Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Selfie: Sunbeams and such

Manhattan here on this Selfie Sunday.

Some of our readers may already know that Z-girl's mama--our Nana--passed away on December 12, 2016. We've all been very sad and are doing a great job of being faithful caretakers. Our girl has needed lots of snuggles and purrs.

With the rush of holidays on the heels of Nana Lou's services, then work, then getting caught up with life, Z-girl just hasn't been up for blogging. She wants to write, but her energy has been low. Don't despair--we are getting our food and fresh water, our boxes are  clean. Blankets nice and fluffy. Our routine mostly in tact. And Z-girl is eating, sleeping and for the most part, taking care of life's chores. Some things slip but nothing mission critical. She says her mama would want her to take good care of herself, and of us. And to keep helping other kitties get homes.

I asked Z-girl to please post this photo of me on our cat shelves.

Yesterday a wonderful sunbeam was bouncing off the ceiling and it captivated me. Z-girl says she wonders why I'm so enchanted...

I can't tell anyone what, or who I see in the rays that make their way through our windows. Or why I'm meowing. It's part of my mystique.

Maybe, just maybe Nana Lou bounced in on a beam to visit Z-girl. What do you think?

This is a blog hop hosted by our friends at The Cat on My Head. 

We hope to be back sometime soon, cuz we miss our furiends.
This is Manhattan, over and out.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Few Photos of Our Catification

Hi Everyone!

It's me, Manhattan and I'm here on a Caturday to share with you some beautiful photos of the Warehouse apartment, and our catification!

We've talked so much about this project over the last few years. It took awhile because some things were custom made for us. Other things just took longer than we hoped, but it doesn't matter cuz now it's done!

I hid during the photo shoot, which is sad to Z-girl because I scale these shelves often. Wendy Ploger took all of the photos on our page today (except the last one), and we want to thank her for her time and her talent.

Here is Valentina. You can't see any of the catification, but doesn't she look beautiful on the bench? Photo by Wendy Ploger.
Coco roared for the camera. Actually, she was yawning but she is fierce! Photo by Wendy Ploger.

Here's the desk. We love climbing above it and using these steps to go between the windows. It's fun when there is more than one of us perched here, too! Photo by Wendy Ploger.

This gives you a nice view of the installation around the closet and across the bed. I love to go up there in the middle of the night. And talk to the moonbeams. Photo by Wendy Ploger.

And here is Z-girl with Miss Andrea, the designer of our whole catification installation! She's so nice. Photo by Wendy Ploger.

It's Caturday so I'm busy taking naps in the sunshine. We hope wherever you may be that you are enjoying your day, too!

This is Manhattan, out!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Selfies for September

Hi everybody....
Try to remember, the kind of September when life was slow, and oh so mellow...
("Try to Remember", from the musical The Fantasticks)

Z-Girl says that life hasn't been slow for a long while. Maybe this is why September almost slipped away without nary a selfies post from us. Since we are so incredibly behind, we thought we'd share a few of our recent favorites.

Coco loves to lounge on the sofa

 Manhattan really digs the flokati baby rugs from PAD PAWS...

Bessie claims the bed as her main territory

Lulu loves the armoire~mostly for perching on top, but sometimes  inside...

And Valentina insists on sleeping beside Z-girl whenever she's on the computer...

We haven't been around lately, so are hopping around today to see how all our blog pals are doing. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, furiends!

This is a BlogHop hosted by our furiends at Cat on My Head. Join in the fun!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

It's a bittersweet offer, to take part in today's blog hop: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2016.

On the positive side, it's special to have a place and a date to share stories about those we've loved and lost. Z-girl gets tears in her eyes when she thinks about the process of losing her beloved kitties over the years. For most of her life she's had at least 1 cat living with her so as you can imagine that means this could be a lengthy post.

We at Squeedunk decided to honor a sweet kitty rescued early in 2016 from the PAD (Powerhouse Arts District). His name was Norman, and he was nearly starved when he was found during normal feeding rounds by PAD PAWS trapper/rescuer/fairy cat-mother extraordinaire, Natalie.
Norman after his rescue, he was undernourished and frail.

