Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Our resident ginger wants to invite all of you friends over to his leprechaun hut to celebrate. He's handing out lots of luck and a bit of gold. Of course, you're free to kiss him, too. After all, he is Irish.

We're wishing you all lots of luck and many blessings, today and every day!

Of course, this St. Paddy's Day doodle is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.

Be sure to visit Athena see all of the fun and festive art our friends have created this week!

Our Tip of the Day:
We haven't reached the end of National Pet Poison Awareness Month yet, so we'll keep these tips coming. Today's tip on potentially poisonous household items relates to batteries. We briefly mentioned their danger before, but now we'll give a bit of further information on them. If a dog or even a cat bites a battery or ingests it, the acidic or alkaline components could leak out and enter their gastrointestinal system. This material is corrosive in nature, and can therefore cause serious side effects, including oral ulcers, vomiting, other various signs of gastrointestinal distress, and even fever. Due to the corrosive nature of battery components, vomiting should not be induced in the case of ingestion, as this will cause further damage. Immediate care can include rinsing out your pup or kitty's mouth with lukewarm water to remove as much of the battery material as possible. Of course, quickly follow that up with immediate veterinary care. To prevent such emergencies, keep all batteries tucked safely away where curious furbabies cannot get to them. As always, it's better to be safe than sorry!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fill-Ins and Friday Festivities

Happy Friday, friends! As always, we'll just get right into the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, which is of course hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader.

This week, our hosts came up with some fill-ins that really got me thinking.

1. When I am nervous, I _________.
2. When I am angry, I _________.
3. Today, I know for sure _________.
4. For St. Patrick's Day, I _________.

I think I learned a little more about myself while working on filling in these profound thoughts.

1. When I am nervous, I take deep breaths to calm myself.
(This may sound cliché, but it actually works pretty well for me. My life is usually pretty calm, so I don't often get terribly nervous. That is, unless I am worried about my furbabies or family members. Or, of course, when I am forced into a highly social situation. That's when the deep breaths really come into play.)

2. When I am angry, I cure it with a kitty fix.
(Anger is an emotion I do not enjoy, nor that I think is healthy, and so I always do my best to avoid it. If I do catch myself feeling angry, though, I'll remedy it by cuddling some kitties or even just looking at kitty pictures. Best. Medicine. Ever.)

3. Today, I know for sure that I am happy.
(While life is never perfect, I am surrounded by my furbabies, my human family, and this wonderful blogging community. Nothing makes me happier than that.)

4. For St. Patrick's Day, I feast on Dublin Coddle.
(Though I don't look the part, I actually have some Irish blood running through my veins, which always makes me feel compelled to celebrate the day with a little Irish-inspired grub. Let's be honest, though, I'm not a corned beef and cabbage kind of gal. That's why, a couple years ago, I looked up some alternatives. I found a recipe for Dublin Coddle, which is much more my speed, and now I have that every St. Patrick's Day.)


Now, on to your weekly Eddy fix! Eddy actually decided to share a couple of bloopers with you all today.

Eddy is our the queen of bloopers around this house. Are any of our friends out there blooper pros?

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip was about coins, namely the potential for them to cause zinc toxicity. Today's tip is another one about potentially dangerous metals, this one being iron. Iron can of course be found in various multivitamins, or simply iron supplements. That's not the only potential source of iron, though, as it can also be found in items such as fertilizers, hand warmers, and oxygen absorbers (such as those often found in packets of food such as beef jerky).

Ingestion of toxic amounts of iron can result in a variety of symptoms. For example, iron poisoning may cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, lethargy, and even negative effects on organs such as the heart or liver. Needless to say, be aware of what items in your household might contain iron, or any potentially dangerous substance. And, of course, keep all such items well out of reach of your furbaby. Never leave your vitamins or other medications, or any questionable items, sitting around for a curious furbaby to find. If your furbaby does get into such items and ingests them, though, then do of course seek veterinary assistance.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Hello, friends! It's Thursday. Perhaps some of you know what that means. Around here, it means we're getting a bit poetic.

Each week, we enjoy participating in Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. Our pawsome hosts give us a photo each week as a prompt. The photo for this week sure is an intense one!

