Sunday, September 20, 2020

Talk Like A Pirate Day, Revisited; Argghhhh! (Sunday Selfies)


We nigh-on had t' resort t' a re-visitation o' last year's post fer th' Talk Like A Pirate Day, which was Saturday Sept 19th.


We missed Pirate Day...Yarghh! So now we 'ave t' be satisfied wit' our semi Talk Like A Pirate Day, cause Petcretary was at busy wit' more nah cur or kitty stuff...Yargghhhh!...We be nah too jovial about missin' that fun day, but here we be anyways! AHOY!
We be Ferocious PiratePups...

So ye'd best nah mess wit' us. BOL!  Yargh!
(In 2019) Th' pups made 'live' selfies fer pirates, but Pipo said he jus' wanted t' be a virtual pirate, so...he made petcretary choose t' walk th' plank or make 'im a pirate picture, MOL! Aarrgghhhhh!
Don't even reckon about raidin' me treasures 'n booty...
Here be another repeated Pirate Pipo picture from eons ago:

Ahoy Mateys!!

 Guess wha'?

*She* got some new pics so'as we can 'ave fresh Talk Like A Pirate Selfies, even if we be late. Whoot!
We reckon we shall haul in th' plank t' use some other time...Maybe we be nah that ferocious afterall...BOL/MOL!  Yargghh!

This goblet was full o' some great grog...we guzzled it all down! Argh!

Ahoy! Are we more ferocious than last year??

I, Pipo,

Also known as: 

Captain Pipo-Fang PirateMasterCat

Didst deign to allow a good selfie for a change...yargh! (*She* says sorry, its a wee bit blurry...argh!)

In not pirate stuff, Pawppy is slowly getting better...he walks better and feels generally a lot better than a month ago. But still not 100%,,, but we are getting there. Thanks for all the pawyers, and purrs and POTP on his behalf.
Pipo is having 'cat attract' on his litter...but he still piddles a lot on those least we DO have that option...

This new blogger (and the new Word Press) even in the 'classic' versions are driving petcretary NUTS. 
She took hours just to get our post up and running. Hisses and Grrrs...and lets make them walk the plank.

The Kitties Blue are our hosts for the Sunday selfies! Thank you!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Flashback To Our Earliest Day Of Sunday Selfies

 Yup, another week with flashbacks. Petcretary is working, and she has lots more added to her plate since pawppy has been 'out of commission' with his back issues.

Pawppy still needs his cane, he is complaining of leg weakness now, although the pain is still there, it s not constant. But it does flare up when he least expects it. PT is baffled at his symptoms, so the head PT guy will do some more extensive evaluations next time he goes.

Petcretary thought she had Pipo all happy with the new litterbox arrangements, (a huge crate with a hole in it, lined with pee-pee pads, and a good sized hole as the entryway...and plenty of floor protection all around for just in case). Well things were great for about three days, then last night and again this morning, Mr Pipo went on the mats outside the box...again...sigh...not sure why. At least it was on the waterproof mats, and not the carpet. We cannot put the box in the bathroom  nor the kitchen, because those are in the 'dog zone'...don't need to add to his its in the front room, which is pawppy's home office. Strangely enough, he does go in there to do his #2's and some pee-pee's. He is another mystery!

Benji still has bouts of runny doo-doo's...and sometimes he eats and sometimes he doesn't. Will check in with the vet about that when all the furs go in for their checkups.

Dalton?? Well he loves to lick out the empty containers of the food that Benji gets if he will not eat in a particular day. He hovers near by when Benji eats in case there are tidbits dropped on the floor for him to scavenge, BOL! He still hates that thunking cane that pawppy uses...In a couple of weeks Dalton will be dogabrating his third gotcha day:)

And they are both having a ball digging...sheesh. We keep the company that makes red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper powder in business, BOL! Juast as effective as the commercial 'keep away' products, less costly, so we are all for that, still at the prices she does pay, it adds up. Phooey! Pawppy jokingly said, next time you see a picture of a cute pup in 'The Shopper', ignore it! BOL!

So here are our flashbacks...Mr Jack Freckles, now an angel, is showing off his first attempts at selfies...from Sept 2014.

I really don't wanna do this...
But here you go! Sept, 2014

Pipo was not thrilled to make his first official selfie...Sept 2014

Looks like Angel Minko was not too thrilled about having his siesta interrupted, MOL! (Sept 2014)

Sorry for the bad lighting...these were the first selfies we did when we started to join up with the weekly Sunday Selfies, over at The Kitties Blue. Wow it has been 6 years already! Thank you Miss Janet, for faithfully keeping up with this fun weekly feature!


We had to say goodbye to these two beloved kitties recently. There are others, too, so sad; we did not know them. Our condolences and love go to all those hurting furmilies.

