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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Pi Day Storm Redux

Meows from Mudpie!

Last year on March 14-15 my little neck of the woods was hit by what has since been dubbed the "Pi Day" storm. We ended up with a record 30" of snow! Yesterday, Pi Day again, we had another big storm but thankfully it stopped at just over a foot this time around. (There's been a lot on the news about the series of nor'easters that have hit New England over the past 2 weeks, but here in northern Vermont we've been pretty much unscathed until this one.)

Back to last year - while digging out we made a shocking discovery in our yard. It still cracks us up every time we see it so we just had to share it again!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Rescued Interviews: Ashton

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 was my goal to interview as many of the kitties as possible once again! (If you missed our review, it can be found here.) I came very close, and it's hard to believe we've reached the final interview with the cats of Rescued!

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. March's spotlight is Ashton, one of the 4 cats that star in the blog Cats Herd You. Not only is Ashton Rescued Volume 2's beautiful cover girl, she's also currently offering a special prize package on her blog featuring a mug and tote with her signature saying, "Humans are scary." The question is...following her rescue, does Ashton still think humans are scary?

Welcome Ashton! 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?

Thanks for having me, Mudpie! I'm a one-eyed rescue cat living the good life with my human and our family in Florida. I guess I had a dramatic rescue. This volume of Rescued stories is about how cats can help humans heal. I love my human enough that when she was really sad, I worked through some of my biggest fears for her. My human and I are good for each other.

As the title of your story in Rescued states, your real-life rescue was "A Scary Situation". What do you remember about that day and how did you learn to trust the human that saved you?

The day my human rescued me was all a blur. By the time she found me, I was already in a lot of pain, and I couldn't walk. Otherwise I would have run away from her, because I was really scared of her. Humans are scary. My mother taught me that, and it's true!

I really remember my human's hands grabbing me and her looking almost as scared as I felt when she picked me up. Humans aren't as tough as they look, you know.

I might never have learned to trust my human, but she figured out my favorite thing in the world is food. I wasn't a baby and didn't need bottle feeding or anything, but my human made sure I didn't get meals unless I ate them directly from her. After a while, I didn't just associate her with grabbing hands and giving me medicine. I associated her with food, too. That helped me learn to trust her.

What's the story behind your name?

My human had a really hard time thinking of a name for me. She wasn't planning on adopting a cat when we met, so she hadn't spent any time thinking about it ahead of time. But there I was, and I needed a name! She couldn't just call me "the kitten" for very long.

Three days before I adopted was a famous court verdict very close to where I was found, and it was still all the humans were talking about. Aunt O, my human's sister, suggested that she name me Ashton after the then-famous lawyer Jeff Ashton. That's right, I was named after a boy! But my human tells me she has always liked that name since she saw a southern belle character with that name on the North and South miniseries on TV. So even though I'm named after a boy, it's not just a boy's name.

How have you adjusted to life minus one eye? Has it slowed you down in any way?

I have had only one eye since I was pretty small, so I have had lots of time to practice without it. I'm not the bravest cat you have ever met, so there are things I don't try because they're a little harder for me. I don't get up on the kitchen counter, even when there are things that smell really good up there, because it's hard to tell how high to jump.

I also don't usually play with the wand toy when the feathers are flying through the air. I can't tell how far away they are, so I miss them when I swat them. Or worse, they smack me in the face because I didn't realize they were getting too close. It's okay, because my human drags the feathers along the floor, and I can use the texture of the tile or wood to tell me how far away they are. Then I can pounce right on them!

What is life like for you today, especially now that a new addition to your family means you're no longer the baby?

Since I am a timid cat, I like my routines, and I am very set in them. I have a cushion on the back of the sofa where I nap during the day that is smashed down just right to make a perfect Ashton-sized nest. At night, I sleep between my human and the edge of the bed. Breakfast and dinner need to be on time, or else!

