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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Selfies

Hello and happy Sunday, friends! Today is the day of the selfie. That is, it's time for us to participate in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.


A certain mancat around here stepped up to snap some selfies this week. That mancat is none other than Evan!


Pardon Evan if he was a tad bit distracted for these selfies.


Window whiffies are a very important matter of business.

We hope all of you friends of ours are having a stupendous and sunny Sunday!


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Our Doodle of the Day:

We're continuing our series of foodie doodles. Yesterday, when we asked what foods you might like to see us doodle, the fabulous Lone Star Cats suggested bacon. We thought that was a mighty fine idea.


We're working on doodles for the other suggestions we received as well!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Summer can be a fun time of the year. For example, there is often a barbecue or two to be had during the summer months. That being said, keep in mind that events such as barbecues may not be the safest place for our pups or kitties. A hot grill in itself can pose risks, of course including burns. Then there are the foods that are often served at barbecues, many of which could be toxic to cats and dogs. For example, onions, or dishes containing onion, can be hazardous. Don't forget some of the other dangerous foods that might be found at barbecues, including alcohol, chocolate, garlic, and grapes and raisins, just to name a few. A dog or cat can find themselves in dangerous situations if they are not closely monitored or if they are underfoot at events such as barbecues. For this reason, it might be best to keep your pups or kitties somewhere safe and out of the way during a barbecue or other similar summer events. As we always say, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Donut of a Doodle

We mentioned yesterday that we're doing a series of doodles revolving around food. Don't worry, though, all of these doodles will also have furry stars! See?


What kinds of foods might you all like to see us doodle up? We're always open to suggestions!

Our donut doodle up there is indeed our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.


Happy Caturday to one and all!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer safety tip is a bit of a grooming reminder. While it is of course more than okay to regularly trim nails, brush, or even lightly trim your cat's or dog's coat, keep in mind that shaving them in the summer can have negative effects. Just as our cats and dogs need their coat to stay warm in the winter, they also need it to remain cool in the summer. This is because cat and dog coats not only insulate warmth in the winter, but that furry coat also insulates cool air in the summer.

That's not all, though. Remember our discussion on sunburn yesterday? Well, shaving our furry cats and dogs can cause their skin to be more exposed to the sun, which of course can result in sunburn during these hot, sunny months. Sunburn, as we said yesterday, can lead to painful skin issues as well as potential skin cancer, and no one wants that.

So, though it might sound reasonable to shave your furbaby down to the skin to help them stay cool in the summer, that is actually not the best of ideas. Let them keep their coats this summer, so that they can insulate cool air and have some protection against those sunny rays. Regularly brushing and trimming up that coat is more than fine, but don't take their coat away altogether. Of course, if you have questions on this topic of grooming and coat and skin care in the summer, do discuss it with your veterinarian.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Who's ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins? As we mentioned last week, Annie of McGuffy's Reader is taking a much-needed and very well-deserved blogging break. So, I am excited to be serving as the co-host to Ellen of 15andmeowing.

In case you missed the fill-ins yesterday, here they are again. Ellen crafted up the first two, and I came up with the last two.

1. Happiness is _________.

2. Ten years ago, I _________.

3. _________ is the best medicine.

4. Most people don't know that I _________.


And here are my completed fill-ins, with a solid dose of my usual rambling as well.

1. Happiness is sometimes a choice.
(In some cases, due to certain circumstances, I understand that happiness may not always come easy. However, in other cases, I really do believe happiness is something we can choose. I know far too many people who are unhappy because their house isn't big enough for their taste, because they don't have their dream job, or because something else in their life isn't exactly how they want it. In those cases, I think you simply have to realize how blessed you are for all that you do have, and then choose to be happy for those blessings.)

2. Ten years ago, I was counting down the semesters until I was finished with college.
(Ten years ago, I was finishing up my freshman year of college. In grade school and all the way through college, I always put extreme pressure on myself to get perfect grades. I was the only one putting that pressure on myself, but because of it I spent all of my school years ridden with self-induced stress. That's probably why I could not wait until my days of homework and exams were over.)

3. A purring cat is the best medicine.
(Best. Cure. Ever.)

4. Most people don't know that I was home-schooled for three years.
(I went to kindergarten at a local private school. Then, for first, second, and third grades, I was home-schooled. Then I went back to the same private school for fourth grade, and stayed in a traditional school setting for the rest of my schooling days. I've actually never asked my parents why they chose to home-school myself and my sister for three years. I remember my mom and sometimes my dad teaching us at home, and taking us on field trips to all sorts of museums and other educational programs. It was a unique experience.)


