Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Continuing Power of Tara

Yes, yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day, but I decided to use this image that I created last year because I think it's appropriate for today's blog post.

Tara has been gone for nearly 20 months now and still not a day goes by that she's not in my thoughts. She inspired me in so many ways, most profoundly being the reason I decided to start writing about cats as a possible career path.

Even after all this time, she still finds ways to show me that she's with me everyday, even though I can't see her and touch her anymore. That's what happened on Sunday night.

Back in November I was introduced to The Paws Squad, the only rescue group in Logan, West Virginia that pulls animals from the county's high-kill pound. While scrolling through my Facebook feed during a break in the action during Sunday's NASCAR race I ran across a post from The Paws Squad stating that they had 11 cats in foster care ready to go up for adoption this week, all they each needed were sponsors to cover their $25 vetting fee. I knew I could afford to help so I instantly started looking at the cats' pictures to pick one.

This is what I found:

Another Tara, another tortie. Coincidence? I don't think so. It was a message from my beautiful girl, and I couldn't click on that PayPal button fast enough. I hope and pray that in some way I've contributed to her having a beautiful life, and that my own Angel Tara will watch over her always, just as she does me.

And the other 10 cats? Within a couple hours every one had their vetting sponsored so they can go onto find happy forever homes.

Have you ever felt that you've received a "message" from a beloved cat who resides at the Bridge?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Today I'm joining the kitties and doggies of the blogosphere in celebrating the life of Dr. Seuss on his birthday.

A cat in the hat I am
As cute as cute can be
A cat in the hat I am
Don't you wish you were me?


I might be a cat in the hat
But on my head is not where it's at
I hop online and play around
And won't stop until clip art is found.

Must I be a cat in the hat
Clothing makes me a grinch
Hats weren't meant to be on cats
Not even just an inch.


I am not a cat in the hat
I won't hear a thing about that
Cats are perfect in fur alone
A Grinch I'll become and tempted to roam.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Winter Morning #SundaySelfies

This is Truffles' weekday "OMC Mommy are you kidding me it's the butt crack of dawn and elebenty degrees below zero and you're going to leave our warm bedroom for work when you could bring the laptop to bed and work from home with me???" Sunday Selfie.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

{52 Snapshots} & Caturday Art: Pretty in Purple

Hey everybody, Truffles at the keyboard! It's week 9 of the #PBSG #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge (hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull) and the theme is purple. This was a really easy one for us because purple is one of Mommy's favorite colors and it's all around our house. But since this blog is 95% mine I decided to feature *my* favorite purple item...my Peach Industries Kitty Lounger Mini. It's pretty special to me and here's why:

I won my lounger in a giveaway from Glogirly.com. Katie and Waffles first announced the giveaway on August 20, 2013...the day I arrived here at my forever home. At that time Mommy never won anything, so in the excitement of bringing me home she completely forgot that she had entered. A short week later we got an email that I had WON!!! It's like the lounger was meant to be mine and I've loved it since the day it arrived in the mail.

This picture was taken just a few minutes after Mommy put my lounger together...

For Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, we made the picture even more "purplicious" by applying the "Lilac Dreams" effect in Pho.to and a simple frame in Picmonkey.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Truffles Interviews...Bambino from Duffy Brown's Geared for the Grave (w/Giveaway)

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Today I'm interviewing Bambino, the feline star of Duffy Brown's brand new Cycle Path mystery series. Duffy is offering a really cute prize for one lucky commenter so I hope you'll enjoy our interview and giveaway. {{{Purrs}}}

Welcome, Bambino! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today! Could you start out my telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live at Rudy's Rides?

Cleveland and I belonged to Servant Mavis who lived in one of the big cottages on Mackinac Island. Cottages here are not like the kind that little-red-riding-hood’s grandma lives in, they are cottages as in big houses, many floors, many porches and where the Rockefellers swill brandy with their cronies…but I digress.

Servant Mavis just couldn’t take the Mackinac cold any longer and decided she wanted to finish her golden years in the golden sun and she moved to Arizona. Word has it she strips naked from time and when the cops arrest her nsisting she’s getting her vitamin D that she’s been deprived of all these year.

Servant Mavis gave Cleveland and me to Rudy to train…and we are doing a pretty good job of it. It’s tuna for breakfast on Mondays and Fridays.

I understand you hang out in the side pocket of a pool table...that can't be very comfortable???

I’m little and no one bothers me and it gives me a chance to check out the other pool players and learn their moves. You should see me with a cue in my paw.

What is a typical day like for you?

Bambino’s off playing with Evie so it’s me Cleveland here. I keep telling Bambino he needs to knock that stuff off. He needs to dole out the fun and only respond when there are treats involved. Life is pretty darn good as long as Evie and Rudy know who rules the roost…that would be me and Bambino. We have delish food and a place by the window to watch birds and the boats out in the harbor and we sleep on Evie’s back to keep ourselves warm.

