Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Madi and FLUFF

MERCI:  I wonder why Jan made us a graphic for Madi and Mom but forgot to put her mom's picture in it?  I hope everyone won't think her mom is a Madi look-alike.

MARCUS:  You know Jan, she forgets everything. Perhaps no one will notice Madi is there twice but her mom is missing.

SAM:  Don't complain.  At least Jan put the right pictures in it.  She did use the right pictures, didn't she?  It will be so embarrassing to explain if she didn't. 

BUDDY:  Relax, Jan put the correct photos in the graphic and Madi's mom sent us the pictures, so she is okay with not being included.  Let's just start the interview.

Today we are interviewing the lovely Madi from the Madi and Mom blog.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Please introduce yourself and your Assistant.

Madi:  Hello friends, it is I, Madi(son) D. Cat.  I am the smart, younger half of Madi and Mom: Down Home in NC.  The other half and older one with thumbs is Mom/Cecilia.  She has some aliases - Ceal, HiC, NOSEY Rosey and Ma.  I am purrty sure she has a price on her head.

Funny Farmer Canines:  We have fired Jan a few times in the past. (And she doesn't even help us with our blog.)  On a scale of one to ten how would you rate your personal Assistant and have you ever considered firing her?

Madi:  Mom is evaluated on a daily basis!  At this writing I give her 9.999999.  I have considered firing her many times. Then she does something really sweet for me.  I have a demerit system in place. If she ever gets too many (total changes daily to keep her on her toes), she will be on 'official probation'. The good news is demerits are deducted by good deeds. So she has a very clean record.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Under the auspices of Hiz Honorz the Mayorz Murphy and Stanley, you hold the Office of FLUFF Affairs (Fellowhip of Loveable United Feline Friends).  What exactly does that mean and what are your duties?

Madi:  My duties in THE OFFICE OF FLUFF AFFAIRS are to promote all things Feline.  After Mayorz Murphy and Stanley were elected, they asked if any of the folks who were currently serving blogville wanted to continue. I raised all four paws and said 'we do, we do'!  They said okey dokey fine by us...what do you want to call your office? I thought about all the good things about felines and lo and behold it hit me smack in the head.

My goal is to see that THE World knows we felines are LOVEABLE in spite of the misconception that we are aloof, snobby, solitary, anti social and hissy.  I am here to say we are not...we just have a different way of expressing ourselves.   Most of the kitties are very active in Cat Blogsphere. During my term as mayor I tried to encourage more kitties to get involved in Blogville. I am proud to say that effort was successful.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Do you have any special plans to make the Office of FLUFF Affairs memorable?

Madi:  Earlier this year my good buddy Sammy from One Spoiled Cat invited me to be a member of a wonderful organization, CAT SCOUTS. My guy Raz and all the members of Cat Scouts opened up their paws to welcome me and help me get involved.  Being an active member of Sammy's Den, Wild Cats, has given me the ability to become friends with more wonderful felines.  I hope, through my office of FLUFF Affairs, I can return their kindness by getting more kitties involved in activities in Blogville. I want all kitties to know my Office of FLUFF Affairs in Blogville is always open. We love having furs everywhere.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Before Hiz Honorz were elected to serve in 2015, you were the Mayor of Blogville.  What did you most enjoy of your tenure?

Madi:  OMCs I chartered unexplored territory as Mayor of Blogville.  I was the first female, feline Mayor.  At the time I was in office Blogville was mostly K9, too. I enjoyed every single minute of every single day of my tenure.  Everyone is funny and loving.  I got a warm 'fuzzy' (fuzzier than I already am) feeling every day.

Funny Farmer Canines:  What do you think was your most popular decision or mandate as Mayor?

Madi:  I am very proud of my Queen of Hearts Dance in February 2014.  I actually got the idea from my human sis. When she was in high school, their most popular event each year was Queen of Hearts Dance.  I threw out the idea to Blogville and in true blogville fashion EVERYONE was ready to help, promote, photoshop, provide flowers, sweet nothings quotes or do whatever it took to pull off a most successful event. WTG blogville. OMCs this was the very first time we had 87 million cats, dogs, pigs, crabs, donkeys and even a few humans at one event.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Were you ready to "retire" as Mayor when your term ended because the job was physically demanding and mentally challenging, or was it energizing and stimulating?

