Sunday, March 24, 2019

A Bright and Shiny Sunday Selfie

Guess what we've been having these past few days? Sunshine! That means we have for you a selfie full of sunshine and shadows and all shades of terrible lighting. Enjoy!


We hope you're enjoying lots of sunshine and sun puddles, too!




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Our Doodle of the Day:


Rumpelstiltskin, anyone?



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is about the toxic gas known as carbon monoxide (CO). CO is not only dangerous to us humans, but also incredibly dangerous to our kitties, pups, and other animals. CO most often results from car exhaust, fire/smoke, and when generator systems fail. When a large amount of CO is inhaled, this can lead to cells in the body becoming deprived of oxygen. CO poisoning can thereby result in life-threatening effects on the cardiovascular system, neurological system, and other important systems of the body.

Needless to say, do all that you can to prevent both your furbaby's and your own exposure to CO. Set up CO monitors in your home, and ensure that they are always properly functioning. Of course also ensure that you have functioning fire and smoke alarms. There are all-in-one alarms on the market that detect fire, smoke, and CO. In addition to this, properly maintain any generators that you have, and do not use them if they are in any way malfunctioning. Also, of course, do not let your kitty or pup into a closed, unventilated garage where a car or other motor vehicle is running. CO can be a silent killer, so do all that you can to protect your furbaby, as well as yourself, from it and its deadly effects.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Furry Fairy Tale

We're still in the midst of our series of fairy tale doodles. More specifically, the purpose of these doodles is to add some much-needed felines to various fairy tales. I saved one of my favorite fairy tale remakes for today.


As a child, I loved the fact that Belle was a book lover, and that she had some pretty awesome libraries in her life. I watched Beauty and the Beast roughly a gazillion times when I was a little girl. My dad always tells me that at one point in time, he could practically recite both it and The Little Mermaid by heart, because my sister and I were constantly watching them.

That there furry fairy tale doodle is of course our entry into Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop. Be sure to visit Athena to see the art that all of our friends have created!


Happy Caturday!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're nearing the end of National Pet Poison Awareness Month, but we still have a couple more such tips to share with you all. Today's tip is about those pots and pans in your kitchen. Primarily, be cautious when using nonstick pans, such as those with Teflon, as heating these to high temperatures can lead to poisonous fumes for some pets. As many of you likely already know, this is primarily a concern when it comes to pet birds. Still, to be on the safe side, be careful when heating such pots and pans around any pets, especially those that are small. For that matter, also be careful with other similar kitchen items, such as aerosol cooking sprays and self-cleaning ovens, as it is not impossible for fumes from these to also pose dangers. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and simply do not use it.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

We're thinking it's time to fill-in some fill-ins. Are you ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? In case you missed them yesterday, I'll share the fill-in statements again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I admire _________.

2. I can't wait for _________ to bloom.

3. I'm proud to say _________.

4. _________ make(s) me nervous.


If you want to know how I filled these in, read on! My answers are in bold.

1. I admire animal rescuers.
(Anyone who rescues animals in any way is a hero of mine. I especially have incredible respect for those who are able to be at the front lines of animal rescue, where they see the worst of the worst and yet keep at it every day for the sake of the animals. I love animals and want to help as many as I can in my lifetime, but I don't know that I would ever have the true strength it takes to be at the front lines of animal rescue. Seeing animals in such immediate, critical, cruel situations on a nearly daily basis must take incredible strength.)

2. I can't wait for my hibiscus bush to bloom.
(I am the farthest thing from a gardener, but the previous owners of my house planted a hibiscus bush that I adore. It is gorgeous. It doesn't bloom until later than most of the other plants around, but I'm willing to wait to see its beautiful blooms.)

