Product Review – KONG Active Cat Play Mat

Happy Sunday everyone! I had a pawsome twitter adventure yesterday with my hubby, Henry (@quadpawd). We had a picnic and a helicopter ride over Rocky Mountain National Park. I’d show you pictures, but I forgot to ask him if I could use his pictures in my blog. It was really amazing!

20150707_184837This month, we’re reviewing something different that we got for free from Chewy.com. Usually we get food or treats. This month we got a toy – the Kong Active Play Mat. It’s got sisal on one side for scratching, a soft side for napping, tassels on the corner for chewing on and playing with, and it makes crinkly noises.

20150707_185016I had to check it out right away. The sisal didn’t interest me much though. Eventually, mom turned it over to the soft side and I napped on it, but she couldn’t get a picture of that. I kept getting up every time she tried to take my picture. She hasn’t noticed me playing with it much either. Just napping on it.

20150707_185040Candy checked it out too, but she didn’t seem furry interested in it at all. That was kind of surprising cuz it makes crinkly noises and she loves crinkly brown wrapping paper. Mom thought the crinkles would be a big hit with her.

 

EK never checked it out. Even though he loves sisal, he never even sniffed the mat. So it was a big dud in his world. Just goes to show, you never know what a kitty will or won’t like. So I guess you can say it gets a paws up from me as a napping mat (and you can’t have too many napping places), but paws down from everyone as a toy.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer – we received the play mat for free to review from chewy.com. All opinions are our own.

A Visit from Pip and Puddles

bucket2Happy Sunday everyone! I have a very special post for you today. My pal, Pip, isn’t doing so great and it probably won’t be terribly long before he goes OTRB. Pip’s made a bucket list of things he wants to do and places he wants to see in the time he has left. I was hoping he’d want to see Colorado so I invited him to come for a visit. He said yes!

So Pip packed up his little red car, and his friend/nurse/driver Puddles, and headed for Colorado! I don’t know about them, but I had a great time showing them the sights. The first stop was downtown Denver. We went for a carriage ride, visited the Botanic Gardens, and visited the Kong factory. Pip was furry excited to see where Kong toys were made. (You can biggify the pictures by clicking on them.)

On the way back from downtown, we stopped at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to see the bison.RMANWRThen we went back to my house. I showed Pip and Puddles to the guest tent. It had nice comfy pillows for them to sleep on and I loaded it up with toys for them to play with. Look!Guest tentPip and Puddles slept really well in that tent, and the next morning were raring to go! We had so many places to see that instead of taking the car, we borrowed the Lake with Petie transporter. Otherwise we’d have needed a whole week to go everywhere!

We headed for the mountains. We started out in Estes Park where I took them to the Stanley Hotel. For those who don’t know about the Stanley Hotel, it’s the hotel Stephen King stayed at that inspired the book The Shining. From there we went into Rocky Mountain National Park and over Trail Ridge Road. We came down the other side of the mountain into Idaho Springs. There’s all kinds of great shops and restaurants there. But what Idaho Springs is really famous for are the Indian Hot Springs and Tommyknocker Brewery. Then we went up to the top of Mt. Evans. The road up to Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America! It’s 14,240 feet at the summit.

That was a lot of places for one day, but there was still more to see! So we got up furry early the next morning, jumped in the car, and headed south to Colorado Springs. First stop was the Air Force Academy. We posed on a jet and saw the Chapel. From there, it was on to the Garden of the Gods. It’s a gorgeous landscape of red rock formations, desert plants, and an amazing expanse of sky. If you go there you’ll understand how it got its name. I guess we kind of went from one chapel to another. The last stop on our tour was the Olympic training center. Pip wanted to ride the bobsled, but there was no snow.

I’m thrilled Pip and Puddles were able to stay long enough to see so many things. I just wish they could have stayed longer, because I had so many other places I wanted to take them. But I guess that would have been selfish. After all, I know there’s lots of other pals that want a visit from Pip and Puddles. So I guess I was lucky there were able to stay as long as they did.

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Have a great week everyone!

My Second Gotcha Day!

Monday is my 2nd Gotcha Day! And since Mom’s working Monday, we celebrated yesterday. Mom took me to Washington Park and then when we got home, we finally got to open the gift basket we got from Kong several weeks ago. I wrote about the park outing over at the Stroller Brigade blog. There’s lots of pictures from the outing.

Here we are exploring the package.

Here’s all the cool stuff that was in the package!

Do you see all that pawsome stuff! I can’t believe how many cool toys were in that basket. There was a huge jar of catnip, too. Mom sprinkled some on one of the toys and on me! It was really good nip too. Much better than the nip we had before. That was from someone’s garden. Here I am playing with a mousie and covered with nip.

Here’s Candy playing with her favorite:

EK was partial to the snake:

Not only did I get to go to the park and open my gift basket, but we all got some ham from mom’s sandwich! I have to say, it’s been a pretty terrific day. Happy Sunday everyone!