Thursday, October 23, 2014

Feline for Thought Friday!


This week's "Feline for Thought Friday" is brought to you all by  ...

 Miss Haley!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Ah, come on ... seriously mom?"

I just couldn't resist posting a couple of quick pics of Kiki and Tabitha donning their new Witch's Hat ...

"Okay, that's enough, ma!"

"I said, ENOUGH already ..."

"Thank goodness that's over with! Now we can get some well-earned rest. After all, mom made us late for our late afternoon nap!"


Howl-o-ween and Pet Protection!

The following is an excerpt taken from Dr. Kim Smyth of Petplan's October 2014 newsletter which my veterinarian's office hands out to all of their clients. It is an article entitled, "Hair-Raising Hazards" where Dr. Smyth talks about keeping our pets protected during the holiday season ...

'While Halloween can be fanciful fun for adults and children, it can be doggone scary for our four-legged family. In fact, Petplan sees a 284% increase in claims filed for candy-related calamities during Halloween week! But chocolate isn't the only hazard haunting furry friends; raisins, wrappers and random "chew toys" also trouble tummies':

Fright Night for Furry Friends

When pets get their paws (and their jaws!) on the wrong thing, it can cause a real nightmare (on Elm Street or elsewhere). The three main threats are stomach upset, poisoning and intestinal blockages from noshing on non-edible items.

 Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and small intestine, and its symptoms are typically vomiting and diarrhea. Sugary, high-fat candlies and cakes can cause a flare-up and should be kept well out of paws reach! Gastroenteritis often requires hospitalization and treatment with intravenous fluids and other medications.

Poisoning can occur when our furry friends feast on chocolate, raisons, sugar-free gum, macadamia nuts or even glow sticks used to light the night. Look for signs like drooling, foaming at the mouth, vomiting, lethargy, weakness/collapse, or seizures ~ and get your pet immediate medical attention if you suspect he or she is sick! 

Obstructions happen when a foreign object becomes lodged in an animal's stomach, intestines or bowels, often requiring surgical intervention to remove. Signs of trouble include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal tenderness or pain, straining to defecate, lethargy, and biting and/or growling when handled around the abdomen. Costumes, candy wrappers and plastic pumpkins are common culprits so be extra vigilant about looking out for your pet during the frenzy of all the festivites.

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Bewtiching Biscuts
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup water + 1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/3 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oats
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup canned pumpkin

Mix ingredients together to a thick consistency, then roll the dough out about a quarter-inch thick. Cut the dough into two-inch long strips (or use a fun cookie cutter) and arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees F.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Haley Update ...

Greetings everyone and "thank you" all for your well wishes to Haley! She is now home safe and sound. Her surgery went very well and we were given a little goodie-bag of items she will need for the next couple of days ...

The bag included both her meds (Onsior tablets for pain and Clavamox Drops antibiotics), a big can of wet food just for her, a couple of measuring cups, and all the instructions we will need. :)

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Also, today I came across this wonderful post on Facebook and just wanted to share  ...  :)

With over 500 events registered nationwide—we can't wait to see how you're celebrating National #FeralCatDay! Share your pictures and stories with us:


My poor little Haley ...

Last night, we dropped our little calico kitty, Haley, off at our vets for her dental surgery this morning. After her check up last week, we found out that she has at least three bad teeth which need to be pulled. Makes sense because her breath was becoming really bad and that usually means only one thing ... BAD TEETH!

I completely trust our wonderful and long-time veterinarian, Dr. Ostrich! He has always and continues to be "the best" in his profession and, even though he is now well into his late 70's, he still attends/speaks at veterinary conferences and shares his very extensive knowledge to his esteemed colleagues. I can honestly say that he is the only vet whom I would never second guess as he has always taken good care of our family's furr babies throughout these many years. I can't tell you enough about what a good feeling that is!

We were told that we should be able to pick her back up sometime this evening and so I will be sure to update this post later on tonight.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Creature Comforts

This past week, I have been doing a bit of much needed shopping for some comfortable new quilts/comforters and matching sheets for our bed. The trick was to come across items which would look good with our rather odd-colored eggplant curtains we bought at Ollie's Bargain Outlet a couple of years ago.

 I was fortunate; however, to have found quite a few good bargains along the way between and Boscov's Department Store's 100th Anniversary sale ... 

Tabitha and Kiki enjoy chilling out on them ...

 Mr. Midnight

 ... and Haley, too!

The above quilt and pillow cover set from is reversible and can be used in the spring and summertime as well. GREAT  DEAL!!

Hubby and I were also able to finally get our Halloween/Samhain Tree up in the living room. For those of you who do not follow my other blog, "The Wiccan Life," here are a few pics of it ...

 Mr. Midnight

Miss Tabitha's favorite past-time is lying underneath the tree ~ one of our prettiest adornments, don't you think? LOL!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Welcoming in Samhain!

Greetings, my friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mabon! I enjoyed a very Blessed and memorable celebration with my long-time and forever dear friends ...

Posing for a quick pic after ritual: Me, Rhiannon, Draco, & Page

Blessed Be!

And now, it's on to the preparations for Samhain ~ beginning with adorning the house with symbols of the season and, later on, preparing my sacred altar for ritual ...


Here's wishing all a terrific Sunday!!