Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mai the Malayan Tiger

To celebrate our anniversary last week, we went to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. My favorite animal there by far was Mai, a Malayan Tiger in the Cat Complex. Besides just being a gorgeous big cat, Mai was special because she was missing one of her front legs. She got around just fine, though. I hope I get to go back and see her some day.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cat Quotables-Calico Cats and Weather

If the tail of a sleeping calico cat is turned to the north or east, a storm is approaching. If it is turned to the south or the west, fair weather is ahead.
~Old Wives' Tale

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Multiple Pet Day

We are a multiple pet household and we're proud to celebrate Multiple Pet Day!

Sometimes our pets barely tolerate each other.

Yaz is NOT comfortable with his back to the cats.

Sometimes they are each other's best buddies.


But they are always family!

Thanks to Emma over at My GBGV Life for letting us know about Multiple Pet Day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cat Quotables-Practical Creatures

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
~William S. Burroughs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Max: The Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present, a Sunswept Entertainment production, a Boaz Yakin movie, "Max". The film opens nationwide on June 26, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Max has been rated PG by the MPAA for action, violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes "Max", a family action adventure from writer/director Boaz Yakin ("Remember the Titans", "Now You See Me").

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle's teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle's family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father's expectations for him; he isn't interested in taking responsibility for his brother's troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin's only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen, Carmen, who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion.

Justin's growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement-and danger-than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend...in each other.

"Max" stars Josh Wiggins ("Hellion") as Justin Wincott, Lauren Graham ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", TV's "Parenthood") as his mom, Pamela, and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") as his dad, Ray.

Check out the "Max" trailer:

One of the underlying themes of the film is PTSD and June happens to be PTSD Awareness Month.

Want some more fun? Tell us why your pet is your hero! Share your photos and stories using the hashtags #HeroPet and #MaxMovie on social media for a chance to be featured on the official MAX pages!

Follow Max on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Maxmovie and on Instagram @MaxMovie. #MaxMovie

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review-Avalon by Vanessa Morgan

Avalon by Vanessa Morgan is one of the most moving books I have read. It centers on the author and her cat and the immeasurable bond they shared. Ms. Morgan found the stray Turkish Van cat and the love was instant.

Avalon was the kind of cat who needed an exclusive relationship with his human and repaid that respect with unending love. Ms. Morgan gave Avalon everything he required, even when it may have seemed unusual. He was the center of her world, and she, his. With her, Avalon was affectionate and loyal while other people only saw his insecurities expressed as destructive behavior.

While reading Avalon's story, the emotion between them was palpable. Maybe it was because I was reading it on the anniversary of losing my heart cat, but I connected with Ms. Morgan and her love for Avalon instantly. It made me feel like the relationship I had with Sebastian wasn't so different. Someone else had that with their cat as well.

I shed some tears as I read Avalon, but they were so worth it to get a glimpse of this special cat and his immense ability to love his human. It is well written and I would happily read Ms. Morgan's other books. I would highly recommend this book to all cat lovers. In fact, I'm going to suggest it as a book for my Twitter book club, ReadPawty.

You can learn more about the author, Vanessa Morgan, at her websites:

You can buy Avalon here:

I received an electronic copy of the book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts expressed in this review were honest and in no way were influenced by the author.