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Monday Mentions: 6-Packs, Faithful Friends & Honoring Heroes

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and blogs and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Since last week was a holiday, today covers two weeks’ worth.

Please don’t be shy about sending me your own links or suggestions for others to highlight. Today’s blog is a major shout-out and SNOOPY-DANCE-’O-JOY! to a whole passel of pet-savvy writers and animal advocates doing the work of the angels–and to a few angels as well.
Last year Found Animals held a city-wide casting call for cat-loving men to be featured in a calendar. 6 Packs/9 Lives is the result, an effort to increase cat adoptions and awareness. Found Animals will be donating thousands of copies to local shelters, rescue groups and other cat-oriented organizations, which in turn will be sold as a fundraising tool for those respective organizations. The calendar is now available on Amazon; a generous portion of all sales will go towards Found Animals’ ongoing cat initiatives

Check out this cool title from Purdue University Libraries by Dr. Phil Zeltzman and Dr. Rebecca Johnson. You can slim down and your dog will love you for it at the same time! Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, written by an expert veterinary surgeon and leading nurse researcher, helps you move from a food-centered relationship with dogs to an exercise-centered relationship. This volume is designed for dog lovers, dog owners, and families. Based on the latest scientific findings, it will also help professionals (including physicians, veterinarians, and physical therapists) fight obesity and promote fitness in both people and pets.

5 week old rat

He's just a baby rat...5 weeks old. Ain't he cute?

Parasite Purrsuades Rats to Become Cat Food and boy, I can see some neat plot twists using this little nugget!

Another Anti-Pit Bull Legislation Dust Up, covered by excellent blogger and veterinarian RayyaTheVet.

Jimmy Chew’s Blog, A Meowmoir, features a most photogenic cat who blogs about his life and passions (including catnip cupcakes and other kitties)–a delightful feline fix!

Kitty Advice Extraordinaire! from my colleague Marilyn Krieger over at She was most generous and even recommended my book Complete Kitten Care in this particular post.

You’ve slipped on the headphones. You’re facing the microphone, and the talk radio show host has just introduced you. You’re live. On the air. The next few seconds will determine whether thousands of listeners will think you’re smart and articulate — or boring and amateur. The talk show host will decide then and there whether they’ll ever invite you back. What will you do? My colleague David Congalton has help for you with his new book, The Talk Radio Guest Book.

Random House Moves to All-Digital Catalogs In 2012beginning with the summer 2012 children’s lists (for which the selling season begins in early January) and the fall 2012 adult lists. The site will feature searchable, sortable information for the trade on forthcoming titles, and the divisional consumer sites will integrate and display new title data as well. PDF downloads will be available as well.BookEnds, LLC–A Literary Agency, offers their new strategy for Ebook publishing.  Wow, do you think they’re crossing the line?My blogging buddy Gene Lempp has a totally awesome zoo-licious post here that should inspire writers with his weekly series Designing From Bones.

BACKSPACE WRITERS DEADLINE EXTENDED! Because many people’s plans were disrupted due to power outages and storm damage from Hurricane Irene (including the conference’s registrar), Backspace has EXTENDED the early registration discount through September 15. Save $120! Backspace Agent-Author Seminar – November 3 & 4, 2011 – New York City. Two days of panel discussions and small-group workshops with more than 25 literary agents on the program! Attendance limited to 100 authors.

My colleague, pet writer and canine/feline ethologist Susan Bulanda has released a new book. She writes, “When I read Diary of Anne Frank, I was impressed that the families risked their lives to hide their cat with them. According to the account, the families had to remain completely quiet during the day so that the workers below would not hear them. This means that they had to keep their cat quiet as well. It made me think that there had to be other stories and I spent a number of years searching and collecting these stories. This is a one-of-a-kind book that tells about an aspect of the Holocaust that has not been told before. It is a beautiful account of the human-animal bond.”

Susan is also the author of Ready! The Training of the Search and Rescue Dog, which seems incredibly appropriate for a Monday Mentions blog the day after 9-11 remembrances.

As we honor the human victims and heroes of 9-11, let’s not forget the animal companion victims–and the heroes–who offered a healing presence with purrs, wags and unwavering love in the hours, days, months and even years following the tragedy.

Many working canines were injured or became ill as a result of their service during the rescue and recovery efforts. The AKC community purchased and transported a portable x-ray machine and medical equipment to lower Manhattan two days after the call for help. AKC supporters covered 100% of the veterinarian bills for those dogs injured working the pile searching for survivors. This video from the American Kennel Club honors that effort.

Bless be those who protect the innocent.

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