Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Saturday Solution ~ Going up the Jungle!

The Saturday Solution with Dr. Basil Widdairs

Pet Advice Columnist Extraordinaire!


Just to let all mew wonderful kitties out there in Cyber Space and the Inter-webs know that there will be a two week break in The Saturday Solution Transmission and normal scheduling will resume on Saturday the 13th of October.

In the meantime purrlease feel free to emeow me with your concerns, dilemmas, pet peeves and decidedly despurrate purroblems.
 
DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com
I love to read your mail and will answer all your mail asap.

So I'll see mew back here in a couple of weeks, after my expedition up the jungle!

Bestest Meows and purrs

Basil 


Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Purrsday Paw ~ Cats in Hats!

The Purrsday Paw!




 
Mew may be wondering what The Purrsday Paw is about, well let me tell mew...  The Purrsday Paw is about anything that grabs my attention and this week it's all about Cats in Hats! There is a very famous Cat in a Hat, but these are my favourites!

Here's my fan'cat'stic selection of Cats in Hats 


Snowie




Amber




 Amber again...




 Posie




Me!




Snowie again...




Me again...



So there mew have it, a totally fantabulous collection of Hand-made Peruvian Chullo's modelled by The Kitty Clan UK Division.

See mew at the next Purrsday Paw!

Bestest Meows and Purrs


Basil











Monday, 24 September 2012

The Monday Meow!

It's Monday Meowing Time!




 Latest Mews Flash


This is the breaking mews from my neck of the woods. By 'eck mew'll never believe it but there's Buzzards buzzing around in the big blue.  Yes, mew heard me right Buzzards, and they look purretty large too!  If mew don't know what one looks like, here's a picture.



These birdies are a purretty decent size they can grow up to 50 cm long with a wing span of up to 137 cm.  They hunt in the daytime too and their preferred prey is small mammals, such as voles and rabbits, but they also hunt smaller birds like pigeons and crows. I'm most impurressed with their skillz!

So fur all mew kitties and iddy bitteh kittens, keep an eye out and you may see these magnificent Birds of Prey in a sky near mew!

Until next weeks Monday Meow, stay vigilant and keep safe.

Bestest Meows and Purrs

This is your Monday Meow Mews Reporter signing off

Basil



Saturday, 22 September 2012

The Saturday Solution with Dr. Basil Widdairs ~ Am I completely NUTZ?


Welcome to the 'Saturday Solution'
with
Dr. Basil Widdairs


Ph.D. in Kitteh Psychology  
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense



 


My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T

Dr Basil ~ helping mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Purroblems and Desperate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

I use only the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kittehs 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitteh sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help you release all your stresses and worries just drop by my new clinic held here every Saturday or, alternatively email me your purroblem and I'll answer here, if mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 


Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, relax, breath deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help...



Am I completely NUTZ?

