Sunday, August 28, 2022

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2022, My Babies


Deb Barnes founded Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) in 2015 as a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of those beloved pets in their life they have loved and lost, but never forgotten – whether fur, fin, feathers, scales or something else. It’s held every year on August 28, in honor of the day Deb had to say goodbye to her  precious Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, the meow author of Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.  

My "Baby Bobo"

The first to make his way over the Bridge was my precious Angel Bobo. I had found Bobo late in 1989 during a blizzard in Ohio. He was approximately 6 months old at the time. I was blessed to have him in my life for 18 years. Bobo was truly MY cat. He hated other cats, wasn't a fan of dogs (except for one Sheltie who lived near us in Ohio, that Sheltie was named Kelly and they used to eat grass together when Bobo would go outside on his leash.).

 Bobo was the first kitty I had ever share my life. We had a bond that I thought would never ever be as intense as it was, until:

My Cody


My Cody, My Codester, my precious love bug, my cuddle bug, my shadow, my heart, my soul. My "Velcro kitty". When Cody was adopted July of 2007 (two weeks after my Bobo passed), I never, ever thought that I would have a bond like that again. My Cody, the day I adopted him he crawled up my chest at Petco and wouldn't let go. From that day on until his tragic, unexpected death in 2020, he DID NOT LET GO. My chicken loving, catnip loving, Sheltie-loving cuddle bug only wanted to be loved from the moment we laid eyes on each other.

Cody was the reason that this blog began. He was my "co-pilot", my sidekick. Our blog started October of 2009 and to honor his memory, while the name of the blog has changed, the link never, ever will.

Cody gave me more happiness, love and yes, heartbreak than I could ever imagine. My precious boy, I miss you beyond words.

I used to love when Cody played with certain toys from kittenhood on, he would do a somersault while he played. It was the cutest ever. Cody was a "people cat". Anyone who entered our home, in his mind, was his friend.

He spent every single night on the armrest of the couch next to me while I watched TV. To this day, that armrest remains empty. 

When he wasn't sitting with, or following me, or playing with his brother, Cody loved nothing more than to spend time in his cherished cat tree.

I will be forever grateful for Cody's cat tree as well as his custom-made urn, where Cody is at rest. He gets to spend eternity in his favorite spot in the world, his cat tree.

My Dakota, My First Sheltie

Believe it or not, when Dakota joined our family in October of 2007, while I loved him, it took us a few years for us to truly form the deep bond that we had.

Daddy was the one who used to take Dakota to the Vet and to grooming, so he bonded with him earlier than I did. While I was CRAZY about Dakota, our bond deep bond began probably when he was about two years old. From that time on, Dakota and I were deeply bonded. So much so that he had an uncanny sense of understanding my emotions, coming to me to give me kisses when I would cry. He was my cooking buddy; he would watch me like a hawk from the babygate whenever I would cook, and I would tell him everything I was doing.

Dakota was stoic, funny, barky, quirky, handsome, loving, loyal and all I could have hoped for from my first Sheltie. Dakota was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream of being a mom to a Sheltie. I couldn't have asked for a better dog.

He adored his Daddy and his Mama, popcorn, apples, chicken, hamburgers and his beloved red, white and blue ball. 

He didn't like other dogs, wasn't a fan of that many people, but he was fiercely loyal to his Daddy, Mama and to his brother, Cody. Dakota loved with everything he had, even in his last moments. I am grateful for each and every moment I had with this special boy and miss him terribly.

Dakota and Cody adored each other. Many who wrote me notes of comfort when they passed, a mere 9 days apart, felt that the two of them planned on leaving together.  I'm not surprised. When Cody passed first, Dakota was lost. He kept looking for Cody everywhere, it was the most heartbreaking thing to witness. Dakota had already been diagnosed with cancer (Hemangiosarcoma), and when Cody left us, it was as if Dakota lost his will to live. He wanted to be with his Daddy and Mama but missed his brother terribly.

The photo below was the last photo of the boys taken together; it was taken extremely close to when they passed. I am grateful that I have it. Cody and Dakota brought his Daddy and Mama more joy and silly, loving moments than we ever could have imagined.

This is the sweatshirt that was on the floor of the closet
where Cody ultimately passed.
He chose to lay next to it.
This sweatshirt had been missing for years.
Until Cody passed away on it.
"Coincidence? I think not."
To each and every one of you who have lost beloved babies,
please remember:
"We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun"--John Lennon

Thank you, my precious pets, for your unconditional love, for the happy times and memories that will live with me forever. Thank you, my beloved Cody, for this blog and all that I experienced because you were the first to make it possible. Love forever to all of you, always, your Mama.

I didn't intend for this post to be quite this long, and I thank you for taking the time to read it. I also would like to thank Deb Barnes for creating this wonderful event. I send my love to each and every one of you and look forward to reading your stories and seeing your photos of those "who came before." May we all derive some comfort from these posts.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Happy National Dog Day 2022!!!

 Happy National Dog Day! 

from Levi!!

The photo on the top left and the photo on the bottom right
 were taken by Alyssa Paris from Canine College

In honor of this special day, I wanted to share some of my favorite Sheltie and dog quotes with you:

"If Lassie had been a Sheltie, Timmy never would have fallen in the well in the first place."

"Silence is golden, unless you have a Sheltie, then it's SUSPICIOUS!"

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."--Orhan Pamuk

"Everyone thinks they have the best dog and none of them are wrong."--W.R. Purche

For our final quotes, we are sharing a photo of our beloved Angel Dakota:

"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart."

