Sunday, April 27, 2014

Barking Deer

Merci:  We're going to do a fast post for tomorrow so we can shut down for the night.  Jan needs some rest.

Cyndi:  So far this week ...
at 3 AM Sunday night she tried to break a toe ...
Thursday Marcus messed up one knee ...
Friday "Anonymous" attacked her with a large ice chest, dropped onto and kicked her in the eye, clawed her face and arm ...

Buddy:  And Saturday evening when we started on our walk, the next door neighbors were sitting on their porch with their dog, who promptly raced at us challenging us to get off "her" property.  We got excited and yelled back, but Sam lunged so hard at the other dog Jan's feet left the ground and she nearly followed him face down on the cement.  She did regain control, yelled at Sam for nearly taking her out, and tried to continue walking but had to turn back because she was shaking with pain.

Sam:  I said I was sorry.  I was just trying to scare that mouthy little dog to protect all of us. I guess I don't know my own strength.

Micah:  A new week is dawning. What we all need right now is a Sunday Smile.  We never heard of a barking deer before but they actually do exist.  This one wandered into a yard and was so rude! It barked at the family cat.

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Rusty: Can you imagine meeting one of these in the dark?  It would give you quite a scare.

Cameron:  I think it's cute.We should get a couple to keep our grass mowed.

Marcus:  I'd be really jealous of all that beautiful green grass if it wasn't for the fact I like having a nude mud hole in the dog pen.

Percy:  Yesterday we posted the original photo of Angel Cotton, a sepia copy, and one in cinemascope.  Today we post it in black and white.  We didn't like the natural colors of the original but we do like the muted tones of the sepia and this black and white.

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

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Terrifying Hour and a Half

Cyndi:  Before we begin, we want to make it clear we are all innocent!

Buddy:  You mean we canines are innocent.  The identity of the feline culprit has not been established.

Micah:  We can get back to this subject later but we need to do our post for today first.

Merci:  We came across this photo of our sweet Angel Cotton and decided to use it for our photo subject this weekend.  Our washing machine isn't actually yellow.  The lighting was bad.

Cameron:  This is Cotton in sepia.  We like the colors in this photo much better.

Percy:  We always thought Cotton was beautiful and should be in the movies, so for our art subject today, we turned her photo into cinemascope.  We miss you, sweet girl.

Marcus:  Are we done?  Can we tell everyone now what we didn't do?  I want everyone to know I had absolutely no part in it.  It's not that I wouldn't have been napping there if I could, but I can't climb that high.  And I wasn't even in the kitchen at the time. So there's no way to blame anything that happened Friday on me.

Sam:  That's true for Friday, but Thursday night you did a number on Jan's left knee.

Marcus:  I'm sorry about that.  I leaped for her lap, lost my balance and slid down her knee. There wouldn't have been so much blood if Jan had remembered to cut my nails.

Rusty:  Is this a guessing game or are we going to tell what happened?  Jan was attacked by an ice chest -- with claws!  And by the way, Jan doesn't consider me a suspect either.  The only ones in the kitchen at the time were Jan and the innocent perp.

Micah:  Isn't "innocent perp" an oxymoron?

Merci: Since Jan believes the most likely innocent perp is Cameron ... Percy ... or even Micah, let's call him "Anonymous" and let him tell everyone what happened.

Cyndi:  *whisper, whisper*   It seems our innocent perp is afraid to tell the story for fear of retribution by Jan, but he has agreed to wear a bedsheet to hide his identity.

Anonymous:  You guys couldn't find a smaller bedsheet?  I'm liable to trip and break a leg wearing this.

Sam: Just tell the truth..

Anonymous:  I was taking a mid-afternoon snooze on the edge of the big ice chest on the refrigerator.  Suddenly the ice chest moved, I slid down, hit something solid, kicked out, hit the floor, ran and hid.  It was a terrifying hour and a half!

Buddy:  It was probably more like a second and a half.  Talk about an abridged confession.

Cameron:  I ... uh, I believe what actually happened is that Jan opened the freezer door and the ice chest fell forward onto her head, the innocent perp slid off, landed on her eye, stomped it ... er, pushed off just as her hand came up to protect herself so her arm got scratched up, the freezer door slammed into her shoulder, the ice chest bounced off her shoulder, and ... she says her knee hurts?  (Not the one Marcus clawed.)

