Monday, July 15, 2019

July Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

This spring we premiered our new mewsic feature "Retro Country Rewind," a look back at favorite songs that hit #1 during that month from 30, 35, 40 plus years ago. We were so happy that you guys seemed to enjoy it! Now let's take a look at July for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...(this month's selections aren't in chronological order because Conway comes first, of course.)

35 Years Ago - 1984, Somebody's Needin' Somebody, Conway Twitty

Two things strike me about this video - first, I would give my right arm to be on the receiving end of the ridiculously sexy smile at 1:45, and if you watch through to the very end he reaches down to shake someone's hand (I assume a female fan) and she nearly pulls him off the stage! Who can blame her???

50 Years Ago - 1969, I Love You More Today, Conway Twitty

"We've already done the things he plans to do
So don't be surprised if late at night 
I'm in your dreams with you."

Classic Conway...

30 Years Ago - 1989, Cathy's Clown, Reba

Probably my all-time favorite country music video. Reba sure made a beautiful saloon girl.

30 Years Ago - 1989, What's Going On In Your World, George Strait

40 Years Ago - 1979, Amanda, Waylon Jennings

Let us know if you have a favorite this month!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cat Sitting #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We have a guest selfie this week and I am *not* happy about it. Not one single bit.

Mommy is going to be cat sitting this little priss pants that lives next door for the next THREE weeks! Do you realize how much time that's going to take her away from moi? And would you believe Mommy said when she lets neighbor kitty sniff her fingers she scrunches up her nose and backs away? Mommy belongs to ME and my scent belongs on her fingers! 

Mommy says I should feel sorry for her, and how would I feel if she left me home alone for 3 weeks, but I don't care. I'm thoroughly disgusted by this turn of events and will rant if I want to!

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Caturday Art

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

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

1. I am able to parallel park, but I won't. It's something so many struggle with, but I never did. Then when I took my driving test the instructor couldn't find properly placed cars to do it and he just had me mimic the movements as though there were cars there. Still, I haven't done it since and go out of my way to avoid it.

2. I won't ever drive a stick shift again. My father was determined that I learn to drive a stick when he started teaching me how to drive. I could not get the hang of it, and combined with the fact that I wasn't crazy about driving in the first place, it completely ruined the experience for me. Once I got an automatic to drive I loved it.

3. The current chapter of my life would be titled Is It September Yet?

4. I've been meaning to get a bunch more stuff gathered for Goodwill but haven't yet.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Paper Bag Day Flashback Friday

Meows from Mudpie!

Did you know that today is Paper Bag Day? I'm a huge fan of paper bags when Mommy brings them home from the grocery store. (Don't most kitties love to get inside the bags? Strangely enough, Mommy tells me Angel Tara used to prefer crushing them down and sleeping on top of them! It was one of her favorite nap spots and there was always one on the floor.)

I thought it would be fun to celebrate Paper Bag Day with a flashback to 2015 as we were getting ready for my first Christmas in my forever home. Mommy had come home from Trader Joe's and I ran into a slight problem...

(A word of caution: always remove the handles from bags before letting kitty play with them as they can be a strangling hazard. Mommy hadn't done that yet when these pictures were taken but I was never left unsupervised with the bag.)

Crap on a cracker. My favorite toy just rolled into this bag.

'Scuse me a minute...


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Book Review/Giveaway: Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery) by J.M. Griffin

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children's party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them .

I think the highest compliment I can give to this book is that after reading it I want to go out and adopt a rabbit!

In the debut of this wonderful new mystery series we meet Jules, owner of a rescue rabbit farm in a quaint New Hampshire town. Her constant companion is Bun, one of her rescues she's able to communicate with telepathically. On an early spring walk (Bun rides around in his own little baby sling), they stumble upon the body of a man they know from performing at children's parties together. Following numerous break ins at the farm and a physical attack that appear to be linked to the murder, Jules and Bun decide to do a little sleuthing of their own.

I'll admit to being suspicious of the person who ended up being the killer early on, even though I had no clue as to the motive. I enjoyed learning about the care bunnies require through Jules' activities at the farm, and I couldn't help but fall in love with Bun. He's sweet and innocent, wise and observant, a hysterical chatterbox and sometimes downright self-centered, yet he's beyond adorable and a total scene stealer.

If you're looking for a different take on the typical pet-centric cozy, you can't go wrong with Left Fur Dead. By the end of the book Bun is already looking forward to their next mystery, and so am I!

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Remembering Two Precious Souls

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day my baby girl Truffles flew off to the bridge, and the sixth anniversary of the day her big sister Tara paved the way before her. 

