Saturday, October 1, 2022

Caturday Art: Halloween Pre-Game

It's finally October, home to one of my most favorite holidays. I of course want to start sharing Halloween doodles, but for today we have the final sort of spooky summer-ish doodle that I failed to post before now. I hate for it to go to waste, and at least it does actually star a very Halloween item. It's just the background colors that make it more summer-ish, as it's not the bright oranges and such of my usual autumnal doodles. I guess it's sort of a Halloween pre-game doodle. Sort of. Anyway. Enough rambling. Here you go.


Happy October, friends!




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Tip of the Day

For the past couple of years, I've really enjoyed sharing tips centered around Halloween all throughout October. So, we're going to share those tips again. So, are you ready for the first Halloween tip of the season? We're going to start with none other than the festive decorations. Most people might be more cognizant of their Christmas decorations and how they could affect the resident furbabies. However, also keep your furbaby's safety in mind if you put up Halloween decorations. Halloween decorations can come in all shapes and sizes, such as wreaths, garland, and all sorts of trinkets and goodies in between. If you're anything like us, you have all sorts of black cats and pumpkins out on display this time of year. No matter what kind of decorations you put out, make sure that anything your furbaby might chew on is out of their reach. Small pieces of Halloween decor, or parts and pieces of off larger pieces of decor, could lead to choking, obstruction, or perforation of the bowel if ingested. Be aware of cords that might come with certain decorations, and realize the various hazards those cords can pose to a curious kitty or pup. While you don't have to refrain from being festive and decorating for Halloween (or any holiday), you simply need to take your kitty or pup's safety into consideration and do your best to prevent injury to your furbaby when putting up your decor.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Friendly Fill-Ins, Photo Fails, and a Rhyme

Hello, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Are you? We'd love for you to join us. My wonderful co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. I'm usually _________ but sometimes I can be _________.

2. A new show (or book or food) I like is _________.

3. I would like to skip _________ and jump right to _________.

4. I haven't _________ since _________.


My answers are below in bold, accompanied by their needlessly long and rambling explanations, as usual.

1. I'm usually an early bird, but sometimes I can be a night owl.
(Though I know it sounds blasphemous to some, I love being awake and productive early in the morning, when the rest of the world is still asleep. When it comes to nighttime, I'm usually too tired for my brain to fully function, especially on work days. Sometimes I'm even asleep by 7 or 8 pm, though that's usually if I've fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV. That happens more often than I care to admit, but I digress. That said, every once in awhile there's a night when I'm wide awake, and sometimes I'll even find myself wildly productive past midnight. That happens something like once a month, and it never fails to shock me.)

2. A new show I like is The Imperfects.
(This is a new show on Netflix that I recently watched. It's about a group of individuals who are scientifically modified and as a result they have some weird and unusual powers. As someone who enjoys various forms of fantasy and just strange things in general, this is one of the only new shows lately that I actually made my way through pretty fast. I think one thing that helped was that I've always been fascinated by the folklore surrounding the creature known as the chupacabra, and one of the modified characters on the show regularly turns into one, so that was fun.)

3. I would like to skip pup Astrid's crate rest and jump right to her full recovery.
(You might very well be tired of hearing about it by now, but pup Astrid is having her torn CCL repaired on October 11. After that, she'll have a number of weeks on varying versions of strict crate rest. By the time we've finished all the stages of her recovery and she'll be fully allowed to return to normal activity, it'll be December. And incredibly active Astrid is going to hate every second of that forced rest. That's why I'd love to be able to just skip all of that and just be at her fully recovered state. I know she'd like the same thing.)

4. I haven't done much in-person grocery shopping since early 2020.
(When the pandemic hit, I started doing most of my grocery shopping via Instacart or other delivery services. My primary reason for this was that I kept trying to do my shopping at the end of a work day like usual, but by the time I'd get to the store at 5 pm or after, much of what I needed was out of stock. And since most of the stores in my area get their trucks in early in the week, I learned that going grocery shopping over the weekend was no more successful than weekday evenings. So, I started ordering my groceries to be shopped while I was at work, when the store was most likely to be stocked. And then I just never stopped going that route. After all, as someone who prefers being home rather than going out into a social setting, the ability to have my groceries delivered to my house is very enticing.)


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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And now it's time for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop, hosted by none other than Melissa and Mudpie of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.


