Monday, June 17, 2019

Mancat Monday

Evan had grand plans for a phenomenal photo shoot, but then the sun came out and he simply couldn't leave its confines. That's why today you all get to see him bathing in sunshine, shadows, and overexposure.



We hope you all have a Monday as sunny as Evan's!



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Doodle of the Day:




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Did you know?
Did you know that a cat leaving their urine or feces uncovered in the litter box, or in the wild, is sometimes a sign of dominance? Cats can indeed be a territorial species, and urine or feces is sometimes used to prove a point. Cats who are dominant might leave their urine or feces on full display for others to see and smell, as a sign of their status and territory. On the other hand, subordinate cats are more likely to bury their urine or feces. Of course, the tendency to bury their excrement could also relate to a cat's preference for cleanliness, but dominance and territorialism could also play a part.

Would it be rude if we asked you a question about your litter box? Hopefully not, because we're curious. Does your cat bury their urine and feces? Or do they leave it on display for all to see?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Selfie for the Father Figure

The furbabies around here don't have a dad, but their grandpa is one of their most favorite people. A certain someone around here wanted to wish her grandpa a happy Father's Day with a selfie of her adorable face, and that someone is none other than Thimble. Thimble's grandpa has been known to ooh and aww over Thimble, and to tell her she's pretty darn cute. Thimble knew, therefore, that her grandpa would just love to see a glamour shot of her today for Father's Day.


There. Now Thimble's grandpa can ooh and aww over this Father's Day selfie she snapped just for him. Enjoy, Grandpa!

All of the furbabies here are wishing their grandpa a happy Father's Day. Of course, this here human is wishing her dad a very happy Father's Day as well!

We are also wishing all of the dads out there a blessed Father's Day. Whether your kids have four legs or two, whether they're furry or humanoid, happy Father's Day to you!




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Doodle of the Day:

Today's doodle is one I created specifically for my dad. As I've said before here on our blog, my dad used to read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to my sister and myself as a bedtime story. That is one of my earliest memories, and it's one I will always cherish. My dad, my sister, and I all still share a love for books and the fantasy genre, of course including The Hobbit. And all of that is why I doodled up this for my dad:


For those who don't know, what's meant to be emerging from that book there is a traditional hobbit house. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, my dad is a cat guy. He is, after all, owned by 12 cats.



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Did you know?
Did you know some sources cite that male Siamese cats are the most likely feline fathers to express an interest in, or fondness towards, their kittens? As is the case with many species, most male cats don't display much interest in interacting with their kittens. As previously mentioned, though, some sources indicate that male Siamese cats are the most likely to break this mold, being the most likely to show affection toward their kittens.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Caturday at the Bakery

I recently saw an artsy image of a whimsical little bakery. That inspired me to create a similar image, but in my own sort of style, and of course starring cats. One thing led to another, and this happened:


Of course, those kitties and their sugary sweets are our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop. Don't forget to visit Athena to see all of the masterpieces our friends have created!


Happy Caturday to all!



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Did you know?
Did you know that the Louisville, KY, cat café known as Purrfect Day Cat Café aided in the adoption of 357 cats in just 3 months after opening its doors in 2018? This cat café formed a partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society, and its goal was to adopt out 300 cats in its first year. It certainly achieved that, with the aforementioned 357 cats it helped adopt out in a mere 3 months. The café also donated $8,200 to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Cat cafés originated in Japan, but in recent years they have been gaining increasing popularity in the United States, and worldwide. These cat cafés often partner with local shelters or rescues, bringing in adoptable cats who would do well interacting with humans in search of coffee and feline companionship. This can lead to wonderfully happy endings for adoptable felines, as Louisville's Purrfect Day Cat Café and others have proven.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

Welcome to another Friday, friends! We'll get right to the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I hope _________ never goes out of business.

2. So far, the highlight of my year has been _________.

3. _________ takes up too much time.

4. If I didn't have to sleep, I would spend that extra time _________.


And below is how I filled these in. My answers are in bold.

