Thursday, October 11, 2018

Captain America is Halloween-Ready on "BOOLATRY!!" (Better known as "ZOOLATRY")

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's CAPTAIN AMERICA!!

Halloween has arrived early over at Boolatry!!! Cody is delighted to help kick-off one of our most favorite holidays of the year!!

When Ann posted on her blog looking for volunteers for costumes, both Cody and Dakota  JUMPED at the chance to purrticipate!!

Ann captured Cody's adventurous, brave and also sweet "purrsona" purrfectly with the darling graphic above. 

We LOVE what Ann wrote about Cody on her blog to describe this photo:

CODY is the Captain.  Captain America.
Fighting evil.  Doing good, avenging wrongs to make them right.  
Strong and brave and loyal.  Kind and caring and loving to all.
A gentleman of the highest order.
CODY ~ super hero!

Thank you so much Ann! We love it!! If you think THIS one is cute though, just wait until you see Dakota's which will be posted on October is HILARIOUS!!!!

Thanks Ann for such a great Halloween kick-off!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Emma's Gift" Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes, A Memoir by Katherine Mayfield

It is unusual that a book's dedication can sum up perfectly and succinctly, the message that a book is sending. In "Emma's Gift ,Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes by Katherine Mayfield" the dedication that author Mayfield has written to her "soul kitty", Emma, does just that.

"To Emma, who taught me how to love, and how to love myself. Thank you for seeing beyond all my problems and faults, and showing me the beauty of my soul."

It's the unconditional love of our pets that often gives us the validation that many of us never received both growing up and as adults. It is through the devotion that our pets show us that we learn that we are WORTHY of love.

I think an animal's unconditional love is most noticeable to our wounded souls through the first pet we have AS AN ADULT. It is often the first pet we had as an adult whom we had the deepest bond with, when that pet leaves us, the pain is unfathomable and often unbearable. Many times we try to replicate the unconditional love received from the first pet with all ensuing pets.

The way we are lead to our "soul pets" is often serendipitous. I believe it is something that is out of our control. We are led to the pets we are SUPPOSED to have WHEN we are SUPPOSED to have them.

"She Was God in a small, furry package"
Do animals reincarnate in order to renew and strengthen the loving bond they have with their humans? This heartwarming memoir suggests that they do.
Emma's Gift: Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes describes how the author's lifelong loving relationships with cats taught her to love herself after a difficult childhood, understand her deepest self, and reconnect with her soul and the energy of the Universe.
Raised in an unloving family where love and affection were lavished on cats, the author bonded with felines instead of people, and grew up with a sense of her truest self as a cat underneath the false self she developed to please her parents. Emma's Gift tells the story of how a close feline friend encouraged the author in her journey to uncover and nurture this tender, fierce aspect of her soul so she could step out from behind the mask and live more authentically.
Emma's Gift is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans--the eternal, loving bond that transcends the physical dimension. Packed with amazing insights about our current civilization and the human-animal bond, this heartwarming memoir will touch your heart and broaden your perspective on the nature of Life itself.

Available in print wherever books are sold. Kindle version available on Amazon; Epub available through Apple IBooks and Kobo.

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY:Normally I include snippets of my personal feelings/experiences in my reviews but this one hit SUPER close to home in reference to some things from my childhood, and with posts staying on the internet forever, I have chosen to pass on conveying my personal feelings and experiences.

Suffice it to say that once again I believe in life there are no coincidences. The animals sent to us are sent to us EXACTLY when they SHOULD be. It is through the love of animals that we find OURSELVES and Author Katherine Mayfield writes about her ongoing recovery from an abusive childhood, her self-discovery, her experiences, memories and love of cats beautifully. A true MUST READ.


Katherine Mayfield is the author of an award-winning memoir, The Box of Daughter, which is the story of her journey of recovery from family bullying in childhood; a book of humorous essays, The Meandering Muse:Uncommon Views of Everyday Life; a guide to coping with a dysfunctional family, Stand Your Ground; a guide to recovery from bullying, Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It; and other books. Visit her website here.

We received no financial compensation for this book feature. We received a copy of "Emma's Gift" in exchange for our always honest opinion.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Affordable, High-Quality Window Treatments for your Home that are SAFE for Your Cat from ZebraBlinds and Savings for YOU!