Our resident blooper queen Eddy of course has some outtakes to share. They're typical Eddy bloopers, meaning they're blurry and all sorts of unfocused.


Eddy pretty much left the scene for the next blooper.


Happy Friday, friends!


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Lastly, we're going to finally catch up on all the weeks we've missed of Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


This is going to be wild, because it's been something like 4 weeks since we've shared a poem. The photo prompts for all those weeks were these images here:





Sometimes, before I start brainstorming a photo prompt in and of itself, I look at some of my completed doodles to see if any of them spark any ideas alongside the poetic prompt. I did that way back when I saw the first of the above photo prompts weeks ago. And back then, one of my drawings that's ready to share actually did inspire something to go along with the prompt. I even completed the poem for it. Then life happened and I didn't share it, and then another week went by, and so on and so on. Then, the other day, I found myself determined to make that doodle I picked fit for all of the photo prompts I missed over the past few weeks. Obviously, that means I took some major artistic liberties with my poem, but I guess that's nothing new. So, the doodle in question will be shared after the short little poem, but it's admittedly another one that I drew after seeing an online photo of another piece of Halloween decor that's being sold in stores this year. I honestly have no idea even where this ghostly decor can be found, but it inspired me to scribble it up in a doodle nonetheless.

All that to say, here's a weird little poem in some way inspired by all of the above photo prompts, and also somehow inspired by the wacky doodle you'll find below.


Ghost in a Cloche

You think you have a weird house?
Let me tell you what my living conditions are all about.
I'll put it right out there and disclose,
That, well, I'm none other than a ghost in a cloche.
You know those little glass display domes?
Yeah, that's what I get to call my home.

One day I just woke up and there I was,
A ghost made of cloth with my own personal moon above.
I lived in a bright store with gawking faces and tile floors,
Specifically in an aisle labeled Halloween Decor.
I sat up on an uncomfy shelf that existed way, way up high.
It was like living on scaffolding, and that's no lie.
And did I mention that I'm afraid of heights?

I thought I'd found freedom one particular day,
When a strange lady picked me off the shelf and for me did pay.
But you know what became of my life after that?
I was placed on yet another shelf, just now in a new habitat.
And this time I was in the reach of a killer orange cat.
That whiskered beast has tried to knock me to the floor many a time.
I think he wants to turn my glass house into shards in a most heinous crime.
I really must—oh no!—here comes that murderous feline!

Really, truly, this isn't any sort of fair fight.
That clawed beast is more than a frightening sight.
He's far from small, this orange feline thing.
His belly is so big that as we runs toward me it jiggles and swings.
You might think that a rude thing to say,
But with a mouth full of teeth he's now headed my way!




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Tip of the Day

The last of our Animal Pain Awareness Month tips involves ways that you can help enable a pained furbaby be more mobile and comfortable around the home. If your furbaby has difficulty jumping due to an injury or arthritis, for example, you can put pet stairs or a pet ramp beside chairs, couches, or beds in the home. This can help your kitty or pup better reach elevated areas without having to jump, which could otherwise exacerbate pain associated with an injury or arthritis. For a cat, another way to help them combat pain and discomfort is to give them litter boxes with low sides, so that they can easily walk right in. Or, you can also give them a ramp or stairs leading up to the entrance of the litter box, if needed. If it helps reduce pain associated with certain injuries, arthritis, or other ailments, you can also elevate your kitty or pup's food and water bowls.

Another simple way to help a pained furbaby feel some relief and comfort is by way of their beds and blankets. You can offer extra soft and thick beds, and in easy to reach locations. Some forms of pain are also alleviated by heat, which means that safe, pet-friendly heated blankets or heated beds could also be of use. Of course, you would need to take all necessary safety precautions when using any heated or electric products.

In more extreme cases, your furbaby might be in need of direct assistance with their mobility. If need be, you can use various forms of slings to help your kitty or pup ambulate. You can use a towel or blanket to create a makeshift sling, for example. Another option is to purchase a sling, or a harness with handles, which are indeed available on the market.

It is not easy to see our furbabies in pain. At the same time, it is not easy for them to feel such pain. That's why it is important to do what you can to alleviate your kitty or pup's pain, even if that means a bit of redecorating within your home.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Thankful Thimble Thursday

Hello and happy Thursday, friends! After an emergency at work and then an emergency with my car, it's just a quick post for today. Tomorrow's post will have far more to it, and will probably be far too long. That said, we do still have some cuteness to share today.

