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Friday, January 18, 2008

Paws in Bed by Skeeter

Stacey sent me the cutest email today. Titled “Signs you are having a bad day”. It was of course all these beautiful furry critters in precarious situations! The captions above each picture made the email as much as the adorable pictures.

I could not help but laugh at the subject title. You see, I had my day start off as bad. I was sound asleep lying on my stomach when suddenly I was awakened at 3:48 (in the morning!) by this horrible pain in the calf of my leg. Of course I immediately think of a leg cramp but nope. It was a 10 pound cat named Sheba doing a balancing act on my calf! I kicked that little toot over to the Saints side of the bed and told her to mess with him because I don’t play her bed time games!

I should have been more sympathetic to the Saint because he is dealing with a sinus attack but he is the one that has humored these morning visit from Sheba by allowing her to play this game going on about two years now! So I blame him as much for my pain as Sheba! Hummm, the cat gives me pain and the Saint is to blame. Okay, I am on track here, right Sandy?

I never see Sheba walk on Cheetah. I never see Cheetah walk on Sheba but they seem to think it is okay to walk all over us! Why? I see the two of them snuggle up together at times but not as much as they did in the past when they were younger. But I never see them laying on top of each other using the other as a bed like they do to us! Why?

I had to break Sheba of her lying on the Saints back because he was having major back pains. This was an argument between him and me as he did not feel that Sheba was the cause to his back pain. Funny thing, since I stopped her from sleeping on his back (that I know of) he has yet to come home from work bent over walking like a 100 year old creped man and whining of back pains!

In the picture you will see the Saint and his two pumpernickel cats turning him into a sandwich! He would lie in that position as long as the cats will stay put no matter how much pain his body feels! Not me, I push and fuss and get MY way. After all, they have a million places they can sleep but we only have our bed! Although I have considered going to the guest room at times! From the cat’s antics to the Saint snoring, it is not a wonder I don’t wake up each morning with that Bad Day feeling….

Are we the only ones that have pets which think they can literally walk all over us? We don’t have a dog and I wonder do dogs do this crazy thing of walking all over their human mommy and daddy? If so, I feel so sorry for you Adrienne with your St. Bernard Stella, oh and Ginger with the Great Dane! Hey, maybe my little 10 pound Sheba aint so bad after all….

posted by Skeeter at 1/18/2008 10:13:00 AM


Blogger Adrienne said...

Skeeter, Sleeping with a big dog is nothing compaired to a little dog. Much like a cat, they find the smallest place to sleep in and you can never seem to reach them. Mattie is the worst. She will be right up behind you and push her way under you and she's always out of reach. You can wiggle and pull on the blanket and she will not move. There are times when yelling at her won't move her.

Stella and Hunter will get off when you tell them or push with your feet. They also get hot and will get off on there own. Not Mattie or Oscar, if they are cold they will put up with whatever to stay on the bed. Mattie is wearing a sweater right now and has been sleeping under the blankets. Last night the Foremans back was huring, so he was laying on the heating pad. Mattie was under the blanket with him. She finally came out panting after being under there for an hour. Oscar wouldn't leave until it was turned off.

Friday, January 18, 2008 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger dragon said...

My silly, sweet, snuggly Shadow likes to walk around on the bed. She doesn’t really sleep on top of anyone, mainly because I am a wiggler in bed. If she ever tried to sleep on top of me, she would get tossed to the floor. She will on occasion sleep on Wifey-pooh’s pillow. Wifey-pooh thinks this is as precious as can be. Me, well, whatever. Just a cat after all.

But, I have noticed that Shadow likes to watch our extracurricular activities. The other night after she was finished watching, she went to sleep on my pillow. I was thinking “what is up with that?” But, I remembered wifey-pooh always says not to disturb the cat. So, in order to let Shadow lounge in total cat comfort, I just took wifey-pooh’s pillow. Then wifey-pooh had the nerve to belly ache because I didn’t disturb the cat. But, it was really okay. She had at least 3 inches of her own pillow. That was very generous on my part.

I must say that the picture of the Saint is truly every man’s dream. Those sure are lovely flowers on his blanket. Or is that a “quilt”? Skeeter, if the Saint was complaining about a backache, it had to have been very, very severe. We manly men do not complain about such trivial things. We suck it up and just carry on (insert cave man grunts here). It’s not manly to moan about physical ailments.