We were uncertain if Norman would make it through his first night, much less at all. January's cold and his fragile state were surely a lethal combination for this boy who appeared out of nowhere. This is the confounding world of rescue: PAD PAWS were scheduled to trap a stable colony of four, but diverted those plans when he was discovered. We needed to usher this unknown cat to safety--clearly he urgently required help.

What a gentle soul--always happy for a soft place to sleep, and consistent offering of food and love he received from us and an angel of a foster mama (thank you, Gina). Norman had a multitude of health issues with complex diagnoses requiring frequent veterinary intervention. Yet he seemed to understand that everything was designed to help him recover so he could live out his life in a loving adoptive home. We marveled at his rebounds and sent lots of purrs when he was up against another health problem.

And then one day in May--after things seemed to be going so well for this tabby boy--he had what we believe was a stroke (or stroke-like event) and he was unable to recover. He died peacefully in his foster home, and his entire support system was profoundly saddened by this unforeseen turn of events.

Who knows what traits we could have shared with you about his personality if he had lived longer. Was he a mighty hunter of wand toys? Would he have enjoyed smelling Thanksgiving Dinner cooking and waited patiently for his turkey portion? So many questions unanswered, especially--why was he on the streets in the first place and how did he survive as long as he did?

To properly remember him we'd like you to know he had a sweet disposition coupled with a strong determination to live. He was so loved by his foster mom Gina--that she retains his ashes. Her daughter made greeting cards with  a picture of 3 of the 4 PAD PAWS kitties who were set to be rescued the night Norman was found in their feeding area. She thoughtfully dedicated the design in Norman's memory, kindly noted on the back of each card.

Five months may not be a long time to have known love and kindness but we believe that in his passing, Norman released into the universe the goodness bestowed upon him and that has returned into humanity to support and inspire others. Just like we know the memory of this tenderhearted kitty, who lived each day we knew him with such gratitude, motivates us to continue our mission to rescue and rehome. This post is for Norman, and other outdoor kitties who were too sick or unable to survive the ravages of living in the elements before we were able to intercede. Maybe you had a home, maybe you never did. You are not forgotten, dear ones. We remember you. And on occasion we can still see you in the shadows, waiting for your meal service. We'll meet you--beyond this plane, in a space that knows only love. Until then, our angels, continue to shepherd those who departed the Earth alone.

Norman enjoying a snuggly bed and the spoils of a wonderful foster family.

Z-girl would also like to say she remembers and will see again: Maggie, Jiggs, Pyewacket, Jezebel, Puffin, Punkin, Chaucer, Aristotle and Duffy. Purrs and eternal love, my babies.

This is a Blog Hop. Click to read more stories from our blogging friends, and to find out how you can join in and make sure a beloved pet from your life is remembered.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It's All Greek to Me...

Lulu: Hey every-pawty! It's Wordless Wednesday. So I'll keep this short and sweet.

Today, Z-girl brought out the suitcase.

I don't like it when I see luggage. It means Z-girl is leaving.

She is going away to celebrate with our Aunt Natalie in Greece. Aunt Natalie has a big birthday. Z-girl had one last year and so these two think they need to leave the PAD and celebrate on an island with other cats. And the ridiculously blue waters of the Aegean Sea. And Greek cats. (Do they understand English?)

 Santorini, Greece. Photo from

We have great company here in the Warehouse Apartment. A pet sitter and then some of our friends from the building check on us and make sure everything's running smoothly. 

My view of the PAD isn't as spectacular as what she will experience, but honestly I am happy to be inside and we will all snuggle in our normal comfy spots until she returns.

Until then, we won't be visiting any blogs. We have one post planned for July 15, so I ask you to stop by then!  We hope our furiends will understand and look forward to getting caught up with everyone when Z-girl is back.

Be advised that the FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) will be inspecting her luggage for any signs of Greek kitties....I'll provide a full report. Stay tuned.

This is Lulu, over and out!

Friday, July 1, 2016

BlogPaws Re-cap from the Warehouse Apartment

Coco: Hi everyone.

If you are a pet blogger you may know that Z-girl attended the BlogPaws Conference in Chandler, Arizona from June 23-25.

We survived while she was away. Well, there was one little kerfuffle that we kept under wraps until Z-girl returned. Manhattan mysteriously escaped from the apartment. No details have been disclosed at this time, but what we know thus far is that Jerome, our building Superintendent, saw The Divine Miss M (the tuxedo, not the singing sensation) sitting outside our door and used his key to let her back inside. Our cat sitter was *shocked and amazed* that Manhattan is such a deft escape artist.

