Wade Through The Web Wednesday-Hurricane Edition 8/30/17

Siamese cat in life vestHello Folks,
Alberto here. As my regular readers know,  Wednesdays are normally my “Walk Through the Web Wednesday” posts where I purrruse the web and bring you the newest and finest feline articles.  This week is a bit different. In light of the suffering of humans and their furry, feathered and otherwise friends due to Hurricane Harvey. I put on my new life jacket in solidarity with all my friends and I sure wish each one of them had a life vest like mine. My humans are giving to several great human relief organizations as well as hurricane aid for pets. Please do what  you can for the folks affected by this terrible disaster and please keep them all in your prayers.
Stay Safe My Friends,
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wet orange tabby cat saved during Hurricane HarbeyResidents & Rescuers Help Pets – LoveMeow.com

Many organizations are coming to the rescue of lost pets.  SPCA of Texas  and Austin Pets Alive! are only a few who are locating, saving and attempting to reunite animals with their families. Over the weekend Austin Pets Alive! saved over 235 animals from Harvey’s direct path.

 

 

hands reaching to save dog during Hurricane HarbeyCalling All Veterinary Professionals – Today’s Veterinary Technician

Two Paws up to Pam Johnson Bennet who first reported this news. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is calling on all veterinary professionals who are able to come and help with Hurricane Harvey relief.  The board is issuing a Temporary Emergency License to out-of-state veterinary professionals who volunteer to help with the relief efforts. . The licenses are being offered free of charge.  Here is a link to the form.

 

 

 

orange cat rescued after hurricaneHelp for the Animals of Hurricane Harvey – Best Friends 

We love the folks at Best Friends.  You may know about their amazing animal sanctuary but did you know they are a one stop information place about pets affected by Hurricane Harvey? They send teams to help rescue pets and much more.  They are partnering with VetsPlusMore to help reunite people with their pets.  They maintain an ongoing Disaster Fund for Emergency Assistance for Animals caught in the middle of disasters. Donations to this fund are used exclusively to support lifesaving work wherever and whenever a catastrophe occurs.  Best Friends maintains a wish list  on Amazon for those working to rescue animals due to the Hurricane so that you can purchase the things that they need in this effort.

For breaking news on pet rescue after Hurricane Harvey, follow their Facebook page and, if you want tips for disaster preparedness, they have that too!

golden labs rescued during Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey Animal Rescue Needs & Offers – Facebook Group

We all know social media is an excellent source for new and fast information. This Facebook group is dedicated strictly to animal rescue due to the hurricane.  Two paws up for the fast acting humans who created this page!

 

cats caught in a floodAnother Way You Can Help-Foster a Displaced Pet – Mental Floss

The ultimate goal for all displaced pets is to return them to their families. This will take some time and there will be a need for humans to offer to take pets into their homes until the families of these pets are located.   911 Foster Pets has a detailed list of shelters and rescue organizations who are looking for foster help.

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday – on Thursday..8/24

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,

Alberto here. As you may have surmised by the heading that my purrrrsonal assistant has once again proven to be less than adept at meeting deadlines. Still, I have to say, she has had a lot going on so I will cut her some slack. I have asked however, that this not happen again (I am still waiting for her response).

Without further ado, I give you the feline themed gems I discovered during my wanderings through the web.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

gray tabby racing across the Cardinals baseball field Lawyers Have Taken Over the Rally Cat Saga – NBC Sports  

Some of you may remember my earlier report on the fearless feline who ran into the outfield on August 9th at the bottom of the 6th inning at Bush Stadium.  One of the ground crew captured the courageous cat and the feline has weaseled his way into the hearts of Cardinal Fans. Evidently, the plan was for Rally Cat to remain with the Cardinals group, in a cushy set up and they were even planning a Rally Cat promotion.

But human lawyers have stepped in and now there is a legal battle between the Cardinal’s organization and the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. Evidently these outreach folks feel it’s better to keep Rally Cat in a shelter than letting him have a good home. Take it from me, my brother Oliver came from a nice no-kill shelter but we’d much rather have the furever home we have now!

orange and white kitten next to a bottle of Demeter kitten scent perfumeDemeter’s Kitten Fur Perfume – Bustle

 

I’ve reported on some crazy cat-themed products, Apollo Peak Winery’s Feline Wines like Pinot Meow and  Catbernet. I’ve written about Meowijuana’s cigar shaped catnip treats and other great stuff but this product is really off the charts!

