Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

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

That there be a 2017 flashback doodle of Captain One-Eyed Rosie. She says ahoy to all ye mateys!


We hope you don't mind, friends, but the rest of this post is going to be in boring ol' regular human speech. I intended and even tried to write a longer post in pirate lingo, but I'm really just no good at it, and it kind of makes my brain hurt. To celebrate this day, though, I did scribble up a sort of piratey poem for Angel Sammy's pirate-inspired Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge this week.

Isn't that a perfect photo prompt for this week's poetry challenge? Our host sure knows how to make our poetic endeavors fun and festive.

I actually did try to scribble up a poem in pirate verse. Like I mentioned above, though, pirate speech is not my forte in the least. So, it's still that boring ol' human speak for my poem today. At the very least, though, my poem is about a pirate! Actually, it's about a pirate, and some other really weird stuff I felt compelled to write because come September all I can think about are pumpkins and all things autumnal. Sounds like a real wacky poem, doesn't it? That's because it admittedly is. All I can do is apologize and slap the poem here:

Pirate Pete and the Pumpkin King

Pete was a skilled and world-renowned pirate,
All the way until he disappeared in retirement.
Pirate Pete had sailed the seas for years and years,
Seeking treasure and winning loot without any fears.

But when his hair turned grey and his bones grew weary,
Pete said goodbye to the pirate life, only slightly teary.
That is, until Pete realized he had squandered away his retirement loot.
Had he really bought that many hats, boots, and, well, booze?

Indeed, all of that gold and jewels he had won as a pirate,
It was now all gone and he was an impoverished man in retirement.
Pete did the only thing he could think to do.
He reclaimed his title as pirate and sailed the seas anew.

Pirate Pete began his new travels at the end of winter.
After all, who wanted to sail the seas in cold that could blister?
Throughout the spring he sailed from shore to shore.
He had nearly forgotten how looting was really never a bore.

He followed his maps and found treasure on land after land.
Pirate Pete's boat landed on every shore and its sand.
He continued on throughout the heat of summer,
None of his travels proving even remotely a bummer.

Pete worked so hard and was such a skilled pirate,
He thought by the next winter he might be able to reenter retirement.
By the time autumn rolled its brisk way around,
Pirate Pete had just one land left to which he was bound.

He had heard tales of great treasures buried on Autumn Isle.
Of course, he would have to risk all that was said about that land so wild.
Very few pirates returned from journeys to Autumn Isle,
And those who did seemed to have lost any bit of their mind that was worthwhile.
These poor souls spoke of nonsense quite obscene,
Like living pumpkins and their pumpkin king.

Pirate Pete was not the least bit scared, though.
Certainly he wouldn't fail to win treasure on Autumn Isle, no.
After all, he was the world's most proficient and prolific pirate.
A trip to the Autumn Isles certainly wouldn't cause his life or mind to spiral.

And so, with brisk winds blowing at the sails,
Pirate Pete steered toward the Autumn Isles in search of treasure and tales.
It was a long trip but would certainly be worth it.
Pirate Pete looked forward to the loot that would allow another retirement.

Finally, after days and days at sea,
Land could be seen ahead by Pirate Pete.
He slowed his ship and prepared to land with care,
And just as soon felt a strange chill in the air.

It felt like a brisk autumn day, indeed.
But even more chilling was what Pirate Pete could see.
Autumn Isle was lined with skeletal trees,
Interspersed with pumpkins that Pirate Pete found quite creepy.

His ship was still a good ways out at sea,
And so a true judgement had not yet been made by Pirate Pete.
Finally, his ship alighted the sand of Autumn Isle,
And Pirate Pete immediately wondered if this trip would be worthwhile.

When he had been distracted with bringing him ship to shore,
Pirate Pete had not paid attention to anything offboard.
Now, though, he looked up and gazed out past his ship,
And what he saw drew a great scream from his lips.

On Autumn Isle was the strangest sight Pirate Pete had ever seen.
Shiver me timbers, he thought, is that the pumpkin king?
A tall figure in black stood ashore with a lantern in hand,
The figure's carved orange head much, much brighter than the sand.
It wore an equally orange bow tie around its neck,
Which matched quite nicely with its unmistakable pumpkin for a head.

