Saturday, June 27, 2009


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Meet Kato. Our new rolling, twisting & meowing excitable boy. He loves sitting on your lap ( he doesn’t ask first, just does it ). 20090627 Flowers 058

the boys are seldom far apart, but that is changing as Kato is not one to say in place.

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The was a lot of hissing and spitting in the beginning, but Cluie has begun to accept them. They are not quite playing, but the upset seems to be gone as Cluie realizes that she is not being replaced, but instead has a larger family to be part of. I look forward to the day that she cuddles up with them and naps like she did with Onyx. I think that time is coming and coming soon.


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It almost scary how much Niff looks like our departed Onyx. (see Simmy’s Blog “What's the Poop”) Very different personality, shy, loving and frisky.

Meet our new Kids

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In the back is “Niff” and in the front “Kato”. Both are boys, a first for our family. the are litter bothers and can not be far from one another. Niff is shy and is looked after by Kato, but is coming out of his shell. He already has claimed the kitchen window as his. Kato is an adventuresome boy, inspecting everything and hamming it up to get attention.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products


Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

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Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Monica Barrett
Nutro Products, Inc.                       
(615) 628-5387

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) -- Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries.  This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected.  One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium.  Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.

This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier.  An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel.  We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile.  While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea.  If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product.  Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit

Recalled Pet Food

The varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods listed below with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010 are affected by this voluntary recall. 


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Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lifehacker - Trilllian Astra Beta Open for Downloads - trillian

By Kevin Purdy, 4:30 AM on Wed Jun 10 2009, 10,739 views (Edit post, Set to draft, Slurp)


Windows: Trillian Astra, the app that wants to manage all your social network updates, chat protocols, and email notifications, has opened its beta to anyone who wants in.

We took a first look at Astra's beta, which is technically Trillian 4.0, back in April, when invites were spontaneously plentiful, but the application remained in closed beta. Now everyone can give Trillian a try and see how the grandpappy of multi-service chat clients has grown up. As CNET's Webware reporters point out, other third-party clients like Pidgin and Digsby have drunk Trillian's milkshake in regards to platform support—which app doesn't have Facebook integration these days?—but Trillian's compact, glossy looks, smart notifications, and bountiful configuration options may win it back some of its old-line fans.

Like the closed beta, this release automatically installs a 30-day trial of Trillian Pro, which adds "advanced" video chat, multi-client logs, and a few other doodads for a price. Unlike the closed beta, Trillian's developers say bugs and efficiencies have been worked on quite a bit. Mac and iPhone versions are on their way, and you can sign up to be included in those testing groups.

Trillian is a free download for Windows XP/Vista/7 systems only. Let us know what you think about Astra's public debut in the comments.

ehacker - Trilllian Astra Beta Open for Downloads - trillian

Tired of long lines at Disney? Now, there's an app for that

From the Orlando Sentinel
"Like most people, Brent Pope of Jacksonville gets annoyed by long lines at Walt Disney World.
So after Pope, 44, was laid off from his job at an ad agency few months ago, he decided to do something about it. He developed "Wait Times" — an iPhone application that will tell you how long the lines are at the Magic Kingdom.
Approved for sale by Apple on Tuesday, the "app" depends on other users to supply wait-time information. They choose from a list of rides and then enter or view the wait for that ride. The more information people report, the more useful Pope's 99-cent app becomes."
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Tired of long lines at Disney? Now, there's an app for that

Review: Facebook v1.6 for BlackBerry

It was ready, then it wasn't... almost two weeks ago we were all waiting impatiently for the much anticipated release of the latest version of Facebook, v1.6. Then, on the day it was to be launched, we were all hit from behind by a HUGE (but all too familiar) bus. It wasn't ready. It's not like we haven't seen that happen before, right? ;)
After waiting, for what felt like months (ok, it was only one week, give or take three hours), its here in all its GLORY (clouds open up and let out sunlight from the Heavens). Much like the Facebook we all see on the web, similar to what seems to me the Twitter Status UI, Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Facebook 1.6 for BlackBerry.

The setup is quite like the previous version. You have the options of syncing the contacts (including images), calendar and BlackBerry messenger. With the contacts sync, the contacts on your BlackBerry are synced with the contacts on Facebook, including all the latest profile information, updated photos (be sure to read their mini "privacy statement" on syncing contacts). Syncing with the calander allows you to accept invitations sent to you on Facebook into your BlackBerry calendar. Finally, checking the box for BlackBerry Messenger allows you to be alerted of a new Facebook message while you are in BBM.

In the options menu, you get the choice again whether you want to sync your contacts, calendar or BlackBerry messenger. Scroll down and you also have a few more options to choose from including the ability to clear the Facebook cache and a link to look for updates.

Composing Messages
Composing messages is very easy. Start typing the name of your contact and you get a drop-down menu of all your contacts in alphabetical order.

Pros: you will most likely never need to log back in from desktop ever again; revamped UI is AWESOME; seriously too many to list
Cons: haven't found any yet
Verdict: the developers over at FB really out-did themselves this time. this update should hold us over until the next major :)
Download link: point your BlackBerry browser to (be sure to remove the www in the 'go to' field)
Check the attachments for more eye candy :)

Review: Facebook v1.6 for BlackBerry

Thursday, June 04, 2009