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...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

just as fab as

I'm super excited about It's like but for pet products. (And I love, love, love

Left: Atomic Attic upcycled vintage pet bed - apple computer bed on sale through but only for a limited time!

random thought

If I ever get a black cat, I might name it Bat. Or a gray cat named Squirrel.

I think it's funny when animals are named after other animals—such as my cat, Monkey. It cracks me up!

it's vintage (aka awesome!)

Who on earth would buy this dog tin? This girl, that's who! I like it—in a this will sure to be a conversation starter if sitting on my coffee table—kind of way. Of course, I couldn't really put it on the coffee table because the dog would probably knock it off or the cats would chew it. Before you know it, the Scottie would be missing an ear. It's like one of those awesome old treasures that you find hidden in your grandparents' basements or the back of closets. The website says it's vintage. I wonder how vintage—like 1940s vintage or 1970s vintage?

But for $135, it isn't going to happen. Sigh. I guess it's not meant to be.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

beat the heat

I'm hoping to buy Fletcher a Kool Collar in the next couple of weeks.

Several years ago, I bought him a cooling pet bed but it was a disaster. You had to fill it with water and once filled it felt like it weighed 100 pounds. It was impossible to move around easily. It's much easier to let him go into the cooler basement than it is to deal with the mess of the cooling bed.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

nagging feeling

Stopped at a light on the way home from yoga today, I saw a dog wandering down the sidewalk on his own. I could see he had a collar with tags. I contemplated pulling over to see where he belonged but the logistics of crossing three lanes of traffic so I could get in the opposite direction seemed too much of a hassle. I'm disappointed in my decision and I've had a nagging feeling about it all day.

I've helped many lost or stray animals. The two stray cats that found their way to my door became part of our family. Olga, the German Shepard, that Chris and I found exhausted and covered in mud wandering down a dangerous highway. Frankie, the pudgy Chihuahua, I found a few weeks ago while running. The two labs that I chased through Baltimore after my sister and I saw one of them get hit by a car. (Unfortunately, they were too fast for me and I lost them. I hope they found their way home.)

When helping those animals, the inconvenience-factor never occurred to me. I hope it never does again. To the doggie I saw wandering today, I hope you made it home safely.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

shifty eyebrows

dogs have more than 100 facial expressions, most made with their ears.

Fletcher's are made with his eyebrows. My friend Brandon really gets a kick out of how Fletcher moves his eyebrows. After he pointed it out, I watched Fletcher for a bit and it is pretty funny how animated his eyebrows are.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

reading material

Yep, I'm a nerd.

p.s. I have this thing about treating cats and dogs equally. I couldn't just read the dog book because in my mind that would be unfair to cats. Crazy, yes. Will I stop? Probably not. So that means both of these are on my book pile!

watch kitty

Monkey is keeping watch for the birds.

Well, even if a single bird never sits on this bird feeder, the cats have been entertained just by it hanging there.

p.s. isn't he handsome?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

there's no shame in loving cats

Seriously contemplating buying this shirt for the boyfriend.

Now, if he'll wear it is undetermined...

doggie cupcakes? yes please

One of my favorite online sites for pretty human things,, posted this doggy peanut butter cupcake recipe. While you're there, check out their new pet collection.

sprucing up the outdoors

Today I bought a bird feeder. But not for the birds—as entertainment for my cats. That's normal, right?

Don't answer that. I know the answer.