Friday, March 24, 2017

Time Flies As Merci Ages

Merci:  It's hard to believe it's Friday again.  I heard time passes more quickly when one gets older and I guess it's true.

Taylor:  I don't think time passes quickly.

Merci:  That's because you're still young.  Time is flying by me so fast Marcus saw it yesterday and snapped at it.  He thought it was a bug.

Taylor:  What would Marcus have done if he had caught it?

Merci:  Eaten it. He thinks bugs are tasty.  It was before your time but he once put a young lady in shock when he leaped in the air, caught and swallowed a bug.

Taylor:  I'd have liked to have seen that.  Marcus is quite agile, especially when food is involved.

Merci: I'm glad he didn't catch my time.  I'm hoping to have more left so I can grow older.

Taylor:  You will.

Merci:  It's strange, but as I slow down, time speeds up.

Taylor:  Perhaps if you speed up, time will slow down?

Merci:  At my age, my "speed up" dial is broken.  All I have left are "slow down" and "Stuck in Reverse".

Buddy:  We would like to thank Chewy for the lovely St. Patrick's Day present.  Jan thinks those beer mugs are neat but they're too heavy for her to use as water glasses, so she offered them to Mr. Doug.  She's keeping the candy, thought. 

Cyndi:  It's time for another Mousebreath cat interview.

Rusty:  We enjoy meeting new furries and making new friends.

Micah:  We would love to meet you and be able to tell your story.  Interview slots are open for Cat Scouts, or kitties that blog or are on social media.  There's a contact box in our left sidebar. Drop us a note.

Percy:  This week we are featuring Cat Scouts Hermes, Chip and Chessie Hauk.  The interview will publish as we sleep and in the morning, we'll add the specific address.  Until then, you can read it on the home page of

We are joining the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat, Barking from the Bayou and Owned by a husky.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Percy's New New Bed

Percy:  You might remember that last week Miss Pam knitted me a cat cave.  After two days, I was evicted by my nemesis Micah.   (Percy's Cat Cave, Part 2)   This week Miss Pam knitted me a new new bed. Thank you so much, Miss Pam! I thought you would like to know how much enjoyment I have had from it.

Micah:  I can't believe we have this new bed and Jan didn't even mention it when she stopped by my cat cave to pet me.  Good thing I caught a whiff of the new scent and followed it into the living room, just in time to get my picture taken on it.

Buddy: So how does it compare to the cat cave?

Micah:  It's a lighter weight and there's no cave, but it's a good size and very soft.  Excuse me a minute.  A cat should always take a bath when breaking in a new bed.

Buddy:  Then I'm glad I'm not a cat.  I just crash on the new bed and it breaks itself in.

Micah:  That's the difference between cats and dogs.  We have to follow etiquette.  Unless we aren't in the mood at the moment.

Buddy:  We follow etiquette too.  Especially if there's a garbage can or a mud puddle.

Micah:  This is the new bed.  Pretty colors.

Buddy:  Yes, blue for you guys and pink for Cyndi and Taylor. 

Rusty:  I didn't think Micah would every leave so I could have a turn.  It's already past my nap time.

Micah:  Hey, Rusty, you're in my new bed!

Rusty:  No, Micah, I'm in Percy's new bed.  You can have it back when I'm done with my nap.

Micah:  I don't believe this.  Rusty stole my new bed.  Guess I'll just sit here on my old cat cave and see what's going on in the neighborhood.

Percy:  That is what went on around here for three days.  I never got to set one paw on my new new bed.

Buddy:  Micah did get his comeuppance.  Sometime during the night he vomited on it and Jan had to wash it and hang it up to dry.  So no one got to sleep in your new new bed the past couple of days.

Percy:  You wait and see, when Jan tries to give it to me, Micah will find a way to reclaim it.  I'm trying to figure out how to donate one of the new beds to the church discount store up the road.

Buddy:  Why would you want to donate one of the beds Miss Pam so lovingly knitted for you?

Percy:  Because I'd donate it with Micah sleeping on it!

Correction:  As Yam Aunty pointed out in comments, this bed is crocheted not knitted.  As always, it's all Jan's fault.  She told us it was knitted.  Our apologies for believing her.   

