Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Sweetie

"Oh, hi! My name is Sweetie, but you can call me Sassy Pants! Or maybe Sweet Tart?

No, I'm not in the middle of an identity crisis at the tender age of four. I've just acquired a few nicknames around here because of my sweet and sassy attitude!"



"Are you looking for a kitty like me? I'm at Pet Project looking for a new family because the family I was with moved out of the country. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm an experienced pet-and a wonderful one, too, if I do say so myself. So I'm all set to make your family complete!

I'm got lots of energy! I love to play and explore and just generally stay busy. I'm curious about everything and want to be in the center of the action. (Confession time: if there isn't any action to be found, I've been known to create a little on my own! )

I'm also known for being friendly to everybody. Well, okay, everybody except birds. I even lived with children before and I really liked them because they were so nice to me! I have to admit that I've been known to hunt a bird or two in my day, though, so it would be better for me to stay inside, or go outside only with your supervision. Um, they say it's probably best if you don't already have a pet bird, too .... 

I'm what they call a tree dweller. I like to sleep up high, so it'd be great if you had a tall cat tree or shelf that I could hang out on. Even better if it was near a window so I could keep an eye on all those birds outdoors!

I hope you'll come out to Kansas City Pet Project and meet me soon. I'm so anxious to start being someone's pet once again!

Love, Sweetie"

Sweetie's one of the longest-tenured kitties at KC Pet Project. Let's get her adopted! You can meet her at the Main Campus of KC Pet Project.


https://kcpetproject.org/adopt/animal-details/?aid=23664396&cid=11&tid=Cat



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Brother's Day


Brothers.


Through thick and thin.


Baff time and headbonks.


Naps and wand toys.


Bonito flakes and --


Wait.
It's every paw for itself when bonito flakes are around.
Otherwise, we're good.


Happy Brother's Day!
 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: It Could Be Worse ...





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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Dead, Jim.

Faraday: Uh, Maxie?
I think it'd dead.


Maxwell: What's dead? Your snake?


Faraday: Yeah,  Mister Snakey's dead. I mean, look, Maxie. He's not moving and stuffs.


Maxwell: Are you sure about tha-- LOOK OUT!


Faraday: HALP! It's AFTER me!


(moments later, after the keyboard has been wrestled away from the mom)

Faraday: You'll pay for that, Mommy. I'm not afraid of no snake.

SERIOUSLIES.


PROOF: Exhibit A. (uh, and B, and C, and ...)
Me, the vishus snake-killer.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

WIDE LOAD.


Maxwell: *hides head in paw*

Tell me you did not say that to her, dood.
Have you no sense of self-preservation?
Evidently not.

Is that steam we see coming out Allie's ears?
Is that steam we see coming out Allie's ears?
Any takers on what's
about to happen in 3...2... ?


And on Endangered Species Day, no less.
(who knew Faraday would end up on that list?)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Joseph

"Well, helloooooo, ladies."


"My name is Joseph, and I'm a three year old orange moggie just hanging out, looking for a family to love.

I’m an independent kind of guy, maybe a little shy at first. But just you wait! My feline-ality is Party Animal. So once I warm up to my new surroundings, I’m the life of the party.

I'll be out and about to explore and play, and wowza, do I ever love to play! Let you in on a little secret? I looooove wand toys. A LOT."

(I hear Faraday's got the goods on where to score the best ones, too. So if you have any questions, the fine mancats here as A Tonk's Tale can clue us in. Sound like a plan?) 


"As far as preferences are concerned, I'd do best in a home that has children over the age of 12 who can give me some space when I need it. Other than that, I'm just easy-peasey lemon-squeezy, all the way.

Could I be the kitty for you?
Come down to Wayside and ask to meet me!

Purrs and headbonks,
Joseph"

Joseph's available at Allie's Alma Mater, Wayside Waifs.


http://www.waysidewaifs.org/



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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whiskers on Wednesday

dramatis personæ: Alexandria. Feline. Fashionista.



Showing Faraday how it's done.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Overheard at Hallmark





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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, May 15, 2017

Not a Fashion Accessory?

Faraday: Maxie, did you hear Allie say it was fashionable to wear lampshades this season? 


I dunno, I mean, I'm smaller than you. This shade's too big for my head. Maybe you should try it.


Maxwell: Dood. You expect me to fall for that again
Fool me once, and all that. I learned my lesson a few years ago.


Faraday: What? You don't wanna be all fashionable and stuffs for the ladycats?
Hey, where are you going in such a hurry ...?


Hmm, guess he's not as gullible as he used to be ....