It goes without saying this is the hardest day of the year for me. I've tried not to dwell on the anniversary approaching as much as I have in previous years, but that doesn't mean the pain has lessened in any way. Comprehending the tragic set of circumstances that took Truffles from me far before her time is something I will always struggle with, and most likely something I will never be able to accept. She deserved so much more from life. And the fact that I lost them both on the same day two years apart makes me wish I could scratch this date right off the calendar.

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

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

This week we did something a little different with our art and applied two different effects. We started with the Photo Lab app, then applied the Film Stock effect in PicMonkey. I think I look quite ravishing!

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 like my wet food with gravy. Lots and lots of gravy. Preferably all gravy.

2. Love is a risk worth taking.

Mommy's answers:

3. When I was 6 years old, I had to have a Cabbage Patch Doll. When they first came out I had no interest in them at all. Of course once they became hugely popular and scarce in the stores I had to have one. Thankfully a family friend who worked at Kmart was able to get one for me. I still have her too! Her name is Felice.

4. I spend the most time thinking about cats (Mudpie in particular), books, and Conway. In other words, my 3 favorite things in life.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Binga Forever

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm heartbroken to say that late last week I lost one of my heroes - Binga the tortie from the SparkleCat blog. She was nearly 19 and we knew goodbye was near, but that doesn't make it any easier.

To say Binga was the Queen of Tortitude would be an understatement. I have a feeling the phrase itself was invented because of Binga! She was strikingly beautiful, feisty, a master photobomber, a true character in every way.

I think the best way I can pay tribute to her is by sharing her wit and wisdom with a list of some of my favorite posts she starred in. You'll notice many are tortie tutorials and eager student that I am, I took her lessons to heart. Tortie World Domination is bound to happen one of these days, and Binga pioneered the movement!

Binga - we love you, we miss you, we'll never forget you.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers

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 height of summer travel season is upon us, as millions take to the roads, skies and rails for fun family vacations. For those of us whose lives revolve around our cats, the only down side to these trips is leaving our fur babies at home, so we seek out cat-related destinations. This month's Purrfect 10 features a variety of locations to add to your bucket list of places to visit...

United States Destinations

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West is just as famous for its feline residents as it is for its former owner. Hemingway’s passion for 6-toed cats began in the 1930s when Snow White was given to him as a gift from a sea captain. Sailors favored polydactyl cats, believing they brought good luck and safe passage. To this day, many of Snow White’s descendants roam the grounds of Hemingway Home, with more than 50 currently residing on the property. About half of the cats have six toes, but all carry the polydactyl gene.

Cat World at Utah's Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: More than 700 cats live at Cat World, a village of 11 buildings that provide cats with indoor luxuries, enclosed catios, and hidey-holes for privacy. Specialized accommodations for cats with various needs (incontinent, FIV, neurological disorders, leukemia) allow them to live a life of dignity with all their medical needs met, not to mention loads of love and attention thanks to a staff of 40 caretakers. Many will be adopted, but those that aren't have a home for life at Cat World.

Cat'N Around Catskill: A summer-long outdoor art exhibit featuring painted fiberglass cats lining Historic Main Street in Catskill, New York. The cats stay in place through Labor Day, and later in September they are auctioned off. Currently in its 13th year, the event started as a way to bring attention to local businesses and raise money for charity, but has become a huge tourist attraction and unique platform for artists to display their creativity.

New York City’s Algonquin Hotel: The tradition of the Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920’s. The hotel’s first cat, Billy, lived in the hotel during the famed Round Table of the 1920’s. In 1933, two days after Billy passed away a stray cat wandered into the hotel looking for shelter. He was immediately welcomed to stay and named Rusty. Frequent guest John Barrymore felt this name was too common for a cat residing in such a prestigious hotel. Rusty was renamed Hamlet in honor of Barrymore’s greatest stage role. Over the years, the hotel has had eight Hamlets and three cats named Matilda. The current Hamlet has a full-time job as hotel ambassador, and each summer he stars in the Algonquin’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which raises money for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

American Museum of the House Cat: Located in Sylva, North Carolina, this museum is the private collection of Dr. Harold Sims – aka CatMan2 – and it’s likely America’s largest collection of house cat memorabilia. Items displayed in the museum include cat-centric toys, clocks, banks, dolls, advertising illustrations, animation cells, fine art, folk art, thrift store art, beer steins, music boxes, carnival games, carousel animals, jewelry, pottery, puppets, automatons, and Halloween knick-knacks. Proceeds fund Dr. Sims Catman2 Shelter, Western North Carolina’s largest no kill, cage free, open concept cats-only shelter, which has taken in and adopted over 4,000 cats through the years.