We always have much to be thankful for, so we are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Won Word Wednesday

Rusty:  Let me out!

Buddy:  You are out.  Do you want in?

Rusty:  No.  I just want to confuse Jan.

Buddy:  That's not hard.  You've confused me over the title of this post.  Shouldn't "won" be "one"?

Rusty:  No.  This is my post and I am in the mood to be different.  Besides, it's a play on words.

Buddy:  Okay, I'll let you play with your words and I'll just go poop in the pen.

Rusty:  That's it, poop in my post.  And my day was going so good before this.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Smooshed or Chunky #ChewyInfluencer

Cyndi:  Are you sure we're supposed to do our post with a St. Patrick's Day theme?

Rusty:  Yes, even though St. Paddy's Day was last Friday, the month isn't over so we can still celebrate.

Cyndi:  The dogs sure had fun with their Chewy post last week, but when we post this everyone is going to think we can't read a calendar any better than Jan does.

Micah: Forget the calendar and concentrate on this month's food tasting.

Taylor:  What are we trying?

Percy:  Taste of the Wild.  We have the grain free Rocky Mountain Feline Formula with salmon and roasted venison in gravy. 

Taylor:  That's a mouthful!  Glad I'm not doing the typing today. 

Micah:  This is what it looks like on a plate.  I thought about coloring it Irish green but that didn't seem too appealing.

Rusty:  Nice chunks.  The gravy looks thin because Jan always adds water to our wet food.

Cyndi:  Chewy lists the Key Benefits as --

  •     Grain-free diet with real salmon, chicken liver and roasted venison.
  •     Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle.
  •     A great-tasting complement to the Rocky Mountain Feline dry formula, or a stand-alone diet for your special cat.
  •     Perfect combination of animal proteins will provide your cat with ideal protein nutrition for a lean body and optimal amino acid nutrition.
  •     Lowers carbohydrate intake and increases water intake, both important features in feline nutrition.

Percy:  Hey, why do you have a sandwich and drink on your plate?  The rest of us don't.

Taylor:  A little green man popped a corned beef sandwich and a foamy glass of cold nip brew on my plate and vanished into thin air.  I've never had corned beef.

Rusty:  Neither have the rest of us. I hope you intend to share.

Micah:  A little green man left you a glass of green nip beer?  Jan will have a fit if she finds out any of us tasted beer.

Taylor:  Beer.  You wish.  I said the little green man left a foamy glass of cold nip brew.  Nip tea!

Cyndi:  I'll try a taste right after breakfast.  I did notice there is a complete list of ingredients on the Taste of the Wild page, but to name just a few, it has salmon, fish broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, chicken ...

Percy:  I don't like chunky food so I refused to eat until Jan smooshed it all up for me.  Every cat knows that smooshed food is the only way to eat.

Micah:  I disagree.  Chunks can be good too.


Rusty:  I drive Jan crazy.  Sometimes I want my food smooshed and sometimes I don't.  I keep her guessing.

Cyndi:  Who is that little man in green, Rusty? 

Rusty:  I don't know, but if he doesn't move, he just might be dessert this morning.

Percy:  Once the Taste of the Wild cat food was properly smooshed, I did eat some of it each time it was served, but I haven't finished my portions.  The other cats have enjoyed their breakfast and shared part of mine each day.  Now if you'll excuse me, it's bath time.

We were not compensated for this review, but we did receive the Taste of the Wild cat food free of charge from in exchange for our honest review.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Swampi Marcus 4

Marcus:  Hairy ohm to all.  I have returned -

Cyndi:  Stop right there!  Before you return, what's a hairy ohm?

Marcus:  That's Yam Aunty's greeting.   I just thought I'd borrow it today.

Cyndi:  And why would she be talking about a hairy unit of electrical resistance?

Marcus:  I have no idea, but everyone nods and smiles when she says it.

Cyndi:  Wait!  Wait!  I'm looking through her emails now.  It's not "hairy ohm".  It's "Hari om".

Marcus:  Oh, well, I was close.

