Worried Weds. - and Wolves

UPDATE: I'm home and my teeth are pearly white and I have minty fresh breath! The Vet says my teeth are in great shape (though they were under a layer of plaque even tho the beans try to brush them weekly) and gave me an anty-biotik to take in case plaque got into my blood stream on accident. More tomorrow!

Hi, Hendrix' mommy here. I have a dictation from my sweet boy that he wanted me to post.
"Oh nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! My bowls were emptied and removed last night. My morning's stinky goodness was not received!!! I was shoved in my PTU, carried out into the freezing cold garage, dumped into the car and drivin to the VET!!! I think Bendrix has become to much for the beans and they are having him removed! Ack! Do you think it will involve a vacuum suction thing? Oh dear, which end will he be removed from?!? I dont want to be heeeeeeeeerrrrreeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Dear kitties, don't worry to much about sweet Hendrix (or Bendrix). He is having his teeth cleaned today. I am a little worried as all good mommies are because (especially with his FIV and his stress over his daddy being out of town) of the anesthetic, but he has a very good Vet and they love him there. I am leaving work to pick him up as soon as he is ready. It may still be between 4 - 6pm but will let you all know how it goes ASAP.

The "Wolf Weds." comes from the fact that Greg and I decided to adopt a wolf pack through Defenders of Wildlife in honor of my woofies Comet & Sebastian. I am a firm believer that wolves have an undeserved bad reputation and that no ecosystem can be healthy and thriving without a healthy prey and preditor population. Anyway, here is Hendrix inspecting the very nice certificate we received and the cute, soft wolf stuffed animal (that resides next to a photo of my woofies now) that also came.

Don't worry kitties, Hendrix will be back tomorrow to tell you all his "tail" of woe from the Vet visit. Please keep a good thought for him today just in case. Thanks, the mommy & daddy


Twin Tuesday - Split Purrsonality & Spay Day USA!!!

The Humane Society of the United States
Ok I first started becoming concerned when I'd be all curled up being my usual adorable self, getting pets and purring irresitably when one or the other of my humans would say, "and this is the the kitty who was just up on the piano knocking over the picture frames like a crazy cat?" or "and this was the kitty who we had to chase off the kitchen table 3 times today?" and the other bean would say "No way, it must've been his "evil twin."
I would get a little worried and think, "I wasn't up on the piano, I wasn't up on the table, and I certainly don't smell another cat around here evil or otherwise. What on earth could be happening????" Then I figured it out.
Usually mommy leave the TV on the Family Channel for me to watch during the day. It is nice and quiet with lotsa dialog and it keeps me company, but sometimes she leaves it on channel 9 (from the news in the morning) and that is the channel One Life to Live is on. That is when I discovered "split pursonalities." That is when you have an "evil twin" side that is actually INSIDE your body!!! It has a name very similar to yours and everyone things the evil things it does is actually being done by you since it is your body. See, on One Life to Live, Jess's evil alter is "Tess" and Viki's evil alter is "Niki."
My alter ego is "Bendrix" and HE is the one who gets up on the piano and knocks things over. HE is the one who scratches the carpet and gets up on the kitchen table and knocks the cruchies out of the bowl. HE is the one who steps on your tummy in the middle of the night making you have to get up and use the big people litterbox. I, sweet Hendrix, would never do those things. I, sweet Hendrix am the one who gives gentle headbutts to you to show you I love you. I'm the one who curls up under your arm in the night and purrs you to sleep. I'm the one who lays on your lap (not your belly) when you're sick and nurses you back to health and waits quietly and patiently for you to give me my plate of stinky goodness. Ok, that last part isn't true, but, come on, it is stinky goodness and I looooooooove it, but not as much as I love you. So, dear mommy and daddy, remember, it is Bendrix, not me, who needs to be chastised when there is wrongdoing afoot.
I, sweet Hendrix should be given extra treats and chin scritches for having my poor body misused in such a terrible way. sigh.


Hendrix's MeMe

I gots tagged! I gots tagged! I've never been tagged before buts my friends Mu Shue & Yao-lin tagged me cause he wants to know more about me!

