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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Boobs and the Tubes


Okay, turn of your dirty minds! I am talking about pets and television!

I know you all have heard about videos for cats and dogs--specially made enterainment shows on tape for cats (birds, mice and such) and I'm sure ones targeted at the dog demographic. Have any of you ever bought these to entertain your pets while they are home alone?

When I leave my dogs inside for any length of time, I leave on the TV. But I can't leave on Animal Planet, because Scooter goes NUTS when he sees a dog on TV. Even if he doesn't hear it bark and doesn't hear a human talk in a pet voice, he knows. His ears perk up, he runs to the TV, puts his paws up and either whines or barks. And I have the scratches on the built in entertainment center to prove it! The other dogs seem to totally ignore such images. So, I usually put on Hallmark or a similar channel that shows a western or "Little House on the Prairie" type shows. Sometimes I put on the Discovery or Science channel, as he doesn't go nuts over other animals it seems, though he will watch intently, cocking his head from side to side.

The cats aren't interested in TV. When I first brought in Tarzan from the wild and he saw the TV, his eyes got HUGE and he backed up like he saw an evil demon! He hated it. I'm assuming he was never in a house and had never seen a TV. Now he ignores it.

So, what are your pets viewing or listening habits if any? Ever buy a video for their entertainment? Ever take them to dinner and a show? LOL.:)

posted by Sandy at 2/15/2007 08:18:00 AM

18 Comments:

Blogger Adrienne said...

Sandy, That is so cute! Mattie will occasionally watch TV but she's the only one. When we had Copper anytime he heard a door bell sound, he would go nuts barking. The worst was game show dings. That would send him over the edge, running to the door. I'm glad to see that Scooter does what we call "frog butt". Mattie and Oscar lay that way. It looks painful to me, but I guess it can't be that bad since they always do it.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Sandy,

you don't know how refreshing it is to read your blog. Why, you ask? Because now I have proof that it is not crazy to leave the TV on for the cats when we go out. I usually turn the TV to the Animal channel, so Birdie and Sockie can watch a little TV when we are gone. My husband thinks I am crazy, but what does he know? :P I used to leave channel 5 on..so that those two can watch Guiding Light, but they really didn't seem so interest in my soap opera.

BTW: When we first got Birdie home she used to go "crazy" when the TV had a crying baby on. She would stand on her back legs and sniff on the TV screen. Now, she knows that there is no crying intruder and she could careless.
She is one smart Birdie. :)

Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Our dogs get interested when an animal shelter is on TV. They cock their heads and listen to the dogs barking. I imagine that they "understand" the barks as unhappy or frightened. On a regular TV that has a dog barking they don't seem interested. Maybe the barks are different. One is an emotional bark and the other is a "fake" bark. I guess they can tell the difference.

Scooter (cat) like the mouse cursor and presses his wet little nose on the monitor screen to sniff it.

Aimee (dog princess) likes baby kitties. When she hears a kitten she goes nuts. No, she doesn't want to be friends, sad to say. A computer game I have has little kittens which cry when you click on them and Aimee will look under the desk and look in my lap and look everywhere thrying to find that kitten. And nothing sets the dog off like a knock at the door. I tell people it is our alarm system.

We don't leave the TV on because they don't seem to care. I do leave the electric blanket on low for the cats.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Yes, my TV is always on if we are not home. I have found over the years that the sound of human voices tend to comfort them and make it less like they are alone. I stay away from animal shows on all channels, because they do tend to get worked up over those. And never the Weather Channel, don't want thunder to come on and scare poor old Reb. I usually do the SCI-FI channel (they love space and fantasy shows), or if it's the weekend, one of the sports channels so they can catch the games or races. I don't think any of mine actually watch the TV, it's just the sound factor more than anything.

