Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Activity 2

Monday, October 18, 2010

Beach Pumpkin

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Buggy Adventures

One fan's interpretation of what we've been up to for the past few weeks...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pup My Ride Rocks!

Livin' the life in Utah!
[Photo via Endless Tours]

Pup My Ride, run by Best Friends Animal Society, may just be one of those best kept secrets of the West Coast. Some 3,500 small breed dogs have been saved from Los Angeles kill shelters thanks to the program. Read more here!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, Human Pet!


We'd like to wish our human pet a very happy birthday today. Without her, we'd have a hard time bringing all of this somewhat interesting stuff to you.

We're celebrating by NOT doing the following:
  1. Leaving hair on her comforter
  2. Peeing on the carpet
  3. Pooing in the master bathroom
  4. Eating strange things off of the floor
  5. Tripping her up in the hallway
  6. Fighting with one another
  7. Bitching for food
  8. Walking on the keyboard
  9. Tearing open the garbage
  10. Clawing at her shoes
Have a great day, human pet! You deserve it!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Celebrity Pet Hotel Opening Soon to Los Angeles

[Photo via The Barkley]

No humans allowed!

At least that's what the marquee should read at The Barkley's latest opening. The hotel, which started in Orange Village, Ohio (which is really just Cleveland with a fancy name), has quickly become a nationally recognized leader in luxury pet lodging.

The latest branch, scheduled to open on October 25 in Los Angeles, is designed with only A-list celebrity pets in mind. Rumor has it that posh pets will have their paws immortalized in a set-up akin to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

If you're anything like us, then we suspect you might need something a little bit more down to earth. No worries! You can search hundreds of US lodgings to find places where pets are welcome.

Is Your Cat Obese? Figure Out His FBMI!

Back away from the beer and get off the couch, dude!
[Photo from The Daily Tail]

Just like humans, cats have their own body mass index. It's called feline body mass index, and it's relatively easy to calculate according to Embrace Pet Insurance:

Gathering Information:

While your cat is in a standing position, with the legs perpendicular to the ground and the head upright:
  1. Measure the circumference of your cat’s rib cage. (The level of the 9th rib is ideal.)
  2. Now measure the length of the lower back leg from the knee to the ankle and write down both numbers. You'll need them for what's next!

Calculating the FBMI

  1. Divide the rib cage measurement by 0.7062 and subtract the length of the leg.
  2. Divide that answer by 0.9156.
  3. Subtract the leg length from that number, and that is your cat’s FBMI.
Post your cat's FBMI below, and let's compare!

Lampanelli Gets Herself a Small Dog

Does this mean you're a douchebag now, Lisa?
Lisa Lampanelli and Parker

[Photo from PEOPLEPets]

Lisa Lampanelli may be losing her tough girl attitude thanks to her recent adoption of a rescue Yorkie. Lampanelli, a first time pet owner, named the pup, Parker, after Sarah Jessica Parker. The comedienne claims she used to joke about people with small pets:
"We had a joke, 'You may be a douchebag if your dog doesn't come up to your knee' "
All douchebags aside, the pup was adopted thanks to A Cause for Paws. Thanks for giving the little ones a chance, Lisa!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Pets Dressed Up as Famous People

Yoda and Audrey Hepburn
[Photo from This Blog Rules]

Ever wondered what your pet may look like if he dressed up as Dr. Spock or Michael Jackson? Wonder no more! Check out this somewhat hilarious display of pets dressed up as famous people at This Blog Rules.

Dancing Merengue Dog



Meet Carrie and her owner, Jose Fuentes. They're a dancing duo from Chile, and I think they're fantastic! Wouldn't it be great if they made it on Dancing With the Stars? Let's make it happen, my little furries!

Send DWTS a message on their Facebook page telling them you want to see Carrie and Jose live!

Cat Shot 30 Times Is Well, Looking for Adoption

Lovey's X-ray revealing her 30 pellet wounds
[Photo from St. Petersburg Times]

Officials report that Lovey, 5 year-old black cat that had been shot 30 times with a pellet gun and left to die in Tampa's McKay Bay last week, is doing well and looking to be adopted. The suspects are believed to be juvenilles which worries officials as research has shown that young people who commit acts of violence against animals often develop more aggressive tendencies against humans into adulthood.