Cyndi:  You weren't even close.

Marcus:  I am never wrong.  Except perhaps -  Never mind.  Frankie and Ernie asked me a very important question --  

"OH GRRRRREAAT Swampi... can you do anythingy to get this Horrid Snow Storm STELLA to stay FAR From our place? We are supposed to get 6 to 9 Inches of "IT" and we don't Want it." 

I have great news for you, Frankie and Ernie, I see that after only three long days of blowing snow and drifts, Stella will move on and will only leave you with about 7" of snow.  

Cyndi:  You call that good news?  Hold on!  You're cheating.  You got that information off of their mom's emails to Jan.

Marcus:  I said I see.  I didn't say where. And now to answer a question from our friend Loulou.

"Could you please tell me where you get those adorable turbans you wear...tres chic."

Of course.  This particular turban is one of a kind and was handmade in the magical land of stellaroselong. Despite comments about resembling a giraffe,
 when I first donned it, something magical happened.  I became The Great Swampi.

Cyndi:  I'm starting to wonder if Stella slipped a bottle of Wild Turkey in the box with it.

Marcus:  My newfound persona does not depend on intoxicants.  I possess a clear head, keen eyesight, and perfect hearing.

Cyndi:  I guess a sound mind is the only thing missing.

Marcus:  What did you say?

Cyndi:  Nothing important. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day 2017

Micah:  Well, here it is St. Patrick's Day already and Jan hasn't updated our St. Patrick's Day graphics.  Too busy, she claims.  Doing what, I'd like to know! 

Taylor:  I've heard her use the word "forgetting" a lot, so maybe that's what she has been so busy doing.  These Irish dogs are our handsome Buddy and Angel Sam.  For once Angel Sam is wearing the correct hat for the occasion.  

Micah:  This is the rest of the Funny Farmer crew at the time Jan put it together: Merci, Cyndi, Percy, Angel Cotton, Rusty and Angel Cameron.

Taylor:  Next year, Micah, Jan needs to do a graphic of just the two of us.

Micah:  Good idea.  Meanwhile, why don't we go have a green nip drink to celebrate the wearing of the green today.

Taylor:  Do you think anyone will notice we're the only two not dressed in green?

Micah:  Don't worry.  We'll just tell the truth.  It's all Jan's fault!

Cyndi:  Today is also our Mousebreath interview day. Please visit Mousebreath for A Chat With Laila and Minchie.

Yes, this week our subjects are Laila and Minchie from the blog Cat-A-Holic.

We are joining the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat, Barking from the Bayou and Owned by a husky.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Percy's Cat Cave Part 2

Taylor:  Uh-oh, I see trouble on the horizon.  Percy hasn't had his new cat cave 48 hours (A Cat Cave for Percy) and now this. 

 Micah:  What's "this"?

Taylor:  You.

Micah:  I'm not a "this".  I'm a contented cat.  I found this wonderful new bed behind a door.  It's so soft and warm and no one was using it.

Taylor:  It isn't a bed.  It's a rock cave and Miss Pam knitted it special for Percy because you appropriated his hat and scarf bed. 

Micah:  I did not appropriate it, and I did offer him a time share, but he refused.

Taylor:  You know he won't use anything you've touched.

Micah:  Does that mean he won't want his cat cave back?  That's okay.  I won't mind a bit. 

Percy:  I don't believe it.  I left the room for two minutes ... two minutes for a litter box break and Micah stole my new bed.  Jan hid it behind the door so Micah wouldn't find it.

Micah:  I heard you won't be wanting it back, Percy.  Thanks for the new digs.

Percy:  Sunday I had a wonderful new bed.  Monday Rusty borrowed it for half the day.  It's only Tuesday and I've already been evicted.  (I know this is posting Thursday, but this happened Tuesday.  *sniff, sniff*)

Taylor:  I'll share with you, Percy.  You can nap in my box bed if you want.

Percy:  Thanks, but I miss my cat cave.

Taylor:  You mean your cat cave with the rock slide roof.

Percy:  Huh?

Taylor:  You flattened out the cave by sleeping on it.  The rock slide roof.  Don't you get it?

