What a week! More, actually...
What with reading a book for a review and nursing Daddy Kiril (With help from Sneakers!) thru what we thought was a very bad cold, but has something to do with asthma-like symptoms in reaction to possible allergies, what's a girl to do?
Well, I'm back with the new carnival, that's what!
If you missed my last edition, #573, it begins with a humorous, yet important, message about what I hope to accomplish here, that I encourage you to read.
It is an opportunity for us to reach an audience we might not otherwise reach.
It is a chance to promote a post or 2, each week, that we think will be of interest to others, and to pitch them using more than 140 characters or just a short sentence barely long enough to get a point across.
A few weeks ago I announced a major change to how the Carnival of the Cats is done and how you can participate; this post is the latest chapter in that journey...
So, let's get started!
1. As for Sneakers and me...it embarrasses and truly hurts me (Daddy is taking it even harder!) to say so but, for the first time in years...The Opinionated Pussycat had nothing to submit to the carnival...that's how tough things have been the past week or so.
I humbly apologize.
2. I DO want share something cat related, in a way, from Daddy Kiril's own blog and posted early last week:
As fans of both our blogs know Daddy Kiril recently returned to reading his and OUR poetry at Open Mic Nights after a couple of years away from doing so...
The humans behind the event finally have their own website up and running and guess whose major event review about his first visit and performance experience has been featured on their "Press Page"?
That first post ends with a link to a report on his encore visit which featured photos of his encounter with the resident feline of the venue!
3 thru 5. To our dear friends at Jan's Funny Farm...we are sad to learn of your loss and its aftermath and we wish to send our most heartfelt condolences and lots of purrs and purrayers - Elvira & Sneakers
It's a sad, yet fascinating, tale, powerfully and movingly told by Mom Jan, with photos.
6. Over at StrangeRanger...A video of a pair of humans performing on stage and appearing to, at some point, yowl like street cats in heat, is shared before getting around to 3 cool photos of Maddie and her thoughts on her humans night out and their efforts at recovery.
Bappy Hirthday girlfriend!!!!
What an awesome girl you have become!
Sparkle would be so very pleased .What a great BD treat, too!
These tales often have sad endings but, like with a certain cat we all dearly miss, this adventure ended happily.
In the glory days of his youth Nikita (photo from 2006!) once got left outside all day and had quite the story to share on the blog he & daddy had at the time.
He never was that curious again, hee, hee!
From Sept. 2002, their first year blogging: Daddy tells his side, then Nikita!
12 and 13. Over at Create With Joy...a discussion of cats and bags, with videos to watch and make you so very, very, jealous! Plus Magellan and his human chose Janet Blue of The Cat On My Head as their Friend Of The Week awarding them the Inspiring Blogger Award (Read their reaction)
A sad, yet uplifting, story as a familiar feline has a chance at finding a new forever home.
24. Over at Blog Paws...Cat Writer to Receive Award at Blog Paws Conference
NEEDED! Roving Correspondents for the Feline News Network:
Daddy is the original FNN Correspondent, with the T-shirt to prove it, from way back when Nikita thought to call him that as a way to help publicize this blog...
5. The Denver Post had a story, back in late December, about how a "Denver group helps homeless cats by building shelters for cold weather."
The 50 shelters were given to volunteers who care for feral cat colonies, doing the usual things such as leaving food and checking on general well-being.
The story is very interesting and the photos, in the slideshow, are fascinating and touching.
6 and 7. As poets and storytellers we, here, at The Opinionated Pussycat, found 2 stories on NPR of interest:
The first is about the poetry of a cat and dog lover and thoughts about whether "When It Comes To Furry Muses, Cats Are For Brevity And Dogs Are For Books." I imagine the many cat book writers, past, present and hopeful future might have something to say on this subject.
The many books in our collection give lie to the notice that books are the domain of Dogs more than cats. We hope to add our works to that list someday.
"What sets them apart is their strange belief that they are a special, beleaguered minority. What sets them apart is their refusal and/or inability to recognize that opposition to the burning of kittens is a unanimous, universally shared opinion."