Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Selfie for the Season

Today's selfie was snapped by a true admirer of Christmas. Well, she's more specifically a keen admirer of Christmas trees. This girl loves her some Christmas tree.


In true Eddy style, she couldn't allow herself to be all that clear and focused in her selfie. Nevertheless, Eddy wanted to share a festive selfie. Because, well, Christmas!

Eddy and all of us here are wishing you a bright and shiny Sunday!




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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

That finicky scanner of mine is back to working, so I finally have a new doodle to share with you all today!




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Our Tip of the Day:

In a previous tip, we mentioned being cautious with ribbon usage on gifts this time of year, due to the potential hazards they pose. Along this same line of thought, also be careful with gift wrapping tools. For example, scissors and tape can also pose risks. Scissors can obviously cause injury if left open and unattended, and tape can potentially cause blockages if consumed. This time of year many of us are focused on the fun and festivities, but also be sure that you take into account all surroundings and how they might affect the furbabies in your life.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

An Unexpected Caturday Christmas Collage

Guess what, friends? My scanner is still a no-go. Luckily, I really do think it should be up and running again today, because this less than tech savvy human here believes she finally knows what she needs to do to make it work again. In the meantime, though, because I didn't plan ahead for this sort of disaster, I don't have any new doodles to show you today. Well, I have new doodles, they're just not currently able to be scanned and therefore shared. This makes me feel a tad bit frustrated and anxious, because it's the day of Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, one of my favorite days to share new art. But, alas, here I am without new art to show you.

That all being said, though, I did use some of my art to sort of create something to share. I went to the website known as Fotor, and for the first time ever I tried making art using a photo editor online. I picked at least one of my Christmas doodles from each of the past three years and compiled bits and pieces of them into a collage. I quite honestly had no idea what I was doing, because anything digital is simply not my forte. But, at the same time, I kind of had fun doing it.


I hope you all don't mind seeing these doodles from the past couple of years recycled today. Our usual daily doodles should be able to resume tomorrow, as long as my scanner cooperates with my technologically challenged mind. I have to give kudos to all of you who edit photos in any sort of digital manner, because I, personally, find it thoroughly daunting and requiring some seriously technological know-how.

A merry day to all!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Did you know that poinsettias are not as deadly for your furbaby as is often believed? Of course that's not to say you should be feeding poinsettias to your furbabies as an afternoon snack, as they can indeed cause irritation of the mouth and stomach. But, poinsettias are in actuality not the most dangerous of Christmas decorations. It's festive plants such as mistletoe and holly of which you should be even more cautious. Mistletoe can cause issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased heart rate, and difficulty breathing. Holly can also cause vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes lethargy or even death. Needless to say, always be cognizant of what plants and other decorations are in your home. To be safe, it is likely best to simply keep your home free of Christmas plants.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins and Festive Rambling

Are you having a festive Friday? If not, we're here to hopefully bring you a little joy and cheer with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share the fill-ins statements again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I love buying gifts for _________.

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for _________.

3. It's the most wonderful time _________.

4. There's no place like _________ for the holidays.


Here's how I filled in these festive fill-ins:

1. I love buying gifts for my kitties and pup.
(Yes, I am that person and I am not ashamed of it. I always try to get something unique and specific to each furbaby in my life for Christmas. This year I started early, and all of their gifts are ready and waiting. Eddy also got a bit of an early Christmas gift this year, and you'll see why and what it is in just a bit.)

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for my dad.
(My dad's hobbies are very specific and include things like fish aquariums, which I don't understand a whole lot, or at all. That means I'm usually in way over my head when trying to think up gifts that he doesn't already have, and that he can actually use. Luckily, though, ever since I was a kid, my family has been accustomed to scribbling up quick and simple wish lists. This tradition likely started because some of us simply need help coming up with gift ideas for people like my dad. This year, I consulted my dad's wish list a lot, whereas I didn't need to consult my mom's or sister's.)

3. It's the most wonderful time to give.
(I am far from a perfect human being, but this time of year always leaves me with extra reminders to give to those who are less fortunate. I always try to partake in gift drives for the homeless or needy, and to donate extra special goodies to animals in the shelter and rescue system.)

