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About The Canadian Cats

I have been married for like AGES and AGES according to Shoko. A whole 47 years. Shoko is my only young'un. Bill and I have lived in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada for 34 years. Gardening is my passion and also Shoko's passion. Bill's passion is being included as a member of Shoko's family.

Salad Season…Potato Salad

Shoko and I thought the month of June should be the kick off month for summer.  What says summer more than salads?  There are so many salads.  You have your potato, green, Greek. pasta……the list is almost endless.                                                                   

Our choice was potato salad.  Potato salad is pretty easy to make and basic.  You can put a variety of things in the potato salad.  If, you read a recipe and don’t like what they added you can miss that item and it won’t make the potato salad taste like crap!                No one needs to see cut up potato and egg Tyebe.  Ya, we could show it when it’s all cut up.                                                                                       
It needs to be more up close and personal….c’mon….let me see small tasty ingredients

See how the red pepper gives the salad colour. I tell ya Tyebe at least 70% of the meal is presentation.  We just get our food plunked down in front of us.  Mom used to tell us all the good things about our meal while we were eating but dad just gives it to us.  We need red pepper in our tuna Fancy Feast.


2 big old potatoes

2 eggs

1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

1 stalk of celery

3 green onions

1/4 cup of Craisins

5 strips of cooked bacon

3 slices of dill pickle…chopped

1/4 C of chopped red pepper

1 tbsp of Bold and Spicy mustard. ( or to taste)

1/4 C mayo (or to taste)

1 1/4 tsp of thyme (to taste)

salt and pepper to taste.

sprinkle of sweet smoked paprika

Once you have the ingredients together chop the items small enough for  a good taste of everything in one chew.  Add thyme, salt and pepper.  In a small dish mix mayo and mustard, then add to the potato salad.  Smooth down potato salad and sprinkle with Sweet Smoked Paprika   If, you don’t care for something, toss it out and add what you like.  Have fun with it.                                                                             

Our finished potato salad before mom and dad attack it.

                                                                                    BONY PETITE

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Aww Monday and a Reminder For In Purrsuit of Flavours

That’s right Shoks, Wednesday marks  the coming of, In Purrsuit of Flavours and the dish is salads….all kinds of salad. Whatever salad floats your boat and spins your top.                                                                        
June 3rd.

We also are joining  Aww..Monday at Comedy Plus.  Click on the name or badge and visit some pretty cool furries.

How do felines maintain law and order?

Claw enforcement


Xena’s Story: Sho and Tye Think Canada Part 3

Introducing more of Xena’s Story from the wonderful author, Xena, herself. of this part. Please jump over and read the whole thing instead of just a clip…..

Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess and Lucy

Where we left off was with a beautiful, 3-point landing of Sho’s magic carpet, right in front of the hut Canada in Tyeland, Shortly afterward, Sho drifted into a deep sleep (probably from exhaustion, although Xe drove all the way there from Tennessee, so Sho shouldn’t have been that tired). If you missed that, you can go read about it here at the Canadian Cats. As Sho lay snoring…

Tye: Are you getting bored, Xe?

Xe: Yes. We need an adventure. *thinking* Hey! Do you remember how we wanted to try stuffing a mouse down a cobra’s throat, but your big sister Sho was always around so we couldn’t do it?

Tye: Yep, and she’s sound asleep in our hut Canada now.

The friends, about to embark on an adventure, take off through the jungle, looking for a mouse and a cobra.

Tye: Hold the snake still!
Xe: I’m trying…

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Friday Fill In and Feline Fails

A busy day today.  We have our Friday Fill-Ins and Bloopers plus its Feline Friday so let’s get to it.  Wait Tyebe. let’s introduce our hosts.  Ellen of 15 and Meowing and Lorianne of Four- Legged Furballs   are our hosts for Friday Fill Ins. Thank you ladies for the great sentences.                                                                         

Now, let’s get on with it.                                 I would like to improve my …..LOVING…. skills.  I AM A TAD RESERVED AND ONLY SHARE MY LOVE WITH MOM WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT AT NIGHT.  DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE MOM ALL TO BITS BUT I GET SHY WHEN PEEPS  OR BUDD AND TYEBE LOOK AT ME.

