Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mudpie's Bunny Friend #SundaySelfies

Meows from Mudpie!

My new little friend didn't feel like taking a selfie but I wanted to introduce you to him/her today anyways. Over the past couple weeks Mommy and I have seen him in our front yard, back yard, even playing in the street late one night! (Mommy had a minor coronary watching that one.) 

We're a bit concerned about what's going to happen once the vegetable garden goes in the ground, but I sure do enjoy watching the little critter!

What do you think I should name him?


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


And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Christmas (followed closely by Halloween) is my favorite time of the year.

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is Soft Kitty. Is that even a character? I've never watched the show.

3. I could set a world record for online shopping. On a daily basis I ask myself how the world existed before Amazon and Ebay came along.

4. Adopting Truffles and Mudpie before meeting them in person is the craziest thing I've ever done. I don't recommend that anyone adopt a cat this way but it has worked for me! (Both were in out of the area shelters, I saw their pictures online and just *knew* they belonged with me.)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Wear Orange for Crockett #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're blending our Caturday Art project with the Wear Orange for Crockett blog hop on what would've been his 5th Gotcha Day.



We also can't let the day pass without mentioning the passing of Grumpy Cat. To say we were shocked and devastated when we heard the news yesterday would be an understatement. Tardar Sauce was such an amazing spokescat for special needs kitties, and she will be desperately missed. 


What a sad week this has been...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Cats & Pizza

Meows from Mudpie!

Today is National Pizza Party Day, and while pizza might not be fun for cats (unless there's a taste of cheese or sausage involved), it's Mommy's very favorite food. Since we know how much she loves shopping for cat stuff I pawed over to Amazon to look for cat items with a pizza theme for both humans and their kitties.

Hopefully you'll find something that makes you happy...or hungry! MOL


All I Need Is My Cat And Pizza Shirt

Do you have a favorite item? Or a favorite pizza topping? Mommy is all about pepperoni and 'shrooms.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Raspberry for Crockett

The loss of any precious cat is heartbreaking, and as members of the cat blogosphere we're sadly saying goodbye to one of our own on a regular basis. It would be nearly impossible to pay proper tribute to each and every one but today we feel compelled to single one out.

Late Monday night Mudpie and I were cuddling in bed getting ready to turn out the light when I checked in with Facebook one last time. What I found shocked me. Crockett, one of the stars of the Lone Star Cats blog, had unexpectedly rushed off to the Rainbow Bridge, the victim of a tragic accident. He was only 5 years old.


As my thoughts turned to his sweet mama Kimberley and the fur family he left behind, memories of the night I lost Truffles rushed back. She passed away due to a sudden illness, not an accident, but to anyone who has lost a beloved pet in the blink of an eye the shock is unforgettable and always ready to resurface.

Times like these are reminders of how fragile life is, not to mention how unfair it can be at times, and that we should never take a single moment with those we love for granted because we never know when it will be the last.


Mudpie is blowing a raspberry in your honor today, Crockett. 
We'll miss your sweet little face so much.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Putting My Paw Down #MewsicMovesMe

Meows from Mudpie!

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with body parts in the title. I'm going to let Mommy take over in a minute, but I wanted to let you know that I had to put my paw down on this one. It's no secret that Mommy's beloved Conway was known for some pretty steamy songs, so I made sure to remind her that we needed to keep the songs PG-rated at the very most. I'm not a huge fan of her music so let me know in the comments how she did.

The dance floor is all yours, Mommy!


Thanks, Mudpie! PG-13 might be the best I can do with Conway...

Slow Hand is such a classic. I've always thought this particular performance was so interesting because one of the things everyone who knew Conway said about him was that he was a true southern gentleman, so I have a feeling filming this must've been quite uncomfortable for him. (As frequently as he was on Hee Haw he always refused to do skits with the "Hee Haw Honeys.") At this point he was finally doing more TV appearances than he had in the early years so the show was probably his record company's idea, and he actually went on to do Solid Gold many times.

Lots of body parts flying around in this video!



#1 hit from 1975...



And I chose these two songs about eyes just because I love them both...





Do you think I followed Mudpie's instructions?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day #CaturdayArt #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Since I'd like to have a little extra quality time with Mommy for Mother's Day, I asked her if we could do just one blog post this weekend, combining our Caturday Art project with my Mother's Day message/Sunday Selfie.

Happy Mother's Day to all the pawsome cat moms out there!!!



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


Mudpie's answers:

1. 2015 was a very good year. It was the year I got 'dopted!

