Sunday, May 27, 2018

Some Very Sunny Sunday Selfies

We are so very thankful for all the sunshine we've been having, even if it's been making the great outdoors frighteningly hot.


Around here, Evan is the king of sun puddles. They are easily his favorite part of summer.


Evan thinks this mom of his can be a real party pooper, though. You see, she doesn't want him to overheat or get a sunburn, so she sometimes removes him from sun puddles if he's been basking in them for too long. Isn't that terrible? Evan hopes none of his furry friends have such horrible parents as he does.

Well, anyway, Evan's sunny selfies up there are his contribution to the Sunday Selfies blog hop, of course hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.


Have a stupendous Sunday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

Today's foodie doodle was again inspired by Marg's suggestions that we create a cat and dog doodle. So, we went with this:




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Our Tip of the Day:
 
Since we're all about foodie doodles these days, we thought we might go for some food tips as well. We've given these tips in the past, but we thought we'd repeat them again. After all, diet is a pretty significant aspect of our furbabies' lives.

Over the next couple of days, we'll give some tips specifically regarding pet food ingredients. As you all surely know, the ingredients that go into a furbaby's food and therefore into their body all play an important role. Let's start today with protein, which is of course a significant part of any diet. Just as with us, our cats and dogs need protein, which can be broken down into amino acids, which can in turn be used to build up new muscles and other tissues. This is why high protein is especially important in a kitten or puppy's diet, as it ensures that they can form the tissues they need to grow into healthy adults.

There are also some other special considerations to make when it comes to protein. For example, furbabies suffering from pancreatitis or diabetes often benefit from high protein diets. On the other hand, a cat with renal disease requires a low protein diet for the health of their kidneys. So, while protein is indeed an important part of any diet, do be sure to do your homework and certainly discuss with your veterinarian what ingredients you should consider for your furbaby's diet in order to keep them healthy.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Pup and Her Purritos

Our foodie doodles continue. We are now starting to work on some more of the suggestions you all gave us last Saturday, when we asked what foods you might like us to draw. Today's doodle was inspired by wonderful Marg's suggestion of creating a doodle starring both kitties and pups. We put a bit of a twist on that, and ended up with this strange doodle:

Disclaimer: Fear not. No kitties were eaten or harmed in the making of this doodle.

Our doodle for tomorrow was also inspired by Marg's suggestion, as it again stars a kitty and a pup. We won't give anymore spoilers on this, though. You'll have to visit us tomorrow if you'd like to see it.

If you are looking for some sort of spoiler, though, some of the other suggestions we got lost week and that we have in the works include doodles with a mud pie (can you guess who suggested this one?), pizza, and none other than a taco. We almost used kitty tacos in the doodle we shared today. But, then we opted for purritos instead. Don't worry, though, a taco or two is indeed on the way.

Our doodle up there is of course our entry to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


We hope all of you friends of ours have a terrific and tasty day!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer tip is a bit of a fun one, but also one relating to food and hydration. What on earth are we talking about? Popsicles! It is possible to make popsicles for your pup or even your kitty. You can mix water with a bit of peanut butter, tuna, berries, or other safe food, and then freeze the mixture in an ice tray or popsicle tray. Once they're frozen, you can let your pup or kitty lick them. You can also place these frozen treats directly in your furbaby's water bowl, perhaps to entice them to drink a bit more (just be sure to remove any food remnants from the popsicle out of the water bowl, so that no spoilage occurs). These frozen goodies can make a great treat on a hot summer day, as they can also help a dog or cat stay cool and hydrated. That being said, do ensure that your pup or kitty does not choke on small pieces of the treat, that chewers don't injure any teeth chomping on the ice, and also that your floors don't end up with melted puddles of left behind treats.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

It's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins, friends! In case you missed them yesterday, below are the fill-ins for this week. The first two were crafted up by my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing. I came up with the second two.


1. It is _________.

2. The best part of last week was _________.

3. Every summer, I _________.

4. Once upon a time, _________.


I filled these in myself, and here's where that led me:


1. It is better to try and fail than to never try at all.
(You never know what you can achieve until you try.)

2. The best part of last week was visiting a new market in town.
(I am always on the lookout for new markets with fresh, healthy foods. Especially since my body has decided to develop some new food sensitivities and intolerances over the past couple of years, I have really cleaned up my diet. That sometimes leaves me with limited options when I go to my usual grocery store, though. That's why, last week, I was incredibly excited to visit a new market in town that offers lots of fresh and healthy food options. The best part is that this new market is the only place in town where I have found fresh medjool dates. Yes, I am the kind of person who gets excited over things like medjool dates, and sweet potatoes, and the fact that watermelon is finally in season.)

