Sunday, February 18, 2018

Frozen Fridge Capers #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We had a bit of drama at our house this week. (What else is new?) Late Wednesday night Mommy opened the fridge to take out a snack only to notice that everything on the top shelf was freezing - even the cat food!!! The setting hadn't been changed but she lowered it anyways, but by Thursday morrning the rest of the fridge was freezing too!

She called the repairman who couldn't come until Friday afternoon, but he suggested that she turn the setting down as low as possible. That started to thaw things out so she turned it back up a little and since then it's been perfectly normal. The repairman couldn't find anything wrong and thinks the door may have been left open a bit. If it happens again we'll have to change the thermostat.

Mommy cleaned off the small shelf next to the fridge before he came, so I thought that would be the purrfect spot to keep an eye on the ailing fridge...and to take my selfie for the week!

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Blue Beauty #CaturdayArt

(Created with Painnt)

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. My Chinese zodiac animal sign is the snake.

2. My zodiac sign is Virgo.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Income tax season gives Mommy one more thing to stress out about!

4. In hindsight, I'm so happy I got to go home with Mommy instead of the other person interested in me at the shelter.. At the time I only wanted a home, and I'm sure she was a very nice lady, but I bet she wouldn't love me like Mommy does!

Friday, February 16, 2018

What I Learned From Mudpie's Wisdom Message

We hope you enjoyed part one of our two part series on animal wisdom messages yesterday and that you're as eager to hear what Mudpie had to tell me as I was!

The first thing you'll notice - because it's the first thing I noticed - is that Mudpie is referred to as "he" throughout the message. When I let Wendy know that Mudpie is a little girl, she told me that throughout their conversation Mudpie's energy was all male, and that it actually happens a lot with animal communication! Since she is working in energy the actual sex of the animal is not what's important, it's more the energy of how they present themselves to her and the message they are giving. In Mudpie's case, it may have happened because she's such a boisterous little tomboy, or she may be telling me that I  need to embrace my masculine side more with the wisdom she presented!

Intuitive Conversation with Wendy 

As I connect with Mudpie he is ready to talk! He hardly could wait. As I make my telepathic connection with him he literally crawls into my lap, up my chest, and gazes at me eye-to-eye. His face is about 2 inches from mine. 

He expresses to me with seriousness--there is no time to waste--you and Melissa must listen to me with full attention. Minds cannot wander. If they do my wisdom will not be understood to its fullest. Melissa may miss out. 

As you can see he tells me that he has things to share that are important for you to hear. They are things that you must listen to. It is very important for him to be understood. 

What I love about Mudpie is his personality. He is direct, strong, willed, personable, and literally adorable in regards to his serious side. He is right on point with his delivery. 

It is important for him for you to recognize his high level of intelligence. His pride is strong and he asks that you celebrate this a lot. 

Mudpie is ready to speak to you directly. 

Intuitive Wisdom Message from Mudpie to Melissa 

You must pay attention—Now and always. My words are important. 

I am a fair and strong feline, as you know. I can see the emotions of those around me. I am a caretaker of your soul and heart. I am here to guide you with my wisdom. 

I want you to know that I love my family and I appreciate all that you have provided me. You are an angel for everything you allow me to perceive and develop. Being with you is a feline dream. 

Since I come from stock of high intelligence you can consider me as a guru, guide, sage or even Zen Master. When you do it will become easy for you to hear my words and desires—not only for myself but for you as well. 

My soul promise to you is to always have your heart in mind and to keep reminding you of the incredible gifts that you share and give to the animal kingdom. 

Since I am keeper of your heart I would like to suggest that you slow down a little. Here is what I see happening. You have many things going on in your mind that keep you from feeling centered in your soul, namely your heart soul. 

It is almost as if there are two of you. One that is thinking, thinking, thinking, and the other part is calm, serene, and grounded. 

The one that is thinking all the time is the one that gets you away from your true purpose in life. It takes away from the part of you who is calm, serene, and grounded. Keep this in mind as you progress with developing our combined breathing. And remember even though many great things happen in your mind it will become even better with my suggestion. 

My job is to help you bring you together with mindfulness. Pay attention to when your mind chaos is speeding ahead. 

My suggestion is to seek me out and invite me to be with you. Look into my eyes and breathe along with me. For now, mindfulness is about being in the present with me. 

Once you learn this simple breathing technique with me you will then be able to re-create this without my direct presence. But for now I am here and willing to help. 

Please do not force this and allow your breathing to gently come into tempo with mine. 

I must stress how important this is for you. Once you learn to be more in the present time with your life--your creations and success will increase to even more amazingness. 

