Monday, September 28, 2015

Cat Book Review/Give-Away:Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Lola and Dawn White

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: I am a sucker for presentation. When I receive a book for review, I pay attention to details. When someone, (primarily an author, not a publisher), requests a review, I take note of:was it shipped directly from Amazon? Was it signed? ( if I receive a book signed by the author I will ALWAYS keep it, ALWAYS). If the book is not  signed, it will more than likely  be passed on to make room on my jam-packed bookshelves, after I read it, whether I loved the book or not.

When I received a copy of Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Lola and Dawn White, it was one of a mere handful of books that impressed me by the care and thought taken when it was sent to me. It was signed and there were a few "goodies" included.


 Call me crazy, but when asked to review a book, reviewers  are NOT your "average" reader. Authors, take heed. Pay attention to presentation when mailing books to reviewers, it shows us you care about your book. For me, the experience of reading a book begins when I open the package/envelope that it arrives in, followed by cover presentation. More often than not, my impression of a book after I have read it, has matched my initial impression of the book when it arrived. Funny how things work.  Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Lola and Dawn White is one of those books that immediately impressed me upon it's arrival and it did NOT disappoint!

Cover photo Courtesy of Dawn White
From Lola herself: "Hi, I'm Lola! My life definitely took a turn for the worse when I was thrown away in a garbage dumpster and ended up in a shelter where I got very sick. But I was lucky because I found a fairy godmother who saved me and made sure I got a wonderful life. But not all animals in the shelter have a fairy godmother. I'm just lucky." Lola

I am in awe of so many of you who are reading this review who have rescued cats from shelters that might not have been "perfect" cats or kittens. While rescuing all cats is noble, rescuing a cat or a kitten that is ill or has physical challenges is something that I hold in high regard.

Author Dawn White comes from a family of cat lovers. Her "first love" was Marvin, a black and white cat with a "smudge" on his nose who she was forced to give up due to life circumstances. That led her to adopting "Lexy" a Marvin look-alike who had been at the shelter for nearly a year and was passed over because people thought at two years old, "she was too old." Dawn says that adopting Lexy was "the best decision I ever made."

After about 8 months, Dawn decided that Lexy needed a companion. Enter the magic of Facebook. Dawn was looking for someone to help her trap a spay when she came across Lola's photo on  the page of a cat-sitting business. "She looked pathetic, sick, and neglected, but there was something in Lola's eyes that drew me to her immediately." Dawn visited the vet where Lola was being taken care of and "5 minutes later I had adopted this 3.4 pound skinny cat with a face full of mucus who was so sick and weak she couldn't even meow. That was the second best decision I ever made."

Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Lola and Dawn White is a diary primarily pawed by Lola herself.  Each diary entry lists the month, date and year of the entry from Lola's abandonment, to her first year "Adoptiversary."

With each entry, Lola becomes more confident,  secure and much braver! I particularly LOVE that this book was written from the eyes of Lola herself.  Charm and love fill every entry:

August 5, 2011
Mommy's flip-flop makes a nice pillow. I think I may be onto something here. Maybe I can find an agent and sell flip-flop pillows. I'd be famous.

November 3, 2011
Mommy is a little under the weather and is going to bed early, so I've been missing out on computer time. Hey! I have an idea! I can hold her mouth open and pop one of my pills in there to make her feel better. I wonder if I can get some of my friends to help me?"


Lexy on left and Lola on right
Photo courtesy of Dawn White


Those of you who have had the pleasure of bringing a new cat home and introducing it to the resident cat(s) will love and be able to relate to the process as seen from the eyes of the "interloper" herself that are also abundant throughout this marvelous book.

November 12, 2011
This morning Lexy and I were on the bed and Mommy came in and sat down. Of course, I went over and gave her a lick hello. Then she gently brought me over by Lexy, and Lexy started licking my head. "See, you can be great friends," Mommy said. And then something happened...I won't keep you in suspense, I'll just tell you; Lexy bit my ear. Epic fail, Mommy, epic fail.

  As you can see by the excerpts I shared above, the  sweetness of Lola and her loving nature, as well as her impish side,  which is sometimes conveyed by a wicked sense of humor, is incredibly endearing. Each page reinforces the importance of and the unconditional love that is received when one adopts a rescue cat. 

Speaking of rescue cats, in the back of the book are some beautiful stories from friends of Lola and Dawn who share the most beautiful stories of how they adopted their special furbabies. 