I really had to put my thinking cap on and get my creative juices flowing for this one. I don't know a whole lot about surfing (translation: I know nothing about surfing). I myself also have a bit of a phobia when it comes to deep waters like those seen in this impressive photo, but I'm thinking that's sort of beside the point.

Anyway, I asked myself how I could use this photo to scribble up something a little different and maybe even a little bit fun. I can't even tell you how or why, but what ultimately came to my mind was the story of Jonah and the whale. I was raised Catholic, and am still an active Catholic, and so I have heard the biblical story of Jonah and the whale more than a few times. For those who don't know this story and wish to read up on it, you can click here for Wikipedia's trusty explanation.

Now, I didn't write a poem about Jonah and the whale. I did, however, write about Norah and a narwhal. Because, you know, that makes more sense. All I can say is that the poem below is all shades of nonsense and silliness. If that's your sort of thing, feel free to give it a read.

Norah and the Narwhal

Norah was a master athlete.
There was no sport in which she could not or would not compete.
No matter what hits or throws the sport had in store,
Norah would always land on all fours.

But if you asked Norah if she had a favorite skill,
She would give you a quick answer with great thrill.
It was catching waves that she loved best,
And out on her surfboard she felt no stress.

That is, until one day when the unthinkable occurred.
"Surf's up!" from the beach Norah on that day had heard.
Without hesitation she had grabbed her board and ran to the shore,
And the giant waves she could not help but adore.

She waded and paddled and then hopped on her board,
And on those great waves Norah soared and soared.
But then, suddenly, all Norah saw was a great big maw.
It held nothing but a giant pink tongue and belonged to a narwhal.

The narwhal's timing was as impeccable as could be,
And straight into its mouth Norah flew as she surfed the sea.
It was dark and wet inside the creature's mouth,
And Norah had no idea if she was pointing north or south.
She felt herself flying down the narwhal's gullet,
Traveling at speeds faster than a speeding bullet.

"Hey, let me out!" Norah did scream and yell,
Not knowing if she could be heard from the belly into which she fell.
With a snort and a grumble the narwhal did answer,
"I'm so hungry I could eat a hamster."
Norah thought that made no sense at all,
But decided not to say that to the ravenous narwhal.

Instead, Norah thought she would offer another option.
To the narwhal she said, with great caution,
"Why not munch on some fish?
Wouldn't they make for a tasty dish?"
"No," the narwhal said with a jolting shake of its head.
"The fish are my friends and I do not wish them dead."

Norah thought perhaps the narwhal had a point,
Yet she also still wished to get out of this joint.
And so Norah gathered her nerve and to the narwhal said,
"I also, you could say, wish not to be dead."
She thought she heard the narwhal sigh,
And then she was certain it had begun to cry.

Unsure what to do,
Norah asked, "What's your favorite food?"
With a sniffle the narwhal managed to mumble,
"I love to eat bananas by the bundle."

"Well, that's perfect!" Norah declared.
But the narwhal's crying only flared.
"No, it's not," the bawling beast moaned.
"I've run out of bananas and so my snack is postponed."

"But now you're in luck," Norah tried to speak again.
"Because I know where to find dozens of bananas times ten!"
"Really?" asked the hungry narwhal,
Who now had ceased to bawl.
"Really," Norah affirmed with a smile that spanned ear to ear.
"I'll take you there if you'll just let me out of here."

With a belch and a cough,
The narwhal let Norah out of its belly like a blast-off.
Hair soaked with narwhal drool,
Norah was glad to be back in her sea of a pool.
Though she wanted nothing more than to return to her surfboard,
She was not a girl to go against her word.

"Come on, follow me," Norah said to the narwhal,
Whom she now learned was named none other than Paul.
They swam together through the waves to the shore,
Where Norah pointed to some trees that numbered at least a score.

Norah asked, "Do you see what grows on those trees?"
Squinting his eyes so that he could better see,
Paul shouted, "Bananas!"
That yellow fruit was apparently his manna.

And so began the friendship of Norah and Paul,
A girl and her buddy narwhal.
Every day Paul would visit Norah while she surfed,
For the sea and its waves were both of their turf.
Of course, Norah never met Paul empty-handed,
But instead ensured that he never again ran out of bananas.

Obviously, Norah had to be a kitty character. Obviously.


