This is Jolie’s first winter with us. Because she has hair, not fur like Charles, I don’t know if she is cold. Luckily, his sweaters, which he hates, fit her. She likes them. Here she is impersonating Rockey Raccoon.
Have an awesome Black & White Sunday and welcome to meteorological winter.
Hi. Noel here. Mom said that I haven’t helped her in her office for a very long time. Mostly I have been sleeping on her recliner in the living room or on a dining room chair. But the other day something scared me and I wandered down the long hall and found Mom’s office. That reminded me that I used to spend a lot of time in there helping her do her work and especially create the DogDaz blog.
Mom gave me my old job back as her office assistant, but mostly I can be found sleeping in the guest office chair, which has now forced Jolie to sleep on Louise’s old office pillow on the floor.
Displacing the little dog is a great perk of getting my office job back. She had taken over the guest chair and now it is mine!
I think I will keep this job for a while, or at least until I forget where the office is again.
I cannot imagine a life without cats!
We love the couch. Our couch is the perfect place to nap. We nap a lot. Mom says that we are just lazy loafers.
According to PetMed.com:
On average, most dogs spend about 50% of their day sleeping—about 12 hours in a 24-hour period. Puppies, large-breed dogs, and older dogs may sleep more, while small-breed dogs and working dogs may sleep less.
In addition to the 50% of their day spent sleeping, dogs will then spend another 30% of their awake hours doing what I call “loafing.” Just like with humans, loafing is when a dog is awake but really not doing much of anything—just hanging out. Typically, loafing time is spent lying down, watching the world go by, and generally enjoying being lazy.
So, that comes out to a whopping 80% of the doggy day being spent not doing much of anything at all.
Our couch is the perfect place to be lazy loafers. That and the top of the stairs.
Where do you love to loaf?
For Thanksgiving Mom always makes apple something. I like apples. They are yummy. So when Mom sat down to peel lots and lots of apples, I definitely wanted to assist.
She did let me watch and she even gave me some apple to chew on. But she would not let me have the whole thing. She said something about how apple seeds could make me crazy and even possibly kill me.
It was worth it in the end because Mom dropped a dallop of vegan ice cream on the floor by accident and I got to gooble it up.
If you want Mom’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and occasionally vegan recipe you can find it, and many more, at https://lorianskitchen.com
What kind of mischief did you get into today?
Sofie Bear would have been 12 years old yesterday. Here she is with Mr. Nine from a few years back. Nine would have been 12 this coming February. They passed too young at 11 years old. I miss them both a whole lot and I am thankful I got to spend so many years with them.
Memories are a double-edged sword: both sweet and painful at the same time.*
*I am not sure where I heard that quote, or who said it, but it makes a lot of sense.
I cannot imagine a life without cats!
Dear Noel – I know that my humans are planning a big food celebration tomorrow – they call it Thanksgiving. All they ever give me though is dry kibble. How do I get my human to understand that I can have some leftovers too! – Please help. I am Hungry in Hagerstown
Dear Hungry – Many humans do not understand a cat’s diet. We are obligate carnivores, which means we have to have MEAT to live. But fat on the other paw can make us sick. In the wild, we would eat about 3 or 4 mice a day (yum), depending on our size. But remind them that we are little creatures and our calories per day should be limited to our size. And, we are each different, so tell your human to ask your Vet, since I am not a medicine cat and don’t know what is right for you.
You can have many wonderful COOKED lean proteins:
- 1 ounce of cooked TURKEY white meat
- Skinless chicken (MY FAVORITE)
- Lean beef
- Cooked eggs
- Cooked salmon/tuna
- Canned fish
Don’t forget your veggies and grains:
- Raw Pumpkin/squash, peas, and cucumber
- Cooked carrots, broccoli, green beans
- Mashed sweet potato
- Cooked oatmeal
And your fruit:
- Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew (no seeded)
- Peeled apples
But remind them that you cannot eat the following:
- NO FAT
- Coconut Milk
- Coffee or caffeine
- RAW fish
- Bread dough
- Cooked bones
- Candy / Gum
- Artificial sweeteners (Especially XYLITOL)
See this Basic guide