Monday, September 24, 2018

A Chat with Mother Nature on Mancat Monday

Today, Evan is having a bit of a chat with Mother Nature.


This past weekend, we finally had us some cool, crisp weather. It was open window weather, and the kind of weather that allows for this here human to walk pup Astrid in a sweatshirt, rather than in a sweat-drenched tank top. But, then, Mother Nature threw us some extra sun and it reached nearly 90°F again. None of us here were impressed by that, so Evan scheduled a meeting to discuss the matter with Mother Nature. We hope the meeting goes in our favor.


Have a magnificent Monday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:


Our current series of tips is about disaster and emergency preparedness for both yourself and your furbaby. Today's tip on this topic is to contemplate and decide on a proper caregiver for your furbaby, should there be an emergency rendering you incapable of caring for them. Thinking on such unfortunate hypothetical situations is never something anyone looks forward to, but it is nonetheless something important to consider. You will want to ensure that someone you trust might be prepared to care for your kitty or pup in an emergency. It is of course important to discuss this with the person in question, and to ensure that they are truly able and willing to take on the care of your furbaby, should the need arise. In some cases, this might mean including in your will that this person would become your furbaby's caregiver. Overall, though not an ideal topic with which to occupy your mind, it is indeed significant to have a safe and secure plan for your furbaby's care should something render you incapable of caring for them. Think of family or friends whom you trust, whom your furbaby knows, and whom have displayed an ability and willingness to take on the care of your kitty or pup.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Selfie

We'll make our post today short and sweet and to the point. After all, our internet is really on the fritz these days, and it's a legitimate toss-up as to whether or not it will be working at any given moment. We're going to have to have a real heart-to-heart with our internet provider.

Anyway, it's Sunday. What does that mean? The selfie, of course!



Happy Sunday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday's tip discussed having rescue alert stickers posted at your home, to aid rescue workers in getting all of the animals at your home to safety in the event of an emergency at your house. Today's tip is to have a means of alerting rescuers that there are animals in need of care at your home in the event that something were to happen to you while you are away from home. For example, you could have a pet alert info card in your wallet or in your car, indicating the types and number of animals at your home in need of care should you, God forbid, be rendered unable to make it home to care for them as needed. It is never desirable to consider the possibility of such emergencies or disasters occurring, but it is nevertheless important to think ahead and plan ahead for your kitty, pup, or other companion animal's care in the event of any type of emergency.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Caturday Scarecrow

It's the beginning of autumn, and I refuse to believe that it's 90°F outside. So, I'm just going to keep scribbling up autumnal doodles like this one over here in my happy corner by the air conditioning register.


Our two black cat housemates, Toby and Winky, informed me that they don't get to star in enough doodles. So, this one's for them!

Of course, that doodle up there is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.


We don't properly thank our blog hop hosts enough. So, Athena, thank you for always hosting this fun and fantastic blog hop! We look forward to it each and every week.

Have a beautiful day, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's disaster preparedness tip is a rather specific one, and it is to consider using a pet rescue alert decal or sticker at your house. These decals or stickers are meant to alert rescue response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home. They can be placed on a screen door, on a window near a door, or somewhere similar where rescuers can easily see it. This type of information on what animals are in the home can help in the case of a house fire or any emergency evacuation, especially in cases when you are in any way unable to inform response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home and in need of rescuing. There are a variety of these decals or stickers available online, but one easy way to get them is through the ASPCA, as you can visit their website and order free pet emergency alert decals for your home.

Alerting emergency personnel of the animals in your home can help them to more quickly rescue your companion animals in the event of a fire or other emergency. This being said, though, please do ensure that any such decals or stickers are kept up-to-date. Not only is this important for ensuring that all animals in the house are properly accounted for, but is also important for the safety of emergency personnel. For example, if one of your furbabies has passed away but it is still included on an displayed pet emergency alert at your home, then emergency crews might put their lives at risk looking for an animal who is not even present. So, while these pet emergency alert bulletins can indeed benefit your pets' safety, also ensure that you use them properly in order to keep emergency personnel equally safe.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

If you're looking for some Friendly Fill-Ins on this Friday, you've come to the right place! In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share the fill-in statements again below. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. The last time I _________ was _________.

2. _________ isn't _________.

3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.

4. My favorite word is _________.


Now, if you want to know how I answered these, go ahead and read on.

1. The last time I cuddled a kitty was roughly half a second ago.
(My girl Thimble is the kitty in question this particular time around. When I'm at home, there's usually at least one kitty in reach. All of my kitties seem to have accepted the fact that if I catch sight of them, they're probably going to get hugged on.)

2. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
(Maybe you just need to water your lawn? Growing up, I remember my mom teaching me that everyone is responsible for their own happiness. You have to water your own metaphorical lawn and your own metaphorical garden before envying how nice your neighbor's looks.)

