Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Window Watching on Wordless Wednesday

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Just as is the case for us humans, diet can affect our furbabies' eyesight. For healthy eyesight, a pup or kitty needs proper nutrition that supports those peepers. To help give the furbabies in your life an extra boost in ocular health, perhaps opt for healthy treats such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, blueberries, or broccoli. You can either give these foods as treats themselves, or find natural pet treats that contain such ingredients, keeping in mind that any treats must be given in safe moderation. Of course, if you have any concern about your furbaby's eyesight or even simply keeping them healthy overall, discuss this with your veterinarian. It never hurts to ask a pro what food and treats can be given in order to promote a healthy and happy furbaby.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

Pup Astrid got to try some new treats recently, thanks to the Blogger Outreach Program. As we've mentioned before, Astrid far prefers soft and chewy treats. That's why I chose the Earthborn Holistic® Earth Bites for her to taste test this time around.

There are a number of flavors and types of these treats available. Since Astrid is a cheese fiend, though, and since she hasn't really had any cheese dog treats lately, I went the cheesy route for her. The best part is that Earthborn Holistic® treats are indeed pretty darn natural. The first ingredient is dried cheddar cheese, and they are also grain-free and gluten-free, as well as contain a lovely blend of fruits and veggies.

Even better? They are perfectly soft and moist, just how Astrid likes them.

And they must smell pretty darn good, too, because no matter how sneaky I was, I quickly attracted a spectator.

She's a patient girl, Astrid is, but how patient can one be when cheesy goodness is on the docket?

"Cheese please!"

"Oh my dog, Mom, could you take any longer?!?"

At that, I gave the poor, patient girl a taste. Did she like it?

Not that you can tell from that masterpiece shot, but Astrid loved her some cheesy treats! In fact, she liked the Earthborn Holistic® treats so much that she gave me her best pouty puppy face in hopes to earn some more.

Don't worry, I gave in to that face quite easily. You can even see her drool marks she left on the floor during her slobbery inhalation of the treats. Yum!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Earthborn Holistic® Earth Bites moist cheese treats 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 day as cheesy as Astrid's!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget that some cats and even dogs are lactose intolerant. Though they may like dairy foods such as cheese, sometimes it simply won't agree with them. However, if your furbaby likes the occasional cheesy treat, also remember that there are a number of cheeses that are in fact essentially lactose-free. Natural, hard, aged cheeses, such as cheddar and parmesan, often have no more than trace amounts of lactose. So, if your furbaby has a fondness for cheese, the occasional treat of these such types of cheese are your safest bet. Also keep this in mind when purchasing cheesy pet treats, and look at the ingredients to ensure that safe, quality cheese was used in the production of any such treats. Of course, still keep an eye out for any negative reactions, and also still be sure to keep all human food and even pet treats to a safe minimum in order to keep your furbaby healthy and therefore happy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Special Mancat Monday

As always, my boy Evan is here today for none other than Mancat Monday.

With his hind limbs paralysis, I have always been in the habit of calling Evan a special needs cat. However, recently I have been seeing the term specially abled used more and more frequently, and I am now extremely fond of this title. Evan may have special needs due to his condition, but he is indeed far more aptly described as specially abled.

Can Evan ambulate on four legs? No. But, that doesn't stop him from being anything less than a perfect cat. Thanks to his determination and innovation, Evan pulls himself up onto stools, couches, beds, and even jumps off of things at least as high as my waist. I used to panic and run to his aid when he'd pull such stunts. That is, until I realized they weren't stunts at all. They were Evan. They were his way of making do, his way of thriving and loving life. They were why he is specially abled.

No matter what kind of abled you are, we wish you a beautiful day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
So that you're prepared for any potential medical emergency when it comes to your kitty or pup, always be sure to know and/or have immediate access to you veterinarian's phone number, as well as the nearest emergency clinic's number. If you're traveling with your furbaby, be sure to have access to contact information for veterinary clinics, including emergency ones, on your travels. Similarly, if you're traveling but your furbaby is staying home with a sitter, make sure you leave them the numbers for pertinent clinics. And, in case of an emergency, don't forget to always have your furbaby's medical records up-to-date and readily available. It's never fun to think there might be an emergency, but it's always best to be prepared nonetheless.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Glamour Shots

It's one of our favorite days of the week, with one of our favorite blog hops of the week. As in, it's Sunday, which means it's time for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head!

Evan recently informed me that resident model Thimble isn't the only one who can do glamour shots. He made it clear that he can take just as bright and shiny of shots as she can. To prove himself, he snapped some glamorous selfies to share today.

See? Evan says glamour shots are easy as pie.

Of course Evan didn't forget to snap a glamorous profile shot.

But modeling sure is tiring work. Being so glamorous really wore Evan out, which of course meant that a nice little snooze was in store.

Did any of our furiends share any glamour shots today? What a silly question. You're all always glamorous!

Happy Sunday to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I guess I just felt compelled to draw my Angel Rosie in a bonnet.

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't let your old clothes go to waste! You can upcycle old shirts, pants, and even socks to be used by your furbaby. You can use pieces of clothing items to make knotted or braided toys, for example. Catnip can be tied in the knots of such a toy for a bit of added fun for those kitties out there. Your old clothing can even become your furbaby's new clothing. For example, if you have pup who enjoys wearing clothes, you can fashion some of your old shirts into shirts or sweaters for them. You can even uses pieces of the clothing to create bandanas for your pups or kitties. Also, of course, your old clothing can be used as bedding and blankets for your furbaby's comfort. We all know how our furbabies like to use our clothes for that purpose already!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Caturday at the Cottage

All of my furbabies wanted to be included in our doodle for today's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the one and only Athena.

