Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017




Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day when we remember and honor those who have died in service to our country.

Big & Rich's song "8th of November" always brings to mind, not only those who died, but those who survived and live with the memories of their fallen brothers.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Zzzzz


Micah:  Well, phooey!  We didn't get to publish our Mousebreath interview today.  Instead we published Nap Time.  It's disappointing but it's been that kind of a week! 

Cyndi:  It's a holiday weekend in the U.S., so perhaps no one will notice.  We will be back next week with this week's interview. 

Funny Farmer Felines
Cyndi, Percy, Rusty, Micah & Taylor


We are late but 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, May 25, 2017

My New Blue Ball



Marcus:  ♫ My new blue ball.  My new blue ball.
                    I luv, luv, lu-u-uv my new blue ball.

               ♫  I bite it and chew it and nudge it with my nose.
                    I hold it, then shove it, and follow where it goes.
                    I roll it and bounce it.  It travels everywhere -

Taylor:  Stop with the new blue ball song! I've heard it so many times today you have me singing it. Jan said if she trips over it one more time, she's going to make you eat it.


Marcus:  She can't!  It's for aggressive chewers and is supposed to be almost indestructible.  That's why she bought it.  Guess she'll just have to keep tripping over it.

Taylor:  If it keeps you from deflating another football or soccer ball or chewing up your other toys, I guess it was a good purchase.  But stop singing about it!


Marcus:  Okay.  Can I hum?

Taylor:  No!  Just chew.


Marcus:  ♫  *gnaw, gnaw, gnaw*  ♫

Taylor:  And no gnawing to the tune either!

Marcus:  This ball was a lot more fun when I could sing.  I wonder if I can bounce it to the tune while Taylor naps?


Jan:  This is NOT, NOT, NOT a review!!!  I purchased this ball on Amazon because it is supposed to be tough and contain no BPAs.  Anyone who has been reading this blog knows Marcus needs tough!  He has deflated more balls with his first bite than I can count.  He loves this.  I wish I could afford a second one, so we could play ball in the dirty/muddy dog pen because this ball is the right size for him to play with but not to choke to death on if I threw it and he caught it wrong, but it isn't possible, so he'll have to make do with one in the house.  (It holds his attention and keeps him from constantly annoying the cats.)

He did take it outside once and dropped it when he went out to pee and I had to tell him it is an inside only ball.  I think he's plotting how to get it past me again, but his outside toys are gross and not allowed in the house except in a special receptacle, even though they are washed first.

He really does love his new ball.  It's no wonder he can't stop singing about it.  :)


We're joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dirt Cloud Rising

Cyndi:  Why do you guys have to be such dirt collectors?  You bring that dirt in the house, you know, and we all have to deal with it.  *licks paw*  We girls don't like to be dirty.


Rusty:  Grass won't grow in the dog pen any more, so bringing dirt in the house isn't our fault.

Marcus:  Just because Jan claims every time I shake, I add another 2 inches of dirt to the layer in the house doesn't make it so.  She probably should wash her reading glasses more often so she can tell the difference between steam from the humidity and dirt from the yard.

Cyndi:  I don't wear glasses and I can see the dirt cloud rising when you two shake off in the house.


Rusty:  Well, since I'm sharing the blame, I might as well share the fun.  Come on, Marcus, let's roll!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Safe At Last


Buddy:  These two adorable Pomeranians are finally safe at the county animal shelter!  It has been a harrowing two weeks as Jan has waited patiently for due process of law to permit our Animal Control Officer to trap them before they were injured or killed.

Cyndi:  They are bonded, so it was exciting that they were trapped within about 1/2 hour of each other and they were able to go to the shelter together.  If they are not claimed within three days, they will go up for adoption or Miss Peggy will find a rescue to take such a handsome pair.  Hopefully, they will be adopted together. 


Buddy:  It's a complicated abandonment story and probably not one we should tell.  Suffice it to say that Jan slept well last night, knowing they are okay.  Thank you, Miss Kat (ACO) for being so kind and patient with them.  They were having too much fun - and "catered" meals - and did not want to give up their freedom!





Micah:  I guess I get to introduce our Mousebreath interview of this week.  As you can probably guess, his name is Biscuit.  Stop by Mousebreath for The Story of Biscuit.  I think you will enjoy it. 


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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, May 18, 2017

On The Bright Side

Taylor:  Are you okay, Merci?


