Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Living High On the Cat Food

Guess who went to the vet for the yearly visit yesterday?

This month it was Horizon and Dansig who were the lucky winners of the "take two pets to the vet each month so we can afford it more easily" lottery.

Dansig, as soon as i put the carrier on the table and lifted him up gave a yawn and climbed in, good as gold.

Horizon had to be dragged out from under the bed, howling, and forced into his box.  (We can't put him in a regular carrier, he hurts himself trying to escape, so a cardboard box holds him but has enough give that he can't injure himself in it.)

Dansig protested only once, when i put him in the car, and i don't blame him, until the A/C kicks in, The Jalopy is a very hot vehicle.

Horizon howled the whole way across the highway.

When we got there, Horizon went first, scrunching down so he couldn't be scruffed, protesting being weighed (he is the same as last year), and gave every indication that he was being killed when the vet was just listening to his heart and lungs, clipping his claws, cleaning out his ears, and making sure he is in pretty good health.  Which he is.

Dansig sauntered out of his carrier as if he owned the place, submitted to everything, and guess who is on a special diet and has still managed to gain almost 5 pounds in less than a year?

That's right, I'm a big boy!

Yes, and he looked pretty proud of it at the moment, too.  When he runs out of this bag of special food, he's going on the diet version.

Today is:

All or Nothing Day -- no history on this one, but it's supposed to be the day you decide to live as if it's going to be your last!

Aunt and Uncle Day -- originally proposed on this day in 2005 by Florida State Senator Tony Hill; if you have aunts and uncles you love, why not give them a call today 

Dia de la Rebeldia -- Cuba (Revolution Anniversary)

Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Sleipnir -- Norse Pagan (date approximate, honored Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir)

Green Corn Ceremony -- Native Americans (thanksgiving for the maize harvest; these are celebrated by many tribes in many different ways and are not generally scheduled as they depend on how the corn grows; some have with rites including a Thanksgiving Prayer, Confession Chant, and Feather Dance; the Santa Ana Pueblo holds an annual Corn Festival on this date each year that is open to the public)

Groovy Chicken Day -- don't ask, just enjoy

Independence Day -- Liberia(1847); Maldives(1965)

Kargil Vijay Diwas -- India (Kargil Victory Day)

National Coffee Milkshake Day

One Voice Day -- readings around the world of the Universal Peace Covenant, sponsored by the School of Metaphysics

Otaru Tide Festival -- Otaru Wharf, Otaru City, Japan (one of Japan's biggest sea festivals, through the 28th)

Racial Desegregation Day -- date in 1944 the US Army ordered training camp facilities desegregated, and the date in 1948 President Truman signed the order integrating the US armed forces

St. Anne's Day (traditional name given to the mother of Mary; Patron of broommakers, cabinetmakers, carpenters, childless people, equestrians, expectant mothers, grandmothers, grandparents, homemakers, horse men, horse women, housewives, lace makers, lace workers, lost articles, miners, mothers, old-clothes dealers, poor people, pregnancy, pregnant women, riders, seamstresses, stablemen, turners, women in labour; Canada; France; Micmaqs; over 20 cities around the world; against poverty and sterility)

St. Joachim's Day (traditional name given to the father of Mary; Patron of fathers, grandfathers, grandparents; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico)

Wonderful Drinks Day -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today

Signing of the American's With Disabilities Act, 1990
New York becomes the 11th US State, 1788
The United States Postal Service is founded, 1775

Birthdays Today

Taylor Momsen, 1993
Kate Beckinsale, 1973
Jeremy Piven, 1964
Sandra Bullock, 1964
Kevin Spacey, 1959
Angela Hewitt, 1958
Dorothy Hamill, 1956
Susan George, 1950
Roger Taylor, 1949
Helen Mirren, 1945
Mick Jagger, 1943
Dobie Gray, 1940
Stanley Kubrick, 1928
Blake Edwards, 1922
Jason Robards, Jr., 1922
Vivian Vance, 1912
Gracie Allen, 1902
Aldous Huxley, 1894
Carl Jung, 1875
George Bernard Shaw, 1856
George Catlin, 1796

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Alice In Wonderland(Animated film), 1951
The Babe Ruth Story(Film), 1948
"The Bob Howard Show"(TV), 1948
"Young Widder Brown"(Radio), 1938

Today in History

The first recorded women's cricket match took place near Guildford, England, 1745
The birth of what would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress, 1775
The Surrey Iron Railway, often considered the world's first public railway, opens in south London, 1803
In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway, 1878
Premiere of Richard Wagner's Parsifal at Bayreuth, 1882
Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement, 1887
United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation), 1908*
King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memoria, 1936
The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power, 1945
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council, 1947
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military of the United States, 1948
Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution, 1953
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster, 1963
The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government, 1977
A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 1989
Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days, 2005
Over 92,000 classified documents detailing incidents related to the war in Afghanistan are released by Wikileaks in the largest leak in U.S military history, 2010
President of France, Francois Holland finalizes a deal with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara to forgive $4.7 billion dollars in debt incurred by the Ivory Coast when it was a French Colonial Power, 2012

*Yes, the grand-nephew of Napoleon I started the FBI -- I'm not sure why that seems so odd to me.


  1. oh, i adore your big, proud boy! :)

  2. I remember those days getting them to the vet. I remember. It was never easy and having to give pills. Oh my that was even worse.

    Have a purrfect day you two. My best to your mom. ☺

  3. I have a feeling that cat writes the paychecks to the vet. He is the boss!

  4. These kitties don't realize how lucky they are to have a human who cares enough about them to take them to the vet, whether they like it or not.

  5. Even felines have exceptional personalities. Reminded me that owners should select carefully.

  6. Reminds me of the difference between two of my kids when taking them to the doctor! Your cats remind me of those two, although hopefully they are a bit quieter most of the time.

  7. I am on that vet plan too- with 13 cats it is hard to afford going to the vets. I am glad your visit went well despite the yowling all the way there.

  8. Cats and their personalities and so much like kids, each one very different! I have some who are so docile like this and one who is the sweetest little kitty every but you'd think we were killing her when it's nail clipping time. What a show of distress she can put on! :-)


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