23 December, 2010

Merry Christmas

First of all -thanks for all your concern. We arrived safely, if a couple of hours late.

We're celebrating today, with pressies and yummy foodables and all the trimmings. We're likely to be a bit to and fro from now on and into the new year and we hope you all enjoy the holidays!

Purrs and kisses,
Hyssing, Virus and Bajas

Trouble on the road...

Hi guys. As I'm typing this we are on a train on our way to grandpa. Our first train got delayed due to a bomb scare at the airport. So we decided to take a different route. Then our train breaks down and we were stuck in the middle of nowhere for almost an hour until another train came to pull us along until the next major station where we took the train that left Oslo one hour behind us. So now we wonder what will go wrong when we get to the ferry. BOL! good thing mom knitted sweaters for Hyssing and Virus and made warm covers for their crates so they don't freeze. I even got my coat on just in case.

Kisses, Bajas.

20 December, 2010

Monday cuteness

My grandchildren are just over two weeks now - can you believe how cute they are? We completely forgot to thank their breeder, Kristina, and credit her for the pictures last time we posted their pix. The cattery website is: http://www.alskade.se/

Mom's been ooh'ing and ahh'ing over this picture all night. This is S*Älskade Skare

The girls

Cuddle pie!

Mom actually went to Sweden today, but not quite far enough into the country to visit these cuties. She came home with all sorts of yummy meatables for us to eat, though.


18 December, 2010

A little Saturday silliness!

Mom was rather mean today and made us pose for Christmas pix! She had her final exam yesterday and is working this weekend, but we'll eventually catch up with efurryone!



Oh, the disgrace...

Uh Mom? MOM? Virus is getting this mistletoe-thing all wrong!

At least I got proof that the kitties are the ones who ruin stuff! BOL!

Hope you all have lovely pre-Christmas weekends!


13 December, 2010

So - much - cuteness!

Hi guys!

Virus and Hyssy are being very proud these days. The beautiful Pralinë gave birth to four wonderful kittens on 4 December. 2 boys, 2 girls. Their nephews and nieces/grandchildren are most adorable. Although they are still mainly "kitten dough" and not so much cats.


3 days old and too cute for words!

Mom and her little black/white son. They really look a lot alike. Just a shame they live far away in Gothenburg, Sweden. At least that makes it a little easier to resist their cuteness. There's no room for any more kitties in our apartment, that's for sure.


11 December, 2010

Silly Saturday

Hee hee..


10 December, 2010

Foodie Friday Surprise

We weren't really going to make a post today.. It's been quite a day - my mother was diagnosed with cancer yesterday and there's been phone calls and hospital transfers and all sorts of craziness.. But then Virus stole Bajas' dinner and he looked so confused I almost fell over laughing. He'd fallen asleep after an hour or two of gnawing and looking up he saw this:

Tomorrow I'm going to do my best to focus and study for my exam...


09 December, 2010

Through a Dog's Ear - free music download

Hi guys!

Mom did pretty well on her exam today. Just one more and we'll probably be back to normal. We were tipped off today that there's a week of free downloading (started Monday, but better late than never) music chosen especially for dogs. You can find out more here; http://www.throughadogsear.com/7_days_2010.htm

And here's a picture of one of the trees at campus with its Christmas lights on.


06 December, 2010

JibJab - FAIL!


Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

That face-over didn't quite work, did it? We laughed so hard we just had to share this failure of a video.


03 December, 2010

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday, guys!

What? Wasn't this the food you were expecting? BOL! Mom was at a friends house yesterday to do some gingerbread decorating and just talk and laugh and be silly. She also used the opportunity to make some silly, nerdy "amino acid" cakes


Hee hee hee...


Mom had her Biochemistry exam today. (She thinks she did okay.) Her study buddies got the two cakes pictured above.
We got something very yummy for lunch! Nice big chunks of pig heart. We didn't get any breakfast, but lunch instead, so Virus also chewed a little on her phone's computer cable. She was most pleased. But hey - SHE's the one who say it's so nice to feed raw so we get our chewing needs covered. When we don't get anything proper to chew what does she expect? Really!?!

Here are some furry nice sunset pix taken from Mom's school, through a window, with her phone. All in all not bad.



