Cleaning products can kill pets, warns PDSA — Katzenworld

Hi everyone, Today we’ve got an important message from our friends over at the PDSA in regards to cleaning products. Just like many of you we too like our place clean and tidy but often people forget that certain cleaning products can be more than just a little harmful to our fur friends… That’s why […]

via Cleaning products can kill pets, warns PDSA — Katzenworld


Sharing this article from Katzenworld, because it is so important to keep our pets safe in their homes.


Merlin and Lady
Merlin and Lady

This is a photo of my cats Merlin and Lady.  They make a cute double.  Merlin is no longer with us but he will always be in my heart.  He and Lady would get into playing rough sometimes but they really loved each other as you can see here.


Merlin and Lady in rotated photo
Merlin and Lady in Rotated Photo

This is the rotated photo.  The photo works both ways but I think I like the top one best.  What do you think?  The rotation does give you a different perspective.



Observing nature around you is one of the assignments for Day 10.  So I thought why not observe my cat Lady, who certainly is around me most of the time.  And some of the antics she performs are funny and unique, at least to me.  Most cats do very similar things and then some are unique in their own ways.

Lady has been lonely since Merlin passed away in March of this year.  She still goes to the door looking for him.  They were great buddies and would do many things together, including cuddling up on the couch or a chair together.  Lady would try to get too close to Merlin so that she was practically sitting on top of him.  He would allow this for a time but then he would leave her and go somewhere to be alone.  Lady would usually follow him and make another attempt to cuddle, when at last he would start grooming her which she loved.

I always enjoyed watching them even when they were wrestling around on the rug.  It seemed like they were fighting but no one ever got hurt.  Lady would cry out once in a while for me to come and help her, which of course I usually did.  Then I would reprimand Merlin, who would walk away with his head in the air, but never felt chastened.

Lady has been so good for me after so many losses in my life recently.  She is always there for me to pet and of course she loves sitting on my lap.  She constantly tries to get on my lap when I am at the computer, which is a lot.  It is difficult to type with her on my lap though, so I have a hassock with a small towel or blanket on it for her to sit.  Previously, it was for Merlin to sit there as he always wanted to be at my side or on my lap.

Thank goodness for our pets, I certainly don’t know what I would have done  without my two cats.


Open Letter to My Cat Merlin

Merlin my Muse
Merlin my Muse

This letter is to my cat of fifteen years, Merlin. He passed on six months ago and I
am still in mourning for him. I will probably always be. He had cancer
which I only found out the week before he died and he went fast. But while he was with me
I enjoyed every minute of our time together. He was always getting into some kind of mischief
and hiding and challenging me to find him. Then when I found him, he would jump out surprising
me every time. I never laughed so much at the things he would do. I know he wouldn’t be able to
read this letter but I know he will know how I feel about him.

Dear Merlin,

Thank you for our time together! I loved every minute of it, even though you were constantly
getting into something, including teasing your sister “Lady,” who I am sure misses you almost
as much as I do. Every day without you is just a little dimmer than when you were with us.
I know you are happy wherever you are and that I will see you again, when my turn comes.
So until then, I have Lady, who does her utmost to keep me happy.

Hope you are running around in the grass and trees, chasing mice and birds and being happy.
Until we meet again….

Merlin My Treasure, conclusion




Merlin and Lady started getting along soon after that.  Although Merlin never quite got over that Lady could sit on my lap with him and also get petted.  He had this look when he saw me petting her that said it all.  She, of course, was oblivious to his glares and would climb over him to get a better position on my lap.

On the other hand, Lady would cuddle up with Merlin when he was lying on the couch or chair and he seemed to like it.  He would groom her and even clean her ears which she loved.  And she would do the same for him.  So they became good buddies over the years.  I really loved their antics with each other.

Then a few years ago Merlin developed a Thyroid disease.  I had to put him on a special diet and take away the dental treats he loved but he got used to the diet even though I knew he wasn’t crazy about it.

He would wait outside the door when I was giving Lady her dental treats and then when she came out, he would rush in and lick the empty dish.  I really felt bad about that, but the vet said nothing except the food she recommended.  And it did help him stay healthy for a time.

When he was drinking water, Lady would come and insert herself between him and the water bowl and start drinking.  He would always sit back and let her do it.  When she was finished, he would continue drinking.

Merlin was always very nice to Lady but sometimes he would get a wild hair and chase her around the house.  Then she would give a cry and I would reprimand Merlin of course.  But I think she loved the chasing and playing even though he would get a little boisterous at times.  It was all a game to them.

We all had a great time together until recently when Merlin got very sick and was refusing to eat or drink.  After several trips to the vet, I knew he didn’t have much time left and it all happened so suddenly that it was a shock to me.  I tried to make him as comfortable as possible and I was glad I was with him when he died.  I  will always remember the good times we had together and I still have Lady to play with and spoil and to enjoy our time together, however long that may be.



Triumph Over Adversity

Finishing this class was a Triumph for me.  I really was getting into it and enjoying doing the going out and taking photos, etc.  But midway through the class my beloved cat, Merlin, got sick and after only a week passed away.  I did a few posts about him here with pictures.  I could not function for several days to do much of anything.  But then, I  slowly started doing the class again with the help of this little “Lady” my other cat.  She is a sister to Merlin and they got along great, mostly.  She is helping me immensely by being there when I need her, to talk to and pet whenever I miss Merlin too much.  She seems to understand what I am going through.

So my triumph was getting through this class, while at the same time the class helped me through a really painful time, which is not over yet.  But with Lady’s help and doing my blog and friends and family’s help, I will get through this.

Thanks for listening.


My Treasure was and is my Cat, Merlin


Merlin was and still is my Treasure!   Even though he passed away on March 13, 2015 he is still here with me in my heart.  I wrote this poem for him on Feb. 6, 2015 before I knew he was so sick.


I picked him out of the litter

He seemed so easy going and

close to the Mother cat

When we got home, he was

a holy terror

Energy and activity personified

Knocking everything down that

was in his path

As he danced around the house

He jumped at feathers on a stick

and tried to get at birds through

the window

He’d run back and forth

from window to window

Watching people, birds and other


While he was small he sat on my

shoulder and back of chair

And tickled my ear with his


Many times he would curl up

in the crook of my arm on the couch

and when I moved

He would bite me

So many stories, so little time

He brought me happiness and I

loved him.

Merlin Meditating

I had fun trying the Rule of Thirds here and the Bokeh.  I think this picture does incorporate these two things at least I hope so. I only have an iphone 3 and the camera is not equipped to do as much as the later ones.  Also my Canon has a part missing so I am at a loss here.  Gonna get a  new camera soon so here’s hoping.  My cat, Merlin is a good subject when he is sleepy.  Any other time he is too antsy to catch him in a picture.  Critiques are welcome but please keep em upbeat.  Thanks.  And of course comments are always welcome.

Merlin Snoozing
Merlin Meditating!

My Totem Animal

This is my Totem Animal!  I love cats big cats, small cats and medium size cats.  Since the lion is the King of the cats and the jungle, I decided to do a charcoal sketch of a lion for your viewing pleasure.  Hope you like him!

 Tomorrow, January 4th starts Blogging 101 and I can’t wait!  See all you bloggers out there!