Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pet Blogger Showcase 10/21/2017

Twice a month, Bear and I co-host a Pet Blogger Linky Party along with co-hosts PetFavesHeart Like A Dog, and Felines Opines. If you missed the last Pet Blogger Showcase, you can view it here: Pet Blogger Showcase 10/07/2017. To view all the past weeks of the Showcase that we co-hosted, click the link: Pet Blogger Showcase.

In a tough decision among the co-hosts, we've decided to discontinue the Showcase. This will be the last week to link up to the Showcase. Our next scheduled Showcase (November 4) will only feature our favorite link-ups from this weekend. Just a quick note ... it's been a pleasure and privilege to meet so many new wonderful friends - and read and share your posts each week. Thank you to our readers and those who linked up - you've made this Showcase a wonderful experience for all of us!

In keeping with the tradition of this particular linky party, my favorite link ups from the last Showcase follow. A note on the last Showcase ... Bear and I were ecstatic at how many link ups we had last time!!! Especially with the great showing of felines! THANK YOU to everyone/everycat/everydog who linked up ... the Showcase is made better by each and every friend who joins: you ARE the Showcase!

*** Like Cats and Dogs - Travels with Barley ***

When a pet parent adopts a new furbaby, the hope is that the newbie will fit in and be friends with the incumbent pets. This post shares a beautiful story of the relationship between Rye (newbie dog) and Soth (the incumbent cat)! What better feeling than knowing you've given your furbaby a life-long friend? 

*** 10 Essential Tips For Teething – A Survival Guide For New Puppy Owners - Big Dog Mom ***

This is an amazing article with great advice on how to survive your puppy's teething. I’ve never had a puppy - but Bear Cat is a biter; to making my life less painful, I've tried many different things. My trial and error approach over the years yielded many of the same conclusions - so they work!

Our long time readers know Bear's obsessed with post-it notes; he's come up with countless ways to use them to his advantage. We love this new feature from Chirpy Cats ... what sticky notes would your favorite feline leave for his or her fur-siblings or you on his or her scratching posts and cat trees? 

*** Animal Shelter Volunteer Life ***

Wait! Wait! One more!!! We're counting this as a chosen ORGANIZATION ... though the blog itself is amazing and WELL WORTH your visit. For as long as I cohost, I will praise and raise awareness for PAWS, an incredible rescue in Norwalk, Connecticut that I've come to admire and wholeheartedly support. We LOVE Animal Shelter Volunteer Life because of their upbeat attitude and because they do a phenomenal job of sharing this particular rescue - and the cats available for adoption there. PAWS offers a lot of great programs including a "pension plan" for senior pets up for adoption. We encourage our readers to visit these two blogs, check out the amazing animals up for adoption on PAWS' website, and support rescue efforts at PAWS and locally.


Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase! This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

Meet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

PetFaves- Living the pet lover lifestyle

Heart Like A Dog- The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs

Felines Opines- The world from a feline point of view

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat- The humorous and touching tales of a formerly homeless, yet always extraordinary, feline and his Momma, who's just along for the ride.

About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.

Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

1.    Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below. Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
2.    Spread the Love! Leave a quality comment(more than just a few words) on at least 3 other posts from the linky party. Tell them why you love their post, encourage them, share on social media.
3.    Check back for the next linky party to see if you are featured on one of the hosts’ blogs.

*Note: By adding your post to the linky party you are giving the hosts permission to use an image from your post if your post will be a featured post on their blog to help encourage people to click through to your post. The image may be used individually or as a collage.

ALSO ... please link to a specific post from your blog instead of to your blog's homepage. Since each co-host chooses three posts from the last Party to feature each week - you increase your chances of being chosen by giving us a specific post and not the more general homepage.

That’s it! No need to RSVP. No need to bring a covered dish. No need to add the linky to your post. No need to include a button. Just come join the party and PAWTY ON

