Monday, June 10, 2024

Happy Gotcha Day, Giovanni!


Today is Giovanni's FIRST GOTCHA DAY! Can you all believe it? I sure can't! 

When I met Giovanni, he was a tiny 10-week-old kitten and weighed just 2.4 pounds. I could pick him up with one hand. 

Before Carmine left for the Rainbow Bridge, I swore up and down that I wasn't going to get a kitten. Adult kitties have much more trouble finding loving forever homes. I'd get an adult, that's what I was going to do. 

And then.....I went on PetFinder and searched for orange kitties in my area and ran across the most adorable kittens. I couldn't resist. It wasn't going to hurt to go and meet the kittens, right? 

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Remembering Carmine on His Angelversary

Carmine left us a year ago today.

It feels like it's been 10 years to me. 

Carmine collage
February 18, 2005–May 26, 2023

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Carmine and wish he were still here. 

I love you and miss you more than words can ever express, Carmine. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thank You on Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday, and we are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hopThankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home - Forever. 

rPurrs and prayers
Graphic by Ann of Zoolatry.

Today, I am so very thankful to all of you in the pet-loving community. You might have seen this post earlier this week where Giovanni asked for a few purrs for me due to my injured foot and (possible/likely) bleeding ulcer in my tummy. He and I could not imagine the outpouring of love and support I would receive!

The pawesome and wonderful Ann of Zoolatry got right to work and put this purrs and prayers badge together for me, and Terry from Brian's Home - Forever made sure it was posted to The Cat Blogosphere. Both are fellow members of the most fantastic Cat Blogosphere team. I had no idea there was a badge or a purrs and prayers post until I logged on to work on my Saturdays with Sierra post! 

I am blown away at all the love, purrs, prayers, support, and well wishes you all left for me. I know that what I am facing is small, comparatively speaking, but I have been feeling rather alone and isolated in it. My closest friends live many, many miles away, and I have few local friends. My family also lives halfway across the country. 

I know that it will all be okay in the end, but the endoscopy I'm having on Friday makes me a little nervous (what else will they find wrong in there?!). I just hope we get the answers we need and that whatever they find can be treated without surgical intervention. 

So anyway, THANK YOU for all of the love you've shown me. I don't feel quite as alone now. It is truly wonderful how everyone comes together to support one another in tough times in the pet community. I feel blessed to have so many pawesome people rooting for me!

Thankful Thursday blog hop

Sunday, May 19, 2024

A Few Purrs for Mama?



Hi everybody, it's mes, Giovanni! 

Me is here with a special request today. Mama is a bit of a mess and could use a few purrs.

Let me explain...

About a month ago, Mama was putting together an over-the-sink shelf and hers dropped it right on hers foot. It's a pretty heavy metal shelf, and hers had a few HBO words to say when it slammed on hers foot. 

Hers foot still be hurting, so hers had the doctor look at it when hers went last week. The doctor thinks Mama has a hairline fracture in hers right foot. Theys took an x-ray to make sure nothing more serious was going on, but Mama still doesn't have de results for it. Maybe hers will get them later today. Hers says de foot doesn't hurt too much unless something touches the top of it (shower water, sock, shoe...). 

Also, Mama's heartburn has been reallly really bad the past few months. Hers almost went to de ER twice cause de pain was dat bad. After talking to hers doctor about it last week, her doctor thinks Mama has a bleeding ulcer in her belly! Theys did some blood work, and theys found out Mama is now anemic from a serious iron deficiency. The doctor says this supports the theory of a bleeding ulcer in Mama's belly, but they is going to do an endoscopy on hers on Friday to see what is going on down there in Mama's belly. Please wish Mama luck! Hers has had heartburn for 15-ish years now. The last time it got really bad, hers had to have her gall bladder yanked! 

De iron deficiency is making Mama feel crummy. Hers gets headaches everyday and sometimes hers gets really really tired. The doctor is going to have Mama start going to de hospital for iron infusions through an IV. That doesn't sound like fun at all, but Mama tells me it won't be too bad.

If you could please send my mama a few purrs, mes bets hers would appreciate it. Mes wants Mama to stop hurting so much. Mes and Tylan don't like it when Mama hurts.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Purrseverance Release Day!



Today is the day we've all been waiting for - Purrseverance: Inspiring Stories of Cat Resilience and Hope releases! 

I've dreamt of this day for the past decade, and it's finally come to fruition. 

And I have SO many people to thank for helping turn my dream into a reality.

I'm thankful for all the contributors; their stories made this book an amazing one! Robin Bisha, Janet Buickerood Blue, Belinda Brady, Marjorie Dawson, Debbie De Louise, Terry Frum, Linda Kay Hardie, JaneA Kelley, Katherine Kern, Laurie Miller, Lorianne Miller, Terilynn Mitchell, and Julia Williams contributed fantastic stories about their kitties to this collection. You can read more about each contributor on our Purrseverance page Thank you to Ann from Zoolatry for helping me get the photos for the book print-ready, designing an adorable bookmark, and making book badges. 

Thank you to everyone for your patience! This project took me longer than I had anticipated. I wanted it to be purrfect before I sent it out into the world.

Here's the blurb from the back of the book: 

What do cats do when faced with adversity? They persevere. "Purrseverance" contains 16 accounts of how our feline friends triumphed over life's challenges: from the cat who learned to trust after surviving a hoarding situation, to the cat who conquered a life-threatening illness, to the cats who persisted and eventually found their loving forever homes. Each account is told through the eyes of the cat. These tales show that even seemingly hopeless situations can turn around. These stories will inspire you to keep going and persevere when facing adversities in your own life. "Purrseverance" was compiled by award-winning cat writer and enthusiast, Sierra M. Koester.

You can purchase your copy of Purrseverance: Inspiring Stories of Cat Resilience and Hope in print and ebook from BookBaby, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Twenty-five percent of sales proceeds will go to Colorado Feline Foster Rescue


You are welcome to use this book badge on your website or blog if you'd like to help promote the book.

We are joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday blog hop.

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