See, we AIN'T CRAZY!!! And even normal non Pet People Bloggers do this. They have a link to this blog on Story Chat today and several of the regular posters over there have commented that they also leave their TV on for their pets. WOW. We may actually be mainstream for a change. LOL

Thursday, February 15, 2007 1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy,
I love the picture of the three amigos watching TV! That is a great shot to capture…

When we lived in Texas with our Skeeter, we would watch the rodeo on TV on Saturday mornings. That cat would come running during the bull riding competition. No matter where he was at or what he was doing at the time. He heard the bull riding and he would come running. He would sit right in front of the TV and just stare. As soon as the bull riding was over, out he would go. Don’t know why the bull riding got his attention but it sure did. Maybe a certain sound he liked. But he would sit and watch the entire segment every Saturday with us. Was so funny….

Adrienne,
When the door bell rings, Sheba the brave queen comes running to see who is at the door. Fraidy, Shy cat Cheetah low tails it up the stairs and under the bed in the guest room!

Alice,
Our girls like to chase the cursor on the computer also. I have one heck of a time trying to keep little nose and paw prints off the monitor! Oh, and the windows are another story. Nose prints everywhere!

How funny, I had the electric blanket on for Sheba this morning! She stayed under the throw blanket at the foot of the bed until about 11:00 this morning. She was toasty warm! Some days I do not get the bed made if one of the girls is still in bed. Does anyone else do that also?

Thursday, February 15, 2007 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Pam,
I just viewed the pet parade pictures and saw your babies. I must say it again, they have the most beautiful colors to their coats! You may have said once but I forgot, are they related to each other because they resemble each other. Now don’t go answering me today if you feel poorly, just keep this in mind for later on. Get well soon!

Wow, Camelia sure does have a lot of pets! How in the world does one find time for so many? It is all I can do to give my girls what they seem to need from me! I love the picture of the iguana!

Hubby had an iguana before I knew him. I never met Igor but would see him on top of my neighbor’s head or on his shoulder as he would walk around the apartment complex! I would see him through the window and wonder what kind of crazy guy he was. (Little did I know I would marry the crazy fool! I guess that makes me a bit crazy as well.) He had fish, a cat, an iguana and a rat all pets at the same time. He kept them separated from each other. They each had their run of the apartment at allotted times. Well, one night the rat and the iguana met up and lets just say that Bugs the rat enjoyed an expensive meal of Igor the iguana! Hubby was really upset about his loss but more so that his $3.00 rat ate his $75.00 iguana! The rat died soon after of old age. I am not so sure I could have fallen in love with the iguana or the rat but maybe in time I could have….

Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

When we leave the house, Aimee (dog princess) drags some artlicle of MY clothing to her sleeping spot. Now, she is hubby's dog. He picked her out at the shelter and they did fly-ball together for awhile. (she has no interest in balls so that didn't go so well) But when we go out, she always takes something of mine. It would make more sense if she took something of hubby's. Like she wanted to smell him or keep "him" close. But why my stuff? Weird...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

We leave the tv on for our babies too. We don't want them to be lonely. Lots of times I leave it on A&E or ESPN. They always go nuts when there are doorbells on tv, they run to our door and just bark and bark. It really drives us crazy when we are trying to watch a program. My little man Zander(pom) loves the computer. He isn't interested in the screen, though. He will scratch my leg until I pick him up, then he likes to sit in my lap and put his front paws on the keyboard, to help mommy. Let me tell you it takes me twice as long to get things done that way.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:53:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

