Month: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Halloween is one of moms favorite holidays next to Thanksgiving. She loves being able to create costumes and have fun scaring people. Long ago mom and her brother got super scary masks and black cloaks.  They slouched over in chairs on their moms porch and waited. Spooky music played and spider webs adorned the doorway. They waited as the first victims errrr I mean kids walked up the steps to the door. As soon as they were close enough, mom and her brother sprang from the chairs and growled at the tiny humans. The kids got super scared and ran back to their parents.  Some of the parents had to come up and get the candy because the kids were too scared to come back up. They had lots of fun scaring kids most of the night.

Mom and dad do not have any human kids, so the only thing she can dress up on Halloween is either me or my brofurs. Icky kitty aka Bater tolerates it enough to snap a picture or two. I just like attention. I may look super serious in my pictures, but once someone starts petting me or telling me how cute I am, then the smiles are there.

2014 Halloween I was a Land shark, I had my very own Candygram that mom made and attached on to me. That year I did not place at all in the Petco costume contest. I was pretty bummed, but that just meant we had to work harder the next year.

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The next year, it was decided that mom would just make my costume. After lots of thinking, it was finally decided that I would be Harry err Lily Potter. I have issues with things touching my face. So no glasses or scar for me. I was actually named for Harry’s mum, so Lily Potter worked perfect. Mom did some thrift store, Etsy, and, fabric store, and Amazon shopping to get all the materials she needed. She found a grey sweater at the thrift store and then used felt from the fabric store to make that perfect Gryffindor sweater and scarf.  She was able to find an iron on patch for the crest on the school robes.

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We also had to create a scene for an Instagram contest. We created Kings Cross Station. I had my very own owl and luggage. I had everything I needed to board Hogwarts Express!

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We really liked this costume. Dad said it was spot on. We got 2nd place at the in-store contest. At least we placed that time! We did not win the instagram contest. That is okay. I looked darn good and that is the important thing.

2016 was a tough one again. Mom kept wanting to make me be a cop or prison guard and the kitties be the inmates. Getting three kitties to behave is almost impossible! It was finally decided that I would be Batman. I did not even need a mask. My ears are its own mask. The Instagram contest had a rule that your human had to be in the picture too. Mom was like AHHHHHHHH. I was going to be 1960’s Batman, and icky kitty was going to be Robin. That left mom with the Penguin, The Riddler, or Catwoman. Mom said heck to the no for spandex. It was decided that she would be the Penguin. Amazon, thrift stores, Etsy and the fabric store proved to be helpful in creating the costumes. Icky kitty was made of felt, a onesie, and some fabric. Moms was created from thrift store finds, fabric, and a little spray paint. Mine was from a dog shirt, some fabric, and an iron on patch.

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Then it all came together to form our non winning, but still pawsome group picture.  I did win first place in the in store contest!

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This year was the hardest to come up with. We thought and thought and thought. It was so hard to figure out what I should be. Then suddenly it just popped inside her head. She was like you can be a ninja turtle! I had my twitter pals vote for which one. Michelangelo won with 49% of the vote.

This was also the hardest to make. She used a doggy hoodie, some items from the hardware store, and the fabric store. I think I am the only doggy on the whole planet with a working set of wooden nunchucks! Dad helped mom make those. He is much better at power tools.

Mom made the shell and then used ribbon to make the hexagon design. She used stuffing in both the shell and the chest plate and then lots of sewing to put it all together. She tried using some velcro to keep the shell on the body, but it did not behave. She was able to use some snaps to keep the shell attached to the body. Snaps are your friend. The belt was snapped on as well.

I do not have a super cool mask, because of the whole touching my face thing. People could still totally tell that I was Michelangelo. I had my orange elbow bands, the M on my belt, and of course the nunchucks.

This year Mom did not have to be in the Instagram entry, but wanted to make a super fantastic scene, so she went as April O’Neil. Some trips to Target, the thrift store, and fabric store for some dye and poof! Her costume was done.

