Flowers on Friday

Mexican Petunias

Candle Bush.

Ginger Lily, it smells divine.

Wildflower, we have no clue what it is, but it looks pretty so we didn't pull it up when we were weeding.

Cape Honeysuckle, the cold got the one planted in the yard so (sigh) we guess it has to stay in a pot so we can put it in the greenhouse in the winter. ~ATCAD

Thankful Thursday in the Garden

The Candle Bush.

Mommy turned the background black and white so the flower really stands out here.

The Butterfly Plant, as you can see it's blooms look like butterflies.

And Mom went a bit crazy taking pictures of the BLUE sky.

It's been overcast, gray and rainy for ages.

So we were all happy to see the blue. We are very thankful for SUNSHINE. ~ATCAD

Woeful Wednesday (Wordless)

Tuiren Tuesday

I am very sure I don't know how Youngest Boy's shoes got out in the yard.

Do you think she believed  ME??? ~Tuiren, reporting for ATCAD

 I know some of you enjoy looking at Mommy's artwork, she posted some of it on her blog yesterday.

Mancat Monday

I am King of the Jungle (Gym that is) here me ROAR!

Life with me is never a Bore.

But sometimes I do Snore. OK, I am through being silly. For some reason the holes Tuiren and Fenris dig next to the porch annoy the humans but they make GREAT sleeping spots.  They are comfy and warm in winter and cool in summer and there is even GRASS to enjoy. What more could a mancat want.

Now I have been told my ass is getting FAT, so I am going to work out on the Jungle Gym. ~Yang, reporting for ATCAD

Sad News

We were very sad to learn our friend Foxy has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. We mainly knew her through Cat Scouts, but she has a blog where you can visit and leave condolences if you like. If you would like to use this card on your blog feel free to do so. 

Scylla Sunday & #BtC4A

Sometimes I go in the backyard. I love to sit in the Jungle Gym and remember when me and Charybdis used to play on it as wee kittens. I will snap a quick selfie, then...I am going to turn the blog over to Yin, she has something important to MEOW about. ~Scylla, reporting for ATCAD

Hello, I want to Blog the Change for Animals. Black Cats and Dogs are the last to be adopted. This is very sad, as we have lots of love to give and are very loyal. A wonderful lady came up with a way to help Black Cats, Layla Morgan Wilde, came up with a book, Black Cats Tell All, where black cats could share their stories. I was lucky enough to get to share the story of how I came to be adopted with my brother Yang. You can read our review on Goodreads, they also tell you where you can purchase it. The proceeds from the sell of this book go to help Black Cats find their very own forever homes. And while my mission is to find homes for Black Cats and Dogs my pal and sister Tuiren has her own mission. Yin, reporting for ATCAD

Most of you know that I am a Heartworm Disease Survivor, so this is an issue very dear to my heart and it affects dogs and cats.

The American Heartworm Society has information ever pet guardian should be aware of.

Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. I live in one of the areas with the most cases of heartworm disease reported.

What Are the Signs of Heartworm Disease?

For both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as the number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years and after repeated mosquito bites.

Recently infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease, while heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs, including a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss.
When I found Mommy I was already showing clinical signs, I had a mild persistent cough and I seemed very tired (Mommy thought I was a really OLD dog).

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very non-specific, mimicking many other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease, when the heartworms enter a blood vessel and are carried to the pulmonary arteries, are often mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, when in fact they are actually due to a syndrome newly defined as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).
 I was lucky in that they have a treatment for doggies, currently there is no treatment for cats.

Currently, there are no products in the United States approved for the treatment of heartworm infection in cats. Cats have proven to be more resistant hosts to heartworm than dogs, and often appear to be able to rid themselves of infection spontaneously. Unfortunately, many cats tend to react severely to the dead worms as they are being cleared by the body, and this can result in a shock reaction, a life-threatening situation. Veterinarians will often attempt to treat an infected cat with supportive therapy measures to minimize this reaction; however it is always best to prevent the disease.

There are heartworm preventives for both doggies and cats and I sincerely hope that you give your dog or cat one every month.

If you want to read about my fight with Heartworm Disease you can read
Scylla Sunday (My first Heartworm Treatment)
Tuiren Day (My Second Heartworm Treatment)
Tuiren Tuesday - Heartworm Treatment (The Final Treatment)

Mosquito season is just getting in full swing so PLEASE, PLEASE make sure your cats and dogs are on a monthly heartworm preventive. ~Tuiren reporting for ATCAD

Caturday Art

We foiled Yin and Yang for your viewing pleasure.

And Fenris and Tuiren got featured in Mommy's challenge page for the letter D.

This was a neat challenge you turned the background of a picture black and white. This was Mommy's final entry in the challenge.

This was her first attempt.

Mommy created this challenge page about a book she read. ~ATCAD