Monday, April 21, 2014

Green Bone and Noms

Sam:  Come on, Jan.  Get coordinated so you can take a picture and we can have the toy.

Marcus: Sam and I want the new toy now.  Jan is making us wait.

Merci:  I don't care about toys any more, but it should be interesting to see who ends up with this one.  Sam might be bigger, but Marcus is younger and faster.

Micah:  I'm just here to watch the dogs' photo shoot from a distance.

Buddy:  We received a package from Bartley's with a toy and some treats. The toy is an eco-friendly West Paw zogoflex Hurley.  It's non-toxic, recyclable and supposed to be a guaranteed tough tug, float, bounce, chase toy. We've never seen a bone that color but it should be easy to find when Marcus misplaces it.

Sam:  Three guesses who grabbed the toy first.  You should only need one.

Merci:  Hey, Sam, you should come get a closer look at this before Marcus shreds it like he's done to all our toys.

Sam:  Why does Marcus always end up being first with everything?

Merci:  I think it's payback.  You used to do the same thing to Buddy.

Marcus:  Well, I've chewed it, bounced it, flipped it, shook it, hit Jan in the ankle with it, and it's still in one piece.  It's time to have a serious talk with it about my expectations.  I can't be losing my touch!

Buddy:  The toy has a reputation to uphold for the company, Marcus. It's supposed to survive an encounter with you.

Marcus:  This is what the treats look like.  They're Zuke;s Jerky Naturals, the tender turkey recipe. Let's see, they have turkey and herbs, potatoes, tapioca, maple syrup, molasses, carrots, apples, blueberries, sunflower oil, etc.  Grain free with no artificial flavors or colors.

Sam:  So when do we get to taste them?

Marcus:  It better be soon!

Merci:  I'm keeping my distance.  These guys play rough when there's food involved.

Buddy:  Marcus was not happy Jan gave me the first treat.  Notice Marcus' nose right below my lower jaw. 

Sam:  Jan was trying to give me the second treat.  Look who's trying to push me away.

Marcus:  Ha!  As you can see, I'm not the only one who's pushy.  Jan is trying to give me a treat and both Sam and Buddy try to steal it.

Marcus:  We  gave Jan a headache with all the blurred shots of us moving so fast to steal treats.. But it ended on a quiet note.  No screaming or bloodshed.  Just some nibbling on Jan's fingers as she tried to make me take the treat  gently.

Merci:  We all enjoyed the jerky treats.  They sure were good.  

Marcus:  I'm a bit disappointed in the toy.  It should have shredded under my assault tactics, but it's still in one piece.  Let me work on it some more. 

Sam:  You do know Marcus is only disappointed in the toy because he hasn't been able to shred it, don't you? We would like to thank Bartley's for the samples to review.  They only sell products made in the U.S. and every time you shop you help sponsor a rescue dog.

Buddy:  We were not paid for this review and any opinions expressed are our own.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

Merci:  We hope you all have an inspiring Easter.

Percy:  For our Sunday Smile, we have the drumming cat and his human.  Notice which one sets the beat.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Cameron:  We posted the original of my photo yesterday - Exercise in my Sleep.  We also posted it in sepia and added a bit of color and imagination for Caturday Art.

Buddy:  Today, we post our handsome tuxie in black and white.  We're glad we can join these blog hops because we enjoy seeing the different looks of one photo.

We are joining co-hosts Nola the Dachshund and Sugar the GR for Black and White Sunday blog hop. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exercise in my Sleep

Cameron:  This week it's my turn to be the model for our art.  Do I know how to pose or what?

Sam:  What?

Cyndi:  I think that was a rhetorical question, Sam.  He wasn't going to tell you what ... whatever.

Micah:  In plan wordage, he was bragging about his pose. 

Cameron:  This is the original picture we're going to work with this weekend. I kind of shocked Jan that day because I was sound asleep and she thought I looked uncomfortable.

Rusty:  How could she think such a thing!  You're a cat.  Cat's invented the definition of comfortable.

