Thursday, February 28, 2008


We are sad today. We received a message from a friend who passed on a plea for help from Pepper's mom. Now, most likely none of you know Pepper, but most of us do know the pain of having a sick kitty or woofie and reaching the point of needing more help than we can provide on our own.

Pepper has a page but not a blog. We would like to introduce you to her. And just for the record, Pepper's Jan is not our Jan.

Pepper is a beautiful Russian Blue stray cat and was originally owned by serviceman Mike Bustillos based at Air Force Base/SAC Headquarters, Bellevue, NE who was deployed for emergency service and is still engaged overseas in Iraq.

Mike became the original Pepper Person when he took her in as a kitten. He had her for just over a year when he was called once again to serve his country. He loved Pepper enough to let her go. He was not sure how long he would be gone and he felt it was not fair to Pepper to keep leaving her for long periods of time. With a heavy heart Mike surrendered her to the great people at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, Nebraska.

That was when Jan, Peppers present owner, came into Peppers life. December 15, 2007 and Jan and her son and husband were dealing with the grief of losing their wonderful family kitty Kitterz . In an attempt to overcome the pain of her loss Jan decided to stop by the local Humane Society not really expecting what she found. It was love at first sight. There was Pepper. With a pledge from Jan to the U.S. soldier, that she would love and take care of Pepper and give her a safe, loving home, off she went with Pepper in tow to start a new life together.

One month after getting Pepper, she started getting sick only I thought it was hairballs...she does have long hair and very silky too. After she started vomiting foamy stuff I took her to not 1, but 2 vets. They did diagnose Cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts) She couldn't keep food down, she had a fever of 103 and she was lethargic. The main cause of this disease is bacterial. Recovery from and recovery of the liver can be possible but involved a long period of antibiotics, fluid and food tubes for cats who loose their appetite. Pepper has had to have these tests done so far. Blood tests (CBC, blood chemical analysis), radiographs, ultrasonography, fine-needle aspirate, and liver biopsy.

She also suffered from Hepatic Lipidosis from not eating...but that can be reversed with feeding, hence the feeding tube in the neck.

The above are excerpts from Pepper's page where you can read the full story, see photos of Pepper and view copies of vet bills and estimates of treatment. There is a contact email address.

We hope Pepper is able to finish the necessary medical treatments and have a long, healthy life ahead of her. To visit Pepper, click here. (Update 3/7 -- Pepper died, her page is closed and fundraising efforts have ended.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Percy's aCATemy Award

This beautiful award arrived yesterday with a note:

Dear Percy,

Were yoo as upset as I was last night win I watched the Academy Awards and discuverd that not only did yoo not win an award for yer werk in CCSI, BUT YOO WERN'T EVEN NOMMYNATED??!!

I was agast. So, here is an aCATemy Award to aknolidge yer owtstanding award-winning contribyooshun to CCSI

All the best,
Skeezix the Cat
Skeezix's Scratching Post

The Funny Farm says I have to give an acceptance speech. I'm not much for speaking in public, but if I must...

I would, first of all, like to thank Skeezix for this beautiful award. I will display it proudly and treasure it always. I would like to thank Sassy of Little Productions for giving me the opportunity to participate in the CCSI production of "The Santa Caper." It was an amazing experience. I met so many nice cats and dogs and enjoyed every minute of it. I would like to thank all my castmates, the production crew and my adopted brothers and sisters of the Funny Farm.

What is it, Buddy? Stop elbowing me! Oh, thanks.

And I would like to thank Jan (who is standing behind me reading this over my shoulder) for giving me a home and feeding me a healthy diet so I was mentally and physically able to give the production my all.

Thank you all.

Jan's Funny Farm

Here we are, late again. We intended to post about Boogie before this. We read about him on Maya & Kena's blog. In fact, that's where we picked up this poster. If you click on it, you will go to Deetz the Airedale Terror's blog where you can read more on Doogie.

Deetz's dad's is really worried about Boogie and believes he was stolen. We hope Boogie is returned/found soon.

