Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Taking a Needed Break: But Not Disappearing!

I love blogging here, but I have been so busy writing blog entries for Petside that I am just all written out lately.

I feel JUST like this cat and dog, and need a little break. Since I love the interactions and comments which I receive, and I so enjoy posting stories and photographs of interest, I have decided that as a compromise to save energy, I will post as often as possible, but probably not every day for now.

Thanks to everyone who is contributing to make this blog popular and fun. So stay tuned, I have not disappeared.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Equestrian Eventing With Bryant Gumbel: Don't Miss This!

While the Cross Country segment of Three Day Eventing competition is considered to be breathtakingly exciting, in my opinion it is a grueling and arduous test for a horse which I feel borders on insanity. Unlike the Stadium Jumping segment of this equine Triathalon, where imposing obstacles collapse easily, cross country jumping's "natural"appearing obstacles are dense and in most cases do not fall if impacted by a horse on course.

Bryant Gumbel's "Real Sports" edition for Tuesday, July 29, will feature a segment about the risks of equestrian Eventing.

Judging from past editions which Mr. Gumbel presented about the equine industry, I imagine that this will also be an in depth examination of the pit falls and dangers of the sport.

The program will be aired on HBO on at 10:00 PM ET on July 29. I can't wait to see what the show will cover.

Watch your schedules as "Real Sports" is repeated frequently throughout the week.

What are your feelings about Cross Country jumping? Leave a comment and share.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Super Dog Whisperer? Happy Monday Morning!

Everyone wants a peaceful start of the week. So, without further ado, here is my new week gift to y'all.

You just might want to slip back in between the sheets when you hear this talented super "dog whisperer" sing his lullaby to this rowdy litter of Boxer pups.

Whatever your reaction, have a blessed week ahead.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Silent Sunday on Frequently Feline: Tabby Table Manners

Humans and cats! What a marvelous combination. Who'da thunk that table manners are important? Obviously this lady has strict rules for tabby at the table!

Enjoy this very funny video and if you are inspired to try this, let us know!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Running of The Bulls: A Terrible Waste

An annual "Running of the Bulls" festival held in Huamantla, Mexico, recreating the Pamploma Bull Running festival in spain, left over a dozen people injured, two seriously. Twelve bulls are let loose in the streets of the village, before being returned to the stable in which they are kept.

While a blogger customarily writes about events with a neutral eye, this festive "custom" gets my blood boiling. Running of the bulls, or bullfights sets my teeth on edge. A cruel and heartless practice, I have to admit that I feel for the bulls and while I don't enjoy hearing about people being injured, these folks ask for it. Frightened angry bulls being tormented by humans just seems senseless and I am on the side of the bulls.

Perhaps this is a wake up call to ban the practice of using bulls for human entertainment. I certainly hope so. There is nothing artistic or graceful about bull fighting in my opinion.

Uploaded to YouTube by diagonaluk, the bulls score a couple of brutal hits during a bull run.

What are your feelings about the "art" of bullfighting, or the highly attended bull running festivals? Leave a comment share

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Missy Toe

Missy Toe looks regal on her high, comfortable perch, don't you think? Such a pretty kitty, belonging to Donna, I think she is a great CATIDATE for Pet of the Week.

So without further ado, apaws of well deserved conCATulations go to Missy Toe and her kitty servant. Send them an appreciative message by leaving a comment!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Optical Illusion? A Very Long Cat?

I have heard the expression "Git along, little doggie", but never anything of the kind in connection with kitties.

Either this is the longest Abyssinian ever to exist, or our eyes are being deceived.

What do you think?

Leave a comment and let us know!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Olympic Equestrian Games: TV Schedule!

It is extremely frustrating having to wait and watch in order to learn when the Equestrian Games will be featured on TV. The previous Summer Olympics had sparse coverage as far as I was concerned.

However I was lucky enough to find an extended schedule posted on the Internet. Some of the channels have not been announced, and if anyone reading this can leave a comment with the missing information, it would be highly appreciated.

Here is the schedule for those folks who are chomping at the bit to watch. You can set your DVR recorders in a few days, in order not to miss any of the events.