Merci:  This is Cameron in sepia for Sepia Saturday.   Jan used the Picasa program on our computer to change the color.

Marcus:  He looks a little dirty there.  Did he have to have a bath afterward?  If he did, I don't want to have a sepia turn unless I can take a bath in dirt.

Percy:  Hey, what did Jan do to Cameron's picture for Caturday Art?  It not only shrank, it grew colors.

Buddy:  She added an exercise ball and ... and sort of framed it.  She said to not ask her what or how she did that but it was done in Photoshop Elements 12. 

Cameron:  I can't imagine why Jan thought I need to exercise in my sleep.  I have a very trim figure for my age.

We are joining Athena cat goddess for the Caturday Art blog hop.
We are also joining Ruckus the Eskie for the Sepia Saturday blog hop.

We don't have Athena's code, but Ruckus' is below.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blanketless Establishment

Cyndi:  Where has the week gone?  It's already Friday again.

Rusty:  I think the week froze.  Everything else did.  A lot of bloggers had snow but we just had rain, cold and at least one freezing night.  Brrrrr. 

Cameron:  It's been a good week, though.  We worked on a couple of interviews and checked on a few that requested some time. 

Micah:  We are glad to have finished our interview with a couple of lovely ladycats from Lily LeMew & Jan too! And we've got another interview all set for next week.  We'd love to get a few weeks ahead so we don't have to stress over being empty-pawed.   (Hint, hint, for any of you who are already in the process or would like to volunteer yourself or another blogging cat.)

Percy:  We enjoyed getting to know these cats better. We remember when Lily Le Mew opened her blog as an only cat. Some of you will remember when / how Jan arrived and for whom she was named.  (Not for our Jan!)  Stop by Mousebreath, the ezine for cats by cats, and read their story, The LeMew Sister, Lily and Jan.

Buddy:  We're proud of the Funny Farmer Felines.  They've worked hard this week while we woofies watched in between naps.

Merci::  Speak for yourself, Buddy.  You definitely took a lot of naps.  You were snuggled under a quilt or a dog blanket most of the week.

Sam:  And Marcus jumped the gate so he could snuggle on the bed with Buddy and the cats. You and I were left blanketless, Merci.  We should make some signs and walk a protest line out in the dog pen where all the neighbors can read about how unfairly we've been treated.

Marcus: This sounds like fun. I've never been to a protest before.  Can I join you?

Sam:  No, you can't join us.  We'll be protesting you and Buddy.  

Merci:  You might want to count me out, Sam.  I'd have to be honest and the truth is if Jan gives you a blanket, you stand up, shake it off, and sleep elsewhere.  There's nothing to protest about.

Marcus:  That's too bad.  I was looking forward to shouting, Down with the blanketless establishment!!

Buddy:  Be glad the protest is canceled before you embarrass yourself.  There's no such thing as a blanketless establishment.

Percy:  Excuse me, but this is Funny Farmer Feline Friday and you guys are arguing over blankets and taking over our post.  Be quiet and let us finish.

We are joining this week's Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal and Rocco.  We can't wait to see who the Featured Favorite is today.

It's co-hosted by Bionic Basil, Love is being owned by a husky, Barking from the Bayou, and Jan's Funny Farm (that's us).

There are no rules and the blog hop stays open all week, so there is no excuse for you not to join.  

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Buddy Mini Mess

Buddy:  When I was a pup I kept the area around my bed so neat and organized, I started a bedmaking school to help others learn the basics of housekeeping.  When Mini Me AKA Marcus first came to stay with us temporarily, he was a young, impressionable pup and I am proud to say he has been an A student.

Marcus:  Thank you, Buddy.  I am proud to be your Mini Me.  I love keeping my area clean and neat.  Here I am a few weeks ago playing in my (borrowed) neat and clean crate.  I've since outgrown it but it was fun to retreat inside away from the mess the other dogs make. 

Buddy:  As you can see, everything was in its place.

