by Janet Blue on October 13, 2014

A while back our dad was asked to take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. He started shivering just thinking about it; even though, our mom offered to douse him while he was submersed in the heated swimming pool. Having a friend with ALS and being a generous sort, our dad made a donation to ALS. Right around the same time lots of our kitty furiends started taking the Mice Bucket Challenge on their blogs. We started batting that idea around at the same time we were batting all our mousies around the house. Mom didn’t know we were trying to hide them from her!

We decided we would let our humans dump a bucketful of mice on at least one of us and have a comment-a-thon so one of our readers (selected using Random.org) could choose a 501(c)(3) shelter or rescue to receive some green papers from Mom. But yesterday, we decided to give half the green papers raised to ALS. Here’s why…

Mice Bucket ChallengeWe want to introduce you to our humans’ friend, Dock Atkinson. He and our dad used to play volleyball together before our dad became old and decrepit and Dock developed ALS (12 years ago). Yesterday Mom and Dad participated in the local ALS Walk on Dock’s Team. The hilly course was  approximately 3.5 miles in length. The day was grey and rainy. By the time Mom and Dad finished the walk, they were soaked to the skin but still smiling as you can see.

Mom found and gathered up all our mice, including some she had squirreled away (wait, did somebody say squirrel?) for future gifts for us and our furiends. She told us that she was taking all those back when we completed the challenge. We didn’t think she’d know which ones they were and that we’d get to keep them, but darn if she didn’t pick them right out and the end, put them in a ziploc bag and right back into the catchall drawer.

Oh, yeah, for each comment we receive on this post between now and next Saturday, October 18, by 5 p.m. EDT, Mom is going to be putting up one-half green paper for ALS and the same amount for the winning shelter/rescue. If you have the time and inclination, purrlease share with all your Twitter and Facebook friends.

Finally for the first one to correctly guess how many mice were in our bucket, Mom will donate one green paper (for each mouse) plus one to the 501(c)(3) rescue/shelter of their choice. She is adding one buck to the amount as she realized she missed putting one of our mice in the bucket.

Now pull up a chair and watch our videos. We had three bucket dumps. Yep…three! Our Mom is an over-achiever! If you do not want to hear Mom’s whiney voice, turn down your volume.



We challenge any of our furiends who haven’t had a bucket of mice dumped on them to take the Mice Bucket Challenge and make a donation to your favorite rescue or shelter. And for all the humans, here is a tip on how to get your kitties interested and willing to pawticipate: Liberally sprinkle catnip atop all those mice! Our mommy is so sneaky!

Some Reminders

If you have not entered a comment for an opportunity to win a copy of the book, Purr Therapy by Kathy McCoy, PhD, you can do so until 8 p.m. this evening by clicking here.

If you have a couple of extra green papers and haven’t had the opportunity to drop off a little something to help Mom Audra, Dezi and Lexi  (Dezizworld) to replace some items damaged by two separate floodings to their apartment, purrlease click on the YouCaring badge in our sidebar. The fundraising effort has stalled out the last few days. They do have the new chair they needed so badly. Mom Audra ordered it special, and it has lots of bells and whistles to meet her specific needs. Click here to read all about it.

Finally, thank you to all who pawticipated in our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. Keep in mind for next week that this offers an excellent opportunity to share about kitties and woofies awaiting adoption.

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


Clooney October 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Such fun videos, love your Mice Bucket Challenge, so cute! We think we spotted Fiona?
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M. K. Clinton October 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

This is so clever! I think there are 18 mice in the challenge. ☺ Have a mice day! ☺
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal October 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

Mousers I think you even have moore mosuies than me 🙂
I guess it was 25 mousies in that bucket !

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Connie October 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’ll take 31.. since someone has 30, 32 and 33 🙂
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Timmy Tomcat October 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

What a simply great idea. We just had a commentathon for Kitty Cottage so here goes
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Trixie October 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I think therez 20 mice in the pitcher.

Lisa and Cat October 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

Cat watched the video and she thinks there are 29 mice in the bucket.

Robin October 16, 2014 at 1:50 am

It is really wonderful of your Mom to do this guys! You were great participants too! I’m going to guess that there are 20 mice.
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Melissa & Truffles October 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We guess 21 mice. Those videos are adorable and your peeps are very generous!
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Golden Woofs: Sugar October 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Woofs! PAWsome 🙂 Mmm 34 is our guess. Golden Woofs
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prancer pie October 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

Wow, you kittehz are over-achievers!
We guess there are 24 mousies in your bucket.
One can never have too many mousies in their bucket…. MOL!

