Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Capers and Harry Book Review and Giveaway


Capers and Harry

Today, I'm excited to review Capers and Harry by Mother Melania, Illustrated by Cayce Grace Kruse. 

About the Book: Capers the Cat loves to talk about himself and show his friends how awesome he is. He is busy showing his friend, Harry the Hound, how great he is at climbing trees when he gets stuck in one. Capers is too proud to admit that he's stuck, so Harry the Hound and Fearless the Fire Duck must come up with a clever way to rescue their friend.

This is a children's picture book intended for children aged 3-7 years old.

My Thoughts: Let me just say that this book is adorable! Now, I could be just a bit biased because Capers the Cat is an orange tabby, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love orange cats!

This was a sweet story of how friends pulled together to help another friend in trouble. This book has some great lessons kids can learn.

1. It is okay to ask for and accept help. This book teaches kids that it is okay to both ask for and accept help when they need it. Asking for or accepting help is not something one needs to feel embarrassed about. 

2. True friends will accept you for who you are. Your real friends will accept you and love you for who you are, flaws and all. Harry and Fearless the Fire Duck know that Capers is a proud cat. Even though it is his downfall, Caper's friends accept him and love him for who he is. They don't hesitate to help him when he needs it.

This book is intended for children aged 3-7 years old. Younger children will need someone to read the book to them. Older children may be able to read the book without help. However, I noticed there are some big words (for kids) in this book, and a child may need them explained to them. There is a glossary in the back of the book, which may be helpful for older children who can read. 

Overall, I think this book is a great one and would recommend it for children, especially those who love animals!

Mother Melania

About the Author: Mother Melania is the Abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA. She grew up in a house where children were always around. When she was young, her parents had to read to her until they were hoarse. Once she learned to read, she always had her nose in a book. It is fitting that she grew up to write children's books herself. She strives to teach virtue in a fun, non-preachy way in her books. 

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of "Capers and Harry" by Mother Melania, Illustrated by Cayce Grace Kruse for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions. All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Cash: Over the Rainbow Bridge

Crash and Coltrane


Some of you might remember these two awesome mancats - Crash and Coltrane

Today, I am heartbroken to share the news that Cash has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. 

Anyone who is close to me knows how much I love and adore these two mancats. In fact, Angel Lita was afraid she was going to wind up with a couple of more brothers! Had I been able to afford to care for them, I would have seriously considered taking them home. But my circumstances at the time didn't allow for that. So I did what I thought was the nexct best thing. I visited Crash and Coltrane at the shelter often, and I promoted them here and on social media to try and help them find a good and loving home.

Crash (who was renamed Cash) had a tough time of it in the shelter. Most of the people there didn't understand him. I think Cash and I developed a bond because I could see his sweet soul. I knew without a doubt that when he found a good home, he'd be a little lovebug. He was rather cranky at the shelter - and who could blame him? Unfortunately, most people could not look beyond that, so Cash and Cole stayed at the shelter for quite a while. Cash and Cole were a bonded pair and had to be adopted together. You could often find them curled up together in a single bed.

Photo used with permission.

Every time I visited the shelter (at least a couple of times a month), I would look for Cash and Coltrane (he was renamed Cole). I would usually find Cole first. If he wasn't already by Cash, I'd pick him up and we'd go find Cash together. I'd sit down, and Cole would sit on my lap, purring while I talked to him and Cash. Cash let me pet him, but I knew how stressed he was at the shelter, so if he didn't want to be pet that day, I would just sit by him and talk to him. I would tell him what a good kitty he was; I don't think he was hearing that enough at the shelter.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Carmine's Allergic to What?!

 Carmine went to the vet for allergy testing last week. He has been struggling with allergies for the past few years, and while the Atopica is significantly helpful in managing his symptoms, I wanted to try to pinpoint what he's allergic to so that we can (hopefully) reduce or eliminate his exposure. 

I was thinking about what Carmine might be allergic to over the past several months. A thought that occurred to me was that maybe Carmine is allergic to Tylan. Initially, I thought that was a silly thing to think, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a real possibility. 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Refractory Stomatitis is Challenging to Treat: Stem Cell Therapy Saved My Cat's Life

 My seal-point Siamese, Tylan. 

Two weeks after I adopted my seal-point Siamese, Tylan, our vet took one look in his mouth and said, “He has stomatitis.” Little did I know that this would be one of the hardest battles I'd ever help a cat fight. 

What is Stomatitis?

Feline Chronic Gingivostomatits (FCGS), commonly known as stomatitis, is a chronic condition that results from severe mouth tissue inflammation. According to Dr. Kate O'Hare, stomatitis affects 0.7-4% of cats. 

Two types of stomatitis are recognized based on which part of the mouth is inflamed. The first form of the condition is characterized by inflammation that starts in the gums and the tissues surrounding the teeth. The second form is characterized by inflammation in the back of the mouth where the upper and lower jaws meet. This form may be more difficult to treat. 

Cats of any breed and age can be affected by stomatitis. The most prominent symptom of the condition is severe mouth pain. Your cat may show his pain in a number of ways, including:

  • Pawing at his mouth.
  • Rubbing his face against furniture.
  • Acting aggressively if you try to touch his mouth or offer food.
  • Crying while eating, beginning to eat when he's offered a meal but stopping suddenly, or refusing to eat at all.
  • Hiding under furniture.

A cat with FCGS may also have an unkempt coat because he finds it too painful to groom himself. Cats with stomatitis may also have foul-smelling breath and drool. The drool may contain blood. A cat with FGCS may lose weight if he finds it too painful to eat. The affected parts of a cat's mouth will usually be bright red and bleed easily. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Spirituality, Healing and Me


Spirituality, Healing and Me

Book Details:

Book Title:  Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  Self-Help
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Sept 16, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA and Canada), ebook (mobi for kindle)
Tour dates:  Sept 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating:  G.
Book Description:

Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds and set us firmly back on track.

Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.

Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing

Meet the Author:

Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.

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