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bear finally has enough

BC: Bear Cat
EM: Ellie Mae

MK: Momma Kat

EM: Don't you mean COW-A-BUNGA?!?
BC: You just can't miss a chance to call me fat, can you?
EM: I wasn't calling you fat! Err ... THIS time. Though you OBVIOUSLY are! You're doing the paper running wrong!
BC: Doing it wrong? NO. I think I know what I'm doing! I meant CAT-A-BUNGA. Now, if you'll excuse yourself ...
EM: Why would I excuse myself? I was just trying to ...
{Bear runs through a sheet of packing paper}
EM: What are you doing?
BC: I ran so fast that all you could see was the black racing stripe down my back, right?
EM: Err ... sure.
BC: I thought so.
EM: What are you doing?
BC: You wouldn't understand.
EM: You like to play in paper too?
BC: Phht. I don't PLAY in paper. I'm working.
EM: Last time you claimed you were "working," you pulled down an entire bookcase, passed out after five minutes and snored loudly for the next couple hours.
BC: HEY! That only happened TWICE. Do you mind?
EM: Not really.
BC: I don't want an audience. I'm BUSY here!
EM: Playing in the paper?
EM: Then what are you doing?
BC: You ask too many questions.
EM: People only say that when they don't want to answer the questions.
BC: So what? Momma gets the hint!
EM: What hint?!? If you're playing in the paper, maybe we can play together and it will be more fun!
{Bear rips off several pieces of the paper}

EM: Is that supposed to be a threat?!?!
{Bear rips off a couple more pieces of paper}
EM: Are you teaching the paper a lesson?
{Bear rolls around in the paper}
EM: Are you ignoring me so I'll go away?
EM: Let me play! Let me play!
BC: This is MY paper! Get your own! There are a billion sheets all over this house!
EM: Come on! You can share!
{Ellie pounces on Bear}
BC: {pushing Ellie backward} HEY! I was here first! Get away from my paper!
EM: Daddy! Daddy! Bear's beating me up! Bear's beating me up!
BC: Oh. for crying ... YOU started it! I was just minding my own business, working in my paper.
EM: Working doing what?
BC: I'm really tired of you following me everywhere and bugging me!
EM: I'm not scared of you!
BC: No. You just call your Daddy to save you!
EM: Hey! Are you talking smack about my Daddy?
BC: My Momma could beat up your Daddy!
BC: No.
BC: Or ...
EM: {springing in Bear's direction} Arrrrrrgggg!
{The fight continues for a few minutes}
EM: {laying on the paper} MY paper. That's what I thought.
BC: {as he walks away} That's IT! I've had it. She acts so innocent. And The Boy buys her "Bear's being mean to me" act. At least Momma saw through it rather quickly. A man cat has his stuff ... and while it's not right to sock a lady, that black rapscallion ain't no lady! More like a rabid goat. I swear ... {on and on ...}
{An hour passes ... Ellie leaves the paper and goes back to her bedroom to take a nap ... Bear comes back out and gets an idea as he hears Ellie waking up ...}
BC: {giggling as he watches Ellie walk down the hall and lays in Ellie's new bed} Here she comes ... here she comes ... right on schedule too!!!
EM: {walking down the hall} What should I do next?!?! So many toys ... so little time. The catnip banana ... my favorite kick-stick ... the crinkle balls ... I wish Momma could find my sparkle balls. "I can't find them! I've looked under everything in this house! Tell me where they are, Ellie, and I'll get them out!" Phht. Like I'M the keeper of those sparkle balls. They have minds of their ... {GASP}!!!

{Pause as Ellie surveys Bear in her new bed}
EM: HEY! That's MY bed!

BC: I don't see your name on it!
EM: It smells like me! Close enough! 
BC: This whole house smells like me, but you didn't get the hint, now did you?
EM: EVERYTHING smells like you around here ... my new bed was the ONE thing that was mine!
BC: Phht. The Boy is yours.

EM: That doesn't count because you don't want him anyway! Besides, I need a place to sleep when I can't be in his lap! He works! And sometimes he doesn't feel like snuggling!
BC: Too bad.

EM: I want to lay in my bed!
BC: I heard you trying to decide what to play with as you walked down the hall. You were coming out here to play! You just want the bed now since I'm in it.
EM: SO?!?! You didn't like cheese before I ate it! And you weren't interested in boxes until I was interested in them!

