Wednesday, June 20, 2012

sourpuss kitty

Aren't these the cutest earrings? I love little stud earrings. (I'm ignoring the fact that the cat has a sourpuss face. I don't even know how you go about making a cat look happy.)

Before last month, I could probably count the number of times I've worn earrings in the last 8 years on both of my hands. Seriously, I never wore earrings; they always bothered my ears (it may have had something to do with the fact that I never wore them!). For some reason, I've started to wear them again recently—but only studs, never dangling or drop earrings. (That's not normal, I know). Anyway, I feel grown up when I wear earrings. Although maybe not if they were cat earrings...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

the best meme ever!

you're a crazy cat lady when...

You buy your cat a leash. And that's just what I did this weekend.

I'm pretty sure Basement Cat was an inside/outside cat at her previous home. She's always curious about what's on the other side of the door. (So curious that she's snuck outside a few times!) Even though I know she would love it, I won't let her be an inside/outside cat. We live a few blocks outside the city and a steady stream of traffic passes by our house. I can't bare the thought of her getting hit by a car or her not coming home and I'm left wondering what happened. If we lived in the country with a big yard where there was very little chance of her coming in contact with a car, things would be different.

But anywho, we came to a compromise. I bought her a leash and harness! She gets to enjoy the grass and birds, and I get the peace of mind knowing that she can't get past the sidewalk.

Just in case you were wondering, Monkey and Elsie got their chance on the leash. Monkey was so scared he peed on Chris and Elsie in her usual bitchy way threw a fit.

On a side note: I washed the dog with the hose today. Unpleasant. I'll leave that job to Chris.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

locking eyes with your dog produces the happiness hormone oxytocin in your bloodstream.

*Prevention Oct 2011

Friday, June 1, 2012

workout buddy

My workout today will most likely be moved indoors due to the rain. (Of course, that's if I convince myself to still workout today.) Workouts in the basement usually look something like this illustration. Basement Cat is always rubbing her head on me and laying on my mat. Or, if I'm on the treadmill, she can get bit too close. One time, she flew right off the back. I'm not going to lie—it was funny—of course, only after I knew she didn't get hurt.

*illustration source unknown

adopt a cat! yes, you!

June is national adopt-a-shelter-cat month! And for good reason: kitten season in full force and that means shelters are filling up fast. Most people go for the kittens first, but don't forget the older cats. They have tons of love to give!


Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by five well-respected animal organizations: American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), CATalyst Council and Petfinder.

1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves—and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile.

2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment—even before the exam itself—so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction. 

5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember—take it slow. 

9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry—this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being. 

(Remember to spay and neuter your pets! It's one of the most important things you can do to prevent homeless pets.)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

reality check

If you thinking having Monday off makes you confused about what day it is in a week, try having Tuesday off too. And, right about now you're thinking "boo hoo, it must have been awful to have a 6-day weekend." But back to my point, I was home Tuesday—the hottest day so far this year (don't quote me on that). Without AC, my house was sweltering. I actually contemplated going to the office just for relief from the 90-degree temps. If you can't tell from my whining, I'm not a fan of the heat and either are the animals (except for Monkey who is a heat whore). If it wasn't for the occasional bug in the basement, I'd be sleeping downstairs with Basement Cat, who has the coolest spot in the house. Thankfully, a thunderstorm rolled in and brought cooler temps. But that one day, made me dread July and August...

I'm definitely using a few bucks from tomorrow's paycheck to buy Pooch a Kool Collar. (And at this point, Kool Collar should pay be for how many times I've mentioned them on this blog!)

Friday, May 25, 2012

happy memorial day weekend!

Chris and I are heading to western Pa for the weekend, so that means Fletcher is off to my parents. He'll have tons of fun running around the yard with Lucy, my parent's smaller and better behaved chocolate lab. With the temperatures rising this weekend, I'm sure they'll both be spending time in the small pond that is in one of my parent's flower beds. (I don't think the fish will like that though!)

Oh and the cats...well they enjoy a nice quiet weekend without Fletchie in the house.

Have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

color fun!

I instantly knew what this dog had been up to when I saw this photo on Dog-Milk. He ran The Color Run! I'm signed up to run the 5k with my sister on September 9, in Washington, D.C. Should be lots of fun. Sadly, I won't be bringing Fletcher.

*photo by Dabito - see more on his blog Old Brand New

dog as cargo

Finally, people are thinking about big dogs! At least in my mind that is the only reason why the Madsen Cycles kg271/Bucket model bike would exist. It has a 40 gallon passenger bucket—big enough to haul around a 100 lb. chocolate lab! Okay, they didn't specifically say that, but they do show people toting around large dogs and up to 4 kids (there are seat belts)! If there was even a chance that Fletcher would stay in the bucket, I would figure out how to come up with the $1,650 for the bike in yellow. (The pink version is only $1,350 but I despise the color pink and I don't think Fletcher would approve either.)

I wonder how easy it is to get up a hill with a 100 lbs. of cargo...