Now, I asked Thimble to snap some shots of herself to share today. The thing is, she got a bit distracted.

We actually had ourselves some sunshine, which made for a wonderful light show on the ceiling and walls. Though Evan is the biggest light chaser in the house, Thimble enjoys the sport as well. In fact, she's entering her gratitude for sunshine and light shows into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Thimble and Evan, and of course all of us, are indeed happy for the beautiful sunshine we've been having, which of course means lots of lights to chase. We are all also thankful that we have each other, that we have a cozy home, and that we have such wonderful friends as all of you.

Wishing all of you friends of ours a beautiful day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Our tips for National Pet Poison Awareness Month continue on, and we have yet another random household item to be aware of due to the potentially toxic effects that can result if ingested. What we're talking about today are coins. Coins, such as pennies, contain zinc, which can lead to toxicity and serious side effects if ingested in large enough quantities. Zinc poisoning can result in vomiting as well as increased respiration rate and heart rate. Zinc can also damage blood cells. For these reasons, as well as for the choking and obstruction hazards that coins can pose, be sure to always keep coins out of your kitty or pup's reach. Some animals will put anything and everything into their mouth, which could of course lead to danger with items such as coins. So, keep those coins safely tucked away!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Almost Wordless Wednesday with a Photobomb

Can you see the photobomber?

Our Doodle of the Day:

Today is March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day! You know, 3.14159 and all that jazz. Obviously, this mathematical goodness means we'll be having us some pie today.

Can you tell that this doodle was inspired by a certain deliciously adorable tortie? That's right, none other than Miss Mudpie herself inspired this Pi Day pie piece! We hope you don't mind, Mudpie. We just couldn't help ourselves!

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is about essential oils. There are a wide variety of essential oils on the market, and there are also a wide variety of reactions your furbaby might display if exposed to certain essential oils. Some essential oils can indeed be poisonous to our kitties or pups, kitties typically being especially sensitive to them. Depending on the type of oil and its concentration, exposure to and ingestion of an essential oil can lead to potentially serious side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty walking, just to name a couple.

To prevent any accidental toxicity or emergencies, it might be best to simply prevent your furbaby from coming into contact with any essential oils, to ensure that your furbaby does not come into contact with one containing a toxic ingredient. This would mean refraining from putting essential oils on your kitty or pup, or placing essential oil diffusers anywhere near where your furbaby can reach. Also keep in mind that essential oils and their fragrances can also potentially cause respiratory irritation, with symptoms such as ocular discharge, nasal discharge, or signs related to asthma. When in doubt, keep essential oils, essential oil diffusers, and any other similar products well away from your furbaby, as their health and safety is not worth the risk.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tasty Tuesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

It's that time of the month again. You know, the time of the month when we share our thoughts on products as part of's Blogger Outreach Program. Today it's none other than pup Astrid who is trying something new. And by new, I mean something that I was honestly really hesitant to try for her.

This month, Astrid tried out The Honest KitchenⓇ grain-free beef recipe dehydrated dog food. This food is made with real, human-grade beef and produce. It is grain-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, and contains no by-products, preservatives, corn, wheat, or soy.

There are two details about this food that had me worried about Astrid's reaction to it. For one, it is formulated with a healthy blend of produce. That sounds great, right? Not for Astrid. She hates healthy foods. All of them. Veggies ooze evil in Astrid's humble opinion. So, that had be mildly concerned. Also, I wasn't sure what Astrid might think of dehydrated food that required the addition of water for edibility. She is, after all, a very, very picky girl. But, I was curious to try something new, and therefore did my best to have hope.

So, I added water to the dehydrated food, let it soak for 3 minutes as instructed, and luckily had an audience.

Astrid has a good nose for foods she does not like, as well as for foods that she does like. If it doesn't smell like a good deal to her, she doesn't care to join me in the kitchen. If the smell appeals to her, she'll breathe down my neck. So, when she came in and awaited a taste, I felt a bit disproportionately thrilled.

Are you all waiting for Astrid's reaction? So was I.

Guess what?

She loves it!

The Honest KitchenⓇ dehydrated beef food was, surprisingly, a real hit with Astrid.

