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: . You can also find him on Facebook.


  1. How awesome that you actually got to meet Toto! Paws up to Jonathon for his his good work – ALL of it!

  2. What a wonderful story. I will have to buy that book. I love rescue stories that have a happy ending. Thank you for sharing the story with us.

  3. What a lovely story! Jonathan has done a wonderful job with Toto – and how great that he’s raising money for the Animal Rescue League too.

  4. Such an amazing rescue story………Toto is living a “happily ever after” thanks to being found in a tree and surviving at such a young and tender age…….Love the whole idea of Jonathan giving him a home and making him a “star” !!

    Hugs, Sammy

  5. Sounds like a great book. Toto was very lucky to be saved after the tornado and be adopted into a loving home.

    1. Both books are great and Toto is such a sweetie- I bet he is as sweet as you 🙂

  6. Oh this must have been such a fun day!!
    Thank you for sharing the photo of Toto….a very handsome kitty
    Hugs madi your bfff

    1. You’re welcome. I was very pleased to finally meet Toto. 🙂

  7. Toto is so cute and well behaved at the library.
    Love the picture of Joanie at the Pet Parade today!

    1. Thank you- we hope you have a great day too. I would have expected a Toto story from your state, not mine 🙂

  8. What a beautiful story! I hadn’t heard it before. I’m glad that Jonathan and Toto got to be best friends forever. It sounds like they are a purrrfect pair.

    1. I am glad I wrote about it, I figured some people may not have hear their story 🙂

    1. I am sure you will love them 🙂 Toto travels a lot in Massachusetts, maybe someday you could meet him.

  9. Mee-you thiss story is pawsum!! Wee iss so happy Toto lived an then got ‘dopted by Jonathan who saved him! Jonathan iss a grate man to rite Toto’ss story an then doe-nate proceeds back to Animal Rescue League!!!
    An Toto iss one hansum mankat also……
    **Hi-5’SS** Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum 🙂 🙂

    1. He sure is handsome. And would you believe he has no teeth, he had some problem where he was allergic to the tartar so they had to be removed.

  10. Toto iss like mee Aunty Nylablue was….
    That makes Jonathan an his wife even more speshell fur ‘doptin Toto!
    ***Hi-5’SS*** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

    1. Poor Nylablue was a sick girl 🙁 XO and lots of love from Phoebe and me

      1. Shee had her problems that iss fur sure!! LadyMum tooked thee best care of Aunty Nylablue an shee did have sum grate yeerss….
        An havin no teefiess did not stop her frum eatin good! 😉
        **nose kissess** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxx

  11. That was so great and pawsome!

    (You know, MOL.but when meowmy read ‘Toto’ she was thinking you were going to write about a Cairn Terrier, OMC!! Our auntie has a doggy like that…)

    1. I am glad you liked the story it is a cute twist (pardon the pun) on The Wizard of Oz’s Toto.

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