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Dog Crazy Definitions

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In our last blog, we featured crazy cat definitions. So as not to leave out our canine friends, here are our interpretations of words that contain the word “dog”. We hope it tickles your “funny dog bone”!

Dogdom – The world of dogs or how a dog feels when he gets his head stuck in the
cookie jar

Dogbane – A perennial plant or how a dog feels about the existence of members of the
cat family

Dogears – The turned down corners of book pages or the things a dog changes when he
wants his bike to go faster

Doggone – A polite form of the word “damn” or what the factory dog does when he hears
the 5:00 whistle

Doglegging – When a golf course uses bends and turns in the terrain or what a poodle
wears to ballet class

Dogma – A set of beliefs or the opposite of a dog’s dad

Dogtrot – A quick easy gait or what a dancing dog prefers to call his favorite ball-
room dance

Dogvane – An indicator of wind direction on a ship or the dog who can’t stop looking
in the mirror

Dogwatch – A shipboard watch of 2 hour intervals or the thing a dog wears around his

Dogwoods – Trees with clusters of flowers or the clubs a dog uses on the fairway

Firedog – An andiron or what an unhappy boss does when his canine worker messes up

Hangdogs – Sad or depressed people or a bunch of dogs gathering to shoot the breeze

Hotdog – A ballpark favorite or a sexy poodle

Lapdog – A small dog that can be held in your lap or what a dog completes each time
she circles the track

Seadog – A veteran sailor or what Jane says to Dick when Spot appears

Underdog – A predicted loser in a contest or where you find a dogbed

Waterdog – Another skilled sailor or what you do when your dog is panting

Bandog – A tied up ferocious watch dog or a dog who is a groupie

Bulldog – A muscular, compact breed or the dog who makes up outlandish stories

And finally…

Dognapping – The act of stealing a dog or what a dog does after a big meal
What you might do now to rest your “funny dog bone”!

Cat Crazy Definitions


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Everyone likes a good chuckle from time to time. There are many words that contain the word “cat” that can be up for interpretation. Get ready; you are about to be “cat”-apulted” into a list of cat crazy definitions:

Catacomb – An underground cemetary or what a cat uses to fix his messy hair

Catty – Slyly malicious or what a cat sips with his 4:00 crumpets

Catnapped – Slept lightly or what the cat raised when he scratched the carpet

Copycat – An imitator or a cat who runs errands for the New York Times office.

Cat 0’Nine Tails – A whip or the cat who traded his lives for spare body parts

Catalyst – Substance that causes chemical reaction or what you give your cat when
she is going grocery shopping

Catfishes – Fish of the order Nematognathi or what a cat does on his day off

Muscat – A variety of grape or an untidy feline

Catcalls – Booing bad acting or what pussycat receives on her IPhone

Catenoid – The surface generated by rotating a catenary about its axis of symmetry
or what happens when the dog keeps chasing the cat

Polecats – Name for skunks or felines employed by Gallop

Delicate – Fine in texture or the cat who likes chopped liver

Hepcat – One who keeps up with the latest trends or the first counting word when
the Army cat leads the march (followed by 2, 3, 4..)

Catsup – A variant of ketchup or when it is time for the cat to bat the baseball

Catkin – Fluffy flower bracts of a willow or pussycats aunts and uncles

Catgut – Used to make racket strings or what the vet sees on Tabby’s xray

Catatonic – appearing to be in a daze or what you give your cat when he’s run down
And possibly…

How you’re feeling after reading all of these cat crazy definitions!


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Some Favorite Cats in Comic Strips

Comic strips first began in the 19th century in North America. They were part of the newspaper wars between Pulitzer and Hearst newspapers. As children, we used to wait in eager anticipation for the Sunday comics. They were in color and there were  snippets from all of our favorite comic book characters. Early comic strips were in black and white and several featured unforgettable felines.

One of the earliest cats to appear in a comic strip was Krazy Kat who first appeared in 1913 in a Hearst publication, the New York Evening Journal. Krazy Kat was created by George Herriman and was set in Herriman’s vacation home of Coconino County, Arizona. Krazy Kat was a naive, carefree, simpleminded cat of undetermined gender, referred to as “he” and “she” at different times. He/she was often seen singing and dancing about. Krazy Kat had an unrequited love for a mouse named Ignatz. Ignatz had given Krazy Kat his/her name and was constantly trying to throw bricks at the cat’s head. The crazy thing about this was that Krazy thought this meant that Ignatz was demonstrating his love by throwing bricks at him/her. Krazy called him “my l’il ainjul”. The dialect of the comic strip was a combination of English, French, Spanish, Yiddish and others.