Madi:  MOL MOL I love this question.  My peeps are both retired...and there I was a senior kitty working hard or as mom said I was hardly working. Mom and I were totally energized and stimulated my entire time.  We learned so many new skills on the computer.  While I was on my mayoral soapbox, mom was stepping outside her box everyday.  We are two seniors...we love using our brain!!

Funny Farmer Canines:  If you have the opportunity, would you run for Mayor again?

Madi:  Well of course I had oodles of fun being mayor so I would not hesitate to run again.  That being said, I would really love and support any candidate who ran and maybe down the road there will be another feline ready to throw his/her feline catnip pouch into the race. In the meantime, I say Mayorz Murphy and Stanley, you are doing a super duper job of uniting everyone and I'm here for you for as long as you need me.

FROM MADI TO: Dear Ms. Jan and Funny Farm critters...kudos to you for your excellent efforts with each interview for every occasion.  You find the best question suited for each interview.  Thank you for having me.  It has been a pleasure, as always.  Hugs to your wonderful human and all you critters.  Madi your bfff

Funny Farmer Canines:  Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to interview with us.  And for noticing, Miss Madi - we do try hard to come up with individual questions for each interview.

You can visit Madi at her blog, Madi and Mom.   She is also a Cat Scout

We did an in-depth interview with Madi in 2013.  If you would like to read more about her, check out her Mousebreath.com interview, Madi Diva Mayor Cougar Khat.  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amarula, Biltong and Zula

RUSTY:  We're glad the weekend is here.  It's been a long, boring lifetime ... um, week locked up in a hot house with an irritable Jan.

MICAH:  Talk about unable to please!  Don't run.  Don't walk.  Don't stand on your head.  Don't make any noise.  Don't bump the chair.  Don't breathe so loud I can hear you. We couldn't do anything right.

CYNDI:  Does anyone know if we can trade Jan in for a younger model human with no aches and pains?  We don't have a contract, so it's permissible to dump her, right?  Do we have a volunteer?

PERCY:  Despite our about to be voted out human, we did manage to put together an interview with an interesting fur family that moved from South Africa to Canada.  They write the Hairballs and Hissy Fits blog.  As you can tell by the title we gave their story, Amarula Kids Biltong and Zulu. Amarula has a sense of humor.

Their interview can be accessed from the Home page of Mousebreath.  http://mousebreath.com

Friday is also time for the Pet Parade blog hop, hosted by by Rascal and Roscoe.  It is co-hosted by Bionic Basil, Barking From the Bayou, Love is being owned by a husky, and us (Jan's Funny Farm).

There are two parts to the blog hop - your blog url and social media, so be sure to sign up for both. 

When you link up with the blog hop, we encourage you to visit other participating blogs.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Commence Eating

MARCUS:  Hey, why is my picture in black and white?  It's supposed to be in color so folks can see how handsome I am.

RUSTY:  Don't worry, Your Handsomeness.  You look great in black and white. 

MICAH:  Yes, Jan was given the old camera with a 4 or so gb card, but it is evidently incapable of handling too many pictures at once. 

CYNDI:  The picture quality has deteriorated so badly with it only 1/3 full, she turned you black and white so we could at least see you. 

PERCY:  On the other hand, the camera could be getting ready to ... *whisper* die, so don't complain. You're the only canine whose picture made it into this post. 

MARCUS:  Okay, this is me waiting for the word so I can commence eating.  Notice how I'm crouched over the bowl in order to be closer to the food.  A cunning tactic for a smart dog.

MERCI:  What is so enticing to Marcus?  We dogs are about to taste test some Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted Shredded Beef Stew canned dog food. 

    High-quality protein helps maintain lean muscle & is easy to digest
    Provides a nutrient rich taste that your dog will love
    Made in Small Batches
    Slow Cooked
    Perfectly Balanced Nutrition
    Made in the USA

PERCY;  Well, when Jan opened the can, I did some taste testing of my own.  I know I'm a cat but it was pretty good.

BUDDY:  It does look tempting in the can, doesn't it.  I wonder what is in it?

