If you love to read books about cats AND you want to help cats, you have to get your hands on a copy of Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. The anthology contains stories told from the perspective of 12 different cats and each cat's story helps a different rescue.
You may already know some of these cats and the authors of their stories. Many of them are active on social media. However, you might not know their background and how they came into their humans' lives.
Each story is unique and I definitely loved them all, but I had a couple of favorites. First was the story of Michael in Then Came Michael. Michael was a 19-year-old cat recalling his 12 years spent with his Mom. He tells his story from a sunny spot while watching the snow fall on a cold winter day. I fell in love with Michael in a heartbeat.
My other favorite was the story of Ryker. Full disclosure here, his Person is a good friend of mine. I never got the chance to meet Ryker-or his predecessor Caleb-in person. To be able to read about him in detail was a special treat.
Here is where you, the reader, comes in to help cats. The editor, Janiss Garza, is donating a third of the book's profits to the rescues chosen by the authors. If you buy a book during March (hurry, there are only a few days left!) Ryker's Person is going to donate her share of the profits to Great Plains SPCA.
So to recap, you buy the book, fall in love with the cats, and shelters get donations. What could be better than that?
This week, March 2-6, 2015 is Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week. It can be hard to think about severe weather when we've just experienced frigid temperatures and snow, but March is here and we know what that brings in Kansas. Last year was a quiet year as far as tornadic activity in Kansas with only 40 tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, the average over the past 10 years has been 100 tornadoes. There's a cool chart where you can learn tons more facts about tornadoes in Kansas last year. We hear a lot about keeping safe during severe weather and what we need to do to prepare for it. What you may not always think about however, is keeping your pets safe during this time. I'm posting the video I did a couple of years ago about making a pet emergency kit. When I made mine, I had severe weather in mind. I ended up using it for a fire emergency instead, so keep in mind you may need a kit in your basement or other safe room, but it is good to have it easily accessible in case you need to leave your home.