Monday, September 30, 2019

Feline First Grade Follies #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is First Grade Songs – songs that were popular the year you were in first grade (or when you were 6 yrs old). Coincidentally, Mudpie is around 6 years old right now, but since she didn't go to first grade I'm choosing our playlist this week...

As a little girl I could never really look forward to my birthday in early September because it meant going back to school. And it seems like every single year I would catch a cold during that first week of school, meaning I would be sick for my birthday.

Anyways, I would've been in first grade from September 1983 (which is also the month I turned 6) to June 1984. This was Conway's big hit of the time period, released in the spring of 1984 and hitting #1 in July.

I absolutely adore Slow Burn by T.G. Sheppard, although every time I hear it I can't help but think how perfect it would've been for Conway. It is such a "Conway Twitty song," as he would've said.

One of the many things I wish I could go back in time to do is visit the old Gilley's honky tonk in Pasadena, Texas. Such a classic slice of Americana.

A few more songs that were from that time period that I really enjoy...

We hope you enjoyed our picks this week! 
Let us know if you have a favorite!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Funday Selfie

What kind of fun do you think Mudpie is planning for today?

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

Saturday, September 28, 2019

From Trash to Treasure #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

I decided to take one of my bloopers from yesterday and apply some art filters to it. I love how it turned out!

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 think it would be fun to get involved in feline agility. Mudpie would probably disagree.

2. I have a hankering for lasagna. I usually make one when it finally starts to get chilly.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Meeting Mommy for the first time is a memory I will never forget.

4. If I were given the choice to be immortal, I would ask if Mommy could be immortal too so we could stay together forever. I would need someone to wait on me hand and foot, after all!

Friday, September 27, 2019

September #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Another month has flown by, making it time once again for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop! (Why has September gone by so much faster than the summer months do???)

This month we have a pair of flops from last week's selfie attempts. I freely admit this first one is my fault. I moved, resulting in yet another blurry tortie shot. You know them well...

This one, however, is a Mommy fail. (Ok, I guess I was moving here too and it's a little blurry. It's a nasty habit of mine.) But see that pink in the lower right corner? That's Mommy's iPad cover! Talk about a lousy photographer!!!

Those are my bloopers...let's see yours!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fly High, Tiny Tortie Princess #RememberMeThursday

Meows from Mudpie!

I was once a shelter cat. Through circumstances we'll never know I ended up at a rescue in western New York, and when I didn't get adopted there I was transferred to Vermont where I found my forever home.

I was one of the lucky ones, but millions of kitties just like me aren't so lucky. They live without food, warmth, and love, and then either die on the streets or in a shelter because no one ever shows up to adopt them.

Each year in the United States over 2.7 million orphan pets lose their lives without finding a home.

Yet only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities.

That's why animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite today with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Orphaned pets can't speak for themselves. We are their only voice. Spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Don’t forget to use hashtag #RememberMeThursday to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption.

CONTEST: Win life-saving funds or food for a rescue or shelter of your choice! Take a photo of your rescue pet and tag the picture with #RememberMeThursday and @hwac on Twitter and Instagram to be entered into the challenge!

This year we're lighting a candle for a precious little angel known only as the "tiny tortie princess." This baby ended up in the care of Fox Foster Kittens, a wonderful kitten foster mom in Sarasota, Florida, following the death of her mother in a previous foster home. The whole situation is heartbreaking and makes no sense, but the mama cat died from unexplained weight loss. She entered the shelter at almost 7 pounds and was last recorded at 3.9 pounds, but that was almost a week before she died. No necropsy was done.

Her tiny tortie baby was found weighing less than half her intake weight, with pneumonia, a ruptured eye, congested, needing to stay on a warming device and tube fed. In the first picture she was a healthy, happy, energetic little girl. What happened in her first foster home leading to the second picture we'll probably never know. Fox Foster Kittens wrote, "Little tortie girl, please try to hang on...I promise life gets better. There’s toys, treats, and something called a forever home. They will treat you like the princess you are."

In spite of their best efforts, a few days later she was gone. "I wrapped her up in the softest little blanket and gave her lots of love and told her it was okay to let go, her fur mommy would be waiting for her on the other side of the rainbow bridge. She wouldn’t be sick anymore. No more yucky eyes, tube feeding, or feeling like this. She wouldn’t be sick anymore. She would be back to this, the little girl in the picture I never got to meet but so desperately wanted to."

Our hearts break every time we look at that precious face, so full of tortitude, gone far too soon. Her little life mattered.

Her two sisters named Laverne & Shirley are doing well, but Laverne will likely lose both eyes. If anyone would like to make a donation towards their care in memory of their sister, either monetary or via their Amazon wish list, it can be done here.

Please remember: Animal shelters are full of kitties who are in need of a second chance. They are homeless due to no fault of their own. If you have room in your heart and your home for a new best friend, one is as close as your nearest shelter. If you're not in a position to adopt right now, share some of their stories on social media. They are counting on us...let's not let them down.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Book Review: The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

In spring of 2007, street busker James Bowen found an injured orange tabby in the hallway of his shelter home in North London. Their friendship changed both of their lives and led to the internationally bestselling book A Street Cat Named Bob.

