Friday, June 23, 2017

A Faux Paw Scandal?

The Huffington Paw dished this little tidbit today, as a certain feline fashionista famously eschews her fave color ~ on National Pink Day, no less!

Huffington Paw scoops news that ALlie has abandoned her signature PINK


Does the shade that lies somewhere between red and violet no longer grace the runways?
Is the famed pastel no longer deemed dernier cri? 

Or*gasp* thanks to Time Magazine, is somekitty having an existential fashion crisis? 




You, gentle reader, be the judge.
We admit to being a bit too stunned for calm, rational thought at the moment. ;-)

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Mickey

"Have you ever heard the saying that big things come in small packages?
I've been told that might apply to me."

Me, sitting for my Olan Mills photo. How glam!

(I've also been told that they should have taken my photo sitting next to a quarter for size comparison, but that might be stretching the truth just a bit. I mean, I'm not THAT tiny ...)

I may look the size of a kitten but I'm really 3 years old - fully grown!

Ready for my closeup Mister De Mille!

The folks around here say I have a gorgeous dilute calico coat as soft as can be, and dreamy green eyes. I'll let you be the judge of that!

I admit I'm a tiny bit shy at first, and I'll probably never be the life of the party, but I warm up to people quickly, honest.

And I do love to snuggle. Chin scritches are my favorite! And at three years, I'm still pretty energetic but without all that crazy kitten action.

(um, I may still have the zoomies on occasion, but I promise they won't last overly long)

Might you be interested in a Pocket Cat? I think I'm just the right size to fit that bill - and I'd love to find a human I can call my own.

Won't you come meet me, soon?

Petite Purrs,
Mickey"



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


https://kcpetproject.org



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Selfie Meets Yoga Pose




Nothing to see here.

Just a kitteh.
Taking a selfie.
Of his yoga pose.
With a wand toy.

Cats these days ....

(thanks, Aunt Jen, for snapping my stylin' selfie! ~Faraday)

Public Service Announcement:
We're observing TWO holidays today:
National Selfie Day and the International Day of Yoga

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Decisions, Decisions




Well dood, at least you're standing ....
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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, June 19, 2017

Pets in Film Day + 1

Faraday: Seriouslies! The pawparazzi is getting all out of control.

Mommy (aka the Pawparazzi) taking photos and stuffs.

Stalking my every move ...

Closeup of Faraday, looking at pawparrazi
Flashy-boxing at every turn.
It's enough to make a kitty think seriouslies about tomorrow's holiday ...

Faraday looks off into distance, contemplating stuffs.

New Identity Day.

Faraday with movie-star shades on: incognito cat is incognito.
incognito cat is incognito.

How are you celebrating Pets in Film Day? 
(We totally want to go see Megan Leavey, BTW. What about you?)
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Sunday, June 18, 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, June 16, 2017

Holla Back!

So tomorrow's one of those days.
You know, the weird holidays we like to celebrate.


Without further ado, we present to you our submissions for Saturday, June 17 ...

National Hollerin' Contest Day!

Contesztant #1 presents with a slight head-tilt and a curled tongue:


Contestant #2 offers an action-packed ninja yell:


And then there's Contestant #3.
No description needed.


So who's the winner? 
You decide!


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday's (Superhero) Purrs

"We hear superheroes are all the rage these days - with characters like Captain America and Doctor Strange coming out with their own movies and everything." 


"We prefer to think of ourselves as the more behind-the-scenes, mild-mannered heroes. But hey, it's nice to know our brethren (and wonder women...and wonder womencats) are so appreciated!



"Yup, we're just two superkitties keepin' it on the DL, doing our heroic thing at times when no one's the wiser.

You know, like handing out purrs of comfort when needed. Maybe even a headbutt or a few well-placed biscuits. Those kind of subtle superhero actions we cats are known for."


"It's okay if our heroics go unremarked for the most part. After all, we have to protect our secret identities and stuff.

But you see, we're in need of a new secret lair. Our old one - well, you'll understand if we need to keep some superhero info hush-hush and all - right?"



"Might you have a home we could call ours? We promise to always fight for truth, justice and catnip. Cross our paws.

Yours in disguise,

Mr. Wonderful and Mr. Fantastic"

Have you checked out the latest superhero movie this summer?
Take a look - you can learn all about these mild-mannered, larger than life felines right here:



These super cats are both available at the Main Campus of KC Pet Project. Come meet these guys today!


https://kcpetproject.org



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BirdTV Woes

Allie: Oh dear. It looks like our BirdTV channel's on the fritz.


