Friday, April 9, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins and the Letter H

Hello, friends. I apologize yet again for yet another late post. I especially regret it since it's the day of the Friendly Fill-Ins. Yesterday the scanner I use for my drawings decided to start acting up alongside my WiFi, so that turned into another battle of me versus technology both last night and this morning. Now that it's the weekend, I'll finally have some extra time to get these issues all sorted out, so that next week I'll be back to whatever my normal level of functioning might be.

I hate to be posting so late for the Friendly Fill-Ins, but luckily my co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing always has her post up well ahead of time, so you all were able to trust in her as usual. That being said, shall we get right on to the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge now, finally? Ellen came up with the first two statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. I don't like to _________, but I have to.

2. I _________ like a _________.

3. I secretly _________.

4. _________ wears me out.


My answers are below in bold. This week they're all about the furbabies, because nothing is better than that.

1. I don't like to take my kitties to the vet, but I have to.
(Though pup Astrid doesn't mind leaving the house and going for car rides, not a single one of my cats enjoys these things. All of my cats are terrified when in a carrier and when in the car, and they're equally terrified when strangers in strange places start poking and prodding them. It breaks my heart seeing them so scared. That being said, I do know and agree that vet visits are a necessary evil when it comes to being a pet parent. I even take Evan in every 6 weeks now for a small bit of grooming. This is because his urinary incontinence is best managed if he is good and trimmed up back there, which makes him only kind of look like a baboon. Since Evan definitely doesn't like when I try to spruce him up back there, he gets to go to the vet for that every 6 weeks. Sorry, Evan, but it's for your own good.)

2. I treat each of my furbabies like a member of the family.
(I have a feeling this goes for all of you animal loving friends of ours out there.)

3. I secretly steal my cats' toys.
(Sometimes my kitties will get a certain toy in a variety toy pack or in a box of goodies, and if it's an especially cute one, I'll steal it for my own collection of tchotchkes. I mostly only steal the ones that look like cute cats, or that relate to my favorite holidays of Halloween and Christmas, so I'm only slightly a monster.)

4. Eddy's midnight madness wears me out.
(Eddy is nocturnal. Wildly nocturnal. As in, she often quite literally bounces off the walls once the sun goes down. I try to beg her to sleep, so that I in turn can sleep, but she thinks that suggestions is absolutely absurd. It's okay, though, because Eddy is adorable and I love her and I obviously can't get mad at her.)


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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And now it's time for another installment of the April A to Z Challenge.


Today's letter is H, and it's one of the letters I've been most looking forward to for our theme of halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween. That's because our H is for haunted house, and I simply enjoy the imagery of spooky little homes. And so, I made poor angel Rosie visit a haunted house this spring.




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It's Friday, so who's ready for your Eddy fix? Today you get to see this active girl in the midst of a half-second break during a wild time on her cat tree.


Just look at that open window! Isn't window whiffies season the best?

Happy Friday to all!



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We couldn't leave without wishing Marg a most wonderful birthday! Have a happy and blessed birthday, Marg!


To join Marg's birthday blog hop, click here.



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Tip of the Day

Today's tip relates to the haunted house in our doodle, or at least sort of. This tip is to keep your kitty or pup's safety in mind if you happen to be buying or visiting an old or dilapidated home, such as a fixer-upper. More relatable, though, is a situation in which your home is simply undergoing any form of construction. Living in or visiting a home under construction could indeed affect your furbaby and their safety. In such a situation, make sure there are no nails, broken glass, or anything dangerous that might be scattered about, as such things can of course injure an animal.

One example from our own personal experience is the recent work we had done on our roof. Aside from giving your furbaby a safe place to hide should all the noise bother them, there are many other considerations to make. Inevitably, debris of various sorts might end up on the ground when any work is being done on or in a house. Our own roofers did a wonderful job picking up after themselves, and so pup Astrid, our neighbor's oft visiting cat, and other animals who have visited our yard have safely made their way through without any injury. Also be cautious, though, if any other home in your neighborhood is being worked on, especially when it comes to animals who go on walks or otherwise leave your property. As another related example, our neighbors had their roof done last year, and after the roofers left I found and picked up quite a few of their abandoned nails in our own yard. So, whether it be an old or dilapidated house or a house under construction in any way, be aware of the dangers that various debris might pose to your kitties and pups. Always make sure the area is truly safe for your furbaby and their paws, both during and after any work on your home or a nearby home is being done.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thankful Thimble Thursday and the Letter G

First, I apologize again if some of our posts this week are going up late. I'm still fighting some battles with my WiFi at home, so much so that I sometimes have to wait until I get to work in the morning to publish our posts using the WiFi there. Technology and I are currently at odds, but that's nothing new. Anyway, now we'll finally get to today's post.

