Workout Buddies

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, I don’t know about you, Lola, but I sure have been workin’ up a sweat with Zoe!

It doesn’t look like you were doing much of the actual workout, Sasha.

Oh, really? As opposed to you, Lola? I haven’t seen you as much as twitch your tail all day!

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You’re kind of a hypocrite, Lola…

Oh, don’t you worry, Sasha, I’m not critical of hippos. But what do hippos have to do with this?

Never mind…

FUN FACT:

There are more than 180 earthworm species in the U.S. and Canada.- Of these, 60 are invasive species, brought over from the Old World.

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Ends and Odds

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have been looking back at some of the little kooky things we’ve done this winter.

We investigated this really stupid cat toy:

I dug in the snow:

*Note: The door sill is about a foot above the ground, so there was a lot of snow out there..*

And this week I watched a really smart crow solving a complicated problem on tv:

I  think that crow is smarter than you, Sasha.

No comment.

FUN FACT:

Crows are emotional animals. They react to hunger and invasion by vigorously vocalizing their feelings. They display happiness, anger and sadness.

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Mystery Snow Sculpture

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Just yesterday we had a major snow shower! It’s been really fun because we have had abnormally little snow this winter so far. And apparently it’s been fun for the humans too! On Saturday morning Zoe and her mom went outside in a jiff. They started to build something out of snow in the back yard. We went to check it out — Umm, I went to check it out because you were too scared because you said that what they were making looked like a huge frog.

Naha!

Yeah!

Ok, FINE! YOU went to check it out then… jeez.

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Well, we still have no idea what it is… Is it a frog? It it a dragon head? Is it a two humped camel? An alien? Is it Jabba the Hut, that thing form Star Wars? What is it? It has whiskers so it can’t really be a frog. Can you readers help us figure out what it is?

FUN FACT:

Wood frogs can survive more than 60% of their body freezing for as long as two weeks.

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Loopy Lola

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

This week Lola has been very kooky.

Naha!

Oh, really? Well, I have been taking some pictures of your “moments” of the week:

Ok, so first off we have some pictures of you on the halfwall. What was that all about?

Well, I don’t know. I think that is just something every cat has to interperet himself.

So, um, what is happening here?

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Well, this one is quite interesting actually. I had an itch on the back of my head and I was scratching it on the pointy corner of the halfwall as I saw a weird splodge of something on the ceiling, explaining my odd face expression. And just for the record, the splodge turned out to be just a shadow… 

I see.

What’s going on here then?

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Isn’t it obvious? I’m taking a selfie. Duh.

And what’s happening in this ending picture?

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I am taking a bow, and contemplating my last move.

Hey, you know what Sasha?

What?

One of these days I am going to follow YOU around with a camera taking pictures of all the weird things you do!

FUN FACT:

Many animals have had prosthetic limbs even though this is a very new thing. Animals that have prosthetic limbs include: a llama, a horse, a tortoise, dogs, cats, an elephant, a dolphin, a whale, a pig, an eagle, a kangaroo, a donkey, a duck, a cow, a sea turtle and an alligator.

Check out the stories of all these animals here:

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=13521

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Purrmpkin Pie

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO!

Thanksgiving was just a couple of days ago and we had a whole pumpkin pie left over.

And Zoe was wondering what she would do with it since no one in this house really likes pumpkin pie.

But why did Zoe’s mom make pumpkin pie if on one likes it anyway?

I don’t know, Lola, I don’t know.

Weird…

Well, anyway, Zoe decided to have some fun with the pie!

I don’t know about the pie, but the vegan whipped cream sure was tasty!

Yeah!

Last week we challenged viewers to figure out which paws belonged to who out of eight pictures. We have three brave people who took the challenge: Giovanna, Mette and Johanne Rosenthal!

The correct answer was:

Lola: 1 & 3 and B & D.

Sasha: 2 & 4 and A & C.

A round of applause for them! They are all winners!

Nobody attempted to answer the bonus question about the pawprints in the snow. But we will still say who it was that took a stroll in the frost.

Answer: Lola!

Yes, it was ME all along!

FUN FACT:

A turkey can run up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50 and 55 mph in a matter of seconds.

Bonus fact:

Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

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Curly Cat

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have been speculating about Lola’s curly tail and trying to find out more about it on the internet!

I have had my curly tail ever since I was little. And I have always been straight!

Compare the two tails below and try to guess whose is whose:

Mine is the first one, and mine is the second one!

This is what we found out about curly tails on cats:

“Curly tailed cats have occurred throughout history and around the world…The trait is found with greater frequency in random breeding cats [That means that curly tails are most common in ordinary mixed domestic cats]…The trait is hereditary [That means that it is passed down as genes from parents to kids]…and [it is] not a birth defect as once thought. Generally, the tail curls up and over in an arc or full circle, coming to lie against one or other flank [That means that the tail lies against one or the other side] as the cat walks.”

This is from:

http://messybeast.com/bobtail-cats.html

Another word for the type of tail that Lola has is “ring-tail”.

Do you mean like this ring-tailed lemur?!?:

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No. Lola, I mean like this kind of ring-tail, on a cat!:

Yeah, it’s cool to be kinky! Oh, Lola, you really don’t know what your saying! Yes I do! I’m saying that it’s cool to have a curly tail. Duh! I think it’s you that doesn’t know what you’re saying!

*Sasha rolls her eyes and walks away*

FUN FACT:

The cat’s tail has 19 to 23 vertebrae.

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Putting the Pets Back in Carpets!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We’ve been playing in our new “play house” made out of carpets that Zoe made for us!

It is really fun to attack it like this:

 It’s also very nice to just lie down and take a snooze on it until Sasha comes over and starts attacking it and ruins your whole perfectly planned cat nap!

You could try to make this same thing for your cat. Just use some old carpet and some velcro!

FUN FACT:

A grasshopper can leap 20 times the length of its own body.

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