Friday, March 24, 2017

Sara's Tale a Guest Post By Linda Zwick

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Today we are pleased to present to you a guest post by a dear friend of mine (we have known each other since High School) who is like the rest of us, insanely in love with cats! She is deeply involved with helping ferals. This is a post she wrote, about some friends of hers in Ohio who are dedicated (as MANY of you are) to helping ferals. 

Sara's Tale

For some, winning the lottery or landing that dream job is the pinnacle of success. But for a select group of furry friends, it’s making the acquaintance of Stephen & Sara Schneider, the canine/feline benefactors of Canyon Lakes.
This sweetie is available for adoption!!

Although Steve & Sara are involved in challenging careers, their mutual love of animals always holds a special place in their hearts and home. For Sara, this started with her first rescue, a handsome cool cat named Champ. They shared 12 wonderful years together. Losing Champ was very difficult, although it made Sara & Steve realize how important animals are in their lives. Fortunately, Canyon Lakes provided the perfect opportunity to indulge in this interest. Apparently, their yard is a way station for kitties, and word soon spread that this oasis had vacancies! In the short time they’ve lived here, they’ve helped out at over a half dozen feline residents! In addition to two heated outdoor cat homes, food water, and medical care await these lucky visitors. Sara also has a Havahart trap at the ready for her work with the TNR program. More about that later.

Representing the canine brigade are Pearl and Dash, 2 gorgeous Portuguese Water Dogs. Pearl can proudly boast of parentage invited to Westminster, and she’ll gladly show you the wall of fame displaying her varied accomplishments! While she’s a certified therapy dog, she also has the unique ability to detect cancer through her amazing sense of smell. Sara hopes to do further research on this.
Dash lucked into his forever home with the Schneiders through a special rescue club for his breed. While there are lengthy waiting lists for adoption, Dash’s dire circumstances required a special heroine to come along, and obviously Sara fit the bill! Dash was given a warm welcome by all, and hasn’t looked back since.

While Clevelanders may be familiar with Geauga Humane Society, the TNR program may not be as well known. “Trap, Neuter & Release” provides an effective approach to reduce our burgeoning feral cat population. Steve & Sara have many success stories, “Jon Snow”, “Amy” & “Montego” to name a few. Some of their charges made the transition indoors, some just stop by for an occasional visit. There are currently 4 lodgers, but that number could change anytime! As amazing as their efforts are, the Schneiders have even bigger plans down the road. Someday they hope to start a foundation named after their beloved kitty “Champ”.

In the meantime, Sara has a few helpful tips for any neighbors wishing to help. If you see a kitty wandering by, look for the universal sign of an already neutered feral, the “tipped”, or slightly cut left ear. If this isn’t evident, try not to scare her/him off by chasing or reaching out too aggressively. Leaving food out (but not at night) can lure the animal in and set up a future possibility for TNR intervention. Also as adorable as tiny kittens are, try to resist the temptation to whisk them away, chances are mom and fellow litter mates are in need of rescuing as well!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats Give-Away! U.S. Only TWO WINNERS!

Hi all it's Cody and I am excited to meow about some new treats that I recently tried from our furiends at Caru!

But first, a little background. Mom first became aware of Caru when she won a give-away on Facebook in 2015 and then featured them on Dakota's blog a few weeks after., Now, it's my turn!!!

Did you know?

"Caru" means "to love" in Welsh? From Caru: Love, after all, is why we care so much about the nourishment we provide for our pets.   Read more about why the name "Caru" was chosen here.

Being a family-owned company, every recipe that Caru makes is made in small batches. Their packaging is made with concern for the environment.  Every batch is tested for quality and safety. 

Each time I have worked with Caru they are one of the best companies around to work with, they are passionate about pets and work hard to maintain their stellar reputation.

I am a lucky kitty! I received two bags of Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats! I received the Salmon Recipe and the Chicken Recipe. I didn't know which to choose first, but being a mancat who LOVES his chicken I decided to try that one first. 

Natural Chicken Recipe Bites for Cats

 Let me tell you kitties they are so tasty!!! I was gobbling these treats up and couldn't wait to have more! I haven't tried the second bag yet, but I also  received the:

Natural Salmon Recipe Bites for Cats
  • USDA-inspected salmon is the number one ingredient
  • Made with real salmon, chickpeas & chicken liver
  • Carefully selected ingredients
  • No genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients
  • Grain, gluten and wheat free
  • No corn, soy or meals
  • Made in the USA from a family-owned company
  • Formulated without artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Prepared in small batches

 "Incredibly nutritious. Irresistibly delicious. 
Grain free"

Going to Global Pet Expo?
Look for Caru at Booth #745


Caru has generously offered TWO OF OUR READERS WHO ARE 18 and over and WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S. the chance to try one of the flavors shown above. Entering is easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:We  did not receive monetary compensation for this review/give-away. We received two bags of Caru for Cats Baked Bites Natural Treats in exchange for our always honest review.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: "Plan Cee" by Hilary Grossman is "Chick Lit" at It's Finest!

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: I have the pleasure of knowing author Hilary Grossman through her blog, Feeling Beachie,  and I have had the HONOR of meeting Hilary in person.  Hilary's personality is warm, welcoming, funny, quirky, and many of those characteristics are evident in a number of her characters in her books. I am sure you will love her as much as so many of us do!

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?


The first full day of Spring is today and it is time to start thinking about the books you will put into your beach bag, or take along on vacation to read on the plane or poolside. Not vacationing? Don't have a pool or a beach? Neither do I, but I bet you have a comfy chair or sofa and some goodies you can munch on while you kick back, probably with a cat (or two or three) by your side, and enter Cecelia's world. Hang on my friends, it's going to be a wild ride!!

I found myself saying "Noooo!!!" OUT LOUD NO LESS, at the mess Cecelia had gotten herself into. Because I have the pleasure of knowing Hilary Grossman in real life, I messaged her on Facebook, literally screaming.  I can't say why I was screaming or I will give everything away!!

I had the distinct honor/pleasure of reviewing both of author Hilary Grossman's previous books, (the most recent of which was Plan Bea. if you haven't read either of Hilary's previous books,  you MUST!!)  Hilary's writing is like chatting with a dear friend, or being nosy and peeking into their lives! 


 Plan Cee, as well as Hilary Grossman's previous books, have all of the necessary components of books that are classified as "Chick Lit." 

*****The really good chick lit books are by authors who haven't forgotten that lit stands for literature, and they manage to create complex stories with subtle characters and universal themes. And - here's the truly difficult part - they do so while employing the conventions that chick lit readers have come to love and expect.

Intriguing characters who are believable, and easy to relate to, plot twists and turns (that will have ANYONE who has had a past relationship thinking of THEIR past and what would happen should that individual re-enter the scene), Plan Cee is CHICK LIT AT IT'S FINEST.  Have you ever read a book that you started to read more slowly because you did NOT want it to end? For me, this was one of those books. I did NOT want it to end, and when it did, I reached out to Hilary and told her there HAS to be more.........

Fingers crossed there will be!!

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

About Hilary:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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