Saturday, March 31, 2012

Baby Patches FursShopPawty

The blogging and tweeting communities are gathering together this weekend to help Baby Patches and her mom keep their store open. As we write this, they have reached 84% of their Chip In goal. 

The reason for the need can be read in A Sincere Request.

A FursShopPawty is being held today (Saturday) for any of you on Twitter.

We know a number of you are on Pinterest, so we thought we'd let you know the latest Vipre Security newsletter includes an article on passwords and ends with a warning for Pinterest -

Also, the social networking site Pinterest is becoming a hotbed for hackers and spammers. If you see a deal that’s too good to be true on Pinterest, it probably is.

You can read the entire article here

Jan is still having problems with her arm and hand from the fall last week, so we're still humansitting and keeping a low profile.  But we wanted to post something for Baby Patches and her mom. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Puppy Duckling

Hey, Sam here.  Before I say anything else, I want you to know I didn't do it!  I know your first thought will be it was my fault.  Or Buddy or Merci caused it.  Or maybe the kitties.  But none of us were even outside so no  matter what anyone thinks, I was not present.  I didn't trip Jan.  I didn't push her.  And I didn't swing around and hit her with my brick butt.  (Brick Butt, that's what Jan calls me.)  So I am completely and totally innocent.  Remember that, please.

I have a short doggy and duckling video for you today.  These two, the dog and the duckling, live in China and are best friends.  Jan won't let me have my own duckling.  She says I don't pay attention to what I'm doing and I'd either step or sit on it.  Where would she get such a crazy idea? 

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Oh, we won't be around much for a day or two or whatever.  Jan fell while cutting weeds along the walk yesterday and besides lots of soft tissue pain, she injured her hand and shoulder, so she has trouble typing and we'll have to fill in for her on other projects. 

Jan was tripped by a weed with a tough root system and a strong will to live.  I am innocent.  We Funny Farmers are all completely innocent.  This time.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jayden and Good News

Hey, Merci here.  I grabbed the typing chair and keyboard while Jan is in the kitchen so I can share a funny video of Jayden.  Wonder what Jan would do if any of us slammed a door on her when one of us is in trouble.  Unfortunately, we don't have any doors to slam around here.  We have doors, it just wouldn't be possible to slam one.  Buddy and Sam have tried it.  Believe me, it doesn't work.  (Jan hangs laundry to dry on them so they don't even close.

This is very short, so enjoy it.

 If the video doesn't play, click here.

Last December the Houston Pittie Pack lost 5 members in a fire (Prayers for Houston Pittie Pack.)  It's been a painful and emotional road for the family - mom, dad, toddler and two surviving pitties.  Today they share some very exciting and happy news.  In case you haven't read it yet, we aren't going to spoil their surprise.  But you can read it in The Big Reveal.

Congratulations to all at the Houston Pittie Pack!  We're excited for you!  You really needed some good news.

Now go read their big news.  :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tagging Bears and Funny Farmers

Hey, Cotton here.  Jan must be using a mini camera.  I had to bend down to get my face in the photo.  Okay, actually I was bending down to pick up a treat.   But same effect.  I look short.

Jan is still hogging the computer for her projects, but we want you to know we've been thinking of you, so she gave us 5 seconds .... um, maybe that's 5 minutes?  Anyway, I have to post quickly.

This is a video we've seen a number of times and it always makes us laugh.  Rick Mercer helps to tag a black bear mom and snuggles her 3 very young cubs. It's a highly technical procedure (snicker!) and involves an aluminum snow shovel for protection and a jab stick for .. well, for jabbing.  Tagging works best if Mom bear sleeps through the tag exchange. Enjoy.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

And speaking of tagging , we need to be tagged.  Well, not us exactly, but our photos do.  Jan can't find us.  Of course, she can't find much of anything around here, but she claims being able to find our photos by a name search would help with our blog and designs. 

If you remember (yeah, right, as if your memory is any better than ours!), a couple of years ago Jan spent days tagging all the photos on the computer in Photoshop Elements so she could find our photos easily. But PE went berserk and had to be reinstalled. When it was, the tags were missing. So Jan is reluctantly tagging all our photos in the Picasa program - on the computer (not online).  Hopefully, this time the tags will stick with the files.

2006 is done. We figure she should be finished 2012 in time to add 2013.