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We were pleased to learn that the blog Best for the Kids included us in their list of recommended cat blogs for parents with kids who love animals.

Thank you so much for reaching out to us!



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

This Just In: Philanthropy for Pets at Conference

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

"Pawing it forward," matters, as attendees of the upcoming BlogPaws Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will soon discover.

Myrtle Beach at sunset, photo by Greg Kintz via Creative Commons 2.0

With 500 pet influencers and social media experts embarking on the 9th Annual BlogPaws Conference taking place May 18-20, 2017 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the spotlight shines on giving.


BlogPaws expands and affirms its commitment to philanthropic platforms benefiting the human/animal bond as it welcomes multiple pet industry brands and players to this year's conference. From Bayer's PAWS Act initiative dedicated to supporting and rescuing pet parents and pets who are victims of domestic violence to Merrick Pet Care's ongoing initiative in support of K9 For Warriors through its Hero's Banquet food line, there will be several surprises and an enormous outflow of social media, love and money to support these and other cause-related efforts.


"Every year, we try to expand our heartfelt commitment to the human/animal bond. We are extremely fortunate to be working with a wide array of brands in the pet industry that have created extensive programs to reinforce their own dedication," Chloe DiVita, Chief of Everything, for BlogPaws said. "This year's conference promises to be truly inspiring."

Highlights of the philanthropic giving segments of the conference include:
  • Bayer Animal Health and their PAWS Act initiative dedicated to keeping families together and aiding and assisting domestic violence survivors and their pets.
  • Merrick Pet Care joins up with Bleecker Street and LD Entertainment to present a premiere peek at the featurette from the film, "Megan Leavey," the true story of an Iraqi war-based Marine corporal and her K9 Warrior dog. The film exemplifies the power of the human/animal bond.
  • The Cat Rescuers share the story of four volunteers working in Brooklyn to help over one million abandoned and feral cats by implementing a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) technique.
  • Local Myrtle Beach Police K9 Officer, Daisy, will receive a bullet/stab protective vest to protect her from harm in the line of duty.
  • Pet360 Media, the BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Nose-to-Nose awards sponsor, will donate $500 cash to each of the 14 winners' animal shelter/rescue choices. 


The BlogPaws 2017 Conference is capped at approximately 500 attendees, thus providing for a more intimate experience. The conference culminates with the much anticipated, pet blogger awards, "Nose to Nose," a Red Carpet event judged by a distinguished panel of professionals.

Attendees of the BlogPaws Conference will learn how to be the change for pets through action, education, advocacy, social media influence, and blogger intervention. Further initiatives and surprises will convene on site with the human-animal bond/pay-it-forward mantra at their core."

 SOURCE: BlogPaws

Friday, May 12, 2017

Allie's Fashion Faux Paws

Allie: The Fashionable Feline selects her accessories with care. 


Feathers must be of the finest quality, never secondhand.


Color and design are critical.



And, of course, always placed at the proper angle for maximum effect.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Leetha

"Hello! My name is Leetha, and I'm a tiny, longhaired tuxedo cat who looooves attention!
(psst: I've been known to let people know if I'm being overlooked, too)

I do have a confession: even though it might be a bit undignified, I do love me some belly-rubbing action.

Bird TV is my fave pastime. What's yours?
 

"I've been waiting for my humans for a very long time. In fact, I'm one of the longest residents here at KC Pet Project. I fear it might be because I have a minor kidney problem that requires I eat a special diet.

I hope that doesn't scare people off! It's not that big a deal, honest!

Although I'm 14, I still have a lot of love to give, and many years left to give them in. I would love to spend them with you - won't you come meet me?

Purrs,
Leetha"

Leetha's available at the Main Campus of KC Pet Project. Come meet her today!


https://kcpetproject.org/adopt/animal-details/?aid=33868130&cid=11&tid=Cat






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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Whiskers on Wednesday

Faraday: Allie's not the only one around here with whiskers, you know.






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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Cat Advice



Hmm. Mother's Day advice from cat moms?
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Toon Tuesdays feature animal (and sometimes human) humor created by the peeps over at Shoebox Greetings (Hallmark approved. Sorta.) - where our mom works, too!




Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday's Futile Endeavor







How did your week begin?
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Picture Me This Photohunt

Created for friends, fellow bloggers and anyone who enjoys a creative challenge, Picture Me This is a weekly idea-starter for social media posts. Any platform, anywhere.

No following, no submitting required. And certainly no pressure!

We're just filling a void made when last year's Photohunt host went on hiatus.