 2. My …..CUROSITY….. is ….ENDLESS.                                                             

No animals were hurt during this sniff fest.

3. My current to-do list includes …..STEPPING OUT ONTO THE DECK, EVERYDAY.



This is also Pet Photo Fails.  Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows has taken over this cool hop from dearly departed friend, Roby Sweet of the Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles.  Also known as The Old SoLT by Miss C.                                                                           


Mom didn’t do anything blurry that we took a picture of, ShokoNot mom….usMom is my pet hooman.  She’s not a pet, TyebeShe is to meWhatever!!  I don’t think mom did too badly this time.  There are the odd pictures though.                                                                   

BEWARE: In Purrsuit of Flavours is Coming

MOL…What have you there, Budd?  I found this on the floor…looks like food to me.  I’ll have a taste.                                                                             

Yuck!!  What the frog fangs is this? It tastes like….SOUR! ROF…….mol…That’s a dill pickle. They are gross but I don’t think that was on the floor Budd so you deserve the taste.  I should’ve sniffed first.


We’re here to remind our friends that “In Purrsuit of Flavours” is coming up. Us and Da Phenny and Nelly of Easy Blog discussed what we should highlight in June.  Ok..ok, a little food was thrown at each other but not in anger….no, not us but everyone wanted bacon thrown at them. mol

Our post will appear on Wednesday, June 3rd  It will introduce Salad Season.  So our dish will be salads.  Any kind of salad that you adore is great with us.  Please share so we can sample the best of the season.


We are also joining Wordless Wednesday with Comedy Plus     Click  on  the  name  or  the  badge  and  be  swept  over  to  Comedy  Plus.

Yes, we know this isn’t wordless but what can I say?  We’re not known for being meek and mild.  Stop by and visit Sandee.  She has the cutest pet pictures.


Da Phenny and Nelly have a surprise for everyone on Purrsuit Day.

Don’t tell them I said anything though,

                                                                                                BONEY PETITE

Sunday Selfies with Budd

Budd, how rude!  You don’t stick your tongue out at mom…geez.  Where are your manners?  What do you mean, you’re drying out your tongue.  Why is it wet?  Don’t want to talk about it.  Ok, you forced me to tell you.  It’s not wet….I bit it when I found something on the floor.  I gulped it down but then I chewed my tongue.  That hurts!

MOL…live and learn.  Betcha will be more careful next time.  Maybe not eat anything on the floor till mealtime I wouldn’t get carried away there Tyebe. mol…C’mon let’s spread out in the garden.

Did you see mom’s herb garden? No…ya, I see it.

Fresh herbs this year.  There is sage, thyme, rosemary, winter savoury, tarragon and 3 types of basil mixed together.

Need some help, mom. Just call me… paws are ready.

Are you up to giving us a Meezerism, Shoks? I sure am and this one describes moi.                                                                   

“The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them.”  I would say better than the killer cat cause there is no blood or bones left for mom to clean up.                                                                                         

Sho and Tye Think Canadian Part 2A …Xena’s Story

Tye, this is a lovely home with all the best foods available for our tasting but its time we thought about Canada, the country, and Canada our hut. We have to have someone look after the house In Tyeland while we are gone. What if we like it in Canada and want to stay, Sho? If, we decide to stay like forever, we’ll have to think about it then. Right now, the challenge will be to see our hut….Canada, and have a friend look after it for us. Squish could do it for us. Nobody’s going to mouth off to Squish. We can rent the house out. That’s a great idea Tye. Squish could have the rent for Canada, the hut. I miss Squish Sho so let’s go visit him and Squash. How about Lu and XE? They are like family. Let’s ask XE if she wants to help us.   I know that lil lady will be anxious to go, she loved it in Siam.