Television Coverage of the Equestrian Events at the 2008 Olympics Announced Release: July 10 2008
Date: Program—Time (EST) on Channel
Aug. 9: 3-Day: Dressage—2:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on USA
Aug. 11: 3-Day: Cross- Country— 6:00pm-8:00pm OXYGEN
Aug. 12: 3-Day: Stadium Team Gold Medal Final—6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on OXYGEN
Aug. 13: Dressage—6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on OXYGEN
Aug. 14: Dressage Team Gold Medal Final—6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on OXYGEN
Aug. 15: Show Jumping—6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on OXYGEN
Aug. 16: Dressage Individual – 5:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. MSNBC
Aug. 17: Show Jumping Team Gold Medal Final 1st Round—10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m on NBC
Aug. 18: Show Jumping Team Gold Medal Final Round— 6:00pm-8:00 p.m. OXYGEN
Aug. 19: Dressage Individual Gold Medal Final - 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on OXYGEN
Aug. 21: Show Jumping Individual Gold Medal Final- 10:00am- 1:00 pm (channel missing)

Are you looking forward to the Equestrian Games? Which are your favorites? Let us know!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Herdly a Word Could be Heard

If you ever felt sheepish during a conversation on the phone, you can imagine how this herd may feel.

These fabulous statues were made from old telephones, cords and wires. After you do your double take, carefully observe the statues and see for yourself.

Thanks, M00NLTSNTA for sending the photos.
What an ingenious sculptor, don't you think?

Monday, July 21, 2008

These Mice are Very Brave!

Some photos just capture a moment in time that will never again happen. These two adorable "aww factor" shots demonstrate this really beautifully. Who would have imagined that a mouse would be whispering to what we consider to be a dreaded enemy.

This one warmed my heart deeply. How could one not say "awwwww" viewing this little guy held so gently.

Sometimes a picture really says it all, don't you agree?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Silent Sunday on Frequently Feline: Simonscat "TV Dinner"

This delightful animated video featuring a hungry cat and his clueless human caretaker, brilliantly chronicles feline behavior.

I'll bet all the cat hair in my house, against yours, that your kitty identifies with Simon. Ask your cat to "tell it like it" is by leaving a comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer Olympic Games: Culinary Customs Hard to Swallow.

While I look forward to the Summer Olympics, at the same time I am having difficulty understanding why the Chinese and other Asian countries serve dog meat.

All Summer Game contracted hotels and restaurants have been ordered to withdraw dog meat from their menus to avoid upset and protests from those particpants and visitors who find the practice odious.

And while I mean no disrespect to Chinese culinary customs, there is something about serving up a canine companion that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

How do you feel about the temporary ban on dog meat during the Summer Games? Leave a comment and share.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Sabu

This highly intelligent kitty knows just how to find the warmest hammock and certainly is not shy in the least.

To honor Sabu, and his cat servant, DBDustbuny, I have chosen him as Pet of the Week.

Talk about Lounge wear . . . well, isn't it meant to be comfy?

Let's conCATulate the winners and leave a comment for them.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This Kitty is On The Ball!

This cat sure is on the ball, don't you think? I wonder which league this Harlem Globe Trotter is getting ready to try out for. Purrsonally I think the cat heard the word " basket", and jumped to a wrong conclusion!

What do y'all think? Let us know!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Uninvited House Guests: Part Two

Yesterday morning, awakened by loud scratching and screaming sounds outside the sliding door in my office, I jumped out of bed to investigate its source.

My heart was beating wildly as I found a very upset and frightened young raccoon staring up at me, begging me to release him.

Hands trembling, I immediately called Aaron, our wildlife technician to report that "we had raccoon" and to please hasten to our house to retrieve her. He told me that he would be there in a few minutes, and to "hang tough." Sure.. easy for him to say.

Upon his arrival, Aaron checked the trap immediately, informing me that the trapped masked bandit was not mama. There was another raccoon in another trap outside the far end of our screened in pool area. I had no idea about that one!

Mama raccoon was not a happy camper as I rushed out to snap her photo. She hissed and growled threateningly . . . a scary critter. But she was not upset at all about the other raccoon in the cage next to her, and he was now as quiet as a Church Mouse.

Aaron checked the attic and found one very frightened youngster moving around too fast for him to manually extract him. Before he left, another trap was baited to hopefully catch the other baby.

So now we have saved Mama raccoon and one baby. Let's hope that tomorrow brings a great result so all of them can be reunited at the wildlife preserve.

I tell ya, that flat screen tv is but a fleeting memory . . . and let's hope that soon all of this will be, as well.

I need a hug!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Never Look a Horse Gift in the Mouth"

There is nothing more healing than a good belly laugh. The expression, "laughter is the best medicine" is so very true.

