Bilbies Abound

This week, I want to tell you about the international spread of bilbies.  We wish these were real bilbies because the Greater Bilby is highly endangered and the subject of some awesome conservation projects, including the Wildlife Preservation Society’s Bilby Project (supported by #nipclub). This is their webbie:

According to Haigh’s chocolates (which is an awesome high quality chocolate made in our home town of Adelaide), in “1991, The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia (RFA) created the Easter Bilby in order to draw public attention to the plight of this endangered species.”  Haighs was the first chocolate maker to start making chocolate bilbies instead of bunnies and now doesn’t make easter bunnies anymore.  A portion of the sales from Easter bilbies goes to the RFQ to help them protect the Bilby’s habitat.

Because most of my international twitter friends didn’t know what a bilby was, and Haigh’s chocolates are awesome, and I wanted to repay the generosity of my pals, I decided to send some chocolate bilbies out for Easter.

Just so you know, this is a Bilby:

Greater Bilby

And this is a Haigh’s chocolate bilby:


The first pal to receive their bilby was Pie (you met him last week):

Pie with his gift

You will see that we also managed to export some Australian made liver treats which are low fat treats (this is important because Pie is famous for reducing his fur size).  We were amazed to see Pie sitting so quietly next to a bag of treats.  We have worked out how to open the packet.  Clearly, once they were opened, Pie discovered that these treats are indeed awesome:

Pie with his treats

The very same day Lord Button (now with a BSc majoring in mousing) received his bilby and treats.  His sisfur Poppy was also very interested in the parcel.  Although not as interested as she was in her dinner :-)

Poppy with the box from us

Now, those of you who are not aware of the animal community on twitter, would not realise that there is an awesome bear called Henry (@henryandfriends).

Henry's aviHe has an amazing talent for helping anipals feel happy and is the community’s equivalent of a social worker.  He also runs a #keepfits class.   Having witnessed Henry’s awesomeness, Mouche (you’ll meet them soon) and I decided that Henry should be a recipient of a Bilby Award.

Henry was very excited to receive his bilby as you can see – watch our Henry, don’t fall in the box!

Henry’s Easter Bilby

Nipclub There will be more Bilby’s as prizes at the #nipclub on this coming Saturday:

Lucky Us

Written by Dugal

The three of us have had a pawsome week!  Not only did we get two presents, but more importantly, and the funnest of all was seeing three of our pals receive Haighs chocolate bilbies.  First, let me tell you about the gifts we received.


Button and his mum made a special bloo mousie for us.  It is the same as Button and Poppy’s.  We waited for our parcel to arrive, and waited some more, until finally….

Envelope from Button

a parcel arrived.  We were allowed to open it and unpack it ourselves.

A Bloo Mousie came

Opening our parcel from Button






Thankyou to Button, Poppy and Button’s mum for our gorgeous mousie and very cute card. We love it.

Mousie and card from Button

Wicket caught the mousie









The very same day, a parcel arrived from our pal, Mr Pie (he has a sisfur called Pudding).  Mr Pie is a famous kitty.  He has been on the telly and in a cat magazine.  We were very excited about this parcel too.

I wonder what is in here?

We had a bit of trouble, so our staff opened this one for us.  And guess what was inside??

I wonder what is in the little package?

Pictures and a badge of Pie the famous cat







The package had a badge that I can pin in a special place (I think on my favourite quilt), some photos of Pie when he was doing his famous weight loss program and two pawtographs.

A kiss for Pie

Thankyou to Pie and his staff for sending us an lovely present.  We are very lucky cats to know such a famous kitty and to have such generous pals.

We will write about the gifts we sent in our next post…..


Magical Boxes

This blog is dedicated to the almost teenager that shares our house (the reason why so many boxes arrive in our house) and Lego (chief box supplier).

Our staff were watching the three of us play with a box this weekend (in the video above) which brought back memories for our staff of their son creating all manner of constructions with boxes when he was a small child.  He also had a favourite book called “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes” by Lynley Dodd.  Wicket is illustrating the point here.

We don’t know what it is, but it’s magical: cats and small children share a passion for boxes and we thought we would share some of our family’s classic box stories and pictures.

Not all boxes were created equal.  By far the most prized possession are the Lego boxes that have been appearing in our house for as long as our son has been here.  This has meant a great deal to our almost teenage staff member as he is in love with the contents.  As soon as the box is unpacked though, there is a competition for box habitation.  Wicket loves to get in them and make a window.

And there is no Lego box that is too small for Wicket.  He will find a way.

McGonagall likes to sit on them and squash them,

after which Wicket makes them into a bed.

Dugal doesn’t usually get involved although he did in the video as the box was larger than usual.

Then there are Nerf boxes.  Rumour has it that Wicket is actually a Nerf gun.

and his passion for them has continued.  McGonagall is also quite partial to Nerf boxes and will snaffle up the box as quickly as it is opened.  She provides a smack to anyone who tries to beat her to the prize.

Takeaway night is also a favourite for McGonagall.  She loves the smell of the boxes, especially if they come from the Thai restaurant, and refuses to give them up.

One recent birthday provided Wicket with a new bed which allowed him to stretch out and lay on his back.  Clearly this was a great box.

Even a new pair of shoes provides unbounded opportunity:

One day not so long ago, a great big long box appeared in the house.  Wicket and Dugal played hide and seek for hours until they discovered that the contents turned into an inside tree with lots of shiny toys….. Proving our theory that boxes are indeed magical.

Which leads us to the final box in the collection…. A company called Suck UK who manufacture cardboard thingies have also worked out that boxes are magical and have made a series of vehicles for cats.  One of these was ordered, duly assembled and provided to us for their entertainment.  We have thoroughly enjoyed this box and particularly the adventures that it has enabled us to participate in with #flyingfuries.  Round the world travel is now possible for cats.

The Back Fence Cat

Even though we are inside cats, we have a friend.  She is a torty girl and we call her “the Back Fence Cat”.  She jumps up onto the fence and looks in at us.  Sometimes, if Wicket is in the courtyard, they like to have a chat.  She has even been known to play a laser game with the three of us, especially if the light wanders out into the courtyard.

But just lately, all hasn’t been well for the Back Fence Cat….

The other day, she jumped onto the fence and was shocked by what had happened. She spent a good hour looking and looking, but alas, her path to the house behind us has been blocked forever.

And so, clearly distressed, the Back Fence Cat sat and sat and sat, until finally it was dinner time.  The good part is that now she visits us even more often than she did before. She sits on the fence for hours at a time. We hope she becomes less shy and comes to play.

And to add to her woes, her staff seem to have other priorities.  They went away and young people in charge and they come home at all hours of the morning. So, the poor girl has been crying at dinner time and all night.

Our staff have left her out some food and we hope that she is comfortable in our courtyard.  We will put a nice box out for her to sleep in too so that she is comfortable while her staff are performing poorly.