Thursday, July 31, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour






I've been reading with great interest all of the entries in the Writing Process Blog Tour, and have been asked to participate by Oz the Terrier. Oz is a Cairn terrier, just like Toto in The Wizard of Oz. He lives in South Florida after being rescued from a puppy mill, and now spends his time blogging about his great outdoor adventures, pet rescue, and he even writes poetry and limericks! His Writing Process Blog Tour post can be found here.






The 3 Questions:

What am I working on? Over the next 6 weeks we're going to be celebrating our 3rd blogoversary, my birthday, and most importantly, Truffles' very first Gotcha Day!!! We're planning some exciting events that I hope everyone will enjoy.

Why do I write what I do? I can't remember a time when the most important things in my life weren't cats and books. When I was a little girl in my playpen I had a cat in one corner and a stack of books in the other...and over 30 years later not much has changed. They are as essential to me as the air I breathe, and merging my two loves into this blog has become my absolute passion.

How does my writing process work? Honestly, I don't have one. Some posts I plan well in advance, others I put together at the very last minute. Ideas are always simmering in my head. I really need to keep a notepad by my bed because many ideas come to me as I try to go to sleep and then by morning they are lost forever. I am inspired by other bloggers, the books I read, news stories, but most of all by Truffles. My favorite posts inevitably come from something utterly adorable she does that I'm lucky enough to snap a picture of and just can't wait to share with the world!

My 3 Nominees:


Who doesn't know and love Glogirly, Katie, and Waffles? They are our blogging heroes! Wouldn't you love to go behind-the-scenes of how they create their hysterical blog posts? I know I would!


One Eye On the Future is the blog of Selina, a beautiful one-eyed kitty who lives in North Carolina. She was rescued from a ritzy country club golf course after the mean humans there laughed as they watched her try to catch a chipmunk for something to eat and miss because she had only one eye to see. She found her happily ever in her forever home with wonderful mom Laura..







The Cat Post Intelligencer is written by gorgeous chocolate point Siamese Chey, whose interests lie in living a natural, healthy life, books and artwork. Chey's human Bonnie is even the author of a series of fantasy novels! I love Chey's quote: "I put the "Me" in SiaMEse."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday: Top Secret

Anyone care to guess what's inside this super cool box? 

Mommy said I can't play in this box...she wants to keep it to store something special.

Piffle. It came for ME, Mommy!!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Safety Tips Infographic from #Pet360

We are NOT big fans of summer here at our house. You would think that in northern Vermont we would be free from yucky heat and humidity, but that is not the case at all. Tara had very thick fur and suffered terribly in the summer. I would brush enough fur out of her on a regular basis to make another cat but she would still lie around the house prostrate from the heat. When I adopted Truffles I thought she wouldn't mind the heat because her fur is very short and thin, but she much prefers cozying up in her blankies during the fall and winter too.

Our favorite way to stay cool is to stay inside in front of the fans and air conditioning. The following photos are a couple of my favorites of Tara. I kept a small desk fan near her at all times, and one day I looked over to see her back legs straddling the fan, her little hips moving as it turned back and forth. How I wish I had videotaped it because it was absolutely priceless!!!



She was quite the little exhibitionist, wasn't she?

The importance of staying safe and keeping cool in the summer cannot be stressed enough, and we're happy to share this Summer Safety Tips infographic detailing some of the top recommendations for keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way, compiled by Pet360‘s Chief Pet Parenting Expert, Rose Hamilton, and SheKnows.




Monday, July 28, 2014

For Tails Only: Exclusive Pet Boutique



I think most pet parents enjoy shopping for their fur babies. I'm a bit of a shopaholic myself and nothing makes me happier than finding a fun new toy or treat to bring home to Truffles. I especially love finding cute little pet boutiques that offer unique items that just can't be found in your everyday big box stores. Today I'm excited to tell you about For Tails Only, an Exclusive Pet Boutique. The only company of it's kind. For Tails Only is a direct sales organization selling products for pets and pet lovers.