A) Four places I have lived:
1.Outside, Cincinnati, OH
2.Inside, Cincinnati, OH
3.In the couch, Cincinnati, OH
4.On a bed, Cincinnati, OH

B) Four things I love to watch:

1. fev-vers!
2. big fat squirrels
3. Daddy playin' playstation
4. Little House on the Prarie (the theme song soothes me...Mommy leaves the TV on the family channel when they go to work and Little House is on during the day so it signals nap time to me)

C) Four places I have been outside my home:
1.Before my rescue I roamed all over and it was scary
2.Now I only go out to go to the VET, scary too

D) Four websites I visit daily:
1.Sugar Pie Brandi
2.Mu Shue
3.Cat Blogosphere
4.Arty Catsy

E) Four of my favorite foods:
1.Prescription Hill WD stinky goodness, chicken flavor
2.Prescription Hill ID crunchies!
3.Prescription Hill ZD crunchies (mixed with ID)!
4.mmmm Laxitone, I know, but it is really good

F) Four places I would rather be right now:
1.In bed with mommy and daddy
2.Laying in a sunbeam in an open window (stoopid winter)
3.Laying on the couch with mommy
4.On my Purdue blankie anywhere

G) Four toys I have owned and played with:
1. Blue fuzzy ball with fev-vers on a stick!
2. Catnip mat (scratchy and fun!)
3. Da Bird! boingy! boingy!
4. Shoestring. OK that one didn't start out as mine, but some cat spit and teeth marks later, and it soon was!

H) Four nicknames my staff have tried to assign me:
1. Mr. Kitty McPhearson Squishy Face Head (the most embarrassing ever)
2. Widdle Puddin Head (sigh, I'm a Big Man Cat mom)
3. "what are you doing now!"
4. Mommy's "sweet little boy" (I kinda like that one as it usually comes with chin scritches)

I) Regarding Catnip:
1. Love it
2. It's nice
3. Could take it or leave it
4. Don't like it or can't have it
Answer: 1 I adore the nip, I need it, I can't live without it....I mean, um, it's cool, ya' know.

J) Regarding Cat Grass:
1. Love it
2. It's nice
3. Could take it or leave it
4. Don't like it or can't have it
Answer: 2 I'ts nice. I like chewing it when it is there and when mommy kills it and throws it away, I look for it.

K) First four things I'd buy after winning the lottery:
1. A nice house for Brandi and her mom and Oreo and his mom (and money for their medical bills and stuff
2. Build a shelter like "Best Friends" in Ohio to help animals in the Midwest find homes
3. Build mommy & daddy a house where they can have rooms for their projects (mommy a place to sew and scrapbook and daddy to do his games and build stuff) and daddy a new car cause his makes smelly smells.
4. Make a big pot of money where if any kitty or bean on the blogosphere needed it, they could get a helping hand without any strings attached so miracles could happen in real life, not just in the movies!!!

L) Four things I do besides eat, sleep, and litterbox:
1. Play
2. Watch Reality TV from my window
3. Dream of Brandi
4. Blog with all my friends!

M) Four things I want to do this summer:
1. Sleep in a sunbeam
2. Get pets in a sunbeam
3. Play in a sunbeam
4. Sit in an open window in a sunbeam

N) My four most prized possessions that have limited value to anyone else:
1. Blue fuzzy ball with fev-vers on a stick!
2. My shoe string
3. My Purdue blanket
4. My window box

O) What I’m going to do before tomorrow is over:
1. Eat Stinky Goodness
2. Nap
3. Play with my Mommy and Daddy
4. Get my ears cleaned (yuck)

P) Which of the following is your favorite place to hide and play?
Paper bags
Plastic bags
Other (please describe)
Answer: Other, I like to hide under the end table and antique chair we have in the living room. When the toy is drug by my hiding place, I explode from underneath, pouncing on my prey and "kill" it.

Q) Four other "pets" your staff have kept with you:
None, I have FIV and since my beans can't afford another FIV+ kitty vet bills (they are afraid we'll stress each other out making each other sick and my nice VET lady agrees I'm probably more an "only kitty" personality type) I don't have to share my stuff!

