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March 26th 2011 4:28 pm
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Mom says this is very good. It’s new. It’s from our local Animal Rescue League and it’s called the CatSnip Program. I have been thinking about what exactly the CatSnip Program could be. The flyer has a happy smiling cat on it. It says that cats who live in certain Zip Codes are invited to participate. You have to make an appointment and it’s free. FREE is good. They only have room for 1,920 cats during the next two years.

CatSnip sounds kind of crafty. I’m wondering if this is like a crafts class and we cats would be making something? Maybe we’d be using them kid-scissors with the rounded edges and glue? I asked Mom if she could sign me up for the class but Mom doesn’t want me to go. She says I don’t need to go, it’s already taken care of. This is not fair! Just because I’m a man cat doesn’t mean that I can’t be crafty and creative. I can go to a crafts class if I want to. I’d love to make a nice toy out of colored paper and feathers and fabric. Maybe I’d even use glitter.

Mietzi said she doesn’t want to go. No way. Well, Mietzi has always been more of a Tomboy cat and she’d probably rather go to a shop class.

I hope Mom will change her mind and lets me go. CatSnip sounds like so much fun.
Your crafty Timo


CatSnip for Humans too !

April 2nd 2011 11:39 am
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Last week I told you about the new CatSnip Program from our Animal Rescue League. Mom says it's only for low income kitties and it's free. So I thought I'd sign up because I have no income and it sounded like it is a crafts class. Because I didn't stop bugging Mom about it, she finally explained it to me.

It's not a crafts class at all! It's like them humans steal part of our manly parts. It usually happens when you're really young and I had it done already but I don't remember. The humans don't do this to be mean. It's for our own good. Because man cats who don't have this done live a dangerous life. They will go roaming around looking for the most beautiful girl cat to marry and they will stray far from home. And after a little while the girl cat will have kittens. Then she'll sue you for kitten support and Alley-Money too because she wouldn't be able to work for a while on account of the kittens. Boy, am I happy that I don't have to worry about that.

But the best is, did you know that CatSnip is available also for humans? Yep, humans can have this done too. Well, it's about time that they have to suffer too. It's not fair that it's always us cats who have to go to the vet and have all this stuff done to us.

So now CatSnip for humans is available too. Not at the ARL of course but I saw some human vets advertise it, and they say humans should have it done right now if they are thinking about it. Because the Final Four are on and it's the purrfect excuse to just sit on the couch and do nothing. Humans are not as tough as we cats are. When they have this done, they are supposed to sit on the couch for three days and not move much. And there is also a strategically placed bag of frozen peas involved somehow.

Glad that I can enjoy the Final Four without frozen peas,


I'm watching Eagles and it's my purrsday

April 6th 2011 10:33 am
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Hi everyfur. Thanks for bringing over so many gifts for my purrsday. Molly was the first one this morning. She gave me a party hat. I had it on this morning when Mom got up and good thing too. Mom almost forgot about my purrsday. But then she saw me with the party hat. I don't know what Mom will do for my purrsday - since she almost forgot. Waiting for her to come home. I hope it involves food!!

In the meantime I'm watching the Eagles in Decorah Iowa on their web cam. It's really neat. They have two little babies and another egg is about ready to hatch. The old eagles are very big. I don't want to run into them ever, so it's nice to watch from the safe distance over the net.

If you want to watch too here is the website. Sorry, I have no time for links right now because it's Mom's lunch break

then click on nest cam
Or you can just google Decorah Eagles.

Meow to you later,
birthday boy TK

7:40 p.m.
There is a big old fish laying in the nest right now (supper). I hope it's a trout. The eagles live next to a fish hatchery. Good place to live.

I have the sound turned up on the eagle website and you can hear birds chirping, cars driving by and water running. When Mom watches at work, she has no sound. She never needs sound on her work computer. So she was surprised to find out that there is sound. Good thing that I turned our speakers up.

I lost track a little bit. I don't know if eagle baby number three has hatched yet. I thought I saw an empty shell in the nest. Momma Eagle needs to get up so that I can get a better look. Must be boring to be sitting on that nest all day long. I'll come around in a little while and thank you all personally for the gifts and greetings. Thank you so much. Love you all. Gotta check on my eagles.


Purrsday Thank Yous and more Eagle stuff

April 7th 2011 4:58 am
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Dear friends,
I had a wonderpurr birthday yesterday. Mom came home with some special food for me. It's Chicken Liver Pate with Quail Eggs. Mmmh yumm. I had to share one container with Mietzi. Then Mietzei and I got to go outside. The sun was shining and it was 65. Mietzi was in her harness because she is a bad girl and she runs away. So I was showing off in front of her and ran really fast by her. Mietzi can't run in her harness, MOL. I am still waiting for a "real" present. I think I'll look thru some cat catalogues and then whisper to Mom what I want when she sleeps.