No longer being the baby can be hard because I don't get quite as much of my human's attention. Don't get me wrong, I can get her to pet me any time. All I have to do is wave my paw and she melts. But I don't usually try to get her attention when the black and white brat is with her, because that kitten tries to play with me, and I don't want to play back. I like to play on my own, when I feel safe.

What shelter have you chosen to receive your proceeds from the book this month and why?

I chose Candy's Cats in Orlando, Florida to receive my proceeds this month. They do so much great work for cats here in my community and adopt hundreds and hundreds of cats a year into loving homes. This past year, they had several special blind and half-blind cats go through their adoption program, and I really want to support an organization who takes such care in finding them perfect homes. Right now, Candy's Cats is putting the finishing touches on an adoption center that will be the first all-cat adoption center in the greater Orlando area. I'm excited that this will help more cats find forever homes.

What do you hope people learn from your story and what would you like your lasting legacy to be?

I hope people learn that cats who appear to be broken or don't look perfect still have lots and lots of love to give. They can be wonderful members of your family and will purr and cuddle with you just like any other cat. And cats like me who are missing an eye don't require any extra medical care, either. We're perfect just as we are!

Photos Used With Permission: Julie McAlee

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday

Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday, featuring the latest releases from two of our favorite cat cozy series!

From the publisher: Lately, things have been quiet in the tiny, historic village of Brooksford, Maryland. The residents got through Halloween with no “shenanigans,” as the mayor would say, and now they’re headed into a peaceful Thanksgiving season. But Rory Roberts knows better. She knows something is off from the moment the first amateur filmmakers arrive at the edge of town, and her feelings prove true when their “documentary” leads to a violent death in Rory’s backyard, with Rory herself as an early suspect.

Now, Rory and her classically educated calico cat, Miss C, with help from their friends, must work through their limited list of suspects to determine who the real killer is. They may find clues in an online horror movie showing the moments leading up to the crime, but that video also causes more trouble for Brooksford when it quickly goes viral, drawing crowds of unwanted tourists into town, and straight to Rory’s normally quiet cottage. Will Miss C’s classical education be up to the challenge of deciphering the 21st-century clues in this crime, or will her and Rory’s meddling only push the killer to strike again?

Tortie Shorties Review: The very first scene of this 5th Miss Cuddlywumps adventure shows Rory handcuffed in the back seat of a police car, wearing pajamas and L.L. Bean boots, desperate to find someone to take care of her beloved Miss C before being hauled off to jail. If that doesn't draw you in, nothing will! From that point on we learn what has led to Rory's current situation, which all begins when amateur filmmakers descend on the town to produce a documentary on Brooksford's mysterious Woldwomper creature (introduced in book 4, Night of the Furies). Before you know it Rory is scuffling with one of the filmmakers when they trespass in her yard late one night, he ends up dead, and in spite of her relationship with Sheriff Mike all eyes look to Rory as the killer.

As in previous books, the divine Miss C watches over her domain from her two-story cat condo in the living room and her cozy little bed on Rory's desk. Her favorite part of the day is getting a stroller ride around town to conduct her own investigations. She uses her knowledge of Greek mythology, learned from her previous owner Professor Eleanor, to reach educated conclusions about those she comes into contact with. In spite of a limited number of suspects this case is a real puzzle though, and even beyond the murder Rory and Miss C's lives are about to change in some very big ways, both in their very own home and thanks to their cat-hating neighbor Mrs. Crabtree (otherwise known as Medusa). Oooh...this is gonna be fun!!!

From the publisher: Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn't run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac--or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.

Mac's life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah--and Elvis--know he can't be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.

Tortie Shorties Review: This is one of my very favorite cat cozy series thanks to it's cast of characters (especially Charlotte's Angels), Maine setting, repurpose store angle, and of course, Elvis the cat. In The Fast and the Furriest readers *finally* get to learn more about Second Chance's mysterious handyman Mac in very dramatic fashion when a woman from his past arrives at the shop looking for him, and then is found dead after being spotted arguing with Mac by none other than Sarah's "boyfriend" Nick. This obviously makes life quite difficult for Sarah, but with Elvis by her side the true culprit doesn't stand a chance of getting away with murder!