3. I'm proud to say that my boy Evan made it a whole week without an incident of incontinence.
(Come to think of it, I don't think I ever even told you guys that Evan has developed urinary incontinence. For those who don't know, Evan is my orange tabby boy who is hind limb paralyzed. A couple months ago, he started having urinary incontinence, almost exclusively when he's relaxed or sleeping. Bloodwork and urinalyses all came back normal, and so it was diagnosed as plain and simple urinary incontinence. It does not happen consistently, and he may do it multiple times in one day, or he may not do it for a whole week. Just yesterday, Evan broke his week-long clean streak, but that's okay. Unlike in dogs, medications to treat incontinence in cats have not yet been discovered or manufactured. Evan does not tolerate any clothing on his body, and that includes any form of a diaper. We are still trying to find the best way to protect bedding and furniture, and we are discovering what types of blankets and bedding are the most moisture resistant. There is lots of laundry going on here, but my mom has recently started helping me design a style of blanket that has some sort of plastic liner involved. We'll get it figured out eventually!)

4. Sick fubabies make me nervous.
(I know I'm certainly not the only parent to kitties or pups who feels this way. Nothing makes my stomach churn more than when I see an abnormality in my furbaby. Whether it be a change in a furbaby's bathroom habits or a lump or bump on their skin, I can become a nervous wreck in a matter of seconds.)


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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It's Eddy time!



Happy Friday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is yet another one regarding random yet potentially toxic items that might be found in the the home. Today's household item to be aware of is matches. Matches can contain potentially toxic substances, such as potassium nitrate. It is also possible for matches to contain heavy metals or other dangerous components. Ingestion of matches can lead to toxicity for your furbaby, with the effects depending on the quantity ingested. Poisoning from the ingestion of matches can result in symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Consuming items such as matches can also lead to a variety of other problems, such as perforation or obstruction of the bowels. Needless to say, to prevent any such issues, of course keep matches and all dangerous items well out of reach of your kitty or pup.

In this same line of thought, also keep items such as lighters and lighter fluids hidden away. These can also contain components that are potentially toxic to kitties and pups. And what do we always say? It's better to be safe than sorry!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! Do you know what Thursday means? It means we're getting poetic for Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge!


Each week, our hosts share a photo prompt to help us get poetic. This week's prompt is this beautiful image here:


As our hosts explained, that there is a houseboat. As in, people can live there. Isn't that a lovely thought? That all being said, my mind sort of went a different way when I saw this prompt. I've been doing a series of doodles in which I'm adding some felines to certain fairy tales and Disney stories. That was the concept still stuck in my head when I was working on my poem for this week. That probably explains why my strange poem ended up the way it did.


Neverland

Wendy was an adventurous girl,
And she lived along the vast seashore.
She dreamed of visiting lands near and far,
And of never growing old and of visiting stars.

Wendy was also a lover of books,
Which she would read when tucked away in the library nook.
Wendy once read a tale with an adventure quite grand,
All the way over in an ageless place known as Neverland.

Wendy desired nothing more than to visit that place.
In fact, to Neverland she wished she could race.
The only problem was that she didn't know where to find it.
Tales of Neverland left its location to imagination and wit.

Every day and night, Wendy would try to solve the puzzle.
She tried to make the details of Neverland far less muddled,
As she sat beside the open bay window,
Basking in the breeze from the sea below.

Wendy would pore over her tales of Neverland,
Wondering how far it existed from her home shore's sand.
As she did just that on a day sunny and bright,
Out at sea something came into sight.

That seafaring something was a great big ship,
As it drew nearer, Wendy realized it truly was no blip.
The boat was nothing if not a colossal vessel.
It also traveled across the water at the speed of a Tasmanian devil.

The quirks of the approaching boat just continued to grow.
After all, on its deck was a flower bed filled with more than one rose.
And then there was that blossoming tree,
Which seemed to grow on the deck and sway in the breeze.

Wendy ran downstairs and out the front door,
Dashing out to the welcoming seashore.
What had finally sent Wendy flying toward the ship
Was the single word written on its front bit.

What was the word that sent Wendy running through the sand?
Why, of course, it was the word Neverland!
Wendy wondered and hoped it was the name of the ship,
And that it meant it could take her to that land of ageless bliss.