Now you probably had to be there, to appreciate the humor in this little interchange on the phone that I had the other day with my dear friend, Vicki. But let's give it a try. The two of us were giggling so hard we were doubled over holding our tummies.

Most of the horse folks who hang out here will remember that vicki's albino horse, Casper, came home from the hospital a little over a week ago.

Confined to a small paddock and free access stall, but not able to hang out with this buddies just yet, Vicki was concerned that Casper was getting bored. During our phone call, I suggested that perhaps a toy for his water bucket might just cheer him. My mare loved her rubber froggie in her water bucket and, in fact, would not drink from it if froggie was absent. Her favorite thing was to push the frog to the bottom of the bucket and watch it pop up. It could occupy her for several hours! Vicki rushed me off the phone so she could go shopping! She was psyched!

So off she went to the Walmart to purchase some toys for Casper. As she searched the aisles looking for a rubber ducky or froggie, a little old lady approached her to help.

"May I help you, dear?" she queried. "I am looking for a toy that floats in the water, for a young child."

The sales lady ushered Vicki to the pool toy area showing her several inner tube rubber horsies and ducks. Of course they were far too large for a water bucket. Vicki turned to the sales lady to tell her that those were not exactly what she was looking for. "Well just exactly what do you need?" the helpful lady asked. Vicki thought about it for a few seconds and said, "Well, I am looking for a toy . . . (sales lady blanched a bit). for a horse who is recouperating from an illness and is bored. I was thinking about a rubber duck type toy, to be honest." The sales lady beamed at Vicki and said, " I know JUST the place where you can find these toys . . . Go to Walgreens! They carry lots of toys like that." So I guess "Macy does tell Gimbels" ( Boy am I dating myself).

Off Vicki went to Walgreens and found the most wonderful dunk in a bucket toy for Casper.
And she is now on her way to buy Casper a portable battery operated radio so he can listen to music while he dunks. Perhaps they will play a "horse opera" for him.

Total Cost for Purchases:
Toy: 4.95
Radio: 15.00
Gas: 10.00
Expression on Sales lady's face: Priceless

This is a real expression of love between horse and his owner, don't you agree? Leave a comment please!

Monday, July 14, 2008

We Have Uninvited Houseguests: Furry Critters

No bats in our belfry, nope! We have been invaded by a family of raccoons.

This photograph taken the other day by a wildlife removal service technician solved the mystery of the recent scratching, chattering and patter of tiny feet heard throughout our house, emanating from the ceiling.

They have been in residence for a couple of months, based on the size of one of the raccoon babies pictured, (right) with Mama acting threatening, (left).

I could not bear to have these critters executed . . . so work begins to extricate them and have them relocated to a wildlife preserve.

All I can say is thank goodness for the tax rebate we just received. We get to bump up our Nation's economy while we save the critters whose habitats we are destroying.

And we were thinking of a flat screen TV! Oh well.

Have you ever shared your home with uninvited furry houseguests? Leave a comment and let us know.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Silent Sunday on Frequently Feline: Love This Foal!

This little baby may be slightly embarassed. There seems to be a "who me?" expression on his face.

What in the world could be on his mind? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Getting Shoes: A Peaceful Picture

I love this photograph. If you take a moment to "feel into" the picture, you will be able to hear the blacksmith doing his work.

I always found that sound to be relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed a moment at the barn.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Friday: Meet Cold Spring

This is a happy ending for a lovely mare named Cold Spring. She has a new family. Her new "horse mom" wrote:

"I cannot express how excited I am and grateful I am for this beautiful animal literally finding me! I have been looking around for a long time at potential adoption horses and this beautiful mare stole my heart. She derserves a good home and she will live like a queen in the mountains! She has loads of potential and I am excited for us to grow together. "

Isn't this a great ending to the story below?

So in celebration Cold Spring is our "pet of the week."
Lets send congratulations to the mare and her new family!

Thanks everyone!

I received this request in my email yesterday morning from a dear friend who has made a tremendous impact on horse welfare. She asked that this request be cross-posted and circulated, so if you know someone, if you cannot adopt personally, who may be interested in giving Cold Spring a forever home, please feel free to share the link to this entry. Thank you so much.


Cold Spring, 5 year old Standandbred, currently located at Saratoga Raceway. Bowed her tendon a few weeks back--the bow has set up well but but she can longer race. Trainer says, he'd like her to have a second chance as " she has been such a good girl, never done a wrong thing in her life". She is sound now, looks like a million bucks, kind and willing, needs a home ASAP as owner wants her gone. Trainer is holding off shipping her to an auction through the weekend...