As if a figure with a pumpkin for a head wasn't strange enough,
Pirate Pete caught sight of yet more pumpkins by the dozen.
These weren't just any pumpkins, though, mind you.
They were pumpkins with pointed ears and whiskers, and that did meow and mew.

"Hello!" the pumpkin-headed figure declared with a wave.
"Would you like to come over for a meal in me and my cats' cave?"
Pirate Pete more or less shuddered at the thought.
This whole situation was absolutely insane, was it not?
Tales he thought raving mad seemed now to be true.
No wonder Autumn Isle was the most feared land in the ocean blue.

Could there really be treasure here worth my while?
Pirate Pete could not help but ask himself that with a sigh.
He was torn between the hope of treasure and the chance to escape.
He needed to make a decision, for the night now grew late.

Again, the figure with the pumpkin head gave him a wave.
"I'm the pumpkin king," it said, "and I promise to behave.
My cats and I don't get many visitors around this place these days.
We'd be happy to show you around, if you'd like to stay."

The pumpkins with the pointed ears and whiskers began to hop onto the ship.
Weird meows and purrs rolled off of their weird pumpkin lips.
At least they didn't bite, or at least they hadn't done so yet.
They simply hopped around Pirate Pete with mews exiting their pumpkin heads.

Pirate Pete felt a nagging at the back of his mind.
Actually, he felt two naggings there, he wasn't going to lie.
On one hand, the absurdity around prompted him to skedaddle.
On the other hand, he had never lost a treasure-seeking battle.

From the shore, the pumpkin king waved and welcomed him again.
On the boat, the weird pumpkin cats continued to meow and spin.
At last, Pirate Pete made up his mind.
If we didn't tell you his decision, would that be unkind?

Well, that was weird. I had a certain vision in my mind when I started this poem, but the end result is in a completely different realm from that original vision. But, I hope you enjoyed even a half a second of that weirdness!


As is the case every Thursday, Thimble of course has some Thankfuls to share for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Though she certainly wishes that window was open much farther, Thimble is at least grateful for window whiffies. They're still few and far between, though, because on most days it's still roughly 90°F here. But on the nice days, when it feels like it might actually be autumn someday this year, Thimble sure does love her window.

Can you see that dog paw behind Thimble in that there photo? Thimble and pup Astrid were battling over the window seat again. They both won this time, because they actually shared the window. I myself am thankful for that. When your kids don't fight, it's always a good day.

We also want to thank you all for your making this blogging community the wonderful place it is!


Last but not least, 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. Never have I ever _________.

2. I won't _________ again.

3. I believe I have good knowledge of _________.

4. _________ is my worst enemy.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Did you know?
Did you know that there have been several famous seafaring felines in history? We've previously mentioned Unsinkable Sam. In the times of World War II, this lucky kitty lived on 3 separate ships, all of which sunk, and all of which Unsinkable Sam survived. After the third sunken ship, Unsinkable Sam was retired from life at sea and lived out the rest of his years in the presence of sailors on land. 

There was also Blackie, a cat who resided on HMS Prince of Wales, a Royal Navy battleship that played a role in World War II. Blackie became especially famous when photos were snapped of him being petted by Winston Churchill, who once traveled on the Prince of Wales on a trip to visit Franklin D. Roosevelt. After this, Blackie was more or less renamed Churchill.

Just one more of many historical cats at sea was Simon. Simon was the ship cat of the HMS Amethyst, which was involved in the 1949 Amethyst Incident, also known as the Yangtze Incident. Simon was injured in this event, but he recovered and continued with his rodent-hunting work. Simon was said to have been a source of comfort and morale for the sailors, and he was much-loved on his ship. When Simon passed away, he was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal, an honor first instituted in 1943 for animals who in some way served in World War II. Simon was also buried with full naval honors.

The above are only just a couple of famous seafaring felines. There was also Camouflage, Convoy, Felix, Peebles, Tiddles, Trim, and even more cats who served at sea. You might be surprised to discover all the cats who have played roles off of land.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Almost Wordless Woof Woof Wednesday

Oh look, a pouty puppy in a window on a Wednesday. Big surprise, huh?

Astrid is wishing you all lots of window whiffies!

Doodle of the Day

Did you know?
Did you know that study findings have led experts to often compare the intelligence of dogs to that of 2-year-old human children? It is believed that, similar to a 2-year-old child, the average dog has the ability to learn and respond to roughly 200 words. Of course, this can vary from dog to dog, and can be dependent on breed, overall personality, and of course how much training the dog receives.

