March 28, 2012

Meet ArlieJo

I iz a kitteh and never really met a dog before I joined Twitter. But when I met @ArlieJo I thought mebbe doggies weren't so scary after all. I really love ArlieJo. She's one of my furry bestest furends!

How old were you when you moved in with your family? Were you a rescue?
--My estimated age on Gotcha Day was 3-5 yrs. Mom saw me on Petfinder.com while playing Sav-A-Dog on Facebook.  I was pulled from a high-kill shelter in NC by a PA rescue group & transported to a foster home, where I lived for 5-6 months before mom & dad adopted me forever!

How was your mom inspired to name you?
--My foster mom, Arlene was already calling me "Arly," I spoze cuz it sounded kind of like her name.  Mom didn't want to confuse me by changing it, but changed the spelling to "Arlie," as she thought that was more girlie (whatever!).  Just a week after I left the foster home, my foster dad, Joe passed away (he was old & had been very sick).  Mom knew he loved me very much so she added "Jo" to my name in Mr. Joe's honor.  Miss Arlene was happy about that.  :)

Meet Deanie @It'sMeDeaner


 MEET DEAN
@ITSMEDEANER

Deanie and me got to be best furends shortly after I joined Twitter. I loves his beautiful blue crossy eyes and his sweet purrsonality. Deanie is a great best furend. And his mom really loves me lots. She keeps waving a plane ticket fur me to go live wif her.

Deanie, were you a rescue, a stray? Does your mom know where you came from before you lived with her?

A friend of mom's brother rescued me from a shelter in ND when I was a kitten. 6 mos later he had to move to TX for military training, and he couldn't take me with him. He asked my now-mommy to take care of me for him, because he knew my mom fosters strays. Luckily for all of us, his training went from a few months to several months right about the time mom decided she wouldn't let me leave her anyway! Today I am 3 1/2 years old.

Meet the Wonder Cats


MEET THE WONDER CATS
Samson Simon and Solomon

I got to know @TheWonderCats shortly after I joined Twitter. They are fun and funny, and really popular Anipals. So I had to ask them to be the first to be intermewed on my new blog:

What are you names, and tell me a little about each of your purrsonalities.

 Solomon – Mom’s first rex, oldest of group. Dark grey striped. Very demanding of mom’s attention and any warm lap that sits on the couch. Very loud meow and will scratch at the doors to get what he wants. Relentless in his pursuit of snuggles. Frequently known to climb up on shoulders of people for attention.

  
 Simon – Mom’s second rex, very friendly. Loves belly scritches and will run in front of a walking person to roll over in front of them to demand a belly rub. Great climber and has been told by vet and vet techs that Simon would be very easily trained for cat shows and performances. Mom thinks Simon would be a great circus kitty. Simon is affectionately called “cow kitty” by the neighborhood kids for his white/black markings that make him look like a cow.

Samson – Baby of the group, gets lots of attention for his wrinkly skin and his tiny size. Must sleep on mom’s arm under blanket. Will follow mom from room to room and will sit next to computer while mom works. Samson is the biggest troublemaker as he will open cabinets and seek out human treats i.e. potato chips, Doritos, likes to knock things over for attention. 

March 21, 2012

Meet Billy The Pig

You're in for an extra special treat. Billy the Pig @piggusbiggus is here to tell you all about himself.


What's it like to be a guinea pig?

It’s wonderful as long as you enjoy vegetables and cuddles. I can recommend the lifestyle.

How old were you when you moved in with your family? Were you a rescue?

I was about 4 months old when I employed my current staff. My real mummy had died and the family I was with couldn’t look after me because I was sick and they didn’t have much money for vet fees.

Who named you? Why Billy?

My first family named me Billy so I insisted that my staff called me that too.

How would you describe your personality?

Friendly, outgoing, cheeky and snuggly. Sometimes all at once.

Do you have a sibling?

I did, but I lost track of them when I employed my new staff.

Do you have a mischief incident that is still talked about with your family?

I like to hide behind my female staff’s African baskets to make them think I’ve disappeared, or been eaten by a snake.

Tell me about an Awww moment that made your pawrents melt.

Whenever I roll onto my side and close my eyes while sitting on my staff’s lap.

Do you have any health issues?

I had a bad tummy bug when I joined my present staff, but they took me to the vet and bought medicine and gave me the best possible care. I’m better now but I still have a slightly sensitive tummy.

Do you like to be handled?

I love it. In fact I insist upon it

Do you like one hooman over another?

Yes, I prefer the one with the food.

What are your favorite foods and toys?

My favourite food is basil and I have a lovely plastic tunnel to play in.

What is your birth date, or Gotcha Day date?

I share my birthday with my male staff. 1st February.

When did you join Twitter and what clubs do you belong to?
I joined Twitter in 2011 and I belong to the CIA (Cavies in Australia.)

What are you known for on Twitter by your Anipal furends?
I think I’m most famous for my Billy The Pig blog. http://pemery.blogspot.com.au/

Thanks Billy! Check out my mom's blog to meet Billy's staff, Peter at Kept by Cats.

March 18, 2012

Meet Phi


Phi @3phibotticelli is fun and makes me feel warm and fuzzy wif her furendship. She is a great friend and loves to take newbies on Twitter and show them around, introduce them and help them make furends. Please welcome Phi.

How old were you when you moved in with your family? Were you a rescue?
I was 3 mo. when my Dad brought me home. He loved me and brought mom to see me and I captured her! 

How would you describe your purrsonality? With your hoomans? With your siblings?
I adore my parents and guard them. It is my breed. I am not too friendly to peeps but do not bug them. I am a solo pet.

Do you have a mischief incident that is still talked about with your family?
My mischief incident: I heard a bear once and ran to warn Mom then stood behind her while she shut fence, like that would help, and we went in after Mom took a photo. I also eat all my stuffed toys and Dad sews them back up.

Tell me about an Awww moment that made your mom melt.
Aww moment is Phi pouncing on snow and eating it. Phi can smell when it starts to snow, really, and makes Mom take out 1-2 A.M to play. Wuf snow. We get a lot of snow. Had one 30 inch in five day span. I was smaller than the snow mounds in yard and Mom could barely see me. Mom has to look hard for me! I loves snowflakes on my tongue. I dig in mud and has my own sandbox to dig in. I dug in mud looking for Spring recently, but couldn’t find it! I’m a very rowdy American  Eskimo Dog. And I love to pose for pictures.

Do you have any health issues?
Health fine but 3 lb. Overweight and bit arthritis

Do you like to be brushed, have your nails trimmed?
Hate baths, make a scene and try get out. Dad does them, Mom brushes me out. Vet does nail trim and I am very good.

What is your relationship like with your veterinarian?
We are not a fan of any vets.

Do you like certain hoomans outside of your family?
I love my neighbor dog, a boy husky, and we play at fence. 

What are your favorite foods and toys?
My fave toys a stuffed, blue, squeaky elephant and toy Easter bunny that quacks! Fave food is lunchmeat ham and pork chops.

What is your birth date, or Gotcha Day date?
My Bday is January 21.

When did you join Twitter and what clubs do you belong to?
On twitter about a year. Active in NipClub.

What are you known for on Twitter by your Anipal furends?
I’m a dancing queen. I try to make it easy and fun for new pals to come dance and drink and stay with them to learn the ropes. I’m asked to take Twitter babies to party and loves it. I do lots of paw circles and prayers for my pals.

I has lots of Brit twitter pals. I was a bridesmaid in a pup wedding. I wore my green hat & dress to the engagement pawty and then wore my rose crown to da wedding. I will be in another wedding in April. I member of #caykclub and shares lots of time and fun eating! I loves hats and wore a lei to #Aloha pawty on beach recently and a grass skirt! Pawgeous pup fun! I led the car parade of autos in the #NipClub auto pawty and have great pals that do me new avi’s. I’m known for hats and had tall one for Mardi Gras.

And a koala for a #NipClub pawty in Australia where I took a vacationing koala back to USA to show snow in Colorado.

Thanks, Phi! If you want to meet Phi's mom, please check out my mom's blog Kept by Cats.
 

March 15, 2012

Meet Skeeter the Tabby!

Everybody knows Skeeter the Tabby! He claims to be a big lazy tabby who noms on Temptations all day, but hiz furends know better. He's up at the crack of dawn making us all breakfast (#brekkieclub). He's zooming around Twitterverse in his cars and tractors. He changes his Avi all the time (he's worse than me!) His significant other is @Nikepurrfektcat@SkeetertheTabby iz fun to know. And for those of you who don't know him, well...read on!


How old were you when you moved in with your family?
~We not 100% sure of my true age but we tink me was 4 or 5 when me was adopted.

Were you a rescue?
~Yup ! Meowmy got me frum da local shelter, dey not be a " no kill " shelter.

Skeeter & Mia
How would you describe your purrrsonality? With your hoomans? With your siblings?
Me is my Meowmy's baby…me luv to be wif her all da time. Me make her laugh and we play lots! Me & my sisfur Mia get along most of da time, but we haf our moments *Whispers* she drive me nuts!

Do you have a mischief incident that is still talked about with your family?
 ~When we lived in a ranch house me got up on da roof and Meowmy couldn't find me. She asked all da neighbors if dey had seen me and one of dem said "Yea, he's on your roof! " Heee!!!

Tell me about an Awww moment that made your mom melt.
~The day Meowmy adopted me. Da adoption staff set me on da floor in a wittle room and me ran right over to Meowmy and climbed up on her and gave her hug ! Me acted like me had known her furever, she knew she had to take me home.

Do you have any health issues?
~Da vet say me haf a heart murmer, but it not give me no trouble. Me also haf lump in my throat dey keep watch on, but it been ok too.

Do you like to be brushed, have your nails trimmed?
~Me will tolerate both but me not like hafing my ears cleaned! Ack!!!

What is your relationship like with your veterinarian?
~Me like my Dr. Michelle...she nice to me and always calls to check up on me.

Do you like certain hoomans outside of your family?
~Me luvs my Grammy! She spoils me when me stay wif her!

What are your favorite foods and toys?
~Me will only eat dry food and crunchy treats like Temptations. I luv catnip mice and small plastic toys dat haf cool shapes. Me luv to shred paper also...makes big mess!

What is your birth date, or Gotcha Day date?
We tink my birfday be December 8. My vet tink me is between 8 & 10 yrs. My gotcha date be Jan 4.

When did you join Twitter and what clubs do you belong to?
~Me joined Twitter April 2010. Me belong to #wlf & BBOT.

What are you known for on Twitter by your Anipal furneds?

~Me known fur #brekkieclub. Me luv to cook fur all my furiends.
 








Me also known fur my collection of cars & tractors! Me change my Avi all da time!

 Thanks so much for agreeing to be intermewed, Skeeter! If you want to meet Skeetie's mom, go to my mom's blog, Kept By Cats and read about Kathy Delmore.

March 11, 2012

We Love Petie The Cat!

We love Petie!

Anipals wear tee shirts declaring their love for him. 

We've gathered on #PetiesPorch for #pawcircles to help him through the stages of his progressing illness. 

He's been a wonderpurr furend for as long as we've known him.

@PetietheCat is a 17 year old orange tabby with a sweet purrrsonality. He's fun and cheerful and kind and always there for a furend, even when he's not feeling so good. 

He's also married to the lovely Pandora @Pandafur who declares her love and concern for Petie by always wearing her pink I Heart Petie tee shirt.

Petie is now very ill, but graciously gave this intermew yesterday.



How old were you when you moved in with your family? Were you a rescue?  

I was 18 months old when I came to live with mama and daddy- I was a rescue.  Mama had a cat cross over 6 months or so previous and so she used to visit cats at our local humane society.  I was there and she would see me every day.  I was adopted out twice and mama was so happy for me- but both times I was brought back.  The second time mama saw me back again she filled out the forms and brought me home.  I have been here ever since.

How was your mom inspired to name you?

It was Daddy who named me--- he just said what about Peter- which got shortened to Petie.

How would you describe your purrrsonality? With your hoomans? With your siblings?

My personality is just like it is on twitter- sweet and affectionate and a real mama’s boy.  I do not have any siblings at all so I am really mama’s baby boy.


 Do you have a mischief incident that is still talked about with your family?

Oh yes indeed.  One night mama was sleeping on the couch cuz it was Friday. It was about 3am and mama heard me jumping in the window they used to leave open for for me.  But mama heard a squeak too- she got up and saw me wif a baby bunnie in my mouth.  Mama started screaming for daddy to wake up.   She woke up the whole house. When daddy came downstairs she said to mama "what are you crazy waking up the whole household" there is nothing in his mouth.  Mama was confused and walked over to me- I moved and low and behold I had been sitting on the baby.  It ran away and three hours later they found it hiding behind a vertical blind.  It was scared but alive.  They still laugh about that one to this day.


Another good one is when we first moved to this house I caught a mole one night at about 9:30 pm.  Every night after that for months I would go outside and re enact the mole catching.  They call it "Mole Theater".

Tell me about an Awww moment that made your mom melt.  

It makes mama melt when she shakes the treat bag and I come running with my eyes lit up.  It also makes her melt when she is sad or upset and I put my paw on her cheek- I have always done that for her. 

Tell me about your health issues (warm hugs).

I have diabetes, stage 4 renal failure and today I was diagnosed with a fast growing kidney tumor...

Do you like to be brushed, have your nails trimmed? 

I do like to be brushed lots but not my nails- the vet usually does that for me

What is your relationship like with your veterinarian?

We have a good relationship with our vet- we have been going to him since the clinic opened and it is only about 4 minutes from our house.

Do you like certain hoomans outside of your family?

I love my sitter Monique and I love my human brofur- when he comes to visit it makes me happy

What are your favorite foods and toys?

I can only have my diabetic wet cat food cuz of my diabetes.  My favorite toys are my ping pong balls and my cat teaser long stick thing, my teepee, my bed and my blankies
What is your birth date, or Gotcha Day date? 

My birfday is December 4- I am 17 years old now

When did you join Twitter and what clubs do you belong to?

I joined twitter in March 2009 I belong to the #wlf and the orange floofy belly brofurs club

What are you known for on Twitter by your Anipal furends?

I am not sure what I am known for- but lately is mostly for being sick and needing #pawcircles.

We all love Petie. Please tell him now how much you love him.



March 7, 2012

Almost Famous



I always knew I would be famous. Dad said years ago I wuz destined for stardom.


On Sunday, March 4, 2012 I finally met my public. My mom, author Kimberley Dehn, had a book signing at the B.J. Chain Library in Olive Branch, Mississippi.


She had posters made up wif me promoting her book, and decided it was time for me to make a purrrsonal appearance.


I sat in Mom's lap while she chatted with buyers about her novel, Southern Exposure.

Click on Book

Southern Exposure is a romantical novel about a Yankee heiress, Kat Hubbard, who is considered the red-hot chili pepper in her family of instant potato control freaks. Always out of step. Always out of favor.  On her wedding day, Kat learns her business barracuda brother used her as a bargaining chip to buy percentages of her fiancĂ©’s company with each baby she pops out!  Furious to learn she’s been sold for a profit, Kat shoves a basketball under her gown and waltzes down the aisle to humiliate her family, then makes her getaway via her private yacht.  It doesn’t occur to her she can’t drive.

Dean Mickler is mayor of Potter’s Kiln, Georgia, a small town community of unemployed couch potatoes who let him carry the burden of keeping them out of financial hot water. He aspires to escape to Atlanta where a dream job awaits. Yet with the closing of the town’s only employer, he cannot leave P.K. teetering on the brink of economic disaster. To bring in revenue, he renovates his gristmill into a riverside restaurant, and is days away from escaping the chokehold his well-meaning townspeople have on him. Destiny has other plans.

When Kat rams her runaway yacht through Dean's restaurant and destroys P.K.’s last hope for survival, Dean is forced to use Kat in a last-ditched effort to save his hometown, at the risk of losing both his sanity and his heart.

Mom designed the book's cover. She takes a lot of fotoz and wanted a cover that was both eye-catching and intriguing. Be honest. You're dying to know what a red bra and jelly beans haz to do with the story. Didja see the shadow cleavage? I don't know what what da heck cleavage is, but Mom always points it out. While the cover gets a lot of notice and sales for Mom, she sez people think its erotica, which makes her cringe. She sez its a sweet romance, not a spicy one. After all, her daddy waz gonna read it, not to mention her mother-in-law, my Grammy!

Mom has won contests with her story and was also nominated for an EPIC award. I can't read but I hear people laughing while looking at the pages so I guess its real funny. Mom sez I don't haz much of a sense of humor so I don't know much about laughing. I know its got a pig named Junior Upchurch in it that threatens to steal all the attention since Mom loves pigs. It also haz a little girl named Stevie who everyone thinks is the true star of the story. Some say Stevie needs her own story.

It's available through Mom's website, www.kimberley-dehn.com linked to her publisher. Also at Amazon.com where you can get it for your Kindle...whatever that is. 

Anyway! Enough about Mom and her book. Back to me, my favorite subject!


There I waz, sitting in her lap, shedding all over her pretty outfit, while hoomans lined up to admire me and say hello. I got pets on my head. And a few little kids hugged me and one even kissed me!

Daddy waz there and said later he heard people talking about how amazing I behaved. So calm. So sweet. So...floofy! The librarian, Miz Suzanne, was very happy I chose her library to make my purrrsonal debut.

And so, here I am, back home. Bored. Daddy sez my head haz swelled and probably won't fit through the door if I make another public appearance.

I say...get a bigger door.

Don't Mess Wif Me!