May 252010

Paw BumpI have heard humans say that cats have a secret language. Truthfully, it is not so secret. Humans are just not smart enough to figure it out.

You see, humans base their language around describin’ things. They go on and on, tryin’ to find the right words to describe things in just the right way.

Cats? We are more about feeling, sensing, interacting, playing, and sleeping.  And observing. We do and we watch.

Take a common form of greeting. The humans have a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to the “fist bump”, or hand gesture that was developed as an alternative to the handshake. They go on and on describing how it is done and how it got started. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Cats have a similar greeting (I think the humans stole it from us, actually). It is called the “paw bump”. There is no Wikipedia page fur that, because, well, cats just don’t need to go on and on describin’ it.

I guess I could write a page fur it, seein’ as though Wikipedia is open sourced and all, but why would I want to? It’s not needed.

If you Google “paw bump” though, you will find…


What is this??? There I am with a bunch of really icky Google Images!!!

OK, cats. This just won’t do. We gotta get some better lookin’ images on Google to represent our “paw bump”. That’s all there is to it.

Here’s what I am gonna do. I am gonna start a blog challenge fur all my bloggin’ cat pals to rectify this situation. We gotta get some good “paw bump” pix up on Google Images.

I am gonna challenge all my cat pals to write a blog post that has a photo of you givin’ a paw bump in it so that we can have some better images out there on the web. Make sure that you have paw-bump somewhere in the title of the image so that Google can find it and index it properly.

Once you have posted yer blog, make sure ya track back to mine, and leave me a comment here with a link to it.

Just to give ya a little encouragement, I am gonna give a prize to the cat with the best “paw bump” photo. Leave me a comment here with yer link, and you could win a fine art print of me by my artist human BZTAT.

I will give ya a couple of weeks. I will judge the entries on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

So get paw bumpin’, folks.

Just Meowin’,

The Brew

  53 Responses to “Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps and Icky Google Images”

  1. Oh, this is a cool idea! Although I have to confess I tend to slap my human, with claws gently extended rather than do an actual paw bump. It will take a few days, though, for me to get around to it. My human actually has my site on an “editorial calendar” and I am booked up until Sunday! Can you believe it?!

  2. You are my idol, Sparkle. You have an editorial calendar!!! Don’t know if I am one to be on a schedule, though. I blog when the catnip moves me.

    The Brew

  3. great idea 😉 purrrs

  4. I prefer the “high-claws” if you know what I mean. I’ll try a paw bump but I’m sure the woman will capture it out of focus. HAH!

  5. I’m more of a ‘high paws’ kinda cat, but I’m up for the challenge!

  6. Whoops – used the wrong email in my comment so you got Mishamummy’s avatar.

  7. Can’t wait to see all yer Paw bump pix guys! I am hopin’ some of yer pix will be next to mine soon in the Google Images fur “paw bump”!

    The Brew

  8. OMC!! What a brilliant competition (and an even more brilliant prize!!!) We’re on it my friend!!

  9. Can’t wait to see yer paw bump pix Rrrrrrumblllllessssss!!!!!!

  10. […] other day my pal Brewskie Butt blogged about fist bumps versus paw bumps. A fist bump is a common human gesture of good will. There’s even a Wikipedia page devoted to […]

  11. Hey Brew, my human didn’t finish the photos for Friday’s post, so I was able to bump up the paw bump post to today (no pun intended).

  12. I luv it Sparkle! *Paw Bump*

    The Brew

  13. We will have mom look thru our pickchurs an see if she can finds one of at least one of us givin’ da paw bump! No one needs to look at dat gross nasty disease stuffs! Ewww..

