Monday, July 16, 2018

Three Times A Tortie

Mudpie gets embarrassed talking about it, but she has a bit of an online romance going on. His name is Bear, and he's one of the two feline stars of the Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat blog. He loves torties in general, but he loved Mudpie first, and he regularly sings about her while he's bathing: Three Times A Tortie, sung to the tune of Three Times A Lady.

(Photo of Bear courtesy of Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat)

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with numbers in the title, so naturally Three Times A Lady was the first song that came to mind. Bear and his sweet momma Katherine had no way of knowing it, but Three Times A Lady has long been one of my favorite songs. Not the original Lionel Richie version, but Conway's country cover of the song, one of the many times he took a well-known pop song and turned it into a country smash.

My guy was known for recording some pretty steamy stuff - Rolling Stone magazine even wrote that he had "a cannon full of songs about getting horizontal" - but I think this is his sexiest song voice-wise. The "I love you baby" he whispers at the very end nearly does me in.

Moving on to other songs with numbers in the title, Conway's 5th #1 record from 1970...

...and a cut from his posthumously released 1993 album, Final Touches.

No particular reason why, but this has always been one of my all-time favorite songs...

...and this is probably my dad's all-time favorite song.

In 1991 I got to see Lorrie Morgan opening for Ricky Van Shelton at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vermont. My mom and I were there to see Ricky; my dad was there to see Lorrie.

1991 was apparently a good concert year for me. Not only did I see Alabama with Clint Black in Lake Placid, New York, I got to meet the band backstage too!

1991 wasn't a perfect concert year though. In November Conway came to Glens Falls, NY, and I wanted to go desperately but my parents didn't want to risk the long drive in the winter. There was no way of knowing it at the time, but it would end up being the last chance I would ever have to see him...the one I wanted to see more than anyone else. Decades later I still regularly remind them of that too. If I'd been of driving age I would've risked life and limb in a raging blizzard to get to him.

Do you have a favorite song with a number in the title?
Do you have a favorite among my choices?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Awkward #SundaySelfie

"Mommy...I was doing a little last minute spit shine before snapping my Sunday selfie. Did you have to take the picture NOW?!?!?!"

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This Tortie's On Fire #CaturdayArt

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. As a child, I feared getting in the bathtub after watching Psycho. Now it's one of my top 3 favorite movies and I've watched it dozens of times!

2. Friday the 13th is just another day. Bad luck doesn't look at the calendar!

Mudpie's answers:

3. I think my gorgeous tortie fur is my best quality.

4. You can’t go wrong with bringing a cat or three into your life. We make life so much more fun!

Friday, July 13, 2018

14 Questions for Mudpie

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm always excited when my pal CK presents new questions for her fellow cat bloggers to answer because it allows me to talk about my favorite subject (and yours, I'm sure)...ME!!!

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

Ending up in the shelter with all those strange cats that I hated and needed to be sequestered from. Thank Cod Mommy saw me on PetFinder and broke me outta there.

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

I haven't tried any weird food combinations - I barely tolerate the regular ones Mommy serves me! MOL

What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?

I can't think of a thing - food is very low on my list of priorities. Just give me my favorite crunchies and I'm a happy tortie.

What food is delicious but a pain to eat?

My favorite Greek yogurt. Mommy puts some on a plate and I won't eat it - I want to lick it off her fingers - and that gets messy.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever broken?

I've never broken a thing. I'm a purrfect angel.

What would a world populated by clones of you be like?


What smartphone feature would you actually be excited for a company to implement?

One that could be programmed to toss a candy wrapper across the room or swing a wand toy when Mommy is too busy to play with me.

What’s something people don’t worry about but really should?

If they're giving their pet enough love and attention. I'm a love sponge myself and Mommy happily obliges, but it makes me sad that there are lots of cats and dogs out there that are underloved and underappreciated. People take it for granted that we'll always be around...until one day when we're not.

What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?

Everything is still cool because I'm still young!

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

Cloning Mommy so she could always be with me.

What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?

I have to copy CK's answer on this one...kill shelters have to go the way of the dinosaurs. The fact that we're murdering healthy cats and dogs that don't have homes because irresponsible people won't have their pets fixed is just sick.

If you were a ghost and could possess people, what would you make them do?

Worship me. Oh wait, everyone who knows me already does!

What game have you spent the most hours playing?

Batting around candy wrappers. I'm obsessed. It's been so hot lately I've had to take a break from it though :(

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever been in?

Mommy's bed curled up against her legs. Again, it's been too hot to cuddle lately and I'm sleeping alone :(

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Great Big Disappointing Box

Meows from Mudpie!

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when we asked for your guesses as to what was inside this great big box from Cracker Barrel? It arrived on the same day as my Chewy delivery and CatLadyBox, so naturally I assumed this box was for me too and quickly jumped inside as soon as Mommy opened it up.

