Cat Has Been Mayor Of An Alaskan Town For 15 Years

July 19, 2012

Those Alaskans certainly get politics. When people say it’s gone to the cats and dogs, they simply say, no, the cats, well, one cat, anyway.

It rained cats (and perhaps thundered dogs) today in NYC, so this seemed apropos (dog tips and stories tomorrow! Yay!).

About 15 years ago, the good folk of Talkeetna, Alaska decided to have a write-in election, when Mayor Stubbs was a kitten. After deciding (town meeting? psychic mind link? idle gossip?) they didn’t like any of the human candidates, they went for the most obvious and best choice ever: Stubbs the cat.

Mayor Stubbs is part Manx and very popular amongst the townsfolk, who say he’s the best mayor they’ve ever had. Which is probably why they keep voting him in!

In fact, resident Laurie Stec told the press: “He’s good. Probably the best we’ve had.”

Mayor Stubbs lives it up in the General Store, where he is, apparently a bit of a mayoral diva at times (note: he’s a cat, he’s practically has to be a diva at times). The employee told CNN: “All throughout the day I have to take care of the mayor. He’s very demanding. He meowed and meowed and meowed and demanded to be picked up and put on the counter. And he demanded to be taken away from the tourists. Then he had his long, afternoon nap.”

Let’s take a quick look at Mayor Stubb’s credentials, shall we? He prefers naked to clothes and isn’t ashamed of his body (some say he’s very proud of it, he loves getting his tummy rubbed. He was adopted from a box of kittens and pretty much went straight into his mayordom. He drinks his water exclusively from a wine glass infused with cat nip. He’s never raised taxes, they don’t have sales tax and more importantly, he doesn’t ever embarrass the town on TV in political debates.

Mayor Stubbs FTW!

But importantly – where’s the town where a dog is the mayor?


Cat Pushing A Kitten In A Shopping Cart

July 17, 2012

 

Yes, this picture is all sorts of adorable.

Last week the Daily Mail posted an article about two looking-for-forever-homes kittens. Joey the kitten is only 2 weeks old, and came to the Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre after his mother was killed by a car. Chesney, the cat in the above photo is his friend and they love to play in the trolley. It seems Chesney has taken a shine to the little tiny kitten.

With so many adorable animals out there looking for a home, I don’t understand why people continuously only buy their pets from breeders. I know many of you have adopted your pets, which is wonderful.

Hopefully the two kittens, along with all the other cats and kittens at the centre find a forever home soon!


Dog Wedding Of The Century – Most Expensive…For A Cause

July 14, 2012

Thursday just past was a big day in the who’s who of the Animal World of New York.

Yes, poodle Chilly Pasternak married Coton de Tulear Baby Hope Diamond in a Central Park ceremony that launched them into the pages of the Guinness Book of Records!

The wedding was the most expensive pet wedding ever, costing a cool $158,187.26.

Never fear, if you’re thinking the who’s who of NYC were living it up, well, okay, they were, but all proceeds went to the Humane Society of New York. And the sushi and music were all donated.

Let’s face it, if anyone was going to have a super expensive pet wedding, then it’s only fair all proceeds go to help all the animals who can’t help themselves.

 


US Federal Govt Seeks YOUR Opinion On The Animal Welfare Act

July 11, 2012

Hello fellow pet lovers. I know I promised you this all on Monday (liar! I hear you saying at your computer screens), but I’ve been having computer problems. Namely, modem problems. Our modem keeps not working, and the folks at Time Warner kept trying to upgrade instead of helping so that took another day. We’re striving (by we, I mean me) to keep the blog posts rolling along, but sometimes it takes 2 or more hours to get it working again. Someone of the fixer-type is coming on Tuesday, so hopefully it will be smooth sailing from then on.

Now! On to business.

If you follow Lorenzo on Twitter (and you should) you’ll see he’s been posting lots of interesting and important things for us to all take part in to help end needless animal suffering and death –  animal aid USA and The Amazing Grace Caravan to name but two.

