A New Hop is in Town

Hi everyone! I have a lot to tell you today. First, I want to share what The Chicken Soup people had to say when I contacted them about their awful choices of stories. This is their response word for word:

Thank you for contacting us about “The Cat and His Boy” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat. We were alerted to this problem shortly after the book came out and we were embarrassed and chagrined when we re-read the story. We went back to the writer and she explained what really happened and revised her story. Her son had not actually treated the cat that way—she is a big cat lover—but she had been going for a more dramatic effect in the story, thinking it was amusing—which of course was wrong.

Please do not hold this against us. When you are combining stories from lots of people mistakes can happen. We rarely make a stupid mistake like this and we took immediate action when we realized it. We are known for our wonderful treatment of animals and our passionate support for shelters. We provide tons of free cat and dog food to shelters and we actively promote the adoption of cats and dogs from shelters in our books. We even make sure to feature stories about black cats and black dogs, senior cats and dog, and pit bulls—all categories that are harder for shelter to place with families. Royalties from our last four dog and cat books go to the American Humane Association.

Please accept our apology and our assurance that the story has been revised for the next printing of the book and that we will be more careful in the future.

I am glad they already took action as far as this story was concerned. I wrote back and asked about the other stories I complained about written by people who don’t like cats- I am waiting for that response.

Now, I have big news- you all know how we love to hop. Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and I  were sad when Hilary Grossman of Feeling Beachie stopped doing her Friday Fill-Ins so we asked her if she would mind if we did it. And she said yes ! Thank you Hilary. So next Friday we will be co-hosting our first of hopefully many hops. There will be 4 fill-ins , 2 from each of us. We hope this will help us all get to know one another better. The fill-ins will be listed next Thursday.

Special thanks to Jamie Swimm ( who also designed my logo and header) for designing our badge: ellen_cat_badge_2 If you want to see more of his incredible work, check out his website.

We are very sad to see another beloved pet leave for The Bridge, if you haven’t already, please visit Whitley’s Mama, she is brokenhearted.Whitley Westie FOREVER Badge

 

Samurai A Feral Kitten’s Journey to Find a Home

Happy Friday everyone! I have a book to review today that I won on Goodreads. I enjoyed it so much that I want to spread the word. This would be an excellent Christmas gift for kids aged 4-8, but any age will enjoy it.

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Samurai A Feral Kitten’s Journey to Find a Home by Rosemary Wood is a true story. The author and her husband found a feral kitten and started feeding it. Their pet cat gets very jealous and tries to scare it away. This book explains the plight of feral cats. Here is one line:

” They have no one to feed them and must sleep outdoors at night.”

It is also beautifully illustrated with oil paintings so adults will enjoy this too. Here is the link to the website for the book, from there, you will find out where to purchase if you are interested. This book  has won a book festival award. Animals, Animals, Animals named it 2015 Best Children’s Book.

I am starting my hopping a day early because this week, I am co-hosting Feeling Beachie’s Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun. I came up with the last 2 statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. ___ taste ____
  2. Have you______
  3. My ______________________ always gets mad at me for ____________.
  4. When my alarm clock goes off, I ____________________.

My Answers:

  1. ALL THINGS WITH CHOCOLATE taste DELICIOUS
  2. Have you FINISHED CHRISTMAS SHOPPING YET? I HOPE TO TODAY.
  3. My HUBBY always gets mad at me for SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON VET BILLS, BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP ME FROM BRINGING A CAT TO THE VET WHEN NEEDED.
  4. When my alarm clock goes off, I HIT SNOOZE SEVERAL TIMES WHILE SIPPING ON COFFEE THAT MY HUBBY BRINGS TO ME

Please pray for Jan’s Sam Power of the Paw for SAM

 

Hopping Saturday

Another sad week in the Blogosphere, Moosey of Animal Shelter Volunteer Life went to Rainbow Bridge. Moosey Forever BADGE220

Moosey’s Mom and Dad have a lovely tribute to this sweet boy on their blog.

