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|Posted on May 5, 2017 at 2:02 PM||comments (34)|
Please enjoy this new National Geographic video (with article) of a beautiful Amur leopard and her two cubs in a den and on their preserve in Russia. Amur leopards are critically endangered with possibly only 60 left in the wild! With an illustration of a charming leopard lying in the grass, Verse 14 of the the fun e-book In Defense of Cats! for children and all ages features Sir William the Cat emphasizing the importance of protecting wild cats, too, along with other wildlife and their habitats! Let's all do much more to share the Earth with ALL its amazing creatures! The British version of the book is also on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
|Posted on August 14, 2016 at 11:00 PM||comments (4)|
Great news! The fully-illustrated version of my special new e-book, In Defense of Cats!, is now available! Previously a text-only version was published with just a few opening illustrations. I give my deep thanks and sincere gratitude to the illustrator, my artistic mother Rose, and to my brother, David, who enhanced the illustrations for digital publishing with special colors and light effects.
Since the main character, Sir William the Cat, is British, I have also published the book in British English as In Defence of Cats! While Sir William is named after William Shakespeare, we did not yet go so far as to publish it in Early Modern English.
Please feel free to follow the author and her cat character on Twitter at:
|Posted on October 30, 2015 at 12:07 PM||comments (7)|
Glad I have my special cat, Tristan Jinx, and my two wonderful dogs Finnan and Keira shown in this summertime picture. It seems appropriate and right to me to honor cats on National Cat Day which is October 29. Cats are some of the funnest members of our families after all -- they sure love to play with us and without us! Check out these short clips of cats in our lives at USA Today's article "National Cat Day in 19 GIFs"!
These are the special American days for all pets:
NATIONAL PET DAY = APRIL 11
NATIONAL DOG DAY = AUGUST 26
NATIONAL CAT DAY = OCTOBER 29
|Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:10 PM||comments (1)|
The complete set of illustrations for In Defense of Cats! is almost finished in a beautiful digital format thanks to my very computer-savvy brother, David. Each image was first carefully hand-drawn by my talented mother, Rose Dean. We expect to publish the fully-illustrated book online in time for the year-end holidays! In the meantime, put on your best English accent and get the inexpensive text version below with a few pictures to read to the kids and cat lovers in your family! No one has been able to resist the charms of the fun cat character, Sir William, so far who was named after the extraordinary English writer, William Shakespeare!
|Posted on December 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM||comments (5)|
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|Posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM||comments (3)|
|Posted on February 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM||comments (2)|
We humans have a unique relationship with cats, and our beloved domestic felines come from one of the most powerful and deadly lines of predators to ever walk the earth. If you are a cat lover or are intrigued by cats, I believe you will enjoy my new poem written in tribute to them which I named:
|Posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (106)|
Beloved Cat, Magic
My beloved young cat, Magic, passed on in mid-August 2012. I had adopted him as a feral stray in October 2011. He was such a fun and social cat who loved my two dogs and his new life in Carson City (and inspired my later tribute to all cats in his memory). Much as I tried, Magic would not remain in the house and snuck out fast-as-lightning whenever the dogs were let out or when I went out. At first, he would stay in the fenced yard with the dogs.
With time however, Magic was soon up on the wooden side fence enjoying his new catwalk. Then, he began starting to walk up the driveway to greet neighbors out walking their dogs who were amazed at his friendliness toward them and their dogs. I worried, though, that he would get hit by a car or taken by a coyote with his new roamings so I worked hard to keep him inside. Unfortunately, he got out again and surprisingly snuck under the wrought iron gate in my wonderful next-door neighbor's yard where he knew two huge huskies, Vivian and new (but big!) puppy, Thunder, lived. He must have wanted to play with them and vice-versa, but Magic got his neck broken because they were MUCH bigger and stronger than my two dogs whom he usually played with. All of my adjacent neighbors cried about Magic's passing, and I never got over it for he was so precious to me. I wish he'd known that he'd "gotten too big for his britches," as they say! (Magic's original story "A Black Cat of My Own: Magic the Kitten" is also on this blog site.)