As always, we're happy to participate in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Thimble yet again has some gratitude to share, and this week she's grateful for her adorable toesies.


Thimble and this here mom of hers are also very thankful for our favorite store Target, and for when our goods from there actually arrive in one piece despite the box looking like it got drop-kicked by an ogre. That there box Thimble is sitting on was falling apart when it arrived, yet it was actually one of the better looking ones we've received lately.

What else are we thankful for? The fun April A to Z Challenge!


With our spooky springtime theme of halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, what did we do with the letter G? We brought in some ghosts, of course!


I couldn't convince poor angel Rosie that these are friendly ghosts, so she's just going to hang out back there in that bush, well away from the weird specters.



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Now, let's share the fill-ins statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, shall we? My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I don't like to _________, but I have to.

2. I _________ like a _________.

3. I secretly _________.

4. _________ wears me out.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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P.S. As we mentioned last week, while we participate in the A to Z Challenge during the month of April, our usual poems for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge will be posted on Sundays. 



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Trivia of the Day

Did you know that Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary was based on actual events in his life? Prior to writing that novel, King, his wife, and their children had moved to a new home on a busy road. Unfortunately, many local pets lost their lives on that busy road, and so a pet cemetery had been set up in a nearby wooded area. The cat of King's daughter sadly passed away after being hit on that road, and they buried the cat in the nearby pet cemetery. Though it's a very sad course of events, this time in Stephen King's life was nevertheless one of the main inspirations for his novel Pet Sematary.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Birthday Bash and the Letter F

First and foremost, we have some birthdays to celebrate today. My calico Tonks, my sister's lady house panther Winky, and my parents' tabby boy Flitwick are litter mates who were all born on April 7. They are 3 years old today, and we're celebrating all of them!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TONKS, WINKY, AND FLITWICK!




Help yourself to some cake, friends. We're also passing around some catnip, so enjoy a nice dose of that as well. Then toss around a toy or two, because that's always fun. Party on!



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And now we'll share today's installment of the A to Z Challenge.


April is halfway to the month of Halloween, making it Halfoween, obviously. With that as our theme, what do you think the letter F stands for? It stands for Frankenstein's monster, of course.


Poor calico angel Rosie just doesn't know what to do with all this Halfoween nonsense. Now there are green Frankensteinian cats running about? Good grief.



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Trivia of the Day

Did you know that a 2020 survey of pet owners found that 67% of them celebrate their pet's birthday? In that survey, indeed nearly 7 out of 10 pet owners indicated that they in some way treat their furry family member's birthday as a special occasion. What do you think of those stats? Should it be a higher percentage?

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tonks Tuesday and the Letter E

Today is Tonks Tuesday, and the pretty little calico is enjoying the sunshine.

She's not really enjoying this mom of hers shoving the camera in her face, but I couldn't help myself.


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Today is also another day of the April A to Z Challenge.


Like the broken record that I am, I'm going to remind you that our theme is Halfoween. Not Halloween, but Halfoween. This is because April is halfway to October, so halfway to Halloween. Since I love Halloween, I'm all for that, which means that our A to Z doodles are all spooky springtime ones.

Now, today we've reached the letter E. And what does E stand for? It stands for Eek! If you ask me, nothing says Eek! more than spiders.


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Tip of the Day

Today's tip is one that you all probably already know, and it relates to the fact that two of the most commonly found poisonous spiders are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. These two are certainly not the only dangerous or even deadly spiders in existence, but they are two that are most commonly seen. Of these two, the black widow is perhaps the more dangerous. This is because a bite from a brown recluse can indeed cause injury to the affected skin or limb, and in severe cases may even require amputation. As for a bite from the black widow spider, though, this can cause damage to the neurological system, which could in turn lead to especially serious side effects, including death. These two spiders are harmful to many species, including cats, dogs, and humans. That being said, keep your kitties and pups away from any and all spiders you are not certain to be harmless. Unless you're familiar with spiders, many of us are not always positive of what type of spider we're looking at when we see one. If this is the case for yourself, simply keep your kitty or pup away from a spider if you see it. It never hurts to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of your furry family.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Mancat Monday and the Letter D

Evan is tuckered out from his Easter festivities. After all, the Easter Bunny brought the kitties some new catnip toys, and so now Evan's all nipped out. Since he's so tired, this orange boy is going to just send you guys right over to the A to Z Challenge installment for today.

