Archives for August 2010

The Tiniest Tiger Tuesday Tiger Imitaion!

Welcome Friends to The Tiniest Tiger Tuesday Tiger Imitation!

I thought about giving you a little time off after you were trying so hard to figure out Whoops! Wednesday.  There were some pretty good guesses, but sadly, none of them were even close.  Don’t worry though, you will see tomorrow when Whoops! Wednesday arrives.

In the mean time, try to  concentrate and decide which is me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and which is our big cat cousin living at Big Cat Rescue.  Am I on the left?  Or am I on the right?  We both have a few stripes running down between our ears so that makes this imitation even more difficult.   Take your time.  I will be here napping…I meant thinking and working all day. Good Luck.  Meow for Now.


The Tiniest Tiger Asks, “Are You Bee Friendly?”

Friends, I am so relieved when I survey my habitat surroundings and things are a little messy! When the yard, trees and shrubs are too tidy, I can’t help but worry.

I worry because there are many creatures that live in the shrubs, grass and trees and when things are manicured and groomed too much, our small Friends lose their habitats!

And it is not just the mowing and the trimming that I am talking about.  I am worried about the use of pesticides to keep lawns greener than green! Is it really so bad for the grass to be dotted with dandelions and other interesting plants?

Honeybees are responsible for every third bite on your dinner plate!

Did you know that more than fifty billion honeybees have died within the last year in the United States due to Colony Collapse Disorder?

Bees are social creatures but they are also very smart. When they become sick, they do not return to their colony so as not to infect the other bees. But when all the bees are sick and do not return the queen bee is left alone in the hive. She is then helpless and she too perishes.

But what is making our honeybees sick?  I found the answers from our Friends at The Honeybee Conservancy.

A scientific study in 2005 showed that three-quarters of the 66 different pesticides found in one hive were toxic to bees.  But even worse, the combination of the toxins increased the poison as much as by 1000 times. This same study found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples of bees, wax, pollen and hives.  Scientists believe that pesticides are the reason for Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Honeybee Conservancy told me that our bees are harvesting pollen laced with lethal poison and feeding it to their young. Many of these systemic pesticides are from a family of highly toxic chemicals called neonicotinoids. Bees exposed to these chemicals exhibit symptoms similar to humans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.

Spraying Pesticides- Mosquito Fogging

Another thing that makes my fur stand up is mosquito fogging across municipalities. I am not a scientist as you know, I am Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger, but don’t you think if this poison cloud they disperse all over the land is killing mosquitoes, that it is also killing our honeybees, butterflies, fireflies and countless other beneficial insects?   Don’t you think it is also harming our feral cousins, and quite honestly all creatures both big and small and humans too?

West Nile Virus is listed as a “rare disease” by the Office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. According to the  Center for Disease Control in 2008 there were 1030 humans infected with West Nile Virus, 20 fatal cases, in the entire country.  Each year 200,000 people are hospitalized for the flu and 36,000 of them die.  There is not an epidemic of West Nile Virus in our country yet cities are spraying toxic pesticides all over the population and millions of people and animals are suffering from pesticide poisoning each year. Our health is put at a much higher risk of harm from mosquito fogging than it is from West Nile Virus.

Tiny Timmy- Spokescat living with neurological damage from toxins

Tiny Timmy, Spokescat living with neurological damage from toxins

Our Friend Tiny Timmy has been working super hard to let us know about the harmful chemicals in over the counter flea and tick medications for both cats and dogs.  In addition to the chemicals well meaning pet parents place on their pets, there are all the other chemicals within and around your household that you may or may not think about being harmful to you and your pets!

Tiny Timmy told me that in the first study of its kind, the

Environmental Working Group found that:

“Just as children ingest pollutants in tap water, play on lawns with pesticide residues, or breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants, so do their pets. But with their compressed lifespan, developing and aging seven or more times faster than children, pets also develop health problems from exposures much more rapidly.”

Tiny Timmy has posted an Official List of Toxins Killing Animals. I urge you to take a look at this list to help protect you and your loved ones.

And while you are thinking about habitat safety, you might want to check out The Cat Fancier’s Association list of Plants that are Toxic to Cats.

Friends, I know this is a super serious topic.

On this beautiful Sunday I ask you to take a moment and think about your habitat and what you can do to help the honeybees and all living creatures both big and small.  Here is what we are doing at my habitat.

~We do not spray our lawn and gardens~

~We are planting indigenous plants that beneficial insects like our honeybees need.

~We are letting parts of our yard go wild with wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses so wildlife can thrive

To learn more about what you can do go to The Honeybee Conservancy’s Act Now page.