Xe, we enjoyed staying here with you and Lu very much. Your parents welcomed us with open arms but we need to go home and see how our Canada is doing. We miss our friends and need to have a furever home. You can stay here furever Sho and Tye. Mom would love it….she does admire you both and has a soft spot for you.  She is a wonderful mom and you should be proud.  We need to find a mom that’s as gentle and loving as your mom.  Do you want to help us, Xe?  We may move along to Canada, the country, Xe.  Do I want to go?  My middle name is adventure….when do we leave?  Lu will help mom and dad till I get back.

Come on Tye and hop on.  It’s going to be difficult flying  at night but we’ll have to avoid radar or we all could end up being, *The American Great Unwanted.*  To quote Bette Davis…”Fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

It’s kinda boring up here at night.  There’s nothing to see,  Xe did you bring Rainbow Teddy?  I forgot him…dang, I thought Lu would have reminded me.  Guess she forgot too.



This is Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina….near Georgia.  Keep up the triple twirls Xe.  I don’t feel so good Sho.  Xe will be finished in a minute Tye.   I wonder if you can see Ho No down there Tye.  Tye forgets her dizziness from Xe’s maneuver and looks for Ho No.  There she is Sho and Xe. They all wave to Ho No who waved with her front hooves in the air.

OK Xe, quickly throw the thrusters into overdrive before that cadet pointing up here has a chance to alert his Captain.

*ouff, puff….poooo-diddle…plop!!*  We just made it outta that base in time. Sounds like the thrusters need work. We’ll ask the genie to fix them when we get to Tyeland

See ya Ho No…. Tye you still look a little green…have some catnip tea. Shoko opens her thermos and gives Tye some tea. Tye drinks and sniffs deepy….slowly her normal colour came shining through.


The ocean is so blue and deep….a beautiful postcard.

Look there’s Tyeland up ahead. Do you see what I see? It’s Squish and her little sister Squash.

They all start waving to Squish and Squash. Those two sure look good to me. Do you think they saw us, Sho? Positive….did you see how Squish’s ears went back and forth.. That’s her waving at us.

Hey, look…Babylon!

Just for us…..the Rivers of Babylon,

The marketplace hasn’t changed but I hope they keep it cleaner than before we left.  The food could have been fresher too.  Think we got spoiled with Xe’s mom giving us such fresh raw meat.

Awww…..our home is still here. I could use a good rest and a delicious meal about now, Tye and Xe. After laying on the sofa, Sho fell into a deep sleep and started snoring.

What will happen in Part 3?  Will Tye and Xe find fun in the long grasses of Tyeland and will Sho wake with an urge to sweep Canada clean of all bugs?


Real Neat Blog Award

Well, we’ll be a fish’s fins!  We were nominated for the Real Neat blogger award by Jeanne Foguth of Purrseidon blog Thank you very much Purr and Jeanne.   We were not expecting anything like this so surprise on us.  The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

1. Put the award logo on your blog. And here it is!                                                             

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog.)

We will answer the questions now….right here.



My questions for my nominees are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

The Twilight Zone…otherwise known as the USA.  Why do we refer to it as The Twilight Zone?  Simple….you never know daily what crap will be comin’ outta there.

2. What is your favorite sport?

Wandkey..When a wand is flitted in front of your face, grab it and run…they’ll never catch you.  You are the “winner.”


3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

When mom actually walked out onto the deck.  She hasn’t been out here for over a year and a  half.  She’s going to make it to the garden now.  I feel it in me bones,

4. What is your favorite quote?

Shoko has come up with many wise Meezerisms but my favourite has to be…”When in doubt lick your butt.”  Gives you time to ponder the answer.

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

My favourite class was the Spa Classes. I was in a unique school that discovered your natural path to success and expanded on it.