Now it's your turn!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments over at Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



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Don't worry, we didn't forget to give you your Friday dose of Eddy. We have a couple more miraculously non-blurry shots of Eddy, snapped while she was enjoying some window whiffies.



Eddy doesn't just have that lovely shot of her to share, though. Just like Thimble did yesterday, today Eddy is partaking in a fun little musical challenge. We are very late to the Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, but we recently learned of one of these on our friend Stunning CK's blog. The one she recently shared involved the simple task of spelling out your name using song titles. All of the furbabies around here decided to have fun with this, with the help of their music-loving Auntie (aka, this here human's sister). So, here is what Eddy and her Auntie came up with for Eddy's name!

E:    "Edelweiss" from the musical/movie "The Sound of Music"
D:    "Dancing Queen" by ABBA
D:    "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
Y:    "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones


Eddy and all of us here hope that you all have a fabulous Friday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

Our newest series of doodles is all about food. Because, well, food.




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Our Tip of the Day:
 
Today's summer safety tip is all about sunburn. Just like us humans, our furbabies can get sunburned. This can happen during time outdoors, or even by sunbathing in windows or doors. And, just as with humans, sunburn can result in skin cancer in our cats and dogs. This is why it is incredibly important to be aware of this and to take precautions.

Keep in mind that cats and dogs with little to no fur are of course more susceptible to sunburn. In addition to this, those with light fur and skin, such as those that are white or orange coats, are also more susceptible. That doesn't mean furbabies of other colors are not at risk, though. In addition, the areas of the body most likely to get sunburn are the ears, nose, and belly, as in most furbabies these areas have less hair coverage. Again, though, this doesn't mean sunburn or skin cancer cannot occur elsewhere on the body.

What are the signs of sunburn in your furbaby? They are very similar to those in humans. A cat or dog with sunburn will typically develop pink or red skin, which is often inflamed as well. The sunburn is often painful, and the affected skin can also become dry and flaky. Hair loss can also occur around the sunburned area. These are all signs to be aware of, but they are also things that you want to try to prevent from happening in the first place.

So, what can you do to protect your furbabies from sunburn and potential resulting skin cancer? You can of course minimize their time in direct sunlight, whether that be while outside or while sunbathing in a window or door. You can opt for outdoor activities when the sun is not at its peak, as well as opting for shade when outdoors. When it comes to indoor furbabies, you can close doors and curtains to help protect against sunburn during the sun's prime time of the day. In addition to this, there are certain window types and window covers that can help block UV light. These could certainly be useful for frequented windows and doors, but this also of course may not guarantee full protection against sunburn or resulting skin cancer.

Finally, another option for sun protection is, of course, sunscreen. This is especially important for furbabies who frequently go outdoors in the summer sun, or even for those who frequently sunbathe indoors. There is pet-safe sunscreen available on the market. Many sunscreens designed for humans can contain ingredients that are potentially toxic to cats and dogs, so it is indeed important that you look for products formulated especially for your kitty or pup. What's more, as we always say, if you have any questions at all regarding sunburn and skin cancer in your kitty or pup, be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Welcome to Thursday, friends! What a wonderful day of the week this is. It means we're so, so close to the weekend. It also means that it's time for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.


Each week, our hosts share an image for us to use as inspiration for our poem. This week's image is this cute and quaint one here:


I have always been so intrigued by the concept of a tiny house. The idea of minimalism and living more stress-free sure is appealing. The only problem is that I couldn't fit all of my kitties and pup in there, so that would pose a huge problem. That being said, it was not altogether the size of the house in that there photograph that inspired my poem this week.

For whatever reason, when looking at that image above, some of my dad's stories from his childhood came to my mind. My dad grew up as the oldest of five boys. All of them were, well, boys. My dad's childhood tales can get really, really interesting. Between him and his brothers, a lot of things went on in their childhood home. They were a rambunctious litter of kids, to which their mother will attest. My dad's two youngest brothers, those being twins, were especially well-known in their small town for their antics.

Where am I going with this? Well, my dad and his brothers grew up in a small house, in a small town, on Martin Street. For some reason, hearing the words "the house on Martin Street" whenever my dad or his brothers start telling childhood stories has always sparked my imagination. I can only imagine all the shenanigans that went down in that house on Martin Street. I've certainly heard the stories, and it must have been something else.

