Friday, June 26, 2015

Louie of Many Talents

MICAH:  Do I remember correctly, today is the day we cats get to post without the dogs horning in?

RUSTY:  Yes, that's correct.  In theory, at least.  Cyndi:, where are the dogs?

CYNDI:  Marcus is in the bedroom sleeping on the cedar chest.  Buddy is in Marcus' crate.  Sam is hanging over the orthopedic bed next to the crate lost in zzzzzs.  Merci, she's  ... where is she?

PERCY:  Merci is sound asleep beside Jan.  Any minute now we're going to hear her shriek as Jan suddenly swivels in her chair and scares the sleep out of Merci.

RUSTY:  And Jan will shriek because Merci has scared the iced tea out of her.

MICAH:  And all the dogs will be wide awake and want to "help" us.  So let's hurry up and get to the post.

CYNDI:  Thisweekweareinterviewing -

MICAH:  Slow down.  We can't understand a word you're saying.

CYNDI:  Don't blame me.  Rusty told me to hurry.  This week we are interviewing the Cat Scout Louie from the blog Awesome Louie.  He is a cat with many talents.

PERCY:  His story, Awesome Louie Salutes, Tweets and Blogs, can be read at Mousebreath, the ezine for cats and written by cats.

UPDATE:  This graphic is posted on the CB today.  We're not sure who made it, possibly Mo?

This card was created by Miss Ann of Zoolatry. 

We hope Dezi and Lexi's graphic is animated for you.  Animation often "dies" when posted to Blogger, but the stars twinkle on this one.
Jan:  When I came online this morning I wondered why there are more comments than usual at that hour.  I'd been running around the house and yard doing before breakfast chores and forgot today is my birthday. Thank you all for making me smile.  Amber, now I know why I don't have a birthday cake.  You already ate it.  :) That's okay.  Mr. Doug brought me a birthday pie.  Banana cream. 

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.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three Paws and Two Ears

MICAH:  *peering through the screen door*  Hey, what are you guys doing out there?

MERCI:  Oh, Jan has some new food she wants us to try.

PERCY:  Can we have some?

MARCUS:  No way!  You cats have your own food.  Stay out of ours.

SAM:  How long does it take Jan to turn on the camera?  We're going to die of starvation while she looks for the Funny Farmer Portrait Setting on it.

MARCUS:  While we're waiting, we can tell you what it is we're waiting to taste.  It's the new Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken Lamb, brown rice and barley dog food.

BUDDY:  It's holistic.  Holistic means it's supposed to be good for the whole system, both mind and body.  It's too late to save Marcus' mind but perhaps this food can help his body.  Maybe shorten his ears a little?

SAM:  Our usual diet is kibble or kibble mixed with some canned food, so Jan introduced the new food by splitting a can between us.  Well, not a can.  The contents.  The canned is on top of the dry food.  Look at those orange carrot pieces.

BUDDY:  Wait, let me check the label.  It contains vitamins and minerals, plus lamb, lamb liver, ground brown rice, barley, oatmeal, alfalfa meal, flaxseed meal ....  and, yep, carrots.  You can read the list of ingredients for each Solid Gold flavor.

MERCI:  This food is made in the US without corn, wheat or soy (common allergens) and also without fillers, by-products, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives.  It should be a nutritionally complete and balanced meal for dogs of any size.
MARCUS:  The others had to eat out on the back steps for the photos, but I had a private dining room.

SAM:  Yes, you did.  When we first tasted the Solid Gold you were temporarily being fed in your crate because you were so food aggressive you didn't want to share the kitchen with the rest of us. 

MARCUS:  I've been paroled and Jan says my manners have greatly improved.  But I sure miss my private dining room. 

BUDDY:  *mumble, mumble, yes, we're all agreed*  Okay, we canines voted and we all voted to give this new Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken food a paw's up, so this food is four paw.  If we find it improves Marcus' mind, we'll revise that to three paws and Marcus' two ears.

