PetBox, As Reviewed by the Kitties of Chicago Cat Rescue

You guys!

Another PetBox arrived in the mail. We got super excited to sample it:

Louie inspects the goods.

Louie inspects the goods.

But then, MomFOD told us that she was taking this box off to Chicago Cat Rescue to be enjoyed by the homeless kitties.

I contemplate all the things that were not meant to be mine.

I contemplate all the things that were not meant for me.

And so, today I introduce to you three testers from Chicago Cat Rescue who will be showing you the contents of the box and letting you know if they give it a STUMPS UP or a STUMPS DOWN.

And now for our testers!

We have the handsome Scooby, his brother Rugby, and the effervescent Mowgli. (click their names for their petfinder profiles and adoption information.)

First, the introduction:

We had some Wellness Kittles treats, a Yeowww! catnip heart, a wobble nip mouse, a sample of Royal Canin food, a door-hanging scratcher, and a gigantic bag of catnip. Perhaps, dear readers, you can surmise where this is going.

Rugby sneaks up on the box.

Rugby sneaks up on the box.

 

Mogly spies the Yeoww catnip heart.

Mowgli spies the Yeoww catnip heart.

While Mowgli runs off with the heart, Rugby tastes the Kittles treats.

"Like nothing I've ever tasted before!"

“A gift from heaven!”

While everyone was distracted with Scooby’s proclamations of love for his treats, Mowgli absconded with the ENTIRE bag of catnip.

Mogly absconds with the whole bag of catnip.

Mogly absconds with the whole bag of catnip.

After a run in with his nails and clouds of catnip dust in the air, the bag was retrieved and the people replaced his catnip with a bag of treats. He was confused for a moment, but then didn’t seem to care.

"I am SO hungry right now." - Mogly

“I am SO hungry right now.” – Mowgli

And while this was all going on, Rugby decided to sniff his brother’s rear end. How charming.

Anyways....

Anyways….

The verdict on the PetBox?

Magnifique!

Magnifique!

And those were some of the kitties at Chicago Cat Rescue, testing out the box. They are ALL available for adoption and would love to meet you!

Highlight: PetBox donates a meal to a homeless pet each time a box is sold. Hurray! The #PetBoxFridays program allows PetBox’s social media community to nominate shelters and rescues to receive that week’s shipment of food and supplies.  So get to nominating!

Crepes Coupon: My readers here are privy to a coupon! If you want to try a PetBox, use the code “CATINTHEFRIDGE” to get 20% off. Apparently, this gives me a little affiliate bonus.

Love,

Crepes.

 

**Disclosure: We were given a free PetBox to try out as compensation for this post as well as a small fee to cover time and expenses to travel to the rescue. We do also receive an affiliate commission if you purchase a box using our coupon code.  Rest assured, we wouldn’t show you a product we thought was nonsense. All ideas and opinions are our own.**

 

The aftermath: ccrpetbox9

A Happy Habitat Cat Tent for Summer!

You Guys!

So, you know how I like to garden. Well, MomFOD thought it would be nice for Mrs. Peabody to be able to enjoy the spoils of my labor by camping out in my kingdom. I thought she should take a hike, instead.

So, MomFOD contacted ABO Gear, a place that does camping equipment and other goodies for people and pets, and asked if she could have a Happy Habitat tent for us to review. They were thrilled to oblige and have since sent us this little piece of camping equipment for our safe viewing of the balcony. Have a look:

We three campers inside our safety dome.

We three campers inside our Crepes Containment System (Happy Habitat), erected in Anno Domani MMXIV

There you’ll see Doodle on the left, wondering why she’s in the tent. There you see me in the center, perfectly framed by the sliding zip door. To the right, Peabody. We also have two other testers who were napping during this photo session, but who will likely try out the tent soon.

Ease of Use: It’s SUPER easy to set up. Easier even than people tents MomFOD has used. You pull it out of the bag, pull the strings, and POP! Set up. Voila. You want to take it down? Pull the tabs and POP! It’s down. It folds into a bag and takes up about as much space as two umbrellas.

The Crepes Containment System before it was erected

The Crepes Containment System before it was erected

Why: An outdoor tent provides indoor kitties with a safe place to lounge and enjoy the smells and fresh air without fear of being lost. It’s also a great idea for special needs cats and pups who like to be outside but need a little extra protection.

Safety: The mesh netting seems quite strong. I personally tested it with my claws and did not leave a mark. MomFOD also tried purposely to rip it with her hands and could not. The netting goes all the way around, including on the floor, so there’s no way out. Do you hear me, cats? NO WAY OUT.

Other thoughts: It does not have much shade, so if you’re going to let someone lounge in it, put it in a shady place for comfort. If the thirty square feet of space isn’t enough, you can purchase an optional Fun Tunnel or Crazy Maze that attaches to the door. The door is a little small for people, but MomFOD managed to make it inside, save for a small snag on her hips (if she’d share her food with me, maybe she’d fit through the door better), and had a little nap with us outside. It also comes with tent pegs, in case you want to stake it down in the dirt. Or for vampires.

Verdict: MomFOD loves this tent. I feel that it’s a violation of my freedoms, personally, but Peabody needs it and seems to like it.  I like how the perfect circle of the door frames my face. Look:

Like a portrait of greatness.

