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Birthdays and Goopy Stuff

By Amber

Yesterday was our doggie brother, Jay-Jay’s, birthday. He is now 13 human years old. That makes him the third oldest of our gang…Lisa at 16 1/2 and Thomas T. at 14 are the oldest.

Mommy went shopping and brought back fried chicken. (Jay-Jay’s favorite food is chicken.) She gave him all he wanted. (We didn’t know he could hold that much chicken!)

Jay had a very happy birthday. He ate chicken, played with his toys and slept in the recliner next to Daddy. He was a happy doggie.

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Miss Lisa has learned that she has to eat goopy stuff twice a day.

She is not a happy kitty.

The goopy stuff is a vitamin supplement. Miss Lisa does not like it so Mommy puts it in a kitty feeding syringe and gives it to her the hard way. Once Mommy starts giving it to her she eats it just fine.  I think she is keeping up the “I don’t like it” act way past being reasonable.

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Yesterday Mommy opened a new package of Kitty Spring toys. Angel loves them and will swat, chase, and carry them all over the cottage. By this morning Angel had lost nearly all of them.

Angel’s toys usually end up under the range in the kitchen. Mommy is going to have to get down there and fish them out before we have a shortage. After all, the rest of us like to play with spring toys too.

Purrs ~ Amber

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Basic Dog Treat Recipe

We know this has nothing to do with us kitties, but we do have our doggie brother Jay-Jay, and he needs special things sometimes.

Jay-Jay got really sick from eating dog treats Mommy bought from the store. She decided to make them herself, not buy imports from China anymore. So she found some bone shaped cookie cutters and used the recipe that came with them.  Jay-Jay likes the treats and Mommy knows what’s in them. It’s a win-win for us.

Here is the recipe. The cutter wrapper was tossed, so Mommy doesn’t know who to attribute it too. We don’t mean to infringe, just to pass on helpful information.

Basic Dog Biscuits

  • 3-1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup skim milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast
  • 3-1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth

Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm chicken or meat broth. The richer is broth is, the better your dog will like the biscuits. Let the yeast broth mixture set 10 minutes. Then stir in powdered milk. Stir to dissolve milk powder.

Stir in flour mixture. Roll resulting dough out to 1/4” thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough. Brush biscuits with an egg wash. Baked on greased cookie sheets at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Turn off oven an leave biscuits inside while the oven cools and the biscuits finish hardening. Makes about 60 medium size biscuits.

This was the first time Mommy had tried this. Since Jay-Jay is an older dog, she did not leave them in the oven to harden all the way.

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We kitties just want to know one thing….. when is Mommy going to cook up some kitty treats for us?

Purrs ~ Amber and the gang

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Uh Oh

We haven’t posted since right after Christmas! Its Mommy’s fault. All this work, work, work stuff is making her slack on helping us with our literary endeavors. Oh the shame. Mommy,  think about OUR careers sometime.

We have had our computer time, sort of. We have been on our FaceBook page, hanging out with our friends and keeping up the the goings on in Kitty Land. The FB page was to be an extra bit of fun, not our only fun.

So, what have we been up to? Well….

Most of the time just the usual catty stuff. You know, chasing each other through the house, knocking things off tables and shelves. We’ve deposited a few very nice hairballs in some very creative locations. Just the usual stuff a houseful of kitties do.

Lately Mama Cat and I (Amber) have decided to make medicine time more interesting by hiding from Mommy. I am an under the bed type kitty. Mama hides up high on the counter tops or in the jungle made by all those house plants Mommy keeps. (She has as many houseplants as there are kitties.)

Jay Jay dog is losing more furs due to the Cushing’s Disease. He wears sweaters and little shirts Mommy made him all the time. They keep him warm and he seems to feel better wearing them. Mommy dragged out her knitting needles and started knitting them for him. She hadn’t knitted in years. We like the knitting. All that pretty yarn is so tempting. We think it should be designated as cat toy material, but Mommy says no.

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This sweater is one Mommy’s friend, Linda, gave Jay Jay.

Me, Amber, playing in my box. 

I love playing in boxes when I’m not on FaceBook.

Purrs ~ Amber

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A Cathouse Thanksgiving

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We did, although we didn’t think so at first. You see, Mommy had stayed up after she got home the night before cooking and making things that were put away instead of being eaten. That was confusing.

Everything seemed normal Thanksgiving morning… Mommy and Daddy got up and had coffee and talked. Just like normal. Then Mommy put all the food and goodies she had made into a box and put it in the car. She and Daddy said they would be back later. . . and they LEFT!!! Both of them! At the same time. We were ALONE!!!

Jay Jay Dog started barking and howling and crying for Mommy and Daddy as soon as the car left the yard. The noise was horrendous! He can sure make a lot of noise for a little dog!

We kitties were mad. . . at being left alone with a howling dog and for being left alone in general. Mommy and Daddy just don’t do that. How could they!!!

We were forewarned. . . they had been talking about going to their granddaughter’s house for Thanksgiving dinner for weeks. We, however, didn’t believe they could actually do such a thing.

