We have an exciting, jam packed Caturday and so let’s click and go…
Gwen Cooper, author of Homer The Blind Cat has a new novel coming out titled Love Saves The Day. It’s narrated by a sweet brown tabby named Prudence.
We’ll be reviewing it soon but couldn’t wait to share Gwen’s fab contest. If your a fan of Homer (and who isn’t?) you’ll know he’s been under the weather. Gwen assured me yesterday that he’s well. More at GwenCooper.com
Contest closes at midnight Jan.21, 2013 PST so act fast!
Grand Prize: Gwen Cooper will come to your hometown to lead a book club discussion and/or read from the book (and answer all your questions!) at the venue of your choosing–your local library, your favorite bookstore or coffee shop, your favorite animal shelter, or even your living room. Plus, a $500 donation to the animal-related charity of your choice!
Second Prize: A portrait of your own pet by Sue Hains, the incredibly talented animal portrait artist who did a gorgeous portrait of Homer.
Third Prize: Autographed copies of LOVE SAVES THE DAY and Homer’s Odyssey, plus one of the original photos of Homer (also autographed!) used to create the artwork for Homer’s Odyssey.
How to Enter: Purchase a copy of LOVE SAVES THE DAY–in any format: hardcover, ebook, audiobook–between now and Sunday, January 20th. You can wait to buy it in-store on January 15th, or pre-order it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or any other site where the book is available. If you’ve already pre-ordered your copy, you can enter, too! :-D Forward proof of purchase–this can be a scanned receipt, a confirmation email, etc.–to Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every copy sold counts as an entry.
What do you get when 200 cat lovers mingle, eat, drink and view architect- designed feral cat shelters? A purrfect good time. The annual Architects For Animals event to benefit NYCferalCat.org a program sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, held on Jan.10 was the best party in town. I arrived early for the press event to get a sneak peak at the shelter designs (to be donated for feral cats).
One of my favorite designs favoring function over form was the simplicity of a regular insulated cooler covered with wire mesh and insulating moss hiding the entrance (a cut out hole is not visible). Designed by husband and wife team Sofia and Adam Zimmerman, the shelter would blend into any urban greenspace.
The Swiss Cheese house of fully recycled materials designed by Muraajya Puranprashad and Paige Rittenhouse, architecture students at City College of New York, worked with Christopher Yanaranop of Stonehill & Taylor Architects.
My former life as a designer reared its head and I explained how the design could be improved for practical use with ferals.
Kathryn Walton, founder of the American Street Cat designed and built a shelter out of 300 recycled Friskies cans donated by Purina. It’s already been placed in a feral cat colony in Brooklyn.
Sara Silvestri, an architect at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, created a snug shelter to fit one cat or a handful of kittens.
Cat High-Rise, designed by the architecture firm Francis Cauffman, is a kitty condo on five levels with exterior ramps.
Shelter A, by Callison Barteluce Architects.
A modernist approach yielded this shelter designed by M Moser Associates.
My favorite of the eight designs? The natural Cat Fort. I love the idea of an entirely organic and natural DIY project that doesn’t require a shop full of power tools. After enjoying a lively discussion with architect Scott Francisco and design intern Ann Chen from Pilot Projects, I plan to built a teepee. The plans (beautifully hand-rendered by Ann) for a natural cat fort or teepee design are available here.
The woman of the hour was Architects for Animals founder Leslie Farrell.
I’ve been to many cat-related events but this event proved once and for all: cat lovers come in every age and gender. In fact, the gender ratio at the party was 50/50. The defining moment for me was during a conversation with a married couple the husband pulls out his phone and shows me a photo of his soulmate, a cat of course. I was having such a great time, I forgot to take photos, oops…
Closer to home News & Mews. Our house mouse Brunhilda has disappeared. Odin claims no responsibility. For once, all is calm and well.