Thimble is of course here to share some gratitude for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


What is Thimble thankful for today?


Thimble is grateful for cozy blankets! After all, we've been dipping down to near freezing temperatures at night. As for this human, I'm thankful for lap kitty season, since most of mine mainly opt for my lap when they're cold. I had three kitties on me last night, and I'm not complaining about that one bit.



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Now, are you ready for the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I'm usually _________ but sometimes I can be _________.

2. A new show (or book or food) I like is _________.

3. I would like to skip _________ and jump right to _________.

4. I haven't _________ since _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day


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Tip of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, and so the last days of this month will include tips relating to that very topic. Yesterday's tip was about some of the signs and symptoms you might notice if your furbaby is in pain. Today's tip relates to, of course, taking your kitty in for a veterinary exam should they be showing signs of pain. By way of examination and other potential diagnostic tests, a reason for any pain your furbaby is feeling might be deduced.

Moreover, if or when your veterinarian describes medications to treat or regulate your furbaby's pain, always monitor them closely. This is often especially important after the first doses of a new medication. Depending on the reason for pain, as well as depending on the individual animal, different medications can vary in their efficacy and side effects. Of course, some pain medications will, by nature, cause drowsiness or other such side effects. In some cases, though, there are other things to look out for. For example, some animals have noticeably adverse reactions to certain drugs, such as respiratory distress, hives or swelling, vomiting, or diarrhea. There are also cases when an animal might have a hypersensitivity to certain medications, making typical side effects, such as drowsiness, even more pronounced than anticipated or safe. Therefore, after giving your kitty or pup a pain medication (or, in truth, any medication), be sure to observe them carefully. If you notice any concerning or abnormal side effects in your cat or dog, of course do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Adventures with Astrid: Once upon a Time

As we mentioned last week, poor pup Astrid isn't getting her usual walks right now. And she won't be getting her usual walks for many, many weeks. After all, she's waiting for the surgery to repair her torn CCL (like a human's ACL), and after the surgery she'll be on cage rest for 6 weeks. She'll be allowed short, controlled walks 2 weeks post surgery, but Astrid has informed me that's not good enough.

For now, Astrid is surviving on short trips down the street as well as lots of time in the back yard. She's also living vicariously through photos of some of her recent walks, like this one from once upon a time.


Astrid says it's absolute garbage the way she's being treated. Speaking of garbage, here's a garbage can from that walk.


Need to see it closer? Here you go.


Astrid wants to remind you all to properly dispose of your excrement, especially when in public. Or, at least she wants to remind her canine friends of that. Actually, Astrid would prefer if her gifts to the world were left exactly where she put them, but that's beside the point.

It's a bit upsetting to Astrid that she can't mark the entire neighborhood. Don't worry, though, because she's depositing plenty of goods in the back yard for us to clean up. Astrid prefers when we miss a pile and step in it. She says karma's a you-know-what.

Despite her current house arrest crankiness, Astrid wishes you all a happy Wednesday!


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Flashback Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Since September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, we'll be finishing out the month with a short series of tips on this topic. Today's tip relates to how our furbabies might let us know they are in pain. This can be a bit difficult sometimes, as cats and even dogs can be very good at hiding pain. This is why we must be very observant of our furbabies on a regular basis, in order to know when they aren't acting themselves.

The symptoms of pain in our furbabies can vary greatly, depending on the source of the pain, as well as the individual animal. You might see decreased activity level, or even a decrease in your cat or dog's appetite. Another potential sign is an altered gait, or an unwillingness or inability to move or jump. A cat in pain might avoid or miss the litter box, and a dog in pain might have accidents inside the house. Aggression and hiding are yet more potential signs that your kitty or pup is in pain. The list of signs and symptoms of pain in animals could go on and on. This is why it's imperative that you know your kitty or pup's norm, and that you make frequent observations of their activities and behavior in order to catch when anything is out of the norm. Altered activity or behavior could mean any number of things, pain being one possibility.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tonks Tuesday with the Blanket Thief

This here human yet again made the rookie mistake of setting a clean load of blankets down on the couch on the way to their final destination.


I wonder when I'll regain possession of those blankets. Not anytime soon, according to Tonks.

Tonks hopes you all find a mountain of blankets on which to snooze today! Happy Tuesday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

It truly feels like autumn around here these days, which makes it even more fun to share doodles like this.


