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Friday, October 31, 2008

Masquarade - Revealed!

The clock has stuck midnight and it is time to unmask our guests!

1. Halloween. I thought it appropriate, since we are celebrating Halloween, to start out with Halloween the Cat.

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2. Scotchy joins us from Kellykat's Korner.

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We knew the white coat would throw you all!

3. Thompson came to dance with the stars from the Cat's Eye blog.

I surprised I didn't get more guesses on this one as he has a very distinctive beauty mark on his nose (even if it was turned hot pink) and is, of course, missing a front leg. I guess bush did a better job of hiding that then I thought!

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4. Madison is from Cory Cat Talks.

Cory guess that this was his brother and he was correct.

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5. Rudy is Perfectly Parker's well behaved mancat brofur, and quite the mancat round the ballroom as well.

I guess dressing in formal black caught everyone off guard as not even Parker knew him!

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6. Dakota from The Chronicle of Woos.

I think this who OP Pack mean when they say "Our Girl" but it was sort of let slip she'd be part of this week's T-13. Titus was good guess for this one though, but it wrong guess.

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7. Grete is also from Cory Cat Talks blog.

My bean keep singing "Her name was Lola, she was a showdog..." while she dressing Grete up and I can't figure out why. Her name not Lola.

Cory, of course, knew that Grete was named Grete and not Lola.

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8. Georgia is of course Mickey the Black Cat's beautiful little sisfur.

Vampy Vic guess this one, as did Sunny's Mom. Lots of fursons guessed Gretchen though, and several even say Tillie!

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9. Scout slipped in on Little Cat Feet an was quite undetected by our guessers!

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10. Grayson knows it's It's all about meow.

Daisy guess this one right first, Sunny's Mommy & Parker also guess it right.

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11. Powder, of Perfectly Parker looks perfectly stunning on the stage, don't you think?

At least Parker recognized her sisfur!

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12. Nina is Victor Tabbycat's new little sisfur.

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13. Jimmy Joe from Jimmy Joe's Pad.

Sunny's Mommy get this one right.

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So there you have it!

Some very good guesses, but some very good costumes as well!

Thank you all for coming, and...

Halloween


And don't for get to pick up your Corny Candies on the way out!

Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2008

T-13: Masquarade

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Welcome to the Grande Masquarade Ball at Castle Diamond!

Today we have 13 very special Mystery Guests. There identity has been held as a closely guarded secret, so secret in fact that I, the Diamond of the Red Death, do not even remember who they are.

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Your task is to identify these Guests before the toll of Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the clock in the main hall of the castle. And believe me, it's no easy task, as many of them have worn fur, the color of which has never before been seen in nature!

Once the clock tolls the witching hour, all the masks will come off and our Guests will be revealed!

Sorry...no clues! Are you ready? Here we go:

(Remember that you can click to see a larger version of the picture!)

1.

Howl-N-Scream


2.

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3.

Howl-N-Scream


4.

Howl-N-Scream


5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

Howl-N-Scream


12.

Howl-N-Scream


13.

Howl-N-Scream



That's it. Good Luck! Remember to stop back when the clock tolls Midnight to see how you've one!

PeeEss: You may also E-mail me your guesses if you do not wish to leave them in the comment section. Be sure to add the number and the name in the e-mail.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Masquarade!

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Very Superstitious

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Howl-N-Scream is the time of the year when everyone thinks about Black Cat and Superstitions. But not all superstitions have to do with black cats!

Here are some superstitions that humans have about the feline race:

Dreaming of white cat means good luck.
- American superstition

To see a white cat on the road is lucky.
- American superstition

It is bad luck to see a white cat at night.
- American superstition

If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain.
- English superstition

A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.
- Scottish superstition

A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.
- Italian superstition

A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead.
- English superstition

When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true.
- American superstition

In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.
- Netherlands superstition

To reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path, first walk in a circle, then go backward across the spot where it happened and count to 13.

We will have 13 special Mystery Guests here at Castle Diamond for our first annual Howl-N-Scream Masquarade. Can you figure out who they are? Come to the Masquarade and see!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tales on Tuesday: Dog Rescues Kittens

Leo, a courageous Jack Russell Terrier in Melbourne, Australia, nearly lost his life trying to save a litter of kittens trapped in a house fire Sunday.

He refused to leave the kittens, even when thick smoke engulfed them. He stayed by the box until firefighters were able to rescue the animals.

Leo was not in great shape when he was finally taken from the burning house, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Happily the fire fighters were able to revive him with oxygen and a heart massage, and he recovered quickly.

Leo and the kittens are now safe and sound. Here is brief CNN Video on the story that is on You Tube:



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Overnight has become furry cold here in Cape Coral. Cold enough for winter. Cold enough to turn the cat heater on to warm the cat.

Remember to be careful when turning heating devices on for the first time. Check to make sure the vents are clear and that the system is in proper working order.

You do not wish to risk a house fire, especially when you may not have a heroic woofie like Leo around to save you.

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Halloween

Monday, October 27, 2008

Myth Monday - Gargoyles

Little Isis posted a really cool picture of herself sleeping next to a Gargoyle in her shop on House Panthers. We like Gargoyles to, and have one, but it's not nearly as nice as her's is. (I took a picture of ours, but the flashy box ate it.)

