Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday: Ask Finnackles, Random Felines, Announcement


This question comes to us from Garth Riley:

Dear Finnackles -

I think my mom is obsessed with Newfoundlands.  She simply LOVES Newfs.  Whenever Newfs walk by, she stops and stares.  She has friended lots of Newfs using MY facebook page, and she spends hours staring at their photos.  What should I do?

Dear Garth Riley,

Who are these Newfs that she has befriended on your page?  I believe you need to establish a "dog control" on your facebook page so you can monitor your human's activities there.  I think Sarge (COP) might be able to assist you in this, as he is accomplished in all sorts of online patrols. 

Now, as far as her stopping and staring when one walks by, make sure you grab your Momma's attention SWIFTLY when this happens and using a CUTE BEHAVIOR.  Do one of those fancy "tricks" they always seem so pleased with when we perform, and wag your tail rapidly.  Position yourself in between her and the Newfs so you BLOCK HER LINE OF VISION and her attention is only focused on you.  Make one of those adorable faces and remind her that you are her #1.  You can do the same thing when you notice her sitting and staring at the computer pictures too!

Keep us posted dear friend, and please let us know your progress...


Dear Tank,

You seem to think I am a male.  I am in fact a female.  That's why I wear a pink collar normally.  I apologize for not answering your question to your satisfaction, as I am not well-versed in interior illumination.  I am a dog, not an electrician.  And why are you trying to change a lightbulb anyway?  You don't have thumbs!  This is also a LOVE COLUMN.  Sheesh.   



The wonderful mom of the Random Felines cats rescued 6 kittens and a momma cat.

I, Ruthie Chief in Editor, Interviewed her:

1. Please share with us the story of how you rescued the 6 kittens and momma cat:

We live in a condo association. Mom found a note in our mailbox a couple of weeks ago saying one of her neighbors found kittens in her window well. Mom went over to check and the babies were VERY little. She left a note for the neighbor saying she would prefer to leave the kittens with their mom until they were bigger. Well, momma cat got spooked and moved the kittens - TWICE. So, last Tuesday, mom decided she didn't want to risk the family disappearing, so she grabbed a crate and a live trap and went over to the patio where momma cat was staying.
    Mom grabbed the kittens by hand (after shooing the momma cat off - she wasn't happy with mom) and then set the live trap for the momma cat. Momma cat was trapped about 30 minutes later and taken to be spayed before being put in a crate with her kittens.

2. What aspect of this experience has given you the most joy?

Most joy? Making sure the momma cat is spayed and won't have more kittens. While we wish we could find her a home like ours, she is wild and is better on her own. But, the babies will have forever homes and Allie (momma cat) won't have to worry about having litter after litter of kittens.

3. What advice would you give to people who want to rescue animals/cats?

Advice? Ask questions of people who know more. The more you learn, the better equipped you are to help. And don't be afraid to fail - it is going to happen. We have had several kittens not survive, but we hang on to the successes and also to the fact that even the kittens that run for the Bridge have known love and safety and had a name.

4. Anything special you would like to say?

Rescuing is hard - but so rewarding. Mom has met some great people. It could be easy to be bogged down by the numbers or the stupidity of people. But, she has a saying "I can't do everything, but I can do something". Keeps her moving forward.

-Random Felines (Maestro, Tim, Tom, Mozart, Ivy, Spud & Junior)


Give-away is now closed. We will randomly pick 2 winners and announce them on the Saturday chronicle edition.

If you subscribed by peemail please let us know asap if you want to be entered into the give-away!

Milk-bone milkshake to you,
Chief in Editor Ruthie


  1. Wow, what a great edition! Finnackles is doing a wonderful job with her advice and hearing about a rescue always makes me wag. Can't wait to see who the lucky winner is!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  2. We Beaglebratz r with Sarge on this edishun - FURRY MOST WUNNERFUL!! ALL of it.

    We Beaglebratz haf a queschun - we haf a pikchure in our Wordless Wednesday post tuday - the way Shiloh iz alertin'our kingdom, that pikchur cood also b uzed fur announcin'the newz an'Shasta cood represent all us who r readerz - just an idea.
    Shiloh'n Shasta

  3. Thanks for letting us tell people about Allie and the babes.

    Great advice Finnackles....

  4. I just love this paper. Great interview, wonderful photos, and good advise. Bravo!

  5. Aww, I love kitties! Especially baby kitties!

  6. Love the story about Allie and the babies!!

  7. We sure do enjoy reading about all your news events. Great interview! :o)

  8. OH Ruthie, Editor in CHIEF what a wonderful Read the Chronicle was today. esp Finn's advice fur how to control an OUTTA CONTROL Mom!! It was so hysterical... oooops. I meant to say it was so... analytical... Yes.. ANALYTICAL. that is the word I meant to use..

  9. Great read today. Lots of good stuff and advice.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. Very informative edition. Well done :) Good advice to Garth Riley. Might adapt that for Ginger Toms!!

  11. Dear Finnackles,

    Thank you so much for the advice! I'll set up the "dog control" on my Facebook account asap. And I'm very good at distracting her by doing tricks and looking cute! Blocking her line of vision is more problematic, however, seeing as I am about 2 feet tall and she is about 5 feet tall, and the average Newf is about 27 feet tall. But I'll think of something.


    Grateful Garth