Wendy squinted and looked for anyone she might see on deck.
When she saw them, she thought, What the heck?
There was a boy in a bold green shirt,
And an equally green hat out of which a red feather did spurt.

Oh, but that boy was not all Wendy could see.
There was something playing in the ship's strangely placed tree,
Look! It was none other than a striped cat of orange!
This ship was certainly the farthest thing from boring.

Wendy cleared her throat and wailed,
"Excuse me, but is it to Neverland that you sail?"
This was the reply the boy on the ship to Wendy did send:
"No, but do not fret, because this ship is Neverland."

Wendy could not help but express her confusion,
And the boy promised her that this was not all just an illusion.
The boy on board said, "Trips to Neverland were becoming quite tedious.
Putting Neverland on this ship made the whole thing much less of a fuss."

The boy invited Wendy aboard this Neverland ship,
And the sight was worth more than she could ever have wished.
She could not believe what she did see,
She saw that on the ship was more than just some roses and a tree.

Wendy discovered that the boat had its very own refreshing breeze,
And a whole forest filled with dozens more trees!
There were giant gardens and ponds and a waterfall.
How had she not before seen it all?

The boy on the boat said, "You don't have to stay on the shore's sand.
You're free to sail with us on Neverland.
Now that we're mobile rather than set in stone.
You can also quite easily visit your seaside home."

Wendy was not about to turn down an offer such as that,
And so she settled in to sail with the boy and his tree-climbing cat.
Before they set out the boy said, "Oh, by the way, my name is Peter."
Then he pointed to his feline friend and said, "And that there is Tinker."




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Your dose of Thimble today is a throwback. Thimble wanted to share some memories from last year, from a moment that she can't wait to reenact.



We are so close to having window whiffies weather like this, and Thimble is so thankful for that!


We are also grateful for all of the wonderful friends this blogging community has to offer. Thank you for being our friends!



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Now we have for you the fill-in 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 admire _________.

2. I can't wait for _________ to bloom.

3. I'm proud to say _________.

4. _________ make(s) me nervous.



We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

One of our previous National Pet Poison Awareness Month tips was on the dangers of medications indeed formulated for our furbabies. We meant to (yet failed to) expand on a particular topic in this regard. That topic is as that of topical preventatives. First and foremost, always ensure that you are giving preventatives specifically formulated for the species at hand. Just one reason for this is that some flea and tick preventatives formulated for dogs are toxic to cats. Many such canine preventatives contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, to which cats are highly sensitive. Pyrethrin/pyrethroid poisoning can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty walking, or seizures, just to name a few. So, never apply dog preventatives on your kitty.

Also, be careful if your cat lives in a household with a dog who receives preventatives. In such a case, try to look for canine preventatives that do not contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, or keep the dog and cat separated for a safe amount of time after application. Ask your veterinarian for information on how to keep both your kitty and pup healthy and safe, yet also protected from pests. It's also worth noting that some other forms of flea, tick, or other pest preventatives, such as sprays, may contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid. Always check the label, and only use products that you are certain will not harm your kitties or pups. Again, ask your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding a product's safety.

In addition, know your cat or dog's weight and select preventatives accordingly. Administering a medication intended for a cat or dog larger than yours could have negative effects for the furbaby. Also be aware of their age, as some kittens or puppies, for example, may not yet be of an age deemed safe for the application of some preventatives. What's more, also always take into consideration your furbaby's overall health status. If your cat or dog suffers from any ailments, always discuss with your veterinarian the safety of giving a preventative. While we of course want to keep our furry family members safe from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and all sorts of infestations, it is important that we do so safely.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Déjà vu, anyone?


I'm always amazed at how many different yet also nearly identical shots I have of pup Astrid gazing out her beloved window. The image above is one you've never seen before, even though it probably looks like roughly one thousand other images you have indeed seen of this pup. This girl clearly doesn't like change.