1. I hope Target never goes out of business.
(I just really like Target, if I'm being simple and honest. What's more, though, Target often offers exclusive cat toys, cat scratchers, and other cat-centric goodies, especially around my favorite holidays of Halloween and Christmas. One of the first things I do during both of those holiday seasons is visit Target and stock up on things that I don't need but that I really want. Oh, and the dollar spot at Target is one of my favorite places to be.)

2. So far, the highlight of my year has been the inexplicable decrease in my mancat Evan's incontinence.
(Evan's urinary incontinence never angered me. It was simply part of his hind limb paralyzed self. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when it recently started happening much, much, much less frequently. Evan started having incontinence on nearly a daily basis last year. With all ailments ruled out, it was simply deemed a side effect of his hind limb paralysis. Understandably, I was told he would probably have it for the rest of his life. Just this spring, though, Evan's incontinence suddenly and quite inexplicably started happening far less often. Before, he'd have incontinence anywhere from once to a dozen times per day. Now, though, he might go weeks without having even a single instance of it. Now, hopefully typing that out for all of the internet to read won't bring about a return of my boy's urinary battles.)

3. Worrying takes up too much time.
(Though anxiety and worry does not affect me as much these days as it did when I was younger, it certainly still exists in my life. That being said, I know that when I worry, especially about things that I can't control, I'm simply wasting time. I've shared this before, but one of my favorite quotes is from a character in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In this particular movie, the character says, "My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice." Who has the time to suffer twice, let alone once? I need to take my own advice, though, and stop wasting time worrying about things beyond my control.)

4. If I didn't have to sleep, I would spend that extra time reading and writing.
(I honestly would love to use necessary yet valuable sleeping time to do more of what I love doing, but that I often don't get to do as often as I'd like. I'll be the first to admit that my full-time day job takes me away from home and my hobbies far more than I'd like, so I would definitely appreciate being able to use my sleepy time to pursue my hobbies and passions. This would indeed involve reading and writing. It would also involve drawing, blogging, some baking and cooking here and there, and of course snuggling all of the furbabies.)


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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Your Eddy fix today is a bit of a flashback.


What you're seeing there is photo evidence of Eddy telling me I'm not allowed to draw in my sketchbook. I'm supposed to focus solely on her. Obviously.


That's a winter doodle I was working on in those photos, because these shots were taken this past winter. I was going through my photos recently and noticed that I'm pretty sure I never shared these. During the winter months, I love to bundle up beneath loads of blankets when I doodle away in my sketchbook. This always prompts Eddy to come over and steal my blankets, steal my body warmth, and steal my art supplies. As always, whatever Eddy wants, Eddy gets.

Happy Friday, friends!



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Doodle of the Day:




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Did you know?
Did you know roughly 30-50% of cats lack the gene that would cause them to react to catnip? Indeed, anywhere from one-third to one-half of cats don't, or can't, react to catnip. It's also worth noting that even if a cat does have the aforementioned catnip gene, it won't come into full effect until roughly 3 to 6 months of age. Therefore, if you give catnip to a kitten younger than this, they will likely not react, whether or not they possess the gene for catnip reactivity.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Hello and happy Thursday! Let's get right to rhyming, shall we? Today is, indeed, the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy.


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


I've always found twins to be a very fascinating topic. There are multiple sets of twins in my family, but this photo prompt particularly reminds me of my twin uncles. Indeed, I have two uncles who are twins, and at least when they were babies and young kids, they were essentially identical. It's more or less a game in my family that when we find a childhood photo of my twin uncles, everyone has to guess who is who. I can often ultimately determine which twin is which, but the only ones who get it right every single time are my grandma (their mother) and my dad (their older brother).

My dad is roughly 10 years older than his twin brothers (my dad is the oldest of five boys, and boy does that make for some wild stories). When I was born, the twins were still teenagers. Let me tell you, my twin uncles' favorite game was to trick my sister and myself into thinking that we had called one of them by the other's name, and so on and so forth. Funny, huh? By the time they were that age, though, they actually weren't all that hard to tell apart, so they weren't fooling anyone. Not even my 5-year-old self.

