Friday, March 24, 2017


Happy Friday, everybuddy! We'll get this party started with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our good friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Here are the fantastic fill-ins our hosts created for us this week:

1. In the Spring, I look forward to _________.
2. I would love to have a _________ party.
3. Few know this about me, but _________.
4. No one _________.

And here are my attempts at filling in those there fill-ins:

1. In the Spring, I look forward to outdoor adventures.
(I love being outdoors. Come Spring, when the weather warms up, I love to go out and walk pup Astrid longer and farther, to go on little mini hikes, to enjoy bike rides, and even to mow. Yes, I actually like to mow. Of course, especially for the kitties' sake, come Spring we also love bringing the outdoors in with lots of window whiffies.)

2. I would love to have a murder mystery party.
(I'm not really one for parties. I am far more fond of just small family gatherings in celebration of a special event, just keeping it simple. I won't lie, I'm a bit on the antisocial side. But, that being said, I've always thought it might be a bit fun to have a party where the guests have to solve a mock murder mystery case, like a life-size game of Clue. I know it sounds a bit morbid, but I've heard about these sorts of parties and always found the idea intriguing. Of course, I would want it to all be in good fun.)

3. Few know this about me, but I used to keep roly poly bugs as pets.
(When I was a kid, I loved roly poly bugs. I would go searching for them in the yard and driveway, make a little home for them in a box full of grass and plants, and of course name them. I remember one particular roly poly that really stuck out to me, as it seemed far more interactive than others, and so he quickly became a favorite. His name was George. I'm still quite fond of roly poly bugs, but at this point in life I've at least learned to let them live in their natural habitat and enjoy life as bugs should.)

4. No one is youer than you.
(Though I know this isn't the exact quote, this is close to a sentiment Dr. Seuss once brilliantly made. I've always loved those words of his. It may be a prime example of grammatical incorrectness, but I can forgive that for a thought so profound.)

Okay now, who's ready for Eddy? I tried with all my might this week to get a picture of her gazing out her favorite window. It's the window above my bed, and she climbs the headboard post to get to it. She does this often, but when I grab the camera, she decides that photographic evidence is simply intolerable. This week was no different.

See? All I got was her escape from the camera.

And off she goes.

Do any of our furiends hate getting caught by the camera? Eddy says she surely can't be the only furbaby who turns shy around the pawparazzi.

Happy Friday to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
It's Spring, and it's also still National Poison Prevention Week. So, let's give a couple more safety tips for the upcoming warm months. Nobody likes being bit by bugs, but please do avoid putting bug spray on your furbaby. Chemicals found in these sprays can indeed be toxic to dogs and cats, such as if ingested or sometimes inhaled. Even be careful of commercial bug sprays that claim to be all natural or organic, as some of these may contain ingredients such as garlic, which is indeed toxic to the furbabies in our lives. For a truly all natural bug repellent, you can perhaps try using herbs or herbal sprays that are safe and believed to repel bugs, such as basil and mint. Another warm weather poison tip relates to sunscreen. Dogs and cats can indeed get sun burn and other related skin conditions, and to combat this they can indeed benefit from sunscreen. However, while some sunscreens are safe, others may contain ingredients that could cause your pup or kitty stomach upset or other symptoms if ingested. For this reason, look into using pet-friendly sunscreen, and ask your veterinarian what to look for in terms of safe sun protection for your pup or kitty. Don't worry, though, as it is indeed possible to safely enjoy the warm weather with your furbabies!


Marg said...

Those fill-ins are great. Eddy, we all do that same thing, just leave when the camera pops out. Great picture of you on your way.

pilch92 said...

Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, I always enjoy your answers. I think a murder mystery would be fun, I have seen boxed sets that include everything you need. I actually have seen them at book sales so keep your eyes open. I will too when I start going to them next month. Excellent #4, Dr. Seuss was so wise. Very cute drawing of Eddy, and cute photos of her escaping the camera :) Excellent tip, I just saw a recipe for sunscreen for pets I think it was on a Tonk's Tale. Have a nice weekend! Hope you get to go for a long walk with Astrid.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

We like the window above Mom's bed. too. It is a wide window that we could all share, if we were into sharing! Mom sometimes gets a silhouette of one of us behind the curtain. And yes, we so run from the camera or look away!

Annie Bear said...

I often think that if I had a dog, I'd get out more, especially in nicer weather. Too funny about the roly poly bugs and George! Yes, that really is a profound thought of Dr. Seuss.

Well, we get the idea of Eddy enjoying the window. Eddy wouldn't be Eddy if she sat still. We love Eddy in motion.

Colehaus Cats said...

Wonderful fill-ins! Our Mom says she used to collect little black beetles as a kid. All the kids on her block used to fill jars with the things and the best part was letting them all go in one big batch. Humans are strange sometimes. MOL!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I like your fill in answers. I like Spring too because it means I can get out in the fields with my mum more. Even though she carries me there and back now, I still enjoy checking the hedges to make sure there have been no intruders around.

The Island Cats said...

Great fill in answers. We have a restaurant near us that does a murder mystery party about once a month. Our humans have never gone, but it sounds like fun.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Some days Mudpie is shy (and stubborn), other days she poses like a model. You just never know which day it's going to be! Love your answers...and I hope you don't mind if I borrow your #2. I've been stumped on that one and can't believe I didn't think of it!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I loved roly polys too. My parents never let me keep them though. We love Ms. Eddy. Bear does the same thing ... ESPECIALLY when he's misbehaving, he stops whatever he's doing and takes off when he hears me turn on the camera. I have only a few shots where he actually mugged for the camera. I'm also not beyond bribing him to cooperate ;)

Stacy Uncorked said...

I love all the same things you do about spring - even mowing the lawn! :)

Two great minds! I answered #2 the same as you - I think a murder mystery party would be lots of fun! :)

I loved roly poly bugs as a kid - I didn't keep them as pets (my mom probably said NO) but sure had fun playing with them! We always called them potato bugs, because they remind us of potatoes, especially when they roll up. :)

Amen to #4!!

Eddy shares her camera shyness with our kitties - Nautica and Shorty always give me a look when I try to sneak up and take pictures, but they bail too fast. :)

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

I had never heard of sunscreen for animals. It make sense that they could get sunburned though. I can't picture trying to put this on a cat. Have a great week.

Suzanne McClendon said...

Some of our kids had roly-poly pets, too. :)

I have always loved to mow grass, too! I don't remember cutting the grass at my family home, I believe my daddy always did that, but my Aunt Vi let me cut grass at her house. It was great! Because of health issues and smoking neighbors, every time I try to mow our yard *someone* stops me before I get the job completed. It is frustrating, but I know it is because he's trying to protect my health.

I think that is a great Dr. Seuss saying. :)

I love the Eddy pics, as always, and your Doodle of the Day.

Have a blessed weekend!

Patricia said...

We had lots of roly poly bugs in our yard when I was a kid. I liked to make them roll up but never thought to treat them like a pet and never named one.

Anonymous said... guys are awesome. I love your answers. I did not keep bugs, but I did have an earthworm farm in my doll buggy. Hugs!