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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Stealth Bomber's... by Skeeter

You just cannot do too much around this house without the girl’s knowledge. I find it so funny how you cannot see a cat in sight and then all of a sudden, just as a Genie pops out of a lamp, Big Eyes are upon you!

One night as I was getting ready to run the dishwasher, I decided to put the girl’s glass water and food dish in for a good sanitizing. I had tossed the old food out and then rinsed out the bowls. I turned around and to my amazement; those two had quietly creped into the room and were sitting next to the matt in which the bowls belong. They had looks on their faces as if to say, “Now just what do you think you’re doing with our bowls?” I could not help but laugh. I had to properly wash the bowls and then refill them with food and water and put them in place before the girls would give up on me. Of course they did not eat nor drink anything. They just wanted to know it was there in the event they did want a bite or sip. I don’t know how they can hear things such as that. I guess it is that cat hearing.

I have that kind of hearing as well. Just yesterday morning at around 5:00 my cat mommy ears had me wake up to a sound. You know the sound, burp, burp, hack, hack, barooooooom. Yep, A cat barfing! I jumped up to find my dear little Clown Sheba up-chucking her last of four piles of liquid brown cat food! On the wood or tile floor you ask? Well, no, she naturally got the carpet! I am convinced that is in the Cat Etiquette Handbook as rule number 22. “When barfing, run to nearest carpet or throw rug” I cleaned up the mess as Sheba patiently supervised my work. Then I crept back to bed and the Saint was none the wiser with his snoring never missing a beat!

When I got up (on my terms) later that morning, I discovered I did not do such a great job with my cleaning. I was once again on my hands and knees scrubbing. I finally asked the Saint later that night to tackle the spots as I could still see the stains. He laughed and reminded me that my dad was the stain Master. He had an “Ops” with barbecue sauce on the carpet during a visit and he worked for 24 hours or longer on successfully getting that spot removed. I was hoping for stains as I wanted an excuse to put tile on the sunroom floor! I also knew I could probably put a guilt trip on him and get him to pay some of the cost. It would be the least he could do for messing up his baby girls carpet right? Na, I would never do that but as a bratty kid, (that I CAN be) I can think it… ha ha Anyway, I no longer see a stain today so I guess I must give the Saint some credit here. Well, he does consider Sheba to be HIS cat so it is the least he could do for me! Okay, I gave him credit, didn’t I??? With those darn good carpet cleaners today, I may never get a tiled sunroom floor!

I keep the girls food in a container for easy dispensing and freshness reasons. I find it humorous how they come flying into the kitchen when I transfer the food from the bag into the container. Again, they come popping out from nowhere like a Genie in a rubbed lamp or a Jack in the Box! I humor them as well by letting them stick their face into the container for a minute or two. Cheetah usually forces Sheba’s head out of the way and Sheba just sits by and watches her little baby indulge on the pile of food! Sheba is such a good mommy cat to let her Cheetah baby push her around like that.

We often refer to the girls as little Stealth Bombers with their sneaky maneuvers. Anyone else have a stealth bomber in the house?

posted by Skeeter at 9/06/2007 09:36:00 AM


Blogger B said...

Stealth bomber--that would be Hines. I can walk across the room and back and there are little,well let's call them "gifts" in the floor. And of course he is sitting next to it with the proud "look what I did Daddy!" on his face. Pearl is the sneaky peeky. She's just there, or has been for a while, before you realize it. Skeeter has a genie in a bottle, I've got bulls in a china shop. All I have to do is rattle a piece of plastic or a bag and my three stooges come tearing around the corner thinking it involves a meal. Lucy is my spoiled and broiled chow hound. I think she'd step over our dead bodies for a speck of food in the carpet. And that would be the order of event to--food now, dead daddy when I'm done eating.
God I love those little monsters!

Thursday, September 06, 2007 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

We have to watch out for commando Herbie, who lies in wait around a corner and when someone unfortunate victim walks by, he grabs for an ankle.

Max and Charlie come a'runnin when I open a zip top bag of ANY kind. Most of their doggie treats come in zip close bags and they think it's treat time when I open a bag.

Scootie comes running when I open the fridge door. He LOVES whipped cream and perches on the very edge of the counter, his neck craned in my direction as he watches for the beloved whipped cream can to make an appearance. He just gets a little dab and Herbie is discovering the joys of whipped cream as well. Herbie doesn't come all the time but Scootie is there in a flash.

