And tussled with Santa Claws:And now, as we say goodbye to 2007, we're polishing our nip champagne glasses and getting ready to ring in the New Year tonight with all our fantastic friends at Dr. Tweety's Grand New Year's Eve Party! See you there!!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
On behalf of everyone at Artsy Catsy I, Rocky, humbly accept this Extraordinary Gold Star Award from our beautiful friend Diamond. This award, created by Storm The Furry Fighter, is for Bloggers who have achieved or done something special, and celebrates beyond what is ordinary or usual.
Diamond said, "I wish to pass this award on to Rocky and his staff at Artsy Catsy, including their human artists. Not only have they helped rescue many cats and given them gainful employment, but 20% of their proceeds go to Cat Blogosphere and to the Rescue Farm. Artsy Catsy is also the blog that I first find out about Cat Blogosphere from, so they are very special to me because of that."
Thank you so very much, Diamond, but what makes us special is all of you!! Now I must:
1) Post the explanation and rules of the award and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award and repeat the reason why you received it.
2) Pass the Award on to two other Bloggers who you think deserve it and explain why!
It is my honor to bestow this award first to Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Gree, Pepi and Mom Robyn of House of the Mostly Black Cats and the Cat Blogosphere. Not only do they bring the worldwide community of cats together into one big loving family, Mom Robyn is always there for my human artist when she gets way too human and goes crazy on me! Thank you, Mom Robyn, for always being there to lend a sympathetic ear, or my ears would be worn out by now!
And last, but definitely not least, I present this award to my extraordinary friends, Mu Shue and his sisfurs Lilly Lu and Iris. Mu Shue is the kitty who inspired us to do our very first fundraiser, and over our first year of blogging he has become my best bud! The beautiful Lilly Lu is my very best friend and is always there for me - she lends me a sympathetic ear while my mom is bending Mom Robyn's ears!And I just learned that our good friend Tigger the FBI Cat has created the So Special Award, and we are among the first to recieve it! Tigger, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts ... and because you're just as special to us, we award the Award right back to you!
In closing, we're so pleased that you think we're special, but we want you to know that without all our fantastic blogging friends, we would be nothing special at all!!
She has been spayed, vaccinated, wormed, flea-treated and is negative for Felv/FIV, and her adoption fee is $60. If you, or someone you know, would like to give Misti a furever home, just email Jodi at the Rescue Farm!
To read about the Rescue Farm's wonderful work, check my previous posts:
P.S. Please find a home for Misti before my human artist brings her home and violates my "No More Staff" edict!!
Friday, December 28, 2007
This is an important week for Artsy Catsy ... Christmas, then December 28 is our First Blogiversary, then Tuesday we begin a New Year. As we look back over this past year, Rocky has given me permission to share some of my reflections with you, and to open our hearts about how and why Artsy Catsy was begun.
Most of our lives, my sister Suzanne and I have worked in advertising and marketing, using our art and writing skills to promote others' businesses. And all our lives we have loved animals, particularly cats, and have opened our homes to hundreds over the years.
The last few years have been difficult for us. We lost our mother, our grandmother, and our aunt, and my daughter lost her father. At the same time, a series of unfortunate circumstances left us floundering financially. All this led to serious consideration about what we wanted, and needed, to do with the rest of our lives. We both came to the conclusion that it was long past time for each of us to "follow your passion."
It was so obvious! Since we were children, our passions have always been writing, art, and cats. So we set out to find a way to combine those passions with two goals in mind: 1) To make a living doing what we love; and 2) To expand our ability to care for cats in need by sharing that living with organizations that help cats. We decided to devote ourselves to creating artistic products for fellow cat lovers and to donate a generous portion of our proceeds to cat rescue organizations.
While doing online research about cat products, I stumbled across the first cat blog I'd ever seen, The Psychokitty Speaks Out, and on Max's blog I discovered links to a whole world of blogging kitties that I never knew existed. It was one of the most exciting days of my life - I'd found a whole world of people out there who were as crazy about cats as my sis and I!
Though I would never have thought it possible, this first year of blogging has made us love our own precious cats even more! And we have made more friends, all across the world, than in any other year of our lives. You, our wonderful friends, have not only made it possible for us to follow our passions and achieve our dream, you are helping us help cats in need by providing funds to Cat Friends Helping Friends at the Cat Blogosphere, to the Rescue Farm, to animal welfare societies such as Best Friends - and to individual kitties in emergency situations.
Kahlil Gibran, in his book "The Prophet" describes what you've given us much better than I ever could and, for this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
~~ Sharolyn & Suzanne
From "The Prophet":
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I mean, I specifically told you I wear an XXXL Widebody!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
.... and Oscar, Ivan, LittleGirl, Bitsy, Somber, Atlas, Casey, Sibley, Fred, Holly, our woofie Pepper, and our four human artists. We love you all!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Yeah, this is WAY better than a stinky piece of a shoe insole!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tore open his shutters and threw up the sash,
“Hey, Santa”, I yelled, “you got it all wrong!
I’m Rocky, and I’ve been good all year long.”
And suddenly his eyes turned cold as ice,
Upon my back he came with a bound,
Then he choked me and wrestled me right to the ground!
