Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sleepy #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

This week's theme for The Lazy Pit Bull's 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge is Sleepy, so I decided to merge my blog hops and do a Sleepy Sunday Selfie!



We also wanted to congratulate a couple winners...Sheila K. won our Black Magic Tickle Pickle giveaway, and Daniel S. won the Tote Tails tote bag. We hope you enjoy your goodies!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Caturday Pop Art

Meows from Mudpie!

Today for my Caturday Art project we used Photofunia's Pop Art template. I think it came out really cool. 

(Marilyn Monroe, eat your heart out MOL!!!)


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



Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day ~ In the Blink of an Eye


You were gone in the blink of an eye
And all I could ask God is "WHY?"

An angel on earth who deserved so much more
Our time was too short - your loss cut to the core

I have to believe we'll be together again
Even though I don't know the where or the when

Until then my heart aches for you night and day
My love still lives on - it will never go away.



ABOUT RAINBOW BRIDGE REMEMBRANCE DAY:

This special day was created by Deborah Barnes – author, award winning blogger, and cat advocate in tribute to her cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her most recent book, “Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond,” a warm and heartfelt book that is written in the wise and comforting voice of Mr. Jazz himself as he shares his life and death journey to offer guidance and understanding through a cat’s perspective as to why sometimes letting a pet go can be the greatest gift you give them.

A special event page for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day has been created on Facebook so that people can share blog post links, pictures, poems, favorite memories, etc. Please click here for the link.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Truffles Interviews: Mr. Grey from Code Grey by Clea Simon (w/Review & Giveaway)

Hey everybody, it's Angel Truffles! Surprise!!!

Isn't Mudpie doing a great job? I'm so happy knowing that I left Mommy and our blog in such capable paws. 

Mudpie invited me back today to conduct a very special interview with Mr. Grey, the kitty spirit in Clea Simon's Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series. We figured that I would be the best cat for the job since Mr. Grey and I have so much in common: we both had to leave our humans behind in the physical sense, but will remain by their sides forever.

I hope you enjoy the interview.


Angel Truffles: Welcome Mr. Grey, thank you so much for chatting with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about your time on earth and how you came to live with Dulcie?

Mr. Grey: First, let me start by telling you that Truffles is settling in nicely here. We’ve made room on a sunny windowsill for her, where she can nap and also look out for you!

I came into Dulcie’s life by design, although she didn’t see it that way. She thinks she and her old roommate Suze adopted me, but I arranged for her to find me, wet and hungry. The wet part was the most difficult, but I needed to make sure she took me in - despite the dorm rules against having a cat! I was quite happy to be a housecat after that. Strangely, I didn’t find the need to talk while I was in that life. Dulce understood me well enough, the way I’d brush against her or purr and knead the pillow beside her.

Now that you're a ghost kitty, you are still able to communicate with Dulcie. How does that work?

I’m not entirely sure, Truffles. I suspect it is because I am no longer constrained by my physical body. That was a great body – with my long grey fur and even longer whiskers, I not only felt very aware of my surroundings, I knew I could make Dulcie happy just by curling up next to her. But now that I’m not confined into a corporeal form, the thoughts that I always had just … come out. And she’s a smart girl, so she has learned to listen to me!

Have you found that this has helped you both to cope with your physical separation?

Most definitely! I know Dulcie misses me a lot, but I want her to know I’m always looking after her. We all are, you know, though I don’t think I can tell you any more of our secrets.

Did you play any part in kitten Esme's arrival into Dulcie's life, and did a new kitty help her grieving process?

I did! Esmé is such a strong-willed young creature that I knew she needed a good home with someone who would respect her, and I knew that Dulcie needed a good feline companion. While Esmé is not my actual offspring, I like to think she’s my spiritual child … though I think of Dulcie as my real kitten.

Please tell us about the latest mystery that you, Dulcie and Esme get involved in.

In “Code Grey,” the new Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery, Dulcie is all alone on campus over the spring vacation, trying desperately to finish her thesis. But when a poor former scholar is found injured and then accused of stealing a rare book – a horrible crime for a scholar! – she knows she has to put her own work aside and help out. Clea calls this mystery her “love letter to books,” and there’s lots in there about rare books, their repair and care. But of course there’s also room for us felines … including a grey shadow who always seems to be around...

Anything you can tell us about your upcoming adventures?