Don't worry, all you kitties out there. We're certainly not leaving you out or demeaning your intelligence. The truth is that studies on feline intelligence are not quite as easy, in no small part because cats simply have a different social structure and overall level of interest than dogs. Plenty of cats in the world have learned tricks and have proven the intelligence of their kind in a variety of ways. What's more, findings from some studies have led to conclusions that cats may have better and longer memories than dogs, and that cats might have an overall higher level of cognitive function.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trouble Tuesday

On Sunday, I shared some photos of my parents' cat Foggy. Those photos were from a visit I paid to my parents' house last week. On that same day, I arrived at their house to find quite a sight.

Good grief, did a shark attack that box? Oh, my bad. Nope. It was just one of their cats.

My parents have a cat who likes to tear up cardboard with his teeth whenever and wherever he can find it. He has never been found to have anything amiss going on to cause this, but instead he just really seems to enjoy throwing shreds of cardboard everywhere. He doesn't even eat it, he just finds joy in destroying boxes and covering the house in cardboard shreds.

Do you see the culprit coming out of the shadows in that poorly lit photo? That's Kipper. He loves him some cardboard. He's also a really sweet and social cat, but definitely don't try to pick him up, because he is really not into being held. Things get ugly if you try to hold this boy.

I asked Kipper if he ever feels remorse for his treatment of innocent cardboard boxes.

Nope. Apparently this boy has no regrets. Fair enough.

For Kipper's safety, my parents don't leave many cardboard boxes out and about in the house. What a strange thought. They have 12 cats, but cardboard boxes are scarcely found. If you do find a box, it usually looks like a shark took a bite out of it, and you'll find shreds of cardboard anywhere and everywhere throughout the house. That's how Kipper rolls.

Happy Tuesday to all!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Tuesday

Today's flashback doodle is actually the image I scribbled up last September to use as last year's autumn banner for our blog. It's almost time to put up this year's autumn blog header!

That doodle was scribbled up just a couple months after newbies Tonks and Winky entered the family. Everyone was still trying to sort out the new norm after new girls' arrival, and still no one was really quite sure of the young kittens who seemed to never sleep. Eddy despised the kittens then just as much as she despises them now, which is why I decided to draw her nestled up in a tree in this doodle. After all, that's the kind of distance Eddy likes to put between herself and those pesky newbie cats even to this day.

Did you know?
Did you know that the term pica refers to the act of chewing or eating nonfood items that provide no nutritional value? Cats and dogs can exhibit pica for a variety of reasons, some simple and some serious. For example, some furbabies will find and eat items throughout the house out of boredom or when anxious. Some kitties and pup might even have a simple predisposition or quirk that prompts them to seek out nonfood snacks for no apparent reason.

In some cases, though, pica can be the result of something more serious. Certain nutrient deficiencies or diseases, for example, might prompt a cat or dog to attempt to eat items that are not in fact food. There have been veterinary cases of cats who ate litter and were thereafter found to be anemic, and treating the anemia resolved the litter-eating habits. Showing an interest in eating cardboard, grass, rocks, and a variety of other items can potentially be a sign of deficiency in fiber, vitamins, minerals, or other various nutrients. In other cases, cats or dogs with diseases such as diabetes or brain tumors have presented with pica. The important thing is to always be aware of what your kitty or pup is eating, to keep unsafe items out of the reach especially of animals who are known to eat nonfood items, and to seek veterinary care for pica as needed, so that you can work to keep your kitty or pup safe and healthy as best as you can.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mancat Monday

Evan may or may not be a tad bit jealous that the selfies we shared yesterday were of another orange mancat, that being my parents' cat Foggy. Evan wanted to make sure you all remember just how glamorous he is. So, he snapped a closeup glamour shot to make you all swoon today.

Evan hopes you all enjoy seeing his face today! Happy Monday!

Doodle of the Day

My autumn doodles are really starting to get weird. Well, weirder than usual, I guess.

Did you know?
Did you know that, according to the Guinness World Records, the wealthiest cat in the world inherited a $13 million fortune? This cat was named Blackie, and he inherited this hefty fortune when his owner passed away in 1988, leaving it all in Blackie's name. There have also been some incredibly wealthy dogs in history. For example, a German Shepherd named Gunther III inherited his owner's $80 million fortune in 1991. Trustees of the estate invested the money, so that Gunther III and his successor Gunther IV became worth at least $375 million.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Guest Selfie Sunday

You're about to see a handsome orange tabby.