I can't tell you how I cringe when I see photos of cats lounging in windows with improper window treatments. By "improper window treatments" I am speaking of curtains and primarily window blinds that have string cords attached to them or the rods that you pull to open the blinds or drapes that hang from the side (like a wand in a cat's mind).

When a cat sees a cord dangling from window blinds the first thing they see is a TOY. The cat reaches for the cord and can become tangled. The cat would inevitably become terrified which could cause the cord to wrap around it's paws, it's body...or  worse, it's neck which could cause it to be strangled. Rods that attach to blinds/curtains also pose dangers, the cat can cause the drapery or blinds to come crashing down if they attempt to play with it, which would terrify them...or worse......possibly kill them.

I am ashamed to say that for over 17 years I lived with the blinds featured below.

Not only are they hideous to look at, but they clang and crash in the wind, they allow heat and cold to come through the windows and do not block the sun adequately. (We get the late day sun which in the summer makes our second story condo, HOT). Many of you were experiencing hotter than normal temperatures last summer and we were no different. What did I do to try and block out part of that afternoon sun? Look at the embarrassing photo below:

Don't say I didn't warn you! It's embarrassing and disgusting! I had to put a sheet up to block some of the sun. I had to also keep two sides open so that Cody could sit in the window. This is disgusting to look at!

Last summer I joined Dealspotr  a website where influencers can find products to promote. A company named:

who posted that they were looking for individuals to test and promote their blinds. I visited their website, loved what I saw and applied thinking that no way would they ever approve a cat blogger! It was my LUCKY DAY! They did!!!


They offer the most affordable blinds and shades found online. You meeasure and install yourself, using their  guidelines or live help, and save by getting the best prices online through ZebraBlinds. ZebraBlinds provides the products directly from the manufacturers, including everything you need to install. Free shipping and free samples available.
Tbeir products range from simple and affordable aluminum blinds to high-tech smart motorized shades that are compatible with home automation and voice assistants such as Google Home.
Whether you are looking for a new blind for your living room, looking to experiment with home automated smartblinds, or you need to do your whole house, they have a variety of products available at the lowest prices found online.

Photo Courtesy of ZebraBlinds

From the first day I was put in contact with Jeff Lee from ZebraBlinds the customer service that they provide was evident. Not only was I incredibly annoying asking zillions of questions, I was concerned about the measurements I provided being correct. Jeff was more than patient addressing all of my concerns and answering all of my questions. He helped me figure out which blinds would be best for me based on my top concerns:

1) Safety for Cody
2) Their ability to block out the late day sun
3) Their ability to help block out drafts in the winter
4) They had to be aesthetically pleasing


 A huge selection of customizable blinds, shades, shutters and draperies.
When you shop at, you can choose from thousands of styles, colors and types of window treatments. From solar shades and roller blinds to blackout shades and traditional draperies, they have what you are looking for!  All of their products can be ordered in a wide range of sizes and colors, with the add on options you want, so you can create just the right window treatment for you. 

Do you have unusually shaped or very large windows that you simply can't find treatments for anywhere else? They can help you there, as well with their custom sizing options. 

I have a living room window that is rather difficult to fit, the blinds that Jeff and I agreed would be best for me are the  Cordless TDBU Mirage Blackout Cellular Shades Crown,  offers free samples. Just sign in to your account and hover over any color or style you want to order. Their free samples let you try out the fabrics, styles and colors that interest you, all in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Jeff helped me with everything, when I couldn't decide between two of the colors that I wanted, he sent me free color swatches in the mail of the two so I could make a decision. I couldn't be more thrilled with the color that I chose which is called "Tussah". 

From the moment I placed my order ZebraBlinds updated me in a timely and professional manner letting me know the order was received, how I could track it and when it was expected to arrive.

When my blinds arrived it came with the hardware that was needed for easy installation as well as printed instructions. (The instructions are also available online and are clear and easy to understand).

I am not handy at all, nor is my husband but my incredible son-in-law kindly offered to put the blinds up for me and I have to say he had them up in probably less than 20 minutes!!

All you need is a small 3-step stool, a hand drill and a tape measure. All of the hardware is provided!