If she ends up placed somewhere close to Saratoga, Carol will help with her re-training to saddle.

Help end their suffering! Be the voice for those with no voice. Tell Congress vote yes to HR. 503 and S. 311, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Need to Lose Weight? A Friend Has a Suggestion!

A friend sent this photo with an excellent suggestion for losing weight.

I just giggled so much, I had to share it here!

Will you take her advice? Leave a comment and let us know!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Name The Filly Contest Winner: GREAT name!

You may remember the "Name the Filly" contest back in May.

The other day, a drawing was held at the "Name the Filly" contest party. The party was hugely successful with all participants having a great time. It was attended by all the volunteer kids and their adults.
Since there was such a huge number of names submitted to the contest, they had to use a bigger hat than they expected from which to select the winner. Many thanks to all who sent in suggestions for her name!

One of the volunteer kids was the winner. She was thrilled and moved to tears by her win.

So, without further ado :::::: the name of this adorable filly, (who, by the way, will be available for adoption in a couple of months) , has been christened, "Tricky Dixie."

If you are interested in more information about adopting this filly, please contact me at
Isn't it a great name? I love it. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cats Definitely Have Strong Feelings! Feline Humor

This cartoon just cracked me up. Fortunately I had finished my breakfast and did not have to contend with this all too familiar concern!

Hope you get a kick out of this!

Leave a comment and let us know! But please do stop snacking before you do!

Monday, July 7, 2008

This Dog is Not Getting into Heaven!

I will betcha anything that this dog is not going to heaven.

While I must admit this d*g is creatively intelligent, I have no doubt that it was enhanced through the extraordinary examples set by his house-mate, the cat!

We all know that dogs drool and Cats Rule!

Enjoy this short and sweet video from dd63abc.

I have seen "sneaky", but this takes the cake, don't you agree? Leave a comment when you finish giggling!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Silent Sunday on Frequently Sunday:Shhhhhhhh

Today is Sunday . . . We be chillin'

Don't we look comfy? If you are awake, please leave us a comment!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Save The Wild Horses: Get Involved!

Federal officials are considering euthanizing wild horses to deal with the growing population on the range and in holding facilities, authorities said Monday,June 30.

Wild horses have overpopulated public lands and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management can't afford to care for the number of mustangs that have been rounded up, said Henri Bisson, the agency's deputy director. Also, fewer people are adopting the horses, he said.

Monday's announcement marks the first time the agency publicly has discussed the possibility of putting surplus animals to death. The agency is also considering whether to stop roundups of wild horses to save money, a move that would be criticized by and from sheep and cattle ranchers who see the mustangs as competition for feed on the open range.

There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses on the range. There are 30,000 more already in holding facilities."Our goal is supposed to be about healthy horses on healthy ranges. But we are at the point we need to have a conversation with people about pragmatically what can we do given the financial constraints of our program to meet the goals we have," Bisson said. There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses on the range in 10 Western states, Bisson told the organization's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. About half of those are in Nevada.

The agency has set a target "appropriate management level" of horses at 27,000.
About another 30,000 horses are in holding facilities, where most are made available for adoption. But those deemed too old or otherwise unadoptable are sent to long-term holding facilities to live out their lives--some for 15 to 20 years.

The board will consider the alternatives at its next meeting in September.
Last year about $22 million of the entire horse program's $39 million budget was spent on holding horses in agency pens. Next year the costs are projected to grow to $26 million with an overall budget that is being trimmed to $37 million, Bisson said.
"We have a responsibility to balance the budget, so we are going to have to make some tough choices," Bisson said.

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, said she wasn't surprised by the agency's predicament. "They really do have a can of worms," she said.

Editor's note: The Horse is following this story. Keep an eye on for updates, and particpate in the poll on their website. Give your suggestions for alternatives.

Alternatives already presented are: Ovariectomize some mares, castrate some stallions, increase adoptions, birth control in special feed and abolish PMU Farms. Improve overall management.

Read more about the myths connected with our wild horses in the United States.

As horse lovers, what are your feelings about the predicament in which these magnificent animals find themselves? Please leave a comment and share.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Fabulous Friday on Frequently Feline: Meet Ziggy

I thought this cute little photo of the very patriotic Ziggy was most appropriate for July 4th.

Have a very safe holiday, y'all!

Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Horse Quiz: What Breed of Horse Are You?