Our theme for this month's A to Z Challenge is indeed still halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, in honor of April being the halfway mark to October. In short, this means we're sharing spooky springtime doodles to match the alphabet. As for today, we've reached the letter D. What does the letter D stand for? It stands for, well, devil. Don't worry, though, because our little devil isn't an evil one. It's actually quite a cute one.


Poor Rosie. This angel calico is not only unsure about this whole Halfoween thing, but now she's been forced into a little devil's costume. She's even being made to go trick-or-treating in said costume on a springtime night, the poor girl. Despite the fact that Rosie is indeed dressed a bit devilish in this doodle, in reality this calico angel of mine was never willing to dress up when she was on this earth with me. She was an independent gal who had no intention of being told what to do, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Happy Monday to all!


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Tip of the Day

Each day of this month, our tips will relate to something in that day's post, most often the letter of the day and its accompanying doodle. For today, we're giving a quick tip that we've mentioned before, but it definitely relates to today's alphabetic doodle. That tip is to only put costumes or other attire on your kitty or pup if they enjoy it or at the very least tolerate it. Some animals become anxious and distressed if placed in clothes, and in such a case it's safest and kindest for the animal if you simply refrain from dressing them up. If you are dressing up your cat or dog, especially if for the first time, keep an eye out for signs of displeasure on your furbaby's part. For example, if they attempt to remove the clothes, if they refuse to walk or move when dressed up, if they pace, or if they show other signs of restlessness, that kitty or pup simply might not be a candidate for wearing costumes or other clothes.

Another consideration to make is the fit and design of any clothes you place on your kitty or pup. Even if your cat or dog doesn't mind wearing items of clothing, it's best to only do so if it is the correct size and fits them properly and safely. You also want to make sure there aren't any dangerous parts or pieces that dangle, tangle, or otherwise cause potential hazards. This is likely all common sense that all of you already know, but we're here to repeat the sentiments anyway.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!




If you celebrate the holiday, we hope you have a very happy and blessed Easter! If you do not celebrate it, have a wonderful Sunday! Either way, we do hope you enjoyed Toby's Easter selfies.



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I mentioned on Thursday how my poems for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge will be part of my Sunday posts during the month of April. This is mostly because I'm participating in the April A to Z Challenge, and that challenge has a weekly hiatus on Sundays. So, to make things a bit less busy on Thursdays, our poems will be shared on Sundays instead.

Our poetic host Angel Sammy always shares a photo prompt to help guide us. The prompt for this week's poem was this daunting image here:

During the month of April, I'm giving myself one extra little challenge for my poems. Since I'm scribbling up 26 doodles for the A to Z Challenge, I'm not going to draw my usual new illustrations for my poems. Instead, I'm going to try to find past doodles to in some way match the photo prompt provided by our host. Then I'm going to write a poem at least sort of related to both the prompt and whatever flashback doodle I found to go with it. The past drawing I decided to use for this week's prompt and poem is this one from all the way back in 2019:

Using both our poetic host's prompt and that flashback doodle, I meandered my way through this silly little rhyme here:


To Each Her Own

Margo's friends sought grand adventure.
Near, there, far, and everywhere they would venture.
As for Margo, she preferred a more peaceful life.
Calm and simple days with her cat Ed are what made her feel most alive.

Watching her friends set off on a new journey never upset Margo.
It was her who chose to turn down trips to Mount Everest and even Key Largo.
This time around, Margo's friends were headed on a trip across cliffs and waterfalls.
In truth, that did not sound fun to Margo—not one bit, not at all.

As her friends prepared their hiking gear and kayaks,
"Are you sure you don't want to come along, Margo?" they did ask.
"I'm absolutely positive," Margo said.
"Ed will keep me company," she added with a smile and nod of her head.

"You're going to miss a great many adventures on waters galore."
That was what Margo's friends told her, and so much more.
"I can enjoy my very own adventures here at home," Margo said.
"I quite enjoy a peaceful trip across the lake," she added with another nod of her head.

After a few more attempts to convince Margo to join them,
Her friends finally admitted defeat and began to head out by 8:00 am.
"Don't worry about me," Margo said to her frowning friend Joan.
Margo added, "I just don't enjoy what you enjoy. To each her own."

After sending her friends off on their way,
"Would you like to go on our own little adventure, Ed?" to her cat Margo did say.
To the local lake not far away the two did walk.
Everything about the lake was serene and calm.
"This is much more my speed," Margo had to admit.
The girl and her cat stepped into a boat and set off with excitement and spirit.

On the lake, Margo and Ed floated and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Those like Margo's friends found adventures to distant lands to be a riot,
While those like Margo enjoyed things far more simple and silent.
It does not matter how you prefer to spend your time away or at home.
In truth, to each his or her own.