I promise some brand new doodles are coming this way very, very soon.



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Tip of the Day

Today is the last tip in our disaster preparedness series, and it is one that we have repeated many times, on many different occasions. This tip is to always ensure that your furbaby has some form of identification. In the unfortunate event that your furbaby becomes separated from you in any form of disaster or emergency, some form of identification could more easily bring them back to you. A collar with an ID tag as well as a microchip are the most common forms of ID for our kitties or pups. In addition to ensuring this identification is on your cat or dog, also make sure that the information is up-to-date. If you have moved addresses or changed phone numbers, for example, make sure this is reflected on your furbaby's identification. No one ever wants to consider being separated from their kitty or pup, but should this happen in an emergency or any event, your furbaby is more likely to find their way back to you if they are wearing some form of identification.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Mancat Monday

Hello, friends! We didn't mean to disappear for the entire weekend again, and to yet again not have a post prepared first thing Monday morning. Life is just happening all over the place these days, but here we are. And we're ready to get back to the blogging fun.

So, it's Mancat Monday. You know what that means?


Mancat Monday means you get a good ol' dose of handsome Evan! We hope you all enjoyed. We're sure you did.

Have a wonderful day, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Here's a quick and silly little flashback doodle from a couple of years ago. It also hints at the fact that October is just around the corner, which means all sorts of weird and wacky Halloween scribbles.




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Tip of the Day

Today's disaster preparedness tip is a rather specific one, and it is to consider using a pet rescue alert decal or sticker at your house. These decals or stickers are meant to alert rescue response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home. They can be placed on a screen door, on a window near a door, or somewhere similar where rescuers can easily see it. This type of information on what animals are in the home can help in the case of a house fire or any emergency evacuation, especially in cases when you are in any way unable to inform response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home and in need of rescuing. There are a variety of these decals or stickers available online, but one easy way to get them is through the ASPCA, as you can visit their website and order free pet emergency alert decals for your home.

Alerting emergency personnel of the animals in your home can help them to more quickly rescue your companion animals in the event of a fire or other emergency. This being said, though, please do ensure that any such decals or stickers are kept up-to-date. Not only is this important for ensuring that all animals in the house are properly accounted for, but is also important for the safety of emergency personnel. For example, if one of your furbabies has passed away but it is still included on an displayed pet emergency alert at your home, then emergency crews might put their lives at risk looking for an animal who is not even present. So, while these pet emergency alert bulletins can indeed benefit your pets' safety, also ensure that you use them properly in order to keep emergency personnel equally safe.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello, friends. I am very, very sorry for this late post, especially given that it's Friendly Fill-Ins day. It's been a couple of wild days around here, and now it's going to be a couple of wild months. See our fill-in #2 for why.

That said, it is indeed time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ should come with _________.

2. And just like that _________.

3. I get funny looks from others when I _________.

4. I once tried to _________, and I failed.


My answers are below in bold.

1. People should come with instructions.
(I'm admittedly not a people person, and I'm awkward as all get out in public, so I would benefit if there was a readily available manual on how to exist around other people. Some people require more instructions than others, especially when you need to be rid of them. Perhaps there are manuals for how to turn people into cats in order to make them more tolerable? Is that too much to ask?)

2. And just like that pup Astrid's next couple of months got really interesting.
(We've mentioned over the past couple of days how poor pup Astrid very recently had a leg injury that was diagnosed as a torn CCL, which is like a human tearing their ACL. We had a surgical consult yesterday, and her surgery is now scheduled for October 11. Astrid isn't getting her usual walks right now because she's hopping on three legs and that's just not great for her. It also puts her at an even greater risk of tearing her other back leg's CCL, and that's a great big no thank you. Even better—and please note my sarcasm there—Astrid's surgery recovery will entail strict crate rest for 6 weeks. We'll be giving more details on this as hyperactive Astrid lives the crate rest nightmare. SOS.)

3. I get funny looks from others when I talk nonstop about my cats.
(None of you cat blogging friends of ours think twice of my kitty obsession, but I don't often meet people like you all in real life. When people learn about my multiple cats, one of the few topics on which I can and will talk endlessly, most people look at me like I'm nuts. Especially when they find out one is hind limb paralyzed and all that jazz. People don't know what they're missing out on.)