Herbie does come running when I rattle the glass dishes I use to feed them and which I also use for the microwave. They are small dessert plates that cost 50 cents at Wal-Mart because all of our small plates are melamine which is not good in the micro. So when I reach into the cupoard to get a glass plate, Herbie thinks it's mealtime. He and Larry, senior cat, have separate eating areas because Herbie doesn't like sharing. Scootie usually shows up later to lick up the gravy and tidbits left in both eating areas. Scootie prefers his dry food but seems to enjoy licking the plates.

Aimee, dog princess, cleaned her plate again this morning. Very cautiously optomistic...

Thursday, September 06, 2007 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Alice, that is great news on Aimee! The prayers are working!

Brett, we get all the gifts we need in the sandbox! LOL

So does anyone ever trip over their cats and dogs like we constantly do? They have a bad habit of sneaking in the kitchen and sitting behind us while we are working on the counter top and have our backs turned from the room. Then we turn around to go into the fridge or whatever and we trip over the darn cats! One day someone is going to get hurt and I bet it will be a two legged one before a four legged one! And don’t get me started on stepping on tails! ME-OW….

Thursday, September 06, 2007 7:10:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I saw 8 deer eating corn in our yard yesterday! 5 of them were spotted babies and just adorable! We have not seen that many deer in our yard at one time in a long time…

A few days ago I saw a mommy deer nursing two spotted babies while in our yard! That was a spectacular sight to behold...

This morning Zip-Zip the Rat terrier next door, ran 5 deer from our front woods through the yard and into the back woods! Little stinker he can be… But just being a dog I reckon!

Friday, September 07, 2007 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I don't even know where to start on how my girls are at showing up llike that. Especially if I'm trying to be quiet so they won't hear me, well that is when they here it all. Ya'all may laugh at me but our girls have thier own glass dishes, we have at least 20 or more sets of them! We got them at The Dollar Trees and they are really cute, different designs. They go in the dishwasher since we use 6 bowls every day. They also have thier dry food dishes that sit inside the holes of what looks like little tables with tablecloths, ( got those at Tuesday Morning ) and they have a cat water bowl holder plus more glass water dishes.
Skeeter when you talked about Cheetah and Sheeba it was like talking about Brittany, Courtney, and Penelope. I think they hurry to get to the carpet to puke on too and they almost get stepped on too. They ahve been stepped on as well so we try to be careful but they still get it sometimes. The worst place they like to lie on is the stairs! I wish they wouldn't do that but so far can't find a way to keep them off. They also leave us presents on the carpet! They are real stinkers but we love our babies!!!!!!!

Friday, September 07, 2007 9:08:00 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...

In regards to the cat upset tummy routine.. It is really strange, but Birdie actually runs through the house and hits her litterbox. We got her almost three years ago from Cats R I am not sure they trained her like that or Birdie (like I have always suspected) was indeed a human in her prior life.

Friday, September 07, 2007 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That is amazing Birdie! I would love to teach my girls that trick! I bet it is just a Birdie thing because I have never even liter box trained a cat. I have just always set up a box and all of my cats just seem to know immediately what to do with it...

I will never forget Cheetahs first experience in a litter box. She jumped in and started digging her way to China! Those little paws dug for a long time before she decided to hide a treasure… My girls will cover up unburied treasures for each other also. I think that is sweet gesture….

Friday, September 07, 2007 9:22:00 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Skeeter: Birdie scratches to China, too. Socks usually watches her from the sides and if it takes to long he tries to jump her...which she quickly ends with a "whack" over his head. She also hides his "leftovers"..I think she is a little OCD when it comes to stuff like that.

As for the upset tummy situations...I don't have a clue how she picked up that habit. I know we never trained her to do that. She just always did it on her own. Then again, I am not really surprised because she is always doing "human"

Friday, September 07, 2007 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Hunter loves to lay right behind you when you are cooking at the stove. He knows he is not supposed to even be in the kitchen when we are cooking, but he's a brat and doesn't listen. He's typically male in that aspect. We both have tripped or stepped on him b/c of it. Oscar now thinks that every morning he should get a hot dog treat since they were all on meds for 2 weeks and had to have them twice a day. Every morning after they go out side he runs to the fridge waiting for his treat. I am not above disappointing him and keeping walking right by to start my morning routine.

