Monday, July 16, 2018

Felines, Fog, and Imaginary Frogs

WAFFLES:  Hey, Boss! BOSS?


KATIE:  Busy, Waffles. 

WAFFLES:  Is it still froggy outside? Can you see anything out the window yet? 

KATIE:  Foggy, Waffles. Not froggy. 


WAFFLES:  Well? Can you see anything

KATIE:  How about you get up and see for yourself?


WAFFLES:  But you're already up there. And I'm WAY down here. Can you see anything? Any frogs?


KATIE:  Nope. Not a thing. No frogs. 


WAFFLES:  Are your eyes even OPEN?


KATIE:  Well they are now. So if I tell you there are frogs, will you leave me alone? 


WAFFLES:  Are they big? And green? How many frogs???


Fogged-In Sunday
It's been unseasonably hot and dry lately in the mountains, but yesterday's weather was a very welcome change.

The temperature dropped nearly 30 degrees with some desperately needed drizzles and rain. The fog rolled in like a cool blanket of mist and though it covered up our mountain views, it made everything look like a magical dream.

There's nothing quite like the smell of fresh mountain rain.


Even though it was chilly, Glogirly had the windows wide open to chill down the house so we can keep it cool when the temperatures start to rise again. Waffles AND Katie were snuggled up to Glogirly while everyone took a nice afternoon nap curled up under the blanket.

Oh, and to be clear. There were never any frogs. Lots of hummingbirds and chipmunks dodging the rain, but no frogs.



Friday, July 13, 2018

Frenzied Feline Fun with OurPets Electronic Interactive Cat Toys

This post is sponsored by OurPets.

WAFFLES:  *garbled chortling*

KATIE:  Jeez, Waffles. You look a little...crazed.

WAFFLES:  *more garbled chortling*

KATIE:  Not that you don't often look, you know...crazy. But this is a whole new level of crazy.


WAFFLES:  GOT.

WAFFLES:  TO.

WAFFLES:  CATCH.

WAFFLES:  FEATHER.


WAFFLES:  OMG, Boss! There's another feather in here! 

KATIE:  You're scaring me, Waffles.


WAFFLES:  And it's spinning!


WAFFLES:  There's feathers and toys and chirping stuff EVERYWHERE!


KATIE:  Don't eat the bird.

WAFFLES:  I'm gonna eat the bird!

KATIE:  DON'T eat the bird!

WAFFLES:  I'm totally gonna eat the bird!


KATIE:  Tell me you didn't eat the bird.


WAFFLES:  Got to.

WAFFLES:  Catch.

WAFFLES:  FEATHER!


KATIE:  See? I told you he was crazy–


WAFFLES:  MOUSE!!!


Born to Hunt, Pounce, & Play
Cats are natural hunters. And play that mimics that natural instinct exercises a cat's body AND mind. What we love most about the OurPets electronic toy collection is how each toy engages Waffles and Katie in fun and healthy play by tapping into that innate hunter instinct. 

The nice people at OutPets send us their entire collection of interactive electronic cat toys to try out. Waffles and Katie really hit the jackpot. In fact, Waffles is still recovering from the frenzied photo shoot. And he's still playing - morning, noon, and night.

Each of the toys has either movement action, sound, or both. They take regular batteries, which we love because they're easy to get and we usually have extras on hand. (AAAs, AAs, and Cs, depending on the toy.) 

They're designed to shut off after 10 minutes and Waffles made sure Glogirly knew exactly when they shut off. He'd find her and start meowing, getting her to come over and turn them on again. 

Waffles' Signature Game
Waffles was SO enthralled with the toys, he even created his own new game by combining two of them: The Catty Whack Sound and Feather Action Toy and the Pounce House. 

When the little feather poked out one of the holes in the Catty Whack toy, he grabbed it with his mouth and actually dragged the whole toy inside the Pounce House. Then he stalked the Catty Whack feather while hiding outside the Pounce House. He'd peek inside the house, around the openings, just waiting for the right opportunity. When he dove inside to catch the Catty Whack feather, things really went wild!

Our Take on All 5 Toys
When we received the cornucopia of OurPets electronic toys, we were pretty sure a couple of them would be a big hit. Little did we know, they'd ALL be winners. But they really are. Kudos to OurPets for coming up with a variety of interactive toys that cats can really connect with!

Here they are, with our own description of each below–

1. OurPets Bird in a Cage Electronic Action Cat Toy
The little bird wiggles and tweets. The base is made to tip while kitty paws at it, but not tip over. It will right itself and stand back up on it's own. This toy was Katie's FAVE.

2. OurPets Pounce House Electronic Spinner Cat Toy
There's a little pocket on the top of the house where the feather spinner is placed. It's spins around, pauses, and spins some more. Waffles really enjoyed pouncing the feather, but he also loved just hanging out in it. Sometimes to rest, and sometimes to stalk one of the other toys. He really loved pouncing on top of it too. Hence the name! It will squish down and collapse when pounced on, and then it pops right back up into place.

3. OurPets Twirl & Whirl Electronic Spinning Interactive Cat Toy
Ok, this one sent Waffles into a scratching post FRENZY. It's easy to set up. Just strap onto any scratching post and turn it on. Waffles went so nuts with this one, he had to lay down and rest. ...watching it every second. As soon as he caught his breath, the frenzy continued. 

4. OurPets Mouse in Pouch Electronic Action Cat Toy
Both Waffles and Katie love stalking and pouncing on something they can't see. Like when Glogirly is making the bed and wiggles her fingers under the covers for them. This toy is similar in concept, but not nearly as risky when it comes to fingers! Just turn on the little mouse toy and slip it inside the pouch through a hidden opening. He scurries, spins, and squeaks. 

5. OurPets Catty Whack Electronic Sound and Feather Action Cat Toy
This one was a HUGE winner with Waffles. As we mentioned before, he even invented his own game with it. The little feather pops randomly out of the holes on the sides, while making a chirping sound. It's very fast. Half the fun is just stalking it. When Waffles caught it, he didn't want to let go! 


Rebate Gift Card for PetSmart
Click HERE for a $5.00 rebate gift card from PetSmart when you purchase an OurPets toy at your local PetSmart store. (E-commerce/online purchases do not count.)

Learn more about OurPets electronic interactive cat toys on the OurPets.com website.

You can also find OurPets on Facebook.






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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If I Fits I Sits

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! Bet you can't fits on this one!


KATIE:  What do you mean, I can't fits??? I can fits just fine. 


KATIE:  I just choose to fits on something much more comfortable.

A Box is a Box is a Box
Waffles loves boxes. ALL boxes. Big, small, flat, tall. And if he can't figure out a way to sit IN it, he'll surely find a way to sit ON it.

It's funny, even if Glogirly puts a piece of paper on the floor, he'll sit right on top of it. Right in the middle. A few years ago she was putting some masking tape on the floor to mark where she wanted to place a dresser she was moving from one room to another. Just to make sure it would fit. Well, it fit AND Waffles fit too. He sat right down in the middle of the masking tape. In fact, we wrote a blog post about it HERE!

Katie, on the other paw, is happier fitting on her favorite blanket or pillow. 


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