Monday, July 16, 2018

Three Times A Tortie

Mudpie gets embarrassed talking about it, but she has a bit of an online romance going on. His name is Bear, and he's one of the two feline stars of the Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat blog. He loves torties in general, but he loved Mudpie first, and he regularly sings about her while he's bathing: Three Times A Tortie, sung to the tune of Three Times A Lady.

(Photo of Bear courtesy of Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat)

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with numbers in the title, so naturally Three Times A Lady was the first song that came to mind. Bear and his sweet momma Katherine had no way of knowing it, but Three Times A Lady has long been one of my favorite songs. Not the original Lionel Richie version, but Conway's country cover of the song, one of the many times he took a well-known pop song and turned it into a country smash.

My guy was known for recording some pretty steamy stuff - Rolling Stone magazine even wrote that he had "a cannon full of songs about getting horizontal" - but I think this is his sexiest song voice-wise. The "I love you baby" he whispers at the very end nearly does me in.



Moving on to other songs with numbers in the title, Conway's 5th #1 record from 1970...



...and a cut from his posthumously released 1993 album, Final Touches.



No particular reason why, but this has always been one of my all-time favorite songs...



...and this is probably my dad's all-time favorite song.



In 1991 I got to see Lorrie Morgan opening for Ricky Van Shelton at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vermont. My mom and I were there to see Ricky; my dad was there to see Lorrie.



1991 was apparently a good concert year for me. Not only did I see Alabama with Clint Black in Lake Placid, New York, I got to meet the band backstage too!



1991 wasn't a perfect concert year though. In November Conway came to Glens Falls, NY, and I wanted to go desperately but my parents didn't want to risk the long drive in the winter. There was no way of knowing it at the time, but it would end up being the last chance I would ever have to see him...the one I wanted to see more than anyone else. Decades later I still regularly remind them of that too. If I'd been of driving age I would've risked life and limb in a raging blizzard to get to him.


Do you have a favorite song with a number in the title?
Do you have a favorite among my choices?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Awkward #SundaySelfie


"Mommy...I was doing a little last minute spit shine before snapping my Sunday selfie. Did you have to take the picture NOW?!?!?!"


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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This Tortie's On Fire #CaturdayArt


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 Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. As a child, I feared getting in the bathtub after watching Psycho. Now it's one of my top 3 favorite movies and I've watched it dozens of times!

2. Friday the 13th is just another day. Bad luck doesn't look at the calendar!

Mudpie's answers:

3. I think my gorgeous tortie fur is my best quality.

4. You can’t go wrong with bringing a cat or three into your life. We make life so much more fun!

Friday, July 13, 2018

14 Questions for Mudpie

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm always excited when my pal CK presents new questions for her fellow cat bloggers to answer because it allows me to talk about my favorite subject (and yours, I'm sure)...ME!!!


When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

Ending up in the shelter with all those strange cats that I hated and needed to be sequestered from. Thank Cod Mommy saw me on PetFinder and broke me outta there.

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

I haven't tried any weird food combinations - I barely tolerate the regular ones Mommy serves me! MOL

What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?

I can't think of a thing - food is very low on my list of priorities. Just give me my favorite crunchies and I'm a happy tortie.

What food is delicious but a pain to eat?

My favorite Greek yogurt. Mommy puts some on a plate and I won't eat it - I want to lick it off her fingers - and that gets messy.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever broken?

I've never broken a thing. I'm a purrfect angel.

What would a world populated by clones of you be like?

Tortie-licious!

What smartphone feature would you actually be excited for a company to implement?

One that could be programmed to toss a candy wrapper across the room or swing a wand toy when Mommy is too busy to play with me.

What’s something people don’t worry about but really should?

If they're giving their pet enough love and attention. I'm a love sponge myself and Mommy happily obliges, but it makes me sad that there are lots of cats and dogs out there that are underloved and underappreciated. People take it for granted that we'll always be around...until one day when we're not.

What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?

Everything is still cool because I'm still young!

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

Cloning Mommy so she could always be with me.

What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?

I have to copy CK's answer on this one...kill shelters have to go the way of the dinosaurs. The fact that we're murdering healthy cats and dogs that don't have homes because irresponsible people won't have their pets fixed is just sick.

If you were a ghost and could possess people, what would you make them do?

Worship me. Oh wait, everyone who knows me already does!

What game have you spent the most hours playing?

Batting around candy wrappers. I'm obsessed. It's been so hot lately I've had to take a break from it though :(

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever been in?

