Friday, September 22, 2017

Allie's Fashion Faux Paws

Allie: The Fashionable Feline knows how to take advantage of the lovely fall weather.




Allie: Before it gets too cold for window whiffs.

Perish the thought, young lady!

No, really. 
Perish it. 
Now, please.


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Savannah

"hullo there! I'm Savannah.

I'm known around these parts as the Grand Lady. I love greeting guests, and will reach up to you and 'knead' you with my declawed paws - right in your belly, if you're standing close enough for me to reach. And if you're not paying attention to me.

(I can't help it if I was raised to believe it's rude to ignore a lady sitting right in front of you, so a gentle paw-biscuit session is just my way of reminding you that I'm here)

Savannah:  Don't I have the most stunning green eyes?
Don't I have the most stunning green eyes?

"Due to certain circumstances, I was brought here to Great Plains, but I was very well loved in my last home and am ready to join yours -- today, if you'd like.

Because I'm declawed, I have a touch of arthritis in my back at the base of my tail, so I prefer that you focus all your attention on ear and cheek scritches, if you please. I simply adore them!

It's been said I'm a bit lippy, but can I help it if I am a lady who knows what she wants? I may reach out with my soft front paw and grab your hand to give it a gentle nip, but that's only to instruct you. Sometimes it's a gentle reminder that means you're ignoring me, and sometimes it may be to remind you I've got a touch of arthritis back there. But it's always gentle and quick."

(my opinion of shelter life. I'm soooo ready for my forever home!)

"Speaking of quick .... I'm not terribly fond of fast movements. They make me nervous and I may nip to let you know you spooked me! But honestly ... if you'll just go a bit slow with me, especially at first, we'll be fast friends in no time at all!

As you can see I am a beautiful girl. I'm considered a senior, but don't let that fool you. It just means that I've got all my kittenish behavior out of my system, and I now act like a civilized cat.

So if your looking for the perfect cat, please come down and say hello!

Purrs,
Savannah"

Savannah's available at the Merriam Campus of Great Plains SPCA, where she ruled the roost last week when our mom and her Hallmark crew filmed all morning long (shh, it's super top secret, and Savannah's sworn her lips are sealed!).

http://www.greatplainsspca.org/adopt/adoptable-cats/




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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday




Something about the curls and swoops of the patio furniture seems to accent our girl perfectly.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Traumatic Experience





 Not overly dramatic. Nope, not at all.
#humansdontgetit #theydonthavefur

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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, September 18, 2017

Bad Reception

Allie: *worried look*
 Still nothing, Maxie?
Are you sure they haven't returned?

Maxwell: Answer's still the same from over on this side of the table, Allie.
Still no squirrels.


Allie: But the window construction's been complete for almost a month now. Surely our SquirrelTV channel should be back online by now, don't you think?

Maxwell: Well yes, but .... Ohhh-h-h.
Allie: What is it? What do you see? Do you see them?


Maxwell: Uh, yeah. Kind of. Looks like someone forgot to reinstall the antenna in the right spot.


Oops. Sorry about that, dood.

Anyone else having trouble locating an old friend?
Yesterday was Locate An Old Friend Day.
Did you celebrate? 
If so ~ how?


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Sunday, September 17, 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, September 15, 2017

Prepping for Gymnastics Day

Allie: What are you doing up there, Brat?


Faraday: Seriouslies, Allie. Tomorrow's Gymnastics Day an' I hasta get in shape for it.


I plan on running all over the house, leaping from shelf to shelf and performing daring feats of physical prowess.


Faraday: So I'm, like, practicing my chinups and stuffs.

How's my form? Count for me, Allie, willya?
I'll bet I can hold this chinup a reeeally long time.
Longer than anybuddy.

Allie: *sigh* Fine.  One ... Two ... Three ...
Let's see if you can make it 'til ten.


Allie: Does it say in the rules you can use your claws?
Isn't that cheating a bit on the forearm strength, Brat?

Four ... Five ...
I mean, a real athlete would be able to pull himself up by the strength of his forearms alone.

(note how Faraday's eyes begin to bug out ....)
If you ask me, yours look a bit on the puny side. Are those arms shaking, Brat?

Six ... Seven ...


*cue crash*
Allie: Eight ... Oops. Guess I got a bit distracted. 


Cue fulminating silence from Tonkinese.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wildlife, Up Close & Personal

While the mom was away in Colorado cavorting with other cats, she also got some pretty great shots of wildlife. We (grudgingly) gave her a second day to share some of the cool closeups she managed to capture. 

Not that she's captured any forgiveness for said cavorting from any of us. 
Just meowin'.




Our mom loves closeups, especially of nature. And cats.
(we made her put that last part in, but we still don't forgive her)



Did you know hummingbird wings can beat up to 80 times a second?