He was chubby and plump, a right weighty old elf,
Who said I had 3 days to redeem myself,
I should go home and cut my staff some slack,
If I ever wanted Santa off my back!
Then he sprang me loose and gave me a whistle
Told me to get home as fast as the down of a thistle
And I heard him exclaim as I flew out of sight,
“You want something but coal, boy, straighten up and fly right!”
Friday, December 21, 2007
Fracas: And a nip candy cane! Mine!!
Rocky: I don't think so! Gimme that! Callie: Take a memo, big guys: the nip candy cane is MINE!
Thank you so much, Bonnie & Victor, for a fantastic Secret Paws surprise! Beautiful cards with pictures of you, lots of Bonker Balls, mousies, jingle toys and that nip candy cane that belongs to ..... uh ... somecat. What's that? ... oh, our human artist says we have to sign off now and listen to a lecture about sharing ...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
1) All neglected, abused, and abandoned pets and children will find loving furever homes and there will never be another mistreated animal or child.
2) All nations will heed the wise words of Mahatma Ghandi: "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it treats its animals."
3) All humans will love and support each other the way all Cat Blogosphere kitties and their families love and support each other ... a sure way to bring "Peace on Earth"!
4) Together we will raise enough money for Cat Friends Helping Friends at the Cat Blogosphere to help every kitty through any emergency they might have.
5) We will also help raise enough money for the Rescue Farm to become the "Best Friends" of the midwest so they can help many, many more animals in need.
6) A cure for cancer will be found. Cancer touches all our lives: one in three humans in America alone will die of cancer, and more than one-third of all cats will die of cancer ... and these numbers are increasing.
7) Our troops will come home safely, and there will never be another war to put them in danger.
8) Peace and love will become more important than war and hate.
9) No one in the world will ever again have to do without the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter, affordable medical care, freedom from fear, and loving families and friends.
10) "Love one another" will be not just words on a page, but will become a way of life.
11) "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me" will be not just song lyrics but a promise.
12) The spirit of Christmas will remain in all our hearts every day forever: "Christmas is not a date ... it is a state of mind."
13) All our blogging friends, and everyone else on Earth, will enjoy long, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Mind you, he doesn't actually put the object IN his mouth -- he just puts the corner of his mouth against the object and grinds away, getting a faraway expression in his eyes while his jaws make a loud gruesome gnawing sound!
So what do you think? I've checked his teeth, and they're fine. Is it job stress? Is he obsessive-compulsive? Does he have temporomandibular joint disorder? Is he a neuroticat? Or just weird? Is it a gingercat thing? (I hope not, because I have ginger spots!) I really need answers because this abnormal behavior has earned him the nickname "Wacky Fracky" which is quite embarrassing to my catporation!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Who is that ginger cat on the floor, you ask? Well, our silly human artists, not content with trying to accumulate all the cats in the known universe, sometimes make their own!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Rocky was only one day old when he was rescued in 1999 from the woods near Raccoon Lake, where a raccoon sent his feral mother and fur siblings over the Bridge. Recognizing his potential as a future mover & shaker, he was bottle-fed and burped by his human artist and coddled by Dustbunny, as he quickly moved into the position of CEO (Cat Executive Officer) ...
Callie was rescued in 1990 as a 6-weeks-old feral kitten from a garage by brave members of the Artsy Catsy household wearing helmets, gloves and body armor. She is living proof that you can take the cat from the wild, but can never take the wild from the cat! Her assertive nature serves her well as Rocky’s Catministrative Assistant ...
Lucy was rescued as a young kitten in 1991 when she was found walking the streets. A natural enchantress, Lucy left her streetwalker past behind and positioned herself on a pedestal as the Artsy Catsy Official Spokesmodel ...
LittleGirl, Atlas and Somber were rescued in 1995 from an abandoned house when they were three weeks old. LittleGirl had only one functioning eye, which she focuses on her duties as Quality Control Manager, and Atlas & Somber assumed the role of Artsy Catsy Bookends ...
Bitsy was adopted in 1996 as a tiny feral kitten by Ugly, an Artsy Catsy outdoor cat, and had never been touched by a human until she was brought inside as a young adult when Ugly passed over the Bridge. Her stealthy ways serve her well as Artsy Catsy’s Director of Corporate Espionage ...
Oscar was rescued in 2002 with his fur siblings after they were born to a feral momcat in a cord of firewood in the Artsy Catsy neighborhood. Oscar was the only kitten with no tail. His siblings found furever homes, but Oscar was hired as Artsy Catsy’s Maintenance Manx ...
Ivan was rescued in 2003 at one year old from a local pet store that was subsequently shut down due to poor conditions. His high meezer intelligence earned him the position of Information Technology Director at Artsy Catsy ...
Casey was rescued as a kitten in 2002 from a humane shelter in Cleveland, Ohio. His serious nature serves him well as Artsy Catsy’s Corporate Comptroller ...
Fred and Holly were rescued in 1997 as young adults from a humane shelter in Bloomington, Indiana. After traveling the world, they now reside in Rome, Italy with their human voice artist Tiffany. Fred is President of Artsy Catsy’s European Division and Holly, as his Catministrative Assistant, is the power behind the throne ...
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