Beloved Cat, Tristan
As autumn and Halloween approached closer and closer (near the time I'd found and rescued black cat Magic the year before), I only missed and grieved for Magic more and more. I was grateful for and appreciated my remaining dogs, but the gaping hole in my heart for Magic would just not heal; I missed having a cat so much. I then decided I would try to adopt another cat again, an indoor cat this time who would be more content to remain safe at home. That same week, I went to the Nevada Humane Society in Reno which is a no-kill shelter and saw over 200 cats! Naturally, I couldn't help but look for a cat just like Magic (7 pounds), but they were all quite different in looks and personality. Then in one room, I saw a familiar shade of black and shade of eyes: beautiful green. With permission, I opened the steel enclosure and reached in to pet and gently pick up a black panther beauty (named Oscar by the shelter) who unshyly leapt into my arms and snuggled into my neck with the loudest purr I'd ever heard. I then tossed a toy on the floor, and he leapt down to happily play with that, too. Possibly eleven years old and twelve pounds(!), he was one of the oldest cats there. I'd only planned to get a cat between two to six years-old so that he or she would be settled down and not as playful to avoid trouble. However, I felt an immediate bond with him and decided to adopt Oscar that very night (September 21).
I renamed Oscar with the Celtic name Tristan (and later added appropriate middle name Jinx!), and I am so happy I chose to 'love and love again' despite the risk of heartbreaking loss. The humane society told me that Tristan had been found about two months earlier outdoors as a stray. Happily, Tristan loves his new home and, while interested in what's happening outside, he does not try to get outside. He must have lived indoors most of his life as he knows how to open cupboards, use his cat scratching post, hide in reusable grocery bags, and snuggle under the covers; despite his love of toys, he is fortunately leaving the Christmas tree and ornaments alone! Tristan is also content to play inside and hang out in the bay windows and by the sliding glass doors where he can watch the birds in the trees, the desert cottontails that sneak in the yard, neighbor dogs Vivian and Thunder, and his own dogs Finn and Keira. He has gotten out once and led me on a bit of a chase -- ending with his hiding under the deck -- but he came right in when I thought of shaking his favorite cat food. ("He knows which side his bread is buttered on!" Inside, not outside!)
New Beginnings Make Happier Endings
It is now just two months since I have had Tristan, and I believe he is here to stay as long as his body will let him; many years, I hope, as his teeth are in great condition and he is very playful. Therefore -- every day that I am lucky enough to have him -- I will love him as part of the great chain of life that makes Planet Earth such a special place, and then love the next one whose path serendipitously crosses mine. Both my parents and I recommend rescuing pets whenever possible at local shelters because they have always been such great treasures found that we would never want to part with.
Petfinder.com features shelter animals and is a great place to begin one's search (and to also support with donations or gift shopping when one is able). I even travelled to Texas to adopt my two very special dogs, Finnan and Keira, whom I found on that site, and they are priceless to me! One picture is all it takes sometimes for your heart to be moved into immediate action.
|Posted on May 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM||comments (2)|
Be Kind to Animals awareness week is May 9-16 this year (2012) but it can be celebrated EVERY week, and the ASPCA has put out a fun activity guide that encourages making bonds with animals and includes Five Tips for Raising Humane Children. The awareness week began in 1915 and was inspired by Dr. William O’Stillman, leader of the American Humane Association teaching humane education.
One of the tips is helping children post their acts of animal kindness on the "Kindness Counts" site created by the Sprout children's TV channel. You can also help Sprout reach their goal of having 1 million acts of kindness by children (toward animals or any person) posted to their site.
Studies show that kids who are cruel to animals are more likely to become even more abusive to people and animals throughout their lives. If you see any child hurting animals with relish (even small ones), nip that behavior in the bud early - and frequently - by stopping them, showing them your extreme disapproval, and explaining that cruelty can not be tolerated toward living creatures. Even ants contribute to the health of our environment -- although they may not belong in the house and may have to be humanely dealt with (salt and cinnamon deters them while pesticide residues are often harmful to people, children and pets). If needed, here are more ant deterrents from Green Living Tips.
In addition, your protection of animals large and small will also show children that they deserve protection as well if anyone should ever try to hurt them! Cruelty is never funny or something to enjoy.
Please share my blog post and this important ASPCA guide with your family and friends!
|Posted on March 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM||comments (1)|
Coming soon is my new poem "Mortal Enemy, Immortal Friend" for cat lovers that reveals the former dark side of our relationship with them! Per my penchant for happy endings, it will end on a positive note. I will be using the alternating rhyme scheme of an Elizabethan sonnet of 14 lines.
My new poem is now released for everyone to read on my website. The final title is "Beloved Cat: Once Mortal Enemy, Now Immortal Friend" (click to read). I hope people like it!