Saturday, June 19, 2021

International Box Day & National Garfield the Cat Day!

Happy International Box Day and National Garfield the Cat Day!!!

"International Box day is celebrated every year on the 19 th of June. If you love cats and you have cats this day is for you. The purpose is to spend some time together with your loving pet and have fun. On this day people basically celebrate the magnificent pair of boxes and cats."

 While Cody was pretty much NOT a fan of boxes, Roary has yet to meet a box that he doesn't love!! 

Roary is insatiably curious! 

ANY box that enters this house, he's all over it (or inside it!) 

How about your kitties? Fans of boxes or not? 

Today is also  National Garfield the Cat Day. I was a fan of Garfield looong before I ever had my first cat. I have always had a "thing" for tabbies, and I was (and still am) a huge fan of Garfield's sarcasm.

"National Garfield the Cat Day – He’s witty, he’s sassy, he’s blunt, he’s saucy…he’s, well, Garfield."  Today we celebrate the world’s most opinionated feline!!!

The GARFIELD comic strip was born on June 19, 1978, created by Jim Davis and syndicated in
forty-one U.S. newspapers. Today it’s syndicated in more than 2,100
newspapers worldwide with more than 200 million readers,
leading Guinness World Records to name GARFIELD The Most Widely
Syndicated Comic Strip in the World.

(To me, Garfield was the ORIGINAL "Grumpy Cat" and I have ALWAYS preferred him!).

Courtesy of Penguinrandomhouse

"Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945, in Marion, Indiana. He later attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he
distinguished himself by earning one of the lowest
cumulative grade point averages in the history of the university.  Davis has had many
successes with Garfield, including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program and induction into the Licensing Hall of Fame (1998), but his most prized awards are from his peers in the National Cartoonist Society: Best Humor Strip (1981 and 1985), the Elzie Segar Award (1990), and the coveted Reuben Award (1990) for overall excellence in cartooning.
©Paws. All Rights Reserved."

(The above was from a blog post I did for Penguin Randomhouse on June 19th, 2018 in honor of Garfield's 40th Anniversary)

Hoping you all have a CATABULOUS day !!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Flag Day 2021

  “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.”

- George Washington.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Happy First Birthday to our "Marshmallow Boy" Roary!!!! #ThankfulThursday

 Today is a most special day!!! Today a certain kitty TURNS ONE!! That's right!! Our Roary is one year old today!!!

Roary was born on June 10, 2020. What is strange about when he was born was that Dakota was diagnosed with cancer on June 8, 2020, we found out Cody was going to need biopsy surgery on June 9, 2020 and then Roary was born June 10, 2020. (I would say that SOMEONE had a plan, didn't they?) We are most grateful for that!

Roary is a Gemini: "The Gemini cat is all about intelligence, speed, Mercurial moods and curiosity. Gemini cats are charming and kittenish well into old age but don’t expect them to be loyal lap cats. They will be affectionate if and only when it suits them"

Roary DEFINITELY keeps us on our toes. He is probably the most inquisitive, mischievous and the most daring cat of ANY who have come before him.

I call him my "Marshmallow Boy" because his white fur tinged with some gray reminds me of how a marshmallow looks after it's toasted. Roary is so cuddly and the white fur he has is so snowy white, that he always looks completely edible to me. 

Timmy Tomcat and his family
sent this card to Roary
It is special to us because Timmy
was one of Cody's favorite friends
We send purrs to Timmy and his Dad
because Timmy isn't well right now
Please visit his blog and say hi!
Tomcat Commentary by Tim

I think the most fun way for us to celebrate Roary's birthday is for me to share some of my favorite photos from his first year, and of course, just like Timmy I will add commentary! (I apologize in advance that I didn't get a chance to properly edit any of these photos, nor are they in chronological order). Hope you enjoy them anyway!

Roary and Levi are establishing their relationship
Every day there are changes!

Roary is FAR MORE aggressive than Cody ever was
If Levi gets to be too much
(which is OFTEN)
Roary is totally capable of putting him in his place!

It was so much fun when Roary discovered birds this year!
He was captivated with looking out the window at them!
I love when he stands tall like a human!

Roary is a HUGE FAN of water!
He is constantly in the sink and bathtub
He has been like this since the day he joined our family
I often find toys of his in the bathtub that he carries in.
I love that Roary transports toys in his mouth to different rooms
That is something Cody never did.

A few months ago Roary met our eldest Granddaughter for the first time
The feelings of love were mutual!
My granddaughter thinks all cats are called "Mimi"
because she has a cat named "Mimi"
If she sees two cats she will say "Two Mimis!!"

Roary wants to be laundered

Trying to keep the giant Sheltie in line

Brother time on the couch

Supervising Levi sleeping

Keeping Levi in line yet again!!