Mommy's bed curled up against her legs. Again, it's been too hot to cuddle lately and I'm sleeping alone :(

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Great Big Disappointing Box


Meows from Mudpie!

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when we asked for your guesses as to what was inside this great big box from Cracker Barrel? It arrived on the same day as my Chewy delivery and CatLadyBox, so naturally I assumed this box was for me too and quickly jumped inside as soon as Mommy opened it up.


And inside I found...another box!!! This one was made of wooden slats and I immediately started imagining all the fun ways I could use it! It could be stuffed with blankies to make a super cool rustic-looking bed, or maybe it would be better suited as a toy box in the living room (it's big enough that it might even fit my entire collection of loot!) I could even turn it on it's side to make a fun fort to hang out in and watch the world go by!


Then Mommy broke the devastating news...she didn't buy the box for me! It's a record storage box for her Conway collection!!! She had been wanting a special box to keep his records separate from all her parents old country records, but the one she wanted on Amazon was $30 and she couldn't see spending that much money on a box. Then she saw this one on Cracker Barrel's website for half price at only $15, and she loved it even more because it's so "country" looking.



At first she thought the box could hold all of her Conway records and CDs but that didn't last long. The record box is already more than half full, and the CDs have outgrown a box of their own. I'm pretty sure she could listen to him for 48 hours straight and not play the same album twice. She says that sounds like the most heavenly 48 hours she can think of! (This isn't the entirety of her collection either. She also has lots of magazines, tour books, shirts, photos, posters, DVDs, videotapes and other various knick knacks. Once she gets her record player she plans to work on displaying it all.)


Mommy loves this box SO much (almost as much as she loves the man inside), how it looks and even how the wood smells. She's even having fun decorating it with some vintage buttons she found on Etsy.

I have so much that I guess I shouldn't be jealous she kept it for herself, but don't you think she should've gotten a second one for me? Too late now...it's already sold out online!


Hopefully it's okay that we're linking this up to the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop even though we aren't spinning any tunes this week. (Edit: we decided to add a couple YouTube links to some pawsome concert footage!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Purrfect 10: Ways to Help Your Cat Beat the Heat

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.


How is everyone surviving the heat this summer? Last week we suffered through 6 straight days of 90 plus degree weather with the heat index making it feel over 100 degrees. This is extremely unusual weather for Vermont and Mudpie and I were both dragging in spite of having the air conditioner on practically non-stop.

Our cats suffer in the heat just as much as we do and they depend on us to find ways to keep them cool when the temperatures rise. This month's edition of The Purrfect 10 features our tips on how to do just that...

1) Hydration is key: Always have a supply of fresh water available, and change it several times a day to keep it fresh in the heat. Place several bowls around the house so your cat doesn't have to look for one when she is feeling the heat. If you are out for the day, add some ice to the water before leaving. (More tips and tricks to keep your cat properly hydrated can be found here.)

2) Give a cooling wipe down: Many cats enjoy being wiped down with a damp paper towel or washcloth. The moisture on their fur cools them off, just as their own saliva does when they groom themselves. Do this in front of a box fan or open window for added comfort.

3) Put a cold water bottle in their bed:  Partially fill a small drink bottle with water and freeze it overnight. Wrap it in a towel and place it in your cat's favorite nap spot.

4) Turn on a small fan at floor level: Place one of the above-mentioned frozen water bottles in front of the air source if you do not have air conditioning. Avoid frozen gel packs which could be toxic for your pet.


5) Raise the pet bed: If you elevate your cat's bed, air will circulate and cause a cooling effect to keep body temperature down. Placing it in a drafty room or near a fan will double the effect.

6) Provide shade: Make sure there are lots of shady areas for your cat to stretch out. Many cats will seek out cool places like basements and rooms with tile floors. Closing shades and blinds will also create a dark, cool environment, as will keeping windows shut during the hottest times of the day.

7) Splish splash, I was taking a bath... Mudpie *loves* playing in the bathtub! It's cool surface also provides a great place to hang out during the summer.

8) Brush your cat often: Removing excess fur and preventing tangles will help to keep them cool.

9) Keep exercise to a minimum: Playtime is important, but don't encourage your cat to play during the hottest time of the day. Wait until later in the evening to burn off a little excess energy.

10) Avoid car trips: Cats are just as vulnerable as dogs to the heat trapped inside a car. NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked.