Percy:  And what place would that be, Buddy?  It looks like a mess to me and the other cats.

Marcus:  I take exception to that, Percy.  Would you like to borrow Jan's reading glasses so you can see the photo better?

Percy:  No, thanks.  I can see it fine.  I can also remember Marcus dragging our cat toys into the crate before he shredded them.

Merci:  I remember sharing sleeping quarters with you, Buddy.  You weren't happy just making a mess on your half of the bed, you'd mess up my half too.  It always looked like a family of baboons wandered through and left their trash strewn about.

Buddy:  I never!

Merci:  You always!  And this winter while you and Marcus slept in luxury, Jan covered the crate to make me a warm cave to sleep in at night.  I could never get comfortable because of all the lumps in the bedding.  If that's what you guys think is gold star bedmaking, you obviously slept through the course.

Marcus:  I thought this post was supposed to be a positive one about me and my mentor Buddy.  He taught me everything I know about being neat and clean. 

Buddy:  Just look at how organized Marcus kept his crate.

Merci:  I hate to break this to you guys, but, Marcus, you're not a Buddy Mini Me.  You're a Buddy Mini Mess.

Marcus:  Thank you, Merci. I'm so thankful Buddy saw my potential and took me under his wing ... er, paw.

We are joining Pepi Smart Dog for Thankful Thursday.

And co-hosts Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a Huskie for Thoughtless Thursday.

(Links to both blog hops below)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Feline Inalienable Right

Rusty:  We cats are notorious for changing our minds.  It's our inalienable right!

Buddy:  What does that have to do with today's post?

Rusty:  I changed my mind.  It's my right.  That's all I have to say on the subject. 

Merci:  Are you referring to the Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis duck formula cat treats you were taste testing?

Rusty:  Yes.  They're freeze dried raw duck and turkey. They sounded like they would be delicious when Jan asked us all what flavor we'd like to try.  And they smell yummy too.

Merci:  What made you change your mind?

Rusty:  I told you, I'm a cat.  It's my inalienable right!

Sam:  Mmmmm, they look good.   May I try some?

Rusty:  No, you're a canine, not a feline.  But there are also raw treats for canines. 

Cyndi:  Yes, they do smell yummy.  I do think I will try one or two.

Percy:  Delicious!  Can I have the box so I can see the list of ingredients.  Hmmm, They also contain turkey liver and heart, pumpkinseeds, apples, carrots, butternut squash, ground flaxseed, montmorillite clay, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, dried kelp, apple cider vinegar, parsley, honey, salmon oil, olive oil, blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, persimmons, rosemary, sage and cloves. 

Cameron: Okay, I sniffed them.  Now what do I do with them? 

Marcus:  I'll be glad to taste test them for you.

Cameron:  You dogs don't share your treats with us.  Don't even think about taking mine!

Percy:  Okay, Rusty doesn't want to taste his and neither does Rusty, but they won't let me eat their share and Jan won't let me have any more from the package.  This isn't fair.

Micah:  Nom, nom, nom.  These are pretty good.

Cyndi:  Jan thought we might like to try these healthy raw treats, but some of us didn't know what to make of them.  I ate 2 or 3 and that was all I wanted to try.    

Rusty:  I wouldn't taste any for a couple of days.  Yesterday morning Jan dropped a couple on top of my breakfast.  I turned up my nose.  Then she opened my mouth and popped in one.  Hey, that wasn't too bad.  I had a second.  Then I ate my breakfast but left the third for Micah.

Cameron:  I'll pass, thank you.  Veggies and fruits aren't my cup of nip.

Buddy:  You cats don't know what's good.  I've seen you get all excited over fresh roasted turkey and then turn up your nose when Jan gave you a taste.  I don't understand you.

Micah and Percy:  The raw treats were delish!  We haven't minded cleaning up after the others.  They don't know what's good for them!

We would like to thank for sending us a box of cat treats to taste.  We were not paid to write this.  Any opinions expressed are strictly our own.