This Week's Theme:




Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you.

If you tag us as well (@tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook) we'll be sure to like and share your entry.

Enjoy!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Revenge of the Fifth?

Maxwell: Oh dear, yesterday was Star Wars Day, wasn't it ....


Faraday: Like you could forget this indignity, Maxie? Really?


Maxwell: *shell-shocked look* I ... I think I need a nap ...


Faraday: Forget naps, Maxie. This CAT-CAT's going to go find a shoe to pee in.




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Harriet: would you adopt this specially-abled cat?

Many of you have heard us mention our "Aunt Jen." She's the one who cares for us when the humans are out of town. She's also an amazing Cat Whisperer, former English teacher and Manager of Feline Care & Behavior at KC Pet Project.

Jen just launched her own blog this week, Mew-sings of the Bored Housecat
When you have a chance, stop by and welcome her to the blogging world.


Below is her first post. It's Harriet's story, and it's perfect for Specially-Abled Pets Week.


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"It was love at first sight" and "I knew the minute I saw her!" are common phrases we hear in the adoption world. The cats that go home quickly are usually the ones that make eye contact with potential adopters and walk towards them.

Admittedly, I can understand why some sort of interaction is preferable when you are looking for your next companion. That's exactly how I picked my own cat years ago. Once I began working in an animal shelter, I began to see homeless cats from a new perspective.



I met Harriet my first day at my new job. She was huddled in her box, scared and striking out at anything that came near her. No one could pet her with a pole, literally. I had seen cats like her before in the previous shelter; I had helped over 40 of them overcome their defensive fears and go on to find loving homes. So when I first saw Harriet, I didn't see an angry cat at all. I saw a terrified cat. Harriet saw nothing at all.

Being in a shelter is scary enough, being blind in a shelter can be traumatizing. Everything is new and scary and unpredictable. We needed a plan for Harriet, and fast. The first order of business was to get her a very consistent and predictable schedule for her daily care. We began by cleaning her kennel at exactly 10 am every single day. We cleaned her kennel in exactly the same order every single day. Introducing this predictability in to her life lowered her stress level to the point we were able to touch her. Most importantly, she had a better quality of life.

It took only a few days of positive predictable encounters for Harriet to quit defensively biting at anything and everything that came within 6 inches of her face. When you lose your vision, the other senses need to take over. She now has to rely heavily on her sense of smell and the information gathered from her whiskers to navigate the world. The best way to interact with a blind cat is to play to her other senses. We used smell to acclimate Harriet to her heightened sense of touch, especially around her whisker area.


As soon as she was able to relax during her daily care we introduced a new game to get her brain working and secretly acclimate her to things coming near her whiskers and face. Giving Harriet a cue phrase of "what's this?" we slowly presented her with really smelly things like tuna and catnip. The cue phrase was given when our hand was about 7 inches from her face, which was just before her normal striking distance.

Each time we presented a new thing for her to investigate we gave her the cue word with our hand down on the bottom of the kennel. We moved our hand toward her nose on her front left side. We stopped advancing at 3 inches and allowed her to choose if she wanted to investigate the new smell or not. The idea behind these exercises was twofold: habituate her to movement near her face and activate the seeking portion of her brain. She was a little unsure about this game at first. She was also a little unsure of our reasoning skills when presenting her with some of the smells! But she took it in stride and played along.

Harriet is closer now to being comfortable in a world where she cannot see. She will investigate things, her gaze follows friendly voices, and she LOVES tuna. Her ideal forever home will need to continue providing her with positive predictable encounters. Cats have an incredible ability to make spacial maps of their environment; so living with a blind cat is not as strange as it might seem. Blind cats need to have litter boxes, food and water dishes that never move. They need to be set up in a sanctuary room and be given time to memorize the layout of the room. Then, slowly be introduced to the rest of the house (and new things like the cat carrier)so they can build their mind map.



Other special considerations with a blind cat would be to always announce your presence in the room by softly saying "hello", use smells and baby gates to protect the cat from falling up or down stairs, use baby protection bumpers on sharp corners or place cat cheek scratchers on the corners of walls. In addition, remember that if you pick up a blind cat, be sure to place the cat near one of the scent markers, in a place where the flooring changes, or right back in the same place.

Most importantly, remember that blind cats may not be able to fall in love at first sight but love is blind. They have just as much unconditional love as any other cat.





Harriet's at the Main Campus of Kansas City Pet Project. If you are interested in opening your home to this very special girl, please stop by and meet her.

https://kcpetproject.org/adopt/cats-adoption/




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