  14. Ok, mom found some kinda-sorta paw-bump pickchurs, but mom does not know how to to a ‘trackback’ thingee, and how to make da paw-bump attach to da pickchurs ‘cept in da captions within the bloggie. .. She will make it in the title of the blog post, fur shure…

    We’re trying, but confused, here. MOL

    • Tigger et al.: Don’t worry about the track back. If yer bloggin’ software doesn’t give ya guidance on that, it’s no big deal. When ya upload the pix, make sure ya label them well before ya upload. Needs to have the photo titled with paw-bump. When ya save it, make sure it is titled somethin’ like “Tigger-cat-photo-paw-bump” or “Jigsaw-cat-photo-paw-bump”. From

      “Google will use the image name in the search results if Google is unable to find suitable text in the page on which image was found. So name your images meaningfully. The image name must be descriptive and must carry a good description of the subject matter of the image. e.g.) lunar-eclipse.”

      The Brew

  15. Ok, Fanks you, Brew! We haz our post up, now, and here is da linky to our bloggie:

    Mom will haff to re-do the pickchurs in her compooter, tho, cuz they iz not saved dat way, but wif a descripshun of wot is goin’ on. (An dey iz only kinda-sorta not fast enuf wif flashy box. ) .. In one, Tigger is ackshully whapping at bubbles! MOL

  16. G’day Brew & * paw bump * to you! I’m posting my paw bump here as I don’t have a blog to write about paw-bumps or paw bumps. Is it paw-bump or paw bump? I’ve named my paw bump photo paw-bump, and here’s a link to it
    Nothing else to add, other than * paw bump * !

  17. Very cool! Thanks for shareing. nice blog

  18. Brew,
    I got my paw bump post done tonight. I hope you like it! Check it out: *paw bump*

    • Keiko!!! You got the whole crew *paw bumpin’*!!! That’s just fantabulous pawsome BREW-tastic! I love it pal! That should knock some of those icky images out!!! Thx fur postin’ pal!

      The Brew

  19. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  20. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  21. What a FANTASTIC idea!! Uh oh, that means that Mom is going to be following us around with her camera – which would make that different from most of the time…. Hmmm, well, we guess it won’t be any different!!

    We’ll TRY to cooperate & contribute! The trick will be for our Mom to catch us paw bumping – hehe!! There’s a game in there somewhere!

    ~Nico & JayJay 🙂

  22. Hopefully our blog will send you a track back… just posted a few picktures and said “paw bump” many times in the post.
    Anakin (the A cat in TANcats)

  23. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  24. We puts da words Paw Bump in our bloggie – so hopes dat helps wif deze icky images!

    We gotz goods art to show frum Mommy! Dat otta confuse Da Google!

    Katie Kitty Too

  25. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  26. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  27. I did it! Here is my Paw Bump post:

    I tried to capture some movement, but it may look more like a “Paw Punch”!

  28. […] little while ago, our buddy, Brewskie Butt, blogged about how humans greet each other with a fist bump…y’know…kinda like a […]

  29. Brew, here’s our take on the Paw Bump!! More like a smacky paw…haha!!

  30. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

  31. Whoot Whoot! This foster kitten is bumpin’ it and was caught in motion as if to say – Hey Bros – I Have a Dream! Even tho FK shares a blog post with some canine cuties, he knows we saved the best for last – scroll on down to the bottom of the current post and bump it, paw style!


    Here you are Mr Brew! Got it up. Not me but my little sisfur Sienna.

  33. My great pal Boris Kitty made this fabulous post: He tried to post here but fur some reason, it didn’t show up. I posted it fur him cuz I didn’t want everyone to miss it!

    The Brew

  34. Hi Brewskie!! Here is our paw-bump post!! This was lots of fun!!
    Paw-bump from your TX furiends,

  35. I finally updated my bloggie. Here be my paw bump post:
    Wat a great idea, Brew. You are qwite clever. purrrrrr…

  36. We heard about your challenge over at Daisy’s blog…..decided to take some photos tonight. Here is the Meadow crew doing their best at Paw Bumps!!

  37. […] Brew’s Blog Challenge: Paw Bumps & Icky Google Images! Entries judged June 8th. ~Keiko, Kenji & […]

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