In case you were wondering, another one of my twin uncles' favorite games was to take apart my sister's and my toys and reassemble them with parts and pieces from other, totally unrelated toys. Our toy box ended up looking something like Victor Frankenstein's laboratory. This is what you get when your dad is the oldest of five boys and you and your sister are the first grandchildren and nieces.

Anyway. Did you really want my family history? Probably not, but I sure just gave it to you. Long story short, my poem below was sort of inspired by the photo above, sort of inspired by my twin uncles, and is sort of a mess of a rhyme. It's a long and windy one, kind of confusing, and weird and wacky as per usual. Don't worry, though, I still threw some cats into the mix.


Timmy, Tommy, Willy, and Wally

Bobby and Bonnie were happy as could be,
Most especially since they would soon be starting their family.
In fact, their doctor told them they were having twins,
A fact that made them chuckle, clap, and grin.

If we're being honest, though,
Reality soon burst the new parents' happy little bubble.
Bobby and Bonnie were now aware of every parent's struggle,
Except they were learning that struggle in double.
After all, with twins, there was such a thing as double the trouble.

Bobby and Bonnie had brought home two identical baby boys.
They started by trying to give each one his own unique toys,
So that telling them apart would not be such a difficult choice.
Even when they were mere infants, though,
A great deal of orneriness the twin boys did show.
After all, they would oft swap their individualized toys,
So that their parents could not use them to tell apart the two baby boys.

Now, perhaps you'd like to know the twins' names?
Don't worry, their names were not one in the same.
Timmy was the name of one of the brothers,
And Tommy was of course the name of the other.

Timmy and Tommy were not necessarily naughty boys,
But they did enjoy teasing others with ploys.
They oft confused their family and friends,
Of course by making their identities difficult to understand.

Timmy and Tommy's parents tried dressing them in different clothes.
After all, everything else was the same from their head to their toes,
So, their parents thought their clothes could make their identities known.
There was of course just one little catch, though,
And that was that the ornery boys would oft swap those clothes.

Even as infants these sort of games went on.
Timmy and Tommy rarely gave their parents the chance to breathe or yawn.
They would each go as far as sneaking into their brother's crib,
And they were not even above swapping out their namesake bibs.

Indeed, such name games went on for years.
Mixing up their boys was Bobby and Bonnie's daily fear.
One day, though, a solution appeared right there at the front door.
The solution was a pair of visitors, each with legs that numbered four.

Has this rhyme now become as confusing as Timmy and Tommy themselves?
This is more chaotic than a room full of Santa's elves.
Here, let us recap.
This story now has the addition of two cats.
At Bobby, Bonnie, Timmy, and Tommy's front door these cats appeared.
Believe it or not, these felines would soon allay Bobby and Bonnie's fears.

You see, the cats took to Timmy and Tommy right away.
What's more, though, each cat took to a particular boy on that very first day.
This truly was a grand solution to a problem,
Because it would make Timmy and Tommy's identities more solid.

You see, though both felines were tabby cats,
One was grey, and the other far more orange than that.
Willy was grey and the orange one was Wally.
The cats' identities were never a folly.

Bobby and Bonnie were so very grateful for this,
Because now their twin boys' identities were never amiss.
Timmy could no longer claim to be Tommy,
Because the truth of the matter would be given away by Willy and Wally.

After all, there was one boy always accompanied by Willy,
And that boy was none other than Timmy.
And then there was good ol' Wally,
Who of course could be found right alongside Tommy.

For years, Bobby and Bonnie had tried to tell apart their identical boys.
They did not know how to combat the twins' name games and ploys.
The solution, though, was in a pair of non-identical cats,
Who simply showed up at their door and chose their boys at the drop of a hat.
Good golly, who on earth could have imagined that?




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Now it's time for the Thimble and Thankful part of this Thursday. Are you ready? Of course you are.


On this Thankful Thursday, Thimble is grateful that she is cute from any and every angle.


