep that pup of yours busy while you work. This could include something as simple as attaching their favorite ball or chew toy to a string, and using this to play makeshift games of fetch or tug-of-war that satisfy your pup while also leaving you one or both hands free to continue your work at hand. It is indeed possible to get some work down while also keeping your furbaby happy and occupied!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mancat Monday Mayhem

Thimble got to take charge of her very own post last week. Actually, she got to do that twice. That's why I, Evan, demanded to take the wheel on this Mancat Monday post. So, here I am!

I figured I'd use this post to show you something.

See me looking out the window there? That's me taking in the sights of our back yard.

There is a nice and cozy couch for me to lounge on while I look out the back window. But, as many of our furiends already know, I much prefer looking out the front door. Right now, though, the view from the front door isn't all that great.

In fact, I had that mom of mine snap a shot of our front door view right now. Want to see it?

See? It's mayhem out there. Mayhem! They dug up our road. They even took away our driveway! And let me tell you, they weren't quiet about it. They didn't even try to hide their driveway thievery. They just waltzed right in on those crazy big thingamajigs you see there, and gutted everything. Rude, if you ask me. My mom says those ginormous, loud machines are wearing name tags that indicate they are one with cats like me. I'm not buying it.

Anyway, luckily, my mom says they should be done making a mess this week. That means my good ol' view out the front door will be back!

I hope all of our furiends are getting lots of great views out of their windows these days! Happy Mancat Monday!


Our Doodle of the Day:

P.S. Apparently the mom here has decided that she wants to doodle some healthy food art. For the record, I don't like bananas. So I told her she better make that obvious in her weird doodle.

Our Tip of the Day:
If you are informed of construction or other similar work being done near your home, always be sure to take into account how this might affect your furbaby. For example, prepare to take measures to keep down the noise from any machinery, even as simply as by closing windows and curtains to drown out sounds and sights, and even playing music to mask the noise. If necessary, also make sure that you have a safe means of taking your furbaby in and out of the house. For example, if your pup needs to go outside to relieve his or herself, try to minimize stress by using a route in and out of the house that is the farthest away from the construction as possible. If relevant or possible, also consider scheduling events such as vet visits around the construction, so as to minimize your furbaby's exposure to it. Also take into consideration any outdoor kitties or pups in your care, and try to do your best to ensure their safety during construction or other neighborhood work. Of course, also ensure that your indoor furbabies are not able to escape outside. Some furbabies might dart out the door in panic if frightened by the sights or sounds outside, so you might consider blocking access to doors, or providing safe areas of the house where your furbabies can stay during this time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

I may be a lot of things, but photogenic really is not one of them. That may have played a part in my decision to forgo joining my furbabies in a selfie despite the fact that it is indeed Mother's Day here in the US. Consider yourselves lucky.

Don't worry, though, we do have a selfie to share for this Mother's Day edition of the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted our pals over at The Cat on My Head.

Our selfie comes from none other than my boy Evan, who does happen to be perfectly photogenic. This mancat of mine is the momma's boy of all momma's boys. He also moonlights as a poetical sort, it would seem, which is perhaps why he snapped the below bright and sunny selfie and told me that he wishes it to represent the sunshine that all the mothers out there shed on the world.

All of us here wholeheartedly agree with Evan, in that mothers light up the world. So, keep on shining, ladies! From Evan and all of us here, we wish all of the mothers out there a most beautiful and perfect day.


Our Tip of the Day:
Motherhood is a wonderful thing, there is no doubt about that. But, please also don't forget the reality of overpopulation in the world of kitties and pups. Did you know that it is possible for just one female cat to produce thereabouts of 100 or so kittens in her primary reproductive years? And its been calculated that one pair of cats and their kittens can together produce well over 400,000 kittens in a matter of 7 years? So, please spay and neuter your cats and dogs. And, if and when possible, join in on efforts to spread this important message.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Caturday with Dog Mom

This Sunday, in our homestead of the US, we celebrate Mother's Day. I'm sure most of you already know this, but if you didn't, there you go. I myself may not have any children of the human sort, but I do have myself some furry, four-legged ones!

