Friday, February 28, 2014

Sass and Dash Friday

Buddy:  *looks around the empty room* I don't know where the others are, so I guess I'll have to do the post for today by myself.  As far as I know, we don't have anything planned.  How about if I sing for you?  I could howl a chorus or two of ...

Percy:  * taps Buddy on shoulder*  What are you doing, Buddy?  This is Friday.  You know we felines always post an interview on Friday.

Buddy:  Oh, yeah, that's right.  I was thinking it was Monday.  But you weren't here.

Cyndi:  You're getting to be as confused as Jan.  She never knows what day it is either.

Micah:  Well, at least Buddy starts and ends on the same day, even if it is the wrong one.  Jan usually changes days by mid-afternoon, if not earlier. 

Rusty:  And we were here. We were in the bedroom taking a quick snooze.

Cameron:  As you have undoubtedly already guessed by the graphic, our interview this week is with the lovely ladycats Elvira and Sneakers from The Opinionated Pussycat blog.

Percy:  We invite you to stop by Mousebreath, the ezine by cats for cats and cat lovers,  to read the exclusive interview, Elvira With Sass and Sneakers with Dash.  Sneakers is still a bit shy and quiet so Elvira speaks for both of them.  We are certain you will enjoy it. 

We hope you will join Rascal and Rocco's Pet Parade blog hop. It's co-hosted by Bionic Basil and Jan's Funny Farm (that's us).

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mancat Pink

Percy wears mancat pink.

Percy: Yesterday was cold, wet and blah, so I went blue for the day. Mollie of Mollie & Alfie asked, Do you come in Pink Bawahwhahhawa I lub'z blue but pink iz me favorite color :)

So, Mollie, yes, as you can see I come in pink. As our old friend Skeezix advocated, real mancats wear pink!  And I iz thankful to be a real mancat!

I'm thankful for a roof over my head on a morning like this too.  We all are.  Brrrrr.  


Join Pepi Smart Dog for Thankful Thursday.   Also Thoughtless Thursday co-hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Love is Being Owned by a Huskie.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snow on the Nose

Cameron:  A Sunday Smile is always fun to post because it makes us smile too.

Sam:  And we have a video guaranteed to make you smile today. 

Cyndi:  Here is one energetic, hilarious dog that can't wait to start the sled race.  He leaps up and down yelling, "Run, run, run, run."  And when the dogs are released, run is exactly what he does. 

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Percy:  Buddy insists he paid Jan 50 cents last weekend to make him two photos - one sepia and one black and white.

Sam:  Yesterday was Sepia Saturday and Jan thought what she wanted to do was more important than letting us use the computer to post Buddy's handsome face, so today is Buddy Duo Day.  Two pix for a single post.

Cyndi:  Here is yesterday's sepia picture.  Doesn't he look handsome?  *Okay, Buddy, I said it.  You can pay me the quarter now*

Merci:  Cyndi!  Buddy didn't offer to pay you to say something nice about him.

Micah:  Cyndi is kidding, Merci.  You know how she's always telling him what a handsome dude he is.

Rusty:  That's what Cyndi tells me too.  I thought I was the best looking guy here.

Cameron:  No, Rusty, you're just the handsomest long-haired dude around here.  I'm a tuxie.  We're all good-looking.

Marcus:  What about me?  Aren't I handsome?

Buddy:  Not yet, Marcus.  You're still young and considered at the cute stage.  You have some growing up to do before you're handsome.

Marcus:  So how come I'm Merci's size and she's considered good-looking and I'm only cute?

Rusty:  That's because Merci has a lot of years on you, kid.  When you're her age, you'll be considered a distinguished older gentleman dog.

Marcus:  That's a good thing?

Percy:  Yes, a very good thing.  It will mean you're still alive.

Marcus:  Okay, that's what I want to be, then.  Alive.  I like the sound of that better than handsome.

Buddy:  *clears throat*  Ahem, aren't there supposed to be two pictures of me?

Buddy:  I remember the day this was taken.  I was in my prime.  Now my face is white and age is creeping up on me.

Merci:  Well, just because there's snow on the nose doesn't mean there's lint between the toes.

Buddy:  Thank you, Merci.  I think.  *Does anyone know what that means?*

Join us for the Black and White Sunday blog hop co-hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the GR.