This mom of hers here is equally thankful for Thimble's adorableness. Thimble's face, and her short little legs, and everything about her makes me happy. Thimble hopes she helps you all feel happy, too.


As always, we're also of course so very grateful for all of you. Thank you for being our wonderful friends!



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We wouldn't finish out this post without sharing the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. If you'd like to participate, those statements can be found below. Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I hope _________ never goes out of business.

2. So far, the highlight of my year has been _________.

3. _________ takes up too much time.

4. If I didn't have to sleep, I would spend that extra time _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Did you know?
Did you know that kittens in a litter can have multiple fathers? What's more, did you know you'd be getting a lesson on feline reproduction today? Cats are induced ovulators, which essentially means that the act of mating itself causes eggs to be released from the ovaries of a female cat in estrus. Furthermore, a female cat in estrus will often mate with more than one tomcat in a short amount of time, and any eggs that are released from the ovaries could be fertilized by any given male with which she mates. And that is why kittens from the same litter can have different fathers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Almost Wordless Woof Woof Wednesday


Yes, we are indeed back to the good ol' window photo shoots with the resident pouty puppy. You're welcome.



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Doodle of the Day:


Don't mind the crooked background in that there doodle, most especially that wonky window. I don't believe in rulers.



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Did you know?
Did you know studies have found that allergies are less likely to manifest in children who are exposed to cats at a young age, such as when the child is less than a year old? Indeed, early exposure to kitties can potentially save a child from a life with a variety of allergies. When discussing studies on this matter, Marshall Plaut, M.D., who is with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said, "High pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed, and grass." Bring on those kitties!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Traumatic Toesies Tuesday

Thimble was so eager to show you all her adorable toesies today.


Little did she know, though, that soon after that shot was snapped, the nail trimmers would come out and her claws would be hacked away at. Can you believe it? Can you believe it?!? The horror!


The experience was almost as horrible as having your head cut off like in that photo above. Poor Thimble. What a trauamatic day she had.

Thimble hopes you all have a much better day than she did. Happy Tuesday!



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Doodle of the Day:


Can you guys believe that I'm already eager to scribble up some autumn doodles? It's all of June, and I'm over here itching to doodle up my favorite October art. To tide me over, I thought I'd try my hand at some cozy summer art. Because, you know, everyone loves sitting next to a crackling fire in the heat of summer.



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Did you know?
Did you know scientific studies have found that cats can help you sleep better at night? Sure, cats might hog the bed just a tad bit, and they might stomp all over you while you try to snooze, and they might even demand a midnight snack, but science still says that cats can make your sleep all the better. In one study, 41% of the participants expressed that they sleep better at night with their cat by their side, whereas only 20% of the study participants indicated that their cats disturb their sleep. What's more, more than one scientific study found that the majority of people participating preferred to share the bed with their cat rather than with their human partner.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Mancat Monday

A certain mancat thought he'd grace you with his presence on this Mancat Monday.


Evan and all of us here have been enjoying ample, and sometimes sweltering hot, sun puddles these days. Evan loves nothing more than to park himself at the door or window and soak up those rays. How's the weather in your corner of the world? Beautiful, we hope!

Have a magnificent Monday!



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Doodle of the Day:




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Did you know?
Did you know that some scientists believe the sound of a cat's purr could heal human bones and muscles? Studies have found that sounds, or vibrations, in the 18-35 Hz frequency range can assist in joint mobility and healing, such as after injury. That being said, a cat can purr at a frequency between roughly 20-140 Hz, which is well within the range of healing properties. Your cat's purr, therefore, could be a comforting sound for more reason than one.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Pensive Selfie

A certain little calico around here actually volunteered to snap a selfie. She decided on a pensive pose, it would seem.


Tonks hopes her adorable little chin (and that nose!) make you smile today. Happy Sunday to all!




