Book Review – Finding Mya: He can’t live Happily Ever After without her

20141026_120539Happy Sunday everyone. We’ve had pawsome weather for October – lots of warm sunny days and open windows. Today’s chilly and windy so mom put the fireplace on for me. I checked the 10-day forecast and it’s supposed to be pawsome! We’re having the best fall ever.

Picture from Amazon.com book listing

Photo by Kimberly Koz and borrowed from Amazon.com book listing.

You know I do lots of reviews. My favorite reviews are of books, and I have a real good one for you today. Kimberly Koz was nice enough to send me a copy of her manuscript to her newest book, Finding Mya – He can’t live Happily Ever After without her.  Part of what makes this book so special is the artwork – all the drawings are done by 7 year-old Mya Campbell and the photos are all by the author, Kimberly Koz.

Finding Mya is about the special relationship between Mya and Herman. While Mya and Herman (and all the other animals in the book) are real, the story is just a story. Well, a very special story.

Herman is part of a litter of kittens Mya’s grandmother is fostering until they’re old enough to adopt. Mya helps her grandmother with the kittens, and forms a special relationship with Herman. They’re both heartbroken when Herman is chosen to go to a forever home. Mya wants Herman to go home with her! They vow to find each other again.

Herman’s new home has a dog that plays too rough with kittens. Herman runs away from his new home before he ever gets in the front door. Along the way, he learns some hard lessons and has a lot of adventures. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that he and Mya eventually find each other again. After all, if they hadn’t, there wouldn’t be a story to tell!

The book shows the power of love, friendship, trust, and having faith in all those things. The illustrations are charming. It’s only 78 pages long, but somehow in those 78 pages it touches on so many themes. It’s a positive, uplifting story about overcoming adversity and living happily ever after.

We all enjoyed this book, even mom. I think this book would make a wonderful gift for little sticky people and cat lovers of all ages.  The holidays will be here before we know it and this would be a pawsome holiday gift. Finding Mya is available at Amazon.com.

I received this book for free to review. As always, all opinions are my own. No one tells this kitty what to say!

 

Product Review – Sleepypod Pet Bed and Carrier

Happy Sunday everyone. Today is Henry’s and my first anniversary. I can’t believe a year went by so fast! Happy anniversary to the best husbandcat in the whole world!

I’ve got another long overdue review for you today. Mom met someone from Sleepypod at Blogpaws. They had a long talk about carriers, how we act when in a carrier, but mostly about EK. About how much EK hates being confined, how much he cries in the car, and how scared he is going to the vet. The rep suggested we try out a Sleepypod Pet Bed and Carrier for EK to see if it would help. They sent us one for free for us to try out. This review is a little long, but there’s lots to say about this carrier so I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

20140524_204038This is the carrier we got. It has a domed cover that can open in the middle to put us in. The dome also zips off completely to become a nice comfy bed. The bed has a fuzzy lining that zips out to clean or to make the bed cooler in the warm weather. These carriers (and all other Sleepypod products) have actually been crash tested for pet safety. That’s impressive. They also have other styles, including a carrier that can be used on an airplane.

20140524_20460920140608_114410Here I am trying out the carrier. We all three love it as a bed – we take turns sleeping in it. I was the first one to try it in the car. It has a strap so you can seat belt it into the car. Mom also slipped the carry strap over the head rest to make it extra secure. I don’t know how well you can see me in the carrier, but I’m lying down. Being domed instead of rectangular, The only tall point is right in the center, so it’s not tall enough for me to stand up in, and I like to look out the windows. It’s also not wide enough for me to stretch out in even lying down. I had to curl up.

See the strap that velcros across the zipper? That’s a carry strap. As a strap it’s convenient, but Mom found it kind of annoying to have to undo it to open the carrier to put me in. So for me, my carrier that lets me stand up, stretch out, and move around is much better. But this carrier wasn’t really meant for me, it was meant for EK. So let’s get to how it worked for him.

20140919_150940We don’t know what happened to EK before he was rescued, but he has some quirks. He’s terrified of being confined in any way, shape, or form. He even panicked in a kritterkondo, and you know how big those things are! He’s fine as long as he can get out, but as soon as he realizes he can’t, he goes crazy. Vet visits are extremely traumatic for him. The Sleepypod rep said that people have been taking their pets to the vet and leaving the pet in the pod for the whole exam. She suggested EK might be calmer in the pod. EK’s checkup time finally rolled around, so off to the vet he went – in the pod. Here’s EK when mom first put him in it:
As you can hear, he’s pretty upset and very loud. Thank cat the vet is only 5 minutes away. He usually keeps that up every second he’s in a carrier. EK was actually a little quieter in the car this time. Hmmm.

Mom left EK in the pod for his whole vet visit (except for getting weighed). He even got his shots in the carrier! Normally, EK tries to climb Mom, hide in her purse, hide in his old carrier, hide anywhere he can when he’s not being held on table. This time he just stayed in the pod! Mom went and sat down to see if he’d leave the pod and come climb on her like normal and he didn’t. He was still nervous and he shed a lot, but he didn’t panic and try to hide. That’s a huge improvement, and Mom was really happy. Here are some pics of EK’s vet visit. Click on the pictures if you want to biggify them.

So in a nutshell, we all love to sleep in the pod. Mom found it to be a little awkward to deal with. I didn’t like it at all. But most important, it really did work to keep EK calmer at the vet, and that was the most important thing for Mom.

We now have two different styles of carriers, both very different from each other. (You can read the review of my other carrier here: A New Carrier.) They serve different purposes and make different cats happy. Like everything else for cats, one size (or style) does NOT fit all, and you have to know your cat to get the right carrier. I’m glad we found the right carrier for EK!

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!