Hillsborough County Animal Services is currently investigating. If you have any information, you are urged to call 813-774-5660. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is also offering a $2000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Live Tiger Cub Found in Suitcase - Unbelievable!

You deserve first class, not low class!
[Photo from National Geographic]

Are we the only ones shocked about this live tiger cub found in a suitcase at a Thai airport? We hope our human pet doesn't get any ideas about us!

Soup Kitchen for Pets

Don't worry. Ares isn't going hungry.
[Photo from Guideposts]

In these hard times, it's nice to know that there are some people willing to do whatever it takes to keep families together, including those with pets. In Germany, Claudia Hollm became so upset that people were having to give up their pets for adoption that she decided to open up her own soup kitchen for pets.

The organization named Tiertafel (meaning "animal table") is Berlin's first soup kitchen for animals, and its success depends entirely on donations and volunteers. In 2008, Hollm told Reuters:
“Nowadays people underestimate dogs. They are incredibly important for those who lack social contact with other humans. Making sure dogs don’t go hungry is just as important as making sure that people don’t starve.”

Pint-Sized Pool Shark...Err Chihuahua



Amadeus the Chihuahua has got some skills! According to PEOPLEPets.com, Amadeus learned how to play pool after being continuously praised by his owner, Connie Baldwin. All it took were a few words of encouragement ("Go get the ball" to be exact),and the pint-sized pool shark began traveling down the road of hustling hearts.

Talk about the power of positive reinforcement!

Sirius Republic Collars Giveaway

[Photo via I Love Dogs]

Pawcurious is hosting a giveaway where you can win a Sirius Republic Collar for your little furry. There are two ways to enter, both of which take five seconds. All you have to do is the following:

1. Go to the website, peruse the collection, and leave a comment on Pawcurious' post saying which collar you would like to have.

2. Become a Facebook fan here. You still need to leave a comment here so the people at Pawcurious make sure you get your extra entry!

Entries close on September 11 so get on it, my little furries!

Kristin Bauer Fights for Chimpanzees

Bauer bares her fangs for chimpanzees
[Photo from MamaPop]

PEOPLEPets.com is reporting that Kristin Bauer, best known for her role as Pam on HBO's True Blood, has been writing letters to the National Institute of Health to protest the transfer of 200 chimpanzees from New Mexico to a Texas research facility. The NIH, however, has responded that the animals are critical to advances in human health.

If the plan for transfer goes through, the chimpanzees will be relocated some time in 2011. For now, Congress continues to debate whether legislation is needed to shut down federal chimpanzee testing for good.

Monday, September 06, 2010

To My Tweets...err Peeps

I'd like to extend a shout-out to petsforlifeeh and smithynews for sharing our articles on Twitter. I appreciate the tweets! Keep it coming, my little furries!

Cat Slides Down Stairs



As I have no stairs in my house, I was fascinated by this video. Do your little furries do this on the stairs in your house? Let me know below!

Pets Now on Staff for Hotels

Chance, the Chocolate Labrador, Dog Director of Operations at Paws Up
[Photo from MSNBC]

According to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, pets are now on the payroll for some hotels in America. Though these pets may be treated with celebrity status, they have a serious job to do - improving guest relations by providing fantastic customer service. Below are a few places you could visit to meet these canine and feline (and avian!) maƮtre ds:
  1. Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana: Meet Chance, the Chocolate Labrador, Dog Director of Operations
  2. The Algonquin Hotel in New York City: You can hang out with Matilda, the 15 year-old Ragdoll kitty whose popularity has reached superstar status.
  3. Firesky in Scottsdale, Arizona: Bosco, the Cocker Spaniel, who was a frequent guest to the hotel, is now Director of Pet Relations.
  4. The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston: Catie Copley, the Labrador Retriever, has her paws full entertaining guests in this 383-room hotel.
  5. JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California: You can spend some time on the wild side with Thelma and Louise, a pair of Guyana toucanets.
  6. Hotel Indigo Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia: Indie, the Jack Russell Terrier, is the general manager's trusted sidekick.
  7. The London West Hollywood Hotel in West Hollywood, California: Garbanzo, the English Bulldog, greets guests with the bellmen on Fridays.
  8. The Guanahani Resort and Spa on St. Barths: Papyrus, the Fat Cat, and his entourage of fourteen felines have free reign in this Caribbean paradise.
  9. Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia: Wendy, the Border Collie, is the official duck and goose re-locator on your hunts.

