Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Where to start today? How about a bit of poetry first? We're participating in Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy and Teddy of Two Spoiled Cats.


Last week, for the letter A, our poem introduced you to Annie the Astronaut. Today, with the letter B upon us, we have someone else for you to meet.


Bubba the Baker

Bubba is neither doctor nor farmer,
And he could never consider life as a snake charmer.
It is not the life of a librarian that Bubba enjoys,
Though storytime is something he quite often employs.
And, no, his life is not that of a candlestick maker.
Bubba is, instead, a mighty fine baker.

If you find yourself craving a fine pumpkin pie,
Then, lo and behold, Bubba is certainly your guy.
Or perhaps you would rather a slice of chocolate cake?
Well, that’s Bubba’s very favorite thing to bake!
Oh, and don’t forget a peanut butter cookie.
Bubba can whip one up better than any ol’ rookie.

Bubba’s bakery is surely heaven on earth,
After all, his scones bring forth nothing but mirth.
Cupcakes and muffins and pastries galore,
You’ll surely be going back for more and more.

Now, if it’s donuts you seek,
Please, don’t be meek.
Take yourself a dozen,
And then grab another for your cousin.
Strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate glaze,
The options will leave you in a bit of a daze.

Whatever you crave, please help yourself.
Grab any sweet goodie you see on the shelf.
Really, please, for heaven’s sake,
Any and every goodie is yours to take,
For there is nothing that Bubba the Baker cannot bake.


Just like last week, we decided to give Bubba the Baker a little illustration of his own. So, here he is with one of his strawberry donuts:



Now, Thimble says that it's her turn. Thursday is Thimble's day to tell you all what she's been up to. Today, she wanted to show off how she tried to win this mom of hers over with a peace offering.


Thimble thought that, if she showed me that adorable tummy of hers, I wouldn't make her go to the V-E-T today. Unfortunately, though I did snorgle that tummy plenty, Thimble still has to pay a visit to the V-E-T. But, it's simply for a recheck urinalysis, to make sure that the UTI she had a couple weeks back is all gone after her round of antibiotics (which tasted nasty, she wants you to know!).

Thimble is acting her purrfectly usual, happy, and adorable self, and so I have hopes that there will be no signs of infection this time around. Still, we'll let you all know what that stabby ol' doctor says.

My main worry, to be honest, is how Eddy will react to Thimble's return from the V-E-T. Some of you might remember how, last time around, when Thimble came home from her time at the V-E-T, Eddy was not impressed with how Thimble smelled, and so Eddy hissed and growled at her for days and days. Eddy has gotten over it, though, and she and Thimble are back to happy coexistence. And now, I have plans to hopefully keep it that way this time around.

Many of you gave the great suggestion of taking Eddy to the V-E-T with Thimble, to help keep her from reacting as she did before. However, Eddy is about the only furbaby in our entire family with whom this isn't really an option. To put it lightly, getting Eddy in a carrier and traveling with her is a bit of a nightmare. She loathes, and I mean loathes, being confined, and she lets everyone around her know it. She is also terrified of any and all people who are not her momma. I reduce her stress by taking her to the V-E-T only when she absolutely has to go.

So, with the option of taking Eddy along not really an option at all, I've resorted to Plan B. I've wiped pre-vet Thimble down with a blanket in order to transfer her smell to it, and when she returns from the vet I will do my best to clean her of the V-E-T smells, and then wipe her down with her pre-vet blanket in order to transfer her normal smells back onto her. There will also be much Feliway involved. I can only hope this will all help make Eddy accept Thimble this time. If it doesn't, then we'll probably just have a repeat of last time's post-vet week of mayhem, and then be back to normal again.

That all being said, despite her V-E-T visit, Thimble says she is thankful that she is feeling fantastic these days, and that those nasty antibiotics are all gone. She's so thankful for that, she's entering it into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


We're thankful for the health and happiness of all of our furiends and family as well!

Happy Thursday!