My pets are clueless....none of them care about the tv. Years ago when my Sassy was a wee-little kitty, she used to lay on top of the TV and *paw* the screen when my daughter was playing video games. Other than that, the only thing they hear is the sound of the snack drawer opening or the clang of thier dinner bowls.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Guys, I'm back!
You don't know how hard it was for me to not be able to type. I ahd several things I wanted to comment on and couldn't. It's like not being able to talk and from what you know of me so far you gotta know that's hard,ha.
I love the photo of the fellas watching TV, so cute! We have bought two different Cat entertaining videos, one a long time ago for our other cats and one last year. When Courtney was little she seemed to like it a bit but over all none of them could care less! It is neat too with all the squirels , birds,mice and etc. Now my daughters cats Callie and Gracie watched it and Callie loves it! Callie is a TV junkie, she loves certain shows too. The video we have now is called "Cat Sitter". I bought one for Callie and Gracie but my daughter who is not as spoiling of her girls as I am doesn't play it often enough. When you first turn it on a cat meows and Callie comes flying in when she hears it, it's funny.
Daisylouu, Brittand and Courtney did the same thing as your cat when they were little. They would lie on top of the TV and paw at the screen when certain things came on but they have outgrown that. My cats will play with something for a few days then ignor the heck out of it so I put it away then bring it back later and it is new again for a limited time. I just bought a new toy, ordered it from the internet from the NSAL store, it's a big square full of hole and has toys and balls they try to paw out. They played with it for about ten minutes. That was a week ago and since they just look at it. Jon said well I see how they "just love" that $35.00 piece of wood!They are so spoiled!

Friday, February 16, 2007 9:03:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dragon, I payed $35.00 for that piece of wood and I know from the looks of your Kitty Kastle you could make these easy. You'd be suprised at what and much people will pay for to entertain thier pets. As I said you can laugh ( and breathe fire ) all the way to the bank!
Oh and Sandy, don't tell anyone in the newsroom or put it in the paper about our Dragon Enterprise presents King Kitty Kastles cause we don't wnata anyone to steal any of our ideas!

Friday, February 16, 2007 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Welcome back Pam! The man upstairs must have listen to me last night! I am glad you are feeling better today... Are your three babies siblings to each other?

Friday, February 16, 2007 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dragon Enterprise presents King Kitty Kastles...

WOW, Pam, you already have our business name in place! Dragon Enterprise... Hmmm.....pretty cool sounding. I'm sure Dragon will love that since men must be the center of attention.

Now we have not only housing for kitties of all demographic groups, but birdhouses and cat boxes and scratchy box thingies.... Our product list grows every day. We better get moving girls!

Friday, February 16, 2007 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, thank you so much for the prayers, I know they certainly helped me feel better. I'll probably still be sore for a few more days but am back to parr pretty much. No, my girls aren't bioloically related but they do have similar coloring.
yea Stacey we have some good ideas to get started with and it really can grow to phenominal (sp?) size with a little time. I think we have something here. As I said it all starts with one little idea. Of course we have to give Dragon the biggest credit since he came up with the first of it with his kitty castle and the prototype. Everyone else has come up with great stuff too so we can have equal pardership. I think everyone has already expressed thier willingness to work with this. I told you I'm good at the advertizing and PR. And of course Sandy will be fantastic with our PR for sure! I think we can all work great together as a team! This could really be fun!

Friday, February 16, 2007 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Made my first item the other day and sold to some one I know. He wanted to give it to his wife for a gift for no reason. Sick man. Any way I let you know what it was, and how she liked it when he lets me know. I’m trying to do this and watch the race. Got to go.

Friday, February 16, 2007 9:25:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey, hey, hey Dragon, what's this you are already starting the business without us? I thought you were loyal. Hopefully you are just practicing and feeling people out but don't tell anyone our business ideas!
P.S. Still waiting to hear what you got wifey poo for Valentines Day. Don't be embarrassed if you got really mushy, that would be nice to know if you did.
I got a dogen long stemmed roses ( mu usual )a heart box of candy and several beautiful romantic cards! Too bad I had fallen and couldn't have the usual romantic dinner. We didn't even drink our champagne we had chilled. I did have my Beast though, hey had to have some pain medicine.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 7:10:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dragon, had to come back to ask although I think I already know the answer. Are you a NASCAR fan? Will you be watching the race today and tomorrow? I think we'll be watching tomorrow's for sure and maybe today too. Jon's a big fan and I like the races pretty well too.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Well don't know what time the race will be on today but if it's during our game we won't be watching. We are such big Kentucky Wildcat fans that we bleed blue. After that game Austin Peay is playing so we'll be watching that one too.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 10:57:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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