What's life like on Mackinac Island?

Cleveland and I live in Rudy’s, a bike shop here on the island. Mackinac Island is one of those places stuck in time. Fact is it’s like the 1800s with no cars. Everything is horses and bikes. And there are parades for the tourists we call fudgies ‘caue they eat so much fudge. Oink! The parades have bands and music and famous people like George Washington, Betsy Ross…you get the picture. Well, Rudy takes on the character of Mark Twain and Twain had cats named Cleveland and Bambino. Of course the two of us are much cuter than the original Cleveland and Bambino.

Tell us about the new book series you star in, the Cycle Path Mysteries...

Here’s the 411 on Evie and what’s going on. To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop and Cleveland and I, of course. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead? Well of course she can…she has Cleveland and me around. It doesn’t get better than that.

Could you tell us about the other 4-legged characters in the book?

Cleveland and I hiss at the cat across the street when he comes over and tries to get Evie outside to pet him. Hey, dude, she’s ours, get lost. Got it. Cleveland and I are very protective. We got it pretty good here until Evie starts talking that we need a job stuff. Like that’s going to happen. Get real.

This place is crazy with horses. You see there are no cars on the island so everything is done with horsepower…literally. And I’m not taking ordinary horses these guys are the Budweiser variety on steroids. They are huge so we stay out of their way.

And there are the dogs, lots of dogs. We just met a new one named Meatball ‘cause he’s shaped like one. He got too close to one of those horse guys and Evie had to save his sorry furry butt.

I understand that your character is based upon Mark Twain's cat Bambino. What do you know about him?

He wrote books, drank good whiskey smoked cigars spouted things like It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. He spent time on the island for while and he was a pretty smart dude and of course he had cats…lots of cats. What a great guy.

Do you get involved in solving any mysteries in the series, and do you know what your upcoming adventures are going to be?

Well in Braking for Bodies, Rudy’s moved out and getting married and he’s left Cleveland and me with Evie. We taught Rudy how to play euchre and he got pretty good at it and now we’re going to teach Evie a thing or two about solving crimes…we have to. Another murder is just around the corner and Evie’s right in the middle of things again. This time she needs protection and Cleveland and I are up for the task if there’s enough tuna in it for us of course.

Duffy Brown is the national bestselling author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries, including Pearls in Poison, Killer in Crinolines, and Iced Chiffon. She loves anything with a mystery. While other girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and works at a consignment shop when she’s not busy conjuring up whodunit stories.

About the book: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, March 6th for your chance to win a set of *adorable* cat hot mitts. (US entries only, please.)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chewy.com Review: Greenies Dental Treats

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Earlier this month I blogged about February being Pet Dental Health Month and I got to try PetSmart's exclusive Authority brand dental treats. Then Chewy.com asked if I would like to review some Greenies dental treats, and of course I said yes. Why limit yourself to one brand of treat when there are more out there to be savored and enjoyed?

Feline Greenies Dental Treats have a unique teeth-cleaning shape that helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar accumulation on kitty teeth, while cleaning and freshening breath. Made with a natural formula with added vitamins, minerals, taurine, and chlorophyll for optimum feline health, each treat is only 1.25 calories and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. They come in 6 flavors: Oven Roasted Chicken, Ocean Fish, Savory Salmon, Tempting Tuna, Catnip and Succulent Beef. Greenies are the only cat treat to have The Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for tartar reduction.

Usually when I make a treat selection I choose chicken or turkey flavors, but this time I decided to shake things up a little and request the new Catnip flavor. I am SO glad that I did...these treats are absolutely delish!!! To think such yumminess is also good for my pearly whites is just icing on the cake!

If you're not shopping at Chewy.com, you really should give them a try. They have distribution centers around the country and if you place your order by 4 PM eastern on a weekday it will ship the very same day. For orders under $49 there is a flat rate shipping fee of $4.95, but over $49 shipping is free! The value size bags of Greenies (5.5 ounces) are currently on sale, so make sure you add them to your orders today.

We received a free package of treats in exchange for our fair and honest review as part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. All opinions are our own.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Checkered Flag

Another Daytona 500 has made it's way into the history books, and with it comes the end of our Daytona 500 Zoomies Event. We would like to thank everyone who made their predictions.

The winner of the race was Joey Logano, who didn't get any love here because no one picked him!

So we moved on to the 2nd place finisher...

That's right! It was "our guy" Kevin Harvick, who totally would have won the race if not for a late race caution.

Three of you took our advice that he's the best driver on the track (he did win the Championship last year, after all!):

Robyn K.
Patricia T.

So we put all 3 names into our Harvick Can Koozie and the winner is...

Concatulations to Robyn and her kitties Nutmeg and Cozmo...your prize is on it's way!