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The Cat Sitter and the Canary Book Review

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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out eight years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter and the Canary, Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in her client’s front hall.Continue Reading

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Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much – Book Review

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Do you have a co-dependent relationship with your cats? One definition of co-dependency is that it “often involves placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others.” If I substitute the words “Allegra and Ruby” for the word “others” in this definition, then I’m guilty. Of course, there are fare worse definitions of co-dependency, many of which involve the word “dysfunctional,” but we won’t go there.

In Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much, Allia Zobel Nolan helps readers identify the warning signs of co-dependencyContinue Reading

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Texts from Mittens by Angie Bailey – Book Review

The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers – Book Review

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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out seven years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers, Dixie’s heads off early one morning to see her first cat client of the day. Continue Reading

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Review and Giveaway: SwheatScoop Natural Clumping Litter

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The variety of alternative litters on the market now is growing every day. From corn to pine to walnut shells, I find it fascinating what manufacturers are coming up with.

I’m well aware of the controversy around traditional clay litter, but I’ve found that many cats don’t like the alternative litters. And ultimately, if your cat won’t use a litter, it’s no good, no matter how environmentally friendly it may be!

SwheatScoop, a wheat based natural clumping litter,Continue Reading

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Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives by Blaize and John Clement

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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, came out seven years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives, Dixie witnesses a head-on collision on the main road that runs through her beach town. After pulling one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes, Dixie heads to the local bookstore, where she meets Cosmo the bookstore catContinue Reading

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Review and Giveaway: Love in a Box from MeowBox

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Editor’s Note: As of August 2015,MeowBox.net has closed – please go to MeowBox.net for more information. If you are looking for a cat subscription box, go to meowbox.com.

I believe that there’s no such thing as a cat who is too spoiled, and thanks to MeowBox, now there’s a whole new way cat guardians can spoil their feline family members. Meow Box is a monthly subscription service. Each month, your kitty will receive a box filled with toys, treats, gadgets, accessories, and more.

I loved the blue and white box everything came in. I’ll be reusing it as a gift box. The girls were more excited about what was inside. Content varies from month to month. Our box  revealed a Kong Wubba toy, which is a big hit with Ruby, an Up Country catnip mouse, which came in a super cute cylinder package, a Kong Zoom Groom grooming tool, two bags of treats, and an adorable cat-shaped cookie cutter. I thought Continue Reading

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Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by Blaize and John Clement

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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the cover of the first book in the series, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, caught my eye.  The series was authored by Blaize Clement, and after she passed away in 2011, her son, John Clement, continued the series. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

The Cat Sitter’s Cradle is the latest in the series. Do covers get any more adorable than this one?

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No mission is impawsible for pet sitter Dixie Hemingway (no relation to you-know-who). Continue Reading

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Review and giveaway: Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee

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The publicist’s e-mail asking me whether I’d be interested in reviewing Enchanting Lily read “Anjali Banerjee’s charming and whimsical women’s fiction novel is the story of a young widow whose eyes are opened to the magic and fortune all around her by the arrival of a special white cat.” I was hooked before I even had the book in my hands!

I enjoy well-written womens’ fiction, and of course, I love it even more when there’s a cat prominently featured as part of the story. In Enchanting Lily, we meet Lily Byrne, a young widow who is leaving Seattle and the memories of her life with her husband there to start over in a small town on an island in Puget Sound. Almost on a whim, she buys a charming cottage and decides to open a vintage clothing boutique. When a white cat arrives on her doorsteop, she has no intentions of keeping her. But the cat, and the universe, have other plans for Lily. The story follows Lily’s healing journey, which is intricately linked to the cat and the human inhabitants of this small community.

Told from both Lily’s and the cat’s perspective, Continue Reading

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Review and giveaway: Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Marty Becker

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When I look at cat care guides, I typically review them to see if they are something I would recommend to other cat owners. I’ve spent almost three decades either caring for cats, working with cats, or writing about cats. I spend a good part of each day educating myself about the lastest in cat health and cat care. I love to learn about cats, and I learn something new every day –  but I don’t expect to learn much I haven’t read or heard about before from a basic cat care book.

At the same time, I knew that Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat wouldn’t be just another cat care book. After all, it was written by America’s veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker, the veterinary contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, and his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, a veteran journalist who has been writing about pet care for decades.Continue Reading

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Review and giveaway: The French Cat by Rachael Hale

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“Cats make their own decisions, follow their own instincts. French cats are probably the most independent and enigmatic of them all.” This perfect quote from The French Cat sets the scene for a collection of beautiful cat photographs in a beautiful setting. Award winning photographer Rachael Hale says this assignment was like a love affair for her. Having previously photographed animals in a studio setting, this project allowed her to work with them in their own environment, using natural light.

Born in New Zealand, she moved to France with her new husband in 2009. France intensified Hale’s creativity. “Every corner I turn…makes my mind and eyes explode with inspiration.” And then there were the cats. “The…wonderful thing about French cats is that they occupy one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Artists through the ages have relished France for its old-world villages, rustic charm, and most of all, for the luminous quality of its light.”Continue Reading

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