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Our Tip of the Day:
Before your furbaby goes in for any veterinary appointments, tests, or procedures, always make sure that you have clear instructions for what is required of you and your furbaby. This way, all things can run as smoothly as possible, with as little stress on you and your furbaby as possible. For example, do you need to bring any stool or other samples? Does your furbaby need to be fasted, such as prior to anesthesia or certain blood tests? If so, how long should the kitty or pup fast? If your furbaby is having a urinalysis performed, can urine be collected at home, or is a sterile collection at the vet's office required? If a sterile collection is needed, is a morning appointment available, so that your furbaby can stay there in the case that their bladder is empty and needs to fill up? Making sure that all such factors are addressed can ensure that your furbaby can be in and out as quickly as possible, without any need for rescheduling or return visits due to misunderstandings. There is no such thing as a stupid question, no matter what anyone tells you, so never hesitate to ask the vet or the staff whatever questions you have.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wordless Wednesday



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Our Doodle of the Day:



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Our Tip of the Day:
Did you know that some of the most common items that dogs, as well as cats, choke on or get lodged in their gastrointestinal tracts are their very own toys? This is why it is so important to know your pup or kitty's individual preferences and behaviors, and to only bring home toys that take this into consideration and that are therefore as safe as possible. For example, if your dog chews on plastic or rubber, or enjoys removing squeakers from toys, avoid such toys so as to avoid an emergency situation. Similarly, if your kitty enjoys chewing on or swallowing small items, do not purchase any toys with small bells or other similar parts and pieces. In addition, for safety reasons, it is always important to take into account a particular toy's suggestions on size or weight. For example, if a chew bone says that it is for small dogs weighing 25 lbs or less, that is because it is likely very small and could potentially be dangerously swallowed by a larger dog. Of course we want our furbabies to have fun toys, but be sure to put safety first!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tasty Tuesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

Pup Astrid always loves seeing if a new food is good enough to eat. After all, more often than not, the food currently in her bowl is old news. This finicky pup insists on having a wide variety of dry food available to her. We currently have something like 4 or 5 bags of food that we mix and match and rotate through on a daily basis, lest she get bored and refuse to eat. Even then, she often refuses to eat her dry food anyway, and instead waits for her daily treat of moist food.

That all being said, we're always on the lookout for new and yummy dry foods for Astrid to enjoy. That's why, as part of Chewy.com's Blogger Outreach Program, we decided to give a shot at American Journey™ chicken and sweet potato grain-free dog food.


I always love seeing Astrid get excited for some new food. This time around, I didn't even get the bag out of the beloved Chewy box before Astrid was stalking me throughout the house for a taste.


Not only was I happy that Astrid was already interested, but I also was happy that this food has real chicken as the first ingredient, and is grain-free, without corn, wheat, or soy.

Morsel size is also a huge factor for picky Astrid. She does not like to chew large pieces of dry food, and she'll often pick food formulated for small dogs over that for dogs her 70-lb size, in large part because of the small kibble size, I believe. These Amercian Journey™ kibbles are right in the middle, not tiny and not large, and so I had hope.


I'm the mean mom who then made Astrid pose with that there bowl of food.


She refused to look at me, and I can't say that I blame her. I quickly snapped the shot, though, and then told her she could have at it. And did she like it?


You bet she did! This American Journey™ chicken and sweet potato food was a huge hit with Astrid. She kept begging for more. After 3 bowls, I finally had to go hide the bag. Given her extreme pickiness towards dry food, finding one that she likes this much makes this momma giddy with glee.

Needless to say, this food gets 4 paws and 2 thumbs up!


(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the American Journey™ chicken and sweet potato grain-free dog food 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 everybuddy has a tasty Tuesday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:
If you like being in the kitchen and spoiling your furbaby with healthy treats, there are a great many homemade treats you can make for your furbabies. For example, you can make your own chicken jerky strips for you dogs or cats. A variety of recipes can be found online (just make sure all ingredients and steps are safe!), but this is nearly as simple as cutting chicken into thin strips, tenderizing it with a meat hammer, and placing it on a cookie sheet to bake on low for a couple of hours. Another option is making sweet potato dog chews, which essentially involves cutting sweet potatoes into slices and baking on low for a few hours. Though many store-bought treats are safe and even sometimes healthy, sometimes recalls and unknown ingredients can make homemade treats sound like the way to go. There are tons of these such recipes out there, so don't be afraid to give it a go!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Box Bonanza!

Evan always looks foward to Mancat Monday. He is, after all, a studly mancat. This time around, though, Mancat Monday is even better than usual. Why? Because it's also International Box Day!