Happy kisses,
Hyssy, Virus and Bajas

30 November, 2010

A few Tuesday pix.

First of all - we got a little sun today. Apparently it replaced some of the wind. We're quite happy with that combination. It's really chilly, though.

Oh - and here's one of Mom's ouchie foot. It's MUCH less swollen now, but you can see it's more colorful than usual.

I'm not sure I'll be able to post or comment much the next couple of days since Mom's got an exam on Friday and tends to be somewhat unavailable.

Our Biochemical song of the day is Protein synthesis. http://www.csulb.edu/~cohlberg/Songs/protein.mp3


29 November, 2010

The sound of craziness

First of all - we ask you all to open this link in another tab: http://www.csulb.edu/~cohlberg/Songs/betaox.mp3 You need this soundtrack, you see.

This place is getting crazier by the minute, and I'm sure that song is getting you into the same mood. I'm being most helpful - here I'm assisting Mom while she's doing her weirdo stuff.

Can you tell what a GREAT help I am?

Also - here are a couple of pictures of winter prettiness! They're just phone pix from this morning's trip to school. :)

Crazy kisses,

28 November, 2010

Snowy Sunday

Oh hi, guys! I'm just relaxing today.. Sleeping in Mom's lap as long as it's available. It's snowy and windy today. Mom's at home with her ouchie foot (a little better today!) and she's trying to study like a good girl (exams coming up SOON!).. but she had some other stuff to do, to.
This is on our window!

These are in the oven as I type!

These are already done and just waiting for the special Christmas bread to be done so Mom can have a (somewhat late) lunch.

big kisses,

26 November, 2010

Foodie Friday [Water]

NB! Our favorite M&Ms just informed me that they don't see our pictures. Our photo host was "all new and better" today so we wonder if it's got something to do with it. PLS let me know if any more of you can't see them. We know M&M have had issues with our pix before when they worked for others, so there's also a chance that their computer sometimes sensor my handsomeness?

Hello Foodie Friends!

Today we'll talk a little about a part of food that we don't really think of as food at all - WATER. If we generalize a little most animals have a water content of about 75%. That means both you and your hooman(s) are more water than anything else!

I like water quite a lot, actually, as long as they don't make me swim in it. I don't swim very well.

Hyssy was quite skeptical when approaching the water, as was Virus. This is actually a quite common behavior for cats. Cats originated from small felines living in a desert climate. Since there's hardly any thing there to drink, cats evolved to get virtually all their water from their food. Dogs are a little more prone to drinking if you look at our history. We're also designed to get most of our water from the prey animals we eat, though.

Hee hee.. Here's more pee! This is a color sample of Virus or Hyssy's pee when they were eating the kibbles. They got some canned foods and tastes of raw foods, too, but their base food was kibble. You can see it's quite dark yellow/orange in color.

Mom did a test month last spring where we all got no kibbles and only canned or raw to see if the kitties were getting enough water when they had to do most of their drinking on their own. She had read several studies that suggested the majority of cats are constantly dehydrated and wanted to make sure that was not the case with her boys. They did eat almost 50/50 canned and kibble most days. Still... it turned out at that they were not drinking sufficiently. We cannot seem to find the photo of their all raw/canned food pee, but when it was wet it had about the color of the yellowish dry crystals in the photo above, only less orange/brown and more like a very pale, pure yellow. There really was no doubt that they had been dehydrated by the amounts of pee they now left in the litter box.

So now they more or less stopped drinking altogether, but peed about twice the amount compared to before. The most surprising change, though, was the change in attitude. Virus used to be a rather aloof cat. He'd like to sit in a lap now and then, and ride on on of the hoomans' shoulders. But he wasn't exactly what you'd call a purring machine. He became a different cat. Cuddly.. social.. and I think he purrs at least 10 times as much as before. There was just no doubt he was feeling much better without being constantly dehydrated. (Bajas also keeps a much better water balance when he's fed foods with a nice high water content. No over drinking episodes and vomiting - which is nice for both of us. )

We think efurrybody should eat the foodables that work for them, but it's important to think about water content. If your kibble fed dog is a bad drinker you might put some water on the kibble when it's served. You shouldn't leave moist kibble out for long because of all the bacterial growth you'll end up with, but as long as the dog eats it right away it's no problem. The same goes for cats, but most kibble fed cats tend to be "grazers" who eat a little now and then from their 24/7 buffet.

