This Caturday is a mix of sweet and sad, funny and gratitude with videos and our “pay it forward” gift, a shareable #CatThanks graphic.
A U.K. pub where you can enjoy a pint with kitty companions has garnered much press this week. Pub cats or mascots are a common in the U.K. but not by the dozen. At the Bag of Nails pub, in Bristol, 15 kitties call it home. They are a huge hit, giving cat cafes a run for their money with the growing trend to mix commerce and cats. In the U.S. we have health code restrictions against that kind of furry interaction. While searching on YouTube about pub cats I got distracted by the cutest video (funny how that happens). It’s a TV commercial from the U.K. for my favorite cookies. I used to love these biscuits when I lived in Canada but sigh, have to admit the kittens are way sweeter. And you know, you can’t have just one, cookie or kitten.
They are the super adorable British short hair breed. They have sweet temperaments and these are the ideal breed standard as demonstated by the owner/breeder/handler on a this young champion.
We haven’t posted much this week but got back into posting more on Facebook and Instagram. It’s been a rocky week with Merlin and our vet on speed dial. He’s rebounded but there were several times I was more than ready to let me him go. His vet reminded me otherwise from her 50 years of being a feline-only vet. We’re getting there but we’re honoring Merlin’s journey by not cutting it short. He’ll be expressing his views, loudly on Monday.
We’re heading (too fast for my liking) towards the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving. This year, I’m approaching it with equal parts joy, gratitude and dread. It’s been a tough time for many of us. Stress is at record levels. Every year I commit to doing less of what doesn’t bring joy.
This year, let’s focus on what matters and let go of the rest.
I’ve hardly blogged at my other blog Boomer Muse, but during Blog 4 Peace Day, a blogger from Canada left a comment. She’s not a cat or pet blogger but something guided me to visit her at StarDreaming. She posted a poem she recently wrote that spoke loudly to me of love, loss and letting go. I emailed Sherry, the blogger, and asked permission to create a post around the poem “Letting Go”, she kindly said yes. I didn’t have time but I made time and the act of writing someone else’s powerful words in a new form slowed time to a stop like magic.
During this time of holiday frenzy, I encourage you do be guided to do what your feeds your soul first and your belly second.
A stranger reached out to me and inspired me. I’m passing her wisdom on to you and now you can do the same to pay it forward. Your message matters.
If cats are at the top of your list, and if this speaks to you, please share this graphic with your personal message of #CatThanks and gratitude. Tag us @catwisdom101 so we know you did and I promise to share, re-pin, reweet every single message to spread what really matters, far and wide.
Last year we were grateful Merlin acted ASPCA spokescat for Adopt A Senior Pet Month.