Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

First and foremost, we are sending our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Mom Ellen and the entire family over at 15andmeowing, for yesterday they said goodbye to their sweet Phoebe.

As you've probably noticed, we're trying a new look for our blog. Our previous style was the same one it had been since this less-than-savvy human first set up the blog a few years ago. It was blue, which is strange, because blue has never even been one of my favorite colors. So, now we've decided to go for a bit of a vintage, natural, something like that sort of feel. If you totally hate it, please let us know.

The rest of this post is the kitties' review for this month's Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. It's always tough picking something for the finicky felines in this family, but I do try my very best. This time around, we went with HaloⓇ moist cat food.

One of the absolute necessities to even possibly ensure the kitties around here will eat moist food is that it must be paté. We don't want chunks or morsels or bits or shreds or any of that nonsense in our food, no we don't. It must be paté, which this HaloⓇ moist food certainly is.

So, the paté part was a plus. This food is also chicken in flavor, made with real chicken, in fact. Since the kitties around here most often enjoy food of the chicken variety, that was another plus.

But, regardless of the paté or chicken status, the most important test was the taste test. So, I called over the taste testers and crossed my fingers.

Blurry Evan.

Blurry Toby.

Blurry Thimble, with a photobomb cameo by pup Astrid.

Unfortunately, none of these finicky felines would actually eat the HaloⓇ moist food. There was a good deal of sniffing, an occasional lick, but nothing past that. Let's be honest, though, and admit that this is not uncommon for the picky kitties around here. What I can say is that my parents have 11 cats, and roughly 9 or 10 of them readily ate the HaloⓇ moist food. So, despite my kitties' opinions, there is hope for HaloⓇ moist food!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Halo® moist cat food in chicken 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 friends have a tasty Tuesday!

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

Yet another magnet.

Our Tip of the Day:
Especially for older, arthritic, or furbabies otherwise unable to get around well, try to place food and water bowls near their favorite places to sleep or hang out. If possible, you can also try to place bowls all throughout the house so that they have easily accessible options wherever they are at the time. This can help ensure that furbabies with less mobility are still getting proper nutrition and hydration.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mancat Monday

Evan's Mancat Monday post might give you just a tad bit of déjà vu.

These shots probably look a lot like the selfies Evan shared yesterday. Rest assured, though, that despite what it might seem, these are entirely different photos altogether.

You see, Evan loves his front door, where both yesterday and today's photos were taken. But, it would seem that Evan prefers to stick to the same ol' pose when sitting at his beloved door.

Do any of our friends have a favorite place to hang out like Evan does? And do you have a favorite pose to strike for the flashy box?

Happy Monday to all!

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Keep in mind that, depending on factors such as a cat or dog’s size and health, some furbabies might require special considerations for the setup of their food and water bowls. For example, tall dogs, dogs with deep chests, older animals who have difficulty bending down, and animals with short snouts might do best with elevated bowls that are situated closer to the level of their chest or face. Food and water bowls elevated in this manner can allow for more comfortable eating and drinking, as well as easier chewing, swallowing, and overall digestion. Of course, on the other hand, do ensure that the bowl is not too elevated, especially for small dogs or cats, as having to reach up to eat would be uncomfortable for them as well. So, do be sure to take time to observe your kitty or pup’s dining habits, and to adjust their bowls to ensure they are able to dine comfortably.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Selfies for Zoe

For our Sunday Selfies post today, we are remembering all of the angels who have recently gained their wings. One of these is sweet Zoe, whose Dad and Mom are the humans behind Animal Shelter Volunteer Life.

Toby, our fuzzy black housemate, tried to snap a selfie in honor of house panther Zoe. But he had a bit of trouble staying awake for the photo shoot, and so it was postponed. Instead, to honor Zoe, Evan took Toby's place and snapped some more pensive selfies.

Today, we will continue to remember all our furry angels, including sweet Zoe. The Sunday Selfies hosts, the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head, are also remembering Angel Zoe today. Please do be sure to pay them a visit.

Our doodle for today is also in memory of Zoe. Fly high, Angel Zoe.

Our Tip of the Day:
Don’t forget to regularly clean those food and water bowls! We sometimes might forget about the furbabies’ bowls, such as if they sit out of sight on the floor or in another room. But, do include these in your regular cleaning of dishes. Whether the bowls are metal, ceramic, glass, or plastic, grease or other debris from food, as well as dog or cat saliva, can indeed build up and lead to less than sanitary dining. So, do be sure to clean those bowls!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumn in Moonlight

We're not letting our uncharacteristic 90°F weather ruin the beginning of fall for us! We are all things autumn these days, and we will welcome the colorful leaves and the crisp, cool air, whenever it finally decides to arrive.

