Out of Both Ends

Being a furry parent isn’t all fun.

The girls were sick last week. They had a bad stomach bug, which lead the vets (yes, the plural) on a wild goose chase for a foreign substance obstructing their bowels. After 24 hours of observation which included x-rays every two-four hours, they determined it was just a nasty, mean, awful stomach bug.

They are recovered, but Donatello and I haven’t quite bounced back as quickly. Our dreams are still haunted by the memory of waking up to… poo paintings across our carpeted bedroom. We are still trying to get the bright yellow bile from the carpet. Every time a dog eliminates outside, we cheer like they have won a championship or brought home the gold from the 2016 Dog Olympics.

When we woke up last night to the smell of the wrath of Elsie’s stomach, we thought the worst. She hadn’t fully recovered, we were in for another long week. This time, luckily, it would be over the weekend instead of throughout the work week. We start implementing Clean Up After and Care For Furry E Attack Plan 57 – Donatello deals with the things that are clearly Elsie’s biological warfare (I am still not convinced this puppy is not trying to kill us via biological weaponry), while I take Elsie outside to clean her up and ensure she is really running on empty. Once outside Elsie begins to eat beetles and moths that she catches in the bright outside light. The light that was on the last time she went outside, when she also chased after, caught, and ate beetles.

Apparently, Elsie does not have a stomach bug this time. She just has a bug in her stomach that didn’t quite agree with her.

This is relief for us furry parents. Sadly, the carpet doesn’t share this relief.

Our perfectly healthy bug catcher with her Teddy.


All About Lounging Positions

As told by Ace

Kitty Fortress

Mum built this special place one day and it has since belonged only to me. Brother has attempted to invade this spot on several occasions, but it is easily defended and so this is still one of my top spots. A luggage rack draped with a duvet cover rests on a piece of memory foam that has the softest blanket on the house as the flooring is referred to as the “Kitty Fortress” in my kingdom. Of my many royal residences, this is the most protected from Brother and the panting predators.

I like it for afternoon naps because it is dark and quiet, allowing me to catch up from a night busy with stalking and pouncing on Brother. It also makes me feel safe when the panting predators get a lot of energy and bounce around or when the sucking, yelling monster Mum is so fond of is attacking all my fur from the floors.


In the Box

There have been many a box pass through the halls of the Wood Home, the country of which I am the High King. However, only one box is referred to as The Box. The only box for which I have approved a royal residence be created. This box is often shared with Brother, but is still an amazing place for lounging.

Dad has positioned it where it catches the sun and so that I can see what is happening at the bottom of the staircase. After lunch naps are best here, because I can fall asleep watching the birds at the window and with the sun lulling me softly to sleep.


Perched Above the Kingdom

No spot is worth lounging in without being able to contemplate and enjoy the lands over which you preside. I have many a location for observing my kingdom: above kitchen counters, above the couch, from the second floor windows, and from the top of the dryer. No king can have enough viewing spots in which to enjoy the layout of his kingdom. These high viewing areas also ensure safety from one’s enemies.

On Cleaned Laundry

Much to Mum and Dad’s delight, I find laundry as soon as it is cleaned and leave gifts of fur for them so they will be reminded they are in the favour of the High King. The smell of Bounty Outdoor Fresh dryer sheets are quite alluring and pleasant, so I try to cover myself in that delectable scent. Often this exertion of energy to cover myself in this wonderful scent leaves me worn out and a nap is required.


From the desk of High King Ace.



Elsie Interior Design

Elsie is a decorator. She takes this job very seriously. She spends afternoons digging through bins of clothing, searching for shoes, and dragging blankets to ensure every room is perfectly accented. Often her eye for colours and understanding of feng shui and the use of a room leaves us acknowledging that we are not the DIY specialists we thought we were. One should always consult a professional when decorating.

Here are a couple rules for wishing to imitate the professionals at Elsie Interior Design.

  1. Shoes are handy, stylish, and often put away in hidden rooms as if guests are not interested in seeing your tasteful selection of shoes. That is why at EID, our professionals boldly add colour, style, and taste into every room by  including these often overlooked trinkets in our designs.
  2. For inexpensive area rugs, there is not better tool in the designer’s tool box than clean laundry. When utilised properly, clothing makes for the perfect amount of colour to liven up every room in your home.
  3. Here at EID, we believe that toy boxes are a thing of the past. Instead, areas of your home should be set aside as “Fun Zones”. These dedicated happy places will liven up your living area and cater to the child in you.

Below are a few images of the a few EID completed designs.

Bring colour, taste, and style into every room. © EID, 2016
Bring colour, taste, and style into every room. © EID, 2016
Bring colour, taste, and style into every room. Example of a Fun Zone, © EID, 2016
Bring colour, taste, and style into every room. © EID, 2016