Not only is Evan a mancat, but he's also the resident king of boxes. If there's a box in sight, most likely Evan's lurking inside of it. That's why he, of course, knew that he was the purrfect candidate for showing you our celebration of International Box Day. Oh, and remember, Evan is hind limb paralyzed, so boxes around here are best enjoyed on their sides. You gotta do what you gotta do!


But a good box sure is hard to hide. You always have to be on the lookout for invaders.


You know, like giant canine sorts, who like to steal your spotlight.


That's when you have to relocate your beloved box. You have to pack up and move, yet even then you still always have to keep an eye out for any more of those invaders.


But a good box sure is worth it!


Happy International Box Day to all of our furiends!



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Our Tip of the Day:
A box can make for a fun cave or castle or even snoozie spot for our kitties and even pups. That being said, always first inspect and pet-proof any boxes you gift your furbaby. Consider what was shipped or stored in the box, and if it was anything dangerous or potentially hazardous, select a different one for your cat or dog to enjoy. Remove outer tape and stickers if needed, especially if your kitty or pup is a chewer of such things. Some boxes are even held together with staples, so be sure to check for these and to avoid any such boxes that could potentially injure your furbaby. Boxes can be great fun, but don't forget to always make sure they're safe!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Today is not just the always fun Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head, but also Father's Day. While the furbabies here may not have a human father, they do have their beloved Pawpaw, who just so happens to be this here human's dad.

One of Pawpaw's number one fans is none other than pup Astrid. She's pretty sure he's the best thing since sliced bread, and he feels the exact same way about her. So, of course, Astrid wanted to be here today to wish her Pawpaw, and all fathers out there, a happier than happy Father's Day!


To all fathers out there, and to all those who play a father's role, we wish you many blessings today and every day! (A special shout-out to the Pawpaw of this family here!)


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!




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Our Tip of the Day:
If not neutered, one male cat can leave behind a legacy of thousands upon thousands of kittens in his lifetime. In addition to this serious contribution to pet overpopulation, an unneutered male cat is more likely to display behaviors such as spraying and aggression. Of course, male cats left unneutered are is also at risk of testicular cancer, and are also more likely to produce prostate cancer. For reasons such as these, please have your kitties neutered. And, if or when possible, perhaps look into helping with or supporting TNR efforts, so that even feral cats in your area can be neutered and therefore live safer lives without contributing to overpopulation.

Caturday in the Library

The only thing better than the weekend are the fun blog hops that it brings with it. Today, of course, we have the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by lovely Athena.


There isn't a whole lot of explanation for the piece we're sharing today. Really, we just hadn't drawn anything bookish in a while. And since we quite enjoying creating a bookish piece here and there, that's what we went for today.


We are wishing everybuddy a beautiful Caturday! And hey, if it's hot outside, what a perfect day to stay inside and read a good book.



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Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget that, especially if you're running low on space, you can give your kitty a special place to snooze by using shelves you already have. Leaving a bit of space on one or two shelves of a bookcase, for example, can allow a kitty to use their instinct of utilizing vertical space and resting up high, all while saving floor space. As long as the shelf is deep enough and safe, you can even put a favorite blanket or kitty bed on the it for your kitty's comfort. If you use this method, though, always be sure to take into consideration your cat's size as well as their typical behavior. For example, if your cat is large, be sure to leave them enough room so that they can feel comfortable and so that neither they nor other items on the shelf fall. And, if your cat is known to bat at items, ensure that nothing fragile or dangerous is kept on the shelf for their enjoyment. And if your kitty is a chewer, again, don't leave any sentimental or potentially hazardous items near any shelf space reserved for the kitty. All in all, remember that, even if you're low on floor space, there are still easy ways to allow the feline in your life to climb and snooze up high.

Friday, June 16, 2017

TGIF!

Though it's a stifling hot one, it's Friday nonetheless! What's even better is the fact that it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by the wonderful 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.


As always, our hosts came up with some fantastic fill-ins for us.

1. I challenge everyone to _________ this week.
2. I regret disposing of _________.
3. I have a difficult time admitting _________.
4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be _________.

And, as always, I have no idea if I could ever do them justice.