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Doodle of the Day:




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Did you know?
Did you know scientific studies have found that owning a cat can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%? This includes your risk of stroke, as well as a variety of other forms of heart disease. One reason for this is that petting cats, and having a cat in your life in general, can lower your stress levels, which can indeed have beneficial effects on your heart. Of course, science has found that sharing your life with a cat can also benefit your healthy in many other ways. We're going to share more of these other healthy cat facts over the next couple days.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Caturday Art

How about another weird and random doodle for today? What else is new, huh?


Of course, that there weird and random doodle is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop. Be sure to visit Athena to see all of the masterpieces our friends have created!


Happy Caturday!



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Did you know?
Did you know that the term "scaredy-cat" is believed to have first been coined and used by the writer Dorothy Parker in her short story "The Waltz", written in 1933? It is believed the term "fraidy-cat" came into existence first, perhaps even in the 1800s. Nevertheless, it is typically believed that Dorothy Parker can be thanked for coming up with the commonly heard "scaredy-cat" while writing about a dance.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

You made it to Friday! Congratulations! Now, who's ready to fill in some fill-ins? It is indeed time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. A past event that I would like to see in person is _________.

2. If I were a dog, my breed would be _________.

3. If I came with a warning label, it would say the following: _________.

4. I would want to take _________ with me to a deserted island.


As always, here's how I fared. My answers are in bold (and are of course accompanied by my usual ramblings).

1. A past event that I would like to see in person is when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit.
(This probably seems really random, doesn't it? In truth, though, The Hobbit means a lot to me. I've mentioned it here on our blog a few times. I am a huge fan of books and reading, and my favorite genre is fantasy. I'm sure this is in no small part because my dad is an avid reader of the fantasy genre, and The Hobbit is one of the first books I remember him reading to me as a bedtime story when I was a little girl. I even grew up with a map of Tolkien's Middle-earth in my playroom. I still enjoy The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, very, very much.)

2. If I were a dog, my breed would be the magnificent mutt.
(I'm pretty sure I'd be the farthest thing from a purebred, and I'm totally fine with that. Besides, my pup Astrid is a mutt, and I'm quite fond of her. So, I'd follow in her footsteps and be a proud mutt.)

3. If I came with a warning label, it would say the following: BEWARE! CHRONICALLY COVERED IN CAT HAIR.
(I really don't mind being covered in cat hair. That's probably why I don't even try that hard anymore to take the lint roller to my clothes. I used to carry a lint roller with me everywhere, and now I'm just like, "Eh, a little cat hair never killed anyone." That's not a great thing for me to think, though, because one of my neighbors actually has a pretty severe allergy to cats, and it's legit. That man will blow up like a balloon. He's a really nice guy with a wife who loves animals, as well as three little kids who love waving at the cats they always see in my front door and windows. As for him, though, he'll just have to heed the warning label and keep a safe distance.)

4. I would want to take a ship and its crew with me to a deserted island.
(How else would I get off the island after my little adventure? Other things I would consider taking are of course my furbabies, books, and other wonderful stuff like that. But, I ultimately decided on taking with me an easy way out instead. I guess I could take a private airplane with me, but flying is something I've never done and hope to never do. So, I'll stick with the ship and its crew.)


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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It's getting pretty darn warm outside to have the windows open too often or too long, but a certain lady cat around here insists.


Eddy gets what Eddy wants. Obviously.


How's the weather in your corner of the world? Is it hot? Are there window whiffies going on? We hope Mother Nature is treating you kindly!



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Doodle of the Day:


Yet another random doodle for a challenge I'm doing with a small group of writers. My calico angel Rosie is indeed going to appear in all of these. I've been drawing her a lot lately, and it makes me so happy to do so.