Back inside we went for some more eagle watching. Mietzi kept asking Mom: Where exactly is Decorah, Iowa. Because there is a half-eaten fish in the eagle's nest and Mietzi was gonna go and ask Momma Eagle: "Are you gonna eat that?" Good thinking Mietzi. That fish is gonna spoil soon.

I don't know if it's always the Momma Eagle sitting on the nest or if Mom and Dad take turns. It's hard to tell them apart and I haven't seen any change-offs. If he just hunts that is an easy job because they live next to a fish hatchery. And Momma got the tough job taking care of the kids all day long, MOL. You can even see them at night because there is a light shining on them. I hope it's not too bright. I think Momma needs a light switch to turn the light off for nighty time. Can you tell, I love my eagles. They are quite fascinating. I love it when Momma settles into the nest and she does something that looks almost like kneading. Wiggling around until she got the chicks situated just right.

Oh ya, I was gonna say thank you. I almost forgot. Thank you to all my wonderfurr friends for my birthday gifts, well wished and pmails:

MOLLY was here very early in the morning bringing me a party hat.
Miss CHAI LATTE - a lady bug
HOBO, MOOSE - a huuuuge cake (yes, I shared with everybody here and we still have leftovers)
Family of ADAM DYLAN - yummy shrimp and his whole family sang "Happy Meowday to you" to me. Very talented furrs.
Family of ZEEKE - another yummy shrimpie
SAMOA - a lady bug
NERMAL - yumm more shrimp
TROUT TOWNE TABBIS- Shrimp of course, te he
Family of BIG HARRY - a lady bug
SIMONE AND RIVER - a lady bug and an original River Dance
ALEX, FINNEY and LACEY and also GIDGIT couldn't make it over but they sent birthday wishes via pawmail.

Thank you so furry much. Love you all.

Momma Eagle just ate most of the fish and fed some to the babies too. But there are two more fishes and something that might be a bunny laying in the nest. Papa was there to replenish the pantry and to say Good Morning but then he left again. I guess that answers my question. Must be the Momma who is doing all the child rearing.

You all have a pawsome day.
Your Eagle enthusiast Timo

link to the eagles again: then click on eagle cam


Zorro - a very special Horse

April 24th 2011 12:39 pm
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Are you all having a pawtastic Easter weekend? I got a catnip mouse from the Bunny and Mietzi got Peeps that don't peep.
I just realized that the title of my diary is “Timo’s Tall Tales”. So I better tell you some tales. Grandma and Grandpa live in Germany and here is a tale about a horse from a newspaper clipping that they sent over. (yes, I will also tell you cat and dog tales in the future)

Zorro is a very special horse. Zorro will celebrate his 25th annifursary on the job in July. He is probably the oldest horse in the city of Bremen. He is at least 36 years old and maybe as old as 40 years. For a horse that is very, very old. If a horse is in his 20s he is considered stone old.

Where does Zorro work? He works at a special project. A nonprofit farm on the outskirts of Bremen, which is dedicated to city kids. Kids from different nationalities learn how to play with each other, they learn about responsibilities and how to take care of animals and also how to ride a horse. There are also three donkeys, two goats and a cat on the farm.

Zorro was the very first horse at the project and over the last 25 years he taught several hundred kids how to ride a horse. He still goes on short rides now but he can’t carry a rider anymore on account of his age. Time did leave his mark on Zorro. He has arthritis, he has no teeth left and he gets heart medication. But otherwise he is doing so great that he is kept in an open stable all year round (winters in that part of Germany are not as cold as in Iowa). He does get a nice blanket in the winter. Zorro is on a special diet, including oil and malt beer (mmmh yum). Zorro has always been a very special horse. He has an even temperament, is very patient with the new riders and even the vet visiting doesn’t make him loose his cool.

His 25th annifursary will be on July 11th and every worker on the farm will come and shake his hoof in appreciation of his work for the project. Zorro hopes that many former workers and also kids that he taught to ride will show up for his special day. Congratulations Zorro. Job well done. Thank you for teaching kids about treating animals kindly.

Purrscript: many workers in Germany get a Golden Watch for their 25th anniversary. I wonder if Zorro will get one too.

copycatrights: freely retold after a story in the Weser-Kurier from April 6, 2011. Author of original story: Ilja Mertens


May Tree and May Beetle

May 1st 2011 12:25 pm
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Today is May Day. That means putting up the May Tree and dancing around it with all the eligible young Maidens. Many villages in Germany have a May Tree. Mom is from Germany but she's from the northern part and they didn't have May Trees there. A May Tree is a very tall trunk of a tree that gets decorated with ribbons and a crown of evergreens. Then people dance around it. It also involves eating bratwurst and drinking beer. It is mostly meant to be a celebration for the young people. So that they can meet and dance and eat Bratwurst together.

In some villages the young men put a decorated May Tree in every young woman's yard. And in some places the man puts the tree only in the yard of the young woman he is interested in. There are a lot of different traditions aound the May Tree.

May 1st is also Laborday in Germany. It's where we commemorate what the Worker's Rights movement and the Unions have accomplished for the workers.