Maxwell: What do you mean, exactly, by "fritz"? Like, bad reception or something?


Allie: No, as in "there are no birds here". None. Not a one.


Faraday: Well, what are you going to do about it, Allie?


Allie: What do I know about premium channel repair, brat?
Maybe it'll just self-correct or something, if I sit here long enough.


Maxwell: Uhh ... I don't think it works that way, Allie.


Faraday: That's it. I'm calling the plumber.


Maxwell: Dood. The plumber? Don't you mean the cable guy?
Faraday: You say potato ....




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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Toon Tuesday: In Honor of Dads





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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, June 12, 2017

Two's a Crowd?

"This box isn't big enough for the two of us." ~ Famous Western Gunslinger's Cat




Tomorrow is Crowded Nest Awareness Day.
Are you planning to celebrate? 
Inquiring felines wanna know!

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Sunday, June 11, 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, June 9, 2017

Knitting in Public, Anyone?

Maxwell: So Saturday's Knit in Public Day again, I see.


And in examining this pile of knitting, it would appear that no progress has been made since I first investigated in 2015.


Hrm. Perhaps forcing it into the public eye might shame someone into advancing the project?


Or I suppose I might try my paw at it again.
Let's see, was it 'fang one, perl two'?


Or maybe I'll just sit this one out. Those sharp pointy ends look as dangerous as my fangs fang.

Hold on a sec....
Is this one of those dangerous Contact Sports?

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Maggie

"Hi there, I’m Maggie.

I’m a three year old tortoiseshell girlcat with loads of luscious brown and black fur, and some killer golden eyes - if I do say so myself."

 
"And at the tender age of 3.5 years, I already know exactly what I want out of life! You see, I’m a bit of an adventurous girl, and I love hanging around kids.

In fact, my friends at Wayside tell me my purrsonality type is Sidekick, which means I'm a pretty outgoing girl and will be great company around the house. And I just love human attention. I lap it up like one of those drooly dogs I see walking outside here at the shelter.

Psst ...I'm known for giving out mean headbutts to show my affection, too!

And now it's confession time: I am not a dog perso-- uhh, cat.
Other kitties? Sure. Kids? Bring'em on!
Dogs? Nope. Never. Nada. Not my cup o' catnip.

But hey, there are loads of cat people with kids out there - I just know it!

And I know this will be my last stop before I find the people I’ll spend my life with.
I’ll be waiting for you!

Love, Maggie"

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


www.waysidewaifs.org



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Library Cat?





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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, June 5, 2017

Pet Insurance: Is it worth it?

Back in 2012, I read an op/ed piece in Wall Street's MarketWatch written by contributing author Jeanette Pavini that suggested pet insurance was a waste of money.

I wrote an article with an opposing opinion and was recently asked to update it. This is the 2017 version of the original Monday Medical post.
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First, despite Ms. Pavini's 2012 claims that per insurance isn't worth your hard-earned cash, there are an increasing number of affordable plans that begin as low as $4.56/month in the U.S. That coverage was estimated based on a 3 year old male cat with no preexisting conditions.

I also discovered something encouraging: that plan increased just 48¢/month since 2012, but the 2017 value is much higher.

In 2012, it only covered accidents. Today's policy covers accidents, illnesses, cancer, hereditary conditions, emergency visits, surgeries and prescription drugs.

Of course, with a policy that reasonable, you can expect high deductibles and a 30% copay. For this policy the deductible is $1,000, which translates to more of a catastrophic policy than an annual-use one. Still, when disaster hits, it's better to have a $1,000 bill than a $5,000 one.

Pet insurance helps Maxie hold onto his lone, last fang.


$4.56 a month.

That's less than half the price of a movie ticket these days. Have you seen what's playing on the big screen lately? Let's talk "waste of money," Ms. Pavini.

The 2012 Wall Street article also included a statement that inaccurately describes the coverage provided by most pet insurance companies. Here is the statement in question: "...with most plans, the premiums rise and coverage declines as your pet gets older—when they are more likely to need costly procedures."

This seems highly counter-intuitive. If that were truly the case, what person in their right mind would purchase it? In 2012, I accused Ms. Pavini of irresponsible journalism. Perhaps that was a bit harsh in today's politically-charged climate, so I'll just say that I wish she had done just ten minutes of research to back her claim before making that statement.

A bit of time spent searching several well-known U.S. insurance sites provided absolutely no evidence that coverage shrinks as a pet ages. So for this 2017 reboot, I revisited three of the top pet insurance companies in the U.S. to find if they had changed their positions since 2012.

