Sweater Vest for Cats: The Dragon Vest Tutorial


Every since I was a kid I loved working with my hands. At age 6 I taught myself how to knit looking at diagrams from a knitting book my aunt gave me. At the time I didn’t understand all the terminology and shorthand but pictures were easily understood.  Continue reading

Toilet Training My Kitten: Week 4


Training Dragon to be an adventure cat has been super rewarding so far. A lot of it is due to his breed of Russian Blues and the being loved and cared for by his breeder.

Now it’s up to me to continue his training and teach him to be the ultimate adventure cat.
Since Adam and I lead active lives climbing, paddling, skiing, snowboarding and all other random things, we require our cat to be held up to the same standard.  Continue reading

My Cat Learns to Play Fetch at 6am. 


Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks obviously never heard of the adage “if at first you don’t succeed try and try again.”

Well Dragon has taught me that success reveals itself at odd hours of the day.  Continue reading

Stettler to Drumheller: Paddling the Red Deer River.


It feels as though it’s been ages since our last canoe trip. Since we’ve met, Adam and I have made it a tradition to do at least one paddling trip a year. Last year with over 30 days paddling, during the Woods Canada Cross Canada Journey, I feel as though I’ve short changed myself this year.  Continue reading

Homemade Cat Toys: Nip Fish & Mice


Dragon is not just any kitten. He’s on a training program to be the most epic adventure cat ever.

His other purpose is to inspire all of us “indoor cat” types to get outside and try something new.

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Discover Your Inner Dragon.


A couple weeks ago my little Russian Blue arrived and entered my life. His name is Dragon.


I feel like his journey to embracing the outdoors can be empathized by nearly everyone. It’s about challenging yourself to brave new things and discover the Dragon within you.

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How to Train My Dragon. Lesson 3: Water Exposure. 

So ultimately, the goal is to train my new baby kitten to be as epic and outdoorsy as we are. Using lots of research and trial by error I’m taking (hopefully) the right steps to preparing him for the outdoors.


I believe in learning from our failures and braving the things that scare us. I hope that I can impart these beliefs onto my little Dragon.

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Homemade Cat Toys: Floss Shaker

Dragon is my first and only kitty. My goal is to teach him that courage and curiosity is essential to growth and braving the outdoors. 

I also believe in making a lot of my own things so check in every once and a while for ideas on how to make cat toys! And feel free to let me know what you think and what your kitty thinks! 

The Floss Shaker

1. Find an empty floss container. Shoutout to GUM SunStar for their floss today! (Removed the spool from inside.) 

2. Open the floss container and fill it with a few grains of rice. (Not too many or else it won’t rattler.) 


3. Cut a desired length of yarn. Tie a couple knots at one end.

4. Insert the knotted end of the yarn into the floss container. Snap it shut and easy peezy! A new toy! 


If you want to make it the delux edition, slip a little catnip in there!

Let me know how it goes! Feel free to post your cat toy photos on my Facebook page @MelbasToast.com