4. There's no place like a cozy seat beside the Christmas tree for the holidays.
(There is something so cozy, comforting, and magical about the warm glow of a Christmas tree. I would be happier than a clam at high tide if I could spend this entire season snuggled up on the couch with my furbabies, basking in the glow of the Christmas tree while watching festive movies, reading festive reads, drawing festive doodles, writing festive works, and so on and so forth.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.


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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Remember in my first fill-in above, when I said that Eddy got a bit of an early Christmas gift this year? Can you guess what that was?


I know. Wow. It's a Christmas tree during the Christmas season. Who would've thunk it? We've already shown you the two Christmas trees we have set up in the main areas of our house, so what's up with this one? Well, this particular tree is new, and it's now the third tree in the house. Keep in mind, friends, that we happily live in a humble abode that is just your average home. It's single-story and cozy, and it's not the kind of house you'd think would have three Christmas trees. But, these days, it is. This newest, third tree is what I consider to be Eddy's Christmas tree.

Let's see if I can make a long story short. Eddy still does not wish to be friends with kittens Tonks and Winky. She hisses and growls and swats at them, then they (mainly Tonks) often chase her, and then Eddy runs and hides from them, and there's usually a cat fight soon after. Since the kittens and Eddy don't get along all that well, when I cannot supervise the cats, or if I simply want a quiet evening free of cat fights, Eddy stays safely tucked in my bedroom with a baby gate in the doorway (which, by some sort of Christmas miracle, has never been climbed or jumped by either of the wily kittens). Don't worry, though, because Eddy is not saddened by this. Eddy has always been a skittish cat, and ever since she was a kitten, of her own accord she has spent roughly 90% of her time in my bedroom. Often, she doesn't even realize she's barricaded in my room because that's where she's always spent her time anyway.

Back to the point I'm trying to make, though, with the kittens now around, Eddy is often neither able nor willing to visit the Christmas trees that she typically enjoys climbing this festive time of year. But, Eddy missing out on her favorite festivity, that being Christmas tree-climbing, is something I simply could not bear. The sheer joy Eddy gets from climbing the Christmas tree is something I can't even begin to express. That's why I rearranged my room and went in search of a Christmas tree to squeeze into my bedroom just for Eddy's climbing purposes.

Cue the default Eddy blooper reel.



That's Eddy actually lying down in the tree (do you see her adorable little teeth sticking out?!?!?). This new tree happens to be way more sturdy than either of our other, original trees. This one allows Eddy to settle in and quite cozily take lengthy naps on its branches.


I'm pretty sure some people must think I'm crazy. Many cat parents refrain from putting up Christmas trees in their house because the kitties and the trees don't coexist well, and then there's me over here shoving a giant Christmas trees into my bedroom where it can hardly fit (you can see in the picture way up above that the tree is pretty much invading my closet) just so that my kitty can have a tree of her very own to climb and nest in. Whatever Eddy wants, Eddy gets. I just work for these little furballs.

Wishing you all a merry and bright Friday!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

I'm a tad bit frustrated, because my scanner is not cooperating with me recently. I have been unsuccessful at getting today's doodle scanned (I'm old school and use only pen and paper when I doodle), so I'm resorting to showing you all a flashback doodle I created last year. This doodle was created as part of a Tiny Tim Christmas series I shared last year, and was in particular inspired by my girl Eddy.


I'm working on getting my scanner fixed, so hopefully I can have a new doodle to share tomorrow. Wish me luck, friends.



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're going to backtrack a little bit and give one more Christmas tree safety tip that we have never given before, because it's something that we just started doing around here at our house very recently. If you want to have lights on your tree, but burns or electrocution are a concern with your furbaby around, or if you are concerned about electrical fires, then perhaps consider using battery-operated lights for your tree. Our tree seen in the images above is lit by battery-operated lights. These lights come with a remote control, with a timer option, making it easy to turn them on and off, all without the risks of electrical cords. Also, to save on the cost of batteries, I use rechargeable batteries.

