Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday Thoughts

Hello, friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mancat Monday

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

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

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

Ten Days of Tortie: Day 2

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

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

We wish you all a magnificent Monday!

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Selfie

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ten Days of Tortie: Day 1

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Caturday Confusion

What is going on here?

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Caturday!

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Festive Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Friday to all of our friends!

Our Doodle of the Day:

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

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

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

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

Wally the Weatherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No more competition.

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

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

Happy Thursday to all!

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tabby Tuesday

Evan hopes you all aren't tired of seeing him, because he's here again today. He wanted to be your host in this installment of Tabby Tuesday. In honor of this day, Evan decided to show you all a couple of his stunning stripes.

See those orange stripes? Evan is quite proud of them!

What kind of Tuesday are you all celebrating today? Tabby Tuesday? Toesies Tuesday? Tummy Tuesday? Tuxie Tuesday? Tortie Tuesday? No matter what kind it is, happy Tuesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I wish I could take credit for this festively fun play on words.
Alas, though, I cannot. I saw it on my good pal Pinterest.

Our Tip of the Day:
We just yesterday talked about how plain green beans can make for a good treat for your furbaby, and previously about how the same goes for potatoes. Today, we'll mention a couple of other vegetables that your furbaby can eat as a safe treat on Thanksgiving, or any day. Carrots, for example, are one vegetable that can be very healthy and nutritious for pups and kitties. Other safe options include broccoli, celery, cucumbers, spinach, and peas. As we've said many times before, though, it is very important to feed even healthy treats in moderation, but also to take into consideration any ingredients added to the vegetables. Onion, garlic, sugar, excess salt, and a variety of other potential spices can be toxic or can lead to issues such as gastrointestinal distress, as you likely already know. Again, it is possible for your furbaby to enjoy that upcoming Thanksgiving dinner with you, as long as you choose safe, healthy options for them!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Motivational Mancat Monday

Monday often gets a bad rap, because it means we're back to work, or back to school, or simply back to the usual grind. But, if you think of it, Monday is more like a fresh start. Isn't that nice, getting a fresh start every seven days?

Evan thinks fresh starts are nice. For days, this mom of his hasn't left the front door open because it's been pretty darn cold here in our corner of the world. But, very recently, it warmed up for a bit, and so Evan got some time at his front door. That's a nice fresh start, don't you think?

Now, if only this here human would wipe all that nose art off the door, Evan could have a clear view.

Evan wants to know, do any of you kitty or puppy friends of ours have to suffer through gazing out a dirty window? The furbabies here make lovely nose art, but Evan sure wishes his lazy mom would just clean it off the window already.

Moving on, though, on this Mancat Monday we're also participating in the Sparks blog hop. This lovely hop is hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader, and is meant to help spread positivity in this world of ours.

This week, we made a quick little doodle out of our Sparks sentiment.

"If you stumble, make it part of the dance." Courtesy of Pinterest.

Have a magnificent Monday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Surely I'm not the only one who always feasts on some green bean casserole for the holidays? If green bean casserole is on your Thanksgiving table, keep in mind what all ingredients are used to make it before you let your furbaby try some. A lot of green bean casseroles involve potentially dangerous ingredients, such as onions or even garlic. For this reason, it is likely best to hold off on sharing green bean casserole with your kitty or pup. That being said, though, if you have plain green beans to serve, those can make a great and nutritious treat for that furbaby in your life!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Selfies from the Assistant

If you visited us on Thursday, you might remember Thimble showing off what a fantastic model and assistant she is. I explained then how I was challenged to do a black and white photo challenge on Facebook. This challenge instructs you to share black and white photos that represent your life, but one of the rules is that there are no pet photos allowed. That was the true challenge, if you ask me.

Anyway, today's selfies are brought to you by another particular kitty who assisted me in this challenge.

Black and white Toby wanted a shot in, well, black and white. But, he sort of forgot to look at the camera. He tried to remedy that, and then even turned on some color.