Beach Dogs!

Am I the only one hearing Chariots of Fire?
[Photo via Doggie Stylish]

With summer coming to a close, The Doggie Stylish Blog has put together a fabulous photo display showcasing dogs on the beach. Click here to see all twenty photos!

Menswear Mouse Toys

[Photo from MarthaStewart.com]

I'm not the least bit surprised that Martha Stewart has figured out a way to make delightful menswear mouse toys. Stewart offers step-by-step instructions complete with photos so you'll have no problem with this craft project. The only question now is whether or not they can withstand my claws!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Small Zoo at Kirstie Alley's House

Lose the lemurs already!
[Photo from 2MuchReality]

Kirstie Alley's house is "a small zoo", reports The National Enquirer. Some readers may be familiar with just how many animals are at the actress' home thanks to her reality show, Kirstie Alley's Big Life. According to The NE's insider:
"Kirstie treats the lemurs as if they were her children. She's even written them into her will, and she pampers them to no end. Adding up the cost of their keepers and their organic diet, caring for them cost Kirstie $40,000 last year!"
Maybe her next stint could be an episode on Animal Planet's Animal Hoarders.

Canines and Felines Crazy for Peanut Butter!



Just how sanitary is sharing a peanut butter-laden spoon? Step away from the Jiff, my little furries!

Perry Purrs

[Photo from TopNews]

Katy Perry will be launching her feline-themed fragrance named Purr in November. The perfume, rumored to smell of apples, peaches, and bamboo, will come in a cat-shaped bottle complete with bejeweled eyes. When it came to naming her fragrance, Perry apparently found inspiration with phonemes:
"I'm a very lyrical-based person, and the whole 'purr' thing kept coming back - the sound is in perfume, perfect, even Perry if you say it a certain way."
My own perfume line will be coming this spring. It's called Zoo. It will reek remind you of the choking savory scent of liter dust maple wood chips and rotten fresh bananas.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Dickinson shows some love for poor puppy

Janice Dickinson shows her love for this bulldog puppy
[Photo from Daily Mail]

On Thursday, September 2, Janice Dickinson was spotted loving on various animals in a local pet store in Sherman Oaks, California. Unfortunately for this poor sap (above), she chose him to smooch and cuddle.

Run away, bulldog puppy! Don't kiss the lips that Botox made!

Giving Pets Up for Adoption On the Rise

98 Rock and Baltimore Humane Society Biker Pet Contest
[Photo from 98Rock]

According to WJZ out of Baltimore, Maryland, the economy is leading many people to give up their beloved pets for adoption. The Baltimore Humane Society stated that many of their animals are double to triple bunking. The situation has gotten so bad that the BHS is even offering a two for one special - adopt two cats for the price of one.

Obviously, an organization that hosts biker contests is too awesome to be ignored! You can help the BHS by donating or spreading the word.

Looking for a new pet and in the Baltimore area? A complete listing of the animals available for adoption at the BHS can be found here.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Bears in Cleveland...Among Other Things

[Photo from WZAKCleveland]

If you're considering something a bit more exotic for your next pet, you might just pack up and move to Ohio. According to a new article by FOXNews, Ohio is one of five states with weak restrictions on ownership of exotic animals.

Of course, that probably explains how Sam Mazzola was allowed to harbor bears, wolves, and tigers on his compound in...I'm sorry, I have to pause when I say this...CLEVELAND...and how one of those bears managed to kill 24 year-old Brent Kandra, a caretaker on the property.

Ohio's latest ballot measure proposes that existing non-native animals, like the ones Mazzola continues to keep, but owners would not be able to breed them or replace them when they die.

Note to self: I won't be traveling to CLEVELAND any time soon.

Alligators Take Over Chicago!








World's Largest Snake Found Dead

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Lions and tigers and dyed dogs, oh my!

