Fluffballs: The Siamese

The Siamese is one of my favorite cat breeds. 

Siamese cats like to be around other cat breeds and often enjoy a good game of fetch.  The Balinese Cat is the same, except they are longhaired.

All Siamese kittens, although pure cream or white at birth, develop visible points in the first few months of life in colder parts of their body.  They also tend to darken with age.  The hindlegs of the Siamese are longer then their frontlegs.

Many Siamese that come from Thailand have a kink in their tails, so you can recognize them easily.

  • Date of Origin: Pree-1700s
  • Place of Origin: Thailand
  • Ancestry: Household and temple cats
  • Outcross Breeds: None
  • Other Name: Royal Cat Of Siam
  • Weight Range: 6-12 lb ( 2.5-5 kg)
  • Tempermant: Energetic and enterprising

Siamese need little grooming, are vocal, active and friendly to other cats.

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How dare you!!

Do they sound like just the cat for you?

 

Fluffballs: The Himalayan Persian

This breed of cat has the luxrious coat of the Persian Longhair and the exotic color pattern of the Siamese.  Their eye color is less intense than in the Siamese.

  • Date of Origin: 1950s
  • Place of Origin: Britin and the USA
  • Ancestry: Persian, Siamese
  • Outcross breeds: Persian
  • Other name: Called a Colorpoint Longhair in Britain
  • Weight range: 8-5 lb (3.5-7 kg)
  • Temperment: Calm and friendly

The Himalayan Persians need a LOT of grooming since their fur is long, thick and silky, with no wooliness.  Thankfully, they love being brushed!  They are intelligent, self-contained, quiet and sedate, but they can be very moody at times.  By and large, they are good indoor companions.

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I’m watching you…

Coat Colors

  • Blue point: A cat whose blue coat color is confined to the points: the feet, ears, tail, and face mask.
  • Lilac Point: A diluted, brighter version of blue point. Body color is whiter and brighter than on a blue point cat.
  • Seal Point: Seal brown color on the points.
  • Chocolate Point: Chocolate brown color on the points (face mask, ears, tail, and legs), as opposed to the darker seal brown.  Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal-point cat.  One distinction between the chocolate point and seal point is the color of their paw pads.  The chocolate point will have pink paw pads, whereas the seal point will have dark brown paw pads.
  • Red or Flame Point: If both parent cats are definitely dilutes (blue, cream or bluecream), the offspring cannot be a flame point.
  • Cream Point: Flame and cream colors can be very close.  There are hot creams and light reds.  Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal point cat.

 

Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats, Himalayan Persians tend to be more active than other Persians, possessing a playful side even.  For example, most Himalayans love to play fetch, much like the Siamese, and a kitty toy can entertain them for hours.

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Do not disturb me…

 

Fluffballs: The Persian Longhair

Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

This breed of cat is usually an indoor dweller.  Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

  • Date of origin: 1800s
  • Place of Origin: Great Britain
  • Ancestry: Middle East Persians
  • Outcross breeds: None
  • Other name: Called Longhairs in Great Britain
  • Weight range: 8-15 lb (3.5-7 kg)
  • Temperment: Interested observer

Persian Longhairs have very soft fur that needs daily grooming, as can be expected.  Apart from that, they are self-contained cats, usually more quiet than vocal and more often than not rather sedate.

The flat face of the Persian can lead to health problems, but it gives them an attractive look.  In the Middle East, they are widely known as “Shirazi cats” or, in Iran, as the “Shiraz cat”.

The art world and its patrons have long embraced their love for the Persian cat by immortalizing them in art, says the Wikipedia.  The one below is possibly the most famous, certainly the world’s largest cat painting:  The late 19th-century painting by Carl Kahler titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’ measures 6-by-8.5-feet and shows plenty of Turkish Angoras and Persian cats.

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Carl Kahler: My Wife’s Lovers. 1891

 

Man’s Best Friend: The Xoloitzcuintli

They do not like to be alone.

The Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced show-loh-etts-qweent-lee, also known as Xolo or Mexican hairless dog, is a pretty dog and does not enjoy the day alone.

 

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  • From: Mexico
  • Height: 10-12 in for toy (25-35 cm), 14-18 in for mini (36-45 cm), 18-23 in for standard (46-60 cm)
  • Weight: 5-15 lbs for toy (2-7 kg), 15-31 lbs for mini (7-14 kg), and 24-40 lbs for standard (11-18 kg)
  • Coat: A variety of colors, hairless or short fur
  • Grooming: Twice a week.
  • Exersize Needs: Several long walks or play sessions
  • K-9 Qualites: Loyal, and good natured

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Xoloitzcuintlis have a sleek body, almond shaped eyes, large bat-like ears, and a long neck.  Some puppies are born with fur.  Most of them are black or blue-gray in color.