Let's be honest, getting photos without furbabies is next to impossible here at our house. That's okay, though, this here human doesn't mind one bit. The furry cuties are the only photogenic things around here anyway.

So, Toby is of course entering his furry assistant shots into the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our pals over at The Cat on My Head.

Happy Sunday to all of you friends of ours!

Our Doodle of they Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
A discussion on Thanksgiving dinner foods would not be complete without noodles, would it? If noodles are a part of your holiday meal, it could be considered safe to feed your furbaby a small amount of plain noodles. Noodles can be a good source of energy in the form of carbohydrates, but of course they are best enjoyed in moderation for your furbaby. That being said, as always, also do consider any ingredients added the noodles. Do not feed your pup or kitty noodles that include garlic or onion, for example, or that include any fatty or other sauces that might lead to gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, or other issues. So, if your furbaby fancies a taste of pasta, as long as it's plain, they can enjoy a little taste.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cold Caturday Art

Hello, friends! Here in our corner of the world, it's been well below freezing the past couple of mornings. We barely even hit above freezing throughout the day yesterday. Do you know what that means?

That's right. It's time for snowkitty to start making an appearance. For Halloween it was all things cat-o'-lantern, and now we've reached the snowkitty phase. Truth be told, I was thinking about doing a snowkitty and cat-o'-lantern mashup for next week's Caturday Art. What do you friends of ours think? Yay or nay to that?

Back to today's snowkitty, though. Now, I'm not sure I've admitted this here before, but I have an obsession with buttons. I can go to a craft store in search of nothing but a set of markers or a sketchbook, and come out with a lifetime supply of buttons. Buttons in every size and shape and all that jazz, I love them all. That being said, I used some of my never-ending supply of buttons to spruce up the snowkitty's little scene just a bit.

Of course, today's snowkitty was created for Athena's Caturday Art blog hop. Do be sure to visit Athena so as to see the art of all of our friends!

Happy Caturday to all! If it's cold in your corner of the world, too, we hope you're staying warm and cozy!

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we talked about offering potatoes as a treat for your pup, such as during Thanksgiving dinner. We focused on potatoes of a more white variety yesterday, so today we're here to talk about sweet potatoes. To put it simply, sweet potatoes can make for a great treat for a pup or kitty. They are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, as well as vitamin C, potassium, and a variety of other beneficial nutrients. Plain steamed, baked, or mashed sweet potatoes would be a great treat to allow your kitty or pup during that Thanksgiving dinner. That all being said, though, do be cautious of dishes such as sweet potato casserole. These altered versions of sweet potato often contain added sugar, sugary marshmallows, and other potential seasonings or ingredients that could be unhealthy or lead to gastrointestinal side effects. So, sweet potatoes are a great treat to offer that furbaby in your life, but do be sure it's of the plain and healthy variety!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Fun

Hello and happy Friday! As per usual, we're going to start today with the always fun Friendly Fill-Ins challenge.

Our hosts over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader are clever as can be, and this week they gave us these fantastic fill-ins:

1. The best part of where I live is _________.
2. The worst part of where I live is _________.
3. If I had _________, I would _________.
4. My favorite article of cold weather clothing is _________.

As always, I don't know whether I did these proud, but I sure tried!

1. The best part of where I live is my family.
(Though certainly no place in the world is perfect, I really do enjoy my hometown. It's neither too big nor too small, without crazy rush hour traffic, yet with plenty to do. What's more, it's where my family is. I was raised in this town, my parents and sister are still here, and I just don't see myself leaving.)

2. The worst part of where I live is the allergens.
(Of course, allergens exist everywhere. I have learned, though, that my hometown sure does offer a nice blend of allergy and asthma triggers. I live in an area with a decent amount of farming, with plenty of corn and beans to go around. When the farmers start harvesting these, the dust and spores and all that good stuff really get stirred up. That's okay, though. I love my hometown enough to pop some antihistamine and never leave home without a pack of tissues.)