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If you suspect your cat has become overheated, check for the following symptoms of heatstroke:
  • panting/rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • excessive grooming
  • sweaty paws
  • lethargy 
  • stumbling
  • drooling 
  • redness of the tongue and mouth
  • fever 
  • vomiting 
  • unresponsiveness
If your cat displays any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.

How do you keep kitty cool during the dog days of summer?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour (plus GIVEAWAY)


Happy Monday from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors! Melissa and Mudpie have been so gracious to host us today, and thank you to everyone who is stopping by to join us. Mudpie insisted we give the animals a chance to speak, so today we're letting the starring dogs and cats in our series answer the question "How would you describe your human?"

Charli the Siamese, head cat in Claire Kane's Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: My roommate Harlow is considerate and sweet while fearless and business-minded. We're both glamorous and enjoy good food. We connect as best friends because she can often sense how I'm feeling and vice versa.

Tilly the golden retriever, head dog in Kathi Daley's Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: Tess is a kind hearted person who is always willing to put herself out there for the people and animals who migrate in and out of her life. She is a happy and outgoing woman who takes the time to stop and chat with the people she comes into contact with on a daily basis. More so than most, Tess has a willingness to take action to right a wrong or help a person or animal in need.

Snickerdoodle the corgi, head dog in Meredith Potts's Daley Buzz series: Sabrina is the best. Not only does she make the world a better place by solving murders, but she always carves out plenty of time to play with me. Plus, she has the most comfortable lap in the world to curl up on.

Gus the golden retriever, head dog in Tammy L. Grace's Cooper Harrington Detective novels: Coop is a great guy. He's got a few quirks, but I love him. He's hard-working and kind. He's persistent and determined when it comes to solving our cases...sort of like a dog with a bone (woof!). He takes great care of Aunt Camille and me. I think Annabelle is the perfect match for him, but he seems oblivious. Coop's the best human I could wish for and I'm happy he's mine.

Dizzy the Labrador hound mix, head dog in Sandi Scott's Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: She's a lot calmer on the outside than she feels on the inside and I know her well enough to know that the nervous, geeky girl bakes away her anxiety. She's smart and loving and loves being my co-sleuth. She loves giving me jobs of big responsibility, even when I don't think I can handle it myself.

Matty the tortoiseshell, head cat in Paige Sleuth's Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: Kat's okay, as far as humans go. She took me in when my former human was murdered, which was really nice of her. And she's usually pretty good about feeding me on time, cleaning out my box, and taking me for walks around the neighborhood. She does seem to have a nose for trouble though. I mean, how many dead bodies can one person find? But I have to say, Kat's almost as good at finding killers as she is about finding bodies. I guess if you're going to be murdered, you want Kat to be the first one on the scene!

Meaux the Schnauzer, head dog in Colleen Mooney's New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: My human never met a Schnauzer she didn't like, and it's a good thing because that's how I came to be in her life. She rescued me and I never was adopted out. We became BFFs and that was that. She's rescued plenty of other Schnauzers and some stay awhile and others get homes right away. Sometimes I have to help the new ones that stay awhile learn how to behave or show them how to be a fun loving dog again. She buys me lots of toys and I get to show the rescued guys how to play with them.

Paw the Saint Bernard, head dog in Sandra Baublitz's Dog Detective series: The best! Woof! Clarissa is loving, kind, and considerate. She loves a good mystery. I love that she takes me everywhere with her. She supports and helps her friends, braving criminals and murderers to solve crimes. She's short for a human, but smart and most of all, she is good to animals, especially me.

Hamish the Maine Coon, head cat in Alannah Rogers's Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: I'm Hamish, Beatrice's first and #1 cat. Bee is quirky, stubborn, crazy, and loves getting in trouble. She thinks because she's in her sixties she can do whatever she wants, including chasing Bad Guys with guns and other bad things. But, she is also loving, loyal, and kind. We go everywhere together. I was not too impressed when she moved in her friend, Matthew, who apparently she is going to marry or something like that. I'm not used to sharing my human. But I guess he's okay because he protects her and stops her from doing anything too dangerous!

Biscuit the ginger tabby, head cat in Alison Golden's Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: She's a bit wacky, always rushing about which is not my thing at all. But I do like her, not that I show it of course. She can be a bit overpowering at times, and I like to chill. But I suppose we make a good pair. I've helped her with a couple of cases. I don't think she'd have solved them without me, put it that way.

