The Days and Nights of Basil Tynan: A New Book by Alana!

You guys!

I’m super excited to let you know that Alana has published a book! It’s true. Now, it’s not about me (disappointing, but her pets shall get me through). It’s about rats, something I’m also excited about!

Now, let me bring in Alana to discuss:

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Pinkle:  Alana.

Alana: Hi, Pinkle.

Pinkle: Tell us about your new work of art.

Alana: Well, it’s a children’s book, but I also did the artwork, both on the cover and inside.

Pinkle: So, your book about me is still in the works, then.

Alana: Well, let’s just say I haven’t started that yet.

Pinkle: Oh. I see. Well, why did you do this one?

Alana: It’s something I started a long time ago based on my friend Basil. He was a rat that I kept as a companion when I was 16 and I wrote a story about him. It’s marketed for children, but mostly I wrote it to amuse myself.

Pinkle: Was he better than me?

Alana: He was certainly different.

Pinkle: And would you have let me eat him?

Alana: Absolutely not.

Pinkle: Where can people read this book?

Alana: They can read it on Kindle Unlimited or purchase from the Kindle store here.

Pinkle: Do you think about Basil when you pet me?

Alana: …

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And there you have it! The fabulous Alana with a new work for you to enjoy! I’ve already read it sixteen times. And I’ve crossed Basil’s photograph out. Alana’s gonna be real mad when she sees her Kindle….

Love,

Pinkle.

Paws Rewind Podcast with Angie Bailey and Guest Alana Grelyak

Lovely Readers,

I wanted to let you know that Alana has been featured on a new Podcast dreamed up by the always funny Angie Bailey, author of “Texts From Mittens” and fellow blogger. The show covers all kinds of 80s topics interwoven with cat information and presents a side of “cat people” you don’t normally get to see. In this week’s episode, Angie invited Alana to talk about the Golden Girls, Rick Springfield, and The Cure. Now, I have listened to the episode myself eight times thus far and have transcribed the entire thing for my thesis work on Alana, and although I consider myself the pre-eminent Alana scholar, there were a few things I didn’t know about her that happened before my time. Of course, I know them now, but I think it’s worth a listen!

Alana chose this picture of me and her for use with the episode. She loves me. It’s called “Pinkle and Pajamas.”

Additionally, I have collected some information about Ms. Angie Bailey to use in my bibliography and footnotes that I can share with you. See below:

Pinkle:  Tell me about you.

Angie: My background is in public speaking and some theatre. Since I’ve spent the last several years almost exclusively writing, I missed that part of what I love to do. The Paws Rewind: Gen X + Cats gives me an outlet for something besides writing (although I still get to write content), and combines two of my favorite subjects: 70s and 80s pop culture and cats! I also love talking to fellow cat lovers about subjects that aren’t cat related. I know that, in general, people relate those of us who work professionally in the online cat world — or are major feline fanciers — with only CATS. There’s so much more to us, so it’s fun to cover other subjects.

Pinkle: I certainly hope you haven’t convinced Alana to spend less time with me since I’m a cat. I like to keep her focus on me at all times. We’ll deal with that later. Now, when did you start the podcast?

Angie: June, 2018

Pinkle: Ah, so it’s quite new. And will there be a sequel to Texts from Mittens?

Angie: Yes! I just signed a contract last week and it will hopefully be available late summer/early fall of 2019.

Pinkle: Very good. I shall require a copy for my bibliography. Are there any other projects you want me to share with our audience?

Angie: Not yet — but I’m working on a fun project that I hope to launch in the coming weeks.

Pinkle: Ah, mystery.

There you have it, readers! Please listen to the episode at this link right here and share it if you know anyone that loves the 80s or Alana or cats or Angie.

Best Regards,

Pinkle.

PS. There’s a surprise announcement from Alana regarding some writing she’s been doing!

Diapers for Dogs and Cats: A Pet Parents®Review

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Dear Readers,

Today, I, Pinkle (also known as Sprinkle), am here to discuss with you a rather heavy topic. You see, there comes a time in some cats’ lives where they need a little extra help. Such a time has come upon my oldest brother Niles. He has, shall we say, been dropping the water balloons where he ought not to be doing so. Pet Parents® noticed our last post about living with a 19 year old cat and approached us about trying out a product to help curb Niles’ urge to, shall we say, leak information about his whereabouts. It seems he’s especially fond of the office carpet, under the piano, and directly in front of the litter box. Alana decided to take them up on the suggestion and accepted – I’ll just come out and say it – Diapers.