Merci:  Yes.  This is Thankful Thursday and we haven't posted much these last few weeks, so I'm thinking about something I'm particularly thankful for from last week.

Taylor:  And what would that be?

Merci:  That Jan is still in one piece and can still fix our meals and take us for walks and -

Taylor:  Of course she's in one piece and she always does those things. 

Merci:  But what if she got bashed in the head by a falling tree limb and her brains were scrambled?

Taylor:  I don't think we need to worry about that.  I haven't left the house since I arrived over a year ago and I haven't seen a single falling tree limb in here yet.

Merci:  Not in the house, silly!  In the yard,  Don't you remember last week when Jan was working on some of the bushes in the yard and she came inside to get a drink of water ...


... and returned to find this.  See how long that branch is!  And it came from up high in the tree.  Way high.

Taylor:  Oh, yeah, I remember.  Jan went to the neighbor for help moving their tree branch off our lawn.

Merci:  What if Jan had been standing there when it came down?

Taylor:  She would be shorter?

Merci:  Well, that too, but I was thinking about how forgetful she is already.  What if she couldn't remember to feed us?

Taylor:  On the bright side, what if she forgets she has already fed us and feeds us again?

Merci:  I'm glad we had this little talk, Taylor.  I feel so much better now!


We're joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Quite An Impression

Percy:  What are you doing in your Private Dining Car, Marcus?  As soon as Jan served your breakfast, you picked up your bowl and left the kitchen. 


Marcus:  I heard Jan made quite an impression Sunday and I'm not sure she can be trusted around food now.

Percy:  Oh, it's about time Jan made a good impression on someone.

Marcus:  I said she made quite an impression.  The word good was not mentioned.

Percy:  Uh-oh, what did she do this time?

Marcus:  After church on Sunday, she went to lunch with Mr. M (Mr. Minister), Mrs. M, their three young children and Mr. MD.

Percy:  They took along a doctor?  Where did they eat?

Marcus:  No, not a doctor.  Mr. MD is Mr. Minister's Dad.

Percy:  Oh.  So how did Jan make an impression?

Marcus:  She ate Mr. M's lunch!

Percy:  She what?

Marcus:  She was halfway through Mr. M's lunch before the waitress stopped by to find out who hadn't gotten their food - their chicken chimichanga.

Percy: That's Jan's favorite Mexican meal.  A chicken chimichanga with salad, rice and beans.  With lots of (mild) hot sauce poured over it.  She must have enjoyed that.

Marcus:  Actually, she was disappointed.  No beans, but lots of rice.  And the taste just wasn't up to the usual standard.  She was thinking she wouldn't order one of those again.

Percy:  But if she wasn't eating a chicken chimichanga, what was she eating?

Marcus:  A shrimp chimichanga. 

Percy:  Oh.  So Mr. M got her chicken meal?

Marcus:  No.  The waitress took the half eaten shrimp plate and swapped it for the chicken one.  Jan enjoyed every bite of that meal.  

Percy:  Did Mr. M ever get anything to eat?

Marcus:  Yes, he did get a fresh shrimp chimichanga plate.

Percy:  So everything ended well.  That doesn't explain why you brought your bowl in the living room to eat in your PDC.

Marcus:  You don't really think I'd trust Jan around my food after hearing that story, do you?

Percy:  A good point.  I think I'll go guard ... er, nap by the kitty kibble.
 



Friday, May 12, 2017

Seven Cent Chinese Takeout

Micah:  I am reporting from deep within the special laundry basket for Lilliputians ...  or cats, whichever you prefer the basket to be.

Percy:  Whatever it is, I prefer it to be in another county, if you're in it.  Shall I call an Uber for you?

Micah:  No, thank you.  But I would like some Chinese takeout if you don't mind ordering some for me.  I think Jan left some change on the kitchen table.

Percy:  Oh, good.  I've got a craving for lobster.  Do you think the nickel and two pennies on the table will cover it?  Plus a tip?

Cyndi:  While those two try to resolve their dietary differences, I'll introduce Beau from Pets Overload.



Taylor:  He's quite good-looking.  If they have an overload of cats on his blog, he can always come blog on ours.

Rusty:  He's not looking to move, Taylor.  He's the subject of our interview this week on Mousebreath.  Stop by to read his story, All Around Amazing Beau.


