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Monday Mentions: Cat Fonts, Book Reviews & Animal Stars

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.

For the next three nights we’ll be rehearsing and fine-tuning the premier performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday of KURVES, THE MUSICAL! Last week our preview performance received raves, and we got a GREAT REVIEW in Sunday’s paper, yee-haw! (see comments on the KURVES page) and ticket sales continue to be enthusiastic. But I know that I’ll be worthless this week, and am grateful to two terrific guest bloggers who will provide your Woof Wednesday and Feline Friday furry fixes while I pursue thespian endeavors.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy creating more puppy-licious content (some of it listed, below). To start the blog off on the right paw, check out these two new books by awesome colleagues and authors. Whether you have the urge to gift a pet-loving friend with a title, or indulge yourself, you can’t get better.

They say that confession is good for the soul–and Alia Zobel Nolan channels her ‘inner dog’ to get to the bottom of some of your furry miscreant’s antics. This fun gift book with gorgeous photos is great fun and leave you second guessing your own dogs’ motivation. Read my review here. Oh, and for the cat-centric folks, Allia has another great companion book titled I’d Rather Be A Cat: The Official “Better Than Dogs” Cat Book.

Touching, inspirational stories abound in David Frei’s latest book. Angel On A Leash celebrates therapy dogs as well as the therapy dog organization of the same name. Check out my review here.


The Publishing Pole Vault, from traditionally to self publishing, interesting blog

Giving Away Books–Huh? Here’s why it’s a good thing

Bob Mayer on Story Ideas & Conflict, a must-do online workshop!

Why Poets Should Avoid Agents

William Bernhardt Writer Workshops

Left Coast Crime Conference 2012 in Sacramento!

Writers League of Texas Agent Conference

2012 Oklahoma Book Awards Finalists Named

WG2E–New Online Bulletin Board for Self-Pub’d Writers


Prevent Sinning with The Sin Collar from the awesome blogger Jenny Hansen…where does she find this stuff!?

Cats As Fonts This could go under any of the cat-egories today.


World Spay Day February 28

FixNation is an LA-based nonprofit that works with more than 7,000 volunteers to implement TNR (trap-neuter-return) of feral cats. They loan traps out to the community, teach volunteers how to trap and provide information about colony management and seek funding to maintain this level of outreach. To date, they’ve “fixed” more than 65,000 cats and also offers low-cost services for companion cats.

Cat Hero Saves Owner’s Life Hours After Adoption! You may have heard of diabetic-alert dogs–well here’s a cat doing the same thing, and more!

Ohio Pit Bull Discrimination Ends

Animal Abuser Registry?

Where Do Research Cats & Dogs Come From? You’d be surprised…or maybe not. New rules …

Toxoplasmosis–the Truth! neat info from the Worms and Germs blog

Westminster Benching Moves from the Gardens!

Hybrid Vigor? Baloney! Interesting article from a vet, no less.

Update on Canine Heartworm Disease, in honor of February being American Heart Health Month.You can also help support feline heart health with donations to the Winn Feline Foundation’s Ricky Fund that seeks solutions to feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

February is National Pet Dental Care Month so check out these articles on puppy teething (when does it STOP!), a how-to primer on brushing puppy teeth, and an informative article on canine dental health.

5th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, are estimated to provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012 at

Birdy Movie Star! visits Dr. Rayya, you don’t want to miss this gorgeous parrot

MORE Animal Stars in time for scene stealing awards

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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  1. Kurves looks great, Amy! I love Maxine!! Will you post a clip from one of your rehearsals/performances soon?

    Even though your week is going to be super full, hope you enjoy each and every moment. You deserve to savor your success. 🙂

    • Hi Bridgette, The videographer plans to come to performances so it will be probably in the next 2 weeks before we’ll have actual clips. But today I plan to work on at least an audio file to share of the overture.

      The Rialto folks did create a trailer they’ve shown this past weekend in the “coming attractions” that has a couple of us singing. *s*

  2. Dude, I made Amy’s Monday Mentions!! What a way to start of the week. I’m pumped!

    I sure wish I could come see Kurves – you know I’d bring like 20 of my closest friends. 🙂

  3. Fantastic line-up Amy and soooo pumped that Kurves is a HIT! Woot woot! Congrats and yes…ya best be sharing that trailer!! 🙂

  4. Here’s the overture of KURVES with some lyrics, just posted it on the page.

  5. So excited for your Kurves! It’s going to be a hit and you’ll be rich and famous (well, more rich and famous!)

    Dang, you’ve got some awesome links today. I need to get on a few of them that I missed.

  6. So glad the breed discrimination is ending at least under state law. Now if only we could tackle the local ordinances and apartments that judge based on breed (I understand the ones that base on size).

    I like the idea of the animal abuser registry, but if it is started I hope they will fix the major flaw with the sex offender registries in some areas and make sure there is a way to remove someone more easily if their name is cleared, because last I knew once you were on that list, it was difficult to impossible to get off of it even for those who should never have been on it in the first place. Granted, thankfully I don’t think I’ve heard of any cases where someone was charged with abuse then turned out to be innocent – accused all the time, sure, but not charged. But I imagine it probably does happen now and then. But I would definitely love something to at least mark past abusers at shelters and such so if someone has done something like that the staff know to just turn them away and not let them adopt. Some people just should NOT have pets. …and would love to start busting those people who actually swerve to hit cats they see in the road (yes, I have known people like that, who outright BRAGGED about it – it’s disgusting).

    I didn’t even realize folks were still using random-source dogs and cats for research. I do at least know, thanks to some former classmates who had interned in labs, that conditions are MUCH better nowadays than what most people think of for lab animal, which I was glad to hear about. So if they can cut off the potentially inhumane SOURCES too, that’s great news.

    More people need to get that dose of reason on toxoplasmosis. While I was still volunteering at the local humane society (in other words, when I still had free time) there was a girl there who came in with her boyfriend, saying they were looking for a cat he’d surrendered there months before “because the baby’s born now and it’s safe for us to have a cat again and he’s afraid they put it down.” I had to bite my tongue not to ask her if it was HIS cat, why wasn’t HE cleaning the litterbox, thereby cutting out that danger. But I was polite, just let her know this shelter doesn’t kill for space so if they couldn’t find the cat, it probably means he got adopted. “Oh good, I’d hate to think they killed him. We really didn’t like having to drop him off, we were really good owners and all, we got him declawed and everything.” I’m pretty sure my eye started twitching about that time and I excused myself to go walk the dogs…

    As for exposés on PETA – I’m sure I could round up a few people who could send some articles within a couple of days. I’m friends with a fair few people who are animal lovers, consider animal welfare of utmost importance, AND are either meat eaters, hunters, taxidermists, or some combination of the above who have to arm themselves with articles to try and help educate the people who are a little too extreme in their obsession with “protecting” animals, and PETA is a rather common topic (especially that video that we’re quite sure was staged with the animals being skinned alive – people love to throw that one around, but there is no logical reason why ANYONE trying to make a profit would do that, but that’s a rant for someplace else). There is a difference between animal rights and animal welfare – I tend to prefer the latter. But sadly the articles showing PETA for what they really are don’t often make it to mainstream news stations.

    Oh geez I shouldn’t have gotten started on PETA… hard to stop. LOL

    • Hi Karyl, when it comes to animal welfare vs animal “rights” we’re on the same page–and yes it’s a hot button issue well worth the dialogue and extra words. *s* You always have such great comments to add to the discussion! Thanks!


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