3. Every summer, I melt.
(I'm probably being just a tad bit dramatic here. Though autumn is my favorite season, I actually don't mind a little seasonal warmth in the summer. However, when it starts hitting 80°F and 90°F on a daily basis, that's when I start feeling like the watered-down witch in The Wizard of Oz.)

4. Once upon a time, two kittens charmed a little girl.
(If I were to write a cat lady autobiography, that could more or less serve as the first line. My angel Rosie and her brother Sammy were my first ever cats. I remember the day I met them, when I was 4 years old. My mom took me to the shelter, and 8-week-old Rosie reached out and grabbed the bow I was wearing in my hair. I remember laughing and thinking, "This kitty is awesome!" Rosie shared a cage with her brother, who thereafter also started stalking my hair bow. Both charming little kittens went home with us, and the rest is history. Oh, and I still have the hair bow I was wearing on the day I met Rosie and Sammy.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.


You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



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Some of you might know what's next. As happens every Friday on our blog, you now get your fix of Eddy!


This girl is notorious for being happy and active and all shades of blurry in photos. We recently had a wonderful window whiffies session, though, during which I was able to snap lots of photos like these ones here.


Just don't get used to this. I haven't managed to get Eddy to sit still for another photo shoot since this one, so I'm sure her photos will be back to wild and blurry soon enough.


Happy Friday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

We still have a number of foodie doodles to share with you all. This one today is for Eddy.


Eddy loves the fishies in her beloved aquarium. She also loves to steal their food.




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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday, we talked about the safety of our furbabies around various insects and related pesticides. Today, we have another insect topic, but these buggers are more of a nuisance than a danger. What are we talking about? Ants! If you have a feeding station outdoors, either for your own furbabies or for strays and ferals, there is a chance that you've seen some ants helping themselves to the grub. However, you can attempt to keep ants out of the food with the aid of chalk. Using chalk, you can draw a box or circle around the food bowls, as that will often prevent ants from entering that area. Similar techniques could perhaps even be attempted indoors, should the ants make their way inside. You can even use colored tape or something else similar to form an ant barrier around your furbaby's food dishes.

That all being said, remember that pesticides can, in many cases, be dangerous to our furbabies. This includes pesticides aimed towards ants. If you have ants in or out of your house, be cautious when using any form of ant bait or pesticide. Either find safe alternatives, or keep any and all ant traps well out of reach of the furbabies. It is of course always best to err on the side of caution, and to never use any products that could potentially harm your furbaby should they find it.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

It's Thursday again! Isn't it strange how that happens? Anyway, let's go right on ahead and start with the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.

 

Our hosts provide us with a photo prompt each week, in order to help us on our poetic endeavors. This week's image is this gorgeous one here:


Isn't that just lovely? I wish I could say my poem is as lovely as that image, but my rhyme is really just sort of weird and random. But that's nothing new.

I usually like to explain how I got from the image to my poem. This time around, I'm not entirely sure myself. When I saw that image, the first thing that came to my mind was the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. I decided to look up the lyrics, to see if they could help me on my rhyming journey this week. The first lines of the song—"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold"—only led me to think of a similar quote from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's quote goes, "All that is gold does not glitter." I don't really know how to explain my poem's progress from there, because at that point I sort of lost control of the situation.

To be honest, I'm not really happy with this poem. It just didn't go in the direction I hoped. But, I didn't know what or how to change it once I was finished. So, whether I like it or not, here it is:


All That Is Gold

Bobo sat amongst the wildflowers,
Watching the clouds above which him towered.
Clouds and more clouds passed by in Bobo's gaze,
Moving to and fro in the sun's bright blaze.

As Bobo observed that white and fluffy world,
He waited to see something fantastic unfurl.
After all, Bobo really was quite bored that day,
And he was even beginning to feel a bit grey.
Luckily, Bobo was never disappointed by the clouds above.
He once even saw a nebulous dog do the jitterbug!

And so he stared up into the sky,
Watching the events of the clouds go by.
Bobo could not wait to see the land of clouds go about its business.
That day, a castle and its king first went by with great swiftness.

