Mice Bucket Challenge



If you do not have a Cat Scout in your furmaly or don’t stop by our blog with any regularity, you may not know this exceptional man-cat. He does not have a blog. But Charles has many admirers both at Scouts and among our furry residents, especially Lisbeth. The following has been written about him at Scouts:

Denmaster: “The newest Cat Scout of the Month is an everpresent angel, eager to help out in whatever way he can. He’s not here to toot his own horn; he’s here to become a better Cat Scout.”

One of his fellow scouts said of him: “Scout Charles is absolutely amazing. He is everywhere helping, doing and participating. I know you’re (Denmaster) aware of this because he was CSOTW earlier this month. He’s a popular scout and is always ready to pitch in to help. He would be a great CSOTM!!”

Charles is both Mau’s troop mate (Worldwide Wildcats) and patrol mate (Wolverines) and a total gentleman as well as a generous and thoughtful cat at all times. He has been Lisbeth’s escort for many Scouting activities, and Mom and Dad trust him completely with their beloved and shy, tuxie daughter. Lis and Charles are quite smitten with each other.

Cat Scout Charles goodiesShortly after Mau and Misty May’s tenth birthday, an unexpected package of goodies arrived in the mail from Charles. It was yet another indication of his sweet and generous spirit.

Cat Scout Charles goodiesIt was a veritable treasure chest of toys and treats, including yet another mousey that didn’t make it into our Mice Bucket Challenge. (See more about that below.) We received several types of nippy toys, a jingle ball, and a huge, pawsome kicker that makes crinkly noises. There’s also a story book, stickers, a mini plaque that Mom hung in the kitchen and a sweet card from Charles. Everything was even individually wrapped.

Thank you Cat Scout Charles




Even though it was not Astrid’s birthday, she thought she should have her pick of toys before Mom could get some photos; thus, the photo bomb! Lily Olivia decided to claim the box and tissue paper as her own.

We send our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Charles and his mom, Inge. And we apologize for our mom’s pathetic photography skills.

Purr Therapy Winner

Today, Mom was delighted to drop a copy of Purr Therapy in the mail to the winners of our giveaway: Marty the Manx and his mom, Kelly Jo. If you don’t know Marty, you can meet him on his blog, MusingsbyMaryManx.

Mice Bucket Challenge Update

Some who left comments on this post did not guess the number of mice. If you didn’t, you have until Saturday, October 18, at 5 p.m. to do so for an opportunity to win a donation to a 501(c)(3) shelter or rescue of your choice. Mom says she even will count those additional comments toward her donation amount to ALS and the 501(c)(3) rescue/shelter selected by the commenter chosen by Random.org. What this means is that you have two opportunities to win a donation (one for commenting and one for guessing the exact number of mice).

Purrs, paw-pats and thanks, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth (with special purrs, hugs and kisses for Charles) and Calista Jo

p.s. Purrlease join us tomorrow for Mom’s review and giveaway of the book, A Cat With Three Tales, by Karen Rieser.



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