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Thursday, July 31, 2008

13 Cat-lympic games



The High Jumping video got me thinking about this thing humans call Olympics. Olympics is where human come from all over world to see who can something the best of all of them. Like who can run the fastest, or throw something the farthest.

So I got to thinking, maybe we should Cat-lympics Competition, see which cat is best. So then I think, what kind of things we do in Cat-lympics. So there is my list of 13 Cat-lympic competitions.

Now all we need to decide is where to hold competition.

1. High jumping - From the floor to the top of fridge. Extra points for graceful dismount.
2. NAS-CAT racing - track must include a circuit of every room in the house. Extra points for extreme speed on staircases.
3. Grooming Gala - for the quickest, and longest groomers. Must look your best when done. May not use outside help.
4. Hairball hurling - Distance counts
5. Synchronized stretching - Skittles the Huntress will provide a pre-game demonstration.
6. Hiding - use of camouflage permitted. Extra points for hiding in plain sight.
7. Cat tower climbing - one pole covered in carpet, 12 feet straight up.
8. Nose Hockey - best kitchen sport around
9. Linoleum sliding - Style counts
10. Mousing - fastest time to catch and kill a mouse
11. Toy conservation - longest time to play with rat before killing it.
12. Sandbox sculpting - Extra points awarded for using advanced digging skills
13. Catnapping

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kitty Cat High Jump Video

I find this on Photobucket....

The landing needs a little work...

What Wednesday - Dog Days of Summer

Scourage of the Seven Seas

How come dogs have a season? Have you ever wonder this? We do not have Cat Days of Winter, but we days in summer for Dogs. So why is this? I tell you...

The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. They are a phenomenon of the northern hemisphere that usually falls between early July and early September but the actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.

The term "Dog Days" was used by the Greeks, as well as the ancient Romans (who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs)) after Sirius (the "Dog Star"), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun.

Popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies."

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true owing to precession of the equinoxes.

The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient helical (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

According to The Book of Common Prayer (1552), the "Dog Daies" begin on July 6 and end on August 17.

The period from July 23 to August 23 is called "Rötmånad" in Sweden and "Mätäkuu" in Finland, both literally meaning "rotting-month", due to the risk of foodstuff spoiling due to the high temperature.

For the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile's flooding, so they used the star as a "watchdog" for that event. Since its rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with hot, sultry weather was made for all time: "Dog Days bright and clear / indicate a happy year. / But when accompanied by rain, / for better times our hopes are vain."

In recent years, the phrase "Dog Days" or "Dog Days of Summer" have also found new meanings. The term has frequently been used in reference to the American stock market(s). Typically, summer is a very slow time for the stock market, and additionally, poorly performing stocks with little future potential are frequently known as "dogs."

A casual survey will usually find that many people believe the phrase is in reference to the conspicuous laziness of domesticated dogs (who are in danger of overheating with too much exercise) during the hottest days of the summer. When speaking of "Dog Days" there seems to be a connotation of lying or "dogging" around, or being "dog tired" on these hot and humid days. Although these meanings have nothing to do with the original source of the phrase, they may have been attached to the phrase in recent years due to common usage or misunderstanding of the origin of the phrase.

The feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs, is August 16.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Black Supremacy!

Diamond's Floral Fantasy

There was bit on news, other day about a meeting someplace in Texas in which one councilman summed up the operations of the council as saying it was a black hole in which everything vanish and never reappeared again.

We have one of these black holes in my house, center over coffee table.

In any case one of other councilmen jump up and object to the term "black hole" because it is racist remark. Guy not attend 3rd grade science, obviously. Then 'nother council member jump up and second it.

Then there is discussion about how black is alway "bad" - that Angel Food cake is "white" while Devil Food Cake is "Black". Actually it Chocolate and I don't know too many humans when asked to pick between Angel Food Cake and Devil Food Cake, going to pick Angel Food Cake. They all like their chocolate too much!

I think councilmen are just crazy. Black is very good. In fact, Black Cats are very best cats and all other cats, including white angel food cats, are inferior. (Nothing against my white angle food cat furriends, but you KNOW it's true.)

Someone need to tell these humans that have problem with "black" that they are nuts and not the kind mixed with chocolate that everyone seems to want.

Meanwhile, the dog days of summer are upon us.

Dogs will be the featured pet at Lee County Animal Services throughout the month of August. The shelter’s space to hold dogs is over capacity and adopters are needed to provide permanent homes for the dogs currently at Animal Services so there will be space for incoming animals.

(They do not put pets to sleep there because they are unwanted. They just adopt out more aggressively.)

To encourage people to open their homes, all dogs may be adopted for the low fee of $35. This includes puppies, regularly $95, and adult dogs, regularly $75. Senior pets (6 years and over) are always available for only $25 and seniors citizens (65 years and over) may adopt senior pets for fee.

In addition to the Dog Days of Summer promotion at the shelter, pets will be available for adoption at Jaguar /Audi/ Land Rover of Fort Myers on US 41, south of Six Mile Cypress on Saturday, August 2nd and 9th from 10 AM until 2 PM. Offsite adoption events are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. Behaviorists and trainers will be available to help adopters select the best pet for their family.

I know of a woofie need a good home. Free! Tie dye and glass included.

Fort Myers Miracle