BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards — I’m a Finalist!

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Oh my cat, everyone! This is definitely not a post I expected to be writing. I am so excited to announce that one of the photos on my blog has been selected as a finalist in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards banquet at the BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Conference in June.

I was going to go to BlogPaws last year until I had a bad experience with a woofie. Mom was concerned that BlogPaws would be too much for me so, instead, she took a flat me. I’ve been planning to go this year, so being nominated for the award makes it all the more exciting. There are three other great photos in my category, including my friends at Glogirly, and I am so honored to be among them.

Here is my photo that was selected. It was for a Wordless Wednesday post way back in January, 2015.

WW Two level sleeping - finalist in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards 2016I’ve been working hard getting prepared for the trip to the conference. I’ve been resting up, eating healthy food and getting more exercise. I’ve been learning some new behaviors, including getting in my stroller on command. My stroller is pretty new so I haven’t actually been outside in it yet, but I’ve been spending a lot of time in it.

Christy in her new strollerI’ve been getting out in the yard without a harness under mom’s strict supervision. She thought I would be a scaredy-cat but I have become quite the adventurer. Our font and back yards have one big fence around them. She takes me out back on the deck but as soon as she is a little distracted I head for the front where there is more action. I use the word action very loosely here. We live on a private road with no traffic except for the residents, all eight. The action I see is maybe one or two of the ferals. If I’m really lucky, a squirrel. Mom says if I keep going out of her sight like that I will have to be on my harness when I’m out. Rats!

Look at that crazy, tall grass. We've had so much rain and it didn't stop long enough to mow!

Look at that crazy, tall grass. We’ve had so much rain and it didn’t stop long enough to mow!

Now that my stroller is here, mom says I get to start going places. We’ll see how that goes since I don’t like being closed in the stroller any more than I like being closed in a carrier.

Here’s the link to the complete list of winners in all categories of the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards. Check them out. They are all awesome blogs! I wish all the nominees the best of luck.

Have a great weekend.

Christy Paws


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

I’m a Tabby, Too! – Happy National Tabby Day

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

A tree full of tabbies - Christy, Echo and Ocean, three tabby cats in the cat treeI may not be a "real" tabby but I do have tabby markings. Since today is National Tabby Day, I wanted to share our tabbiness with you.Oh, OK, I may not be a “real” tabby but I have tabby markings. Actually, all three of us do and since today is National Tabby Day, I wanted to share our tabbiness with you.

My brofur, Echo, is our “real” tabby. He has long fur so it is a little harder to see his stripes but he has the markings of the original, mackerel pattern. He has stripes on his sides that look like the bones in a fish. His are pretty broken and not solid like some. He also sports the double necklace and a fairly dark M on his forehead.

our real tabby cat, EchoHe’s supposed to have a double row of vest buttons down his belly but you won’t find me looking for them! Mom says she can’t even find them in all his floof.

Mom doesn’t have many photos of his body because she loves to photograph his beautiful face and eyes.

Echo's faceOcean is a Siamese mix with what is called lynx points. The lynx point Siamese came from an accidental mating of a pure bred, seal point Siamese with a tabby cat. An offspring from that litter was mated to another seal point Siamese resulting in the first seal point tabby.

Ocean showing off his tabby stripes on legs and tailOcean’s body has Siamese coloring but the points are tabby instead of solid. You can see the stripes on his tail and legs.

Most people associate blue eyes with Siamese cats but did you now there are lots of other breeds with blue eyes? The typical ones are Siamese, Ragdoll, Birman, Snowshoe, Tonkinese, Balinese, Thai cat (the traditional Siamese), Javanese, Turkish Van, Himalayan and Ojos Azules. Even more breeds can have blue eyes depending on their coat color. So, even though my blue eyes probably came from being part Siamese, it is not a given.

You can see my tabby markings in my striped legs and tail.

Christy's leg and tail stripes and faint tabby MHere you can see more stripes in my body and I even have an M on my forehead.