But, wait, that's not Evan!

That there is my parents' cat Foggy. He always welcomes me and bids me farewell from my parents' front window when I come and go from their house. I apologize for the quality of these photos, because they were indeed snapped from outside the window, on the other side of which Foggy was bidding me farewell after a visit.

I tend to get attached to each and every cat I meet in my life. That being said, Foggy is one of those cats with whom I have somewhat of an extra special bond. I'm actually the one who found Foggy. On a dark and stormy evening in October of 2016, I was at my parents' house and heard what sounded like a cat crying outside the front door. I opened the door, expecting to see the neighbor cat asking for his usual treats. Instead, I saw a fuzzy orange rump scurrying beneath my mom's van. Long story short, after a small game of cat-and-mouse with the scared little fella, I caught the little guy you see in the photos above, who at the time was only about 5 months old.

My mom and I fruitlessly searched for an owner. We assume he had one, because from day one he's been incredibly friendly and affectionate. After checking for a microchip that didn't exist and posting about him online as well as around the neighborhood and at local veterinary clinics, no one came forward. Perhaps he was set loose or dumped, which is just as well, because by that point my dad had fallen in love with the orange boy and claimed him as his own. If my dad hadn't formed an immediate bond with Foggy, I'd have another orange tabby. My dad especially fell for this boy because he reminded him of his childhood orange tabby named Gus. Foggy loves his dad very, very much, so I know he's in the right home.

Want something a little extra fun? As I've mentioned before, I back up all of my photos to Google Drive, and Google often creates fun little somethings for me using my photos. Google yet again created a bit of an animation for me, this time using the above photos. See?

And don't worry, Foggy's claw is not stuck in the curtain in those images. He is notorious for reaching out and grabbing the curtain, but he's never gotten stuck. In fact, he's quite proficient at moving the curtain aside if he thinks he doesn't have a good enough view out the window.

Foggy and all of us are wishing you a happy Sunday! Of course, Foggy's also entering his handsome self in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.

Doodle of the Day

It's all about the orange tabbies today. And pumpkins, of course.

Did you know?
Did you know a study of nearly 7,700 stray shelter animals found that cats without microchips are reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas cats with microchips find their way back home 38.5% of the time? As for dogs, the study found that those without microchips make it back home 21.9% of the time, whereas those with microchips are reunited with their owners 52.2% of the time. When it comes to the animals who were found with microchips but were not reunited with their owners, this study concluded that a large percentage of these animals had microchips that were linked to either erroneous information or no information at all. In conclusion, have your furbabies microchipped, and keep that microchip up-to-date!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Caturday Art in the Kitchen. Again.

For last week's Caturday Art Blog Hop, we shared a doodle set in an autumnal, witchy sort of kitchen. Today, we're sharing a doodle set in a slightly more traditional kitchen. That being said, it's actually a kitchen we've shared other renditions of before. This time around, though, we pretty much vomited autumn all over this kitchen, added some pumpkin pie, a splash or two of pumpkin juice, and of course threw in a couple kitties and a pup. Make sense? Yes? Good. Here you go.

If that doodle looks a tad bit crooked, don't worry, you're not tipsy. The doodle is crooked. I don't believe in rulers, and that's pretty much all I can say on that.

In case you're wondering, the above doodle stars Tonks, Winky, and pup Astrid for a reason. Around here, they're the most likely furbabies to try to join you on the kitchen counter. So, I figured I'd toss their naughty behavior into a doodle.

We're of course contributing this yet another kitchen doodle to Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop.

Happy Caturday to all!

Did you know?
Did you know that acorns can be toxic to animals? Acorns contain gallic acid and tannic acid, which can cause potential stomach upset, diarrhea, or even potentially kidney disease if ingested. There is also the risk of gastrointestinal obstruction if an animal ingests acorns. Acorns can be a risk to cats and dogs, but also horses, cattle, and other animals. For this reason, always be aware of acorns when outdoors with your animals, and of course also refrain from putting acorn-adorned decor within your furbaby's reach. Acorns are more commonly an issue in the autumn and winter, but of course be on the lookout for them and other hazards all year round.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

We do have some fill-ins to fill in today. That being said, this week the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge will only be found on my blog, as my co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing is taking a blogging break to spend time with her sweet cat Noel, whose health is sadly declining. Please send your purrs and prayers to Noel and Ellen.