They're also the only bird that can truly fly backwards.

Bee on purple sage

So how long do you think we can milk this abandonment thing?

So far, we've received a whole huge bag of bonito flakes, two extra vacation days, a grooming session (one per cat; sorry, no substitutes), and prime wand toy time.

Maybe we should hold out for something big, like a new deluxe cat tree. Or our own catio.

Thoughts?


Oh look. Maxwell's making his opinion clear ... even in his sleep.


Tuesday, September 12, 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, September 11, 2017

Inspection Time

Remember our very own Project Foreman?
The feline who took it upon himself to personally oversee the installation of our new windows?


Construction is complete. And now it's time for the Building Inspector to ensure construction met local code.

New window (bad photo)

Faraday: Maxie, you missed a spot.
Maxwell: (yells from off-screen) DID NOT.


Faraday: Totes. You did too. The screens aren't installed.
I call Safety Violation.


That'll be a week's worth of bonito flakes.
You can pay in installments.
With interest.



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Our thoughts are with those suffering the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and for those impacted by the terrible wildfires raging through Montana, California and parts West.

And for all the domestic animals and wildlife affected by these catastrophic events, our hearts are with you.

Sunday, September 10, 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, September 8, 2017

Happy Cat

Maxwell: *stre-e-e-e-etch*

So I hear September is Happy Cat Month. 


Guess I'd better get myself ready for it ....

*cue another stretch*


Ahhhh-h-h.
Okay, now I'm ready.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday's Purrs: Dash

"Could you use a dash of spice in your life? Well, I'm your guy!

Hello, my name is Dash, and I'm a handsome, medium-haired black kitty with beautiful green eyes. I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and so far I am loving being here, meeting lots of new people and hoping to find the right one for me very soon!"

photo courtesy Catherine Sherman


"I'm a super friendly, confident cat who gives great headbutts. I'm cuddly, and I don't even mind being held or having my belly rubbed. I also make great biscuits with my paws, so maybe I can help out with your fall and winter baking.


Got a favorite recipe you want to try out?  *flexes paws* I'll just limber up here a bit and I'll be ready to go in a jiff!

One of my favorite things to do here at Wayside is free roam the Cat Adoptions area. I love to explore, and I'm easy going, I never cause any trouble.

You know where I'd really like to roam? In my new home, with my new person or people.

Could it be you?
Love, Dash"

Dash is available at Allie's Alma Mater, Wayside Waifs. Come meet this sweet, sweet boy today!


www.waysidewaifs.org



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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Belated Celebration of Wildlife

Waffles: Hey Boss? It says here that we missed National Wildlife Day. Isn't that every day around here?



Uh, Boss, do things look different around here to you? Isn't there supposed to be a lot more pink?
And chicken? Where's the chicken?


Katie: That's because you're on someone else's blog, Waffles. With all that teal and white, it must be Allie's blog.

Waffles: You mean Faraday's blog.

Katie: No, Waffles, I said exactly what I meant.


While the mom was away in Colorado cavorting with other cats, she also got some pretty great shots of wildlife. We (grudgingly) gave her today to observe National Wildlife Day. 

Which, we would like to point out, isn't today at all. It was Monday. Not that we're criticizing her for getting it wrong.

No, and we won't criticize her for abandoning us, either. Nope, not doing it.

Sunset from a certain blogger's backyard.  Location: Glogirly's house

Moody skies at Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado train trudges through the wilderness of Glogirly's land




Closeup of gnarled pine trunk

Faraday: Okay, Waffles. Enough, already. You can leave now and go back to your pink blog and stuffs.


Waffles: You say that like it's a bad thing. I don't mind pink. Am I supposed to mind pink? Boss?
...Boss?

Rare photo of a potentially disgruntled Waffles
Huge thanks to Katie, Waffles and Glogirly for opening their home to our mom.

(and we know it's a bit late, but is anyone interested in seeing photos of the eclipse, from Ground Zero ~ Totality, here in Kansas/Missouri?)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

'Toon Tuesdays: Controlled Substances





 Have you talked to your cats about catnip lately?

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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, September 4, 2017

Monday, Monday

Maxwell: Wow, Monday morning and I'm beat already.


Better rest up for the remainder of the week ....


Z-z-z-z-z ...  


Sweet dreams, dood!

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Sunday, September 3, 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, September 1, 2017

Not So Fair Play


Maxwell: Dood, you know how you always shove your head in my face and ask me to groom it for you?

You know, like this?


Faraday: Your point, Maxie?
Maxwell:  Well, I figure it's my turn.


(cue crickets)


Maxwell: Seriously, dood? Seriously?

After all the times I've groomed you?

Faraday: *heavy sigh* 

Sheesh, Maxie. It's nothing personal. I don't do windows, either.


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