Percy:  No, and I don't want it.  Not with Micah's smell on it.  I'll just sit here a while in your box and try to remember how nice it was to curl up on my soft, warm, knitted bed.

Micah:  Thank you, Miss Pam, for knitting this cat cave for Percy to give to me. 

We always have much to be thankful for, so we are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Cat Cave for Percy

Percy:  This new bed looks so empty, so I think I'll just take a nap on it.

Taylor:  I guess Percy doesn't understand the concept of a cat cave.  He's supposed to sleep in it, not on it.

Percy:  But I'm so comfy on it.  That nice Miss Pam knitted it just for me because Micah stole my knitted hat and scarf bed.

Rusty:  Hmmm, I don't know where this came from but it seems like a good place to take a bath.

Taylor:  Uh, Percy just went to the kitchen for a bite to eat.  He'll be back soon.

Rusty:  Okay, but as long as he's gone, I'll just take a quick snooze.

Percy:  Can you believe this?   I was only gone a few minutes and my new bed has been appropriated.

Taylor:  Don't worry.  Rusty will be leaving soon. 

Percy:  Ahh, finally I have my new bed back.

Rusty:  Are you done with it yet, Percy?

Percy:  No.

Rusty:  Well, I'll just sit here and wait until you are.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Victor Grain Free #ChewyInfluencer

Marcus:  Hey, you guys are looking a little green around the ... well, everything.  What happened?

Buddy:  It's almost time for the wearing of the green for St. Patrick's Day, so we thought a little green would be appropriate for the occasion.

Marcus:  A little green?  You couldn't just wear a green collar for the occasion?  Er ... where did you get the green food?

Merci:  From  Where else?  They sent us some Victor super premium dog food to try.

Marcus:  We're doing a review of green food?  I think I'll skip this one.

Buddy:  No, this is what the food actually looks like.  Chunks in gravy.  But if you don't want any, that means more for us.

Marcus:  Not so fast. Jan has already spooned some over our breakfast kibble. Since it isn't green, I'm in.

Merci:  Chewy lists the key benefits as -

  •     Natural, wholesome recipe with added vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients to keep your pup in peak health.
  •     With premium ingredients that include chicken, beef broth, beef, carrots, peas, egg, and flaxseed.
  •     Highly palatable: even the pickiest eaters will love the taste and texture of this delicious grain-free meal.
  •     Supports healthy digestion, enhanced bowel function, and muscle health.
  •     Omega fatty acids found in flaxseed contribute to healthy skin and a shiny, lustrous coat.

Buddy:  It's grain free, too. 

Merci:  Uh ... who is this little guy and what's he doing in my bowl?

Buddy:  He's a leprechaun.  Just eat around him. 

Merci:  Good, he's leaving.  I think he got a bit soggy from the water Jan adds to our kibble.

Buddy:  I hope his mom knows how to wash gravy stains out of his clothes.

Marcus:  I don't know whether to feel relieved or slighted.  My breakfast wasn't served with a leprechaun.

Merci:  You should be relieved. Your nose is too broad to eat around anything in your bowl.

Marcus:  I thought before I finish my Victor beef and vegetables, I should dress for the occasion.

Buddy:  You're dressed for the wrong occasion.  That's a Dr. Seuss hat.

Merci:  Oh, Marcus, you remembered.  You're so sweet.

Buddy:  He is?

Merci:  Yes, Marcus promised to take over Angel Sam's role as the Funny Farmer who is usually dressed for the wrong occasion.

We received this food free of charge from in an exchange for our honest review.  Chewy is not responsible for the green content or for the leprechaun in the bowl.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Marcus the Great Swampi 3

Cyndi: I see you're back, Swampi. What are you up to now?

Marcus:  I, the Great Swampi, will answer the comment questions from last Monday.  (The Great Swampi 2)

Cyndi:  Okay, I have to ask.  Are you just going to answer them, or are you going to answer them correctly?

Marcus:  There's a difference?

Cyndi:  Evidently not.  

Q: The Florida Furkids.    Can you tell us where Mom hid the treats?

Marcus:  Yes.