In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again here.

1. _________ never fails to improve my bad mood.

2. I feel out of place _________.

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with _________.

4. If you ask me, _________ keeps the doctor away.

My answers are below in bold.

1. A purring cat never fails to improve my bad mood.
(I'm sure this is the case for most of you as well.)

2. I feel out of place when I'm away from home.
(I've mentioned before that I'm a diehard homebody. One of my future goals is to work from home, because leaving the comfort of my home and my furbabies for work every day is not really my cup of tea. I don't mind the occasional outing for shopping and to go on walks and the like, but aside from that I just really like being home. I have enough hobbies, like art and writing, to keep me busy and happy at home. I'm even such a homebody that I don't like vacations, though I do enjoy staycations. Just like last year, my aunt is currently planning a family vacation to Florida for an entire week in November. My aunt even pays for everyone's room and board in a giant house on the beach, so the vacation ends up being low cost for anyone who wants to go. That being said, though I really appreciate my aunt being so kind, I never go. I can't imagine a week away from home, though that might sound strange to some.)

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with resources for the homeless.
(I don't even fully know what a treasure chest could be filled with to truly help the homeless of both the furry and human sort, but I'd sure like to find this solution nonetheless. Perhaps this treasure chest would be filled with oodles of money? Tickets to forever homes? Food supplies? I'd take anything that would help homeless kitties, pups, and humans find safe and sound homes.)

4. If you ask me, the unconditional love of a cat or dog keeps the doctor away.
(After all, science says kitties and pups can help us feel happier and live longer!)

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.


Ready for Eddy? Believe it or not, on rare occasion you can catch a snoozing Eddy with the camera.

This is very rare, though. So rare that these photos are from many months ago, and I haven't achieved any photos of a snoozing Eddy since then.

These photos really aren't all that clear and focused. I can't even get a non-blurry shot of this girl when she's sleeping. That's probably my fault, because I'm certainly no professional photographer.

Due to her facial nerve paralysis, Eddy literally always sleeps with one eye open. Her right eye never fully closes. Luckily, it never dries out, in large part because the third eyelid does function properly, as you can see in the second photo above.

Happy Friday, friends!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Friday

Today's flashback doodle is from last year's Talk Like a Pirate Day. This momentous day falls on September 19, which this time around is next Thursday. That's why I figured I had a good enough excuse to share this pirate doodle as today's flashback. Of course, I obviously had to drown the doodle in autumn.

For at least the past two years, my one-eyed angel Rosie has starred in my Talk Like a Pirate Day doodles. I remember last year feeling inspired to also throw in a confused pup Astrid, since the day is often called Meow Like a Pirate Day as well as Bark Like a Pirate Day. I didn't want any pups feeling left out.

In case you were wondering, Rosie was most definitely the boss of Astrid when the two lived together. Astrid always knew to give Rosie her space, otherwise the whappy paws would come out. I wonder what this pup would do if she found herself on a boat with Rosie and an entire crew of kitties. Astrid loves her some kitties, but boy that would be an interesting crew of pirates. Then again, Rosie always despised other cats, so she'd likely be the most displeased with a whole crew of them.

Did you know?
Did you know studies have found that the mere act of looking at your cat or dog can stimulate your brain to release oxytocin, a neurochemical that makes you feel joy? Just the sight of a kitty or pup is enough to improve your mood! Interacting with your cat or dog can also reduce cortisol, which is a stress hormone. As we've mentioned in previous factoids, studies have also found that life with cats and dogs can help reduce your blood pressure and your risk for cardiovascular disease, just to name a couple more examples. The power of a companion animal's unconditional love, of course in addition to their sensory abilities, is also why dogs and cats have been found to offer many emotional, mental, social, and physical benefits to individuals with PTSD, autism, and a variety of ailments. What would we do without cats and dogs in our lives? 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday! Shall we kick off the day with Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge?

As always, our host shared a photo prompt to guide as a we rhyme. The prompt for this week is this interesting one here:

As a kid, I watched the 1994 The Little Rascals movie more times than I can count. The movie involves the rascally children partaking in a go-kart race. The little vehicle in the image above very vaguely reminded me of their go-kart, so I sort of started with that thought and went from there.