Dear Dr. Basil
Please can mew help me?  I have a little purroblem, just a smidgen of one that I would like to put out of the cat flap once and furr all!  Mew see I’m getting on a bit and have always been an adventurous kind of kitteh until very recently. 
It was like this - I went after this squirrel, it was one of those really noisy little nutters, big teeth and an even bigger bushy tail.  Anyway I digress, so one day this Nut-Job comes on my patio and starts stealing my nutz from the bird feeder.  How else am I going lure those flying snack packs into my garden without nutz?  So this cheeky little Nut-Job is there on the patio, big teeth and everything, really giving it to the bird feeder trying to steal the flying snack pack bait. 
This made my fur bristle, my hackles stand on end and my tail suddenly exploded into the size of a really good feather duster.  I looked furry impurresive, I might add, all puffed up and looking uber mean and furry big.  So I bounced, back arched and teeth showing towards this Nutz Thief and I gave him my meanest glare, the kind of look that renders rodents rooted to the spot, quivering in their final moments.  Mew would think it would have had the same effect on the Nut-Job, but no, this hubris arrogant Nutz Bandito turned and launched himself off the birdfeeder and straight at me screaming his war cry.  Now this is NOT what I was expecting, it really caught me off guard and I bounced back a step, the Nut-Job saw this as weakness and leapt at me.
Well let’s just say he came off far worse than I did, I chased him up the nearest tree, all the way to the top and there we stood, it was a stalemate, neither of us was backing down.  He was chattering and gnashing his nutty little teeth and I meowed my loudest meanest meow as we swayed in the branches.
Then the hooman comes running out of the house, seeing me teetering at the top of a 50ft pine tree on a twiglet of a branch going berserk at squirrel, she faints.  I tried to do a double shufty and back down the tree to see if she was alright, but found I was stuck and that’s when it all went wrong.  The Nut-Job lunged at me, I ducked and he catapulted himself into the neighbouring tree just out of my reach. I was so furry angry at this I furrgot all about my hooman on the ground in a rather inelegant heap.
In my total obsessive focus to bring the Nutz Thief to justice, I didn’t even see the big red truck, with huge ladders pull up as I was clinging to the tree.  I never even noticed the ladders going up the trunk, I was so incensed with getting that cheeky squirrel, I was a gnats whisker away when suddenly I was grabbed from behind and thrust into a pet carrier and lowered to the ground by a fireman.  I was totally outraged, I meowed by furry best caterwaul all the way down and was promptly rushed into the house and examined by a VET!
Now I’m being kept locked inside and the Nut-Job comes every day to taunt me and steal my nutz, what do I do?
Yours most frustrated and ready to NOM that Nut-Job big time
Cecil the Destroyer
(Whispering Pines)

This is my Expert Reply
Today I use the colour Aqua, as it will quell the anger and dowse those ferocious flames of fury. In other words its purrfect fur this purroblem.

Dear Cecil
So mew are under house arrest and the Nut-Job is free to roam and steel your nutz?  That is so unfair, I’m feeling your pain in my supurr plush penthouse office - I’m in agony fur you.  So let’s cut to the chase and sort this purroblem out.
Mew need your outside privileges fully restored and then mew need to ambush that Nut-Job and kick him to the curb asap, so this is my course of action for mew.
5 Steps to Freedom
1.      Make sure mew spend every moment with your hooman.  Make sure mew sit on her lap at every opportunity and also that she hears mew purr, so do it LOUDLY.
2.      After a couple of days of uber clinginess and total devotion towards your hooman, mew need to change tactics entirely, so at this point begin to spend your time in windows looking over the garden.  She will soon notice that mew are absent.
3.      She will see mew sitting in the window, make sure mew are staring longingly outside.  Give her a quick pitiful glance, stare at the floor then slowly walk away and lie behind the sofa or some other suitable large and cumbersome piece of furniture.
4.      Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the guilt chip registers, engages and she finally caves in and opens the door.
5.      Step through the open door, mew are free again.
  
On to plan B. ‘Dealing with the Nut-Job.’ Now this squirrel sounds like quite a nutcase, so I think we need a nutty plan and out-nut the nutter.
Seven Steps to Jettison a Nut-Job
1.      Start by putting a few nuts on the ground and wait for Nut-Job.
2.      Follow Nut-Job in total stealth and find out where his hide-out is.
3.      Watch Nut-job, monitor his activities, get a sense of what a Nut-Job does all day.
4.      Empty his secret nut stash from the secret den if possible and hide.
5.      Ambush Nut-Job at your furst opportunity after that. He will be so startled, this will give mew the purrfect chance to grab his nuts and run.
6.      Nut-Job may give chase, if so, head directly back to the house at high speed and taunt Nut-Job with the filched nuts through the window.
7.      This should incite the Nut-Job to behave so irrationally and crazy that your human will call the Humane Pest Control Peeps to come and remove the offender once and fur all. Voila your prayers are answered and mew have a Nut-Job free garden plus the Nut-Job gets moved on to a more rural home, far, far far away from mew.