We used to have a dog (Copper) that I had trained to puke/potty on tile only. Mattie always finds a corner or tries to get under the furniture. I think she's trying to either hide it or she want's the privacy. Who knows with her. Stella has no issues about anything and could care less if it's tile or carpet. It happens where she is standing at that moment. She is my good girl and never has to be told to get out of the kitchen. She has always just done it. That's why she is mommy's favorite. HA!

I think the zip lock bag sound is ingrained in a dog's brain before birth. The instinctivly know that it has to be something for them.

Friday, September 07, 2007 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Pearl is my little projectile vomiter. It scared me at first, but it's almost routine-if she trys to eat all her food , plus the bowl, then she will get sick. Hines has been tripped over, stepped on,etc by all the occupant of our house. He just can't get past that "looK at me! love me! Buthe he is very high strung by nature. But when he's quiet and asleep in my arms, I can forgive all of it. Pearl wants to be between your feet so she can rub, but it never fails that before I feel her rub, I take a step or something. She loves to sit between my feet while I do the dishes. Too bad I can't train them to do them!HA!

Friday, September 07, 2007 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

We also have a problem with tails being run over with our desk chairs. I know dogs like to sleep at their master's feet but we have to look around and wake up whomever is sleeping next to the rollers to get them to move so we can roll our chairs. Aimee, dog princess, also likes to nap under the bed right under where I sit on the bed, so naturally when I put my feet down, it is usually on her tail that is the only thing that protrudes from under the bed. Max has also started napping under the bed. Silly creatures.

Friday, September 07, 2007 1:04:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Alice, you mentioning the office chair reminded me of a funny. Sheba likes to nap in the office chair at times. One night I ran upstairs to check something on the computer real quickly and I did not turn on the lights. Sheba is black and I did not see her in the dark therefore, I sat on her! It scared us both and she took off out of the room like a bat out of hell! I had to laugh once I realized she was not hurt. Ever since that night, when she is in the office chair and I come into the room, she jumps down and takes off! She is a smart girl and quick learner for sure. I guess if someone with a butt as big as mine sat on me, I would learn quickly also....

Adrienne, Sheba gets a bite of daddy’s hot dog every day when he gets home from work! Gross, Yuck-o, he eats a cold weenie everyday…Even if we are in a hurry to go somewhere, he has to take the time to give that baby a bite of weenie because she is sitting at the fridge waiting for it!

We use to shake the treat can and the girls would come running for a treat no matter where they were located or what they were doing in the house. Over time, it has become us going to them with the treats! Not sure how that one started but they sure did train us on that one!

Projectile vomiter, Funny B... The first time Sheba ever barfed, she was turning her head just like the girl on the Exorcist movie. Now that was projectile vomiting if I ever saw it!

Birdie, I really do wish I knew how to train the girls to barf in the sandbox! That would make my life so much more simpler!

I have been scrubbing floors and furniture all day today. Time for this Wench to have a cold drink! Saint is on his way home with some juice for this goose!

Friday, September 07, 2007 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yea Skeeter me too on training the girls to throw up on the morning room or kitchen floor and not the carpet. I just want to get rid of the carpet now. On covering the poop, well my one little pooper who does it in the floor does not cover hers when she uses the box but she scratches the wall beside the box, weird! Alos if she doesn't want a certain kind of food she will scratch beside it like she's trying to cover it up,ha.

Friday, September 07, 2007 5:14:00 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Pam: Socks tries to hide his food plate from Birdie, too. When Birdie tastes his food he always looks kinda miffed because he just doesn't understand "how in the heck" she keeps finding his food. :P

Friday, September 07, 2007 6:43:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

The second set of blood tests for Aimee, dog princess, came back. Dr. Sykes says that the bad numbers weren't SO bad this time. He thinks the prednisone is helping. She definitely has the autoimmune disorder BUT since the medicine is helping, she may be here for another 6 months as opposed to weeks. So, she gets her boneless, skinless chicken twice a day, and lots and lots of love. We are thankful that we will have more time together than we had previously thought.

Dr. Sykes said to watch for any changes and let him know right away. Her spirits are good and she is eating well, so we're just hoping to get some weight back on her and keep her as comfortable and happy as we can.

Thanks for ALL your positive thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to us to know you all care.

Friday, September 07, 2007 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That is GREAT news!
I am so happy that you and the Professor will have more time with your precious baby....