My shades have the The Cordless Top down Bottom-Up combined feature that will be particularly great when summer returns. I can choose to open as much as I wish at the top and the bottom.

As I mentioned I think I drove poor Jeff crazy with questions and emails throughout the process that pertained to measuring, ordering and installation he is the perfect example of the superb customer service that ZebraBlinds provides. ZebraBlinds has an "unwavering dedication to customer service."
At, they believe that low prices and an amazing selection aren't enough. They also want to offer a pleasant and hassle-free shopping experience. That's why they offer live customer support with a dedicated and friendly team of support specialists. If you ever need them, they are here to help. They also offer free shipping on most of their  products.

ZebraBlinds  stands  behind what they do!

Their 100% money-back guarantee is applicable on all first orders under $50. If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, you have 30 days to return your product for a refund. 
In addition to their money back guarantee, they also offer a limited life time manufacturer warranty on most products. Our warranty gives you extra peace of mind.

The Final Test: What Did Cody Do?

Cody immediately returned to his spot in the window. He sniffed at the blinds and hasn't attempted to scratch them. He has MORE ROOM than he did with the previous blinds and doesn't have to crash into them to sit and look out the window. I have the blinds open even higher today to allow more light in and to give Cody a wonderful view during the daytime hours. I also have peace of mind that he won't have a window rod/wand that he could knock everything down with. Cody didn't miss a beat and I think that HE prefers them too!

I couldn't be happier with my experience with ZebraBlinds, from the initial stages of decision making and questions, through the delivery, installation  and use of the product. I am ecstatic!!!! The shades are high quality and I am LOVING looking at them.

Now..........what to do about my DOORWALL??? Hello ZebraBlinds, I WILL BE BACK!!



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 This post is sponsored by ZebraBlinds. I  received the blinds at no charge. ZebraBlinds is not responsible for the content of this post. ,  Cody and I only share information we feel is of interest to our readers.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

"This Little Light of Mine" Shining for Orphan Pets #RememberMeThursday

Hi every furry and human! It's Cody, and I am here to tell you that today is a most impawtant day. It is the day when we honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home, and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. Cody and I are proud to have participated in this impawtant day for the past four years.

Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign that was created by the Helen Woodward Animal Center,  that unites individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world.  The combined influence creates  an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes and to  not die waiting for them.

I am a rescue kitty

My litter mates and I were blessed to have had an amazing foster mother and I was adopted by my current Mom when I was only 10 weeks old. My Mom adopted me two weeks after her beloved kitty, Bobo, passed, whom she lived with for 18 beautiful years.  Bobo was rescued from the streets when he was about six months old. When Mom adopted me she had a broken heart.

Adopting ME Helped Heal Mom's Broken Heart

Adopting ME helped Mom in many ways. Mom always tells me adopting me was one of the most special days in her life.

I am a Lucky Kitty

 Things could have been different.

I never roamed the streets looking for warmth, water, food or shelter.

I wake up every day to a family who loves me. I have a full belly, sunny perches to sit on, toys to play with, warm beds to snuggle and sleep on. I have regular Veterinary care.

I am loved and I give love

My Mom and Dad love me with all of their heart. I try to repay that every day by showing them my ample belly so that they may rub it. I sit with my Mom every night when she watches TV. I "talk" to my Dad at every meal. My Mom and Dad gave me a home where I am loved, I bring them laughs, love, cuddles and kitty kisses in return.

Today I want to acknowledge animals who weren't as lucky as me and pray for those who are still waiting to be adopted.

The most recent hurricane, (Florence) has  separated pets from their owners, some because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, some because the owners cannot be found, some because the animals were already homeless.  All of these animals DESERVE LOVE, they DESERVE A FOREVER HOME.

It is my deepest hope that  they all find loving homes.

Animal lovers across the planet will honor these loving babies
 by lighting candles on the exact same day.

Help get the entire world talking about pet adoption!

 Tweet, tag, post and share the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption on social media. Let’s honor the lost pets who ran out of time and bring awareness to the pets we can still help by working together and using our voices.

"Let’s take social media by storm for orphan pets!"
I want every kitty and doggy to be 
as lucky and as loved as I am.
Love, Cody

"Every animal deserves love,

Every animal deserves a forever home"

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