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


Friday, May 05, 2017

The Handsome Valentine



Rusty:  Now that we have finished our last three reviews, it looks like Friday will be our only posting day.



This is the handsome Valentine from Noir Kitty Mews.  Our interview, Valentine and Zombie Squirrelygigs, has published on Mousebreath. 


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

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Final Tylee's #Chewy Influencer



 Marcus:   Does this pose make me look fat?  Jan says I'm fat. 


Merci:  Not quite, but you do need to lose some weight.  It's a shame you couldn't stay on this Tylee's human grade no grain turkey recipe dog food.  Jan has been cutting back a bit on the amount of kibble she feeds us so you just might have lost some weight.

Buddy:  On the other paw, even though we have only been getting this food as a topper on our breakfast and dinner kibble, I have gained some weight.  Jan is really happy about that since I tend to be too thin in my old age. She thinks I can better digest this food. 



Marcus:  Merci, you're supposed to stay still while Jan takes photos.

Merci:  I can't stop now.  I'm checking to see if any crumbs fell out of my bowl on the way to breakfast.



Buddy:  This is what the food looks like when Jan takes it out of the freezer to thaw.

Chewy lists the key benefits as -

  •     Made with human-grade ingredients just like you’d find at the grocery store—real, whole foods you can see and identify, with nothing sourced from China.
  •     These recipes are easy to serve—simply defrost and add to your pet’s bowl. Tylee’s can also be used as a topper to make any regular bowl of kibble more enticing.
  •     Minimally processed ingredients retain all their natural flavors and valuable antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support your dog’s best health.
  •     Grain-free food for dogs can better suit pups with sensitive tummies. Plus, there are no fillers like corn, soy, wheat or by-product meals.
  •     Chia seeds, ground flaxseed and sunflower oil are full of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to nourish your pup’s skin and help his coat stay shiny and full.



Merci:  You sure look like you're enjoying that, Buddy.


Buddy: I am. We've been enjoying this for a month and this is our third post on it.  It's too bad this food review has come to an end.

Merci: I know. Jan has enjoyed feeding it to us. From the first, it helped Buddy's stools, but it is kind of expensive, so she can't afford to buy it for us.

Marcus: Hey, where's my picture? There is always a picture of me eating inside my Private Dining Car, but there isn't one today.

Buddy: That might be because the last few days of the trial you pretty much stopped eating. You would eat some or most of it if Jan put you in your PDC for a while, but Jan didn't know if you were just off your food or off this particular food.

Merci: Well, I enjoyed whatever Marcus left of his meals.

Buddy: Yes, you were quite the scavenger. Marcus lost his appetite and you found it.

Marcus:  I enjoyed the new food for a while but it was good to get back on just the regular diet.  And I am content eating less kibble now.  I wonder if the Tylee's frozen human grade food helped Buddy and me curb our ravenous appetites?


Chewy provided us with a month's supply of Tylee's as a food topper since we're bigger dogs.  We received no other compensation and Chewy is not responsible for the content.   

Friday, April 28, 2017

Binky and Her Granny



Cyndi:  Hey, there.  *waves paw*  Remember me?  I'm the pretty calico.  At least that's what Jan calls me.

Micah:  Once.  And she was drinking at the time.

Cyndi:  Coffee! 

Micah:  Like I said, she was drinking at the time.

Cyndi:  Rusty, help me out.  Micah is picking on me.

Rusty:  He's teasing you.  Tease him back.

Cyndi:  Okay.  What do I say?

Rusty:  I don't know.  What about suggesting he snores when he sleeps?

Cyndi:  But he does at times.

Rusty:   He doesn't know that!

Cyndi:  We all hear him!

Rusty:  Right.  We hear him.  He's asleep.

Cyndi:  Oh, I get it.  He doesn't hear himself snore so he'll think I'm picking back at him.

Rusty:  Right!  And don't worry about what Micah said.  The next time Jan is drinking -

Cyndi:  Coffee! She was drinking coffee! 


Taylor:  Do you recognize this handsome kitty?  It's Little Binky from the blog Angels Whisper.

Percy:  Binky is our interview subject today over at Mousebreath.  Be sure to stop by to read her story, Little Binky Loves Granny


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


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hurry Up, Let's Eat


Marcus: ♬♬Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, let's eat! ♬ ♬ Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, let's eat!

