by Janet Blue on January 12, 2016

Each December, our dear friend, Speedy the Cheeky House Bunny, has his Christmas Countdown contest. Blogging and Facebook friends are asked to send in photos of their holiday decorations, including themselves if possible. Mom is always decorating right up to Christmas Eve, so we usually get our photos in moments prior to the deadline. None of us are ever in them. But this year was different. She didn’t put up one of our trees and finished a few days earlier than usual. Here’s what we submitted.




We were knocked right off our paws when Speedy selected us as the winners. It just proves what Mom has always said about decorating for Christmas, “If too much is good, more is even better.” In her defense, she has been collecting ornaments for 43 years! Here’s a link to Speedy’s post where he announced the top three finishers.

As winners we received a surprise prize from Speedy. He let us know it would be coming from Amazon so we took turns each day waiting at the front door for the delivery. Finally it arrived, and it was something we always wanted. In fact we gave one of these items to the kitties at Angels of Assisi as part of our Christmas Shelter Project gifts. Mom says that is the sign of generous hearts when we give away something we want. Whatever!

Here are some photos of us checking out our prize.




Fiona, Lisbeth and Mauricio were the most interested. Calista Jo sat in the background and watched.

We all were overjoyed that Fiona purrticipated. She’s been eating a bit more; though, she horked up all over Mom’s shoe last night. Today, under heavy protest (with claw action), she let Mom and Dad give her subQ fluids. Thanks to one of the techs at our vet, they tried a new method for administering. Fiona will tell you more about it in her next update post.

We know we are going to enjoy giving ourselves back, head and cheek scritches whenever we desire. No humans needed! Thank you Speedy and Mom Rachel for choosing our decorations as your favorites. And thank you for sending us this pawsome prize. We love you.

Purrs and paw-pats,Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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speedyrabbit January 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Pawsome Glad you love your Prize everyone,I knew it would be just perfect for you.Thanks for entering my Countdown with your pawsome Decorations….Hehehe can’t wait for this years countdown to start,xx Speedy
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Kitty Cat Chronicles January 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm

Our mom definitely agrees that more Christmas decorations is BETTER!!! She is obsessed with Christmas decorating. You guys’s decorations are AWESOME!!! No wonder you won Speedy’s contest. ConCATs on the cool prize to — looks like fun. Glad to hear that Fiona got in on the action. Sampy sends Astrid a kiss for every Christmas ornament in your house. Love and hugs from all of us with extra special purrs for Fiona.

Peaches & Paprika January 14, 2016 at 7:19 am

Congratulations on winning the scratcher! We love to see Christmas decorations and are so glad you celebrated in time! We have always been afraid to use the tempting scratchers for fear our humans would stop scratching us! But that looks like a neat prize!
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da tabbies o trout towne January 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

guys…conga ratz on winnin speedy’s contest & what a total lee kewl prize !! ♥♥♥

Ellen Pilch January 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Congratulations on winning such a great prize. Your MOm is an excellent decorator. Thank you for the kind words on the loss of Stinky.
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Raven January 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

I’m glad you like your new self-scratcher. And it’s good that Fiona is feeling well enough to participate and she’s being more tolerant of getting her fluids.
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meowmeowmans January 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm

What a wonderful and well-deserved prize you got for your awesome decorations! 🙂
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The Island Cats January 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Your decorations were definitely prize worthy. And what a cool prize you got!
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Melissa, Mudpie & Angel Truffles January 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

That’s so fantastic that you won!!! I’ll definitely have to check out that contest next year 🙂
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BeadedTail January 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Your decorations are very purrty! Concatson the win! We’re glad to hear about Fiona too! Those are pretty good skills to get your mom’s shoe too! 🙂
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Annabelle January 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. Concats on the win and that was so generous of you to share your winnings.
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Christy Paws January 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

I saw your photos and win on Speedy’s blog. Your decorations were amazingly pawsome. Concats on winning.
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Flynn January 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Concats on winning that great prize from Speedy. Your tree looks lovely.
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Emma and Buster January 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Happy 2016 kitties. We missed you and we received the card you sent us. Thanks a lot.

We are back,
Emma and Buster
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Robin January 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Congratulations on your win! Wow! You really did do a pawsome job decorating. Gorgeous photos! I’m lucky if I just get the tree up every year. You deserved this win for sure.
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Marg January 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Those are some great pictures and congrats on winning the prize. What a fun thing to win. Well done. You all have a great day.
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LP January 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

We always thought that type of scratcher looked appealing! Congrats on winning it. Your decorations are beautiful. Hooray Fiona for taking an interest. We hope you get stronger with each passing day!

the critters in the cottage xo

Cathy Keisha January 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

Concats! This is your lucky day too. I’m gonna give you a blogging hint that will help grow your blog. When you include a link, make sure it opens in another window. You don’t want to sent readers away from your blog. I clicked to read Speedy’s post and almost forgot to come back here to comment.
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Brian Frum January 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

Your decorations were very pretty and that is so cool to win the Speedy prize pack!!!
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McGuffy's Reader January 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

Cute kids playing here. I am home, trying to get caught up again. Looong week. Bill is back on the road and all I seem to be doing is work, too Snow removal, paperwork, chores…have not even composed a post. I hope to soon. XO
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Sometimes Cats Herd You January 12, 2016 at 6:52 am

You had such a beautiful tree, no wonder it was a winner. We’re looking forward to hearing about this new method of administering fluids.
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Sammy January 12, 2016 at 6:16 am

Oh lucky you! We knew you’d won Speedy’s contest but what a way way cool prize he sent! Looks like lots of good “at will” combing action available from here on out. No waiting for Mom or Dad to get out the brush – you can “do it yourself” !! Most of all good to get a Fiona update……she looks like she’s interested and perkier – looking good too……..nice to hear that you’re having less problems with her SubQ too!

Hugs, Sammy
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The Menagerie Mom January 12, 2016 at 6:13 am

Your Christmas decorations certainly were stunning. I’m so happy that you won, and that your kitties get to enjoy this purrfect prize! Purrs to all!
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Toby January 12, 2016 at 4:10 am

What a cool prize – and a beautiful tree. Concatulations!!!!
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Hannah and Lucy January 12, 2016 at 4:07 am

Concats on winning that scratcher – we are hoping Mum might take the hint and get us one.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Lone Star Cats January 12, 2016 at 3:17 am

Great decorayshuns! We were plannin on sendin our pics into Speedy, but we kept havin internet problems. Maybe next year.
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Summer January 12, 2016 at 2:12 am

I loved your tree and was so happy you won! And what a nice prize – and I’m so happy Fiona got to participate!
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles January 12, 2016 at 1:12 am

Concats on your win!!
That is pawsome!

We had one of those scratchers a long time ago…we just ignored it, purr-furring the real deal from meowmy & pawppy, MOL! Meowmy gave ours away to the shelter…its still there! OMC!!

Good to know that you were able to give Fiona her fluids. Maybe it will get easier…bit by bit, drip by drip….

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