BC: Somehow I DON'T feel sorry for you! Revenge is home to roost, Smelly Ellie! And it's even tastier than tasty whole chickens!
EM: You're MEAN!
BC: Momma told me I had to share ... so do you!
EM: You just want the bed because it's mine!
BC: So? Shall we review all the things you stole from me?!?! Earlier today, you took my paper. Yesterday, you snarfed my good catnip. You steal my Momma ...
{Pause for photographic proof}

BC: You steal my banana ...
{Pause for photographic proof}

BC: You steal MY bed ...
{Pause for photographic proof}

BC: You eat out of my food bowl ...
{Pause for photographic proof}
BC: You TRIED to steal my table ...
{Pause for photographic proof}
BC: You steal my belly rubs!
{Pause for photographic proof}
BC: You steal my cat condo ...
{Pause for photographic proof}
BC: And I've had it!
{Bear and Ellie stand there staring at each other ...}
BC: You're lucky it's my nap time. We'll finish this later!
{Bear walks off down the hall ... a couple hours pass}
MK: {walking into the room} It's WAY too quiet in here for even one cat ...
{Momma looks around and finds Ellie near the pile of goodies Momma brought home from the BlogPaws Conference}
EM: La de da ... Just looking around ... la de da ... do de do ...

{Momma walks around the corner - but peeks back around the corner to find Ellie with her paw in one of Momma's bags}

EM: I ALMOST got it! Just a little further ... ooooooh .... BINGO!

EM: Hahahahahahahahaha. Phht. Momma thinks she can keep me out of stuff if she buries it in the bottom of a bag with another heavy bag on top. That might work with my stupid brother ... but ...

EM: Uh oh.
MK: Wasn't yesterday enough?!?! You chewed through the bag before I even knew you had it!
{Momma reviews the sights from yesterday's nip attack in her head ... notice the different colored bag}

MK: Ellie, you enjoyed the purple bag ... this one should be Bear's.
EM: How about I pay you to look the other way and we'll never mention this again.
MK: {reaching down to grab the bag} Ellie ...
EM: NO! NO! Don't take away my little friend! He UNDERSTANDS me! He LOVES me ...
BC: {walking into the room} What's going on in ... {GASP}! You BIG thief! Why can't you keep your paws off stuff around here?!?! Momma's lucky she got the bag itself out of your paws yesterday - before you consumed it with the rest of the plant. Where the heck did you find this?!?! Momma brought it home from the Conference MONTHS ago and she hid it.

EM: It's not MY fault you're too stupid to ...
BC: Sisters SUCK! There's not one good thing about having a sister!
EM: But don't you like to play with me?
EM: And we work together to beg for treats! Strength in numbers like.
BC: I don't need your help!
EM: Well, THAT'S obvious ... you were fat before I got here.
BC: Yesterday after you took out the nip sample, you ate an entire bowl of kibble. You have no room to talk.

EM: {BURP}!!!
MK: Might be time for an intervention.
BC: I agree! I vote to intervene and get rid of Ellie!
MK: No, I meant for her nip obsession.
BC: Why does SHE get an intervention? I want an intervention! Ellie gets everything! You tell me that I have to share with her but she gets stuff that I don't get!

MK: This isn't a competition, Bear.
BC: Of course it is! We should get everything equal!
MK: Oh, really?
BC: Yeah!
MK: You know your wet food treat you both get every night? I put a little extra on your plate. Would you prefer I make them equal?
BC: Ummm ...

MK: And you like to snuggle with me when I nap - but Ellie just wants to be in the same room as us. Should I not let you snuggle with me to make everything equal?
BC: Erm ... but you give her everything!
EM: No, she doesn't! Remember yesterday when she opened the can of peaches?! I thought it was cat food and so I followed her around ...
BC: You woke me up from my nap! You were LOUDLY complaining for HOURS. I had to come check things out because I thought you might be dying. No luck.

EM: That's not nice! I thought you came to help!
BC: Nah. I came to watch. It sounded painful.
EM: And today, I got only one treat like you.
BC: We were totally screwed! Like one treat is enough to survive on!
MK: You both have a full bowl of kibble EACH.
BC: You brought home a tasty whole chicken! I smelled it!
MK: For The Boy.
BC: So HE'S the problem?!?! HE got my tasty whole chicken?
EM: And he didn't share!!
BC: We've got business to take care of. BYE.
{Bear and Ellie walk out of the room together whispering among themselves}
MK: {to herself} I feel sorry for The Boy. They're nearly impossible when they double-team you! It's worse than the mob! Worse than the worst organized labor! Those two are PROFESSIONALS ... and well organized when they want to be too.
The Boy: {from the other room} HEY! What's this?!?! I'm trying to ... GET OFF MY KEYBOARD! BOTH OF YOU?!?!? Bear! ELLIE! HEY!!! NO! DON'T press that ... 
BC: {from the other room} Good one, Ellie!
MK: And he doesn't see any benefit to a sister.
The Boy: {from the other room} We just HAD to get a second one!!!

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