Deetz has had other bad news recently. His friend Gizmo has cancer and isn't expected to be with him much longer. But for now, he's energetic and feeling better.

We met a new woofie today. Actually, we met several new woofies today, but this one is a Siberian Husky named Amici and he is having cluster seizures.

We have a little good news on Haggis, the missing Deerhound. He was sighted again at Albert Dr and Trillium St, Bowie, MD on February 22nd. The poster Sassy the cat made for him is on our sidebar. You can click on it to go read about him. You can also post Haggis' poster on your blog. If you don't know how to make it link to Haggis' site, email us at mercyandpercy at gmail dot com and we'll send you the code.


Churchill the cat is recovering well from his injuries, but for Bruno the woofie the news doesn't appear to be as positive. We come across news in our travels. Some of you are aware of one item but not another, so we try to remember who and where, but we're getting as bad as Jan about remembering.


And Delilah over at Dr. Tweety & the Fab 5's might have epilepsy. At least we assume that's what "eppa-leprosy" is. Or it could be "poisinon' from a azalea flowerz" that were on the kitchen table. (We love Dr. Tweety's English. He keeps us on our toes.)

Missy Blue Eyes' eye has healed and is fine. Whoopee! We're so glad.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

We Aren't Lost

We thought perhaps we should post a note to let everyone know we aren't lost and we haven't forgotten you. Jan's been hogging the computer lately and we haven't had time to post. We have dropped by a few blogs now and then. If we don't get a new post up tomorrow, we will next week.

We really need to get your links up in the sidebar. Another project we haven't gotten done.

Meanwhile, we did drop by to check on Churchill and found very good news there.

Rascal finished week 3 of his chemo.

Jan went on an errand, so we can finally respond to Claudette, LacyLulu's mama's tag. So here goes -

A tag!!!!
The tag is to list four of the following:

Jobs I have had
1) Buddy - expert bedmaker
2) Plumber - Buddy, Merci and Percy
3) Bugcatching - all felines
4) Percy - actor in CCCSI's Christmas production

Movies I would watch over and over
1) Oops. We missed this category and posted LacyLulu's mama's answer.
2) We don't usually watch movies once, let alone over and over.
3) Jan won't give us money to go to the movie theater.
4) We feel a bit underprivileged here. We're going to have to steal - um, borrow Jan's remote and start checking out movies.

Places I have been
1) Phoenix, Arizona - Buddy and Samaritan, to visit Miss Pat, Chuy and Satch
2) Sidney - Charlie's birthday party
3) California - Percy (CCCSI cast party)
4) Cotton - Miss Peach's tea party

Places I have lived
1) Georgia, USA
2) Jan moves about once every century, so we haven't actually lived anywhere but here - yet.
3) We think another century might be ending in the somewhat near future, so stay tuned.
4) Sorry. Our bags are packed and we're ready to move ... whenever.

TV shows I watch
1) NO LAW & ORDER - The music makes my ears hurt and I howwwwwwwl! - Buddy
2) No Dog Whisperer! - Buddy, Merci & Samaritan
3) We don't actually have any favorite TV shows.
4) We usually just entertain ourselves on the computer.

People who email me regularly
1) Evelyn
2) KC
3) Bill
4) Mark

Favorite foods
1) Steak
2) Chicken
3) Fish
4) Anything! - Buddy & Samaritan's favorite

Places I would rather be
1) At an all-you-can-eat buffet - the canines
2) Squirrel/bird hunting - Buddy, Merci & Samaritan
3) A huuuuge house with 3 litter pans in each room - the felines.
4) A catnip greenhouse - the felines

Things I am looking forward to
1) Jan giving us back our computer so we can blog and visit our friends.
2) Having a huuuuuge fenced back yard so we can lie in the sunshine and barf up grass to our hearts' content.
3) Jan stocking the fridge with our favorite foods instead of hers.
4) Training Jan to come when called and wait on our every whim. (Well, we can dream, can't we?)

Actually, we think Jan was supposed to answer this tag, but we got tired of waiting on her so we decided to do it ourselves.

