Friday, April 29, 2016

Cat Book: Celebrating the FIRST-EVER National Tabby Day with a Give-Away of The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat by Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson

It is an honor to be among a number of bloggers who were contacted to help spread the word about the "FIRST-EVER" National Tabby Day (which will take place on April 30th), and to help share the news about an adorable and hilarious new book The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat with brilliant photos  by Dr.Paul Smulson and witty captions by Author Sandy Robins  that will have you rolling on the floor like a cat with catnip!!! It is just too witty and adorable!

Cover Photo Courtesy of Triumph Books
I have had the pleasure of knowing Sandy Robins for a number of years now, after having met at  a host of blogging conferences/events. She is a complete and total delight in person! Sandy Robins is an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle expert, author and radio, TV and pet industry personality. She is also Paul Smulson’s BFF (which also stands for Buffy Fan Forever)

Dr. Paul Smulson 
has practiced oral surgery for 35 years. He worked as a photojournalist for the Chicago Daily Defender during the Michael Jordan era and has had photographs appear in Sport Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times and Fox Sports’ Beyond the Glory. He photographed zoo animals for years before focusing on Buffy. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:Born into the body of an orange tabby, Buffy has experienced life in a way most humans never do. Making the Most of All Nine Lives documents Buffy as he trades hairballs for golf balls, scratching posts for the Evening Post and meowing a yawn for mowing the lawn. With this great new collection of thoughts and photos Buffy has transcended from litter box to literature. No cat owner’s library is complete without this delightful yarn.

that the term "tabbies" refers to a coat pattern and is NOT a cat breed? Talk about embarrassing! I have been a "Tabby Mom" since late 1989 and I did NOT know this until recently! "A tabby is any domestic cat that has a coat featuring distinctive stripes, dots, lines or swirling patterns, usually together with a mark resembling an 'M' on its forehead." No wonder when I would try to research the "breed" Tabby" NOTHING would come up! That is beyond EMBARRASSING!

My Angel Bobo

Cody has the distinctive "M" on his forehead and some classic Tabby stripes and dots on his neck, legs and belly, but isn't nearly as distinctively  a "Tabby" as my Angel Bobo was, as seen in the photo above.

Bobo was with me for 18 years and was the first Tabby cat to steal my heart! He was the original inspiration for this blog and it is ultimately dedicated to Bobo and Cody.

The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat stars one of the most handsome orange tabby cats you will ever meet! (Ok, we bloggers know a number of handsome orange tabbies, but Buffy is right up there with them!) The book is 128 pages packed with the most darling photos you will ever see, it is small, (5x6), which makes it the perfect size to carry with you!

Neither Bobo nor Cody would ever allow me to take the creative and UNPHOTO-SHOPPED (is that a word?) photos that you will see in this darling book! That is just part of what makes Buffy so extraordinary, he is truly a "one-in-a-million cat!"

"It may be Thanksgiving, but this looks too good to share"Photo Courtesy of Triumph Books

Sandy Robins creatively and often hilariously puts Buffy's "thoughts behind his actions into words so that cat lovers everywhere can live vicariously, enjoying this amazing feline's people skills and escapades."

"Let's solo the piano now.
But I'm going to give the
pedals a skip."
Photo Courtesy of Triumph Books
Paul Smulson had "spent most of my life feeling ambivalent toward cats", until his neighbor's cat had kittens and he and his wife adopted two of them. He soon discovered that "there was a besotted cat person hidden inside of me."

One day, he put headphones on Buffy and reached for his camera. To his amazement, Buffy sat for five minutes holding different poses while he snapped away. He couldn't decide who was having more fun during these photo sessions, Buffy or himself.
"YES! Feline groovy..."Photo Courtesy of Triumph Books

FROM PAUL SMULSON: From my own personal transformation into a cat lover, I learned that I was not unique. Many people don't realize they are cat lovers until they get an opportunity to interact with a cat. My hope is that by enjoying this book, more people will give cats a chance so that ultimately more deserving felines find love and forever homes.

You can learn more about Buffy at
Twitter: @buffycatlegend1

Photo Courtesy of Triumph Books

Author Sandy Robins

Is Helping Launch  1st Annual National Tabby Day

 Cat Adoption Event and Book Launch

 Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET

 Bideawee Animal Shelter
410 E 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Motivated by the release of Buffy the Cat’s new book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat(Triumph Books, April 2016), the National Tabby Day festivities will kick off at one of NYC’s most reputable shelters, Bideawee, on April 30th. Adoptions will run from 10 am – 6 pm, with a special celebration from 12-2 p.m. The celebration will feature the official book launch with author Sandy Robins, with drinks and treats for both two and four-legged attendees. Anyone adopting from the shelter on the 30th will be given a generous starter kit with items for their new pet from the event’s sponsors as well as a photo-op with the book’s photographer, Paul Smulson.

The publisher has generously agreed to have ONE of my readers who resides in the U.S. or Canada win a copy of The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat by Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson. (An approximate $12 value). Must be 18 and over to enter. Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below, there is only ONE MANDATORY entry requirement! Good Luck!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for our always honest review. We also dedicate this post about the marvelous Tabby Cat to our beloved Angel Bobo, our cat Cody, and to our friend Cinco from the blog Playful Kitty who left this Earth suddenly, yesterday. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with Robin, Dave and Manna. Cinco was one truly handsome and special Tabby Cat who will be greatly missed.