I just about fell out of my chair when I found this horsie "quiz." yeh I know I am posting a lot about horses lately, but hay . . . when the shoe fits, I say, "wear it!"

It was absolutely no surprise to me that I turned out to be a Quarter Horse. With that sweet disposition for which they are famous, (at least mine were), that is no coincidence . . .
::::::whinnying with laughter here::::::, y'all know what a sweetie pie *I* am!

I don't mean to saddle you with extra work, but if your interest has been spurred on, take THE HORSE QUIZ and do share your results in an unbridled fashion!

What kind of horse ARE YOU? Leave a comment and let us know. This should be fun!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Adorable Kitten Photo: Supply the Caption!

Sometimes I receive photos in my email that just get me smiling ear-to-ear.

Even if they are pictures which have been circulating on the 'net widely, those that I think are top notch "knead" to be included on my blog so folks can have an opportunity to "ewww and awwwww" to their heart's content.

This litte girl's pose was so adorable I felt compelled to share it, and also to ask my readers to give her a caption. What do you think she is trying to say?

Leave a comment with your caption and let's have some fun!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

And While we Are Thinking Big Brown!

Photo: Jamie Squire- Getty Images

A dear friend sent me this humorous interview between Big Brown and an unknown Sport's reporter. I had to chuckle out loud as I read it. I do hope you will find it as delightful as I did.

(Reporter) Big, tough race out there today, disappointed?
(Big Brown) Let’s see, I win the race and I get a bunch of carnations around my neck and a picture with a short guy on my back. Afterwards I go back, have a nice meal, and sleep in a barn. Then I end up getting put out to stud. If I have this figured right, all I’m out is the photo.
(Reporter) So you weren’t trying?
(Big Brown) You saw the race.
(Reporter) Did you give it your all?
(Big Brown) Which part of “you saw the race” is escaping you, Einstein? Tell, you what, stamp on the ground three times if you can hear me. Next question.
(Reporter) Did your trainer guaranteeing a Triple Crown put any pressure on you?
(Big Brown) Oh, no (rolls eyes). You’re out there with eleven other great athletes and your trainer is in the press saying they’re all on their way to becoming dog food. When we were loading up you could cut the tension with a knife.
(Reporter) Did that affect the outcome?
(Big Brown) I’m on the rail to start, always a tough spot. The bell goes off and I’m boxed in. It just so happens the horse in front of me slows and “accidentally” kicks me. I blame Dutrow.
(Reporter) You come back from that and are in third on the far turn. Desormeaux says he asked you for a move and, I am quoting here, realized “I had no horse.”
(Big Brown) He said what?
(Reporter) “I had no horse”.
(Big Brown) Why that little (bleep). I drag his dead (bleep) around these (bleep) tracks and he says “I had no horse”. What did he think he was riding, a (bleep) big (bleep) red dog?
(Reporter) You were lightly excercised between the Preakness and the Belmont. Did that have any effect on you?
(Big Brown) It ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about practice. We’re standing here, and I’m supposed to be the the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years, and we’re talking about practice. I mean listen, we’re here talking about practice, not a race, not a race, not a race, but we’re talking about practice. Not the race that I go out there and die for and run every race as if it’s my last but we’re talking about practice man. How silly is that?
Now I know that I’m supposed to lead by example and all that but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I honestly do but we’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice man. (laughter from the media crowd) We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We’re not talking about the race. We’re talking about practice. When you come to the track, and you see me run, you’ve seen me run right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about practice right now. (more laughter).
(Reporter) Big Allen Iverson fan?
(Big Brown) Why do you ask?
(Reporter) What about the quarter crack in the front hoof that wasn’t patched until yesterday?
(Big Brown) Talk to Dutrow about that. I just show up and run the race. I’m not here to make excuses.
(Reporter) What did you think when Desormeaux pulled you up?
(Big Brown) “I had no jockey”.
(Reporter) Meaning?
(Big Brown) I can see I’m not the only one in this room with a brain the size of a walnut.
(Reporter) Several people track side said your manners weren’t good on the way to the gate and the heat appeared to be affecting you?
(Big Brown) My manners now is it? Well, excuse me for not prancing all the way out in 88 degree heat with darn near 100% humdity. You people think this is so easy, give it try. My gear is in the barn and I’m sure we can get Kenny boy to hop on your back and beat with a whip for two minutes while you’re running as fast as you can.
(Reporter) What about the future?
(Big Brown) I’m outta here, man, I’m outta here. Talk to Dutrow.

Leave a comment and share your laughter with us! I still am in stitches!