We were not paid to review the Solid Gold food. did provide us with the cans to taste test.  Any opinions expressed are entirely our own!

Note:  There is no Blogville interview today.  We were waiting on Puddles' answers but she just lost her fur sissy Whitney, hers will be delayed for some time.. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jaunty Jaguar

PERCY:  Well, this has been the week from Gmail / Thunderbird hell.  We had no idea a storm was brewing and we have not enjoyed one moment of it!

MICAH:  Last Friday we got notices for our Gmail accounts that Thunderbird (an email program on our PC) has not been compatible with their new accounts for a year so we should use Gmail webmail now.  In fact, Gmail blocked us from downloading email.  We got that taken care of and tried to download  and ...

RUSTY:  And it locked up our computer.  Over and over and over again.  Jan updated to v38 that is supposed to work with Gmail but nothing we have tried as of today has worked.  Jan has been at the "don't speak to me or I'll scream" point for days.  We've been set up with POP3 for many years and after 6 days of searching, we still don't know if Gmail still allows POP3.  It isn't working and it isn't mentioned, but that doesn't mean it isn't still available, only that gmail wants to force us to abandon it for IMAP.

CYNDI: Jan wants to keep her own filing system, not "co-ordinate" with gmail.  She believes she is quite capable to hit the delete key on her own to clean out webmail.  She is old and the brain of an old person doesn't comprehend half of what she reads so she has been having a meltdown. She did find a forum for each to leave a question, but doubts Google or Thunderbird will respond.  Would anyone like all of us furries to come visit until this blows over and Jan is fit to live with again? 

RUSTY:  Perhaps we should change the subject.  I hear Jan coming.  We can talk about the weather.  Hasn't the weather been nice .... no, that's not the word.  HUMID! 

MICAH:  Hasn't the weather been hot and humid and stormy lately? Even Buddy, the "oh, come on, let's turn around and do another lap" wilted on the 9 am walk and begged to come home.

CYNDI:  I guess we should get to the interview.  We have a lovely feline interview subject today.  Jaguar doesn't have a blog but she is an active Cat Scout

PERCY:  Jaunty Jaguar Joined the Cat Scouts is available exclusively at Mousebreath, the ezine for cats.  It's fun reading so don't miss it.

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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Yente Ruby's Margaritas

Ruby and all those who have tried to view this post today, please accept our humble apologies.  We scheduled this for 12:30 AM but somehow it ended up as PM and we didn't get online until noon today to find you've all been looking for it and it wasn't here.  **sniff, sniff, Buddy wipes Merci's tears with a big paw**   We are so embarrassed.

MARCUS:  This is exciting.  We have another Blogville worker to interview.

MERCI:  Yes, we are enjoying these interviews, but there is some rather sad news we need to mention.. About a week and a half or so ago, we contacted Sasha, the official Chef of Blogville, for an interview and we were looking forward to meeting her soon.

SAM:  We won't get to meet her, though.  Sadly, she had to leave for the bridge Sunday and left her mom and all her friends very sad.

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BUDDY:  Sasha was small in size but a large presence among the Blogville Administration and residents, so we will observe a minute of silence in her honor.

MARCUS:  Sniff, sniff. *wipes eyes with paw*  And now for this week's interview subject.

SAM:  The riotous Ruby the Airedale.

MERCI:  Straight from her latest performance at ... um, where was her latest performance?

BUDDY:  I have no idea, but she's here now, so ... Oh, wait, her last performance was on her Ruby the Airedale blog.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Please introduce yourself and your family.

Ruby:  Hey Blogville!!!  What up??!  My name is Ruby, and I am an Airedale, I MEAN TERRIER.   I lives with my Ma (who doesn't give me enough cookies, in my opinion!  Just sayin'...)   My Gpa comes over to watch me when she is busy with non-Ruby stuffs.  I likes him cause he gives me LOTS of treaties that Ma never knows about....shhhhhhh ?