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Friend Alice Marie

Friday is one of our favorite days.  We get to publish a Mousebreath interview and we get to co-host the Pet Parade blog hop.

You can't beat a hop with no rules.  Anyone can join.  You, your cat, dog, goat ..

You don't have to jog,
sleep like a log,
walk in a fog,
or oink like a hog.
If you blog ... you can join.

Alice Marie is fairly new to blogging so we know a lot of you haven't met her yet.  Be sure to stop by her blog, Alice 101, to say hello and introduce yourself.  She's shy but she's excited about meeting new friends.   Don't be impatient, though, wait until after you read her interview, okay?

First, go by Mousebreath, that terrific ezine for cats by read Mum's Camera-Shy Helper...Alice Marie

We hope you will join us for Rascal and Rocco's Pet Parade, co-hosted by Bionic Basil and Jan's Funny Farm.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Mess is Jan's Fault

Micah:  I am thankful this is not the weather this week.

Merci:  I am too.  It sure is an unusual winter.

Buddy:  Yes, a snowstorm and an ice storm? Very unusual.  At least in my lifetime.

Cameron:  It has actually been  nice this week.  Jan has had the back door open for some fresh air.

Sam:  Everything in the house is an inch deep in mud.  It's all Marcus' fault.

Cyndi:  It is not all Marcus' fault, Sam.  All of you dogs tracked in mud.

Rusty:  And cat litter.  Don't forget all the cat litter they tracked inside.

Marcus:  How did we track in cat litter from your litter pans?

Percy:  Not from our litter pans.  The litter Jan coated the icy steps with.  It got wet and was crushed and made a mess in the house.

Micah:  Actually, the mess is Jan's fault, so don't worry about it. 

Merci:  How is the mess Jan's fault?

Micah:  Well, if Jan hadn't thrown the cat litter around, none of you would have stepped in it and there wouldn't be a mess.

Buddy:  Oh, right.  But how is the mud Jan's fault?

Micah:  If Jan put you dogs on a leash and took you out the front door, you wouldn't be tracking mud in the back door.  Right?

Sam:  Aha, so it is all Jan's fault!  And here she's been blaming us for the mess. 

Merci:  I, for one, am thankful you pointed this out to us, Micah.  Jan, I'm not so sure will be happy about it.

We're joining Pepi Smart Dog for Thankful Thursday.  Also co-hosts Ruckus the Eskie and Love is Being Owned by a Husky for Thoughtless Thursday.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Two For A Quarter

Marcus with his stick encased in ice/
Buddy:  Hey, wait a minute!  How did Marcus get his picture posted again today?  He said he paid Jan a quarter to make him a sepia picture yesterday and here he is again -  in black and white. 

Marcus:  Well ... um, I guess I forgot to mention Jan made me two pictures for a quarter.

Buddy:  But it was supposed to be my turn.  I paid her fifty cents to do my picture.

Marcus:  Don't worry.  I'll tip her another quarter to make sure you get a turn next week.

Buddy:  And where will you get another quarter?

Marcus:  The same place I got the last one.  Out of her wallet.  

Percy:  I think it's time to tell readers about our Sunday Smile for the week.  This is a video of outtakes from Pets Add Life videos.  It's sure to give you a smile.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Cyndi:  We're joining Dashshund Nola for Black & White Sunday blog hop, co-hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Quarter Bribe

Marcus with his ice-encased stick toy.

Buddy:  Hey, how come Marcus gets another post of his own? 

Cyndi:  Well, he is cute and mischievous.  And he offered Jan a quarter to turn his picture sepia for today.

Sam:  A quarter?  He doesn't have a quarter. 

Merci: He did after he borrowed one from Jan's wallet. 

Buddy:  Wow, a pup after my own heart.  No wonder Jan has been calling him " Buddy Junior."  He's a brilliant.student. 

Cameron:  You mean it's okay with you that Marcus gets today's post?

Buddy:  Of course it it.  As soon as he pays me 50 cents for the inspiration.

Rusty:  But Marcus doesn't have fifty cents.

Buddy:  He will.  He just has to borrow the quarter he returned to Jan and borrow another while he's at it. 

Percy:  Don't you think Jan will start to get suspicious?

Buddy:  Naw.  Half the time Jan can't remember which day it is.  How would she remember how much change she has in her purse? 