2. There is nothing quite like finding a forever home.

Mommy's answers:

3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview Conway, of course! (The prompt didn't say the person had to be alive!) Not only would I keep him talking because I'm as in love with his speaking voice as I am his singing voice, I always found his TV and radio interviews compelling because he was so well spoken and knowledgeable about life in general.

4. There is nothing I wouldn't do for Mudpie.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Feline Friday Flashback Flick

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy's job has been over the top crazy the past couple weeks and our blogging time has severely suffered because of it. When she told me we might have to skip a second post this week I suggested we join the Feline Friendly blog hop hosted by Comedy Plus.


Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is:

Post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute).

We noticed it was 3 years ago this week that Mommy first captured my darling little voice on video, something she got completely by accident while helping me take a selfie. She turned on the video function of the iPad, and chatty little tortie that I am, I meowed right on cue! It's a short clip of video she will cherish forever, and something our newer friends may not have seen before. It's kind of ridiculous how cute I am.

Make sure your sound is turned up and enjoy!



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sock Singletons Help Shelter Animals On #LostSockMemorialDay

Meows from Mudpie!

We first bloggeed about this "holiday" a few years ago and it was a very popular post. Since we have new readers since then we thought it might be a good time to share again.

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According to the National Day Calendar, May 9 is National Lock Sock Memorial Day. It's a day to clean out and repurpose all the sock "singletons" - the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown.

But don't throw them away...your local shelter can use them and they can also be turned into fun craft projects! Here's a round-up of some of our favorite ideas:



Make a rice sock as a supplemental heat source for animals recovering from spay/neuter surgery

Baby booties can be used to keep paws warm while animals are under anesthesia and recovering

Make Catnip Kickers for shelter cat enrichment

Make a Sock Hat For Preemies using just the toe of an infant sock


Operation Happy Sock is an all-volunteer, nonprofit project that takes unwanted socks and turns them into catnip toys for homeless cats in animal shelters. Downloadable instructions for this fun project can be found here. Learn how to have a Happy Sock Production Party in your own community too!



Can you think of any other cat-related projects that can be done with socks?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Remembering Keith Whitley, 30 Years Later #MewsicMovesMe

Thursday will be the 30 year anniversary of the day the country music family lost singer Keith Whitley at only 33 from alcohol poisoning. I remember the moment I heard the news on the radio almost as clearly as the devastating Saturday morning Conway's death was announced.


There's a long list of country music stars who have died tragically and untimely due to accidents, but deaths caused by alcohol and drugs aren't nearly as common in the country community as in the rock genre. Had he lived I firmly believe he would've gone on to become one of country's all-time greats. He's considered a legend today even though his career was cut way too short.

It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop and we're remembering Keith with two all-time favorites...





A Hard Act to Follow was the title track of Keith's 1984 debut album. Ironically, Conway recorded the song the same year for his By Heart album. (Yes, I can find a way to sneak him into any music post.)



I would be interested to hear your preferred version of the song. I think you probably know mine - everyone takes a back seat to Conway with me!

If Keith Whitley is a "new to you" artist, I hope you've enjoyed our choices and tribute today.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Another Window Whiffie #SundaySelfie


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



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

Mommy's answers:

1. 13 years ago, I was working at the same job as I am now. Next week I celebrate my 20th anniversary with this company!

2. By this time next year, I hope to say my loved ones are all happy and healthy.

Mudpie's answers:

3. One word that describes me is tortilicious.

4. If my life were a book or movie, it would be in the musical genre. Mommy made me say that but I have a feeling I would create a different soundtrack than she would.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Run for the Roses #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie, and Happy Derby Day!

Do you plan to watch the Kentucky Derby today? We will be even though Mommy watches horse races with one eye closed. She says NASCAR is her sport of choice because when the drivers crash they aren't destroyed like the poor horses are when they fall. She loves the Triple Crown races though - they're really all she watches - and she still can't believe after fearing she'd never witness a Triple Crown in her lifetime that it has happened twice in the last four years! More than anything we just pray for a safe race each year. The horses' lives are more important than any trophy.

For my Caturday Art project this week I decided to wrap myself in a garland of roses just like the winning horse will receive. I may never run in the Kentucky Derby - I'm too old at this point anyway - but I bet I would be fast enough to give those horses a run for their money!


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


Do you watch the Triple Crown races?

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fun Feline Finds: Window Perches

Meows from Mudpie!

Prime window whiffie season is finally upon us, which also means the time has come for Mommy to obsessively quadruple-check my favorite window seats for any weaknesses. I'm going to let Mommy refresh your memory about Tara's window drama for anyone who may have forgotten, and then I'll be back to tell you how I've found the purrfect solution!


