Hi Pals! Dwayne Baboon is gonna guest post today. I am busy playin’ on my NEW CAT TREE!
Dwayne Baboon here! I had da coolest adventure last weekend! My hooman companions took me to a place called Cape Cod! It’s a bit of land that sticks out into the ocean from southern Massachusetts. It’s pretty cool because it has beaches on both sides! The first place we went was Provincetown, where we walked out onto the this looooong rock breakwater to take a look at that lighthouse in the distance. See it, on the right?
That was late the first evening. Then we grabbed some noms-too tired to remember to take pics of them-and went back to the motel for sleeps. zzzzz
Da next morning my human companions rented BIKES! We rode (well, I hitchhiked in the backpack) out to the nearest beach on the ocean side of the Cape in Eastham: The beach was called Coast Guard Beach and it’s part of the national seashore. I sat and watched humans wading out into the water. It looked cold!
We waded out a little-yep, it was cold water! The water was shallow for a ways out, see? There were some small dunes behind me, too! They looked interesting but you’re not allowed to walk on them because of nesting birds.
Oh yeah-nearly forgot. We found an inchworm (crawling on the lady human!) and had to carry it back to the dunes. But not until I checked it out closely first! I love wildlife!
Then we biked up the coast a little ways to see Nauset Light. It’s cool a working lighthouse. I love the colors. It’s famous, because it’s on the logo on the bags of Cape Cod potato chips. Yummy!
After we biked around a little more we went for lunch at a place called the Friendly Fisherman. I had the lady human take my photo in the little playground behind.
And then we ate! I had fish and chips, yum!
After lunch we biked out to one of the beaches on the bay side of the cape. Tide was coming in and guess what: we saw HORSESHOE CRABS! The lady human says they look like refugees from another planet! Or else from the distant past. LOL!
After that we biked back to the motel and then went to see a drive-in movie! It was cool watchihng a movie from the car!
The next day was the last day. We went to another bay beach at low tide and saw LOTS of critters. Look, a little crab!
The black dots here are SNAILS! Tons and tons of em! And there’s some kind of shellfish off in the distance too. We saw hermit crabs, too!
I had an accident at that beach-I fell out of the lady human’s bag and into the water! oh no! It’s OK, though, I dried out in the car.
Then we drove to a town called Chatham and walked around. There was an art exhibit going on called “Sharks in the Park” with lots of shark shapes decorated by artists.
We went to a beach with a marshy area, and saw lots of birds.
And then we went to one final beach with cool tall dunes. I watched the waves for a while.
I was tired and cold so I rode in the lady humans jacket pocket on the way back to the car.
And then we drove back home. What an adventure!
Hi Pals! Guess wot? Boris Kitty’s ScifiPawty is DIS WEEKEND!! Come pawty wif us and donate and spread da word to help da kittehs of One by One cat rescue! See scifipawty.com and boriskitty.com for more infos!
AND we gots our costooms all ready for da pawty. We goin’ wif a Spaceballs: Da Kittehs! theme. Check it out!
Spaceballs: Da Kittehs! Starring GROMEK as …
Also starring PEANUT as …
Woohoomeow, we just received our BEAUTIFUL new Bissel Total Floors Pet Vacuum that we won at a #blogpawty last year!! Yay!!
It came in the mail in a big box that made a pawsome perch!
I inspected the box thoroughly!
Then I opened it-all by myself!
Dad pulled it out of the box-don’t worry, folks, he was closely supervised!
I helped dad put it together.
Then I inspected it when it was all done. It looks pawsome!
And yes, I let brofur Peanut inspect it too.
Of course, this was my FAVORITE part of it!
Mom likes the vacuum best, though-it’s got loads of tools and they all attach to the vacuum for easy storage. She can’t wait to try it out! Thanks Bissel, Blogpaws and Pet360 for the pawty and prizes!!
One last update on the Bideawee front, pals! Our modkicker donation has been received!! Here are some of the cool colors that they got:
One of the Bideawee shelter staff also sent this photo via Auntie Vet. This is one of the ‘office foster’ cats enjoying a new modkicker! Looks like he’s having fun!
Thank you all again! Don’t forget to support Bideawee!
Hey pals … mom’s been kicking around an idea (yes, pun intended). The Hauspanther Etsy Shop (formerly called ‘Modern Cat’) is doing a promotion right now: If you buy and donate a set of 20 of their small ‘modkicker’ catnip toys, to be shipped directly to your shelter, they will DOUBLE the order and send 40 midkickers instead!!
