A Cat Abroad is the second in the trilogy by Peter Gethers about his wonderful Scottish Fold cat named Norton (for Ed Norton of the "Honeymooners"). Peter and his girlfriend, Janice decide to completely change their fast-paced NYC lives by spending a year in the South of France. I, personally, read A Year in Provence before discovering Peter Gether's book. And not to say I'm prejudiced, but I enjoyed Peter's book because of the presence of Norton more than Peter Mahle's A Year in Provence. Personal preferences aside, the second of the books revolving around Norton was really about food. I believe Peter Gethers is a serious foodie! Still, Peter told about the places he, Janice ad Norton went, the interesting people they met, and the charming old village they lived in for a year. Not only do they visit and live in France for a year, but they tour the Continent. Needless to say, everywhere Norton goes he is his usual, suave, unflappable self. An entertaining read (especially if you're into food - I'm not) you will find yourself smiling at the characters encountered by Peter, Norton and Janice. Upon their return to the US, Peter decides to escape the corporate life forever. And he does! At the end of this book Peter provides a short summation of his, Norton and Janice's lives. He and Janice have aged and settled into a committed relationship, although neither of them believe that a piece of paper means one is married. Norton has gotten a bit older, too. He has developed just a touch of arthritis by the end of the book. But he's still up for hitting the road whenever Peter starts to pack. We all know how most of our cats hate to travel. Not so Norton! Norton is a "dyed in the furr" traveler. December's book review will be about the last book in this series.
Just to prepare you all a bit. We've all loved and lost pets (cats and dogs) who have left paw-prints on our souls and in our hearts. With those words, all I can say is sit down with an entire box of Kleenex when you read the last in the series The Cat Who'll Live Forever. But it's well worth the tears. Meanwhile, look on Amazon (books or Kindle), in the library or the Used Book Emporium or your favourite used book store and find the second in this charming trilogy.
Thank you to Mayor Dennis Coombs and the city council of Longmont for proclaiming October 16 as Feral Cat Day in our fair city. We are proud to live in a city which values the lives of all of it's residents--our feral friends included!
On Tuesday October 10, 2017, Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs proclaimed October 16, 2017, as ‘Feral Cat Day’.
According to the proclamation, Feral Cat Day will help “Longmont residents acknowledge the presence of feral and abandoned cats in the community, and to advocate to improve the lives of all cats and the people who care for them.”
Esther Mills of the Longmont Friends of Feral & Abandoned Cats (LFFAC) accepted the proclamation.
“Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to bring attention to what we do as a five-year-old non-profit organization here in Longmont and across the Front Range,” said Mills.
“We just feel that Longmont is the place that we want people to know that whether your feelings about cats are different, whether you like them, you don’t like them, it’s just about the humaneness. That we want Longmont to be known as being a humane city for all its residents.”
Tonni Loutzenhiser of LFFAC was unable to make the proclamation as she was “out rescuing kittens that were ill and needed to be transferred from the vet to the foster home.”
LLFAC is a local non-profit that uses the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to sustain healthy, community (feral) cat colonies in Longmont and the surrounding area.
A book review of The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers
Peter Gethers is a successful young writer/publisher about town, living in the Big Apple and on Long Island. He has never liked cats until his current girl friend presents him with a Scottish Fold kitten. Love at first sight occurs on the part of the kitten and Peter. Peter is instantly smitten, never to be the same man again! He names the kitten Norton after Ed Norton, played by Art Carney on "The Honeymooners".
Norton accompanies Peter everywhere he goes, all over New York. He rides in a special "Sherpa shoulder bag" on Peter's shoulder. From that vantage point he goes to restaurants, concerts, rides on the ferry to Long Island, meets countless people. As a young kitty Norton accompanies Peter to Paris. No carrier in the luggage hold of the plane for Norton! He is safe in his shoulder bag and all the hostesses love him. In Paris, Peter and Norton live for about a year. Norton had flown to Paris on the Concorde,ridden the ferry to Fire Island, numerous times since Peter owns a home there, traversed the subways of Manhattan, met Roman Polanski and Harrison Ford while in Paris, approved or disapproved of whatever beautiful woman Peter happened to be dating, dined in some of the world's finest restaurants. Everyone who meets Norton is blown away by how just by being himself, Norton shows great presence. He appreciates silence, knows how to behave in ALL situations, enjoys a walkabout when Peter takes him to a castle, chalet, or museum. Comes when Peter whistles. In short, Norton is a lovely gentleman in stripey grey fur with tastefully folded ears! He is devoted to Peter, and Peter is likewise devoted to Norton. Norton is in the same class with Streetcat Bob and Homer the Blind Wondercat. If you are looking for a book full of humour, adventure, in which the kitty DOES NOT die in the end, this may be just the book for you!
