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:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday, everybuddy! We are all ready for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.

This week brings us to the letter I for this fun poetical challenge. We are of course continuing on with our usual theme, which means we have someone for you to meet today.

Iza the Inventor

Iza has a bright and brilliant mind.
She really is a one-of-a-kind.
Iza conceives the most grand ideas,
Ideas even grander than new recipes for tortillas.
Her ponderings and plans are ever so profound,
For Iza is by far the most clever inventor around.

Iza’s inventions are ever so keen.
Did you know she created a cookie that scrubs your teeth cleaner than clean?
Iza also built an intelligent fork and a robotic spoon,
And a fashionable hat that keeps orbit with the moon.
Of course, don’t forget Iza’s rockets that moonlight as socks,
Or her masterful transfiguration of rocks into clocks.
And we can’t forget about her fried chicken dispenser,
Which includes a most delectable flavor enhancer.

You’ve probably noticed by now
That Iza knows all the know-how.
So if there is something you need,
Iza is your girl indeed.
There is never need to lament,
For there is nothing Iza the Inventor cannot invent.

Want to visit the real Iza? Just click on her name there! Oh, and of course we didn't forget to doodle up a little something for Iza the Inventor.

Okay, Thimble says it is well past her time to shine in this Thursday post. Thimble decided that, since she showed off her nose and ears for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, she wanted to show off her eyes today. She especially wanted to remind all of her furiends what big and beautiful eyes she has.

Just look at those peepers! (Let's be honest, those adorable green things make this momma's heart melt, and Thimble pretty much gets whatever she wants when she uses them on me.)

Now, of course, we're also entering Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Today and every day, we are so very thankful for each other, for our family, and for furiends like all of you!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tabby Tuesday

Except for our housemate Toby, the kitties here are all terrifically tabby. That of course includes a certain little lady cat named Thimble.

Here, Thimble is showing off that classic tabby M. Did you know that? That essentially all tabbies have that classic M on their foreheads?

Does anybuddy else have a tabby M to show off?

Happy (Tabby) Tuesday to all!

(P.S. Eddy had her annual at the V-E-T yesterday. She was a less-than-happy customer over the whole ordeal, but she'll give you the details in her Friday post.)

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tuesday Tip of the Week:
After discussing with your veterinarian what vaccinations your cat or dog needs and will receive, and after those vaccines are administered, always remember to monitor your furbaby to ensure that no vaccine reactions go unnoticed. Vaccine reactions are most likely to occur on the second or later administration of a particular vaccination, as an initial vaccination is what will first begin the production of antibodies that might thereafter cause reactions to the vaccine. A vaccine reaction can be severe or mild, and can include anaphylaxis, fever, pain or swelling at the injection site, or lethargy. If you notice any of these or other symptoms after your kitty or pup receives a vaccination, contact your veterinarian. Even if your furbaby only displays minimal or mild symptoms, it is still important for your veterinarian to have record of this. Of course, in the case of a severe reaction, seek veterinary care immediately, so that your furbaby can be treated for it promptly and properly. In some cases, a vaccine reaction can be prevented or combated with the pre-administration of something such as the antihistamine diphendyradmine. For all of these reasons, be sure to always monitor your furbaby for potential vaccine reactions, as well as to inform new veterinarians of any known such reactions.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Up Close and Personal on Mancat Monday

Evan's given bathing demos before. Today, he's giving another one, but this time it's up close and personal.

See? Just look at that tongue! Not to mention those whiskers.

Do you see the black on that whisker of Evan's? His whiskers used to be all white, but now they're starting to go black. So much for going grey.

Feel free to use these up close and personal images to get some tips on how to clean those toesies of yours. After all, Evan is a bit of a pro.

Happy Monday to all the mancats, and of course to all of our furiends!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunny Sunday

It's time for one of the best parts of every week. What's that, you ask? The Sunday Selfies blog hop, of course! The Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head are the fantastic hosts of this fun hop.

A certain little lady named Thimble wanted to star in our selfies for today. So, she parked herself beside a sunny window and then, well, snapped a bit of a closeup shot.

She may have cut off part of her head in that selfie, but Thimble did get a nice shot of that little nose of hers. Though, it certainly doesn't look all that little in this selfie. Well, never mind that.

And you know what? Thimble was worried her ears might feel jealous of her nose, since it got a selfie all to itself. So, she also got a nice shot of one of those flappers of hers.

Oh, dear. Thimble's wondering if this shot makes her ear look big? Surely not.

We can't wait to see what all selfies you furiends of ours snapped this week. Happy Sunday to everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

As we mentioned yesterday, we're going to be sharing some doodles this week that we hope are on a bit of the inspirational side. Here's the first such piece we scribbled up:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Caturday Art

We are of course, as always, participating in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop. After all, we wouldn't have it any other way!

