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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Caturday reflections with Lulu

Lulu: Hey there everyone!

It's Caturday, and I am having a great day now that Z-girl is back from a few days away.

Our hiatus from October til May kept us from sharing some of our news. You saw on our Sunday Selfie post that a foster girl named Mimi came to live with us. We hope she finds a furever home soon. She's a nice cat who just wants a human to love.

One of the most exciting things in MY opinion is the completion of the cat walk over the bed!!

I'm the only Squeedunk cat who has tried it out. I *love* it!!!

AND I would do it more if Z-girl would put a step down shelf for me by her wardrobe (she promises this is next...)

I can't see how to get up to the shelves from here, but I can get back down to the armoire when I'm on the cat results in a nice, loud thud!

We hope all of our furiends have a great Caturday!

Lulu, out!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Selfie with Mimi the Foster Kitty

BESSIE: Hi everyone, this is Bessie.
This is me, in a rare appearance on the purple rug. I'm working on how to blend in with Coco, Valentina and Manhattan so I too can hang out in the living room space.

It's Easy Sunday for all of us in the cat blogosphere, and we are taking full advantage of that.

Z-girl asked me to introduce our foster kitty, Mimi. She's looking for a furever home and we hope that by sharing her story we can find the right cat guardian to come forward.

Mimi was in a high kill shelter in NYC. We hate that kitties who go there have a nearly certain death sentence but it's a fact. So when Z-girl saw that at 7 years old she was listed as a SENIOR, she knew that she didn't stand a chance. At the very last minute, Z-girl had her pulled and she's been here in the Warehouse apartment ever since.

Here's what all of us Squeedunk cats can tell you about Mimi:
* She is a healthy and spayed 8 year old girl (she's had a birthday since she came to live with us)
* Loves to play so much that she will take over a game of laser dot and chase anything that Z-girl throws
* Enjoys our cat shelves--she climbed all the way to the top shelf AND THEN jumped on to the pipes that run the width of the apartment; we were all mesmerized!
* Mimi is quite social and chatty, but not loud at all; she is just talkative when she comes to sit on Z-girl's lap, or around dinner time
* She gets along well with other cats, but likely would be happier in a home with one or two cats instead of 5 because she does enjoy being pet, scratched and sitting with her guardian

Here is Mimi, with her banana catnip toy. She has a white belly and paws, and a nice tabby coat.

Please spread the word that Mimi wants to find a home. 
This is a blog-hop! Please visit all of our friends at The Cat on My Head for more Sunday Selfies!

This is Bessie, out!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

In 7th Heaven with Valentina...

Valentina: Today is my 7th Gotcha Day. This is me, with my baby blues and kitten-tude, posing for my debut photo. I was adorable, I know.

This is one of the photos that was sent to Z-girl, informing her that I was coming to live at the Warehouse Apartment. The people who rescued my litter didn't ask her. They just said that I suited her personality and that was that. She said she wasn't sure if she wanted me. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

Z-girl had adopted Coco in September. When I was born in April the rescuer contacted Z-girl and said it was clear I belonged in her apartment together with Coco (who is my half sister). Her heart melted when she first saw my baby pictures and then of course when she met me, that sealed the deal. I fell in love with her right away and she with me.

That's me playing under the tulle over the red chair. It's gone now and much of our tulle has been reduced but there's enough to keep us happy. 

That's me with one of my siblings, right before we were ushered to our adoptive families. Z-girl says I was the cutest of the whole bunch. I think she's right...

Suffice it to say, I would have lived as an outdoor kitty if the kind rescuer had not helped me find a furever home. Same for my siblings--we were all placed with good cat guardians. We sure hope other humans will make room in their homes and hearts for animals in need. Z-girl tries to help rehome cats in need--from kittens to adult or even senior kitties--with the right adoptive family for each situation. Spread the word! Together, we can change the world!

Hoping you enjoy your Caturday. It's special for us here in the Warehouse apartment, and even more special now that we are blogging again!

Valentina, out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Celebrating 10 years of rescue in the PAD!

For our readers who are local, please join us tonight to celebrate 10 years of rescue in the Powerhouse Arts District (PAD).

We will be at Departed Soles @150 Bay Street, downtown from 6:30-9P. Great craft beer (award winning!) along with like minded animal lovers and some goodies for sale!

Can't make it but want to support us? Please consider adopting, fostering or donating!

And remember: Manhattan, Bessie and Lulu are ALL successful PAD PAWS rescues!

Manattan (top), after her life-saving surgery and Bessie (mama cat) along with the Captain (now living in the NJ suburbs) and Lulu--her two surviving kittens.

Thank you for your support!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Selfie with Bessie

Hi everyone,
It's Bessie.
Did you know that of all the Squeedunk cats, I'm the only one who is a mom?

That's right. Lulu is my daughter.

So it was fitting that at 4am today I was the first one to offer my Happy Mother's Day wishes to Z-girl, don't you think?

We are wishing all the mothers of the world a happy day. Whether you are a biological mom, a foster mom, an adoptive mom, or a motherly figure to a loving being. All moms in the animal kingdom: thank you for all you do.

Z-girl asked me to share this photo; not a selfie, but a beautiful memory:

Z-girl with her mama, Mary Lou, sometime in 1965.

We are participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop! Join the fun and see many of our friends at The Cat on my Head! 

This is Bessie, over and out!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Time to break the silence

Hi everyone, Valentina here.

We've been quiet for a long time. Z-girl wants me to tell you we are all doing well, and really hope you'll follow as we resume posting to our blog.

In upcoming posts we'll share with you the latest catification improvements and some important updates from PAD PAWS. Of course you'll be privy to our day to day antics.

For those of you who were reading us regularly, we are truly sorry we went AWOL. We love to be a part of the cat blogosphere!

 Valentina, over and out.