The lovely ladycat Crepes, along with feline siblings Rocky, Niles, and the indomitable Mrs. Peabody are our interview subjects this week. Oh, and we can’t forget their canine sister Dixie.
Crepes is known as the “dating apps not working,” which happens to be the name of her blog. We don’t keep a cat in our fridge and, actually, neither does her momFOD, but we’ll include a link so you can watch the video to see how Crepes got her nickname. It’s a short and fun video.
Funny Farmer Felines: Would you introduce yourselves and your family – or your FODs, as you call them?
Crepes: Hi, everyone! I’m Crepes! I’m a writer of haiku, humor, and special needs! I live with the FOD’s (the Gods of Food) who adopted me from Tree House Humane. I am called a “foster fail,” and yet, I feel I am a great success. I also live with a tortie named Mrs. Peabody, a well-spoken black cat named Niles, another tabby named Rocky, and a very happy dog we call Dixie Doodle.
Funny Farmer Felines: Tell us a little about where you live.
Crepes: We live in a condo in Chicago. I have a cat tree that I lick thoroughly every morning. I also have a magic carpet that I ride in the kitchen. And I have a Playstation.
Mrs. Peabody: I sit on the piano bench and have also made a nice hole in the couch for those times when I’m feeling not so social.
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you all come to live together?
Rocky: I came first. Number 1. I was adopted when MomFOD was 19 and still in college. Niles came next, a few months later.
Niles: That’s correct. It was just us two for seven years, until the dog arrived.
Dixie: YEAH! And then I showed up and started licking everyone’s ears clean! It was amazing! I was out on the street and when I saw momFOD, I army crawled up the grass and hopped in her arms! The neighbor told her I was homeless and was about to be sent away to animal control. She took me home and I have refused to leave her arms ever since then! Except for when I’m licking cat ears. And then Peabody showed up!
Mrs. P: I’d been living on the street, and so what? I was out there, kicking butt and taking names, and then mom showed up and took me home. I was only 5 weeks old at the time, so the dog took care of me, but now I take care of myself. Don’t touch me.
Crepes: And then I was fostered, and I stayed. And voila! A colony of amazingness.
Funny Farmer Felines: Crepes and Rocky, you are special needs kitties. Would you tell us a little about these special needs?
Crepes: Well, I need to be carried around a lot, and I insist on filtered water.
Rocky: That’s not what they’re asking.
Crepes: Oh. I see. Physically, I am missing my back right foot. It used to bother me, but I’ve learned to live with it. I also have herpes, but I stay on a healthy diet so it rarely ever flares up.
Rocky: I like to think outside the box, in various ways.
Crepes: No, you don’t. You poop on the floor.
Rocky: I will tell this in my own way, thanks.
Crepes: You’re welcome.
Rocky: I am taking medication for anxiety, which caused me to, as I like to say, think outside the box. As I’ve gotten older, I have also developed a few digestive issues.
Crepes: He gets constipated.
Rocky: Shut up, Crepes. I will handle this! As I was saying, a few digestive issues, which require me to maintain a diet rich in pumpkin and water.
Crepes: It makes it easier for him to poop on the floor.
Rocky: I’m going to get you while you sleep.
Funny Farmer Felines: Mrs. Peabody and Niles, you along with Dixie (better known as Doodle) the dog, love to make short films. In fact, your film “Catalogue” was a Catdance 2013 finalist where Crepes was introduced as the cat in the fridge. How did this come about?
Niles: A fine question. My mother has always been a creative thinker. A musician by trade, as well as a writer by occupation, she has always kept a hand in the world of the arts. In 2009, she met my adoptive father who aspires to be a film maker. After starting their romantic union, they also began a union of creative endeavors, which has led them to collaborate on many a short film. “Catalogue” was an idea my mother had while lying in bed one night. She noticed how well Rocky matched our duvet and voila, Catalogue was born.
Catdance was merely an excuse to convince my adoptive father to make the film. I auditioned for the lead role a few times, but sadly, was not chosen, not because of a lack of talent, you understand, but simply because the duvet was the wrong color. Luckily for me, I matched the couch wonderfully and so was cast in the role of “cat on the couch.” The “cat in the fridge” role was a suggestion from my grandfather as a surprise twist to the story, and so Crepes was cast because Mrs. Peabody refused to wear the holiday sweater.
Funny Farmer Felines: You’ve come a long way since you began blogging in January. What prompted you to start a blog?
Crepes: I’ll take this one! The FODs really wanted to win Catdance, and they wanted to donate a portion of the winnings to fund a special needs cat. They needed a way to remind people to vote daily, but they didn’t want to annoy people. So, I suggested a blog! I could remind everyone and write about my favorite things. They thought it was brilliant, so they helped me set it up.
Well, we didn’t win Catdance, but people started reading the blog, so I started writing more and more about special needs pets. We all decided that if we couldn’t donate the money, at the very least we could bring some attention to the topic, and it worked! We’ve won some really neat awards, we won a grant for Tree House that was way more than we could have donated from our winnings, we’ve matched a few homes with special needs pets, and helped facilitate a transport, among other things. This has been far more rewarding than just donating a finite amount of money, so we’re happy about how it worked out.
Funny Farmer Felines: A feature on your blog is Bachelor/ette of the Week. It must make you feel good when you learn one of them has been adopted.
Crepes: Of course! I feel wonderful. Even if they weren’t adopted because of my site, it’s still a great thing to be able to announce to everyone. And if they WERE adopted through my site, I do a happy dance. Have you ever seen a three-legged happy dance? You’re missing out if you haven’t. Come to my site and adopt a bachelor, and I will dance for you personally.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Crepes: To make it grow! I want to grow my audience so more and more people can see the magic of special needs cats and dogs. The bigger the audience, the better chance we have of helping find homes for special needs pets. That’s the most important thing to me.
Mrs. Peabody: I want my own column.
Crepes: I want Peabody to not have her own column.
Funny Farmer Felines: We don’t know whether Mrs. Peabody will get her column but we do believe the blog’s audience will grow as they continue to circulate information and work to help dogs and cats with special needs find homes.
Crepes and her siblings blog about life and special needs pets at the dating apps not working blog.