But what exactly is a Gargoyle?

Originally, Gargoyles were part of architecture: a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building.

The term originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet"; cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Spanish garganta, "throat"; Spanish gárgola, "gargoyle").

A chimera, or a grotesque figure, is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. These are also usually called gargoyles in laypersons' terminology, although the field of architecture usually preserves the distinction between gargoyles (functional waterspouts) and non-waterspout grotesques.

Reproductions of a statue representing gargoyle-like creatures, available in some stores although sometimes functional, are more often than not grotesques modeled after famous gargoyles.

These are the kind of Gargoyles most of us own. Ours sits on the table, not on the roof, and does not function as a downspout.

Historically, the gargoyle's grotesque form was said to scare off evil spirits so they were used for protection. For those who believed in evil spirits, gargoyles were powerful spirits in the service of the church. They were guardians of the buildings they were on and kept evil spirits away. Thus the faithful had no need to fear any evil spirit and could even laugh at it with impunity.

Monsters, or more precisely chimeras, were used as decoration on 19th and early 20th century buildings in cities such as New York (where the Chrysler Building's stainless steel gargoyles are celebrated), and Chicago. Gargoyles can be found on many churches and buildings.

One impressive collection of modern gargoyles can be found at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The cathedral, begun in 1908, is encrusted with the limestone demons. This collection also includes Darth Vader, a crooked politician, robots and many other modern spins on the ancient tradition. The 20th Century collegiate form of the Gothic Revival produced many modern gargoyles, notably at Princeton University, Washington University in St. Louis, Duke University and the University of Chicago.

Gargoyle may also refer to (this list is incomplete):

In fiction:

* Gargoyles (movie), a 1972 made-for-TV horror film.
* Gargoyles (TV series), an animated series that ran from 1994 to 1997.
o Gargoyles (SLG comic), the comic by Slave Labor Graphics based on the television show.
* Gargoyles (novel), a novel by Alan Nayes.
* The Gargoyle (novel), a 2008 debut novel by author Andrew Davidson
* Gargoyle (comics), a Marvel Comics character.
* Gargoyle (Dungeons & Dragons), a kind of monster from the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
* Gargoyle, the main villain in the anime series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

In music:

* Gargoyle, a Japanese thrash metal band.

In print media:

* The Gargoyle (newspaper), the University of Toronto newspaper.
* Gargoyle Humor Magazine at the University of Michigan.
* Gargoyle Magazine, a Washington, D.C. based literary journal.

Other uses:

* Gargoyle Games, a British software company successful in the 1980s.
* The Oxford Gargoyles, a jazz a cappella group from Oxford University.
* LBD-1 Gargoyle, a guided bomb of World War Two.
* The Gargoyles, a British band.
* S-300, SA-20 GARGOYLE, common name for one variant of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system

Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Caterday: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November 2 - through - 8, 2008


National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week During the first week of November, communities nationwide are encouraged to take a closer look at the valuable role their animal shelters play in enhancing the quality of life in their community as part of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

Show your appreciation to the Shelter in your area by making a monetary donation to the facility, or by in-kinds donations of paper towels, bath towels, bleach, Dawn Detergent, styrofoam bowls cups, and plates, napkins, cat litter, Cat and Dog Food & treats, and trash bags. If you cannot donate money or goods, purrhaps you can offer to help out at the shelter a few hours a week as a volunteer.

Here in Lee county, our Animal Services ensure a safe and compassionate community. In the past 12 months, Animal Services has rescued, housed, fed, and provided care and medical treatment for nearly 14,000 dogs and cats. The agency has responded to over 50,000 calls regarding animal issues and 23,000 calls for service.

During the past year, our agency implemented many new programs including:

*expanded veterinary services and a low-cost spay neuter program for all residents, as well as those receiving public assistance;
*a new foster program to assist animals in need of extra care or time to increase their adoptability;
*an expanded breed rescue program to increase options for hard to adopt pets;
*a Pet Pantry for residents who cannot afford to feed their pets;
*a Behavior Hot Line to assist pet owners in dealing with problem behaviors rather than surrendering their pets to shelters;
*an offsite adoption program to get pets more community exposure;
*a 10 Day Health Guarantee for all pets adopted from the shelter.

For more information about National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and the activities surrounding it in your area visit AnimalSheltering.org.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Foolish Friday

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Do you like my new Demon Cat costume? If the horns fit, wear 'em, I always say!


So, my brofur get off restriction last night and go outside. This not make me very happy because those are my territories, and of course, he wish to claim them. So we have another squabble over outside. Night before last we fight over who gets to use Bean as cat furniture. In the end, neither of us do.

Anyway, he go outside and a while later, he is out on the Veranda again, meowling very loudly. If fact, we as meowling to signal that he had caught something, something very large and potential very dangerous.

We Cats signal when we catch prey and bring it back to the den. This is to let kittens know in advance that we have something that is still alive and potential dangerous. The reason we bring live preys back to the den is to teach the kittens how to kill. Otherwise how they learn, they not have something to practice on.