And inside I found...another box!!! This one was made of wooden slats and I immediately started imagining all the fun ways I could use it! It could be stuffed with blankies to make a super cool rustic-looking bed, or maybe it would be better suited as a toy box in the living room (it's big enough that it might even fit my entire collection of loot!) I could even turn it on it's side to make a fun fort to hang out in and watch the world go by!

Then Mommy broke the devastating news...she didn't buy the box for me! It's a record storage box for her Conway collection!!! She had been wanting a special box to keep his records separate from all her parents old country records, but the one she wanted on Amazon was $30 and she couldn't see spending that much money on a box. Then she saw this one on Cracker Barrel's website for half price at only $15, and she loved it even more because it's so "country" looking.

At first she thought the box could hold all of her Conway records and CDs but that didn't last long. The record box is already more than half full, and the CDs have outgrown a box of their own. I'm pretty sure she could listen to him for 48 hours straight and not play the same album twice. She says that sounds like the most heavenly 48 hours she can think of! (This isn't the entirety of her collection either. She also has lots of magazines, tour books, shirts, photos, posters, DVDs, videotapes and other various knick knacks. Once she gets her record player she plans to work on displaying it all.)

Mommy loves this box SO much (almost as much as she loves the man inside), how it looks and even how the wood smells. She's even having fun decorating it with some vintage buttons she found on Etsy.

I have so much that I guess I shouldn't be jealous she kept it for herself, but don't you think she should've gotten a second one for me? Too late's already sold out online!

Hopefully it's okay that we're linking this up to the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop even though we aren't spinning any tunes this week. (Edit: we decided to add a couple YouTube links to some pawsome concert footage!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Purrfect 10: Ways to Help Your Cat Beat the Heat

We love reading and researching anything and everything about cats, and wanted to find a fun and unique way to share the interesting facts we learn with you! Since top 10 lists are very popular in the blogosphere, we created The Purrfect 10 as a way to present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.

How is everyone surviving the heat this summer? Last week we suffered through 6 straight days of 90 plus degree weather with the heat index making it feel over 100 degrees. This is extremely unusual weather for Vermont and Mudpie and I were both dragging in spite of having the air conditioner on practically non-stop.

Our cats suffer in the heat just as much as we do and they depend on us to find ways to keep them cool when the temperatures rise. This month's edition of The Purrfect 10 features our tips on how to do just that...

1) Hydration is key: Always have a supply of fresh water available, and change it several times a day to keep it fresh in the heat. Place several bowls around the house so your cat doesn't have to look for one when she is feeling the heat. If you are out for the day, add some ice to the water before leaving. (More tips and tricks to keep your cat properly hydrated can be found here.)

2) Give a cooling wipe down: Many cats enjoy being wiped down with a damp paper towel or washcloth. The moisture on their fur cools them off, just as their own saliva does when they groom themselves. Do this in front of a box fan or open window for added comfort.

3) Put a cold water bottle in their bed:  Partially fill a small drink bottle with water and freeze it overnight. Wrap it in a towel and place it in your cat's favorite nap spot.

4) Turn on a small fan at floor level: Place one of the above-mentioned frozen water bottles in front of the air source if you do not have air conditioning. Avoid frozen gel packs which could be toxic for your pet.

5) Raise the pet bed: If you elevate your cat's bed, air will circulate and cause a cooling effect to keep body temperature down. Placing it in a drafty room or near a fan will double the effect.

6) Provide shade: Make sure there are lots of shady areas for your cat to stretch out. Many cats will seek out cool places like basements and rooms with tile floors. Closing shades and blinds will also create a dark, cool environment, as will keeping windows shut during the hottest times of the day.

7) Splish splash, I was taking a bath... Mudpie *loves* playing in the bathtub! It's cool surface also provides a great place to hang out during the summer.

8) Brush your cat often: Removing excess fur and preventing tangles will help to keep them cool.

9) Keep exercise to a minimum: Playtime is important, but don't encourage your cat to play during the hottest time of the day. Wait until later in the evening to burn off a little excess energy.

10) Avoid car trips: Cats are just as vulnerable as dogs to the heat trapped inside a car. NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked.


If you suspect your cat has become overheated, check for the following symptoms of heatstroke:
  • panting/rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • excessive grooming
  • sweaty paws
  • lethargy 
  • stumbling
  • drooling 
  • redness of the tongue and mouth
  • fever 
  • vomiting 
  • unresponsiveness
If your cat displays any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.

How do you keep kitty cool during the dog days of summer?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour (plus GIVEAWAY)

Happy Monday from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors! Melissa and Mudpie have been so gracious to host us today, and thank you to everyone who is stopping by to join us. Mudpie insisted we give the animals a chance to speak, so today we're letting the starring dogs and cats in our series answer the question "How would you describe your human?"

