Monday, May 27, 2013

Well, it's been entirely too long since my last post, through no fault of my own. Between Erin getting sick, studying for finals, and getting ready for graduation, she's been less than helpful with the blog. I guess that's understandable and all, but I've made her promise to be more diligent with updates in the future.
I tried to tell her to quit watching Star Trek and let me get on Blogger. Sure looks like she's studying pretty hard, huh?
All of these things have kept us from having too many adventures lately. It's been pretty boring, if you ask me. In other news, Erin recently purchased a hammock, which Fetch really adores. I gave it a try myself and I have to admit, it's pretty cozy (especially when you sit ON the person in the hammock)

Not too bad.

Erin and the blonde guy took Fetch for a hike down to bluffs a few days ago, which I was NOT happy about. They set up the ENO (hammock) between two trees by the riverside and, according to Fetch, had a very rexaing day. Of course, after he got a few sniffs he was snoozing away in the hammock...

What's the point of taking him on a hike if he just sleeps the whole time?!?? Sigh...
While out near the river, the blonde guy, Matthew, accidently disturbed this scary looking cottonmouth/water moccasin slumbering underneath a rotting log. Luckily, he wasn't aggresive as they are reputed to be. I think they may have woken him up for a nap. Erin: I was shouting at Matthew to get away from it as soon as I spotted it, as my dad has drilled it into me that water moccasins can be pretty mean snakes, but of course he had to snap a picture first.

Even I wouldn't want to mess with him. Meanwhile, I was laying out in the backyard, getting some sun.
Belly Rub?
And finally, Happy Memorial Day! Fetch was sporting a festive bow tie today in honor of the holiday.
Even I have to admit he does look kind of snazzy.

That's all for now! Susie Q signing out

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fetch Friday

Fetch is too busy eating his kibbles to write this post himself, but I figured I would be generous and share some pictures of Fetch today.

Why hello


On the lookout

This has been the first Fetch Friday!

Susie Q signing out.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Golden Retriever, a Sleepy Old Man, and One Happy Cat

Erin here. Susie Q doesn't like to talk about this, but since she wanted to blog about her recent walk with my friend's golden retriever, Sunny, I figured a little background info would be important. Susie wasn't socialized with many other dogs/people as a puppy, and can be a bit reactive at times. Over the course of the past year, she has improved dramatically and can handle normal situations without even a bark, but ocassionally she will have a slight reaction. No one's perfect, and I'm very proud of how far she's come. 

That being said, walking her with Sunny was a bit of a test. She'd walked with him once before a few months ago and was very reactive at first, then settled down when we were on the walk, trotting calming next to (and underneath...) him, but reacting again once we'd reached our destination. This time, however, she hardly reacted at all, except for a few excited barks. She did give him a warning snap that did not connect when he came too close while she was sitting on my lap, but the improvement was remarkable. At times I could sense that she was getting a little nervous/stressed out, but the clicker,  the "look at that" game, and taking her off by herself to explore to calm down helped her tremendously.    

Susie Q here. I guess he's not AWFUL, but I'm still not too sure about this guy. I mean, look at that face:
As you can see, I'm keeping a close eye on him.
I mean, even if he pretty much ignored me, who knows what's going on in that golden head of his? What could he be hiding behind that happy-go-lucky grin? Hmmm, I think the jury's out on that one. But maybe it wouldn't be so terrible to go on another walk with him...MAYBE.

Anyway, here's a few pics from my walk today and a few random shots of the crew

Relaxing by the riverside

Exploring the forest

MY log

And a few random pictures from our week:

Fetch doing the laundry

Me napping with one sleepy old man

He can barely keep his eyes open

And last but not least, everyone's favorite kitten mittens...

Hallelujah! One happy cat

That's all for now. Check back tomorrow for another adventure!

Susie Q signing out.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tyger Tuesday

At times, it can be nice to lay curled in my fleecey basket beneath the window sill and bask in the warm spring sunshine tickling my stripes.
Every cat needs time to rest his brain. Even I can't plot world domination all the time.
But a cat can't slumber all the time, especially if he hopes to one day gain control of the kibble bag, and, eventually, the world. In the early part of my day, when I have the house to myself (aside from the canines, but they can be easily dealt with), I use this time to catch up on the mousie who nests in the computer screen. Also, I like to update my blog (did you think Susie was the brains behind this operation?) and peruse the interwebz.
Excuse the unflattering angle, this pic was from my, er, fluffy days, and I am now much fitter and trim.
Most days, if the weather's right, I'll await Erin's return from school in my personal wildlife viewing area, or, as the people call it, the Sun Room. 
What do you mean, this is your spot?

Sometime, I get so lonely, I have to resort to brushing myself. As any self-respecting cat knows, this is difficult to admit. Some of you may be thinking, "How could he brush himself, that is clearly a task for his person! Next thing you know, he'll be changing his own litterbox!" But what do you other cats do when there's no people around, and you have an itch that can only be scratched by the sweet caress of a brush? Here's what I do:
That's the spot

When she finally has returned, after I eat my kibbles and take another quick nap, it's time to hit the trails!

First, we must travel through the woods...

Across the powerlines...

Over fallen trees...

Yes, it is a trecherous journey, but the rugged hike is worth all the panting and the taunting squirrels once we reach our destination...

The River Bluffs!
After reaching our destination, I like to settle in for a little loafing, watching the shore line for any sign of the elusive fishies. Now, who wants to give me a ride back to the car? I'm beat.

Happy Tyger Tuesday, the first of many more to come!

Your favorite feline hiker,

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Trip to the Canal and a Silly Duck

Yesterday, I got to do one of my most favorite things! The person loaded me up in the car with the bf and drove us to a truly wonderful place, the canal! Between Lake Olmstead the Augusta Canal and Savannah River are tons of wooded trails with lots of great sniffs. We used to come here a lot during the winter, but now that the weather has warmed up, we have to look out for snakes and other beasts.

At the trailhead, there was a pair of little chihuahas who rubbed me the wrong way, but I politley walked past them as they strained toward me on their leads (Even if her fur became a little bristled...)

It was a beautiful day, although a little warm compared to the weather lately. I just wanted to RUN the whole time! So I had to have a little loose leash walking reminder at the beginning of our trek...but I was rewarded with lots of sprinting through the wooded trails, all the way to the river!
Swampy area near the canal

The day before yesterday, on a different walk, I met a very silly duck! (He closely resembled one of my favorite stuffies. I wanted to ask if they were related, but he did an about face as soon as he saw me!) It has been raining all day, but the people really wanted to walk, so we took off on another adventure on the greenway. We made it all the way to Brick Pond Park before getting caught in a downpour. My friend the duck was digging in the weeds at the edge of the swamp, but as we took cover under a lookout shelter built across the swamp, he started walking up the bridge towards us!

My duck friend
My stuffie. A striking resemblence...
Hey, where is that stuffie anyway?? Fetch!!! If you'll excuse me, I have a duckie to find.

Susie Q