International Destinations

De Poezenboot: The Catboat: A world-famous tourist attraction in Amsterdam, the Catboat is the only animal sanctuary that literally floats. Founded in 1966 by Henriette van Weelde as a refuge for stray and abandoned cats, De Poezenboot is now an official charity housing up to 50 cats at once. Cats are available for adoption, but tourists are also welcome to come on board for a “kitty fix.” There’s no entrance fee, but donations are welcome and go towards the care of the cats.

Festival of the Cats Parade: Held triennially on the second Sunday of May since 1955, the Kattenstoet (“Festival of the Cats”) is a parade in Ypres, Belgium, devoted to cats. Its origins come from the horrific Middle Ages tradition of throwing cats from the highest tower to the town square below in order to kill “evil spirits.” Thankfully, today it’s plush cats that are thrown down to the crowd, and whoever catches one gets to make a wish. Thousands of cat lovers from around the globe attend the festival dressed as felines, witches, mice, or townspeople from ages past to enjoy floats, giant cats, music, theater and dance groups.

Tashirojima (Cat Island): An island where the cat population is now larger than the human population? Sign me up for a one-way ticket! Cat Island exists due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the belief that felines represent luck and good fortune, and doubly so if you feed and care for them. Locals even give credit to the cats for the island's survival during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami! Because of this they are treated like kings by the island’s fewer than 100 remaining residents even though most are considered feral. There’s even a small shrine on the island to honor a cat that was accidentally killed by fishermen centuries ago. Not surprisingly, for the cats’ protection no dogs are allowed.

Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village: Once a thriving mining town, the area began to decline as the coal mining industry began to die out. In 2008 a local cat lover started posting pictures of the village's stray cats online, creating an overwhelming response from other cat lovers around the nation. Houtong became a center for cat lovers as word spread, and the number of cats living there increased, reviving a declining village and transforming it into a tourist destination. Drivers entering the town are greeted with a sign that reads " A lot of stray cats here. Drive slowly," and a special bridge has been constructed above the busy railway, to allow safe passage for the cats. Cat-related shops, cafes and restaurants cater to the village's estimated one million visitors per year.

Sanrio Puroland : Hello Kitty Theme Park in Tokyo: An indoor theme park run by the Sanrio company, creators of Hello Kitty, hosting various musicals, restaurants, attractions, parades, fireworks and theme rides. The park is now one of Japan's most popular attractions, where tourists can visit the homes of beloved Sanrio characters and shop at an extensive gift shop selling Sanrio merchandise.

Have you ever gone on a cat-themed vacation?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

My Purrfect Girl #SundaySelfie

(Don't ask me why she insists on leaning against the dust mop. 
Must be she wants her blogging friends to think she does the house work around here!)

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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Tortie Dust #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. Summer is a good time to complain. It must be because Mommy sure does a lot of it!

2. I feel annoyed when people (Mommy) ask me when I'm going to start liking wet food. She's been trying for 4 years and it ain't happened yet!

Mommy's answers:

3. The most recent book that I bought was Loves Garfield: The Semi-Official Garfield Collectors Handbook. It's written by the current holder of the world record for number of Garfield collectibles.

4. I thought I would grow out of biting my nails, but I haven't.

Friday, June 28, 2019

How Is This Comfortable? #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Another month has flown by and it's time once again for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop!

I'm labeling this photo a fail because it horrifies Mommy so much.

During the summer when it's too hot to cuddle on the big girl bed, my favorite place to spend the night is in this pink donut bed on the bookcase in front of the window in Mommy's bedroom. It's the purrfect place to watch all the overnight goings-on in the backyard. (Did I ever tell you that a couple weeks after I moved in a guy on the run from the cops ditched his car and took off on foot through our backyard, crashing through a fence? The neighbors saw it, I saw it, but Mommy slept through it. I knew right then and there it was never going to be boring at my new home!)

I've had this bed since the day Mommy adopted me and it used to fit me like a glove, so all I can think is it must have shrunk over the years because look at how I'm hanging out of it now! (I'm stretched out more than usual because the hots have arrived.)

Mommy cringes at how uncomfortable I look, but honestly I'm not! She has tried to replace it with a softer, bigger bed, but I reject it in favor of my pink donut bed. I spend so much time in this bed Mommy even has to brush it out frequently when I'm shedding a lot.

So what do you this a photo fail (Mommy had a really hard time angling the camera to get all of me in the shot) or is it a bed fail?

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Book Review/Author Interview: Endangered Species Superheroes by Dakota Duncan

Teenaged Lindsey loves helping out at her grandfather's wildlife sanctuary, assisting with his research and learning all about the animals. It's a peaceful life until evil villain Mace Zagan escapes from prison determined to destroy her grandfather and all of his research. Lindsey would do anything to help her grandfather and so would her sanctuary friends; a sloth, a marine iguana, and a tapir, all of whom are undergoing some very unusual transformations. Will their new abilities be enough to defeat Mace Zagan before he succeeds with his evil plan?

I think this is the very first graphic novel I've ever read and I'm so glad I stepped out of my literary comfort zone to give it a try. Not only is the story fun, imaginative, and educational, but the colorful illustrations are simply eye-popping. 

This book introduced me to some species of animals I've never even heard of before, but of course my favorite character was kitty Fluffy who plays a very important role. Next in line would have to be Bosco...I'm nuts about sloths! 

Teaching children about endangered species is so important, and stories with fun characters will hopefully encourage them to care enough about the natural world around them to do their part in protecting it for future generations. 


Mudpie has had a lengthy break from her interview series but took time from her busy nap schedule to chat with author Dakota Duncan. We hope you enjoy learning some behind-the-scenes details about Endangered Species Superheroes, and I'm personally super excited about the book series she's working on now!

Mudpie: I am thrilled that there is a cat in your book, but why did you include a cat on a book that features endangered species?

Dakota Duncan: I think a lot of people might wonder about that since domestic cats are not an endangered or even a threatened species. The truth is, Fluffy did not start out as one of the team members of Endangered Species Superheroes. She was a shape-shifting character I'd created a few years ago for a different project, but she really wanted to be in this story. I am glad she demanded to included because I think her role as Lindsey's pet cat and close friend is important. We don't learn a lot about Lindsey's backstory, but we do know she lost her parents and seems to seek comfort from Fluffy whenever she is scared or upset. This is something most people can relate to. In addition, cats are very familiar animals to children, much more relatable than the other animals, like Zoey, the tapir.

I, of course, know that cats have a special way of communicating with humans enlightened enough to understand. How did you learn about animal communication and why did you include it in the book?

Many years ago I saw a local television show highlighting animal communicator, Lydia Hiby. I thought it was interesting, but I was quite skeptical that someone could really “talk” to animals and obtain the kind of information that she claimed to receive. As I recall, she spoke of details about lost animals and illnesses. A friend gave me a gift-certificate to speak with her about my family pets, knowing since it was a gift, I would use it. We did a session over the phone. I told Lydia where we lived, the type of animals we had and that was all. She then invited them speak with her about anything they wanted to. She proceeded to tell me things there was no way she could have known – details about one of our cat's reaction to photographs, some rivalries among our furry ones, a behavior that was linked to an injury we were not even aware of, and more. Let me tell you, I was blown away! I have since done sessions with Lydia and other animal communicators and have learned a little bit about developing my own communication skills.

I wanted to include animal communication in my book because I think it is important that more people understand that human-animal communication is possible. It may not be quite as detailed or simple as it is in my book, but I think it touches on the topic in a fun way. It highlights that just because animals don't communicate in the ways humans do does not make them inferior or mean they don't have anything important to say. If more people would take the time to learn to communicate with their pets, it would not only strengthen their bond, but could help diagnose medical and behavioral problems. Also, it's just cool.

A shape-shifting cat is super cool, but why is Fluffy’s alter-ego a Sumatran Rhino?

The answer is similar to what Fluffy tells Lindsey. A while back, I had wondered what it would be like to have a rhinoceros in the house and created a comic called Rescue Rhino. There was a Sumatran Rhino who wanted to be an indoor pet like the dog and cat she watched but knew she would never be adopted into the family as a rhino. She was able to change herself into a cat and follow the dog home one day. She ends up getting adopted and the human sees her as a cat, but the real cat and dog see that she is a rhino. In the book, I like the juxtaposition of a very common, small domestic cat and an extremely rare, large Sumatran Rhino. It allows the character to have a wealth of knowledge and experiences.

What message do you hope reader’s will take with them after reading Endangered Species Superheroes? 

There are two things that come to mind for me. The first is that I hope this book ignites or fuels a curiosity about animals - especially those threatened or endangered. The second is that we all have our own strengths and weaknesses that make us special and valuable.

Was the character of Fluffy the cat inspired by a special cat in your life?