That all being said, though, always base such decisions on your individual furbaby and his or her personal behaviors. The battery pack for the lights we use is very sturdy as well as well-hidden, and the kitties and pup at my house have never proven themselves chewers of such things. For this reason, my particular furbabies accessing the batteries is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, batteries can indeed be dangerous if chewed or consumed, so do keep this in mind when shopping around for anything that is battery-operated. But, if your furbaby is a cord chewer, or if you have any other concerns of the electrical nature, then perhaps look into battery-operated or other safe lighting options for your Christmas tree.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Are you ready for this Thursday? We're ready for this Thursday. As always, we're kicking it off with a bit of rhyming, thanks to Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


Every week, our hosts share a photo prompt to guide us as we get poetic. This week's image is this fantastical one here:


That there photo, probably unsurprisingly, brought to my mind some fairy tale vibes. I am one of those who grew up on Disney movies, such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. That being said, now that I'm older, some of the concepts of Disney movies sort of rub me the wrong way. Sometimes, I feel like most of the classic Disney ladies are sort of too, well, needy. That's probably why my (insanely long) poem for today ended up the way it did.


By the Seashore

Sally sold seashells by the seashore.
Her life there, though, was truly so much more.
She lived on that shore with the fondest friend she knew,
A feline with the name Sue and eyes bluer than blue.

Sally and Sue lived what most might call a humdrum life.
Truth be told, that fact brought neither of them even an ounce of strife.
They enjoyed the peace and quiet of their seashore,
And they found no reason to desire anything more.

The sights from Sally and Sue's home were second to none,
And every morn they arose to watch the vibrant rising of the sun.
Oh, and they also happened to have a clear view of the royal castle,
Which stood across the water, nestled in mountains that made travel a hassle.

Never once had Sally and Sue even considered a trip to that royal place,
Which was why they were quite taken aback at what they found one day.
Washed upon their seashore was a big glass bottle.
The sad truth was that such litter often did wash up with a bobble.
This time, though, the situation was far different than usual,
For this time, inside the bottle was a rolled up scroll.

Sally removed the scroll and read it aloud,
And the words inside drew from Sue's mouth a quite perplexed meow.
Sally herself felt a tad bit puzzled in the head,
For this is what the bottled up scroll read:

Dear Sally who sells seashells by the seashore,
We invite you to a royal party with figgy pudding and more.
It begins at the royal castle when the clock strikes four,
On the day of the twelfth month that numbers twenty-four.
'Tis the season for festivities, food, and fun,
So do be there, and you can bring a plus one.

"It sounds like we're invited to a royal shindig, Sue."
Those were the first words that out of Sally's mouth did shoot.
"But, honestly, should we go?" she asked.
"I do quite loathe this social sort of task."

Sue tilted her furry head and looked at the scroll,
And then with a paw she gave the paper a good throw.
Surprisingly, it didn't appear to be out of anger, though.
Rather, she again pawed at the scroll so that to the floor it did flow,
At the same time letting out a meow that sounded like, "Let's go!"

Sally realized they hadn't left their shore in quite some time.
It was no wonder Sue seemed rather excited to go somewhere else to dine.
At least the invitation said there would be figgy pudding.
If not for that, Sally would might not be so willing to make this booking.

The party would occur in just but a few nights.
Who knew how long it had taken their seafaring invite to arrive.
Though it pained her, Sally knew a dress would be best for the royal affair.
And, shucks, she should probably also consider combing her hair.

Feeling all shades of festive as she prepared for the party ahead,
Sally found herself a pretty dress and even a hair bow of red.
She even surprised herself and decided to wear red heels on her feet,
Something she regretted right then and there and immediately.

As Sally winced and rubbed her sore, heeled toes,
Sue pranced up and rubbed Sally's dress with her pink little nose.
Sally said to the cat, "Would you like something festive to wear? 
I have a pretty red ribbon that would look lovely against your white hair."

Ready and dressed to the nines,
Off went Sally who sold seashells and Sue the feline.
Their first leg of the journey was by boat,
And then by foot until they reached the castle moat.
This was the part that made Sally question her life choices.
Those high heels she wore would be better off shoved in a toilet!

Finally, Sally and Sue reached the royal walls,
Where they had to wait for their names to be called.
Sally was indeed on the list of guests,
But Sue was questioned, and ID two guards did request.