R) Four furiends I tag to respond:
1) Jeter Harris
2) B Love
3) Little Cat Zee


Thinking of a Friend Thursday

Four years ago today, my mommy's family helped a dear friend cross the bridge. Sebastian and his brother Comet (who you met last Nov.) became members of their family in July 1990. The brothers were rescued from a local shelter and did everything together. In the beginning, Sebastian was so tiny and sick (it turned out he had worms), and he loved to turn the water dish over. (see how tiny next to the bone!)

For months, until he got to big, he'd act all scared and sad and everyone would carry him up and down the stairs. He, and his brother, had the beans wrapped around their paws. They could be found laying in the same position all the time. (sebastian in front)

Here is mommy in her early Halloween obsession... (Sebastian as angel)

This is the family photo that was taken in Oct. 2002, 5 months before, Sebastian passed away. Mommy and her family will always treasure this picture of all of them together. It's important (as all our beans know) to take lotsa pictures of us cause our time together can be so short.

Sebastian was a few months shy of his 13th birthday when he passed away. Comet was with their family another 2 1/2 years. They are still missed, but even though mommy's eyes still get leaky sometimes, she smiles more when she remembers "her boys" and she laughs when she remembers all they used to get away with. In fact, sometimes, no matter how hard I'm begging, she says, "sorry sweetie, that was a valient effort, but I've had 2 sets of eyes looking at me that way and you can't have any more!" So, today, we're remembering "Our baby, Sebastian."


Tribute Tuesday

If tears were a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

We know you're in a wonderful place over the bridge dear Eddie, but your family, human and feline, and your friends will miss you

please see my tip post below to help keep us kitties and our beans safe from fire

Tip Tuesday

I wanted to list this tip to keep us safe, but please see my Eddie memorial as the most important.

We kitties have lotsa soft fur and we can jump high and love to explore. Now although we are very agile and usually don't knock things over, we do sometimes make a misstep. A lot of us also have long, long tails. Because of this, our very responsible beans don't light their pretty decorative candles to keep us safe. KC reminded us of this danger in her post about the poor woman in Houston who, as many of our beans would, tragically passed away in a fire caused by a tipped candle while rescuing her kitties.
Not only could kitties knock over a candle, but sometimes beans are tired and forgetful and they don't blow out the flaming candles before they leave the room or go to bed at night. this is very dangerous. Mommy thought it was sad she couldn't light her pretty candles like these:

Well, a couple of years ago, my mommy discovered these really neat substitutes!

As you can see, they work really well! This is the "fish bowl" in the cat figure in a pitch dark bathroom.

Since mommy bought these in early 2005, there have been lotsa different types, and even colors! She buys hers at Michaels Arts & Crafts.


Midnight, Man Cat, Mail (Male?), Mommy's Back, Monday

Hi! I've had a crazy couple of days. My daddy took my mommy for a relaxing weekend and although I felt abandoned and lonely, my grandma and grandpa came to visit. It was a good thing to because when grandma picked me up, it jiggled my belly and I bomited up a soft bitey mouse that escaped notice (these aren't left out when I'm not soopervised - now you know why!). I got lotsa extra spoiling and attention (they're good at that) after the bomiting. Then when my humans got home, they felt so bad, I got even more spoiling and attention. Has this happened to any other kitty? Mommy is worried over after effects. The mousie was intact by the way, tail too.
Anyway, off the subject of my bomiting, I have a belated Valentine photo (since my beans were gone) that shows I am one spoiled big man cat. I'm allowed on the dining room table, and after mommy and daddy ate their special Valentine dinner, I got some extra stinky goodness, on a white linen tablecloth surrounded by "candles."

And before you ask, yes, the village is still up....and yes, those are red soft paws.

Then when I couldn't get more excited about mommy and daddy being home, she showed me that I got mail! Mail just for me!
Sweet Mama Laura and Mu Shue sent me a wonderful card saying "thank you" and the card had a black kitty with yellow eyes like me on it, and best of all, it had 2 pictures of Mu Shue inside! Mommy hung the photos and card on the fridgerator down low so I can sniff them whenever I want! Thank you so much Mama Laura. The we all love the photos.