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We think this is out best entry yet. Plus I won first place in one in store contest and second in another.

Looking back, we love all of the costumes, but Lily Potter holds a special place in our heart since it was the first one that mom made.

We hope you enjoyed the Lily costumes of years past.

What are you planning on being this year? Let me know!

 

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A Purrfect meal of Chicken with a side of Quail Egg.

Hi everyone! Bater aka Icky Kitty here.  Lily told you all about that pretty cool seat cover that she got to try out, but now it is my turn. I was not going to let her have all the fun with product testing month this month since it has been a while since my brofurs and I got any love on this blog. So after investigating the options, we decided we wanted to try out some canned food from Tiki Cat.

We have tried some Tiki Cat out before. Last time we tried it out, it was lots of seafood. This month is all about poultry! We love chicken. Whenever mom is making a dish that involves chicken, you can bet that the three of us well four if you count that dog, are circling mom for some tasty bites.

This months selection is called Tiki Cat After Dark.

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I know, I know, I am a very handsome spokeskitty. It is a tough life being such a good looking kitty.

This variety pack contains six different flavors.

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The flavors in each pack are Chicken, Chicken & Beef, Chicken & Lamb, Chicken & Pork,  Chicken & Quail Egg, and Chicken & Duck. That is a whole lot of chicken!! As I told you above, we are huge chicken fans, so this variety pack was right up our alley.

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The first flavor we picked out to try was Chicken and Quail Egg. Mom put it in the dish and that Sam kitty turned into a crazy kitty. He wouldn’t let anyone else near the dish. If Baby or I came up to him, he would block us from coming near him. He ate every single bite of that can. He gobbled up that quail egg! Mom was totally intrigued by the quail egg. It was a hard boiled quail egg in the can of food. We do not see too many hard boiled eggs in kitty food, so it was pretty interesting.

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It almost looks like some fancy dish you would find in a human restaurant. Pretty easy to pick out the egg and all that tasty shredded chicken.

I am a huge fan of broth and Tiki Cat has a lot of broth in their cans. I licked up all the broth first before I started to eat the yummy chicken part. Cats need to stay hydrated. So all that broth is giving us the fluid we need. Some kitties don’t always drink enough water, so having the extra moisture is helpful.

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Next up was Chicken and Duck.  You cannot tell from the picture, but my tongue was working overtime to lap up all that brothy goodness. I am a really picky kitty. Wet food never really interested me. I might lick a bit of the juices, but never was interested in the meat portion. I love Tiki Cat though. I will drink the broth and eat the meat. I kept eating until Sam pushed me out of the way

My usual food is dry food, which I totally love. Remember earlier when I talked about some cats not getting enough fluid? Well that does not apply to me. I drink water throughout the day and I even have a favorite dish that I drink out of.  Having Tiki Cat just means I am still getting hydrated, but in a super tasty way!

If you look at the first six ingredients on a can of Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail Egg, you will see Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, quail egg. I don’t see grains or added carbs listed. Why? Cats are carnivores! When is the last time you saw a lion grab a baguette to have with its antelope? The remaining ingredients are vitamins and minerals. This ensures that we have a well balanced meal. Each of the other recipes are similar. They contain all the same chicken parts, but with the additional protein.

Tiki Cat recipes help boost energy, support the immune system and support overall health. Their recipes help mimic the natural prey of cats. Members of the cat family don’t just eat a chicken breast and move on, we eat everything.

The three of us loved Tiki Cat After Dark. 12 paws up!  It had everything we wanted in a food and even something we didn’t even know we wanted. Yeah, I am talking about that quail egg. I loved the broth, Sam kitty loved the shredded chicken, and Baby cat just loved it all.

Mom likes that they gear their food towards the carnivore that cats are. She also liked that it is protein and moisture rich. Sometimes she does not see Baby drink enough water and this food makes sure that he stays hydrated. We are old and Tiki Cat food is good for all life stages. I am the youngest at 14!

