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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cat Benefits by Skeeter

Okay, Sandy is sick and his Lordship Dragon has requested a chat from me. Sandy, get well soon! Dragon what do I chat about? Hummm, he says nothing sad so as to bring out the Dragon tears. Hum, your birthday was yesterday so you don’t get your way today. Ha, just joking.

Here is one that might make ya think a bit. This is an AP story that I ran across in our paper down here in GA. In case the Leaf did not run it, I will pass it along. Hey, I am just jumping in here to keep the Blog going as a Get Well Gift to Sandy. This is free and sending her a card cost money! Ha…

Study suggests health benefit from owning a cat.

Minneapolis- A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke then people who don’t own cats.

**Wait a minute, stop the presses here… My View, First of all people don’t own cats, Cats own people! That is the way it works in this house. The cats dont clean up after me, I clean up after them! Who flushes whose poop?

Now back to the story….

And no, dogs don’t do the same trick. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that people without cats were 30-40% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease then those with cats.

Yet dog owners had the same rate as non-owners. “No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed,” said the study, presented Thursday at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.

The team analyzed a group of 4,435 people who had answered questionnaires about pet ownership and other risk factors…

I am not sure about this study after all, is 4,435 people a good range to analyze considering how many people have pets? In my mind, a cat or dog can benefit a persons health in a positive way….

What do yall think???

posted by Skeeter at 2/26/2008 01:17:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Ops, forgot to say, Pictured are Cheetah and Sheba soon after their fall fur cuts...
Ah, Aint they cute doing that mirror imagine thing?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 1:26:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

you cut your cat's hair? how do you do that? must be hard for the groomer-not you i am trusting? cute.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh yes Tina. This is the first time you’ve heard of me and the Saint clipping our girls fur? Wow, where have you been? I am guessing In the Garden! LOL. Sandy and a few others have harassed me about clipping their fur but it makes for a healthier cat and happier me with a cleaner home! They dont get fur balls to hack up and my house and floor does not have as much flying fur....

The cost of clipping cats starts at about $60 and up depending on if they need to put them to sleep with medications. First of all I am Miss Cheapskate and have two cats. No way I am paying that price plus I don’t want to have my babies put to sleep unless absolutely necessary. So we paid the price of one hair cut on clippers and the Saint and I spend one Saturday afternoon clipping our little wiggle worms! We take turns with who holds them and who clips but I get the head and neck because I am more steady then the Saint. It usually takes about 2 hours or longer to get the job done and we all are worn out afterwards! They immediately run to the kitchen for their treat of canned Salmon and then nap the remainder of the day…. Oh, they are long hair cats so their fur gets really long...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Cute picture Skeeter!

Not sure what I think about the fact that cat owners live longer. Doesn't matter to me since I know I will die from a heart related problem since I have a bad heart. Some things I wish didn't get passed down through the gene pool.

So I missed telling Draon Happy Birthday yesterday b/c I spent the day in the ER with the Foreman. He broke his foot and no I didn't do it. He fractured it back in Jan and thought he could be a tough guy and it would be fine in a couple of weeks. HA! Friday he stepped out of bed and the little fracture gave way and completly snapped! OUCH!!! But being a typical male..."it's just sore and I just need to stay off it." WHATEVER! When he woke up in tears I knew he had now choice but to go and have it checked. So now he's in a walking boot, kinda looks like Darth Vador, He's out of work for a min. of 2 weeks and DRIVING ME NUTS!!!!

I started working again, so between work, School and now this...I'm so tired. Of course I didn't get just any job either, I'm the Office Manager for a company that promotes wellness in the workplace and hosts health fairs, screenings, lectures and massages for the government and other major companies. I like the job, I have lots to do, but this is the worst timing.

I might shoot him to put myself out of misery. HA HA!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:56:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Adrienne, In the previous post you said you didn't want to post your sad and depressing comments on my Happy Birthday topic. So, where is the news? Surely not the Foreman breaking his foot?? That's not depressing. That is just a guy thing that happens. I'm sorry he's getting on your nerves, but I have a sure fire cure for that. Buy him a plane ticket to Hawaii. He won't be bothering you anymore.

And, I know what you're thinking--Oh my goodness, the cost! But, Adrienne, all you have to do is pay for the plane ticket. Send him to the island of Oahu. Tell him to head to the North Shore and go til he comes to the first hamburger stand on the right. Tell him to go in and ask for Stella, and tell her that I sent him. You see, I have an open invitation to stay there anytime. So, you see, everything will be all right. Oh, wait, if you buy two tickets, it might be cheaper. I will sacrifice myself and accompany the Foreman to Hawaii. The things I am willing to endure for my wenches.

Worst case scenario, we'll open a hot dog stand on the beach. I can see the advertising sign now: GET YOUR ALL MEAT WEINERS HERE.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:38:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

If any one is going to Hawaii it's me and the rest of the wenches! You men can stay home caring for all the pets! HA!

I read to the Foreman your post and he suggested opening the hot dog stand next to the hamburger stand, something about the extra meat.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Adrienne, you are a gluten for punishment! New job, school, brood of fur babies and hobbling hubby! Hang in there girl… Thanks on the compliment of the picture. It is one of my favorites also. Hard to get a good shot of them together, they dont hang together like they use to... Ouch! Sorry to hear about the Foreman’s foot. Does not sound like fun but Dragons trip to Hawaii does!