She even asked for a refill. And I obliged. That's a solid four paws up from Astrid for The Honest KitchenⓇ!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received The Honest KitchenⓇ grain-free beef recipe dehydrated dog food 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 you friends of ours have a tasty Tuesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
We have yet more random safety tips for National Pet Poison Awareness Month. Today's tip is to keep that hand sanitizer out of the reach of your furbabies. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which means that, especially if ingested in large enough quantities, it can indeed lead to alcohol poisoning. More than likely, hand sanitizer will neither smell nor taste enticing to your kitty or pup. But, some furbabies may simply have strange or unprejudiced tastes, and so keeping any potentially toxic items out of their reach is of course crucial. Keep this in mind not only when it comes to hand sanitizer. Some items can contain toxic ingredients that you might not expect, and some furbabies might not be picky about what they put in their mouths. So, never leave anything questionable within their reach, because it is indeed always better to be safe than sorry.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Mancat Monday Motivation

Today, mancat Evan is here to give you a bit of inspiration. We'll start with some photographic evidence of just how pawsome Evan is (not that we're biased or anything like that).

These photos are a bit dark, and unfortunately I'm a bit too lazy and unskilled to alter them. Hopefully, though, you can see Evan there on our newest cat tree. For those who don't know or don't remember, Evan is hind limb paralyzed. That is why his back legs look a tad bit unorthodox in these photos. That there happens to be how his legs always look when he sits, and it's never bothered him at all.

What's more, Evan got up there on that level of the cat tree all by himself. He has even gotten up on the highest level all by himself, but I have yet to get the camera out quickly enough to gather photographic evidence of this feat. It's times like this when I truly realize how much of inspiration Evan is to me. Being hind limb paralyzed, Evan could easily be grounded, but he does not allow for that. With a little help from strategically placed stools, he can get just about anywhere he wants.

I don't think you can see it all that well in the above photos, but that cat tree is at the foot of my bed. I place a big, sturdy pet bed at the end of my bed, so that it stretches across the footboard and onto one of the lower levels of the cat tree. Using this pet bed as a bridge, Evan gets onto the cat tree, and then pulls himself up onto the upper levels to his little heart's content.

I won't lie, Evan does not always succeed at such feats right at first. Sometimes he has to make a couple of attempts to find the best method for climbing, but he always manages it. When needed, which is not often, I help him or rearrange some things to make it easier for him. No matter what, though, he never gets discourage. Rather, he seems to thrive on his failed attempts and simply tries even harder the next time. I'm thinking that's why he always does ultimately succeed. Because he refuses to meet any other outcome. He is my hero, in case you didn't already know that.

Evan was, for more reasons than one, the inspiration for my Sparks for this week.

The Sparks blog hop, hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is a means for us to share positive thoughts in this often negative world. My positive thought for this week, inspired by my mancat Evan, is about never giving up.

"Failure is success in progress." -Albert Einstein

Never be afraid to fail, because success is just around the corner!

Wishing you all a magnificent, motivational Monday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Still continuing on with our National Pet Poison Awareness Month, we are today reminding you to keep any questionable kitchen products well out of reach of your furbabies. Just as laundry detergents can be dangerous, so can those used in the kitchen. Dishwasher detergent or tablets, for example, can often have corrosive or other dangerous side effects. Other potentially toxic kitchen products include degreasers, oven cleaners, and drain cleaners. These products can also potentially have corrosive effects, among other adverse reactions. If your furbaby ingests any such products, they might display gastrointestinal distress, oral ulcers, lethargy, or other symptoms. As always, if you think your kitty or pup might have ingested a toxic kitchen product, seek veterinary assistance.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Pose and Some Poo

Hey, guys! It's me Evan here! I have two things to share with you today. First up is my selfie.

I of course snapped this closeup for none other than the fun and fantastic Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our Kitties Blue friends over at The Cat on My Head.

Next, guess what?

That's right, I'm now part of the PTU Poopers Club! My friend Millie over at 15andmeowing invited me because, like him, I am indeed a PTU Pooper. Teddy's mom made this badge for him, and now other PTU Poopers are joining him in a club.

My mom tells me that dropping a bomb in my PTU is like a Pavlovian response for me, whatever that means. All I know is that when I get in the PTU, I make sure to poop, immediately. And then I usually poop at least once or twice more before the whole ordeal is said and done. Oh, and I also like to pee lots in my PTU, but that's a story for another day. Anyway, serves my mom right for shoving me in that thing to begin with.