"She's my plus one," Sally stood tall and said.
One of the guards scrunched his nose and scratched his head.
Finally, he replied, "She's a cat."
"Wow! Really?" Sally declared. "I hadn't noticed that!"
"Wait, are you giving me lip?" the guard puffed up and asked.
Before Sally could answer, the other guard intervened and gave them a pass.

 Inside the walls was a sight grander than grand.
Have you ever seen a castle dressed wall-to-wall in lights and garland?
Even better, tables and tables of food lined the Great Hall.
Now this was sure to be a grand ball!

Sally kicked off her heels and carried them at her side,
As to the nearest table she and Sue did stride.
As Sally heaped a plate with cookies and cakes,
Someone approached and offered her their hand to shake.
Not even looking up, she shook the hand as she went on ahead and ate.
The person did not leave, even as she moved on to her second plate.
That's when Sally looked up, and the person's identity she could not mistake.

There in front of her stood the royal prince.
She knew him by the face that she so often saw plastered on news prints.
Gulping down a mouthful of strawberry delight,
Sally nodded and could only think to say, "Hi."

Did the prince just furrow his brow?
Sally figured her greeting was impolite somehow.
What was it people like her were meant to call the likes of the prince?
Good Sir? Your Honor? Or something altogether different?

Sally shrugged and settled with, "Good evening to you, royal fellow."
The prince looked confused, but finally responded with, "Hello."
Then he jumped back and pointed to the floor,
Shouting, "Who let that that thing through the royal doors?"

Looking down in the direction of his pointed finger,
Sally saw what, at her feet, did linger.
"That would be a cat," Sally said, less than amused.
"She's my plus one, and her name is Sue."

"I'm allergic to cats," the prince said as he forced out a sneeze.
Sally had an urge to kick that royal boy in the knees.
When she realized that might land in her some sort of dingy dungeon,
She decided the prince she would not bludgeon.

That was a tough decision, to be honest,
Especially when the prince then did look to his guards and request,
"Take that furball outside, that is my behest!"
Sally stood in front of Sue, put up a hand, and said, "Excuse me, but no.
I will happily take my cat and go."

Sally still held in her hands her merciless heeled shoes of red.
That is, until she threw them to the floor without an ounce of regret.
She'd rather walk on rusty nails than wear those things of torture.
Then in her arms she carried Sue, who let out a mew and a purr.

"You need not leave so fast!" the prince did quickly say.
"That thing can be tossed outside and you can stay."
Sally snarled and let out a guffaw.
"You are out of your mind," she said through clenched jaws.

With that, Sally and Sue went on their way.
Now Sally remembered why at their home by the seashore they preferred to stay.
Then again, that unsavory experience was not yet quite over.
After all, just two days later there was a knock on her door like that of an ogre.

The pounding at the door was like nails on a chalkboard,
And Sally yelled, "Hold your horses! I'll be right over!"
When she made it to the door and opened it wide,
She could not help but frown at who stood outside.

There he was, the royal prince looking well out of place.
Honestly, who traverses mountains and water wearing a collar of lace?
The prince then held out those dastardly red shoes with heels.
"Are these not yours?" he did appeal.

"Well, they were," Sally said with a shrug.
"But I don't want them back, because my feet they do bug."
"You have got to be kidding me!" the prince whined.
"I came all the way out here so that you I could find."

"Well, excuse me, but I didn't ask for this visit."
Sally wondered if perhaps she was being a tad bit less than exquisite?
"I don't see why you had to up and run off from the party,"
That was what the prince said, with smile that was all shades of smarmy.
"I simply asked your cat to leave, that's all," he added,
"Since I am, after all, allergic to creatures who are furry and matted."

And that was that, truth be told.
No more of the prince Sally wished to behold.
She picked Sue up in her arms and began to close the door in his royal face,
All while she offered a polite nod and equally politely did state,
"It's said that you can learn a lot about a man,
If you simply watch how he treats one he might not consider his friend.
That being said, Your Royal Highness, I find you nothing if not rude.
So I bid you farewell, and a good day to you."




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As is the case every Thursday, you now get your dose of Thimble. What's more, today, Thimble is jumping right into her thankfuls for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Today, and every day from now until Christmas Day, Thimble and all the furbabies here are grateful for their Advent calendars.


Last year, we started the annual tradition of the kitties as well as pup Astrid getting something either fun or yummy every day of December leading up to Christmas. The kitties get a toy from that Advent bag you see there, and pup Astrid gets a festive cookie treat from that there Advent box. Needless to say, I get properly snoopervised anytime I get out the furbabies' Advent calendars.


Thimble girl there gets most excited about the daily Advent toy. Why? Because they're all catnip toys, and this girl is the resident catnip fiend.


Of course, Thimble also always makes sure pup Astrid's cookies are safe to consume. She's always looking out for her puppy sister that way.

In addition to this wonderful Advent season, all of us here are so very thankful for all of you. We would be lost without this lovely community of bloggers and friends.



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Now, as always, we have for you the fill-ins statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I love buying gifts for _________.

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for _________.

3. It's the most wonderful time _________.

4. There's no place like _________ for the holidays.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Continuing with our Christmas safety tips, today we're here to tell you to beware of ribbons. Ribbons can be dangerous in the same way that tinsel can. If ingested, ribbon can cause dangers such as obstruction or laceration of the gastrointestinal tract. This is why it is important to ensure that your furbaby does not have access to ribbon this holiday season. Avoid using ribbon when wrapping presents, or do not place presents with ribbon where your furbaby can reach them. Ribbon may seem like a fun and festive part of Christmas, but it can also mean dangerous situations for the furbabies in your life.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wistful Wednesday


Can you guess what Astrid is so wistful about today?



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Our last Christmas tree tip relates to real trees and how they might affect your furbaby. If you have a real tree, be cautious of letting your kitty or pup drink from any accessible water in the tree stand. It is possible that certain chemicals, such as fertilizers or even pesticides, are used in some tree lots. Some of these chemicals can then end up in the water that the tree is resting in, and this can potentially lead to toxic side effects for your furbaby. Another concern relates to stagnant water in the tree stand, which can harbor potentially harmful bacteria. In addition, be careful of pine needles falling from real trees, and even artificial trees, for that matter. These needles are pointy and sharp, and if consumed this can potentially lead to internal damage. So, keep that tree water covered or somehow out of reach, and keep those fallen pine needles cleaned up, so that your furbaby and the Christmas tree can live in harmony.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I Spy

I spy...


...Tonks in a tree! Do you see her in there?


Tonks is trying to vie for the role of blurry blooper queen around here. Do you think she'll beat Eddy and take on that role by the time she reaches her first birthday? It remains to be seen, but it sure is a close race as it stands. I hope to get a decent, at least halfway focused shot of Tonks in the Christmas tree, since she insists on nesting in it anyway. That sounds like such a daunting achievement, though.

Have a fun and festive day, friends!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

We're nearing the end of our Christmas tree tips, but not just yet. Today's tip is to be aware and cautious of edible tree decorations. Whether they be something such as candy canes, cookie ornaments, or strings such as those made from popcorn, be very careful if there is anything edible on your Christmas tree. This can be dangerous if your furbaby eats potentially dangerous goods off of the tree, or even if they eat too much of an otherwise safe human food. Of course, a furbaby trying to reach edible tree decorations could also lead to falling trees and related injuries. So, for the sake of your furbaby and the tree, it is likely best to avoid decorating with edible goods. As we've said before, it is still possible to be festive, but do be sure to keep your furbaby's safety in mind as well!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mancat Monday

Our usual Mancat Monday star is my momma's boy Evan. Today, though, Evan said he was taking a break and refused to pose for the camera. But that's okay, because the other mancat around here, that being our housemate Toby, was happy to show off his handsome self today. These shots of Toby showcase how this here human's ability to photograph a black cat with proper lighting is subpar, but hopefully you can all still see just how handsome Toby is.




What do you think Toby is looking at there? Could he be hopeful that Santa Paws is already flying up there in his sleigh, ready to bring toys and goodies to good boys like Toby? Is that what all of you friends of ours are hoping these days, too?