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Tip of the Day

Today's tip is an Easter-inspired one, and it is to always think twice before ever giving anyone an animal as a gift. This could include giving a bunny to a child for Easter, as well as giving a puppy as a Christmas gift, or a kitty as a birthday gift. Caring for any animal will of course take time, effort, knowledge, and preparation. What's more, some animals, such as rabbits, have special dietary or other needs. This is why taking on an animal as a pet should be done with forethought and preparation by the pet's new owner. Giving a child a rabbit for Easter, therefore, could lead to a rabbit ending up in a situation with lack of proper care, and an overwhelmed child or parents. The same goes for giving any animal as a gift, especially if the recipient has not made the proper preparations or does not have the resources to care for a pet. So, never forget that giving an animal a proper home with proper care is something that should always be discussed, researched, and for which the owner should sufficiently be prepared. We have no doubt that all of you reading this already know this.

The above being said, it's worth noting that if a responsible pet owner expresses a desire to receive a pet as a gift, that is a bit of a different story. Someone whom you know well, who is already a proven kind and caring pet owner, and who wants another animal, is someone who could more reasonably receive an animal as a gift. We bet there are plenty of wonderful pet owners out there who have received a best friend in this manner. The important thing is to think such a decision through wisely, and to consider whether an animal will for certain receive the proper care it needs and deserves from a potential recipient.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Creepy Caturday Art and the Letter C

Hello, friends. I apologize for the late post. I just mentioned in yesterday's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge how I find technical difficulties to be an inconvenience, and perhaps I jinxed myself with that comment. My laptop and wifi have not been getting along, and so I have not been getting along with either of them, and so now here we are late in the morning with a late post. That's okay, though. Because better late than never, right?

Moving on. It's the third day of April, which means we've reached the third letter of the alphabet for the A to Z Challenge.

As we've mentioned, our A to Z Challenge theme is halfway to Halloween, because that is exactly what the month of April is. I've also heard this month called Halfoween, which I quite like the sound of. Anyway, we're doing spooky springtime doodles with Halloween details related to that day's letter. So, what does C stand for? It stands for cat-o'-lanterns, of course!

Poor Rosie. She doesn't seem all that thrilled that someone is carving up cat-o'-lanterns and leaving them and their guts scattered everywhere. Maybe by the end of the month Rosie will come around to the idea of Halfoween.

Happy Caturday, friends!



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Trivia of the Day

According to some sets of data collected over the past couple of years, Pumpkin is often amongst the top 5 names given to ginger kitties. The collected data would indicate, though, that Pumpkin has not been the very top name for orange cats as of late. Instead, it's often beat out by names such as Leo and Tiger. Have you ever met any orange cats named Pumpkin? What about Leo and Tiger?

Friday, April 2, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins and the Letter B

Happy Friday, friends! Today we're going to kick things off with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. If you'd like to join in, please do! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ is such an inconvenience.

2. My favorite part of the Easter (or Passover) meal is _________.

3. I would like to find an Easter egg filled with _________.

4. For me, _________ is a deal-breaker.



My answers are below in bold.

1. Technical difficulties are such an inconvenience.
(Technology and I often don't see eye-to-eye. Talk about First World problems, huh?)

2. My favorite part of the Easter meal is dessert.
(I do enjoy me some ham, mashed potatoes, noodles, biscuits, and lots of other good stuff that's often served at my family's Easter meal. But, really, isn't dessert the best part of any meal? Every year for Easter, I enjoy making a festive bunny patch pudding dessert. I've shared a photo of this dessert in the past, and I'll share it again now.)


3. I would like to find an Easter egg filled with spare time.
(Of course I wouldn't mind finding an Easter egg filled with money, or one loaded with sweet treats, or of course one overflowing with kittens. But, the thing I really seem to need the most these days is some extra time in the day. If someone could shove even just a few extra hours into an Easter egg and hide it somewhere I can find it, that would be great.)

4. For me, a dislike of animals is a deal-breaker.
(I find it difficult, if not impossible, to interact with or trust someone who goes out of their way to express a dislike toward animals. I understand not everyone can or even wants to share their home or life with a cat, dog, or other animal, but an outward dislike of animals is a big no-no for me when it comes to considering anyone a true friend or part of my life.)


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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Next up, how about today's installment of the A to Z Challenge?


As we've mentioned, our incredibly weird and wacky theme is Halfoween. After all, April is halfway to Halloween. What's more, my calico angel Rosie will be starring in all of these spooky springtime doodles, though she might not be doing so willingly. Now, we've reached the letter B, and B is for bats, and of course black cats!