Little and the Rascals

Little Billy was the son of Big Billy,
But that was a mouthful and sounded quite silly.
That's why their names simply became Little and Big,
To make things much easier and far more quick.

Little was only that by name.
Though just a boy, daring was his claim to fame.
There was not a single challenge Little did not accept.
He never wanted to seem a failure or inept.

Little's next big challenge was inching closer day by day.
It involved an event with pumpkins, apple cider, and hay,
This event being the local fall festival on an approaching October day.
The fall festival would of course include its annual race,
With go-karts trying to reach the fastest pace,
And a giant trophy for the one who sped to first place.

Little would of course be partaking in this autumn derby.
He planned to win that trophy, and in a hurry.
Luckily, Little was not a team of his own.
He had two good friends waiting for him at home.

In case you weren't aware, Little's best friends were furry and feline.
They were also loyal and smart and would help Little in no time.
Little's friends had names just as confusing as the very boy and his dad,
Because the name game really can get that bad.

Both of Little's feline friends had the name of Rascal,
And yes, that really was sometimes quite a hassle.
It didn't help that the cats were also identical.
They were oft called Rascal One and Rascal Two.
The Rascals was the collective name for the friends who mewed.

The fall festival was rapidly closing in.
Little was certain losing the go-kart race would be a sin.
He worked on his race car day and night,
Of course with the Rascals right there by his side.
Soon enough, Little believed his go-kart was perfect,
It was the Rascals who gave it that one final check.

Finally, the day of the fall festival arrived.
To it, Little gave his go-kart a drive.
The Rascals had seats of their own in the car,
And they seemed content to ride along no matter how far.

Little was ready at the start line long before the race began.
He wasn't about to be a tardy racing man.
The other racers now took their places as well,
And Little geared himself up to start the race out out swell.

Truth be told, Little was perhaps a tad bit cutthroat,
Though you might cringe to hear that unfortunate note.
Little even thought he'd trained the Rascals to do what needed done,
To do what was needed to ensure that they won.

When the race began, Little put the pedal to the metal,
All while checking to see anything that might knock him down a level.
When he saw a thing or two that caused him concern,
To his furry race friends he immediately did turn.

Little never thought the Rascals would disobey, not ever.
He didn't think twice about asking them to hop out and see to the competitors.
He told Rascal One that young Rudy's car needed its brake line severed.
And loosening speeding Ollie's wheels was Rascal Two's instructed endeavor.

Did the Rascals obey Little, though?
They most certainly did not, no.
Rather, they purred and purred and yet again purred,
While quite clearly enjoying the wind in their fur

In the end, the race was thrilling and a close one at that.
Little came in second, which to him was dead last.
His shoulders fell and he frowned as he sighed,
Though he dared not lot any tears fall from his eyes.

Little wondered if the Rascals were upset by the loss,
Though perhaps they would have won if they had let him be boss.
When he turned and caught sight of his two furry friends,
There was a shift in his mood and mind right there and then.

They had not won the race as Little had wished,
But the Rascals tails still happily swished.
They pranced this way and that with their heads held high,
And even offered glad tidings to the driver of the winning ride.

Little watched as the Rascals did all those happy things.
To them, not coming in first was not even remotely a sting.
Little wondered if the Rascals knew more than him about winning.
Little thought that perhaps a trophy meant nothing.
Perhaps the joy of it all was what really meant something.


Now, what does Thimble have to share today for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop?

Thimble is so very grateful for all the sunshine we've been having lately. It may be 90°F outside, but Thimble is enjoying that sun from her favorite air conditioned window seat.

Obviously, Thimble is also thankful for that adorable nose on that adorable face of hers.

We're of course also so very thankful for this wonderful blogging community!


My Friendly Fill-Ins challenge co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, is taking a break from blogging to spend time with her dear cat Noel, whose health is declining. Please keep Noel and Ellen in your purrs, thoughts, and prayers.

The Friendly Fill-Ins challenge will still be going on this week, but on my blog only. The fill-in statements for tomorrow's challenge are below. I will have the Friendly Fill-Ins link up on my blog at 12:00 am, CDT.

1. _________ never fails to improve my bad mood.

2. I feel out of place _________.

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with _________.