Who else out there is a PTU Pooper? I am, and I'm proud of it!

Wishing all of you friends of ours a happy Sunday!


Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Our next set of tips for National Pet Poison Awareness Month will cover some of the random household items that could potentially be toxic to your kitty or pup. To begin, don't forget that some laundry products could lead to ill effects for your furbaby. For example, fabric softeners and dryer sheets often contain detergents that can be corrosive in nature. If your cat or dog gets into such products, the adverse reactions could include gastrointestinal distress, oral ulcers, and lethargy. For such reasons, do be sure to keep all laundry products well out of reach of your furbaby. If your kitty or pup does get into any such products, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Clockwork Caturday Art

As we're sure you already know, our clocks will spring forward tonight. That may mean we lose an hour of sleep, but it also means springtime is upon us! We thought we'd offer you all a little clockwork reminder.

So, don't forget to turn your clocks forward tonight, friends!

And, of course, this little time reminder is our entry for Athena's fun Caturday Art blog hop.

Happy Caturday to one and all!

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's tip for National Pet Poison Awareness Month is probably an obvious one. If applicable to you, we want to remind you to keep all substances such as cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and anything nicotine-related away from your kitties and pups. Nicotine can be highly toxic to dogs and cats, especially depending on how much they consume. It can cause a variety of serious side effects, ranging from vomiting to cardiac and neurological disturbances. Keep any and all nicotine products away from your furbabies, and observe them in unfamiliar places to ensure that they do not ingest stray cigarette butts. If you know or think that your kitty or pup might have ingested any form of nicotine, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Fun

It's probably no surprise to most of you that we're starting today with the fun Fill-Ins challenge, which is of course hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader.

These are the fill-ins our hosts came up with us for this week:

1. Before you _________, you need to _________.
2. After _________.
3. Winter _________.
4. Spring _________.

And here are my attempts at filling them in:

1. Before you assume, you need to learn the facts.
(After all, we all know what happens when we assume, don't we?)

2. After a long day, furbaby cuddles are the best remedy.
(I couldn't decide what to put for this one, so this seemed the best way to go.)

3. Winter is a dangerous beauty.
(I love the thought and sight of winter and snow because of its beauty. At the same time, though, I know how dangerous it can be, and not just because of the road conditions it creates. I feel for those animals and humans who do not know the comfort of a home in the cold of winter.)

4. Spring is a time for new beginnings.
(I love the feeling when you finally walk outside one day in March or April, and you realize that winter really has retreated and everything is growing anew. Sometimes you can even smell it in the air, and I love that feeling.)


Now, this post would most certainly not be complete without a little dose of Eddy!

Yesterday, Thimble showed you how she's been enjoying some lovely sunshine, and Eddy wanted to do the same today. So, these are her blinding, sun-basking shots!

We hope all of our friends out there have a fantastic Friday filled with all sorts of sunshine!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Sometimes, when I can't decide what to doodle for the day, I go to my trusty 2018 Blogging Cats Weekly Planner for inspiration. That's what I did for today, and it was my planner that informed that today is none other than Panic Day. I'm not entirely sure of the history of this worrisome day, but I decided to try and go with it.

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday, as part of National Pet Poison Awareness Month, we discussed the danger of human medications if ingested by our kitties or pups. It's not just human medications that are potentially dangerous, though. Even veterinary medications designed for pets could lead to toxicity in certain circumstances. This of course can occur if a particular furbaby gets into a furry housemate's medication that he or she do not need. In addition, even a medication prescribed to a particular cat or dog can cause them issues, such as if taken in larger quantities than instructed. This could perhaps occur due to human error in administering, but also if the animal finds their medication stash and helps themselves. Some veterinary medications are formulated to smell and taste enticing to our furbabies, making them all the more desired by said furbabies. If your furbaby likes the taste of one of their medications, or even one of their housemate's medication, then they may try to sneak quantities out of the safe range, which could indeed lead to detrimental effects. So, of course, hide those medications away!