Truth be told, my least favorite part of the cozies I read is the protagonist's romantic entanglements. I understand that it matters because it's a part of their life story, it's just an aspect of the books that I put little to no emotional investment in. That being said, I've been rooting for Sarah and Mac since his character was introduced in the series, most likely because his character's past has been such a mystery and Sarah has seemed confused by her feelings for him. Plus there is absolutely no chemistry between her and Nick, who she seems to feel obligated to because he's the son of one of her dear friends. Now that Mac's story is out in the open, the end of The Fast and the Furriest has me waiting with baited breath to find out what's next in their relationship!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Fast and the Furriest from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I purchased my copy of The Mythmakers. 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!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Think Spring #CaturdayArt

(Created with Photo Lab & PicMonkey)

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...

Mudpie's answers:

1. Before you settle in for a nap, you need to take a bath.

2. After you wake up, you must give yourself a few more slurps to make sure all your furs are in place.

Mommy's answers:

3. Winter has treated us pretty well this year. We had a couple super cold weeks in January but have pretty much missed the big nor'easters that have struck New England (so far...)

4. Spring means mud season in Vermont. My Mudpie was named after the dessert, not the mud pies you can make in our backyard.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fun Feline Finds: MeowLoverClub Pet Portrait Jewelry

I'm an unashamedly proud cat mom who loves nothing more than to wear a piece of personalized clothing or jewelry that allows me to show off my beautiful girl. It brings me such joy to receive a compliment on it, and when I tell the person that it's an image of my own fur baby it invariably starts a discussion about my favorite subject - cats!

When I received an email last month from MeowLoverClub asking us to review their sterling silver personalized pet portrait art jewelry, one visit to their site was all I needed to quickly respond with a resounding yes. My only dilemma was which cat would I immortalize in a necklace - Mudpie or Angel Truffles? That problem solved itself when MeowLoverClub's sweet owner Capri offered to create a pendant for both!

From there I only needed to send a selection of photos of both Mudpie and Truffles, and in just a few days I received a mock up in my email of what the finished product would look like for my approval. (If you're curious about how the process works and would like to view a completely free mock up of your own pet portrait necklace, visit here.)

Completely coincidentally, the package containing my jewelry arrived on Valentine's Day! What more could a cat lady ask for on such a special day as a message of love from your own furry valentines? Of course it goes without saying that the finished product brought tears to my eyes. Presented in beautiful gift boxes, the necklaces themselves were engraved with the cat's names (which is optional and completely free), and in Truffles' case, the date she became an angel. The image is 100% personalized based on the photo you submit, and the detail is incredible. Your one-of-a-kind design comes with a matching silver link chain (18" long), but if you prefer something other than a necklace MeowLoverClub can also create a sterling silver keychain or bracelet.

If you're looking for a piece of jewelry that will help keep a beloved pet close to your heart at all times, whether they are still with you or residing at the Rainbow Bridge, I can't recommend MeowLoverClub pet portrait jewelry highly enough. The necklaces I received will be cherished forever, just like the beloved cats immortalized on the pendants.

About MeowLoverClub

Shop owner Capri is owned by a 3 year old British Shorthair named Snowie. Capri creates memorial pet jewelry for her clients, either for themselves, or for a friend who just said goodbye to a beloved pet, in hopes it will bring some comfort to them as a daily reminder of their precious time together.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday: The Purrfect Evening

(Mommy's lap is under the blankie, the Kindle, and me.)

We'll be back on Friday with a pawsome giveaway for both cat and dog moms so make sure you visit us then!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cats and Lilies: A Deadly Mix

Late last spring I walked into my neighbor's kitchen for a cat-sitting job to find a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the counter. A note was attached saying that since she was away and wouldn't be able to enjoy them, I was welcome to bring them home. Not one to ever have fresh flowers in the house this was a nice treat so I gladly took them with me.