Reader animals, now it's your turn to describe your humans (or if you're a reader human, describe your animal(s))!

GIVEAWAY: Each author is giving away one ebook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten ebooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.

Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our ebooks.

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews

July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case

July 9, 2018: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows

July 12, 2018: Dru's Book Musings

July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews

July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs

July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers

July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress

July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

About the Authors

Claire Kane is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

Kathi Daley is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.

Meredith Potts writes the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. She loves corgis, cozies, and cupcakes. Sign up for her mailing list and be the first to know about her new books.

Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy's exclusive reader group, and she'll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.

Sandi Scott spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers' group Sandi's Sleuths.

Paige Sleuth writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes.

Colleen Mooney writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.

Sandra Baublitz loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.

Alannah Rogers writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.

Alison Golden is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the Café, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information, please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

With Gratitude #SundaySelfies

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you so much for all the sweet messages yesterday as we remembered Angels Tara and Truffles. I took really good care of Mommy and tried not to let her get too sad. I'm glad it's a day that only rolls around once a year.


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


And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. When it is hot, I get incredibly grumpy. Words cannot express how much I despise the heat.

2. I am looking forward to the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere this month. The very best part of July is Christmas in July events!

Mudpie's answers:

3. The theme song of my life would be My Way.

4. There is no such thing as loving a cat too much. We crave and deserve every amount of worship you can bestow on us!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Remembering My Precious Angels


Today is the third anniversary of the day my baby girl Truffles flew off to the bridge, and the fifth anniversary of the day her big sister Tara paved the way before her. It goes without saying this is the hardest day of the year for me. This year I've tried not to dwell on the anniversary approaching as much as I have in previous years, but that doesn't mean the pain has lessened in any way. Comprehending the tragic set of circumstances that took Truffles from me far before her time is something I will always struggle with, and most likely something I will never be able to accept. She deserved so much more from life.

In honor of my precious girls, please give your own fur babies a little something special today. Maybe an extra hug or kiss, a few more minutes of play or cuddle time, extra treats wouldn't hurt either.

Our time together is so fleeting; their fragile lives all too short. Never miss an opportunity to show them how much they're loved.

Friday, July 6, 2018

156 Weeks Ago #FlashbackFriday

156 weeks ago today - Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - my very first CatLadyBox arrived. I had been looking forward to it for weeks and to finally see it on my front doorstep was exciting beyond words.


Bringing the box inside I immediately began to regret not signing up for the Crazy CatLadyBox which included goodies for cats as well as cat ladies because Truffles was so interested in checking out the box. In my defense, Truffles was never that into toys, so I figured it would end up being a waste of money, but I planned to give it some thought before renewing my subscription.



What I didn't know is these would end up being the last photos of Truffles I would ever take. Less than 4 days later she would be gone and my heart would be shattered into a million pieces.

The next morning she started acting a bit "off", and even though my concern grew as the weekend went on, never in a million years would I have guessed what was to come on Monday night.

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Tomorrow will be our annual tribute to Angels Tara and Truffles. I hope you'll join us to remember my sweet girls.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Character Guest Post: Wizard the Cat from Connie di Marco's Zodiac Mystery Series


Julia Bonatti loves the freedom of working for herself as a professional astrologer. But after receiving several unexpected bills, she considers a temp job offer from her old boss a stroke of luck too good to pass up.

On her first day, the posh law office becomes a crime scene when one of the partners is found dead. Julia discovers that a series of death threats have been sent to several employees of the firm, and she uses her astrological expertise to discover possible motives. But before she can convince the authorities of what she knows, the killer strikes again. Will Julia unmask the culprit before he, or she, takes another life?



Character Guest Post by Wizard the Cat

Wizard here ~

Melissa’s invited me today so I could tell you all about myself.  And I agreed, because I know she’s a true lover of cats and can really appreciate how wonderful I am!

You see, I am absolutely gorgeous.  I’m sleek and all black, every bit of me, and I weigh a very impressive twenty pounds!  It wasn’t easy, it took a lot of special food.  I work very hard to keep my weight up and stay buff.  When people meet me, they stare in awe.  Actually, I think I look more like a magnificent ocelot (admittedly a first cousin) than an everyday house cat.  Everyday I am not! 