Starting off , I am a day late with Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun. This week’s co-host is OBI from ELOQENT RAMBLES. She came up with ALL THE statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. Being ___ is _____
  2. I _____ to ______
  3. If I could_____ I would _________
  4. I cannot live without _______________

My Answers:

  1. Being A CAT MOM is THE BEST
  2. I LOVE to SPEND TIME WITH MY CATS ( ACTUALLY, ANY CATS)
  3. If I could ICE SKATE I would GO ICE SKATING AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER WITH MY HUBBY
  4. I cannot live without MY CATS

The Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots of Life theme this week is “Neighbor”. Spooky was our neighbor’s cat for at least 13 years before we adopted him and made him an inside cat. He used to visit daily for a little snack. I always worried if he would miss a day because there are a lot of coyotes around. I am very happy that Spooky is part of our family now.

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PhoebegiveawayFor Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop I used ribbet to decorate Phoebe’s Giveaway photo- last day to comment to enter. She will announce the winner tomorrow. Caturday Art52 Snapshots of LifeCelebrate winter time with the pet parade, where all your favorite pets and animals can be found

Hopping Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! I am using the same photo for The Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots, theme “bokeh”  and Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop.

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This is Sammy’s photo on the first day of Hanukkah last year. A much clearer version is in the Holiday issue of Catster on page 28. I will admit that I had to look up the word bokeh and I know I didn’t get it quite right, but it is the best I could do with my limited editing skills. Bokeh is a blurred photo where one thing is clear and I couldn’t figure out how to make one part clear. I used Lunapic, blur effect.

The real art is my new header. Thank you to my friend Jamie who is an excellent graphic designer. Here is the link to his DiverseDesigning

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We are also hopping with Feeling Beachie’s Fill-In Fun, this week’s co-host is ELIZABETH from SILVER’S BOOK REVIEWS. She came up with ALL THE statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. Try to_____ whenever you can
  2. Books are_______.
  3. Last week, I_______.
  4. Later in life, I_________.

My Answers:

  1. Try to HELP CATS whenever you can.
  2. Books are WONDERFUL, ESPECIALLY ONES ABOUT CATS.
  3. Last week, I HAD A HAPPY THANKSGIVING, SPENT TIME WITH MY NIECE AND HER BABY AND WENT SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY WITH MY MOM.
  4. Later in life, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SAY I COMPLETED MY BUCKET LIST WHICH CONSISTS OF ONE THING- MEET NICOLAS CAGE.

 

Phoebe will see you tomorrow and tell you about her Christmas giveaway.

Saturday

Hi everyone. I want to offer my thoughts and prayers to the people of France.

 

This week I am co-hosting:

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. I am ____ on ____ so ______
  2. When was the last time you _________
  3. I always make a wish when ____________________.
  4. . I wish I lived __________ because_____________.

My Answers:

  1. I am GOING SHOPPING on BLACK FRIDAY so I WILL NEED TO GET UP EARLY WHICH I DON’T LIKE TO DO ( and yes Mom, we are still going, I will be up)
  2. When was the last time you DID SOMETHING FOR ANIMALS OTHER THAN YOUR OWN? ( I tried to trap an injured cat last week, but had no luck and I make small donations to cats in need weekly- I wish I could do more)Saturday
  3. I always make a wish when I BREAK A WISHBONE AND GET THE LARGER SIDE
  4. I wish I lived IN THE 1940’s and 50’s because I LOVE THE FASHIONS.

Pet Parade with Rascal and Rocco

I am using the same photo for Athena’s Caturday and The Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots , theme “Veteran”. I took this photo of Lucy last year with my Dad’s flag. I never thought Lucy would be with him this year. I used ribbet to add a flag frame/design.