Seriously, this is just one of several projects on her to-do list, the list we keep hiding and she keeps rewriting. We're keeping up with blogging news as best we can, while popping in and out and blog hopping when the typing chair is vacated for a short break, so don't think we're ignoring you.

Have a fun weekend.  We're going to catch some extra zzzzzzs.  Watching Jan tag photos is booorrrring!

Saturday Blog Hop.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Marnie Wants A Kiss

I'm Cameron.  But you know that already, at least I hope you recognize me by now.  Jan has been very busy hogging the computer .... um, working on some projects and we haven't been able to post but if I can get this posted before Jan wants her chair back, you'll know we're all alive over here.

I have a cute video for you today.  Marnie the blue Indian Ringneck parrot wants a kiss from a cockatiel. We all just love Marnie's enthusiasm.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

We hope to see you all soon.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Drowsy Duo on St Paddy Day

Yes, we are all celebrating St. Paddy Day here on the Funny Farm.  What?  Oh, glad you noticed two of our members are missing.  Well, not exactly missing.  They just aren't included in the photo.

Why?  Really nice of you to ask.  Because they have their own photo.  We entered them in the Doggy Division of Brian's 2012 Nimbus Memorial St. Patrick's Day Photo Contest.

And we just learned the drowsy duo won 2nd place. The complete list of winners is now posted on Brian's blog. Thanks, Brian, for hosting the contest. 

View the Doggy Division entries.
View the  Kitty Category entries.

Happy St. Paddy's Day to ye all.  Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to see if there's anything green in the fridge.  Preferably something naturally green.

Oh, we almost forgot.  Rusty & Percy are members of The Tabby Cat Club  and the club is having a can you name these kitties guessing game.  We're pretty sure Percy's lovely - strike lovely - handsome eyes are included but we won't tell you which one he is.  (Hint, hint:  A, B, C, E, oops we missed a letter.) 

PS - If anyone is having a problem leaving a comment since we changed our comment setting a couple of weeks or so ago to Registered Users (includes Open ID), please email to let us know.   jansfunnyfarm AT gmail DOT com

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sam, Rusty and Marine Seals

Psst, Sam here with good news about Rusty's occupation of the doghouse. If you remember, Jan wanted to put me in the doghouse because she thinks I was bad.  Then I wanted to push Jan in because she didn't stand on her head to leash us and thus notice Buddy's neck booboo before it got bad.  But Rusty didn't want to share the doghouse because it was unoccupied until he moved in.  He claimed squatter's rights should prevail. 

Buddy, Merci and I don't care a lick about the doghouse and we sure don't want Jan to be able to use it for a jail when we've been bad.  Not that I would ever be bad.  Jan just gets these silly notions.

So first the Nutty Ninja Squirrels showed up to offer assistance and then the Cracked Nut Chipmunk Command arrived to help.  Personally, I think they just came to eat our stash of pecans and tiny acorns  Last installment, Rusty was out of pecans and considering waving the white flag of defeat before the chipmunks and squirrels held a nutless mutiny.

But I'm Rusty's hero.  Yep, I saved his occupation.  Rumpydog commented Rusty should call in the Navy Seals.and get his butt outta there.  That gave me an idea.  I called the Navy Seals.  But they were busy and couldn't make it before April.  So I called the Marine Seals and they waddled right over. 

Yep, thanks to me, the squirrels and chipmunks are gone. Something about they can't stand the overpowering smell of fish. So Rusty has won. The doghouse is now his.

And I'm Rusty's hero.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cracked Nut Chipmunks

Uh-oh, Rusty's plan to occupy his doghouse seems to have hit a snag.  The Cracked Nut Chipmunk Command heard he has a stash of free pecans and acorns.  They marched into the pen last night to help. (We don't believe the CNCC or the NNS care about his cause.  We think they just came for the freebies.)

Rusty's volunteer troops multiplied and he's now run out of pecans to feed them.  Sounds like he's ready to surrender before he has a mutiny on his paws and he's trapped in his doghouse.

Any of you have a white flag for Rusty to wave?  Or some pecans you'd be willing to donate to his cause?   Rusty has occupied through the wind and rain and without any privacy for his litter pan.

We hope his occupation doesn't end in disaster.  As nutty as Rusty is, we were secretly hoping he would win. 