Cyndi:  Aren't you going to tell them where?

Marcus:  No, they only asked if I can tell them.  The answer is yes, but their mom wants it kept secret.
Q:  Yam Auntie.  Oh Master Swampi-ji... any clues on how to get home maintenance done without the usual agony and ecstasy and expense?

Marcus:  Yes, move to a home that doesn't need maintenance.

Cyndi:  Where would she find one?

Marcus:  I didn't say there is such a home.  I just suggested she move to one.

Q:  Angel, Kirby & Max.  Great Swampi, Mom says she has lost her mind. Do you know how, why, where it is and how we can get it back for her?

Marcus:  Yes.

Cyndi:  This is important.  Please answer them.

Marcus:  Follow Jan.  When she finds her mind, your mom's will be in the same storage locker.  Or refrigerator.  Those two places look alike to me.

Q:  Quinn. Okay, what did Mommy buy for her birthday that's for me? Bet you can't see that!

Marcus:  Of course I can see that.  She wrote on your blog she is buying you two presents for her birthday.  By the way, Happy Birthday to your mom!

Q:  Loulou.  Oh, Great Swampi, please let me know where mama keeps all the chocolate biscuits and while you're at it, there's one in there for you if you succeed.

Marcus:  She keeps them under the rock in the house.  Or is that over the rock?

Cyndi:  I hardly think anyone would keep biscuits under a rock.  They wouldn't be biscuits then, they'd be crumbs.

Marcus:  In that case, I believe she keeps them in the cupboard.  Third door to the right.

Cyndi:  And that ends today's answers by Marcus the Great Swamp.

Marcus:  Swampi.  The Great Swampi!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sherlock Herms and Dori

Micah:  As you can tell by this photo, I am all keyed up and leaping with excitement today.

Cyndi:  You are?  I thought you were sleeping with your eyes open.  If this is your excited behavior, I'd hate to see you when you're low key.

Taylor:  I'm excited too.  This is my first Mousebreath interview.  I hope I did okay.

Rusty:  You did fine, Taylor.  

Taylor:  Even though I fell off the chair laughing at Sherlock Herms and Dori's stories?

Rusty:  Very unprofessional for an interviewer, but we were laughing too. 

Percy:  Sherlock Herms and Dori Intermew is our first Mousebreath interview since we retired nearly a year ago.  (Please let us know if you try to leave a comment at Mousebreath and are unable to.

Many of you know the paranormal detectives from Wonderpurr.  In fact, Fridays are when they post a new installment to their detective series.

Please share this with your friends to help spread the word.  We are looking for cats who would like to be interviewed for Mousebreath - bloggers, cats on social media, and Cat Scouts.  Every story is different.  Would you like to tell yours?  There is a contact form in our sidebar.

We are joining the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat, Barking from the Bayou and Owned by a husky.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Secret Code

Merci:  You do know, don't you, that staring so closely at the computer screen is bad for your eyes?

Taylor:  No, I wasn't aware of that, but I'm trying to figure out what this is.  I think it's a secret code.

Merci:  It's not a secret code.  It's a jigsaw puzzle.  You move the little pieces around until they fit together.  That's something Jan likes to do to relax.

Taylor: Oh, you mean like this?  I guess Jan couldn't figure out the secret code to this one.

Merci:  There is no secret code.

Micah:  Of course there is a secret code, Taylor.  And if you work on it long enough, you'll crack it.


Merci:  What are you doing, Micah?  There is no secret code!

Micah:    Who cares?  It has Taylor's attention and she's playing on the computer.  You know how terrified she is of the screen.

Merci:  Oh, right.  We should be thankful Taylor is so engrossed looking for the secret code that she hasn't run out of the room.

Micah:  Exactly.  And after a while she'll realize there is not need to fear the computer.

Taylor:  Hey, guys, I can read it.  I've cracked the secret code.

Merci:  You have?  What does it say?

Taylor:  It says, my siblings think I'm dumb - and deaf!  I'm going back to the bedroom where I'm safe.

Micah:  I guess that plan backfired, but, still, we should be thankful for small steps forward.

We always have much to be thankful for, so we are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home