That is a great description for you. AMAZING! Keep this in mind as you do our work and your work. 

There are many things, people, events, and discoveries for you. Stay present and focused on listening to your heart…the rest will follow. When your mind wanders and you begin to lose the connection to yourself…remember our breathing. 

Thank you for your desire to talk today. I have wanted to share my words for a while now. Thank you for allowing me to teach you as this is the promise you made to me a long time ago…even before I was born. 

Your Soul Feline, Mudpie


My Thoughts

From the very first paragraph my heart stopped because this is exactly the way Mudpie crawls up onto my lap and gets in my face like she has something very important to tell me. Wendy nailed her personality to a "t" - my sweet girl is incredibly strong-willed, and of course we all know how adorable she is! Knowing that she feels the emotions of those around her touches my heart, because as I've gone through the stresses of caring for my parents, she has been the one taking care of me. There's nothing better than Mudpie therapy! She tells me to slow down in her message, and that's the feeling I get from her every single day when all she wants to do is cuddle when we're finally home together. She's so right in saying that I think too much, and that my mind is always in total chaos, speeding from one thing to another. From start to finish, Mudpie's wisdom message is nothing but spot-on and has given me so much to think about. 

I was delighted when Wendy told me that she absolutely adored chatting with Mudpie - that she was direct, clear, and concise, extremely interesting and intelligent. She loved her so much that she wishes she had had the chance to communicate with her sooner so she could be included in her upcoming book!

Well, she might have the chance to chat with her again because now Wendy is offering Intuitive Animal Love Messages where we can find out our pets' special words of love for us! For the month of February and in celebration of love and our pets she's offering this new service for $35 (regular price $97). If you would like an Animal Wisdom or Love Message from your beloved companion please click here to send Wendy an email.

What do you think your pet(s) would like to communicate to you?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Wisdom of Our Animals - A Guest Post by Wendy Van de Poll

The one gift I always wish I had is the ability to communicate with animals, so when I meet someone who can I'm endlessly fascinated by it and want to learn all I can.

Today we are so very honored to have Wendy Van de Poll as our guest blogger. She's a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium, and Communicator. She's also the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best-selling and award-winning author and speaker.

Late last year Wendy started offering a new service, Wisdom From the Heart Intuitive Pet Messages, where she relays our pets' special words of comfort, wisdom, and healing for us. Today Wendy will be discussing how it all works, and tomorrow I'll be sharing Mudpie's message to me! (I'll tell you right now that sweet little girl of mine is wise beyond her years!!!)

The Wisdom of Our Animals
By Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL
Bestselling Author, Pet Loss Grief Coach, Animal Communicator

Did you know that all animals in your life are here to guide you and their wisdom can provide limitless possibilities for you? Are you wondering how you can receive their wisdom?

As an animal lover you already know the impact your animal has on your life. Your partnership is unique, profound and downright perfect. Right?

Then imagine for a moment that every animal you come in contact with has a deep and reflective lesson for you that can help change your life and theirs.

Even consider that some of those new irrational behaviors that are potentially driving YOU crazy are really special messages from them to YOU!

How Can This Happen?

If you believe in energy and the spiritual nature of the universe you already understand that your animal is connected to your spirit, health, well-being and more!

If you believe in the power of intuition, creative inspiration, and telepathy you probably already hear what your companion is sharing with you.

Learning and spending time with your animal can assist you in having a deeper and soul purpose relationship with them. Our beloved companions have mastered unconditional love. They are the perfect models for us humans to becoming better at being human and humane—even those creepy crawling insects.

They all want to talk to us and we just need to listen! How can we listen? Through Animal Communication or Animal Wisdom Messages!

What is Animal Communication?

Basic Animal Communication involves the direct transmission of feelings, intentions, thoughts, mental images, emotions, impressions between a people and animals using telepathy.

Animal communication doesn’t require special powers and it is available for everyone. If you start with an open heart, soul, and trusting your intuition, you too will hear what your animal knows.

I use my ability as a soul-level animal communicator or interspecies conversationalist to talk with many wonderful and beloved companions and their people via energy every day.

Here are some of the most common things people find out about their companion with a basic Animal Communication session:

1. Why their companion is feeling ill, lethargic, or not themselves.

2. Details on what foods are appropriate for their pet.

3. Why their animal is behaving they way they are.

What is an Animal Wisdom Message?

Another type of Animal Communication is called Animal Wisdom. These conversations are based on soul level agreements you made with your companion based on a spiritual relationship or connection. These types of messages are deeper and insightfully established. They go beyond the physical needs of your pet.