3. Pain is a blessing in disguise.
(I debated whether to put this as my answer. But, I kept coming back to a song that was popular when I was in high school. This song, "All at Once" by the band The Fray, includes the lyrics, "We'd never know what's wrong without the pain." Those lyrics have always stuck with me, because though they're a bit sad, they're also very true.) 

4. My favorite word is Rosie.
(My angel Rosie's name always was and always will be one of my absolute favorite words. My dad named Rosie, back when my family adopted her in 1993. I've always thought it was such a pretty name, and it means so much to me. Fun fact? Both Rosie and her brother Sammy were named after characters from The Lord of the Rings. Rosie was named after Rose "Rosie" Cotton, and Sammy after Samwise "Sam" Gamgee.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



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Around here, Friday also means that you all get a fix of Eddy. We yet again, miraculously, have a non-blurry to share of this girl!



All of us here are wishing all of you out there a fantastic Friday!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Disaster Preparedness Month tip is to, in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane, do your absolute best to consider the care and safety of animals who may not be your typical indoor companions. For example, do you help care for feral cats, even an entire feral colony? If so, please don't forget them in potential disaster preparedness plans.

Obviously, evacuating feral furbabies may not be anywhere nearly as easy as relocating your tame, indoor kitties or pups. However, do still do all that you can to ensure that you include ferals or strays under your care in the event of an emergency. Especially if there is a known threat of a disaster, try to find a way to access traps or other means of capturing and transporting ferals. And, of course, do your research ahead of time regarding safe areas that would be willing to take in ferals or strays in the event of an emergency. There may indeed be organizations willing to help with this feat. Therefore, also do your research in this regard and reach out to various animal rescue organizations to determine if they can offer assistance.

Another consideration to make are animals such as horses and livestock. As best as absolutely possible, try to always think ahead, even before a disaster is even on the immediate horizon, and make sure that you have access to trailers and other necessities for relocating large animals. And, again, do your research ahead of time regarding where you might be able to safely relocate animals such as horses or livestock.

Trying to orchestrate the relocation of numerous animals in the event of a disaster can indeed be very daunting. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, time or resources are short. In the end, though, you have to simply do the absolute best that you can. The best way to indeed do the absolute best you can is to always think ahead, be prepared, and have a plan. Make sure that you take the time to research safe options for all creatures under your care, and then, accordingly, make plans that could be implemented in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday! Whew. What a mouthful. It's all for good reason, though. Let's start with that poetic part.


It is indeed time for Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. Every week, our hosts give us a photo prompt to guide us on our poetic journeys. This week's photo prompt is this cozy, candlelit one here:


To be honest, when I first saw this image, it brought to my mind Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. But, more specifically, this image made me think of at least one of the Christmas scenes from this story. I'm not quite ready to start scribbling up anything Christmas yet, though. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Christmas. But, I also love me some autumn and Halloween and am sort of stuck on that topic.

Anyway, trying to think of something besides Little Women Christmas scenes, I focused on scribbling up a poem about the magic of books. This made me think of all those times when, as a child, I got lost in a book with my angel kitty Rosie and her brother Sammy as my reading buddies. So, that's what I went with, sort of, more or less.

Oh, and perhaps it would help for me to explain that one of my nicknames for my Rosie was Rosie Posie. Sometimes I even called her Rosie Posie Pudding Pie, and that one even had a little song to go with it. I can still sing that strange little tune all the way through, even though my dear Rosie has been gone for three years.

Am I rambling again? I'll stop. So, here is yet another one of my weird and wacky rhymes:


Rosie, Posie, and Friends

Once upon a time, there were three little girls.
The three girls' names were Posie, Mary, and Coral.
Oh, and of course there was a kitty,
A calico who was really quite pretty.
She was the best friend of the girl named Posie,
And this kitty's name was none other than Rosie.

The girl Posie was not quite, well, ordinary.
This did not matter, though, to Coral and Mary.
And of course it didn't matter to her kitty Rosie, the good girl.
After all, true friends never took you for a kook,
Even if other folk claimed that you bothered and spooked.

Really, Posie never meant any harm,
Even if her habit did spark a bit of alarm.
When she was around, nothing was boring,
So much so that her presence sent townsfolk soaring.

There really was no better word for it than magic,
Which Posie nor her friends deemed even a little bit tragic.
You've heard of spellcasting, dark magic, and all sorts of cauldron cooks.
When it came to Posie, though, hers was the magic of books.

Perhaps the problem wouldn't have been so profound,
If in books Posie's nose was not always found.
After all, if her eyes met a sentence starring a dragon who breathes fire,
That very beast would end up right in front of the town's mercantile!

Unable to help herself, Posie oft found herself lost in her magical reads.
That was why her kitty Rosie never left her side, indeed.
After all, who else would alert her when she might need a break,
So that no one in town was eaten by a dragon, or a giant snake?