1. I challenge everyone to smile at a stranger this week.
(You never know when someone could use a smile, if a smile would make their day.)

2. I regret disposing of my Angel Sammy's fur.
(I was only 9 years old when my cat Sammy made his way to the Rainbow Bridge, but I still wish I would have had the foresight to grab some of his fur, maybe a whisker or two. All I had to do was grab a wad of it from his brush, or from his favorite bed, but I never did. I always just threw it away. He was the first of my childhood pets to pass away, quite unexpectedly, and he is the only one from which I have no hair or other such physical piece of remembrance. I have beautiful memories and pictures, of course, but I will always regret that he is the only furbaby of mine from whom I have not even a single strand of fur.)

3. I have a difficult time admitting that I'm not a kid anymore.
(Sometimes adulting is tough, especially when your favorite movies are animated kids' films, and when your favorite snacks are the likes of dry Cheerios eaten out of snack baggies.)

4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be the power of healing.
(When people ask me what kind of special power I would choose if I could have one, this is almost always what I say. I don't want to fly, or to be invisible, or to be able to throw a car down the street with nothing but my supersonic elbow grease. No, I'd rather be able to heal, both humans and furbabies.)


Now we've reached Eddy's share of this Friday post. Last week, Eddy showed you some lovely profile shots of her as she gazed out the window. (Remember how that window was laden with spider webs because of this lazy human's lackadaisical spring cleaning? Yuck!). This week, we have some more shots from that same photo shoot. These, though, are examples of Eddy's defiant side.


"No, Mom, I am not going to say cheese. I don't even like cheese!"


"Yeah, yeah, yeah. I hear you, Mom, I'm just choosing to ignore you."

Who else likes to show some defiance toward the camera?

Happy Friday! And stay cool out there, everybuddy!


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Our Doodle of the Day:




Our Tip of the Day:
Especially if your cat or small dog is on a weight loss journey, or if the monitoring of their weight is for any reason especially important, consider getting a baby scale or other comparable scale for your home. Though it is better than nothing, it is not always accurate to use the method of weighing yourself, then weighing yourself while holding your furbaby, and then taking the difference. Another option for weigh-ins is to ask your vet if you can bring your kitty or pup in for a quick use of one of their scales, as many veterinary offices are more than willing to allow this. If traveling or vet visits are stressful for your furbaby, though, then do perhaps consider looking into a scale that can be more accurately used for weigh-ins at home.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Whew. That's a bit of a tongue-twisting, mouthful of a title, isn't it? Well, let's kick things off with the Thimble part of this Thursday. After all, ladies first.

Now, do you remember Thimble's selfie from Sunday? In you don't, here it is again.


Thimble wanted her furiends to know that this glamorous shot of hers wasn't the only picture from this photo shoot. No, indeed. In fact, during this photo shoot, a bit of a revelation was made. You see, when Thimble sat down for this photo shoot, she realized something.


When she posed in front of the back door, behind which sits the container with the beloved cat food, Thimble noticed something off about said container. It holds cat food. You know, cat food. The food that feeds adorable little whiskered felines. Yet, just look, there's a dog on the container!

Needless to say, Thimble was not all that pleased at this revelation. She let this here mom know that it was not only unacceptable for her to grab some ol' food bin from the dog aisle, but to also keep that smiling dog slapped on the front of it. I was informed that a cat food bin should be adorned with the glorious face of a feline, like Thimble herself!


*eye roll*

I'm sorry, Thimble. I hope you can forgive me.

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And, as if that little debacle wasn't eventful enough, we're now switching gears to a completely different side of this Thursday. For the first time, we are participating in Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, hosted by the one and only Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats.


I have never been any semblance of a poet. I do love to write, but I typically stick to things like blog posts and fun little stories and the like. Poetry has never been my strong suit. But, what's life without a bit of challenge? Still, though, I ended up having to come up with a silly little idea to help me out during these next 26 weeks. Worried that I would have no idea how or where to begin each week, I thought of a sort of theme for all of my poems to meet. That's how terrible I am at poetry. I had to cheat before I even began.

