Monday, November 20, 2017

That CWAZY Wabbit!!! #chewyinfluencer

For the record, I did NOT approve that title

Sunshine the Cat here with ANOTHER scintillating review for Yes, I admit it. I am a CHEWY.COM aficionado extraordinaire. No one truly appreciates the service, variety, and all-round wonderfulness that is Chewy. But that is a tale for another time. Today I am here to discuss


See the label picture of the food? That is an accurate representation of what it looks like. And I have to say, I like the smaller bits and gravy a WHOLE lot.

I don’t know WHAT I can say other than SCRUMPTIOUS. I never ever expected to like RABBIT. I prefer chicken to all else and so do my humans (it is less smelly than fish and they are vegheads). Fish is a rare treat around here and I am rather particular about my fish. Again, a tale for another time.

Nonetheless, I caved into my HUMAN servant’s wishes and agreed to try the Instinct by Nature’s Variety Grain-free MINCED Rabbit Recipe.

Let me give you some insight into what this food is all about.
Pork Broth, Rabbit, Pork Liver, Pork, Egg Whites, Ground Dried Peas, Spinach, Carrots, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

I just like this photo of me

What I am seeing there is a whole lot of really healthy and natural meats, fruits and vegetables (don’t care about those), vitamins and minerals. What I am not seeing is any filler, grain, potato or soy. I don’t need them. I need high protein. And this formula promotes strong muscles, very important for my senior years. Overall, it is just a great product for a senior Cat Woman like myself.

Nature’s Variety has other flavors in the minced formula: Chicken, Tuna, Salmon. If they are half as good as the Rabbit, then I am sure they are fine EATS. So, I am casting my ballot for the minced recipes. I don’t think a well-rounded cat like myself can go wrong with this food.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone - Let's be KIND to one another

**I received free of charge from enough Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Minced Rabbit Recipe to develop an clear opinion of the product. No money was offered or paid for my illustrious opinion. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Watching Life Unfold From My Favorite Spot

We all have a favorite spot at home - don't we? I am no exception. I try to ALWAYS be in my favorite spot but sometimes it is not possible/ WHY? Because my favorite spot in the whole wide world is my MOMMY'S lap. I am talking Mommy #2 because she is older and her lap is cushier. Sorry Mommy #1. And Mommy #2 is home more now that Mommy #1 is away at university.

What is it about a LAP that is so inviting? The warmth? Yes, most likely. The perspective? Probably. I think most of all it is a safe place - a place I can feel cared for and loved.

I watch TV from Mommy's lap. I observe what is happening outside the window from Mommy's lap. I listen to conversations from the Aunts on Mommy's lap.

I watch LIFE unfold from Mommy's lap.

It is my favorite place in the world.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Molly's New Bed

I used to possess ALL of the beds in the household. That is no longer true. Some of my beds have been tossed because they were raggedy and unfixable. Some were uncomfortable. And some were ruined by a thoughtless cat (guess WHO that is). I have had many beds. And I share them. With anyone - human, dog, cat, whatever. As long as I have ONE of them to myself, I am happy.

Well Molly is not like that. She decides she wants a bed, she TAKES it, even if I am still in it. I am used to it, I guess, even if I don't really like it. Sometimes it helps keep me warm when the temperatures drop. Sunshine is NOT so generous. She wants her SPACE - period! I think she has shared a spot with us once or twice but that was when we had a really big bed.

Anyhooooooo . . . My beds now number TWO. And I am fine with that IF I get to recline on ONE of the two. Hahahaha. I thought I had solved the problem when I insisted Sunshine get a new CAT CONDO to hang out in. And she does hang out in it most of the time. When she is not there, she is taking ONE OF MY BEDS. She has two more BEDS of her own. The cocoon she lets Molly hang out in and occasionally she will take it over. She has another bed in Aunt T's room.

Molly has TWO beds as well - one is by the Cat Condo and heater vent. I love that spot so when I find myself without one of MY beds, I make my way there. Often, Sunshine is there. Sometimes, Molly pushes me outta there. Her other bed used to be in her crate (oh yeah. She has a bed in there as well) but seldom does anyone use that bed. It is flat.

The other day Molly's Mommie and my Mommy #2 went shopping AND they came back with a NEW BED for Molly. I was pretty sure it was for me (history) but I kept getting shooshed away from it. Molly loves that bed and spent all of Monday in the bed. Her new bed is RED.

Red Bed.

This was yesterday when Mommy was working in the office. NOTE who is in the RED BED. Not Molly, that's who. When EVERYPUGGY'S back was turned, I snuck in and settled down. No one noticed for the longest time. Molly TRIED to bully me out of the bed but I pretended to be in a DEEP sleep.

No matter. . . she staged a coup over my BLUE BED. She knows how much I love my BLUE BED.I was really awake and I saw the WHOLE THING.