Charli the Siamese, head cat in Claire Kane's Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: My roommate Harlow is considerate and sweet while fearless and business-minded. We're both glamorous and enjoy good food. We connect as best friends because she can often sense how I'm feeling and vice versa.

Tilly the golden retriever, head dog in Kathi Daley's Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: Tess is a kind hearted person who is always willing to put herself out there for the people and animals who migrate in and out of her life. She is a happy and outgoing woman who takes the time to stop and chat with the people she comes into contact with on a daily basis. More so than most, Tess has a willingness to take action to right a wrong or help a person or animal in need.

Snickerdoodle the corgi, head dog in Meredith Potts's Daley Buzz series: Sabrina is the best. Not only does she make the world a better place by solving murders, but she always carves out plenty of time to play with me. Plus, she has the most comfortable lap in the world to curl up on.

Gus the golden retriever, head dog in Tammy L. Grace's Cooper Harrington Detective novels: Coop is a great guy. He's got a few quirks, but I love him. He's hard-working and kind. He's persistent and determined when it comes to solving our cases...sort of like a dog with a bone (woof!). He takes great care of Aunt Camille and me. I think Annabelle is the perfect match for him, but he seems oblivious. Coop's the best human I could wish for and I'm happy he's mine.

Dizzy the Labrador hound mix, head dog in Sandi Scott's Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: She's a lot calmer on the outside than she feels on the inside and I know her well enough to know that the nervous, geeky girl bakes away her anxiety. She's smart and loving and loves being my co-sleuth. She loves giving me jobs of big responsibility, even when I don't think I can handle it myself.

Matty the tortoiseshell, head cat in Paige Sleuth's Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: Kat's okay, as far as humans go. She took me in when my former human was murdered, which was really nice of her. And she's usually pretty good about feeding me on time, cleaning out my box, and taking me for walks around the neighborhood. She does seem to have a nose for trouble though. I mean, how many dead bodies can one person find? But I have to say, Kat's almost as good at finding killers as she is about finding bodies. I guess if you're going to be murdered, you want Kat to be the first one on the scene!

Meaux the Schnauzer, head dog in Colleen Mooney's New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: My human never met a Schnauzer she didn't like, and it's a good thing because that's how I came to be in her life. She rescued me and I never was adopted out. We became BFFs and that was that. She's rescued plenty of other Schnauzers and some stay awhile and others get homes right away. Sometimes I have to help the new ones that stay awhile learn how to behave or show them how to be a fun loving dog again. She buys me lots of toys and I get to show the rescued guys how to play with them.

Paw the Saint Bernard, head dog in Sandra Baublitz's Dog Detective series: The best! Woof! Clarissa is loving, kind, and considerate. She loves a good mystery. I love that she takes me everywhere with her. She supports and helps her friends, braving criminals and murderers to solve crimes. She's short for a human, but smart and most of all, she is good to animals, especially me.

Hamish the Maine Coon, head cat in Alannah Rogers's Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: I'm Hamish, Beatrice's first and #1 cat. Bee is quirky, stubborn, crazy, and loves getting in trouble. She thinks because she's in her sixties she can do whatever she wants, including chasing Bad Guys with guns and other bad things. But, she is also loving, loyal, and kind. We go everywhere together. I was not too impressed when she moved in her friend, Matthew, who apparently she is going to marry or something like that. I'm not used to sharing my human. But I guess he's okay because he protects her and stops her from doing anything too dangerous!

Biscuit the ginger tabby, head cat in Alison Golden's Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: She's a bit wacky, always rushing about which is not my thing at all. But I do like her, not that I show it of course. She can be a bit overpowering at times, and I like to chill. But I suppose we make a good pair. I've helped her with a couple of cases. I don't think she'd have solved them without me, put it that way.

Reader animals, now it's your turn to describe your humans (or if you're a reader human, describe your animal(s))!

GIVEAWAY: Each author is giving away one ebook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten ebooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.

Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our ebooks.

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews

July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case

July 9, 2018: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows

July 12, 2018: Dru's Book Musings

July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews

July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs

July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers

July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress

July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

About the Authors

Claire Kane is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

Kathi Daley is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.

Meredith Potts writes the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. She loves corgis, cozies, and cupcakes. Sign up for her mailing list and be the first to know about her new books.

Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy's exclusive reader group, and she'll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.

Sandi Scott spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers' group Sandi's Sleuths.

Paige Sleuth writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes.

Colleen Mooney writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.

Sandra Baublitz loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.

Alannah Rogers writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.

Alison Golden is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the Café, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information, please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.