Sunday, November 29, 2009

♥You will want to grab this kitten and kiss it right on the lips♥

I've seen some cute kittens in my day and I've loved them all but this little guy - well, all I can say is that I'd want to grab it and kiss it right on the lips - or at the very least the belly and the toes and the nose☺ You are in for a treat!

Friday, November 27, 2009

♥Dog wins one million dollars. Owner donates ALL to shelters♥

Think about it. Think about it long and hard. All of us love our dogs and several of us have rescue dogs. Quite a few of us spend time as a shelter volunteer. BUT, how many of us would donate one million dollars to dogs and cats?

Honestly, I know if I won I'd keep some for myself and my children. Yes, I would donate some and most likely to benefit animals, but not the whole sum. Yes, the woman is a doctor and, yes, she has a lovely home; however, I don't know many wealthy people who would donate their entire winnings.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

♥Happy Thanksgiving Everyone♥

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Da fambly kittens' PURRson's PURRformance review

We would yike to share our momma's PURRformance review wif you, our furends. Overall we give'd momma some PURRty good marks; however, we did have to note dat she needs some imPURRovements in the area of her quantity of output on this, our bloggy. She needs ta unnerstands dat our bloggy is mucho more imPURRtant than anything else she does on most days. At least, that is how we sees it to be.

We would yike to fank our furends over at Zoolatry for sponsoring this insightful and beneficial bloggy event.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ASPCA®’s Meet Your Match®: Meet the Feline-alities - CATS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!

When I saw this today the first thing I did was assign a feline-ality to each of my four little buddlies. How about yours? What's their feline-ality?

What’s a Feline-ality™? As part of the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program, shelters assess adoptable cats to predict how they’ll behave in a new environment. Cats are categorized as one of nine “feline-alities,” below. Which kitty sounds like a perfect match for you?

Private Investigator
I'm working undercover to keep an eye on you and your household. You may not even know you're under surveillance. I can vanish into thin air if anyone or anything interferes with my investigation. If you need a cat who knows how to stay out of trouble and will always keep your secrets, I just might take your case.

Secret Admirer - FORREST
When it comes to relationships, I'm very level-headed. I don't leap in paws first, if you know what I mean. But give me a little time, and then I'll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of me, but I'll be thinking a lot of you!

Do you seek affection? I do! If you also like petting, purrs, and paws kneading your lap, I think we might have a LOT in common. I'm looking for "someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness." Could that someone be you?

The Executive
I have to say, I'm a busy cat. First, I've got to check out what's happening out the window. Next, I'll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps--can't be late for those. I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.

Like all sidekicks, I'm just plain good company. I like attention, and I also like my solitude. I don't go looking for trouble, but I'm no scaredy-cat, either. If you are looking for a steady companion to travel with you on the road of life, look no further.

Personal Assistant - ROSEMARY JOY!
You're working on the computer? Let me press the keys. Reading the paper? I'll hold the pages down for you. Watching TV? I'll just plop in your lap so you can pet me. I love an orderly household, don't you? I'll help you with all your chores, and I'll help you relax when we're done. You'll wonder how you ever managed without me.

I'm a savvy cat who knows the score. I'm pretty unflappable, too. I don't mind entertaining myself, but a human companion at the other end of the couch and a nice scratch behind the ears always make my day. If you're looking for a resourceful addition to your team, think about signing this Most Valuable Pussycat.

Party Animal
I'm a cat on a mission: PARTY! I love to play and explore and test my limits. I'd love to play with you, but I can make a toy out of anything: pencils, post-it notes, potatoes. If you're looking for some laughs and someone to liven up the party, think about inviting me.

MYM Color Leader of the Band - CAMILLE SUZANNE
I'm a cat who does everything in a big way. I not only like to be in the middle of things--I like to lead the parade. I'm an adventurous cat, but I'll still make plenty of time to show you my affectionate side. I'm the demonstrative type, you might say. Want a cat who's brimming with confidence? That's me.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Who's Sick of Crazy Cat Lady Stereotypes?