Thank you for reading this extra serious and extra long post from me.  Thank you for being my Friend.  I would love to hear what you are doing to help out our honeybees and all living creatures both big and small.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.


The Tiniest Tiger Asks You to be Outspoken for Animals!

Purr it up for Janet Vandenabeele!

Janet won the $300 Gracey’s Avon Gift Box

Purr it up for Andrea Staten too!

Andrea won the Outspoken by Fergie gift set!

The winners were drawn by a random number generator!

Friends!  I want to ask you to ROAR!  Toot your own horn! Or as our Friend Josie says, (and I am not sure why!), Fluff your own goat!!  In other words, tell me how you

Speak Out For Animals!!

We are celebrating everything that you do to care for all of Earth’s Creatures both big and small!

I want to hear from everyone, no matter what you do, whether you feed a feral colony or you take your Cat to the ~shiver~ Vet for a check up!

Every Friend that leaves a comment telling us how you support animals, here on our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club will be entered to win:

Outspoken by Fergie Gift Set

Outspoken by Fergie  4 Piece Gift Set

Fergie’s New Fragrance is bold and daring.

Inspiring you to express the real you and the world will listen!

Be Outspoken! Say it like you mean it!

Every Friend that leaves a comment here on our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club and places an order at my Gracey’s Avon for Animals E-Pawty will be entered to win the Outspoken by Fergie 4 Piece Gift Set but will also be entered to win:

$300.00 worth of Avon Products!

I will be adding items to my Gracey’s  Avon for Animals Give Away Box so stop by and check out all the great products you can win!  Hurrah!

Here is the first item I put in the box!

In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon

We Cats are just naturally good looking.  Our fur is always under control.  My mom’s hair is not as well behaved as mine.  Don’t tell her that I told you. So because it is still hot and humid around my habitat, and maybe yours too, I have added Lotus Shield to the gift box.

Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield

Many people tell me that I have pretty eyes.  Some say that my gooseberry green eyes might be my best feature. So I decided to toss in a Super Shock Mascara into the Gracey’s Avon for Animals Gift Box Give Away

Super Shock Mascara

I know you would like your skin to be as soft as my fur, so I have just added Skin So Soft’s Mineral Gems Luminous Pearl Body Wash!

Mineral Gems Luminous Pearl body wash

Sometimes your paws start to feel a little rough, so I am adding the Foot Works Lavender Clay Mask to the box.

How do you like my 2nd ad?

Today   I am adding  ANEW Clinical Thermafirm

Today I am adding Solutions a.m. and Solutions p.m. skin care to the box!

I am adding the Skin So Soft Diamond Blush

Body Wash

Body Scrub

Gelled Body Oil

Body Lotion

& the Pretty Pink Mesh Bag!

I am  adding Eternal Magic to the Give Away Box.

Oohhh, it is purple and smells good too.

The rest of the items will be a surprise for the winner!


Leave your comment telling us what you do to care for all animals both big and small!

Check out my Graceys’ Avon for Animals E-Pawty and get entered to win my

Gracey’s Avon for Animals Give Away Box!

Please share this event with your Friends!  Ask them to tell us how they



Breaking News from The Tiniest Tiger’s Habitat!

Friends, this is me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger with a full Code Red situation!  As hard as this is to believe, my dad has let my chow bowl go empty.  I don’t even have the energy to get my mom from the office.  I am trying to reach Janell by telepathy.  She is an EMT and this is definitely and emergency for me.

Oh wait…..never mind.

Meow for now!


The Tiniest Tiger’s Lazy Leopard Look Alike Test

Friends, Lazy Leopard and I were checking up on our big cat cousins at Big Cat Rescue this morning.   We got super excited when we saw that Big Cat Rescue posted a photo of their very own Lazy Leopard!  Now  let’s see if you can tell the difference between my Lazy Leopard and the Lazy Leopard that lives at Big Cat Rescue.  Take your time.  I know it is really difficult.  Lazy Leopard has really learned a lot from my Tiger Imitations, don’t you think?


The Tiniest Tiger Calls Nature Expert about Fig Tree

Happy Friday Friends! Well, I am trying my best to accept my favorite chair as a substitute for my lovely fig tree but it is not working so great.  My mom moved my chair over to where the fig tree used to live.  I know that some of you, I won’t mention any names Corlyn, think that I had something to do with the fig tree not feeling well, but that is not true.

I have sent out a message to Joe at

I hope Joe can help us get our fig tree back inside for me, but if not,  I think Joe will help me decide on which fig tree to bring to our habitat to help me and the fig tree feel better.