Ten Percent of the proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to animal rescue organizations and shelters.  - See more  here 


Author: Dawn White
Genre: pets/cats
Publisher: The Silloway Press
Publication Year: 2014

ISBN: 9780983155256

Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat is available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, Book Depository, Books A Million and other online book sellers.
Dawn White
Photo Courtesy of:
Lola The Rescued Cat



Meet The Author:
Growing up in Rockland County, New York, cats were always a part of Dawn’s family, but animal rescue didn't come to her attention until she adopted a cat from a shelter in 2011. Since that time she has been an advocate for animal rights and has utilized social media outlets to network for animals that need saving. She has also participated in animal rescue transports, assisting in bringing rescued, and previously unwanted, pets to their new forever homes. Dawn’s genuine sense of caring has led her to choose her career path to help others. A dedicated Human Services Professional working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism since 1988, she earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1992, and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2014. She lives in New York City with her two cats, Lola and Lexy, who run the house. Dawn says “adopting two shelter cats has truly changed my life.” Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat is her first book.

GIVE-AWAY!!!
Dawn has allowed us to do a give-away! ONE  LUCKY WINNER who resides in the U.S.A will receive a copy of Lola:Diary of a Rescued Cat, a magnet and this TOTE BAG!!


Entering is super easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below. There is only ONE mandatory entry required, once you complete that, more entry options will open up. Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway





In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a copy of Lola:The Rescued Cat in exchange for our always honest review.

54 comments:

  1. Hmmm, our first kitty was kind of a rescue kitty, because his furmily had to give him u on account of their new babies, the babies were on respirators and no kitty furs could get in those...poor Groucho, but we had him for another 11 years or so. Minko is another unintended rescue, from a filthy 'home', yuck. Fleas and scrawny and all...at the tender age of 6 weeks. He is our resident naughty boy, nevfur a dull moment with him around, even now that he has become a special needs kitty.

    We'd love to see meowmy cart her junk around in the fun tote bag...along with that book. Thanks fur the chance!

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  2. I agree, Lola's book is really well presented! I love the cover a lot too!

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  3. Sure looks like a well presented book and we too love the look on the cover.

    XOXO

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  4. I have a copy of this to read, and I can't wait to start it later today! I've been wanting to read the book for a long time and have heard really wonderful things about it.

    When I adopted Carmine, he was a "perfect kitten." Little did I know that he would develop several chronic health issues, and I believe that many, sadly, would have given him back to the shelter in light of that. Things worked out for the best for him and for me. Kitties know who their humans are; we just have to be smart enough to listen. :)

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  5. This is such a lovely book, and what a wonderful review!

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  6. We recently began following their blog and LOVE IT. The book looks like a sweet one. We'd love to read it...........no doubt it's as wonderful as the writer AND her two dear cats. Great review Caren!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Hi Pam! I started following them a few months ago too and I also love it. I forgot to mention that their blog is as beautifully set up as the book cover/presentation too. Deb Barnes is the same way....the blog is as gorgeous as the book. I greatly enjoyed the book, lots of charm and love when written by the kitty herself. Thank you as well for your kind words.

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  7. Rescued cats are the best. That's what we do Rescue cats. It is wonderful to see them blossom in furrever homes. The book tells it all.

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  8. We haven't read their book yet but Lola and Lexy are sure super special!

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  9. what a sweet book. We had a cat named Lola and she was a wonderful cat. Lived to be 15 years old! Too short a time.

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  10. Caren, that was one terrific review. Sure made me want to read the book. It is right down my alley with the cats. Have a great day.

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    1. Marg THANK YOU!!!! You have a great day as well! xoxo

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  11. I'm in. Sounds like a great read and I love that tote.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  12. You always have the best giveaways. I always read Lola and Lexy's blog posts :)

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    1. Thank you!!! I try :)
      I am so happy that I discovered Lola and Lexy this year, I just love their blog too!

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  13. Lexy is a boy cat????? I didn't know that!!! We love their blog and the book is high up on mum's wish list! She is thinking of emigrating to the US so she can enter all these giveaways lolol xxxx

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    1. THANK YOU 'OL "Eagle Eye!!!" Lexy is a GIRL!!! THANK YOU for catching my typo! Off to change it right now xoxoxo (oh and get your butt over to the U.S.!!) xoxo

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    2. Mol I'm thinking of offering my services as a proof reader!!!!! I'm working on my visa application ;) xxxx

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    3. I am normally sooo good at catching my typos but I was trying to get this done before I went to the football game cause I wouldn't be home til 1am! I was rushing!! THANK YOU!! Also, thank you for not only READING the post but for reading so closely!! Get cracking on that app! xoxoxo

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  14. What a great review and even better the contents match the presentation. What a story and we sure enjoy Lola's blog.

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    1. thank you! Yes, I have to say, the authors that take the time to write a personal note to ME and SIGN their book are much appreciated. You would be amazed by the number of them that do not do that. We love Lola's blog too!

