Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Memories: Truffles' 5th Gotcha Day

Five years ago today I adopted Truffles. There's no happier day than the day a new fur baby arrives, and I still remember picking her up at Petco, bringing her home and her settling in like she was always meant to be there.

She was so young, we were going to have so much time together...but that wasn't meant to be.

She's been gone for over 3 years now and I still have a hard time fathoming the little bit of time we had together. Would I have brought her home that day if I'd known the heartbreak to follow? Without a doubt.

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

The Dance, Garth Brooks

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tortilicious #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!

Mudpie's answers:

1. I am going to love when fall arrives so I can cuddle in blankies again with Mommy.

2. Once in a blue moon, I eat wet food. It's a sore subject at our house.

Mommy's answers:

3. I want to be more patient. I completely missed the line when it was being handed out.

4. I have a large collection of Conway music. Anyone surprised? Didn't think so. Latest count is close to 80 records, 60 CDs, 40 singles and 30 cassettes. Then there's countless photos, magazines, DVDs, shirts, and other various collectibles. The Conway stuff in my house is only outnumbered by cat stuff!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Unboxing August's CatLadyBox

The theme of August's CatLadyBox was "MEOWNOCHROME"'s what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist Zoe Bones: Zen of Cat print

MEOW Throw Pillows: I need to pick up some pillows so I can use these because they are SO cute and stylish!

On Caturdays, We Wear Cat Shirts! T-shirt: This is probably one of my favorite CLB shirts, but the truth is, I wear cat shirts most days!

Kitty Cat Planter: I have a black thumb when it comes to plants so this is going to hold pens on my desk.

Ross the Sloth Catnip Toy: I may have slipped this out of Mudpie's toy box to add to my own stuffie collection...don't tell her, okay? (Or do you think she already knows?)

Catnip Fluff Puff Toy: These are Mudpie's favorite kinds of toys to both bop around and use as a soft, furry pillow!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our 7th Blogoversary!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

Seven years ago today Mommy started our blog as a way to chronicle her reading life along with a little about her love of cats, but as we're known to do, the kitties took over.

Through Tara, then Truffles, and now little ol' me, our online friends have laughed and cried with us, and created a community of cat lovers that we cherish more every day. The outpouring of love Mommy received following the passing of Tara and Truffles meant more to her than she will ever be able to express, and the welcoming arms you all greeted me with when I much luckier can a kitty get than to go from homeless to social media star???

Some stats that astound us: to date we've published over 2,500 blog posts and received nearly 1.5 million page views!!!

Pet blogging can be hard with way too much sorrow and loss, but in the end the good outweighs the bad. Even after 7 years we (well, Mommy...I haven't even been alive for 7 years!) look forward to sharing our lives with you each day, and if you don't mind maybe we'll stick around for awhile longer?

Niptinis for everyone are on the house!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review ~ Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield

An egotistical royal cat and his dung beetle sidekick track a jewelry thief in this hilarious new series set in ancient Egypt.

Can a lazy cat and a dung-obsessed beetle really crack a mystery? Ra relishes his role as the Pharaoh's beloved—and spoiled—cat. So when an amulet goes missing from the palace, Ra has no interest in solving the mystery. He would rather enjoy his snacks and nap in the warm Egyptian sun. But Ra's friend Khepri, a wise and industrious scarab beetle, insists on investigating in order to save the young servant girl who has been framed for the crime. Once Ra gets going, he decides that being a Great Detective isn't so bad; in fact, he doesn't mind being hailed as “Protector of the Weak and Defender of Justice.” The comically mismatched duo is on the case!

A cat and a dung beetle team up to solve a mystery in ancient Egypt - can you think of a more unique and fun way to bring a love of history to children? I became completely entranced in this story from page one and easily could have read it in a single sitting but forced myself to put it down every now and then to make it last!

Ra the Pharaoh's Cat lives in the lap of luxury and prefers to do nothing but nap while waiting for his next snack delivery. His best friend is a dung beetle named Khepri whose own personal snack choices obviously disgust Ra, but Khepri is hoping for a bit more excitement in his life. It comes when lovely ladycat Miu asks for their help clearing the name of her friend, a little girl who has been unjustly accused of stealing a valuable amulet and is at risk of being executed. Ra is reluctant to get involved but is finally guilted into assuming the role of Great Detective with Khepri riding shotgun - literally - as his sidekick. While investigating they uncover palace intrigue among both the two and four-legged residents before uncovering the unlikely culprit.