Then guess what, I got the 2 bookmarks from Artsy Catsy they made to raise money for Mu Shue. Mommy put them with the pictures of Mu Shue so I could check everything out. The bookmarks are so cool! Mommy put one in the book she is reading now (The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner) when we took a nap under my Purdue blankie this afternoon! They are such cool bookmarks.

Then, oh then, just when I was about to take a nap I was so overwhelmed...Mommy opened an envelope addressed to me all the way from Hawaii!!!!!!!! Sweet Pumpkin was nice enough to send me a bunch of fev-vers from his birdie friend Quincy.

Now, I would never really hurt a birdie (exceptin' the Starlings, OK, not even them) but I just looooooooooove these fev-vers. I got them stuck on my nose! I chewed, I batted, I played! I had so much fun. Thank you so much Pumkin, Pumkin's mommy and most of all Quincy for sharing his fev-vers.

I totally gotta' go to bed now cause technically it is Sunday night (mommy can't post easy on Monday even though she can comment during her breaks...)

Tune in to my Tuesday Tips to see how to enjoy fun "candles" that are safe for kitties, woofies and sticky little people.


Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love. It is also about sharing how you feel with those close to you. So, before I send adoring thoughts to my Brandi, I want to say, to all the wonderful blogging animals and their beans who support each other, laugh together and enjoy each other, I want to say how glad I am to be a part of this great community. Thanks for welcoming me in! Happy Valentine's Day!
Sweet Brandi and Carol. I'm so sorry that this Valentine's Day is so stressful for you. If I could wave a magic wand and fix it, I would. Take care and know a lot of people are thinking of you and wanting to help.

Here are some flowers to help cheer your mommy up.

I'd give you the moon if I could reach it.


Another Sunday Midnight Monday - So, So cool

Guess what?? This Midnight Monday I am sooooo proud. Not just of being a House Panther this time either, but because my sweet Sugar Pie Brandi is a PUBLISHED AUTHOR! Yup, you read me right. I gots my wonderful book "We Are the Kitties...Read this or I'll Bite You" put together by the great Max's mommy in the mail.

My mommy opened it for me right away. There it was on page 12, Brandi's poem. Ah, it is called "Feline Love" and it is wonderful.

Mommy worked yesterday, but today (Sunday) we lay on the sofa and read this wonderful book, by our wonderful friends and I asked mommy to read "Feline Love" over and over again. She did. My chest is all puffed up I'm so proud!
So today, today, Monday, when you read this, I will be on my sofa, with my paw around my book dreaming of my sweet Brandi. I'm so proud.

UPDATE: We just read over at my Brandi's bloggy that because their apartment needs so much work, they are being forced to move. They live in Twin Cities, Minnesota and if you have any ideas on how to help, please leave a comment on their blog. Or, just leave comfort thoughts for them.


Mom Robyn Appreciation Day

We loves you Mom Robyn! You're so kind and thoughtful. You worry about everyone else first and you go out of your way to help and you love those you've never even met. You're a special and unique person. If the world had more people like you, it would truly be a better place. You totally deserve this day and many, many more. Thank you for all you do and for caring so much. Happy Mom Robyn Appreciation Day!!

And for my sweet Valentine Brandi...
If I could... A Valentine for My Sugar Pie
If I could be the afghan that warms your dainty paws
If I could snuggle next to you on soft cushions and sleep, sleep, sleep
If I could share a big can of stinky goodness, shrimp flavored, with you
If we could chase the red dot toy together, round and round until we got tired
If we could pull the fev-vers off the fev-ver butt mousies and get high on the
nip together.
Then I’d have the perfect Valentine’s Day. The perfect ANY Day!
But, dear Brandi, I guess I’ll just have to dream you close to me...

Happy Valentines Day Sugar Pie! I’ll see you at the party tonight.


My Valentine to Brandi

If I could... A Peom for Brandi

If I could be the afghan that warms your dainty paws
If I could snuggle next to you on soft cushions and sleep, sleep, sleep
If I could share a big can of stinky goodness, shrimp flavored, with you
If we could chase the red dot toy together, round and round until we got tired
If we could pull the fev-vers off the fev-ver butt mousies and get high on the nip together.
Then I’d have the perfect Valentine’s Day. The perfect ANY Day!
But, dear Brandi, I guess I’ll just have to dream you close to me...

