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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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
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.
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
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).
Meet Dolly, a Charming Newcomer to the Klepto Cat Mystery Series
Hi everyone, I’m Dolly and I’m new to the Klepto Cat Mystery stories. I’m told that Truffles has been reading about me and was interested in knowing more about me. Since Patricia doesn’t let me talk in the stories she writes, I’m thrilled to have this platform. (Thank you Truffles—you magnificent tortie, you.)
My beginnings are a bit of a mystery, even to me. I remember, as a kitten, being with my mom and three brothers, but not in a home. We lived outdoors with other cats. I rather enjoyed exploring outside the ravine where we lived. And one day, when I was a bigger kitten, I guess I traveled too far because I couldn’t remember how to get back to my mom. I’ll never forget that day. I was so frightened, especially when it got dark and there was nothing to eat. I didn’t know if I should hide myself or keep searching for my family. Before I could decide, another much older cat found me. He wasn’t particularly friendly, but he wasn’t mean, either. I decided to hang out with him and ultimately followed him to a house where other cats like me lived. They didn’t live inside the house, mind you, but outside, under the house. A human named Colbi lived in the house and she fed the cats every day. She started feeding me, too. She even gave me a name. But it wasn’t Dolly. That name came later.
One day I woke up not feeling very well. I didn’t have the energy to play or explore. I didn’t even feel like eating. About the same time, Colbi left and didn’t come back for many days. Before long, a man came to feed us. He’d come every day and fill our bowls with food and water. One day he saw me watching him and he began watching me back. He seemed to know something was wrong with me and he tried to grab me. I was frightened, but too weak to fight. So I ended up in his large hands. It was cold and I was shivering, so he tucked me inside his jacket. That was a nice warm place to be. Then he drove me someplace and gave me to another man who took care of me until I felt better. His name was Dr. Michael Ivey—a veterinarian.
When I was better, the other man, Damon, came back and got me and took me to live inside his house for a while. I didn’t mind. I quickly learned that it sure is easier to live inside with people who pet you and feed you than living outside with all of the dangers, rain, and uncertainty.
Colbi finally came home and when she did, she took me to live at Rags’s house with her for a while. You see, she’d been through something horrific and needed time and space to heal. She said I was helping her heal. I was glad to have a job. And it was such a happy one.
Rags and I made friends right away. He’s one cool cat. I was only about four months old when I met Rags, but I knew right away that I wanted to grow up to be a girl version of him. I haven’t solved any mysteries yet, but I suggest you keep reading this series of books, because it could happen.
My one claim to fame, so far, besides being adorable and irresistible and smart—oh and athletic, is the time I “found” a picture in a purse. I didn’t know I had done anything special. In fact, I was pretty sure I was going to be in trouble. Rags sometimes gets in trouble for snooping in ladies’ purses. The lady belonging to this purse, however, was no lady—but then that’s for another story and another time.
To find out how my discovery helped solve a small mystery around the larger mystery, you gotta read our latest book, The Colony Cat Caper. Yes, I think I’ve got what it takes to be a crime investigator and maybe one day I’ll be publicly recognized by the sheriff’s department like Rags was. You know he’s gonna star in a movie. Ooops, I may be talking out of turn. That story hasn’t been published yet.
Well, Truffles, thanks again for inviting me to tell my story. I hope your admirers enjoy it. I’d better get back to what I do best—run and tumble up and down the stairs, summersault off the last step, and play hide-and-seek behind the curtains and under the sofa cushions. Colbi and Damon think I’m sometimes playing with imaginary cat friends. Maybe they’re right. I’m not telling. But at the end of the day, I sure do love cuddling up with my favorite people and getting a gentle tummy rub. I love my people. I just wish that all of our kind—all cats everywhere—could live in a nurturing and safe world like we do, don’t you, Truffles?
For those of you who want to get to know me better, here’s the link to the Klepto Cat Mystery series. http://amzn.to/1kAI8I2
About The Colony Cat Caper:Savannah Ivey, a veterinarian out on maternity leave; her aunt Margaret, the founder of the Hammond Cat Alliance; and Colbi Stanton, a reporter for the local newspaper take on a cat colony at an old, abandoned building. Odd activity around the place makes them wonder if it actually is vacant; some believe it’s occupied by something other-worldly. When a stranger comes to town and suggests the Alliance open the old building to a fund-raiser, everyone gets involved, including Rags, Savannah’s kleptomaniac cat. He finds something that day that stirs a lot of people—both law-abiding and crooks—into action. Are the feral cats and their caretakers in serious danger? What (or who) lurks inside the old building? What secrets does it hide? And who has the key that unlocks the mystery?
Giveaway: Patricia is generously offering one lucky commenter THREE Klepto Cat Mysteries in either Kindle or print. (Only Catnapped, Cat-Eye Witness, and Sleight of Paw are available in print.) Contest ends at noon eastern on Wednesday, July 30th.