That all being said, I already knew that I wanted to doodle something autumnal for today. I just didn't know what, exactly. Then, just the other day, I saw an artist's lovely piece of art starring the moon, and I had an idea. I didn't know how well my idea would turn out, and I'm still not sure, but I at least had lots of fun doodling it!

Are any of our friends seeing any change in the leaves yet? Any trees losing their foliage? We still have a ways to go for that over here in our corner of the world, but we are looking forward to it!

Now, don't forget to visit the one and only Athena to see what other friends have created for the Caturday Art blog hop!

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Continuing our tips on food and water bowls, also don’t forget to keep each furbaby’s preferences in mind. Just like us humans, our furbabies can indeed have types of bowls that they like more than others. For example, some cats or dogs might not like the ringing sound food makes when it hits a metal bowl, or perhaps even a ceramic bowl. Other cats or dogs might be wary of using a bowl with a design or picture on the bottom of it, as it is possible for them to think that is something sitting in their bowl. Though we might not think of such things, do keep such ideas in mind. Especially if your furbaby seems to be wary or hesitant of eating out of certain bowls, try to deduce why (though of course make sure that there is not a medical reason for food aversion!) they are avoiding the bowl and then do your best to remedy it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Time Friday

Today is the first day of autumn! In case you can't tell, we love us some autumn. Now, if only the temperatures would lower from 90°F, then it might actually feel like like autumn.

Not only is today the first day of autumn, but it's also time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our wonderful friends at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Before we delve into this week's fill-ins, we would like to say that we are sending lots of purrs and prayers to Phoebe of 15andmeowing. Phoebe is battling Stage 4 kidney disease, and her mom and dad are giving her lots of TLC. We want Phoebe to know that we're rooting for her! Do be sure to visit Phoebe and let her know that you're thinking of her and rooting her on as well.

Now, here are the clever fill-ins our hosts created this week:

1. I would never be friends with someone who _________.
2. I will never refuse _________.
3. I have never been to _________, but _________.
4. When it comes to _________, I _________.

And here are my completed thoughts:

1. I would never be friends with someone who is cruel to animals.
(I try not to be a judgmental person, but sometimes I am. When someone is cruel to animals, or honestly cruel in any regard, I could never see them as a legitimate source of camaraderie. Even simply hearing someone speak ill of animals, or speak ill of anyone, infuriates me. I can't even fathom how someone could treat innocent beings with cruelty.)

2. I will never refuse peanut butter.
(Peanut butter doesn't even really sit well with me when I eat it, yet I can't pass it up. I have something along the lines of zero self-control around it.)

3. I have never been to Disney Land or Disney World, but that's okay with me.
(My family didn't travel much when I was a kid. I will openly and proudly admit that when I was growing up, my family was far from wealthy. Paying for trips to amusement parks was never a high priority. And you know what? I'm perfectly fine with that, and I feel like it helped me stay grounded as a child and into my adulthood. Besides, I find little to no joy when at amusement parks, because that really isn't my thing. My idea of fun is making absolutely zero plans and spending a day at home with my furbabies.)

4. When it comes to books and cats, I can never have enough.
(I love books. They are my Kryptonite. And so are kitties. And puppies. And really anything cute and fuzzy, to be honest. I have to really restrain myself so as to not bring home every furbaby I see at shelters and the like. And I have the same sort of trouble when I enter a bookstore.)

All right, now, who's ready for Eddy?

This certainly isn't the best shot, but it's the best I could do since Eddy is back to her usual ways. You know, happy and active and perfectly blurry. That means I'm never granted time to prep the camera or alter any of its settings, and I simply have to take a shot in whatever split second I'm allowed.

Happy Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Happy autumn!

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we mentioned the importance of the material out of which a cat or dog's food or water bowl is made. Today, we’re here to remind you that size also matters when it comes to your furbaby’s bowls. As we’re sure you know, make sure the bowl is comparable to the size of the furbaby. A large dog will obviously require a larger bowl, while a small dog or cat might have difficulty eating from such a large bowl. Then again, also keep in mind the concept of whisker fatigue, especially when it comes to cats. Whisker fatigue occurs when a bowl is too small and the whiskers brush the sides when eating or drinking, which is often uncomfortable and therefore can lead to a reluctance to use the bowl. So, try to make sure that a cat’s bowl is wide and also shallow enough to allow for comfortable eating. Like us, our furbabies like to eat and drink in comfort!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

We've reached another Thursday! That means it's yet again the eve of Friday, as well as time for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy and Teddy.