Demeter has created a kitten fur-scented perfume! They say that when you sniff this concoction it captures the “olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind a kitten’s neck.  This isn’t the company’s first foray into unusual scents, the first three fragrances they produced were Dirt, Grass and Tomato and they’ve since created other popular scents such as Laundromat, Gin & Tonic and Paperback.

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CatCon 2017  – Pet Product News

 

What is this strange event you might ask? Well it’s one of the premiere Feline events in the country. This year’s event (the third annual) attracted 15,000 cat lovers for a weekend of all things feline.  It was held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles in August and featured new feline products, feline fashion and human feline themed fashion. Some of the world’s most famous felines were in attendance and the best news of the weekend….more than 150 cats and kittens were adopted during the event!

 

 

 

two long haired tabbys and a white cat learn sign languageDeaf Woman Teaches Sign Language to Her Three Cats -Elite Daily

We felines have the capacity to learn so much and this story just illustrates how amazing we are (and the humans who are patient enough to teach us!)

Two paws up for this lady who is a former teacher of the American School for the Deaf. She came up with this idea after she adopted a deaf cat named Bambi.  She said that since her daughters learned signs from their infancy, she thought she’s try and teach her cats.

 

Silva, who is deaf herself, then taught signs to her two other cats, whose behaviors would be mimicked by Bambi soon after she arrived. So far her fantastic felines understand the signs for “come”, “more”, “stay”, “circle”, “play” “shrimp and some others.  It has also helped make her shy kitty more outgoing and playful.  Watch these clever kitties on the video. 

Crazy-Cat-Themed-Wedding-on-the-Isle-of-Man-31-640x427 Crazy Cat Themed Wedding on the Isle of Man – Rock N Roll Bride

If my humans ever decide to renew their vows, this is the theme they should pick!  I find the choice of the Isle of Man for the venue very clever as I am sure all my readers are well versed in cat facts and know that the Isle of Man is the home of the Manx cat.

The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids wore cat shoes, earrings a cat fur scarf and a headband with little enamel cats peeking out.  There was a cat cake, cat decor, cat favors…well you get the picture! What a lovely wedding and a lovely couple. I wish them a long and prospurrrrous married life!

Linky Party – August 19, 2017

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Hello Folks,
Tucker here. I’m hosting this Linky Party as it is my duty as the Alpha of the Tribe of Five to say the hard things that need to be said. Unfortunately, our purrrsonal assistant was, as she describes, overwhelmed (and out of town) and completely missed the last Linky Party. I am shocked and horrified that we did not participate and made sure that she extended her apologies to all the other Linky Hosts. Sheesh, you have to watch these humans every minute.   I assure you the human has been sternly admonished and we do not anticipate such a faux-paw in the future.  Without further ado, let’s showcase my faves from the last Linky Party.
Yours Respectfully with Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Sister Saturday with Precious the Gatekeeper

black and white cat guarding a fenceAs a member of the senior feline society, I greatly appreciated Sister Saturday’s blog post. We more mature felines still have a lot of spunk and we also have a purpose so two paws up to you Sister Saturday !

 Erin the Cat Princess – Magic Beans

black and white cat by yellow flowerOh my, I had to put my paw over my mouth to keep from meowing out loud. Seems Erin’s lackey…err purrsonal assistant is as inept at gardening as our own human. Now we felines take quite an interest in things from the great outdoors and ensure that we nibble, swat and toss anything from the outdoors that is brought indoors. The female human received some beautiful yellow roses and put them in a place she thinks we cannot reach…trust me, we’re working on it!

Big Dog Mom’s Most Glaring Weakness Revealed And It Will Surprise You

big dad dog in the back of an SUVI loved, loved this post because our humans are constantly accusing us of henios crimes such as shredding furniture, scratching wood on the doors, slobbering on the sliding glass doors and windows, etc. Finally I have something to point my paw at and say, “Seriously, you think WE’RE bad??!!”

And now, lets pawty!

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img_2985-1Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase! This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

 

 

Meet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

Pet Faves– Living the pet lover lifestyle
Heart Like A Dog– The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs
Felines Opines– The world from a feline point of view
Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat– The humorous and touching tales of a formerly homeless, yet always extraordinary, feline and his Momma, who’s just along for the ride.