So this is in the same spirit. The government is looking at changes to the animal welfare act. Changes that will  crack down on unlicensed dealers selling dogs, cats and other pets over the Internet or phone.

While I know you don’t buy your pets like that (hopefully a majority adopts!), and only from reputable breeders, but there are so many out there who don’t. Either they don’t know better or they don’t care. But you now have up til July 16 to have your say and do your bit to help change the laws.

Remember, if this change happens and it saves only one animals life, then it’s worth it. And you know it will save so, so, so many more.

To read all about it and find out how to register your opinion, click here.


Chloe The Corgi Tests iPad 2

July 8, 2012

I was going to bring you some hard hitting stuff today, but it’s a Sunday, and it’s hot and I just went to the gym again for the third day in a row after being lazy for a year and using my bike as a clothes rack (yes, the bike is still a temporary clothes rack, which I need to change), so I just hurt.

Instead, I’ll bring you some more serious reports tomorrow, when I’ll hurt more and be grumpy and in honour of the fact it’s Monday.

Here’s Chloe the Corgi over at tested.com, testing out an iPad.

Everyone has seen a cat test an iPad, and how cats think they’re interesting and potential toys/things cats can kill (cats everywhere: we cats can kill whatever we feel like killing). But a dog’s view? Chloe doesn’t know what to do with it and noses it over to her human. Then she pokes it with her nose. Finally, Chloe has had enough of this weird thing that doesn’t give her food or treats or take her for walks. It’s weird, it’s alien and scary. What does she do?

Bark at it. A lot.

Basically, cats rule and dogs drool when it comes time to test out new human tech. But dogs have the market cornered on ‘fetch’ and ‘it’s mine’ (dogs everywhere: cats don’t know HOW to play fetch. Dumdums).

Enjoy.


Breaking News: Reporter Has Stray Kitteh Shower Her With Kitteh Love!

July 6, 2012

This video has been making the rounds today. WXMI Fox 17’s Nicole DiDonato attempted to give a report on who knows what (and who really cares when you’re watching this) when a little grey fuzz-face put a paw on her shoulder (scaring her) and then jumped up on her to show her and the world was a beautiful kitteh he (she?) was, and how so, so very friendly.

Sure a little of the love was shown with a little claw action (how else do cats get a grip when they’re preforming their amazing balancing acts?), but having a cat sink the odd claw or two in while trying to smooch and perform some acrobatic tricks at the same time is simply another way of saying, ‘hey you, I deign to acknowledge you’ – which is human speak translates into love.

The beautiful grey cat sauntered off after she (he?) showed the world what true beauty is.

Nicole said she didn’t mind it, and you could see she valiently tried to go on and wasn’t mad at the cat (she’s no Evil Queen to the cat’s Snow White). Apparently Nicole has adopted 2 stray cats from 2 different cities she’s reported from. Nicole, we love you for that.

I really hope little grey cat finds a wonderful forever home. But things like this do show us that there are cats and dogs out there. Sweet, loving, friendly, well-adjusted animals living on the streets, living in fear of being transported to a kill shelter. It’s time we all did something about it, by supporting no-kill shelters, and supporting Lorenzo in his upcoming bus trip. It’s never too late to do you little bit.


Simon’s Cat’s Guide To Boxes

July 5, 2012

I think you all know by now how much we love Simon’s Cat around here.

Well, even though it’s not a new video, the awesome Simon of Simon’s Cat fame has drawn us this fantastic cartoon of how cats see different boxes.

Considering I have a black cat who is sleeping in a dilapidated box that sits in his dog bed (he’s a big, manly cat, okay? He’s not fat, but manly. Tall, long, with a magnificent tail and one regal white whisker he’s apparently just grown in the past couple of months), because he won’t sleep in his bed if there is a box around; I get cats and boxes, and I know you cat people will, too.

If you want more wonderful Simon’s Cat things, then click to see his website. It has all the videos, merchandise and a whole bunch of fantastic cartoons!

Happy day after Independence Day (thank goodness we weren’t invaded by aliens…).

Enjoy.