Saturday, September 08, 2007 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Birdie, I'm telling ya, these animals are just like kids aren't they? Penelope is on low residue food because of her IBS, COourtney and Brittany are on weight control and of coourse they all want into each others dishes. It's a constant watch for us to keep them in thier own.
Pearchart, good to hear Aimee's test results weren't so bad. I'm still praying for a miracle for her so you can keep her even longer. I soooo believe in miracles since our family have had many.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, I'm interested in recruiting Cheetah and Sheeba for some covert operations, after all they already have the black gear.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Still believing for a full miracle--this may be a step by step miracle so the Lord can keep our attention. But I thank him for the improvement and I praise him for listening. Let's keep that prayer line going everybody.
Chin up Alice! We're with ya all the way!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 8:53:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

B-God bless your precious loving heart! The Lord sure did make a sweetie when he made you!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Alice, I am so glad things are going better. She might continue to improve! Autoimmune stuff--whether in animals or people--is the hardest thing in the world to pinpoint, because the immune system is so complicated.

I think you mentioned a lot time ago that you didn't care much for alternative or more nature remedies? Is my memory correct?

However, there is a difference between "natural" and quackery, especially when it comes to autoimmune. Alot of autoimmune stuff runs in my family and sometimes adding natural things helps, because many scientists believe that our society--with all it's chemicals and artifical everything can aggrevate one's immune system.

I know someone who had a diabetic cat (and she goes to the vet regularly) who has never been on insulin--she does alternative things. Of course, she'd give insulin if it came to that.

It might be an area you want to explore. I dont' know much about it when it comes to pets, but I'm sure there's a wealth of information out there.

It's just like with Scooter. He has seizures and takes phenobarbytol. But my vet also says to limit chemicals, which can aggravate the condition. No advatage on the neck. Don't use harsh cleaning chemicals,etc. Traditional doctors and vets are now open to these sorts of things in addition to modern medicines.

Sunday, September 09, 2007 7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Pam--my cat food story:

The other day I noticed that Tarzan and Catfish's food bowls (which are right next to each other on a tray, as they must eat together at their own insistance) had spilled over. So I put the tray with the FULL blows up on the counter (where the boys jump up on and sit to wait for treats) and went to get the dust pan.

As I was doing this, Tarzan decided to jump up on the counter, as usual and usually there is nothing there. Well, you can imagine.

He landed on the edge of the tray and it flipped over and both glass blows AND the tray landed on the floor and the food went EVERYWHERE. Both cats were scared whitless. Catfish flew to the bedroom and went under the bed and Tarzan went to the bedroom as well.

As far as tripping over pets. Zoe seems to be the one most tripped over. She's quiter and you often forget she's around. The Boss's biggest complaint is "Why do they have to lie IN THE DOORWAY?"

Answer: so they can see into both rooms. The tripping comes when you go to step over them and they decide this is a good time to move.

I've also rolled my office chair into them, or stepped on one getting out of bed.

Sunday, September 09, 2007 7:41:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Sandy, I am not a believer in the so-called "homeopathic" remedies. I do check out the "natural" remedies and also any sort of alternatives. I, myself, have an autoimmune disorder of the colon, ulcerative colitis.

I'm just sort of skepical when it comes to a "professional" who says that using herb X, Y and Z can CURE a very complex disorder.

I am open to reasonable remedies, for Aimee, dog princess, and myself.

I am currently considering using more organic products for our family. I have to sneak them into the shopping cart because the professor hates change more than the cats! I bought Eggland's Best eggs for the omega-3 benefit and he SAYS he can tell a difference.

Anyway, I am really an open-minded person... I will listen to reasonable arguments, research and then ponder. I have done that with "homeopathy" and have decided that it makes no scientific sense and is a waste of money. Chiropractic is fine for back pain but I reject the idea that it can cure diabetes or cancers.

Some things I will never back down on like h******* or dogf*****. :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Pearchart, I tend to agree with you on the Herbs and things. Coming from a medical point of view there are Herbs that can be as dangerous and cause as bad side effects actual FDA approved drugs. This is a fact! Not all people react the same way to drugs and not all act the same way to Herbal remedies. Now there are some very good home remedies that work well and that is great but you have to be careful with Herbs. There have been cases where St. John's Wort acted like LSD on people but some use it regularly and have no ill effects. I personally wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Monday, September 10, 2007 3:39:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh yea, on Egglands Best eggs, they are supposed to be better tasting eggs. That is the only kind of eggs I buy.