I loved everything about this story - the setting, the adorable lead characters, their hilarious banter, and the sweet illustrations by Sarah Horne are just the icing on the cake. I only hope Ra and Khepri have many more adventures ahead of them because I already want to spend more time with the dynamic duo again! Ra the Mighty is feline fun for children of all ages.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author 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, August 13, 2018

Squirrels and Dogs and Birdies, Oh My!

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is songs with animals in the could we not participate? I'll say right up front that I'm embarrassed by the absence of cat songs. Apparently cats and country music don't mix!

At first I thought I was going to have to let Conway sit this one out (*gasp*) because he didn't record a single (country) song with an animal in the title, but then I found this one going way back to his early rock days. It got to #35 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1960.

My guy got a shout out in Honey Bee, a 2011 hit from Blake Shelton...

If you’ll be my Louisiana
I’ll be your Mississippi
You’ll be my Little Loretta
I’ll be your Conway Twitty

Speaking of Blake Shelton, I love last year's I'll Name the Dogs...

When I was a little girl I used to think this song was hilarious. I still do! 

You can't have a list of country songs with animal titles without at least one song about horses!

Do any of our choices catch your ear?

Do you have a favorite song with an animal in the title?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Abused Tortie #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

You're not gonna believe what I have to tell you today!

Do you see the mop and Swiffer behind me in my selfie today? Mommy made me do ALL the clean-up after my grandma's birthday party yesterday!!! Call the ASPCA! My poor little paws are worn to a nub!

You're not falling for it, are you? I guess I'm not a very good liar...MOL!!!

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Grandma!!!

Meows from Mudpie!

This is such a busy week for my family! Not only was Thursday my Gotcha Day, today is my grandma's birthday! (Was I the greatest birthday gift ever 3 years ago or what?!?!)

I love my grandma so much, and she thinks I hung the moon too! For my Caturday Art project this week I made her a card featuring a picture of me happily curled up on her lap last winter. I hope she likes it!

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

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

Mommy's answers:

1. I have faith in the human race when someone goes out of their way to help an animal in need.

2. Yesterday, I made a blackberry cobbler for my mom's birthday (her request). YUM!

Mudpie's answers:

3. My favorite place to be is anywhere Mommy is.

4. If I was granted one wish, it would be for me and Mommy to be together forever and ever.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Mudpie!

Meows from Mudpie!

We've been taking Thursdays off lately but not this week because it's an extra special day at our house!

Three years ago today my life changed forever when Mommy decided I was the kitty to fill the empty hole in her heart that Truffles left behind. We've told this story for the past 2 years on my special day, but it's a real life "fairy tail" and I didn't think you'd mind reading it again. I know that I never get tired of telling it!

It all began 10 days earlier with a series of photos posted on the shelter website. Mommy says she saw my picture and had the same feeling in her heart that she had the first time she saw Truffles. Still, she didn't want to make a hasty decision so she saved my picture to her PC and tablet and kept looking at it over and over. When she finally decided to call the shelter and ask about me it didn't take long for her to decide that I was the one.

She filled out the adoption application, gathered the needed references, and was immediately approved, but then we hit a bit of a snag. The shelter doesn't typically finalize adoptions before the prospective family meets the pet, meaning I couldn't be placed "on hold" (for lack of a better term) and when Mommy spoke to the shelter on Friday afternoon she learned that another lady had just stopped in and was very interested in me! Thankfully the nice shelter volunteer heard the panic in Mommy's voice when she reiterated that she just couldn't come get me until Sunday (they had already agreed to open the shelter just for us!) and said she'd do everything she could to steer the lady's attention to another cat. (People are just drawn to me...what can I say???)

So on a sunny Sunday morning Mommy and my Grandpa made the hour drive to make our union legal and bring me to my forever home.

She had never been to this particular shelter before and thought it was so beautiful. She especially loved the cat quotes on the walls.

She enjoyed spending a little time with Thomas, the shelter mascot, but her heart was pounding with anticipation to meet *me*!!!