3. If I had a million dollars, I would rescue as many animals as I could.
(If I ever came into a large sum of money, this would be one of the first things I spent it on. I would help as many animals as I could locally, and would also love to help with the rescue efforts of animals all across the globe. I dream of helping as many animals as possible. This probably goes for all of us here, doesn't it?)

4. My favorite article of cold weather clothing is a hoodie.
(I love dressing comfortably, and there is nothing more cozy than a hoodie. I also love my sweatpants.)

Now, up next is, of course, Eddy! Today we have a shot from an older photo shoot, from which we've already shown you a picture or two. The photo shoot we speak of is the one that showed Eddy sitting at the front door. I was so excited to show you all last time how once shy Eddy has finally grown brave enough to gaze out the front door, that I didn't even notice the below shot, with her so adorably looking over her shoulder at me as I took her picture.

When I realized I never shared this particular photo before, I simply had to remedy that today. Isn't she just too cute peeking over her shoulder like that? Not that I'm biased, of course.

Wishing you all a fantastic and fun Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

This weekend is one of the holiday art and crafts fairs in which I'm participating. That means I've been doodling all types of furry Santas and the like, like this bright and bold one here.

This Kitty Claus was actually doodled on cardboard and has since been sealed and turned into an ornament. Christmas kitties are some of my favorite things to doodle.

Our Tip of the Day:
Continuing on with our Thanksgiving dinner tips, yet another common holiday dish is white potatoes, such as mashed potatoes. When it comes to feeding your furbaby white potatoes, those that are cooked and plain can be a reasonable treat in moderation. When additional ingredients are added, though, then you have to start being extra cautious about offering potatoes as a treat. For example, butter or sour cream might cause gastrointestinal distress, especially for furbabies who are lactose intolerant. In addition, as we've said before, added ingredients such as garlic and onion can potentially be dangerous if consumed by a kitty or pup. So, you sure can let your furbaby try out those mashed potatoes, but make be sure to take into account how they're prepared!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Welcome to Thursday, friends! We are starting off, as usual, with the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy and Teddy.

This has been our first round participating in one of the poetical challenges. Though this human is the farthest thing from a poet, we've been enjoying it all the way since the letter A, and we plan to continue with it. That being said, this time around, we're already at the letter V. That means we have a V of a someone for you all to meet.

Viola the Veterinarian

Kitties or puppies,
Cubs or duckies,
Viola the Veterinarian can care for them all.
Whether they're big or whether they're small,
Viola's patients know that she is the one to call.

Do you know a kitty with a tummy ache?
Or a puppy with a bump or a break?
A proper diagnosis is what Viola will make,
Even if the patient is a pig or a snake.

Viola the Veterinarian can bandage a wound,
And her patients always heal sooner than soon.
She can mend a sore tooth,
Whether the patient is aged or bubbling with youth.

Furry or tailed,
Feathered or scaled,
Viola the Veterinarian offers the best care around.
She keeps her patients safe and sound.

As always, we were inspired by a real-life Viola. To visit her, just click there on her name! And, of course, we didn't forget to do a little doodle of Viola the Veterinarian.

As always, we're now moving on to Thimble on this Thursday. 

Always the model, Thimble recently gave this here mom of hers a little extra help during some photo shoots. It all started when someone challenged this here human to do a black and white photo challenge on Facebook. This challenge instructs its participants to take black and white photos of things that represent their life. Here's the kicker, though. No photos of pets, nor those of people, are not allowed. Since roughly 99.9% of this human's photos involve something cute and furry, this was the challenge of all challenges.

While I managed to complete the challenge by following the rules, it wasn't easy. Especially with certain helpers...

You might remember seeing a color version of a photo similar to this one.

This started out as a setup for a shot of some of our Halloween decorations. It ended up as a Thimble photo shoot.

In case you can't tell, this is Thimble going all King Kitty Kong on our Day of the Dead kitties and pup. (We won the kitty on the left from Mudpie and Melissa last year, and we were excited to expand our collection this year!)

Thanks for the help, Thimble!

