What has been wonderful for me while reviewing all of the books in the Buckley and Bogey series, along with LOVING her witty, interesting and personabWhat has been wonderful for me while reviewing all of the books in the Buckley and Bogey series, along with LOVING her witty, interesting and personable writing style, is that I have gotten a chance to get to know Cindy Vincent as a person. It comes as no surprise to me that Buckley and Bogey are as engaging as they are. Cindy Vincent is one of the most interesting, vivacious and genuinely WARM people. Her personality shines through her email correspondence, so it is only natural that her magnetic personality is translated on to the pages of every book in this series. Cindy is loaded with charisma, and her star cat characters possess the same.
While I was reading The Case of the Cat Show Princess it dawned on me that through Cindy's descriptive, action-packed and engaging writing, Buckley and Bogey appear as if they REALLY ARE DETECTIVES. The way in which Cindy depicts them makes me want to sit down and have conversations with them! Bogey possesses the qualities that we all love about his namesake (Humphrey Bogart, think Casablanca, "here's lookin' at YOU kid!!") and tosses cat treats to Buckley with abandon whenever they need to think deeply about how they will devise a plan for their current cases, or when Buckley becomes a tad nervous or uneasy. (Which is often, since he is considered the "rookie" of the duo with over-sized Maine Coon paws that keep poking himself in the eyes when he tries to "salute" Bogey, in an endearing show of respect. The treats are kind of like a human who chain-smokes when nervous, but "cat-style").
Author Vincent incorporates in her writing, and in the dialogue between the cats, all of the nuances that make up cats, their movements, facial expressions, what they would think if we knew what they were thinking, EVERYTHING in such a convincing way, that to me, Buckley and Bogey aren't mere cats, they ARE "detectives!"...more
The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues is full of fun, as well as suspense. Cindy Vincent has a flair for humor, dialogue, twists and turns. The maThe Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues is full of fun, as well as suspense. Cindy Vincent has a flair for humor, dialogue, twists and turns. The majority of the book is dialogue between the cats and her take on the various feline personalities is just hilarious. In this book, there is Hector "a Siamese cat who is a really big blabbermouth", who "talks" non-stop in the car (and everywhere else), which reminded me of how cats meow and "sing the song of their people" when heading to the dreaded Vet. There is a strong and heart-warming message of the importance of friendship that is the heart of this mystery. Friendship, pvercoming greed, believing in yourself and teamwork. It shows us that often we must look "deeper" into things, (even things that are outwardly full of glitter, sparkle and shine), instead of just taking them at face value.
From The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues:
"Humans especially are easily taken in by anything that shines. Gold and silver and diamonds and rubies. To name but a few. And most certainly, there is nothing wrong with owning and collecting objects of great beauty. But, when the quest for those objects makes you do terrible things, that's when you've crossed a line."
Full of Heart, High-Jinx and Hilarity, this one needs to be on your MUST READ list! ...more
This delightfully entertaining story is told from the POV of Buckley Bergdorf , a newly adopted almost-2- year- old Maine Coon with paws so huge thatThis delightfully entertaining story is told from the POV of Buckley Bergdorf , a newly adopted almost-2- year- old Maine Coon with paws so huge that he wonders if he will EVER grow into them!
Buckley idolizes his "big brother" Bogey, the top cat behind the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency, who is the complete antithesis of Buckley, Bogey is sleek and slim and it has been rumored that he could run so fast that sometimes his feet barely touched the ground! The other cats in the household could swear that he could fly!! He also never seems to be without a stash of cat treats which he is constantly pulling out to help calm down the more nervous, Buckley.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention something that was in my mind while reading this book, and I am sure it is NOT a coincidence! Bogey (which happens to be short for "Bogart"), the more suave, confident, outgoing and bold of the two cats, and the mastermind of their detective agency seems to watch his nervous-nellie, novice brother, Buckley with mild amusement. In fact, he refers to Buckley as "kid" numerous times throughout the book. Could author Cindy Vincent be a Casablanca devotee? I would say so!! The last name of the kitties:Bergdorf (Ingrid Bergman in the same movie) tells me that I have just cracked THIS case! Does detective-in-training Buckley help find and bust the criminal mastermind in The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks? You will have to read this book to find out!
ONE HINT: "Here's looking' at YOU kid!!"