In honor of Mother's Day, our doodles for this weekend will of course be mom-centric. Despite the fact that we're entering it into lovely Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, today's doodle is actually one for the dogs (and dog moms, of course).

Be sure to check out Athena's Caturday Art blog hop to see what some of our furiends have created!

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
This Mother's Day weekend, don't forget to recognize the women in your life who are moms to humans, but also those who are moms to children with fur. Babies come in all shapes and sizes, with two legs or four legs, bald or with fur. So, don't forget to wish all the mothers you know a happy Mother's Day this weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Fun

Raise your paw if you're ready for the weekend! All paws (and hands) are raised here. To kick off the weekend, how about some Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by the fantastic 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader?

As always, our hosts gave us some some fill-ins to get our creative juices flowing.

1. My favorite cereal is _________.
2. My prom _________.
3. The _________ thing about _________ is _________.
4. I cannot help _________, but _________.

So, I stirred up those stagnant juices in my brain, and here were the results:

1. My favorite cereal is corn Chex.
(I don't eat a whole lot of cereal these days, which may or not be in large part because I can't eat anything with wheat or lactose and the like. But, when I do eat cereal, I go straight for the corn Chex sort. I love corn, and I love corn cereal, and if I were to keep this stuff on hand at my house I'd probably go through a box a day or so. I also love making puppy chow – which I believe is also known as monkey munch and muddy buddies – using my beloved corn cereal.)

2. My prom didn't really interest me.
(I did go to both my junior and senior proms, those being 2 of the very few school dances I ever went to. Never having been anything resembling a social type, I never got excited at the prospect of things like school dances. I did go to prom, though, but I mainly just sat back with my friends while there. If I had to do it over again, I don't know if I'd go. It was pretty boring.)

3. The best thing about my kids is that they have four legs and fur.
(First, I mean absolutely no offense to any human children or their parents with this answer! I myself do not have human children, and I honestly don't see myself ever having any. I don't feel that's my calling. But, I do have kids of the four-legged and furry sort, and I wouldn't have it any other way.)

4. I cannot help saying hello to every animal I see, but that won't be changing anytime soon.
(I've done this ever since I was a small child. My parents have always told me how things like going on walks or bike rides or even trick-or-treating took forever with me as a child, because I had to stop and say hi to or wave at every single furbaby I saw. To be honest, nothing has changed since then. Not that all of these furry cuties know or care about my acknowledgements, but it makes me feel better knowing I didn't ignore them.)

Okay, now, are you ready for your weekly Eddy fix? I hope you are, because this girl has been busy. What's she been busy doing? Mountain climbing, of course!

Eddy thinks her momma's headboard is her very own personal Mount Everest.

I don't even know how this girl's face is that blurry when the rest of her was, by nothing short of a miracle, sitting still.

Sometimes it's tough finding a good foothold when mountain climbing. Don't worry, though, this girl is a pro.

See? She even does tricks. Like whatever trick that there is.

Yep, just pull that leg up there, Eddy. Just doing a little balancing act, are you?

And, of course, more blur.

Wishing everybody a fantastic Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
For today's tip, we recommend you yet again use our doodle as an example of what not to do. To begin with, keep in mind that plants such as tulips can be toxic to cats and dogs. Always make sure that you do your research and never bring your furbaby in contact with dangerous plants, either outside or inside the house. In some cases, even the water being used to feed plants, such as those inside in pots and vases, can be potentially dangerous. This is especially the case if additives, such as plant food or any type of fertilizing agent, have been added. And also don't forget to always keep your furbabies and their activity levels in mind when decorating the home, such as with vases or other breakables. Always try to find somewhere safe, secure, and out of reach for such items. Safety before style!