Pesky younger brother!

This makes me smile
Cody and Dakota frequently sat together like this
Hoping Roary and Levi  grow up to be just as close!

Brother couch time

"No chance am I letting you out pal!!"

Roary is a huge fan of QVC
He particularly likes Lock N Lock

Roary also enjoys waiting for
"Today's Special Value" on QVC

Jumping on Daddy while he is showering
is particularly fun
Roary LOVES scaling all things high!

In the sink when he was a baby

I also call him "Rat Nose"
because of his pink nose!

When Roary first joined our family
he loved this toy so much he always slept with it close by.

The "Neighborhood Watch Cat"

Those are just a few of MANY fabulous photos of Roary. Roary is incredibly brave, super tough, insatiably curious, he has to know how EVERYTHING works! He opens cupboards (Cody never did), opens doors, he is obsessed with all things mechanical. The dishwasher is a particular obsession.

Roary was sooo active when he was a kitten, we thought we would never adjust to his wild ways! Now, he is much more calm. He has turned into a lap cat, he is super loving. He loves to be extra close to our faces, loves to be cuddled. 

Roary puts up with A LOT in reference to Levi. I often don't know how he puts up with him!

Our little "Marshmallow Boy" has brought my husband and I much joy from the day he joined our family. He makes us laugh, he makes me yell (with his daredevil, troublemaking ways), but I wouldn't trade him for the world!

I am looking forward to seeing the mancat he will become!! 

Happy Happy First Birthday Roary!!! Daddy, Levi and I love you sooooo much!! PS: Roary's presents will be arriving later in the week. I got him a new Petfusion scratcher (Roary LOVES scratchers!), a new PTU for the Vet (lucky Roary lol), and some new blankets to go in it. Hoping he likes his gifts!

Love you "Roary Boy!!!" We are so thankful to have you in our lives!

We are also thankful to be a part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop over at Brian's Home!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Day That Would Signify The Beginning Of The End #WorldPetMemorialDay #NationalBestFriendsDay

 Hi friends, yep, it's me, after over a month of not having blogged, I thought it was appropriate that I return on World Pet Memorial Day, (a day that falls on the second Tuesday in June and is a day to honor all pets who are no longer with us),  and National Best Friends Day which fall on June 8 this year. June 8th is significant to me because that day marked the beginning of the end. 

This beautiful candle was gifted to me by Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat
It was made by Bernadette E. Kazmarski of The Creative Cat

It was on June 8th, 2020 that  our beloved Dakota was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, the most common form of heart tumor found in dogs, though they say it is "rare overall", another dear dog in our family who lived in Denver, passed of the same disease shortly before Dakota did.  Dakota left us one month and one day after he was diagnosed.

June 9th, 2020 was the day that we found out that Cody would have to have a biopsy of his intestines, (to try and find out why he was losing so much weight), his surgery was June 25th, 2020, he left us on June 30th 2020 after a freak hemorraging incident. (After he passed we found out he had IBD and NOT lymphoma which made his passing even tougher to cope with.) Today I am remembering my precious boys.

Blogging has been hard for me since the boys left. This blog was created for Cody back in 2009 as a tribute to cats everywhere. Cody was the heart of this blog. He was two years old when the blog began and it was easy for me to have him "speak" because I was so tuned in to his personality.

Dakota's blog began in 2011, I ended it when he passed. There was no need to keep it going.

My boys were probably not that unique or special to many, but they were unique and special to Lenny and I. They shared a bond for 13 years, I am still certain that even though we knew Dakota's time with us was limited, his passing was expedited when Cody left. He passed a mere nine days after Cody left us.

Another cherished gift
from Monika from Tails Around The Ranch

Prior to Cody's passing, Dakota  wandered aimlessly through our condo. He would gaze sadly down the hall, looking for his friend who used to taunt him from the other side of the baby gate, but there was no Cody. He would wander through the living room, he would sniff, look up at Cody's cherished cat tree, and in all of the places that Cody loved to hide, but there was no Cody.  Dakota grew increasingly listless and eventually refused to eat. Dakota was one of the most sensitive dogs I have ever known.

 He was tuned in to me and my moods the way my Angel Bobo was (who we also remember today, he was my first "heart" cat), Cody was DEFINITELY my "heart" cat as well.

Dakota had never experienced life without Cody since he moved in with us. When Dakota joined our family, Cody was already here, he had been with us 3 months before Dakota joined our family.  They seemed to bond almost instantly. Cody let him know right away who was the boss and from that first day, Dakota deferred to Cody. Cody RULED Dakota as well as Lenny and I!!

Cody was the one who knew the precise time that EVERY meal (and snack) should take place! He would wake all of us up early in the morning and he was all over dinnertime!

