Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Playing Favorites

Merci:  The Sibe Tribe (Love is being owned by a husky) made Buddy this card for his birthday. 

Cameron:  They said we don't need to post about it because it was late arriving.

Rusty:  Ha, ha, ha, ha.  It was late arriving because we were late posting about Buddy's special day.

Marcus:  Why are we making such a big fuss over Buddy's birthday?  Aren't we ever going to celebrate me for anything?  I'm special too.

Cyndi:  Yes, Marcus, we're all special.  Your time will come and we will celebrate you.

Buddy:  Ahem.  We were discussing my card.  I'd like to thank Mika, Lexus and Koda for the lovely card.

Micah:  Don't forget their mom.  I bet she helped them make this.

Buddy:  And mom Jenna.

Rusty:  Did any of you notice that Buddy's birthday is going on and on while the rest of us are lucky to even get a mention on our special day because Jan doesn't read her calendar?

Micah:  Do you think she's playing favorites?

Merci:  No, I think Jan is just feeling guilty because our computer was down on Buddy's birthday and she didn't get to post till a few days later.

Sam:  We also want to be sure to update our post on the Catzenpup Auto Feeder.  We don't have one and we didn't do a review on it.  We just thought it was neat and posted on it.

Percy:  And the humans behind the feeder read all your comments - and those of other pet owners' left on Twitter, etc. - and then left us a comment of their own, which we thought might interest you.  We hadn't thought of some of the helpful uses for this feeder.

From Catzenpup:

Hiya Anipals! We see that most of you have multiple pets! It just seems to end up that way no matter how it starts out! We hear you! While future versions of the Catzenpup may certainly service multiple pets, the current version is intended for single pet use with 3 oz plastic containers with foil topped seals.

There are several times in the course of pet parenting where isolating one of your fur babies from their sisfurs and brofurs is a necessity. A happy occasion might be for a nursing mother cat or dog who may be enjoying quiet time from the rest of her siblings while the little ones are young and nursing. Or for when you have a pet who may be on a temporary dietary restriction like veterinarian assisted weight loss, for instance. Or there may be medication that the pet is on that requires the pet to be fed on a schedule separate from the other pets in the house. These are just a few of the reasons where a Catzenpup could come in handy in a multi-pet family. We are sure there are many others! We invite you to keep asking questions and voicing your concerns. We are getting them all answered and addressed on our FAQ on the Kickstarter page. We can't do it without your help! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tiki Noms

Cyndi:  We are finally able to start this post and all our paws are crossed that nothing else happens, computer or weather-wise, to delay it again.


Micah:  Here I am cleaning up the last of my breakfast.  Mmm, mmmm good.

Rusty:  It's tuna and crab. This is what it looked like before Jan spooned it into our bowls. 


Percy:  It's good.  I'm licking up the last of my portion. 

Cameron:  We're taste testing Tiki Cat.  They have a nice variety of flavors to choose from.  For example, there is Tuna on rice with talapia.  It's 5% rice.  What is talapia, you ask?  (We didn't know either.)  It's freshwater fish from the cichlid family. We're glad we're not from that family since we would forget how to spell our name.

Rusty:  Do you need some help eating your portion, Cameron?

Cameron:  No!

Rusty:  This is what sardine cutlets look like. They were good too.

Micah:   According to the company, Tiki Cat Premium Food formulas are made with the highest quality human-grade, all natural ingredients and do not contain any compromised inferior nutrition sources.

Made without  Corn, Wheat or Soy.  Gluten Free. Limited Ingredient Diet.  Low Glycemic.  Grain-Free. Commonly recommended for cats with UTI, CRF, IBS, or diabetes.  Can be fed on its own or used to add hydration and protein to kibble.

Cyndi:  Move the camera, Jan, I'm eating!


Rusty:  I've been cleaning my bowl for each flavor we've tried.  So have the others.