I allowed my mistress, Julia, to adopt me.  She’s an astrologer and we live in a little comfy apartment in San Francisco out near the ocean in the fog.  Now I have a good life, I admit.  I’m well cared for, Julia makes sure I’m fed the very best of food, I’m brushed and cuddled.  She makes sure I get to all my vet appointments to keep me healthy.  And in turn, I protect the apartment and I guard her when her clients come to visit.  Believe me, I make sure they know I’m keeping a close eye on them when they’re in my domain.

It’s a hard job.  It takes all my concentration, so as soon as they’re gone and our apartment is quiet I head for a treat and a nap.  I like to nap.  I also like to roam the neighborhood at night, but Julia won’t let me.  She’s too overprotective.  She lets me run around during the day though.  One of my favorite things is to hop from our back stairs over to our neighbor’s roof.  The surface is very rough and I like to roll around on it to scratch my back.  We even have a little back yard with grass and I like to hunt among the hedges and flowers. 

I don’t have a lot of friends because there really are no cats who are as beautiful and smart as I, but I have Julia and we have some great conversations.  I just wish she wouldn’t spend so much time solving crimes.  If she’d stop all that nonsense, we’d have a much more peaceful life. 

Lately, I’m on guard and keeping watch.  There’s a man who’s interested in Julia and I’m not so sure I approve of him.  I let her know in no uncertain terms that I’m the only man in her life. 

You can learn all about our adventures in any of the books of the Zodiac Mysteries.  And of course I have an important part in Tail of the Dragon¸ the third book, coming out soon (August 8, 2018). 

You can visit my author Connie di Marco any time at her website [www.conniedimarco.com], at Facebook [Facebook.com/ConniediMarcoAuthor] and Twitter @askzodia. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Red, White & Mew(sic)

Meows from Mudpie!

The theme of the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop this week is Patriotic Songs. Country music and patriotic songs go together like peanut butter and jelly, so our choices were virtually endless. We ended up settling on a six pack of tunes that would make a pawsome soundtrack to any July 4th activities.


A little background info on our first pick: God Bless America Again was written in the late '60s as a response to all the turmoil in our country at the time. It has been recorded by many artists, but we chose the Conway & Loretta version (of course) which was the B-side to one of their big hits, The Letter, in 1976. Even though it was never meant to hit the charts it received significant airplay due to its release during the Bicentennial. (They performed it on tour in England a decade later changing the words to God Bless This Old World Again.) No matter which side of the political aisle you're on, it's relevant today too.



A few favorites, for no particular reason...







Simply a classic...



I've been very fortunate to see Toby perform this song live several times...



What are some of your favorite patriotic songs?

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Oil Painting #CaturdayArt


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


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Fireworks don't excite me that much, probably because the displays around here are pretty ho-hum.

2. My favorite 4th of July picnic food is watermelon.

3. I begin every day with some Mudpie love.

4. Air conditioning is the best thing since sliced bread. What did anyone ever do without it? Today we're beginning a stretch of 90+ degrees for the next week, with tomorrow and Monday inching towards 100 degrees...in Vermont!!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

What's In the Box? #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're super excited to be joining our sweet friends Paisley, Webster and Miss C from The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles for the Pet Photo Fails blog hop!


These pictures were taken earlier this month when Mommy brought in a *huge* box with the mail. While waiting for her to hurry up and open it I got impatient and decided to jump on top. She grabbed the camera and as usual I was quite uncooperative, first giving her a raspberry, then a wink, and of course in constant motion...



Don't worry - she finally ended up getting a good one - and we'll show it to you soon and let you know what was inside. Let's just say it could have been loads of fun for me, but Mommy had other plans for it.

So our question for you is...what do you think was inside the box???
If anyone comes close to guessing there might be a prize in it for you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review: NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer


I have an aunt who lost her hearing at an early age due to a series of childhood illnesses, and then subsequently lost her sight as a young woman. She has enjoyed a full life thanks to an amazing husband, four great kids...and a deep love of cats. (I come from a loooooooong line of cat ladies on my mom's side of the family.)

Many years ago after losing Sashi I went 15 months without a cat before adopting Tara. I hadn't had a chance to let my aunt know about my new family member before she surprised me with a visit one day. Upon entering the house the very first thing she communicated to me was, "You got a new cat!"

How on earth could she know that?

Her answer horrified me...she could smell the litter box.

Now granted when a person has lost two of their senses, those remaining are going to be enhanced, but I couldn't help but wonder if the odor really was that obvious and I had just become accustomed to it?