Merci:  What are you wailing about now, Marcus?


Marcus:  I'm not wailing, I'm singing my hurry up song.  We're about to taste test some turkey and potato recipe Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet grain free premium loaf.

Buddy: Premium loaf?  We're having bread for breakfast?


Marcus:  No.  We're having canned food mixed in with our kibble.  

Merci:  That does look good.  It says on the can it has 5 key ingredient sources. 

Buddy:  Chewy lists these key benefits -

  •     Number-one ingredient is great-tasting, U.S.-farm-raised turkey which delivers amino acids to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism. Give your dog all that she needs to thrive and stay healthy.
  •     This product is made without grains, corn gluten meal, wheat or soy protein. Because of this there is a less chance of aggravating food sensitivities and allergies.
  •     Formulated with optimal levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) and zinc to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. Help keep your pet keep looking great and robust.
  •     Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer's own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  •     Nutro's dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet's life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers.


Marcus:  It smells good, but Jan needs to move faster! I can't hold off these cats much longer. 

Buddy:  *winks at Merci* Merci and I appreciate you standing guard duty to protect our breakfast.


Marcus:  Come on, Jan, speed things up.  I'm waiting. 

Merci:  So are we.  Buddy and I don't get served until you get permission to start eating.


 Marcus:  And the "okay" has dropped! 


Merci:  Okay, Jan, any time you're ready.  


Buddy:  Hey, Merci, Jan didn't give the okay for you to start eating.

Merci:  She didn't?  Are you sure?

Buddy:  I'm positive.  There's no "okay" in, "Come on to breakfast, Buddy."

Merci:  Okay, my mistake, but since I'm already eating, you might as well dig in too. 


Marcus:  It's nice getting served first, at least until my bowl is empty and I'm watching the others eat.  Mmm, I can still taste it.  The Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet dog food is good!



We received this food free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for our honest review. 


Friday, April 21, 2017

The Feline Opines Five


Merci:  In case anyone has missed us, we've been very busy trying to keep Jan awake and upright long enough to scoop our poop and feed us two round meals a day.  (Not at the same time.) Happy weekend.



Percy:  If you haven't met Tucker, Jasmine, Lily, Oliver and Alberto from the blog Feline Opines yet, be sure to stop by Mousebreath to read Tribe of Five at Feline Opines


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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Solid Gold SeaMeal




Marcus:  Hey, Taylor, can I have some of whatever you're eating?

Taylor: Jan said we're not allowed to let you dogs have any of it because you have your own review to do this month.

Marcus:  But just a taste?

Taylor:  A taste with your tongue and the whole plate would be clean.  I wouldn't mind but Jan would.


Marcus:  It's Solid Gold SeaMeal and it's a nutritional supplement to support overall health of both dogs and cats,   You're a cat and you don't like it.  I'm a dog and I'm sure I'd love it. 


Rusty:  I don't understand you, Taylor.  This is delicious.  In fact,  if I hurry, I might be able to steal yours.  It has dried seaweed meal and flaxseed as the first ingredients.  And Chewy says the key benefits are -

  •   Nutritional supplement to support overall wellness in dogs and cats that combines natural seaweed with flaxseed meal and digestive enzymes.
  •     Made with red, green, and brown seaweed that provides vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
  •     Contains flaxseed, an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids to boost the immune system and promote optimal skin and coat health.
  •     Digestive enzymes help pets utilize their food more efficiently and helps pets suffering from chronic digestive upset, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  •     Easy to administer: just sprinkle on top of your pet's meal at each feeding.



Marcus:   The container is open. I can smell it and I want some. 


Cyndi:  I think it tastes great.  Jan sprinkled some over each breakfast dish.  Taylor is the only one with a problem, although she did eat some after Jan smeared some of her breakfast on her paw.  (Taylor's paw, not Jan's.)


Micah:  It smells and tastes much like kelp.  We've all had kelp before. 

Taylor: No, I haven't.  I wasn't too keen on it when Jan sprinkled it on the food, nor was I crazy about it when she sprinkled it on the plates before she divided up our breakfast.  I am getting accustomed to it, though, since Jan started mixing it into the food before she divvies it up.



Percy:  I hope we don't run out of the Solid Gold SeaMeal Supplement for a while.  I think it cheers up breakfast nicely and it's supposed to be good for us, so we're all happy, including Jan.  Unless you count Taylor, but she seems to have acquired a taste for it.