Micah:  Just don't borrow any bills.  She does count those. 

Marcus:  Here's your fifty cents, Buddy.  What are you going to do with it?

Buddy:  I'm going to bribe Jan to make me a special picture too.. 

Percy: It's the Sepia Saturday blog hop with your host Ruckus the Eskie.  Your sepia post does not have to be pet related, so jump in and join.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines, Ice and Interview

Buddy:  I know none of you think of me - or any of us - as a romantic, but today is a special day so we have to remember to at least wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.  We love you.

Cameron:  We have a great interview for you, but first we'd like to show you some highlights of our Wednesday night ice storm. And though many of you have undoubtedly had worse this winter, this is not "normal" for us. 

Merci:  We did have some snow flurries Thursday morning, but any white you see on the ground or floating through the air is strictly I-C-E!  Brrrr.

Percy: This was taken around sundown Wednesday.  Kind of dismal, isn't it!

Cyndi:  This was taken before midnight.  See the blue light?  That's a police car parked up the street.  We'll get back to this later. 

Rusty: This is what greeted Jan before 1 am this morning.  We went out to pee and came back in. Jan started to change into her pjs and heard a strange noise.  She went outside and saw this, but it was too dark to take a picture.  Although our neighborhood lost power for 12 hours shortly after this branch likely bounced off our power line, it was not the cause of the power loss.

Micah:  This was a tree in our neighbor's back yard.  The yard behind it is littered with broken branches from their tree. All that white stuff on the ground is ice, not snow.  And it's already melting and puddling. .

Buddy:  This happened two doors away.  When we dogs finally got out to walk Jan Thursday afternoon, the pile of branches under the tree was higher. 

Sam: Jan walked up to where the police car was parked (blue light in the night photo) the night before. There was yellow tape across the road to stop traffic. A large part of a tree was blocking one lane and an electric line stretched to the ground.  The line was on the ground for quite a way up the road.  A number of large oak tree parts had fallen on it in different places. Several  pine trees had broken in two.  What a mess!.

Merci:  On our walk, we came across two men using a chain saw to cut up a huge section of a tree.

"Firewood?" Jan asked.

"Yes, ma'am," one guy replied.  It's like this all over town.  You ought to see the other side of these woods!"

Well, Jan could imagine.  She stood outside before 1 a.m. in a dark world with no traffic to hide the sound of repetitive "gunshots" and crashes in the woods and neighborhood. 

Marcus:  This is my branch.  It was coated in thick ice. I kept carrying it into the house to play with and Jan kept throwing it out the door and I'd have to go retrieve it again.  Wednesday night I found a big chunk of ice and was having a good time playing on my bed when Jan screamed, grabbed it, and threw it outside.  I brought it back and she threw it over the fence.  So what if it was dirty? It was so fun to play with.  Why would she throw away my new toys?

Micah:  This should make you feel cold.  These bushes were beautiful and completely encased in a thick layer of ice. 

Buddy:  A wind kept springing up and blowing big chunks of ice off the trees. That's what those white spots are in the picture - ice chunks.  Jan got pelted on the head quite a bit while she was taking pictures.

Merci: While Jan was fixing her breakfast of peanut butter and bread (she wouldn't open the fridge and the toaster doesn't work without electricity), Jan witnessed an avalanche of ice fall from the neighbor's tree and a bunch of broken branches (to the left in photo) followed.  This is the tree that attacked our dog pen. 

Cameron:  Everything was shut down and trucks couldn't get out of Atlanta so we just had our first mail delivery since Tuesday. 

Buddy:  And the strange thing is that after the terrible weather this week, the ice melted quickly yesterday and except for the mud and small patches of ice here and there, no one would guess we've spent a few days in  "iceland." 

Sam: Well, that was our excitement for the year, we hope.  Jan was kind of lost without electricity.  Everything she could think to do - vacuum, computer, coffee, laundry - required power.  There wasn't enough light to read indoors.  We were all relieved when the power came back on and  hope everyone else in the path of the storm has power too.

Percy: This week we Funny Farmer Felines were privileged to interview Carlos from The Daily Cat blog for Mousebreath, the ezine for cats written by cats.  So please stop by and read The Daily Deeds of Carlos Cat.  If you don't already know him, we know you'll enjoy meeting him.