Though this here human has next to no experience with poetry, we're doing our best and are enjoying this challenge plenty! Continuing on with our usual theme, we have someone new for you all to meet today.

O’Malley the Ophthalmologist

I can see,
And you can see,
And for that we can thank Dr. O’Malley.
Whether they be brown, green, or bluer than the skies,
O’Malley the Ophthalmologist will take good care of your eyes.
Having trouble reading your book?
Let Dr. O’Malley take a look.
He’ll test how far you can see,
And how tired your eyes just might be.
You really need not fear,
And certainly don’t shed even a single tear.
After all, O’Malley the Ophthalmologist is the best of the best.
He’ll put your eyes through nothing but a painless test,
And after that will give them a rest.
Dr. O’Malley will know if you’re nearsighted or farsighted,
And then he’ll happily help you get that righted.
Dr. O’Malley will write you a prescription indeed,
If it’s a lovely pair of glasses that you need.
So do let O’Malley the Ophthalmologist take a look at your eyes,
For his knowledge and skill has earned him many a prize.

Our Dr. O'Malley was inspired by none other than Patty O'Malley, whom you can visit by simply clicking there on his name! And, here is O'Malley the Ophthalmologist in doodle form:

Of course, Thursday would not be complete without Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Today, Thimble is of course bringing you our thankfuls. She is thankful for sunny weather and window views.

Thimble is also grateful for snoozies in the sun (snoozing while sitting up is perfectly normal, right?).

Do you see housemate Toby's whiskers yet again photobombing Thimble's shots here? Thimble is having trouble feeling thankful for Toby's photobombing skills, but she is nevertheless of course thankful to have family and furiends, like Toby and all of you!

Wishing everybuddy a terrific Thursday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Our next tip theme revolves around our furbabies eating and drinking habits. To start this off today, we’re here to remind you to be cognizant of what type of bowl you are using for your furbaby, most especially the material out of which the bowl is made. When possible, steer clear of plastic bowls. This is in large part because plastic can be easily scratched, and these scratches can harbor all sorts of bacteria and the like. This can lead to issues such as feline chin acne. Stainless steel bowls, or even ceramic, are often recommended. If you do use or have to use plastic bowls for any reason, be sure to clean them frequently, and to replace them as needed, such as if you notice scratches. This will help prevent bacterial growth and issues such as feline chin acne. Eating and drinking are of course crucial to our furbabies’ daily lives, so do be sure to pay attention even to details such as the types of bowl they are using.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Definitely Not Wordless Wednesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

We usually do our Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program reviews on Tuesdays, but since yesterday was dedicated to Talk Like a Pirate Day, Astrid is going to share her review today.

So, what did Astrid get to try out this month?

Astrid taste tested Natural BalanceⓇ Delectable DelightsⓇ Tender Cuts treats in the lamb variety. The best thing is that these treats are just how Astrid likes them – tender and chewy!

These goodies are advertised as being made with high-quality lamb. In addition, these Natural BalanceⓇ treats contain no corn, wheat, or artificial ps or colors.

Oh, and it didn't take long before I had an audience while I photographed these goodies.

Were these treats worth the wait for this pup?

They sure were (if you can even tell that from this photo). In other words, yum!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Natural Balance® Delectable DelightsⓇ Tender Cuts dog treats in lamb 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 wonderful Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Since we have been discussing first aid for our furbabies, we figured this would be a good time to remind you that human medications are of course not always safe for our furbabies. For example, pain killers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be incredibly toxic to cats and dogs. This is of course not the only human medication that is hazardous, as cardiac, blood pressure, and many other medications could severely affect our furbabies. For this reason, keep all human medications out of reach of your furbabies. As always, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Ahoy, mateys! Who here knows what today is?

Aye, aye! That's right, mateys, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day! Of course, feel free to meow and woof like a pirate as well.

Sail ho! Do ye see that ship on the horizon?

Shiver me timbers, it's Captain Rosie!

Many of ye might remember our angelic Captain Rosie. She was the pirate of all pirates in our seas. One-eyed in her old age, she nevertheless never missed a thing, and she kept us all in line. Rosie may have sailed to the Rainbow Bridge in May of 2015, but she's still our captain!