Yes, that's really a dog. I promise.
[Photo from Bayou 95.7]

Dog owners in China are now dyeing their dogs to turn them into tigers, pandas, and even turtles. Owners say the pets love their new looks because they receive "tons of love and attention" as a result. Experts claim, however, that the dyes can possibly be fatal to the canines, and regulation is needed as a result.

Note to human pet:
I would like to be dyed so I resemble a panther (because I'm worth it...or so I keep hearing from the tv). I have never been quite fond of my golden fur. Besides, black is slimming so this could do wonders for my self-esteem. Please arrange a flight to China stat!

Celeb plastic surgeon dead after tweeting about dog

[Photo from Vitals]

For once, I'm glad I don't have opposable thumbs. Otherwise, I'd do crazy things like tweet and drive.

It seems Dr. Frank Ryan was doing just then when his car drove right off of a cliff on August 17, 2010. Ryan was tweeting about his border collie, Jill, posting a photo of the dog on the beach. The final tweet came at 4:10. Jill was in the car with Ryan when the accident occurred, but she is alive and well, recovering from her injuries.

Here's wishing Jill a speedy recovery! Get better soon, girl!

Clarkson Bares All For PETA

Clarkson protesting the Queen's Guards' caps
[Photo from The PETA Files]

Lucy Clarkson, a British model, has joined the ranks of those famous enough to bare it all as part of PETA's Go Naked campaign. To see other stars in all of their glory, check out W.E.N.N.'s Naked for PETA slide show.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

An Award for Ares!


Ares would like to thank fellow Boston Terrier, Mack, for honoring him with this prestigious blog award! We here at The Zeus Excuse are extremely honored! With this award, come some guidelines:

1. Please thank the dog who gave this award to you and link to them.
2. Name 10 (yes 10) things about yourself. Try to be as creative as possible.

3. Pass this special award onto 15 doggie bloggers. It doesn't matter whether they are old or new.

4. Comment on the new receivers of this blog to let them know of the love.

5. And the most important: HAVE FUN!!!


With number one complete, we will move on to 10 things about Ares. Drumroll please!

1. Ares doesn't like to go to the bathroom outside at night.
2. He doesn't like the rain.
3. He always knows when medicine is in his food bowl, and he will eat everything else in the bowl except for that one teeny tiny pebble of medicine.
4. If he had a middle name, it would be Hoover because he is indiscriminate when it comes to cleaning the floor of food nibblets.
5. His favorite toy is a $1.00 squeaky mail box that the human pet picked up at Wal-mart.
6. Ares loves butterflies.
7. He enjoys chasing Isis around the house. Isis, however, does not return the sentiment.
8. Ares makes a face known as "Black Lip the Pirate" when begging for food at dinner time.
9. He snores louder than any human on earth. His farts, though, are quick and to the point.
10. Recently, Ares has taken to posing like a groundhog, sitting on his rear legs and sticking his front paws up into the air. We're thinking of taking him to the circus.

We might not be able to name 15 doggie bloggers so we are passing this award along to the ones we know of and love:

Ayatollah Mugsy of Pug Life Ministries
Dachsies Rule
Lorenza
Hank
Khyra
Lois Lane
Ludo
Ruby
Pedro
Thor
Tom

There Can Be Only One Snookie...and It's Not Her

[Photo from Bleacher Report]

The infamous Snookie from MTV's Jersey Shore has been trying to have her nickname trademarked, but she has recently run into trouble thanks to a cartoon orange tabby that shares her 'pet name' (pun intended). The name has already been trademarked for an upcoming children's story entitled "The Adventures of Snooky". According to the New York Post, the book is about an orange tabby who happens to fall overboard on a fishing expedition.

Talk about freaky! Not only do the two share the same name, but they happen to be the same color and have an affinity for falling off of objects for no apparent reason.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Got Treats Pet Bandanna Fundraiser


Check out this cute pet bandanna on Etsy! Twiggy's mom wanted to do something special for her birthday so together, they're throwing a fundraiser. One hundred percent of your purchase will go to the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan. Twenty bandannas are left so hurry and get yours today!

Revenge of the Trash Bin Cat



This could only be better had Lola The Trash Bin Cat done it.