There was a cute little tortie in the front holding room, and at first Mommy thought it was me! Then she was told that I was sequestered in the shelter director's office because I don't play well with others. Tattletales!!!

As soon as Mommy saw me it was all over...I held her heart in my paws!

In no time at all the paperwork was complete and I was on my way home. Mommy rode in the back seat with me and I barely made a peep. We just gazed at each other as well fell completely in love.

I made myself at home the moment I walked in the door, immediately gravitating to the toys set out waiting for me...

...and the pawsome cat beds too! (Geez, wasn't I a skinny, scrawny little thing???) I was totally tuckered out at this point!

The whole day was just a dream come true, one Mommy and I will never forget. Life is pretty darn amazing for this little tortie today. I have a wonderful family who worships the ground I walk on, and loads of friends in the blogosphere who welcomed me with open arms.

Of all the kitties in the world, Mommy picked me. And I thank Cod for her every single day.

Do you remember the day you moved to your forever home?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Excerpt/Gift Card Giveaway: Mrs. Odboddy - And Then There Was a Tiger by Elaine Faber

Mrs.Odboddy: And Then There was a Tiger by Elaine Faber

While the ‘tiger of war’ rages across the Pacific during WWII, eccentric, elderly Agnes Odboddy, ‘fights the war from the home front’. Then she finds a rat-filled shoebox on her porch, her house is trashed and she is implicated in the Wilkey’s Market burglary! In her own bumbling, hysterical manner, Agnes is determined to get to the bottom of things.

Then a traveling carnival with a live tiger joins the parishioners’ Harvest Fair at The First Church of the Evening Star and Everlasting Light. Agnes bears some of the responsibility when counterfeit bills are discovered at the carnival, and the war bond money goes missing. She’s in trouble again. Her attempts to locate the war bond money lead her into harm’s way. A friend’s betrayal results in a harrowing experience as Agnes learns more about carnival life than she bargained for.

 (Excerpt from Mrs. Odboddy – And Then There Was a Tiger)
For the next ten minutes, the trainer put the tiger through his paces. Probably declawed, and totally dependent on a human to provide his meat on the end of a stick, the tiger was as tame as a housecat. “Does anyone want to pet Shere Khan? He’s very friendly,” the trainer said.
Agnes touched Maddie’s cheek. “What do you think?”
“I…I…think so. Yes!” Maddie stepped closer. She ran one finger over Shere Khan’s head. “He’s so soft.” She stroked the tiger’s neck and scratched behind his ear.
Shere Khan turned into the caress, opened his mouth and yawned, showing long sharp teeth. His eyes sought Maddie’s face and their eyes locked in a gaze that seemed to connect their soul. At last, Shere Khan stood and ambled back toward the door of his caravan,
“Well, guess the show is over, folks. Our star has had enough public adulation.” The trainer chuckled and turned away.
Agnes reached for Maddie’s hand and gave it a shake. “Are you ready to go back now?”
Not responding, Maddie stared at the caravan door.
“Maddie? It’s time to go back.”
Maddie had not moved. She rubbed her fingers together, seeming unable to relinquish the sensation of the tiger’s ear, reluctant to forget the rumble in his throat as she stroked his face.
“Maddie?” Agnes searched Maddie’s face. The child seemed lost in the memory of a special shared moment, reluctant to return to her everyday life. “Shall we go, sweetheart?”
The child blinked. “I remember when we played together with baby lambs and goats in a meadow in Heaven…before I was born. Do you think he remembered, too?”
“What strange ideas you have, child. Where do you come up with such things?” Agnes grasped Maddie’s hand and hurried her away.
Played together in Heaven? What could have put such a thought into her head? Agnes glanced at Maddie’s face. Her eyes were aglow, her smile as innocent as an angel. Her face looked as though she truly remembered a day in Heaven when she played in a meadow with lambs and a tiger.
Goosebumps crept up Agnes’s arms. Hadn’t Pastor Lickleiter just preached on this text last Sunday? The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6 KJV)
“Wolves? Leopards? Lambs and lions? Who’s to say there wasn’t a tiger among them?”

Elaine’s Bio:
Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and four feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She volunteers at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking on author panels, sharing highlights of her seven published novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies. All novels are available at Amazon for $3.99 in e-book. Mrs. Odboddy – And Then There was a Tiger 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Mewsic Moves Me: Why I'm Thankful For Elvis

Ten days from today, August 16th, will be the 41st anniversary of the day we lost Elvis. It's a freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop meaning we can choose the theme, so we decided to remember the King of Rock 'n' Roll...with a twist that I'm sure won't surprise our regular readers.