SAM:  According to the label, the first ingredients listed are: Beef Broth, Beef, Carrots, Pork Liver, Green Peas, Rice, Potatoes, Rice Starch, Spinach, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Fat, Sunflower Oil ... etc. 

MERCI:  Wait!  Powdered cellulose?  Isn't that sawdust? 

MARCUS:  Yes, according to a web search, it is.  It's an indigestible fiber used as a filler.  Jan just discovered there is powdered wood pulp in her parmesan cheese.  She said she'll switch to the shredded but that has it too, to keep it from clumping. 

SAM:  It's evidently used in a number of pet and human foods, including some breads, ice cream, puddings, baked goods, crackers, and I don't know what all else.  So if the humans can't get away from it, let's dig in!

BUDDY:  Hmmm, this is good.  What is it called again?  Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted Shredded Beef Stew canned dog food. 

We were not paid for this review.  Chewy.com did provide samples for us to taste test, but any opinions are strictly our own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Idaho Ranch Press Secretaries

MARCUS:  We are in protest!  The cats sneaked in and tried to take credit for the time we invested in writing the questions for the following interview.

SAM:  Yes, we just learned they signed their name to our list of questions.  They claim it was just out of habit since we only recently started the dog interviews on Tuesday.

MERCI:  But was it really out of habit or were they trying to hijack our interview?  We're going to have to have a serious talk with the Funny Farmer Felines.

BUDDY:  Don't worry, we'll forgive them, but we want them to sweat a little so they don't do it again.  Percy claims we canines signed their names to the email ourselves but we would NEVER be that confused ... would we?

Graphic provided by Idaho Pug Ranch

Funny Farmer Canines:  Please introduce yourselves and your human.

Bailey:  Hello Merci, Buddy, Sam & Marcus. Thank you for having us! My name is Mr. Bailey and I am the oldest here at the PugRanch at 12 1/2 yrs old. My two sisters are Hazel, she is 10 1/2, and the baby of the family is Mabel who is 6 months old. Our Mom's name is Linda and in addition to working full time, she helps us with our blog

Funny Farmer Canines:  How did you come to live together?

Bailey:  Our Mom is a confessed Pugaholic. She & Dad have had pugs in their lives for more than 20 yrs. Mom's human daughter had a hand in finding all three of us for our pawrents. I was born in a town near the daughter and I lived with her for a few weeks till Mom & Dad could come and get me. The daughter thought  I was so cute she decided to adopt a pair of pugs that needed a home. One was pregnant (the other was the dad). Hazel was the first born and Mom fell in love with her and knew we needed to be her furever home. After the tragic loss of our sister Greta, it was again Mom's daughter who found some puglets in Oregon. Mabel joined our family in January and has helped Mom smile again.

Funny Farmer Canines:  As you are from the Idaho Pug Ranch, we assume you live in Idaho.  Please tell readers a little about the area where you live.

Hazel:  We live in Southeast Idaho where they grow lots of potatoes and wheat and sugar beets. Mom even works at a place that turns potatoes into french fries! The Snake River is close by and mountains are not far. We get snow in the winter, and hot in the summer Although Mom sometimes calls me her little cow, cause I like to graze around in the grass, we really don't live on a ranch. We do live just outside of town and have a little yard for us and a big yard we get to run around in sometimes

Funny Farmer Canines: Do you have any nicknames?

Hazel:  Oh Yes! Mr. Bailey - Mister, Buddy, Bailey Man.  Hazel - Baby Girl, Hazelbutt. Mabel - Mabes, Skinny Minnie, Little Girl.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Mabel, you are the newest member of the family. Were Hazel and Bailey receptive to having a new sister?

Mabel:  Hazel welcomed me right away. She likes to play with me, but will let me know when she isn't it the mood. The longer I am here the closer we get. I like to snuggle with her and love it when she lets me. Bailey took a little while to warm up to me, but I played it cool and did not push him. He is not much for playing with me, but once in awhile he will let me snuggle with him too.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Bailey and Hazel, you were Murphy & Stanley's campaign managers when they ran for Mayor of Blogville. Your firm was named B H & G Management for the two of you and your sweet sister Greta.  It was quite a blow when Greta tragically went to the bridge during the campaign.  Did you consider withdrawing, or did you push on in Greta's memory?