4. I once tried to be good with technology, and I failed.
(I used to put it effort to learn better skills with technology, but it was a futile endeavor. It's a running joke in my family that I'm terrible with technology. I'm usually not even actively trying to be good or bad or anything in particular with it, but even so technology just fails around me for whatever reason. In my childhood home, my bedroom was the place where TVs, radios, DVD players, computers, and pretty much every device went to die. As recent as yesterday, my sister informed me that one of her special Amazon music devices that I don't understand only ever stops working when I'm near it. It's to a point where, if any technological device breaks, the first question anyone in my family asks is, "Did Lorianne touch it?" And I can't even blame them.)


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 time for your Eddy fix. Today, you get to see Eddy begging for some window whiffies.


Don't worry, she got her way. I opened the window for her to sniff the great outdoors. I know my place.

Happy Friday, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

This flashback doodle is a pretty darn old one starring our housemates Toby and Winky. It's another one that I hope to recreate this autumn.




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Tip of the Day

Today's National Disaster Preparedness Month tip is to, in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane, do your absolute best to consider the care and safety of animals who may not be your typical indoor companions. For example, do you help care for feral cats, even an entire feral colony? If so, please don't forget them in potential disaster preparedness plans.

Obviously, evacuating feral furbabies may not be anywhere nearly as easy as relocating your tame, indoor kitties or pups. However, do still do all that you can to ensure that you include ferals or strays under your care in the event of an emergency. Especially if there is a known threat of a disaster, try to find a way to access traps or other means of capturing and transporting ferals. And, of course, do your research ahead of time regarding safe areas that would be willing to take in ferals or strays in the event of an emergency. There may indeed be organizations willing to help with this feat. Therefore, also do your research in this regard and reach out to various animal rescue organizations to determine if they can offer assistance.

Another consideration to make are animals such as horses and livestock. As best as absolutely possible, try to always think ahead, even before a disaster is even on the immediate horizon, and make sure that you have access to trailers and other necessities for relocating large animals. And, again, do your research ahead of time regarding where you might be able to safely relocate animals such as horses or livestock.

Trying to orchestrate the relocation of numerous animals in the event of a disaster can indeed be very daunting. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, time or resources are short. In the end, though, you have to simply do the absolute best that you can. The best way to indeed do the absolute best you can is to always think ahead, be prepared, and have a plan. Make sure that you take the time to research safe options for all creatures under your care, and then, accordingly, make plans that could be implemented in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Remember Me Thursday

As we're sure most of you already know, today is Remember Me Thursday. The Remember Me Thursday website has often explained this day with one poignant sentence: "Remember Me Thursday is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them." Just like most of you, around here we are huge proponents of adopting cats, dogs, and other companion animals from shelters and rescues. That's why our post today is indeed centered around this significant topic.

I am of course a huge advocate for adopting shelter and rescue animals. Going one step further, though, I myself am also a huge advocate for adopting special needs—or specially abled—animals, if you are able to do so. They have so much to offer, as I have learned with my extra special Evan and Eddy.

Now, it seems perfectly timed that Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop always falls on Remember Me Thursday, given that both take place on, well, Thursday.


I am of course beyond thankful for all of my furbabies. All of them are rescues, though only one of them was actually adopted from a rescue group rather than stumbling into my life by other means. The furbaby I actually actively adopted is none other than Eddy, who is a sort of specially abled kitty herself.


As some of you might know, when I adopted Eddy, she was suffering from some sort of acute neurological issue that appeared just a day or so after the rescue trapped her. She walked and ran in circles, had a head tilt, had right-sided facial nerve paralysis, and all that neurological jazz. I was actually seeking out a special needs kitty at that time, as I had just recently lost my geriatric angel Rosie and wanted to give another special needs kitty a home in Rosie's honor. And so, I became Eddy's mom. She has since recovered from her major neurological issues, though she did adorably retain her head tilt and facial nerve paralysis.

Want to see a photo of Eddy at her first appointment at our vet? Of course you do.


That little lamb there behind Eddy was her little buddy when she was a young kitten. He had to be retired (and bleached) when he kept being dragged into the litter box by Eddy, but now he's tucked up in a closet for safe keeping. But I digress.

All that to say, Eddy and all of my rescue furbabies have brought me endless joy in life. Cats, dogs, and all animals in shelters deserve the chance to show just how much joy and love they have to offer. Because it's a lot. Today and every day, we are purring, woofing, praying, and doing our best to spread the word in order to help all animals in shelters and rescues find forever homes. They deserve it.