Anyway, Poetic Thursdays are starting from the beginning again, the letter this week being A. We are allowed to pick an A word of our choice with which to be poetic. Or, our wonderful hosts have also started a new tradition of providing some prompt words, which can be used if the poets so desire. This week's prompts are ants, anger, apples, or ankles. This time around, I did not choose one of the prompts

But, that's enough rambling. Here is the best I could manage at creating a poem for the letter A:


Annie the Astronaut

Annie knows all about bravery,
For she goes on adventures ever so savory.
But she does not travel by land, no.
Annie does not scale mountains capped with snow,
Nor does she set sail in a boat meant to row.
Neither tundra nor forest does Annie see.
Where she goes stands not even a single tree.

Annie ventures neither left nor right,
And not even Down Under does she alight.
Rather, Annie sets off for the opposite of day.
And whatever does that mean, do you say?
Well, you see, Annie’s adventures take her up, up, and away.

Her take off she’s again and again rehearsed.
To be land-bound, for Annie, that is the worst.
And so she visits the skies beneath which we sleep,
The vast skies in which can be heard not even a peep.
Annie travels that land of the twinkling eyes,
That land way up high, the land of night skies.
Yes, it is adventures with stars that Annie has long sought,
For Annie, you see, she is an astronaut.


I also decided to illustrate each of the poems that I muddle my way through. And so, here is Annie the Astronaut:



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Last but certainly not least, we're participating in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


Thimble wanted to lead us, and she says she is thankful for her tasty food, even if it is in a container with a dog face on it. She is also so very thankful for her daily treat of baby food. All of us here are thankful for our many blessings, including the food in our bowls, the roof over our heads, our family, and of course our furiends like you!

Happy Thursday to all!



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Our Tip of the Day:
Just like us humans, our furbabies surely prefer food at its peak freshness. For that reason, as well as to help prevent the possibility of spoilage or contamination, it is recommended to keep dry food in an airtight storage container. Many bags of food come with resealable openings these days. This is another good option, although it is still possible for it to become stale if stored this way, such as if there is a hole or other leak in the bag. For added protection and freshness, the food can be stored in its resealable bag, with that then placed in an airtight storage container. This is especially something to consider for kitties or pups who are finicky to begin with, such as those who are geriatric or ill, as they might be more apt to eat fresh food that maintains its richest taste and smell.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday


What are you looking at, Astrid?


Yikes!


I'm going to leave this to you, Astrid. I'll just, uh, be in the other room.

Does anybuddy else have eight-legged freaks spiders climbing out of the woodwork? We sure do. And it's starting to terrify this arachnophobic human.

Happy Wednesday, everybuddy! We hope your day is spider-free!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:
Just as with humans, our pups and kitties can take antihistamines for the relief of allergy symptoms. In dogs, for example, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is often recommended to alleviate itching, scratching, sneezing, and a variety of other pesky allergy issues. In other cases, a veterinarian might recommend an antihistamine such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), or another. What's more, antihistamines, often Benadryl, can be used to help combat swelling and other symptoms in reactions to things such as spider bites and bee stings, or even to a delayed vaccine reaction. For this reason, even if your furbaby does not suffer from other allergies, it might be wise to always have some antihistamine such as Benadryl on hand. A quick administration of a safe antihistamine could potentially help save a furbaby's life in the event that an allergic reaction occurs when veterinary care is not immediately available. This all being said, keep in mind that various antihistamines will require different dosages, and will have different side effects and other potential risks. For these reasons, discuss the proper use and dosaging of antihistamine for your furbaby with your veterinarian. Again, even if your furbaby does not have seasonal or other allergies, you might still want to have knowledge of antihistamines in the case of an allergic reaction emergency.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Toesies Tuesday

Yesterday, Evan showed you how a mancat snoozes on a Barney the Dinosaur sleeping bag that he inherited from his momma. Today, he shows you another similar shot, only this time focusing on those toesies of his. After all, it is Toesies Tuesday!


And can you guess what happened next? He got photobombed!


Can you tell what you're looking at? That blur above Evan's cute little paw is camera hog Thimble. That girl will do just about anything to make her way into a shot. Evan didn't mind, though. After all, he slept right through this photobombing incident.

Anybuddy else have some toesies to show off today? Even if you don't, happy Toesies Tuesday to you!


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Our Doodle of the Day:

Just kidding! We would never cut you.
(You can totally blame this here human for this one. I have a twisted sense of humor.
I also have a shirt with this sentiment on it. I wear it every Monday.)



