Category Archives: Pets

Pre-Teaser Monday Tune-Up

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That’s right!  Today we get your engine all tuned-up so it can win the race of TEASER TUESDAY!   Do you accept the challenge??

Yep – I’m up for it Professors!

Good, then let’s go for it.    First of all please remember that tomorrow’s TEASER POST will be a surprise time – not the usual time…….don’t let it catch you off guard!

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Here are the rules for tomorrow’s guessing AND the badges that you might win as a result of participating in the fun in class tomorrow!

See, if you just look carefully at the Teaser photo and hunt for clues then google search based on what you SEE, you might just win.   It would just be WAY TOO EASY to ask Google Image Search to look at the photo and give you the answer – NOT FUN !!    So stick to the rules please.

Who’s ready to have the Cheer Team get their excitement pumped up for tomorrow’s guessing game?????

I see a lot of hands!    Let’s get cheering girls!!

The day before Teaser and here we are
We’d rather be riding in a convertible car
But we wanted to cheer for you to get you ready
To face the Teaser from Professors Sam and Teddy!
We’ve seen the photo and we think it’s rough
But maybe you all are made of stronger stuff!
We’ll be back tomorrow with another dose of “happy”
So go to bed early tonight or tomorrow you’ll feel crappy!

Gosh……sounds like a toughie photo tomorrow……..

Thanks girls………you never cease to amaze us (or the students I’m sure!).    We think you’ve given the students some food for thought but now we think maybe we should give them some food for their tummies in the cafeteria!

Welcome to lunch time at Ding Dong School students…….we have a nice variety of delicious things from which to choose today but we’re featuring seafood of all kinds………so DIG IN – and enjoy!!

Today’s Outstanding Menu:

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Remember – Teaser at SURPRISE time tomorrow!

 

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Hello and Happy Sunday!    Ready to Hop?    Good!    All we do is share selfies with each other on the Hop and you can join us by clicking the badge of our Hosts – Kitties Blue – and linking up!

I’ve been posting FLASHBACK Selfies for a long time now and I’m doing the same today.

So this is the Selfie I posted on May 19, 2018 – just one year ago – looks like I was well on my way to HUGE at that point doesn’t it?   I must have been “mid-bath” when Mom snapped this one!   I have no idea what she did to get this effect but chances are it was a LUNAPIC art effect of some kind!

As usual, we did a puzzle for you puzzlers – HAVE FUN and HAVE A HAPPY SUNDAY!

CLICK THIS MINI-ME TO DO THE PUZZLE!!

 

Hugs, Teddy

 

Bakin’ for Kitties in Baconia

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Hello Bacon Fans……..today’s cooking class is a bit different from the usual – we’re paying tribute to a sweet and special kitty friend – Crockett from Lone Star Cats blog – by wearing orange (his favorite color) and cooking up some kitty treats instead of people treats.   We’re pawticipating in the Blog Hop to honor dear Crockett who went to the Rainbow Bridge last Monday after a tragic accident at home……..Crockett was a big internet favorite because of his great big eyes and his penchant for sticking his tongue out for photos.   He was just plain CUTE.   I asked Angel Sammy to please keep an eye on him and make sure he wasn’t lonely or scared.   Today would have been Crockett’s FIFTH Gotcha Day.    He can celebrate it at the Bridge with all his friends who have gone before.

ORANGE FOREVER DEAR CROCKETT!!

Just click the sweet Crocket Forever badge above to visit Crockett’s Blog Hop

 

There really are some wonderful kitty treats that are TOTALLY SIMPLE to make so as a departure from our usual Saturday bacon………we’ll share some things to make your cat VERY HAPPY!

Teddy’s PARADE of Cat Treat Recipes:

Salmon Kitty Treats

Ingredients

  • 10 oz canned salmon undrained
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and/or chop as finely as possible.
  • In a mixing bowl using a hand or stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats (or just form with your hands!)
  • Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
  • Allow to cool before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Chicken Treats

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. softened margarine

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine the chicken, broth and margarine, then add the cornmeal and flour. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Cheese Treats

  • ¾ cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt (plain)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 5 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine all the ingredients into dough (add a touch of water if needed). Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 25 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Note:   We found these recipes on the internet but you can create your OWN combinations with your kitty favorites just by substituting key ingredients.