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Did you know?
Did you know that study findings from 2013 indicate that domestic house cats share 95.6% of their genome (DNA) with tigers? The tiger and domestic cat lines diverged nearly 11 million years ago, yet they still maintain significantly similar DNA. Perhaps this helps explain why our own kitties display more than a few physical and behavioral characteristics that resemble those of tigers in the wild.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday to one and all! As always, we'll kick off this post with a rhyme. It is, after all, the day of Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


As always, our host gave us a photo prompt to help us get poetic. This week, that photo was this action-packed one here:


I'll be completely honest and say that I started with the above image in mind, but ended up with a poem that will probably seem completely and totally unrelated to said photo prompt. That there photo reminded me of how much roller coasters scare the living daylights out of me, and how the couple times I've been to amusement parks, I've primarily stuck to the far more low-key rides. I prefer rides like, I don't know, trolleys. Then, of course, that got me thinking about trolleys, and the classic double-decker buses, and all that good stuff. And so then there was this:


Daisy's Day Out

There once was a girl named Maisie,
Who had a little black and brown kitty named Daisy.
Daisy was cute and cuddly and quiet as a mouse,
Which was why Maisie didn't even notice her sneak right out of the house.

It happened when Maisie stepped out for the mail,
And Daisy waltzed through the open door with a strut and tall tail.
She was, in truth, a curious cat,
And there really wasn't much more to it than that.

Actually, there was one particular reason for Daisy's escape,
And that was what she witnessed day after day.
Each day she watched Maisie leave the house and stand not far away,
No matter if the day was sunny or gray.
Maisie would simply stand outside at the side of the road,
Until a big, tall, red thing approached and slowed.

Apparently, Daisy had heard, they lived on a bus route.
Daisy was curious what that was all about,
And so she had snuck out of the house to see for herself.
Like Maisie so often did, Daisy pranced over to the corner of Kerf and Kelf.

Daisy sat and waited with the utmost patience.
Before long, it was that big, tall, red thing she was facing.
The door on it swung open right in front of her face,
And she jumped and ran onto the bus as if in a race.

The seats on the rig were actually quite nice,
Though Daisy did hope they wouldn't give her any lice.
Daisy could not deny that it was a bit of a bumpy ride,
But she quite enjoyed watching the scenery that went by outside.

Daisy was unsure how long her ride had been,
When she suddenly saw something that made her jump and spin.
The bus approached a sign that showcased an orange cat.
It was huge and striped and would you look at that!

Daisy ran to the front of the bus,
Because that sign made her want to know what was up.
The red door on the red rig flew open yet again,
And Daisy reached the sign in seconds that numbered less than ten.

Daisy vaguely took note that the bus then drove away,
But she didn't mind, because at least for a while, here she would stay.
The sign with the big orange cat read, "Zoo".
About such a thing Daisy knew a thing or two.

She pranced into the building behind the sign,
And found herself at the back of a mighty long line.
Daisy didn't believe in cheating,
But she simply couldn't help but gain entrance with a bit of sneaking.

She soon found herself meeting all sorts of new friends,
Starting with a tortoise whose name, it would seem, was Fred.
She also met many a new friend who flew and soared,
As well as plenty who grumbled and roared,
And even a few who did nothing but snore.

After hours it was to a little shop she was steered.
Above the doors was the word, "Souvenirs".
Inside were a great many things that looked shiny and fun,
And Daisy picked out more than just one.

Back outside, Daisy sat herself where she'd last seen the red bus,
And before long yet another one pulled right on up.
Daisy intended to head straight home,
But along the way she saw other sights she wished to roam.

Daisy had not a single idea how long she had been gone,
But when she returned home it was the next day's dawn.
Maisie was sitting on the steps outside the front door,
Looking sad, tearful, and quite forlorn.
When the girl looked up and saw Daisy,
She ran directly to her in a manner quite hasty.

"Where on earth have you been?"
As she hugged Daisy, that's all Maisie said.
Daisy had certainly not meant to make Maisie worry,
But she could make up for it, and in a hurry.

Daisy dashed over to a bag sitting nearby.
Maisie asked, "What do you have there? And why?"
Daisy began pulling things out of the bag into which Maisie peered.
What were these things called? Oh, yes, "souvenirs".

Daisy dropped a hat with a striped cat at Maisie's feet,
And she knew the girl would find it really quite neat.
Next she gave Maisie a keychain and a pencil,
Both of which showcased a bird Daisy had found really quite shrill.