6. Is there anything you wished you’d learned earlier?

Yes, I wish I knew when Tyebe first came here that she’d outgrow this horrible behaviour of trying to dance on my head.  I just plain thought she was nuts!  She is getting almost tolerable now.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I have tried to play the computer.  It doesn’t work worth a darn.  The tablet is the same.  However the TV and radio do start talking louder when I step on certain buttons.


3 CHATTY CATS…a blog with the cat’s opinions.  very comical post.  I have never left this blog without a huge grin on my face.

PHOTOFINLAND….Kristiina is responsible for the most beautiful pictures and it feels like you are right there with them.

Tails Around the Ranch…Is a blog with 2 woofies as grovvy family members.  Monika manages to give them their own personalities.


Your Questions Nominees:





5/ WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DINNER?                                                         


Thank you Jeanne and Purr for the nomination.

This is also Thankful Thursday at Brian’s Home and we have so much to be thankful for these days.  The weather is warmer and the backyard is quiet and even the dogs have quit barking.  Mom is walking down the deck steps or rather hanging on for dear life but she is doing it.  Each time she appears better at it.  Cwap!  I can’t say that….each time she looks like somebody’s going to push her over.  Point is she tries and in time she will get better at it.                                                                                   


A Sunday Selfie with Budd’s new Basket

What an awesome Gotcha Day Pawty I had.  I mewed with so many friends my jaw was stiff from yakking so much. Furries from Cat Scouts dropped by, my friends from Nottingham in the UK, Phenny and Nelly….so many I am forgetting some names.  I was overwhelmed and so very happy.


I was so happy cause CooperMurphy asked me to officially be his girlfriend  I was smiling from ear to ear.CooperMurphy is from the Blue family.They have The Cat On My Head selfies every Sunday.

This was like huge news and one I answered immediately….YES….I will be your girlfriend, CooperMurphy!   Isn’t he handsome? *Tyebe bats her eyelashes*

Thank you Ann of Zoolatry for the lovely card.

Mau made Tyebe a cake.  Mau is the baker Extraordinaire at Cat Scouts.  He outdid himself once again.                                                                               

Doesn’t this look like me?  What a beautiful cake.                                                       
Here I sit shooting the mews with from your left to right……Einey….Shoko’s boyfriend and his bro Timmy, another fine ginger.

A huge thank you to the Cusack brothers and their dad for the lovely Gotcha Day card from Tomcat Commentary by Tim I love it.

This is the card from Snap. It is so gorgeous I slept with it the other night….I had a marvelous pawty.  Hope you stopped by for some goodies.  If you didn’t its too late.  Budd dove into the leftovers in spite of mom pulling him off, the goodies are gone.


Great news about the garden too.  The nip is just coming up and the smell will knock your booties off. Budd and I took turns rolling on it.  I just love the smell of catnip in the morning  all over my coat. on my coat.

We are getting very dirty but we sure feel good.

We are joining CooperMurphy and family over at The Cat On My Head for Sunday Selfies  This time we decided to tell everyone where Budd’s hiding place is.   Click on the name of the blog or the badge and be wisped away.                                                                                     Budd is our model this week.  This is new favourite place to nap….at night anyway.                                                             

This is Budd’s go to place when the lights go out.

Time for the Meezerism of the week with Shoko.                                                             

“If, killing a mouse is NOT your cat’s nip tea then just have her play with the mouse.  I guarantee it will never come back to play again.”



Happy 2nd. Gotcha Day, Tyebe

It’s finally here…my 2nd. Gotcha Day. I must have a bath and comb my white locks. *lick* *lick*

Where are you going Shoko? I just felt like having a ride on the magic carpet….see ya soon.

Furries will be here soon.  I’ll be back in a twist of your whisker.  Up, up and away!!