Keanu Surrounded!


Apparently, the photo above must be the remake of this famous scene from
The Matrix: Reloaded
:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Couture Water for Your Pup

Showing off the goods at The Salty Paw
[Photo from Haute Living]

It's steaming hot outside, and you know your dog needs a walk.

You grab a bottle of water to help cool him down, but the tiny cap just isn't going to cut it for your Great Dane.

Thanks to the people at Pawgua, you don't have to sacrifice your dog's refreshment. On August 18, 2010, the brand held a launch party at The Salty Paw, and the word on the street (literally) is that Pawgua may just be the most dog friendly water around. According to the brand's Facebook page:

"Pawgua - premium purified water in a bottle designed for pets so you can conveniently refresh them anytime, anywhere!”

If you try it out, come back and let us know what you thought!

Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story

[Photo from Go4flicks]

Creepiness took on a whole new level thanks to Animal Planet's documentary, Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story. The show, debuting on August 29 (Jackson's birthday), did nothing to help the pop star's image. From queries into implanting vocal chords to psychological analysis regarding Bubbles' feelings, nothing was off limits.

Perhaps the most insightful comment of the evening came when discussing the Bad tour: "Perhaps chimpanzees are not ideal traveling companions."

You don't say? I'm sure this woman could have told us that.

If you'd like to see the craziness for yourself, grab your Osh Kosh overalls and click here to learn more about the show.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How Do Three L's Make You Feel?

Sonja Morgan on another of her tirades
[Photo from The Real Housewives are Nuts!]

Sonja Morgan, best known for her catfights on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, recently adopted a new poodle named Harllee. When asked how she came up with the name, Morgan stated she had a numerologist from Quest magazine help her:
"We went with Harllee [for the new puppy], and the numerologist is still working on the spelling. We’re using the double-l because it makes you feel good and the ‘ee’ because the name has to add up to seven [letters]."
Are you kidding me?! Ms. Morgan, I hardly doubt Harllee gives a shiz as to whether or not her name has two l's or one. I think she'll feel good if you feed her, let her poo outside, and take her for walks, minus the required diva wear one expects from Real Housewives.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Costner Supports Orange Dog

Costner and his dog, Daisy, on their way to a news conference to support Orange Dog
[Photo from 2Space Network]

Kevin Costner is currently throwing his support behind the Orange Dog organization. The charity saves homeless dogs in overcrowded animal shelters from being euthanized across the U.S. by picking them up and flying them across the border to be re-homed in Canada.

I'm sure this gives Canadian Customs a true case of the "warm and fuzzies" when that long line of canines comes flying into town.

I suppose Patrick Anderson was right when he said Canada was "America's attic".

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hero Dog Has Final Honors


Drew Barrymore is currently mourning the loss of her beloved Flossie. Flossie was best known for saving Barrymore's life when her home caught fire in 1998. To honor the pooch, the actress spread Flossie's ashes in the Ganges river in India during a recent trip. The Ganges is considered to be a very sacred place by Hindus.

I can only hope that when I die, my human pet honors me with that kind of respect.

For the record, Athens, dear pet. Perhaps the Olympieion, sacred temple to Zeus?

Just a thought...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Woman Caught by CCTV Identified



A British woman who was caught on CCTV video for throwing a cat into a dumpster has been identified. The RSPCA is planning on interviewing the woman along with the police.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No Dead Dogs Here

[Photo from Costume Dogs]

With kids going back to school this week, I felt it only right to lend my paw in encouraging the wee little ones with some fascinating reading. Thank goodness, though, From the Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors did it for me. Check out the blog's article pertaining to great dog literature for your middle schooler, and don't be surprised when Old Yeller and Where The Red Fern Growns don't make the list. No dead dogs allowed!

Monday, August 23, 2010

One Dog, Two Kittens, and a Beatle


[Photo from LIFE]

June, 1967: Paul McCartney sitting on the doorstep to his home with his two kittens and an old English sheepdog.