Happy Wednesday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

We have another feline-infused fairy tale doodle for you all today.


Truth be told, Cinderella has never been one of my favorite movies, or fairy tales in general. That being said, I have always been a fan of Cinderella's pup friend Bruno. I thought Bruno and Cinderella could use a feline friend, though, and one just a tad bit more friendly than the cat known as Lucifer.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is one that relates to our previous tips on pesticides, but is also one upon which we failed to expand. The type of pesticide of which we speak today is none other than mothballs. Mothballs come in a variety of forms, and typically release gas vapors intended to repel or kill moths, or other pests. When it comes to our furbabies, mothballs can cause toxicity via inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. Dogs are perhaps the most likely to ingest mothballs, but cats are more sensitive to their effects. Old-fashioned mothballs are the most dangerous, as they contain naphthalene. More modern mothballs are typically formulated to be less dangerous to kitties, pups, and ourselves, but they can still pose risks. Mothball poisoning can result in vomiting, lethargy, difficulty breathing, or even failure of organs such as the liver or kidneys.

Needless to say, it is likely best to avoid the use of mothballs altogether. There are alternatives to ridding your clothes or areas of the home of moths. Some of these methods may require more laborious cleaning and may indeed be more time-consuming than simply tossing in a mothball, but the health of your furbaby is well worth the effort.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tired Tuxie Tuesday

Our resident tuxie, Toby, was eager to show off his fancy tuxedo today. But, alas, he fell asleep during his photo shoot.


Being a handsome tuxie is hard work, isn't it? No wonder Toby fell asleep. It would seem this Tuxie Tuesday turned into Tired Tuesday instead.

Happy Tuesday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:


One of these things is not like the other.



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Our Tip of the Day:

After yesterday's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip on paint products, we wanted to also give a PSA on the dangers of certain glues. If we're to be honest, the primary danger of glue isn't necessarily poisonous effects. Nevertheless, we still want to warn of the life-threatening hazards of glue. Some glues, such as glues for wood or construction, as well as heavy-duty glues such as Gorilla Glue, can lead to severe side effects. Ingestion of these glues can cause symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, and decreased appetite. What's more, though, is that these types of glues can contain diisocyanates, which can mix with stomach acid and then expand. This can then lead to bowel obstruction. Bowel obstruction is nothing to take lightly, and often requires surgery. Needless to say, if your kitty or pup gets into glue, especially heavy-duty glue that contains diisocyanates, seek veterinary care immediately. Of course, to prevent such emergencies, take no risks and be sure to hide away any and all glues someplace where your furbaby cannot reach.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mancat Monday

It's Mancat Monday. We bet many of you already know what that means.


Indeed, there's a little dose of Evan for you. We hope that brightens up your Monday. Happy day to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

In my newest series of weird and random doodles, I've decided to add some much-needed felines to some famous fairy tales. We'll start under the sea.




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Our Tip of the Day:

We've given past tips on the dangers of paint products, but we're going to repeat this for National Pet Poison Awareness Month. Unsurprisingly, paint, varnish, and other similar products can be toxic to our furbabies. Lead paints can of course cause lead poisoning, which can cause a variety of severe symptoms, including those of the gastrointestinal and neurological systems. Lead can also be detrimental to red blood cells, brain function, and other important processes in the body. Oil-based paints can also be dangerous, potentially causing diarrhea as well as having serious effects on the lungs. They may also contain heavy metals and thereby cause symptoms similar to those of lead paint toxicity. Products such as varnish can also have similar negative side effects as paint.

Also keep in mind that paint and paint products can emit dangerous fumes. Especially without proper ventilation, inhalation of the fumes can cause irritation of the lungs or symptoms such as dizziness. To avoid emergencies related to the ingestion or inhalation of paint or other paint products, of course keep these items well out of reach of your furbabies. Try to keep your furbabies safely out of areas that are being painted. Should ingestion or inhalation of paint products occur, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Our St. Patrick's Day wishes are brought you to by our resident ginger.