4. If you ask me, _________ keeps the doctor away.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Did you know?
Did you know that observations in the wild have concluded that a cheetah can go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just 3 seconds? Cheetahs are said to be capable of reaching speeds up to 75 mph, albeit in short bursts. We've mentioned in a previous post that a house cat can reach speeds up to approximately 30 mph. That is more similar to the speed of a tiger, which is said to be able to reach maximum speeds of 30 or 40 mph. Lions, as another example, can reach speeds up to roughly 50 mph. Do you think you could beat a cat in a race?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

May we never forget.

In the United States, today is Patriot Day. On this day, we honor all those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. May we never forget.

Did you know?
Did you know that an estimated 300 trained search-and-rescue dogs were present at Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks? Did you know that the last person found alive at Ground Zero, roughly 27 hours after the towers collapsed, was found by a search-and-rescue dog? There were also therapy dogs present, offering comfort to anyone who might need it at Ground Zero. Sadly, both human and companion animal lives were lost as a result of the September 11 attacks, but they shall all be remembered.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Tabby's Trouble on Tuesday

On Sunday, Thimble shared some selfies of her and some of the new toys she received from the Tooth Fairy thanks to Ellen of 15andmeowing. Speaking of those toys, today Thimble wanted to show you all what she has to put up with on the daily.

Thimble indeed got some super fun catnip toys from the Tooth Fairy because she recently underwent a dental.

But poor Thimble, she's not an only child. When she was trying to enjoy her new toys, invaders swooped in.

Don't worry, though. This here mom of Thimble's made sure the girl with missing teeth got her fair share of turns with the new toys. There were more toys than cats vying for them, so it's not like the the goodies were lacking. Thimble was more than able to get purrfectly nipped up on these wonderful toys, and she was a happy girl.

Thimble hopes all of you have a day filled with catnip and fun toys, preferably ones you don't have to share!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Tuesday

Today's flashback doodle is, of course, an autumn one. I remember scribbling this up last September, during a string of days when it just wouldn't stop raining. I recall wanting to try my hand at making the weather look a little more inviting. Since we had some rainy days just this past weekend, this flashback doodle seemed fitting enough.

Did you know?
Did you know that catnip is a perennial in the mint family? Another common name for it is even catmint. And did you know that catnip is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, and that it was imported to the United States? It now grows widespread throughout North America. Catnip is sometimes even considered a weed, and it can often easily take over an area in which it grows.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mancat Monday

Thimble and Eddy both recently showed off their whiskers. Obviously, mancat Evan had to do the same. He hopes you enjoy.

Happy Monday, friends!

Doodle of the Day

Did you know?
Did you know that cats have free-floating clavicle bones? In other words, a cat's collarbone is not connected to any other bone in their body. This is why many cats can compress themselves to fit into small spaces no larger than roughly the size of their head.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Selfies for the Tooth Fairy

Thimble is incredibly excited to share her selfies today. As some of you might remember, Thimble recently underwent a dental and lost a tooth. The dental is certainly not what Thimble is excited about, though. What she's excited about is that, thanks to amazing and wonderful Ellen of 15andmeowing, the Tooth Fairy sent Thimble some goodies!

That there is Thimble guarding just two of her toys from the Tooth Fairy. She got a couple more toys, but her kitty siblings dove in and stole them before she could snap a selfie with them. That's why Thimble is guarding those two so closely.

In case you were wondering, Thimble was already good and nipped out on those toys when these selfies were snapped. These are more like aftermath selfies, you could say. Thimble apologizes, therefore, if she looks like she wasn't seeing quite straight in these selfies. Because she wasn't.

Of course, Thimble is sharing these selfies for the Tooth Fairy as part the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.

Thimble and this mom of hers here are sending our purrs and thanks to Ellen! Thank you, Tooth Fairy!

Doodle of the Day

Here's another hectic autumn doodle.

Did you know?
Did you know that cats have 26 baby teeth and 30 permanent adult teeth? Dogs have 28 baby teeth and 42 permanent adult teeth. As for us humans, we have 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent adult teeth. Like us humans, cats and dogs are born without teeth, they grow in baby teeth at a young age, and then they lose those baby teeth so as to make room for their permanent adult teeth. The timeline of this is of course accelerated in cats and dogs when compared to humans, though. The baby teeth of cats and dogs grow in when they're a couple weeks old, and they lose baby teeth when they are a couple to a few months old.