Anyway, enough rambling. I very, very loosely based my poem this week on the concept of that house on Martin Street. If you would like to know a little more about my version of the house on Martin Street, feel free to read on.


The House on Martin Street

It was minuscule and meek,
That strange house on Martin Street.
The house was dwarfed by surrounding trees,
And looked as if it might blow away in the breeze.

No one in town could make heads or tails of the house,
In part because it seemed that it might only fit a mouse.
The townsfolk knew an old woman lived inside,
And that with her a big grey dog also did reside.
Sometimes passersby also saw one, two, three cats, and more.
A great big goat even stood guard beside the door.

In truth, the townsfolk thought the woman a witch,
And passing by that house on Martin Street made folk twitch.
No one ever paid a visit to the old lady's tiny home,
Especially not with its creepy family of garden gnomes.

One day, though, that all changed,
After the postman thought he had the mail arranged.
But some folk a block over received the old lady's post,
And learned that apparently her name was Gertrude Toast.

 The false mail recipients were a family of seven,
And included a young girl aged eleven.
Her name was Katie and she had four brothers,
As well as a busy father and an even busier mother.
None of them wanted to take the old lady her mail.
After all, what if she was a witch and turned them into a snail!

Finally, Katie stepped up to the plate.
She figured she'd get it over with and not wait.
So the girl grabbed the old lady's parcel,
And hoped this venture would not prove harmful.

 Katie soon stood in front of that house on Martin Street,
Which currently left her unable to move her feet.
Weeds grew all throughout the tiny home's yard,
Blocking the garden that the little gnomes did guard.

 Taking one step and then another,
Katie decided she should have left this task for her brothers.
But it was no use pondering that anymore,
For Katie had already reached the door.

Katie had forgotten one thing about that house on Martin Street,
And that was the goat who then met her with a bleat.
The goat was loud and incredibly large,
And Katie began to worry it would charge.

But about that Katie did not have to worry,
For right then the front door opened in a hurry.
A tiny old lady stood in the doorway,
And at first nothing did she say.

The old woman, with hair grey and crazy,
Finally opened her mouth and greeted Katie.
She said, "Well, hello there."
Then she pointed to the goat whom at Katie did stare.
"Oh, I see you've met Pierre."

Pierre the giant goat again did bleat,
And then sat himself at the old woman's feet.
The old woman said, "Pierre wouldn't hurt a fly.
He is actually really quite shy."

Katie was not so convinced,
But that she was not about to admit.
Instead, Katie told the old lady,
"We received some of your mail today."
The girl offered the letter to its rightful owner,
And then suddenly smelled a pleasant odor.

The old woman thanked Katie and then said with delight,
"Please, do come inside!"
Katie thought that a frightening offer.
At least, until the old woman did proffer,
"I just baked chocolate chip cookies.
Please, come inside for some of the goodies."

Cookies, that's what Katie had earlier smelled.
Her stomach certainly now felt compelled.
The little old lady did seem quite nice,
Even if her tiny house could only fit mice.
Surely the old woman was not a murderous witch.
Surely paying her home a visit would go without hitch.

And so Katie agreed to go inside,
Which made the old woman smile and go wide-eyed.
Katie followed the old lady through the door,
And could not help but ask, "I'm sorry, but is that a squirrel?"
The bushy-tailed critter perched on the old woman's shoulder,
Which Katie noticed as she had drawn closer.

The squirrel was not the only surprise.
There was so much to see, Katie could not believe her eyes.
Surely this could not be the same house,
That from the street looked only fit for a mouse.
No, this house was breathtaking and grand,
With enough room for hundreds of people to stand.

As if she had read Katie's awestruck mind,
The old woman said, with a smile quite kind,
"Never judge a book by its cover.
Otherwise, you'll never know what's inside to discover."

But was it all just a trick of the eye?
Was the the old woman really a witch in disguise?
But Katie kept those thoughts discreet.
After all, there were still cookies to eat.

On the way to the kitchen they walked through a hall,
Where there were dozens of photos hung upon the wall.
"Those are of my husband Paul,"
Was how the old lady explained them all.
"Is he here?" Katie asked.
The reply was, "No, he has long since passed."

