And the Winners of the Shelter Cat Dolls Are…

Good morining Furriends!

We still have a not-so-good weather where we are so we are glad that we can take a break from our naps to announce the winners of the two Shelter Cat Dolls!

Dream Pillow

Congratulations to

Ann Staub

&

Riverfront Cats

The winners were drawn using Random.org.
Since Ann was the first winner drawn, she will get to choose which doll she wants. You will soon both receive an email from me!

We would like to thank again Ms. Darlene Margeta and Dream Pillow for their dedication, creativity and generosity!

Dream Pillow and Shelter Cat Dolls + a Giveaway!

Do you believe in serendipity? The human dictionary Merriam-Webster says that serendipity is “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.”
My human says that was serendipity that brought her to meet Ms. Darlene Margeta of Dream Pillow and to discover her work.

While she was wandering around the East Village in Manhattan a few weeks before we moved, she saw something that caught her attention in the window of a little herb store called Flower Power. There were artisan-made cat dolls with different faces! She entered the store to ask for information, and was given the name of the company that make them: Dream Pillow. She was also told that part of the profits for the sales of these dolls benefit an animal shelter. My human had to learn more! She contacted the furry nice lady at Dream Pillow to discuss her products and they met at the French Market on Broadway and 36th St.

Dream Pillow at the French Market on Broadway - July 2013

Dream Pillow at the French Market on Broadway – July 2013

Dream Pillow

Dream Pillow

Dream Pillow

Dream Pillow makes products entirely handcrafted in New York: pillows, sachets, and cat dolls, that are filled with herbs and flowers, and they smell sooo good according to my human. Among other herbs, they contain lavender that comes from France! The pictures on each product are pictures taken by Ms. Margeta or pictures sent from clients for a customized work. Ms. Margeta has been making these products with the help of a herbalist for about 20 years.

Dream Pillow

They also make catnip sticks that we tried and loved!

Dream Pillow

Dream Pillow

Dream Pillow

What about my favorite product, the shelter cat doll? Here’s the description from the Dream Pillow website:

Our new cat dolls are not for cats, but for people.

They are replicas of actual stray and abandoned cats rescued by City Critters, a local rescue shelter and adoption organization. We donate $3 to City Critters for each doll we sell.
The dolls contain lavender and fiberfill. Fabrics used for the coverings are assorted. Like cats.

Dimensions: 15 inches tall, with long tails.

Shelter Cat Dolls

Shelter Cat Dolls

Dream Pillow

Wouldn’t it make the purrfect gift (hint: Christmas is in 1 month!) for your human or a human’s friend, and for the kitties it may help?

Ms. Margeta, which my human really enjoyed meeting, has loved animals for as long as she can remember. She was raised with lots of animals around. Her grandmother had barn cats that would wait besides her when the cows were being milked.

Of cats, she says they are like “a piece of art” that are very beautiful, have a sense of humor and enable you to relax. As an artist, she obviously connects with us kitties!

The idea of the cat dolls came when she was taking care of several stray cats in the East Village of Manhattan. She was feeding them and caring for them, until the day they were not welcome in the area anymore. City Critters came to the rescue. She herself kept a couple of kitties. With the dolls, she wanted to help City Critters in return.

The faces of the dolls are of shelter cats and dogs and can be customized with a picture of a kitty in your family (or a doggie…).

Of course, she is owned by several kitties: 11 rescue cats live in her studio, 3 in her apartment and she also feeds feral cats outside. A calico kitty is her artist cat too! You can see pictures of the kitties here.

Now in order to help the kitties too, my human has bought two dolls, one of which one of you will be able to win. Another doll has been generously given by Ms. Darlene Margeta. Yes, two shelter cat dolls will find a home among you, my readers.

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Dream Pillow

What do you have to do to win one?
1. Go visit Dream Pillow’s website here and tell me, in a comment below, which of their products – rescue dolls excepted – you prefer. This cannot be the doll, this must be another product.
2. For an extra chance to win, share this giveaway and post in a separate comment the link(s) to where you shared.
You have until Sunday, November 24, 11.59 pm central time to enter!

The winners will be drawn thanks to random.org and will be announced on November 26! The first person drawn will be able to choose which one of the two this person prefers.

Dream Pillow

If you cannot wait, or are not one of our lucky winners, you can visit Dream Pillow’s website and order the products you like by emailing them. Their contact information can be found here. If you live in the NY area, you can buy Dream Pillow products at the Broadway French Market (information here).

We really like their products and we are delighted to share and think it would make an original and furry nice idea of gift for humans!

Disclosure: We did not receive a compensation for this post. Opinions are our own. We were offered a sachet, as well as 2 catnip sticks, to test the products. Dream Pillow generously donated one rescue cat doll for the giveaway.

News on Monday with Kitshka

News on Monday with Kitshka

Kitshka hiding | Texas, a cat in Austin

You might have wondered what we’ve been up to?