When do we part Dragon? I am packed and ready. Do you have a Flowery print thong to wear? I may have to get you one if you dont. We can add this to your collection. Yum. I love hot dogs… Hey Pam, do you like weenies? Maybe we can get a Ocean or Air trip (can’t do a road trip) to Hawaii… Can you imagine this bunch in Hawaii together? Heck can you imagine this bunch on a plane together? The Hillbillies and Yankees go to Hawaii! Bring on the Fruity things with umbrellas! Whoa, I am ready when do we part???

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Adrienne, we tried to comment at the same time!

I say Dragon can go. We must have someone to run drinks to us as we bask on the beach! What more then our Lordship in his flowery thong! He must take his swords to ward off all the men that will be after us wild wenches! Our very own Dragon Slayer!

Oh, no, just got the visual, better rethink this one....
I say we rent us a cabana boy once we get there!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:30:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

wait....flowery dogs...extra meat...I will buy MY OWN ticket because I definitely don't want to miss this!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:10:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh my..... It seems to have gotten a wee bit warm in here....

To complete my visual, I only have one question: I just want to know if Shannon O'Malley will have a coordinating flowery print bikini to match his Lordship's thong??? Skeeter, maybe you can buy a his and hers set????

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

haha Stacey,

I just want to look, drink and take blackmail pictures. This bod is too old ... I wouldn't want anyone to go blind from the sight of me in a bikini..sheesh scary stuff there.

Skeeter, I got too excited to comment on the story in my earlier post but this is an interesting study. I wonder exactly how scientific it was? I guess we should all cross heart- disease off our list of worries. Maybe I will start eating bacon again! And I love the pics of your shaved kitty. I have often thought about shaving my kitty but he is extremely tempermental. I am afraid if I tried I would get bitten. The local groomer won't do it either so I will just have to keep my big grumpy kitty fluffy and hairy. I too would love to rid the house of some of the flying fur and the hairballs. Maybe on your next TN visit you can come over and give me a demo!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:03:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dragon, you must have two stands and I have the logos for both of them. For the Hamburger stand it will say in big bold letters of course "Hot Meat" we aim to please every time and on for the hot dog stand it will say "Wild Wieners" you'll leave here satisfied! What do ya think?

Skeeter, I'm ready to pack, and what kind of question is do you like weenies? Give me a break girl, I had a nice hot one just last night.

O'Malley, you can do what I do and just trim your cats with sissors. Mine are too wild to even think about using a electric trimmer like Skeeter does but the sissors work ok as long a you're careful and patient. Courtney is my long haired girl that gets matted so have to get those out and prevent as many as I can and trimming her hair is the only way to go. Like Skeeter I can't stand the thought of sedating any of my girls unless it is absolutely nescessairy.

Poor Adrienne, take care not to over do and get sick on us. Tell the Foreman since he is such a "manly man" and togh he doesn't need you to take care of him. Then call him a wimp if he complains about how much pain he's in. I do hope he makes a quick recovery especially for your sake.

Sandy, if you're reading any of the blogg while you're sick, please get well soon!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...


You signed your post O'Malley but I am afraid I cannot take credit for the "I had a nice hot one just last night" remark. hahaha that is soooo funny.. Stacey...its getting waarm in here again. Hot meat and wild weiners...not to mention all the unabashed talk of trimming our kitties...oops, my mind briefly sank to the gutter on that one.hahah and I thought today would be dull.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Stacey, we in the South like it a bit warm! I will start the hunt for “his and hers” as long as I am not donning the “hers”! LOL

O'Malley, Bring on the bacon! As far as the demo on cat hair cuts go, forget it! My mom has asked us to set up the camcorder on the tripod while clipping and I would not dare! The Saint and I have cat hair coming out of holes we did not know we had! They squirm more then anything and believe it or not, they don’t bite us! We must remember to clip the claws beforehand because they like to kick off of our chest with those back feet. And Ouch that hurts if we forget the pud-i-cures. I had a nice scratch on Flopsy that lasted a few weeks after one clipping.

Pam, I love your names for the business! Who doesn't like a good steamy hot weenie! Last night huh. Oh, when did Flyboy get back from his adventures!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, Fly Boy is still out of town!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

What happens at your house...
Stays at your house! LOL

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:16:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Ok people I think I said something to the effect of the WENCHES going to Hawaii and leaving the men behind to care for the pets. Traveling with out the men is always more fun. You can let your hair down (or whatever else you want to let down) without having to worry. I'm all about seperate vacations! Besides, we can't ogle all the hotties on the beach if they tag along. HA!!

Dragon can come to VA to help out the Foreman while we party in Hawaii!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 6:49:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Adrienne, Adrienne, Adrienne, have you forgotten? Dragon is our first and most important male counterperson here! We would be lost without him! Not only to bicker with him but his fierce firey omnincense presense is there to proect us in any situation that any of us wenches might get ourselves into. We need him not only to protect us from others but also from ourselves. Think abou it girl.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I meant to say omnipresnsense, oh it's too late for me to be on here as I am mispelling everything I write but ya'all get the gist of what I'm tryi'n to say.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:31:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Saint is NOT invited! He lived there for 4 years and says he has no desire to ever go back even to show ME the Tropical Paradise! I have been asking, okay begging him to take me there for 20 years! So I would not invite him along for all the money in the world! He stays home and scoops cat poop while I bask in the sun sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas in them brought to me by my own personally chosen Cabana Boy!

Thursday, February 28, 2008 8:53:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Right, the Saint stays back to scoop poop!

Thursday, February 28, 2008 9:24:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Skeeter, love the photo of your clipped girls! they are like two bookends. And I am getting used to the haircuts! they both look adorable!

Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:06:00 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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