"Shelties, once they love, they love steadily. unchangingly, till their last breath."

"Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of our life, and one of the worst days."

I wouldn't have it ANY other way! Kisses to all of the woofies out there!!

If I don't approve comments right away it's because I'm having a lithotripsy, will approve them later in the day or tomorrow!! Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Uah Pet Cat Treat/Food Dispenser Toy is a WINNER! Check out 15% Discount code!

 Roary and I were recently given the opportunity to try Uah Pet's Cat/Treat Food Dispensing toy. Since Roary is a rather "techie" cat (he LOVES to see how things work), I could not wait to have him try this toy out!

When you open the box you receive the toy, an instruction booklet and a charger. Charging the toy didn't take long at all, it was ready to use in no time!!!

Notice two different names of this product?
So did I! I questioned it and both are correct!


The Uah Pet Cat Treat/Food Dispenser is made of durable, eco-friendly ABS material. It's 100% safe! It will automatically turn off after 10 minutes. If you want it to start back up, just press the power button and let the fun continue!! 

  • It's NOT noisy!!! It does make a sound but nothing annoying!
  • Encourages your cat's natural prey catching instinct!
  • Keeps your kitty mentally stimulated!
  • SUPER easy to assemble! A HUGE plus for me!! 


(note: if you purchase on Amazon, please use my link and the discount code at the end of this review. You will not receive a discount if you purchase directly from the Uah Pet website)

(Please be sure to tighten the treat container lid to be sure the treats dispense properly!)

I noticed that a few times when Roary didn't catch the bug it still would dispense treats (I think this is a GOOD thing) because it would help the cat not to become frustrated when playing with it.

When you have an indoor cat (s) it's imperative to find toys/activities to keep them from becoming bored, which can lead to all sorts of unwanted mischief! As you can see in the videos I have shared, this toy will keep your cat's attention, and if your kitty is food motivated, all the better! The toy "smart bug" moves randomly imitating the way real prey would move. The cat has to use its brain to figure out how to get that bug!!! Once its prey is captured, the toy will automatically dispense a treat!

(Be sure to watch the video below to see how easy this is to put together!)


In summary, I have had a number of treat dispensing toys through the years but this one is by far my favorite! Frankly there wasn't anything I didn't like about it and that goes for Roary too!  It kept Roary busy for quite some time, (he was MUCH more focused on the little bug than he was the treats, but that is a GOOD thing!) He soooo wanted to catch that bug (which to me, looks like a mouse, but it's darling just the same.

 I am hoping that you will take advantage of our SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE BELOW and be sure to purchase using the link beneath the code!!!! (Be sure to type the code in where Amazon provides the box to do so to get your discount!)

15% Code: 15CATCHAT 

We received a Uah Pet Cat Treat/Food Dispensing Toy for free in exchange for our honest review. We are also being compensated for featuring this toy. This in no way affects our opinion of the product! 

To see more items that Uah Pet has for your babies visit their Amazon store.

Monday, August 15, 2022

You Don't Have to be #SingleWithCat to Enjoy This "Feel-Good" Romantic Comedy by author Rosa Silva


Photo Courtesy of Rosa Silva

"Single with Cat is a feel-good romantic comedy perfect for readers who love cats, books and happy endings!!"

While I am NOT "single with cat" for many, many, MANY years I was, with my first cat, Bobo, hence the topic intrigued me. A man not liking my cat was a deal-breaker, a man who DID like my cat definitely required a second, or third look!

Photo Courtesy of Rosa Silva

I am super familiar with Rosa's writing. I follow her blog and I have read/reviewed her other short, humorous cat books, as well as having thoroughly enjoyed a novella she had featured on her blog.

Rosa has a colorful, descriptive writing style. Her female lead characters are interesting and every detail about them from their personalities, their outfits, makeup, nails and shoes are described in depth. Many are women I would want to be friends with! (Some, not-so-much!)

"Single With Cat" is a super quick read at 200 pages. I finished it in about three hours, enjoying every moment, (I had a number of LOL moments!!) I found myself reading faster and faster, eagerly turning the pages, full of excitement, anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next!!

I'm confident you, my cat loving readers, will enjoy it too! Now, enough of my babbling and read further to learn more about this FUN and INTERESTING book!

Photo Courtesy of Rosa Silva

From Rosa Silva's website

Olivia is back in her hometown to reopen the bookstore her grandmother left her. She has a whole plan mapped out for the Happy Endings Bookstore. Just one problem – she finds out the bank is ready to foreclose on the bookstore’s mortgage.

Gabriel, the bank manager, is as drop dead gorgeous as he is grouchy. Olivia hates the guy, but her cat Chili seems to love him. Now Olivia has three months to save the bookstore and rub it in Gabriel’s face.

Olivia tries everything to save the bookstore, but with a quest to find out the identity of an anonymous romance writer, her mother wanting to find her a husband, and her grandmother’s grouchy neighbor making her life hell, Olivia has a lot on her plate.

The tension between Olivia and Gabriel escalates as the deadline to save the bookstore approaches, but as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes stepping outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest reward.

Read a sample chapter here


Here's the link to the book on Amazon:


"I write contemporary romance (with a bit of humor) and pretty much whatever I feel like writing. I like to write about people who are starting over either by choice or because life has forced them to do so. I believe in the power of new beginnings!"

Connect With Rosa: 

Instagram: @rosasilvawrites

I received an "ARC" copy of "Single With Cat" from Rosa with no expectation of my posting about it! I genuinely loved this book and wanted to share it with everyone!