Cameron:  We're glad we got to taste test Tiki Cat. Jan should feed us like this every day.  

Percy: provided us with the Tiki Cat.  We were not paid for this review, nor influenced in what we posted.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hungry But Polite Kitty

Cameron:  Thanks for letting me use you as a pillow, Merci.

Merci:  No problem.  I think we're going to all be doing a bit of cuddling today.

Rusty:  We were going to do a proper post but the Southeast got hit with tornadoes and bad storms Sunday so we decided we wouldn't worry about one while we calm our frazzled nerves.

Cyndi:  Our weather radio chattered, beeped and made strange noises for a couple of hours.  Jan turned off the computer when the severe weather sirens sounded. 

Marcus:  I thought we were supposed to gather somewhere safe, like a hallway, a bathroom or a closet when there is a tornado warning?

Buddy:  We are but we don't have a hallway or a cellar.  Our two closets and bathroom are on the severe weather side of this rickety old house.

Micah: Oh, I thought it was strange it was business as usual around here, except for the lack of a computer.

Percy: Jan decided if there wasn't anywhere safe, she might as well do something useful with the time  So she washed our litter pans and changed the litter while she watched the wind whip the tree branches. 

Sam:  We are sorry not everyone in our area came safely through the storm.  We'll probably learn more  today, but we know at least one local business was reduced to rubble. And the electric company was very busy restoring service to some. We are praying for those in the severest storm areas across the US.

Cyndi:  We thought we could all use a relaxing moment, so we're sharing this ultra polite kitty saying, "I'm hungry!"

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Buddy 10 Years and Nandi 11 Weeks

Buddy:  Have you missed us since we were offline a few days last week?  Well, in case you have, here is a picture of me doing one of my favorite things in the world - getting ready to eat a treat. 

Micah:  Yesterday we posted that Buddy turned 10 last Thursday.  Or somewhere thereabouts.  We don't know the exact day he was born, just that he was dumped when he was only three or four weeks old.

Merci:  There might be snow on the nose but he's still handsome and hasn't lost his appetite.

Cameron:  Merci, you're talking about him like he's old and you're young, but you're two or three years older than he is.

Marcus:  I hope I look as good when I'm her age.

Sam:  With the trouble you get into, Marcus, you can only hope you live to her age!

Percy:  On a safer note, we have a very short Sunday Smile for you.  This is Nandi, an 11-week-old elephant at the Reid Park Zoo.  Can you imagine arriving to work every morning and being greeted with such enthusiasm?  She's adorable!

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Cyndi:  Oh, Jan, can I have an elephant calf for Christmas?  I promise to stay out from under his feet.

Rusty:  We hope we are finally out of computer hell and on the road to accomplishing something worthwhile.  So much to do and so little computer time to do it.  :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Buddy Is 10

Buddy  In case you haven't noticed, we have been missing for several days.  First our DSL modem died, then our ISP wreaked havoc on our computer and the next day while online, our computer locked, crashed and ... it broke the mouse  - or mouse driver!  We had 3 working mice (is the plural of mouse still mice for computers) and suddenly not a one would do more than right click. 

Marcus:  Suffice it to say, there have been a lot of tears, some HBO thoughts, if not words, and nightmares. 

Sam:  We are finally back and trying to throw a post together for tomorrow (Saturday).   

Merci:  We missed Buddy's 10th birthday on Thursday, so first we want to congratulate him.

Cameron:  We know you didn't get your daily walk or a celebration Thursday, but you did get to see Mr. Doug two days in a row, so we hope that made your day a little special, Buddy.  (Mr. Doug rescued Buddy.)

Cyndi:  Friday was supposed to be our first Mousebreath post in over a month and we missed it.

Micah:  Thankfully, we were able to post and schedule it earlier this week and it published without us. 

Rusty:  We interviewed Max from The Psychokitty Speaks Out and his "brother" Buddah.  They are very interesting characters.