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We hope at least one of these will appeal to your finicky (oops – I meant “discriminating”) kitty.    All of them are pretty darn easy – be sure to store them well and since they’re fresh and contain no preservative type stuff don’t keep them FOREVER AND EVER – let your kitties have a special homemade goodie frequently !!!   After all – we deserve it!!!

Royal Hugs, King Teddy

 

Friendly Fill-Ins Friday

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Woo Hoo!   Friday is here and it’s time to do a bit of filling in.   Every Friday our co-hosts Four-Legged Furballs and 15andMeowing give us TWO sentences each with lots of “holes” in them that need to be filled in.   It lets tell a bit about ourselves when we fill those blanks!    If you’d like to have fun with us – just click the badge above and it will take you to 15andMeowing where you can link up.

Mom and I had a bit of a conundrum figuring out who should answer which sentences this week but we compromised.   We took turns.    My words are in GREEN and hers are in RED!

1. Bacon is my favorite item of the foodables residing in our refrigerator right now!

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is (Neither Teddy nor myself have ever seen Big Bang Theory so we are passing on this one!!).

3. I could set a world record for time spent napping but something tells me there would be a LOT of us in that contest for the record!

4. Diving off the high board is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (I’m NOT a daredevil but when I was a kid on the swim team we HAD to jump off the high board then dive off the board to stay on the swim team so I did it………ONCE………..NEVER AGAIN).
There you have it!   Another getting to know you post by me and Mom.    We’re a good team.    Oh yes – about our answer to #2 – we know we are probably two of the only people in the USA who haven’t watched Big Bang Theory regularly.   Mom remembers seeing it ONCE a couple of years ago.   She just doesn’t remember the names of the characters.   DUH.    Oh well – I’m sure we watch lots of stuff on PBS that nobody else has seen either.     Different strokes for different folks????

Love, Teddy

I don’t know about BIG BANG theory but I’m familiar with BIG BUTT !!!   HAHAHAHAHA

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday!   Time to tell what we are thankful for since our last Thankful Thursday!     My biggest thankful really is that our very long wet run of weather gave us a break yesterday.    We had sun almost all day long and it was just so glorious.   Mom was finally able to mow the yard and I was finally able to “nest” in the back yard leaves without getting soaked.    It was heavenly.   Speaking of heavenly, I heard from Angel Sammy last night – he got through on his wi-fi connection and emailed me his poem and message for today!    YAY!!!!

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Hello Poetry Fans!

Here we go again – another Thursday and time for us to share the poems we wrote this past week using the photo I gave you as “inspiration” !    I also have picked out another photo which I’ll give you later for you to use for NEXT Thursday’s poetic get-together.  

If you wrote a poem this week please let us know in comments here so we can visit you to read it.   I’m so happy some of you are joining in the fun and writing a poem.   Thankfully for all of us there are a LOT of poetic formats – some short like haiku and some long like mini-short stories – and even many forms that don’t rhyme…….so you can have FUN writing something using a photograph and your imagination.

Here’s last week’s photo followed by my poem for the week:

Howdy Partner!

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell        @May 15, 2019

 

A long hard day riding the range

Cattle moving slow in the mid-day sun

Hard life yes but you wouldn’t change

For you this life is perfect and fun

Time to relax and put up those boots

While ranch hands in the distance holler and hoot

Let them work while you take a break

Giving back to the land more than you take

A life on a ranch is in your blood

You’ll stand your ground in pestilence or flood

The family heritage is entrenched in this land

And you’ll love it until the day you die and take God’s hand.

 

I know my Mom talks about childhood memories and of course in her day every little boy watched cowboy movies, wore a cowboy hat and wanted to ride the range when they grew up.   Well Mom tells me that these days it’s harder and harder to hang onto the land and work it – especially farmers and ranchers.    It’s not an easy life but many of these ranches and farms have been in families for generations – you don’t just walk away from that I guess!

Here’s your photo inspiration for NEXT Thursday……………………..

Now let’s see what we all can do with this photo – I think it will make for some FUN poetry don’t you?     I hope you’ve all had a great week and that the one coming up will be too.    I’ll look forward to seeing you next Thursday.   