We tag Miss Peach, Cheysulli & Gemini, Asta and Gus & Louie.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dr. Tweety And Fab 5

We hope you will stop by Dr. Tweety & the Fab 5 and leave a message of encouragement. Their mom is home after saying good-bye to her good friend.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Baby Is Back

Just read the post that Baby is home. You can read the story on Boy & Baby. The story began on February 11 and runs through the Monday the 18th.

Karl of the Cat Realm left a message on the last post that Bean the pitbull was found! We don't know who he is but we're glad. And we thought we would add him (or is Bean a girl?) for those who are concerned.

Update: Karl left Bean's url which is added above. And he let us know Bean is a girl.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Newsy Notes

We just stopped by to check on Churchill and found good news. He had his surgery and is recuperating. It will be a long recovery, but how wonderful to have so many bloggers caring and those who could contributing. You can read the good news here.

Missy Blue Eyes is recovering from her eye injury. We were glad to learn that too.

We were saddened to read on Maya & Kena's blog that the large tumor recently removed from Bruno's leg was cancerous and will likely return. But how wonderful that some contributed to the cost of his operation and a kind vet agreed to operate before the full amount was raised. There is so much abuse in the world, so it's nice to know there is much kindness too.

Baby has been missing for several days now. Evidently she got out into the hall and just disappeared. Most likely someone in the building is hiding/keeping her and her owners are frantic. We hope she is found soon.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Passing Out Awards

We are working hard to play catch-up. Today we are posting the awards we've recently received and we believe this brings us up to date on everything except Lacy's meme, which we will do soon. We appreciate these blogging cat and woofies for passing these on to us. If we have missed any, please let us know. We're becoming as forgetful as Jan. Old age must be contagious.

Java from Java's Coffee House and Wildcats 3 gave us this Excellence Award. We're glad they think we're worth reading. We would like to pass it on to Daisy the Curly Cat. We absolutely love the fashions she models.

The following awards are from Wildcats 3 at The Dog Log because -- "After much deliberation between Abby and Rosie and me, we have decided to pass each award on to all of our "hound" friends." As Jan's Funny Farm is on their award list, we assume that since Buddy is an official hound, the rest of us are hounds by adoption. Thanks, brother Buddy! And you too, Wildcats 3!
The Friendly Site Award goes to Poppy Q. Anyone who reads her blog, knows how easily she makes friends.
Forever Friends goes to Darling Millie because she encouraged us to get to know the cat blogosphere. Her mom is really busy at work right now, so even if she forgets to pick it up, she still deserves it.
We want to give the Great Blog Award to The Furry Fighter because she shares her story to encourage others cats with lymphoma.
Who else could we give the Biggest Heart Award to but to Chase? She is an encouragement to all.
Oh, my. So many to choose from. But we decided to give the Interesting Blog award to Asta. She certainly gets around and has so many parties and trips, she makes us dizzy.

The Life is Heck without Friends Award goes to -- Well we'd like to give this to all our cat and woofie friends. Without you all, life would be a lot less fun.

Crikit, Sparky and Ginger at Barking Loud gave us this beautiful bouquet. and we would like to pass it on to The Brat Pack. They lost 3 dogs in less than a year - 2 within a month - and they still keep plugging.

This is an award from Wildcats 3 that needs an introduction. The "You are Toadally Awesome Award" was originated by Kim at the PurpleFrogCat.
Kim said, 'I have a new award to hand out..They are “toadally awesome” to me… just link back to me as to the original one who started this…Thanks alot…You can hand this out if you wish to at least 15 bloggers that are “toadally awesome”….’ Please link back to Kim’s blog.

We're going to wait to pass out this Toadally Awesome Award. Right now we need to go rest Percy's weary typing paws so we can return after a while and notify all these blogging cats and woofies to pick up their awards.
Recently Delilah over at Dr. Tweety's and the Fab 5 had seizures and now their mom has rushed to the bedside of her good friend to say good-bye. We enjoy their humor so much and we are sad for her. It hurts to say good-bye.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day 2008

We could not let the day go by without taking a moment to wish each of you a Happy Valentine's Day. Feel free to grab a bouquet and take it home with you. There are more than enough for everyone. (Click on the bouquet; it's animated.)