After applying these simple steps, mew should find yourself in back your Zen Harmonies Zone (Z.H.Z). in no time and I would also recommend a few days of Purrfume Aroma Therapy (P.A.T.)  just to give mew that extra bit of relaxation purrfection.
Cecil, I do hope that The Saturday Solution has helped mew today, and if mew need any further consultations, purrlease don't hesitate to MEOW me!
Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Saturday Solution Clinic T.M

________________________________
Todays Moral Code is:


~ Don't get mad, get even! ~
~
_________________________________


If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr. Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today on The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil, and if you've missed this session don't forget that I'll be back next week with another open clinic and case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr. Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA

Copyright and All Rights Reserved @ Dr. Basil The Saturday Solution

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Saturday Solution with Dr. Basil ~ Kitteh in Conflict ~ Do I move in the Dog House?




Welcome to the 'Saturday Solution'
with
Dr. Basil Widdairs


Ph.D. in Kitteh Psychology  
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense


 


My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T

Dr Basil ~ helping mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Purroblems and Desperate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

I use only the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kittehs 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitteh sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help you release all your stresses and worries just drop by my new clinic held here every Saturday or, alternatively email me your purroblem and I'll answer here, if mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 


Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, relax, breath deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help...



Here is another of my latest cases:

(Via email)

‘Kitteh in Conflict ~ Do I move in the Dog House?’
Dear Dr. Basil
I don’t know if mew cover this particular field, but my purroblem is this.
Our new neighbours have a dog, they keep it outside so now I can’t go in the back garden anymore as it waits for me by the wire fence.  While the fence is tall enough to keep me safe, that’s not the purroblem.  The dog wants to be my furriend, like my furpal, like my bestie, mew know what I’m saying?  How would that look to my gang if I start fraternizing with the enumy?  My street cred would plummet and my stocks and shares prices would nose dive into oblivion.
I feel quite conflicted at this doggy is left on its own for most of the time, I’ve been watching mew see.  The hoomans aren’t that nice, they just chuck a bit of food out and that’s about it.  So the doggy goes nuts when I go outside.  His name is Frank and he just yaps and yaps and yaps.   I can’t actually get a word in edgeways!
So what would mew suggest is my best plan of action while maintaining my street cred and not being a total jerk to Frank?
Yours mostly conflicted
Darwin the Devious
(Padstowe)

This is my Expert Reply
Today I use the colour ORANGE, as it stimulates creativity and this colour is also associated with a new dawn in attitude. In other words its purrfect fur this purroblem.

Dear Darwin the Devious
Nice handle btw, are mew really that devious? OK good, because that will help mew tremendously.  I say if mew feel that the doggy is lonely and has reached a paw out to mew, mew must do the honourable thing and take that lonely doggy paw and offer some comfort.  Frank is obviously despurrate and in much need of company and because mew are nearest mew are NOW his furriend.
As fur your street cred and what your gang may or may not think about mew, is actually irrelevant.  Mew sound like the type of kitteh that takes no nonsense, so I’m sure mew can handle the situation.  However, one thing mew mustn’t do is end up alienating everyfurry one.
Firstly I suggest mew talk to Frank and tell him that mew can be his furriend, but he needs to chill out and stop his incessant yapping, there’s yapping and then there’s yapping just fur the sake of yapping.   I would spend a little bit of time with him before mew go and meet your colleagues and do the same upon your return.
As Frank becomes used to your coming and going he should settle down and be more at ease in his new surroundings.  Mew could even get him a toy to play with if mew think he would like that.  
As fur your colleagues, I would actually invite them round and introduce Frank to them all, saying he’s your new contact and can offer a multitude of services that would be most beneficial to your group activities, I.E:  Mew could use him as extra muscle always a useful thing to have, or as a look out, the choice is yours, but the possibilities are endless.  There are many positives to having a doggy on side, transport for one, heavy lifting is another and I think that your furriends will see the benefits too, provided that mew offer them a purrfectly plausible explanation mew shouldn’t have any purroblems or repurrcussions.
If Frank is presented in a way that is benign and non-threatening, with all your decidedly deviant skills, mew will have a win win situation and be helping a fellow furriend in need.
Darwin, I do hope that The Saturday Solution has helped mew today, and if mew need any further consultations, purrlease don't hesitate to MEOW me!
Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Saturday Solution Clinic T.M.