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Our Tip of the Day:
It is possible for a cat's claws to grow too long and to curl into their pads if left untended. This is especially the case for cats who do not prefer to use scratching posts or who don't chew down their claws, as many cats do. When this occurs, it can of course be very painful for the cat, and the nail will have to be cut and removed from the paw pad. Oftentimes, antibiotics are then required as part of healing process, especially since a kitty's foot is exposed to a variety of microbes in their litter box. All of this being said, never forget to check and trim your cat's claws regularly. Although scheduled trimmings can vary based on a given cat's particular activity level, physiology, and overall health, it is sometimes suggested that the claws of the front paws be trimmed every 2 weeks, and those on the back paws at least once a month. When in doubt, consult with your veterinarian about the best schedule and method for trimming your kitty's nails. Of course, don't forget those pups out there, as their claws can also grow too long and in this way lead to difficult or painful ambulation.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Boss Man Monday

Being the boss man sure is hard work. Just ask Evan.


Evan has to man that front door of his, make sure he doesn't miss any servings of butter, which of course means following his mom around the kitchen, and that's all on top of keeping his sisters in line, including that silly pup Astrid. Whew! Talk about a handful pawful.


So, it looks like Evan sure knows all about how being the boss man is hard work. And that's why he also knows the importance of a well-earned map.


Zzzzzzzz.

Oh, and can you tell what Evan is snoozing on here? For those of you who have know us a while, you might remember the story of how the furbabies around here inherited this mom of theirs old Barney the Dinosaur sleeping bag. Well, sleeping bag Barney is still around and kicking. And Evan is still very fond of him.

Evan and all of us here wish you a magnificent Monday! Don't forget to have a nice long snooze at least once today!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:
We've given so many tips on this topic, but we're such huge fans of upcycling and cozy things that we're going to repeat ourselves yet again. Never forget that our kitties and pups not only like cozy snoozing spots, but also things that we've used or that smell like us. Before you toss out that piece of clothing or other similar item, therefore, perhaps consider whether your furbaby could get some use out of it. For example, an old pillow case could be used to make them a bed or even a kitty cave. An old shirt could serve this same purpose. You can also put an old T-shirt on a cardboard box to create a kitty cave, with the neck of the shirt serving as the entrance. We even recently saw a tip on stuffing an old pair of your pants so that your furbaby can have a bed nearly as good as your lap. Reusing items in this way can make for a happy furbaby, while also saving you money by sparing the need to go buy factory-made beds and the like. And, of course, such items can also be used to create goods for shelter animals.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Selfie

It's that wonderful time of the week. You know, the time when we all get to enjoy each other's selfies. In other words, it's time for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head!


It's always a surprise to me which of the furbabies around here will step up for a selfie. Sometimes they're all happy volunteers, and other times they make me work for it. This time around, I had one furbaby ask to be the star of our Sunday Selfies blog post, and of course I obliged.


To be honest, Thimble and her assistant (which just so happens to be this here human) experimented a bit in order to obtain this selfie. We messed around with the zoom function on our camera, and used some different filter methods on the camera. (At least, this here human thinks it was the camera's filters with which we were experimenting. I could very likely be wrong, though. Don't ever mistake me for a pro photographer. I have no idea what I'm doing rougly 99% of the time.)

Have a beautiful day!


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Our Doodle of the Day:

(Poor color choice makes for a difficult read. In case you can't tell, it says, "I work hard so that my cat can have a better life." That pretty much sums up my life.)



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Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget that when it comes to getting photos of your furbabies, sometimes the zoom function on your camera can be your best friend. For example, if you have a kitty or pup who tends to get excited at the sight of you or the camera, perhaps try standing farther away from them, where they don't notice you, and then using the zoom to capture a shot of them. This of course also works for those who might be afraid or wary of the camera, or even feral cats or other outdoor furbabies who are at a distance and don't allow close contact.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Be you!

We've really been enjoying illustrating some quotes this week. That's probably why we did it yet again today for Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.


I elicited Angel Rosie's help again for this one.


This saying, courtesy of Oscar Wilde, happens to be one of my most favorite of all time. As the wise man says, never forget to be you!

Happy Caturday!