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

Ruby:  Wells, I came all the way from the great state of Wisconsin!!!   That is where my furry Mother and Father lives.  Ma flew me out to sunny California to lives with her, cause she couldn't resist my FABulous  picture!   Though,  I do miss the snow!  It doesn't snow here!!!!  bummer.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Tell us a little about the area where you live.

Ruby:  I lives in the most MAGICAL LAND of the Silicon Valley!   Noes, it's not full of  women with ENHANCED chests ~ it's where all the computer magic happens!!!  We gots Google, Facebook, Apple right heres (just to name  a few!).  Butts, Ma doesn't have that kind of dough!  Nopes (sorry Murphy, we won't be buying that yacht anytime soon ?), butts I loves living here ~ the weather is FABulous (wells, unless we're in a drought, like now!), and the peeps are pretty cool, and the doggies are most amazin'!

Funny Farmer Canines:  What kind of mischief do you prefer?

Ruby:  Wells, I likes all kinds of mischief....the more the betters, ya know?!   Butts, I LOVES nibbling on Ma's plants.  So much so, that she had to put them in 'Jail", behind doggie fences, so I wouldn't eat them all! hehehehe,  She says that it's better than putting ME behind the doggie fences!

Funny Farmer Canines:  How long have you been blogging and what made you begin?

Ruby:  I've been bloggin' abouts  three years.  Which is amazin', since it's impossible to keep my ASSistant in line!   She is forever not doin' her duties, and posting my most FABulous adventures!   I thinks I need a new one....anyone wants the job??? ?

Funny Farmer Canines:  You are in charge of Yente services under Hiz Honorz Murphy and Stanley.  We're not sure what that means so we need to ask what are your duties?   

Ruby:  My duties as Yente, Matchmaker ExtraordinAire, is to find Dates for anyone in Blogville that wants one!   Nows,  I'm not sayin' that everyone finds THE ONE, likes Me and Murphy ? (my Stud Muffin ??), butts I will try and find you a Date that you can have a most FABulous time with!

Funny Farmer Canines:  You were the Squirrel Patrol Officer in the Blogville Pawlice Department under Mayor's Madi administration and also under Murphy and Stanley's.  Does this entail training squirrels to be model citizens of Blogville?   

Ruby:  I wish I could say yes, butts those *asterick*' tree rats are completely UNTRAINABLE!!!   I've even had some throw NUTS at ME!!!  (no...not THOSE nuts Puddles.....)   So I've resorted to keepin' them outta Blogville!  It's a tough job, and sometimes it takes lots of margaritas.  Every once in a while, one gets through, and all hell breaks loose!  That's where my BACKUP comes in....the most TRUSTWORTHY Blogville Pawlice Department!   We, together, can take down any critter that tries to cause chaos!

Funny Farmer Canines:  We understand you attend all Blogville Festivities with your own Margarita Truck.  Are you hired by the Administration or is this something you just enjoy doing on your own?  

Ruby:  Oh, my Margarita Truck is totally INDEPENDENT!!   I wouldn't want Blogville to be legally responsible for what goes on at the Margarita Truck. What happens at the Margarita Truck....STAYS at the Margarita Truck....

Funny Farmer Canines:  We understand your mom has you on a diet to lose five pounds.  You are the Gurlfuriend of  Mayor Murphy.  We would guess that Hiz Honor doesn't agree with your mom on this subject?   

Ruby:  NO.  No he wouldn't!!!!   Not only does he thinks that my vettie's scale is BROKEN, butts he thinks I am just FABulous just the way I am.   That's why I loves him!  And....why he sends me secret stashes of cookies....shhhhhh

Funny Farmer Canines:  If your mom were to describe what makes you special, what do you think she would say?   