I was 3 weeks from being born when Elvis died so I don't have any personal memories, but my mom remembers how the world seemed to stop at the news. I'm not a ginormous Elvis fan, although obviously he was incredibly talented. My favorite song and performance of his would have to be My Way from the Aloha from Hawaii concert.

Rather, my appreciation for Elvis surrounds the influence he had on Conway. (It's a music post, you knew I was going there, right?) When Conway was discharged from the Army in 1956 he heard an early Elvis record and decided to pursue music as a career instead of baseball. (What a loss to the music world that would have been!!!) Their style was very similar, and when It's Only Make Believe became such a smash hit for Conway in 1958, many people thought it was Elvis recording under an alias!

Now we have our very first "Battle of the Bands" (err...solo artist) feature! In 1974 There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In), written by Troy Seals and Denny Rice, became Conway's 10th #1 record. Elvis recorded a cover of the song which was released posthumously in 1979, peaking at #6. While Conway will always be #1 in everything with me, in this particular case because his version is "countrier," I must admit that I enjoy Elvis's version as well. I would love to hear which version you prefer! And I promise not to judge you if you say Elvis...much ;)

Lastly, I wanted to share a song Conway released in 1991, Who Did They Think He Was. It's a song with a powerful message about heroes and priorities with tributes to both Elvis and JFK. It's not strictly a country song so I think everyone will enjoy it. 

Which of these songs is your favorite?
Do you have any special Elvis memories?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Counting My Blessings #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I have a Gotcha Day coming up later this week, and I'm just laying here thinking about what a lucky little tortie I am. It would be impossible for my life to get any better.

Do you take time to count your blessings too?

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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sparkling Tortie #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. I would like tickets to CatCon this weekend.

2  Please don’t ask me to enjoy summer. I hate it every year anyways, but this year's relentless heat and humidity has inspired HBO words that I normally don't use.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I’d rather cuddle or play with Mommy than do anything else.

4. By this time next year, I bet I'll be even cuter! I know, that would be impossible...and it would be too much for your hearts to take!

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Goody Box for Pawtriotic Kitties #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

Last month my friends at Chewy sent me something super fun to review - one of their exclusive, Made in the USA goody boxes purrfect for proud Americats like me! A bunch of pawsome yummies in a box - every cat's dream, right? But guess what? Mommy wouldn't let me have the box!!! She said it's decorated so cute (how adorable is the feline Mount Rushmore?) that she's going to re-purpose it and use it to store something in! Don't think this little tortie gets everything she wants - I have my fair share of first world cat problems!!!

Key Benefits
  • Contains five or more full-size goodies made right here in the USA, so you spend less time looking up where the ingredients came from and more time playing with your kitty.
  • Handpicked surprises for cats—from tasty foods and snacks to wholesome supplements and neat home goods. Recommended for all cats, kitten to senior, except for Natural Balance Platefulls (for adult cats).
  • Makes a great spontaneous gift for your own cat, but also an exciting surprise for your pet parent friends or relatives.
  • Enjoy great savings on the everyday prices of these premium treats and home goods, plus free shipping on every Chewy Goody Box order!
  • Give this special present full of American brands you trust any day of the year, with the health of your cat in mind.

Here's what came inside my Made in the USA Goody Box:

  • BLUE Kitty Yums Tempting Tuna treats
  • Dr Elsey's CleanProtein Salmon pate
  • The Missing Link Ultimate Feline Health Formula (Omega 3 & 6 powder)
  • Natural Balance Platefulls Indoor Formula
  • Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Mixers
  • Lavender Green Tea Pet House Candle 

Goody box is right! There's enough loot here for me to indulge and share some with my shelter friends too! Mommy loves the candle...she says it smells SO good! My favorite thing in the box so far is the Platefulls because they're filled with lots of yummy gravy.

Other goody boxes available at Chewy include The Grain-Free Box, Meow You're Talking, and Happy Birthday. Each is $19.95 and feature FREE shipping! (There are currently also 5 different goody boxes for dogs.)

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.