Category Archives: Pets

Sunday Selfie Hop


What?   Is it Sunday already?   My goodness……….Mom said she thought time would SLOW DOWN with this virus around but instead it seems she’s totally lost track of time.   What day is it?   What month is it?   What year is it?   WHO AM I???   (just kidding……she knows who she is……I think!).      Anyway, it’s Sunday and time to do the Selfie Hop hosted by The Cat on My head.   If you’d like to join in, click the badge above and do the linky form and hang out with the rest of us.

I’m doing a flashback – AGAIN…………………….I look through the photo files and find one of me this same time frame – amazing how many of them are of me sleeping but then you have to admit, cats do sleep a lot!     Let’s see what I can find….

HAHAHAHA – what was it I was saying about photos of me sleeping?    Well this photo is of ME on April 7, 2018.    Just two years ago but I was still a bit of a semi-svelte guy then and certainly had become attached to the sleep sofa in my Mom’s office.   It was also a favorite spot of Angel Sammy.   Maybe I knew that?

Mom had apparently done this artified version of that photo for a Sunday Selfie Hop back in 2018 so forgive us if we are recycling……………………!     I’m guessing she also did a puzzle and I’ll give you the link to it…………..I’m not sure I’m crazy about my touches of GREEN fur – I look MOLDIE!    EEEEEEEK!

Know what?    I looked on Jigsaw Planet and Mom HAD made a puzzle of this photo – well – not exactly THIS one but the same photo of me on the couch on the same day but with a DIFFERENT art effect – a stained glass art effect.   That ought to make putting the puzzle together a little more fun because it is NOT THE ABOVE PHOTO EFFECT that she made the puzzle from back in 2018.   Oh boy.   GOOD LUCK PUZZLERS!

Click the mini me for your challenging puzzle today!!


Hugs, Teddy


Bakin’ With Bacon And The King


Hello Bacon Recipe Fans!  Welcome to the Castle Baconia Kitchen………

Today is a SUPER DUPER easy recipe……….and probably something EVERYONE has made before so this would just be a reminder to many of you just how tasty leftovers can sometimes be.    This is one that the Royal Mom’s mother used to make although she did NOT put cheese in…….we just made it BETTER by adding cheese.   Ready to see what I’m talking about?


Bacon Cheddar Patty Cakes

Ingredients (for four servings)

3 (or maybe 4 (!) slices of bacon

4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes

2 eggs

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon slices, crumble, and set aside. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet.

Mix the mashed potatoes, eggs, onion powder, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; stir in the crumbled bacon and Cheddar cheese.

Form the mixture into 8 patties. Heat the bacon drippings over medium heat, and pan-fry the patties in the drippings until crisp on each side, about 4 minutes per side.


See what I mean?   What’s more simple to make than these?   The problem is how many to make because they are so good you can’t just eat one or two……..know what I mean?    Also, you can get a better “patty” if your mashed potatoes aren’t too “wet”….I suppose it depends on how you make your mashed ‘taters!!    They’re even good with lumpy mashed potatoes.   LOL

So what are you waiting for?    Make sure next time you make mashed potatoes you make a little more than you know you’ll eat at dinner time………………….then have them next morning with eggs and maybe even MORE BACON?????????????????????

Maybe this is the answer we need right now – bacon………………… would be nice if it was this simple……………!

Stay safe everyone……..see you next Saturday!   

King Teddy



Friendly Friday Fill-Ins


Friday!  WOO HOO!   We made it to the end of another week – and not a “fun” week either so having some fun today is our reward to sticking with it this week.    We all stayed home if we could and didn’t hang out with groups of peopleright?   Then we deserve a QUIET Friday and weekend!     If you’d like to do some filling in today – all you have to do is hook up to one of our co-hosts, 15andMeowing  or Four-Legged Furballs (click the badge above)  and fill in the linky form.     Thank you to our co-hosts for this really FUN hop and way of getting to know each other.

Here are the FOUR sentences our co-hosts gave us this week.   Did I let Mom have a turn or did I steal all the filling in fun for myself?    Both of us had a chance! – if the words are MINE they are in GREEN and if they are my Mom’s they are in BLUE.

1. April is a good time to eat grass in the yard – it’s fresh, tender, and in between mowing it’s the PERFECT length to chew on!
2.This time last year, I was finishing up all the travel arrangements for our annual trip to Maine in September – not so sure about THIS year!.
3. I am determined to get either Mom or Dad (or both of them) to take me outside for some air AT LEAST twice a day!
4. I have no intention of giving up hope that we will have our trip to Maine this year until the VERY LAST SECOND.

Well Mom – I know you and Dad love your trip to Maine so I won’t gripe about how I have to stay at the Pet Hotel for a few days when you go.   You two deserve a break – and will deserve it even more by the time you go.   Let’s all just hope and pray that this virus is GONE by then.   When I say GONE – I mean G O N E !
Happy Friday everyone and have a SAFE and peaceful weekend……………………stay out of crowds and stay home if you can……………

Can I go back to sleep now Mom?    Good!   