Why, yes! I know Clea is hard at work at my next adventure. It doesn’t have a name yet, but you can be sure “Grey” – for me, Mr Grey – will be in the title. And I am pleased to let you know that one of my colleagues, Blackie – a black as midnight street cat – has his own line launching soon. His first adventure, “The Ninth Life,” will be out in March 2016 (a bit earlier in the UK), and we’re all very excited about it. “The Ninth Life” is a bit darker and maybe scarier than my books. But you can rest assured that if there’s a cat in it, he’ll be okay - and he’ll do what he has to take care of his people, too!


From the publisher: Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not – and she sets out to prove it

It’s spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can’t seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years?

With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar’s name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity – and a new menace.


Cats and books are the driving force of the latest entry in Clea Simon's Dulcie Schwartz series, although I have to admit that at times it became glaringly apparent that I've never spent time on a college campus, as I found this to be very much an "academic mystery", as it's rightfully billed.

Dulcie has stayed in Cambridge during spring break to work on her thesis about an anonymous Gothic author. A former student who has fallen on hard times ends up being accused in a series of break-ins during a time of upheaval on campus: a major excavation is taking place to fix a water main break. While trying to prove his innocence she ends up uncovering a link between her research and the book he was found in possession of.

I particularly enjoyed the Gothic excerpts, the story behind the silver cat printer's mark, and especially Dulcie's relationships with her beloved Mr. Grey and current feline Esme. This is the first book I've read in the series but feel that it works well as a stand-alone...just make sure to put on your thinking cap before you start reading!

About the author: Clea Simon is the author of 18 mysteries in the Theda Krakow, DulcieSchwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series. The latter two are ongoingand include her most recent books, Code Grey (Severn House) and Kittens Can Kill (Poisoned Pen Press). A former journalist and nonfiction author, she lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta. She can be reached at http://www.cleasimon.com

Author Links:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clea.simon.author
My blog: http://cleasimon.blogspot.com
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clea_Simon or @Clea_Simon
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/49559.Clea_Simon
Publisher: http://severnhouse.com/author/Clea+Simon/9497

Purchase Links: 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nip Nanner Frenzy

Meows from Mudpie!

These pictures were taken just a couple hours after I moved into my forever home...can you tell that I was instantly smitten with my nip nanner? I play with it and my Tipsy Nip toys every single day.

Mommy has already promised me a Yeowww! pumpkin for Halloween and candy cane for Christmas!!!






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chewy.com Review: KONG Active Cat Play Mat

Meows from Mudpie!

For over a year now one of Mommy's favorite things to do on the first of the month is peruse the email from Chewy.com to find just the right item for Truffles, and now me, to review.

On July 1st Mommy excitedly picked out the KONG Active Cat Play Mat for Truffles.

It arrived the day after Truffles left so suddenly for the Bridge.

Mommy set the play mat aside, and the day I moved in, it was one of the first things she pulled out for me.


The mat is made with soft plush on one side and rugged sisal on the other side, and it's just purr-fect for lounging, playing, and scratching. The crinkle sound it makes when you step on it is especially fun!

I *love* playing with toys, but when Mommy laid the mat out on the rug, I didn't get on it. So she decided to try putting it on my kitty lounger...and it's become my favorite place to take a catnap! (Check out my toy stash under the lounger...Mommy says every girl stores stuff under her bed!)





It makes me really sad that Truffles never got to use the mat that Mommy picked out for her, but it made this kitty feel very loved to move into her forever home and find something special waiting there "just for me"!


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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Faithfully Yours Book Trailer Premiere


Last fall I participated in a blog hop called Caring for Critters where I wrote about Tara's journey with diabetes. Shortly after I received an email from author Peggy Frezon saying that she would love to include our story in her upcoming book!

Faithfully Yours: The Amazing Bond Between Us and the Animals We Love is scheduled to hit shelves on October 1st, and today we're so excited to be participating in the Book Trailer Premiere Party!



With inspiring stories of devotion, protection, healing, compassion, and faith, Faithfully Yoursexplores why we love animals so much.

You will meet:

• A schnauzer that rescued his owner after a devastating lighting strike.
• A 40-foot whale that shocked her rescuers when she helped to save a baby whale trapped in a fishing net.
• A miniature horse that guides a blind teacher.
• A cat that comforts stressed-out college students.

As well as people who love animals in extraordinary ways:

• The dog trainer who transformed an unwanted shelter dog into a Broadway star.
• The man who became a voice for the humane treatment of farm animals.
• The woman who gave up everything to help street dogs and, in turn, learned lessons of trust and love.

Faithfully Yours will warm your heart and enhance your appreciation of God’s wonderful creation. For anyone who’s ever loved, and known the love of,a special animal.