Check out more celebrities and their cats by clicking on the link and viewing LIFE's slide show.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pet Fashion for Pet Fashionistas

[Photo taken from Lemondrop]

Check out La La Doggy for upcoming trends in pet fashion. This blog is sponsored by FunnyFur.com, an online shopping website for the pet fashionista. Find out what the latest Miss Kitty, Juicy Couture, and Little Lily wear will be before it hits distributors. Everything from collars to travel bags for your pet is covered so you both can be looking good as you run about town. Best of all, though, is there's even fashion for cats.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Catastrophe with Eyeliner

Perez Hilton revealed this photo on his blog yesterday, stating someone tweeted the photo to Adam Lambert as a tribute. And here I thought Isis' geisha impersonation was bad...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In Memory of Fat Eric...

"The Amazing Zeus: Gorgeous Gingers Take on Psychics and Wax", originally posted June 15, 2006

We will miss you, Fat Eric.

Good day to you, feline friends and human pets!

I actually had to start my journey in the evening in order to arrive on-time for my visit with Fat Eric. Phil picked me up very late in the evening, and if you know what the word "tension" means then you can only guess as to what happened at The House.

You see, the human pet was at the dining room table studying when she heard a knock at the door. I, having memorized the sounds of Phil Keoghan's distinctive footsteps, knew it was him so I readily went to the door. The human pet, however, just said, "C'mon in," without so much as looking up.

"Being studious tonight, are we, Marina?"

I turned to see my human pet holding her glass of Diet Coke to her lips while white spread throughout her face. I thought she had become a statue, but she didn't do anything for the longest time. After what seemed like forever, she said, "I know this Steelers shirt and purple track shorts don't match, and I'm sorry."

"Umm, I don't care, Marina. I'm just here to pick up Zeus. We'll be out of your way in no time," said Phil. Phil and I exchanged a knowing look concerning my human pet: she's slightly "off" in terms of her behavior when he's around.

Phil took me to the airport, but I sure do wish now that he had stayed with me for the extremely long flight! Traveling in an airplane in the dark can be very scary, especially if you have never done it. I know because it was my first time! Looking out the window and seeing nothing but blackness underneath you can be extremely disconcerting.

When I landed, the scene was nothing but hustle and bustle! It was amazing to me to find many similarities to America, but there were also some interesting differences. English homo sapiens do not speak the same way as Mericky humans do. They have different words and sayings that I did not know so I had to pick up NTC's Super-Mini British Slang Dictionary. I must say that was very helpful!

For example, I was looking for a taxi. I kept meowing, "Taxi! Taxi!" but not one cab pulled over. I scanned through my new book, and lo and behold, there was a completely different way of asking for a taxi! With my new information, I held my paw and said loudly, "Joe Baxi! Joe Baxi!" and surprisingly, for once, I managed to get a taxi all on my own! Take that, production crew!

I managed to get the taxi or 'Joe Baxi' to drop me off at Liverpool Street Station just as Fat Eric had directed me. Once on my ride, being in a train was simply breathtaking! I kept trying to turn my head to see what was to my left but then it was gone by the time I got to my right. Everything just moves so quickly! It's very different than a car or airplane to be certain.

When it was time for my stop, I got off and looked around, but it didn't take me long to know which house was Fat Eric's. After all, I knew his human pet had terrific gardening skills so I looked for the most English of English gardens. I spotted it in no time flat!

I walked up to the house, knocked with a few headbutts, and sure enough, a nice lady met me at the door with shouting:

"Blimey! It's Zeus!" She turned her head away from the door towards the inside. "Fat Eric! It's your friend, Zeus! Come quick so the two of you can chin wag before that Phil bloke comes along."

I meowed, purred, and rubbed along the human lady pet's legs to let her know how grateful I was for having me over, but I still couldn't help wondering what I was supposed to be doing with Fat Eric when we met. Chin wag? Phil is broke? Blimey? What does it all mean?

"Yeh ol' septic kitty, you!"

Now I'm a septic tank? Is he saying I stink? Goodness!

I turned to see Fat Eric chuckling at my expressions. I thought this was where I was supposed to wag my chin at him in a form of English standard greeting so I wagged with all my might back and forth while the girthy tabby shook with howls of laughter.

"Oh Zeus, don't be daft! She means we're going to talk! What do you Mericky kitties say? 'Chit-chat'?"

