Thursday, March 22, 2018

An Adopted Pet's Love Changes Everything

I adopted Truffles from my local Petco so the store is very special to me. Even today whenever I stop in to pick up a few things I can't help but glance over at the adoption center remembering that day nearly 5 years ago and how excited I was to begin our long, happy life together. Sadly that wasn't meant to be, but even if I'd known the heartbreak that was to come I still would've brought her home that day.

The Petco Foundation is teaming up with award-winning artist and creator of the heart-warming MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnell for the annual “Love Changes Everything” campaign in an effort to raise $3.1 million to support lifesaving animal welfare work nationwide.

The “Love Changes Everything” Campaign runs through April 1, and this year pet adopters can join the Petco Foundation in creating the world’s largest mosaic mural of adopted pets and their people. Adopters submitting photos at will be eligible to win daily prizes, including a $100 Petco gift card, a signed MUTTS print, and a coupon for a bag of WholeHeartedPets pet food, PLUS a $500 grant award for eligible adoption organizations!

The mosaic, powered in partnership with WholeHearted pet food, will come to life in New York City’s Union Square Park on Sunday, March 25 from noon to 4:00 PM at the All for Love Adoption Rally featuring adoptable pets from more than twenty New York area animal welfare organizations. Attendees can meet MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell, pose for pictures with the famed MUTTS characters Mooch and Earl and participate in other fun activities centered around celebrating pet adoption.

“Patrick McDonnell has been a champion of pet adoption for years, and we are thrilled to join forces again with MUTTS to promote pet adoption and raise funds to help animals across the country. We hope our Love Changes Everything’ campaign, along with this mosaic mural, inspires everyone to join the lifesaving movement by adopting, donating or volunteering. With six adopted pets of my own, I can confidently say that the love of an adopted pet does change everything,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

Animal lovers can support the “Love Changes Everything" campaign by making a donation in any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring MUTTS artwork specifically designed for the Love Changes Everything campaign. I got my tote last weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Bad Picture of Mudpie? Impossible!!!


I have absolutely no idea what Mudpie was doing in this picture. She was snoopervising me from the top of her favorite box in the basement when I decided to take a few pictures, and when I saw this one I just burst out laughing!!! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Purrfect 10: Fun Facts About the Kit-Cat Klock

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.

The Kit-Cat Klock has been an icon of Americana for over 85 years, charming generations with it's swinging tail, rolling eyes and contagious smile. Not only is the clock a cherished item in homes all over the country, its history is fascinating, and we have the scoop in this month's edition of The Purrfect 10!

1) The Kit-Cat Klock was invented in 1932 by designer Earl Arnault for the Allied Manufacturing Company in Portland, Oregon. It was the height of the Great Depression, and the charming Kit-Cat brightened the lives of Americans during one of our country's most challenging times. These earliest clocks had metal bodies, metal clock hands and 4 toes on each of the 2 paws. They also had knobs on the front to start the motor spinning in the correct direction once it was plugged in. Allied Clock eventually began using plastic molding and moved their operations to Seattle.

2) During the 1940s and 1950s the clock exploded in popularity, earning its stripes as an American icon. The mid-50s also marked the only design changes the Kit-Cat Klock has seen in over 80 years: forepaws were added to hold the dial, the whiskers made thicker, and the tail curvier. The Kit-Cat Klock also got a dapper bowtie. The late 1950’s also brought "jeweled" versions into production. From 1957 to 1981 they had felt on the tail between two rows of crystals, but starting in 1982 they had only one row of crystals and no felt on the tails.

3) In 1962 Allied Clock moved production to southern California and was renamed the California Clock Company. In 1982 entrepreneur Woody Young took over as Owner & President, a title he still holds today.  By the late 1980′s, the American Made legacy of Kit-Cat was almost lost! In the span of a few years, American electric motor manufacturing was almost exclusively relocated to Asia, leaving Kit-Cat without a US motor supplier. Good old American entrepreneurship took over and the California Clock Company developed a new battery technology able to drive the mechanisms of the Kit-Cat Klock, giving way to the first battery-powered Kit-Cat Klock.

4) Although colored Kit-Cats have been manufactured since the late 1930s, the first Limited Edition color was made in 1992, including “Game Day Orange” and “Game Day Blue” to celebrate collegiate sports and "The Spirit of 76" series in red, white, and blue. Other colors ran from Hunter Green to Sapphire, as well as millennial clocks jeweled with Swarovski crystals. Since 1992 all colors have been limited editions with only the Classic Black in constant production.

5) A new member of the Kit-Cat family arrived in 1996 with the introduction of Kitty-Cat, a space-saving 3/4-sized clock. 

6) 2001 introduced the Lady Kit-Cat Klock, swapping out the bow tie for pearls and eyelashes.

7) 2007 marked Kit-Cat’s 75th anniversary, and was celebrated with The Great All American Road Show which lasted 75 days along the entire Route 66. It included the world’s largest Kit-Cat Klock at 75 inches tall and a 75-year-old Ford Deuce, specially painted to celebrate the clock.

8) 2012 marked Kit-Cat’s 80th anniversary, 50 years manufacturing all of their clocks in California, and 30 years with Woody Young as President. To celebrate this milestone, Kit-Cat sponsored the only 100% US grown commercial float in the 2012 Pasadena Rose Parade.

9) The Kit-Cat Klock has left its mark on American pop culture too, being featured in the opening sequence of 1985's Back To The FutureKaty Perry the Movie: Part of Me, and Taylor Swift's music video for We Are Never Getting Back Together.

