Black Widows do tend to get a bit of a bad rap! That’s not to make it sound like I wouldn’t freak out if I saw one (I would), but in general your chances of being bit by a Widow are really small. They’re one of the shyest spiders, and almost never leave their webs. In these days it’s also quite a rare feat for a healthy adult to die from a Widow bite. Kitties on the other hand… I don’t know! I would get rid of them too, just for my cats. Maybe just move them far, far away from my house.
I would add that Black Widows are shy UNLESS they’re protecting an egg sac. Fred moved a grill cover in our first house and a big, angry Black Widow came rushing out at him and made him scream like a little girl.
Who’s the bigger princess? Dandelion or Polly? Both look like they appreciate a peeled grape.
Polly is DEFINITELY the bigger princess. Dandelion would just prefer to lick you until all your skin has been removed. Polly wants to be waited on and pampered. I haven’t offered her a peeled grape… YET!
I hate spiders too..but I had to look. My friend is currently in Georgia looking for a home. She is also from CT so I have to let her know what kind of creepy, poisonous spiders & bugs she will have to contend with..we don’t have those black widows here or those other brown recluse spiders..So fill me in..
Black Widows and Brown Recluses are both pretty shy spiders and will only bite when they’re cornered. Fred used to work with someone who’d been bitten on the face by a Brown Recluse when he was napping on his couch (I imagine he turned over and landed on the spider and BLAH I JUST OOKED MYSELF OUT). They had to take skin from his buttock (I always hear that word in my mind as spoken by Forrest Gump) to replace the ROTTING FLESH on his cheek, and so forever after he’d say “My butt itches” and scratch his face.
Aside from those, I’d just stay away from the snakes (I’ve never seen a Cottonmouth, but I hear they’re aggressive) and she should be just fine!
Paul of An Engineers Guide to Cats trains his cats to wear costumes for his videos. He puts it on, gives the cat a treat, takes it off. Does that over and over and over again for weeks, lengthening the ‘on’ time each time until the cats will wear the costume. Of course, even that doesn’t always work!
LOVE Paul and TJ! It would probably only be right if I properly trained all fosters to wear hats and costumes, wouldn’t it? I bet their forever families would love to have a kitten who was trained to put up with wearing costumes!
Side note: are you gonna do another calendar this year?
I am doing the usual three calendars this year – one with our cats, one with the fosters, and one with non-cats (pigs, dogs, ducks). I’m in the process of going through and choosing pictures, and I think I should be able to get the calendars put together this weekend. Hopefully Monday I’ll be able to provide a link!
Yes – I love those kitties!
As for the headless squirrel, do you and Fred watch The Walking Dead? If so, sounds like someone takes after the Governor. If you saw the last scene in last night’s show, you’ll know what I’m talking about! 😀
We finally watched it, and YES, I see what you mean! Wasn’t that freaky? I have to watch about 3/4 of every episode from behind my hands because GOOD LORD, the GORE.
I just voted for Challenger’s House in the Animal Rescue Site’s latest competition. If all of your faithful readers would vote daily maybe we could do that little extra for your group. Each year I pick a different shelter, and since I’ve been following you and your sweet babies for close to a year, it’s high time I started voting for Challenger’s House, and to challenge all of your followers to do the same!
Thank you for voting for Challenger’s House! I’d love it if you guys would vote. If you click on the link above, you then need to click on the “Shelter Challenge” link on the right side, and then search for Challenger’s House (I haven’t been able to figure out a direct link yet!)
and Fred laughed and said “God, he was SO UGLY.” Which, exCUSE me, offensive! Hmph.
The Weeds girls, watching those incredibly annoying and invasive Asian Lady Beetles fly around outside the window. I’ve vacuumed up at least 400 of those things. If they didn’t come inside and stink and leave orange stains all over my curtains, they wouldn’t annoy me so much! (The cats think they’re fun to smack at, though.)
Are you READY for the Corbs?!
2011: Alice may be all grown up, but she still plays like a kitten!
2010: Please do not be jealous of my fancy photo studio.
2009: “I heard they was servin’ chocolate pudding at the Senior Center. Outta my WAY!”
2008: No entry.
2007: “Um, NO. There is NO ROOM on the platform, so move away. MOVE AWAY, I say!”
2006: No entry.