Oh, look, there went an elephant!
It was white and puffy and really not all that elegant.
Then Bobo watched a parade of squirrels.
Those cloud rodents were no less wily than those on a forest floor.

Bobo could not believe what then did happen.
In the sky appeared a giant, fluffy, flying dragon!
The beast was formed of the whitest of clouds,
And no other form dared float in like a shroud.

But something about the dragon made Bobo's heart flitter.
After all, something in its midst did gleam and glitter!
In the sun this beautiful mystery shone.
It was ever so bright and sure to be gold.

Bobo remembered the tales he had heard.
Certainly those stories were not all that absurd.
They all told of how dragons guarded their treasure,
And how such gold could only be won by the bold and the clever.

Bobo, for one, was proud of his courage and wits.
That's why, then and there, he decided to act on his grit.
He sure could use some gold, after all,
And so Bobo got to work without stall.

It was to the house of old man Crumpet that Bobo did run,
As he kept an eye on the clouds and the sun.
Crumpet collected none other than balloons,
And they were known to travel as far as the moon.
Bobo pleaded to borrow one just for the day,
And, thank goodness, old man Crumpet did not say nay.

Bobo set out in the direction the dragon traveled in the sky,
Hoping that this balloon would indeed take him that high.
He soon found out that the balloon would do just fine,
When he was as high as the clouds and traveling a speed of ninety-nine.

Bobo checked each and every cloud he passed,
Looking for the dragon and the gold it had surely amassed.
He traversed through a cloud forest,
And through a cloud garden that flourished.
The cloud mountains were a real chore,
For they went on for twelve miles and more.

In the distance Bobo saw some inhabitants of this cloud land,
But none of them belonged to his mission at hand.
There were some owls swooping here and there,
As well as a racing turtle and a hare.

Suddenly, Bobo then found himself stalled,
When his balloon ran into a cloud which in the sky was sprawled.
It took him a moment to identify his blockade,
Before he realized it was a giant white cat napping midday.
"Um, excuse me, but you're in my way!"
That was what Bobo yelled to the fluffy feline.
He did not want to waste even a little bit of time.

The cloudy cat finally awoke,
But only after Bobo gave it a firm poke.
It stretched and purred and stood,
Seemingly as slowly as it could.

Bobo repeated that he really needed to go about his day,
And asked the purring cloud if it could move out of his way.
The cat instead sat down and licked its paw,
Even its tongue was white and fluffy inside of its maw.

Finally, the cloud cat stopped its bathing charade,
And said, "Hello, my name Maeve."
"I'm Bobo. Nice to meet you. Can you please move?"
Of his words the cat did not seem to approve.

"Why are you in such a hurry?" she asked.
Bobo said, "Because I have a very important task!"
"And what task is that?"
"I seek a dragon. Not a cat!"

The cat seemed quite happy with that answer.
She exclaimed, "You must be looking for Dancer!"
Bobo learned that was the dragon's name.
He thought that really, truly quite strange.

When the cat next asked why he sought the dragon,
Bobo told the truth with great passion.
"Dragons are never wanting for treasure.
I wish to fight for gold without measure."

Maeve the fluffy feline's tail twitched this way and that.
She looked a bit like a perturbed cat.
Bobo did not know if she was mad, sad, or neither.
The cloud cat's thoughts he really could not decipher.

Maeve seemed finished with their chat,
For she began to settle in for another nap.
Before she closed her eyes, though,
Where to find the dragon she did let Bobo know.
The beast named Dancer was just a tad bit north,
And so in that direction Bobo went forth.

Finally, in the distance Bobo caught side of the beast.
He decided that with the gold he won he would first have a feast.
Bobo made sure to hide behind a massive cloud hill,
So that he properly surprise the dragon with his skill.

As he sat with his balloon at a distance, though,
Bobo's curiosity began to grow and grow.
He watched the dragon named Dancer from afar,
Thinking that what he saw was almost bizarre.
The dragon really was aptly named,
For dancing clearly was his game.

Dancer the dragon was just then dancing the tango,
But soon after moved right on into the flamenco.
Dancer was not alone, though.
A solo he was not dancing, no.
Surrounding him were all sorts of friendly clouds.
Around Dancer they were forming quite a crowd.

That was when Bobo realized it was more than just that.
Dancer the dragon was now teaching them all how to tap!
Bobo did not even realize that he had drawn nearer,
But clearly his presence had been made much clearer.