Generally speaking, the loudness of our signal signifies how dangerous the prey is. A softer meow means the prey no really hurt you, while a very loud yowl mean to watch yourself as you could get hurt if you not handle the prey just right.

My brofur is of course, very loud to begin with. Hence we coin the word "Meowl" to describe the sound me make, which is kind of like a cross between a meow and a yowl.

In any case, he out on the veranda and he starts meowling that he caught prey. And give all the noise he was making, I was envisioning something along the like of a full grown alien from the Aliens 2 move. But no.

Do you know what he catch?

That's right.

A stick.

A very deadly stick form the noise he was making.

My bean of course heap profuse praise upon him for saving the world for this deadly stick he find catch.

Well...perhaps there's a beginner's curve involved?

Bast only knows the kind of noise he will make should he ever catch a rat!

My bean have upper respiratory infection (again), so I imagine the upcoming weekend will be pretty quite around here again. Unless of course Tabby brofur catch another stick.

But I hope that your weekend is just SPOOK-tacular!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

T-13: Costumed capers!

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We all like to get treats! In the human world, trick-or-treating only comes once a year - on October 31st. But Castle Diamond is located in the land of Catopia, and so we can trick-or-treat whenever we want!

Needless to say, all sort of costumed creatures have come to our doors, looking for handouts.

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

Why...I do believe I hear one now. Let's see who it is, shall we?

1. Look! It's our furiend, Ernie of The Island Cats! And what an adorable costume he's wearing!

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Happily we have lots of Cat Candy and Dog Cookies on hand, so I can send Ernie away happy!

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"Mick-or-meep!"

2. Who could it be this time? It's my fellow House Panther DoryDoo, and look at the great Kung Fu moves!

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She's a regular Ninja Kitty!

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

3. Why it's Huffle Mawson, explorer cat, dressed to go walkabout!

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I do hope we're going to have more than just House Panthers tonight. We had a 13 of them come to visit just a couple of weeks ago.

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

4. Why it's the lovely Miss Parker, looking perfectly regal tonight, I might add!

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It's nice to see you paying tribute to the Egyptian Heritage we felines share.

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Woof! Woof!"

5. A Woofie! Oh my! Look, it's Alfred, an honorary member of The Kattonic Cats. How are you tonight Alfred? I've got woofie waffers, baked fresh today at the Cape Dog Bakery for you!

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I don't suppose you brought...

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

6. Speedy!!! And that's quite the Mexican set up you've got there. Purrhaps you'd rather have a nice cheese quesadia instead of some cat candy?

Domestic Cat,Howl-N-Scream


::knock::Knock::knock::
"Woo! Woo!"

7. Why look! It's Phantom from The Chronicle of Woos pack! You're certainly stylin' there tonight, sheriff! Don't worry, all our treats have been checked and are stuffed with only wholesome goodness!

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::knock::Knock::knock::
"Woo! Woo!"

8. Another visitor from the Woos? Oh, it's Thunder! Looking quite snazzy dressed as Antonio Banderas!

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You do know that just about every lady cat in the world is secretly in love with Antonio Banderas don't you? Well, at least, with his Puss-In-Boots character.

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

9. Speaking of which...I should have guessed Miss Daisy would come as a princess of some kind. Although...are you feeling well? You are looking a little green tonight, my dear!

Cornish Rex Cat,Howl-N-Scream


::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

10. Oh Brainball! I don't think you needed that wig to look like lion! And I don't think anyone is going to believe you're cowardly!

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What's that? What witch? Where?

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

11. There witch! Welcome to the Castle! Sorry, no Emeralds here, just Diamonds! But really Miss Peach, I don't think anyone is going to believe you're a bad witch!

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::knock::Knock::knock::
"Yo! Ho! Yo! Ho! A Pirate Babe for me!"

12. Trip! You are definitely stylin' tonight. Good to see you taking Miss Parker around tonight. And (::sniff::sniff::) you smell of lavender! Must be a hot date!

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Have you seen my bilgerat brofur anywhere? He said he was going out...

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

13. Speak of the devil!

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Oh Tristan! You're supposed to keep you costume ON while you're going trick-or-treating. It is not that hot out... Oh...get in here...

Geez!

Well that does it for this week's Thursday Thirteen! Weren't those a dozen of the greatest costume's ever? If haven't had enough though, don't forget that...

::knock::Knock::knock::
"Mick-or-meep!"

14. What's this? Another visitor?

Mickey! I should have guessed you'd be out night with Miss Peach! Got yourself a bag full of treats already I see!

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Any more? Did you bring the mousekateers? No? Well, give my regards to the girls, okay?

As I was saying...if this hasn't been enough, be sure to check out Boolatry this weekend, as they finish off their Spooky Saturday promotion and add a special version of Spooky Sunday's as well.

We have one more week of Howl-N-Scream here at Castle Diamond, so be sure to stop back for our big masquerade ball next Thursday, October 30th!

Halloween,Owl


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This week's issue of T-13 is dedicated to The Maltese Scrapper who provided many of the masks, wigs and hats, and certainly inspired all of the costumes!


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