Last but not least, they have a May Beetle in Germany. See picture on my page. I don't think you guys have that beetle here in the USA, correct me if I'm wrong. Mom says the kids in Germany were always excited when they found one, because they are rare.

Happy May Day everypurr. Next year I want my own May Tree with lots of ribbons. Then you can all come over and we Doods will dance with all the young Maidens. We'll eat Bratwurst and grilled shrimp and drink nip lemonade.

Sing with me:
Schöne Maid, hast Du heut' für mich Zeit
Oh ja ho ja ho
Sag' bitte ja, dann bin ich nur für Dich da, oh bitte
Oh ja ho ja ho

Pretty Maiden, do you have time for me today,
Oh ja ho ja ho
Please say yes, then I will be here for you only, oh please
Oh ja ho ja ho



May 2nd 2011 5:53 pm
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ding dong dinga linga aling dong
ding dong ding ding dong dinga ling dong

Mom, do you hear that? It's the ICE CREAM truck. Quick, give me a quarter, no a dollar, hurryyyyy.

Meow Meow Meow Mau Mau let me into the laundry room. Hurry Mom. Why laundry room? I bet there is a dollar in your jeans in the laundry basket. Open this door NOW.

ding dong dinga linga aling dong
ding dong ding ding dong dinga ling dong

Wait. WAIT FOR ME. I want some bunny tracks ice cream. Mietzi says she tried it once and there are no actual bunny parts in it. I wanna try. Wait Mr. Ice Cream Man. WAIT.

Awwww, the ice cream truck didn't stop for me *sniff*


Mom is technology challenged

May 3rd 2011 7:50 pm
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So I always knew Mom wasn't good with technology and things. I mean the woman has a prepaid cell phone and she wouldn't buy me the new iPad2 when I asked for it. I'm just happy that she knows how to turn the puter on and login to Catster.

So there are these new hearts in the giftshop and they are FREE. So I says, Mom let's send them to my friends. That'll be fun. Mom says, Gee Timo, I'd love to help you with that but that's gonna take furrever. So I looked into it and I saw that you can send one gift to a whole bunch of your friends AT THE SAME TIME! There is a button where you can add recipients and Mom never knew that. You just click on the picture of the friends. I showed her. Wow, that was easy, says Mom.

I have noticed that some friends send like the same text to alot of friends, and believe me, I don't mind, because we all know our human's time is limited. They have to do unnecessary things like work and clean and watch TV. But I always thought other furrs just copy and past the text they want to send and then send it to each furr individually. Yes, that would have taken furrever.

I'm glad that I looked into that and showed Mom an easier way. Maybe tomorrow I'll teach her how to write computer code, MOL.

Technocat Timo


Daily Diary Pick yesterday - Reading Kindl today

May 6th 2011 7:41 pm
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Hi cats. Thank you to all who stopped by yesterday and brought gifts and concatulations for my Daily Diary Pick. A special thank you to Big Harry, who makes the most wonderpurr trophies and picture-mementos. I had a nice day and got to go outside with Mom in the evening for half an hour. It was 63 and sunshine.

Official Thank Yous will follow soon. I'm busy reading Mom's new Kindl. Mom plugged it in to charge. She doesn't realize that you can start reading while it's still charging. So she's busy cleaning something and I grabbed it and started reading. It's easy to turn the pages with my paw. Mietzi keeps asking if I'm sure that this is it and I'm supposed to be careful, I might get my tail pulled. The girl is weird sometimes. I downloaded some fairy tales and have to get back to them now.

Thank you again. Hugs. I love you all.


Happy Mother's Day - More Beautiful You

May 7th 2011 8:39 pm
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Happy Mother’s Day, dear Mom. I love you. Thank you for picking me in the shelter. I'll never forget the day you picked me up. Happy Mother’s Day also to ALL the Mom’s out there. You rock.

Here is something that is dear to my heart. We just love that first song on my playlist “More Beautiful You” from Jonny Diaz because it’s so true. I copied some of the lyrics below. Please tell a girl or woman in your life this Mother’s Day, that she is beautiful just the way she is. Let’s stop believing the lies of advertisers who want women to look a certain way. Beauty is within your heart! You’re perfect just the way you are.

Happy Mom’s Day also to my furr-Mom. Love you. I think you’re just a few years older than I. So wherever you are, I hope you’re fine. Thanks for all you taught me about finding a good human and about mousies and things.

More Beautiful You – Jonny Diaz

Little Girl 14 flipping through a magazine.
Says she wants to look that way.
But her hair isn’t straight
her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight.

Well little girl 14 I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart.
And you were made with such care,
your skin, your body and your hair
are perfect just the way they are.

There could never be a more beautiful you!
Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops
they make you jump through.
You were made to fill a purpose
that only you could do.
So there could never be a more beautiful you.

Little girl 21, the things that you’ve already done
anything to get ahead.
And you say you’ve got a man
but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl 21, you never thought that this would come.
You starve yourself to play the part.
But I can promise you there’s a man who’s love is true.
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are.

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