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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Sunday, February 11, 2018

3rd Annual Mudpie 500 Zoomies Event

WOOHOO today I'm taking my Sunday Selfie
from behind the wheel of a moving race car!!!

(And the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion's car at that...just sayin'.)

It's no secret that Mommy is serious about her NASCAR. The Daytona 500 is next Sunday and she is ecstatic.

Since she always calls my zoomies the "running of the Mudpie 500" I decided to start hosting an annual giveaway to celebrate this national holiday in our house and to make it fun for me and my friends too!

My grandpa was in the hospital last week and Mommy didn't get a chance to go shopping for a prize package, so this year we're giving away a $15 PetSmart gift card! Since we typically pick out cat-related stuff this way my pals of all species can purr-ticipate! 

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment predicting the winning driver by midnight eastern on Sunday, February 18th. Don't forget to leave your email address too!

In the event that more than one of you pick the winning driver, we will draw a name from a hat. If no one picks the winning driver, we will move on to second place, etc., until a winner is chosen. Last year no one chose the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place driver, but our sweet friends The Florida Furkids picked 4th place driver Aric Almirola, and they won the prize!

Here are your driver choices:
(click to enlarge)

Here's the thing about the Daytona 500: it's a total crap shoot so you don't need to know a thing about racing in order to predict a winner. It's known as a "restrictor plate race" which limits speed and increases safety, to provide an equal level of competition. The cars all run in crazy scary packs and winning is more a matter of luck than anything.

Back in 2007 our driver Kevin Harvick won the race. My grandpa's boss at the time stood to win $1,000 if Mark Martin won, and Martin was leading until the last turn of the last lap when Kevin came from 7th place to win by fractions of a second. It was a thrilling finish, but grandpa never told his boss that Kevin was our driver! Check it out:

Good luck, have fun, and may the best man Kevin Harvick win!!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Valentine Aperitif #CaturdayArt

(Created with Photofunia)

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 Winter Olympics don't interest me. Thankfully the NASCAR season begins this weekend too!

2. I think the most romantic movie (or book) is Gone with the Wind. Nothing else even comes close, in my opinion.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Recently, I had an odd experience when my toys and scratch pads in the living room disappeared! Mommy had picked them up to do a good vacuuming. (The fact that I was concerned shows how infrequently she vacuums!)

4. I believe that love is pretty wonderful, especially the love you receive in your forever home with a family that adores you.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Review & Giveaway: Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat

Throughout all my years as a cat mom I've had a tried and true method for keeping the floor around the litter box clean from litter kicked overboard or tracked out on kitty paws - a mini dustpan and broom from the dollar store for daily cleanups and weekly vacuuming. I've never used a litter mat but always intended buy one someday, so when the nice people at Smiling Paws Pets contacted us and asked if we'd like to review one of their litter mats I was quick to accept, especially after I saw the adorable (yet fully functional) design!

The first thing I noticed when I unrolled the mat from it's handy cardboard sleeve is that it's ginormous!!! The jumbo size is really too big at 47"x33" for my tiny bathroom (it also comes in extra large, 35"x23.5") but I was able to curl the excess up against the wall and hold it there with the litter box, so it didn't pose a problem. This mat will comfortably cover the area around any size box, no matter how large.

The second thing I noticed is how impressive it looks. It's available in 4 colors - gray, brown (which we chose), beige and black - and each mat is imprinted with the company's cute cat logo in the corner. Since the theme of my home decor is best described as "cute cat chic", this was a huge plus for me. It makes me smile when I look at it, and who couldn't use a few extra smiles each day?

So now we're at the most important did it work for us? Amazingly well. This is an extremely well-made, sturdy litter mat that we're certain will stand up to high traffic potty boxes. It's hard to describe the texture of the mat, but Smiling Paws Pets says it's 100% PVC, BPA & Phthalate free, and made with loofah-like materials so excess litter is easily trapped. From the outward appearance you would think it's rough and scratchy but it's not, and the skid-free bottom keeps the mat firmly in place no matter where you put it. The mat is also promised to be completely urine proof for any accidents your kitty might have, but we haven't had the need to test that part out :)

We've been using the mat for about a month now and while Mudpie isn't one to dance a jig while doing her business, I'm definitely noticing that the mat is catching litter and it's nice to simply pick up the mat every few days and tap the litter right back into the box instead of having to sweep or vacuum it up. For anyone with cats that dig to China while covering up their daily deposits, the Smiling Paws Pets Cat Litter Mat is a must-have!