The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks by Cindy Vincent might be a young adult mystery but children and cat lovers of all ages will enjoy it too! It is a fast moving, lively and MERRY read for anyone and everyone!...more
I am a believer in synchronicity, and the quote, "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.", as well as listening to your gutI am a believer in synchronicity, and the quote, "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.", as well as listening to your gut and your heart. The path you are meant to take in life will often be clearly revealed to you, IF YOU LISTEN.
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine by author Ingrid King, is a heartfelt, true story of how a former computer manual translator , and later an executive for a financial services corporation, discovered her life's passion/calling as a result of having to spend an inordinate amount of time at various veterinary hospitals treating her first cat and "soul kitty", Feebee for bladder stones.
There are people who would love a high profile position in corporate America and would thrive, but to Ingrid, regardless of her stellar performance of the tasks required of her in those early positions, she felt a void. The speed bumps of life (a divorce and the heartbreaking passing of her beloved mother), helped pave the way for Ingrid's true calling, working with and writing about pets (primarily cats).
From Ingrid King: Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a "collection of essays" , many of which are about special cats and dogs that touched my heart to heroic veterinarians and staff who are in the business of saving lives every single day."
In Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Ingrid gives the reader detailed information about what it was like to first, be a volunteer at a clinic, and the often "lowly" tasks that are part and parcel of the position, (meticulously cleaning the cages of the animals, performing fecal tests, emptying trash, etc.)
As "dirty" as these tasks were, Ingrid "was in heaven." She had "found her bliss." Those early volunteer days paved the way for what would be a twelve-year journey. No two days would be alike.
Ingrid also conveys through her touching essays, that those that work in veterinary clinics are often brought to tears by the animals in their care and are deeply affected by them, often more than we could possibly imagine.
Some of my favorite essays feature:
A cat named "Beast", a brown -and -white tabby with a long rap sheet. It was Ingrid, and her soothing aura and voice, who was able to get through to this gentle giant like no one before her could. Her affect on Beast was so profound, that he rubbed his face against Ingrid's and would "hug" her shoulders with his paws. From Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: "things aren't always what they seem. A fractious, aggressive cat may simply be starved for attention. A big, intimidating tom with a name that is meant to inspire fear may be, in reality, a great big teddy bear."
Virginia, "the poster child for "tortitude" (tortoiseshell cats), who served as Ingrid's introduction to this wonderful breed and would be the catalyst for her love affair with torties. Little did she realize at the time how tortoiseshell cats would be changing her life.
Jake the handsome young vet who Ingrid developed a crush on. This essay particularly delighted me because anyone who knows Ingrid, knows that she keeps the majority of her life private, and this essay offers us a glimpse into the giddy, smitten "school girl" side of this amazing woman while making us laugh when Ingrid reveals that she "was so dazzled by his good looks, caring and compassionate manner, and veterinary skills, that I overlooked one minor detail: Jake was gay."
There are also essays on Kennel Work, Finding a New Vet and Life After Veterinary Medicine.
For those familiar with Ingrid's previous books: Buckley's Story-Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher and Purrs of Wisdom:Conscious Living Feline Style, (to read my reviews of both of these marvelous books click here to be re-directed to my book review page), Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a welcome addition to this impressive collection, and is a "must-read" for those that believe, as Ingrid does, and I do, that sometimes you CAN "find your bliss in unexpected places."...more
I knew I was in for a treat when I was contacted by a representative from Ten Speed Press asking if I would be interested in reviewing Does This CollaI knew I was in for a treat when I was contacted by a representative from Ten Speed Press asking if I would be interested in reviewing Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big? A Diet Book for Cats by CWA Member and Author, Dena Harris.
I was honored to have been given the opportunity of reviewing another book of Dena's back in 2010: Who Moved My Mouse? A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) Call me biased, but being a fan of Dena's sarcastic wit and spot-on ability of telling us what cats would REALLY say,if given the ability to speak human "language", I KNEW that Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big?, an illustrated diet book for cats,(the illustrations were done by Ann Boyajian of the blog Cattywampus, she also did the illustrations for Careers for Your Cat), was going to be another winner. I wasn't wrong.
"In less time than it takes to cough up a hairball, you too can be fit, feline and fabulous! Cat-tharsis has never been this fun!"
What did Cody think when HE read it?