Ruby:  Wells, as any Airedale owner knows, we are A LOT!!!!  What?  Oh.  Wells, I guess that's just ME.   Okays.  Whatevers.  Well, I thinks she would say that her life would be BORING!!!  without MOI.  B.O.R.I.N.G.   Who would wake her up at 3am to go outside and enjoy the fresh aire???  Who would make those purty pictures on her windows???   Who would pharts and make her run out of the room, so she could get some exercise???   Who is goin' to slobber all overs her hair????  (I mean, that is the cheapest hair product you can gets!!! ?)  Who is goin' to rub their hinnie all overs her pillow when she's not home????   Like I said...BORING!     And, she knows I loves her to pieces, and do zoomies every time she comes home!  And she loves my stinky, furry arse!!

Thank you Miss Jan for interviewing me for your Bloggie!   I am most humbled, and will send you  a pitcher of Margaritas as my Thanks!

BUDDY:  Wait, stop the presses, stop the presses, STOOOOOOPPPPP THE PRESSES!!!!!

MARCUS:  What's the matter?  I thought the interview went very well.

SAM:  The interview did go well.  It's the postscript that's the problem.

MERCI:  Yes, WE did all the work, but JAN is getting all the credit.

BUDDY:  AND a pitcher of margaritas!  You don't see the problem?

MARCUS:  Not really.  Jan drinks a pitcher of margaritas, takes a long nap, and we have the computer all to ourselves for a few hours.  Or days, depending on how big the pitcher is.

BUDDY:  Good thinking, Marcus.  Okay, roll the presses again.

SAM:  Be sure to visit Ruby and her margarita truck at the Ruby the Airedale blog.

Friday, June 12, 2015

OliverHughes and Tanner

RUSTY: We hope we aren't late.  We were just putting our boat away.  We had a couple of downpours this week and figured a boat might come in handy. 

PERCY:  Ignore Rusty.  He's been afraid his fur would get wet and he'd drown from the weight.

RUSTY:  Well, I'm a big cat and I do have a LOT of fur!  It tangles and is heavy when wet.

CYNDI:  So stay dry.  You two do remember we are supposed to be posting on our Mousebreath interview for the week? 

MICAH:  Yes, to return to the ... wait, we can't return; we didn't start yet, did we?  Never mind!  This week we spent some time with Cat Scout OliverHughes and his brother Tanner from the Four Crazy Cats blog.

CYNDI:  So why are we only interviewing two cats from the four crazy cats blog?   You will have to read the interview.

PERCY:  You will enjoy getting to know the two cats as you read their story, OliverHughes Salutes and Tanner Blogs.  Both cats blog and Tanner is a good brother who helps OliverHughes with his Scout projects.

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.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Police Commissioner Speaks

We are pleased to be doing this series of interviews of the Blogville Administration and Law Enforcement, as well as any other Blogville resident who wanders near our keyboard.  To continue our series, today we have the Police Commissioner Sarge from the Sarge Speaks Out blog.  Sit up straight and listen closely.  Sarge said he might spring a quiz at the end.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Please introduce yourself and your family.

Sarge:  Hey Everyone!  Wow, first I want to bark a big thanks for interviewing me today!  You guys do amazing interviews and I'm thrilled to be here.  My name is Sarge and I'm a dog.  I share my blog with my two hermit crabby girls, Beachnut and Shelldon.   My peeps are Mom who works for the Commonwealth of PA and my Dad who is a retired law enforcement guy.  My Mom's Mom is Frankie Furter's Mom, so we like to say my Mom is Frankie's two-legged sister and Frankie and Ernie and I call ourselves cuzzins.  BOL

Photo of Sarge provided by Sarge Speaks Out blog

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

Frankie:  My peeps had a much-loved Golden Retriever named Cisco and he was my Mom's bestest pal.   When he crossed the bridge in May of 2006, they went to the local shelter to adopt a new furiend.    I had just been weened and was there with my litter mates waiting for someone to scoop us up.   I was very quiet and cute and my peeps couldn't resist me.  My gotcha day was 5-20-06.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Tell us a little about the area where you live.

Sarge:  I live right on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, USA.  My house is like a cabin and sits mostly in the woods on top of a small mountain. At the bottom is the Allegheny River. It's a very pretty area and has lots of nice creeks, lakes, forests and wildlife.