Don't only take into consideration oral medications, though. Even transdermal medications can result in toxicity, such as if your furbaby finds and in some way exposes themselves to large quantities of it. The short story is, just as you must keep your own medication hidden away from your kitties and pup, you also keep all veterinary medication hidden away so as to prevent any and all emergencies possible.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Who's ready for Thursday? We sure are! As always, we'll kick off the day with Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.

We always look forward to seeing what photo our hosts have to share as our prompt for the week. This time around, it's this one!

This photo is so fun! That being said, I also must admit that I really struggled with it. I had a great deal of trouble finding my footing for a poem to match this little guy and his camera. I may or may not be my own worst critic, but either way, I am not really a fan of my end result for this one. Nevertheless, here is my best attempt!

A Thousand Words

Hello, my name is Fred.
There are many things to be said.
For this I need not use my voice, though.
My tales are far better in the form of a show.
So please, do come into my studio

Do you see those photos hanging on the wall?
Please, take a moment to admire them all.
These images tell the story of my life.
Snapping some of them required a bit of strife.
But I digress.
Now, let us progress.

First we travel to this photo here.
This one I hold really quite dear.
This picture speaks a thousand words about my jungle home,
From which I was hesitant to roam.
But many lands I wished to visit,
For that is the way of monkey business.

So I grabbed my camera and moved my journey forward.
 I wished to reach every corner of the world.
A thousand words I would snap,
In every region on the map.
But now my discourse is becoming boring.
Do let us now begin the exploring.

And so now you stand in the land Down Under,
Where sharks and arachnids may tear you asunder.
But other traits of this land are ever so redeeming,
For with beauty and sunshine it is beaming.

Ah, yes, now you find yourself in the arctic.
 You stand on ice that covers the land like a carpet.
If you look close you'll see that narwhal over there yonder.
And those seals across the way are an equal wonder.

Look, now, welcome to the River Styx!
Now you're meeting the infamous Hades, and even some nymphs.
Oh, and here comes Cerberus for a frolic by the shore.
With him around, nothing is ever a bore.

You blinked and now you're a world over.
Here you stand at the Cliffs of Dover.
It is a beautifully bright and shining day,
So peer across the way and see Cap Gris-Nez.

Oh, and now before you stands Lady Liberty,
Who from her island extends to you greeting.
She towers over you at tall heights,
And she lifts you up to see great sights.

With a hop and a skip, you're now in the land of √Črinn,
Where you admire the castle of the Loughmore baron.
You enjoy grass vibrant green and skies stark blue,
All while taking in the aroma of the local brew.

On these adventures you go and go,
Here inside my studio.
 My monkey business has taken me near and far,
And I hope you have found nothing too bizarre.

Feel free to travel on and on through my life events,
For the whole wide world I did indeed circumvent.
I am Fred, who visits places of which many have only heard,
Who captures the world in photos worth a thousand words.


It's now, of course, Thimble's time to shine on this Thursday.

Do you see that shine? In between rain and snow showers, we occasionally have some lovely sun. And Thimble loves it!

Thimble is most certainly entering her gratitude for sun puddles into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

All of us here are thankful when the sun comes out to play. We are also thankful for all of our daily blessings, which include the friends we have in all of you.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Our Tip of the Day:
I'm sure I don't need to tell you all, but as part of our tips for National Pet Poison Awareness Month, we're here to remind you that many human medications are indeed toxic to our furbabies. One of the most common pet poison emergency culprits is ibuprofen. It can be very dangerous and even fatal if ingested by your kitty or pup, and its side effects can include gastrointestinal distress or even kidney failure. Ibuprofen is of course not the only human medication that can have dire consequences for our cats and dogs, though. Decongestants such as excess pseudoephedrine can also be toxic, as well as medications for treating blood pressure and ADD/ADHD, just to name a couple. Needless to say, keep any and all human medications hidden away in a secure cabinet, drawer, or other such confines.

It is also worth noting that certain topical creams and ointments that we humans use can also be dangerous for cats and dogs. These such medications can be sneaky as well, since you might apply a potentially toxic cream to your skin, then you might forget about it, and then your furbaby might lick your skin or even clothing that touched the topical medication. This, in turn, can possibly result in toxicity. As a couple of examples, creams for pain management or hormone treatment can easily contain ingredients that could lead to life-threatening side effects for your kitty or pup. So, not only should you safely store medications, but you must also be diligent about how you might be exposing your furbaby to toxic ingredients.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mouth-Watering Wednesday

Thanks to this human here, we're a bit slow to share this little review we have for you today. Just before Astrid's birthday back on February 20th, we got a wonderful package from It contained an Astrid-size bag of treats for us to review!