Am I a crazy cat lady? Maybe but I am also the crazy animal rescue lady and the crazy grandma and the crazy dog lady and the crazy Christmas lady and the crazy human rights lady and the crazy honor the veterans lady - well, you get the picture. Just because you are passionate does NOT mean you are crazy. However, I say that with a caveat: I do not condone hoarding where the animals and the human being suffers immeasurably.

Last week, associate editor Helin Jung caught a special segment on ABC devoted to so-called cat ladies, a term she came to question as she watched. See what Jung (the proud owner of a 9-year-old Maltese named Ethel) has to say, and join in on the discussion!

20/20 ran a special last week called, "Cat Ladies: Why Do They Do It?" It was a feature about director Christie Callan-Jones's new documentary, Cat Ladies, which follows the lives of four women "whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats." Any of this feeling inappropriate yet? How about this: 20/20 conducted an interview with one of Callan-Jones's subjects, with the subject sitting in her bed under the covers.

A friend of mine in her mid-20s has a standard refrain she uses after a break-up: "I'm doomed, and I'm going to end up a crazy cat lady." Everything about that sentiment is absurd, not to mention the fact that she's allergic to cats. When I adopted a shelter cat, the first thing all of my friends did was to warn me against adopting any more because I was going to, yes, turn into a crazy cat lady. Which brings us to this notion of crazy cat ladies — women who are loveless, alone in the world and totally batty.

Bella DePaulo of Psychology Today wrote a scathing column about both the documentary and the TV segment, criticizing both for creating "a gratuitous link between being single and being a crazy cat lady."

So what is a cat lady, exactly? The film synopsis takes a stab at it: "It's not the number of cats that defines someone as a "cat lady," but rather their attachment, or non-attachment, to human beings. They create a world with their cats in which they are accepted and in control - a world where they ultimately have value."

Apart from the documentary's inherently condescending view of these women, it perpetuates an inaccurate stereotype of cat people as a freak show that only encourages the cultural bullying that cat owners (and female ones, especially) have to deal with. Then we end up with tongue-in-cheek novelty items such as the Crazy Cat Lady Board Game ("Assuming you still have human friends, the aim of this 2-4 player game is to collect as many cats as you can") and the Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure (She "has a wild look in her eye and comes with six cats"). And, maybe the crazy cat lady character on The Simpsons is funny, but in general, we're over it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Buckley's Story, a feline master teacher (book)♥Great Christmas gift♥

When Buckley, a female tortoiseshell cat, was diagnosed with severe heart disease, the prognosis was grim. But at a time when most people would confine themselves to bed, Buckley was the opposite — she was still the happy, joyful little cat she always was, playing with basement crickets and bringing them up to her less than thrilled mom, despite what was going on with her body.

"It was an incredible lesson in living in the moment," author Ingrid King tells of Buckley's perseverance. "Not getting caught up in fear and worry, but rather focusing on what was still good, and what she was still able to do."

These lessons are what make Buckley's Story more than just another feline memoir. King shares tales of how her pet companion helped her to pursue a path she never had the strength to embark on before — opening her own business, Healing Hands, a Reiki practice for pets and people. King opens her heart to talk about Buckley's terminal illness, and how, in the last days of her cat's life, King learned to live each day to the fullest.

Before she met Buckley, King was working at an animal hospital in Middleburg, Va., spending her days doing what she loved, surrounded by animals. In 2005, everything changed when Buckley came in — it was love at first sight for King. She was drawn to then-7-year-old cat for reasons she can't quite explain.

"Sometimes you just can't tell what it is," King says. "It's almost like they pick you."

Whether it was Buckley's openness and willingness for friendship during their first encounter, or her feisty personality (the simplest exam would require four vet assistants to hold her down!) King admired her feline's ability to live life by her own rules. Buckley's independence and approach to life awakened a part of King to take more control over her own, and motivated the hospital administrator to start her own business.