About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.
Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

  1. Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below (be sure to link to your post page and not your home page). Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
  2. Spread the Love! Leave a quality comment(more than just a few words) on at least 3 other posts from the linky party. Tell them why you love their post, encourage them, share on social media.
  3. Check back for the next linky party to see if you are featured on one of the hosts’ blogs.

*Note: By adding your post to the linky party you are giving the hosts permission to use an image from your post if your post will be a featured post on their blog to help encourage people to click through to your post. The image may be used individually or as a collage.

That’s it! No need to RSVP. No need to bring a covered dish. No need to add the linky to your post. No need to include a button. Just come join the party and PAWTY ON!

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/9

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Well Hello There Friends,
Since Wednesday didn’t fall on International Cat Day (which was yesterday) I thought I’d continue the celebration and share with you some of my favorite posts from International Cat Day. Enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Bjorn and her feline dancing partnerThe Ten Greatest Kitty Videos of All Time – Yahoo News 

I thought I’d seen every kitty video out there but I was woefully wrong. Some of these are completely hilarious however I did get a bit hissy when I saw that the Devo video only got honorable mention…really??!!

These Adventure Cats Are Giving Us FOMO – Travel Channel

You know how much I love stories about adventuresome cats ans this compilation is in honor of International Cat Day. I’ve written about a few of these fearless felines and I aspire to be one some day too!  For those of you who follow our blog, yes, the training for kayaking is going well. The female human finally found a life vest that fits me.

yellow and white cat looking out of window of cat cafe train carJapan’s First Cat Cafe Train Combines Eating, Traveling & Feline Bonding – Sora News 24

All I can say is “Meow” it’s about time and two paws up to the folks in Japan! The train car cat cafe will begin in September and will be about a 2 1/2 hour ride in each direction.
A bento boxed lunch is provided for travelers (which include sweets) and a ticket that allows the unlimited travel on the Yoro Railway for that day.  The ticket price is 3,000 Yen (about $27.00 U.S.) and a portion of the cost will be used to fund cat rescue operations.

cats on a dutch houseboatStray Cats Find Home on Amsterdam Houseboat – SF Gate

Here’s another wonderful International Cat Day story. There are many houseboats in Amsterdam on the canals and this one is being put to purrrrfect use! If your humans like to travel and find themselves in Amsterdam, make sure they check this place out.

The cat shelter boat is named De Poezenboot and has been in operation since 1968, when a lady inherited an old Dutch sailing barge.  Now cat lovers from all over the world come to visit, drawing about 100 visitors a day.

gray and white cat at Caturday on Boston CommonHundreds of Cats gather in Boston for first Caturday – Boston Globe

This is a shout out to Bean Town! These enlightened folks recently held their first public Caturday event. What I didn’t know is this event is happening in towns all across the country (I wonder why my town hasn’t held one??)

Boston’s first Caturday celebration was quite a success. What a Caturday event is a a feline friendly meet up. They advertised it on Facebook as “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends.” It was such a success that the organizer is planning to hold future Caturdays on the Boston Common on the first Caturday (Saturday for you humans) of each month.  Folks showed up with cats on leashes, cats in strollers and cats in their arms. The dog people did a double take but there were no hissy fits.

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/2

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
It’s Alberto with my Wednesday feline news. I have my purrsonal assistant purrr-use the web to bring you what I feel are the most interesting stories of the week. Without further ado, here they are, enjoy!

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Black and White cat rings bell for service in this kitty restaurantA Restaurant Just for Cats – Animals4.com

I’m sure many of you have seen the viral video of the cats ringing a bell for food but this video takes it to the next level.  Watch this fastidious feline select and order his favorite menu items. I am waiting for such an establishment to open in my community!

veterinarian plays his guitar for post surgery gray cat  Vet has Unique Approach to Soothing Post Surgery Feline – Animals4.com

Now I am not a fan of the place of the white coats, although our place is set up to make us fearless and to actually enjoy the experience. (The Tribe of Five all visited and blogged about their experiences.) If any felines find themselves in this place, I hope they have a vet as kind and innovative as Dr. Ross Henderson!

Matilda the retired Algonquin Cat

Matilda, the former Algonquin Cat

The Algonquin Hotel, NY Hires A Fabulous New Feline – New York Post

Those of you who wander with me on Wednesdays know how much I like to feature working cats. This story is purrrticularily interesting to me. Matilda, the Algonquin Cat has retired after seven  years with the hotel. Matilda first came to the notice of The Tribe of Five as she resembles our very own Alpha, Tucker.  Take a look and let what you think.  But.  I digress.