At first we discussed our revenge. Thomas T. was planning on throwing up just inside the front door; Maggie was going to pee somewhere inappropriate; Precious promised a hairball on the bed. Yes, we had our plan about worked out.

Then we got to thinking about what Thanksgiving is all about and the things we were thankful for.

Precious said she was thankful Mommy had brought her food and water when she was living under the dumpster and then brought her home as soon as she gained her trust.

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Thomas was thankful Mommy and Daddy had taken him in the  winter he showed up, many years ago now, homeless and lost.

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Smudge was thankful Mommy had taken him in this fall and thankful that she is willing and able to feed him all he can eat whenever he wants it.

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Tigger said he was thankful Mommy had made sure he got his surgeries and always takes him to the vet when he shows the smallest sign of being sick.

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Mama Cat was thankful for being taken in and for the love she has received and the medical care. She is glad she gets her medicine every day, not matter how big a fit she throws, cause she feels better when she gets her medicine.

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I, Amber, am thankful Mommy knew what to watch for and got me to the vet when my heart started acting up. Maybe I will get to live a bit longer due to her diligence. I want to, I love being alive.

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Lisa is thankful she has had a home with Mommy and Daddy for over 15 years. She is glad Mommy got her on life-saving meds in time to.

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Mikey is thankful to be here with Mommy and Daddy. They spoil him and he knows it.

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Maggie Mae is also thankful to be here. Her temperamental “watch this!”pee sessions would not be tolerated by many “regular” people.

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Sugar and Spicy are thankful Mommy took time to pick them up where they had been set out on the roadside to starve. They are thankful that they went from almost crossing the Bridge to having a home with us.

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Jay Jay Dog stopped howling long enough to say he was thankful to be here too. His illnesses are being treated and as the only dog, he is “King” of the castle.

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We told him he was spoiled rotten and it was a cottage, not a castle and he wasn’t king. He started barking and howling again. You can’t have a calm discussion with a dog. . . unless you’re a human.

Mommy and Daddy were gone about all day. They got home before dark, all tired from the trip and sleepy from the good food.

They said they were thankful for their human children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and that they got to spend time with them.

Then they told us that they were thankful that we were all here, waiting to greet them when they opened the door.

That made our wait worth every minute.

Purrs ~ Amber and the gang~

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Christmas Shopping

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Mommy and Daddy did some online Christmas shopping for the kitties and me this evening. I sat in Daddy’s lap while they were picking out what to get. I don’t know what they got though, cause Mommy kept the computer turned so I couldn’t see. She was afraid I’d tell the kitties.

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Now, do I look like a doggie that can’t keep a secret?

Well, maybe I would give them hints. . . but I wouldn’t tell.

Then they told me that my favorite UPS man would be here to see me in a few days. Now that’s exciting! He calls me his “little buddy” and brings me doggie treats! He always blows the horn on his truck when he stops, so I’ll know he’s here. He is so cool!

The thing that’s on my mind right now is. . . what did Mommy and Daddy get for me? Maybe if I snuggle up to Daddy and be really really sweet he might give me a hint. Well, its worth a try.

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Woofs and Wags ~ Jay Jay Dog

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Sharing The Sunshine

At this time of year the sun shines through the front door of the cottage. Battles have been fought over the spot of sunshine. But ever so often, they share:

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Thomas T and Jay Jay

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The Day After

By Jay Jay Dog

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We are sad. Our Mommy and Daddy are sad. Mommy is the worst. She says she is “trying to pull herself together” cause she has to go to work today.

Some of the people at Mommy’s work laugh at her because she loves all of us so much.  They can’t understand why one of us being sick upsets her so much. I think humans are cruel sometimes.

My kitty-sister Amy crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. Her heart was enlarged and just gave out. Dr. Kevin did all he could, but he couldn’t save her. There was nothing that could have been done to stop it from happening. It was a problem Amy was born with, Dr. Kevin told Mommy and Daddy.

Mommy cried and cried last night. The kitties got on the bed with her and tried to comfort her. Tigger head-butted her, Amber licked her face, Lisa treaded in her hair on the pillow and purred in her ear. They all got up real close and let her know they love her very much. I had loved on Mommy before we went to bed and tried to show her I understood. I miss Amy too. We all miss her.

We all tried to stay close to Mommy yesterday, and we are this morning too. We want her to be OK so she can take care of us and Daddy.

I’m old enough to have seen this before with Squeekie, Ellie, Sammy, Pretty, and Lucy. I know in a day or so Mommy will be laughing at us and our antics again. When one of us leaves Mommy to cross the Rainbow Bridge it takes her awhile to recover. She loves us that much.

Once we get used to Amy being gone, the cats will elect a new “boss-cat” and I will make sure they remember that I am really the one in charge.

Mommy will update the In Memory Of page on our site in a while. She just can’t right now.

We are planning some mischief to get into in order to take Mommy’s mind off Amy. If any dog and cats on earth can do that – we can.

Woofs and Wags ~ Jay Jay Dog

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