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Don’t forget to comment today for a chance to win out Thanksgiving giveaway- a turkey print catnip mat, a crocheted drumstick and pumpkin, a wishbone ornament, a book and a pilgrim hat and feathered headband for photos). Phoebe will announce the winner tomorrow: 004( She is making sure everything is there)

Another Hopping Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone- time for hopping.

Feeling Beachie’s Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun ( a day late) -This week’s co-host is PATRICIA from A SEASON AND A TIME. She came up with THE LAST TWO statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. I think ____ is so tasty
  2. Sometimes I ____ about ______
  3. ____keeps me_____________________.
  4. I got over ______________________by___________________.

My Answers:

  1. I think HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHIPPED CREAM is so tasty
  2. Sometimes I DREAM about NICOLAS CAGE (Nice dreams, nothing naughty)
  3. 14 CATS keeps me BUSY AND HAPPY
  4. I got over WANTING TO BE AN ACTRESS by BLOGGING ABOUT MY TRUE LOVE (CATS)

For Athena’s Caturday Blog Hop and The Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots, theme “Fall” I have this photo of Phoebe. I cropped it and added Fall stickers on Ribbet.

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Don’t forget Winnie’s Wish Auction is starting: Winnies Wish Auction Announcementhttp://winnieswishauction.blogspot.com/

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Pet Parade blog hop linky party

 

 

 

Phoebe’s Hopping Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! I am filling in for Mom today so she can spend time with Dad – today is their 23rd anniversary. 001Mom claims this is their wedding photo, but it doesn’t look like them. weddingAnd she says the little flower girl is her niece, but I don’t think so- her niece is married and due to have a baby next week. Grammie is mad at the baby because she didn’t come out on her birthday, silly Grammie. I love my Grammie so very much. She brought me us a big bag of treats yesterday.

Time to hop, I get to do the fill-ins for Feeling Beachie’s Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun:

This week’s co-host is PAM from TROOPPETRIE MC GUFFY’S READER. She came up with the last THREE statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. Have you _____
  2. Growing up summer meant _____
  3. The weather outside is________
  4. My favorite teacher taught me____

1.Have you FED YOUR CAT TODAY?

2. Growing up summer meant PLAYING OUTSIDE, BUT NOW I AM INDOORS CAT.

3. The weather outside is TOO COLD FOR WINDOW WHIFFS-PHOOEY!

4. My favorite teacher taught me THAT SWEET KITTIES GET LOTS OF TREATS.

For Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and the Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots of Life “Pumpkin” theme we have the beautiful pumpkin our friend Nellie carved for us last Halloween. 15_o_lanternI wish Nellie still blogged, but at least she gets to visit sometimes. Caturday Art52 Snapshots of LifeSee you tomorrow!

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun and More

Happy Friday everyone! We are starting our hopping a day early this week. I am co-hosting Feeling Beachie’s Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun:

The statements are:

  1. I always make a wish when
  2. Before company arrives, I ____________________.
  3. . I would live __________________ if _________________.
  4. . I speak _____________________ but I wish I could speak ____________

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My answers:

  1. I always make a wish when I SEE A TRUCK FULL OF HAY, ENTER A NEW CHURCH, BLOW OUT BIRTHDAY CANDLES AND SEE A SHOOTING STAR ( I LIKE TO MAKE WISHES)
  2. Before company arrives, I MAKE SURE THE LITTER BOXES ARE SCOOPED, IF THERE WILL BE A LOT OF COMPANY, I LOCK THE CATS IN THE BEDROOMS WHERE THEY ARE LESS STRESSED.
  3. I would live WITH MORE CATS if MY HUBBY WOULD AGREE TO IT..
  4. I speak A LITTLE FRENCH I REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL but I wish I could speak POLISH SO I WOULD KNOW WHAT THE PEDICURE LADIES ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN MY MOM AND I ARE GETTING PEDICURES.

