Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tug and Chew

RUSTY:  Whose collar is this?  It's been chewed through.

SAM:  It's mine.

RUSTY:  How in the world did you chew it apart while you were wearing it?

SAM:  I'm not a contortionist.  I didn't do that.

RUSTY:  So who did?

SAM:  I'll give you one guess.

MARCUS:  Hey, Sam, tell Jan to hurry up and sew your collar back together so we can have another game of tug.

RUSTY:  What are we thankful for this week?

SAM:  I'm thankful Jan could sew my collar back together so I don't have to run around naked. 

Stop by Pepi Smart Dog and join the Thankful Thursday blog hop.

And stop by Ruckus the Eskie, Love is being owned by a husky, and Barking from the bayou for the Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Misbehaving Defined

PERCY:  Do you remember this photo from late 2013?  Micah and I get along better now but we still have an occasional disagreement.

MERCI:  What is your definition of "occasional"?  Once a week?  Once a day?  Every other day?

MICAH:  Occasionally.  There was a time Jan despaired of ever having us in the same room.

CAMERON:  Between you two and Rusty, there's a lot of yelling and things going crash in the night. 

SAM:  Or in the day.  You need to take up mediation for peace and tranquility in life.

CYNDI:  Mediation might help but I think you actually mean meditation, Sam.  But the way you and Marcus get along does not set a good example.

MARCUS:  Hey, every time misbehaving enters a conversation, my name is mentioned.

BUDDY:  That's because when I checked online, "Marcus" is listed as the definition for "misbehaving".  You can't sit still for five seconds.  You are constantly trying to tell all of us what to do and driving us all to distraction.

RUSTY:  Marcus doesn't drive.  That was Buddy's department when we had a car.  Marcus nips and chases and -  Is there a military camp for dogs?  I'll give up my allowance to help send him.

SAM:  We don't get an allowance.

RUSTY:  I know.  That's why I'm willing to give it up for Marcus.  Would the rest of you like to chip in too?

PERCY:  We think we should tell you Sunday's Dashcam Performance video was staged, but it still had us all laughing. 

BUDDY:  In case you missed it, you can click on the link above to Sunday's post or you can watch it when you read the story at the Christian Science Monitor.   The video is included with the article.

MARCUS:  Officer Mark Hoffman, we would all doff our hats to you for such a great performance, but most of us don't wear one and Sam won't remove his because it keeps his head warm.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Team Cat AND Team Dog

MARCUS:  We are friends and siblings here, so we support one another.  But when a competition begins, we go all out to win.  Sam and I are cheering on our canine team.

SAM:  Hey, wait, those double crossing felines switched our sign.  We are not #Team Cat.  We are #Team Dog.

MERCI:  There, #Team Dog.  This is more like it. Seriously, we are cheering on the felines.  And vice versa. 

RUSTY:  Cyndi was right beside me but she took off when the camera appeared.  Guess I have to represent #Team Cat by myself.

PERCY:  I suppose you are wondering what the team signs represent.  Yesterday we posted Dogs Vs Cats Lucy Bowl  about the Lucy Pet Foundation commercial which will air on the Hallmark;s Kitten Bowl this Sunday, February 1 at 12/1c.

CYNDI:  The Lucy Pet Foundation is also having a photo contest.  Which team are we on?  Well, obviously we're on #Team Cat AND on #Team Dog.  Who do we want to win?  Why all of us, of course! 

MICAH:  But more than that we would like other furries to benefit.  The Lucy Pet Foundation is named for a small dog named Lucy who had five pups shortly after she was rescued.  They all got a good home.  

CAMERON:  Not every pet has that opportunity.  Many die in shelters.  The LPF has a mission to reduce pet overpopulation.

BUDDY:  Yesterday we posted a teaser video for you.  Other Super Bowl commercials are being released on video before the Super Bowl, so Lucy Pet Foundation has released a full version of their commercial.  We still don't have cable TV, so we hope this doesn't mean you won't invite us to your Kitten Bowl party on Sunday.

Full version of the Lucy Bowl commercial.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

This post is brought to you by the rocking furries at the Funny Farm to draw attention to the Lucy Pet Foundation and its efforts on behalf of homeless pets.  LPF provided the video.  Our blog will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 donation for a 501c3 rescue of our choice.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dogs Vs Cats Lucy Bowl

BUDDY:  We have never been sports fans and have never understood the attraction, but this year we're definitely interested in Super Bowl Sunday.

CYNDI:  Yes, Hallmark's Kitten Bowl commercial will be airing on Super Bowl Sunday and it just might be the best and most discussed Bowl commercial this year.

MICAH:  You'll never look at us dogs and cats in the same way again.  We furries rock!

SAM:  The Lucy Pet Foundation's #DogsVsCats football game commercial is going to be groundbreaking.  It will feature "some of the most hightech Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) special effects ever done" using live - yes live - animals. 

RUSTY:  Don't you think I'd look good in a football helmet?  So why weren't all of us invited to play in the Kitten Bowl since it's for a good purpose?   It intends to draw attention to pet overpopulation and the 80,000 pets euthanized in shelters across America every week. 