Not all those in town were appalled by the bookworm of a girl.
After all, do you remember Posie's friends, Mary and Coral?
They were the best friends a girl could ever have,
In addition, of course, to Rosie the loyal calico cat.

Can you guess what the girls did with Posie's magic?
They started a book club, of course, and you better believe that!
Fantasy, mystery, history, and all sorts of action,
Rosie, Posie, and friends even once read and caught a literary assassin!

Of course, the girls knew their club was not quite typical.
Thanks to Posie's skill, it was instead magic and mystical.
Now, was it wise for them to meet in the park or town square to read?
No, it was not, and on that they agreed.
After all, do you remember that fire-breathing dragon we mentioned before?
Rosie, Posie, and friends remembered how cleaning up after that had been a chore.

Posie had long ago befriended the town librarian.
His name was Clive and he was, it seemed, a nonagenarian.
The library had a grand basement made of stone,
And nearly every visitor left it deserted and alone.
That made it the perfect place for the bookworms' magical club,
And Clive didn't mind one bit if the basement was the club's hub.

To the library, Rosie, Posie, and friends headed at least once a week,
Eager to select a book to read, watch, live, and critique.
When one particular week finally arrived,
Their excitement the girls really could not hide.

It was nearly, you see, none other than All Hallow's Eve,
And what kind of little girl didn't crave a book fit for screams?
Indeed, Posie, Mary, and Coral searched the library shelves.
All of the thrillers and horrors they debated amongst themselves.

Should they go for this one about gremlins here?
It was sure to bring them all sorts of wonderful fear.
Or, what about that one there, starring a haunted house?
It would send chills up their spines, without a doubt.

Oh, but wait, what did Coral find over there?
Yes, that one was sure to spook and scare!
Over to the table they ran with it, and fast.
They were more than ready to feel shocked and aghast.

The front cover of this one alone was perfectly chilling.
Posie could certainly make this read all sorts of thrilling.
And so, they opened up the book and the first page they began to follow,
This All Hallow's Eve story called The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.




I'm half tempted to draft up some sort of sequel to this little tale for Halloween. I wonder if that will happen. Maybe I'll surprise myself and it will.



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So far we've rhymed on this Thursday, and now we're about to go all Thimble and Thankful. Ready?


That's right, friends.


Thimble is again thankful for more and more boxes! This here human has a serious addiction to this place called Target. Boxes appear from that place far too often. Well, Thimble doesn't think so. This human, though, thinks she might need an intervention. In all fairness, said human is actually already nearly halfway through her Christmas shopping, and so the oodles of boxes contain all sorts of unseasonally festive goodies.

What's more, this here human raided the infamous $1 bin at Target the other day, and found all sorts of Halloween cat goods. We have enough goodies to do three or four Halloween giveaways in October. We're super excited.

So, in all of that rambling, we're trying to say that we're so very thankful for, yes, boxes. Also, though, we're grateful for the upcoming holidays. We're thankful for our family and our friends, and that of course includes every single one of you.




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Last but not least, we're here to help you prep for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. The last time I _________ was _________.

2. _________ isn't _________.

3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.

4. My favorite word is _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're in the midst of a series of tips for National Disaster Preparedness Month. Yesterday, we discussed preparing emergency supplies or a travel kit, so that you and your furbaby will be ready to handle a disaster, evacuation, and so forth, should the need arise. Today, we're here to remind you to go yet another step further and to have a plan. In other words, in the event of a disaster or other emergency, how and what will you do in order to ensure the safety of both your furbaby and yourself? For example, if you live in an area where disasters might make evacuation a possibility, have a safe a safe destination secured, not only for yourself but for your furbaby as well. Do you know of a motel or hotel, or another similar shelter, where animals are allowed? Or, do you have friends or family where your kitty or pup will be allowed to stay? If necessary, research veterinary offices, boarding facilities, or other similar facilities out of harm's way, where your furbaby could be taken in the case of an emergency.

Emergency plans don't just relate to possible evacuations, though. For example, if you live in an area where tornadoes are a possibility, have a plan for what part of the house both you and your furbabies can safely hunker down. Pick a safe room in the center of the house, for example, and have a plan for getting your kitty or pup there in a hurry. If needed, have leashes, carriers, or other necessary tools ready. Depending on where you live and what your situation is, always think ahead to how you will keep both your furbaby and yourself safe in an emergency situation.

One last comment we'll make on this topic is to, as needed and possible, practice your emergency plans. Make sure that everyone in your home knows the plan, and that everyone will know their part in the action. Doing a trial run or two can never hurt, to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and that everything will run as smoothly as possible in an actual emergency.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ahoy!

Ahoy, mateys! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Shiver me timbers, we mean Meow and Bark Like a Pirate Day! Aye, aye. That be more like it. Would ye like to sail the seas with us?