We were recently contacted about trying out the NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer, and accepted since litter box odors are something so many pet parents struggle with. (Although in all honesty, litter box odors should never be *that* bad if you're religious about cleaning and scooping on a regular basis. Inappropriate elimination is one of the top reasons why cats are relinquished to shelters, and many times occur simply because a cat is trying to say the smells coming from their litter pan are simply intolerable!)

Before telling you about our experience, here are 5 things the NonScents people want you to know about their cat litter deodorizer:
  • Eliminates odor: Our scientifically developed zeolite formula doesnt just mask odors- it completely neutralizes them at the source, leaving litter pans completely scent-free
  • Gentle, fragrance-free: Unlike other brands that contain harmful chemicals and strong fragrances, our formula is scent-free and free from chemical additives, which keeps your cat safe and comfortable
  • Concentrated: Our professional grade formula is 4x concentrated, making it strong enough to neutralize even the strongest litter box odors
  • Long-lasting: Our formula was designed to help extend the life of your cat litter: by eliminating odor, you can get the most of out your preferred cat litter without resorting to harmful chemicals or overpowering air-fresheners
  • Easy application: Simply sprinkle a small layer of NonScents over your cats litter tray, and enjoy a safe, odor-free environment

We've been using the cat litter deodorizer for about 6 weeks now and have been very pleased by its performance. We received 3 bottles which are sure to last a long time because a very light layer is all that's necessary for a one cat home, and I've reapplied a layer each time I refill the box, which is typically about once a week. The "bleachy" scent of the deodorizer itself is initially rather strong but once added to the litter quickly dissipated, and it never seemed to bother Mudpie, which is all that really matters. Granted my little angel isn't known for dropping many stink bombs, but even the most miniscule odors I would be able to detect every now and then seem to have disappeared!

I would say a home with multiple cats would be better able to test this product out completely, but if you've been thinking about trying out a cat litter deodorizer, we definitely recommend this one!


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Book Review: Claws of Death (A Cat Lady Mystery) by Linda Reilly


Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, is a long way from Hollywood, but it’s the place legendary actress Deanna Daltry wants to call home. Taking up residence in a stone mansion off Cemetery Hill, the retired, yet still glamorous, septuagenarian has adopted two kittens from Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats. With help from her Aunt Fran, Lara makes sure the kitties settle in safely with their new celebrity mom.

But not everyone in town is a fan of the fading star. Deanna was in Whisker Jog when she was younger, earning a reputation for pussyfooting around, and someone is using that knowledge against her. After being frightened by some nasty pranks, Deanna finds herself the prime murder suspect when the body of a local teacher is found on her property. Now, it’s up to Lara, Aunt Fran, and the blue-eyed Ragdoll mystery cat Lara recently encountered to collar a killer before another victim is pounced upon . . .


You have to love it when the character list in the beginning of a book is all the feline characters, not the human ones! In Claws of Death Lara and her Aunt Fran have officially opened the High Cliff Shelter for Cats out of their cozy home in Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. It's pretty exciting when legendary actress Deanna Daltry moves to town and adopts a pair of Lara and Fran's kittens. The only concern is Deanna's housekeeper Nancy's apparent dislike for the precious babies, and when Lara visits one day to check on the kittens she's horrified to find a dead body in the private cemetery behind Deanna's home. The victim is Donald Waitt, a face from Deanna's past who she recently had a very public altercation with. Lara likes Deanna very much and can't help but get involved to prove her innocence. 

In between investigating, Lara keeps busy breaking in a new shelter employee who seems too good to be true, and matchmaking cats and humans leading to very sweet scenes, especially when kids are involved. Just as in the first book, the star of the show is Blue, a ghostly Ragdoll cat only Lara can see who protects her and gives a paws up or down to potential forever homes for the shelter's charges. This series is a dream come true for cat-loving mystery readers, and I hope it enjoys a long and happy nine lives!



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cat World Domination Day #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Did you know that today is a very special day? It's Cat World Domination Day, a day for us kitties to celebrate our world domination!


Don't forget to visit Summer's blog today to join in all the fun and festivities. I understand there's going to be a pawsome giveaway!


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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Caturday Art


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


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. My favorite scent is lilacs.

2. I hope to visit an A&W restaurant this weekend. I have to go to a memorial service out of town on Sunday, and this town has the only A&W in Vermont. It's only open during the summer months and I've never had the chance to go so I'm looking forward to grabbing some dinner there. What should I get?

3. The sound of a purr or meow is music to my ears.

4. Home is where Mudpie is.