Daisy also happened to have for the girl a book from the library.
After all, the zoo hadn't been the last place she had tarried.
Oh, and Daisy also had for Maisie a chocolate chip cookie,
Which she had of course nabbed from the girl's most favorite bakery.

"My goodness, Daisy," Maisie said with a laugh.
"What have you been up to, my mischievous little cat?"
Daisy's only answer was a small little, "Mew,"
Before she pranced inside for an overdue snooze.




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We wouldn't let this Thursday go by without also giving you your Thimble fix, and sharing Thimble's Thankfuls. Though the lighting isn't all that ideal, Thimble wanted to show you all how grateful she is for sun puddles.


In case you can't tell, Thimble is also showing you all how thankful she is for her Jackson Galaxy Space Station toy. All the kitties around here love playing with it and are so very grateful for it. Of course, the fact that there are six cats and one of these toys means that we sure do have us some battles royale around here.



There you have it. For today's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, hosted by Brian of Brian's Home, Thimble is extremely grateful for her sunshine and entertaining toys.


As always, all of us here are also extremely grateful for friends like 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 is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. A past event that I would like to see in person is _________.

2. If I were a dog, my breed would be _________.

3. If I came with a warning label, it would say the following: _________.

4. I would want to take _________ with me to a deserted island.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Did you know?
Did you know that Guinness World Records no longer includes a category for fattest cats and fattest dogs? Due to the health risks of overweight animals, they did not want to encourage pet owners to overfeed their cats and dogs, or other pets, just so that they could win a record spot. This category does still exist for humans, though.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Almost Wordless Woof Woof Wednesday




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Doodle of the Day:

Here's another random doodle I scribbled up for a challenge I'm doing with a small group of writers I know. I don't even know how to explain this one, so I'll just drop it here and hope you guys don't mind looking at it.




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Did you know?
Did you know that dogs and cats are not truly, completely color blind? It is believed that dogs see color mostly in the yellow region of the color spectrum, and some believe that cats might see color in that same way. Some research suggests that dogs and cats see in a way similar to people who are red-green color blind, which means they have difficulty distinguishing between red and green. Dogs and cats certainly don't see color to the extent that humans do, but it is likely not true that they cannot distinguish any colors at all. Their world isn't completely devoid of color.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Summer Vibes

Nothing beats melting in a good ol' sun puddle.


Isn't the sun just glorious? The kitties here sure think so. We've been having us such wonderfully sunny days lately, and the kitties never cease to be to happy to melt in those rays.

Have you all been having lots of sun puddles in which to bask? We sure hope so!



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Doodle of the Day:


This doodle another one I scribbled up for that random online challenge I mentioned I'm doing over the next few days. It's jut a little reflection on time, how it flies, and that dreaded thing known as time management.



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Did you know?
Did you know that some studies indicate that cats can safely drink seawater, or salt water? It is said that cats' kidneys can filter out the salt in seawater, allowing them the ability to use seawater for hydration. The same cannot be said for humans, who cannot filter out the salt in such water and therefore cannot gain the same level of hydration from it. That being said, seawater is of course not an ideal source of water for cats. Their ability to drink seawater could be an advantage in certain cases of emergency, but fresh water is still of course the way to go.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Light Show

Hey, you guys, guess what?


The sun is shining, and it's real bright, and do you know what that means?


That means there are lights to chase, you guys. Lights!


Hopefully you're all having sunshine and a light show today, too!



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Doodle of the Day:


I've shared more than one doodle very similar to this one. I've wanted to draw one with a dragon for quite some time, but to be honest, I'm terrible at drawing anything with wings and couldn't muster up the courage to scribble up the dragon I so badly wanted to. I finally did muster up that courage, though, and it only took me a small eternity to make that darn dragon look even close to how I pictured it in my head.



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Did you know?
Did you know that a cat can only move its jaw up and down, not side to side like humans can? This is one reason why, when a cat eats, you might see them tilting their head to the side. Since a cat's jaw cannot move from side to side, tilting their head can serve to help move food to the side of the mouth for chewing.