The woofie and kitty represent Valentine's Day at the Funny Farm. The kitties purr and snuggle and the woofies scratch their chins on the kitties' heads. (This is also animated.)

Many of you are aware of the Valentine Love Cruise Party, hosted by Momo in Australia for all kitties and woofies. Stop by Momo's and Sassy's to read about the cruise and to see all the lovely photos. Sassy will be posting part two later tonight or tomorrow. Don't miss it. Plus, she has lots of yummy treats and flowers to send home with you. She gave us this.

Sassy sent us this photo of our Percy from the cruise. Doesn't he look handsome? Jan was tickled pink (we don't understand that phrase) to see how grown-up and debonair he looks.
Photo by Sassy.
We did have some good news yesterday. The Sheltie that was rescued and then turned into the shelter by a neighbor was adopted by the woman who originally rescued the dog. The Sheltie should be home in a day or two, depending on when she receives her spay surgery. We're all glad at least one of the three dogs survived the shelter.

And now for the shocker - at least it was to Jan. She admits to being super busy and preoccupied lately, but she was stunned speechless today when she opened a brown envelope and found this photo of Buddy and Samaritan on the front of a church bulletin - a church bulletin from Arizona, no less. (We live in Georgia.)Buddy and Samaritan skedaddled as soon as they saw the contents of the envelope. Jan read the note in disbelief.

Ms. Jan, Samaritan and I took the car and ran over to AZ to visit Miss Pat and she took us to church and we got our pictures taken. We hurried back before you missed us. But Ms. Pat said we shouldn't tell you a lie so we are "fessing" up so God and you won't be mad at us. We got along fine with Chuy and Satch but they weren't allowed to go to church because Satch snorts too loud. (s) Your wandering dogs

Jan called for Buddy and Samaritan and they slowly returned to the computer desk. "Is this note true?" she demanded.
They just grinned sheepishly, afraid to either admit the truth or tell a lie.

"Oh, no!" Jan cried, slapping her forehead. "I've got to start getting out more. I never even missed the car."

The guys started to retreat slowly. "Wait! This isn't your paw-writing, Buddy. And you never call me Ms. Jan. Who helped you write this note?"

Neither answered. "Miss Pat?" No response. "Satch? No, he hasn't learned etiquette yet. It was Chuy, wasn't it?" Both dogs hung their heads.


The guys say they had a great time, even if it was a short visit. But why didn't Merci go with you, we asked.

We asked her, Buddy said, but she started shaking and crying, muttering something about never getting in a car with us again, we're a danger to everyone, whether they're on the road or not. So we left her home. I steered and Samaritan worked the pedals. We couldn't drive at night because Percy wasn't there to hold the flashlight, so we just drove faster and arrived sooner. We'll have to do this again one day. Any of you want to go with us?

The answer was unanimous - No! In case you've forgotten why the others don't want to ride with Buddy, click here.
One other note today: Most of you probably don't know Churchill. He has a brand new blog, so you can easily read all the posts to learn who he is and what happened to him. His humans desperately needed help with medical bills for him and the blogosphere came through again. We don't know whether they have all the money they need, but he was scheduled for surgery yesterday; however, his injuries are too severe and the surgery too long. So it was postponed. Stop by Churchill the cat's and say hello.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dogs Deserve Better

We're discouraged today because Jan is. It's hard to be upbeat when you're watching someone try not to cry over 3 dogs she agreed to try to help find homes by posting them on the Humane Society/shelter blog. She's not tech savvy so it took her several hours of stress last week to get necessary information and retrieve photos from the submitted word document flyer and get them posted.

Yesterday she walked into the shelter to take a photo and the first dog she saw was one of the dogs she thought was safe in someone's barn awaiting adoption.

Instead, two of the dogs were already at the shelter while she agonized over how to post those pictures so the animals might have a chance. They were both euthanized sometime before the weekend. There are just too many animals being turned in or picked up. Room has to be made for incoming.