To say I know nothing about flowers (or gardening in general) would be an understatement. I recognized yellow roses in the arrangement but had no idea what the rest of the bouquet contained. Thankfully I had recently written a Purrfect 10 article on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's most reported pet toxins which included a bit of research on flowers and plants that are poisonous to cats, and I started having this nagging feeling that some of the flowers I didn't know might be lilies. A quick google search confirmed my fears, and within seconds the entire bouquet was out the door and in a garbage bag.

I soaped down every surface they touched, mopped the kitchen floor and vacuumed the hallway rug I had carried them across. Then I scrubbed out the sink and emptied the vacuum bag for good measure. I even changed clothes just in case I had gotten any pollen on me! Possibly overly paranoid, but I wasn't taking any chances. Thankfully Mudpie napped through the entire ordeal. If anything had happened to her because of my own ignorance I never would have been able to forgive myself.

Yes, Lilies Kill Cats

With Easter right around the corner the dangers of lilies can't be overstated. The petals, the leaves, the stem, even the pollen - all parts of the lily plant are poisonous to your cat. The smallest amount, even ingesting a bit of pollen while grooming her fur or drinking water from the vase, can result in severe, acute kidney failure. If left untreated, they will die.

Sources of Poisoning
  • The most dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species: the tiger, day, Asiatic hybrid, Easter, Japanese Show, rubrum, stargazer, red, Western, and wood lilies. 
  • The lily of the valley damages the heart, causing irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure, which can progress to seizures or coma. 
  • Other types of lilies, such as Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies, contain insoluble oxalate crystals that are extremely irritating to the mouth and digestive tract, causing drooling, pawing and foaming at the mouth, and vomiting, but they do not affect the kidneys or heart.

Symptoms of lily poisoning usually appear within a few hours of exposure and include:
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Dehydration
Within 72 hours acute kidney failure occurs and death is possible in as few as 4 days following ingestion.

What to Do
  • If you suspect your cat has come into contact with lilies, seek veterinary care immediately. Treatment within the first 18 hours is key to saving the cat's life.
  • Whenever possible, bring a sample of the lily with you to the vet's office or take a picture of it with your cell phone and let the vet staff know how much your cat ingested.  This will help your vet take the right course of action much more quickly.

  • Gastric decontamination (induce vomiting, administering activated charcoal to neutralize the toxin)
  • IV fluid therapy is used to to maintain urine production in order to remove toxins and to treat dehydration.
  • If kidney failure has already begun, dialysis is necessary to remove toxins from the blood.
There is no antidote for lily poisoning. Treatment consists of removing the remaining plant material and preventing further absorption. Prompt medical attention is vital, and even with veterinary intervention survival is not guaranteed.

Avoid Lilies At All Costs
  • Never, ever, ever allow any type of lily into your home if you have a cat. 
  • Don't plant them in your garden where outdoor cats may be exposed to them, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. 
  • Always request that they be removed from florist's bouquets, whether you're purchasing an arrangement for yourself or a fellow pet owner.

Lilies may be beautiful, but they aren't worth risking a cat's life.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Review/Interview/Giveaway: Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .

Daphne has her hands full in this 3rd book in the series, between running her pet-sitting service, slowly but surely planning the opening of her pet bakery, and using the town's annual Winterfest to pass out samples of her baked goods. She reluctantly agrees to participate in the polar bear plunge into the freezing lake - only because money raised is going to animals in need - and is horrified to once again stumble upon a dead body. This time it's the TV producer in town to film a special on their pet-loving town, but she hasn't exactly endeared herself to it's residents. The true identity of the killer (and murder weapon) caught me completely by surprise here, even though it made perfect sense. I love when that happens!

Once again I enjoyed spending time with the humans and animals of Sylvan Creek, and especially the introduction of a mysterious and legendary Saint Bernard rumored to haunt the town, and Daphne's best friend Moxie's new pet rat. One of my favorite parts was preparations for the Cardboard Iditarod event which has the characters building a stagecoach for the animals to reenact an episode of Bonanza! I also enjoyed a brief look into a sanctuary for big cats owned by one of the characters. This series is the cat's meow for animal lovers of all species!