It's time for Rascal and Rocco's Pet Parade:Valentine Edition blog hop, co-hosted by Basil the Bionic Cat and us Funny Farmer Felines.  There are no rules and any kitty, dog or raccoon blogger can join.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

We Are Still Here

Cyndi: We're not sure yet what we're thankful for today, but we hope it will be because we came through the overnight ice storm okay and still have electricity.  We know thousands across the southeastern states don't have any, so many have no heat and no well water.

Cameron: This is what our area looked like Wednesday morning.  Bleak and wet.  You can't tell from this picture there is ice on the trees, but trust us, there is.  And this is before the ice storm, so we're a bit apprehensive about what this same view will look like tomorrow morning.

Merci: Jan played with this photo a little so some of the ice (white) on the limbs would show. 

Marcus She went outside with me just before sundown to take some photos and the view is quite different from these.  The ground and the trees are turning white with ice. The front handrail is coated with ice, as are the back steps, which have no handrail.

Micah: She's been outside throwing kitty litter on all the steps, hoping no one falls.  We don't think anyone will be visiting, so she must mean she hopes she doesn't fall. *looks at Buddy*  Unless she thinks you dogs are clumsy.

Rusty:  Hey, that's our kitty litter.  Shouldn't she be throwing our used litter instead of fresh?  What if we run out?

Percy:  Well, if we run out, there's always the bathtub.  But I don't think Jan would be very happy about that, so she must have a stash somewhere.  Oh, yes, I can find two full bags. That should hold us until the ice melts on Friday.

Buddy:  The expected ice and snow will melt by Friday, won't it?  Jan didn't pick up any dog food Monday and we're running low.  She forgot how quickly four dogs go through a bag of food.

Rusty:  Well, that was fun.  Percy was typing, there was a click and everything went dark but the monitor.  (We have a UPS.)  Fortunately, the electric came back on quickly but we were knocked off the internet.  We're back.  Going to finish this and quit for the night. We're not even going to worry about posting the graphics for the two blog hops.

Micah: Be warm and safe, all of you.

UPDAT -: Thursday 1:30 pm:  We lost power about 1 am this morning and just got power back after 12 hours.  Nothing like the three days or so some have been without, but Jan sure was delighted when the desk lamp and the radio went on.  (She's a bit strange.  She turns on the light so she'll know we have electric again and then turns on the radio so she'll hear it in case she's in another room.  Seriously, how big does she think this house is?)

Good thing she brought us dogs in when she did because shortly afterward our pen was attacked by the neighbor's tree and damaged. Better the pen than one of us.  

So we have lots to be thankful for today.  We are all safe and Jan can finally have her morning coffee after she takes us for a short walk.  We've been cooped up since Monday afternoon.  Have a great day.

Cyndi:  Hopefully, we will still be online when this auto posts tomorrow afternoon.  Regardless, we'll still participate in Pepi Smart Dog's Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Merci:  And Thoughtless Thursday, co-hosted by Ruckus the Eskie  and Love is Being owned by a Husky.   

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dream Treats for Winter Storm

Buddy:  Before we start today's post, we'll update you on the weather.

Yes, the ice storm did arrive in Georgia, as you already know.  We have been getting rain for a couple of days and the bare tree branches were glistening with ice this morning, but the winds, snow, sleet and ice won't actually hit us until this evening and will last into tomorrow. Emergency personnel in the state and county have been preparing.  We hope this will not be as bad as predicted, but evidently those north of us are already in icy conditions with falling branches and trees. 

Anyone in the path of this storm - and we know a lot of our blogging friends are - we pray you will have electricity and heat and will be safe!  Do check in via your blog, by email or on Facebook to let other bloggers know you are okay.  Others will pass the word along. 

Sam:  Hey, guys, I thought we were ready for a walk, but look what I found by the door.

Marcus:  What is it?  

Sam:  Hmmm, let's see.  This is something called Wysong Dream Treats. They're supposed to be a power nutrition treat, starch free, and made with real raw quail that's processed without damaging heat.

Marcus:  Real raw quail?  You mean there's a fake raw quail?

Sam:  I don't know, never thought about that. I'm just reading the package. It has organic blueberry and barley grass, chia seeds, broccoli, sprouts, carrots, plums, sea salt and probiotics. 