Happy Valentines Day Sugar Pie!
I’ll see you at the party Friday if your mommy feels OK and it isn’t to cold for you.

Thursday Thirteen - Things I'm Thankful For

Mommy told me she got back with everyone who emailed, and that she'd give me extra stinky goodness, I came out of hiding. After I enjoyed my plate and got a big drink, I asked mommy if I could post 13 things I'm thankful for even though it isn't November. She said anytime is a good time to take stock and be thankful for what we have. So here it goes.

1. I'm thankful I started blogging because I met so many nice kitties and beans in this unique community
2. I'm thankful for really deep snow because it closes mommy's work and makes her stay home with me!
3. I'm thankful for all bins, chairs and tables under the the windows in my house so I can see outside any one of them whenever I want
4. I'm thankful for warm blankets and couches and a nice big bed to sleep in
5. I'm thankful for my mommy & daddy
6. I'm thankful the sun came out so I can lay in a warm sunbeam to take the chill off (it is really cold here!)
7. I'm thankful the water pipes didn't burst when they froze Tuesday night
8. I'm thankful the water pipes thawed with hot water so mommy and daddy could take hot showers (peee-eeww)
9. I'm thankful I have the mostest sweet, pretty kitty as my Valentine (*blush* hi Brandi)
10. I'm thankful I have been healthy for a 3 1/2 months (*crossing kitty paws*)
11. I'm thankful for stinky goodness every day
12. I'm thankful for all the beans who love me
13. I'm thankful that I have a loving, warm, inside, forever home when I look outside and see cold snow and wind.

PSSSSSSSSSSS Be sure to see my Monday & Tuesday posts about how to help dear Mu Shue with his treatment bills!!


Web Woes Wednesday

Hi! Hendrix's mommy here. A few people have commented that they sent an email to his 1hendrix@fuse.net address but the emails weren't received on his end. Fuse can get backed up sometimes if a lot of mail is coming at once (he is only using 16% of the email box so it is nowhere near full).

If you sent an email and I haven't responded yet (we lost power off and on with the snow & wind yesterday so I'm just checking my Tuesday info now), please resend your email and I'll get back with you today!

Hendrix is very upset & embarrassed this happened, but I told him I'd make sure it is all better today. He said he'd hide in the closet until then...


Tiny Tuesday

Mommy thinks it is funny how sometimes I look like a big tough Man Cat and sometimes I look like a teeny tiny kitty. I say stop feeding daddy so many chicken wings & nachos during football season and I won't look so small!

Don't forget, if you want to donate to

Mu shue Pooh King Cat's treatment, email me at 1hendrix@fuse.net and I'll give you the info!

Purrs and snuggles to my Sugar Pie

Brandi and her mom that Carol feels better and it gets warmer soon!!!


Mu Shue Monday!!

Hi! My post today is extra special and I’m very excited and hopeful. As a lot of you know, our dear friend Mu Shue Pooh King Cat is very ill and his treatment (Radio) will be around $1200. His dear Mama Laura takes care of abused and neglected children and this is a very important jobbie, but one that is more spiritually fulfilling than financially rewarding.

She babysits baby beans to make ends meet and even sold the heirloom jewelry her grandmother left her. She’d been saving for this treatment, but when Mu Shue was sick a couple of months ago, she used the money she was saving to get him better. The Radio people want $600 up front and $600 when the treatment is given and Mama Laura has exhausted all of her options to get the money together.

My mommy doesn’t make neat stuff like pretty jewelry to sell, and I don’t have cool outfits like Skeezix I can auction off, but we would like to take up a collection for Mu Shue’s Mama Laura to help with some of the cost.

If you decide to donate, my mommy will make you a neat bandanna just like my Bengals one (I have a cool patriotic one too!) in your favorite color, or something seasonal (4th of July, Halloween, Christmas fabric etc). The bandanna fits over your collar so there is no icky knot to mess with (or use matching ribbon to tie it on if you are a kitty who doesn’t like collars).

