Christmas

Christmas Cats

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It’s been looking a lot like Christmas on our Facebook page lately, as many of our followers have been posting photos of their Christmas kitties on our page. Take a little break from your holiday preparations and enjoy these beautiful photos – and please share your Christmas kitties on our page as well!Continue Reading

The Nine Lives of Christmas Premieres on Hallmark Channel

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I have a confession to make: I have a soft spot for sappy holiday movies, and thanks to the Hallmark Channel, I can indulge this fondness from November 1 through December 31 each year. Most of the movies follow a pretty set pattern, as you would expect from the genre. Occasionally, they’ve featured movies with dogs, but this year, for the first time that I know of, there’s a movie featuring cats. And not just any movie: The Nine Lives of Christmas is based on the book of the same title by Sheila Roberts, which happens to be one of my favorite Christmas cat books.Continue Reading

The Night Before Catmas: The Adoption Version

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By Harry Shubin

T’was the night after the adoption event,
And all through the store,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a stray cricket on the floor
The Center Coordinators were all snug in their beds
Thinking of ways to move adoptions ahead.

The cage cards were hung on the enclosures with care,
Each telling the story of the cats who were there.
Poor Fluffy, poor Mittens, Whiskers and Sprite
Abandoned and alone on this cold Post-Adoption night.

Each cat was nestled in a Maddie’s Blanket, and thought twice,
I wasn’t naughty, I really was nice.
Why was I left in a shelter,
Almost about to pay the price.

When out in the store, there arose such a clatter,Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: holiday memories

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Cats and Christmas trees can make for a challenging combination, but I love the holiday season, and one of my favorite parts has always been the annual decorating of the Christmas tree.  Until the tree is up, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me, and even though it’s been a little more challening for the past couple of years with two young cats, I’ve made it work.

I’ve collected ornaments for the past thirty some years, and inevitably, bringing out the ornaments each year leads to a lovely, if  sometimes bittersweet, trip down memory lane. I grew up in Germany, and traditionally, our Christmas tree was not decorated until Christmas Eve. As a small child, I was not allowed into the living room while the tree was being decked out in its holiday glory. I can still remember the eager and impatient anticipation of the moment when my parents would ring a small brass bell that hung on the tree, and I could finally enter the room. It was pure magic each time. The tree was decorated with multi-colored glass balls, sparkling tinsel, and real candles – something that we can’t even imagine in these safety conscious times we live in.

When I moved to the United States in my mid-twenties, I was introduced to the traditionContinue Reading

Cats and Christmas Trees

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Putting up my Christmas tree is a tradition I look forward to every year. For the past couple of years, I’ve approached this annual event with some trepidation:  after almost two decades of sharing my life with older cats, I now have three-year-old Allegra and barely adult, two-year-old Ruby. Surprisingly, neither of them has shown all that much interest in the tree.Continue Reading

Book review and giveaway: The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

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Every once in a while, I like to read a romance novel. I also enjoy reading Christmas themed books. And I really love it when there’s a cat in a Christmas romance novel, which is why I was delighted to discover The Nine Lives of Christmas.

Of course, the cover had me hooked right away. I was somewhat familiar with the author. I read Sheila Roberts’ On Strike for Christmas a few years ago. I bought that book because it, too, had a cat on the cover, and I enjoyed it, even though there wasn’t a cat in the actual story. Apparently, publishers have caught on that people will buy books with cats on the cover – or else, they just have my number.

Rest assured, there is a cat in this book.Continue Reading

Allegra and Ruby’s excellent Christmas

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Where is this Santa dude Mom has been telling us about? 

 

This was Ruby’s first Christmas at our house. After the last three years of bittersweet Christmases, I was looking forward to a happy Christmas and to making new memories. As you’ll see in the photos below, the girls had a great time. I was too busy enjoying watching them to take a lot of pictures, but I’ll share the ones I have!

We opened our presents on Christmas Eve. But first, Allegra and Ruby got a little taste of eggnogg.

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