If you want to learn more about Tiki Cat After Dark, then click here.

Don’t forget to look at everything else Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and great customer service!

Remember to check out my Instagram to see how much Sam kitty loved this food!

 

*************************We received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are that of mine and my brofurs Sam and Baby*********************

 

 

 

 

 

Riding in Style

This month has been crazy. Mom was very busy making our Halloween costumes. She prefers to make mine since I am weirdly shaped as she likes to call it. I am not a very long or tall dog, but barrel shaped. Costumes don’t always fit me properly. Two years ago I was Lily Potter (Harry’s Mum) and last year I was Batman. This year mom was having trouble thinking of a good costume. She finally decided on a Ninja Turtle. My Twitter pals voted on which one I should be. They decided on Michelangelo. It is a pretty pawsome costume. Mom even dressed up as the reporter April O’Neil!

How do I look?

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This month I got to try out this pretty cool seat cover that helps keep your car clean and it works with the harness I tested out a few months ago.

We actually used my hoo aunts’ car to test out this product, because moms’ car got attacked by a tree when a big storm came through. It hurt our house too.  The good thing is that no human or animal got hurt during the storm. My hoo aunts car is pretty similar in size to the Lily mobile, so we figured it would be a good substitute.

If you read our previous blog post about the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness, then you know that Kurgo has videos with products so you wont have to worry about using one of their products together incorrectly. Using a product like a car harness incorrectly can possibly harm us, so we highly recommend watching the videos.

The product we tested this month is a Kurgo Heather Bench Seat Cover in a charcoal color.

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Mom made sure she read through the instructions and watched the video a couple times to make sure that she knew the proper way to put it on the seat. She found it to be super easy. They do a great job of writing written instructions.  She was able to have it up and running in under 5 minutes.

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The two flaps at the bottom are for seat belt access. Remember me mentioning abut my harness a bit ago?  This works with my harness. We can have access to the seat belt so that I can be properly buckled into the car.

There are two sets of clips that go around each of the headrests. There are also two plastic tubes that you push from the front of the seat into the back. This helps the seat cover from sliding off. There is one more additional clip that wraps around the back of the seat. This is optional, but we chose to clip it. There are also two pockets to store stuff, such as a leash, poop bags, or treats!

Feeling the fabric, you can tell that it is very sturdy and will protect your car seat. Moms seat is leather, so this seat cover and help protect it from nails poking holes in the seat. If you  happen to have a cloth seat like my aunts car, then you can prevent something like  dirt or mud from getting on the seat. The seat cover has piped edges,  so that if some dirt got on the cover, it would get caught by that. It is machine washable on the gentle cycle and should be hung to dry.

After she got the seat cover on and took some pictures, it was time for me to hop up in the car and get me buckled in.

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There are two different ways that you can secure your pup in the car. The way mom secured me in is the best way. The other way allows your pup to move a little bit more. I was strapped in nice and tight. I did not like that way. I like to be able to move a bit, but the best practice way is what will protect us best if there was a car crash.

I did like the way the car seat cover felt. It was quite comfy and did not feel scratchy or too rough on my fur. It looks very nice in the car as well.  The cover is 55 inches long, it should fit most vehicles.  It fit my aunts car quite nicely.  She has a Mercury Mariner and mom has a Suzuki Grand Vitara , or did have one.  😦

Mom really likes this seat cover and cannot wait to test it out on the next Lily mobile. She gives it two thumbs up and I give it four paws up. We are really loving products from Kurgo. They seem to know what pups and pup parents want in a product. Having a product that makes mom happy and me comfy is important.

We have a different seat cover that we received in monthly dog product box and found this seat cover to be far more superior in ease of use and sturdiness of the material.

If you want to learn more about this seat cover or other great Kurgo products then click here.

Don’t forget to look at all the great products that Chewy.com  has to offer, including Halloween costumes! Why should the humans have all the fun on Halloween?

 

***************************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and my humans*********************************