But fame hasn't gone to James or Bob's heads. In Bob, James found a model for friendship, steadfastness, balance, and joy that we can all apply to our own lives. The Little Book of Bob is a heartfelt and wholesome book about how to be kinder to ourselves and kinder to the world around us.

Cats are amazing creatures, as all animal lovers know. Tender and wise, this is a little book with a big heart.

I'm a firm believer that our cats are wonderful teachers. We have so much to learn from them if only we took the time to listen to their gentle wisdom. James Bowen and his beloved Street Cat Bob have a stronger connection than most, thanks to the fact that they saved each other's lives years ago. This darling little book is filled with anecdotes about the one and only Bob, which James then applies a life lesson to be learned from it.

Anyone who loves Bob is sure to be charmed by this book, and you might just find yourself watching your own cats a little closer to discover the wisdom they have to offer!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Purrs for a Friend

Meows from Mudpie!

Yesterday Mommy and I learned that the husband of a sweet friend and loyal blog reader received a devastating medical diagnosis this past week.

This lady is a cat mom, a tortie lover, an avid cozy mystery reader. Most of all she's a very special person.

We want her to know we're keeping her and her family in our thoughts and prayers, and this little tortie is sending loads of purrs and love her way. Please join us.

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

Saturday, September 21, 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. Never have I ever met a cat I didn't like.

2. I won't take the precious time I have with my cats for granted again. Losing Truffles so young and so fast taught me that hard lesson.

3. I believe I have good knowledge of cats. We probably all feel that way!

4. The clock is my worst enemy. It seems like every day I run out of hours before I run out of things to do.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Making Do With What You Have

Mudpie: Surprise, surprise! Mommy got another package in the mail and it's not for me. She even crushed the box before I could sit in it!

Mommy: Sweetie, that box was hardly big enough for your cute little tushie.

Mudpie: It's ok, Mommy. This is actually kinda comfy.

(Note from Mommy: She proceeded to lay among the crushed box and crumpled papers on the kitchen floor for a solid hour!)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Felines For Farm Aid #MewsicMovesMe

Farm Aid started as a benefit concert held September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. Decades later Farm Aid is still working to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of music artists.

In honor of Farm Aid, the theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is to build a playlist featuring artists that have performed at the annual event.

I'm sad to say it's a Conway-free zone this time around because he never performed at Farm Aid. Instead I've selected another of my favorites, John Schneider. While John is best known for his role as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, he was also a successful country singer back in the 80s. I would go so far as to say his voice is my favorite after Conway's.

This performance comes from the 1986 Farm Aid and it epitomizes what the event is all about. 

Instead of building a playlist we chose to go with a single song this week because this one really says it all. As the daughter of a former dairy farmer (with the farm still in the family) I know what a difficult life it is. We thank those who make Farm Aid possible each and every year.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Prettiest Leaf #CaturdayArt

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. Cuddling with Mudpie never fails to improve my bad mood.

2. I feel out of place in most social situations. Have you seen that cartoon online where the girl is in another room at a party socializing with the cat? That's me.

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with rare Conway memorabilia. That would be more priceless to me than a treasure chest filled with money.

4. If you ask me, pets keep the doctor away. There are all kinds of studies about the health benefits our cats and dogs provide and I firmly believe it to be true.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Signs Your Cat Is In Pain

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.

None of us can stand the thought of our beloved pets being in any sort of pain or discomfort, and since cats are notorious for masking signs of illness, it's up to us as pet parents to pick up on any subtle clues they may be giving us that all is not well. In honor of Animal Pain Awareness Month, here's a list of 10 things to be on the lookout for...

1) Biting and scratching: When you're in pain and not feeling well, you're not at your best. The least little thing grates on your nerves and you're prone to lashing out, even at those your love. Our pets are no different than we are, and in their case they may react by biting or scratching, especially if you touch the area that hurts.

2) Excessive purring: Cats purr when they're content, but they also purr when they get hurt or are in pain. It may simply be a way to soothe themselves, but research suggests the low frequency of purrs causes a series of vibrations within their body that can act as a healing mechanism. It requires energy to purr, so why would a cat do it if it wasn't beneficial in some way?

3) Breathing pattern changes: A cat in pain may breathe faster or more shallow than usual. Be on the lookout for abdominal breathing (movement of the stomach and chest muscles) and panting, neither of which are normal in cats.

4) Changes in eating and drinking: Pain can make cats lose their appetite. Refusal to eat or drink can indicate problems with their teeth or gums. A cat with a painful mouth may drop their food and water when trying to eat or drink.

5) Changes in grooming habits: A cat who doesn't feel well is likely to neglect regular grooming duties. On the other hand, they may over-groom a wounded area or if they're experiencing a skin irritation.