The Sheltie was turned in the next day. She has a better chance of being adopted, but there is no guarantee.

Initially, the dogs were dumped (you know how that goes - dump the dogs and drive rapidly away so no one can read your license plate number) and someone who already has several dogs was supposedly taking care of them while others looked for homes. How did they end up at the shelter? That's a confusing story and somehow the woman's neighbor ended up turning in the dogs at the shelter.

So how did the neighbors get the dogs? We'll probably never know the whole truth. What matters now are the facts. Two of the dogs are dead. And it rattled Jan until she kept losing photos in Blogger and making dumb mistakes and having to start from scratch. She gave up at 2 this morning and didn't get back to it till this afternoon. She finally finished about 6 tonight. The animals whose photos she's been trying to post don't have much time. Their last day is Thursday.

On top of that, we learned today that Tammy Grimes, the founder of Dogs Deserve Better, who rescued the dying chained dog in Pennsylvania and was arrested, tried and convicted for it - - Never mind, we'll let Tammy tell you the news herself.

We hope tomorrow will be a good news day.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Venice, Vick, and PETA

Opus and Roscoe just sent us a group photo from Venice. That's Percy in the big black hat on the left. With all those cats and woofies packed in the gondola, it might be a good thing a well-muscled, professional gondolier and not Momo is steering.Photo by Opus & Roscoe.
Delilah over at Dr. Tweety's had a possible seizure the other day but the good news today is that she appears to be doing fine now. The humans are wondering if she could have had an allergic reaction to a yellow jacket. Jan has been stung by yellow jackets and she says those little things have venom!
Rascal is feeling better, even though he is on chemo now. We hope he doesn't have any problems with the treatments.
Bruno just got the cone off his head from the surgery to remove the tumor on his leg and before the test results are back about whether it was cancerous, they have found 2 more.
We have some awards and a meme to post but things keep coming up. Do you know anyone who would like to buy this Quarterhorse that's for sale? You have to click on him to animate him, but he's very fast and a real bargain at half price.

We just have to speak on Michael Vick this morning. For those who don't live in the US, he was the Atlanta Falcons football hero who fell hard and heavy after being indicted on charges related to running a dogfighting operation.

We're not into sports but we do know something on the subject of abuse. And Michael Vick is an admitted abuser of pit bulls he owned and paid others to train to fight.

He is currently serving a 23 month sentence in a no prison bars minimum-security barracks-style atmosphere with low-key inmates. (Compare this to the "prison life" he gave his pit bulls.) This sentence can be reduced by up to a year if he completes a drug rehabilitation program. He is looking forward to resuming his football career before too much longer. Some of his dogs, -those that survived - are serving a life sentence of canine-style psychological problems from the abuse they suffered at his hands.

Thankfully, only one of those rescued was deemed dangerous to humans and euthanized and the rest were evaluated and are now in rescue groups and foster care. Eventually, some will be put up for adoption and the rest will be cared for the rest of their natural lives.

But are you aware that Vick and his employees are responsible for pulling out all 42 of the teeth of one female pit bull? Her tongue hangs out of her mouth because her jaw was broken and healed awkwardly. She is covered with puncture scars and was obviously repeatedly force bred. The rest have lived through hell too, but this one most likely suffered the worst of the abuse.

So what did we read in the news this morning, but that when Vick gets out he must "divorce himself from the posse." In other words, his downfall was his "posse."

Excuse us but baloney! (We just made Buddy and Samaritan hungry.) Vick is responsible for his own downfall. And for his own lies. Plus, Vick was the one with unlimited funds to support Bad Newz Kennels and even we animals know the man with the money calls the shots. Vick was not a poor dumb pawn in the clutches of the "posse." He led the posse. And they all got off way too easy.