Here's a little more about them from their website:

“For Tails Only™ is a woman-owned company for the pet lover. After seeing so many news reports about treats and food, poisoning our beloved best friends, the idea was born. For Tails Only™ is an exclusive pet boutique carrying treats made of the finest ingredients from the USA, grooming and bath products, unique pet toys, gifts and more. Our product line puts your pet’s health and safety first. We have searched far and wide to offer items you won’t find in your average pet store or super center. The goal of For Tails Only™ is to make your life easier by offering regular auto shipping of freshly baked treats right to your door on a bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly basis. Our products will definitely get some tails wagging!!"

In addition to the pawsome shopping, you can host a pet paw-ty to earn free and discounted pet products, and have the opportunity to turn your love for animals into a part-time or full time income. Have you ever dreamed of owning your own pet business? I know I have. They are looking for handlers nationwide! You can contact Founding Independent Handler Taylor Rivera at Lilpawpeep@fortailsonly.net or on her Facebook page for more info.



Taylor recently asked us if we would like to try a couple products available through For Tails Only. She sent us Imperial Cat's Knitted Mice Trio w/ Organic Catnip and a FUNKitty Egg-cersizer.

Truffles LOVES these mice!!! They are so soft and cuddly, perfect for snagging with her claws and batting the stuffing out of! You know a toy is loved when it turns up in unusual spots around the house, and I'm finding these little cuties lying around everywhere! (Don't you just love the paw action in the photo below???)


The Egg-cersizer I specifically picked out for her because her two favorite things are treats and balls. Surprisingly, she's been slow to warm up to it! Granted, I pretty much always give her a little treat when she asks for one, so when I put her treats in the Egg-cersizer she looks at me as though questioning why she suddenly has to "work" for them. Her playtime has definitely decreased in the summer heat, though, so I'm going to keep trying come cooler weather. (This toy would be great to help cats that eat their food too fast and then throw it up to eat more slowly, and for overweight kitties to get a little workout while noshing their vittles!)


You can connect with For Tails Only on their website, Facebook, and Pinterest. I guarantee you'll find something for the special pet or pet lover in your life!

Disclosure: We received these toys at no cost for the purpose of this spotlight and review. All opinions are our own.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cat's Meow Mews & Mailbox #46














Cat's Meow Mailbox is inspired by the great weekly recap book memes (Mailbox MondayWaiting On WednesdayIt’s Monday! What are you reading? and Sunday Post)


This week we have so enjoyed the goings on during the Catastic Event at our friend The Maaaaa of Pricilla's blog. Truffles was very excited to be the guest blogger on Monday (if you missed it, you can read it here), and to celebrate Pricilla's Publicist's birthday, she is holding a commentathon to benefit AniMeals. $1 for every comment left here. I just love the blogging community!

Last week on Mochas, Mysteries and Meows:
* Truffles Interviews...Bentley & Pierre from M.K. Clinton's The Returns
* Chewy.com Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Treats
* National Hot Dog Day
* The Colony Cat Caper by Patricia Fry: Guest Author & Giveaway
* Bitter Chocolate Book Tour with Dawn Greenfield Ireland: Guest Author & Giveaway
Caturday Art: Wet Whiskers


Bought:
The Mystery Of David's Bridge Vintage: A Novel

For Review Consideration:
Clam Wake: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs (Tara Holloway Series #7)

Kindle Freebies:
Healthy Paws Begonia Means Beware The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat Dead in the Stacks: The Curious Librarian Cozy Mystery #1 Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis Series #1) A-Z Emergency First Aid for Dogs and Cats: The complete resource for Dog and Cat owners, carers and professionals - all in alphabetical order Coming Unclued Mina's Amazing Adventures - The Riddle of the Red Squirrel  A Tangled Mess: A Cozy Mystery (An Annie Addison Cozy Mystery Book 2)

NetGalley:
   

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Caturday Art: Wet Whiskers

Hey everybody, it's Truffles!

This week we're combining Athena's Caturday Art blog hop with the PhotoHunt theme of "wet".

