Friday, December 26, 2008

Family Friends Favorite Friday

It occurred to me yesterday that I haven't spent too much time talking about our family pets, well one.....elusive Sophia. We all spent Christmas together yesterday and Santa brought stockings for all the pets.

This is Tartarus, he is half boxer and half lab, about 12 years old. He's a very obedient, loving, watchful protector of the family. He always gets the gift giving going by being the first to open his. Then he is happy and content to stay out of the way, all the while squeaking his new plaything.

I've talked about Wooly, he almost foiled Santa by seeking out the catnip toys....probably in a past life he was a lush!

We also have a 55 gallon fish tank with large fish living in it and if you look close in this picture you'll spot the base of a empty birdcage, (it can be seen in the tree photo of Christmas Eve post) we're debating whether or not to get birds. I just don't know about cats when no one is looking.....



And finally here is Sophia! Figures....give them a bunch of goodies.....




And they play with the box.....C & G Design.



10 comments:

Cinj said...

LOL. Just like kids. Well, not MINE but I've heard kids do that sometimes. Mine beg me to open their stuff because apparently they're incapable of opening boxes on their own. I helped Peanut because she wasn't feeling well, but I made son do it all himself.

tina said...

Awww cute. Think before you get birds-they are messy! And noisy! And irritating! If you lived close enough I'd give you my three pretties!

Dawn said...

Good morning guys!

Jean said...

Cute and funny....a box!! Oh Tina, birds are great, I love mine soooo much and I have louder ones than you. Well not my parakeets but the 2 cockatiels are loud but when the get going I just remind myself how much louder they would be if they were parrots. That was one thing about Alice. She was no louder than a parakeet. She truly was a special bird, in all ways, one of a kind. So thankful for the time I had with her and STILL talk to her all the time.

tina said...

Mom, Our problem with our three is I made the mistake of buying a perch with a jingaling bell attached on the bottom of it. The blue one (I think her name is BEBE, rings it ALL day long. It is all she does. When we take it away we feel guilty (I do anyhow), but with them in the living room it is too much noise. This added to the grandfather clock, talking clocks (dogs, animals and brids), and our mutts and you have a noisy house. Even too much for me believe it or not. As much as I complain on the birds they are entertaining and easy to take care of if you can overlook the messiness.

Dawn said...

We would want a variety of finches, social and busy. Wooly is almost a joke trying for the outside feeder, NO bird around here feels threatened. Picture a giant cat flying himself thru the air crossing his front legs....only to find nothing, look up and see the target still sitting there. He's always 6 feet from his "prey" and they arn't worried, they are bee bopping on the front porch now, too much snow easier to get the seed on the steps, Wooly is right there....watching out the door, although not worth going out in the white stuff.
Might be different with little captured ones and unless they are up here in the family room, hard to babysit.

tina said...

You might hang them from the ceiling out of the cat's reach? My cat comes inside sometimes (when I force her) and so far she is not interested in our birds-too afraid of the dogs I think. I had finches in Germany and adored them. I had a pair and they would lay eggs. Went away to the field and my neighbor watched them at her house, one died. The other one followed not too long after. But these are good birds, fairly quiet and easy and talkative. Not meanies like the parakeets. Just playing Mom!

lola said...

Cute. Yes, I think boxes are a "special" treat. For pets or little ones. Never saw a child yet that didn't like to play in a box.

Jean said...

Yup you do have a lotta noise in your house with all that. The more toys they have, the more they will not just play with one. Do you have balls on the bottom of the cage? Most birds like them a lot. I know they do make a mess but the things you can buy to put around the cage does help some. I have to clean the whole room where I have the birds 2 times a week. Another thing about Alice, yuo her again!! I could let her cage go for 10 days. She just really was 1 in a million.

Dawn as you well know, I have had birds most all of my life and also cats. But for some reason cats seem to know the birds are part of the family and seem to leave the caged ones alone. Now, would I trust them alone? Nope. Rascal comes in and gets on my computer desk and Alice would be sitting on her cage door. Probably 8 inches from Alice and never made a move to her. It did make me a wreck and I would be glad when Rascal left. Too top it off, Alice would talk to Rascal. She loved cats and dogs for some strange reason.

Fifi Flowers said...

Aaaaah... Santa delivers to the furry family members!