Blink tells how pets and decisions change lives

Blink tells how pets and decisions change lives

Blink tells how pets and decisions change lives

A pet’s unconditional life can transform your life, and author RUE BRYANT, AKA Stacey Ritz, incorporates this in Blink, a tale of how making choices at critical stages of your life can alter the face of your life, at least temporarily. After having dated Jordan Weiner for some 4 years, Casey Jane is ready to tie the knot. She had lived with Jordan for over a year, and was having major trepidations about their upcoming marriage. She had good reasons for having doubts.

Their year living together had been consumed by planning for their wedding. She was starting to see into the future, having a gut feeling that would dramatically unfold in their marriage. Her husband to be was controlling, work-centric, and all for show. Their relationship was a sham and only for show. There was no  fun or communication. Casey was losing her identity and individualism in a relationship without love.

Unlike her rebellious sister Trish, Casey was brought up to do what you were supposed to do. That led her to the story of her wedding day.

Pets & decisions changed Casey’s life

Blink diverges like a mystery with 2 different endings. We’ve seen these played out at the theater. In one scenario, Casey marries Jordan, to become Kitty Weiner. She loses not only her last name, but her first. She works in an unfulfilled job as a teacher. She has no close friends. She puts on a front for her parents.

Initially, she thinks she’s pregnant, but later finds she’s not. Perhaps that leads her to go through with the marriage, which goes from bad to worse. Jordan is so self-centered, he doesn’t bother to share the joy over a new baby with her. Instead he shares her pregnancy news with his parents, leaving her alone.

The fighting goes from bad to worse

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Cats contemplate, what can I do next?

Cats contemplate, what can I do next?

Senior Cat Pink collar contemplates do I want to play or nap?

Cats contemplate, what can I do next?

Tabby Cat Lenny contemplates about who he can get to play with him?

Cats contemplate, what can I do next?

Tabby cat Lenny thinks about napping, rather than playing.

 

Cats contemplate, what can I do next?ll, but who do you suppose is going to win?

Despite Little Yellow’s asthma, he loves to play with his sibling, Tabby Cat Lenny.

These cats contemplate, What can I do next? as they wake up from napping, something they really enjoy doing. Even at 16, my Pink Collar can race around and play with four-year-old Lenny, if she wants to. That’s the thing about cats, they tend to do what they want to do. That’s not to say, cats can’t be trained because they can. But just like kids, they test the hand that feeds them by trying to get away with what they want to do.

This post is a part of The Cat On My Head’s Sunday Selfie blog hop

It doesn’t matter what time of day. When my cats feel like taking off, racing through the house, and wrestling up a storm, they do. That’s what is so great about cats, they live in the moment. My Pink Collar will still wrestle with Lenny, Linus and Little Yellow, which is pretty amazing as she has slowed down quite a bit. Lenny, on the other hand, acts like a kitten, and he can sail through the air for 3 or 4 feet, walk on his hind legs like a mere cat, and be unstoppable when it comes to racing. That’s just one of the reasons my cats are so amusing, funny, and lovable. I wouldn’t change them for anything.

Even though my Siamese Linus, sometimes will run away from Lenny, they still play together, when Linus feels like he wants to subject himself to Lenny’s antics. Despite Little Yellow’s asthma, he will wrestle full tilt with Lenny. It’s funny to watch, as Lenny will slowly approach the other cats, lay down, reach out to their ear, paw, or foot, and try to engage them in play. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. That’s all testimony to these cats contemplating, what can I do next?

Can you envision your cats contemplating, what can I do next? Do they entice one another to play? Share your stories in this fun discussion.

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Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Siamese Linus checks out the box of cast iron swag before his human has a chance to unpack it all.

Giving back can bring great rewards, and this is an example of just that. These cats check out the swag from a pet charity raffle. Their human bought a raffle ticket supporting the Franklin County Animal Shelter at their hugely successful mega-yard sale. We were pleased and quite shocked at how much we won. When Paws bought the ticket, the volunteer said they hadn’t sold many. I can believe that as my kitty Lenny found Prize #2 listed on one of the boxes.

We’re happy to share this event with lots of pictures on this Sunday Selfie Blog Hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.

When we found out we’d won, we expected to go to the Animal Shelter to pick up a lovely cast iron Dutch Oven.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Tabby Cat Lenny wants to leave his mark on all this cool swag his human won while supporting the local animal shelter.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

What’s in this box? Tabby Cat Lenny wonders.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Tabby Cat Lenny checks out the spices also included with the cast iron goodies.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Tabby Cat Lenny and Siamese Linus are a bit intrigued by this cast iron cup cake pan.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

What’s all this? Tabby Cat Lenny asks as he checks out the swag from the raffle.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

What a gorgeous cast iron Dutch Oven, and Tabby Cat Lenny wonders what his human might cook for dinner?

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Tabby Cat Lenny is curious about all this cast iron as Pink Collar just enjoys being surrounded by all the goodies.

As the Paws family loves cast iron, we were thrilled to think we had won such a lovely prize. When the shelter volunteers came up with a huge box plum full of goodies. We had no idea of what we had won, but we knew there was more than just the Dutch Oven. We almost felt a little guilty taking it all.. We were flabbergasted when we found there was more, lots more.

  • A cast iron griddle
  • A cast iron cupcake pan
  • And a cast iron bucket full of napkins and a picnic table cover
  • An oven mitt & mixing spoon

We couldn’t even imagine what the price tag would have been for all this. The Dutch Oven would easily have sold for around $70.00. And we gave $5.00 for a raffle ticket.