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we mentioned compiling a first aid kit for your furbabies. Such first aid kits might contain antibiotic ointments, but do be aware that you should use these with caution. If consumed, these ointments could potentially cause gastrointestinal distress for some furbabies. In addition, some cats and dogs could possibly be allergic to these ointments, resulting in dermatological or other symptoms. Be especially careful with such ointments if they contain a pain relieving component, as this could be especially dangerous. So, while first aid can indeed be very important, do always be cognizant of what products and treatments you are using. It of course also would not hurt to ask your veterinarian’s opinion on what items to include in a first aid kit.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mancat Monday

Since Evan got to star in our Sunday Selfies post yesterday, he agreed to let housemate Toby star in our Mancat Monday post. So, here's Toby!

I must admit that photographing Toby's black furriness is not my strong point. This fuzzy black mancat tends to either end up with a blue sheen in photos, or with all sorts of dust visible on that black fur. Maybe someday I'll get the hang of it.

Happy Monday to all of our furiends!

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

(I honestly don't know what to do with this one. I was going to make it a magnet, but does anyone really want their refrigerator staring at them like this?)

Our Tip of the Day:
Though we may do all we can to keep our furbabies safe, accidents can and do happen. While injuries or sickness should always be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible, sometimes first aid can help or even save a furbaby if a visit to the veterinary office is not immediately available. For this reason, having first aid knowledge and first aid kits for your kitty or pup is a great idea. I would go into detail as to what items are beneficial in a first aid kit for your pet, but the ASPCA would do a far better job than me. Below, therefore, is an ASPCA infographic on compiling a first aid kit for your furbaby.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prayers and Pensive Selfies

To begin this post, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to all those enduring loss at this time. Dad Bill of Friends Furever gained his wings on Thursday, and he is now watching over Allie, Raz, and Mom Sharon. Sweet Zoe of Animal Shelter Volunteer Life is now watching over her sister Gracie, Dad Kevin, and Mom Tracey, after also gaining her wings. May these angels rest in peace, and may their loved ones find peace in the beautiful memories they share with their angels.

Now, for today's selfies, Evan wanted to share a pensive shot he snapped recently.

Evan, of course, snapped this up close and personal selfie while gazing contemplatively out his beloved front door. He loves to watch the world go by out there.

He also snapped another one to show off one of his lovely tabby stripes.

We hope all of our furiends have a beautiful, blessed Sunday!

And, of course, don't forget to visit the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head to see more Sunday Selfies entries!

Our Doodle of the Day:

(I can't take credit for the idea behind this one. I recently saw a picture of a pin in a similar "purrito" style, and I felt compelled to draw one myself.)

Our Doodle of the Day:
Just as with us humans, it is possible for our furbabies to be affected by secondhand cigarette smoke. Especially in the case of frequent exposure, cancer could potentially develop. For this reason, if you smoke, avoid doing this in the home or around your furbaby. In addition, when out in public, do your best to keep your furbabies away from areas where smoking is common. Smoking affects more than just the smoker, so for the sake of both yourself and your furbaby, do try to avoid it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Caturday at the Pumpkin Patch

In case you missed the first thousand or so times we mentioned it, we love autumn around here. That's probably why our doodle for today needs no explanation.

It may be nearly 90°F here this weekend, but we still love us a good ol' pumpkin patch! (Seriously, though, where are you, autumn?)

Now, don't forget to visit Athena for her Caturday Art blog hop! A great many of our friends have some masterpieces to show off!

Wishing you all a happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
As we’ve mentioned in the past, it is possible for cats and dogs to get skin cancer, especially on vulnerable parts of their body, such as the ears and nose. For this reason, monitor your furbaby's amount of time spent outdoors in the sun, but also the amount of time spent in windows. If your furbaby does spend a lot of time in the sun, perhaps look into pet-friendly sunscreen, and discuss safe options with your veterinarian as needed. There are also windows or window films that help block out UV light, which is another option for keeping your furbabies and their skin safe. The sun can indeed be fun, but also dangerous, so do keep a close eye on those furry sunbathers!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun Friday

We sure do love when Friday rolls around. Then again, who doesn't? As always, we're starting this Friday with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our good friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

You can always trusts our hosts to create some clever fill-ins.

1. I have broken _________ bones.
2. When I go out to breakfast, I order _________.
3. As Summer officially comes to an end, _________.
4. Before this year is over, I really need to _________.