Christy and faint tabby M I'm a Tabby TooCats with blotched coats of red and black are called tortoiseshell or tortie for short. If the blotches are striped they are called torbies. Since I have so much white, I’m really a calico and not a tortie. When the colors are faded out like mine, it is called dilute, so a light blotched, striped cat would be called a dilute torbie.

Mom says I’m quite a conglomeration. My coloring is part dilute calico, part tabby and somewhere I got blue eyes. I don’t think my pattern or color has a name. I guess it doesn’t really matter. Mom says I’m beautiful and that’s all that matters to me.

Do you have a tabby in your house? Do you have one with an unusual color like me? If so, I’d love to know about him or her.

Chat with me in the comments!

Christy Paws


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

It’s Spa Day — Our Special Grooming Day

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Spa Day -- Our Special Grooming Day - cat being brushed and freshly trimmed nailsToday is spa day. It’s our special grooming day and mom tries to schedule one every week. We all get a thorough brushing and our nails trimmed. Thank catness baths aren’t included! That reminds me, mom read recently that baths are not necessarily a bad thing for cats. I hope she’s not thinking that means me. I’m an indoor cat and do a find job of bathing myself. Sometimes I wish she wouldn’t do so much research.

Echo waiting his turn to be brushed on our special grooming day

Echo loves being brushed the most. Here he is waiting for his turn!

I really enjoy the brushing half of our grooming routine. I love being brushed but I’d just as soon mom leave the nails alone. I just get them nice and sharp and she chops them off. I sit there, all indignant like, while she cuts. She says it makes us both happy in the long run. I don’t feel so much of a need to scratch on things and I don’t poke or scratch mom accidentally. None of us really mind the trims since mom has been doing them since we were little, but still, a girl likes her long nails.

Now that shedding season is here (yuck for all of us) mom tries to brush us every couple of days. She says when the first hairball gets upchucked, it is her reminder to start brushing more often. Since we get brushed on a pretty regular basis, we hardly ever get hairballs, but when the hair starts coming out by the handfuls, it’s time for more action on her part. Even though hairballs are a natural thing, preventing them is more pleasant for all concerned.

National Hairball Awareness DayFor the longest time, longer than I can remember, mom has used a FURminator on us. It gets through the top coat and pulls out all the loose, dead undercoat. It feels so good getting all that hair out and I don’t have to lick it out with my tongue.

Next Friday is National Hairball Awareness Day. In support of the day, mom is giving away a FURminator on her Savvy Pet Care blog. Just click the link to enter to win. I know you’ll love it as much as I love mine.

Today is also selfie day over at The Cat on My Head and we are joining in. My photo in the National Hairball Awareness Day graphic will have to do as my selfie. Click on the link or badge to see more.

Sunday Selfies Blog Hop Logo


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Spring Adventure

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

It has been warm and sunny here and the doors and windows have been open a lot. Mom says that means spring is here. She has been working outside a little, getting the herb garden cleaned up and starting to re-pot the potted plants that survived the winter. She cleaned off the deck, put away the chair covers and brought out the cushions. She puttered around for a long time, rearranging furniture and plants.

We watched the birds on the garage roof from the dining room window and door. They weren’t deterred from gathering the seeds dropped by the big tree by mom’s bustling around.

Bird on garage roof gathering seeds in springMom decided it was so beautiful out when she was done that she needed to sit out there with a glass of wine. She saw us staring at her through the screen door and she decided to let Ocean out. She always thinks she can trust him not to run away. Not much of anything scares him and he moves pretty slowly. Not that he’s old or anything, we are the same age, he is just lazy and unobservant. Echo and I watched him roll around in the sun and disappear out of our sight as he explored. I wanted to be out there, too, but I was a little nervous about it.

Ocean rolling on patio After Ocean was out for a while and she saw how much he was enjoying it, mom decided to let me come out!! I looked around to make sure no dogs were about then smelled and rubbed on all the nearby furniture.