Happy Monday, friends!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

A series of tips on Christmas tree safety simply would not be complete without a comment or two on tinsel. Long story short, please do not use tinsel if you have furbabies in your life. This stringy stuff can be quite tempting to kitties, for example, but can also be extremely dangerous. If consumed, it can cause problems such as gastrointestinal obstruction or laceration. Keeping that in mind, if your furbaby does swallow tinsel and you find some hanging from their mouth or even anus, do not pull on it, as this can cause even further internal damage. If you find yourself in a situation such as this, seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Again, though, to prevent such incidents, it is highly recommended that you simply do not use tinsel as part of your Christmas decorations.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Very Nosy Sunday Selfie

Kitten Tonks said she would snap a selfie for today. So, I handed over the camera to the eager little lady. What I got in return was this:


Perhaps that blurry, pink little nose selfie is more like a blooper, but it's a selfie sort of blooper and so Tonks is sharing it in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.


Happy Sunday, friends!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:


If you received a Christmas card from us last year, or if you visited our blog at all during the Christmas season last year, you probably saw your fair share of red truck Christmas doodles from us even back then. I'm still all over that red truck Christmas vibe, so here's yet another one, starring my Angels Rosie and Sammy.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday, we mentioned the importance of securing your Christmas tree against any furry climbers in the home. Today, we have another Christmas tree safety tip, this time regarding those light strands and ornaments. As you all certainly already know, always be careful of cords and the dangers they pose, such as if chewed on or if a furbaby becomes tangled in them. If your furbaby only seems interested in the lower branches of the tree, perhaps only place lights on the upper portion. Or, if necessary, do not use lights at all. If you do decorate your tree with lights, always unplug them if left unattended.

The same sort of rules can apply to ornaments, as needed. You can avoid placing them on the lower portion of the tree, or not use them altogether. If glass ornaments might become broken and cause potential injuries, consider using only plastic ones. Also consider the dangers of ornament hooks, or the choking hazards the ornaments themselves might pose. At our house, for these reasons, ornaments are not included on the tree but are instead hung from strands of garland that are attached to the wall, out of certain furbabies' reach. You don't have to throw your festive spirit out the door if you have adventurous and Christmas tree-loving furbabies, you simply have to take necessary precautions.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Very Merry Messy Caturday

Did you all have a fun and festive week? We sure hope so! Around here, there's been lots of Christmas tree climbing, endless Christmas music, Christmas movie marathons, Christmas tree climbing, a few more festive movies, and some more Christmas tree climbing. Luckily, there are still no fallen trees around here. It's literally a Christmas miracle.

Since we're on the topic of all things festive, how about we share with you our latest festive doodle? This one was inspired not only by our Christmas tree climbers, such as Eddy, but also by Thimble and her penchant for oh so innocently throwing things off of tabletops and counters.


Has Thimble ever thrown a full glass of milk off of a counter? Why, yes, she has. The other day, she even threw a decently large container filled with what once were wonderfully iced cupcakes onto the floor. That girl sure has a mean left hook. Look out, Santa, because you'll have to beat Thimble to your goods if you want them all in one piece.


Warm wishes to all!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We seem to be repeating old tips these days. 'Tis the season, it would seem. That being said, over the next few days, we'll be repeating some Christmas safety tips that we gave last year. How about we start with that good ol' Christmas tree? To begin, if you put up a Christmas tree, make sure it is securely in place. This is especially important if you have a kitty or pup who enjoys climbing or otherwise giving the tree lots of attention. You can try putting the tree in a corner of a room, if that helps to keep it safe and upright against furbabies. Moreover, to be extra safe, you can find a way to anchor the tree to the floor, wall, or even a heavy, sturdy piece of furniture. There is also the option of weighing down the base of the tree, such as with weighted bags, as long as they are of a safe and secure sort. Another option, especially if your furbaby is overzealous in their love for the Christmas tree, is to block their access to it altogether, whether that be with baby gates, closed doors, or another means. Whatever it takes, if you put up a Christmas tree in a home with a tree-loving furbaby, do be sure to try and find a way to prevent a fallen tree and potential injuries.