Archive for the ‘Puppy and Cat together’ category

Chowhound (and cat)

February 3, 2014

Cookie here!  Lately there’s been a lot of “brrrrrr” and not enough blogging here in Katonah…sorry for the long break between posts, but Diana says her fingers have just been too frozen.   Believe it or not, yesterday all the snow had melted and then today, another storm.  I find my people are just less playful in this weather.  Hello?  Jolly ball anyone?  Anyone?


All this cold is driving everyone in the house to want to eat things they shouldn’t…


This was Atticus’ pizza…until I found it.  Sorry buddy, I just couldn’t help myself.  But I’m not the only one in this house who’s not eating right…look!


Cat’s in the dog food!  MY dog food!  Ugh…cat germs!!!  It’s those Stella-n-Chewies meat patties – she loves them too.


Luckily I hide my bones deep in the snow, where S’more will never find them…shhh, don’t tell her!


While you’ve got the snow, you might as well play in it.  Look, no leash!  Oh the freedom…


By dinner I’m just starved.  Any pizza left Atticus?  Eating dinner lying down is just the only way for me.


Now I’m ready for bed!  And for sweet dreams of all the goodies I’ll gobble tomorrow…

Woofs, and stay warm!  Cookie


It’s good to have you back S’More!

June 5, 2013

Cookie here!  If you haven’t heard the good news, S’More Cat is back!


I’m so happy I had to give her a kiss.  We will never know exactly what happened during the 10 days she was gone because she won’t tell us.  She was found in a nearby neighbor’s garage, missing her collar, tags and bell.  She was dirty and two pounds lighter, but otherwise fine.  Since she came home our People have been giving her special treatment, like cans of Fancy Feast (her favorite) every day.  My advice to you if your cat ever goes missing: have lots of hope, and search every nearby home/area thoroughly.  While S’More was missing we heard so many stories about cats that took of on impromptu journeys for days, weeks and sometimes months, and also lots of stories of cats getting trapped in garages.  At our house, we’re chalking it up to a case of Spring Fever.

Thanks to all of you for your concern!   Woofs, Cookie 


Come Home S’More Cat

May 19, 2013

Diana here. Apologies from myself and Cookie for our blogging hiatus.  It’s been a sad time for our family, and for awhile the words just weren’t coming.  First, after a long illness, we lost my beloved Uncle Charlie.  My Uncle was an animal lover and was especially fond of his dogs, who were his constant companions.  He doted on them, and often took them with him when he went out, whether it was for a walk on the beach or a long road trip.  His dogs Suzie, Mabel and Annie are now providing companionship and love to my Aunt Linda now during these difficult days.  Rest in Peace Uncle, and thank you for showing me how special it is to have a dog in this life.


Last Sunday, our beautiful S’More Cat did not return home, and has not been seen since.  She has vanished without a trace, and we are all worried, sad, and deeply miss her.  Each time I gaze outside at the yard, or look down by my  feet, or at her favorite spot on the couch, and don’t see her, my heart hurts.  I so want to see her beautiful little face, look into her bright yellow eyes – one just a little bigger then the other – and scratch behind her ears and feel her bunny-soft fur again.  I listen for  the tinkle of the little bell on her collar, search for her when I walk Cookie around town, and look for her face pressed against the glass doors of my house, asking to be let in.  Her food remains untouched, and the couch doesn’t have it’s usual supply of white fur on it.  Heavy, heavy, heavy sigh.  Without our kitty, I am so present to just what a presence she has been in our lives.  The truth is, we spend a lot more time with our pets then our extended family.  They are a key part of each and every day, as much so as the sun rising in the morning and the moon setting at night.  Without our cat my days just feel strange and off-kilter.  Time will tell if our kitty will come home to us.  In the meantime, we are grateful for the kindness and concern of our neighbors and friends here in Katonah.  I also learned about a great local rescue resource in my area called Community Cats, and of a website with helpful tips about what to do if your cat goes missing called  If you are ever in our situation, I recommend you take a look.

Cherish your pets, even on those days they are “high maintenance” with their shedding, clawing, and chewing.  Life is never the same when they are gone.  I have been talking to my children about how this situation with S’More is a true test of faith.  We’ve just got to have some right now.

Warm and Fuzzies, Diana

You’re Innocent When You Dream

March 20, 2013

Last night Sophia did an amazing job on pet-paparazzi duty and captured this sweet scene!  Let me share the entire bedtime story she photographed.  


It all began with S’More Cat helping herself to Cookie’s bed:



Cookie very generously was making do on the floor…


But then she had an idea….


…what if she and S’More SHARED the bed?


S’More wasn’t so sure that this would work…


…but Cookie promised to behave.


And a good night’s sleep was had by all.  Nitey-nite, sweet pets!

Guest Blogger S’More Cat: Bad to the bone!

January 10, 2013

..Meow!  S’More Cat here.  