The next stop was the aromatic kitchen,
Where upon the counter sat three cats with tails twitching.
The old lady said, "Oh, good, the cats did their job.
They were told to keep the cookies away from the dog."
Indeed, on the floor pouted a big grey hound,
Who gazed up at the felines with a hefty frown.

The old woman handed Katie a plate with cookies of great mass,
And then poured her some milk in a very tall glass.
"Thank you," Katie said in earnest,
For sometimes her manners sure could flourish.

While Katie ate, the old woman talked.
The stories she had to share numbered a lot.
She had grown up on Martin Street, Katie learned.
Anytime she left, she always returned.

The old woman told countless tales of her childhood,
Of the people she'd met and the places she'd stood.
The old woman even mentioned the day she'd met Pierre,
And also the squirrel, whose name was Bear.

By the time Katie had emptied her plate,
The day was beginning to grow really quite late.
And so Katie and the old woman made their way to the door,
With the dog and the cats dancing at their feet on the floor.

"Will you come back again?" the old woman asked.
Katie replied, "That's an offer on which I cannot pass."
And Katie kept that promise day after day,
Visiting her old friend every time she passed by that way.
Pierre was of course always the first to greet her with a bleat,
And, of course, there were always cookies ready to eat.


Guess what? Every single animal in that poem and doodle actually existed at the real house on Martin Street. My dad grew up with many cats, including Gus, Winnie, and White Socks, all of whom I have heard many stories. There was also a Weimaraner pup named Rowdy, to whom my dad and grandpa were very close. And guess what? There was also indeed Pierre the goat! I have heard lots and lots of stories about Pierre. And where does the squirrel come in? That was inspired by the baby squirrel my twin uncles apparently found and brought home one day.


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As with every Thursday, Thimble is now here to grace you with her presence, and also of course to participate in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.




In addition to yet more window whiffies and sunshine, do you know what else Thimble is thankful for? She's thankful for more fun musical endeavors that we learned about from our friend Stunning CK. We have never before participated in the Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop (shame on us!), but we sure were intrigued by a recent one that we saw on CK's blog. For this one, all you have to do is use song titles to spell out your name.

Thimble of course wanted to partake in this fun. You know, Thimble really is into music. Thimble's Auntie (this here human's sister) currently lives with us, and she has a keyboard. Thimble is known to stomp all over said keyboard, using the power button to turn it on, and then playing tunes for us all to hear. Given their shared love for music, Thimble asked her Auntie to help out with this fun musical challenge. Here's what Thimble and Auntie came up with!

T:     "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John
H:     "Help!" by The Beatles
I:       "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
M:     "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan
B:      "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
L:      "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend
E:      "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

The other furbabies around here are also working on this, of course with Auntie's help. Feel free to have fun with this yourself!

We are wishing all of you friends of ours a happy Thursday! We are so thankful for all of you!


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Last but not least, below are the phrases for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. I am currently Ellen's co-host, while Annie of McGuffy's Reader takes a break from blogging. Many prayers to Annie! The first two fill-ins below are from the mind of Ellen over at 15andmeowing, and I came up with the last two.

1. Happiness is _________.

2. Ten years ago, I _________.

3. _________ is the best medicine.

4. Most people don't know that I _________.






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Our Tip of the Day:

We spent the last two days addressing how to keep your furbaby cool and safe should they be spending time outdoors in the heat. Of course, staying cool indoors in the summer is far more ideal. That being said, though, extra care may still have to be used to keep some cats and dogs comfortable even when inside the home during the summer months. This is especially the case for those furbabies who have certain traits that might make it more difficult for them to stay cool even indoors. For example, on hot days, it is especially important to monitor the condition of cat or dogs with long or thick coats, those who are overweight, those with flat faces (such as Persian cats and Bulldogs), and those who are geriatric, sick, or for another reason may have difficulty regulating their body temperature.

So, how can you ensure that your furbaby remains cool and comfortable inside the home, even when it's sweltering outdoors? First, of course, you can run the air conditioning. Ensure that the unit's filter is regularly replaced. Also make sure that the vents throughout the house are open and unblocked, so that cool air can easily make its way throughout the home. In addition to the air conditioning, you can set up fans to help keep air moving and to keep your kitty or pup comfortable.

Some furbabies may even opt for lying on smooth, cool surfaces in order to stay cool. For example, hardwood or tile floors stay far more cool than carpet, and so you might find a kitty or pup sprawled out on the hard floor during the summer months. In this same line of thought, there are also cooling mats specifically designed for pets. These mats offer a cool surface on which to relax, and they can be placed on the floor, on furniture, or potentially even outdoors in order to keep that furbaby of yours cool.

