Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Through the Years #FlashbackFriday

Meows from Mudpie!

I was just thinking about how this is going to be my 5th Halloween with Mommy, and how much fun we always have together this time of year.

My first Halloween here in 2015 I met this freakish thing. As hard as I tried I could not kill it, but late last year something awesome happened. His batteries died and Mommy can't get the battery compartment open to replace them. Unable to make him work she didn't even pull him out this year!

This was Mommy's first video attempt on our blog which is why it's so dark, but we still think you'll enjoy it. We like to call it "Who Let Mudpie Out?" Did you ever think I could be so vicious?

In 2016 I participated in Tocktober with one of my Halloween scratcher houses from Target. Thankfully Mommy covered up my lady bits.

In 2017 Mommy brought home another creepy decoration that I was none too impressed with. He was even more skin and bones than I was when I got here, but he didn't stick around to let Mommy fatten him up like I did. We aren't exactly sure where he is right now...

And last year I got to be immortalized in some Boolatry art as a race car driver. Vroom, vroom...

If you're looking for some fun cat-related Halloween stories, we have those too! Mommy wrote all of these and we're quite proud of them...

Truffles' Halloween Tail Parts 1 and 2

A Home for Ichabod

This month has been rather chaotic here at our house so we're not exactly sure what we'll be doing for Halloween. We just finished decorating this week and only pulled out our favorite decorations since we got such a late start.

Do you have any fun Halloween plans, or a favorite memory from Halloweens past?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remembering Grandpa Mason on National Feral Cat Day

We wanted to devote our National Feral Cat Day post this year to Grandpa Mason, a cat who stole the hearts of everyone who knew him and made a difference in the lives of so many kittens in need.

Photo: Grandpa Mason and his kittens on Facebook

For anyone not familiar with his story...
Grandpa Mason’s Story (by Tiny Kittens Rescue in British Columbia, Canada)
In October 2016 we trapped an injured feral cat named Mason. 
A surprise diagnosis of advanced terminal kidney disease meant we couldn’t return this fierce warrior to his home in the wild due to daily medical and feeding regimens with a special diet.
Mason’s many scars told us how hard he had fought to survive this long. So, instead of euthanasia, we felt Mason deserved a chance to experience comfort and freedom from pain in his sunset months. We didn’t know if he could accept life in captivity, but we needed to try. 
Mason adjusted better than we were expecting, although he doesn’t want Humans to touch him. That was the best we thought it could get for him, and he seemed quite content. 
What happened next shocked us.
He met some rescue kittens one day, and his life suddenly was complete. He had a purpose again, and every day since he met his first litter, we have seen a carefree kittenhood emerge that he clearly never had a chance to experience growing up feral. 
He adores his kittens, and teaches them manners, lets them “comfort nurse”, and chases them around the house with great glee. We’ve never seen anything like it, and we will try to keep him surrounded by kittens as much as possible. 
What he taught us in the last year has been shocking and remarkable. This “lost cause” “worthless” old feral cat has enriched our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Follow his adventures at Grandpa Mason and his kittens.
We don’t know how many days he has left, but we know each one will be filled with happiness, comfort, adventure, love -- on his terms -- and the dignity every living creature deserves after a life well lived.
Grandpa Mason ended up spending 1,069 days with the organization's founder doing the work he was surely put on this earth to do before being called home to the Rainbow Bridge last month. He was an angel even before he left for the Bridge, and I'd be willing to bet that even now he's caring for those who were let down by humans and never knew a loving touch or a kind word.

In Grandpa Mason's memory let's help raise awareness about feral cats, debunk common myths about them, support TNR efforts in our communities, and spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. We humans have caused this problem, so it’s our obligation to do the best we can to protect these innocent creatures.

Tiny Kittens just posted this beautiful tribute yesterday on Grandpa Mason's Gotcha Day...

"Three years ago today, we trapped a dying feral cat named Mason. With just a few months left to live, I brought him home to give him the comfort and dignity every living creature deserves after a life well lived.

What happened next blew us away.

Mason found a new purpose in life: being a foster grandpa to rescue kittens. For 1069 magical days, Grandpa Mason shaped dozens of young minds, passed down important grandpa secrets, demonstrated tremendous hunting prowess, taught manners, quashed impudence and created a multitude of fashion-forward kitten hairstyles.