Rusty:  Everything happened so fast she never saw which cat "punched" her in the eye and did some minor claw work on her face. 

Percy:  It was one of those freak accidents Jan excels at.  Fortunately, no cats were harmed in the taking of the above selfie.  We thought we would post it since some of you have asked why we don't share photos of Jan.

We are joining Athena cat goddess for the Caturday Art blog hop.

We are also joining Ruckus the Eskie for the Sepia Saturday blog hop.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Perception Off Aim Dead On

Cyndi:  Oh, good, it's Friday again.  Time for another cat interview.

Micah::  Today we have the handsome and daring, Puffy from the blog Keep calm and catch a mouse - a day in the life of Puffy.. 

Percy:  We know you will enjoy meeting him if you haven't already.  He has been blogging since 2013.  His mom helped him with his Friday post on Monday.  She has a good reason for posting early, before the interview published and she has the permanent link.  Puffy's mom doesn't have complete internet access at their house.  She has to post what she can when she can. 

Cyndi:  Stop by Mousebreath, the ezine for cats written by cats, to read the exclusive interview, Puffy Puffmeister

Rusty:  Without full internet access, blogging can be a big of a challenge.  You know, kinda like Jan trying to put her slippers on at 3 AM.

Cameron:  You're right, that was a challenge.  Jan didn't go to bed until after 1 AM Sunday night.

Percy:  You mean Monday morning.

Cameron:  I do?  But it was Easter Sunday, so it was Sunday night.

Micah:  Actually, if it was 1 AM, it was Monday morning.

Cameron:  You guys are just trying to confuse me.  It was Sunday night.  And I'm telling the story, so it can be any day I want it to be. It was Sunday night.

Percy:  *mumble*  Monday morning.

Cameron:  Jan went to bed sometime after 1 AM Sunday night.  She got up at 2:45 to use the human litterbox.  But she could only find one slipper.

Cyndi:  Yes, one of us kicked it away and I'm not telling which of us it was.  She had to walk barefoot across the room to the light switch.

Rusty:  And lo and behold, there behind the door into the kitchen was a matching slipper.  She grabbed the doorknob to brace herself and kicked out to pull the slipper toward her.

Micah:  However, being the klutz she is ... and not just at 3 AM ... her perception was off but her aim was dead on.  She kicked the door "head-first" with her little toe.

Percy:  Boy, can that woman scream!  You'd have thought she'd gotten hurt or something terrible had happened.  

Cyndi:  Well, she did wreck her toe and her nail.  Don't understand why she was limping this week, though.  It was just a toe.

Marcus:  She's doing better because I've helped her nurse her foot all week..

Percy:  Yes, you repeatedly stomped it, dropped your "indestructible" bone on it, threw yourself onto her foot while she was trying to sleep, and ....

Marcus: Yes, I did all those things.  I'm a great nurse.  Do you think I could finagle some extra biscuits for it?

Percy:  This is Funny Farmer Felines Friday so I - we think you should leave the bragging to us felines today.

Cameron:  Be sure to stop by Mousebreath to read the interview and then drop by Puffy's to say hello.

Rusty:  We thought for a while we wouldn't be posting today.  We were waiting for Jan to dress for the day and feed us so we could finish this post and we heard on the radio, "If you have Windstream internet, you don't have internet."  What?  But we had a post to finish.

Micah:  The internet just came back at 10:30. *wipes brow* Whew!  Now let's get this post published.

Friday is also the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal and Rocco.  We can't wait to see who the Featured Favorite is today.

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

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Strange Things of Life

Buddy:  Why are we posting such a strange picture today?  Because we feel like it!

Cyndi:  Yes, things have been happening and we've been kind of down in the dumps the last week.

Rusty:  We wracked our collective brain and couldn't come up with anything to post for Thankful or for Thoughtless Thursday this week.

Cameron:  This morning we decided to be thankful for the strange things of life that make us smile.

Micah:  And Marcus is definitely strange.  He doesn't realize he's getting almost as big as Buddy.

Merci:  He's bigger than I am.  I sit on Jan's lap occasionally but the key word is occasionally.  And I'm smaller than Marcus even though he's only five months old. 

Sam:  I haven't ever been able to sit on Jan's lap because I was a good size when I arrived here.  I want - I beg to sit on Jan's lap but she won't let me.  So how come we have this picture in our files?

