Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Thursday may be a full day, but it's also a fun day. The first part of the fun we'll share is the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.

We are of course continuing on with our usual theme. So, with this week bringing us to the letter Q, we will now introduce you to a certain someone.

Quint the Quilter

Whether it be winter, spring, summer, or fall,
Quint will make you a quilt fairer than them all.
He can make it any colors and any pattern.
Quint the Quilter can even make a quilt that looks like Saturn!

Always stitching up those borders and blocks,
Quint loves to quilt around the clock.
His quilts are his pride and joy.
Quint the Quilter even makes quilts out of corduroy!

Are you in need of a quilt that is warm and cozy?
Would you like your quilt blue or something more rosy?
Or perhaps you like purple, yellow, red, or green?
You can choose any of those, and everything in between!

So please do let Quint know just exactly what you prefer.
There is not a single color, pattern, or stitch from which Quint will deter.
Before you know it your quilt will be stitched up and done.
After all, Quint the Quilter's quilting is second to none!

To visit the real Quint, just click there on his name! And, here is Quint the Quilter's little doodle:

Now, of course, it is Thimble's turn to star in this Thursday post. Just like last week, Thimble wanted to show off just how bright and shiny and happy she is on warm autumn days.

Is that blinding enough for you? Thimble is very thankful for the blinding, bright, beautiful sunshine. She's also very grateful for her beloved library, where this photo shoot took place.

Of course, Thimble is entering all of her thankfuls into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Just like Thimble, we are all of us here thankful for sunshine and good books. We're also always so grateful for family and friends, like all of you!

Happy Thursday to all!

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's tip involves knowing how to determine your furbaby's respiration rate and heart rate. This is important because these can give indications as to your furbaby's health and well-being. Respiratory rate can be determined by watching the rising and falling of your cat or dog's chest, and counting the respirations. A cat's normal at-rest respiration rate is approximately 20 to 30 breaths per minute, whereas a dog's is approximately 10 to 30 breaths per minute. This can vary depending on their size, and toy breed dogs, for example, can sometimes have a resting respiration rate up to 40 breaths per minute. Also keep an eye out for open-mouth breathing in cats, and abnormal or distressed panting in dogs.

Moving on to heart rate, you can try to check this by feeling for it beneath the front limbs or the inner thigh, or even by using a stethoscope. At-rest heart rates for cats falls approximately in a 110 to 130 beats per minute range, and for dogs it is 70 to 180 beats per minute, with toy breeds possibly having a rate slightly higher than that.

Rates above and below the normal ranges can of course be cause for concern, and can of course be caused by any number of ailments. Elevated respiration and heart rates can be caused by pain, a variety of diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, and ingestion of various toxins. A low respiration and/or heart rate can, on the other hand, be caused by other forms of toxins, such as sedating agents. Organ failure, depending on the type and situation, can also cause either high or low respiration and heart rates. As always, if you have any concern, do consult a veterinarian!


Lone Star Cats said...

Luv da poem!

And dat sunshine looks pawsome Thimble!

Marg said...

The poem is terrific. And Thimble that is some nice sunshine on you. Hope all of you have a fantastic day.

The Island Cats said...

Not only is Quint a painter, he's a quilter too! Cute poem!

pilch92 said...

I love Quint, I have several of hos paintings. That is a great poem and drawing of him.I love this photo of Thimble, very pretty. And that is an excellent tip and information on how to take their heart rate. I learned that the hard way when Snowball was so sick.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Quinn and Thimble are both cuties! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Eastside Cats said...

Quint is a lovely ginger kitty, and so talented too! We watch Chuck's breathing often.

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Lovely poem and you are the first one that we have seen shiny in blue, Thimble❤Pawkisses for a Happy day😽❤😻

da tabbies o trout towne said...

wavez two ewe thimble with yur gorgeouz self N 984 paws up on another total lee awesum poem....we lovez quintz werk N dinna noe him was inta de quilt biznezz now two !!!! way kewl !!! ☺☺♥♥

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

Quint's poem is adorable, and so are Thimble's pictures! As far as respiratory rate, I definitely check Mudpie regularly. Both Tara and Truffles heart issues were reflected in their breathing rate so I'm very paranoid about it.

meowmeowmans said...

We loved everything about today's post, dear friends. Your Quint poem and doodle were terrific, as were the sunshine-y photos of Thimble!

And that tip -- that's super important stuff for all of us to know. So thanks!


Colehaus Cats said...

We love that Quint inspired your poem today! He does wonders with his colors and you did, too, with your awesome doodle. Thank you! Thanks for your tip. We didn't know much of this at all!