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Thursday, April 05, 2007

April Fools

Who's the biggest April Fool in your house? In mine, outside of The Boss, it would have to be Scooter, seen here in his Joker's hat. The cat checking out the throne is owned by my childhood friend who lives in PA. I thought only dogs liked toilet water?

Scooter is in full April Fool mode and aggravating me daily. I was cleaning up the yard the other day, and he must be on mole patrol, because there are about six holes all over the yard, small in size, but big enough in depth to twist ankles really well. The holes also mean daily dirty toes and foot baths.

Last night when I came home, I let them all out as usual. About 20 minutes later, he wanted to go out again. Then around 4:30 he got me up again to go out. Then around 5, at which time I refused and put him out in the living room. I didn't learn my lesson, becuause when I finally got up and went to let them all out, Zoe and Peanut stopped dead in their tracks right before the back door. There, lying peacefully on the rug by the door, were four, semi-moist dog logs.

Scooter also doesn't like to eat in the morning. I put out the three bowls and Zoe and Peanut eat just fine. But if I walk out of the kitchen, Zoe will follow and Scooter will run over and finish off her food, yet won't eat is own. He'll lay by the bowl to prevent a sneak attack by Peanut, but won't eat. So I end up putting the bowl on the counter. I'll wait an hour or so and try again, and then he'll usually eat.

When it comes to fools, I think dogs are usually more foolish than cats. What do you think? And on a side note, do any of you play any good April Fool's jokes on anyone? I used to get my Mom ALL the time. Or, does anyone play good tricks on you?

posted by Sandy at 4/05/2007 09:06:00 AM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Scooter sure does like his hats! A cat in the toilet! Thank goodness Sheba likes the fresh water from the faucet!

We had over night guest in the house over the weekend. We were indulging in some libations so naturally trips were made to the bathroom. Upon one of our guest return, he was laughing uncontrollably! I am thinking, what did I forget to clean before their arrival? He said that Sheba ran in front of him and into the bathroom. She would not get out so he closed the door and did his thing with her watching! How embarrassing this could have been for us. But in this case, this guy has a cat and dog living with him so he knows the crazy antics of animals. Thank goodness for that. I asked if she was up on the vanity and he said yes. I told him that she was waiting for him to turn on the faucet for some fresh water! He laughed and we had to tell him about the new trick that the Saint taught her with drinking from the faucet. We got a good laugh from that. Later on, his wife went to make a deposit and the same thing happened to her. Sheba ran into the bathroom and entertained her as she made a tinkle….

We keep the toilet lids closed in our house because we keep those tablets in the tank so our girls never show interest in the toilets. Our house guest do not close the lid at their house so once I took off to the bathroom behind one of them and found Sheba walking the rim of the open toilet looking down into the great big hole of interesting water! I about died but just calmly picked her up and gave her the fresh water from the faucet that she was after… I have to tell house guest to keep the lids closed. I am surprised as to how many people keep their toilet lids up. I think that it is gross to see an open toilet so I would keep them closed cats or not…. Yuck….

One time I walked into the bathroom when the Saint was tinkling (nothing is sacred in this house) and found our Skeeter with front paws up on the rim and looking down. I could not believe my eyes! I fussed at the Saint and told him to not pee on Skeeters head! He told me that he and Skeeter did this all the time and he had not peed on him yet. We don’t have children but if we had a little boy, I imagine that would be the scene with a daddy teaching his little son how to do the man pee-pee thing in the bathroom!

Thursday, April 05, 2007 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

The only "fool" in my family would be my OLDER sister.

Thursday, April 05, 2007 5:04:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

There has been an update to the pet food recall. This time with DOG BISCUITS made by Sunshine Mills. I will paste part of the release below and the link to find the complete list of the affected product.

Consumer Inquiries
Mitzi Wammack
(800) 705-2111, ext. 117


As a precautionary measure, Sunshine Mills, Inc. (“Sunshine”), a branded and private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007.

These brands include: Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for five of Sunshine’s customers were also affected.

A complete list of affected biscuit brands, sizes, and codes is available at the link listed below. Sunshine’s other biscuit brands and products that include small and medium sized biscuits were not affected.

It is also important to note that dry dog and cat food and soft and chewy treats for dogs or cats manufactured by Sunshine are not affected and not included in this recall.

The company is taking this voluntary action of recalling the dog biscuits listed below after learning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Sunshine from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine. Melamine is a substance not approved for use in food. The FDA made this finding as part of its ongoing investigation into the recent pet food recall.

