Animals, Doing Things Differently, Food, Hmm..., Pets, Philip

Adventures in Eating

When I was at Copper Creek Mercantile the other day buying cat food, Jen told me that they had something new. When she showed it to me I knew I had to get a can for Philip to try.

Can you imagine?

Here is what the food looks like:

Pretty normal looking pâté-style cat food.

Now, I don’t know if Philip’s mama kitty ever brought him a mouse to eat when they were still living outside, but Philip didn’t want this. He would barely even get near it. He jumped down and went away until I got out some of his regular, non-pâté food. He likes his food to have chunks, like real chicken or fish, and he has never been a fan of the pâté style. There really isn’t any way of knowing whether he rejected it because of the mouse, other ingredients, or the style of the food, but Philip says no, thank you.

Animals, Pets

The (House) Lion and the Lamb

This is Philip:

Philip

This is Lamby, Philip’s favorite toy:

Lamby

This is Baby Philip biting on Lamby, instead of his Mama’s arms.

Baby Philip and Lamby

This is current Philip biting on Lamby instead of Daddy’s arms.

Philip and Lamby

Philip enjoys biting Lamby and doing bunny-kicks. Lamby keeps our arms free from bites and scratches. Lamby is a good sport!

Animals, Food, Fun, Life

State Fair

Today Marnie and I went to the opening day of the Oregon State Fair. I enjoy the Fair but The Hubs isn’t all that interested, so I asked Marnie to go with me.

Fair selfie in the Forestry Service area

The last few times I’ve been to the Fair we’ve gone toward the end of its run of 11 days, and this time I really wanted to go at the beginning when everything is fresh. I think we might have been too early though, because it looked like some of the animals hadn’t arrived yet.

We entered through the blue gate where the livestock barns are (after accidentally pulling into the handicapped parking and having to exit over a curb) and went to see the animals. We were looking especially for alpacas. There were many kinds of sheep, cows, and a couple of Belgian horses. I didn’t get any photos of regular cows, but here are sheep and one of the big horses:

Katahdin Hair Sheep
Have you ever heard of this kind of sheep? They have hair instead of wool, and they shed instead of being sheared.
Kids showing sheep.
Belgian Horse. His name is Maverick.

We saw these Longhorns in a pen in a different part of the Fair. Every time we went to take a photo they would turn away, ha. I finally got this one:

Look at those horns!

But could only get the back end of this one:

We should have asked the people to learn more about them, but we spent too much time trying to photograph them!

We watched a little bit of a horse showing — we missed the announcement but it looked like the horse was being judged on how well it was trained. In the livestock pavilion we saw this pony and a couple of others. This one also didn’t want her photo taken:

No photos, please.
We appreciate the sign, although we aren’t in the habit of feeding our fingers to horses.

The horse event barn.
Horses and people getting ready to show at a different barn.

Here are some other critters we saw (the bunnies came on a different day, and there were no chickens in the poultry barn either):

American Roller pigeon.
Western painted turtle, native to Oregon. There were other turtles who are not native and illegal to have.
Chinook salmon

Me pretending to be a Western Pond Turtle. You can see my arm trying to hold myself up, it was a very low turtle.

This was a fun thing, I’m always fascinated by how Slinkies go down stairs:

Ohmigosh, but my FACE! I have like 15 chins! I was concentrating on getting an action photo of the Slinky, but Marnie got a better photo of it going down the stairs and the letters on the stairs.

We toured some very nice RVs:

This one had massage chairs!

Then we went into the Creative Living building and saw a lot of fun exhibits:

My favorite exhibit of the Fair, someone’s Nancy Drew collection!
I had never seen a Nancy Drew book with this style of cover.
A collection of juicers.
I have one of these “plaid” juicers, but mine is just clear, not green or pink.
Cakes
Decorated Cakes — this one was my favorite. It won the Judge’s Choice ribbon.
Some of the table settings had a Route 66 theme. This one was my fave.
A pretty princess dress. How fun would this be to make?
State Flowers quilt.
Felted wool picture using an old window for a frame.