Evan and all of us here wish you a lucky day!


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!





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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. 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!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lucky Leprechaun

Tomorrow is a lucky day. After all, tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! Both of our doodles this weekend will be in honor of this day of luck and leprechauns. Speaking of leprechauns...


I went in a strange direction with this St. Patrick's Day doodle, didn't I? Toadstools? Tree houses? Does this have anything to do with this day of luck? Who knows, but we're wishing you all a lovely, lucky day no matter what!




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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.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

I recently heard someone refer to Friday as Friyay. I guess that sounds fun, but I'm also not so sure. Either way, Friday means it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I could live on _________.

2. I rarely _________, but when I do, _________.

3. I would most like to be known for _________.

4. If you want _________, you have to _________.


I took a turn to fill these in myself, and here's how I did. My answers are in bold.

1. I could live on furbabies and fruit.
(No, I wouldn't eat the furbabies for sustenance. That's not my style. If my furbabies' love and cuddles alone could keep me alive, that would be enough for me. If I had to pick food to keep me alive, though, I'd probably ultimately choose fruit. Boring, huh? Honestly, though, I love fruit. I have been known to eat many cups of berries and something like four bananas in a single day.)

2. I rarely go out at night, but when I do, I'm probably going to the movie theater.
(I'm a diehard homebody and hardly ever leave home at night. If I go to a movie, though, it's usually at night. Last Friday night, I went to watch Captain Marvel with my family. Captain Marvel has an orange tabby cat character named Goose. Can you guess who my favorite Captain Marvel character is? Can you? It's Goose. My favorite character is Goose. His name is Reggie in real life, and I'm a fan.)

3. I would most like to be known for being compassionate.
(I'd rather be known for offering a kind, caring hand to needy animals and humans than anything else. I'm not saying I'm perfect at this, because I am always a work in progress. But, I hope I can succeed at this in some way.)

4. If you want something done your way, you have to do it yourself.
(I don't know why this is the answer that immediately came to my mind. Perhaps it's because one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone tries to pawn a task off on someone else, and then criticizes the way they do it. I guess there are cases when this is incorrect, such as in job settings where bosses exist. But, even so, I'm still of roughly the same mindset.)


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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Eddy isn't thrilled that I often grab shots of her from angles that are not known to be flattering. I happen to think she is always flattering, though.


And look! You can see that snaggletooth I love so much!

Eddy and all of us here wish you a fantastic Friday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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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 coinsCoins, 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!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

It's Thursday! Obviously, we're here to do a bit of rhyming. After all, it is the day of Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


As always, our hosts helped us out by sharing a photo prompt to guide us. This week's prompt is this  lovely one here:


I am a huge fan of anything to do with historical eras, especially Victorian and surrounding time periods. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Little House on the Prairie all played large roles in my childhood. I enjoyed their historical atmosphere, yet I also greatly appreciated the leading ladies' strong minds and wills in these stories. That all being said, I certainly took some liberties with the above image and my resulting poem.


Beau

It was a fine spring day in 1902,
And Alice was wearing her dress of blue.
On that fine day, she walked to town.
Nothing about that beautiful day could make her frown.

Alice arrived in town just in time for lunch,
So she took a seat at Old Lady Crumb's bakery, The Munch.
Alice feasted on a ham and cheese sandwich,
Which tasted so very pleasant and rich.

Alice could not help but let out a whispered groan,
When into The Munch walked none other than Henry Stone.
Alice stuffed the last of her sandwich into her mouth,
Trying to skedaddle before Henry could sight her and sit down.

It was just as Alice stood from her seat that Henry did spot her.
He offered a flamboyant wave, and of course made his way over.
"Hello, Henry," Alice said as she inched toward the door.
She wished she could dash away, fast, right across the floor.

"Care to dine with me, Alice?" Henry did ask.
"Thank you, but I just ate," Alice said, "so I'll have to pass."
The door was now just an arm's length away,
And so Alice indeed dashed the rest of the way.
As she slid through the door she did say,
"Goodbye, Henry! Have a good day!"