"Being around this little cat, who was one of the most freedom-loving little spirits I've ever come across, really helped me identify that part of myself and ultimately make the decision [to quit]," King says.

King left the veterinary world and started Healing Hands, where she uses Reiki energy therapy to benefit pets and their owners. For the next three years, Buckley and King shared what King calls a wonderful, spiritual connection. Then, in the spring of last year, King got some heartbreaking news – Buckley was diagnosed with cardiac disease.

"Initially, it wasn't that upsetting," King says. "It was a low-grade heart murmur, and the subsequent ultrasound wasn't too worrisome."

But the disease hit the fast track, and about a year later, Buckley's condition turned severe. As much as King followed her vet's orders and recommendations for treatment, she listened to herself and her cat, and assessed how many more tests, procedures and pills Buckley could take. Toward the end, King stepped in and said no more. Ten-year-old Buckley died Thanksgiving weekend 2008.

A longtime believer that animals are amazing teachers, King wanted to share Buckley's story and her personal experience of what it's like to live with a pet with a terminal illness. From treatment options to morale to even end of life decisions, King hopes that in telling her story, others might be able to learn that they, too, can get through a devastating loss.

"It's really important to me," King says, "that people understand that they're the advocate for their animals. They need to trust their own intuition."

Karen J. Quan

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. est. I received an email from the Police Chief of Taylor, Texas. He said in his letter to me that several people have wanted to adopt the kitten but that the farmer NOW wants to sell it but that so far, the offers have been refused. As a result, the farmer has stated that he will keep the kitten. Could it be that this farmer is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame and that this kitten, he believes, will be his cash cow? Sorry if I sound angry - but, I am.

The video above has received the most views

Here's the REAL TRUTH. Thanks, Amy for alerting me to the truth.

If you don't fall in love with this little kitten then you can't be breathing☺ I'd like to know why NO ONE rescued this little kitten but gave him all that attention. Don't they have a heart?

If you'd like to voice your displeasure to the Taylor Texas police department go here. I'm going to send an email to Jeff Straub, Chief of Police ask him if the kitten still needs a home or has been rescued. I will gently explain to him that the kitten could easily have been hurt and also explain to him about rescue, animal abandonment and spay/neuter issues. I will also let him know that his police department has become infamous with news of the abuse reaching the Canadian border (where I live).

You may also want to contact the Texas SPCA to find out if they are going to help the kitten. This is a list of the Texas rescue groups.

TAYLOR, Texas – A black cat showed affection by crawling up and down a Texas police officer in a friendly display captured on the patrol car's dashcam. Taylor police Officer Keith Urban was seen being patient with the cat, whose image was captured during a recent traffic stop, then finally gently booting the kitty away.

The Taylor Daily Press reported Urban had pulled over an SUV in the driveway of a farm lot. The video shows the cat scampering up and down on Urban, making its way to the officer's shoulders.

Police Chief Jeff Straub said Urban never mentioned the feline encounter until he became concerned that the cat might have been injured when they parted ways.

Straub said the video shows "incredible patience on the part of the officer."

The collar-wearing cat fled.

Taylor is about 30 miles northeast of Austin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Miss Camille Suzanne has a health dePAWtment PURRnouncement

It's flu season, please wash your paws frequently. When you are done, if you happen to be sleepy feel free to take a snooze in the sink.

PeeEss: Remember to stop by Skeeter's place for the lucky 13th PURRthday PAWty! Lots goin' on over there!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For Your Little Library: Dewey's Story, Retold for Kids

I will be adding this darling book to the list of goodies I'll be packing in my grandchildren's Christmas box. I loved Dewey's story - now it's time for them to understand why☺

If you read Vicky Myron's 2008 best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, about the special orange kitten abandoned in a book depository at an Iowa library, then you know that the story should have come with a box of tissues. But now Myron has teamed up with illustrator Steve James to adapt that heart-warming tale for younger audiences — minus the tears!