The recalled dog biscuits are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including the mass channel, traditional grocery, and pet specialty stores. No dog illnesses or deaths have been reported to date in connection with these dog biscuits. The recalled dog biscuits contain one percent or less by weight of wheat gluten.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding their dog the dog biscuits with the specified date codes and consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their dog.

Sunshine’s products are 100% guaranteed. Consumers may receive the full replacement value of the recalled dog biscuits by returning them to the place of purchase or consumers may contact Sunshine’s customer service number at (800) 705-2111 for further information about the recall and for other instructions on obtaining a product refund.

The safety and well-being of pets are Sunshine’s utmost concern. We deeply regret this unforeseen situation.

The complete list of recalled products can be found here:

Thursday, April 05, 2007 6:53:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

As you all have seen the picture of Jazzy under the influence of kitty pot, you know who the foolish one in our house is. Since we moved into the new house last weekend, Jazzy has taken to playing on the stairs. He races up and down or he lays on them and waits for you, to attack your feet. This is the first place we have lived that has stairs. It's like a giant race track to him.

Here we go with the sisterly razing. Be nice to each other! But it is a good laugh how the two of you go back and forth.

One year for April's fools day, I tied all of Hubby's underwear in knots. He was not very happy.

Thursday, April 05, 2007 7:51:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Sandy, look at the face on that poor dog! You can just read what he’s thinking: “Somebody please get this damn hat off me!!” I play games with the varmints here—Get the Cat, Get the Cat—and it’s fun for them. Because it’s a game, and they need some excitement in their lives. But not humiliation. It’s fortunate that I am a dog psychologist. I won’t even charge you that much. Please, Sandy, look at that face. The poor dog needs help.

Please stop torturing your poor dogs like this. If this continues, I may have to report you to SAFE (Save Animals From Embarrassment).

Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:44:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Come one Daisylouu, I know your skin is a thick as Dragons! Don’t be too hard on sis because it was a cute bra and not one with holes in it like some peoples underwear!

Jokes go on all the time in my family. I think the latest one I pulled was to but a plastic yellow and green frog in my dad’s undies. He had them on before he realized something did not feel right. Don’t know why he thought it was me that put them there… hum-dee-dum-dum….

Adrienne, Glad you got all moved into your new place! Our girls had no interest in the upstairs for the longest time. It took them about a year to discover it. Now they love it. They run up and down and chasing each other up and down the wood stairs sounds like a herd of wild elephants! Their favorite place to hide in the winter is in a huge storage closet upstairs. The closet is so big it has it own air and heat vent! The heat keeps it really warm and they have found two perfect spots to nap in the dark warm closet. Sheba gets into a small basket that is on top of their carrying kennel. Cheetah gets on top of an old Army Blanket (don’t have any idea where it came from) that is laying on top of some storage bins. They are so cute in their closet together… Anyway, the funniest thing about the stairs is when Sheba lays low on one step about halfway down the stairs in ambush to an unsuspecting Cheetah coming down the stairs. Sheba is so funny to watch. She will lay really low and peek up over the step in anticipation of her prey! She is a pure clown cat in this house!

We are not going to make it to downtown DC for Easter after all! We heard the Cherry Blossoms are all but gone and due to the cold snap, we don’t think the zoo would be fun in 40 degrees weather! So we will go to the new Marine Museum in Quantico instead. It will be much warmer inside. Maybe we will catch you on our next trip to DC Adrienne!

Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh Skeeter!!!! Please pay my respects while you are there. As a former Marine, I eagerly anticipate being able to make a trip there in the near future. I closely followed the construction, and it appears to be wonderful.

I am SO JEALOUS!!!! Damn! Damn!

Thursday, April 05, 2007 9:25:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I didn't even know there was a museum in Quantico. I should figured since there is one on just about every corner here. There as frequent as Starbucks. I hope you have a god time. My Hubby leaves tomorrow for CO to get the rest of our hous hold goods from storage and will be bringing my mom back with him. I know we will have to do the tourist thing while she is here. Maybe I can talk her into the museum in Quantico. Hubby would like that. Not all the cherry blossoms are gone yet but after this weekend I'm sure they will be. You'll miss the parade on the 14th. Lets hope it doesn't rain this year. I would like to go. Have a safe trip!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Rest assured skeeter that Sandra and I can both take and dish out, but we love each other! The torture will continue forever!

Friday, April 06, 2007 7:59:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The cats are not going with us so there is still room in my suitcase! No, I dont pack them in the suitcase, but less stuff to pack with no cats...Come on down to GA by morning and we can convoy to VA...