Hazel - Yes it was a terrible blow to lose Greta. It was just before the "Road to the Great Debate" and we were asked by the candidates if we would like to postpone that adventure. Greta was such a big part of everything and she was all about having fun and living life to the fullest. We made the decision to carry on.  She would have wanted that and we knew she was still with us in spirit

Funny Farmer Canines:  It was a clean and friendly race between Dory and Murphy & Stanley.  You must have been very proud to be an integral part of it.   Was it all work or were there some fun times?

Bailey:  We did work hard, but it was so much fun it really did not feel like work. Murphy and Stanley are just the greatest.  We were honored to work with them, and with Angus McConnell driving the campaign bus things were always interesting!  Then meeting Dory and her brothers -  well let me say that Bilbo, Arty and Jake are great, but meeting Dory was …  Well, I have to say meeting Dory was just wonderful ( blush).

Funny Farmer Canines:  Did working the campaign together bring you closer together?

Hazel:  Yes I think so, especially after losing Greta.  Bailey & I really had to lean on each other to help us continue on.

Funny Farmer Canines:  As Blogville's Press Secretary under Hiz Honorz the Mayorz Murphy & Stanley, what are your responsibilities?

Hazel:  Our job is to write and release statements to the press about impawtent goings on in the Mayorz Office or any other information that the Mayorz feel is impawtent for us to get out to the Blogville community

Funny Farmer Canines: Is one of you "in charge", or do you share duties and decisions across the board?

Bailey:  I, Mr Bailey, was the campaign manager during the campaign and Hazel & Greta kept everything in the office running like clockwork. In our new position as press secretaries, I am still the main spokesperson and Hazel my right paw gal.  Mabel is still in school.  She graduated from puppy kindergarten a while ago and is now in Basic Obedience Class.  Soon she will be able to join B H & G Management as a full pawtner.

Funny Farmer Canines:  When you're not working, what kind of mischief do you each prefer?

Mr Bailey:  I love to bark at the neighbor dog and make him think I am tough! I also like to watch TV and bark at any dogs and cats that are on the TV.

Hazel:  Dad has to keep me away from the garden cause I like to pop the peas and cherry tomatoes right off the vine and eat them.  Ooooooh I love the tomaters!  I also like to eat dandelions.

Mabel:  Mom says that after Naughty Greta I seem like an angel! BOL! But I do like to tease Hazel. Sometimes I steal her toy and like to get her to chase and play and sometimes I tease Bailey too!

Bailey:  Thanks again, Merci, Buddy, Sam & Marcus for having us over!

Funny Farmer Canines:  You're welcome.  We look forward to when Mabel is able to join you, Mr. Bailey and Hazel, as a full-fledged partner in the furm.  Visitors are welcome to drop by the Idaho Pug Ranch any time.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cyndi Poses, Felix and Maggie Speak

MERCI:  It's National Straw Hat Day again.  Time to dust off our straw hats and ...

MARCUS:  We have straw hats?  How come I don't have one?  I want one.

SAM:  You want one of everything, but if I, the wearer of most headgear around here, don't have one, you don't get one either.

BUDDY:  Let's face it, Jan is a cheapskate and we have to use Cyndi's hand-me-down straw hat photo.  Let's just be glad we didn't lose the photo since Jan sent the hat back after Cyndi posed in it last year

CYNDI:  Well, now that I have been humiliated by wearing the same hat two years in a row, let's move forward to our cat interview for Funny Farmer Feline Friday.

RUSTY:  Our new friends Cat Scout Felix and Cat Scout Maggie don't have a blog but they are both on Twitter as @CatsMakeWaves.

PERCY:  The exclusive story, Cat Scouts Felix and Maggie, has been published exclusively at Mousebreath, the ezine written by cats for cats.

Friday is also time for the Pet Parade blog hop, hosted by by Rascal and Roscoe.  It is co-hosted by Bionic Basil, Barking From the Bayou, Love is being owned by a husky, and us (Jan's Funny Farm).

There are two parts to the blog hop - your blog url and social media, so be sure to sign up for both. 

When you link up with the blog hop, we encourage you to visit other participating blogs.