She's known for her shelf climbing. Who knew she also will go out-through-the- in door? 

Meanwhile, Z-girl was hanging out with cat bloggers and spending time gazing at nifty items in the Cat Style Lounge. She even attended a Yappy Hour on Thursday evening and a Happy Meowr on Friday. 

Was there catnip at Happy Meowr?

And then she was able to sit with the cat bloggers and shake, shake, shake the pink tambourine from Glogirly during the coveted Nose-to-Nose Awards on Saturday evening. Many of our furriends were nominated for awards, so it was extra-special for her to be there to support the wins and even the losses. A blogger may not have left with an award in their suitcase, but each nominee is wonderful and their blog, special post, photo or video is captivating-- in our humble opinion. Z-girl shared all the highlights and we are so proud of everyone. We are tickled that our friend Glogirly won for Best Humor Blog! We laugh our fluff off whenever we read the antics of Katie and Waffles. 

Hey Glogirly! Next year, could you please add feathers to this thing? Purrs, Valentina

Above all, Z-girl tells us that meeting like-minded people was the best part of the whole experience. She's been talking nonstop about the humans behind the blogs, and the pets they love. We think she made a bunch of new furiends and we are really happy about that. Especially if they always send her home with bags of swag like she was toting after this trip!

In closing, I'll share one more fun photo: Z-girl with Kate Benjamin, of Hauspanther

Kate is a catification expert and we've all watched her on My Cat From Hell with Jackson Galaxy. We studied their first book when the catification was under design in the apartment. So it was a true pleasure for Z-girl to spend time in the Cat Style Lounge, and a great surprise to win an item for us girls! We are patiently awaiting the UPS delivery so we can show you something new! Some of the items we live with and love are featured on her website already. That's cuz we are a group of super-cool cats.

That's a wrap! This is Coco, over and OUT.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday with Manhattan, the Carrot and the Pepper

Manhattan: Hey everybody. I'm here on Z-girl's bed, hanging out with the catnip carrot. I love the catnip carrot.

Okay, so I *also* love the catnip chili pepper. 

Today is Monday. It's a beautiful day outside so the sunshine is streaming through our warehouse windows, and we kitties have been randomly chasing various toys all morning. Z-girl is preparing to leave us on Wednesday to attend her very first BlogPaws Conference in Arizona. That means the packing frenzy is starting.

This conference is exciting for all of us in the Warehouse apartment for a few reasons:

* Z-girl is hungry to learn more about blogging. She knows that she will be schooled in a lot of topics that will advance her knowledge. We kitties hope this translates to visiting with our readers more frequently than we have during the course of the past 6 months!

* We have heard through the Catnip Vine that there is something called a Swag Bag that each blogger receives when they attend the conference. And we've heard that there should be MORE swag for us kitties than for Z-girl. If she has to leave us the very least she can do is come back with some goodies! 

* Meeting like minded people is something that Z-girl has touted as the most special part of attending BlogPaws. She is especially excited to meet Glogirly's Debbie Glovatsky, who offered a free BlogPaws conference pass a few weeks ago that Z-girl was able to claim! Within a few short hours, the flight was booked and plans were set. In addition, Z-girl will see Deb Barnes from Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles and Dawn White from Lola the Rescued Cat. She met both of them briefly last year, and is thrilled to have the chance to see them again while immersed in an environment that cultivates creativity.

* Promoting PAD PAWS as well as our blog is an important mission. All of us are seeking new pathways to connect our blog and the ongoing efforts of the non-profit Z-girl helped found, expanding our reach to help cats, dogs and other animals in need. 

What isn't so exciting is her departure. We have grown accustomed to being together since Z-girl has had a lot of contracts over the past three years where she works from home more than in an office. So much so that Valentina sits in a chair next to Z-girl at her desk. 
Vali is not happy with the conference call topic du jour.

There will be photos posted to Instagram during the conference. Do you follow us there? Z-girl has her own account and *finally* established one for us a few months back. You can follow her @lzaccardi AND follow us @squeedunkcats. Also, you can follow PAD PAWS @padpawsrescue.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone. Today is full of possibilities!

Manhattan, out.