The colorfully illustrated book ($16.99) is called Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library and includes some of the fluffy feline's most amusing adventures — like climbing into the book cart, snooping in open drawers and running around with rubber bands. Just when you think things might turn sad with a melancholy little girl reading a book, Dewey swoops in to save the day just like a trusty library cat should.

It's the purr-fect bedtime story to add to your little one's library.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

♥Miss Camille Suzanne celebrates tummy, toes 'n tail Tuesday♥

Come on - you know you want to - you know you want to just bury your face in my soft, white, silky, creamy belly, don't you☺ You can't hide it - you want to...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

DONA NOBLIS PACEM ~ Diamond Pet Foods Announces Cat Food Recall

Deficient Products Linked to Veterinary Emergencies

NEW YORK—On October 3, 2009, Diamond Pet Foods announced that it was voluntarily recalling Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food. The recalled bags are coded: RAF0501A22X, RAF0501A2X, RAH0501A22X, and RAH0501A2X. The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is asking all pet parents to ensure that they are not feeding these recalled products to their cats, and to immediately return any recalled food to the place of purchase.

The recalled cat food is lacking Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1. Thiamine is an essential vitamin for cats, meaning they cannot manufacture it themselves and must acquire the vitamin from food. Thiamine supports the Central Nervous System, and a deficiency can lead to neurological problems ranging from mild loss of balance to life threatening seizures. Other symptoms of Thiamine deficiency include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, mental dullness, dilated pupils, increased respiratory rate, and low body temperature.

Cats that have ingested Diamond Pet Foods' recalled food exclusively for an extended period of time are at risk and should be examined by a veterinarian. Cats exhibiting clinical signs as described above require immediate veterinary care. Anti-seizure medication, thiamine supplementation, and supportive care can lead to recovery, if the problem is addressed quickly enough. To date, the problem seems to be centered in the Rochester, New York area. There have been 14 confirmed cases of Thiamine deficiency linked to the recalled Diamond Pet Foods products, and all 14 cats were able to recover with medication, Thiamine supplements, and supportive care. The ASPCA® strongly encourages all pet parents, regardless of location, to ensure that their cat food has not been recalled and to immediately seek veterinary care for any symptoms of Thiamine deficiency.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Camille Suzanne checks out a tail 'n 'tocks pose fur Tuesday an' thanks from Scout 'n Freyja

To you, this might look like my momma is gonna take the Shop Vac out to clean up the garage. To me, it is the PURRfect perch to show you my PURRfect an' PURRistine white tail 'n 'tocks this Tuesday☺

PeeEss: We would like to thank alla' our kitty FURends who helped vote Scout an' Freyja into wins at da HOWL-o-weenie contest that ended yesterday. As a thank you to eFURyone our momma is goin' ta buy lotsa' litters fur our shelter cuz right now they needs lots of kitty toilet papers (that's momma's name fur litter).

Don't FURRget that November 5th is a furry special day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ain't we sweet? Freyja PUPPins 'n Mr. Scout Holmes furry mucho would yike you's VOTE!

Our momma is makin' us be in a Howl-o-weenie costume contest in the digital division. We is askin' - no, we is beggin' you to please vote fur us so's she doesn't get all sad an' cry-baby on us which is a PURRty pathetic sight. So, if you will, please take the time to go over to here at the Halloween Spooktacular an' VOTE fur one of us.

Voting closes Monday at midnight!

Yesh, a lotsa' work but believe us - better than our momma gettin' all wacko on us - not a PURRty sight, trust us☺

Freyja PUPPins, sweet, kind an' gentle. The PURRfect nanny for any little boy or girl.

Mister Scout Holmes, just the right mixture of curiosity an' snooper-vision to get the job done!

We also want to give a shout out to our furend, Beau Davis, who is celly-bratin' his 10th purr-thday today. If you's gots da time, after you is done votin' fur our doggy sibling, run over to his place to have some great treats an' sing another round of ♥Happy PURR-thday to Beau