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Our Tip of the Day:
The eye is a vulnerable part of the body, in both our furbabies and ourselves. This is why scratches or other injuries to the eye are not all that uncommon in our furbabies, even if they are simply obtained during playtime. Especially in a multi-cat household, for example, play time can sometimes involve claws, which can sometimes result in a kitty with a corneal abrasion. This is why, if you see your kitty squinting one eye, and/or discharge coming from the eye, it is important to monitor it and of course consult a veterinarian as needed. Some such injuries to the eye require antibiotic drops or ointment, or other types of treatments. The eyes are incredibly important, as you certainly know, so never hesitate to have a potential injury to the eye examined by a veterinarian so that it can be tended to promptly and properly.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday!

Hooray for Friday! We always look forward to Friday's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, but that was especially the case this week.


I couldn't wait to see what our hosts over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader had in store for us for today. They never disappoint.

1. A prop from a TV show or film I would like to have is _________.
2. My oldest friendship is _________.
3. Whenever I _________, I always _________.
4. The best _________ is _________.

These ladies are always clever and creative. I just hope my answers do these fill-ins some semblance of justice.

1. A prop from a TV show or film I would like to have is just about anything from The Big Bang Theory.
(I wouldn't flinch at being called a nerd, or a geek, or anything of the like. I sort of am just that, and I'm totally fine with it. That might be why I love me a good The Big Bang Theory marathon, and I love seeing what all props they have on set. The main characters' apartment is chock-full of goodies, like a The Lord of the Rings inspired cloak, and a sword from Game of Thrones, all sorts of Star Trek and Star Wars doohickeys and doodads, and of course that famous Rubik's cube tissue box holder. Oh, and sort of on that same note, I also love the suit of armor I see in pictures on wonderful host Ellen's blog. That thing makes my day every time I see it.)

2. My oldest friendship is written in blood.
(Blood is thicker than water, right? I had friends in school, sure, some with whom I actually do still stay in contact. But, my closest and oldest friendships are with those with whom I share blood. My parents, my sister, you get the idea.)

3. Whenever I hear sirens, I always say a silent prayer.
(I learned this from my mom, who learned this from her mom, who probably learned it from her mom. We may not always know the reason behind the sirens we hear, but it never hurts to send some good thoughts their way.)

4. The best medicine is laughter.
(We've all heard this one, haven't we? And, well, I guess it seems true enough if you ask me. When I'm feeling down, a good laugh, especially those brought on by watching my mischievous furbabies go about their shenanigans, always lifts my spirits. Sometimes it's all about finding the silver lining in those rain clouds.)


Now, of course, it's time for your weekly Eddy fix. The active girl recently took a momentary break from scaling the walls to gaze out the window. Even better, I obtained photographic evidence.


Eddy says that it looks like her mom missed a spot during Spring cleaning. Just look at that spider web there in the window. Yikes! The poor girl can hardly see past it!


Wishing everybuddy a bright and shiny day!



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Our Doodle of the Day:


(Thanks for the sentiment, Dr. Seuss!)



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Our Tip of the Day:
Especially this time of year, don't forget that some spiders could be potentially harmful to your furbabies. Black widows and brown recluse spiders are some of the most dangerous, but bites from certain other spiders could also potentially cause some issues. Some cats and dogs can be allergic to spider bites, for example, causing symptoms such as itching and swelling. In other cases, sometimes the ingestion of a spider can lead to some gastrointestinal discomfort. All this being said, though, also don't forget that chemical pesticides, including those meant to eradicate spiders, can be dangerous to our furbabies. Therefore, try to keep any spider prevention safe and as natural as possible. Even solutions such as keeping off lights by outdoor doorways can help to keep your household spider population at bay. And it of course also helps to simply always do your best to keep your eye on your furbabies. If you see a spider in your house or outside near your furbaby and can't identify it as harmless, for example simply keep your furbaby away from it, to err on the side of caution. If necessary, though, there is more you can do. We previously mentioned repelling mosquitoes with certain scents, and the same can be attempted for spider, such as by using eucalyptus sprigs or even cinnamon dissolved in water and spraying outside. It has even been said that simple salt water sprayed on bushes and such can repel spiders. So fear not, there are ways to fight off those buggers!