Percy:  Jan took it one day to show Marcus what her view often looks like while she's trying to work on the computer.  Marcus is a leaper and a delusional "lap dog".  He's also quite determined when he wants a cuddle.

Marcus:  Well, you can all laugh at me if you want to.  I think you're just jealous because I'm so good-looking.

Buddy:  How would anyone know what you look like?  You have no head.

Marcus:  Yes, I do.  Jan just didn't take the picture correctly.  She should have stood back so I fit in the frame.

Percy:  If she stood back to fit you in the frame, she would have had to dump you from her lap.

Marcus:  Oh, right.  Well, she should have leaned back in the chair.

Merci:  If she leaned back any more, the chair would have tipped over backward and you'd have both been on the floor.

Marcus:  Then I guess we should all be thankful that didn't happen or you'd all have been in big trouble!

Sam:  We would have been in big trouble?  How do you figure that?

Marcus:  You're all older than I am and you should know better.

Cameron:  But we didn't have anything to do with the chair tipping over.  That was all your fault.

Rusty:  The chair didn't actually tip over, Cameron.  Perhaps we should quit while we're all confused and just say we're thankful it's Thursday.

What are you thankful for this week?

Pepi Smart Dog - Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Don't give it a second thought, just publish that post you don't know what to do with.  And join co-hosts Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a husky for the Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Green Bone and Noms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:  So when do we get to taste them?

Marcus:  It better be soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

Merci:  We hope you all have an inspiring Easter.

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

If the video doesn't play, click here.

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

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

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exercise in my Sleep

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

Sam:  What?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blanketless Establishment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Buddy Mini Mess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddy:  I never!

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

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

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

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

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

We are joining Pepi Smart Dog for Thankful Thursday.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Feline Inalienable Right

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

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

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

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

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

Merci:  What made you change your mind?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

When the Bed Attacks

Rusty:  Here we are with another Sunday Smile for you.

Micah:  Today we have a killer bed video.

Cyndi:  Don't listen to him.  It's not really a killer bed.  It just pretends to be.

Sam:  Yeah, beds don't really kill.  Or do they?  Perhaps I should be relieved Jan thinks I'm too big and heavy to sleep in her bed.

Marcus:  I've heard rumors about rogue springs in Jan's bed but so far I haven't met any.    What about you, Buddy?

Buddy:  I haven't met any rogue springs either, but I sleep pretty soundly, unless I get pushed out of bed and onto the floor.   I think Jan just wants all of us to believe they exist so she can have the bed to herself.

Cameron:  See for yourself what happens when a bed attacks!

If the video doesn't play, click here.

Percy:  We posted the original of this graphic FridayYesterday we showed it in sepia and also in textured.

Rusty:  Guess  you can tell we felines interviewed the Kwee Cats this week.

Cyndy:  You mean last week.  Today is Sunday so it's already next week.

Merci:  We like the simplicity of this graphic in black and white.

We are joining the Black & White Sunday blog hop, co-hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the GR.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Plain Sepia Texture

Cameron:  Welcome to the Funny Farmers' Saturday/Caturday art festival.

Merci:  Wait a minute.  Did I miss a meeting?  I haven't heard anything about an art festival.  Are we selling art or just framing it?

Micah:  Neither.  Cameron is just trying to make this a festive day.  So humor him.  Okay?

Rusty:  We're going to stick with our regular weekend theme of showing different art aspects of a photo or graphic.

Cyndi: This is the original of the graphic we kitties asked Jan to make for our Friday interview.  Obviously, we interviewed the Kwee Cats

Percy:  *nudges Sam*  Pssst, it's your turn.  Say something.

Sam:  Yesterday you told us canines we're not allowed to participate in any interview conversation.

Percy:  This isn't an interview conversation.  We just mentioned it so readers would have a little background on the graphic and we included the links in case they missed the post.

Sam:  So it's okay for me to speak now? 

Percy:  Of course!  What would you like to say?

Sam:  I forget.  Oh, I remember.  Below is the graphic in sepia. 

Marcus:  This makes me think of ...

Cameron:  Don't say dirt!

Marcus:  I was going to say this makes me think of you guys.  You're a big family, too, but they don't have any woofies in their group.  I wish you guys could adopt me so I could be part of a big family.

Buddy:  And for our Caturday Art, we used the same graphic and added some texture.  I like it.  What about you?

We are joining Sepia Saturday, hosted by Ruckus the Eskie.

 And Caturday Art, hosted by Athena cat goddess