"Oh!" And with red blushing through my cheeks, I stopped shaking my chin back and forth like a fool. "So you're not saying then that I'm a stinky kitty?"

"Crikey, no! That's just some Cockney rhyming slang for Mericky peoples."

"That's a relief!" I replied with a sigh.

There was a rap at the door, and we both turned our heads in the sound's direction.

"That Phil is a prompt lad. He's all business, he is," said Eric.

Eric's human lady pet answered the door, and somehow, Phil had managed to make it across the seas without me! I was shocked!

"Fat Eric. Zeus. You have 165 pounds for this leg of the race. Make sure to read your clue carefully, and be safe on your travels."

"Excuse me, Phil?" I piped up quietly.

Phil raised one eyebrow inquisitvely, and his tone was completely host-like: "Yes Zeus?"

"I don't really think Fat Eric nor myself appreciate your implication of our weighing 165 lbs. We don't really weigh that much together, and even if we did, it's not polite to point that out to people or felines."

Phil almost smiled as he said, "Zeus, they use pounds in England. It's their currency. They don't use dollars."

"Nice try, Phil," I said.

"No really, he's spot-on, Zeus," stated Eric.

"Goodness," I muttered as I lowered my head.

Phil left soon after, and Eric and I opened our clue together:

Make your way to Piccadilly Circus. There you will find your next clue.

"Why is he going to send us there? I thought you said there's no clowns!" I said.

"Well, I think he knows it might be a challenge for us to find the clue. It's pretty busy there," replied Eric.

We actually decided we would go back to pick up the train and head back to the Liverpool Street Station. Once we got off there, we hopped onto the roof of a double-decker bus, and it is here that I might add it was a bit more difficult for us to get to the top due to not one, but two floors! I really thought I had seen it all, but apparently, I hadn't! And do you know they actually have people on the second floor? I don't know how humans come up with these things!

When we arrived at Piccadilly Circus, I understood what Eric had been saying. The whole place was overflowing with activity! Sights, sounds, movement! It was completely overwhelming at first, but we looked for the clue with a sheer tenacity that was unmatched. However, I must admit that I was a bit in awe of the bronze statue of an archer in the center of the intersection. Eric told me the statue's name was Eros, and I thought that was a very strange name indeed.

We found the clue (Not surprisingly, we had been walking around it, but so many humans were in our way!), but when we went to open it, I heard this a strange man's voice say,

"Are you Zeus by chance?"

I turned around and saw this older gentleman looking down at me with the most curious expression on his face.

"You must be Zeus."

I knew he was saying something, but his lips weren't moving so I was a bit confused. I played along and thought back, "Do you have something to say to me?"

"Your weblog will be very popular. When I stepped into your atmosphere, I could tell immediately as you're surrounded by positive energy."

My atmosphere? Strong positive energy? I'd heard that somewhere before...with the human pet...hmmm...

"Oh my goodness! Eric! It's Derek Acorah! My human pet is going to be SO JEALOUS!" I shouted.

"Luvvly-jubbly!" exclaimed Eric.

Before I could get my next question out, Derek said, "Of course, Zeus. You can have a picture with me. You can even have your friend, Eric, in it too."

I hadn't even asked, and he knew what I was thinking!

"How did you know I wanted a picture?" I asked curiously.

"Sam told me," he replied. Eric and I couldn't figure out who this Sam guy was because it was just the three of us talking, but we let it slide.

After taking a picture with Derek, Eric and I decided to read our next clue:

Make your way to Big Ben. Once there, search for your next clue.

"Is this some person we have to meet?" I asked Eric.

"Oh goodness no! That's the most famous Clock Tower in all of London, but really, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside of the Clock Tower and not the Clock Tower itself. Not too many Merickans know that. C'mon! I know where it is," answered Eric.

I followed Eric as we made our way to what he called the tube. I hadn't known there were trains that went underground and connected parts of the city together. Eric even told me that here in America we call them subways. It was really pretty cool.

We got off at Westminster, and there in front of us, was the amazing sight of Big Ben...or I suppose the Clock Tower with Big Ben. It was pretty remarkable. I'm sure other people might think it is just a clock, but I think it's pretty neat to see what homo sapiens can do with their time when they're not sleeping or eating.