Like a portrait of greatness.

We looked high and low for a tent that would suit our needs and thought this one was totally the way to go!

The Offer: We know some of you are looking for little tents to let your kitties play outside! We’ve been given the clearance for a 15% off coupon plus free shipping if you order a Happy Habitat directly from ABO Gear! Email tammy@abogear.com and mention the secret word “TENT.” So covert, right? (You could shop around and look for sales, but then you wouldn’t be all spy tent.)

Love,

Crepes.

PS. Don’t leave your kitties or pups unattended in the tent. Nails can get snagged and sunshine and heat can be dangerous.

**Disclaimer: We provided this post in exchange for a tent we were planning to purchase anyway. All opinions are our own. We make no profits if you choose to purchase this tent using the discount code provided.**

Put Your Pet On A Pot!

You guys!

I’ve been in exile, but that doesn’t mean I’m cut off from the world. I received a nice email introducing me to a neat project I wanted to share with you. Also, I really like saying “Put your pet on a pot” and doing this post allows me to do that repeatedly. Please welcome Chris from CrazyCatLadyCeramics.com, a small endeavor that puts your pets on pots and gives 5% of everything they make to no-kill charity efforts.

They're bowls, yes, but lets call them pots.

They’re bowls, yes, but lets call them pots.

Crepes: Welcome, Pot People! Let me clarify for my readers that,  in essence, your business allows people to send you photos of their cats and have them put on a pot. Or a cup. Or mug. Is that correct? Dogs too?

Pot People: Yes, that’s the essence. We take people’s photos of their pets and a quote about them and put them on mugs, plates, and bowls. We also sell our dishes with our 4 “crazy cat lady” cats on them.
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C: That would be Monkey, Push Push, Bull Bull, and Baby Jesus. Continue.
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PP: Additionally we sell food and water dishes and crazy cat lady magnets. We put any type of pets on pots. Cats, dogs, chickens, horses, goats, bunnies, gerbils, anything you love, we put it on a pot!

This is Monkey. He's on pots. (plural)

This is Monkey. He’s on pots. (plural)

C: Do you hand make each piece of pottery yourself?
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PP: Yes, either Me (Chris) or Shelly ( the other crazy cat lady) hand make everything ourselves. We hand throw, hand glaze, and hand apply and print the images to all the pots ourselves. Every piece is totally unique and made with love, care, and maybe a little cat hair too.

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C: The best things ARE made with cat hair, especially sandwiches. Tell us a little bit about the process of making a cereal bowl.
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PP: We make two sizes of bowls, large and small. The smaller size would be a more healthy cereal portion. However, if you wanted to pig out and dive in, the large bowl is perfect.( Monkey and Push Push prefer large.) There are several steps in making one bowl so I will try and not make it sound too complex. First, we hand weigh all the clay out, a large bowl is 3 pounds.
A complete pot set.

A complete pot set.

C: That’s almost half my body weight. Go on.
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PP: Then we throw it on the potters wheel. After it has dried a bit and we can safely turn it over, we trim the bottom of the bowl to create the foot.
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C: Oh man, if only it were that easy to make ME a foot! Tell me more.
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PP: Then we wait a few days for it to totally dry out so there is no more water in it. Then we put it in the kiln for its first firing to bisque it (so the glaze will stick to it).
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C: That sounds delicious.
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PP: After the first firing we can glaze the bowl with our Kalays cream glaze (a glaze we make ourselves and its named after a sweet puppy). Then the bowl goes back in the kiln for the second time to get really hot to melt the glaze. At this point we take a photo of a furry and photoshop it on the computer and hand draw a “crazy cat lady frame” around it and sort out the words. The we can prepare it to print and turn it all into a decal. We print the images and text on to a special paper so we can put them on the bowl. We hand apply the image and text making sure the furries look their finest. Then the bowl goes back in the kiln one more time for its 3rd and final firing. After that its ready to be used and you can chow down on all the cereal you want.
This is Push Push, who is also on pots (again, plural)

This is Push Push, who is also on pots (again, plural)

C: You should sell a deluxe model that comes with cereal in it. Why did you start doing this?
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PP: We started doing this for several reasons. Firstly because we are obsessed with our cats! We have so many photos of them everywhere and constantly talk about them that it just seamed natural for it to gravitate on to our pottery. Also, we started making a set of dishes when our dear sweet kitty Bull Bull passed away. We were so upset over his passing, we wanted a way to share his legacy with the world. We are both passionate vegans too and have been trying to find a way to help as many other animals as we can for years. Sadly, as artist/potters we have been really struggling financially to get by and just take care of our own kitties. So this seemed like a wonderful way to help our babies and other furries. We really want to help as many animals as we can and help people celebrate the love and joy pets bring to our lives.

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And there you have it! Artists putting your pets on pots and helping the no-kill movement as much as they can. To have your pet put on a pot, visit http://Crazycatladyceramics.com
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Love,
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Crepes.
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PS. I’m going to try to convince the FODs to put me on pots (plural.)

**Disclosure: No fees were exchanged for this post and all opinions are my own. I just like their project and wanted to give it a little press. And say “pets on pots.”**