____________________________

Todays Moral Code is:

~ If a Paw is extended in need, take it  ~
 
_________________________________


If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr. Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today on The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil, and if you've missed this session don't forget that I'll be back next week with another open clinic and case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr. Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA

 
Copyright and All Rights Reserved @ Dr. Basil The Saturday Solution

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

What CatNip do Mew Prefer?

What Catnip do Mew Prefer?

Finding the right Catnip is a most important thing!
Mew don't want to just settle fur any old catnip, mew want the stuff that makes mew go like this!


And then like this!



Finally, like this!


My purrsonal favourite at the moment is a new spray-on variety by Kong


Mew can buy this super potent, mega deeeelicious spray from:



Now don't get me wrong, I do love the leaves too and this is my favourite




Available from Amazon



I like the leaves because mew can roll in them, lick them, nom them and then roll in them some more.  I like the spray because it makes my toys totally irresistible as mew can see from my pictures! 

I'm also quite partial to the Catmint in the garden!




Sometimes Uber Garden Fresh is best!


So my question to mew is, what's your purrsonal favourite?

Leave me a comment below, perhaps we'll even have a Voting Poll, what do mew think?

Bestest meows and purrs

Basil



Friday, 7 September 2012

The Saturday Solution with Dr. Basil ~ Todays Feline Frenzy:- I'm mortified by mice, what do I do?




Welcome to the 'Saturday Solution'
with
Dr. Basil Widdairs


Ph.D. in Kitteh Psychology  
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense


 


My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T

Dr Basil ~ helping mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Purroblems and Desperate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

I use only the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kittehs 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitteh sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help you release all your stresses and worries just drop by my new clinic held here every Saturday or, alternatively email me your purroblem and I'll answer here, if mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 


Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, relax, breath deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help...




Here is another of my latest cases:

(Via email)

‘I’m mortified by Mice, What do I do?’
Dear Dr. Basil
Purrlease mew must help me! I’ve just been adopted as a farm cat from a shelter, where I had been a resident fur quite some time – exactly how much time I don’t know, it seemed like furever though and I can’t really remember my life from before as I was very sick when they brought me here – however I’ve been living in a cage and had my meals provided and litter tray serviced daily, fresh water and all the usual shelter amenities.  So I was quite shocked that after all of that time that I finally got adopted as I’m not the youngest kitty on the block.  The good mews is, I have a very nice new furrmily.
They live on a farm, I didn’t even know what that was until after my preliminary indoor period was over and I must say that the amenities are second to none, plus I get so much attention.  But I digress, I was shocked to see so much open space all in one area, its huge, vast in fact, I couldn’t cross it in days if I tried.  So after my initial shock of the sheer size of the place wore off I began to explore the barns and sheds and everywhere and that’s when I first saw them with their bristling little whiskers and high pitched squeaks, there was a whole posse of them scurrying around in the grain store. I was severely outnumbered and froze to the spot in terror.
These mice turned and looked at me like I was dinner, there beady little black eyes boring into my very soul.  I turned and scarpered, what else could I do?  Take on a mice army solo, I would have never survived.
I went back the next day and watched from a safe distance when one of them came right up to me, I think it was their leader and said ‘Look cat, we can do this hard way or the easy way, the choice is yours.’ I stared in disbelief at this little pipsqueak and then he reared up and bopped me on the nose, on the nose if mew purrlease.!  I was so taken aback that I couldn’t speak, the mouse just laughed and scurried off and since then it’s been getting worse and worse. They ambush me and allsorts; I’m too embarrassed to say anymore.
My natural instincts tells me that I have to NOM these rodents good and proper, but after all that has happened I’m fearful fur myself, these mice are pure evil, can mew help me?
Yours living in fear
Hector
(Farmsville)

This is my Expert Reply
I use the colour brown to incite a response that if anything, the colour BROWN is non-threatening.