Allie, From Friends Furever

Budd, from The Canadian Cats

Thank you Miss Janet, for faithfully keeping up with this fun weekly feature! We are in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, and you can be too, just click on the link to join.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Selfies For Labor Day Weekend...The Non-Laborious Way!

 Petcretary has had a busy week...lots of not doggy or kitty things happening, not to mention her work, etc.

Pawppy is very slowly improving, PT helped him sort through his exercise routine and that has had some good results. However mornings are still horribly tedious and painful for him. He goes to work for half days in the afternoons.

Pipo finally is using the litterbox again...but...well, ,lets just say his style requires piddle pads outside the box with very high walls to catch the spray, MOL! So *she*  bought a huge crate/container, and cut a kitty sized hole in it, for a door, and put the new pan inside of it, lining the area with piddle pads tp catch the spillover. But Pipo stands in it, with derriere facing the door and lets it spray. He doesn't squat to pee, he never has...not even as a kitten. For years the top entry box was the best and working solution to that issue, but his old joints were not able to handle that type anymore. (He does get meds for that problem...) So *she* thinks a larger crate with more space between the box and the door might solve the remaining issue. We hope! Kitty pee stinks! MOL!

Benji still seems to have some issues with the runny poos, and not eating...but sometimes he gobbles up the whole bowlful. Nothing wrong with his digging efforts though...he carved out some trenches yesterday and this morning...and presented us with another big fat mole. UGH! BOL! Sheesh, those moles are naughty of their own accord, but Benji's efforts are far worse! Sheesh. Anyone need some trenches dug out?? BOL! We are using red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper powder combined with garlic and cinnamon with mixed results. If he thinks the prey is *there* he will ignore the smells and tastes of the deterrent and dig anyways...sigh...stubborn terrier that he is...

Dalton has learned a few small tricks such as jump over and crawl through, and jump in to the lap. Each step increases his confidence...but it is VERY slow going...While Benji learns things quickly Dalton has to handled with very soft gloves and teaching with no touch is way better for him, else he pees floods of fear. *She* wants to teach him to roll over, but that has to be done outside...for obvious reasons, BOL!

Well, here are our selfies as culled from Labor Day weekend from 2019...because there were no new pics made this week...

 Earlier this week, we heard the sad news that Polar Bear from 15&Meowing had to become an Angel Kitty...

Polar Bear

We are joining the Sunday Selfies at The Kitties Blue, who graciously host this fun feature each week. Thanks so much, Miss Janet and all your furmily! We love the Sunday Selfies!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

In Purrsuit Of Flavors ~ Rainbow Trout Sheet Pan Dinner



This has become a monthly feature (First Wednesday of the month), hosted by The Canadian Cats and the Weimie Twins, DaPhenny and DaNelly.


Rainbow Trout Sheet Pan Dinner

 Here is a yummy recipe, that bakes up all on one sheet pan, which makes for a quick clean up! Add a salad and some whole grain rolls and you're done! (We omit the rolls...or any other high carb or grain based side..., this way it remains Paleo or even Keto.)

We sub in salmon a lot of the times we use this recipe, and it is GOOD!

Baked Rainbow Trout with Lemon, Pepper, and Garlic

Sheet-Pan Baked Rainbow Trout and Asparagus.  Trout is flavored with olive oil, salt and cracked black pepper, freshly minced garlic and fresh lemon.  Healthy, low-carb, and gluten-free recipe, packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids.  Easy and quick dinner - only 30 minutes from start to finish!

Ingredients (For two servings, can adjust for more)

  • 1 pound rainbow trout (Salmon works well, too!)
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper , cracked
  • 1/2 lemon , sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Line a rimmed small baking sheet (I used half sheet) with parchment paper.
  3. Place rainbow trout skin side down in the center of the baking sheet. Brush half of olive oil amount over the top of trout. 

  4. Toss the asparagus (ends trimmed) with the remaining half of olive oil. Place asparagus all around trout on a sheet pan. 

  5. Sprinkle the trout and the asparagus with salt and pepper. Add minced garlic on top of the trout fillet and asparagus.  Top with lemon slices.(I use way more than 1/2 a lemon...I like to cover the filet with them.)

  6. Bake for about 15 minutes at 400 F in the preheated oven until the trout is cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven. Remove lemon slices from the trout before serving. (Hubby likes to eat them...)

 So there you have it...dinner bells are ringing! We last made this for the younger son's birthday dinner. We added a mango slaw, keto crackers (Baked beforehand), and a keto cheesecake with raspberries, My ~ we were stuffed!!

OK, there you have it...

Monday, August 31, 2020

Selfies For Rainbow Bridge Day, 2020



Well, petcretary has been way busy and we missed some things this past week, the most notable being Rainbow Bridge we will honor our Angels here so the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

And we are thrilled and thankful that The Kitties Blue are going to be continuing this feature each week. Thanks, Miss Janet and your 'crew'!