Mudpie purred with excitement when I told her she could ask Tinkleston, Daphne's black Persian, a pawful of questions. She hopes you enjoy the interview!

Welcome, Tinkleston! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Daphne?

Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog. I am a black Persian cat with orange eyes, and I have been told that I have an attitude. My hobbies are jumping off refrigerators onto people’s heads, and jumping off fireplace mantels onto people’s heads. I don’t do that as much as I used to, because I’ve been told it’s bad manners. I also enjoy hiding in my person Daphne Templeton’s windowsill herb garden.

I came to live with Daphne when my original person, Lillian Flynt, was murdered in the big, lonely mansion where I used to live. Daphne was nice enough to take me in, which is why I don’t bite her anymore. I’m adjusting to living with a dog named Socrates in a tiny cottage. I wasn’t a fan at first, but now I kind of like all the activity. Don’t tell anyone that.

What's a typical day like for you now, and how does it differ from your former life? 

I used to spend a lot of time alone in a huge mansion. I'm hardly ever alone, anymore. I like to sleep at the foot of Daphne’s bed, sunk deep into the down comforter, until about 2 a.m. Then I get up and sneak around the cottage. When Daphne gets up, she feeds me, usually homemade food. It’s pretty good. I like to spend most of the day sleeping on the windowsill, but we get a lot of visitors. Sometimes I have to socialize with Artie, a one-eared Chihuahua, and his dog brother, Axis, or a rat named Sebastian. He’s surprisingly okay, although I did try to eat him once. A lot of people stop by, too, like Daphne’s sister, Piper, and her best friend, Moxie Bloom. I like them, but I am still tempted to jump on Daphne’s mother’s head. There’s just something about Maeve that bugs me.

Is there a story behind your unusual name?

My full name is actually Budgely’s Sir Peridot Tinkleston. I used to be a fancy show cat, and apparently fancy cats need fancy names. I’m not fancy at all, anymore, so nobody uses the whole name. And Detective Jonathan Black won’t say my name at all. He says it makes him feel silly.

Tell us about the Lucky Paws Pet Sitting mystery series that you star in, and the latest installment Pawprints & Predicaments in particular? 

The Lucky Paws mysteries are about my person, Daphne Templeton, who is a pet sitter with a Ph.D. in philosophy. We all live in the cute, pet-friendly town of Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania, where Daphne finds a lot of bodies. She tries to solve the murders, and Socrates and Jonathan Black try to stop her. In Pawprints & Predicaments, Daphne makes the mistake of joining a polar bear plunge for charity at Sylvan Creek’s Tail Waggin’ Winterfest. That goes wrong, no surprise, and she gets tangled up with a body—and saved by Detective Black. It turns out the person who died—a very unpopular television producer—had a lot of enemies. There’s a mysterious Saint Bernard involved, too, and Daphne goes cross-country skiing. Another mistake. It’s pretty funny.

You're being forced to live with and have constant contact with *gasp* dogs! Do you have any cohabitation tips?

I’m still figuring that out. My biggest advice is, when in doubt, jump onto something high. Dogs, even the big ones, are surprisingly earthbound. They’re very easy to get away from. Although, I’m starting to learn that most dogs are okay.

Can you give us any clues as what's next for you and Daphne?

This December, we’ll be celebrating Christmas in Sylvan Creek. You can read about it in a book called A Midwinter’s Tail. While the holidays are usually perfect in our town, this year, one of Daphne’s high school classmates returns home with a very bad “gift” for the community. Someone ends up dead, and I get stuck living with a snooty poodle named Snowdrop. There’s also a big party for people and pets called the Bark the Halls Ball, and a naughty little dog in a “bah, hum pug” sweater. Daphne gets a special gift from Jonathan Black, too. I can’t tell you what it is. You’ll have to read the book.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Many Faces of Mudpie #SundaySelfie

This is my face on Sunday morning when I know Mommy and I have the whole day to spend together.

This is my face when I remember tomorrow is Monday.

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