Friday, January 18, 2008 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Skeeter, Skeeter, my dear friend, I came home from yet another crappy day of work and there was a very lovely package delivered by Mr. Mailman. What a delight to open the package and have the joy of sharing the gift with all my furry babies. We all appreciate it very much and had such excitement in this household! Even my old cat, Sassy, drug herself out of bed and took part in batting around her new "prey". It was like Christmas all over again! Thank you THANK YOU from the whole clan! (Including the male resident who just rolled his eyes when I told him he could take the frame to work for his desk)

Friday, January 18, 2008 8:47:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

You made my day start better as it is a very cute picture and story-you're such a good writer!

I'm with you-kick them off. They can sleep anywhere and afterall, who's there for who? I know cats think people live to serve them, but it truly is not the way. My little Orkin sleeps outside-she hates two of the dogs and REFUSES to come in. If I haul her in, she sits and glares at the dogs from the relative safety on the back of the sofa, then runs out the door the first chance she gets. Dogs don't get in or on the bed. Thankfully, it might be difficult kicking a 100+ pound dog off the bed!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 7:19:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Tina, As a proud owner of a 120 Lb dog, I will tell you that you do not kick a dog of that size off anything. HA! You learn to lay around them.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:33:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

You sleep with a big dog?! I am betting he gets the choice part of the bed. My dog would damage our waterbed-pets and water don't mix. But you know, he does step on me and push me around all the time. I can definitely sympathize, you don't kick a big dog out of bed or anywhere else and that is for sure!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:42:00 AM  
Blogger dragon said...

Tina, you must have a BIG dog. Great to hear that you sleep on a waterbed. I know there are not a lot of us left. Wouldn’t give my waterbed up for nothing. Even when I decided to move in with wifey-poo I brought my waterbed. There was one problem, one of her dogs slept under the bed. Well to wifey-poo it was a problem, to me it was an opportunity. I just built columns for the bed to sit on, and the dog still slept under the bed. Wifey-poo thought I the greatest thing since sliced bread. I am her Knight in Shining Armor.

Dixie-P slept on the waterbed all the time. She is no longer with us, but she had her spot on the bed. Waterbed protection is the key. It is perfectly safe to allow a dog on the waterbed, as long as you add some protection. Put extra mattress pads on the bed, under the sheets. I have three or four mattress pads on the bed. Dixie-P was a big dog (lab/rottie mix), and we had no leaks, runs or errors. The cats are on the bed all the time also. I will play with the cat in bed (get your mind out of the gutter) and with the thickness of pads there is no danger of leaks. They also enhance the warmness in the winter and the coolness of the summer.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Dragon, Dragon, Dragon... You can say all you want about a few teeny tiny flowers on the foot quilt but that will not take the memory from my mind of your pink full body blanket! The quilt is actually for the cats which are both girls! Cheetah likes to hide under it when we have strange people in the house. Sheba likes to get under it during the night and spends most cool days under it also. Lately, they have been upstairs where it is much warmer. I asked the Saint just yesterday if we could move the big screen TV upstairs for the winter. Must be 10 degrees warmer up here! The fire in the living room is nice though.... Extra curricular activities! Ha, we all know wifey pooh is too busy “Saving the World” to have time for any home activities other then playing with her fur babies!

Daisylouu, you are so welcome. Just a little something that I forgot to pass out at our Nov Pet People Gathering, then you were absent in Dec...

Tina, I am so happy to make your day. A bit of pay pack to you for you making my day with your "In the Garden" Blog! I enjoy writing but without any education towards writing, I reckon I will never earn a buck at it. Oh well, just another hobby of mine that rewards me inside… LOL…

Oh my gosh, the water bed talk brought back the memory of when we lived in LA and Skeeter put a hole in the bed! Saint jumped up out of bed hollering the Dam cat Pi$$ed in the bed! Was funny as heck, after the fact! Gave our water bed up about 1992….

Oh such a sweet Dragon to raise the bed for the furry baby. I know, just brownie points with Wifey Pooh for those extra curricular activities you dream about...

Pam and B where are y’all??? Desperate Housewives are singing your song again! We are in the bed waiting for yall…LOL…

Saturday, January 19, 2008 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

Yes Dragon-waterbeds are the best. Hubby loves it but says it is now hurting his back. Wah wah. Don't know what to do about it because I CAN'T give up the bed. It might make for an interesting marriage at some point-though we are good at compromising.