10) After 85 years, Kit-Cat Klocks are now sold in stores all over the world. Outside the US, Kit-Kat Klocks are most popular in Japan, the UK, France and Germany. In fact, for the last 50 years, the manufacturer estimates that an average of one clock has been purchased every 3 minutes!

The Kit-Cat Creed
Put a smile on everyone’s face;
Love in everyone’s heart;
Energy in everyone’s body;
and Be a positive force in everyone’s life!

Does a Kit-Cat Klock hang in your home?
(If not, come back on Friday for your chance to win one!!!)

Photos Used With Permission from California Clock Company

Monday, March 19, 2018

Cat Tails: Heart-Warming Stories about the Cats and Kittens of RESQCATS by Jeffyne Telson - Blog Tour & Book Review



Author: Jeffyne Telson

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 332

Genre: Animals/Cat Rescue

In 1997, Jeffyne Telson founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2800 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.

And now, she has written a book about her journey of creating a cat rescue, the challenges and opportunities she has faced, and most important of all, the valuable life lessons the cats and kittens have taught her. 

I found Cat Tails to be one of the most inspirational books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. So many of us are desperate to find ways to help cats, and Jeffyne rolled up her shirtsleeves and did something about it, building a rescue that has gone on to make a difference in the lives of countless cats in need. She's a tireless advocate for our feline friends and her passion for the cats entrusted to her care is obvious with each turn of the page. Every one of the cats immortalized in Cat Tails has left their mark on her, and in turn through her words they become a part of the reader as well. Some of these stories lifted my heart, others broke it, many left me sickened by the cruelty and ignorance of some members of the so-called human race, yet above all else they filled me with admiration for such an amazing cat lady. Anyone who cares about the welfare of cats needs to add Cat Tails to their reading list. It will give you hope when good news stories in the animal world seem hard to come by.

Watch Jeffyne talk about RESQCATS!

About the author:

Jeffyne Telson grew up in Dallas, Texas but has spent most of the last half of her life in California. Although she has Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University, she has devoted the last two decades to the pursuit of her real life’s passion…caring for stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In 1997, Jeffyne founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2700 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.

Today, in addition to being the President of RESQCATS, Jeffyne and her husband, Mitch, share their Santa Barbara, California home with 14 unadoptable cats, 9 collies and 15 giant African sulcata tortoises…all rescued of course!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Frazzled #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

If you watch any sports news you may have heard that Mommy's favorite NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick has won not one, not two, but the last THREE weeks in a row! Needless to say, Sunday afternoons at our house have been a bit noisy, to say the least!

Today for my selfie I decided to recreate what my face looks like when Mommy shrieks with excitement when he takes the checkered flag. There's a bit of a blur, but that's because when it happens I'm typically looking for the nearest escape route! You would think I'd be used to it now, but I'm not.

Now the question is...can he win FOUR weeks in a row?!?!?! He does drive the 4 car, after all!

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Catty's Day #CaturdayArt

(Created with Photofunia & LunaPic)

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. When I am nervous, I bite my nails. It's a terrible habit I've had all my life and I've never been able to stop.

2. For St. Patrick’s day, I never do anything special. Since I'm primarily of French Canadian heritage sometimes I wear red. LOL

Mudpie's answers:

3. When I an angry, I go off by myself and pout.

4. Today, I know for sure I will always be loved.

Friday, March 16, 2018

This Little Fussie Cat Went to Market #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

This month when my Chewy Influencer email arrived my peepers immediately settled on a new-to-me food, Fussie Cat Market Fresh grain-free kibble. You know how much I love my dry food (much to Mommy's chagrin), so I begged and pleaded and batted my little eyelashes until she gave in and requested a sample for me. (Okay, I didn't really need to work that hard to get my way. Mommy is putty in my paws.)

Knowing that cats need meat protein to survive, Fussie Cat developed formulas that they call Physiologically Correct, creating wet and dry foods that are full of quality meats like boneless chicken, duck, tuna, shrimp and prawns to make sure your little carnivore is getting the protein-rich, feline-appropriate diet she needs. Plus they use FDA-registered kitchens—the same kitchens that produces canned food that's fit for people to eat. Thorough quality inspections are conducted daily for food safety, heavy metals, pathogens, contamination and pesticides.

Here's the super cool thing about Fussie Cat: Instead of just assuming what kind of food cats will like (good luck with that!), Fussie Cat lets them call the shots! Each recipe is co-created and taste-tested by cats to make sure your own kitty will love it. How pawsome is that???

Before I tell you my thoughts, here are the key benefits according to
  • Created in the USA with the freshest and finest ingredients
  • Physiologically tuned recipe with complete, high-quality protein like real chicken and turkey
  • Grain-free and potato-free recipe is great for cats prone to food-related allergies
  • Highly palatable: even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist
  • Provides an excellent source of vitamin B12, riboflavin and phosphorus
Fussie Cat Market Fresh grain-free dry food comes in 3 flavors - chicken & turkey, salmon & chicken, and just plain salmon. I chose the chicken & turkey, and I pawsitively adore it!!! I've eaten it every single day since the bag arrived and it's now a regular part of my meal rotation. Once I've emptied the bag you can be sure we'll be ordering more!

By coming in a handy 2 pound bag anyone can give it a try without committing to a huge amount, and it's currently on sale for only $7.99! Once you make sure you like it, it's also available in 4 and 10 pound bags.

Chewy offers FREE 1-2 day shipping for orders over $49, and with over 500 brands in stock they have something sure to make every cat or dog happy. Tell them Mudpie sent you!

Disclaimer: We received product compensation from as part of their Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.