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27 May 2012

Tux's Outdoor Hamster Adventure

Tux had fun exploring his little play area today.



He enjoyed wandering around and getting lots of exercise. He didn't mind all the noise the neighbors were making while playing in the pool. We didn't think you'd enjoy their squeals, so we added music instead.

19 May 2012

A clean kitchen

Raven on kitchen counter Raven and I have a slightly different opinion about why I cleaned the kitchen. I wanted it to be clean for food preparation purposes. She thought the freshly cleaned counter was a nice spot to take a nap, especially with the little bit of warmth coming from the dishwasher below the counter.

15 May 2012

Raven finally gets to go in the backyard

Raven in the yardFinally, I got to go outside! The last time mom tried taking me outside, the neighbor cat Foxy jumped over the fence and mom had to rush me inside. Foxy played with my dad and stole all my outside time.

But this time it was a quiet, sunny day and Foxy was nowhere to be seen. I got to walk around my yard, sniff everything, and enjoy some sunshine. Mom took a little video of me. The background noise is our neighbor's pool equipment. It's just on the other side of the fence from my log. I think my log should be moved to a quieter location!  It was fun to get outside, but after about 10 minutes I wanted to go back inside. Maybe next time I'll stay out a little longer.

11 May 2012

Saturday PhotoHunt - Scoop

Raven held by dadI love when dad scoops me up and holds me. Sometimes I cuddle up in his arms, other times I flop over his arm like a limp noodle. This time something out the front window caught my eye so I must go investigate.

Smokey on newspaperOur second photo is Smokey "scooping" her dad to the morning paper. It seems every cat has a talent for laying on whatever you're interested in reading. The common explanation for this is that kitty knows you're interested in the paper and they can get your attention if they lay on it. Whatever the reason, Smokey cherished getting tummy rubs from her dad.

Aren't you glad we didn't use the obvious cat house "scoop" photo. But remember, cats love a clean litter box, so scoop frequently!

This week's PhotoHunt Scoop starts here.

04 May 2012

Saturday PhotoHunt - Zap

Raven watching FoxyRemember my photo from a couple weeks ago: Reflect. Some of you commented that our eyes looked like lasers. Well, I wish I really did have laser eyes so I could ZAP that pesky neighbor cat Foxy who always comes to play with my dad in the back yard. I should be the one outside with dad, but no, Foxy comes over and I have to stay inside. It's not fair!

Cats eyes reflecting


This week's PhotoHunt starts here.

03 May 2012

Eddie Bear "Supermoon"

Eddie Bear catWhen there's a full moon I call it an "Eddie Bear Moon" because our cat Ed departed for Spirit World under a full moon. Ed's official Indulged Furries name was Edward Lionheart. He joined our family when I found him sick and abandoned under my car. He had a hard start in life and always tried to be so brave, but was usually afraid of his own shadow. Most days we called him Eddie Bear because he was a big bundle of fur who just wanted to sleep on his momma and be loved, like a living teddy bear. Eddie Bear had a great personality and entertained us with his antics, including the ability to flatten himself and get comfy.

The moon will officially become full Saturday, May 5 at 11:35 p.m. EDT.  Since this month's full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth, it will also be the year's biggest. It will be bigger and brighter than a typical full moon.

Enjoy Saturday's Supermoon. I'll be remembering wonderful memories of my Eddie bear.
Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

01 May 2012

Bella a three-legged llama gets a prosthetic leg

Bella, a llama, was recently fitted with a prosthetic leg. She broke her hind leg stepping in a gopher hole, and after two years of trying to get it to heal, she reinjured it. Her owner and vet decided to ampute the leg and get Bella a prosthesis.

It took three tries to make a leg that worked for Bella. She wears her leg for 6-8 hours each day and is doing very will with it.

It always amazes me how well animals adapt to a "disability". Our cat Sammi thrived after her front leg was amputated. I've seen dogs, a cow, and now a llama with a prosthetic leg. I think it's fantastic that owers are dedicated to the health and welfare of their pets (or farm animals) and we are able to adapt technology designed for humans to our animal companions.

Here's a short video of Bella with her new leg.