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I am also going to join the Friendship Friday Hop:Friendship FridayCreate with Joy

Another hop I have been wanting to join and finally remembered is: The Friday 56 is a fun hop, you turn to page 56 of a book you are reading  ( or 56% in a reader) and pick a line. I haven’t been reading as much this past month since my beloved Lucy has been gone. We had started to read My Street Cats Their Personalities and Social Behavior by Raphaella Bilski . Here’s a line from page 56 even though we only got to page 48: “One harsh winter day, we heard the fierce cries of a kitten.”

023(One of her last photos). I miss my Lucy.

Kangaroo Hopping

Saturdays are for hopping and nothing hops better than a kangaroo. I was thrilled to get a package in the mail from Australia. Most of you probably know Fozziemum , but if you don’t then please check out her link. She lives in the Outback with lots of pets and is an incredible photographer. She takes amazing photos of nature and my favorites are of the kangaroos. Words can’t express how happy getting these 12 cards in the mail have made me. I doubt I am going to send any of them, I am definitely framing some of them, if not all.

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These are my entry for The Lazy Pit Bull’s #52 Snapshots of Life, the theme this week is “framed” and these deserve to be framed. Thank you Fozziemum.

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And for Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop, Joanie and Sammy want to show off the beautiful birthday cards they got from their friends

Birthdaycardjands Pipo and Minko

and birthdaycard2jandsLadybird

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes.

We are also hopping with Feeling Beachie and this week’s co-host is UMA KAYLA from BOOK LOVER IN FL She came up with the last two statements.

 

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. Did you _____?
  2. ____ is always ____
  3. The TV show, __________, is my all time favorite because _____
  4. I want to discover _________

My Answers:

  1. Did you START DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN YET? WE WILL TODAY
  2. A CAT is always NICE TO SNUGGLE WITH
  3. The TV show, I LOVE LUCY, is my all time favorite because IT IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!
  4. I want to discover HOW TO GET MORE FOLLOWERS ON THE BLOG

I know this is a long post, but one more thing. Please pray for Carmine he hasn’t been eating much lately and his Mom is very worried. Purrs and prayers for moohttp://fureverywhere.blogspot.com/

Phoebe will see you tomorrow and Monday we start our black cat themed giveaway, then we have one for breast cancer awareness and Halloween- lots of giveaways.

Cat Museums and a Hop

Hi everyone! Last week when Cat Scout Maggie filled us in on Cat museums in the USA , she also told us about a cat house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I don’t know why, but the photo she included in the post did not appear. Here it is: FLWcathouseAll the details, including the blueprints can be found at Hausppanther: http://www.hauspanther.com/2014/08/01/vintage-cat-house-designed-by-frank-lloyd-wright-finds-new-home-at-feline-history-museum-in-alliance-ohio/

and Maggie’s Mom made a great photo of my Sammy with Maggie and Felix:

FLWcathousewFSP&MFeel free to add your kitties to the blank  photo above and post them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/15andmeowing?ref=hl

And if you are in NYC, The Museum of Moving Image has a display running through January 31,2016 about how cats took over the internet. http://observer.com/2015/07/hello-kitty-new-exhibit-explores-the-history-of-cats-on-the-internet/#ixzz3gSiSqwdc

I am starting my hopping early this week-

I am co-hosting Feeling Beachie’s Blog Hop this week- please join in, I love to read people’s answers – it is a great way to learn more about each other.

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

  1. Birthdays are ______________________
  2. I am ___________, but I wish I was _________.
  3. ____ is my favorite ______.
  4. ________ is the best brand of __________.

My Answers:

1. Birthdays are FUN TO CELEBRATE THE WHOLE MONTH

2. I am FAT, but I wish I was THIN ( OR AVERAGE)

3. NICOLAS CAGE is my favorite ACTOR ( Just in case you didn’t know that 🙂 )

4. FRISKIES PARTY MIX is the best brand of CAT TREATS ( the kitties did this one)