Niles has diapers.

I’ll give you a moment to absorb.

Louie absorbing the info, much like a diaper.

Alana discussed the idea with me, as she does all of her ideas, and we, as a team, decided that it would be worth a try. Now, Pet Parents offers diapers that come in sets of three for both cats and dogs, in a variety of colors. They also come in the same package, so don’t be alarmed if you order “Cat” and get “Dog.” They have assured me they are the same product.

pet parents brand dog diapers

“Dog” Diapers. It’s ok. “Cats” aren’t feeling left out, or anything.

I decided that we needed to get some statement diapers to go along with Niles’ dark complexion, and so we ordered the Princess Pack.

pet parents brand diapers

The Princess Colors

Sure, we could have gone with Black or Natural, but where’s the fun in that? And now, let us begin our review:

The Plan: Niles doesn’t ALWAYS pee on the floor, so we decided he wouldn’t always have to wear the diapers. His main M.O. is to pee when Alana is in another room at home, so he will be wearing the diapers at those times.

The Implementation: It was a little hard to get the diapers on Niles and took a team of two (I stepped back so as not to get accidentally wet) but, once they were on, Niles went with the flow. He was able to walk around with them without incident. He napped in them, ate in them, and generally had no mobility problems while wearing them. He did not, however, pee in them. However, he also didn’t pee on the floor, so that’s a win.

Some Concerns: We had a few concerns that the company addressed for us. Here they are, with a response from Pet Parents®:

Q: Have you had any reports of cats refusing to pee BECAUSE they are wearing the diaper?

A: Some pets are hesitant to pee in the diapers, especially if they aren’t used to them quite yet! It can take some getting used to. But to answer your question straight-forward, no, we have not had any reports of this issue from our customers.

Q:  Are there any concerns with cats that they would hold it for overly long periods of time while wearing the diapers?

A: We haven’t heard any negative feedback from our customers on having issues with cats not holding it in for too long, so it has not been a concern – but just like with anything new, it’s important to observe and pay attention to how your pet is reacting to the new adjustment.

Q: Do you recommend any kind of acclimation period of a few minutes a day to get them used to them before leaving them on all day?

A:  It depends on the pet and their initial reaction to the diaper. No one knows their fur-baby better than the owner so just watch their reaction and maybe slowly introduce them to the diaper, if needed.

Q: Are there any safety issues reported with a pet wearing it while you’re not around?
A: We have not had any reported problems of our diapers being a safety hazard as a lot of customers use them specifically for when they are not at home!

Q: What if Niles has to poop?

A: Our diapers are used for fecal situations, as well.

Ah, yes. “Fecal situations.” Use your imaginations for that one, readers.

The Verdict: So far, Niles hasn’t peed in the diapers. It’s a bit hard to get them on him because, while he’s 19, he leaps away like a frightened gazelle when he sees them coming. I, however, am excellent with costuming so you’ll notice I stepped in to assist for a photo op. I will help Alana any time I can.

Me stepping in as the Model du Jour.

Niles isn’t wearing them all day, but they do offer Alana peace of mind for her floors and carpets. However, she wonders (I can read her mind, we are that close) if perhaps, since Niles wees in specific places, would floor pads such as the Pet Parents Pee Pads be a better option for him?

Who are these for: These would be ideal for a cat or dog who is incontinent and leaking without his own knowledge. These would also work for dogs in heat (please spay your dogs, thanks) or who pee from excitement.

Tips: Make sure you get the right size! Measure your dog or cat first. This is imperative to ensure a fabulous fit.

Pros: The Diapers are washable (unlike our carpets) and are super convenient.

Cons: The shame.

Niles refusing to make eye contact.

Do we recommend them? 

Yes! We, do! These diapers are awesome to have on hand for cats (or dogs) who are having incontinence or spraying issues, or if they’re in heat (because their owners are having spaying issues.) They’re really well made, soft, and easy to maintain. We’re super happy to be able to recommend them, especially because it means there are now MORE OPTIONS FOR GETTING SPECIAL NEEDS PETS WITH LITTER BOX ISSUES INTO HOMES, and that is DEFINITELY something we can get behind.

You can visit Pet Parents® online and order cat diapers here. Let us know your thoughts and leave any questions you might have for the company below. We’ll be happy to pass them on.

Love,

Pinkle.

For the prince(ess) in your life.