Thanks and I hope that hubby and mom make it safely to DC as well. I am not sure the museum is actually on Quantico but near I-95 because you can see it from the interstate.

I notice you are calling sis Sandra instead of Sandy. Do you always call her Sandra and I have not noticed this before? Onward with the showing of love girls!

Friday, April 06, 2007 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Adrienne, the National Museum of the Marine Corps just opened on the Marine Corps Birthday last year, November 10th, 2006. It is brand spanking new. You can see all about it here:

Skeeter, believe me, I wish I could go!! But, I just don't have the money to go right now. I'm saving up for a trip to DC with my Women Veterans of America chapter for the 10th Anniversary of the WIMSA memorial (Women in Military Service to America). And, unfortunately, we will be on a tight, short schedule for that bus trip, so I won't be able to go to Quantico then either.

But, one of these days. Sweetie already told me he would take me. :)

Friday, April 06, 2007 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Sandra is my real name, and what my Mom called me when mad. "SANDRA JEAN!!" I do not like Sandra; I prefer Sandy, so she's just doing that to annoy me. :) Something she was always good at.

Friday, April 06, 2007 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Adrienne, if I ever tied my husbands underwear in knots like that he would oitch them all in the trash and go buy new ones. He does not have a sense of humor when it comes to something like that.
I used to get my daughter on April Fool's day every year, she would fall so ahrd for the things I told her. I almost got her this year but as caught on a bit quick. I really can't remember the best April Fool's joke but I did pull a good one on Fly Boy at Halloween one year. He along with his Dad,his four brothers and a couple of brothers-in-law used to get together ( in the basement ) and play poker. His Mom, sisters and us wives all stayed upstairs with the kids. We had just gotten back from taking them trick or treating this one year and wanted pizza. We planned to get get take out at this local place. When we asked the men what kind of pizzas they wanted, Mr. Fly Boy thought said" I would just as soon have a cow pile as to eat thier pizzas"! Upstairs I said to my sister-in-law I sure wish I could bring him a cow pile! She said, if yoou mean that I knw where theyre ar some good dried ones we can find. Off we went and fould one just the perfect size and it fit right inside one of the pizza boxes. We took the guy's pizzas down to them and set them down and I said to Fly Boy, "and here is your special request"! Well you can imagine the laughs when he opend the box, it was too good. I told him to be careful waht he asked for in the future. By the way he hasn't asked for any more cow ppiles,ha.

Our girls lay on the stairs all the time and have been stepped on a time or two. For some reason they ove the steps to lay on.

Friday, April 06, 2007 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I just got this email from my niece about her dog. Say a prayer for them that it isn't too bad.

"Dutchess is sick. She hasn't hardly eaten all week. Hubby took her to the vet today and her chest and stomach are full of fluid. They are draining the fluid and then they'll test it and we'll know more."

Friday, April 06, 2007 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, I will definetly put Dutchess in my prayers to be ok. Poor little thing.Do they think it is is from some of the tainted food or something else?

Friday, April 06, 2007 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

skeeter, Funny you noticed that about the name, my sis's real name is "Sandra" but we all called her Sandy, except if my mom was pissed. Somehow when they named me, it was Kathy (not Kathryn or Kathleen), just plain old, Kathy. We never figured out why Sandy got a "formal" name and I didn't.

stacy, keep us posted on your niece's dog, sounds very scary, poor thing.

Friday, April 06, 2007 2:45:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Speaking of pet food... We are in the process of switching over to Organic food. The Dogs are going to Canidae and the cat to Felidae. It doesn't cost any more than Science Diet or Nutro. It made me think that if one company makes food for all those products, what am I really feeding them. So we did some research and decided on the Canidae. My mom is switching to Wellness. There are a lot of different organic foods out there, and they all cost about the same. It's the retailer that charges more. I paid $38 for a 40# bag, but another place I called was charging $46. We were paying $35 for 40# of Nutro. It makes me feel better knowing that they are eating better. Now I just have to deal with Stinky Stella's gas.

Friday, April 06, 2007 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Thanks for the good thoughts. They don't know what it is. She is a yellow lab, so not a very little girl. She only eats dry food though, so I would say it isn't from tainted food. I'll call my niece tonight and see if they found out anything. I'll keep you updated. Thanks again.

Friday, April 06, 2007 4:23:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Stacey, so sorry to hear the news of Dutches :(
I will keep her in my prayers also!