MERCI: The Lucy Pet Foundation proposes and promotes a multitarget platform on pet overpopulation which includes -

  • For the US to have low cost and free (eventually all free) mobile spay/neuter clinics.
  • Education.
  • Grooming and training of shelter pets to make them more adoptable. 
  • Working to enact legislation to benefit pets.  This includes banning gas chambers at shelters. 
PERCY:  The commercial is directed by Sam Nicholson, a highly praised visual effects wizard.  He is best known for Heroes, 24, The Walking Dad and Star Trek I.  We haven't seen any of those but if he's a wizard, he must be talented..

CAMERON:  The Lucy Pet Foundation commercial will air on February 1, 2015 - this coming Sunday - during the Kitten Bowl, on the Hallmark Channel at 12/1c.  Don't just tell your friends about it.  Invite them over for a Kitten Bowl Party.  Um ... don't forget to invite us since we don't have cable TV.

MARCUS:  Hey, there's nothing left for me to add.  You guys hogged the whole post.

CYNDI:  Pssst, Marcus, post the teaser.

MARCUS:  Thanks.  I forgot we have a teaser for our friends to watch.  It's short so don't complain you don't have time.  You won't be sorry.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

This post is brought to you by the rocking furries at the Funny Farm to draw attention to the Lucy Pet Foundation and its efforts on behalf of homeless pets.  LPF provided the information, photos and video.  Our blog will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 donation for a 501c3 rescue of our choice.  Contact for information if you are a blogger interested in spreading the word and who would like to win a donation for a rescue of your choice.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DashCam Performance

PERCY:  Have we got a Sunday Smile for your humans today!  They should begin to limber up because they are going to want to keep up with the action.  

SAM:  You're right.  We've all been dancing in place with the video.

MICAH:  Sam, you're so big you have four left feet and a left tail.

RUSTY:  He's right, Sam.  There's no other way for you to dance except in place.

MERCI:  Well, he could move around but there would be a lot of crashing and breaking.

CYNDI:  And yelling.  Jan tends to yell when things start crashing and breaking.

MARCUS:  I don't have to break anything for Jan to yell at me.

CAMERON:  Marcus, there's a lot of leaping and bruising around you. We can only hope you don't add breaking to your list of talents.

BUDDY: Why don't we just leap into our Sunday Smile video for the week. This is video from a Dover Police DashCam.  The officer's performance had Jan almost rolling on the floor with laughter.   Will he ever live this down? 

If the video doesn't play, click here.

If you missed our weekend art, it can be viewed at Iron Paw Jenny.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Iron Paw Jenny

CAMERON: It's weekend art time again.  Our subject today is Jenny, one of the original Funny Farmers.

RUSTY:  Jenny was before my time.  Sam, Micah and Marcus did not meet her either, but we've all heard stories about how she ruled the roost with an iron paw!

MARCUS: This is Jenny in sepia for the Sepia Saturday blog hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Earl & Ethel.  You know this is my favorite because it reminds me of the color Dirt.

SAM:  Even in black and white, you can tell Jenny had a soft, beautiful coat.  She loved to be brushed. 

MICAH:  Jan used the HDR-ish filter for this picture so we can join the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena. 

PERCY:  For this one, she added Filtered Black and White to the HDR-ish picture above.

MERCI:  She couldn't resist adding a DUO Tone filter.  Jenny was a lovely cat and she looks good in any color.

CYNDI:  We can't forget a copy of the original photo for comparison.  I wonder what Jenny was thinking.

BUDDY:  Last night Murphy and Stanley made us aware a site has been publishing posts complete with photos stolen from a number of dog bloggers.  (We aren't included.)  They are one of those blogs with stolen posts. Murphy and Stanley and others are working on having the site shut down.  We have an idea they are angry!  And we don't blame them a bit.

MICAH:  What would be funny, if it weren't for the circumstances, is that Murphy and Stanley began to post a notice to the effect, if this post appears anywhere except ..... it is stolen in bright red text.  Those posts are boldly copied to the other site too.  And dzdogs posted an Important Annoucement with information on what those with a stolen blog should do, which was promptly stolen.  We think it's fitting the thieves should help take themselves down.  (Hard to argue they weren't stealing material when what they're posting clearly states it is stolen.)

SAM:  You would think whoever is doing this, possibly copying and pasting from an RSS feed, would notice what they are publishing. 

CAMERON:  Romping and Rolling in the Rockies is another of the blogs.  We understand they had a lot of photos - and they post beautiful photos - stolen and now have them "locked down", which sounds like a good idea. Now their posts have been stolen.  They have made their "do not steal" information highly visible. 

CYNDI:  It has been suggested that anyone who has their RSS feed set to FULL change it to SHORT so an entire post can not be stolen without a little invested effort.  Having a watermark did not stop the thieves but at least ownership can not be disputed.

PERCY:  We understand Wordpress has a plugin (?) that adds copyright information to the feeds, so those of you using WP might want to look into that.  Blogger needs something similar.