We found the clue shortly thereafter. (To me, it seemed they were rather conveniently placed!) It said:

Make your way to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London.

"Have you ever been there, Eric?" I asked.
"Not at all. Have you ever been to something that sounds like that in Mericky?" asked Eric.

I started to say, "No, but I did go to that haunted house with Oreo..."

"You don't think it will be like that, do you?!" Eric seemed very frightened suddenly.

"It's wax. That's from candles. Maybe it's just some fancy schmancy candle museum. How bad can it be?" I said.

We went back to the tube and this time, we got off at the Baker Street underground station. We walked for a little bit along Marylebone Road, and there it was: The museum in all of its glory. When Eric and I walked inside, we both were shocked as there were no candles in there as we had anticipated. There were homo sapiens standing there that looked like real homo sapiens, but they were actually...and you're not going to believe this...made of wax! It was completely bizarre!

"I think the Queen is lookin` at me!" said Eric as he stared at statues of the Royal Family.

"If I didn't know better, I'd say it was her," I said. The eyes on these fake homo sapiens really creeped me out!

"Maybe we should bow just in case it is her. You know...just to be on the safe side and all," said Eric.

I agreed. We both bowed down to the Royal Family just in case it turned out later it was them. I didn't want to be accused of not adhering to traditions in a foreign country!

"I don't know about you, but this is really weird," I said.

Eric nodded. "I think it's time we go home. It's been a long day, don't you think?"

I did. We hobbled our tired paws back to Baker Station and rode the tube back to Liverpool Street Station. Though we were exhausted, we walked slowly up to Eric's house where his lovely human lady pet was waiting:

"I was wondering when you boys would be back. It's time to take Zeus to the airport. He has a very long ride back to Mericky, you know!"

Ah, I shall miss London. It was thrilling to be in another country filled with strange sights and sounds with lots of exciting things to do. Thank you so much Fat Eric for letting me come visit with you, and thank you to your human lady pet for being such a great sport! I hope sometime you can come visit me in Houston, Texas, but I think you will need to shave first before you get here. It's just too hot!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Wrap your mind around this...


Is this Jean-Luc Cornec's idea of the perfect phone call? Hmm...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cat Dominates Bear



I can't be the only one astounded by this feline's ability to thwart a bear!

ZEUS

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gimme Chicken McNuggets!



My human pet hasn't been feeding me the "right" food for over a month now. I haven't resorted to smacking her across the face or throwing blunt objects at her to show my disapproval. I've been rather civilized about it, reminding her that I have particular tastes each and every time dinner rolls around in the evening. So to see this woman lose it over some McDonald's Chicken McNuggets makes me wonder who exactly is the superior species.

ZEUS

Thursday, August 05, 2010

We have incoming!

The pet is feeling rather sick this morning. I'm concerned only because...

ANOTHER BROTHER IS COMING TO VISIT TONIGHT!

How many pups were in my pet's human litter?! Sheesh!

Look at the chops on that kid! He's furrier than I had expected.

This house is about to bust at the seams. Suggestions on survival, anyone?

ZEUS

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I need suggestions for back-to-school shopping

Photo from Thriftknack.com

I want to make sure my pet is back-to-school ready, but every year, I have a hard time deciding what to buy for her. Sure, I will need to get her pens, pencils, erasers, etc., but what should I splurge on to make sure she has a fantastic school year? List your suggestions below!

And just keep in mind that my pet is already incredibly geeky, so try not to suggest anything that'll get her beat up on the playground.

ZEUS

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Stephen's Empire

Believe it or not, I'm actually a HUGE fan of the literary homo sapien genius, Stephen King. There's nothing more satisfying that reading of dogs who can't help themselves, wives who kill their husbands during lunar eclipses, and more recently, cell phones that lead to infected zombies. Consider my happiness, then, when I discovered that we could actually help Mr. King with his next project!

Mr. King is looking to build a virtual empire, and he needs our help. He is looking for photos that capture the essence of his novels. The trick, however, is that you need to accompany your photo with a clever caption. He has plenty of example photos for you to browse. Visit Stephen's Empire to learn more and make a submission!

ZEUS