Marcus:  But if it has all those things in it, shouldn't the bag be giant size?

Sam:  Well, there aren't whole vegetables or fruits in treats. Just enough to make someone like Jan happy to serve them to us but not enough to make us complain about becoming vegetarians.  Besides, if there's raw quail in them, who cares if they've got veggies and fruits?  .

Marcus:  I wonder who ordered these for us? 

Sam:  It has "The Thinking Person's Pet Treat" on the package, so we know it wasn't Jan.  I wonder who we know who thinks?.  Oops, did I say that out loud?  Sorry, Jan.

Percy:  Those smell good.  I want one.  I don't care if they are treats for dogs.

Sam:  They're not just for dogs, Percy.  They're for dogs, cats and ferrets.  And they have taurine, something you cats need in your food.

Percy:  Oh, I'm disappointed.  It's more fun to steal from you dogs.  But I'll try it anyway, if Jan will break it for me.

Percy:  Ummm, good.  It's filling so I don't think I can eat more than half, but I'm sure going to try.

Rusty:  Yum, yum, yum.  This is tasty.  I don't think I've had qual before.

Merci:  We're not looking at you, Jan, and we're not speaking to you.  You should have taken the photo five minutes ago so we could have had a treat by now. 

Sam: I'm giving you the evil eye, Jan. Do you feel guilty yet? 

Buddy:  guess Sam's evil eye worked.  Jan did finally let us taste test the quail Wysong Dream Treats (they also come in chicken or rabbit) and all of us cats and dogs, enjoyed them, so guess that is an 8 paws up vote. 

We would like to thank for providing us with a sample bag of the treats.  We were not compensated for this post and any opinions expressed are purely our own.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Green with Envy

Buddy:  Yesterday we posted a snow scene in color and also in black and white.  Sasha, Sami, & Saku from Kitty Korner wrote, The photos are very nice...but we thinks they would better if they were green. Sigh...can you tell we is all tired of winter?

Cyndi:  Well, we know how you kitties feel, so we decided to post a green snow scene just for Sasha, Sami & Saku. It makes us feel a bit better about the weather too.  Thanks for the idea. 

Green-for-spring snow scene

Merci:  We hope all of you in the path of the latest snow and ice storm will be warm and safe!  We saw the Atlanta weather report today.  Snow and ice is expected there this this week and the weather might be worse than the last storm they had.  So far, it doesn't appear their weather will come this far south, however, it seems as if anything goes this winter. 

Cameron:  We want to leave you with a smile so I asked Jan if she could make me green with envy.   She did.

Cameron is green with envy

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Punch Sam in the Ankle

Cameron:  Today we are using the black and white version of a night snow scene we posted Thursday from the previous week. It makes us think of a picture in a story book.

Cyndi: It looks like it would make a great Christmas scene.  What do you think, Marcus?

Marcus:  I don't know much about Christmas pictures, but I had fun playing in the snow in the dog pen with Sam and Merci before is melted.  For some reason, Rusty, who long before my time claimed the dog house as his cat house, wouldn't come outside to play with me. Cats just don't know how to have fun! 

Merci:  This is the original color photo. We like this in color, as it looks kind of eery, at least to us.

Percy:  When we look at it, we wonder what will be emerging from the distant darkness. Guess it would fit well in a suspense movie.  Or a horror movie.

Sam:  What would you all do if I yelled "BOO" right now?

Merci:  Well, I don't know what they'd do, but if you scare me, I'll punch you in the ankle, since I can't reach your nose. 

Buddy:  Don't worry, Merci.  I can reach his nose. But to get back on the subject, for our Sunday Smile, we have a Spanish class gender question to resolve.

Rusty:  Yes, we've heard this type of story always goes over well with humans. Jan thought it funny.  But she's kind of strange.

A Spanish teacher was explaining  to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either  masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine:  'la Casa.'

'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A  student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead  of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and  female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a  masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that  'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'),  because:

1. No one but their creator  understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone  else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for  possible later retrieval.

 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for  it.


The women's group, however,  concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'),  because:

1. In order to do anything with  them, you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data but still  can't think for themselves.

3. They are supposed to help you solve  problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one,  you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a  better model.

The women won.

Sam: We are joining Dashshund Nola and Sugar the GR for the Black and White Sunday blog hop. Stop by and join them.