Argh, those be strange looking seas. Never mind that. Sail ho! To where would ye like to go?


Yo ho ho!



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Our Tip of the Day:

As we mentioned yesterday, we're in National Disaster Preparedness Month. Our newest series of tips, therefore, relates to this. Today, we're here to discuss having emergency supplies and travel kits prepared, should you and your furbaby need to evacuate suddenly. After all, destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, and other such disasters can, sadly, put people and their pets in the line of danger, as well as without a place to live. Therefore, especially if you are in an area where disasters might lead to evacuation, but also of course simply to be prepared for an emergency, do consider having an emergency kit prepared for your kitty or pup.

When preparing an emergency travel kit, think of the things your pup or kitty might use or need on a daily basis, or even weekly basis. Anything that they need on a regular basis can, of course, be included in an emergency kit. For example, an emergency kit for your furbaby would do well to include a week or so worth of their food, water bottles, bowls, and any medications they require. That is often not all that can or should be included in a cat or dog's emergency travel kit, though. If you rack your brain for anything that might be useful in your furbaby's emergency kit, you might consider a blanket or two, a spare leash, a carrier, a transportable litter box, litter, toys, your cat or dog's medical records, pictures of your cat or dog, and even cleaning supplies, such as paper towels and dish soap. All in all, consider anything and everything your furbaby uses or needs on a regular basis, and then create a travel kit based on that. In the case of an emergency, having such supplies already prepared can allow for you and your furbaby to evacuate and get to safety in a timely manner.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tabby Tuesday

It's Tabby Tuesday, so why not give you all an up close and personal dose of some tabby stripes?


Always the model, Thimble was happy to donate her tabby stripes to a good cause. She hopes you enjoyed them. She also hopes you enjoyed how stunning her profile is.

Are any of our tabby friends showing off their stripes today? Or, are you going more for the tummy side of things? Or toesies? Or, what about those tuxies out there? Or you pretty torties we know? What sort of Tuesday are you having?

No matter what kind of Tuesday you're having, we hope it's a terrific one!



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Our Tip of the Day:

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. This is timely, as many in our nation are currently affected by Hurricane Florence. Given this month dedicated to disaster preparedness, we'll be doing a series of tips on this topic. Our first tip in this series is a simple precursor to the more detailed tips that will begin tomorrow. And this tip today is to please realize and understand that if a situation is not safe for you, then it's not safe for your animals. For this reason, please do absolutely everything in your ability to never leave your cats or dogs behind in the event of a disaster. If the only safe option for you is to evacuate, then that is also very likely the only safe option for your furbaby. For this reason, never wait until last minute to consider preparations and plans, as then it might be too late. Always have preparations and plans thought through or ready. We'll start discussing such preparations and plans in more detail tomorrow. For now, though, when it comes to potential disasters, please indeed keep in mind your furbaby's safety in addition to your own.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mancat Monday

On this Mancat Monday, mancat Evan is here to show you all what he's been up to.


Zzzzzzzz. It's hot and humid and nothing like autumn here, so Evan has decided to just nap his way through this summer weather. Evan's got the right idea, if you ask all of us here.

Have a magnificent Monday, friends!


P.S. I want to apologize that we've been slow and late to comment lately, or even altogether absent from some of our friends' blogs. Our internet at home has been struggling big time for a couple months now. On some days, the best option, or sometimes the only option, we have for visiting you all is when I'm at work, where internet actually exists. Needless to say, that makes our blogging hours very limited.

Long story short, I am trying to get this whole internet thing sorted out. Once we have us some functioning, faster internet, we'll be able to get back to visiting you all far more regularly! I promise we're not ignoring any of you. We're just stuck in the Stone Age over here.




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today is the last of our autumn pet safety tips. This one is another about wildlife, in particular predators who increase their activity during cooler weather in search of food. In some areas, this might mean an increase in the activity of coyotes, wild cats, or other predators. To such wildlife, cats as well as small or even large dogs can be considered prey on which to feed. Therefore, especially if you are in an area where coyotes, wild cats, or other predators might be present, be very cautious letting your furbabies outdoors at night and unattended. If you and your furbaby make a trip outside, keep them close to you, such as on a leash. Be sure to not only monitor your furbaby closely, but also your surroundings Always err on the side of caution in order to keep both your furbaby and yourself safe from hungry predators and other dangers.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Selfie

Today, our resident model Thimble has a selfie to share with you all. She hopes you enjoy seeing her pretty face.


Of course, Thimble snapped this selfie for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our Kitties Blue friends over at The Cat on My Head.