In the meantime, Lazy Leopard and I have called in a nature expert for their opinion.  Here is a photo during the examination of my fig tree this morning.

I hope we hear back soon!

Are you waiting to hear about something important to you?


Joe from just got back to me.   Hurrah for Joe!!!  He said:

“The fig tree looks like it struggling. Give the tree more phosphorous, less nitrogen. This will make the tree stronger and build up more roots. Then next year you will have nice growth. Give me a call if you have any more questions! :)”

Friends, I know some of you might be thinking that nitrogen is a fancy word for cat pee.  But actually the three main ingredients  in almost all fertilizers are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. So even though cat pee also has nitrogen it doesn’t mean that  the fig tree’s nitrogen issues were caused by me.

Honest, I was not peeing in the fig tree.  I love my fig tree and besides would I like to sleep in the dirt if I were peeing in the dirt?

Where does a cat find this phosphorous?


The Tiniest Tiger’s Drinking Water Crisis

Gracey drinking from water fountainFriends, my day started off a little rough.  There was an issue with my drinking water. Sometime in the middle of the night, my primary water source became tainted.  And no, not with fig tree dirt from my paws either. It was The Tiniest Tiger’s  Drinking Water Crisis.  My drinking water was not clean and fresh and I didn’t think it was safe.  This was serious!!

On my usual habitat surveillance around about 3:03  am, I was stunned and seriously frightened by what I discovered in my fountain.  After I jumped back in terror, I bolted to my secondary water supply located beside my chow bowl.

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The Tiniest Tiger Asks, “Will You Think about Tigers Today?”

Vote for in the Petties

Best Cause Related Blog

There are only two days left to vote for our Conservation Cub Club in the Best Blog Related Category.

The Winner receives $500 to donate to help our cousins in need!

Would you be willing to rally votes for us today by sharing this on your wall and with your friends too?  Thank you to everyone that has already voted! I really appreciate everything you do.

Friends, our Conservation Cub Club has been selected as one of the final four nominees for the DogTime Blog Awards (AKA “the Petties”) in the Best Cause  Related Blog Category.  Our blog is now listed on the Petties page where we can vote from August 2nd – August 20th:

Vote for

Vote for the for Best Cause Related Blog!

I am also super excited that our Friends  Sparkle, The Designer Cat and The Conscious Cat are nominated in the Best Cat Blog Category.  Hurrah!

Would you be willing to help spread the word by posting and sharing?  Thank you Everyone!


Just Food, Friends and Freedom

“Located in Northern Thailand, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural environment for Thai elephants. They care for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 200 acres of forested land. There are no performances — just elephants being elephants.”

Wassana Chained Lonely and Depressed

Wassana (Fortune) was rescued  by Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES).  This beautiful elephant was discovered  by  accident when  BLES founders Katherine and Anon were following up on a call about a baby elephant living in unacceptable conditions.

When they took a wrong turn, they found Wassana limping due to an old land mine injury which had blown away half of her foot. She was crying from the pain being inflicted on her by the mahout’s huge hook. Blood dripped down her face and there were numerous stab marks puncturing her forehead.  Katherine and Anon knew that this cruelty must come to an end.

After many twists and turns, negotiations and a long nine hour transport, Wassana reached BLES, her new home.

From BLES’s web page:

~Wassana greeted Katherine with a long stare. She lowered her head, lifted her maimed foot and rubbed it gently with her trunk. Katherine knew what Wassana was trying to tell her. Katherine stroked Wassana’s cheek and whispered into her ear, “Don’t worry my Darling. There is no work for you here. Just food, friends, and freedom”.~

Wassana Celebrates Freedom at BLES

Click here to learn more about BLES and Wassana

Tony in Caged Confinement

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a happy ever after ending for our big cousin Tony? Each day our Friend Tony sits lonely and depressed at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA.  Tony has to endure truck fumes, noise and bright lights.  He is confined to a small cement cage with no water to cool off.  He does not have any enrichment activities  or meaningful interaction of any kind.

Maybe Someday This Will Be Tony

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our cousin Tony could one day  roll in the grass and jump into a pool of water at a Sanctuary like Big Cat Rescue?

Friends, please do not forget about Tony.  Sign the petition.  Urge the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to not Renew the Permit for the Truck Stop to keep Tony.   Let your voice be heard.

Maybe some day just like Wassana, with the love and support of many people,Tony will get to live a happily ever after too with no more suffering.

Just Food, Friends and Freedom.