Being hairless, Xoloitzcuintlis are a rare breed of primitive dog.  They need gentle play and love people, enjoy long walks in the yard and like to just hang out with people a lot.  If not trained properly, they can get a little bossy, mostly the toy ones.

Fun Fact:  Some ‘Chupacabras‘ that people claim they have seen were actually Xoloitzcuintlis.  Since this primitive dog breed is not very well known, as is the fact that dogs can be hairless in the first place, it does not fit most people’s idea of a dog.  Therefore they probably assume that what they have seen can’t have been a common dog, although they often describe the animal as a “hairless dog”.

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Man’s Best Friend: The Basenji

Basenjis are built to be expressive.

The Basenji is one of the few dogs who can’t bark.  Instead, it produces an unusual yodel-like sound (commonly called a “baroo”), due to its unusually shaped larynx.  They express themselves by yodleing, crowing, howling, chortling, and screaming.

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  • From: Central Africa
  • Height: 16-17 in 40-43 cm
  • Coat: Chestnut red, black, brindle, black and tan or chestnut, all with various white markings, smooth and shiny
  • Grooming: Once a week
  • Exersize needs: A hour of play
  • K-9 Qualites: Independent and affectionate

Basenjis are highly prey driven and will go after cats and other small animals.

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They are curious and energetic, and have a mind of their own.  Their tails curl and when they perk up their ears, they look like they are in deep thought.

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Basenjis might make some fun of their own and they are often into mischief.

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They are known as African Barkless Dogs and still help with hunting in the remote forests of Central Africa.

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Basenjis are built to be expressive.

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They are very agile and love chasing fake prey, so you can imagine that Basenjis are skilled at canine sports.

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Man’s Best Friend: The Great Pyrenees

They are very cute!

Once they where known as the royal dog of France. And I think they are very cute!

  • From:France
  • Height:26-28 in (60-70 cm)
  • Weight:88-110 (40-50 kg)
  • Coat:White,possibly with tan patches;dense,wavy
  • Grooming:Once or twice a week
  • Exersise needs:40 min romp in the yard
  • K-9 Qualites:Loving,smart and strong-willed

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They are sort of nocturnal because they had to protect the sheep at night.

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And their white coats blend in with the sheep so they can catch predators by suprise.

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The breed is said to be part of the mix that was used to create the Leonberger.

However, the breed can typically be trusted with small, young and helpless animals of any kind due to its natural guardian instinct.

On average, their lifespan is 10 to 11 years.

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In nature, the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle (especially with children) and affectionate.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon cake in cookie format!

Have you tried our Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe?  These are Crinkle cookies as well, but this time with a taste of sunshine.  It’s a shortbread dough, so make it ahead of time and put it in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably over night.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Makes 30-40 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar to roll cookies in

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Directions

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside.

In another bowl, mix together butter, sugar and lemon zest until creamy.  Add eggs one by one, mixing in between.  Then add lemon juice and vanilla extract, mix.

Add flour mixture and combine until just blended.  The dough will be sticky and does not form into a ball, so just cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.

When the dough has rested long enough, preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment (or not – I don’t line mine).  Scoop about 1 tbsp of dough per cookie out of the bowl, roll into a ball in the palms of your hands, roll in powdered sugar and set on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Press slightly on the dough balls to flatten them.

Bake for 10-13 minutes in the oven.  If you are baking two baking sheets at the same time, rotate the baking sheets about halfway through the baking time.  The cookies are done when the tops are beginning to look cracked and puffed, and the edges are slightly browned.

Remove from baking sheet and let cool on a rack.  Enjoy!

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Hot Lemonade

This is yummy!

This recipe I made up will do you good in flu season.

 

Ingredients

  • 1tbl lemon juice
  • 16 oz hot water
  • honey to taste

 

Directions

Pour juice and water into a mug. Add honey to taste and enjoy as hot as you can!

 

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Chocolate-Crinkle Cookies

Extra-fudgy on the inside, coated in powdered sugar on the outside, and cracked on the top: These cookies satisfy even a big chocolate craving.

These are delicious!

Chocolate-Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 2/3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Directions

Sift powdered sugar into a bowl, set aside.

Whisk together flour, salt and cocoa powder.  In a different bowl, mix together butter and sugar.  Then beat in eggs, one at  time, and add vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Roll small portions of dough in your hand into balls of desired size.  Roll balls in powdered sugar and set on greased or lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cracked and puffed.  Let cool on the baking sheet for a moment before placing on a rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Monsters of the World: Nue

Pretty creepy, I say!

Found only in remote areas of Japan, the Nue with its monkey-like head and tiger-like legs is regarded as a bringer of bad luck.  This is most likely due to the black venomous cloud it emits from under its snaky tail when disturbed.

Pretty creepy, I say!

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