On September 19, 2019, we had to say goodbye to Mason. He crossed the Bridge peacefully and painlessly, with great dignity, at home on his tiny sofa, surrounded by the Auracuda, the TinyTuxies and his kittens.

For 1069 days, we got to love this glorious ancient "lost cause" feral cat. We got to give him 1069 days surrounded by love, free from pain and smothered in slobbery kitten kisses.

Each of those days was a gift to us, and to him. Given his feral upbringing and his medical condition when he arrived, it would have been easy to write him off as a lost cause. I’m so grateful we didn’t.

Grandpa Mason showed the world that even if you’re old, sick, feral, broken or different… you have value. You have something to offer. You are worthy of compassion. You matter."

Monday, October 14, 2019

Torties Take Trips Too #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "in honor of Columbus Day, songs about taking a journey. It can be an actual trip, or a trip into the imagination, or even an emotional journey."

I'm not a fan of travelling by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a topic that lends itself to some great songs. We'll start with a legendary Conway & Loretta duet about a trip across the Mississippi River to get to the one you love...

Should I be worried that Mudpie has her suitcase packed?

Where do you think she's headed, and who wants to ride shotgun?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Heart Melting #SundaySelfie

Mommy here!

Mudpie melts my heart on a daily basis, but this took the cake.

Her favorite way to sleep in our bed is with me on my right side, legs bent just enough to make a little nest for her. Yesterday morning I woke up to find her sweet little head resting on the back of my leg, looking completely blissed out. I grabbed my phone to capture this priceless moment and was surprised that it came out pretty good in spite of no lights being on in the room.

Have you ever seen a more cozy, content kitty? I was so glad it wasn't a work morning because it was a moment I wanted to last forever.

The blankie she's on is from the wonderful Florida Furkids mom. And Mudpie is quite appalled that no matter what angle her photo is taken in our bedroom, Conway is in the background. She's just gonna have to learn to live with that!

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Scary Mudpie #CaturdayArt

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. Delectables Squeeze Ups are tasty. I'm totally addicted to "squeezies," as we call them. I want to try those Inaba Churus too but we can't find a place to buy them singly. Mommy doesn't want to buy a case if I'm not going to like them.

2. If I was going to a Halloween party, I would go as myself. So many people dress up as cats for Halloween, so I wouldn't even need a costume. Good thing because nobody's gonna cover up all this cute!

Mommy's answers:

3. If everything goes according to plan, I'll finish up my Halloween decorating this weekend. I'm so late this year!!!

4. Some of the haunted house attractions I went to as a kid are the spookiest things I have ever experienced. I miss going to those! One was a Haunted Forest and it was amazing. Now it seems like Halloween parties have taken the place of haunted happenings.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Unboxing September's CatLadyBox

The theme of September's CatLadyBox was "Teacher's Pet"'s what was inside!

Cat-related office supplies are right up my alley, so this box made me very happy! The items are pretty self-explanatory so this month's post is primarily pictures.

"I Speak Fluent Cat" Shirt

Black Cat Scissors

Cat Binder Clip Set

Light-Up Cat Pen

Cat Memo Notepads

Catnip Ruler Toy & Crunchy Catnip Apple Toy


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Napping Negotiator

I posted this story on my Facebook page Monday evening, but for anyone who didn't see it...

Put this at the top of the list of Cutest Mudpie Moments Ever...

My car lease is up at the end of the month and I've decided to buy it. I wanted my Dad on speaker phone when I called the leasing company because I had no idea what I should be asking.

While we were on the phone Mudpie strolled into the room and heard the seemingly disembodied voice coming from my cell phone. She climbed up into Dad's lap and started meowing...right into the phone!

The lady didn't say anything but I was laughing so hard I could barely contain myself. I only wish I had video! It surely would've been a contender on America's Funniest Home Videos, and maybe my little one would've won me enough money to pay for the car!

Negotiating such a tough deal took a lot outta Mudpie and she needed a looooong nap afterwards! I think she earned an extra Delectables Squeeze Up, don't you?