I sure hope Coopermurphy’s ready to leave.  What a beautiful view….so those are the famous Blue Ridge Mountains.  Wonder if there are lots of hilly billies

in there.  Weird guys like in Deliverance. Riding peeps like pigs.  Gives me the creeps…*shivers*.

There’s the Blue house.  The one with the lovely trees.  I don’t want to park on a tree branch so I better guide the carpet slowly….Coop, hop on and put on the seat belt…it’s kinda bumpy going over the mountains.  So you’ve seen the Blue Ridge Mountains Sho.  Sure enough Coop.  The area is very pretty.  Not like the mountains we know…the rockies but so picturesque and beautiful.  I think the tall mountains are a waste….who ever sees the top except for mountain climbers and those flying over on a clear day?  So the birds could tell us lots about the mountains.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are not too steep to climb.

What a grand view.

Are you warm enough Coop? We are pretty close to Fort Meezer now so its cooler.  There it is…slowly we go down, down and down some more.

Perfect landing Shoks…Thanks for the ride. Coop undoes his seat belt and runs in the house to change into his birthday suit?                                                         

Aww…that kind of birthday suit! You’ll knock her booties off, Snap.

I must talk with your mom,,,like now.  Ok dude, let me get her. You look so handsome CooperMurphy….Tyebe will be mesmerised.  Thank you mam.  What should I call you…Tyebe’s mom?  How about calling me TM for Tyebe’s mom.  It’s easy to rememberOk, that is easy.  I have a very serious question to ask you, TM.  May I become Tyebe’s boyfriend.  I waited till she was 2.  I really want to be with her.  She is the sweetest lil lady since maple syrup.  Yes, I know she can be cantankerous too but so can I.  We’ll make a good cranky pair….mol  Tyebe has shown maturity with her dealings in Cat Scouts so I’m going to say yes, Coop.  Hot diggity!!  You’ll see, I’ll treat her like a princess, TM.  Coop you are a fine young mancat.  Now, go tell Tyebe how you feel.                                                                     

Furries are starting to arrive,  Tyebe.  There’s Angel Easy.  I told you that I visited  with Angel Easy when I went to to France.  Easy wasn’t an angel thenWhere’s Snap…my GingerSnap?  I don’t know, Tyebe….maybe he couldn’t make it.

Hey, there are Tea and Chef Pete Hartley. from Cat Scouts and Phenny and Neilson.                                                 


Where’s Mau…bet he’s in helping mom with the cake. Here they come. Oh what a beautiful cake.










♫ Happy Gotcha Day to you Tyebe….♫  There you are Snap.  Shoko scared me and told me maybe you couldn’t make it.

TYebe, will you be my girlfriend. We waited until you turned 2 and your mom says yes, she will agree to us becoming girlfriend and boyfriend. What do you say my white wonder?

Oh Snap, yes, I will be your girlfriend. You better treat her right or you’ll answer to me CooperMurphy. I lived on the streets for many years and I know how ro make someone see things my way. Budd pounds his paw into the dirt in the basket.  Doesn’t he look huge in the basket, Snap? CooperMurphy gulps hard and assures Budd he will always be there for Tyebe and treat her with respect.

Let’s EAT!  We have shrimp direct from the barbie on a stick.  The shrimp not the barbie. mol                                             








Nice looking sticks, eh?







Lemon Garlic shrimp. You guessed it. Shrimp is Tyebe’s favorite seafood.

Who wants a game of pin the tail on Tea? mol  Let’s gp get the tail…mol

Why hello there.  You came a long way to my Gotcha Party.  Have a 7 up and some shrimp and let your fur down.

Starting at the left here is Coop, Lily, Charlie Mau and Ting.  Charlie , Lily and Ting are from the UK and had a time of it crossing the Atlantic. Welcome friends.

There’s grape Kittenweiser in the cooler and some 7 up. along with Cranberry Punch  Fill your booties.                                                   

Thank you for a lovely party everyone.