Funny Farmer Canines:  What kind of mischief do you enjoy?

Sarge:  My favorite joke is the one I play on my Dad nearly every morning.  As soon as he isn't paying attention, I run into the bedroom, jump on the bed, pull the covers back and slurp all over his pillow.  I mean I really soak it good!   BWAR HAR HAR   He flips it over and the next day I do the other side.   Oh, what fun.   I also like to tug on his pantlegs when I'm feeling frisky.  I really like to do that to Frankie's Dad the most, so we all call him Papaw Pantslegs. BOL I like to spend lots of time chasing critters in my territory.  I like to bash chipmunks.

Funny Farmer Canines:  You publish the Blogville Calendar.  Tell us a little about why you started it started and how it is doing.

Sarge:  Well, I started blogging myself on 8-29-10 when Frankie's Mamaw created my bloggie for me.    I discovered that I was spending a lot of my postings trying to get the bark out about all of the cool events and happenings in Blogville.  So, on 10-31-11 my Mom created the Blogville Community Calendar so everyone can see what's going on without me listing them on my own posts.  Right now it has 169 followers and gets about 15-25 pageviews per day. Most furiends seem to read it and move on, but I get a big wag out of the comments that our co-mayor Doods leave for me almost every day.

Funny Farmer Canines:  How long were you the Blogville Police Chief - under how many administrations?

Sarge:  I was first appointed Blogville Chief of Police by Mayor Frankie back on 12-19-10 and I served for both of his terms.   Then Mayoress Madi kept me on when she took over.   In her second term, she promoted me to Police Commissioner in November of 2013.      When Murphy and Stanley were elected Co-Mayorz, the honored me by keeping me on as commish.

Funny Farmer Canines:  What accomplishment are you most proud of during your tenure as Chief?

Sarge:  I was really proud and pleased with the Safety Week we had back in October of 2011.  It was wonderful.  So good in fact, that we did it again in August of last year and it was even bigger and better!

Funny Farmer Canines:  When His Honorz Murphy and Stanley became Mayor ... er, Mayorz, this year, they retained you as the Police Commissioner. Does this job seem a bit "tame" after being a "paws on" Chief, or do you still get to do police work?

Sarge:  Actually, I love being the Commish!  I still do lots of paws on work with our Top Cop Chief Bites and the other members of the safety staff, but I also get to do cool things like attend conventions and ride in parades.  I get to work alot with the Doods too. It's a super job and I'm very lucky!

Funny Farmer Canines:  You are related to Judge Frankie Furter from the Court of Common Fleas and Ernie the Attorney at Paw, so your jobs represent different facets of the law.  (Chatter around the dinner bowls at family reunions must be very interesting.)  Do you enjoy working so closely with family to protect the citizens of Blogville?

Sarge:  Oh, yes!  His MopHeadedNess Frankie does a great job from the bench and Ernie the Attorney has a perfect record of all wins and no losses in court.  We work great together.  Frankie's been around and really knows his stuff.  He has a great head for fairness and perfect judgements and sentences.   Ernie has a ton of energy and his assistant Roxy keeps him in line.  We have a super relationship.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Is there anything special you would like to institute during your stint as Commissioner?

Sarge:   I'm really enjoying our Working Wednesdays. I started those a few months ago and I'm seeing others jumping on board too. I'd love to see more of our safety employees posting about their on-duty work. They're all great employees and I know they are busy around Blogville keeping us safe and secure and I'm hoping more and more of them will start sharing their job adventures with us.

Funny Farmer Canines:  Whew!  We are relieved that Sarge was only kidding about the quiz.  As you know, we all take after Jan and she has a memory like a sieve.  Be sure to stop by Sarge Speaks Out to tell Sarge how grateful you are for his years of hard work in Law Enforcement.

And while you're there, make it a point to meet  Beachnut and Shelldon, the two hermit crabby girls.  They are neat!