Happy Sunday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:


At some point in the next day or two, you'll perhaps realize that I sort of cheated, because the doodles we've shared over the past couple of days are all actually just parts of a larger doodle. That larger doodle will soon become our autumn header. That poor header won't get to see the light of day more than two weeks, though, because by the first day of October we'll surely have our Halloween header up there.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Our autumn pet safety tip for today might seem a bit random, but it still relates to the season. This tip is to keep your furbabies who go outdoors, as well as yourself, safe during hunting season. This time of year, especially certain wooded areas can be dangerous to traverse due to the activity of hunters. Therefore, especially during this time of year, avoid walking your pup or kitty in areas where hunting is common, or in unfamiliar wooded areas. If you do intend to go for a walk with your furbaby this time of year in or near wooded areas, especially those known for their hunting activity, always ensure that your clothing and your furbaby's accessories or a bright color, such as bright orange. This can help you to be more visible to any potential hunters in the area. Be safe!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Caturday Art with a Side of Canine

We're halfway through September, and there are no signs of leaves changing color yet in our corner of the world. We'll get there soon, hopefully. Perhaps it would help if it wasn't 90°F? You know, though, 90°F weather in September is a perfect time for your car's air conditioning to go out. True story, but I digress.

Anyway. I'm living my autumnal dream through my doodles these days. That's why our doodles are all shades of autumn, as you might have noticed.


Though the kitties around here don't have access to the great outdoors, I'm pretty sure that might be a relatively accurate depiction of what kittens Tonks and Winky would do if they stumbled upon a pile of leaves. For those girls, anything and everything is a jungle gym. Oh, and as for pup Astrid? Well, she's afraid of leaves. Indeed, she refuses to walk on leaves on her walks. So, instead, she jumps over them. Sometimes, her walks during the autumn months look more like intricate games of hopscotch that span the entire neighborhood.

Of course, that there leafy doodle is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


Happy Caturday to all!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's autumn pet safety tip is about candles. As the weather cools and holidays begin to approach, many folk feel compelled to light some cozy, deliciously-scented candles. That being said, always be careful with candles, and any open flames, around your furbabies. If you do light candles, keep them only in areas where your furbaby cannot reach. For some furbabies, putting lit candles up on a high shelf might suffice. Many cats, for example, though, might still be able to reach candles on shelves and other similar surfaces. If you do have such a furbaby capable of this, yet you also wish to light a candle, then consider measures such as keeping your kitty or pup out of the room where the candle is lit. The long and short of it is to never leave lit candles anywhere that a furbaby can reach, and certainly not unattended. Otherwise, a kitty or pup might find themselves burnt, or might knock a candle over and increase the risk of fire. If you cannot ensure the safety of your furbaby and home, then simply refrain from lighting candles.

It's also worthwhile to note that certain items associated with candles should also be considered dangerous and off-limits to furbabies. This would include matches and lighters, for example. These items should be kept tucked safely away, just as lit candles should.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Happy Friday, friends! So, who's ready to fill in some fill-ins? After all, it is the day of the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge! In case you missed them yesterday, I'll share the fill-ins again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. Being _________ is _________.

2. If _________ were worth money, then I would be rich.

3. I am proud of _________.

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year _________.


Here's I how I filled in those fill-ins:

1. Being yourself is the best option.
(One of my favorite quotes is Oscar Wilde's, "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." I think those are some of the wisest words I've ever heard.)

2. If dust bunnies were worth money, then I would be rich.
(Sometimes I come home from work, look at the floor, and wonder, "Did my cats spontaneously combust while I was gone today?" Honestly, I can vacuum, and by the time I put the vacuum away there are hairballs and dust bunnies galore parading through the home. Then again, I'm thinking I'm not the only one this happens to. If only I could cash in those furry tumbleweeds.)

3. I am proud of my mancat Evan.
(Of course, I am proud of all of my furbabies. But, it truly does fill me with great pride when I see my hind limb paralyzed Evan conquer his own little world without hesitation. I wish I had his willpower and determination.)

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year 1993.
(This was the year my angel Rosie and her angel brother Sammy were born, as well as the year my family adopted them. Though on one hand I think it would make me feel melancholy, I also think I would find great joy in going back to that time, when I was 4 years old, and fall in love with those kitties for the first time all over again.)


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 on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.



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Ready for your weekly fix of Eddy? Well, you're in luck! Here a couple more miraculously non-blurry shot of lady cat Eddy.



Just in case any of you are new visitors and are not aware, or perhaps simply don't remember, Eddy has facial nerve paralysis on the right side, which results in her constant state of adorable snaggletooth. Yes, indeed, her cute little canine tooth always hangs out on the right side.

When I adopted 10-week-old Eddy, the rescue group informed me that she had suffered some sort of mysterious neurological flare that resulted in a head tilt, facial nerve paralysis, spinning in circles, and falling to the side when walking. After I adopted her, she slowly recovered. Eddy no longer has any difficulty with mobility (honestly, this girl can run and jump like no other), though she did maintain a head tilt and facial nerve paralysis. She wears those with pride, and they make her even more adorable than she already is.