It was late June and like every cat before her (and since), Angel Tara had adopted the screened-in bathroom window as her favorite spot for "snoopervising" her domain. I woke up that morning at 7, wandered into the bathroom, and discovered that at some point during the night the screen had broken and was now laying flat on the lawn.

Tara was gone...and did I mention that I had just adopted her 5 weeks earlier??? She didn't know anything about her new neighborhood. She wasn't even that familiar yet with her new name!!!

Always great in a crisis, I started running up and down the street (in my pajamas) yelling her name. My cat-loving neighbor, who didn't even know yet that I'd adopted a new cat, told me that at 5AM she had been awakened by a loud crash coming from my yard.

Two hours. Tara had been on her own in unfamiliar territory for two hours.

Now even more on the verge of hysterics I wandered back home into the backyard...and Tara walked out of the bushes right underneath my bedroom window.

My smart little monkey didn't decide to explore the neighborhood; she stayed right there waiting for me to come and find her.

Relief doesn't even begin to explain my feelings that morning...I don't think I'd ever felt so blessed in my entire life. Things could have turned out so differently. We were incredibly lucky.


Thanks for the refresher course, Mommy! Anyways, I've been trying to convince Mommy that we can completely obliterate her stress over me falling out the window by buying a window perch! I'm sure you've seen them advertised and some of you may even have one, they simply attach to a window or windowsill by suction cups, screws or velcro, and kitty has a safe place to lounge and watch the world go by.

But you know what Mommy said when I asked her for one? That she's afraid I've gotten too heavy and I would make it break off the window! Have you ever heard anything more offensive in your life? Talk about a pathetic excuse!

I'm not giving up my quest though! I've been studying this article on the best cat window perches and seats and have picked out a few favorites...



Do any of you have a cat window perch? 
Which one would your kitty choose?
And how can I convince Mommy to buy me one?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

TBT on National Truffle Day

According to the National Day Calendar, today is National Truffle Day.

I guess it goes without saying that while I could nosh on chocolate truffles all day long, my favorite will always be my beautiful, missed beyond words angel Truffles. We thought the best way to celebrate the day would be with a collection of some favorite photos of my sweet girl...








Have a truffle or two in her honor today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Fascinating Facts About Tabbies

We love reading and researching anything and everything about cats, and wanted to find a fun and unique way to share the interesting facts we learn with you! Since top 10 lists are very popular in the blogosphere, we created The Purrfect 10 as a way to present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.


My best friend and childhood companion for the first 15 years of my life was an orange tabby named Patch. I guess you could say he was the one who kick started my passion for all things feline from my days in the crib, and to this day I have such fond memories of the little guy.

In honor of National Tabby Day, here are some fascinating facts about these beloved cats...

1) Just like with tortoiseshell cats, tabbies are not a breed but a coat pattern. It's the most common of all feline coat patterns. In fact, regardless of a cat's colors or markings, they all have the tabby cat gene (agouti) even if the patterns are hidden. Solid color kittens sometimes show their underlying tabby pattern before shedding their kitten coat and growing their adult one, and in solid color adult cats you can sometimes faintly see the tabby pattern in bright sunlight.

2) There are four tabby coat patterns: classic, mackerel, spotted, and ticked. A fifth includes tabby as part of another basic color pattern. The "patched" tabby is a calico or tortoiseshell cat with tabby patches (the latter is called a "torbie").

3) One thing you will never encounter is a solid red, orange or cream cat without tabby markings. That's because the gene that makes a cat those particular colors also makes the tabby markings visible.

4) Orange tabbies, also fondly referred to as "gingers" and "marmalades" in England, have a predominance of a pigment known as pheomelanin—the same pigment that produces red hair in humans.


5) Orange tabby cats are about 80/20 percent male to female because of the X chromosome that is responsible for the orange coloring. Females possess two Xs and males possess XY, so male cats only need the orange gene from their mother whereas females need it from both parents.

6) Unique to all tabbies is the distinctive “M” on their forehead. One legend states that Baby Jesus wouldn’t stop crying until a cat climbed into the manger and started to purr, sending him off to sleep. In gratitude, the Virgin Mary marked the cat’s face with the first letter of her name. Islam legend has it that the Prophet Muhammad loved cats. One day Muhammad was sitting with his favorite cat Muezza on his lap. He heard the call to prayer but didn't want to wake his sleeping cat so he took out his knife and cut off the part of the robe kitty was sleeping on. Others believe the "M" is for Mau, the word for cat in ancient Egypt.

7) The origin of the word “tabby” is believed to have come from attabi, which is a type of silk taffeta with an irregular wavy finish that was manufactured in the Attabiya district of Baghdad. English speakers modified the word to tabby in the early 1600s. Within a few decades of the adoption of the word tabby, the word was also being used to describe the markings on the coats of some cats. By the late 1700s, the word was being used to describe the cats themselves as well.