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

Love forever and ever, Angel Sammy

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There you have it!   Another poetry Thursday and as usual, Angel Sammy has given all of you a fun photo for NEXT week just as he did with the one for today.    I hope you’ll give writing a poem a try if you haven’t done it before.   It’s easier than you think and it’s very cool to look at it and think “HEY – I WROTE THAT!!”.

Hugs, Teddy

Teaser Tell All

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Hello Class!   Who’s ready for TELL ALL???

What a great day of Teasing we had yesterday don’t you think?    It was a difficult photo in some ways – even though our Graphics Department took out the country flags to make it HARDER, we stsill had right guessers.

Is it fair to take out flags and other hints??? Maybe that was cheating!!!!!

Nope we reserve the right to make it as TOUGH AS POSSIBLE for you to guess the location the photo was taken.   SO THERE.

Now – where were we – oh yes – FIRST COMMENTER!

WHO was First Commenter????

Miss Csilla of Kolytyi

Whoa!   Sarge decided to give you the BIG CHEER Miss Csilla!  Lucky you!   Did you hear the RIP of his sweatpants as he performed that split?????

Here’s a First Commenter Badge just for you:

I was the FIRST COMMENTER on the Teaser post of May 14, 2019!

I tried to be first – I really did!!!!

Here’s the wonderful photo we had yesterday for Teaser so you can see it one last time………………….

This is the Casa Rosada in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenas Aires, Argentina !!!    (the pigeon capitol of the world…..haha….just kidding)

This photo was sent in by our friend Miss Sharon of FRIENDSFUREVER and before we tell you who was FIRST GUESSER, we want to present her with our thanks and a GUEST TEASER badge!

My photo was used on the TEASER CONTEST on May 14, 2019. It fooled a lot of people!!

Yes it did fool a lot of people but it sure didn’t fool the TWO (yes I said TWO) FIRST RIGHT GUESSERS for the Teaser.    We had TWO students who posted the correct answer simultaneously this week and isn’t that amazing????   We thought it was……….so much so that we made a special badge for them.    We also must congratulate one of them because she was a FIRST RIGHT GUESSER and also our FIRST COMMENTER!

FIRST RIGHT GUESSERS!

CSILLA and PHENNY !

WOOOO HOOOOOO FOR BOTH OF YOU SMARTIES!!!!

A special badge – each of our FIRSTIES, please take one!!!!

I was one of TWO First Right Guessers on the Teaser post of May 14, 2019 – YAY FOR BOTH OF US!!!!

If you also guessed right on the Teaser you get a RIGHT GUESSER NOT FIRST badge so please take one:

I guessed RIGHT on the Teaser of May 14, 2019 but I was not FIRST! That’s still PRETTY DARN GOOD!

AND if you guessed WRONG you still get a fabulous badge of your very own!!!!

I was WRONG with my Teaser guess on May 14, 2019 but I still got a GREENIE and that’s not so bad right??????

WOW – what a Teaser we had huh?    Special congratulations to Miss Csilla getting two badges yesterday.

I hope everyone isn’t so excited they don’t want lunch between Miss Dingleberry has lunch hot and ready to go so let’s GO FOR IT as soon as the Cheer Team does their THING!

Holy mackerel is it true?
Not one RIGHT GUESSER but we had TWO?
Csilla and Phenny answered right together
Must have been something funny in the weather!
Our First Commenter was Miss Csilla today she was HOT!
The rest of the class was NOT NOT NOT!
Next week your challenge is to be a winner
Or else your Mom won’t feed you your dinner!

LAST ONE THERE IS A ROTTEN EGG!!!!

Whaaaaa……I don’t wanna be a rotten egg but I crawl very slowly!

Good morning or afternoon students…….if you’re ready to chow down on some delicious food, get in line and we’ll serve it up for you!    Enjoy!

TODAY’s CAFETERIA DELIGHTS:

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GOOD WORK STUDENTS!  

Your Professors, Angel Sammy and Teddy !

WAIT – BEFORE YOU GO – DID YOU KNOW TODAY WAS STRAW HAT DAY??????   WE DID……We love our hats – the photo of Professor Angel Sammy is from 2014 and Teddy’s is from TODAY…….

Tuesday Teaser

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Happy Tuesday Class – HAVE YOU COMMENTED YET????