Nope.

Pet insurance: protection that helps you weather the storm


Here's VPI's position: "Our coverage does not decline as a pet ages. As long as your pet is enrolled before age 10 and you keep your policy continually in force (translation: don't let it lapse or expire), we promise not to drop your pet."

Trupanion allows you to enroll your pet any time before your pet’s 14th birthday. Here is Trupanion's response to my query about the Wall street article when I contacted them in 2012: "Trupanion coverage does not decline as the pet ages. Perhaps they meant to say that coverage options (pre-enrollment only) decline?"

Quite possibly that's what the author meant. Because it is true that the cost to insure a pet increases as the pet ages. And the older the pet, the more potential exclusions there will be if you opt into coverage at a late date. It's the same with human insurance, as well. But if that's what the Wall Street article intended to say...it failed. The article certainly didn't leave one with that impression.

I also spoke with Laura Bennett, CEO of Embrace Pet Insurance, back in 2012, and her response is still valid 5 years later:
“I was really disappointed that the author of the article, Jeanette Pavini, based her opinion of pet insurance on one friend’s experience with one company.

"Regarding the example she provided, it is true that a few pet insurers exclude hereditary conditions and given a Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to hip dysplasia amongst other conditions, that might have been the surgery she mentioned that was not covered; however, there are a number of pet insurers that do cover hereditary conditions (Embrace and Petplan being two of them) and even some of those that have not covered them in the past are adding optional coverage for breed-specific issues now (such as VPI and ASPCA).

"I would love to discuss pet insurance with Ms Pavini just to show that pet insurance is not all the same and a high deductible policy to protect against large unexpected vet bills, just like her friend would have wished for, is worth getting.” 

Finally, I personally believe Ms. Pavini's logic is flawed. She recommended that, instead of pet insurance, a person would be better off starting a pet emergency savings account. While technically there is truth in her statement, a 2016 GO Banking Rates report stated that 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts.

I fear the sticker shock of a veterinary emergency room bill may negatively impact the decision to seek care for the pet. Again, Laura Bennett:
"Budgeting is for predictable expenses; insurance is for unpredictable and financially impactful veterinary costs. Unless you are very wealthy, budgeting can never replace insurance if you would do whatever it takes to help the health of your pet in a veterinary health decision."
Having pet insurance may mean the difference between several more years of companionship or making that painful decision to euthanize. And call me crazy, but I see pet insurance as another way to cut down on the number of deaths at animal shelters in the U.S. annually.

Yes, some people, upon discovering their "beloved pet" has an expensive disease, will simply abandon it. I have seen it firsthand.

One of my previous cats, Ryker, was insured. A few months after he passed away, I went through 13 years of medical bills and insurance invoices. In the end, we came out ahead. Not by much, but we did end up spending less on our vet bills with insurance than we would have without.

All three of the Tonk's Tale cats are insured, and they will remain so. The peace of mind, if nothing else, is worth it.

And no, I was not compensated in any way for this post. I simply happen to believe that pet insurance is worth it.
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Postscript: Interestingly enough, there has been only one other article on pet insurance in Wall Street's MarketWatch since 2012. 

It was another op/ed piece, published in April of this year. This time, the author's opinion was favorable.

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Sunday, June 4, 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, June 2, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

Allie: Oh dear. Which one should I bite scratch kick HUG first, the catnip fish or my scratcher ...?


#firstworldkittyproblems 

Don't forget to celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day
This Sunday, June 4th!


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Baby

"Hullo, could I interest you in some quality cuddling? I'm an expert at it, if I do say so myself.

I'm also an excellent listener and promise to hang on your every word (see photo below for Exhibit A: my 'engaged and concerned' expression)."


"My previous companion, who I was with from kittenhood, can vouch for me on this! I'd still be with her if she hadn't had to move to another country. *sad sigh*

I have excellent couch potato skills, too, and would love nothing more than to hang out while you watch your favorite shows. I'll even root for the home team (sedately, of course).

If you're into gaming, I'd totally keep score for you. Or be your most ardent Guitar Hero fan! I'm totally into that, since that came out the same year I was born (although I must admit a preference for the Hello Kitty games that came out in 2005, too).

Won't you come out and meet me soon? I'm as sweet as can be - as you can see in my video.

Every girlcat needs a little love in her life, and I'm oh-so-ready for that in mine!'

Hopeful purrs,
Baby "


Baby's available at the Main Campus of KC Pet Project. Come meet this sweet, sweet girl today!


https://kcpetproject.org



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