  1. Sounds like a great book! Athena says it must be International Tabby Day!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  2. Although my human has always known that tabby is a coat pattern, it was only when she had Sparkle that she realized that all tabbies are marked with the M on their foreheads... which means that, technically, we Somalis are also tabbies, because even though our fur is ticked and has no pattern or stripes (and shouldn't!), that M on our foreheads reveals where our coats' origin lies.

  3. What a totally adorable sounding book - Buffy is quite the "model" and while I've always known that gingers were special (tee hee), this guy's got IT for sure! I read a cool story once about the famous "M" on our tabby foreheads having been bestowed on us from when a cat made his way into the manger when Jesus was born and Mary having given him a pet on his forehead....the "M" mark forever a part of a tabby. Anyway, thanks for a chance to win this book - the Tabby Cat Club is celebrating Tabby Cat Day on the 30th too. YAY FOR US!

    Love, Sammy

    1. Yep!!! I heard that same story!!!!! I know about the Tabby Cat Club celebrating on the 30th............wonder if I should share this post there? Hmmm...maybe! Love you!

  4. Well, the pictures totally made me smile. I would love to read this book. Sounds delightful.

  5. This books looks and sounds too cute! Buffy is obviously a very calm, gentle soul, and I'm certainly going to have to check his book out. We've been waiting anxiously at our house for National Tabby Day. After all, all three of my feline furbabies are tabbies (not to mention that one of them is also celebrating a birthday tomorrow)! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post!

  6. Sounds like a pawesome book, thanks fur sharing!


    Basil x

  7. What a great giveaway. I'm in.

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

  8. What a nice book !
    You made me laugh... of course tabby refers to a coat.
    It is not an obligation for a tabby cat to have stripes or spots. A tabby cat has nice black line around his eyes, the M (or egyptian beatle) on his head and the end of his tail his black.
    Tabby coat means that the hairs have stripes of color, 2 or more.
    Loustiquette is maquerel tabbly.
    Hisia's coat has absolutly no stripes or spots. She is ticked tabby. Abyssinians, Somalies and Singapuras are ticked tabby. Ticked tabby is ... a magnificient coat ! Very special one.
    Tabby cats are my favorite cats. They are so beautiful !
    Bonne soirée
    Nat à Chat

  9. I love tabby cats...but, really...I love all cats! Sounds like a cute book!

  10. Wow, there wasn't a National Tabby Cat Day before this?
    What an oversight... I was imprinted by a tabby cat in my early childhood and am addicted to them. We are now enjoying our first orange tabby, Rufus the Red. With Mickey Mouser, orange and gray is now my favorite color combination.
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

  11. Dexter will be so happy to hear about National Tabby Day! The book looks great, too!

  12. EK and I are both tabbies, so that should give us two chances to win, right?

  13. cody....dood...thanx for sharin bout tabby day....we R all for it heer in de land oh trout......hhhmmmmm.....wunder why ... ☺☺☺

    any way total lee awesum give a way; we will hafta chex out Buffy's site and we hope everee one at bideawee getz ther for evers home two morrow !!! ♥♥♥

    heerz two an earthworm eel kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  14. Looks like it would be a very funny read.

  15. I just my review copy and it's adorable.I'd planned to attend the Bidewee event but Merlin is not doing well.

  16. Buster is a tabby; mommeh learned that from other bloggers

    Emma and Buster

  17. Sounds like a good book! Nearly every cat I've had has had tabby markings - except for my calico, Kitty.

  18. That sounds like a great book ! Purrs

  19. What a fabulous cat!!! We love how the book sounds, we know it would be great.

  20. Dang, I missed National Tabby Day, again! I've gotta get me a better calendar!

  21. We can't wait for Tabby Day!!!

  22. That book looks great!
    Have a super weekend...

    Noodle and crew

  23. Angel Bob looked so much like Angel Nicky. Handsome fellas.

  24. Tabby Day!
    Well, we are meezers and the peeps are going away all day so we guess we will just catabrate being all by ourselves, MO!! Now what do you think we can get into?
    Wait...we are in a kitty boarding joint...cause the pawrents are indeed away...we have to go in here cause of Minko needing his food nad meds at purr-purr intervals. But...there are lots of tabbies in here, we see them! MIAOW!!

    The peeps are in Ann Arbor fur unfurbro-the-younger's graduation from Grad School.

  25. Like Summer's Mom, I didn't know that all tabbies had the "m" on their foreheads, I thought it was just luck that all three of mine had! Happy Tabby Cat Day Caren, Cody and Angel BoBo!

  26. Yay- I'm in! I love tabbies! We have had many many in our lives- from gray to orange! One of my best tabbies was Larry- a huge orange tabby- he lived to be 20 and was a super lovable kitty.

  27. Cute photos! Happy Tabby Cat day!

  28. Me is not a tabby cat but me can do tap dance...tee..heh..heh
    And the book sound pawsome =^x^=
    thanks for great wish
    Lots of love to you & your mom

  29. We think it needs to be International Tabby Cat Day! Buffy certainly had a lot of adventures!

  30. Aaaaaaaaaw It's okay, lots of peeps don't know dat tabby is a coat pattern and not a breed. Sounds like a great book. Bobo sure was cute. Sendin' hugs.

    Luv ya'


  31. That sure sounds like a great book and a great cat. We love our tabbies here for sure. You all have a great week.

  32. What a cutie Buffy is! Her book sure does look fun.

    Moosey was a tabby, even though he was mostly white. He had most of the M on his forehead, tabby spots, and a striped tabby tail. :)