First order of business on a Tuesday morning is commenting and after you have (you might be FIRST!) then have a seat and let’s get down to the business of studying a photograph!    That’s what we do here you know – put all our powers of looking for clues to work and figure out the puzzle of “WHERE WAS THIS PHOTO TAKEN” ???!!!

I’m ready!

G-r-r-r-ready here too!

 

Then let the teasing begin………………another quickie review of the rules (which you must follow to make it fair for everyone) and the badges you might get when we pass out awards tomorrow at the TELL ALL Class:

Today’s Teaser photo is as I told you yesterday a GUEST TEASER photo.   Study it hard – look for clues then make a guess…………that’s how we ROLL here at Ding Dong Sheep School!

I’m feelin’ lucky today!

Cheer Team?   How about pumpin’ up the volume for these sleepy students and start things off for us……………………

Who’s ready for the test?
Who’s better than all the rest?
Who wants to watch us cheer?
Who wants to grab a quick beer?
Who will be FIRST to be RIGHT?
Who’ll tell Sarge to fly a kite?
Who thinks Miss D is a little scary?
Who noticed her upper lip is hairy?
Now let’s get on with the class
Writing this cheer was a gas!!

Thank you Team…………………..I think!

Here comes our Security Guard with the TOP SECRET photo for today………………………….

Reporting for duty – here’s today’s TEASER photo!

Where was this photo taken???

Good thing I wore my glasses today !

You all just study away if you want to OR you can head to the cafeteria for lunch………………….but whatever you do make sure and be at class tomorrow so you can find out WHO WINS WHAT!!

We’ll see you in the cafeteria – stopping for a pit stop first!

Greetings Teaser Class – time for lunch.   We’re ready for you to go through the line and make your selections!  

THE CAFETERIA MENU FOR TODAY:

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HAPPY STUDYING AND GUESSING!!

Pre-Tease Monday

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Hello Ding Dong Students – welcome back to school!

Hope you all treated your Moms right yesterday – after all – just think of all the great stuff they do for you!   Right?

We’re here this morning as usual for a Monday to prep you to handle studying for and guessing correctly the Teaser photo we will be giving you tomorrow in class.   SO – studying comes first of course and that means you need to remember how to search for clues in photos……what kind of things are you likely to see in photos that have been taking in different countries OR in different areas of the USA????   Yeah – tough isn’t it!    Well you can do it.

Here are the rules for guessing and playing along tomorrow:

AND here are the badges you will be eligible for if you are right or wrong!

You know you want one so be SHARP tomorrow…………..and more news for you in that tomorrow’s photo is from a GUEST TEASER.    Who knows where in the world they snapped this shot – it will be up to you to figure it out.

This could be my chance to get rid of this CAP if I get it right!!!!!!!

I have a suggestion! How about a badge for students who have never EVER been right?????

That certainly would be a popular badge.   Well, most of our students have received a badge of SOME KIND……..A Greenie or a Right Guesser, etc. – but if you NEVER EVER got a badge – I think what you get is DISAPPOINTED.

Now, shall we bring in the Cheer Team?    They have a BIG APOLOGY for those of you who won badges last week – they took Wednesday off to go on their Harleys to the beach and didn’t leave us a taped recording of a cheer.    They just LEFT.    Girls?   I bet you feel BAD about that right?

We shoulda done a cheer for you
But what’s a girl gonna do?
The sun was out, our Harleys were new
And off we went without a thought for you!
On our way home we felt real bad
We let you down – it made us sad.
So here we are to make things good
No hard feelings in the Ding Dong ‘hood !
Last week’s FIRST COMMENTER was our Miss Janet
The fastest human on the planet!
Our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was Timmy Tomcat
There was nobody else who could beat that!
We promise to never again miss a class
If we do, you can kick our “you know what” !

OK girls – I think you’ve made up for missing last week – just don’t let it happen again or you will see some UNHAPPY FACES!

Nobody wants to have to see THESE faces!!

So before we break for lunch I want to remind all of you that the Teaser post tomorrow will be at a SURPRISE TIME – not the usual time – so BE ALERT!!!!!