Dancer saw Bobo and waved a hello.
The dragon seemed like sort of a nice fellow.
"Welcome, strange friend!"
That was the greeting that to Bobo the dragon did send.

"Would you like to learn how to jive?
It will make you feel really quite alive!"
At first Bobo shook his head and declined.
But before long the joyous dragon had him dancing that jive.

And you know what?
Bobo realized that he really liked to dance and strut!
Dancer was a great teacher, that was for sure.
He taught Bobo that, for a bad mood, dancing was the best cure.

Bobo had soon forgotten why he had even visited the sky.
That is, until something glimmered and caught his eye.
He could not believe what it was that he saw.
It was right there, above Dancer's fluffy left paw.

You see, Dancer wore none other than his heart on his sleeve.
The truth about it, Bobo could not believe.
Bobo now knew what he saw earlier that day from beneath.
It was Dancer's heart that shone bright and bold,
For it was made of glittering gold.
That was a treasure worth a great deal,
But not one that Bobo would ever dare steal.




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As is always the case on Thursdays, Thimble is now here to show off her cute self.


The problem here, though, is that Thimble had a bit of a case of a photobomber. Do you see that back there?
 

Toby really wanted to be part of the shot. Thimble wasn't quite sure what to think of that.

Despite the photobombing incident, Thimble is very thankful that she got to enjoy even more window whiffies on a warm day. To be honest, she is also thankful for Toby, and for her other furbsibs. Without them, she would have no pals to boss around play with. And it's her gratitude for her fursibs that Thimble is entering into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


All of us here are also so incredibly grateful for all of you. You friends of ours make us so happy, and we would be lost without you all.


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Last but not least, below are the phrases for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins blog hop challenge. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the last two.

1. It is _________.

2. The best part of last week was _________.

3. Every summer, I _________.

4. Once upon a time, _________.


That there is our new badge, created by one of Ellen's wonderfully artistic friends! This artist also created the original badge, when Ellen first began this blog hop with Annie of McGuffy's Reader. Jamie created a new badge, since Annie is taking a blogging break and I am co-hosting the hop with Ellen. I simply adore his adorable artistic style. To visit the artist's website, just click here!


Have a beautiful day, friends!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer safety tip is to beware the bugs. A variety of bugs begin to make appearances this time of year. That being said, many of those bugs bring with them their own sorts of danger. For example, some spiders, as we've mentioned before, have bites that are toxic. Bees, wasps, and other similar bugs can sting, and this can prove incredibly dangerous for furbabies with severe allergies to these stings. There are also of course mosquitoes, who can harbor those nasty, dangerous heart worms.

That all being said, keep in mind that many bug sprays can also be toxic to furbabies. Spraying in your yard, or near or inside your home, can be dangerous for this reason. If your furbaby licks or comes into contact with certain pesticides, they could become sick and have serious side effects.

There are ways, though, for you to help keep your furbaby safe from insects. For example, keep any water in your yard fresh and clean, as stagnant water attracts mosquitoes as a place for them to lay eggs. To ward off buzzing bees, try to keep plants that attract them away from areas where your furbaby frequents. When you are somewhere unfamiliar, perhaps steer clear of gardens, not only to keep your furbaby safe from toxic plants, but also from bees that might be hanging around the area. Though not always easy, keeping buggers such as spiders out of your home might be easier if you keep doorways and the like regularly cleaned. Ridding doorways of cobwebs, for example, can lead to less arachnid inhabitants.

It is also worth noting that there are some pet-safe insect repellents on the market. Some products can keep bugs away in a more natural manner, such as by using certain scents to which insects are averse. This being said, though, even some of these more natural products can pose risks for furbabies, such as if they contain dangerous essential oils or other potentially toxic ingredients. For this reason, always read product labels, and discuss any concerns with your veterinarian. What's more, should your furbaby become sick due to an insect bite or sting, or due to ingestion of a pesticide, seek veterinary care immediately.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Not So Wordless Wednesday


You all must think I just keep posting the same picture of pup Astrid over and over again. Really, though, the truth is that she insists on posing the same way every single time she sees the camera. Maybe I can get the kitties to teach her some variety.

Now, Astrid is the last furbaby around here to complete one of the recent Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop challenges. This one involves spelling out your name with song titles. Here's how Astrid fared with that!