The other main character was Offissa Bull Pupp who was always trying to stop Ignatz from throwing the bricks, and lock him in the county jail. It was a bitter rivalry that Krazy Kat in her guileless ways, was totally unaware of. Krazy assumed they were always playing a game of tag. “Ever times I see them two playing games togedda, Ignatz seems to be it.” The comic strip was last published in 1944.

Another famous cat was Felix the Cat. His name possibly came from the Latin “felis” (cat) and “felix” (lucky). Felix was a big screen cat before he became a comic strip in 1923. He was created as a comic strip by Otto Messmer.  Felix’s start on the big screen came in 1919 in “Feline Follies”.  He appeared as a cunning, communicative, big-eyed black cat who walked upright, always on the prowl for his own food and basic needs. At the time, people embraced him because they were tired of the silent stars. His thoughts could be read in bubbles on the screen.  He was full of curiosity and ready to help those in need. One of his film cartoons showed him pulling the beard and tufts of white hair off of a sleeping black man so he could exchange the “cotton” for a chicken dinner. He has the dinner but in the end, thoughtfully puts the “cotton” hair back on the man. (Unlike the personality of the next comic strip cat to be mentioned). Felix also had a television series in 1958 about Felix’s Magic Bag of Tricks and in the mid 1990’s, Tales of Felix the Cat. Otto Messmer’s Felix with his nephews Inky and Winky continue in various media to this day.

And then there’s Garfield. This orange, fuzzy tabby cat of Maine coon origin was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant; hence his love of pasta and lasagna. Garfield was created in 1978 by Jim Davis and was named after Jim’s grandfather, an obstinate old man. Garfield is owned by Jon Arbuckle and lives in a home with a dog named Odie. The original Garfield had a fourth character named Lyman who was Odie’s original owner. The reason for having Lyman was so that Jon could have someone to talk to. Later on, Davis realized he could give Garfield a non-verbal voice and Lyman was written out. That was when Jon adopted Odie.

Garfield lives in Muncie, Indiana, which is the home of Jim Davis. Garfield is a very lazy, pessimistic, sarcastic, scornful, obnoxious character with a compulsive eating habit. He hates Mondays, diets, and makes a point of tormenting Odie or being snide to Jon about his appearance or getting a date. (Though, now Jon is happily involved with Garfield’s veterinarian, Liz.) Garfield has a rare soft spot for his teddy bear Pooky and of course food and sleep.

Over the years since Garfield was first created, he has undergone some significant physical changes, unlike the other two comic strip characters mentioned before. He was originally quite overweight, had very squinty eyes and walked on all four legs. He also did not communicate his thoughts in a bubble. Now his body is slimmed down, his eyes are open wide and he walks on two legs. This helps him to see things such as food on the table and to be able to reach higher. And of course, make his sarcastic remarks.

Garfield was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals as of 2007.  It held the Guinness World Record for the most widely syndicated comic strip. It’s broad appeal among the population of fans is its lack of social or political satire. It is still going strong as a comic strip, film, and television entertainment.


Cat and Dog Sayings

We often use sayings or idioms in our conversation that need to be translated for those visiting our country. Here is a partial list of fun dog and cat sayings and  their meanings

Cat got your tongue- This refers to anyone who is inexplicable silent.  It was heard commonly in the 1960s and 1970s.

Raining cats and dogs- This one means it is raining very hard.  It may have had it’s origins when cats and dogs fell off thatched roofs when it was raining very hard, but this has not been proven.

Dog and pony show-It is a highly promoted, often over-staged performance designed to sway or convince opinion for political or commercial ends.  In the late 19th and 20th centuries, there were traveling circuses that had performing dogs and ponies. These were usually staged in areas not suited for larger more elaborate circus shows.

Let the cat out of the bag- This means to disclose a secret. One possible origin is that at the market place, a piglet would be fraudulently changed for a cat.  If you let the cat out of the bag, you disclosed the trick.

Dog days- The very hot days during July and August. In ancient Rome, the hottest days coincided with the appearance of Sirius, the Dog Star.  People believed the star contributed to the heat of the day.

Curiosity killed the cat- Inquisitiveness that can lead one into dangerous situations or a way to try to stop someone from asking unwanted questions; (sometimes associated with political debate).

Fight like cats and dogs-This means you are always fighting.  It comes from the common thought that dogs and cats were supposed to be enemies.

Let sleeping dogs lie-If something is serving its purpose, don’t change it as it might cause trouble.

The cats pajamas- meaning great or remarkable. It was used in the 1920s when pajamas were somewhat new.