Even if your furbaby is spending hot summer days inside, it is still important to monitor them and to ensure that they are staying cool. Then again, especially for those with short or no fur, it is also important to make sure that the air conditioning or fans are not too cool for them. As you all certainly know, keep an eye on those furbabies, and then make adjustments as needed to keep them happy and healthy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not So Wordless Wednesday

If you were hoping for yet another shot of a pouty puppy gazing out the window, you're in luck.


Happy Wednesday, friends!


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Our Doodle of the Day:

When I shared my doodle of Evan as a mercat on Monday, I mentioned that today you'd be seeing a mermaid pup. So, with pup Astrid as my victim model, here it is:


Weird, huh?



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Our Tip of the Day:

As a followup to yesterday's tip on how to keep your furbaby cool if they are outdoors in the heat, we're here today to specifically talk about those walks you and your furbaby might take this summer. Especially on those days with extreme heat, it is safest to either limit or cut out walks, or to take them only when the day is at its coolest. For example, a very early morning walk or a late evening walk would be far safer than a walk in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest and hottest. If a walk or bathroom break outdoors is necessary for your pup or kitty on a hot day, do consider taking a water bottle along to help keep your furbaby hydrated and cool.

It's not just the heat of the air that you have to consider with regard to summer walks, though. Pavement can reach literally burning hot temperatures in the summer sun. While us humans typically wear shoes to protect our feet, paw pads are exposed and can indeed be burned during exposure to hot pavement. If touching the pavement with your own hand leads you to conclude that it's burning hot, then indeed take that into consideration. This is one reason why it is incredibly important to plan walks and outdoor adventures accordingly during the summer months. If your pup or kitty does need to go outdoors in the extreme heat, and especially if the pavement feels hot to you, then try to avoid the pavement and instead head straight for the grass. Or, for those furbabies who will tolerate it, protective booties can be placed on the feet to keep them safe against the hot pavement.

In the summer, just as always, it's always better to be safe than sorry. That might mean skipping a walk on a scorcher or a day, or changing your walking schedule so that your furbaby is outdoors only when it is cooler. Always do what is best for your furbaby's health and safety.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Toesies Tuesday

Evan decided that starring in our Mancat Monday post yesterday was simply not enough stardom for him. So, he's back again, this time for Toesies Tuesday.


What kind of Tuesday are you all having today? A terrific one, we hope!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

My sister has been asking me to draw her boy Toby as a dragon. Strange request, huh? Actually, there is a reason for it. We have always said that Toby's face and expressions often remind us of the dragon Toothless from the movie How to Train Your Dragon. Has anyone seen this? It's an animated children's movie, based off of children's books, and just so happens to be one of my absolute favorites. But, anyway. I figured that since I drew Evan as a mercat for yesterday's doodle, then why not go ahead and draw Toby as a dragon for today?


Truth be told, as much as I love fantasy and dragons, I cannot draw these mythical creatures to save my life. I have tried and tried again, and I am never quite happy with the result. This dragon version of Toby falls into this category, and I'm not all that into it. But, at least I can say that I tried.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's summer safety tip is all about how to keep your furbaby cool if they are outdoors in the heat. To begin, as we mentioned yesterday, sometimes the great outdoors is a very dangerous place to be for a pup or dog in the extreme heat of summer. For this reason, please do try to limit time spent outdoors in the heat.

However, if your pup or kitty has to be outdoors for any reason, be sure that they are provided with everything to help them stay as cool as possible. For example, be sure that a sufficient amount of cool, fresh, clean water is available for them to drink. Also ensure that they have somewhere in the shade to stay. A potentially stifling outdoor enclosure, such as a shed, will often be no cooler than the sun. But, shade from trees or a building can enable a furbaby to get out of the sun and stay as cool as possible. For those furbabies who enjoy and take advantage of water, you can also put out a children's pool, with cool, clean water. This way, a pup or even a kitty who likes water can have another way to cool off.

As we said previously, please do all that you can to keep your pup or kitty out of the heat of summer. If a trip outdoors is necessary for any reason, though, then it is important to know how to keep your furbaby cool and safe, such as by means of water and shade. Summertime is just another example of how you must think and plan ahead for the sake of your furbaby's health and happiness.