Since she was already in town,
A visit to the mercantile Alice would not turn down.
She was, after all, in need of the makings of a cake,
Which she was craving, and so she would happily bake.

As she left the mercantile, her arms full,
In front of her Henry, in his carriage, did pull.
He said, "Care for a ride home in my carriage?
Perhaps I can convince you to give me your hand in marriage."

Alice cringed and could only shake her head.
Finally, as she began to walk down the road, she said,
"Thank you, Henry, but I'll yet again pass.
I'm really not interested in, well, any of that."

Henry followed her as she went on her way.
As always, these were the words he did say:
"Why do you always refuse my offers, Alice?
I can give you a home in the biggest, finest palace!"

"Palaces are lonely and cold," was how Alice replied.
"I'm quite happy with my little cottage. Goodbye!"
Taking hints was not Henry's strong point,
Something that left Alice quite thoroughly annoyed.

Henry insisted, "Your little cottage is far too small and quaint."
Alice retorted, "My cottage is warm and cozy, that's what I think.
Besides, Henry, I'm already taken.
Now, if you excuse me, I'm off to do some baking."
"What do you mean you're taken?" Henry asked.
Alice replied, "It means what it means, and that's that."

Henry still hung around when Alice arrived home,
To her cottage where she felt happy and never alone.
Happy for Henry to meet the one who had stolen her heart,
Towards her home Alice did dart.

Nearly to the door, Alice shouted, "Beau!
Come on out! I'm home!"
Only a very small amount of time passed,
Before the screen door opened just a crack.

Yes, indeed, there was her Beau!
When he saw Alice, he stretched from his head to his toes.
Her beloved Beau was a handsome ginger,
Fuzzy and with a long set of whiskers.

Henry nearly choked at the sight.
He tilted his head to the left and then to the right.
Then, quite plainly, Henry did state, "That's a cat."
"Yes," Alice said as she picked Beau up in her arms and gave him a pat.
"My Beau is a cat. I'm quite happily aware of that."





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Are you ready for Thimble and her Thankfuls?


Though Thimble is not all that thrilled that her ear got cut off in this shot, she sure is grateful for that sunshine! Indeed, it's finally starting to feel like spring out there. Our snow has melted away and the winter coats are making far less appearances. We see some window whiffies on the horizon!


We are indeed thankful for spring. We are also so very thankful for each and every one of you. This blogging community is such a wonderful place to be, thanks to all of you.



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Last but not least, we have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I could live on _________.

2. I rarely _________, but when I do, _________.

3. I would most like to be known for _________.

4. If you want _________, you have to _________.



We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Stick-in-the-Mud Pup

It seems like we're always showing you images of pup Astrid pouting in the window. That, or closeups of her snout. Guess what? Today we have both for you, all wrapped into one.


This stick-in-the-mud pup has so many shots like this. So, so many of them. This pouty puppy hopes you don't mind. Because she doesn't plan on posing anywhere but the window. And she doesn't plan on hiding that snout of hers.

Happy Wednesday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Toesies Tuesday

I wish I could say that our Toesies Tuesdays is filled with some cute little toe beans. But, alas, that is not the case. Instead, this Toesies Tuesday is a little more sharp, and perhaps a tad bit terrifying.


Perhaps this was Evan's reminder to me that we're coming up on nail trimming day. Probably not, though, since Evan quite dislikes having those talons of his cut. Now, where did I put that nail trimmer?

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mancat Monday

I hope you all don't get tired of seeing mancat Evan's nose. I just can't help but snap shot after shot of it. It's just so cute and freckly!


Happy Monday to all!



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Our Doodle of the Day:




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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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday Selfies

Do you know who doesn't get to share many selfies? Our housemate Winky, that's who. This sort of makes sense, though, since Winky isn't too keen on sitting still and certainly wouldn't consider herself good friends with the flashy box. That being said, I finally convinced (more like begged) Winky to give selfies a try this week. I won't claim that said selfies are all that focused or glamorous or any semblance of high quality, but they'll at least give you all a rare dose of Winky.