The warmth and coolness are key to the comfort, but still no animals on my bed.

I am so totally insulted :), MY mind is never in the gutter-always in the garden!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger dragon said...

This is true, and you write some good post on your blog. No insulted intended.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

Now Dragon, you know I was so TOTALLY kidding-no insult-really!:)

Saturday, January 19, 2008 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Tina, Actually We sleep with 4 dogs. A St. Bernard, A Golden Retiever, and 2 Shih Tzu's. We bought a new king size bed so we would have room for everyone. The Foreman gets in bed first and then I help Stella (the St.) on the bed since she is old and can't get up on her own, Then I get in bed and everyone else just follows. They all know the routine now. I'm never cold that's for sure!

I'd never own a waterbed again. We did when we first got married and the thing I hated the most was trying to get out of it. I had more bruises on my knees from rolling too close to the edge. I was so glad when I convinced the Foreman to sell it. I've been happy ever since. And after all, It is all about ME! LOL!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:32:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

I have to sing Skeeter praises too. I got an awesome pet package from our sweet friend too. Skeeter is observant. She said she didn't realize I had 5 cats, but the cat frame she sent me has 5 individual picture slots in it...spooky huh? My babies are lovin the treats and goodies and yes Skeeter, i can't wait to see my Rocky in the pool with his pool toy.

Well, eyes are still too sucky to do much computer..I hope I haven't missed anything good on the blog-if so someone please catch me up! I hope ya'll all have a great weekend,stay warm!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Yes Skeeter did a great job picking out toys. Although Hunter has already destroyed them. He had a blast doing it. I will put picture of all my kiddos in the picture frame and it will go on my desk just as soon as I find a new job!

Thanks again for everything!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

Good talking to you all! Usually I don't really get to conversate on here and I promise I won't interrupt too much with you pet people. I adore my pets too-all nine of them plus the seven fish-just not as much as my garden. Sorry.

Adrienne, You are so right about waterbeds. It is hard to get in and out-especially out! That is the biggest complaint but so worth it for the comfort. Like Dragon said, not too many people use them anymore. I am and always have been kind of stuck in the past though.

Four dogs in bed with you! Oh my goodness! You must be very comfortable and those dogs feel quite special every single minute of it!

I meant to say a long time ago when you said you had eye surgery that I hope your eyes get better. Sounds like it is taking a long time and I hope it speeds up so you can enjoy the spring coming up!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Okay all you waterbed lovers. I have always (even as a teenager) suffered from backaches. Well back many moons ago I thought I'd get a waterbed for it. I liked it but it did not seem to help my back any. Back in 2000 I complained to my doctor about a pain I had in my leg and he thought it was caused from my back so sent me for an MRI on my back. Sure enough we found out I had curveage of the spine (they now test you for that when young and can correct it but did'nt in my day) and it had cause my spine to be full of arthritis which was pinching a nerve so he sent me to an orthopedic doctor to scrape some of it out. I asked the orthopedic doctor about waterbeds. I got rid of my soon after as he said it is the worst thing you can do to a back. Sorry waterbed lovers but it is NOT good for your back.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I will let my big boat be my water bed!
Nothing like taking a nap on it on a warm sunny day!
Raining again so mabye we are getting over this drought down here in GA...
I actually have a creek running in the dry bed! Purty as can be....

Saturday, January 19, 2008 5:07:00 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Hi Pet People!
Of course we sleep with the cats and dogs over here. Doris prefers to spend part of the night in a recliner chair alongside the bed.
Even then, when she stands up to stretch the other furkids do likewise. Then we all snuggle down again. :0) great for us.
A few years back when we still had our Gr D, Jasper, he and Dois broke my bed. The boxsprings and mattress have been on the floor ever since.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:19:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I have a Tempurpedic bed and I LOVE it! I have spinal stenosis which cause the pinched nerve thing and I have arthritis and sciatica really bad some days. This bed takes all the pressure off!! It is like sleeping on a cloud.

I used to wake up during the night with pain but not anymore. However, it was very expensive. Fortunately we got a good hunk of change from my social security disability back payments to pay for it. Max, the comfort dog, loves it too.