I knew the second I saw these Bones & Chews™ beef jerky treats that Astrid would surely love them. She loves her some beef. And she also loves her some soft and chewy goodness, which is exactly what these are.

These all-natural treats are made with real beef. They are grain-free and contain no corn, wheat, soy, by-product meals, or artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.

I hope I'm not leaving out any important information regarding these goodies. The package came with a nice little sheet with tidbits for us to share with you all about these treats. This here human dropped that sheet of paper on the floor, though, and failed to reach it before Thimble strolled over and upchucked her breakfast all over it. It's a glamorous life we lead over here.

The good news is that these treats had Astrid's attention from the get-go.

(Don't mind the dastardly appearance of the kitchen rug. That's what happens when you can't manage to keep the water in the sink while washing dishes.)

Now, let's go ahead and throw out there that I am indeed just about the worst ever at snapping action shots. That's probably why the only evidence I have that Astrid does indeed enjoy the Bones & Chews™ beef jerky treats is this nightmarish shot.

Astrid loves these Bones & Chews™ beef jerky treats so much that she tries to demand them. All the time. She knows where we hide the bag of them, and she'll go over to it and hop, skip, and jump in hopes we'll get the hint.

(Disclaimer: We received Bones &Chews™ beef jerky dog treats from 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 you friends of ours have a wonderful Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is one we've touched on time and time again, but it is a pretty important one. As you all certainly know, never forget that some human founds can indeed be toxic to our kitties and pups. Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, grapes, and raisins are just some of the foods that could lead to extremely dangerous or even fatal consequences if ingested. Also don't forget about the sweetener known as xylitol. This can often be found in sugar-free gums and candies, but also in various other foods, drinks, and even medicines, supplements, and toothpaste. This sneaky ingredient is indeed toxic, especially to dogs.

Though symptoms of toxicity can vary based on what human food our furbaby ate, and how much, signs can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty walking, or any other number of concerning manifestations. If you know or think your furbaby might have eaten a toxic food, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance. Just as with any poison, removing the toxins from the body and treating the patient in a timely manner can be a matter of life or death. To prevent such emergencies, avoid feeding your furbaby any and all foods that you are not absolutely certain are safe.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Terrifying Toesies Tuesday

Hello, friends! Today we have a Toesies Tuesday sort of deal going on, but it's a bit, well, terrifying. You see, the other day, this here human wanted to make some potatoes. That decision was immediately regretted, though, when this came out of that bag of spuds.

Does that look like some sort of clawed monstrosity to all of you? It does to this here human. Perhaps this human is just imagining things, though. Or, maybe Cthulhu crawled right on out of that potato sack.

Don't worry, though. I had backup.

The furry investigators came in and surveyed the scene. They deemed it safe. The possessed potato was therefore cooked up and eaten. It tasted surprisingly non-evil.

Now, though, we need ourselves some legitimate toesies around here.

Whew. There. That's much better.

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

Our Doodle of the Day:


Our Tip of the Day:
Next up in our National Pet Poison Awareness Month series of tips is a quick discussion on rodenticides. These chemicals, meant to kill mice, rats, and other rodents, are dangerous all around. Depending on the type of poison, rodenticides can cause any number of potentially fatal side effects, such as internal bleeding or acute kidney failure. Ingesting the rodenticide itself is of course one way in which your furbaby can be poisoned. In addition to this, though, if a rodent ingests the rodenticide or walks through it, and then your furbaby gets a hold of that rodent, the poison can also pass into your furbaby's system this way.

Therefore, to be safe, simply try to avoid the use of rodenticides completely. If rodenticides are being stored or used in your home, garage, garden, or other areas, though, absolutely ensure that your cat or dog cannot reach them. Also monitor your furbabies if you think rodents are in your house and a rodenticide is being used, to ensure your cat or dog does not catch or eat a rodent that has been poisoned. Severe side effects can result from rodenticides, for both the rodents, your furbabies, and even wildlife. So, please do all that you can to avoid their use.