8) Tabbies have long been pop culture favorites. Two of the most famous cats in the world are tabbies: Morris and Garfield! Many major pet brands use both grey and orange tabbies in their brand advertising: Friskies has an orange tabby and so does Meow Mix, Arm and Hammer cat litter and Fresh Step. Tabby stars of the small and silver screen include Crookshanks (from Harry Potter), Milo (from Milo and Otis), Jones (from Alien), Orangey (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Puss in Boots (from Shrek 2), Spot (from Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Orion (from Men in Black). And let's not forget real-life superstars such as Lil Bub and Bob the Cat (from A Street Cat Named Bob.)

9) One of the first mass-produced stuffed toys, the Ithaca Kitty, was inspired by a tabby cat. The toy was based on a gray tabby named Caesar Grimalkin, whose owners had his likeness painted onto a pattern. The design was sold for one cent a yard to Arnold Print Works, which then sold the printed pattern as "The Tabby Cat" on half a yard of muslin for ten cents each in late 1892. Nearly 200,000 were sold that first holiday season! The toy made appearances at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and in the windows of Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia. The Ithaca Kitty was reportedly so lifelike that it was used by farmers to scare away birds and the Central Park police to frighten mice!

10) A tabby was once even the mayor of a town! Stubbs was the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska from 1997 until his death in 2017.

Tell us about the special tabbies in your life!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Book Review: I Am Not A Skunk by Ellen Pilch


I Am Not a Skunk is Ellen Pilch's second picture book. It is about a homeless kitty excited to find a family, but must first convince them she is not a skunk. It is loosely based on how the author's cat, Emmy came to live with her. You can read more about Emmy and her family on the blog, 15andmeowing.com.


Regular readers of the 15 and Meowing blog can't help but fall in love with Emmy, so I was very happy to learn she would be the subject of blogger Ellen Pilch's second book. I Am Not a Skunk tells the story of how homeless Emmy, tired and hungry, happens upon a house with a little girl and her aunt working outside. They want to feed the poor kitty but the girl's uncle won't let her, thinking the animal is a skunk. Emmy is quite offended...after all, she bathes regularly! Luckily the ladies of the house manage to find a creative way to prove the uncle wrong, leading Emmy to find her forever home.

Cat lovers of all ages will be charmed by this story and the darling illustrations that accompany it. I know I would've loved to have read it back in the day when I was a cat-obsessed little girl, but I enjoyed it just as much as a cat-obsessed grown woman! 


I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Return of the Magic White Tortie Whisker #SundaySelfies

Meows from Mudpie!

Do you see it? Do you see it? Hang on, I'll turn my head a bit so you can see it better.


That white whisker over my left finally finally came back after falling out early last year. I was SO proud of it (all my other whiskers are black) but after my last one disappeared it's taken forever for a new one to sprout! Mommy says it's a little devil horn for when I'm being naughty.

Silly Mommy...it's a magic white tortie whisker!!!


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

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Caturday Art



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...

Mommy's answers:

1. I got my first cell phone in 2011. It seems like I'm always the last to get the latest technology and my first "smart" phone was far from smart. It was bare bones to say the least. Earlier this year I upgraded and I can't believe I waited so long to do so.

2. Today's music make(s) me feel old. In so many ways I prefer to live in the past, and music is at the top of the list.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I wish the word "no" could be removed from the English language. It's not like it has any meaning for us cats anyways!

4. I'll never outgrow being a Mommy's girl.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Compromising #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you for joining us for another edition of the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop!


Our bloopers this month were taken at the same time as the picture we posted last week of me by the jukebox. Some of you thought maybe I was in trouble and looked like I was being chastised for being somewhere I shouldn't be. I would say it was more my "what are you gonna do about it?" face.


The truth is, I never paid any attention to this bureau until Mommy cleared it off to make room to display more of her Conway collection. Now it's one of my favorite spots to explore which doesn't make her very happy because a lot of her stuff is quite fragile.


We've reached a compromise - for the time being she's letting me hang out there, hoping the novelty will wear off and eventually she'll be able to use it for its intended purpose. She's slowly adding a piece here and there and I'm being a good girl and sharing the space with her junk collectibles. I guess you could say we're compromising about my being in a compromising position...

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Have your humans learned to choose their battles with you? 

Do you think I've made the right decision in sharing the bureau with Mommy's stuff or should I go ahead and break something?

Will I be able to move in with you if I break something and get kicked out of the house? 
Mommy's collection is pretty important to her...


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