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Before we go, we of course have for you 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. _________ should come with _________.

2. And just like that _________.

3. I get funny looks from others when I _________.

4. I once tried to _________, and I failed.



We'll see you tomorrow, friends!


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Did you know?

In honor of Remember Me Thursday, how about some facts on animal adoption?

Did you know that the average cost per day of basic pet care is only an approximate $3? That's less than luxuries like fancy drinks from coffee shops.

Did you know that roughly 25% of shelter dogs are purebred? Breeders are not the only source of purebred animals, because both purebreds and amazing mixed breeds can be found at shelters.

Did you know that a vast majority of shelter animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on certain vaccinations prior to adoption? That means you'll pay the adoption fee and thereafter won't need to schedule or pay the typical cost of a spay or neuter or certain vaccinations.

Did you know that animals can make our lives happier and healthier? Science has proven this on multiple occasions.

Some of the above facts are ones you animal lovers out there certainly already know, and some are ones we've already shared in the past. Now we need to spread the word. Shelter animals have so much to gift us. They are special and filled with love. Let's get them out of shelters and into homes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

An Update on Astrid...and a Hobbling Adventure

We mentioned in yesterday's post that pup Astrid was at the vet getting evaluated after refusing to use her back right leg. Most of us thought it would be related to Astrid's hip, since this has been her leg with a problematic hip for pretty much her entire life. Instead, it would appear the girl tore her cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL. This is essentially the same as a human tearing their ACL.

That's one of the last walks we took the other day, soon after she suddenly stopped using her back right leg. You can't really see it in the photo, but Astrid is hopping on three legs there. Maybe you can tell, though, as a closer look might let you see that both of her back legs are off of the ground in that photo, because she's in the middle of a three-legged hop. And she's still hopping on three legs as we speak. The day of that photo, Astrid was begging to go more than just down the street despite her condition, and I made the poor decision of letting her convince me to take her farther. She happily made it, smiling the whole way, but boy did it make her tired to hop on three legs the whole way. It was difficult to see her so worn out from one of her usual walks. Now, the poor girl gets no more walks until she has had her surgery and is done with recovery. Sorry, pup Astrid.

You heard that right. Astrid is going to have surgery to fix her leg. Given that Astrid is an incredibly active and mobile girl, even at 9 years old, her vet heavily recommended surgery as the best treatment for her torn CCL. Cage rest can help some dogs, but in active Astrid's case we'd probably end up in this same boat yet again in a couple of weeks or months if we don't get it surgically repaired. So, surgery it is.

Our usual veterinary office does not currently have a surgeon on staff who performs this particular surgery. So, we were referred to another local vet who specializes in it. We have the consult at that vet tomorrow, and we'll get the surgery scheduled after that.

Astrid wanted you all to see that she can still sniff other dogs' pee even when she's standing on three legs. So, there you go.

Thank you all for the purrs, woofs, prayers, and good thoughts you've already sent us! You all are such wonderful friends, and we're so very lucky to have you.


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Flashback Doodle of the Day


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Tip of the Day

We're in the midst of a series of tips for National Disaster Preparedness Month. Yesterday, we discussed preparing emergency supplies or a travel kit, so that you and your furbaby will be ready to handle a disaster, evacuation, and so forth, should the need arise. Today, we're here to remind you to go yet another step further and to have a plan. In other words, in the event of a disaster or other emergency, how and what will you do in order to ensure the safety of both your furbaby and yourself? For example, if you live in an area where disasters might make evacuation a possibility, have a safe a safe destination secured, not only for yourself but for your furbaby as well. Do you know of a motel or hotel, or another similar shelter, where animals are allowed? Or, do you have friends or family where your kitty or pup will be allowed to stay? If necessary, research veterinary offices, boarding facilities, or other similar facilities out of harm's way, where your furbaby could be taken in the case of an emergency.

Emergency plans don't just relate to possible evacuations, though. For example, if you live in an area where tornadoes are a possibility, have a plan for what part of the house both you and your furbabies can safely hunker down. Pick a safe room in the center of the house, for example, and have a plan for getting your kitty or pup there in a hurry. If needed, have leashes, carriers, or other necessary tools ready. Depending on where you live and what your situation is, always think ahead to how you will keep both your furbaby and yourself safe in an emergency situation.

