Saturday, April 29, 2017

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

This week I went to LunaPic once again for my Caturday Art project, the Candy effect in particular, and then added a PicMonkey frame as a finishing touch.

I love how colorful it turned out, don't you?

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 McGuffy's Reader!

Mommy's answers:

1. A book I would like to see made into a movie is Gwen Cooper's Love Saves the Day.

2. I have a hard time failing to finish a book, even when I realize I'm not enjoying it.

Mudpie's answers:

3. If I could afford a billboard, it would say Adopt a Tortie Today!

4. I really enjoy Mommy and me time.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally Friday Flashback Flick

Meows from Mudpie!

It is finally Friday, right? Mommy and I are tempted to sleep all weekend after the last several days we've had. It all started last week when my klutzy grandpa dropped a door on his foot at work and broke a bone. Hours in urgent care, the ER, workers' comp paperwork and phone calls...yep, Mommy had to deal with it all. She's also been super busy working on a cat writing project separate from our blog (which she's hoping for more of, so it's all good!) and our sponsored post from yesterday.

So long story short, her brain is fried and she said it was up to me to come up with a post for today. I thought Friday might be a good day to watch videos and while pawing through the iPad I found a couple of Angel Truffles that we've never shown of her doing what she did best...bathing! That poor girl had constant hairballs because she was determined to not let a single piece of fur be out of place.

These two videos were taken on May 1, 2015, just a couple months before she ran off to the Bridge. So while she's not doing anything "special", Mommy cherishes every moment of them.

Do you guys plan to watch any flicks with your humans this weekend? A couple weeks ago we watched Hachi: A Dog's Tale for the first time. I didn't know a human's eyes could hold so many tears...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Celebrate the Year of the Cat with Wellness® Complete Health™ #HealthyMeetsHappy

To be 100% honest, I spent a lot of years as a pet parent not putting a whole lot of thought into cat nutrition. As finicky as cats are, if what I picked out for them was eaten without complaint, that was good enough for me. Then Angel Tara was diagnosed with a plethora of health problems thanks in large part to years of poor eating habits long before I adopted her at age 7. That was when I had to get serious about learning more about better nutrition...her life depended on it.

Ever since that time there's no doubt the cats in my life eat better than I do. I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "you are what you eat." If that's true I'm probably in trouble but I can't blame anyone else for my food choices other than myself. Our pets have to trust us to make the right decisions for them, and it's an even bigger deal because they end up eating the same thing almost every day!

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share the availability of Wellness Complete Health and NEW Complete Health Grain Free Cat Food available at PetSmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness or PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

For many years now Wellness® has been a staple in my cat food pantry. Wholesome food feeds our pets' souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies, and the mission of the Wellness team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets is to help us provide our fur kids with a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition.

Since Mudpie is a fan of the Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food, I was very excited to hear that they've created new grain free recipes formulated with carefully chosen ingredients, plus added omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for optimal health. On a recent trip to PetSmart® I found three new options in the new Grain Free Complete Health line: deboned chicken and chicken meal for adults, salmon and herring meal for indoor cats, and deboned chicken and chicken meal for kittens. Each comes with Wellness's Catisfaction Guarantee: if your cat doesn't like the new Wellness recipes, simply return the unusued portion back to PetSmart for a full refund! Now that's the sign of a company that truly cares about their customers and believes in the quality of their product!

You might be wondering what makes Wellness different from all the other options we're confronted with when browsing pet store shelves. The Wellness Difference is about being more than natural, and it's not about what is left out (corn, carrageenan, soy, wheat, and artificial colors and flavors). True Wellness is about what is put into the food - a small number of simple, pure, authentic ingredients. Every ingredient has a purpose, and they never add ingredients just to have the newest "buzzword" on the label. How refreshing is that?

I should also add that the Wellness line also includes a large variety of wet food options in both cans and pouches. It's no secret that Mudpie doesn't have a very high opinion of most wet foods, but she does give four paws up to the various morsels, shreds and gravy pouches!

In celebration of the Year of the Cat (which should be every year as far as we're concerned!), why not commit to providing your precious pet the optimum in cat nutrition? Visit PetSmart® to check out and purchase your cat's favorite Wellness® Complete Health and Complete Health Grain Free recipes today!

For the latest news coming from our friends at Wellness, visit them on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Rescued Interviews: Allie

Meows from Mudpie!

Back in 2015 Angel Truffles started interviewing the cats featured in Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes, an anthology of rescue cat stories compiled by Janiss Garza, who writes the Sparkle Cat blog. She was unable to see it to completion but I was more than honored to continue the series once I settled into my forever home and took full reins of our blog. Now Rescued Volume 2 is on store shelves and it's my goal to interview as many of the kitties as possible once again! (If you missed our review, it can be found here.)

Each author featured in the book has nominated a cat rescue and was assigned a month to promote the book, with a third of the profits from that month going to their rescue. April's spotlight is on the lovely Allie of the award-winning blog A Tonk's Tail. Seeing as how we're already great gal pals it was so much fun to get together and dish about her rags-to-riches "tail"!

Mudpie: Welcome Allie! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Could you start by introducing yourself to us and telling us what made your story such a good fit for the Rescued anthology? 

Allie: Thank you for inviting me, it's a pleasure to be here!

(gazes critically in mirror) Why yes, I suppose being an author does look good on me.

(shifts left, then right) Would you say it's even a bit slimming, too?

Faraday: (yells from off camera) Quit sucking your belly in, Allie! That's cheating!

Allie: *ahem* Ignore my chauffeur. Good help is sooooooooo hard to find these days … (raises voice while glaring off screen) and someone's bonito flake pay will be docked if he doesn't start minding his own business.