Have a fabulous Friday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's autumnal tip relates to grooming. As the weather starts to cool in the autumn, your furbaby might begin to grow their winter coat. Especially in double-coated furbabies, such as Persian cats and Husky dogs, you might notice the fur filling out and growing thicker as the weather cools. For this reason, do be sure to help you furbaby groom, such as by brushing them on a daily, or at least nearly daily, basis. If you are unable to groom your cat or dog, and especially if they are prone to mats or hairball issues, then you can consider taking them to a groomer. Some veterinary offices even offer grooming services, so, as needed, you can discuss this with your veterinarian. Regardless of if you do it at home or take your furbaby to a groomer, regularly grooming your kitty or pup can help prevent mats, and can help prevent the ingestion of hairballs, especially in cats. Mats can be uncomfortable and painful, so it's of course ideal to prevent these. It is of course also important to help prevent your furbaby's ingestion of too much hair, not only because this prevents the vomiting of hairballs, but also because, in worst case scenarios, ingestion of too much hair could cause a blockage in the intestinal tract. So, don't forgot about those grooming sessions!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

We're certainly happy to be here today. Then again, we're happy to be here every day. After all, you friends of ours are here! But, today is an extra fun day, because it sort of turned it into an homage to our favorite season and holiday. Let's start our explanation with Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


Each week, our hosts share a photo prompt to help guide us on our poetic endeavors. This week's photo might very well be one of this here human's favorites.



My favorite season is autumn, and that there photo is all sorts of autumnal. That's not all, though. That image immediately reminded me of one or two scenes from the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow, which is based on one of my favorite Halloween stories, that of course being Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

So, indeed, the concept behind Sleepy Hollow very vaguely inspired my poem this week. As per usual, though, my version ended up way more weird and wacky than the original concepts that inspired it. I can't really think of any other way to explain this strange rhyme, so I'll just go on ahead and share it here.


Sleepy Howl

Sleepy Howl was so very, well, sleepy.
Rising and shining made his hounddog eyes weepy.
He did not wish to rise and shine, no.
But, now autumn, to school he must go.

Sadly, the first day of classes rolled around.
To Sleepy Howl, his alarm clock was a devilish sound.
He wailed and howled when it rang and screamed.
This would be the worst day ever, it seemed.

Sad and tired, Sleepy Howl rolled out of bed.
He wished his pillow were still cradling his head.
It was nothing but sleep that Sleepy Howl wanted,
But, with the prospect of school he was confronted.

Sleepy Howl did dawdle and mosey,
Leaving behind his bed that looked so cozy.
His mother had cooked him a breakfast of eggs,
But he could barely stomach them knowing the day ahead.
Really, couldn't he just go back to bed?
Of course, his mother said no with a shake of her head.

And so, out the door Sleepy Howl finally dragged his feet,
His heels sadly plodding along the cold stone street.
The leaves on the trees were gold, orange, and yellow,
And their whispers in the wind sounded so very mellow.
Sleepy Howl knew exactly how those leaves did feel.
This gloomy day was, in no way, ideal.

As Sleepy Howl walked to school not long after dawn,
He was plagued over and over with yawn after yawn.
Sleepy Howl let out a disgruntled ruff and a huff,
As he finally decided that enough was enough.

Sleepy Howl knew that he would soon come upon a park.
And in his mind a lovely idea that thought did spark.
After all, at the edge of the park stood an old wooden bench,
And there, he could nap and his sleepiness quench!

With the promise of that bench and a nice little snooze,
Sleepy Howl's pace quickened as down the street he did cruise.
The sky hung grey and fog had begun to roll in,
But the glow of the park's lamp brought to Sleepy Howl's face a grin.

He was now nearly jogging to the park up ahead,
Where that blessed bench would make for him a nice little bed.
But then, goodness no, Sleepy Howl hoped he was mistaken.
Was that blessed bench already taken?

Indeed, sitting on the bench was something big, orange, and round.
But, wait, didn't pumpkins belong on the ground?
Why was that squash even resting on the bench?
In Sleepy Howl's plans it was putting a great big wrench.

Sleepy Howl so very badly wanted that nap.
Was there no one around to take their pumpkin back?
Sleepy Howl then looked all around,
And he listened for any hint of a sound.
It was difficult to see through all that fog, though,
Or to hear over the skittering leaves that the wind did blow.

With hopes that the pumpkin's owner wouldn't mind,
Sleepy Howl picked up the squash in a manner quite kind.
But, suddenly, out of his hands the pumpkin did hop.
Sleepy Howl jumped back until into a tree he did plop.