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  15. Have added this book to my must read list. Our first kitty was a throw away kitty. Someone in the neighborhood dumped a litter of 5 kittens outside and then moved. Two or three of us from our complex tried to catch the kittens, but alas we only were able to get 3 of the 5. We took a handsome tuxedo male. He is now 16 years old and the love of our life. Our newest boy we got from the SPCA here in town. He's my snuggle buddy. Both are the greatest kitties.

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  16. This is a GREAT fantabulous review! We don’t usually enter for books but we’d LOVE to read this one. TW was lucky enough to meet Dawn at Blogpaws and someday hopes to meet Lola and Lexy since we’re so close. All TW’s cats have been rescues: some of us came from shelters and some were pulled right off the streets. All have enriched TW’s life in one way or another.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I would LOVE to meet Dawn! Oh yes since you are so close you MUST meet Lola and Lexy!

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  17. Dat's pawsum. Gweat review. We sure hope we win. Have a blest day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  18. I love Lola and Lexy and their mom too!! <3

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  19. The book is very well presented, and sounds like a great book. We enjoy Lola's blog too. What a pawsome giveaway ! Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

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  20. I recently made Dawn's acquaintance and I love her so much! Lexy and Lola are absolute sweethearts and I am so glad they have come to be part of Dawn's house, heart, and soul. I have been meaning to get this wonderful book (I love good presentation as well) and it would be great if I could win a copy!! Thank you for this wonderful review and giveaway opportunity. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties!

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    1. Awww Deb, thank you so much! I think you're great and love you, too!

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  21. Sounds like a sweet book! Good luck efurryone!

    the critters in the cottage xo

    P.S. Sometimes our Mama and her sister buy books just because the cover presentation is so beautiful! :)

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  22. Two years ago I took a young male kitten off the streets. I am still stunned how his previous owner made no attempt to neuter his parents. Just let them run wild and let someone else worry. while I worry. The first year we had him he got into drain cleaner.Tough lil fellow he survived and now steers away from such things! He is Mr. Kitty to us. We first thought he was a she and named him Lily. Opps.....He is ruling the house these days. I would not trade him for anything. He is a joyful addition to this household. Plus he is neutered, safe and happy. Love the giveaway. WHat a delight. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I adored it too!!! Thank you soooooooo much! (((hugs)))

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  24. Thank you so much, Caren! This is such a great review and I'm speechless, actually. I'm so glad you liked my book and chose to share it with the world. We're sending you many hugs and purrs!

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    1. you are MOST welcome!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! I LOVED the book (which is quite obvious! lol)...I just LOVED it! We are sending YOU "many hugs and purrs" back! xoxo

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  25. We love Lola and Lexy! We know about her book...though the mom hasn't read it yet. It's definitely on her reading list.

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  26. Without my 2 rescue kitties life would be dull and sad. They give me joy and love everyday and always make me smile and warm my heart.

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  27. My rescued babies are the best. They really make me enjoy life. They are just so silly and fun and I look forward to seeing them everyday.

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  28. I rescued Grady in 2004. He is a SPCA graduate. He has been my constant companion ever since. I am happy I could give him a happy life with me and his sisfurs.
    We love the book. Two of our friends are rescue cats mentioned in the book.
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

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  29. Your blog is not about showing .... nice pictures ! lol
    It's much more important, it's about making people want to buy books or cat's related things.
    And it's about ... frustrating poor people like me who don't reside in the U.S.
    But perhaps I can enter to try to win it for my 15 years old niece who lives in San Francisco. She has a rescue dog. And... I love the bag !
    I will buy the book.
    Bonne soirée
    Nat à Chat

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    1. you are so sweet. Thank you! But...I do NOT think my blog is more important. Yours is beautifully written (when I can translate it! lol) AND has GORGEOUS photos! You most certainly may enter to win for your 15 yr old niece who lives in San Francisco. Wishing you the best of luck!!! xoxo

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  30. Awe sounds like a pawtastic book! We love how the title is written.

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  31. This sounds like mom's thing! She will look into it.

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  32. This book sounds wonderful! We know the importance of rescue kitties since that's what we are! Our mommy had lost her 18 year old kitty Panther 3 months before we became part of our family. We're pretty sure we rescued her though!

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  33. This book sounds great. I particularly love the fact that it is written from the eyes of Lola herself.

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  34. We have this on the shelf and it is moving furward into being our bedtime story next week I think. Yep
    Thanks for the great review and now we are REALLY looking furward to this great story!
    Purrs
    Timmy

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  35. Looks like a great book!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  36. awww cute and i am addicted to totes! I collect them lol. Thank you for the giveaway!

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