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Tucker, Alpha of The Tribe of Five

About a month ago, an orange tabby, about a year old, was sighted in a feral colony, scrounging for food. He was immediately selected as Matilda’s replacement and now plays with toy mice, receives love from his human “staff” and visitors and has been officially hired as the newest Algonquin cat.

He has been dubbed Hamlet and his is the epitome of the rags to riches tale. Hamlet is the 12th Algonquin cat and its first male mascot in  Orange and white tabby at the Algonquin hotelmore than 40 years.

Hamlet, the handsome marmalade tabby will make his official debut tomorrow (August 3) at the hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show which is a fund raiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. My only questions is, “Hey Algonquin, where is my invitation??!!”

Ricky, the Distillery Cat – 89.3 WFPL (Ashlie Stevens)

Orange and white tabby in blue striped tieI’ve reported on cats who work in breweries, hardware stores, for police and fire fighters and even Russian cats who work in a museum but this is my first report of a cat working in a distillery.  Ricky often greets visitors in a baby blue tie. Brett Connors, the distillery’s brand ambassador, adopted Ricky when he learned that the feline had FIV — feline immunodeficiency virus — which resulted in folks passing up adopting him as they were concerned about his medical costs.

Ricky’s initial job was to be security but he is so friendly and outgoing, he managed to write his own new, job description as head of hospitality.

Hiring cats for distillery work has a long tradition, as these businesses have a lot of grain on site and where there’s grain, there are mice.

Ricky is so successful in his hospitality role that the distillery is planning on hiring a few other felines, all with Ricky’s medical condition. Not only will they have more feline ambassadors but they’ll provide a home to cats that otherwise would not find a forever place to live. Bravo to Castle and Keys Distillery! I have requested the humans to try the product from this feline friendly company and they were quite happy to oblige!

Tabby cat in the Swiss ArmyCat Draws Pension Without Lifting a Paw – SwissInfo.ch by Susan Misicka

I have wondered about all the working cats I write about, what do they do when they retire? Is there a retirement for them? We know that Matilda the Algonquin cat has retired but nothing is said about what kind of retirement she received. In this story, we find out what retirement is like for a Swiss Army cat.

This feline began hanging around the military base in Lyss in 2004. She was a bored house cat and wanted to find excitement that only life in the military could provide.

The soldiers in the barracks provided her snacks between meals and dubbed her “Broccoli” after the tabby ate some of the green vegetable when a soldier offered it to her.

Despite the fact that Broccoli had a home, she preferred hanging out with the soldiers and was added to the official roster of army animals about three years ago. This roster includes search and rescue and guard dogs, 57 riding horses and 200 pack horses but until Broccoli, no felines.

The feline’s owner and the military came to an agreement that she could enlist. The soldiers contribute to a fund so that she can have healthy meals. She shares an office with Werner Holzer who says she’s a polite and curious office mate.  Since she is an official army animal she receives medical treatment from the army vet.

Now that Broccoli is 14, she is officially retired with the rank of Brigadier but lest you think sh’e is unique, she isn’t the only Swiss animal  getting a pension from public funds.
You can view a video of Broccoli on the original article or check out her own Facebook page  

Walk Through the Web Wednesday, 7/26

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Alberto here with my Wednesday web purrrusals, enjoy!

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Junior, the Danish Cat Takes a Rail Journey – The Local

Danish tabby takes a train rideI’ve featured rail riding felines before and I am always interested when a feline decides to travel. This little guy gave his humans quite a fright. He hopped on a local train and traveled 30 KM (18.64 miles) to the next town. I guess the moral to this story is, if your cat goes missing, check the local train stations!

 

Feline Birthday Cunundrum, Handmade Sushi or Canned Food? – Laughing Squid

orange tabby with sushi plate in front of himWell, I can’t think of anything better than having a sushi chef for your very own human. Jun Yoshizuki of Jun’s Kitchen prepared a fabulous hand crafted sushi meal for his cat Nagi’s birthday.  He placed the beautiful sushi platter with a plate of canned cat food next to it and waited to see what Nagi would choose. I know what I would choose! If you want to see Nagi’s choice you’ll have to watch the video. 

Cat Videos Live!