Smiling Paws Pets is a small, family run company that sells not only this amazing litter mat, but also pet beds, travel carriers, and stain and odor eliminators. And their customer service is second to none! Not only did I receive an email when my mat shipped, I received another shortly after with instructions on how to unfold the mat so it would lay flat, and yet another to see if I had any questions or problems! You don't see that personal touch with many businesses nowadays so it's much noticed and appreciated.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

3 Books For Your Cat-Loving Valentine

Our Tortie Shorties book reviews are a bit different this week. We're featuring three titles purrfect for giving to your cat-loving Valentine...or to keep for yourself to read by the fire while curled up with a mug of cocoa and your furry Valentine! (The very best kind, in our opinion...)

From the publisher: With the imagination of a writer and the eye of an artist, Michael Korda doodled on the backs of old manuscripts in his tack room while his wife, Margaret, was out riding. They loved and acquired cats—a habit written about previously in their book, Cat People—and the few in residence at this time would serve as inspiration for the drawings. These are no ordinary cat illustrations, though. Korda’s cats read newspapers and books; go ice skating in the small country town where they live; comfort Margaret’s horse, Monty, after a stressful vet visit; sell fried mice at the Farmer’s Market, and undertake (on paper, at least) whatever fanciful endeavors their keeper conjures up.

The result is a collection of magical pieces, filled with joy, that represent a year in the life of a couple in love with one another, and certainly with their cats.

Tortie Shorties Review: This darling little book is a love letter from a man both to his wife and to the cats they shared their lives with during an unthinkable period of time. The cartoon sketches were drawn by the author as an ongoing valentine to his wife throughout the final year of her life as she battled a malignant brain tumor. He would photograph the sketch and email it to her hoping to put a smile on her face each day, not knowing she was forwarding them to her friends to enjoy as well. The cartoons are whimsical yet extremely touching, especially once you know the story of why they were created. Some of my favorites include the ones involving the Presidential election, the cats engaging in human activities such as visiting Dunkin' Donuts and going Christmas shopping, and especially those that depict the cats' sorrow when their beloved mom would be away at the hospital for long stretches of time. In short, one of the sweetest cat books you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.

From the publisher: All Things Cat is a selection of Elaine Faber’s short stories about cats. Their stories take place both past and present in diverse surroundings: Salem, Massachusetts; a pirate ship off the coast of Maine; a haunted hotel in the Sierra Mountains; Roswell, New Mexico; the oval office in Washington, D.C., to name but a few locations.

The felines interact with extraordinary and remarkable characters including witches, leprechauns, a sewer truck driver, a hen-pecked husband driven to plot murder, and animal characters present at the birth of the Christ Child.

Some stories are self-narrated by a cat sharing most unusual circumstances—abandoned by his master, as the prize in an Old West poker game, routing a burglar in a WWII meat market, overcoming self-doubts about his hunting/stalking abilities, and adopting the First Family in the White House.

All Things Cat will delight the reader and provide a sneak peek into the heart and mind of cats from all walks of life. Elaine has brought both wit and tenderness to this charming collection of short cat stories.

Tortie Shorties Review: Short story lovers will be left purring over this collection of "tails" told by cats. From settings such as the Old West to the White House, to intriguing mysteries and psychological thrillers, and even a real life story by the author's tortie on the cover, Truffles (Truffie for short), this collection has something for readers of all genres to enjoy. The only prerequisite is that you must love cats...but you wouldn't be here if you didn't, right?

From the publisher: Inspired by the true story of a Portland, Oregon, cat who stole from his neighbors—and stole America’s heart . . . 

Jamie Snyder is thirty-four and single but NOT ready to mingle. After suffering through The Year of the Non-Commital Man, The Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and The Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I’m-Married Man, Jamie’s ready to celebrate The Year of Me—and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That’s right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. He’s still the only male Jamie trusts—and the only companion she needs . . .

MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It’s the same smell he’s noticed on their neighbor David, a handsome young baker who’s tired of his friends trying to fix him up. But now MacGyver’s on the case. First, he steals something from David and stashes it at Jamie’s. Then, he steals something from Jamie and leaves it with David. Before long, the two are swapping stolen goods, trading dating horror stories, and trying not to fall in love. But they’re not fooling MacGyver. When humans generate this much heat, the cat is out of the bag . . .