Kitshka hiding | Texas, a cat in Austin

No, we were not hiding! But the female human, who is our typist, had less interesting other things to do and wanted a small break. That’s too bad that she planned her posts on her blog, but not ours Texas’ if you ask me.

But where is Texas, I hear you think? He’s here, only he is not meowing to his human right now. Because of the bloggie thingie. Plus he hasn’t visited the Cat Scout blog since he registered. Talk to the paw, he gestured when the female human offered to post something here finally!

Talk to the paw! | Texas, a cat in... Austin

So I volunteered.

The human promised to help us post and visit more, but I don’t know if we can trust her. What do you think?

Kitshka | Texas, a cat in Austin

Oh I almost forgot! On Thursday, we will have a furry nice review of a furry nice product that is also helping shelter kitties. And there will be a giveaway! I hope to see you then =^.^=

Bookstore Cats of NYC: Hayes and Rainer at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers

Bookstore Cats of NYC: Hayes and Rainer at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers

Today we are going to the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, to meet with Hayes and Rainer, at the Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers bookstore.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Hayes – which can be spelt Haze, too – is the mostly black, tuxedo kitty.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Rainer is the tabby and is a tripod.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers | Texas, a cat in... Austin

My human went to this bookstore twice because the first time, she only got to see Hayes. She did met Rainer the second time and was glad she did come back: Rainer was really affectionate.

According to the person my human talked to, Hayes and Rainer have been there for 10+ years and enjoy sleeping on books.

Here are some more pictures.

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Once again, we would like to thank the bookstore humans for letting my human take pictures of the resident cats.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers
218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.387.7322
http://spoonbillbooks.com/

Bookstore Cats of NYC: Tiny at Park Slope Community Bookstore

Bookstore Cats of NYC: Tiny at Park Slope Community Bookstore

One day, my human was reading an article about a bookstore in New York City. The article had nothing to do with cats (I know!). To her surprise though, she discovered in the article (she cannot find the link again, sorry) that the bookstore in question, the Alabaster bookshop in New York, had a resident cat.

She got an idea: find out about this kitty and other resident cats in NYC bookstores!

She looked on the Internet and found different old articles including this one, this one, and this one. All included bookstores in New York, but they were not recent.

My human learned, for example, that the kitty from the Alabaster Bookshop had crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 4 years ago. The Alabaster Bookshop is a book lover heaven (according to my human), with books piled everywhere. Apparently, the kitty loved to find hiding places in there!

Humphrey from the Drams Book Shop in Manhattan is now living with his human, and Francis from BookCourt in Brooklyn has moved in with a new family.

She wasn’t lucky either when she went to Babbo’s Books on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. The bookstore had just been sold and was closed. She has no idea what happened to Holly.

Then she went to The Park Slope Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.

Park Slope Community Bookstore | Texas, a cat in... Austin

She knew the bookstore, but had never entered. It is extremely unlikely for my human not to visit a bookstore. She had first spotted it thanks to this:

Bookstore-Cats---Park-Slope-Community_01

Yes, the kitty! Little did she know there was a real one in the bookstore at the time!

When she went back last summer, she learned that Sir Marjorie Lambshank III had unfortunately crossed the Rainbow Bridge (he is pictured in the second article linkie above). But she got to meet Tiny!

Park Slope Community Bookstore | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tiny is said to be good-natured… only when he feels like it =^.^= He let my human took some pictures though, so she thought he was a really nice kitty.
According to the bookstore humans, Tiny was part of a litter found in front of the store. His litter mates were all adopted and scattered around the neighborhood. He has a polydactyl brother the bookstore humans still hear about.

Here are some more pictures.

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My human and I would like to thank Tiny and the bookstore humans for letting my human take pictures of the star of the store.

The Park Slope Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-3075
http://communitybookstore.net/

Next week, we will stay in Brooklyn, but we will go to Williamsburg!

Tocks Story, Cat Scouts, and the Halloween Ball

Tocks Story, Cat Scouts, and the Halloween Ball

I’m taking a break from my Mondays are for Memories series.

Those of you who are furriends with me on Facebook know that I have been extra nice this weekend in order to lift my human’s spirits: cuddles, staying next to her, coming when she calls (well, that’s not often that I would do that!), purring all day…

All of this generally works pretty well. One thing I found out works well too in this kind of situation, is making the humans laugh. Have you tried?

I tried to play monorail cat, for example…

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

… but the couch was too big for my tocks!

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Who said it was my tocks that were too big?!?

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Anyway, I asked Kitshka to show her tocks to see if the problem was mine. Mademoiselle Fluff gave us a show!

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

So I relied on playing with her to distract the human (please, forgive the mess around, strangely cleaning the house is not necessarily a cheering activity for humans…)

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Tocktober | Texas, a cat in... Austin

The human laughed. Mission accomplished.