I wrote a book called Animal Wisdom: Conversations of the Heart between Animals and Their People where you can read the stories of 30 different soul level conversations between people and their pets.

Here are some of the life changing reasons why animals are guides into your soul awareness through their wisdom.

They will help you with…

1. Becoming aware of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

2. Developing your intuition in a unique and life changing way.

3. Learning, listening, receiving, and accepting pure and clear messages about how best to be a better human and have better relationships.

4. Discovering your life purpose.

5. Mastering happiness, health, and joy.

In fact, my dog Marley taught me the necessary details on how to pay attention to the choices I made for my continued happiness. Her compassion never let me down. Marley with her words of wisdom stressed the importance of always choosing happiness. You can download an audio here to listen to our story.

Remember, all animals are your guides into your soul awareness! That is why we have the amazing relationships that we do! And they are just bursting with desire and passion to help you!

If you would like an Animal Wisdom Message from your beloved companion please click here to send me an email.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Artsy Messages of Love

Mudpie left me this heart-shaped litter box deposit last week...isn't she the sweetest???

Hope you have a purrfect Valentine's Day!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mudpie's Mardi Gras Limerick

A tortie named Mudpie was certain
She was safely concealed by a curtain
She wanted some beads
But dreaded the deeds
Does flashing your tush count as flirtin'?


In case you were wondering, this is the adorable meme that inspired our limerick...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Death By A Whisker by T.C. LoTempio: Blog Tour & Book Review

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter.

Preparations are underway for Friendly Paws Animal Shelter's next fundraiser, but when the original celebrity guest is injured in a car accident, shopping channel host and former Deer Park resident Ulla Townsend is pegged to appear. Those who knew her back when don't have a whole lot of good things to say, but she loves cats and has agreed to donate a percentage of her book sales to the shelter. On the day of the big event Ulla has a lot going on in her life besides the book signing, and before the day is done she's dead from anaphylactic shock. She hadn't eaten anything, and no one seems to know what she was allergic to, but suspicion falls on shelter assistant Maggie who had such horrid memories of Ulla in high school that she refused to attend the fundraiser, but then is spotted in video of the chaotic scene.

I figured out the how (but not the who) of Ulla's death long before Syd did, and I loved the role that precious tabby Toby and his adoptable kitty friend Annie Reilly (named after a historical figure!) played in solving the case. The opening scene alone will pull cat loving mystery readers right into the book as Syd discovers yet another headless Melvin the Marvelous Mouse toy on the kitchen floor and she threatens to stop buying the expensive toy for Toby if he doesn't stop mutilating them! Syd and Toby are an unbeatable crime-solving team and I'm looking forward to their many more adventures together.

Character Guest Post
Toby: Cat Rescue Mysteries

Hello, my name is Toby. Up until a little while ago I was a resident at Friendly Paws Animal Shelter in Deer Park, North Carolina. I liked it there, but I yearned for the day when I’d find my perfect human – the yin to my yang, so to speak. I think that’s the main reason I developed a knack for being able to slip out of my cage and out of the shelter and wander around the streets of Deer Park at night. I’ve always considered myself a pretty independent fellow, but let’s face it, there’s a lot to be said for a nice soft fleece bed, toys to play with and three squares a day! I’d pretty much given up on finding that perfect human to share my catly life with…and then Syd walked into my life!

Syd is Sydney McCall. She’s the sister of Katherine “Kat” McCall, the director of Friendly Paws. The shelter was in trouble, and Kat called upon her sister who’d recently left her j ob in NY, to help. Syd has a lot of savvy marketing experience that Kat thought would come in handy with fundraising. The minute Syd looked at me, hunkered down in my cage, I just knew…and so did she.

The fact that we share a love of mysteries doesn’t hurt, either. I admit to having a yen to be like other feline detectives, Nick and Midnight Louie for example. And Syd’s been a closet detective since she read her first Nancy Drew! So when she and Kat stumbled across that dead body, I couldn’t help but toss her a clue…or two. It was the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

Our mystery solving relationship continues in our latest adventure, DEATH BY A WHISKER. When shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend comes to Deer Park to do a benefit, Syd and I can’t help but sense trouble, particularly when Maggie Shayne, who’d never hurt a fly, pitches a fit and flat out refuses to help! The plot thickens when Ulla has an attack at the signing and drops dead. Someone put an untimely end to her life, but whodunit? There are tons of suspects but unfortunately Maggie heads the list. Can Syd and I get her out of this jam?

I guess you’ll have to read DEATH BY A WHISKER to find out, meow!


About the author: While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new CAT RESCUE mysteries from Crooked Lane! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at and

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