Personally, I loved every page! Read it in one night. You might say I gobbled it. Available in the Used Book Emporium in Longmont (if they don't have it ask Deb, the proprietor to put it on a list for you and call you when it comes in). Or, if you just have to have the book immediately, it is available new or used on Amazon, on Kindle, or in the library. Happy reading!
Lisa moved into her new home last June and suddenly felt like she was being watched. She soon discovered several sets of eyes staring out at her from the bushes, and there they were, a Mama cat, her four kittens, and Dad close by. Lisa began to feed the small family and contacted us to help her trap them and get them TNSR'd. Tabatha and Tonni trapped Mom and all four of her kids last weekend(we love when it happens like that), and Lisa is working on trapping Dad. Thank you so much Lisa for caring for this sweet family, and for ensuring they won't have any more kittens. You are a kitty hero for sure!
Tonni trapped little Ninja and Nico this week! They are a bit older--we estimate around twelve weeks based on their weights, and so they'll require extra loving care to socialize them. We're happy to report they are in foster care with our talented and wonderful foster mom Debbie. Debbie says they like her to pet them, but are not so crazy about being held quite yet. Tonni, thank you for spending so many hours at this location waiting patiently to make sure the many cats there get TNSR'd, and the kittens get out. Debbie, thank you for taking in these little cuties. You have that magic touch that will tame the little tigers!
Just when I thought I had run out of the truly good kitty books to read, I discovered one of the best ones I think I've ever read.
Its title is Serendipity and Me by Judith L. Roth. It was actually "serendipity" that I came to have the book. I was walking Sue's dog, when I saw a little house on a post next to the sidewalk. There was a sign on it that said "Little Free Library" - "take a book and leave one". Being who I am, I certainly couldn't pass by any books! I looked through them and one had a white kitten held in a person's two hands. I took the book home and wound up devouring it in one night. Absolutely beautiful writing! You won't need tissues.
Serendipity is a white kitten who is dumped at the door of Sara and her dad's home. Sara's dad is firm about saying that Sara may not keep Serendipity. This white fluff-ball of a kitten is just what is needed to heal the hurt in Sara and her dad's hearts and to make their home no longer a lonely place. Read it to find out if and how Sara wins over her dad.
Read it for the sheer beauty of the language. Read it because it is one of those "cat" books you won't want ever to end. Written in 2013. it should be available on Amazon and Kindle, possibly at Barnes and Noble, or even used book stores. It's in paperback. (BTW, I donated two books to the Little Library - Merle's Door - one of the best books about a dog I've ever read, and a small, lovely John Fielder book of photography of Colorado's wild lands. No one, IMHO, can photograph the outdoors like John Fielder).
Our Sweet Socks crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this week and is now reunited with the love of his life, his soulmate Gypsy Girl.
Socks and Gypsy were the grand couple of the Hood, and they inspired us all with their devotion to each other. Thank You Socks for the joy and happiness you brought to all of us who were fortunate enough to know you. Your cute ornery little face and funny antics made us smile and brightened our days.
We are very sad for Missy and Rosie who were Socks' two little friends after Gypsy passed. They miss him very much. Esther, we are so grateful to you for the wonderful life you gave Socks and Gypsy at Ebon's cozy shelter for wayward cats. What a blessing it was for them to live out their lives safe, warm, and loved by you. Hugs to you. Cheryl, special thanks to you for bringing Socks and Gypsy into your warm Cat House when they first came in off the streets. What a relief it was that they finally had a safe place to be together. Lucky kitties.
Thank You Dr. Molly Abernathy, Sarah, and Chani for doing everything you could to help Socks when he became ill. We so appreciate your compassion for the animals in your care.
Socks, you give Gypsy Girl big head rubs and kisses for us. We'll miss you our little man.
We are looking for a volunteer, or two volunteers, who would like to feed the kitties at Big T's colony on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Our current feeder, handling both days, is moving out of state within the next few months.
There are fifteen to eighteen kitties waiting for food each morning around 10-11 am at Big T's. It takes about an hour to pick up all the water bowls, food plates, and dry food pans, and clean and refill everything.
The kitties at Big T's have been at this colony for many years, and are near and dear to our hearts.
If you think you might be interested in feeding on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or know someone who might be, please call us at 303-257-3706 and leave a message. We will call you back to discuss in greater detail and answer any questions you might have.
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.