Benji is eating much better, Hooray!

Not much change with pawppy, though he is going in to work half days right now. He starts Physio Therapy tomorrow.

Pipo has now decided that no litterbox pleases him we are keeping the piddle pad company in business...sheesh! Not sure if he has some kitty dementia, or other issues, but for now we have a low box inside a crate that is well padded, and is easy to get into. However he pees on the waterproof mats that are all around that matter if its cleaned up and a new mat put down. He even used the carpet a couple of times, EEUUWWWW!

Petcretary cannot seem to leave her issues of senior care at her job site, MOL!!

We have several Angel furs in our furmily...

There were two dogs from petcretary's 'growing up' years, and pawppy had three kitties before he married Petcretary. (We do not have any pics of his kitties, they were all tabbies, one long haired, and two short haired, two girls and a boy.) He also had many Scottie dogs and a couple of cats in his childhood years.

So starting with petcretary's dogs:

Blacky, he was a Cocker Spaniel Terrier mix, and he took care of the shop that our Opa had at night. Petcretary nickname for him was Blacky Bushka, he had quite a bushy tail! He got to be over 14 years old:)

The next picture is of petcretary and her brother as youngsters with Blacky Bushka.

Then there was a second Blacky; nicknamed Blacky Monster, because he really could be at times, though you would not know that from his pics, BOL! He was a Lab BorderCollie mix...maybe that is why his behavior was over the top sometimes. He herded the squirrels in the yard, and our ankles too...

Then petcretary got a kitty! Shortly after they got married, a family had to rehome their pets due to the medical conditions of their newborn preemies that were coming home...anypaws, we got Groucho, at the age of seven, and he was a Meezer, the first of the six Meezers that have been with pawppy and petcretary. He lived till the ripe old age of 18 or 19, we were really never sure of his true age...

Then a kitten was added to our little family: Simba.

Groucho after some hisses, loved him and mentored him for seven years until one day Simba just curled up and passed away...he likely had a heartworm, cause he would get outside when the then toddlers here would open the door and he would run past eat grass...and get mosquito all our furs get heartworm medicine all the year long.

So then Suki came along...a diva kitty if there ever was one, MOL!Groucho taught her and loved her too...

She developed seizures and had an inner ear problem so that she couldn't walk in a straight line, she would get attacked by the other two kitties and also the dog, so she was in a big cage when there were no peeps around to watch over her. Eventually the seizures became so bad that she was allowed to become an Angel, at the age of 11.

When Suki was about 6 months old, Toki came now Groucho had 2 kittens to teach and love...Suki hated him and she hated petcretary for a while after that, too...yikes! She thought she should be the only kitty...even though she was there with Groucho...who can understand the minds of cats??! MOL!

Toki was a gem of a kitty, he was everyone's friend and learned lots of tricks. He was a fetch kitty, too. He visited the school where our sons went and stole their hearts. He would have made a great therapy cat:)

Toki loved it when MrJackFreckles came into our furmily...he immediately jumped into the bed with that wee puppy and laid on top of him...a nice warm cushion. They became fast friends! But more hate from Suki!

Toki got to be way too overweight, and at the tender age of seven he passed from complications of severe diabetes. MJF missed him immensely.

By then Groucho had passed; so one day on Valentine's Day of 2005, the kittens Pipo and Minko were introduced...Even though they were both the same age, about 8 weeks, (though from different families), Pipo has hated all dogs from the get go, and still doesn't like them, Minko was more tolerant and he got to be quite friendly with MJF, though not like Toki had been...they would not sleep in the same bed, MOL! They were mutual ear washers! Go figure:)

Then Minko got sick and petcretary had to hand feed him...she did that for three years, and on Father's Day of 2017 at the age of almost 13, he had a stroke. He was blind and he too received his angel wings.

MrJackFreckles knew Toki, Suki and both Minko and Pipo...

He was officially the elder son's dog, but he lived with us all his life, even when son #1 moved out to his own apartment. MJF loved it when he would come over here to visit.

MJF lived to be just shy of his 16th birthday...he became an angel in Feb/2018.

So those are our Angels...may they enjoy all the fun at the RB, with their friends and relatives.

"Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded in 2015 by Deborah Barnes, award-winning author, and blogger of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles
in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, whom she had to say goodbye to
on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her
critically acclaimed book, “Purr Prints of – A Cat’s Tale of Life,
Death, and Beyond” and decided to create the day in his honor as a way
for others across the world to share memories of their own pets they had
loved and lost."

We are part of the Rainbow Bridge Day Blog Hop, you can enter too, if you wish to show your precious angels to all of us.

We are joining the Sunday Selfies Blog hop, showing our Angels this week.

RBD BlogHop: Sunday Selfie Blog Hop: