Happy Birthday Candy!

Candy at about 2 months old.

Today is Candy’s birthday. Well, not really. We don’t know when Candy was really born because she was rescued from a trailer park. We just know she was born in July, so Mom picked the 4th of July for her birthday. It’s easy to remember. MOL! Look at how cute she was. No wonder Mom couldn’t resist bringing her home. Look at those little pink toesies!

If you saw Candy’s picture in the About Us section of the blog, you know she likes to be up high! She was the first one of us to go up on top of the kitchen cabinets (although I wasn’t far behind once I saw how much fun she was having up there). Plus, we’ve been getting caught up on Jackson Galaxy and My Cat From Hell, so Mom’s been thinking about how to ‘catify’ the house more. Since we already like to go up on the cabinets, she’s starting in the kitchen.

Here’s the kitchen before she started:

We’ve been jumping from the fridge to the top of the pantry. That makes Mom very nervous. So here’s the kitchen after stage 1 of catification:

Now there’s a bridge between the fridge and the pantry! More fun for us and easier on Mom’s nerves. Plus, there’s a tent to play and sleep in and toys to play with. Another bed’s gonna go up there and more toys as Mom gets more green papers.

Access to the next set of cabinets is blocked on purpose because that set has the dishes in it. Mom’s not sure the cabinets are mounted properly and is always checking to see if they’ve pulled loose from the wall at all. She didn’t want our added weight up there so the path ends at the window. That’s ok. We have lots of path up there as it is. So that’s Candy’s birthday present – the cabinet tops have gotten more fun! How’s that for a great birthday present?

We’re gonna have a giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned! Happy 4th of July everyone!


BlogPaws Day 2

How do you all like my new header? I figured after two years it was time for a new one. Next, Happy 4th of July. And happy birthday Candy. It’s not really her birthday, but we don’t know when her birthday really is, just that it’s in July. So Mom picked July 4. Candy gets quite a celebration for her birthday. MOL! OK. Now on to BlogPaws Day 2.

Friday morning started with breakfast and a presentation from Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com. She talked about the history of how we deal with pets in this country and how we’ve moved from animal control to our present philosophy of adopting out as many animals as possible and that they should be treated humanely while in the shelter. Something new some shelters are experimenting with is doing training and enrichment with shelter animals to make them more adoptable.

After breakfast we visited the vendors’ room. The vendors were all absolutely pawsome. They had great information, and lots and lots of samples. Wait until you see how much stuff I brought back. I’ll be doing product reviews for months!

My first session was Monetization 101 with Rebecca Braglio of the Philly Dog. She talked about different types of advertising, how to get people interested in advertising on your blog, some pricing strategies, and told us about some of the ways she developed relationships with possible advertisers and won them over.

After the session we went to the catification lounge to check it out. OMC was it pawsome! Mom let me walk around on my leash and check stuff out. I crawled inside a cat ball and hung out there for a while. Then I went back to the room for a nap and Mom went to lunch. She’s gonna tell you about the rest of the afternoon.

Mom here. My next session was WordPress 101 with Ryan Hughes of Oodle Tech. I was hoping to learn some new things about WordPress, but it was pretty basic. There was a lot of time for questions, so I did get to have him look at my blog and got some help fixing a couple of layout problems I was having. So I was really glad I chose that session.

By then I was pretty tired and brain dead, so I went to where Wanda (@MaggieTKat) had the  Honor Flag project was set up and made flags honoring my three OTRB kitties, Beastie, Sheena, and Pixie. Then I brought Pumpkin back down for the evening.

Pumpkin here. We went to hear Sarah Donner sing, then went to the Catification Lounge for pizza, a video hello from Jackson Galaxy, and a photo game for prizes. We won a Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center. I got my picture taken with a whole bunch of people and got to visit with lots of friends. I have to say a special thank you to Jackson Galaxy and Kate from Moderncat as well as Zero Odor for hosting the Catification Lounge. It was so cool to see all those cat products that normally you only see online. Mom got a great idea of what would interest me and what wouldn’t from letting me investigate stuff in the room. Plus, we just had a great time in there. Oh, and Kate, thank you for my presents. *hugs*

Here are the pictures from day 2.