Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Featured Furry-Crystal



I was so taken with the subject of this bonus post that I knew I would have to write about her, too. I'm pleased to introduce Crystal.

Crystal is up for adoption at Great Plains SPCA in Merriam. She is 5 years old and is front declawed. Then of course, you have her amazing coloring.

When I first saw Crystal, I was immediately reminded of Venus the Chimera Cat. I'm not sure what causes these striking markings, but I'm in awe of her beauty.

Crystal was very friendly, too. She loved having me pet her and scratch her head. She also politely told me when she was done and that it was time for me to stop.

She is certainly not your ordinary calico. If you'd like to see Crystal in person, you can visit her at Great Plains SPCA located at 5424 Antioch Drive, Merriam, Kansas.


Featured Furry-Sabrina

I met a sweet little housepanther at Great Plains SPCA in Merriam yesterday. She's on the petite side and has a sprinkling of white hairs on her body with a white patch on her chest. Her name is Sabrina.

Sabrina is 4 years old and came in to Great Plains as a stray. She came right up to me when I sat on the floor and began to purr as soon as I began petting her.

She was immediately comfortable with me in the room and didn't show even the smallest hint of shyness. Sabrina even let me pick her up so we could take a selfie!

Here's Sabrina enjoying some love:

Isn't she the sweetest thing? If you're interested in meeting Sabrina, you can visit her at Great Plains SPCA located at 5424 Antioch Dr., Merriam, Kansas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pet Safety Chat on Twitter

The holidays are here! I love to share the holidays with all the furry members of my family, but I also know it's important to keep them safe. In fact, we're taking an extra step this year with our Christmas decorations. We're trading in all of our hand-blown glass ornaments and will instead use soft ornaments that can't be broken by the cats, thus possibly causing them harm.

An outtake from last year's holiday photo shoot.

For more ideas on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays, you can join in the #HappyPawlidays pet safety chat on Twitter this Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST. It will be hosted by Dr. Cindy Bressler, the veterinary consultant for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

Be sure to follow @DrCindyBressler and @wellnesspetfood on Twitter and remember to use the hashtag #HappyPawlidays for the chat. They'll be hanging out for an hour exchanging pet safety ideas, it should be very informative!

Sebastian Claws (December 2011)

Book Review AND Giveaway! ASK ANNA by Dean Koontz and his dog Anna

While I was at BarkWorld in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I picked up several books. The first one I read is a dog advice book by Dean Koontz' dog Anna. It is titled, appropriately, Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn.

Dean Koontz is best known for his suspense novels (maybe you've heard of Odd Thomas) but Anna has taken a different path with her writing and is doling out canine advice. Anna is a Golden Retriever who flunked out of school with Canine Companions for Independence. She explains in the book that birds were her "undoing."

Anna gives advice to the dogs who write to her with questions about life. She reminds them that size doesn't matter, everyone has a talent, and tennis balls are symbols of joy. She seems to only have one adversary and that is Pierre, the postman's poodle.

Evelyn thinks, "Silly dogs. Cats don't need advice."

Since Anna spent time at Canine Companions for Independence, all author proceeds are being donated to them! To get your own copy for free, you can enter our giveaway. All you have to do is comment and tell us who you think would benefit from Anna's advice. I know this is a mostly cat blog, but a lot of you have pup friends, too. Maybe a dog friend in your life could use a holiday gift! You can gain an additional entry by tweeting about the giveaway as well. You've got a week to get your entries in!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cat Quotables-Nine Lives

The cat has nine lives: three for playing, three for straying, and three for staying.
-English proverb

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Review: A Second Chance: An Inspirational Journey Through the Eyes of an Animal Shelter Volunteer by Liz Miesnik

Liz Miesnik really pulls the heartstrings in her new book A Second Chance: An Inspirational Journey Through the Eyes of An Animal Shelter Volunteer. The book may be simple-photographs of beautiful shelter pets combined with inspiring quotes-but it is powerful.

Ms. Miesnik states in the introduction that she wants the book to inspire and motivate people to make a difference. Already a shelter volunteer myself, I was very moved by what I saw between the pages. The cats and dogs depicted were all adorable, but there were also photos of volunteers. It came through loud and clear that they were doing what they loved.

Every turn of the page brought a picture of a different pet and a new quote. Some quotes I had heard before, others I had not. My favorite was from Albert Schweitzer, "Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." It accompanied a photograph of a differently abled dog named Hope. She had a wheelchair and was wearing a diaper, but the look on her face told you she didn't let any of that slow her down.

At the end of the book, Ms. Miesnik introduces us to the rescues she visited to get the photographs. She is donating part of the proceeds from the book to those rescues, so just in buying the book, you're giving to them.

The book does have some editing mistakes that to me were glaring, but I didn't let that overshadow the warm feeling I got from reading it. It brought so much joy to see the sweet faces of pets awaiting their forever homes and to know there were many volunteers out there giving them the love they need until they get there.

UPDATE: Liz contacted me personally and asked if I would point out the editing mistakes I found. I replied and Liz is going to make the necessary corrections so that future copies will be corrected. Now that's dedication!

This book was provided to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in this post are my own.