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Hi Folks…………and a hearty THANKS to Brian for hosting the THANKFUL THURSDAY Hop.    I can only say that I’m thankful that so far my Mom and Dad are well……….and that as far as we know, while there are virus cases in our County, there are none reported yet in  our town.    Mom and Dad are staying SAFE AS CAN BE.   I’m making sure of that!      If you want to share your thankfuls with us – click the badge above and go to the Hop to link up.


Also thankful Angel Sammy (who does not have a STAY AT HOME order!) is keeping watch over us and sending us some poetry to keep us smiling.    I always love to hear from him.   We hope you do too.    Below is his email and poem.


Hello From The Rainbow Bridge!

We are super duper busy up here……………..we are spending time trying to keep an eye on all of you – it’s what Angels do.    We know that the Human Angels are doing the same.   Trust us – we are doing our best to keep as many of you safe as we can but even this is something way beyond our ability to totally PROTECT you – so for that reason – PLEASE DO WHAT YOU ARE REQUESTED TO DO AND STAY HOME.    If you have to go out, STAY SAFE.

I hope you took your extra time at home to write a poem this week?    I look for photos that I think might inspire you – and I also write one based on the photo then we come HERE on Thursdays to share.   If you wrote a poem please let us know in comments so we can VISIT YOU to read it!   

Here’s the photo I gave you last week along with my poem:

“Home Sweet Home”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©April 2, 2020

The years have passed – so many in number

Since Great Grandpa cut trees to make his own lumber

The house he built has withstood the test of time

Though some boards are rotting and are covered in grime

Life came and went within these four walls

The ghosts of my relatives wander the halls

One magical thing remains though from days of yore

The welcome wreath Great Granny made is still on the door……..


My Mom and Dad pass old cabins and houses like this out in the country all the time………..Mom wonders if they are occupied by ghosts of all those who lived in them and if they were generations of the same family or if people came and went as time passed.    When I was looking for a photo for this week the very first thing I saw IN this photo wasn’t the age on the house or the falling apart bench on the front porch or even the beautiful tin roof……………it was that wreath on the front door.    “Welcome All You Who Need Shelter”……………..and I think this old house was that for MANY through the years.

Here’s the photo I found for you all (and me!) to use as our inspiration for NEXT Thursday’s Poetic Thursday…………….you have a whole week to think about it and write a poem to share next week……………….

Oh boy – this will definitely inspire some INTERESTING poetry don’t you think?    Well as I said you have a whole week to see what you can come up with……………good luck!    I’ll look forward to reading your poems.

Keep the faith everyone…………………do as recommended to stay safe………………and be thankful for what you have not what you “can’t have” right now OK?     

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love from the Rainbow Bridge……..Angel Sammy


Thank you Angel Sammy for the good advice, the encouragement from all of you Angels at the Bridge, and for sending me your poem for the week.    We’ll look forward to hearing from you again next Thursday if not before – – – – in my dreams!

Love, Teddy

In Purrrrrsuit of Flavours


WHAT?????   Is it April Fools Day?????????????   Well, yes it is but that’s not why we’re here posting TWO blogs in one day.     We’re here because our buddies and pals at Canadian Cats and Easyweimaraner (Shoko and Tyebe and our friends Phenny and Nelly in Brittany) have started a NEW monthly blog posting Hop with a recipe exchange!    You can join the hop at either of their blogs – just click the links and voila – get cookin’ !

Sharing a recipe – which I have tons of because I already host a Saturday BACON Recipe post…………………BUTTTTT  I’ll try not to make it all about bacon and save that for Saturdays.

Mostly I’m going to go for EASY……………EASY to make stuff is my specialty.     Ready?    How about a SUPER SIMPLE chocolate cake?


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Frosting of your choice (already made stuff is fine!)
  • Colored sprinkles, optional but cute……..


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a  13×9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients. Stir in eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add water; stir until combined.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Frost cake. If desired, decorate with sprinkles (they are cute!)


SEE?   I told you it would be easy………….there you have it.   Now make it so you can EAT it!

Thanks to our Blog Hop Hosts……………those wacky Weimaraners and those crazy Canadian Chicks………………..I’m sure there will be some great recipes that come out of this.    HAVE FUN EVERYONE.

Chef Teddy

Teaser Tell All Time



WAIT – WHAT?  This isn’t our school room……is it???????


NO students…..APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

OK Students – you may enter school – all is well – all is safe – we will watch over you!

HELLO STUDENTS!   Have a seat and we’ll tell all……..

Seems yesterday’s Teaser did NOT fool many people – in fact we had a flood of folks who figured it out………..but of course only ONE of them was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER……..we’ll tell you who as soon as we tell you who was FIRST COMMENTER!


We have FOUR First Commenters from yesterday.   That’s right – FOUR.    You all know our Cheer Team took a day off yesterday and when I told them there were FOUR First Commenters they threatened to take another day off BUT I talked them out of it.   They are here………..and they will cheer for us later.


Nelly/Phenny,  Sharon/Friends Furever, Mimi, and Timmy Tomcat



Each of you FABULOUS FIRSTIES get a copy of this badge – please make one and show it off to the world!!