Dear Hector
Firstly I must say that I am thrilled about your new home, and a spacious one at that.  Now, let’s move on to more pressing purroblems.  It seems to me that these rotten rodents have taken away your power and in turn mew have become fearful of something that  in the natural order of things should rightly be super fearful of mew!
So to get your power back and give these monstrous mice some payback I am recommending the following course of action.
Firstly mew need to calm down and take some time to build up your resilience and I am suggesting that mew use my:- Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents using my Special Blend No: 1  a mix of lavender, catmint and neroli.  I would advise that mew inhale the scent every few hours to sooth your jangled nerves and when mew feel able to move on to my Six Step Programme, this is what I recommend ridding yourself of the Mouse Imposed Purgatory or M.I.P.
Operation Rodent Retribution:
Step One: Observe these pesky varmints from a safe and secure position.

Step Two: Once mew feel comfortable with just Observing, gradually move closer, keeping yourself hidden. Operate in Stealth, let your natural instincts guide mew.
Step Three: As mew become more accustomed to their evil little mousing ways mew can reveal yourself to the hoard.  If this is too much retreat and repeat Step Two until mew feel ready to face your fear. 
Step Four: After mew have successfully completed Steps One – Three.  Call out the Individual who took your power, face this evil little morsel and hold your ground, no matter what happens. Hold your line of defence, when the one that assaulted mew comes forward (and he will) let him come right up to mew, like before. Now this is furry important, show NO FEAR, hold his gaze and stare him down.  Wait until he is right in front of mew and then move on swiftly to Step Five.
Step Five:  When this hubris arrogant little rodent from hell, is a whisker away, thinking he’s going to be taking charge again - this is where you:  Ambush and Attack, let your N.B.K instincts (Natural Born Killer) take over, imagine that it is a tasty yummy scurrying snack pack and its just offering itself to you, like a willing sacrifice.  Just let your instincts rip through mew in a wild torrent of emotion and strike.  Swipe that fiend and pin him to the ground in front of his hoard, pin him there in a cage of claws and at this point and this is most important - Give them all your most evilest grin – mew should have them quaking in fear as their leader is trapped.  Move on to Step Six.
Step Six: This depends on whether mew are a vegetarian or not. If mew are not adverse to nomming this evil doer and show the hoard that mew are one kitty not be messed with, NOM that Sucker! Nom him till he’s a goner!  However if mew are a V.K. (Vegetarian Kitty) I would suggest mew use this victim as your plaything, there’s nothing like taking your power back by Playtime.  Toss him in the air, bat him, torment him, whatever comes to mind, mew’ll know exactly what to do and then when he’s nearly finished, throw him to the side like garbage. After mew have either Nommed him proper or Playtimed him out, make it clear in no uncertain terms to the hoard that if they efurr mess with mew again, that’s what they can expect in return.
After mew have completed all steps of my programme mew should feel on top the world, so strut your furry stuff around the farm, like mew own it and don’t efurr let the unmentionables get the upper hand again.  If they try anything just  to go straight for Step Six: NOM Them Senseless!
Hector, I do hope that The Saturday Solution has helped mew conquer your fear, and if mew need any further consultations, purrlease don't hesitate to MEOW me!
Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Saturday Solution Clinic T.M.
____________________________

Todays Moral Code is:

~ Don’t Effur Let Go of Your Power ~

If anyone tries:-

 Just NOM them!

_________________________________


If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr. Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today on The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil, and if you've missed this session don't forget that I'll be back next week with another open clinic and case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr. Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA




 
Copyright and All Rights Reserved @ Dr. Basil The Saturday Solution


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