Usually Max and Niki sleep on the bed and the cats are elsewhere. Larry, senior cat, rotates sleeping places all around the house. Herbie likes the top floor of the condo, Scootie likes to sleep in the bowl over the microwave and little Roxy sleeps in the condo on the bureau.

Charlie likes to sleep on the floor directly under where you put your feet to get out of bed. (!!)

Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

UPDATE on Tonka:
Mom posted Tonka on the 4 Paws Rescue site. He's staying with one her friend Heather who helps runs the site. He will be neutered next week and then will be available for adoption. I wish I could take him, but I just don't have the room and mom said he was too much for Indigo to deal with, with her bad hips. So He's looking for his forever home. I'm just sad that it couldn't be with me!

Sunday, January 20, 2008 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love the picture of the Saint and the cats! He reminds me of King Tut or some other Pharoh buried in Egypt with two felines (which Egypitians loved) guarding his tomb!

I had to laugh when you said he won't move so he won't disturb the cats. I sleep with the dogs, but I have no problem moving them or pushing them over if they are hogging the bed. If I do that they sometimes get on the floor.

But the cats--I am like the Saint. I was over with them the other day for the afternoon and both of them were being so friendly and loving. Tarzan laid next to me and Catfish was using my leg as a pillow, so I didn't move so as not to disturb him. He's hardly ever so cuddly that way, so I wanted to enjoy it, and I did until I couldn't stand it any more, because I'm a fidget and for me to stay still for that long was a strain!

Sunday, January 20, 2008 2:40:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

King Tut! That is funny Sandy and oh so true as they did love their cats!

That is how Sheba’s night time visits with us got started. She did not want to be an inside only cat when we took her in. The first two years with us, she did not purr or show too much love towards us. Then one night out of the blue she joined us in bed and woke us up purring like crazy. We were so tickled that she was happy that we loved and loved on her and she was eating up the attention. Then the same the next night and next night and up until today which is three years later! We are happy that she is so happy but why show us at 3 or 4 in the morning? Cant it wait until more like 7:00...

Monday, January 21, 2008 4:54:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn Coulter said...

Hey, Skeeter! Thanks for your comments at my blog, Seedlings. Glad you're getting some rain there in Augusta. We're hoping our snow helps here. The nighttime temps have been in the teens, so the snow has turned to ice and hasn't melted yet in the shady spots.

Love your writing about the pets. I have a friend with two cats, and am going to tell her about your site. She said her cats have been sleeping beside her like the picture you have posted, of the black cats on each side of the bed. Our doggie passed away about 2 years ago, but i'm holding out hope to get another dog one day...can't have kitties because my son is so allergic. but sigh...they sure look sweet and would be nice and warm on these cold winter nights!

Monday, January 21, 2008 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hey Lynn, Thanks for checking in with us Pet People. We are a crazy animal fanatic bunch that enjoy helping our furry friends and also enjoy getting together occasionally and let our hair down! But to keep things Straight, The Pet People Blog is NOT my blog. It belongs to our Head Fur Nut Sandy Britt! A few of us jump in to help her write on her days off or when a great topic comes to mind....

Do pass along the Blog sight to any one that is interested in Pets. We have a network that is always trying to jump in to help fur babies when needed. We also just love to chat about our own fur babies. I personally have learned so much by jumping on board with the Pet People. I never knew that onions were deadly to cats and dogs! So this has been a world of information in keeping my two kitties healthy and happier in life. I think the computer is the best network around these days!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I stay off here for a couple od days and come back to find tons of talk. Way to go people!
I just love that comercial on TV now where the man doesn't want to move or it will disturb his cat. Don't remember for sure what it's even about, maybe cat food? It's cute anyway.
Skeeter, forget moving the big screen TV upstairs, do what we did,just buy another one.

We too have a king size bed and some nights have all three girls in bed with us. Brittany sleeps with us most every night. She decides she wants one of thier beds that sits on the dresser once in a while too but Courtney and Penelope ignor thier beds.
Like Alice, we have the memory form mattress because with my Fibromyalgia I need something that cusions my every joint and muscle and that does the trick.
Hey which one of you pet people gave us the cat toys with the stretchy ropes in them? All three of our girls absolutely love them!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! They are the best thing and I want to be able to buy more. Of course I won't let them ahve them when we aren't around to superviser them although I think they are too big for them to be swallowed. Maybe if they cam apart or something so I will only let them play with them while I'm here to watch.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:42:00 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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