Well, you will have to hear it from his own mouth!
Hi all it's Cody! I tried, I really did! Mom was supposed to review this book a month or so ago but I hid it, so well that she couldn't find it! Mom was supposed to review it yesterday, but once again, I foiled her! Until TODAY. when Mom found, Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big? under the kitchen table, and I knew I was finished, done, kaput!
You see, for some time now Mom has been working hard at trying to keep me at a "normal" weight and basically, much to my dismay, she has succeeded. With the New Year approaching, Mom and legions of others will be making resolutions, or as we prefer to call them, intentions for the New Year, I know Mom's weight-loss challenge is high on the list, and NOW thanks to a certain Ms.Dena Harris, MINE WILL BE TOO!
Mom made me take the quiz in Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big? to find out just what type of an eating purrsonality I have. Once I took the quiz, (and kitties it will be the same for YOU so watch out!), Dena Harris suggested different weight loss programs, that are listed in the book, based on my own purrsonality.
"Have a question about diet, nutrition, or how to get your favorite jingle ball out from underneath the fridge? Renowned feline health expert and life couch coach Flabby Tabby is here to answer your questions."...more
I married a commitment-phobic man, so when I heard the premise of Author Hilary Grossman's book, Dangled Carat, I knew that this was a book that I HADI married a commitment-phobic man, so when I heard the premise of Author Hilary Grossman's book, Dangled Carat, I knew that this was a book that I HAD to read.
Many of you know Hilary as the author of the popular blog Feeling Beachie, where her keen sense of observation, as it relates to people and their idiosyncrasies, is conveyed (often with sarcasm and humor), on a daily basis. For the cat lovers that read both of our blogs, you probably came to know Hilary when she would write about her beloved cat, Alex, (who I was pleased to see was mentioned a number of times in the book), and now her current kitty, precious Lucy. Today I am pleased to introduce you to Hilary Grossman, AUTHOR (and a brilliant one at that!), of Dangled Carat, the first of what I am certain will be a succession of successful novels!
How I wish I had this book when I met my now husband! Hilary was spot on in her often hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking, depiction of how a woman feels when dating (and WAITING!) for a commitment-phobic man to "see the light." For women who have dated and lost a commitment-phobic man, to those like myself who married one, you will commiserate with the pain, joy, frustration and wisdom that Hilary displayed throughout her relationship with Marc.
One of many things that I found to be fabulous about Dangled Carat, was even knowing Hilary, as I do through blogging, and KNOWING the final outcome, I found myself gasping at parts, saying "Ohhhh noooo" and cheering her on, (and yelling at Marc!), through every page. I found myself FORGETTING that I know her!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the title again. It didn't click with me until I read the book, the title Dangled Carat is brilliant!
How many of you are familiar with the Carrot and Stick Approach? The Carrot and Stick Approach : "is an idiom that refers to a policy of offering a combination of rewards and punishment to induce behavior. It is named in reference to a cart driver dangling a carrot in front of a mule and holding a stick behind it. The mule would move towards the carrot because it wants the reward of food, while also moving away from the stick behind it, since it does not want the punishment of pain, thus drawing the cart."
I am by no means comparing Hilary to a MULE, but the clear message is that through Marc's obvious signals, gestures and behavior, he DID love Hilary, but enough to marry her?
Marc showed Hilary enough love and affection to make her remain in a relationship with him, but the obvious reward, marriage, remained out of reach, just like the elusive carrot of the mule. Hilary was in the "driver's seat" in the relationship, but often didn't realize that. Controlling a successful career was easy for her. Hilary endured heartbreaking traumas in her life that would have broken one with less internal strength, but she emerged victorious. Those battles in hindsight were EASY compared to what she was experiencing with Marc. While she wanted to remain in the relationship, and in her heart KNEW she would be married to Marc, she also considered moving away from it, wanting to escape the pain that she often felt would happen if she stayed, much like the mule pulling the cart.
In the Jewish religion there is a word and the word is Beshert which means "inevitable" or "preordained." It can apply to any happening which appears to bear the fingerprints of divine providence"
From Hilary and Marc's first meeting it was evident that this relationship was Beshert, it just took patience, intellect, emotional fortitude, listening to one's gut and the intervention of a VILLAGE! (Marc's friends/family) to have this 40-something commitment-phobe see the light!