A:    "All I Want" by Toad the Wet Sprocket
S      "Strange Magic" by Electric Light Orchestra
T:     "Take on Me" by A-ha
R:     "Rebel, Rebel" by David Bowie
I:      "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones
D:     "Dirty Paws" by Of Monsters and Men


Have a most wonderful Wednesday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:

You'll probably see this tip from us at least once more this summer, but today we're already mentioning fireworks. These booming celebrations often make appearances during the summer months, such as for Memorial Day and certainly Independence Day. Needless to say, always be cautious with your furbaby around fireworks. First, close proximity to fireworks can lead to burns or other injuries. In addition to this, the sound and sight of nearby fireworks could cause a fear reaction, which could potentially lead to an escaped or lost furbaby.

Speaking of fear of fireworks, it is of course best to keep your furbaby tucked safely indoors when fireworks are being used anywhere nearby outdoors. Even inside, though, it is possible for the sounds and sights of fireworks to frighten a pup or kitty. You can make some attempts to minimize the sight and sound of fireworks, such as by closing windows, closing blinds, playing music, turning on the TV, and distracting your furbaby with some playtime. Some dogs and cats are also calmed by wearing a ThunderShirtⓇ, or even a makeshift one created using a blanket, towel, or a piece of clothing. If your furbaby is still scared, sometimes it is simply best to allow them to hide. In this case, ensure they have somewhere to be and feel safe, such as a safe room or cubby in which to nestle while the fireworks are booming.

Since it is always better to be safe than sorry, in case a fearful furbaby does somehow escape, ensure that they are properly identifiable. For example, make sure they are wearing a tag with your contact information on it. In addition, this is also when up-to-date microchips can be crucial.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Toesies Tuesday

When Thimble realized we hadn't made a Toesies Tuesday post in a while, she simply had to remedy that.


I asked Thimble to give us a little peek of her toe jelly beans, but she said that would have to be a photo shoot for another day. After all, she had a nap scheduled, and you don't just up cancel nap time.

Since she was ready to settle in for a nap and call it a day, Thimble agreed to give Evan and Toby a little bit of time in this post. You see, this here human forgot to share the boys' fun little musical challenge in their Mancat Monday post yesterday. Don't you feel bad that these poor kitties have to deal with such a slacker of a human? Anyway, we're still working on a previous week's Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop challenge. We hope no one minds our glacial pace in completing this challenge. For what it's worth, we're having lots of fun with it!

So, this challenge we're working on involves spelling out your name using song titles. Thimble and Eddy have already given it a go. Today, the boys get their turn. Oh, and in case you're wondering, pup Astrid will share hers tomorrow.


E:     "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
V:     "Veronica" by Elvis Costello
A:     "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle
N:     "Neon Tiger" by The Killers


Evan especially likes his letter V, as Veronica is the name of his auntie. But, we digress. Now, on to Toby.


T:     "Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon
O:     "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by The Beatles
B:     "Back in Black" by AC/DC
Y:     "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore


So, those are the boys' musical monikers. This here human's sister, who happens to be Evan's auntie Veronica and Toby's mom, helped them brainstorm these songs. After all, she is the song guru around here.


We're wishing all of you a terrific Tuesday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

Today's foodie doodle was created for Thimble. This little lady cat will only eat one thing as a treat, and that is baby food. Her favorite flavor is ham, and so of course we sort of went with that.





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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer safety tip is about your furbaby's care in the event that you are traveling this summer. We'll begin with if your furbaby is staying behind while you travel, in which case it is important to plan well in advance for their care. If your furbaby would do best being boarded, then be sure to schedule this well ahead of time, to ensure that they can stay at a veterinary or other boarding facility that you trust.

Another option is of course having your furbaby stay home and having a trusted pet-sitter come in to care for them, or to your cat or dog them stay with someone you trust. No matter what route you take for your furbaby's care while you are away from them, be sure that whoever is looking after them has all of the resources and information they might need. Make sure that your furbaby's food is stocked up, as well as their medications, litter, and anything else of importance. Ensure that their caregiver knows the details of their care, including what, when, and how much they are fed, as well as any medication administration instructions they might need. Don't forget other resources a pet-sitter might need, such as any pertinent details of your furbaby's medical history, as well as the contact information for their veterinarian.

