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TOMS x Liberty of London

July 30th, 2018 · chatting away

Holy smokes!  One of my favorites– TOMS— has a line of Liberty of London shoes and sunglasses!  I would like one of each, please.

In all seriousness, I’m not sure how I will choose just one.  I remember several years ago when Target collaborated with Liberty of London for a line of items (I think there was a bicycle!), our local store got about six items, most of which were neckties.  I got the Big Boo one, and it was cute enough, but I was totally disappointed not to score something for myself.  I may be using my wool budget and my clothing/accessory budget to get all three pairs of shoes and these:

Which will you choose?

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City Kitty Collections cat bed: the most popular spot in our house

July 26th, 2018 · cats

Agnes in City Kitty Collections cat bed (purrty cat print)

I’m always on a search to find new products for Das Katzenheim’s residents.  With so many different personalities, activity levels, and physical capabilities, finding options to keep everyone engaged and happy is one of our top priorities.  I also really love supporting other cat lovers with an entrepreneurial spirit, so we’ve supported several Kickstarter campaigns, including this one by City Kitty Collections.

We’ve now had the beds in our house for several weeks, and I can enthusiastically endorse them, for several reasons.  The first is that they are attractive and well-made.  We received two of the beds– the colorful one in the photo above as well as a cheetah print in blue.  The colorful one is in our bedroom, and the cheetah print one is in our family room.  There are two plastic rods inside of it that are kind of like tent poles.  There’s also a two-sided (fuzzy on one side and nubby on the other) removable blanket in the bottom of it.

The second reason I really like these beds is because they are easily cleaned.  We deal with a fair amount of cat barf (mostly hairballs), as well as the occasional urine spot.  I first had to wash the blanket, which machine washed beautifully and then dried quickly by hanging in our laundry room.  We eventually had to wash the blue bed, and the plastic rods removed easily, the tent part turned inside out easily, and it also machine washed and line-dried beautifully.  It went back together quickly and with minimal fuss.  WIN!

The third reason I can recommend these beds is because they seem very sturdy.  We’ve had more than one cat decide to get inside at the same time.  We’ve had one cat inside, while another cat or two was on the outside playing the “whose paw is on my tent?” game.  We sometimes come home and find them dragged across the room, and we also find them collapsed with a cat or two sitting on top of it.  Besides being covered in cat hair (which doesn’t really show too much!), these look as good as the day I pulled them out of the package.

And speaking of the package– each was in its own clear plastic bag and arrived in a very sturdy and flat box.  We get lots of stuff delivered, and this package was really nicely packed, without a bunch of extra stuff inside it.

Finally, the guys seem to really like lounging in these beds.  They offer a cozy spot to nap or take a break from the action.  I hope to add a few more to our collection in the future!

[*Please note: I am in no way affiliated with and didn’t receive any kind of compensation for this review.  We were backers on City Kitty Collection’s Kickstarter campaign, and these are my thoughts on the beds we received for financially backing that campaign.]

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Celebrating Lawrence’s Gotcha Day

October 22nd, 2017 · cats

This is Lawrence (formerly known as Tootie), and he’s new here.

On Friday, Mark, Pat, and I made him a permanent part of our family, and we are so thankful to all of the people who have helped us along the way.

Lawrence is a man of mystery, but we do know part of his story.  A Good Samaritan found him on State Road 39 near Monrovia and thought maybe he’d been hit by a car, so the Good Samaritan brought him to the Morgan County Humane Society (MCHS) in Martinsville.   At first, the staff thought maybe he had vision issues because his pupils were dilated.  He also crouched and walked on the back of his legs, which led them to believe that maybe he had some neurological deficit.  Because the shelter environment isn’t the best for a tiny kitten who has been through some kind of trauma, Morgan County’s number one cat lady (at least in my mind), Alicia Fouty, took Lawrence home with her.  After a few days with Alicia and Doug, her husband, fostering him at their home, Lawrence became less fearful and started to get a little more comfortable with people.  He was examined by the shelter’s veterinarian, who thought maybe Lawrence was recovering from a concussion and would continue to improve.  He still had a strange gait, though.

Mark and I got involved when Alicia shared Lawrence’s story on the Morgan County Community Cats Facebook page.  We were instantly smitten with this little brown tabby guy.  Because of his suspected neurological issues, Alicia was looking for a home with people who have some experience with cats with special needs.  After some discussion, Mark and I decided to offer to take Lawrence to see Dr. Johnny Cross, a neurologist at VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center.  Dr. Cross is wonderful and had worked with our George and Jud in the past, so we knew what to expect with a neurological consult.  After Alicia arranged with MCHS for us to take Lawrence for his consultation, we made the appointment and brought him to our house. [Read more →]

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