There were wood carvers, spinners/weavers, and authors showing off their work. One of the authors was William Sullivan, who has written many books about hiking in Oregon. I resisted the urge to tell him that his hike ratings are inaccurate!

Cute bear made out of wood.

We walked through the vendor building and the outside vendors, but didn’t see anything to buy that we couldn’t live without. We got hungry and decided to get some lunch, and corn dogs were on the menu. I won’t say how much the food cost because it was a painful amount.

We also got garlic fries.

A show was starting just as we finished lunch, so we went over to see what it was all about. The “Nerveless Nocks” do a daredevil show. They don’t use any safety devices so had to do a disclaimer by telling the kids in the audience to “not try this at home”. Here is Michaelangelo Nock balancing on four chairs.

He makes it look easy, but he also had to climb up there.

Here is Angelina Nock and her aerial act:

Here is Angelina standing in the metal ball while a young Venezuelan man rides a motorcycle around and around. It was hard to get a good photo of this.

She did flinch once.

Someday I will try one of these deep-fried delicacies. They actually have deep-fried Kool-Aid. That flummoxed us! I got a jumbo bag of cotton candy and we chomped on some of that as we walked. I brought the rest home and was going to take a photo of it, but I forgot and eated it all up instead.

I’m squinting because the sun was in my eyes and I forgot my sunglasses in the car.

And then there’s always this food booth:

Mmmm…tentaclessss…

As we were heading back to the car we saw an alpaca go by near the livestock barns, and hurried after it. We missed when it went in though, and never did find the alpacas. We did, however, find llamas.

They all had their own rugs.

And I will leave you with this:

Lovely Llama.
Animals, Family, Guest Post, Pets

Meow There!

Philip

Meow there! Welcome to my blogger!! I am Philip. Mama said I could blogger today, so here I am. I am a big kitty now and I weigh 13 weight-thingies , but I used to be a little baby so Mama and Daddy still call me their little baby. Here is a picsher of me when I was a little baby, after Daddy rescueded me from the outdoors place. Before Daddy rescueded me I was living under one of his trucks where my Mama Kitty had put me, but I wasn’t having safety. Daddy put out a thing with some delishus noms in it and I came in to eat the noms and then I couldn’t go out again! Then Daddy brought me in the house place and I am now what is called a house cat! I am very speshul to Daddy espeshully because he rescueded me himself!

Me after I came to live in the house place.

Here are some picshers of me when I was a tiny baby living in the outdoors place.

Me when I was in the outdoors place, eating crunchers.
Me eating crunchers with my Mama Kitty. Isn’t she a bootiful lady?

My Mama Kitty took good care of me and she did her best to keep me safe, but she didn’t have a house to live in or a Mama and Daddy to take care of her. My Mama and Daddy gave her crunchers to eat every day and drinks in the drinks bowl.

But guess what happened? My Mama Kitty had FIVE more little babies in Daddy’s shed! He found them and brought them in the house, but he wouldn’t let me see them because he thought I might try to play with them and I probly would have, and they were just tiny little tiny babies. Then Daddy put out some delishus noms and my Mama Kitty went in to eat them and couldn’t get out! So Mama and Daddy brought her in the house place with her tiny little tiny babies so she could take care of them. Soon Mama took my Mama Kitty and my tiny little tiny sibleengs to a place called Salem Friends of Felines. The nice ladies there took my Mama Kitty and the tiny little tiny babies to what is called a pawster home, where they got to live in a house place just like I do! Then the nice ladies found good house places for my Mama Kitty and all the tiny little babies so they could be house cats too! I was so glad when Mama told me that they were all being loved and cared for just like my Mama and Daddy care for me!

Here are more photos of me being a happy house cat:

Me when I was little playing with my Lamby. I still like to play with Lamby and he is a good sport!
Me in my speshul catio Daddy made.
Me on Mama’s desker.
Me enjoying pets from Daddy!

I hope you liked my blogger!

~Philip

Animals, Guest Post, Pets, Tuffy

Hi, I’m Tuffy — Guest Blog Post

Tuffy at Home

Hi, I’m Tuffy, and I am a big senior cat, age 12.   I asked Mama if I could do a guest post on her blog to practice for my own blog and she said yes, I could.  I am not so great at the spelling and stuff so she is helping me. 