Winky and all of us here wish you a super Sunday!

Don't forget to visit the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head to see all the selfies our friends have snapped!




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Our Doodle of the Day:

Would you like to see some cats in a covered wagon? I hope so, because that's what I scribbled up for today. Just because.




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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.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Wild West

I've mentioned many times on our blog here how I got my love for fantasy from my dad. He has always enjoyed reading books in the fantasy genre, as well as watching fantasy movies and TV. He read fantasy stories to me when I was a child, and I watched many of the fantasy movies and TV shows that he watched.

Believe it or not, though, my doodle for today is not all that fantastical. Why? Because my dad also instilled in me a love for the Western genre. Think John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and those sorts of Western wonders. I still enjoy Western movies, TV shows, and even books to this day. In fact, I've been in a real Western mood lately, so I thought, why not add some western vibes to my sketchbook? Of course, though, I had to add a cat. How could I not?


Who else is a fan of the Wild West? Any outlaw kitties out there? Outlaw pups? Certainly not. We're thinking you're all perfect angels.

Happy Caturday to all!




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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 should also keep all veterinary medication hidden away so as to prevent any and all emergencies possible.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

Welcome to Friday, friends! Who's ready for some fun? How about the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I am always _________.

2. I brake for _________.

3. I'd be lying if I said _________.

4. _________ wins the race.


If you're curious how I answered these, read on. My answers are in bold.

1. I am always ready for furry cuddles.
(At any given moment, if a furry cutie is available for cuddles, I'm on it. I will never turn down a cuddle session if it involves a kitty or puppy.)

2. I brake for all living creatures.
(The only road incident I've ever been in was when a lady rear-ended me at a stop light a couple years ago. I always say, though, that if I ever get into or cause a more serious crash, it will probably be because I was dodging a squirrel or other critter in the road. That, or there was a spider in the car with me, because that would lead to all shades of panic. But I digress. I very much so know that road safety is incredibly important for oneself as well as those around you, but I have a serious inability to not slam on my brakes or dodge around an animal that runs out in front of me. I've been lucky so far in that when this does happen, I always seem to be on a road by myself, or when other drivers are well out of my way.)

3. I'd be lying if I said that my favorite cat to hold is one of my own.
(Don't get me wrong, I love my furbabies more than anything, and there is nothing I enjoy more than cuddling them. That being said, none of my cats are huge on being held. They all allow me to hold them, but they seem to find it bordering on torture, and so I don't force it on them often or for long. The problem with that, though, is that I love to hold cute and furry things in my arms. So, where does that lead me? That leads me to my parents' house, where lives Foggy. Foggy is a giant orange tabby who weighs nearly 20 lbs, who owns my parents, and who will let you do whatever you want to him. I take full advantage of this fact. I always hunt Foggy boy down when I go to my parents' house, and I hold him cradled in my arms like a baby for as long as he allows, which can sometimes be something like an hour. Thank you for that, Foggy. This cat lady very much appreciates your tolerance for her clingy cat ways. Want to see a picture of Foggy? Below is a photo of him, a few pounds ago.)


4. Perseverance wins the race.
(Perseverance, with a side of determination and a hearty sprinkling of faith, can get you far. Sometimes I am in serious need of working on all of these, but I sure do try.)


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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Believe it or not, we have yet another non-blurry shot of Eddy to share with you all today. Sometimes, she wants to dole out reminders of how pretty she is in her non-blurry state.


I am seriously in love with that snaggletooth of hers. Is it not adorable? Not that I'm biased or anything, but I think it's downright adorable.

Wishing you a fabulous Friday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

For some reason, when I doodled up the illustration for my Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge poem from yesterday, this image came into my head:


Because why wouldn't a kitty find a fairy ring a perfectly good napping spot?



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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.