Voting is open for the 2012 Nimbus Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Photo Contest over at Brian's.  There are two categories, kitty and doggy.  We entered Buddy and Sam in the doggy contest but didn't get a kitty entry made in time for that category.  Be sure to visit Brian and take a look at the entries.  And while you're there, even if you don't vote for our entry, vote.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nutty Ninja Squirrels

There are pecans and acorns on the ground in the dog pen, so Rusty easily enlisted help from the Nutty Ninja Squirrels to protect his doghouse from invasion.

Sam: That's okay with me. Now Jan can't put me in the doghouse for eating the butter. On the other paw, I won't be able to find out if Jan could fit through the entry.  I wonder if the Nutty Ninjas can be bribed to give her a shove?

Don't forget to send your entry for the 2012 Nimbus Memorial St. Patrick's Day Photo Contest to Brian by 12 noon EDT on Monday, March 12.  Voting will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There is a kitty category and a doggy category.  You don't need to have a blog to enter.


We don't have Wordpress but this link came in our antivirus newsletter yesterday and we thought we'd share it in case some of you WP users aren't aware of it. Since the CB was hit with a redirecting problem for the second time in a week or two (it's fixed), we need to keep each other alert and updated. Fake AV Attack Targets Wordpress Users.  This isn't what happened to the CB.  It's just a warning.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Sam is Six

We can't believe the "baby" of the family is turning 6 years old today.  Seems like only a short time ago he was an big awkward pup. Now he's a big awkward adult. Congratulations, Sam!

We kind of temporarily forgot about today being Sam's special day and agreed to let Rusty post his occupation is everything protest yesterday.  Be sure to click the link for Rusty's words of wisdom on doghouse occupation and ownership.   He has really learned to stand on his own four paws no matter what the opposition.  There must be a strong whiff of independence in the doghouse air.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Occupation is Everything

Cotton, Cyndi, Percy & Cameron:  Hmm, we think Rusty really likes his doghouse.  Wonder if Jan would get each of  us one?  But we don't want ours outdoors in the pen.  We want ours inside the house.. 

Buddy & Mercy:  Rusty can have the old doghouse.  We've never even wanted to try it for size.

Sam:  I still think if I push hard enough, I can squeeze Jan through the entrance. 

Jan: Why are the dogs afraid of the doghouse while the dog wannabe thinks it's a palace?  I really am living on a funny farm!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Occupying Rusty's Doghouse

Hey, Rusty here again, still occupying my doghouse. 

We have another stand-off here.  Last week Jan wanted to put Sam in my doghouse because he ate half a stick of butter.  He claimed extenuating circumstances, that one of us kitties knocked the butter dish to the floor, the lid came off ... and, well, what was he to do when faced with temptation?  That's easy.  He shouldn't  have eaten forbidden food in front of Jan!

The same day - yes, the very same day Jan was caught with her thinking cap off and Sam has been trying to put Jan in my doghouse ever since.  Aside from the fact Jan wouldn't fit through the entrance, this is private property and I'm guarding it.  The dogs had their chance to claim it, but they're all afraid of it.

Do you remember when Buddy was wearing the cone and he cone-butted everything as hard as he could to get it off which destroyed the protective strip around the plastic?  Jan had to take the cone off and walk him with a harness because his neck had a big bloody owie.  It didn't take long before he was dragging her down the road cause the harness strengthens his chest muscles.  When his neck healed, Jan put him back in a halti for walks.  He was doing so well, she decided to stop using the halti and walk him with his collar and leash.  

Sam and Buddy wearing their haltis.  Merci doesn't wear one.

And he was a good boy - for Buddy.  He didn't tug until he choked or try to pull Jan down the road (usually) and Jan thought he'd finally settled down.  He was even paying attention and anticipating turns, stops and starts.  Jan was so pleased with him.

Until last week when she found the underside of his neck wet, took off his new-in-January collar and used a mirror to see his raw and bald again neck.  Buddy is out of the collar and back in a harness and so far behaving himself on walks.  His neck is healing well.

So what's the problem?  Well, Sam insists that if eating butter is a doghouse jail offense, so is Jan not standing on her head when she leashed Buddy so she could have noticed the raw neck sooner.  And he keeps trying to push her into my doghouse.