Checking for dogs
Smelling and rubbing all the furniture

Of course, I had to roll around in the sunshine, too, and then check out all the wonderful smells. Once that was accomplished, I ventured a little farther out and even went into the grass.

Christy and Ocean exploring on a beautiful spring dayChristy in the grass on a beautiful spring dayOcean went to say hi to Echo who was still watching through the screen door. He is a scaredy-cat so mom won’t let him out without being on a harness. She said he can come out next time. I think she was just too busy relaxing and drinking her wine to go get his harness.

Echo and Ocean looking at each other through screen doorOcean and I really enjoyed our time out, but guess what. It is supposed to start raining again this afternoon for the whole weekend. Mom says she has to put the cushions back in the garage and we have to wait to go out again. Mom says that means spring is here!

Christy in chair enjoying the spring sunshineI hope your spring is beautiful.

Christy Paws


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Easter Selfies and Art

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Hi friends and furiends! I’m so glad to be here today. It’s been really quiet around here for us kitties. Mom has been so busy that I haven’t been on any adventures and she hasn’t even spent much time playing with us. Don’t feel sorry for us, though. We’ve still been getting lots of loving and have had plenty of time to do our favorite thing — snooze, as evidenced by the following photo.

Three kitties on the couchIn fact, this is how this post came about. Here we were, having a great snooze in a splendid sun puddle and along comes mom with the camera. I think she took several photos before I woke up and noticed her. Sometimes, she can be pretty sneaky. Once I saw her, of course I had to move. And look! Now we are ALL awake.

Christy in the windowsillThe windowsill was toasty warm from the sun so I tried to settle in there. Mom took a few more photos then had a brilliant idea — NOT! She said I should do some selfies. Here was my response.

Not interested in taking Easter selfies
Not interested 2
Not interested 3

A little less than enthusiastic, you might say. But then she told me if I took some selfies I could write a post and say hi to you all. Well, that was a pretty good incentive. It’s been a while since I’ve done selfies, so it took a few tries, but here’s what I came up with.

Christy selfie with lamp on her head

Uh oh! I have a lamp on my head. Better try again.

Better selfie

That’s a little better.

Nice selfie of Christy

Whoa! I think that’s the best selfie I’ve done in a long time.

Yesterday was Caturday Art day and I am late but I am joining anyway with this little Easter card mom helped me make. Happy Easter to all my friends who celebrate it.

Happy Easter cardI hope everyone is having a wonderful day with loved ones, both human and furry. See you all later.

Christy Paws

I am joining the blog hop hosted by my friends at The Cat on My Head. Click on the link or badge to see more.

Sunday Selfies Blog Hop Logo

I am joining the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by my friends Athena and Marie. Click on the badge to see more great art or to join in the hop.

CaturdayArt1BlogHopButton150x150_zpsbe54d2dc


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Regarding My Absence

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Good morning my dear friends and furiends! I haven’t been around much lately and I feel like a terrible furiend, but my typist has been very busy. She even told me she has had to rethink things about my blog. You see, when we started this blog, mom was recovering from a serious illness and needed something to lighten things up. After we moved here and she started feeling better, she knew it was time to start thinking about making some money to supplement her retirement income. She learned about monetizing a blog and we tried to do that with mine but it just isn’t growing very much and I don’t have enough readers to make it happen. I have a lot of followers on social media but most of them just don’t visit my blog.

Pensive Christy -- thinking about what took place during my absenceBefore mom got sick, she put lots of work and time into her pet sitting blog over at Savvy Pet Care. Even though she hasn’t written much for it lately, it still gets tons more visitors than I do. I can’t understand why people would rather read that stuff than about me but that’s the way it is. So mom has decided that she needs to put more time and effort into that blog rather than mine.

As if all that weren’t enough to disappoint a kitty, mom is also starting a new blog which she hopes to launch next week. She tells me it is a lot of work to launch a new site, getting everything in place and just right from the beginning. The blog is about life here in Northern California’s Gold Country and it’s called Gold Country Cowgirl. Even though it is going to take time away from me, I do hope you’ll check it out and follow her on social media.