Maxwell, Faraday & Allie October 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

OOPS! We forgot to guess. THIRTY mice!
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie October 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Thank you, thank you THANK you for posting this! Now we’ve got incentive to get our mom to finish OUR video! (which has been languishing in the edit room for elebenty BILLION years!)
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie October 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Allie: Faraday, you completely forgot to mention how wonderful the videos were and how touching that photo was of the humans with their friend. *slaps paw across back of F’s head*

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Harvey Button October 14, 2014 at 12:29 am

We just undid our blog post * rolls eyes * Sorry Missy. Here we go again!

We LOVE the videos, they made Mum laugh a lot!! OK we think 14 mice.

Our nominuated rescue is Place for Cats who are a 503(1)(b) (erm…) Well you know.!!!!
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Caren Gittleman October 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Great job! Those poor, poor kitties MOL.
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meowmeowmans October 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Oh, you sure did a great job with the Mice Bucket Challenge, gang! We are guessing 26 mousies. 🙂
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Raven October 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

You’re very tolerant having mice dumped on you, but it’s for a very good cause. Some of those mice were the size of rats!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles October 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Wow, you guys sure have a lot of mousies!! We guess 28! What a great idea, donating to ALS and to a shelter. My uncle passed away from ALS about 10 or so years ago, so I too have witnessed first-hand how awful of a disease it is. My family always participates in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Atlanta as a team in memory of my Uncle Jeff. That’s amazing that your friend has lived so long with it – so awesome! I can’t remember exactly, but I think my uncle only lived 4-5ish years after he was diagnosed. If you have Facbeook, you can see a video of me doing the Ice Bucket Challenge on my page. MOL! It was pretty cold!!! Anyway, those videos were super cute. It was great to see so many of you at one time!! Have a wonderful week ahead! Love and hugs from all of us, but of course Sampy sends elebenty billion extra kisses to Astrid.
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Katnip Lounge October 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Elebenty? That seems about right.
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Annie October 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Fun videos of your Mice Bucket Challenge! We guess 17 mousies. It’s so nice you did that ALS walk and very nice that you support your friend, Dock.
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. October 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Me n Mum tried to count da mice n Mum said 22 n me said 15.6 n Mums aid Nylablue dere iz not 1/5th of a mousie dere…so we watched da videoz again n we deecided to day “19”…
Dat iz our guess!!!
Sisfurz n Brofur yer pawsum to do diz mice buckit fing…me wuud freek iffin me mousiez came tummblin over me!!!!
Much lub Nylablue n Mum too
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Savannah's Paw Tracksm October 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

ahem…Obviously…there were 22 1/3 mouses in that bucket…I could clearly see that you were also dumping just the mousie tail from one poor dismembered nip mouse…
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Austin Towers October 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

We turned the sound right up :))) That was a lot of fun! Cathy Keisha challenged me and Spitty to do it and we are still working on it !!! *glares at human* AND we think those are really worthwhile causes indeed! xox
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Marty the Manx October 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hurrah for your Mom and Dad and Dock’s Team braving the weather yesterday! Love the Micebucket challenge. Mau, Misty May and Lilly Olivia seem to be having a good time with it. Was that Calista Jo that got her nose bent a little out of shape and had a little smacky paw and growling going? We are going to guess 34 mices because we don’t see anyone guessing that number yet!

Marty and the Gang
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The Island Cats October 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

What a pawsome thing to do! Wally did the mice bucket challenge a few weeks ago. We say there’s 20 mice in the bucket….we woulda said more but some others have already guessed what we thought. 🙂
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Noodle October 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

What a great thing to do! Bravo to your peeps!
We love your Sunday selfies blog hop!

Noodle and crew

BeadedTail October 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

That was very nice of your mom and dad to walk for ALS! We loved your Mice bucket challenge too! The videos made us smile! We’re guessing there’s 22 mices in there!
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Cathy Keisha October 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

How nice of your peeps to take that walk in the rain for their friend! TW had a brother with ALS and a sister with Parkenson so we know a bit about it. I did the mice buckel challenge already for Tabby’s Place. I guess 23 mice. I counted 21 but I may have missed some.

BTW, Spitty had better do that challenge if he knows whats good for him.
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donna October 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Me and my kitties guess 21 a total of there ages.

The Swiss Cats October 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

We love your triple mice bucket challenge ! We guess 20 mice ! Purrs
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Angel AbbyGrace October 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Mousies and mousies and more mousies! We loved the mice bucket challenge and enjoyed all three of your videos.
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Canadian Cats October 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Oh wow I love the idea of a mouse bucket drop and will have one up here at my place for our shelter. We guess 25 mice in the drop.

ALS is horrible and I’m glad you were in the walk for it. Good going!

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Spitty the Kitty October 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi furiends!! Remember me? I used to come visit you and leave comments and stuff? Back before the stoopy Human gotted all crazy. Well, we are starting to poke our heads up again and hope to be visiting a little more often now 😉 This was a grrrreat challenge! (CK challenged me to do it but then life got a little crazy and I wimped out–aka: The Human forgot about it). We are thrilled to see your fine performance today!

We guess 37 mousies. XOXOXOXOXO
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Nerissa's Life October 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Well that didn’t look TOO traumatic. In fact, it kinda looked liked fun! I’m assumin’ there was nip in those mice?

I’m guessin’…. 32. 32 mice in total.

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The Florida Furkids October 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

We’re going to guess 28 mousies. Allie said she hopes that wasn’t sweet Mauricio making the growly noises!!

The Florida Furkids with special smoochies and nose kisses to Mau from Allie
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Becca Cook October 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Sounded like someone wasn’t too happy with the mouse bucket challenge. Looks like you had about 33 mice in the bucket. So glad to hear that there will be 2 charities that are helped one human and one animal. The videos were all so cute. Love the blog name, ’cause that’s how I wakeup every morning.

speedyrabbit October 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

That looked fun,great job my kitty friends,that was a lot of mice,xx Speedy
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Ellen Pilch October 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

We guess 23 mices. That is great that your parents did the walk for ALS. I am sorry their friend has to suffer with such an awful disease. You kitties seemed to enjoy the mice bucket challenge more than people like the ice bucket. Please visit us for a chance to win some eyeballs.
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Hemingway and Shakespeare October 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

Our Mom thinks your Mom did a great thing to get you involved in the mice bucket challenge. We think she missed a few mice but probably had 27 micies in that bucket. Of course we kind of lost track ‘cuz we got so excited seeing all those micies falling down!
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Hannah and Lucy October 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

We love the mice bucket challenge – we think there were 37 mouses.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
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Sue October 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

My kitties watched and said there was 22 mousies and thought you should share them with the shelter too!

Toby & Leia October 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

This is a pawsome thing! We hope you get many comments.
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Brian October 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

WOW! That MBC was pretty darn impressive!
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Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats October 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

Loved the challenge! (And the cats’ reactions.) I’m guessing 21 mousies.

Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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Sammy October 13, 2014 at 6:38 am

Great bucket challenge!!!!! I’ll say there were a total of 19 mousies involved in the “mouse drop”!!

Hugs, sammy
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Cat Scout Charles October 13, 2014 at 6:30 am

O M C So many mice. The Kitties Blue did a pawsome job with the Mouse Bucket Challenge, Charles guesses 23 mice were used.
Happy Monday Everyone

Sometimes Cats Herd You October 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pawesome job at the mice bucket challenge! That looked like 18 mice to us.
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Molly The Wally October 13, 2014 at 5:50 am

Way to go. We guess hmmmm 25 mousies. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly
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Flynn October 13, 2014 at 5:45 am

That was a great mice bucket challenge. I guess 21 mousies.
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Summer October 13, 2014 at 3:44 am

When my human bought her first house, the seller was half of a musical duo and knew who my human was! He was a really nice guy. Many years later, he developed, and died from ALS. So it has touched her life too a little. I am going to guess there were 47 mice!
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers October 13, 2014 at 2:59 am

We think we smelled catnip! 19 nippie mousies??

Fun, fun, FUN!
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McGuffy Ann Morris October 13, 2014 at 2:17 am

Wow! We are impressed. There has to be at least 18 mice in your bucket challenge! What a great challenge, too! You are truly wonderful. And I am going to get that book. Did you read my review of Making Rounds with Oscar? It was awhile back, and is on my review page. ~xo~
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Lone Star Cats October 13, 2014 at 1:36 am

Pawsome y’all are doing this! I’m guessin 26.
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Deztinee High October 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

Aaaaaw yous mice bucket challenge wuz so cute. Meez luvved da videos. And me fawt dat wuz growlin’ me heard but wusn’t suwe till da whacky paw came up. MOL Dat’s such a pawsum way to help out.

Yous looked gweat after walkin’ dat faw. And dat be a gweat chawity. Glad yous can help them. And fank yous fur postin’ ’bout da fundraiser. As fur da guessin’ meez not know so meez stab is eevew 16 or 19.

Luv ya’

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Mitsubachicats October 13, 2014 at 12:48 am

wowzers!!the colony cats guess 40 elevensies or 17 mousies dropped!!
did we guess rite?
ccs u laters, taters!!

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