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Are you ready for your Eddy fix now? Yes? Good, because Eddy has a gorgeous one for you all today.


Have a fantastic Friday!



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Trivia of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, throughout April we will be sharing tips and trivia related to that day's post. Most often, our tips or trivia will relate to that day's A to Z Challenge letter and the related doodle. So, for today, our piece of trivia kicks off with bats. Did you know that bats are the most likely mammal to carry rabies? The CDC has indicated that roughly 32% of rabies cases detected in the United States are bats. Bats aren't the only wildlife that can carry and pass on rabies, though. Again according to the CDC, 28% of detected rabies cases are raccoons, 21% are skunks, and 7% of foxes. If bitten by an infected animal, our cats and dogs can indeed contract rabies, primarily if not vaccinated for it. What's more, rabies is almost always fatal. If your furbaby goes outside, or if bats or other wildlife have a chance of finding their way into your attic or other areas of the home, do take seriously the option of getting your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies. Rabies vaccination is also required by law in many states, so be knowledgeable of these laws in you area.

How about another piece of trivia sort of related to the above information? Possums have very little chance of contracting or carrying rabies. This is believed to be because of the possum's low body temperature, which makes them an unlikely carrier for the disease. Another random piece of trivia some of you might very well know is that possums are a marsupial, which is still a mammal, albeit a pouched one. Possums are the only marsupial found in North America.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thankful Thimble and the Letter A

On Thursdays, I indeed do usually participate in Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. As I have done for the past couple of Aprils, though, I'll be sharing my poems on Sundays instead. That's largely because I also participate in the A to Z Challenge every April, and this challenge has a small weekly hiatus on Sundays. So, to keep our Thursday posts a bit less busy, I'll wait to share my weekly poems on Sundays during April.

Now, let's give a bit of thanks as part of Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


As always, Thimble is here to offer some gratitude.


Thimble probably looks a tad bit annoyed in this photo. That's because she is, but she's also grateful. Our roof is still being worked on, and though Thimble is a brave girl and doesn't hide from the noise, it still mildly irritates her. That said, Thimble is grateful we'll have a brand new roof over our heads, and she's also thankful that the workers are almost done. Oh, and Thimble is of course excited and thankful to now get into the April A to Z Challenge!


In case you missed the post when we announced our A to Z Challenge theme, we'll mention it again now. As we've already mentioned, our theme is weird, wacky, and very likely not everyone's cup of tea. But, it's a theme that makes me very happy and excited. Getting to the point, our theme relates to the fact that April is more or less halfway to Halloween, or what I've also seen online referred to as Halfoween. I figured, if we can have Christmas in July, then surely why not Halfoween in April? I'm a huge fan of Halloween and all things spooky, macabre, gothic, and you get the idea, so I've been enjoying scribbling up A to Z Halfoween doodles for this month. All of our doodles will be sort of spooky springtime doodles, in springtime settings but with Halloween details determined by that day's letter of the alphabet.

Now that we've rambled on, what do we have today for the letter A? We have All Hallows' Eve...in April!


As has been the case for many past April A to Z Challenges, my calico angel Rosie will be starring in all of our alphabetical doodles. Doodled up Rosie may not look thrilled about this spooky month, but I'm happy to have her here with us!



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Last but not least, let's share the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ is such an inconvenience.

2. My favorite part of the Easter (or Passover) meal is _________.

3. I would like to find an Easter egg filled with _________.

4. For me, _________ is a deal-breaker.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!


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Tip of the Day

For the month of April, each day we're going to give tips or bits of trivia that relate to that day's content. Most of the time, this means that this month's tips or trivia will in some way relate to the A to Z Challenge letter and the related doodle of the day. That being said, today's tip actually doesn't relate directly to the letter A or the Halloween aspect of today's doodle. It actually relates to the flowers in the doodle. Pretty much all of our spooky springtime doodles will star flowers in a way. After all, it's spring. I never know whether the flowers I draw are more like roses or carnations, so how about a little tip on both types of these flowers?

Let's start with roses. Are roses safe for our furry friends? Ore are they toxic to cats and dogs? Generally speaking, roses are not toxic to cats and dogs. That being said, roses can pose some danger because of their thorns, which of course can cause injury if a kitty or pup gets a little too curious about a rose plant. So, to prevent accidental injuries, of course try to keep your cats and dogs from away from those rose thorns. Next up, what about carnations? Carnations indeed are mildly toxic to cats and dogs. If ingested, carnations can cause some gastrointestinal upset as well as potential dermatological issues. For this reason, to prevent even a mild toxicity, don't grow or keep carnations where your kitty or pup can reach them.