One last comment we'll make on this topic is to, as needed and possible, practice your emergency plans. Make sure that everyone in your home knows the plan, and that everyone will know their part in the action. Doing a trial run or two can never hurt, to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and that everything will run as smoothly as possible in an actual emergency.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Purrs and Prayers Request for Pup Astrid

Given that it's Tonks Tuesday and yet we're asking for purrs and prayers for pup Astrid, I tried to find a photo of both the little calico and the dog. All I found was this old one of Tonks checking out Astrid's beloved dental treat.


Most of Tonks and Astrid's interactions involve the tiny calico slapping around the giant dog, so sweet Thimble decided to take this one.


So, Thimble is asking for a few purrs and prayers for her puppy sister. Astrid is 9 years old and has had a problematic hip for awhile, but pain meds have been helping it. However, after getting somewhat needlessly freaked out like the scaredy cat she is and making an odd maneuver on her problematic leg during her walk last Thursday, Astrid has refused to use that leg since then.


Those photos are deceiving, as that's Astrid's front right paw. It's her back right leg that's the bad one. After some scheduling issues with our vet, Astrid is finally there today getting looked over. They're trying to figure out if her hip is still the main issue, if she tore her ACL, or if it's something else altogether.

So, if you have any purrs and prayers to spare, pup Astrid could use them. We'll let you all know in Astrid's post tomorrow what's going on with her leg. Right now we still don't know, but we're crossing all of our fingers and paws that it's a simple answer with a simple fix. We'll see, though, and we'll let all of you friends of ours know tomorrow.

Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday!


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Flashback Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, we're in National Disaster Preparedness Month. Our newest series of tips, therefore, relates to this. Today, we're here to discuss having emergency supplies and travel kits prepared, should you and your furbaby need to evacuate suddenly. After all, destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, and other such disasters can, sadly, put people and their pets in the line of danger, as well as without a place to live. Therefore, especially if you are in an area where disasters might lead to evacuation, but also of course simply to be prepared for an emergency, do consider having an emergency kit prepared for your kitty or pup.

When preparing an emergency travel kit, think of the things your pup or kitty might use or need on a daily basis, or even weekly basis. Anything that they need on a regular basis can, of course, be included in an emergency kit. For example, an emergency kit for your furbaby would do well to include a week or so worth of their food, water bottles, bowls, and any medications they require. That is often not all that can or should be included in a cat or dog's emergency travel kit, though. If you rack your brain for anything that might be useful in your furbaby's emergency kit, you might consider a blanket or two, a spare leash, a carrier, a transportable litter box, litter, toys, your cat or dog's medical records, pictures of your cat or dog, and even cleaning supplies, such as paper towels and dish soap. All in all, consider anything and everything your furbaby uses or needs on a regular basis, and then create a travel kit based on that. In the case of an emergency, having such supplies already prepared can allow for you and your furbaby to evacuate and get to safety in a timely manner.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Ghostly Mancat Monday

Our weekend hiatus was not really intentional, but a good amount of our unplanned time off was used prepping for some future blog posts. Not only did I finish and actually scan some of our new, upcoming doodles, but the furbabies even agreed to some early Halloween photo shoots. Given that it's Mancat Monday, none other than mancat Evan is here to give you a quick little preview of what we were up to this weekend.

Does anyone recognize that ghostly little friend of ours? It's pretty much an annual tradition for him to pose for some photos with the kitties and pup around here, and this year has proven to be no different. You'll be seeing a lot more of that friendly ghost coming up very soon.

Happy Monday, friends!


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Flashback Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. And so, we'll be doing a series of tips on this topic. Our first tip in this series is a simple precursor to the more detailed tips that will begin tomorrow. And this tip today is to please realize and understand that if a situation is not safe for you, then it's not safe for your animals. For this reason, please do absolutely everything in your ability to never leave your cats or dogs behind in the event of a disaster. If the only safe option for you is to evacuate, then that is also very likely the only safe option for your furbaby. For this reason, never wait until last minute to consider preparations and plans, as then it might be too late. Always have preparations and plans thought through or ready. We'll start discussing such preparations and plans in more detail tomorrow. For now, though, when it comes to potential disasters, please indeed keep in mind your furbaby's safety in addition to your own.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Are you? We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ news is _________. 

2. Sometimes I _________ to amuse myself.

3. _________ is the reason that I _________.

4. _________ would be my superpower of choice.


My answers are below in bold.

1. No news is not always good news.
(I've never really liked when people say that "no news is good news", because I'm pretty sure everyone has lived through a time or two when this has proven to be nothing but false.)