So we don't care how many millions Vick is losing while in prison. What we care about are the dogs he is responsible - in person or through his agents - for abusing and sometimes killing. Vick needs a change of heart and he isn't going to find it with people defending his actions because he is a big sports "star."
As we have mentioned before, we are not fond of PETA, even though it sends people undercover to investigate allegations of abuse. Their own hands-on "shelter rescue" tactics leave so much to be desired, we prefer to let this article titled "Reclassify PETA as a Slaughterhouse" speak for us.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Percy In Venice

Jan needs the computer today, so I have to make this a quick post. But I was fortunate to be able to spend time with some of my old CCCSI friends and to make some new ones at the Venice Carnival 2008. We had a ball dressing up in costumes and sightseeing.

The longer I know this group, the more amazed I am at their skills. I had no idea Momo the kitty has gondolier skills. That's quite an accomplishment.

Sassy behind Ruis and Karl and Momo, the gondolier, at the back. Photo by Karl and edited by Momo

This is a photo of (said very humbly) yours truly with Sassy. She's quite a character and very adventuresome. Photo by Sassy

This is a group photo. l-r: Karl, Ruis, Momo, Asta, Charlie, & Emil. Sitting: Sassy. Photo by Karl

Roscoe & Sassy. Photo by Sassy.

Sassy, Opus & Roscoe. Photo by Sassy.

Opus & Roscoe. Photo by Sassy.

You can see more photos of our trip at the following blogs: (in alphabetical order) Asta, Charlie, Karl, Mrs. Oz & Emil, Momo, Opus & Roscoe, Ruis, Sassy and Socks, Scylla and Charybdis. If I left anyone out, please let me know. Some of these blogs don't have their photos posted as I type this, but I hope you will take a few minutes to visit each one and see the beautiful costumes.

(s) Percy
Jan's Funny Farm

Friday, February 08, 2008


Today we're going to try to do a little catching up since we are so far behind. So this will be a bit of a hodgepodge. Notice we didn't say this will catch us up, just that we're working on it.
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One of the happy stories of North Shore Animal League America is of 3 Chihuahua puppies born without front legs. Yes, all 3 of them. You can watch a short video of their therapy to tone their muscles to prepare them for a healthier future here.

And then comes the exciting part. Chihuahuas on wheels. Yes, these little pups are learning to get around on wheels now. There's a cute photo and story here. It is always refreshing and uplifting to see where folks are helping animals instead of abusing them.
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Simone is posting again after a hiatus beyond his control. (His mom forget her blogger password.). Stop by and say hello.
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Rascal (Catzee's brother) has begun chemo for Hodgkins-like lymphoma. Stop by and encourage his family.
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This is just a reminder about the Blainville Wires. LaPort will be sentenced later this month and the judge might allow him to keep the 18 of those horribly abused puppy mill dogs he still owns and wants back. Stories like this make us wish we were attack dogs so we could give him a bite of justice.

It's too late to sign the petition, but in case you have forgotten the story, here is a short video.

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Dr. Tweety & da Fab Five stopped by recently with a comment we very much appreciated. We knowz dat you iz postin' stuff dat iz hard fur some of us to admit & fur dis we wants to givez you an award.

Mr. Hendrix gave us the same award for always keeping us informed about animals and beans who need help or to be found and brought home.

The Warm & Caring Award

Da award goez to kitteez who go da extra stretch to be a warm & carin’ kitty to der momee & dadee & to otherz. (We hope they won't take it back after we said we'd like to be attack dogs and bite abusers.)

We would like to pass this on to Asta, who is kind to all, the Wildcats 3 the dog log for all the information they dispense to us, Karen Jo who helps us get to know one another better, and Sassy and Momo kitty, for including so many kitties and woofies in their wild adventures.

Thank you both for this.
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Shadow the woofie at Chance Bond's gave us an award made by his mom because those kittehs know how to treat their woofies good and it makes me proud to call them my friends. Thank you, Shadow. We have to. They're bigger than we are. (Just kidding. We love them.)

Friend of a Woofie Award

Here are the rules: Give this award to at least one blogger who has a woofie as a friend. If they let a woofie blog sometimes, posts information on woofie safety, or just love to cuddle with a woofie of their own, then send this award to them. Make sure you leave a comment on their blog letting them know you are giving them this award and don't forget to link back to the person who gave it to you.