That was when Sleepy Howl saw what he had not before seen.
He now noticed that this pumpkin did glow and gleam.
This pumpkin, you see, someone had carved it.
Inside, a candle's flame did flicker and flit,
Blowing whichever way the wind did spit.

Wishing to get a better look at this very jack-o'-lantern,
Sleepy Howl gave the pumpkin just a slight little turn.
Well, would you look at that!
This pumpkin was carved into a cat!

What gave it away were those carved whiskers.
In earnest, though, they weren't even the real kicker.
Did pumpkins always have pointed ears up top?
Sleepy Howl was certain that, no, they did not.

Oh dear, had Sleepy Howl spoken out loud?
For, suddenly, the pumpkin cat did sound,
"Now, boy, don't be silly.
The answer to that is quite simple, really,
There isn't all that much to my ears,
Certainly nothing to spur any fears.
Really, don't find yourself filled with dread.
My triangular eyes were simply stabbed into my head."

Well, that would explain the ears, yes.
But, now Sleepy Howl wished to be rid of this mess.
After all, the pumpkin cat's eyes glowed more and more red.
For all Sleepy Howl knew, it wanted him dead.

And so, Sleepy Howl ducked tail and ran,
Never again would he concoct such a napping plan.
That bench was now just downright scary.
Returning there could result in a situation far too hairy.


I realize my poem took a bit of a dark turn there at the end. My apologies. To be honest, though, I do sort of have a reason for that pumpkin cat's slightly terrifying tale. Last year, I carved what I like to call a cat-o'-lantern. To give it ears, I took the triangular eye cut-outs and used toothpicks to, indeed, stab them onto its head.

In fact, we're going to go all throwback on this Thursday and share a couple photos of that cat-o'-lantern from last year.


Do you see model Thimble back there, helping showcase our cat-o'-lantern from last year?


These throwback photos also, in fact, relate to both Thimble's and this here human's sentiments for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Both Thimble and I are thankful that autumn is, at least supposedly, just around the corner. All things autumn and Halloween are well-loved at our house. In fact, did you see the bits of Halloween decor near Thimble in her throwback photo up there? She's looking forward to meeting up with those little fellas again. After all, she just downright loves to slap them around.

And, of course, our Thankful Thursday wouldn't be complete without us expressing our gratitude for every single one of you. Thank you, friends, for indeed being fantastic friends!



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Last but not least, we're here to give you the fill-in statements in preparation for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. The first two are from the mind of Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I came up with the second two.


1. Being _________ is _________.

2. If _________ were worth money, then I would be rich.

3. I am proud of _________.

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's autumn pet safety tip is a short and simple one, and that is to keep up with those preventatives. Even as the weather cools in the autumn, and even winter, it is possible for there to be days and conditions that allow for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites to survive. Bites or infestations of certain parasites can potentially lead to a variety of diseases or other medical concerns, some of them life-threatening. In order to better ensure that your kitty or pup remains healthy and happy, therefore, do consider administering their preventatives year-round.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Non-Window Wednesday

On most Wednesdays, you all get stick-in-the-mud shots of stick-in-the-mud Astrid gazing out the window. But, not today! My sister used her phone to snap some shots of pup Astrid when she was walking her the other day. I asked my sister to send the photos my way, so that you all could see that Astrid is not always pouting in the window.


Unless Astrid is eating, sleeping, or pouting in the window, she pretty much always has a happy smile like that plastered on her face. I'm glad you all finally get to see her smile. She almost always hides it when the camera comes out to play, the ornery girl she is.


Astrid and all of us here hope you friends of ours have a happy, smile-worthy Wednesday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday's autumn safety tip revolved around helping your kitty or pup stay warm by putting out more blankets or pet beds, and keeping said napping spots off the floor. Today's tip is also about helping your furbaby stay warm as the weather cools down, but this time in the form of food. It is possible that, as the weather grows colder, our furbabies might eat more in order to stay warm. This is because eating spurs metabolism, which can help produce warmth for the body. As it grows chilly, therefore, your kitty or pup might indeed need more food. That being said, though, if you have any concerns regarding your cat or dog's weight, or if they have related health issues, then of course discuss food intake with your veterinarian first.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tonks Toesies on Tuesday

Much like Eddy, kittens Tonks and Winky just don't like to sit still, most especially not for the camera. The other day, though, I caught Tonks sleeping (gasp!). She awoke when I approached with the camera, but she at least sat still for a couple of photos before jumping up and running amok. She even allowed for a toesies shot!



Since we've got Tonks here today, how about we give you all an update on how Tonks and her sister Winky are integrating into the family? For the most part, it's going very well. Big kitties Evan, Thimble, and Toby are all more or less fine with the kittens. If and when needed, they'll give the kittens a lesson or two on personal space. Evan is the big kid who interacts with the kittens the most, as he and the kittens love to play tag together.