No, I don’t have my own blog yet.  But I do have a hidden camera in the kitchen.  And I caught this beast looking for a feast…


Everyone loves Cookie, but we don’t love her behavior in the house.  Quite simply, Cookie is a thief.  She jumps up and leans on the kitchen counters and tables, looking for food to snatch.  One day, she somehow opened up a paper bag filled with bagels and ran off with one, without pulling the bag off the counter. She’ll do this  sort of thing even when our family is RIGHT THERE in the kitchen with her.  Every pet knows you don’t do that, right?!  But not Cookie.  So, these days she is getting a lot of corrections and a lot of puppy time-outs on her mat by the kitchen door.  She also wears a leash and correction collar 24-7, so that she can’t scoot away after she’s been naughty.  Otherwise, it all becomes a big game to her.  She loves to run circles around the dining room table, because it’s almost impossible to catch her there.  When you do catch Cookie in the act of being naughty, and correct her, you usually get a look from her like this…



…as if to say, “What?  Did I do wrong?”  My people-parents say she is very stubborn and wants what she wants but she will have to learn.  To help them they have hired an obedience trainer to work with Cookie on “her issues” which these days include not coming reliably when called, barking her head off when the doorbell rings, getting up on the couch (strictly forbidden for her, but OK for me, ha!),roaming around the kitchen and snatching whatever food she can, and most disturbingly, CHASING ME!  Progress is being made, but it is slow.  Her trainer is great and says that Cookie is a very sweet, and strong-willed dog, but at just a year, Cookie is still very young yet.  We all do notice that she is well trained now to go to one of her mats or by the people’s feet and chill out in the house.  But she still chases me every chance she gets.  Hiss.

The good news is, my stock in this family keeps on going up.  They are constantly telling me how great I am and how I never destroy anything or give them a moment’s trouble….


…not to mention how gorgeous I am.  Who am I to disagree?  Peace, love & tuna fish, S’More Cat


Giving thanks for our pets and all that they give us

November 20, 2012

We open today’s post with this snapshot of a rare moment of canine & feline harmony:

Twenty minutes prior to this moment they had been fighting like, well, cats and dogs.  But at the end of the day, Cookie and S’More are fellow pet comrades-in-paws in our home.   They, along with our bird and our fish, contribute enormously not just to the culture of our home life, but also our family’s admiration, empathy, and respect for all animal life on planet Earth.  Living with these four beautiful animals has given us the chance to laugh at their antics, such as when Cookie licks S’More with affection and gusto, and S’More, completely disgusted, takes off.  We’ve marveled at their intelligence and ability, like when Swallablu bird calls for Cookie by name, greets you with a “Hello!” upon first sight in the morning, and sings the most beautiful, melodic songs, like the little Diva she truly is.  We’ve observed their definite likes and dislikes, such as Chip the Fish’s penchant to hide behind plants during the day, and Cookie’s sheer bliss when she gets a tummy-rub or is treated to some peanut butter.  All these small moments not only entertain us, they enrich us.  We know without a doubt that our pets each have unique personalities and souls.  They have likes and dislikes and experience both happiness and sorrow.  When the bird sits on my shoulder as I wash the dishes, when the cat jumps up on the desk and curls up next to me as I work, when the fish observes me from inside the fish tank reading to my children at night, and Cookie lays at my feet as I sit reading the morning paper, the word COMPANION comes to mind.   Finned, furry and feathered, our pets are true friends, unfailingly loving and loyal to us in good times and in bad.   They neither judge nor hold a grudge.  They just LOVE.  And for that simple truth, I give thanks for my beloved pets.


Guest Blogger S’More Cat

October 23, 2012

S’More Cat here – you remember me, the ORIGINAL pet around here, before my people went crazy with the fish and the bird and worst of all, puppy.  Yes, sigh, it’s true, Cookie is my sister.  LITTLE sister that is.

In the good old days, it was all about ME, and not “Cookie, Cookie, Cookie” ALL THE TIME!   When Cookie misbehaves (which is all the time) by chasing me, pawing me, barking at me, and worst of all, eating my food (!!!) they pet me and tell me to be patient with Cookie.  And I try.  But then she does something awful again, like sticking her wet nose in my face during a good nap, and I just can’t take it!  So then, I head through my super-cool cat door into the basement, into my favorite part of the house, because there’s NO DOGS ALLOWED.  Of course, Cookie tries to follow me…

But she can’t anymore…she’s grown.  And then I finally have some peace.  

There’s only one time of day Cookie is sort of okay to hang around…bedtime.  When she’s sleepy she doesn’t act like such a crazed wolf. And even I have to admit, she’s cute when she’s asleep. 

So am I for that matter.  Well, this blogging stuff is fun, but there’s mice to catch, so gotta run!  Away from Cookie, that is.   Purrs, S’More Cat


Play Sets Are For Pets Too

July 31, 2012

S’More cat and Cookie found themselves together at the top of the play tower the other day. Here’s the story:

S’More cat was taking a nap on the top balcony of the play tower – a spot that used to serve as a refuge from Cookie.  About six weeks ago though, Cookie figured out how to climb the platforms of the play gym to reach the top – much to S’More’s great dismay.  So on this fateful day, while S’More napped, Cookie climbed up, and settled in next to her.  

And then, because this was just too precious not to document, I rushed out with my iphone and started cooing and snapping these pictures.  Which woke up the cat.  Which broke the spell of “thou shalt not disturb the cat whilst she sleeps” that Cookie had been temporarily under.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet found the right spell to prevent Cookie from disturbing S’More during waking hours too (although they do have their moments of peace.)  Cookie began to paw her, so S’More skittered downstairs…

And then, “poof” – the magic was over, and they went back to living separate lives.  Until two days later when they decided to have a sleepover!

Thanks to my dear friend Leonora for capturing this sweet moment!  So in conclusion, the puppy/kitty report seems to be, Pets-in-Arms when they’re sleepy or sleeping, but not so much when they’re awake.  I’m a believer they’ll get there though.  Warm & fuzzys, Diana