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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Cat on Lap with Dogs in Costume

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You never know what you’ll encounter on the streets of New York City.  A few weeks ago, I happen to come across this guy just north of Times Square.  He was riding in a wheelchair, with a cat on his lap, blowing a whistle as his three dogs in costume came running behind… it’s the video you have to see!

The guy wasn’t really talking, he certainly wasn’t asking for money, but he was more than happy to let the crowd take all the photos and video they wanted.  In the end, he headed north on Broadway and back off into the busy rush hour crowd.

THE 411

What: random guy with animals

Where: New York City


If this was some kind of panhandler show, he certainly wasn’t asking.  Kudos to him though, for training his animals to obey his whistle commands on the busy street!  None of my pets would ever have listened that well, in the middle of all those people and traffic.

[Lessons From The TV People] I Read A Book

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I read a book. A real one. Not one on my phone. It wasn’t from the library. I bought it. It was a hardcover book. I read it.

How did this happen? How did I go for several hours in the last few days and not turn on the tv but instead opened a book. A real one.

I was cat sitting at my brother’s place. They have a TV. Two in fact. Yes, I knew how to use the remote control to turn it on. (Because let’s be honest: other people’s remote controls are stupidly complicated, even if they are the rare people who only use one control for everything [the average is two controls just to watch the local news]. You can write detailed instructions, you can draw all the diagrams in the world but the guest will always manage to hit something out of sequence and then the screen goes blank. It stays that way until the owners return.) But I treated this as a mini-vacation. I read a book like you do poolside at an all-inclusive resort. Except this resort was off of Sunset Boulevard, had three cats and a half full box of Crunch Berries.

The book was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. It was good. Even though I figured out who did it, I still enjoyed it. Very quick read. Like a beach read. Except no sand save for some kitty litter granules that made it out of the box.

Once the sun went down so did the book. Because if I read a book after 7pm, I fall asleep in ten minutes. So the TV went on. And the volume would go up and down every few minutes. The reason being is that the TV had to compete with the outside noise. For those of you who’ve never been to Hollywood, picture a place like any other but drown out the noise with the sound of hovering helicopters. At one point I thought, does this building have a helipad?

So yes, I did watch a little TV. Two of the cats and I watched X-Men: Days Of Future Past from the recliner. I had seen it but the cats had not. Ramses recognized Beast from the Jaguar commercials while Anna Paquin getting credited as high as she did for not having any lines confused Anubis. The third cat, Ollie, was asleep.

The other thing we watched was Harry Potter And the Goblet Of Fire. I thought it was weird that HBO was running that one again because that was the last HP film in rotation a few months ago. But really, does it matter? An HP film was on so I was watching it. To be honest, this is not my favorite of the films, as I explained to the cats. Yes, it is the turning point in the series when it becomes one story from here on out. Yes, they did a good job of consolidating the events and making it coherent. I agree on those points. It’s the weird hair. Harry, Ron and the Weasley Twins have weird long hair while Viktor Krum has a crew cut. Out of all the things to change from the book, why this? Krum has the long hair!


The cats, however, didn’t care. They are feminists cats who didn’t like that Fleur, the lone female champion, was written to forfeit the second event and then get swallowed by the hedge maze in the final event. I guess that is straight out of the books but the kitties could not be consoled on this matter. Why couldn’t Krum get overtaken by the Grindylows in the Black Lake? BECAUSE HE HAD NO HAIR TO GRAB ONTO.





At this point, I realized I should pick up the remote and turn off the TV and go back to reading the real book.

If only I could remember how to do that.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Cats vs. Christmas

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Hot off the success of my Dogs vs. Elevators blog, only on a much more lighthearted note for Christmas, we have hilarious videos of cats taking on Christmas.


Sure, cats love to climb trees, but when they were domesticated centuries ago, no one had planned ahead for the holiday season.  Who cares… bring on the funny videos!


They’ve worked hours and spent lots of money on a beautiful tree, meticulously decorated with white lights and matching garland… that’s until this kitty gets a hold of it!



This cat is ticked off, when it ends up stuck in the tree tangled in Christmas light wires.  Remember this on your next bad day at the office!



Here’s another cat stuck in the tree… and this one is not going to allow the owners to remove him without serious injury!



These cats are about to get a surprise when this singing Christmas tree is activated!



Cats were originally thought to have been domesticated by the ancient Egyptians in which they were regarded as sacred animals.  Graves with humans and pet cats goes back as far as 9,600 years.  I don’t think the ancient Egyptians were thinking about cats and Christmas decorations all those years ago!


THE 411


What: Cats vs. Christmas trees


Info: Funny videos posted on Youtube




My family has always been cat owners.  I’ve seen our cats upset the Christmas tree, run away with the bulbs, eat tinsel, and even lick candy canes.  There’s a zillion videos on the web of cats destroying trees – I tried to find some of the more unique ones!


While Christmas trees are fun for you and I, they can be hazardous for cats.  Just keep and eye on them during the holiday season and train your pet to stay away from the tree, if possible.  I know, easier said than done.  But, what might be a fun night our for your cat, if they eat the wrong thing, you have a good chance of ending up with a high veterinarian bill!


And now just for fun – a Jersey Joe holiday bonus!  See what happens when Keifer Sutherland – aka Jack Bauer from 24, tangles with a Christmas tree in a hotel lobby!  You pretty much know Jack Bauer is going to win!