These toys are great-someone donated a ton of them to mom’s local shelter and she saw a real cutie handsome kitty playing with them. Joey was really nervous but the modkicker got his attention and helped him come out of his shall a bit! Check it out! He is playing with a large size modkicker, I think. Click the photo to read more about Joey, it links to his petfinder page!
Now, here’s the thing: our local shelter seems to already have more of these than they can even use right now (all the cats had one or two, and there were more waiting to be used!) But some of you may remember us talking about Bideawee the fabulous New York City shelter where auntie works, and that was so devastated by flooding following Hurricane Sandy. They have reopened and things are MUCH better there, but you know shelter kitties can always use toys to play with! Bideawee is a very deserving shelter. Their name is a Scottish saying that means ‘Stay a While,’ and they are one of the nations oldest humane organizations, having been founded in 1903! They have shelter locations in Manhattan and Long Island, and regularly rescue animals from the overwhelmed high kill city shelters in New York. They also have great affordable veterinary clinics, pet memorial parks, and lots of education programs and a great training program!
So, mom was wondering whether pals would be willing to chip in a little bit to help us buy this set of modkickers for Bideawee. It would be $80 with shipping-so if people were able to chip in a dollar or two, or even five, we would be there in no time! All we would need is for 15 pals to chip in $5! (And we would be the 16th). If even MORE pals wanted to chip in, that would be awesome, too-we would add some other toys, maybe modshakers or maybe some large modkickers to the order if we have enough extra. If there is anything left over that isn’t enough to add something to our order, we would donate it directly to Bideawee! If we don’t collect enough money for the 20 modkickers (or if they run out before we are finished!), we will use what we have collected to either order something else (perhaps a smaller set of modkickers or modshakers) or donate the money directly to Bideawee-we will decide that based on how much is collected. Because the promotion is ‘while supplies last’ we will be setting a deadline of this Sunday at midnight US Eastern Time-we don’t want them to run out!
If you’re interested in joining in, please:send us your donation via paypal to Gromekcat [at] gmail (dot) com. If you’d like, leave us a comment to let us know you have done so and tell us who you are (in case we don’t recognize your hooman’s name on paypal) and leave your twitter name or other contact info so we can let you all know what we were able to get for Bideawee with your help! We will post another blog post, and do our best to contact everyone who donates so you will be sure to see it!
Thanks so much, pals! The kitties of Bideawee thank you!
Welcome! We are hosting the second night of the Chanukah Blog Crawl 2012! There will be 8 nights of the Chanukah blog crawl this year, each with a different blog host talking about celebrating Chanukah-or as we like to call it-Chanucat! mol! Click here to read more about the blog crawl and get a link to each night’s host!
Tonight, we will be sharing a little bit about the Chanukah menorah. Also called a chanukiah, the Chanukah menorah comes in many designs, shapes and styles. But it always has 9 branches to hold 9 candles. One of those branches is taller than all the others. The candle that is held higher than all of the others is called the shamash. The shamash is the ‘helper’ or ‘servant’ candle. Each night, we light that candle first and use it to light the other candles. The other 8 candles represent each night of Chanukah-and each night of Chanukah represents one day of the Chanukah miracle.
As the traditional story goes, the second Jewish temple had been destroyed and all the jars of oil had been smashed. This oil was important because it was used to light the eternal flame, which was supposed to be lit at all times. When the temple was reclaimed, only a tiny amount of oil remained, which should have burned for only one day. That oil lasted 8 days —- just enough time to create a new supply of oil. Every night, we light a different number of candles —- one candle on the first night (in addition to the shamash), two on the second night, and so on until the eighth night when we light eight candles (or nine, if you include the shamash).
Because all menorahs are so different, they can be very personal and special to each family. Our mom and dad got a beautiful chanukiah for their wedding and we are trying it out for the first time this year! Here we are checking it out, all set up for the second night of Chanukah tonight! Please note that the candles are NOT lit. Mom and dad will move the chanukiah somewhere safe before lighting it so that no stray tails get in the way!
Our wish this Chanukah and holiday season is that every pet would receive consistent proper medical care. That means that we’d all keep up with having our teeth brushed (ick!), getting our regular checkups, and all that fun stuffs - and that all pet families would be able to afford proper medical care, too! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Thank you so much for joining us for the Chanukah Blog Crawl 2012! Please check out tomorrow’s post, hosted by A Tonk’s Tail…er, Tale… and follow along for the rest of the Blog Crawl!