Would you believe there were FOUR FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser of March 31, 2020 and I was ONE OF THEM???!!! YAY FOR ME! (US)

Next up we posted the Teaser photo – and it was a really pretty photo of a place where my Mom and Dad visited MANY years ago but their photo of this place was old and cracked so we found THIS ONE to use for Teaser!

Where was this photo taken?    It is the beautiful St. Peter Cathedral in Worms, Germany………………..sometimes called Martin Luther cathedral but that’s NOT its’ name.    VERY VERY old structure and has a fascinating history which you can explore if you want more info by CLICKING HERE.

THEN it was just a matter of time – a relatively SHORT matter of time by the way – before one of you student smarties got the TEASER correct.    Yep – Who was the FIRST to guess right?

Drumroll Please!

Double Drumroll !

CSILLA !!!!! 


Congratulations and here’s your badge:

I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of March 31, 2020 – yes I am amazing thank you for saying so (haha).

And then we began to have a flood of RIGHT GUESSERS after Csilla………….and if you correctly identified the Cathedral, then you get one of these:

Well I wasn’t FIRST RIGHT but I was RIGHT and that got me this pretty blue badge…..I was a RIGHT GUESSER ANYWAY!

Of course we also had our share of WRONG guessers – but remember here at Ding Dong School even the WRONGS get something for TRYING – if you guessed but incorrectly – please help yourself to a copy of this!

I guessed WRONG on the Teaser of March 31, 2020 but by golly I TRIED! YAY FOR ME!

Now I’m sure our wonderful Cheer Team will be happy to share their fabulous Cheer with all of us – especially since they went off on their Harleys’ yesterday and were NOT here to cheer you all on before you guessed.    OK girls – do your thing!

So we took a day off yesterday
The “looks” from the Professors made us pay!
Just one sunny day we couldn’t resist
We met with our boyfriends and YES we got kissed!
But here we are to celebrate
We’re in class and not on a date
We had FOUR FIRST COMMENTERS and isn’t that great?
Katty, Sharon, Mimi and Timmy were NOT LATE!
The photo for Teaser was taken in WORMS
Just saying that word makes us SQUIRM
But we had a FIRST RIGHT GUESSER and she’s a smarty
Miss Csilla’s the winner so our cheer is quite hearty!
Congrats all you students for trying your best
Now go eat lunch and don’t spill food on your vest!

Thanks ladies………….we missed your sense of humor yesterday…………………next time you want a day off how about telling your Professors BEFORE class instead of during class??????????

Hey you should be glad we showed up today – we coulda gone to the movies with our guys!

We’ll let’s move on – and moving on means moving on to the LUNCH ROOM to eat……………………everyone up for that?     Good – let’s do it!

Everyone in line and let’s go!

Hello Students……time to have a hearty lunch before you head home!  Step right up!

Today’s LUNCH Menu:

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Students – STAY SAFE – keep your humans happy – and we’ll see you in class next TUESDAY! 

Your Professors

Tuesday Teaser Class Time!


Looking very SPRINGY this morning!   Where are Clowie and her team??

Here we are Profs!  All is well – LET TUESDAY TEASER BEGIN!!!

COMMENT FIRST then have a seat in class……..

Happy Tuesday students………we realized this morning we might be the only school for miles and miles that is still holding classes !    Time to have some fun……let’s get started shall we?

Uhoh…..I’m gonna be in twouble for being late… bike wouldn’t start!

First let’s show you the rules – remember to follow them – no taking the easy way out class.

And your badges up for grabs:

I sure want one of these Spring badges……!

Today’s photo is courtesy of our hard working Graphics Department.     We are having a tough time fooling you lately class no matter how tough we THINK the Teaser photo will be.   Maybe this time we will at least give you a CHALLENGE to figure it out.    Ready?????


Teaser Photo Security – please report to Geography Classroom with this week’s photo!

Here’s today’s photo Professors!

There you have it…………………..we actually rethought our previous comment about this being a TOUGHIE and it might in fact be an EASY…………..what do you think?    Ready to guess?   Good – go for it.  Maybe you’ll be FIRST or maybe you won’t but you’ll be RIGHT – you could win a badge!  OH BOY!

Alright class – put your brains in gear and figure this out!  OR ELSE!

You don’t want Sarge upset with you so get to work class…………now if you’d like to have some lunch to THINK better, head to the cafeteria – but if you feel you’re ready to tackle the photo now, you can work in class then go to lunch.   Just make sure you don’t miss your bus for home!    Heaven forbid you have to spend the night in the school because it’s locked up!

WHAT????  I don’t wanna be here all night!

Just FYI, the Cheerleading Squad is practicing social distancing today by staying home.   Actually they just weren’t in the mood to show up to school so in order to avoid them going on strike, we’re letting them get away with it today BUT they promise to be back tomorrow to cheer on the winners and BOO HOO for the losers!


Today’s Amazing Menu:

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See you in class tomorrow students!  Good Luck!   Your Professors