In other news, I have officially asked Lisbeth of The Cat on My Head to come with me to the Halloween Ball. But I am waiting for her answer.

I have also convinced my human to register me for the Cat Scouts. I have never received my confirmation email thanks to which I can complete my registration though. So I guess I’ll have to get my human to send them an email.

Maybe my human should cuddle with me now, while I am waiting for these two impawtant email?

Happy Tocktober everyone!

It’s another Caturday! Cat Mural in New York (Part 4), Monthly Kitty Links, and Halloween!

It’s another Caturday! Cat Mural in New York (Part 4), Monthly Kitty Links, and Halloween!

This is, for now, the last cat mural I will post. Next week I will show you other, real NYC kitties (I bet you will love the next series of posts!).

This mural is just across the street of the Whiskers Holistic Pet Care store I featured last week, and it is also a Chico mural.

This mural features humans and a kitty!

NYC Cat Mural | Texas, a cat in... Austin

NYC Cat Mural | Texas, a cat in... Austin


It’s been a long time since I have posted a Monthly Kitty Links post (last time was before we moved). So here is one with links going from June to September 20013!

A kitty defends her territory.

This kitty is working as a gatekeeper.

Don’t you want to pick up this kitten and give her a huge hug?

Out of ideas on how to nap? Check this.

Some Japanese Kitty Art.

A wild kitty… or is it a kitty in the wild?

If you haven’t “squeed” already today, go there now.

Band of brothers?

Say Hiya to Freddie Romeo!

Because it’s Caturday.

Life is better with a furriend!


Finally, you might have noticed that I have added a countdown to Halloween in the sidebar on the right. If you don’t know yet, Mollie & Misaki are hosting a Halloween ball! Would a beautiful ladycat be willing to come to the ball with me?

In the meantime, my human spotted this in Austin.

Halloween Decorations - Austin, TX | Texas, a cat in... Austin

This is not our vet. Apparently, the statues are always there, but they have been decorated for Halloween. Ain’t that cute?

Halloween Decorations - Austin, TX | Texas, a cat in... Austin

I hope you all have a great Caturday!

Mondays Are For Memories: My Monchhichi

Mondays Are For Memories: My Monchhichi

For those of you whose humans are not too young, your humans might have had a Monchhichi (in French, we pronounced it Monkeykey) monkey doll when they were kids.

My human had one and since she wasn’t playing with it anymore because, she said, she was already an adult when I adopted her, she gave it to me. It seems strange to me that she would stop playing with it because it’s a fun toy and I loved it.

Monchhichi and Texas | Texas, a cat in Austin

Monchhichi and Texas | Texas, a cat in Austin

Monchhichi and Texas | Texas, a cat in Austin

Monchhichi and Texas | Texas, a cat in Austin

Monchhichi and Texas | Texas, a cat in Austin

Did you or your human have a Monchhichi?

It’s (Still) Caturday! Cat Mural in New York (Part 3)

It’s (Still) Caturday! Cat Mural in New York (Part 3)

Today we are going to the East Village in New York, to a pet store, more precisely, to Whiskers Holistic Pet Care on 235 E 9th St, close to 2nd Ave. As for the other murals I posted, this one was made by Chico and features several animals.

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Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

If you look closely, you will see that some of the animals have probably crossed the Rainbow Bridge, since it is written “in loving memory.” And indeed:

Phil Klein, the co-owner of Whiskers, is happy to be one of them. Mr. Klein asked Mr. Garcia to paint a small mural of the pet shop’s logo in 2008. In the years since, a crack has developed on the wall’s face, forcing the city to remove it.

Mr. Klein can recall when he first saw Mr. Garcia’s work in 1991. “I used to pass by it every day,” he said. “It started to feel familiar. Now you can’t walk three blocks and not see a Chico.”

Three years ago, Mr. Klein asked Mr. Garcia to paint a mural based on the company logo, which depicts two of Mr. Klein’s favorite former pets.

For the latest project he wants three animals depicted. “I said, ‘Hey Chico, I need my dogs and cats in there, but for everything else, just do what you want,’” Mr. Klein recalled. ”You don’t want to tell a master too much of what to do.”

Earlier this week, Mr. Garcia was hard at work on the mural. Nearby, balanced on a saw horse, rest paint-dappled photos of three of the pets Mr. Klein wants featured in the mural. Two have passed on, but the third, a cat named Rachel, is still alive.

Ain’t that a lovely mural?

On a lighter note… Look! My human saw this poster in the window and thought it was Sammy! It does look like Sammy! Is that you Sammy?

Whiskers Holistic Pet Care | Texas, a cat in... Austin

Mondays Are for Memories: Kitten Modeling

It’s a difficult job. You’ve got to get used to the camera (not to be too close, for example) and be patient. And then you’ve gotta nap because it’s hard work!

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

Texas Kitten Pics

And my human had to learn how to use light better! I was her first model with her Sony Alpha Reflex Camera!