Friday, January 20, 2017

International Day of Acceptance

When I was looking through my 2017 Cat Blogging Calendar, it struck me as ironic that today is International Day of Acceptance. It is also Inauguration Day.

This year, many of us feel much different than on past Inauguration Days, (even when the President-elect was NOT the candidate of my choosing, I and many others that I know, didn't feel on Inauguration Day the way many of us are feeling now.) 

To help myself and those of you are might be feeling the same, I wanted to share what the International Day of Acceptance is and what it means,  and pray that our new President today, his Inauguration Day, stops and thinks about the importance of what he has gotten himself into, what it means, what he represents and I pray that he puts into practice what the International Day of Acceptance stands for. I also pray that he :

 1) Shows more compassion
 2) Stops tweeting
 3) Acts like an adult
4) Develops a thicker skin
5) Is pro-active about learning and understanding about those who are different than himself
6) and so much more that I will keep to myself
Photo from 3E Love's Wheelchair Heart on Facebook

International Day of Acceptance from Days of the Year:

"The (International) Day of Acceptance is a valuable social entrepreneurial awareness experiment with a heart-warming back-story."

"Annie Hopkins founded 3E Love to make the world a better place, also creating the International Symbol of Acceptance, which shows a wheelchair in the shape of a heart. Together, the occasion and the symbol communicate the 3E Love ethos of devotion, equality, respect and understanding, to be adopted and appreciated by people of all abilities."

"Disability owned and operated, 3E Love works to empower people through pride and passion, rather than charity. Taking control, following our dreams and being the best we can, regardless of physical factors, makes us what we are, and Annie’s goal to share this with as many people as possible has proved a source of inspiration all across the world."

"On January 20th 2009, Annie passed away due to unexpected complications during a simple medical procedure. Her memory lives on in the hearts of her friends and family, and it also lives on in the heart of the International Symbol of Acceptance. Annie’s brother, Stevie Hopkins, who helped her start 3E Love, paid tribute to his sister’s selfless efforts and vowed to keep them alive. On the first anniversary of Annie’s passing, Stevie and family founded an annual celebration of her life and work, inviting everyone to take part in a variety of ways, from drawing the symbol on your hand or cheek, to ordering buttons and T-shirts from the website, or simply changing your social media profile pictures to the logo for the day."

To quote 3E Love: “Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life; a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.”

FROM CAT CAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: We pray the World will show more acceptance and compassion for those with any type of a disability, be it mental or physical, and for EVERYONE who is perceived to be "different", whether it be due to the religion they practice, the color of their skin, their gender, etc. May God Bless Everyone and "May God continue to bless the United States of America."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cats Warming Your January in the 2017 Cat Blogging Calendar

Hi furiends of all shapes, sizes and distinctions!! It's Cody, and today since this week I am featured in the 2017 Cat Blogging Calendar, I thought it would be fun to share the  photos and blogs of all the other kitties that are also featured in the month of January, (and a couple of super special kitties that are featured in February!!) These kitties are all just a sampling of the many ADORABLE and PRECIOUS kitties featured in this most pawesome and USEFUL calendar!!!

Newton, Ashton, Pierre from 

Dexter, Olive and Sophie from


Guido and Grappa from

Zorro and Pixie from 

Also a HUGE THANK YOU to "Mom Paula" and her gorgeous girls, Truffle and Brulee for all of their hard work in putting together this fabulous calendar!! And...Truffle and Brulee just happen to be featured  the week of.......FEBRUARY 12-18th!!

Truffle and Brulee from

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Mom and I would be lost without ours. The pages are PURRFECT for scheduling your Vet trips blog posts, etc!!! get to look at adorable kitties EVERY DAY!!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Visiting an Old Friend: Nellie Shared Her Gift With Me/Day #14

Hi all it's Cody! For those of you who are long time readers of my blog, you know that Nellie and I have been dear, close furiends for nearly my entire kitty life! We go way back! We have been in numerous blog posts together, shared trysts and so much more.

Cody and Nellie from 2013 I think!

I was excited when Nellie called me the other day. She wanted to share the gift of her company with me and I happily accepted! Well, truth be told, HERE is what REALLY happened as she wrote on her blog today: "Sunday, Mommy and her furrends was watching the Packers and the Cowboys. Purrsonally, mes finds football a little boring. Mes gotted Mommy's phone and texted my bestest old furrend Cody...."

Doesn't matter if Nellie texted me because she was bored, (little did she know I was watching the same football game when she texted me, but I am not one of those mancats who put sports ahead of special ladycats.) I will drop everything for sweet "Nellie Belly" and she knows that! Even FOOD!!!

I was at Nellie's so fast..."before she could say touchdown!!!" Nellie and I had a most pawesome time visiting and chatting together. It meant the world to me that she wanted to share Day 14 of her "Gift" with me.

Love you sweet Nellie Belly,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SMART: Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (Guest Post) #BtC4A

When people ask me about my favorite rescue in my feature-length documentary SMART: Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, they assume the answer’s going to be something big. The deer in Pee-Wee Herman’s backyard? Airlifting the horse from the dam? Surely, the mountain lion in the basement?

The answer, surprisingly enough, is a kitten in a basement.

First, check out the trailer:

You back? Great. Pretty cool, right?

My team and I spent 3 years in the field with SMART. We lived, breathed and bled with them. But they truly figured out who I was early on, in a house with true Hollywood pedigree. Yes, this rescue could only have occurred in the City of  Los Angeles.

SMART team lead Armando Navarrete was in the attic, his flashlight beam sweeping across insulation and wood. The owners thought the kitten was up there, but although we could hear the little thing, it was nowhere to be found.

I shimmied downstairs and ran outside, making sure I was on the same side of the house Armando was. And then I heard it. The kitten was crying beneath the house, and the sound was racing up the wall to the attic.

I told Armando to come on down, and then I almost went in to grab the kitten. I think that’s when they figured out that I was truly invested in their work. That I got it. Me, leading my small crew, determined to tell their story… and I almost ruined my own shoot to go get that little critter.
Armando with Kitten
Photo Courtesy of Justin Zimmerman, Director of SMART

Of course the properly trained and incredibly talented Armando Navarrete did his thing and saved the day, and that kitten rescue is an important part of the documentary. But the end of the story hasn’t ever been told before. Until now.

Because in true Hollywood fashion, the owner of the home was in the classic Planet of the Apes. He sprayed down Chuck Heston with a water cannon, in fact. And Planet of the Apes is Armando’s favorite movie from his childhood.

From Planet of The Apes
Photo Courtesy of Justin Zimmerman, Director of SMART

Mind. Blown.

So it wasn’t the dog over the cliff or the 50-foot fall or even the pelican water rescue that stands out to me the most. My favorite rescue is a kitten, alone in the dark, crying out for help so loudly that it sounds like it’s coming from the attic. And the need to go in and get it out, no matter what, running through me.

Armando with kitten
Photo Courtesy of Justin Zimmerman, Director of SMART

Movies. Documentaries. LA. It all came together in SMART, and now the film is live on Amazon and more for all to see. I hope you have time to watch and review it, and I hope it galvanizes everyone who sees it to help. To volunteer, to adopt a shelter animal, to have their pets spayed, neutered and microchipped. You know the score.

Because you don’t have to jump out of a helicopter to be an animal rescuer.

Justin Zimmerman, Director

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From Cat Chat With Caren and Cody: We were not compensated for sharing this guest post.

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