Lexi FOREVER badgeWhat all this means for me is, once she gets everything organized, I’ll probably only see you once or twice a week. I know I have missed so much and I apologize for missing any important occasions.

The saddest thing that happened while I was away is that my dear friend Lexi from Deziz World had to leave us. I have been following Dezi and Lexi almost from the beginning of my short blogging career and mom got to meet her at BlogPaws last year. I will miss her.

In case you are wondering, I will still be going to BlogPaws in Phoenix in June. I’ve been getting out and getting around dogs so I’ll tell you about that next time.

I love you all and will try to visit my blogging furiends soon.

Not wordless on Wednesday.

Christy Paws

This is a blog hop. Click on the badges to see more entries or join in the fun.

Blog Paws Blog Hop

Wordless-Wednesday-Button-1501


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

I Couldn’t Fool You — More Car Time

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Christy close up in the car getting more car time in prep for her tripI teased you a little yesterday with my selfies but it really wasn’t that hard to guess where I was. Most of you figured out that I was getting more car time in preparation for my trip to the BlogPaws conference in June. Mom had errands and it was a beautiful, sunny day — purrfect for a family outing. Well, not the whole family.

As you may remember, I haven’t been that happy riding in the car. Mom thought maybe it was the carrier I didn’t like so she had decided to try the larger carrier that I rode in on the trip up from Southern California. I thought maybe she was right so we gave it a shot. Well, that didn’t seem to make any difference either. Maybe I just like to sing! I sang, perhaps a little less wholeheartedly than before, but sing I did. I keep trying to convince mom that I’d be just fine if she let me stay out of the carrier while she drives but she says that is just not going to happen.

Mom made a couple of quick stops to take care of her errands while I stayed in the car. Don’t worry. It was quite cool out and comfy in the car. And even though it was cool, mom made sure she parked in the shade.

On the way home, we stopped at a vista point on the highway. Mom opened the carrier and let me out into the car! I was so excited. I wanted to do my selfies in the car but I just couldn’t be still. I rubbed on everything, over and over.

Car ride rubbing crate I checked out under all the seats and the far back of the car. I climbed in mom’s lap and rubbed all over her. I looked out all the windows.

Christy looking out window of the carYou’d think I’d never been in this car before even though I spent four days in it while we were evacuated for the Butte fire. We both forgot all about that when I wrote the post about my first car ride in over a year. Maybe we were trying to forget?

Other people stopped at the vista point and got out of their car. That scared me a little at first but then I watched them.

Christy watching other people stopping at the vista pointThe vista point has these maps and signs that explain what you are looking at in the distance. Look how green everything is getting from all the rain we’ve had.

Vista point signs I could see the signs from the car window. Mom got out to take pictures and I didn’t get scared when the door was open. I was curious.

Christy looking out window of the carNow, I know this doesn’t sound like much of a big deal to those of you who get out all the time, but for me, I think it was a huge step forward. I was quite proud of myself and was quiet the rest of the way home. Do you think I’m ready to try having the carrier open at the pet store?

Have a beautiful day.

Christy Paws


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Sunday Selfies Sneak Peek

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

This Sunday Selfies sneak peek (on Monday this week) gives you a glimpse of what is to come tomorrow.

Can you guess where I am?

Close up of Christy in her halter - Suday Selfies Sneak Peek

Can you guess where I am?

I was so excited I couldn’t hold still and concentrate on my selfies. Mom had to put me in her lap and help me!

Christy selfie
Christy selfie
Christy selfie - Sunday Selfies Sneak Peek

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see what I was doing when I took my selfies.

I hope you had a super weekend.

Christy Paws

We are joining the blog hop hosted by our friends at The Cat on My Head. Click on the link or badge to see more.

Sunday Selfies Blog Hop Logo


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •