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!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Whiskered Wonder in Watercolor #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

How do you like my new nickname, "The Whiskered Wonder"? It just popped into Mommy's head when she was trying to get cute with alliteration. I think I like it!

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. The most interesting museum I have been to is the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Okay, it's also pretty much the only museum I've been to but for anyone interested in New England history, it's the place to go!

2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont. Granted, I don't travel much from my home state, but we are very proud of our only Vermont-born US President. I was even able to see the farmhouse sitting room where he took the oath of office after President Harding died. His father administered the oath by the light of a kerosene lamp!

Mudpie's answers:

3. Bird TV is back!

4. I was surprised I didn't like the ham my family had for Easter dinner. So many of my kitty friends adore it, but I thought it was gross. On the other paw, Mommy wasn't surprised by my reaction at all!

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Purring Peddler: Mother's Day Edition

Welcome to The Purring Peddler, a must read column for the stylish cat lady!

Meows from Mudpie!

With Mother's Day right around the corner we figured it was the perfect opportunity to bring back our Purring Peddler feature. We've been scouring our favorite online stores and have found some things we think every mom (of both 2-legged and 4-legged babies) would love to receive on their special day!

Mommy sure has her eye on that necklace...I hope I've saved enough green papers to get it for her!

Cat Mom Floral Soup Bowl Mug

Disclaimer: These are affiliate links which means if you use one to buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank :)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Purrfect 10: Recyclable Household Items Your Shelter Can Use

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.

Saturday is Earth Day, an annual event where we focus our efforts on environmental issues and encourage everyone to "go green". We're also right in the middle of spring cleaning season, and did you know that many of the items in your home you might be thinking about tossing in the trash can actually be used by your local shelter? Save the planet and better a cat's life...that sure sounds like a win-win to us!

1. Old socks have a multitude of uses, from catnip kickers to kitten sweaters to heading pads.

2. Carpet remnants can be repurposed into makeshift scratching posts hung on the side of a cage.

3. Plastic storage totes with cut-out "windows" can be bolted together to make super cool cat towers. They're easy to clean too!

4. Foam bins once used to keep your food cold can be turned into a feral cat shelter with the addition of some straw!

5. Cardboard trays from canned goods make pawsome disposable litter boxes.

6. Wine corks Please tell me I'm not the only one with a jar full of wine corks in my kitchen? The designs on some are so pretty I just can't bear to toss them out, but they can be repurposed into a cat toy! I cut a pipe cleaner into three pieces, then made holes on both sides of the wine cork with a push pin just big enough to push in the pipe cleaner pieces and feathers. Pieces of rick rack would work nicely too. This toy gives kitty something to sink their claws into, bat, drag, and toss around.

7. Old suitcases lined with warm blankets or towels make the purr-fect size cat bed.

8. Paper bags I have stacks in my basement which I use to collect my recycling each week, but paper bags can also create endless sources of fun for cats. They love to pounce on them, nap on them, and for timid kitties they make a great hiding spot!

9. Recycled Paper: Newspaper can be used by shelters to line the bottom of animal cages. Scrap paper and wrapping paper can become an inexpensive ball.

10. Fleece fabric and pillowcases can be turned into a comfy hammock to fit inside cat cages, and are easily laundered. Instructions can be found here!

This is just a small sampling of items that are needlessly filling up our landfills. Can you think of anything else that can be repurposed into something an animal in need can use?