Of course, we didn't forget about Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Thimble would like to express how thankful she is for her model skills. We are all also so very thankful for all of the blessings in our lives. We are thankful that Halloween was fun and festive, that Thanksgiving will be a time for family, and that wonderful Christmas is on the horizon. And, of course, we are thankful for friends like all of you.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday!

Our Tip of the Day:
In addition to the others we've mentioned, another food you might find on the Thanksgiving table is ham. Is this safe to feed your furbaby, though? Ham, like turkey potentially can be, is often high in fat. Ham is also often processed or treated, and can possibly contain high amounts of salt. These factors can lead to any number of issues, such as gastrointestinal distress or pancreatitis, if consumed in excess by your kitty or pup. And, just as we've said of other Thanksgiving foods, also be aware of other potentially concerning ingredients added to ham, such as onion and garlic. While very small amounts might not have effect for some furbabies, do be aware of the potential side effects that fatty, processed, treated, or seasoned ham can cause.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Don't let this pouty puppy pose fool you. Astrid is feeling pretty good these days. She has had her sutures removed and is finally free of her bandage following her toe amputation to remove a sarcoma, but the incision is still a bit fragile and needs to fully heal still. That means the cone of shame, and unfortunately still only short walks. Other than that, though, Astrid is pretty much back to her old self. She is full of boundless energy (which is so very noticeable since she can only go on short walks to release that energy), and she is loving life.

Thank you all again for the purrs, barks, prayers, and thoughts you sent Astrid over the past few weeks! They certainly worked!

Happy Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Astrid was perturbed that I doodled a kitty astronaut recently but not a puppy one.
So, here you go, Astrid.

Our Tip of the Day:
Discussion of Thanksgiving food simply wouldn't be complete without turkey. Is it safe to feed your kitty or pup some Thanksgiving turkey? Turkey bits fed in moderation can be a safe and delicious treat, so long as excess fat and bones are removed. Fat can lead to pancreatitis, among other potential issues, and bones are a choking hazard as well as can lead to perforation or obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Also keep in mind whether any additional ingredients, seasonings, or other additives were used when cooking the turkey. For example, onion, garlic, or excess salt on the turkey could potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset or other issues. So, you don't have to skip giving your furbaby a taste of that Thanksgiving turkey, but do be sure that you take precautions for the health and safety of your furbaby.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artsy Fartsy Tuesday

Today we have more pictures to show you from our messy art endeavors. Thimble loves to insist that her momma here snap plenty of shots to show just how helpful she is. We've already shared a photo or two from this photo shoot, but here's some more of Thimble the Art Assistant!

Thimble never forgets to do the sniff test.

You never know what might sneak up on you in the messy art room,
so don't forget to look this way.

And look that way, too, of course.

This momma here has been getting lots of extra help lately. I'm participating in a number of fun holiday arts and crafts fairs these days, so there is plenty of mess-making going on, with which the furbabies just love to help.

One of the most recent doodles I've gotten lots of help with is this holiday mashup:

Poor Thanksgiving tends get lost in the holiday shuffle. So, we thought we'd give Turkey Day some love in the form of art.

That being said, do any of our friends remember which of my furbabyies has an origin story involved a turkey? Was it Astrid? Evan? Thimble? Perhaps Eddy?

Happy Tuesday!

Our Tip of the Day:
We mentioned yesterday how it might be best to keep those pecans and that pecan pie out of your furbaby's reach. Today, we're giving a reminder to be cautious with all nuts, especially if you're not sure how they might affect your furbaby. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and other nuts can all potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset, some with the possibility causing more severe reactions than others. The possibility and severity of a reaction also might depend on your particular furbaby, and their particular gastrointestinal tract. Some nuts, such as walnuts, macadamia nuts, hickory nuts, and the previously mentioned pecans, can also contain a toxin that affects the nervous system, especially if they become moldy. For reasons such as these, to be on the safe side, it is perhaps best to simply keep any nuts or dishes containing nuts out of your furbaby's reach. As always, it's always better to be safe than sorry!