Tortie Shorties Review: Just about the only time you'll catch me reading a romance novel is when there's a cat involved, and since MacGyver the tabby is the star of the show in Talk to the Paw, it fits my requirements purrfectly! Klepto-kitties make the news every so often, but MacGyver takes things a step further by using his sticky paws to play matchmaker not only for his human but for the entire cozy village of Storybook Court where he resides. My favorite human characters in the book are Jamie's neighbors: a group of busy body elderly ladies who are constantly trying to set her up with their relatives and another who is Christmas crazy and becomes Jamie's confidant and dear friend. All the characters are quite eccentric but also very relatable. Talk to the Paw is escapist fiction at it's finest and catnip for the soul of hopeless romantics.

Disclaimer: I received free copies of these books from the publishers or authors in exchange for a fair and honest review. 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!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Unboxing January's CatLadyBox

The theme of January's CatLadyBox was "Winter Wondpurrland"...this is what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: "Snow Angel Cat Family" by Krista Smith

Fantastic Cat Hoodie (CatLadyBox exclusive): This purple hoodie is beyond the cat's meow. I can hardly wait until it's warm enough outside to remove my heavy winter jacket and wear this instead, but for now I'm wearing it as an extra layer inside!

Cat-Shaped Mug (CatLadyBox exclusive): I have a ton of cat mugs but none that are actually kitty shaped on the lip! It's small, delicate, and oh so cute.

Kitty Cat Pen Set: Cats are my writing muse so these pens are a purrfect fit.

Snowflake Felt Wand Cat Toy (CatLadyBox exclusive): This is Mudpie's new favorite wand toy, and she loooooves her wand toys! The purple snowflake print is gorgeous and it's extra long for loads of fun.

Simon the Snowball Catnip Toy (CatLadyBox exclusive): Mudpie says this toy is the purrfect shape for tossing around! Simon is as sweet and fuzzy as can be. I was even tempted to use him as part of our winter decor :)

Not a subscriber yet? Visit CatLadyBox today!

Interested in purchasing individual items from past boxes? You can do that too!

Disclosure: I receive a discount on my CatLadyBox subscription as a thank you for my monthly review. Regardless of compensation received, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Hearts & Roses #CaturdayArt

(Created in Photo Lab)

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 McGuffy's Reader...

Mommy's answers:

1. Trust no one who dislikes animals.

2. I would protest animal abuse. I can't ever see myself marching in the streets but if I did it would be for animals.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I have loved Mommy since the moment I met her. I'm so happy she chose me!!!

4. Right now, I am curled up on the bed watching Mommy work...hopefully on our blog.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Appreciate the Moments Photo Challenge - Love

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're participating in the Appreciate the Moments photo challenge for 2018 hosted by our friends at Dog Mom Days and The Everyday Dog Mom. On the first Friday of each month pet bloggers are asked to post a photo that fits that month's theme.

February's challenge, appropriately enough, is love. I get so much love on a daily basis it's almost embarrassing, not only from Mommy but from my grandparents too. This picture was taken over the weekend while I was enjoying some quality time with my grandma. The funny thing is, I never lay like this on Mommy's lap! Look where her hands are!!! I think it's pretty obvious by the look on my face how much I love my grandma, and she thinks I hung the moon too!

Who are you showing the love to today?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Kick Up Your Paws At Menagerie Goes Honky Tonk

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we wanted to tell you about a fun event my alma mater, North Country Animal League in Morrisville, Vermont, has coming up this weekend.

The theme of this year's fundraiser is "Menagerie Goes Honky Tonk" and includes traditional live and silent auctions, a raffle, live music and dancing, mechanical bull rides and a buffet dinner. This is your chance to escape the winter doldrums, don your best country-western attire, and have fun while supporting animals.

Check out the ridiculously adorable video series the shelter produced starring the gorgeous Mamacita who is currently looking for her forever home at NCAL. Go ahead and start tapping your toes...we won't tell!

If it weren't for the wonderful peeps at NCAL I wouldn't have found my forever home with Mommy, so we'll always be eternally grateful to them! They do such amazing work for the homeless animals in our community. Mommy has chatted with the shelter volunteers at at couple PetSmart adoption events since bringing me home and they even remember me! (Not sure if that's because I'm simply unforgettable or because I was so anti-social I had to be sequestered in various offices throughout my time with them...teehee!)

If you're in our neck of the woods and would like to attend (or make a donation to NCAL), tickets can be purchased here. YEE-HAW!!!