Hello students….I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day and are filled with happiness and joy and smiles for a Monday.  That makes it a more pleasant atmosphere in the cafeteria….just because I look like I just sucked a lemon doesn’t mean you have to look like that.    Hope you enjoy your lunch today!

TODAY’S MIGHTY FINE MENU:

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Enjoy lunch students – see you in class tomorrow!

Sunday Selfie Hop on Mom’s Day

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The Hopping Place on Sundays!

Time for the Selfie Hop with Kitties Blue and this is a special one because it’s Mother’s Day!    Would you like to join in our fun?   Click their badge and you’re IN.     Today I’m wishing my Mom a Happy Mother’s Day AND she’s wishing HER Mom, who became an Angel in 2000 a Happy Mother’s Day too.

My Selfie for today really is a “double” because I’m with my Mom in the card I made – how could I NOT be with her on this special day?

And here’s the card my Mom made for HER Mom for today:

 

P.S.  Some of us have no Mom but have all the love, devotion, and comfort provided by our equally important Dads!   We wish THEM the very best of days too!

Hugs, Teddy (and Mom too)

Bakin’ With Bacon For Mom’s Day!

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It’s Mother’s Day Tomorrow – want something SPECIAL to give her for breakfast???

Well of course you do…………and this might be it…………..I’m giving you the recipe NOW so you can go shopping and get the stuff you need – this really is delicious and I know she will feel EXTRA SPECIAL with a bouquet of flowers and this on the breakfast table!

I saw this one online and I HAD to share.    Gosh – this is quite a fabulous treat and it’s definitely extra good with the French bread since it’s crusty and thick and delicious.   Can you make it with any other kind of bread?  Of course but the French Bread loaf is a great size vs. a bagette.    Here’s the scoop:

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon- divided
  • 1-2 dashes of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 slices of bacon- cooked and crumbled
  • 4 oz cream cheese- at room temp
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 8 slices french bread

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon til crispy, then crumble or chop into small pieces.
  2. Beat the cream cheese til smooth, then beat in the maple syrup. Test the flavor, add more syrup if desired. Fold in the crumbled bacon with a rubber spatula. Set aside.
  3. Preheat griddle to 325 degrees, or on the stove at medium heat. Cut 8 slices of French bread about 1 inch thick. In a pie pan, or 8×8 baking dish, crack the eggs and add 1/2 of the cinnamon. Mix carefully with a fork. When cinnamon is mixed in add the vanilla and nutmeg and stir again. Add the milk and stir.
  4. Grease griddle with shortening. Dip two pieces of bread at a time into the egg dredge. Let them sit for 10-15 seconds before turning them over to repeat on the other side. Place the soaked bread onto the hot griddle. Repeat with two more slices of bread. Add the remaining cinnamon to the egg mixture and repeat process with last four slices of bread. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary.    NOTE:  I used a regular skillet as I don’t have a griddle and it worked JUST FINE!
  5. Spread about 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture between two slices of the French toast. Top with powdered sugar, jam, or syrup. Eat while still warm.

 

WHAT DID I TELL YOU?   Is this not a dreamy recipe?   Oh yeah…………………….and the reason the cinnamon is divided up is so that the first four bread slices don’t “suck up all the cinnamon” in the egg mixture – bread will absorb all the yumminess and if you have another batch of cinnamon half way through the process to add then the egg mixture stays nice and cinnamon-ey !     Note that this is a recipe for FOUR people…….but then again, maybe YOU could eat two of these “French toast sandwiches” yourself?    Maybe – maybe not – it’s very delicious but if you can always have some bacon on the side you know.    Can’t have too much bacon.

Happy Mother’s Day to Moms everywhere…………

Me and Mom playing when I first came to live with her and Dad…..

A Mom’s arms are the bestest spot to be!

It’s good to be King !

A “bittersweet” P.S. from Mom……………eight years ago yesterday I started One Spoiled Cat with my precious boy Sammy.   I had no idea that we’d get so many followers and friends but we did and I am grateful.    I still miss Sammy every single moment of the day but Teddy certainly has made things FUN around here too.    He’s just as special as Sammy was in his own ways.   Thanks to all of you who noticed it was our blogaversary yesterday !!   We’ll be here as long as my fingers work on the keyboard and Teddy and I have things to say………thank you for your friendship.   

Love, Pam