Pam, you take the cake or should I say the pie with that pizza story on Fly Boy! I always say to people don’t ask for something unless you really mean it because I do remember things...

I am not sure if I will have access to a computer or not in the next few days but if I can, I will be checking in…

Happy Easter too all the furry babies and their human mommies and daddies!

Friday, April 06, 2007 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, sorry I didn't get the time to email you before you left town! We had a busy day and will fill you in later. Have a great trip!
On the pet food thing, I wouldn't care what the cost of the food is as long as it is safe and good for the girls. THey were raised on Hills Prescription diet from kitten food to adult. After they were adults, Samantha,Brittany and Courtney were all on R/D because it is low fat. Penelope has been on W/D becaue she was little and needed more calories. Then when Penelope developed IBS we had to watch that. To make a long story shot we have ahd her on several different diets, low reidue Ekunuba was the last one. She is picky and it is hard to change her food. The lase we have had them all on is Iams Multicat. It is supposed to work for all cats needs. If your cat needs to build muscle it helps, if they need to lose it helps, if they just need to maintain how they are it helps. Now how this works is a total mystery so far but it supposedly does work so we tried it. My cats are always trying to get onto each others foods so I've been desperate! When this scare first started I took them off Iams and went back to Hills. Then hearing Iams dry is safe went abck becasue Penelope just refused to eat the Hills she was raised on and used to love. Little t--d.
So now we are back on the Multicat but have been thinking about trying Newmans's Own organic. Of course Miss picky probably wouldn't eat it. Newman's give a lot back to animal causes so I like that. I do mix thier foods with whatever new things we try but Penelope has a very selective taste so with her it's harder to change.

Friday, April 06, 2007 9:20:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Sad news for my niece and Dutchess. She called me all in hysterics last night and they had taken her to a critical care clinic about 90 minutes from where they live. They were doing an ultrasound and other tests, but it didn't sound good. She called me again this morning to say that there was a tumor of some kind on or around Dutchess's heart. The doctor said they could do surgery to try to remove it, but the odds of her surviving surgery weren't very good. And if she did survive, there was no guarantee that she would survive whatever caused the tumor, or if she would ever have good quality of life again. They decided to have her put down.

My niece said by the time they got there this morning, Dutchess was struggling to breathe normally. My niece told me later that she thought Dutchess actually took her last breath BEFORE the doctor administered the dose. It was as if Dutchess knew it was time. I think that made it a little easier for my niece to deal with. Dutchess was only 7 years old.

Continue to keep them in your prayers. They have a 3 year old little boy that isn't going to quite understand where Dutchess is now. And a 7 year old nephew that worshipped Dutchess. I just tried to remind her that at least she didn't suffer, and she had her family there with her.


Saturday, April 07, 2007 8:01:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh Stacey, my heart is aching for all of you! I will pray for all of Duchess's family to have peace and comfort! It is so terrible to lose our pets!And since my sister just lost Brady, we certainly understand and are still hurting. Please let your niece know that people who don't even know them care and are so very sorry for them.

Saturday, April 07, 2007 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I am so sorry for your niece and her family. Please let her know we are thinking of her. I know it is of no consolation-but at least Duchess was healthy and happy and only sick for a short, brief time. Your niece is a wonderful person for taking such good care of Duchess.

Saturday, April 07, 2007 9:25:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Thanks for the warm thoughts. It does mean alot.

Shannon, that's what I tried to tell her today as well. My niece was so shaken by how suddenly it seemed to come on, but to me it was better this way. At least Dutchess wasn't sick and going downhill for a prolonged period of time. That would have been worse for everyone.

Saturday, April 07, 2007 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I am so sorry Stacey. Losing a pet is the only bad thing about having one. We mourn more for ourselves than for the pet. Logically we know it's best they don't suffer, but emotionally it doesn't matter. Only time heals, and happy memories.

Monday, April 09, 2007 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Just got back from our VA trip and did not have time to check in while away this weekend. Just found time to peek in really quickly and was not going to reply to anything until I had more time tomorrow (Wed) but I feel the need to say something with this one... When reading about the loss of Dutches I could not help but shed a tear knowing how traumatic this is on a mommy and family of a loved pet. My Cheetah was on top of the desk and somehow knew my emotions because she just turned around and got into my lap as if to say, it will be okay mommy, I am here for you and Dutches is in a better place now! Never ceases to amaze me how animals know such things! I am really sorry for your family’s loss Stacey….

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Thank you, Skeeter. It means alot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 9:11:00 PM  

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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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