Our doodle is pretty simple and to-the-point this time around. It sort of sets us up for the rest of our doodles for the week ahead. Oh, and it stars our Angel Rosie!

I've always been one of those people who just really likes quotes. What's more, inspirational quotes are indeed a favorite of mine. So, this upcoming week, as this doodle of Rosie indicates, we'll be sharing some little scribbles with some inspirational sentiments to go with them. Some of you might know that we have shared some such doodles in the recent past, but we're going to continue on with that this week again.

We hope that you don't mind our little bits of inspiration, and hope that you might even enjoy them!

Happy Caturday to all!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fun Friday

Hello, Friday! What a fun day of the week. We can look forward to the weekend, and we get to participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our good friends at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Here are this week's fantastic fill-ins:

1. Meetings _________.
2. Rules _________.
3. The best time to _________ is _________.
4. I have learned _________.

I for one quite enjoy how this challenge really gets those creative brain juices flowing. Here's what my brain juices boiled up this week:

1. Meetings are no walk in the park.
(I guess it depends on the topic at hand, but for the most part, I don't tend to look forward to meetings. They can be quite dull, usually. Unless, of course, the meeting involves something like a dozen kittens or puppies, in which case I'm game.)

2. Rules often have some wiggle room.
(Of course, I am not condoning any law-breaking here. But, really, some rules are more like guidelines. Especially if a rule isn't letting you and your dreams shine, then perhaps think of it as clay that can be reshaped.)

3. The best time to start is now.
(Now or never, right? For the most part, I have never been much of a procrastinator. I don't like having too much of a to-do list looming over me. When it comes to things that intimidate me, though, that's when I do indeed drag my feet. I'm getting better at combating this, though, and am working to mold myself into more of a go-getter so that I can achieve more of my goals and dreams.)

4. I have learned that I control my own happiness.
(While I can't deny that some situations and some people can sort of damage my calm, as I've grown older I have come to realize that my reactions and my overall happiness are up to me. I don't think that anyone should let their happiness be shaped solely by outside forces. Of course I myself am certainly not perfect at following this sentiment, but I am working to get better at it every day.)

Okay, who's ready for Eddy? This happy girl wanted to show you that she is still in love with her new aquarium.

She doesn't want to spoil us, though. She'll sit still, but she certainly won't agree to look at the camera.

Oh, and if you could send some good thoughts this way, this here human has to do her yearly duty of shoving unwilling Eddy into a carrier for her annual exam on Monday. Despite it being out for public use 24/7, 365 days a year, that PTU is Eddy's worst enemy. And the V-E-T is obviously hell on earth. Monday is going to be such great fun.

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

(We're thinking this might not be all that easy to read, so in case you're wondering, it says "create". We sure do love us some arts and crafts time. Especially the kitties, because art tools make great hockey pucks, you know.)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday! It's the eve of Friday, and it's also time for the terrific Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy and Teddy.

Continuing with our usual poetry theme, we have a little H of a someone new for you to meet today. Can you guess who it is, and what they do for a living? Huh? Well, there's no need to guess any further, because we'll just let you see for yourself right now.

Hannah the Harpist

Hannah has every reason to gloat,
For she never hits a sour note.
She can play any tune you might request,
And it will be nothing but the best of the best.
About music Hannah knows more than just the gist,
For Hannah is none other than a master harpist.
Would you like to hear some blues and jazz?
Hannah’s every note resonates with all sorts of pizzazz.
Or if show tunes are more your thing,
Hannah can really make that harp sing,
The options do not end there, though.
Hannah can even put on a mighty fine rock show.
So, come one, come all!
Really, you best not stall.
Hannah’s music evokes no boos or jeers.
For her harp brings nothing but beauty to your ears.
So please do sit down and settle in.
Hannah the Harpist’s show is about to begin.

As always, we had a little inspiration from a real Hannah. This real Hannah and her sister Lucy don't blog much anymore, but do still feel free to visit their blog and say hello!

Oh, and of course we didn't forget to give Hannah the Harpist a bit of a doodle of her own.

What kind of music do all of you furiends of ours enjoy? Hannah is taking requests for her next concert.

Now, on to the Thimble part of this Thursday. It's been scorching hot here these days, but Thimble and all of us here have been using that time to do some window watching from the safety of our air conditioning.

Thimble also wanted to remind everyone how pretty her eyes are. See?

Now, last but certainly not least, we are entering Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

We have so much for which to be thankful. We are all thankful for the beautiful world outside that we get to watch from our windows, and for the air conditioning that allows to do so while staying fresh and cool. We are thankful for fun, like the fun we have each week writing our poetry for Angel Sammy and Teddy's challenge. And, of course, we are so very thankful for our family and furiends, like all of you!

Have a beautiful day!