6) Hiding & acting withdrawn: Cats in pain tend to want to hide and withdraw from everyday activities. If you notice kitty hiding out in closets or under couches and beds, it's a very telling sign that something is wrong. Cats instinctively know that in the wild, a sick animal is a target, so they are likely trying to protect themselves by “hiding” from any threat that might take advantage of them in their compromised state.

7) Lack of energy and mobility changes: If a cat is in pain they may be less active and sleep more. Depending on where the pain is they might walk with a limp, go up and down the stairs more slowly, and be less likely to run around the house, jump and play the way they normally would.

8) It's all in the eyes: You can learn a tremendous amount about how your cat is feeling by looking in their eyes. Painful eyes can cause smaller (constricted) pupils, squinting and a bloodshot appearance. Pain in other parts of the body will result in larger (dilated) pupils.

9) Changes in litter box habits: Older cats who are arthritic may find it painful to defecate in the box regularly, thus holding their stool longer, drying it out, and causing constipation. They may also have a hard time getting in and out of their litter box and start going outside the box.

10) Lumps and bumps: Always keep an eye out for signs of swelling on your cat's body that may indicate a painful abscess, inflammation, or even cancer.

Anytime you believe your feline friend may be in pain it's important to have them checked out by a veterinarian. The sooner you realize something may be amiss, the sooner you can get them the help they need to start feeling better!

Monday, September 9, 2019

September 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 September for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop...

40 Years Ago - 1979, I May Never Get to Heaven, Conway Twitty

It's no secret this is my all-time favorite song of Conway's, and it went to the top of the charts 40 years ago yesterday (on my birthday!).

This song was recorded by numerous artists, even Aretha Franklin, but ONLY Conway took it to #1...

35 Years Ago - 1984, Let's Fall To Pieces Together, George Strait

35 Years Ago - 1984, You're Gettin' To Me Again, Jim Glaser

30 Years Ago - 1989, I Wonder Do You Think Of Me, Keith Whitley

The first of two posthumous number ones for Whitley, who died on May 9, 1989.

We hope you enjoyed our choices this week!
Let us know if you have a favorite...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Happy Birthday, Mommy!!! #SundaySelfies

Meows from Mudpie!

If anyone is so inclined, Facebook gave Mommy the opportunity to create a fundraiser for her birthday, so why not take advantage?

We chose a rescue group that does amazing work for cats in desperate need of help in the toughest areas of NYC, Little Wanderers NYC. We follow them both on Facebook and Instagram, and the volunteers of this grassroots group are truly angels on earth. Thank you in advance to anyone who chooses to donate!

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

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Caturday Art

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 joined the Cat Writers' Association in 2013. Something I'm still extremely proud of!

2. I wish I'd asked my uncles about their experiences during World War 2. One was stationed in England, the other in Japan, and neither one of them ever wanted to talk about that time.

3. All the cats I've lived with have had the biggest impact on who I am today.

Mudpie's answer:

4. My forever home is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Book Review: Catch Cat by Claire Grace, Illustrations by Andy Council

Spot the elusive world-traveling cat hiding in 7 intricately illustrated continent maps, paired with explanatory spreads featuring a selection of the fascinating creatures, people, iconic buildings, and geological features that make each continent unique.

Geography has never been more fun! Travel the world, from North America to Antarctica and every continent in between, in search of cat while you discover myriad natural and man-made wonders—all packed cleverly into the colorful maps.

Did you spot the pink dolphins frolicking in the Amazon River? Or Bran Castle, Romania’s national monument and the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula? How about the rockhopper penguins of Antarctica, sporting their distinctive yellow-streaked hairdos? And the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, thought to be built from 2.3 million blocks?

To discover these cool places and more, pack your bags and get ready to explore.

This is one of the most visually stunning books I've ever had the pleasure of being asked to review. Catch Cat is described as "Where's Waldo with a purr-fect feline twist" and will completely captivate anyone who opens the cover. I found myself in awe of the incredible amount of detail in every single illustration, not to mention the fact that's it's packed with information about specific things unique to that particular continent.

Picking out the adorable cat in each layout was SO much fun and more challenging than I expected! It's a good thing there's an answer page in the back of the book because one was driving me crazy and I had to cheat a bit. Cat isn't just standing around being a tourist either - he's right in there tackling adventures on all four paws! If you're an armchair traveler like me who prefers to stay home with your cat, this book will have a permanent place on your coffee table. You'll discover something new each time you pick it up!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Unboxing August's CatLadyBox

The theme of August's CatLadyBox was "Save the Purrlanet"'s what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Heidi Moreno is a Los Angeles illustrator whose art is filled with bright colors, whimsical scenery and cats. Her cat Peanut runs the show!

"Cats Make the World a Better Place" Shirt: Truer words were never spoken!

Glass Water Bottle with Cat Sleeve: Environmentally friendly and eye catching with a beautiful mint green sleeve.

Cattastic Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 4: Packaged in the cutest little drawstring bag, purrfect for tucking inside your purse or tote bag.

Manny the Meownatee Catnip Toy & Buzz the Bee Wand Toy: A catnip toy and a wand toy...something for every kitty's taste! Mudpie is holding buzz the bee hostage in this picture...


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