We're going to give this award to Tia the kitty (happy belated birthday party, Tia) who shares a blog with Sitka the woofie.

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This update is also added onto our last post, "Leash Resolution": We sent an email to both companies about their products and included a link to JFF so they could read our complaints. Aspen Pet responded right away and said they forwarded the information to their product engineer and quality directors for review. They offered to replace their leashes, but since the first two weren't helpful and the one even caused abrasions on Jan's hand, we opted to send Jan back to Wal-mart with those 2 and the 2 Petnation leashes for a refund.

And today we had an email from Firstrax regarding the Petnation reflective leashes. They also offered to replace the leashes.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Leash Resolution

Today is woofie posting day. We get to write about one of our favorite subjects; walking Jan. She is very hard to keep in line. She tends to wander from side to side, speeds up and slows down, makes sudden turns, stops to sniff or pee (oh, wait, we’re the ones who stop to sniff or pee), and keeps us ever confused.

So using the correct leash is very important! We prefer the 6’ lead so we have more room to maneuver and investigate – plus it gives us a better head start to get Jan moving rapidly if we spy a motorcycle, bicycle, skateboard, dog, etc. – but with Jan walking so erratically, we need a shorter 4’ lead. We understand that 4’ is the proper length, the one recommended by most woofies to keep their humans properly in tow.

This first photo is of the leashes Jan purchased for $9 each at the local Wal-mart on December 26. These are for large dogs, so Buddy and Samaritan use them. The leashes are only 6 weeks old and look at the terrible condition they are in. They are supposed to be reflective in the dark, but we have walked Jan every night after dark and they have never once reflected. We think they must be old leads and their fireflies have died.

They are 5’ - longer than we need to walk Jan, so she is constantly trying to coil them up and hold onto them so she doesn’t get lost. Now we do take her out several times a day, freezing rain or shine, and at least 3 of those times are for a walk and not just a quick pee, but how much deterioration should there be in these two? Very little! Yet notice how frayed they are and the silver “reflective” is pretty well worn off. You can see how they are supposed to look by clicking here. Click on the photo for a larger view of these leashes.)

It will be noticeable in the next photo that they are already unraveling. They have become unsafe. We could lose Jan using these leashes. Jan can’t afford to spend $20 (with tax) every 6 weeks on leashes for just two dogs. She would have to stop feeding several of us and we all like to eat on a regular basis.

These are the old leashes alongside the new rope leashes we persuaded Jan to buy online. Notice the differences. The red and the blue are 4’ with big handles for Jan to stick her gloved hands through and so much easier for her to hold onto without having to grab a handful of each leash to shorten it. (Unlike us 4-paws, she only has 2 hands.)

The hardware is large and heavy, as it should be for us large dogs who prefer a brisk walk to piddling about. The clips are heavy and open outward. These are hardy and won’t pop open easily if Jan panics and yanks hard. These new leashes were $7 plus shipping and the shipping was reasonable.

Merci often likes to follow behind Jan so she can warn us if Jan starts to wander off but these two red 5’ leashes Jan bought at different times at Wal-mart have a life of their own and are always trying to trip Jan or jumping under Merci’s foot to trip her.

The red one with paws was $5 at Wal-mart. It’s another dud as a reflective lead. It is also thin and slick, impossible to hold onto when we are out of step. And we have to admit that is often. Jan folds the excess into one hand and it is constantly sliding across her fingers leaving an abrasion. So even though she bought it a month ago on January 6th, she has only used it a couple of times.

The braided red and black was $10 at – you guessed it – Wal-mart. (There isn’t anyplace else to shop for pet products here.) This lead is wearing where it drags on the ground because it is too long. We would like to know the name of the dimwit that determined leashes should go from 3’ - 4’ to 5’ - 6’. The longer the lead, the harder it is to keep the human in check!

But notice the 4’ green lead in the center. This is Merci’s new leash. Yes, we convinced Jan to buy each of us a proper 4’ walking leash that will last longer than 6 weeks. We are happy with them and Jan is content. These are the easiest leashes to walk her with that we have ever used! Finally, we have reached leash resolution.