We're actually having a pretty dry summer this year. (Of course, now they're predicting rain this weekend!) Last summer from Memorial Day to July 4th we had something like 17 inches of rain, so we much prefer the dry weather.

That being said, do I look sufficiently wet and miserable in this picture? Don't worry...it's just an effect. Mommy would never put me out in the rain :)




Friday, July 25, 2014

Bitter Chocolate Book Tour with Dawn Greenfield Ireland: Guest Author & Giveaway

Bitter Chocolate
What inspired this chocolate-themed culinary cozy series
Bitter Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland ~ Virtual Book Tour
When you grow up in a family of chocolate lovers who are rattled when the supply has run out, it affects you. I’ve found old battered squares of Hershey’s dark chocolate nuggets in my old purses and briefcases destined for the recycle bin. Of course they were rescued – the purses and briefcases can go, but not the chocolate!
I knew when the idea of the story came to me those characters had to be chocolate lovers. If Bernie was going to be the patriarch of the family he needed something that would never go out of style to end his company. Chocolate sounded like the best investment.

To be honest, I’m not sure how the food and cooking became such an important part of the writing. All I know is that those characters knew best and I’m glad they had such great appetites. I supplied the recipes and they cooked the meals and fed everyone who showed up.
Oh, and that marshmallow fluff – that was my mother’s favorite for her cup of hot chocolate. Everyone in the family always seems to have one jar on hand at all times!

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About Bitter Chocolate: The characters you loved in Hot Chocolate are back with more escapades of life in Houston’s wealthy River Oaks.

Lila Mae is in a tizzy over the Chocolate Ball – a huge event that she and her sisters, Dorothea and Madge, host every year. But due to unusual circumstances, Dorothea and Madge dump everything in Lila Mae’s lap. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie of Event Is King, the Chocolate Ball would have melted.

Bernie, the Alcott sisters’ 92-year old father, decides he wants his Bentley back. The sisters and Bambi are horrified. They hire Joseph’s cousin Chewie as Bernie’s new chauffeur.

Wolfram, Lila Mae’s new astrologer, gives clues of things to come. This leaves Lila Mae and her sidekick Amelia with brows furrowed.

On her day off, Amelia decides to bake a chocolate blueberry pie. She discovers she needs to make a grocery run. When she returns home, she discovers her kitchen door is slightly ajar. Arms loaded with groceries, she toes the door open. 

Three things catch her attention: a vase of flowers on the kitchen island that was not there when she left the house, her marble rolling pin covered with blood… and a dead body on her kitchen floor.

Amelia’s eyes drift toward the dining room and beyond – is the house empty, or is there a murderer in the house? She backs up, turns and hurries outside. After setting the bags on the ground, she slips back into the kitchen and snaps a picture of the dead guy. Then she calls Detective Chance Walker, Lila Mae and finally… 9-1-1.

About Dawn Greenfield Ireland:
Dawn Ireland is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned publishing and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995. She’s an award winning independent publisher and author of The Puppy Baby Book , Mastering Your Money, and Amazon Best Seller Hot Chocolate (the first in the series, and her fifth novel). The Hot Chocolate audio book was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award on Valentine’s Day 2014.

Her family feature film screenplay A Girl and Her Dog was awarded a Kids First! Endorsement by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media in October 2012 and optioned by Shadow Cave Productions in February 2013.

Originally from Feeding Hills, MA, Dawn migrated to San Antonio in 1968, then when her first son was one years old, her family moved to Houston where work was more plentiful. After 40+ years of heat and humidity, she has her sights on the Pacific NW.

Dawn is the co-author of the animated screenplay Memoirs of a Dog which won the Spirit Award of the Moondance Film Festival (children’s category) September 2011. Her dark comedy Plan B was a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay script competition in 2010 and years before that, Standing Dead won the Women in Film and Television (Houston Chapter) screenplay award.

Stay tuned for The Last Dog (futuristic/sci-fi 2015), and Spicy Chocolate (2016).

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Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, August 1st for the chance to win an ebook copy of Bitter Chocolate; open internationally.