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In our community there are many dog events, Yappy Hours, Dog films, etc. Well finally, someone has created a feline affair that you can bring to your town (and hopefully to ours). This is a feline film/cat comedy event that allows people to experience the cat video phenomenon.  The company has created some great original films and also serves as a forum for cat video creators to show off their work. The show travels with a multi-faceted entertainer, Carla Rhodes.  This is a new venture and their website and app are in the creation process at CatVideos.com ,  You can also like their Facebook page. The Tribe of Five is in the process of getting our lackey, errrrr, purrsonal assistant to put together some videos of us. Who knows, you might see us up on the big screen some day!

Stray Kitten Wanders Into Firehouse, And Gets A Job! – Little Things

orange and white tabby fire cat named FlameThe Belmont firehouse in Greenville, SC has experienced a parade of strays who come and then leave but not Flame, the orange tabby. Flame wandered in as a kitten and when the Fire Chief noticed that the firemen were playing with Flame and had created a place for him to sleep. It was obvious that Flame was there to stay. Flame has his own Instagram page and has become quite a national sensation.

 

 

Cats In A Flat,  the British Put a New Spin On Cat Sitting – Daily Mail.com

CatInAFlatThe bold heading of this article caught my eye,Want to make extra money pet sitting? Cat in a Flat can let you earn £25 a night or £10 a visit for taking care of your neighbours’ moggies” Since I’m a feline and money is irrelevant to me, it was the name that the Brits call cats that drew my attention. Across the pond, they refer to my esteemed species as “moggies”. I had my purrrsonal assistant do some research on this word and this is what she found, Moggy or moggie is an old British affectionate term for a domestic cat, but is also used as alternative name for a mongrel or mixed-breed cat whose ancestry and pedigree are unknown or only partially known. It was thought to be derived from the classic M markings on a tabbies head.”

But I digress, this news item is about a service that helps humans find  trusted, insured cat (moggie)  sitters who live nearby.  The business has a website Cat in A Flat that matches cat sitters and cat lovers across the UK. The format resembles dating websites.  At the time of this writing, the website has tens of thousands of registered sitters and is the fastest-growing cat sitting website in the UK.  Humans can book and pay online making arranging a cat sitter quick and easy.  There is another benefit from the website as it connects cat loving folks and allows many who live in cities and are not allowed to have “moggies” in their homes, look after them and enjoy some quality cat time. 

 Sounds like a great idea for city kittys but this feline and the rest of The Tribe of Five love their cat sitter, Cathy O’Toole Lancaster from Cathy’s Critter Care. She gives us lots of love and makes sure Tucker takes his medicine and she even texts photos of us to the humans while they are away.

 

 

 

The Litter-Ary Cat introducing Mollie Hunt

photos of Mollie Hunt crazy cat mystery booksWhen we sent the feline human to #BlogPaws in May she had a mission, to obtain signed copies of books from her fellow members of the Cat Writer Association to decorate her table and donate to the auction for our local shelter, The Panhandle Animal Shelter’s annual fund raiser, Hodge Podge at The Lodge. Well those cat writers are generous people and we felt it important to highlight each author who generously donated to our cause.

A note of explanation about the event. Humans sponsor and decorate a table at the event and then invite their human friends to come and bid on auction items and even the tables. Our human is doing a “Litter-Ary Cat table, complete with signed copies of cat books (thanks to the generosity of the human’s fellow Cat Writer’s Association members, cat wines, catnip cigars, cat bookends and other cat-themed library stuff.  The human will post pictures after the August 29th event.

I was purrrrticularily excited to learn about Mollie Hunt’s books as she writes a series of cat mysteries and we love mysteries, especially when cats are involved! Mollie generously donated a copy of each of her books in the Crazy Cat Lady series , Cat’s Eyes, Copy Cats and Cat Paw.  Mollie’s books feature a heroine, Lynley Cannon who is a cat shelter volunteer and a woman who manages to get tangled in dicey situations. And, the thread that runs through this book series is, of course cats!

Mollie has written other wonderful cat-related books and pieces and she received the prestigious Muse Award in the Health and General Care Blog Category for her blog post, “Life Stages” at this year’s Cat Writer’s Association conference. You can wander on over to her blog and see what Mollie is up to.

The female human enjoyed meeting Mollie and she and The Tribe of Five are very grateful for her contribution to our fund raiser so that we can help shelter kitties in our community find furever homes.

Until my next Litter-Ary feline book review from the other generous authors, grab your copy of Mollie’s books and enjoy.

Until next time, your friend,

AlHead

Alberto