Feature Friday Film: In Memory of Oliver

Debbie came across some videos of Oliver and asked me to post them for my Feature Friday Film today in his memory. If you have a special pet, don’t forget to film them. Photos are great, but videos capture their spirit.

November 13, 2015 – Oliver playing with a cat toy

February 17, 2016 – Oliver “fishing” in his water bowl

 

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Feature Friday Film: Rainbow Bridge and Pet Heaven

Meow, there. It’s been a tough week. My author lost her beloved Oliver on whom I am loosely based last Saturday. Since then, she has offered her short eBook about Rainbow Bridge free to other pet lovers in the hope it may bring them some peace. The book is still free until today, Friday, November 10 and can be downloaded here: myBook.to/RainbowBridge

The following feature Friday films all deal with pet loss but also provide hope that people and their pets will be reunited one day on Rainbow Bridge.

 

My Namesake has Gone Over Rainbow Bridge

For those who may not have heard the sad news, my author’s 17-year-old cat, Oliver, crossed over to Rainbow Bridge on Saturday, November 4th, after a bout with kidney failure that weakened his legs but couldn’t kill his spirit. Debbie named me after him and, although I’m a character cat, I was proud of my real-life counterpart. Oliver also appeared in Debbie’s articles as well as being her inspiration for me. She wrote a beautiful memorial post on her blog that you can read here: 

Debbie is also offering a free e-copy of her short story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge, until Friday, November 10, in memory of Oliver and to comfort others who have also lost their own precious pets. Although I am not in this story, many of Debbie’s cats who she has loved and lost throughout the years are featured.

As an additional memorial to Oliver, I am sharing some of Debbie’s photos of him throughout the year on this blog. I have to admit he was a handsome guy and quite photocatogenic.

Oliver, December 2000

   

 

Feature Friday Film: How to Give Your Sick Kitty Medicine

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky. I hope the following films don’t disturb anyone, but we all know that real-life cats get sick and often need pills or shots to feel better.

Debbie’s cat, Oliver is struggling right now with Feline Kidney Disease and has to have sub-q fluid injections.  Her Rainbow Bridge cat, Floppy, was diabetic and needed insulin shots. The videos I am showing today will demonstrate techniques for these procedures. I hope your kitties stay healthy and that, if they do get sick, you can learn how to administer the medicine they need. Keep in mind that before attempting any of these methods, you need to check with a vet about a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment for your pet. There are many more health-related cat videos online, and I am not endorsing any of these in particular.

 

 

 

Feature Friday Film: Dressing up Cats

As you know, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a strange holiday where kids (and some adults) dress up in costumes and perform a weird ritual called “Trick or Treat” where they go around their neighborhoods knocking on doors and asking for candy.

For some reason, pet owners decided that it would be cute to also put their kitties in costume on this day (and also other occasions). Now I’m not an advo”cat” of kitty dress-up, but there are some of my species who don’t mind the demeaning nature of being zipped, tucked, and confined in cat-sized apparel and then having to pose for a million photos for their pet owner’s Instagram, Facebook, and other social media accounts. But I digress. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are some cats I have to admit look purrfect in their Halloween costumes.

Sneaky Interviews Smoky Joe from Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Meow, there. I am very honored to have another cat character as a guest today. What’s even better is that cat is a library cat just like me. Can you please tell us your name, sir, and your author’s name?

My name is Smoky Joe—I suppose because I’m gray all over like smoke. My author’s name is Allison Brook.

Mice to meet you, Smokey. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I appear in DEATH OVERDUE, which is a cozy mystery that was released on October 10.

Did you say cozy? I’m a cozy cat, too. Are you in a series, as well?

Yes, I am in the Haunted Library mystery series, which takes place in a picturesque town called Clover Ridge, Connecticut. I am the Library Cat!

My mistress Carrie, who is the Clover Ridge Library’s Head of Programs and Events, brings me to the library every day, I like being the Library Cat and greeting all the patrons. I especially like visiting the children’s room and wandering through the main reading room where lots of retired people sit around reading magazines and newspapers. Carrie’s put up posters telling people NOT to feed me, but sometimes they do. Lucky me! There’s a ghost named Evelyn that haunts the library. Carrie can see her but I can’t. I just feel her icy presence and it makes me verrrrry uncomfortable.

Wow, Meow! We definitely do have a lot in common. I live in the Cobble Cove Library which doesn’t have a ghost, although maybe the person who was murdered in our last book might begin to haunt it. I hope not because she wasn’t a very nice person, anyway.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author says I’m not based on Sammy, her real red cat, because Sammy isn’t as sociable as me. And sometimes Sammy BITES, which I never do. But my author loves both of us.

I’m somewhat based on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, but I’m younger and much better looking in my humble cat opinion.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like spending time in the library. I enjoy the patrons’ attention and hope that I brighten their visits. I like coming home at night with Carrie. In this book I’ve gotten to know all of her friends and the people she works with. In the next book, I play an important role in solving a mystery.

I love my library, too, especially when I participate in children’s storytimes. I’m also great at helping my human co-stars find clues, but I let them solve the mysteries themselves. Actually, that’s Debbie’s idea, but at least I convinced her to give me my own blog and feature me on the cover of our latest book.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I don’t speak, but I meow when I want something. Carrie’s smart. She always knows exactly what I need.

That’s great. Alicia is good at reading me, too, but sometimes I have to be more obvious about what I am trying to tell her.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Oh, yes!! READ AND DONE is the second book in the Haunted Library mystery series. I have a very important role in this book, which is scheduled to come out in September, 2018.

Pawsome.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I’m not but Allison is. I’ll share a secret with you: Allison’s real name is Marilyn Levinson. Here are her social links:

website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com

Amazon pages: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O

http://tinyurl.com/ksydz3s

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson

https://twitter.com/allisonbrookML

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/

Purrfect. It’s been a real pleasure interviewing a fellow cozy library cat character, Smoky. Best whiskers to you and Allison/Marilyn on your wonderful haunted library series.

Remember Me Thursday & Feature Friday Film

I know it’s Thursday, but today is a special day, so I decided to show my Feature Friday films a day early for Remember Me Thursday. For more information about this special day, view the videos. You should also check out this website for details on how you can participate in helping my real life animal friends and the great folks at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This day means a lot to me because I was once a stray until I was taken in by the nice people at the Cobble Cove Library. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case with my real life pet pals, but you can make difference.