You became a mother at a very young age. That must've been such a scary time for you. Can you tell us how your little family made it safely to a shelter, and how you found your forever home?

Actually, that's a fabulous synopsis of my story in Rescued, Volume 2, Mudpie! I'd love to elaborate but I wouldn't want to give away any spoilers ….

You currently live with two brothers, Maxwell and Faraday. What's your relationship like with the boyz in your life?

(both ladycats turn at the sound of a large trailer backing up)

Mudpie: Is … is that a star on the door of that trailer?

Maxwell: (poking head out from cab of truck) Sorry I'm late, Allie. Where do you want me to park your dressing room for the interview?

Allie: ahhhh …. (turns a very becoming shade of pink)

Mudpie: you were saying …?

In the beginning you had another brother, Ryker. You lost him in a way that is all too familiar to my Mommy. What did you do to help heal your family's broken hearts? 

All lighthearted fun aside, losing a cat to a saddle thrombosis (blood clot) is a terrible, shocking and heartbreaking experience. Thankfully time does ease the pain, and sometimes all you can do is love them through it.

You're known through the cat blogosphere as quite the feline fashionista. What makes you gravitate towards the finer things in life? 

Well, there’s a hint of its roots in my story, so I won’t go into that. Let’s just say I do adore designer -- well, just about anything -- collars, harnesses, more collars, collar charms ….

Oh, and I think every girlcat needs a little bling in her life, don’t you? The more, the better!

Ladycat to ladycat, I really appreciate your fashion sense. Is there anything about my look I should change or could improve upon?

Well, you know what they say, orange is the new black. And you wear both -- beautifully, I might add. I'd say that means you're always dressed to kill!

What shelter have you chosen to receive your proceeds from the book this month and why? 

Wayside Waifs was the shelter that took me in, so I felt it was important to honor them. This fashionable fine will never forget her roots!

What's life like for you today? 

I’d love to say I recline in the lap of luxury every moment of every day … but Father does have to get up to go to work now and then. And keeping an eye on two rapscallion boycats -- well, let’s just say all that running around is quite good for the figure! Hmm, a good fit? You think so, really?


Rescued 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes is available at all your favorite online retailers, but if you'd like to purchase an autographed Special Edition featuring the one and only Miss Allie on the cover, it's available exclusively on her blog, A Tonk's Tail! As she said in her interview, during the month of April a portion of each sale supports her Alma Mater, Wayside Waifs.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday

Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday!

We hope you enjoy our choices.

Purrfectly Deadly (The Mysteries of Max Book 2) by Nic Saint

From the publisher: When famous eighties pop star John Paul George is found floating face down in his pool, Hampton Cove’s premier sleuthing tabby Max and his feline friends are on the case. Soon they’re chasing leads and following clues, helping their human Odelia Poole, reporter for the Hampton Cove Gazette, solve the murder.

Meanwhile, new cop in town Chase Kingsley has his own problems to deal with. An old scandal threatens to get him kicked off the force. And even though Odelia and Chase don’t always see eye to eye, she decides to help him clear his name, even if it means keeping Chase’s cat Brutus, Max’s self-declared nemesis, in town.

Soon Max is up to his whiskers in drug dealers, boy toys, disgruntled ex-wives and even more drug dealers, all while competing with Brutus for the title of Hampton Cove’s one and only ‘true detective.’ Will the feline sleuths save the day? And will they finally get a taste of John Paul George’s famous cat pâté? 

Tortie Shorties Review: The first book in this series, Purrfect Murder, is one of my favorite cat cozies ever, so I was very happy that it's sequel came out so quickly. It's just as adorable and hysterically funny as the cats (Max, Dooley, and Harriet) and Odelia team up to solve the murder of the eighties pop star they find dead in his pool on the day Odelia is scheduled to interview him at his mansion. His live-in lover, former wife and daughter, and loads of boy toy groupies round out the cast of suspects, and it's up to the crime-solving kitties to get the truth out of his many feline friends...when they aren't too busy helping themselves to the tasty pâté served at the mansion! They also lend a paw to help clear cop Chase's good name, even though it means joining forces with his cat Brutus. Book 3...I'm waiting for you!

From the publisher: The town of Wrensdale is abuzz with excitement when Steeltop Foods sponsors a cooking contest to promote its new product, the Flavor Dial. With a $25,000 prize at stake, all the contestants are on edge, including Talia Marby, owner of Fry Me A Sliver. She hopes her mini deep-fried apple pies will win her the money to pay off the renovations on her restaurant. But when Norma Ferguson wins with her flaky-top chicken stew, the tensions dial up even more.

After Norma is found dead at her cooking station, the police suspect a losing contestant got a little too hot under the collar. Now it’s crunch time as Talia works to catch the killer and clear her name before another cook gets burned.

Tortie Shorties Review: This third book in the series sees fish & chip shop owner Talia entering her deep-fried apple pies in a contest to win a $25,000 prize. She's not successful, and the strange day goes from bad to worse when the winner, a woman no one seems to like and who isn't even known to be a cook, is found dead in her cooking station. Talia is forced to get involved in the case when a sweet boy who works for her is arrested. It doesn't take long before she finds some intriguing history among the various suspects which kept me guessing until the very end. The only thing that would make this mouth-watering book even better would be a larger role for sweet little calico Bo! It would be a frying shame to not add this series to your cozy mystery shelf.

Disclaimer: As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank! I bought my copy of Purrfectly Deadly, and A Frying Shame was sent to me by the publisher.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wanna Nose Boop? #SundaySelfie

Mommy says if I get any cuter she's not gonna be able to stand it. What can I say? It's a curse!!!


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