Wednesday, September 19, 2018

International Talk (Meow) Like A Pirate Day!!

It would not be right on
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
for me NOT to repeat the
catabulous photo made for me by
Mr.Puddy !!!
I mean seriously,
why mess with PURRFECTION??

We be so glad you stopped by on International Talk (Meow) Like a Pirate Day! We be goin' t' have so much fun goin' around visitin' all o' you! Can't wait t' see what fun you be havin' today! Are thar certain games that you like t' play today?

 Tell me
about them!

 Love, Captain Cody 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Blind Cat Rescue/Donation Contest! You Could WIN a Visit from New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper!!

It is an honor to be presenting to you today, an incredible contest from author Gwen Cooper,  New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat  (and many more!!).

Gwen and her books are extremely sentimental to me, because way back in 2010 Gwen contacted me to do a book review for her, "Homer's Odyssey" which was the FIRST book I had ever reviewed, not only on the blog, but in my LIFE!  Since then I have reviewed all of her books and have deeply loved each and every one of them, as I know that MANY of you have  as well!

Today, I am proud to announce a special contest WHERE YOU COULD WIN A VISIT FROM GWEN COOPER!!! THAT'S RIGHT!! YOU COULD WIN A VISIT FROM GWEN!! (I would die!!!!) The contest is being conducted by Gwen to help kick off  her NEWEST BOOK which was "collected from the "Curl Up With A Cat Tale Series":
Cover Courtesy of Gwen Cooper

MY LIFE IN A CAT HOUSE comes out on October 30th, and Gwen is  donating 100% of her royalties on all pre-orders and first-week sales (through November 4th) to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Raleigh, NC.  This contest was planned BEFORE Hurricane Florence, but now, with the damage that has been caused by Florence, the kitties at Blind Cat Rescue need this help even more!!!


Because if you do, 


When you  pre-order the book from  your local bookstore,
 you have  to actually go to the store and purchase
 the pre-ordered copy or copies 
between October 30th and November 4th.


 If you pre-order but don't buy the book, 
and the bookstore has to ship their copy back,
 Gwen is  charged for that out of her royalties,
 and it will take money away from
 the Blind Cat Rescue donation!!!
 You do NOT want that to happen!! 

When you have pre-ordered:

Email Gwen at:
 with your name, your city/state,
 the name of the bookstore you pre-ordered the book from,
 and the number of copies you pre-ordered.

  Each pre-ordered copy counts as an entry
 so if you buy two you double your chance of winning! 
 And, of course, the more people who pre-order in the same town, the likelier that the winner will be in your town--so get your friends to pre-order, too! 

 Online pre-orders from Amazon, etc. will not count for contest entry unless you pre-ordered online September 16th or earlier.  Gwen will, however, make the same 100% donation to Blind Cat Rescue regardless of where the book was ordered/sold!!

ALSO:anybody who pre-ordered the book online BEFORE TODAY (9/17) can also enter to win! Just forward your pre-order email confirmation to Gwen at


Gwen is looking for a SMALL group of people to help  her in rallying pre-orders/donations to Blind Cat Rescue.  This SMALL group of people will get her private email address and home phone number (as you will be in touch with her quite a bit), and whichever one rallies the largest number of pre-orders in their area will also get a personal visit from Gwen.  Anybody who's interested in being a part of this (small!) group of Homer's Heroes can contact Gwen at

Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this contest. As I mentioned I have reviewed all of Gwen's books, I ADORE Gwen and her writing and if I were lucky enough to meet her in person, I would be a total "fan girl"!!

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Celebrate Opening and Dedication of Animal Adoption and Education Center

Dozens of homeless dogs and cats are moving into new digs while awaiting their “forever homes” as Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) celebrates the opening and dedication of phase one of its new, state-of-the-art shelter and Animal Adoption & Education Center (AAEC).

Photo Courtesy of Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit

When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Where: 16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn, just off Michigan Ave., near the Henry Ford Centennial
Courtesy of Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit

The AAEC replaces the adoption function of Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 30-year-old shelter located at 2661 Greenfield Road. The new facility will have upgraded, larger housing and improved air systems that will keep FAMD's adoptable animals happy and heathy. The land for the new center was donated to FAMD by the City of Dearborn, and $5.1 million was raised by members of the community through a capital campaign to fund the project. The new 10,000-square foot center will be named after a prominent animal welfare advocate.

FAMD will continue to utilize the Dearborn Animal Shelter for animal services and administrative offices, until phase two of AAEC is complete.

About FAMD
After more than 25 years of nurturing more than 52,000 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has embarked on public phase of their “Our Animals Need A Home” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center at the site of the former Dearborn Amtrak station on Michigan Avenue. For more information about FAMD, visit

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Complete Cat: a unique and exciting exhibition of feline art (Guest Post)

This winter, a unique and exciting exhibition of feline art will be held in the vibrant and artistic town of Frome in Somerset. 'The Complete Cat' brings together 26 top artists from the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA) and will feature over 120 artworks including paintings, drawings and 3-dimensional pieces. All artworks are for sale and a quarter of the proceeds will be donated to feline charity International Cat Care.
Courtesy of International Cat Care

The free exhibition is running from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 8th December (excluding Mondays), and is being held at Rook Lane Gallery in Frome. There will also be a launch party on Friday 23rd November and a drawing workshop focusing on cats’ eyes on Saturday 24th November.
Rook Lane Gallery Courtesy of International Cat Care
 Rook Lane Gallery is a beautiful art space within a restored 18th century chapel, in the heart of Frome. The Somerset town is a charming and vibrant place to visit, packed with historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people. It is the perfect destination for the discerning art enthusiast looking for something just a little bit different, and with a host of Christmas events and markets also taking place in Frome at this time of year, it makes it the ideal place to visit. At just over two hours from London and 14 miles from Bath, it is also extremely well-placed and easily accessible.

International Cat Care and the Society of Feline Artists, who are jointly running the exhibition, are looking to create something truly unique which celebrates all aspects of the feline form. What makes this a must-see exhibition is the exceptional quality and diversity of the art to be displayed. With a whole range of artistic styles and media, the art on offer will leave all preconceptions of the traditional cat exhibition far behind, instead offering a unique, quirky and memorable art experience.

SOFA has a well-established history of successful art exhibitions. Founded in 1994, with the specific aim to promote the work of the best cat artists, the society has held an annual exhibition of cat paintings in London for many years, featuring over 100 artists, some of whom exhibit internationally and show more than 300 paintings in a range of media, making it the largest exhibition of cat art in the country.

International Cat Care, which has partnered with SOFA to organise the exhibition, is one of the world's most respected feline charities and works for owned and unowned cats globally. It is also the charity's 60th anniversary and the SOFA artists have generously committed 25% of the takings to the charity.

Full details of the exhibition can be found at:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We Must Never Forget...

Thank you for remembering with us today
hold your loved ones close
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I took this photo of a sign that was hanging in LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 2016

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