I had not contemplated this before, but yes, I guess there is! I have had a lot of cats in my lifetime, but right now, our family has two – Max and Jasper. Max chose me as his person. He was the inspiration of the first drawing I did of a cat when I was doing the Rescue Rhino comic. He's a medium-to-long-haired cat; a real fuzzball! He likes watching me slowly pour water from a cup into the bathtub. Sometimes he bats at the water, but often he just watches it. I think this game is a bit of where I got the watchfulness of Fluffy, plus Max has his own secret. He is a cuddle bug, but only with me. Most people never even get a chance to see him because he is the proverbial “scaredy-cat,” disappearing whenever others are around.

What are you currently working on?

I have started a children's chapter book series for ages 7-12. It's a sister and brother adventure series with slightly spooky themes. The first is entitled, My Dog Sees Ghosts and the second is tentatively called, My Cat Hears Vampires. I hope to have the first two published by late summer.

For anyone who wants to be notified when the new books are released, I have a VIP list that they can join. Just go to my website and sign up. As a thank you, they will receive a mini-pdf comic featuring Endangered Species Superheroes.

For anyone interested in Endangered Species Superheroes, it is available on Amazon, or they can follow this link for more information:

About the author: Dakota Duncan is known as “Mom” to two human children, two dogs, and two cats. She has been an animal lover since a very early age and recalls that Jane Goodall was her first hero. She's excited to share her love of animals and nature and hopes to inspire others to be good caretakers of the earth and its inhabitants.

Dakota has always loved writing and recalls writing her first play in the third grade where a classmate was too embarrassed to say the word “pregnant” from her script. Her writing skills helped her earn a Bachelor's degree in her early 20's and then a Juris Doctorate degree in her 40's. Dakota is a member of the Oregon State Bar and currently lives with her wife and children in Washington State. Besides writing and drawing, Dakota loves reading, kayaking, traveling and playing with Legos.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dakota and keeping up with her latest work, please go to her website:

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Songs of Summer #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is summer songs. Seeing as how summer is my least favorite season I had planned to sit this one out, but I ended up thinking of so many great songs that I couldn't resist joining in.

Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries is one of my favorite Conway & Loretta songs, perfectly showing the fun & flirty relationship they shared. This footage was taken from a huge Country Spectacular at Madison Square Garden in 1971. It became a 3 hour TV special called Nashville at the Garden. I've seen several of Conway's performances from the show but sure would love to see the whole thing.

And for the record, I would've gone pickin' wild mountain berries with him anytime he guarantees we'd come back either!

My favorite lyric in this Luke Bryan song? 

Might sit down on my diamond plate tailgate
Put in my country rock hip-hop mixtape
Little Conway, a little T-Pain, might just make it rain

Love that today's superstars still pay tribute to him in their music.

A few other summertime favorites...

We hope you enjoyed our choices this week! 

Let us know if you have a favorite :) 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cat World Domination Day Preview #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

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

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

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

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Green Eyed Girl #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 could use some suggestions for upcoming Purrfect 10 posts.

2. I never refuse Mudpie anything. My mom says she's spoiled rotten.

Mudpie's answers:

3. I hope the rest of my favorite foods never change. In the past 6 months two of my favorite Pro Plan foods have been discontinued with no advance warning. Why do pet food companies do this to us???

4. I would rate myself a 10 out of 10. Everybody telling me how cute I am all the time may have gone to my head...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Feline Friday Flashback: Broken Dishes, Broken Hearts

Some memories bring a lump to your throat more than others.

While browsing through old posts to do a Flashback Friday I came across one from Truffles dated four years ago this week. She was mourning the demise of one of her favorite food dishes, which I had knocked to the floor while cleaning the kitchen sink, breaking it right in half.

This dish had a back story - When Tara went to the Bridge, I packed up all of her things to put in a memory box. They were "hers" and the next cat in my life would get new things all her own. But the day Truffles came home I realized I hadn't bought any food dishes yet, so I went into Tara's box and pulled out the one that had been her dry food dish. (It had already been put away for quite awhile since Tara could no longer eat kibble following her diabetes diagnosis.)

It ended up never getting put away because Truffles loved the dish. I'm sure breaking it bothered me more than it did her - I had a sentimental attachment to it because it started out as Tara's, and went on to be the dish Truffles ate her first can of Fancy Feast in after moving to her forever home with me. It went back into Tara's memory pieces :(

What I didn't know at the time, and what makes the post extra emotional for me to read now, is that 3 weeks after it was written Truffles was gone. This picture of her sitting by the broken dish is one of the last I ever took of her. Maybe the dish was symbolic of my broken heart that was to come.