It’s a dog’s life- A life that is without responsibilities. All dogs have to do is eat, sleep, bark, sniff and lick.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks- Older dogs and people learn less well than younger ones. Those of us over 60 beg to differ!


Do dogs attract the opposite sex

Today, people have such busy lives that finding a person of the opposite sex to hang out with is not easy. Yes, there are those matching people websites, but many of us do not like blind dates. After all, is everything they say about themselves absolutely true? Going to bars is another way to meet people but you run the risk of meeting those who imbibe too much. So what about a dog?  We love our furry friends and they bring us much comfort and love in return. But what about the perk they bring of attracting the opposite sex? After reading several blogs about this, I have come up with some interesting and some tongue -in -cheek insights from male and female dog owners.  The following are helpful hints for women;

  • Any dog too large to fit in a handbag attracts men
  • Little dogs are more likely to attract little children
  • Macho dogs like German Shepards are definite man-magnets
  • Be aware that some men view female dog owners as single moms and not as available for overnights
  • Usually other dog owners who stop to chat are old men or are in long term relationships, so look for the tell-tale ring
  • Single men with dogs show they can commit to something

And for the men;

  • Any size poodles attract women but they may think you are married or poufy
  • 3-legged dogs are female sympathy sponges
  • Great big dogs attract women who like macho men or horses
  • Dogs that don’t drool attract women
  • Dogs that drool are liked by women who regard sweaty men as manly
  • Clean and well-groomed dogs appeal more than their scruffy or dirty counterparts
  • Medium-sized curly haired white dogs are cuddle-loving female magnets

Dog parks are a great place to meet the opposite sex. Remember, dog owners like to talk about their own dogs so ask lots of questions. That way you can find out more about the owner as well. Then, when leaving the dog park, casually remark that you will be back at the same time tomorrow and see if he or she returns. That is a good sign that a connection was made!

cats and catnip

What is it about catnip that energizes your cat?  Catnip is a perennial herb of the mint family that comes from the napata plant.  It can be purchased in pet stores or grown in your garden. The active ingredient is nepetalactone, a minty smelling oil that is released when the leaves are torn into small shreds. The fresh catnip retains the most oils. You will only need a small sprig of a leaf to get the full effect. If you use the dried variety, sprinkle a dose the size of a quarter in the palm of your hand.  It is also available in cat toys.

Catnip’s effect lasts for about 30 minutes.  The majority of cats get aroused by the scent of catnip. About one third do not. The nepatalactone has a scent similar to the sex pheromones of a cat.  Even spayed or neutered cats can react to the scent. The effect of exposure to the catnip will be that your cat has more energy than usual and will act a little crazy.  It should be used as a treat about twice a week.  More than that can cause a cat to become tolerant or even immune to the catnip.

Even humans have found uses for catnip! It can be brewed in tea to help digestion, heartburn, as a sleeping aid and to lessen the pain of menstruation.  However it should not be used by pregnant women for whom it can be harmful. Another great characteristic of catnip is that it is a strong insect repellent.  You simply rub it on your skin to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away.  Just be careful that you don’t become a “cat-magnet”!

fun pet quotes

Here are some quotes to lighten your day and give fun insights into your pets way of thinking:

  • Dogs come when they’re called, cats take a message and get back to you later-Mary Bly
  • One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is he doesn’t try to find out why-Anon
  • There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats-Albert Schweitzer
  • Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people-W.C. Fields
  • a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself-Josh Billings
  • Women and catw will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea-Robert Heinlein
  • Everyone needs a dog to adore him, and a cat to bring him back to reality-Anon
  • A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere-Groucho Marx
  • If cats could talk, they wouldn’t-Nan Porter
  • Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow-Anon
  • Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job-Franklin P. Jones

Words of Wisdom from your cat

* All the world is a playground, get out and enjoy it

*If you can’t get their attention, lay across the computer keyboard

*Nap often in a nice patch of sun

*You will always get what you want if you purr and look adorable

*be the squeaky wheel (meow loudly ) and you will always be fed

*Show you care by leaving a dead rodent on the door mat

*If the situation gets hairy, give ’em an attitude

*Claw your way to the top, that’s what the back of the furniture was made for

*Always hug your feline friends, even if they miss the litter box


A very cute story

A WOMAN was flying from Seattle to San Francisco .Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramentoalong the way. The flight attendant explained thatthere would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and
could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her
throughout the entire flight. He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, ‘Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?’
The blind lady replied, ‘No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs.’
Picture this:
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!
I was told this is a True story… Have a great day and remember…