Monday, September 10, 2007 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Yes, Pam and some herbs can interact with prescription medicines as well. The only supplement I take is fish oil.
I did some research about canine kidney disease and it mentions adding fats to the food for energy. Fat is apparently not metabolized by the kidney so it won't make the kidney work. I tried adding a little canola oil to Aimee, dog princess's, chicken and she did eat it but I am think of using real butter instead. I'll add a little butter to the chicken to moisten it. It should taste ok. The canola oil really doesn't have a taste.

Monday, September 10, 2007 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

My point is not to go nuts on herbs or unproven quackery, but to always try the most natural and least invasive things first.

Too many Americans want things easy: a magic drug that all they have to do is swallow.

For example, a good diet and exercise does a world of good for all kinds of things: high-blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol. Problem is, people would rather take chemicals, and yes, sometimes that is necessary, but you should always try other things first. It's a lot easier to take a pill that do exercise or eat well, and that's what a lot of people would rather do.

I know this first hand. When I started eating healthy, exercising and doing yoga, a lot of my problems went away. I wasn't as achy, my cholesterol dropped a lot. I also was having symptoms of carpel tunnel..I'd wake up with numb hands and if I tried to draw or paint on an easel, the bent position of my wrist made my hands go numb and I could barely use my hands.

Someone I know who knows a lot about natural treatments had really bad carpel tunnel herself. And you can sometimes treat it with high doses of B6. You can only take high doses for a few months. I did that as well as my Yoga which is known to help (at first certain positions hurt, but I kept on). I wore the braces at night. And after a few months it went away and I'm fine today. Lots of people will go to a doctor and end up getting surgery, which doesn't always work longterm.

Yes, herbs can cause side effects, but remember,many of the high-tech drugs we take come from a combination of natural ingredients as well as man-made stuff.

With any treatment you should always do your research beforehand.

I also think that many doctors push drugs for the perks, and we all know millions spent on advertising by drug companies. So, I will always go natural first, then work my way up! I'm not talking for cancer and other serious illnesses, but ALOT of our heath problems are diet, stress and exercise related.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Better living through chemistry!

this is stressing me out... gotta go lie down and take a pill...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Well Sandy, there is whre I agree with you too! I am a firm believer in drugs as a last resort but there are times when they is the best remedy. Diet and exercise is always going to help as well. For the cholesterol, B/P and sugar levels especially but all three of those are sometimes going to need drug treatment as well. As you said you need to check with your doctor, it can be dangerous not to take something if you really need it. Caution needs to be taken in every instance. I've seen many cases where people tried to treat themselves and paid dearly for it, sometimes with thier lives. Everyone needs to be smart about thier illnesses.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Excuse me, times when they ARE best.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:52:00 PM  
Blogger MrsMelody said...

I had to reply to your "stealth bomber" comment. (smile) I am beginning to think its a black cat thing. If I am ever doing something interesting (in a cat's opinion that is), our black cat magically appears behind me. The orange tabby just isn't going to get up. The only thing he comes running to is the sound of kibble hitting the dish. Our black cat however, has to see everything. I have learned to step backwards slowly and lightly.... especially in the dark. Tails are highly sensitive appendages and not meant for human feet to tromp on, or so she says.

Enjoy your furbabies!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Oh yes, indeed, mrsmelody! It must be a black cat thing! Scootie always has to be there whenever I am in the kitchen. He also walks across my keyboard at least once a night and I have to take a break and cuddle him and tell him how sweet he is. He is right there on the counter supervising when I make the professor's lunch and he licks the sandwich plate clean after I wrap up the sandwich. (we don't have a problem with cats on the counter) Both Herbie and Scooter know not to walk on the ceramic top stove and Scootie likes to watch as I wash dishes.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hello Mrsmelody! Welcome to the Fur loving antics...

The Saint thought I was crazy when I plugged in night lights in most every room of the house. They automatically come on when it gets dark. I started this when our Skeeter got old and started to leave us prizes on the floor at night and it is a great asset in detecting unknown barf! There is nothing more yucky then stepping in barf or tootsie rolls with bare feet! The Saint now likes the night lights!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Welcome MRSMelody! I disagree on it being a black cat thing because none of my girls are black and they magically appear like that, anyone remember me telling you? Sometimes I try my best to be sneaky about something and here they are in a flash, either one or all of them!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 2:37:00 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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