AspenPet, we would like to tell you that this reflective leash of yours is a dud. It appears to be make for a dog who doesn't like his/her human. (Remember Jan's abrasions from holding this leash.)

And Petnation, your reflective leashes – at least these two for large dogs – are a bad joke. These appear to be more for show than for regular use. Some of us do walk our humans on a regular basis, believe it or not!

We want Jan to contact these companies and let them know about our bad experiences with their products. And we also want her to take them back to Wal-mart and get refunds. Consumers deserve better than this, even if we are woofies.

And, oh, yes, if anyone is interested in learning where we purchased the new leashes, email us at mercyandpercy at gmail dot com. (We also got large, heavy duty collars for Buddy and Samaritan there too, but Merci is way too small for one of them.)

(s)Merci, Buddy & Samaritan
Jan's Funny Farm

Feb. 8 Update: We sent an email to both companies about their products and included a link to JFF so they could read our complaints. Aspen Pet responded right away and said they forwarded the information to their product engineer and quality directors for review. They offered to replace their leashes, but since the first two weren't helpful and the one even caused abrasions on Jan's hand, we opted to send Jan back to Wal-mart with those 2 and the 2 Petnation leashes for a refund.

And today we had an email from Firstrax regarding the Petnation reflective leashes. They also offered to replace the leashes.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Odie The Talking Pug

May of you might remember watching Odie on such shows as Montel Williams or Dave Letterman. He was otherwise known as "the talking dog" or the "I love you pug." Sadly, he passed away February 1st.

We loved watching his videos, so we will share one with you. If you haven't seen him before, you'll enjoy this.

With all his funny videos, he won't be forgotten.

Bailey, Unknown Reindeer

Yes, we realize Christmas 2007 has past. But look at it this way, we're getting an early start on Christmas 2008.

Seriously, Sherry sent Jan a link to this video a week or two ago, but Jan is behind in reading her mail. So we opened it for her and found a link to a delightful video of Bailey, the Unknown Reindeer. And when you watch the video, you'll know it is seasonal appropriate, despite the Christmas music.

Wait till you see the snow! We guarantee you Siberian Husky bloggers will love this.

This was shot in the late 1990s and unfortunately Bailey died in a house fire December 26, 1998. If you want to read the little information available on Bailey, click here. This was one fun loving girl!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Thinking Excellence

Sassy, we apologize for forgetting to publish your Excellence award yesterday. We really are grateful and thank you for it.

According to Sassy, the gang at JFF (and the other recipients) have wonderful outstanding styles and a fantastic ability to keep us thinking, amused and entertained.

We now need to send this to ten Blogger writers of outstanding style and ability.

Hmmmm. After serious consideration, we have decided to give it to Daisy the curly cat, Poppy Q, The Daily Echo, Lacy Lulu Hudson, the Army of Four, Dragonheart & Merlin, Karen Jo of Kitty Limericks, Momo & Pinot, Girl Girl, and Agatha & Archie. Each of these adds a special touch to the blogging community.

And we are all honored to receive the Thinking Blogger award from Willow. She said we're a great group. (We wonder if she meant a large group?) We've given this out before and we forget to whom, so we'll wait. But it's nice to know we make some of you think.

Now, if we can just get Jan thinking again. She's been sick this week and she's kept us busy reminding her to keep to the normal routine - feed and water us, exercise no matter what the weather because exercise is good for her - and besides, we canines don't have litterboxes, etc.

Today is Hammer's & Beau's 7th birthday. We hope you will stop by and say hello. If you remember, Beau was stolen and his mum has been searching for him for nearly five years. He and Hammer were littermates. We all joined Stormy's A04 Troopers to help bring Beau home through blogging and spreading the word. (Remember the post of us in our helmets?)

Charlotte was missing for a couple of days, but she has returned home. We are all relieved.

Bruno has a new collar and is recuperating nicely. No more middle of the night doggy door escapades for him until the collar comes off.