I think they need to build themselves a jail to resolve this issue.  Or maybe put Jan in stocks in the dog pen.

How do you think we should resolve this?  Before you answer, remember me moving over to let prisoners inside is not an option!

It's G-rated bath day over at The Tabby Cat Club, hosted by Mousie. Percy and I are members, but do you think Jan could come up with an entry for us? I'm almost tempted to move over and let Sam try to push her in my doghouse. I said almost!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Tucker and Caboodle Ranch

Hey, Cameron here.  We finally figured out why Buddy was testing his pipes the other day.  He was practicing for a duet with Tucker.  

Tucker likes to sing and play the piano several times a day.  We are of the unanimous opinion Tucker could use a few more piano lessons.  His vocals, though, are perfect - great rhythm, good vocal range and clear enunciation.  :)

If the video doesn't play click here.

Many of you have heard of the recent raid on Caboodle Ranch which used to have a reputation for being clean and well-run.  It is sad and scary to read such accounts because it tells us that those who are working hardest to make a difference for animals are being targeted for prosecution and destruction, not just by those who oppose animal rescue efforts but by alleged animal rescuers and protectors.  We disagree with PETA, their agenda and their methods! 

Stop by the Caboodle Ranch blog and read Caboodle's side -  the top two post.

On the other hand, Craig is being accused of being a hoarder, even though the cats had a 30-acre property to roam.  How did the numbers grow to 700?  There were reports prior to this that neighbors were shooting cats on Caboodle property. 

In Georgia, a rescue must be a non profit registered with the state.  They are subject to the same state regulations and unexpected inspections as any other shelter. We assume it is the same in Florida, so we wonder how this could happen to Caboodle Ranch or any other rescue.  If conditions were as bad as written about, where were the safeguards and / or the inspectors?  . 

We are reserving judgment on this subject, but we have questions.  Many questions.  And we wonder which rescue will be targeted next?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Dr. Seuss Day Challenge

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We wanted to participate in the Dr. Seuss Day Challenge but we couldn't think of anything and Jan didn't have time to help us.  But we finally came up with something perfect for us. And we even convinced Jan to create it for us.  So ..... drum roll, please ... here are Percy, Sam, Buddy and Cotton all dressed for Dr. Seuss Day.  Well, sorta, kinda, maybe .... almost.

This event is hosted by Zoolatry and Amber DaWeenie.  Be sure to stop by their blogs and see who else is participating. 


Did you have trouble finding your Google account web history after we posted Wednesday, February 29? Some have had a problem finding their web history from the directions in the Facecrooks link. (Facecrooks is a good site, one we try to keep up with because it posts good information on facebook scams.) We had a slight problem when we tried.  It says to "navigate to" but we couldn't find web history until we typed a specific url into the browser. So just in case anyone else is having a problem, we're posting a direct link and detailed directions.

Log into your Google account through gmail or Blogger or other Google app,
1) copy and paste this into your browser -

This will take you to a page where you will be asked to retype your password before you can enter this part of your profile.

2) There is a history list to the left. You want web history.

Check the little box and click Remove all history. It will then say:

"Remove all Web History for (name of your google account here)
Are you sure you want to clear your entire web history? Your web history will also be paused."

3) click Okay.

It will then say Web History is paused. Your search history is currently empty.

In the upper right you'll see "Your web history is limited to searches." That means you're done. :)

4) Click on drop down menu next to the name of your account in the upper right and click "Sign Out." Do not use the back button.

You are now logged out of your profile but not out of your Google account. So do not try to sign back in on that page.

5) Close that tab or window. Open another tab or window to return to your blog or gmail without having to sign back in.

You're done. You'll have to sign back in to your blog but your web history is cleared and will not be tracking you.

Hope this helps you find and clear your web history before Google initiates privacy changes.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Rusty is 8

Yeah, we did it! Jan actually read the calendar Wednesday and let us do a really fast post for Rusty's birthday today. She was so smug she caught it before we learned it from the CB that she started to make a graphic for Sam instead. As the old saying goes, pride goeth before posting the wrong birthday graphic.

We didn't get yesterday's post Rusty Occupies His Doghouse published until late yesterday afternoon, so don't miss it. You'll see why Jan had Sam on her mind. :)

And there's some info on clearing your Google account web info before they make the privacy change. Don't miss it.