Then there are the times that our furbabies travel with us on vacation, and it is also important to plan accordingly in this case as well. To begin, make sure that you pack all that your cat or dog might need. This would include food, treats, water, medications, leash, carrier, and anything that is significant for their daily care. It is of course also important to plan in advance for pet-friendly lodging at your travel destination. Are you staying at a hotel? If so, is that hotel pet-friendly? Or, are you staying with family or friends? If so, do they have a pet-friendly home? Are there other animals at this home, and if so, will it be safe for the animals to interact? Be sure that any such details are ironed out well in advance.

With all of the above planned out, there is then the actual act of traveling with your furbaby. If you are traveling by plane with a pup or kitty, this will of course require you to learn of the airline's requirements, and that you do so with plenty of time to spare. A veterinary visit and a certificate of health may be required by some airlines. Regardless of whether a certificate of health is required, it is important to discuss with a veterinarian whether your furbaby is safe for travel by plane, especially if they are sick, geriatric, or if they do not travel well. If it is by car that you are traveling, ensure that your cat or dog has a cage or seatbelt for safe restraint during travels. Make sure that your furbaby has a chance to eat, drink, and bathroom during long trips. At the same time, make sure that they are safe from escape anytime you stop and open any car doors.

Summer is a time for travels for some people, and perhaps even their furbabies. Whether you leave your furbaby home or take them with you, always plan well in advance. Always keep in mind your furbaby's health and happiness, and discuss any concerns with a veterinarian.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mancat Monday

The two mancats around here, that being Evan and Toby of course, love their pup Astrid. One of their favorite things about her seems to be her smell.


Pardon the quality of this photo, as it was snapped on a camera phone. But, anyway. What you're seeing in that there photo are Toby and Evan thoroughly enjoying Astrid's harness and leash. When I return home from a walk with Astrid, the boys usually intercept me as I remove her harness and leash. I then have to surrender the harness and leash to Toby and Evan, so that they can get their fix. They roll in Astrid's harness and leash, take big whiffs of them, drag them around, and just all around have a grand time with them.

The relationship between the furbabies at our house makes me smile. Don't get me wrong. There are certainly moments of disagreements and discord between the fursibs around here. But, for the most part, I just love watching them all interact. All of the cats just love pup Astrid to pieces. Well, except Eddy, who leaves it at tolerating the dog's existence. The other kitties, though, don't care one bit that Astrid's a dog. They love her no matter her species, and they follow her around, rub on her, and, for some reason, seem to enjoy rolling in her ears.

Astrid, for the most part, just lets the kitties have their way with her. It has always amazed me how terrified Astrid is of other dogs, but how she wants to meet every cat she sees. My parents have 11 cats, and not even a single one of them hide from Astrid. She is so great with cats, that even the ones who loathed the sight of her at first now tolerate her just fine. Oh, and some of my parents' cats also love to have their way with Astrid's harness and leash when she's at their house. Astrid must smell pretty darn good to the kitties in her life.

The fondness the kitties and pup Astrid have for each other, regardless of the classic inimical interactions often expected between these two species, got me thinking about an inspiring quote I've heard before. Though the Sparks blog hop is currently on hiatus, while host Annie of McGuffy's Reader takes a well-deserved blogging break, I figured I would still share this inspiring quote today.

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wishing all of you a lovely, love-filled day!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

Our foodie doodles continue.


Today's doodle was created in honor or housemate Toby's love for strawberries. Over the next couple of days, our foodie doodles will be ones crafted up specifically for the furbabies around here. After that, we'll be tackling more of the suggestions you all gave us for foodie doodles. We're looking forward to drawing lots of foodie furbabies!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer safety tip is to be careful around water. Summer often means swimming in pools, or visiting lakes or other bodies of waters. If your dog or cat is with you when you visit the pool or any body of water, always be cautious and keep an eye on them. Though many animals have the instinct to swim when in water, that does not mean they cannot drown in certain situations. So, as needed, block access to pools so that your cat or dog cannot access the water, especially when not closely monitored or when they are not used to being in or near water. If you take your pup or kitty to visit a lake, to go on a boat ride, or to participate in any other similar water activity, keep them near you, such as safe on a leash. In addition to this, you can get flotation devices specifically designed for furbabies. This can come in handy especially for furbabies who are new to water, or if you have any concern for their safety when around water. After all, what do we always say? It's always better to be safe than sorry! So, if your summer plans with your furbaby include some watery ones, plan ahead for their safety.