 When anyone would visit our home it was Cody who would be the first to greet them while Dakota would stand behind Cody as if he wanted HIM to protect him.

I never realized how placid Cody was until Roary came to live with us. Cody took much in stride. From the day I adopted him he was a "cuddle bug", he would sit next to me on the armrest of the couch, every single night without fail. 

Blogging about both Cody and Dakota was easy. While they didn't do extraordinary things, they were extraordinary to both Lenny and I. 

The Vet appreciated Dakota (and probably appreciates him even more now that rowdy Levi is on the scene), because he was beyond stoic. He didn't love being at the Vet, but he didn't show it. He would patiently wait his turn to be seen and allowed them to do whatever they needed to. Cody was the same.

If anyone would have told me I would have lost both of my boys in such close proximity, I never would have believed it. There isn't a day that goes by that they aren't mentioned by Lenny or myself, there isn't a day they aren't thought of, there isn't a day that they aren't missed.

It's all still raw. While we adore Roary and Levi, it is MUCH harder for me to blog about them. Roary is almost a year old and Levi is almost 9 months old, but their personalities haven't yet "spoken" to me. Yes, I am completely bonded with them, but blogging about them is more difficult, it doesn't come easily to me as it did with Cody and Dakota. I am hopeful that once these "firsts" have passed, that maybe I will "feel" blogging the way that I used to. Or maybe I won't.

My boys may have left this physical world but they haven't left my heart or my thoughts and they never will. My Angel Bobo who lived to the ripe old age of 18 gave them HUGE PAWS to fill and both Cody and Dakota lived up to that challenge and then some.

I know this post was rather long, I thank you for reading if you made it through, and I thank you for helping me honor  my boys on World Pet Memorial Day and National Best Friends Day. 

If you are remembering beloved pets of your own, I send you love and virtual hugs, and for those of you who are blessed as I am to have new and wonderful pets in your life, cherish each and every day, it all goes by so fast.

To Cody, Dakota and Bobo, I haven't enough words to THANK YOU for all the love and joy you brought to me. Cody and Dakota, because it's all still a blur, Mama misses you with all of her heart and once again is crying while typing, never forget that Mama loves you. There will never, ever be two like you both again.......I LOVE YOU!!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Pet Adoption Rocks! #NationalAdoptAShelterPetDay


The above photo is Roary!!!!! That tiny face is the face that I fell in love with when he came to me via email from Petfinder alerts I had sent to me to see if I was ready to adopt again. There were TONS of cats/kittens who were emailed to me, none particularly interested me (other than two we met a week before Roary that were closely bonded. We didn't want to separate them because we couldn't adopt them both). Then...along came "Felix", now known as Roary. Who could resist that face????

We hit the kitten lottery big time! There were TONS of applications for "Felix", now known as Roary, and thankfully we were first on the list to go and visit him. (I had previously sent Lenny over to PetSmart the Saturday before we adopted him,  I wanted  Lenny to visit him first to see if he was friendly.) Obviously, he worked his charm with Lenny, because that Monday both of us went to PetSmart to interact with him in person and were instantly smitten. We were beyond grateful that we were approved to adopt him!!

Both Cody and Roary were adoptions, our Bobo was found as a stray. Cody was adopted from Petco and Roary from Petsmart. We couldn't be more blessed!!


FROM HOLIDAYS CALENDAR:"Every single year, over 6.5 million companion animals end up in animal shelters in the U.S. Of those 6.5 million pets, 1.5 million are euthanized and only 3.2 million are adopted. To raise attention to these stark numbers, National Adopt A Shelter Pet was created. This is a day that’s observed on April 30th every year and helps to bring attention to the needless suffering of animals in shelters and encourages people to make their next pet a shelter pet because so many need a forever home." 

  • Over 6.5 million animals enter U.S shelters each year.
  • Of animals entering shelters, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. 
  • Every year, over 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized.
  • Of the animals euthanized, 670,000 are dogs and 860,000 are cats.
  • Approximately 3+ million shelter animals are adopted every year.
  • Over 700,000+ animals who enter the shelter system as strays are returned to their owners.
  • Of returned strays, approximately 620,000 are dogs and 90,000 are cats.

I am so happy that when I thought I wasn't ready to adopt another cat, that I listened to my gut. I KNEW the second I saw Roary on Petfinder that he was the one for us!!

Roary is now 10 months old. He has matured into a MAJOR lap cat and puts up with so much from his annoying Sheltie brother. He is a toughie and doesn't take any you-know-what from him! Roary Rocks!!! 

Can't or not ready to adopt right now? No worries! You can always donate items, time, money and/or food to your local animal shelter. It will be most appreciated!!

From Roary and I, to all of YOU, Happy National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day!!!!