Pup Astrid is also, for the most part, great with the kittens. Tonks has taken a liking to sneaking up on Astrid and slapping her. She especially loves to smack Astrid's paws around. Usually, Astrid just ignores Tonks until she gets bored and walks away. Perhaps Astrid is a pro at handling this, though, because as a kitten, Eddy did the exact same thing to her.

Speaking of Eddy, it's her relationship with the kittens that is the primary holdup. To put it simply, Eddy still does not like the kittens. Eddy has never been all that keen on other cats anyway (well, except for her beloved Evan), but the kittens are apparently some of the worst she's ever met. It certainly doesn't help, though, that when the kittens have access to Eddy, they tend to fixate on her and follow her into her safe haven beneath my bed. Though she hisses, growls, spits, and slaps, the kittens seem to think she's the best thing since sliced bread, all while she thinks they're tiny little devils.

On occasion, I try to let Eddy and the kittens directly intermingle, but Eddy immediately gets beyond irritated with the kittens' forceful nature. It also breaks my heart to see Eddy get chased under the bed by the kittens, who are only being playful, yet also happen to be a tad bit invasive. So, for the most part, Eddy and the kittens are still separated from each other. They can always still see and touch each other through baby gates and the like, but direct interaction between Eddy and the kittens just hasn't worked out all that great yet.

Slowly but surely, I think I see signs that the kittens might outgrow their fixation on nonreciprocating Eddy. I also sometimes see signs that Eddy's dislike for the kittens might be very, very slowly diminishing. The other day, Eddy even did a happy stretch when she saw Tonks. So what if she immediately thereafter hissed, growled, spit, and punched Tonks through the baby gate? I mean, baby steps, right? It's taking a long time, and may take a long time more, but, hopefully, we'll someday live in a home that doesn't require baby gates for peace and quiet. Hopefully.

Well, perhaps that's enough rambling for one day. We hope all of you friends of ours have a terrific Tuesday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's autumn pet safety tip is all about those cool fall temperatures. When the weather starts to cool, take into consideration what steps you might have to take to ensure that your furbaby stays warm. Don't forget that cooler weather can be felt both outdoors and indoors.

If it's growing cold outside, monitor your pup or kitty when outdoors, and don't leave them outdoors for long periods of time. In addition, if you care for strays, ferals, or other outdoor kitties of pups, do your best to ensure they have some form of shelter in which to stay out of the wind and to stay as warm as possible. Even a storage container or a Styrofoam cooler turned upside, with a hole cut in the side as an entrance, can allow for some warmth on cool days. You can add blankets or straw to help strays, ferals, and other outdoor cats or dogs huddle up and stay warm in such a shelter. Do keep in mind, though, that blankets can become damp and cold if rained on, which is why straw might be an ideal option for helping outdoor furbabies stay warm in a shelter.

Of course, don't forget that even our indoor furbabies can feel the drop in temperature this time of year. Floors can go from being cool respites on hot summer days to being drafty and chilly in the autumn. For this reason, try to ensure that your cat or dog has somewhere off of the floor to sleep, especially in these cooler seasons. You can put out extra blankets or pet beds for them to warmly nap on. Especially as we get further into autumn, safe and pet-friendly heating blankets or heated pet beds could also be put out for your furbaby. Then again, you can also help your kitty or pup stay warm with some extra lap time!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mancat Monday Motivation

It's Mancat Monday, which  means a certain orange boy named Evan is here to visit with you all. The problem, though, is that Evan's a tad bit distracted.


You see, friends, though you can't see it, there's a bird out on the porch. Evan just needed to get the door out of the way in order to reach the bird. But, how, exactly, was he to do that?


Whoa! You can't very well break out of the house when the sun is blinding you.


Is the bird even still out there? It's impossible to see through those sun rays. Shucks!

Well, anyway, speaking of birds, that has a little to do with our motivational thought today. Though Annie of McGuffy's Reader is taking a well-deserved blogging break, we still feel compelled to honor her Sparks blog hop. The purpose of this blog hop was to share positive thoughts in this oft negative world. The inspiring words we're sharing today actually come in the form of an old nursery rhyme.


We're wishing you all a wonderful, wise week!




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Our Tip of the Day:

We're still in the midst of our series of autumn pet safety tips. Today's such tip is to take precautions if you are walking your pup or kitty on autumn evenings. This time of year, it starts growing dark earlier in the evening. Therefore, if you head out with your furbaby on a walk in the evening, such as after getting home from work, be sure to wear bright colors, and make sure that your furbaby's collar, leash, and/or harness is adorned with reflectors. This way, if your furbaby is out on a walk with you after it has grown dark for the night, both your furbaby and yourself can be more easily seen and avoided by potentially dangerous traffic. Of course, when walking your furbaby in the dark, also do your best to select a route that is the safest one possible. After all, as always, it's better to be safe than sorry!