I will tell you some things about me.  These are some things I like:

My family, especially Mama.
Wet foods, fish flavor.
Crunchy foods, fish flavor.
Snackers, fish flavor and actual fishies.  Mama says the fishies are “freeze-dried minnows”.
My special water drinking fountain.
Being in my comfortable and safe home.
Napping in various places.
Rubs from Dad.
Pets from my family.
Laptime with Mama.
My catio.
Helping Mama in her office.
Scratching on my big carpet roll.
Playing with my birdie, mousie, and springie thingie.
Napping some more.
More laptime.
Sunbeams.
Doing zoomies after I potty, MOL!

Here are some things I don’t like:

Philip, our kitten. He is too wiggly and he jumps out at me a lot.
New people.
A human hand approaching me from the front of my face.
Wet foods, beef flavor.
Fleas.
When Mama is gone.
When my claws are too long.
Going to the doctor.
Itchy ears.

To learn more about me, head on over to my blog www.tuffyshome.wordpress.com !


Animals, Pets

Which Pet Is Best?

(From an essay I wrote for my English 101 class in college last week.)

Bears are some of the most adorable creatures in the animal kingdom. They are roly-poly, have cute faces, and look terribly cuddly. For these reasons they should make wonderful pets. In my opinion, however, cats make much better pets than bears. In this writing, we will examine the topics of each pet’s size, cost, and temperament.

First, cats are smaller and more portable. A cat can, in theory, be picked up and moved to wherever you want it to be. In order to move a bear, you might actually have to hire a team of movers, (or have donuts). In this same vein, a cat can fit on your lap for snuggles. A nice large bear could weigh a thousand pounds and would therefore not fit on a regulation-sized human lap, much as it might want to. A bear this size would likely squash your sofa, so sitting together watching television would not be very feasible. A cat-sized pet just works much better in your living room.

When you have a cat in the house he will easily find a place to sit or sleep, and will take short little naps throughout the day with bursts of speed or eating in between. Your bear would find it hard to get comfortable in most rooms of the house because of his size. You might have to remove your favorite coffee table to make space for him when you watch movies. He would undoubtedly insist on hibernating all winter long and would need his own room so he wouldn’t be woken by the washing machine or the coffeemaker. A new bear parent would likely fail to budget for an extra room for their pet, to say nothing of the amount of extra food the bear would want when he wakes up from his long winter’s nap.

As far as food goes, cats do not eat very much. One can of cat food plus three-quarters of a cup of crunchy food per day is enough for most cats, with a freeze-dried minnow or two at snacktime. Our large bear friend could eat up to 90 pounds of food per day just before hibernating, and that would need to be fresh-caught wild salmon at between fourteen and seventeen dollars per pound. This might be cost-prohibitive for most ordinary pet owners. The bear would also be very interested in all of your food and treats, especially donuts. While your cat might taste your donut, he wouldn’t really care much about it. Your bear would eat your donut off your plate and demand the other eleven donuts. It would be very hard to keep donuts in the house if your pet was a bear.

A bear is a wild animal, and is therefore unpredictable. While you might argue that domestic cats can also be unpredictable, the damage that could be done by a capricious cat is not the same as what could be done by a bear who, say, suddenly decides he doesn’t like the movie you’re watching and tries to eat your new T.V.  While your cat might get testy for no reason and scratch or bite you, a little soap, water, and Neosporin will usually take care of the problem. You would have to be much more careful not to annoy your bear, because a scratch or bite from him would undoubtedly cause more extensive damage. An E.R. trip might be in order, with the added expense of an ambulance ride, and nobody wants that.

In conclusion, while bears are delightful animals (and could actually guard your house, which cats mostly refuse to do), I think most will agree that cats score higher on the list of pet pros than bears do. Cats eat less, take up less space, and while just as easily annoyed as bears, do not have the capacity to cause as much pandemonium. And since there are so many more cats than bears available, you can literally always find one (or more) to invite into your home. Your kitty will reward you with cuddles and purrs, as well as playtime and laptime – and there are not many things better than those!