Now who would have thought we could write so much about water? BOL! I hope you all have a great weekend! Mom fell on her face and busted her ankle, so I hope I'll be getting some quality company.


25 November, 2010

The Story of Us

We loved Minna Kreb's gotcha day celebration idea, and of course we wanted to join! Now we thinks we have told of our stories before, but there's no reason not to share it again. We have gotten many new furiends since the last time we did something similar, too.

When I was just a little baby pug my Mom turned up with auntie Lene and then they took me with them across the mountains.

At first I was a little stressed and perhaps a leetle scairt, and I blew little bubbles from my nose. So Mom made a call to Anette, my breeder, to hear if everything was okay. She said I was probably just a little stressed out and would eventually calm down. It was a very long trip to pick me up - they left around 2AM and got home late at night - so I know she really wanted me. BOL!

I was pretty cute when I was little, don't you think? One of mom's friends was rolling in the grass the first time she saw me. Laughing hard and claiming I looked like a mix of a pig and a gold fish!?!?!?!! How rude.. Mom and I have shared lots of fun, some sickies and sadness and tons of cuddles. These pix are more than 8 years old, but I'm still a happy guy. Just yesterday a man asked how old I was - he thought I was perhaps 4-5months old and still a puppy. I think that means Mom is wrong when she claims I'm getting a little gray. Hah!

Now both Coco (my birth mother who came to us as an adult) and Nimbus the whippet has come and left since I arrived. Now I share my house with Mom and the kitties, so I'll let Virus tell his story.

When I was just a baby I lived with my siblings and my mom Justa and and assortment of other aunties.

Then one day Lene brought me and one of my sisters along on a long car ride. After a long time my sister left me and I was all alone!!! Then we continued for a little while before arriving at this very strange place. Lene started crying and hugged the strange lady who I eventually learned was my new Mom. Then she left me there with the lady and a very big and scary black blob. I stayed in a kitten pen the first couple of hours since everything was a little scary. But I got lonely, too, so Mom got me out of there.

I got quite tired after all the commotion. That night Mom slept on the couch with me, with me on her chest under the duvet. I was so tiny and lonely she couldn't leave me, and she was afraid to take me to her bed in case she'd squish my tiny self or that I'd fall out of the bed.

Soon enough I was showing them my crazy kitten self! MOL!

I was very brave, and would even sneak up on the big black blob when he wasn't watching (or pretended not to).

Very soon we were best of buddies. At least I thought we had lots of fun! Then after a while I went on a vacation and met this very cute girl!

A few weeks later I left Lene and Våfflan again and was shipped back to Mom and Bajas. Seriously - I had to ride on a plane all alone!?! Now I think I'll leave the keyboard to Hyssing.

So - a while after Virus left Våfflan she realized her tummy was growing and then a while later me and my siblings popped out!

This is me - the very first one to arrive! Mom was so excited when she got a multimedia message on her phone with my picture!

We were a cute and crazy gang of kittens, and those of you who knew us last fall got to meet us all.

Then suddenly one day we traveled to a strange place with lots of people and kitties and then after a couple of days there the new Mom-lady brought me with her and Virus to the place she was staying. And the very next morning we were on the train going across the mountains to Oslo.

Soon dad and I were best of friends, and Bajas wasn't scary for very long either!

So that's the stories of how we got to be here together and with Mom! We don't have Turkey Day around here (at least not in the same way, and with turkey), but we're very thankful to be here and together. And Mom is very thankful we're such wonderful boys!

Kisses and purrs,
Hyssing, Virus and Bajas

23 November, 2010

Remember this cutie?

I just realized it's just over a year since I went to pick up Hyssing.

He's not so leetle any more! (He'd probably use the entire bed if he'd use it today.)

He's even grown a little more furs compared to these first pix.

I'm very glad I brought his silly little self across the mountains to stay with his dad, Bajas and me. And although Virus isn't entirely convinced 100% of the time he's had so much enjoyment of their friendship.