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Cats check out swag from pet charity raffle

Siamese Cat Linus and Tabby Cat Lenny get up close and personal with all the cast iron.

The cats were all quite surprised too, and they take a few Selfies for today’s Sunday Selfie with all the swag.

At the Paws household, we try to support fund-raising events for animals, but this annual Mega-yard sale is one of our favorite. We find great deals and help the homeless cats.

We thank the Franklin County Animal Shelter for making all this possible, and putting on such an awesome Mega-Yard Sale. We also thank them for all the work they do helping the cats and dogs of Franklin County.

What’s the most awesome thing you have ever won from supporting your local pet rescue or local charity? Please weigh in on this Sunday Selfie and share your thoughts.

 

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Zen Clipper clips tips of cat's claw, not the quick

Clipping cat’s claws is not always easy.

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat’s claws, not the quick. If you get into the quick, it will hurt your cat, making this important job even more stressful. If you get the right size clipper, you won’t need to be concerned with going into the quick, as the sizing prevents you from going too far up on the cats nail.

Paws for Reflection was excited when we were contacted by Zen Clipper to try out their clippers; however, we did not get the sizing right. We tried a 3 and 4 size. We should have tried a 1 or 2 for our cat Lenny. Perhaps, the 3 to 4 would have been appropriate for a large Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat. For our little Tabby, who weighs about 9 pounds, it was too large. Lesson learned.

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat's claws, not the quick

Lenny checks out the 2 Zen Clippers

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat's claws, not the quick

This cat’s curiosity gets the best of him as he checks out the Zen Clippers.

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat's claws, not the quick

While easy to use, our old cat nail clippers could easily slip up onto the quick.

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat's claws, not the quick

Zen Clipper was originally designed for cats.

We particularly liked the spring action in the clipper handles. Anyone who has trimmed their cat’s nails knows, felines don’t like to be confined, and they are somewhat scared clipping their claws will hurt. If you get into the quick, it will definitely hurt. The spring action in the handles made it easy to quickly accomplish the mission at hand, and trim the cat’s nails. With the correct size, it would have even been easier, as we could have just put the clippers over the nails, and not worried about them going into the quick. The blade made it a very easy clean-cut.

Zen Clipper clips tip of cat’s claws, not the quick

Zen Clipper’s website explains while most pets nails are similar in size and shape, they are not necessarily the same size. They also say, if your blade does appear to approach the quick, contact them, and they will replace your Zen Clipper at no cost with a smaller size. There are six sizes.

 

Zen Clipper clips tips of cat's claw, not the quick

Zen Clipper sizing chart determines which size is best for your cat.

Zen Clipper clips tips of cat's claw, not the quick

Only clip the tip of your cat’s claws.

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Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet. Paws for Reflection wanted to try this natural way of tackling stress and anxiety on a recent trip to the veterinarian’s office. Paws was taking 3 of their 5 member feline family to the vet’s office, and didn’t want a repeat of the horror show last year.

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We wanted to share this info on the Sunday Selfies’ Blog Hop sponsored by The Cat on My Head, as we all have a lot of stressed out cats that may benefit from pet remedy.

Mom’s cat, who is now my cat, Clyde, is a true scaredy cat. This handsome Tuxedo boy is just a joy, but he’s become scared of everything, even his own shadow. The annual visit to the veterinarian last year was disconcerting because when I removed the blanket covering his carrier, he let out a series blood curdling screams as I took him from the car to the vet’s office. This was scary for him and for me. As I had received a free sample of pet remedy to review, I said this is the perfect opportunity to see if it works.

Two other felines were going on the 30 minutes car ride as well. I usually listen to a chorus of screaming Meows, which leaves them all getting sick or leaving a pile of poop in their carriers. Could this be averted, we wondered?

Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

Spaying pet remedy on towels helped keep cats calm.

Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

I sprayed some pet remedy on a dirty T-shirt I’d been wearing last week. I also abundantly applied it to a towel inserted into each of their carriers.

Having a stress-free trip was important for the others as well. My Little Yellow tends to hyperventilate while traveling in a car. It seems to scare him within an inch of his life. With his asthma and other health problems, it scares his human as well. He had a towel with pet remedy in his carrier. Pink Collar got one too.

For a bit of extra protection, I sprayed some pet remedy on a paper towel, and rubbed it one Clyde’s face once in the carrier.

Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

Scaredy cat Clyde keeps calm going to vet thanks to pet remedy.

Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

Scaredy cat Clyde is terrified of visiting the vet’s office.

 

Into the car they went. I’ve never had such a peaceful ride to the vet’s office. There were a few soft Meows, but no Screaming howls.

Once at the vet’s office, there were some vocalizations of not being happy to be there, but there was no terror. They just weren’t happy to be there.

All went well with the exam at the vet’s office, and on the trip home.

Paws has tried a well-known calming diffuser, but wasn’t very impressed; however, we haven’t tried any spray formulas that would have direct contact with the cats. The cats still vie for their position to be Top Cat, and they still relentlessly pick on my scaredy cat Clyde.

This experience won me over to pet remedy, so much so that when Pink Collar went back to have 3 teeth removed, it was part of the carrier preparation. The experience was the same as there were no blood curdling Meows, only little meows of dissatisfaction.
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