Percy:  You'll enjoy this dueling duo who actually get along better than they claim in public.  Stop by Mousebreath to read their story, Psychokitty Max and Buddah Pest.

Buddy:  Oh, and we also missed the Pet Parade yesterday, but it isn't too late to join the fun, so if you haven't already, go ahead and sign up and check out some new blogs. 

Cyndi:  We're sorry but we won't be able to do our regular weekend art. 

The Pet Parade is hosted by Rascal and Rocco.  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 url and social media.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Picture Is Worth

Rusty:  Well, yesterday we were going to write a proper post for today, but life happened and now Jan is hopping mad!

Marcus:  Hopping mad?  I haven't seen her hopping.  Creaking and groaning in this too-cold weather, yes, but not hopping.

Sam:  That's just an expression, Marcus.  It means Jan is very upset about something.  She's not actually jumping up and down, red-faced and shouting swear words.

Marcus:  She's not hopping mad because I ripped a hole in the brand new mattress for my crate and pulled out the stuffing while she was gone yesterday, is she? 

Cameron:  Let's just say you are lucky she has something else to concentrate on.  She is very unhappy with you.

Marcus:  So what is she hopping mad about?

Percy:  After she started the computer and downloaded email yesterday, she left the room, came back and our DSL modem was dead.  She did everything to revive it but it had lilies growing out of its chest.  It was that dead!

Marcus:  Why would she be hopping because the modem died.  It wasn't faking, was it?  I mean, when it's your time, it's your time, whether you're a lamp or a modem.

Micah:  Jan knows things die all the time.  Usually when you need them the most, but she's not hopping mad because it died.

Merci:  Ordinarily she would have to order a new modem and wait for it to arrive so we could get back online, but, fortunately, she had a reconditioned backup available.  This one didn't have a software CD with it, so Jan was relieved she wouldn't have to install our Internet Service Provider's (ISP which shall remain nameless for the moment) software like she did in 2005.  It caused her a bunch of problems and she uninstalled it many years ago.

Marcus:  I still don't see what the problem is.  It sounds like everything worked out well.

Buddy:  Jan started to install the modem and decided to call tech support to walk her through it since she didn't have any instructions.  She reached a nice lady who told her that although our ISP  COULD set us up without their software, they won't unless the software won't install.  So Jan was forced to download their software from the internet.

Marcus:  I still don't see the problem.

Cyndi:  It opened IE.  Jan never uses IE, only Firefox and then not only did the software not install, it sent the computer into toxic shock and it went black, gray, had flashing icons in the tray, opened Firefox and Thunderbird, tried to get Jan to take her av bar off IE, etc., etc., etc.

Marcus:  So what happened then?

Percy:  The lady said, "It's locked up your computer.  You're going to have to do a hard shutdown."  (Translation - crash!)   There were problems getting it back up again since it didn't shut down properly.

Buddy:  And after it was up, the lady cheerfully said, "This has never happened before."  Really?  So why do they only do set up from their end when the software won't install?  You guessed it.  She finished the setup (without the software) while Jan checked to be sure the ISP's software was NOT installed on the computer.

Rusty:  Jan is hopping mad because she went through their software problems in 2005 with a different computer.  How up to date is their technology and why do they try to force their software onto customers' computers when it isn't necessary and can wreak such havoc?

Buddy:  Jan won't let us repeat what she said she'd like to do to our ISP for this needless terrifying experience.  But she did say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Note:  Earl and his human mom were featured in Dog's Monthly magazine in May and thus are 1 of 12 entries in the Best Friend contest regarding their special bond and story.  We all know how strong the bond is between a dog and his human.  If you would, please stop by and read his short post and vote for Earl and his human.  All it takes is a one-time short email.  The information is there.  The prize is a 6 month supply of dog food, which he will donate to a dog rescue.  His blog is Earl's World.  (He doesn't know we are adding this to our post, but we think it would be wonderful if he won.)