My furbabies didn't care what I doodled, just as long as they all had a role in it. Sometimes I find the options so endless and overwhelming, though, that a blank piece of paper stares me in the face for days on end. I found myself in just that sort of predicament this time around, until I finally told myself to stop stalling and just go with the flow. Well, I happened to tell myself that while watching Anne with an E, the new reboot of my childhood favorite Anne of Green Gables. With that playing on the TV, mixed with my fondness for all things quaint and Victorian, this emerged:

Welcome to our cottage! We hope your visit is a cozy one!

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
If your dog or even your kitty gets out of the house and is nearby yet won’t come to you, you might try the trick of falling to the ground to give the impression that you are injured. You can try just lying there, as that might be enough to get your worried or protective furbaby to come over to you. If that’s not enough, though, you can try adding whimpers and cries, as many furbabies will respond to their human’s pain, even if fake, by coming to their aid. Of course there are also options such as using treats to entice a loose furbaby, or even their favorite toy. If your pup or kitty has a certain word or command that they always respond to, even if that word is "treat", try that as well. Though easier said than done, in the case that your furbaby gets loose, it is very important to not panic. Not only could your panic be relayed to your furbaby, but it is also crucial that you remain calm so as to assess the situation and try your best to determine the best course of action to return your loose furbaby home.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Party like it's Friday!

It's time to party like it's Friday! Because, well, it's Friday! Let's start the festivities with the ever fun Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by our friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Our hosts always know just the right fill-ins to get our minds going.

1. I have googled _________.
2. I have _________ on Ebay.
3. I think _________.
4. _________ thinks _________.

After some prodding and pleading, my brain finally gave me some ideas to work with. Here they are:

1. I have googled trolls.
(Weird, huh? I've mentioned before my love for animated movies and shows. One of those happens to be Trollhunters, and I recently found myself surfing the web for info on the different types of trolls seen on this show.)

2. I have bought oodles of old books on Ebay.
(I love to read, and I have a great fondness for the genre of fantasy. The thing is, though, that I most often prefer fantasies written by the old timers, fantasies that are often a bit obscure and hard to find. My dad, from whom I acquired my love for fantasy, will often give me book suggestions that require me to go on Ebay hunts.)

3. I think four-legged furballs are the best medicine.
(When I'm feeling blue, nothing lifts my spirits like a good ol' dose of my furbabies.)

4. "He is able who thinks he is able."
(I try to live with this mindset. Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself.)

Okay, now it's Eddy's turn to show you all what she's been up to this week. Last week she showed you how she uses this here human mom's headboard to fine-tune her mountain climbing skills. She's been doing more mountain climbing this week, but instead of focusing on her groovy moves like last time around, she's been enjoying the view.

Nothing like a good ol' view from the top.

So what if it's rude to spy on the neighbors?

Have any of our furiends been taking in some lovely views? We sure hope so!

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we talked about how those pesky mosquitoes carry heartworm, and how it's important to take that into account for your furbaby's preventive care. We'll continue our talk on heartworm prevention today, but in a more natural way. Did you know that there are herbs and plants that are not only safe for your furbaby, but that can also help deter mosquitoes? One of these just so happens to be catnip! That's not all, though. Others that might help repel mosquitoes, and that are also safe for your furbaby, include basil, rosemary, and garden marigolds. A number of other plants and herbs are also said to have natural mosquito repellent abilities, but some of these are toxic to our furbabies, so always proceed with caution. That being said, when it comes to herbs and plants that are safe mosquito repellents, you can try planting or stationing some throughout your yard, especially in areas that you or your furbabies frequent, as well as by entrances to the house. Though this method is of course not fail-safe, it never hurts to take all precautions possible to keep your furbaby happy and healthy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thimble Squared Thursday

Thimble met another little thimble in her Thimble Thursday post last week. We had some trouble deciding a title for that double Thimble post. Ever so creative Mudpie and her mom Melissa gave us the idea of Thimble Squared Thursday. Well, we liked that so much we wanted to do a redo just so that we could use it.

So, there it is again. That thimble, always lurking over poor Thimble. See? It won't even leave her alone while she tries to enjoy some window whiffies.

Now, let's be honest. Thimble is not the biggest fan of competition.

So, she took matters into her own hands paws. What else to do than bat that photobombing thimble away? That's how you wipe out the competition. You just brush it under the rug. Or the couch. The couch works great, too.

Ah, that's more like it. Peace, and quiet, and sun puddle snoozes, and no more competition from all those thimble wannabes. In fact, those are the very things for which Thimble is so very grateful to enter into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

And, as always, we're also thankful for our family and furiends, like you!

Wishing everybuddy a beautiful day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
We had our first mosquito home intrusion of the year last night. Please do realize that mosquitoes, and other potentially dangerous insects, can indeed find ways into your home, such as through open doors or even small cracks. Mosquitoes carry heartworm, as I'm sure most of you know. So, please do take this into account when considering preventive care for your furbabies. Preventives that cover heartworm are often only able to be obtained at a veterinary office, or by prescription, so please consult your veterinarian about protecting your furbaby against all potential threats such as this. Keep in mind also that, while dogs can be go through an often difficult yet viable treatment for heartworm, there is no heartworm cure for cats. Long story short, please do take heartworm into consideration when it comes to preventive care for your kitty or pup. Their life could depend on it!