2. Sometimes I watch kids' TV shows and movies to amuse myself.
(There are days when I'm just in the mood for some really lighthearted entertainment. One second I'm watching a gory horror movie, and the next I'm happily sitting through How to Train Your Dragon.) 

3. My furry family is the reason that I do what I do.
(I didn't know how else to word this. I work jobs that I sometimes don't enjoy to give my furbabies the best life I can, I decorate my house in all sorts of weird ways to fit their needs, and all that usual jazz related to being a cat and dog mom. My world revolves around my kitties and pup, and I wouldn't have it any other way.)

4. Healing would be my superpower of choice.
(I almost put speaking to animals as my superpower of choice, but then I realized that being able to speak to animals could potentially be a very sad experience. Being told in animals' own words what they've experienced at the hands of cruel humans would be devastating. So, I'd perhaps rather be able to heal, and that of course includes healing the furry friends and family in our lives.)


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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Are you ready for your Eddy fix? You kind of get one. Sort of. You see, Eddy was yet again a bit distracted by window whiffies during this photo shoot.


The only photo in which Eddy looked at the camera was when she gave the window a cute little rub with her head in this blooper here:


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



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Flashback Doodle of they Day




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Tip of the Day

Today's autumn pet safety tip is about candles. As the weather cools and holidays begin to approach, many folk feel compelled to light some cozy, deliciously-scented candles. That being said, always be careful with candles, and any open flames, around your furbabies. If you do light candles, keep them only in areas where your furbaby cannot reach. For some furbabies, putting lit candles up on a high shelf might suffice. Many cats, though, might still be able to reach candles on shelves and other similar surfaces. If you do have such a furbaby capable of this, yet you also wish to light a candle, then consider measures such as keeping your kitty or pup out of the room where the candle is lit. The long and short of it is to never leave lit candles anywhere that a furbaby can reach, and certainly not unattended. Otherwise, a kitty or pup might find themselves burnt, or might knock a candle over and increase the risk of fire. If you cannot ensure the safety of your furbaby and home, then simply refrain from lighting candles.

It's also worthwhile to note that certain items associated with candles should also be considered dangerous and off-limits to furbabies. This would include matches and lighters, for example. These items should be kept tucked safely away, just as lit candles should.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Thankful Thimble Thursday

To begin, we are sending our most heartfelt thoughts, condolences, and prayers to Ellen of 15andmeowing and her entire family. Heaven gained a beautiful angel when Ellen's sister lost her battle with breast cancer on Tuesday. May she rest in eternal peace.




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I am sorry for yet more late and lacking posts this week, friends. My allergies have left me with some vertigo this week, and staring at a computer screen is definitely not the cure. This is all just small fries compared to what others are going through, though. Now let's get right to Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Thimble is of course here to share her gratitude for today. Can you tell what this tabby girl is thankful for?


Sunshine! After a few days of rain and gloom, we're having lots of sun now. Thimble and the other furbabies could not be happier.



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And now we have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My wonderful co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ news is _________. 

2. Sometimes I _________ to amuse myself.

3. _________ is the reason that I _________.

4. _________ would be my superpower of choice.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today's flashback is in honor of the pumpkin patch in my parents' back yard, which is gracing us with lots of autumnal goodies.



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Tip of the Day

Today's autumnal tip relates to grooming. As the weather starts to cool in the autumn, your furbaby might begin to grow their winter coat. Especially in double-coated furbabies, such as Persian cats and Husky dogs, you might notice the fur filling out and growing thicker as the weather cools. For this reason, do be sure to help you furbaby groom, such as by brushing them on a daily basis, or at least regularly. If you are unable to groom your cat or dog, and especially if they are prone to mats or hairball issues, then you can consider taking them to a groomer. Some veterinary offices even offer grooming services, so, as needed, you can discuss this with your veterinarian. Regardless of if you do it at home or take your furbaby to a groomer, regularly grooming your kitty or pup can help prevent mats, and can help prevent the ingestion of hairballs, especially in cats. Mats can be uncomfortable and painful, so it's of course ideal to prevent these. It is of course also important to help prevent your furbaby's ingestion of too much hair, not only because this prevents the vomiting of hairballs, but also because, in worst case scenarios, ingestion of too much hair could cause a blockage in the intestinal tract. So, don't forgot about those grooming sessions.