My level of clever is debatable, but I at least tried.

1. I have broken zero bones.
(I have never broken any bones or had to get stitches. Sometimes this shocks me, as I've never really been a cautious person.)

2. When I go out to breakfast, I order eggs.
(To be honest, I don't eat out much, especially not for breakfast. But, if I were to, I'd definitely order eggs. I would probably go for a side of breakfast sausage as well, but eggs would be the priority. I like eggs in just about any form, and I've actually just recently discovered a love for making omelettes. I'm sort of terrible at it, but I'm a work in progress.)

3. As Summer officially comes to an end, I'm becoming eager for the holidays.
(Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays, so my favorite time of the year is just around the corner.)

4. Before this year is over, I really need to build a cardboard kitty castle.
(Strange answer? Well, the kitties here love them some boxes, of course, and for the longest time I've been saying that I would take some boxes and figure out how to build them a fun little castle out of them. At this point, I'm thinking that could be a Christmas gift for them, so I should probably get on that.)

Who can guess what's next? Anyone? The answer is, of course, Eddy!

Eddy's back at it, being her blurry, active self again. In this shot, she's doing one of her favorite things, and that's chasing the water droplets that get stuck on the underside of the fish aquarium's lid. Sometimes I think she gets more fun out of chasing those droplets than watching the fish. To each her own!

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:
Eddy said it was okay if I shared a doodle of a pup today, especially since this one's for a good cause.

This is another card we doodled up for that little boy in our extended family that we told you about recently. This little boy is a couple years old and is currently in a full-leg cast, likely for 6 or so weeks. His mom has said that one of the few things that really brightens his days lately is getting mail, so we've been sending him little cards like this.

Our Tip of the Day:
Steer clear of products with potentially dangerous chemicals, such as certain lawn treatments and detergents. These types of products can be dangerous for a number of reasons, just one of them being that some of the chemicals in them that have been found to be potentially carcinogenic, both for your furbabies and yourself. For this reason, always do your research, check ingredients, and when in doubt, simply do not use it.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

As has become the common (and fun!) practice around here, we're starting this terrific Thursday with the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.

Can you guess who we're going to poetically introduce to you today? No? Well, here you go:

Newton the Novelist

The pen is mightier than the sword,
For it is words that will win the reward.
Newton the Novelist knows this well,
For the stories his pen creates are quite swell.
Newton can spin a tale with great finesse.
A way with words he truly does possess.
His tales of humor are second to none,
And they will have you in stitches by Chapter 1.
And then there are his tales of woe,
Which can make the tears in your eyes begin to flow.
But it’s tales of mystery that are Newton’s true passion,
And he can write a crime novel in the highest of fashion.
Newton the Novelist’s storytelling skills do not end there, though.
Oh, most certainly not, no.
He can keep your attention with any story.
Newton can spin laudable tales of adventure and glory.
And don’t forget his works in fantasy and science fiction,
Which will have you craving them like an addiction.
You won’t want to miss a single of Newton the Novelist’s tales,
For he will surely keep you entertained without fail.

As always, this poem was of course inspired by a real-life Newton. To visit him, just click on his name there! And to see a little doodle of Newton the Novelist, just scroll down a little more.

Now, Thimble says it is well past her turn to star in this post. As many of you know, Thimble is model material and loves to pose for the camera. As is the case for any model, Thimble enjoys experimenting during her photo shoots. For today, she experimented with her furrowed-brow pose.

You want to know why Thimble is off-center in this furrowed brow shot? Because this is another photo in which Toby was trying to photobomb her. So, Thimble insisted on lining it up so that Toby wouldn't invade her space. Perhaps Toby is also the reason for her furrowed brow?

Though Toby and his photobombs sure can be frustrating, Thimble still has a great deal of thankfuls to enter into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Thimble and all of us here are thankful for each other, for our family, and for our friends like all of you. We are also thankful to know that our friends affected by Hurricane Irma are safe. Still, our purrs, barks, and prayers are being sent to all those affected.

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we mentioned diet and its potential effect on a kitty or pup’s immune system and risk of diseases such as cancer. Along this same line of thought, also keep in mind that obesity also puts kitties and pups at risk of a variety of diseases, potentially including certain forms of cancer. For this reason, not only be aware of what types of food your furbaby consumes, but also how much. Of course, an active lifestyle is also important to ward off obesity and to help fight diseases. And, as we always say, never hesitate to discuss your furbaby’s health, including their diet and risk of cancer, with your veterinarian.