It has been a tough year for a lot of us so I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to donate. As we all know, prayers, good thoughts and healing kitty vibes can make a lot of difference as well and I know there is lotsa’ good “kitty power” out there.

Mama Laura has a PayPal account and if you’d like to send her a donation directly, I also have her mailing address I can give you. Even if you or your beans would just like to send a letter of support, let us know!!!!

Please email me at 1hendrix@fuse.net and we’ll get Mu Shue better in no time!

Thanks in advance to everyone who helps with donations or good healing thoughts. You’re all wonderful!
Luv, Hendrix & Mommy Amy

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
- Dr. Loretta Scott

PS Please keep a good thought for Carol, Brandi's mommy who was just released from the hospital. Virtual prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and headbutts for a quick recovery Carol.


My Sugar Pie's Mommy is Sick

I'm sending good, healing, lovey kitty vibes to Carol, my sweet Brandi's mommy who just got out of the hospital. Her bloggy only says that she is home now, so I'm crossing my paws to hear good news soon. Virtual prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and headbutts for a quick recovery Carol.


Freaky Formerly Feral Friday

First, has your mommy ever taken your picture in mid-sneeze??? Freaky....

Second, I know it has finally gotten cold and snowy, but mommy, it is February. Please take the village down before anyone else comes over and thinks we really are freaks.

....but leave the tables...

Happy Groundhog's Day everyone, but I vote for leaving the little guy alone and letting him sleep. Really.

Thursday Thirteen - My Evacuation Kit

Hi! Here is a picture of some of the items in my very own Emergency Evacuation Kit. Mommy followed the recommendations of the Humane Society of the United States closely when she put my kit together. Some things are what they recommend, the rest are extras mommy added for me.

Emergency supply kits for cats should include:
1. A three-day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls
- I have special food because of my FIV & IBS. Mommy has this food in my kit and will rotate it with fresh bags/cans
periodically so they don't expire. I also used these bowls when I was first brought home (I didn't come downstairs often
so mommy put bowls upstairs and downstairs for me - the point is they smell like my stuff already.)

2. Current photos and physical descriptions (not a problem with my mommy)

3. Cats should wear a collar and ID tag (I'm collared AND microchipped!)

4. Medications, vaccination records, license and first aid supplies (my evacuation kit is in with my emergency first aid kit
I showed you last week - see my ear cleaning solution! yuck!)

5. Sturdy carrier to transport cats safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth (we also have the cardboard
carriers from the Pet Store in case we can't get to my usual one.

6. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your cat for several days and to allow for separate areas for
elimination (litter in a small litter box) and feeding (Ok we don't have this, but we do have a smaller litterbox and liners
to take wherever we go)

7. Mommy made sure to put in catnip! I think I'd need that in case of emergency

8. Toys, she put extras of my favorite toys in the box so I'd have something familiar with

9. A blanket that smells like home. I love my Purdue blanket so it can't get packed away. Mommy bought a blanket of the
same fabric and after I lay on it for a while, she'll put that in the bin.

10. Stress can cause us kitties to get upset tummies. Mommy also included the hairball goopy stuff for me! I do love my
Laxitone, yum yum.

11. Cat litter (I use Feline Pine) and a container to be used as a litter box (Mommy bought a small uncovered one to fit in the
bin, but isn't sure I'll use it if I ever have to...any thoughts?)

12. An extra pair of nail clippers,blood stopper and soft paws (In case we can't get back to our house, it will keep her from
having to buy all new things - remember, I'm a scratcher and I'm good at getting soft paws off and if we're staying with

13. My Purina EN treats. These are an extra treat I get from the vet and they are good for my tummy.

The Humane Society of the US www.hsus.org also gives tips on evacuating with dogs, birds, reptiles and other animals. Be sure to read up on this! Also, we didn't realize how many types of emergencies there are, for example, "Shelter In Place." Visit the Red Cross at www.redcross.org to see what disasters can hit your area so you're ready.

Now, on to the fun stuff. Bones is back! It is on tonight! Mommy just adores David Boreanaz and has since Buffy. Daddy calls him "her boyfriend" but mommy says daddy is the only guy for her...she just enjoys the view!