We received the supplement from Chewy to do this review but received no other compensation.  Chewy is not responsible for the content.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Andy and Dougy


Rusty:  No, you're not imagining it.  Neither of those cats are one of us.

Cyndi:  They're Andy and Dougy from Weggieboy's Blog,

Micah:  Can you tell them apart?  We can't.

Taylor:  I can.  We wrote their names on the picture.  

Percy:  Smoke Persians Andy and Dougy has published on Mousebreath. 


Note:  We forgot about the interview when we posted Serious Thinking.

We are beyond sad, because after having fun with product reviews (at least we had fun and we tried to make them fun for you too) and being able to try a variety of new things because of them, as of May 1st, we will no longer be doing Chewy reviews - or any other reviews! 

We want to make it perfectly clear that this decision has nothing to do with Chewy (or any other company we have had contact with).  Sydney and Natalie have been super nice and we will miss them.  

When we do reviews, we have to report the product as income even though we do not receive financial compensation.  We try to be honest and do what is right.  2016 was a good review year for us.  Trying to report it has been a nightmare!  It took a week through a maze of confusion for Federal.  The new Georgia state 5-page plus a 6th to report just one - ONE! - item nearly gave Jan a stroke.  (And before anyone asks why not use the state EZ form, she can't because of her age.)  Never, never, never, never, NEVER again!!!!

Reviews were something we all enjoyed. Jan is very discouraged!  (This is the short version for those of you who asked.)   Have a good Easter weekend.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Serious Thinking


Micah:  Jan says we need to take a break to do some serious thinking.  We're not into thinking seriously, but since this will affect us and our blog, we need to humor her.  If we don't see you the rest of this week, we should be back on Monday.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Positive Difference #Chewy Influencer



Marcus:  Is it time yet?  I've been waiting for days for you to open this bag and let us taste it.

Merci:  You're a fibber.  The bag had just arrived when Jan took this picture.

Marcus:  But Jan took so long to open the bag the food froze.


Buddy:  It arrived frozen, well-packed with dry ice so it stayed frozen.  It's Tylee's turkey recipe human grade whole food. 

Merci:  Here, I'll read you the full ingredient list - Turkey Heart, Deboned Turkey, Turkey Liver, Water (Sufficient For Processing), Cranberries, Zucchini, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Sunflower Seeds, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Oil, Chia Seeds, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Cod Liver Oil Powder, Ground Cinnamon, Dried Kelp, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Rosemary Extract, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate.

Marcus:  Isn't that what we've  had mixed in our food for the last two weeks?  I like it.


Buddy:  I begged for some from the new bag and Jan gave me a sprinkle even though it hasn't thawed out yet.  It's good.

Chewy lists the key benefits as -

    Made with human-grade ingredients just like you’d find at the grocery store—real, whole foods you can see and identify, with nothing sourced from China.
    These recipes are easy to serve—simply defrost and add to your pet’s bowl. Tylee’s can also be used as a topper to make any regular bowl of kibble more enticing.
    Minimally processed ingredients retain all their natural flavors and valuable antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support your dog’s best health.
    Grain-free food for dogs can better suit pups with sensitive tummies or allergies. Plus, there are no fillers like corn, soy, wheat or by-product meals.
    Chia seeds, ground flaxseed and sunflower oil are full of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to nourish your pup’s skin and help his coat stay shiny and full.


Merci:  Well, I had enough sense to wait until dinner when the food is thawed.

Buddy:  We're supposed to tell everyone how we are doing on this food.  We're eating it as a topper mixed in our food, not as full meals, and the only difference Jan can pinpoint at this time is that it has made a positive difference in my stools from the beginning.

Marcus:  Aren't you going to elaborate?

Buddy:  No! "Positive difference" should be enough.

Marcus:  You're not going to post a picture?

Buddy:  There had better not be any pictures of my poop!  


Marcus:  Well, I'm disappointed.  I was looking forward to -

Buddy:  Enough on the subject!

Marcus:  I was just going to say I was looking forward to all of us having a second helping, but if you're going to yell at me, I'll be quiet.

Merci:  That would be a first!  But I'm sure you will have more to say when we do our third and final post on our 30-day trial of Tylee's.


We received the dog food from Chewy.com for an honest review.  Chewy is not responsible for the content.