TOTO

Happy Friday everyone! Today is book day and Lucy and I have 2 great books to tell you about: 008

Many of you have probably heard of Toto the Tornado Kitten, but for those that haven’t I will fill you in. On June 1, 2011, a tornado cut a path through several nearby towns (Springfield,Brimfield and Monson, Massachusetts). The next day, a tree worker found a kitten in a tree and brought him to the Brimfield Fire Department where Jonathan was  working as an EMT. He agreed to take care of this tiny kitten weighing only 6 ounces and was estimated to be only 2 or 3 weeks old. Jonathan knew he needed medical help so he turned him over to The Animal Rescue League of Boston as they were in the area to help. That August,Jonathan’s wife, Amy adopted Toto for her husband as a surprise.

Jonathan realized what a great story this was of survival and love so he decided to write a children’s book about it called Toto the Tornado Kitten. That book did so well that he now has another book out titled, Oh Toto Where Did You Go? All the money from these books goes to The Animal Rescue League, so far it totals $56,000. He also donates books to the vet clinic we go to and all the proceeds go to PAL ( my favorite shelter).

Another nice thing is that Jonathan and Toto travel to area libraries and schools so everyone can meet Toto. I am thrilled to say that I finally got to meet him. 008He was an absolute sweetheart and just sat in the chair the entire time 005

I wish I had gotten more photos, but there were about 20 kids there and I couldn’t get them in the photos without a release. I must say I enjoyed listening to a story, Jonathan read the new book to us. He also taught the kids several things they measured Toto and then they learned the title of the book in sign language.

If you are interested in buying the books or just learning more about Toto, here is the link to his website: http://totothetornadokitten.com/index.html . You can also find him on Facebook.

ROAR for PAL

Happy Wednesday everyone! My ROAR this week is for PAL ( People for Animals) https://www.people4animals.com/ . I have ROARED for them several times already, but they are my favorite rescue because they are small, yet do so much and never turn any cat away like some of the larger rescues do when they are “full”.

As you know, I crochet cat toys and they get sold at the local VCA vet clinic, all the money goes to PAL. I rounded up 2 more boxes of items while decluttering so I offered the items to them for their tag sale. The shelter gets all the cats examined and fixed at VCA so I left the items there for Sandy ( the shelter owner) to pick up. My niece is the clinic manager so I left them right outside her office door. Now for a funny coincidence

I had a few Lionel train items in the boxes that had belonged to my Dad. I am not into trains so I figured the rescue could make some money on them. There was a popcorn tin, a tin sign and a mini lunch box. My niece got to work and spotted the tin and decided it would be perfect to store the clinic cat’s food in- his name is Lionel 🙂 Then she thought the lunch box would be great for storing his bow tie collection. That made my day, I love it when something I no longer want or need can have new life and be appreciated.

I also think it is great that my vet’s office has a clinic cat. He was brought in for euthanization because he had a lot of medical issues. Luckily the staff loved him and Lionel became the clinic cat. I wish every clinic did this, it would save a lot of kitties.

Phoebe will see you tomorrow, she is working on a 4th of July giveaway. Well, right now she is hiding under the covers on the bed because we had a thunderstorm a few hours ago. And thank you for all the purrs and prayers for Spooky, he is a lucky guy to have so many friends out there. 006He even decided to celebrate Box Day ( a little late).

ROAR

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is ROAR day and I don’t have a lot to ROAR about. I made a bunch of crocheted fortune cookies ( or pierogi) to be sold at the vet’s office. All the money goes to PAL(  http://www.people4animals.org/   ) . I know I have mentioned them several times, but I am in awe of the work Sandy does. She helps so many and never turns kitties away like bigger shelters do at times.

One other ROAR- please check out the auction for Winnie’s Wish: http://auctionsforpetz.blogspot.com/ . There are lots of great items to bid on and it is for a great cause.

Please be sure and visit Phoebe tomorrow. She is in a bit of a funk, she hasn’t heard from her sweet Purrince in days. 001