This morning I trotted over to the RED BED and make myself comfortable. Mommy was preparing to work and the bed is right next to the office. Well, next thing I knew, Molly was sidling her way INTO THE SAME BED. She didn't even ask. She didn't look me in the EYE. She just MADE HERSELF at home.

If I wasn't so cold I would kick her out.

I know you are all thinking "Where is Noodles' Star Trek bed?" Mommy just muttered something about STINK and LAUNDRY. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Weekend Mommy Disappeared

Mommy #2 DISAPPEARED for 3 whole days this past weekend. I should have known the signs. . . her BARREL of building stuff appeared, she went shopping for extra snacks, and long discussions with Auntie D. Happens every year and it ALWAYS catches me off guard. In our house, this is called Showcase Time. It is the time of year when Auntie D's ballet studio puts on its annual showcase. Mommy and Aunts B & T danced in it at one time. . . Cousin K and Cousin E danced in it at one time . . . and my Mommy #1 danced in it until she started university. So this show is very very important to our family.

Mommy spends one weekend helping sort and distribute costumes. The sorting takes a long time. Aunt B helps too. This year, because of her back, Mommy couldn't do quite as much so Auntie D and Aunt B had to do a little more. But that is how FAMILY (even extended family) works.

Then the real fun begins. . . SHOWCASE WEEKEND. It is held here.

Santa Clara Convention Center
Unfortunately and fortunately it is located near here, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi Stadium.

And they had a game. Bummer. It made getting to the shows difficult. But people made it happen.

View from Convention Center parking toward Levi Stadium

Friday ALL DAY was move into the theater and set build day. It is a lot of work. But at the end, the sets really make the show and Mommy says it is a labor of love. 

This is what the sets looked like this year. From
the audience seating the "buildings" look

The next two days were even longer and Mommy left early in the morning and returned late at night BOTH DAYS!!! She was pretty tired too. I missed her a LOT, even though she did come home to SLEEP.

The audience view

There is NOTHING like being onstage. The whole atmosphere buzzes with excitement and expectation. With THREE shows, anything can happen. I can tell you - a LOT of MAGIC happens.

Behind the scenes - Mommy's point of view

Dancers awaiting their turn to dance
Mommy says she gets a lot of satisfaction from SHOWCASE. The culmination of all of the hard work is so worth it. And the dancers take away even more - confidence and pride in performing; satisfaction in doing their best; and a sense of camaraderie and family with people NOT in their families. It is really really special.

The Showcase went very very well and pretty much everyone is pleased with all they accomplished. Mommy is already planning on what she will do differently next year.

If it ain't broke, Mommy, DON'T fix it!

This is my FAVORITE part of being in the THEATER . . . gazing out at the audience and DREAMING . . .

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Freak ME OUT!!!

Normally, I am pretty cool with all of the things the HUMANS put me through. That is my motto

Just Go With The Flow

But I gotta tell ya, sometimes it is so difficult. I mean. . . doesn't this HEAD kind of freak you out? It was NOT my favorite mask this past Halloween.

Human: Woof Woof!

Me: What are YOU doing?
Human: I'ma PUG.
Me: No, I really do NOT think you are a FELLOW pug

Human: But I look just LIKE you!
Me: Um. . . No you don't. You are freakishly large.

Human: But I mean facewise. I look just LIKE you.
Me: Not really. I am wayyyyyyyyyyyy cuter.

Me: Get me outta here before I go full on POODLE on you (I apologize to all my poodle and 'oodle furiends. But you gotta admit, you got freaking out down pat).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wish She'd MISSED the Target

Usually I like Target, the store. But NOT after Halloween. It is a DANGER ZONE of epic proportions - not just because of the sale decor. . .or the candy that's discounted. . .

No. . . more for this reason -

 HALLOWEEN costume discounts. Mommy CANNOT help herself when things go down to 70% off. She cannot. Luckily the more laborious costumes were only available in LARGE. But she managed to fine these costume HARNESSES. She spent $3 each.

Admittedly I AM an ANGEL most of the time.

But Molly was NOT happy about the big purple spider on her back. You can tell by her posture.

The spider eventually made its way onto Sunshine the Cat's shoulders but she THREATENED me with bodily harm if I dared to take a photo of her in it. So you will have to use your imagination.

This is Molly BEGGING for the spider to come off her back. She thought she would get a treat for wearing it and when one was not forthcoming, she got very snippy. You can tell she is saying something close to an HBO word here.

I am a lot cooler than she is. I do not mind wearing wings at all. And these ANGEL wings were very comfortable and kind of cute.

I wore them for a long time before Mommy figured I had been tortured enough.

TARGET - please for the love of DOG, stop putting your awesome costumes down to 70%. Think of us victims. 

That is all.