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Picture Paw-fect, Dad and Franklin!

July 15th 2012 10:11 am
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The winners of the Picture Paw-fect contest were announced on the website this past Thursday. This is the link to the page we're on, but you can check out the other five category winners:

Purina Picture Paw-fect Winners Announced

We still can't believe we won one of the Grand Prizes. Dad told Mom that if she wins a contest like this every month she won't have to work. MOL!

Speaking of Dad, while he and Mom were out having dinner last weekend, he told Mom that he remembered watching part of an episode of Jackson Galaxy's show where he saw a cat tower with platforms. He said he felt that Riley (yes, he said MY name), should get something like that. Well, Dad may not have known what that tower was called but Mom knew right away he was talking about the Hollywood Franklin Tower.

YES! Mom spent last weekend emailing with kitty Franklin's Dad, who is the designer, and decided what configuration she wanted for us. It's going to include two cabanas. Franklin's Dad even honored a discount offer that ended a few days earlier.

The pole and clamps for the tower come from IKEA so that's all we have so far, but our platforms have been shipped and should be here this coming week. I'm glad because staring at a pole is pretty boring!



Pet Ottoman Dens

July 2nd 2012 9:39 pm
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We received the check from Purina on Saturday and the items Mom ordered for us arrived today in two big boxes.

Mom wanted to get something special and decided to get two Pet Ottoman Dens for the family room to replace the single glass table that was there. This was a good idea not only for us but because Dad used to put a pillow on the glass table for his feet all the time.

Since the ottomans come in brown, it didn't really go with the existing rug and curtains, so Mom had some fun changing those as well. A family room makeover!

The ottomans are great, very sturdy, and with two of them, all nine of us could fit on top and inside if we wanted to. Actually, Huey could fit on top of them but we're not encouraging it. Besides, Mom decided on something really great for him--a dog bone shaped pool, but don't tell him!



Big News!! We're Picture Paw-fect!!!

June 26th 2012 3:21 pm
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It all started in early May when Dad saw an announcement about a Purina photo contest and encouraged Mom to enter. There were six categories and we entered each of them. Six Grand Prize winners were to be awarded, along with six First Place prize winners.

Last Thursday, we got a special FEDEX delivery containing a letter and documents indicating we were one of six Grand Prize winners pending the return of a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and Release form as well as a Copyright Assignment form!! They included a copy of the winning photo and a prepaid overnight return envelope.

Mom took care of this right away because it was due back to them today. Well, she got the call today saying all paperwork was in order and to pick a day to have the check delivered because she has to sign for it. I didn't want to tell you before all the forms were received and they made it official.

The check is for $5,000 made payable to Mom/us!

The picture that won is the 10th picture on my page with my brother Huey. It was entered in the Pair Entries category and the Best Sense of Humor sub-category! Winners were selected by a hired independent judge. Thank you Mr. or Mrs. Independent Judge!

Mom is already making plans on how to spend some of the money on us, but is still trying to figure out what to buy Huey. The rest will stay in the pet account!

Here is the link to the Purina contest page but the announcement of the winners won't show up until around July 12. I'll be sure to let you know when it's there!

Purina Picture Paw-fect Competition


Love, Riley


Oh what a relief it is!

June 12th 2012 8:27 pm
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Cats, do you ever get excited after you've done some big business in your litter box? Do you do the zoomies afterwards? Well, I sure do!

However, when it comes to my doggie brother, Huey, I think he's got it backwards. Once he starts doing zoomies in the house, one of my parents will open the patio door and he'll run outside and do his big business! Then they let him back inside, panting and everything, and he stops zooming around.

They say you can train a dog to let you know when he needs to go potty by hanging a bell by the door, but we all know that if there was a hanging bell by the door some cats would be ringing it all the time and my parents would never get any sleep!

Where can I find one of these bells?



Diary Pick

April 24th 2012 1:00 pm
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Thank you all for the gifts and messages today in honor of my diary pick!

We've been busy watching the bird nest right outside the kitchen on our patio awning. They come back every year to the same place and build a nest on top of the metal arms which are closed.

Good thing Huey stays in the house because the other day when he and Mom were outside the birds tried to dive-bomb him! Huey is always bringing in yard debris because it sticks to his hair, so wouldn't it be interesting if a bird got stuck to him?

Speaking of birds, Mom did some volunteer work with some co-workers last week at a veggielution community farm and took pictures of the Hen House and the male peacocks. One male peacock flirted by showing off his gorgeous plumage! Mom wishes he wasn't in the shade at the time and her camera phone didn't capture the colors too well.

Well, I gotta get back to enjoying my day and say goodbye to Mom while she heads back to work from her lunch break.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love, Riley


I scratched an ITCH!

April 18th 2012 7:50 pm
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A couple of months ago, MASTER ZACK and MISS ZOEY sent us two ITCH wall scratchers from SQUARE CAT HABITAT!

We waited a few weeks for Dad to hang them up but we had not been seen scratching them since. Last night, I scratched one of them in front of Mom but the camera was in the other room. I decided to repeat my performance for Mom tonight and this time the camera was in the same room!

They look really cool on the wall. We've just been very secretive about using them!

Thanks again Zack and Zoey!



I'm Samoa's Dreamboat #79b!

February 19th 2012 5:26 pm
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I made it to SAMOA'S list of dreamboats today, along with Enzo and Nike! Reebok is already Dreamboat #25, so now all the boys in this family are on her list.

I know Samoa assigned me the letter "b" because she thinks I'm bodacious, among other things!

Thank you, Samoa!

Love, Riley


Oh Yay, Diary of the Day!

December 29th 2011 3:04 pm
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What a week of celebration I'm having. Monday was my Gotcha Day, today I'm Diary of the Day, and tomorrow is my 7th Catster Anniversary.

Thank you for all the cool forever stars, rosettes, special gifts, pawmails, friend requests, comments, and memento from Tundra. You're the best cat pals!

Mom was out shopping today and found out that a PetSmart is opening in our neighborhood. That is the one store that has been the farthest from our house so now she has another place to drag Huey to so they can shop for us.

Another year is coming to an end, so it's time for all of us to start thinking about our New Year's Resolution(s) and see if we can stick to them!

Thanks, again!

Love, Riley


Today is my Gotcha Day! Meow!

December 26th 2011 9:13 am
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Thanks to everycat who sent us all the mistletoes this past weekend. A whole lot of kissing has been going on! We hope you had a very merry Christmas and are still enjoying the holiday season.

Thanks Zeeke & family, Tate, and Tyson for reminding me early this morning that it was my Gotcha Day! I guess you can say I was an after-Christmas special!

Mom remembers the day she saw me at the adoption fair and then called Dad to tell him she was bringing me home. She brought a carrier with her so she must've been on a mission! I was already named Riley by my rescuer and kept that name.

While in the car on the way home, I stuck my paw through the carrier door and kept swatting at Mom to try to get her to tell me where we were going. When we got home, I acted like I had been here for years.

Anyway, I guess I need to show you what was in the big box that I wrote about in my last diary. It's a short, double-tunnel cat tree. But, it gets even more exciting because after that, Mom could not pass up the sales she came across at local pet stores, so we got two more tall cat trees!

Thanks to everycat for your friendship. My whole family is looking forward to another year of fun with you!

Love, Riley


Big box!

December 16th 2011 7:16 pm
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A big box arrived for us cats today from the North Pole!

What's in it?

Love, Riley

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