Kimberley Koz

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The Romancing of Noah
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Dori Before Adoption
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Happy Gotcha Day to Dori & Nikolas
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Up For Adoption Bios of Dori and Her Family: 2013
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16 Harmful Foods That Cats Should Not Eat
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Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Cats?
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Jingle Free Sleep
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Suspicious Design Flaw … Pump on #Vaseline Lotion Bottle
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Emergency Care for Holiday Pet Toxins
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Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries: The Beginning!

The Romancing of Noah

I knew him only a short time. Nine months tops. But he made a huge impact on me, and now I mourn his death.

Noah arrived last spring, skittish yet curious. And hungry. I am a cat magnet. They find me no matter where I am. I’ve rescued over 70 cats in my adult lifetime. Some choose to make my home their Forever Home. Some move on. Others, like Noah, break my heart.

Every morning and evening Noah waited for me along the creek behind my house. I would bring him kibble and canned food. He wasn’t tame, yet he didn’t strike me as feral either. He was assessing me, determining whether I was worthy of his attention beyond food. Turns out I was. Read More

Dori Before Adoption

From the Video Vaults of Wonderpurr Life Studios…a long lost video of Dori before she was adopted. That’s her mom, Annie, in front, and Dori with her twin sister, Patsy, in the back along with brother, Kepurr.

Happy Gotcha Day to Dori & Nikolas

Congratulations to Dori and her daddy, Nikolas, on another year with the Wonderpurr Gang! They arrived along with mom, Annie, Dori’s twin sister, Patsy, and panfur brothers Kepurr and Kopea. All found homes, but only Nik and Dori stayed with us. Below are a couple of Then and Now photos, as well as a look back on Dori and Nik’s family, 2013.

From the start I had a feeling Annie wasn’t motherly material. While Nikolas played with the kittens, Annie camped in her tall cat tree and watched, as though disinterested. She was friendly, and yet aloof. Read More

Up For Adoption Bios of Dori and Her Family: 2013

On January 23rd we celebrate Dori and Nikolas’s Gotcha Days at our house. It seems like only yesterday when the entire family of stray cats arrived in my yard.  Mom, Dad and four tiny kittens. I kinda freaked out. I was already caring for numerous ex-strays. How could I afford to get them all vetted, plus find them homes? Well, the DeSoto Animal Rescue Society in Horn Lake, Mississippi stepped in, and helped me get them vetted. But then I had to find them homes. There were already way too many needy pets waiting for adoption on PetFinder.com. I had to put on my thinking cap and get real creative to get my gang noticed. I recently came across their bios and thought I would share them with you. All were adopted. We kept Nik and Dori.

 Nikolas Ridikolas

“I don’t want to be your whole life, just your favorite part.”

Day job: Purrfessional belly rub receiver.

Dream job: Loves mewic. Can hit tenor high C and plans to win AmeriCat Idol.

Purrsonality: Natural comedicat known for random acts of silliness. Embraces his inner goofball and completely dorks out for no reason.

Caregiver Notes: This is a fun cat with lots of personality. Impressive that after a year as a stray he invites belly rubs and greets me at the door with dog-like excitement, however he has no experience with dogs. Nik is a good father to his 4 kittens with AdoraBelle.

 

AdoraBelle (later named Annie)

“We can’t all be princesses. Someone has to clap when I go by.”

Day job: Meowmy of 4 – AdoraPurr, Addie Pray, Kepurr and Kopea

Dream job: Pampurr’d Princess

Purrsonality: Grace Kelly regal with a touch of Beyonce cool.

Caregiver Notes: Her approachable friendliness and devotion to her first litter brought her to my attention. Belle is sweet, though reserved due to hard start in life. She puts her family first, allowing them to eat before her. She enjoys cuddles and sweet nothings whispered in her ears. Sincere appreciation for how wonderpurr she is will make a huge impact on her. She needs a home where she never has to worry or be afraid ever again. Has no experience with dogs.

AdoraPurr

“If I was your kitten I’d never let you go. You’ll never be alone. EVER!”

Day job: Manning phones for Itty Bitty Adopt a Kitty Committee

Dream job: Designer for Pampurr’d Princess fashions

Purrsonality: Wonderpurr from ears to tail. Easy going, sweet and unafraid.

Caregiver Notes: Someone forgot to tell “Dori” never-handled, stray kittens are supposed to come with a little wildness. She loves to be cuddled, sits sweetly in laps and is trying so hard to be purrfect in order to find a Forever Home. We assured her she has nothing to worry about. Read More

16 Harmful Foods That Cats Should Not Eat

Please welcome Linda Butts from Pawesometalk.com who asked to share her infographic on 16 Harmful Foods That Cats Should Not Eat.

The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to cats. This list is, of course, incomplete because we can not possibly list everything your cat should not eat.

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Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Cats?

This article was previously published in the Purrington Post. It is focused on cats, however quite obviously the deadly toxins from candles applies to not only cats, but dogs, birds, ferrets…humans! Please read and share. Super important Need To Know stuff here.

The Appeal of Scented Candles

Who of us haven’t indulged in the pleasure of scented candles in the home? They can infuse a room with delicious fragrance, or add a romantic ambiance to a meal and of course make bath time more relaxing and luxurious.  Sales of scented candles have soared in recent years as they have come to represent the ultimate expression of ‘me’ time.

As such, scented candles are a favorite indulgence of many households, but did you know that their fumes are as toxic as cigarettes? Burning low quality commercial candles in your home can cause serious illness to you, your family and your pets.

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The Dangers

The problem is that most commercial candles are made of paraffin which comes from petroleum, and therefore it’s neither sustainable nor environmentally-friendly. Paraffin is the final residue left from refining crude oil. It’s made from the sludge in the bottom of a barrel of oil which is then bleached by adding dioxin and other poisonous chemicals and then texturized with a chemical called acrolyn. And afterwards, stearic acid, a byproduct of the meatpacking slaughterhouses, is added as a hardener. Read More

Jingle Free Sleep

Flashback to October, 2013

Last Sunday morning my husband Ray complained that our tabby kitten had kept him awake.

Not because Dori loves to chew our toes and has an impressive bite for such tiny teeth. Rather, the bell on her collar jingled non-stop throughout the night.

The same bell she’s worn since May.

I’ve been married a long time. I knew better than to suggest the giant chocolate bar he ate an hour before bedtime could have been a contributing factor to his insomnia.

And true — Dori loves to jingle. She has developed a hippy-hop-jog type-of-walk to make the bell accompany her every step. She doesn’t simply walk into a room. She prances. She gallops!

There are times when I am forced to search the house to find my other cats, but never Dori. If I listen, a sweet tinkling tone will tell me she’s upstairs in my office or the cat apartment, or maybe in the sun room playing with her toys.

At Ray’s request I removed Dori’s collar at bedtime. I’m all about keeping the mood in my house relatively calm — as calm as I can with six furry drama queens in residence. Notice I didn’t include my giant chocolate bar-eating husband as the seventh.

Again. I’ve been married a long time.

So now Dori is jingle-free from 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Initially she freaked out. She pranced, she whirled, she galloped, she leaped tall cat trees at a single bound — all without sound.

In clear distress, she ran to me as if to ask whether something was wrong with her. I showed her the collar and shook it so she could hear the bell. And then I placed the collar by her breakfast bowl, ready to be slipped over her head in the morning.

But then…

Sometime in the night, long after my dear husband was fast asleep, I heard the sweet soft tinkling tone of a jingle bell being swatted by a tiny paw across the kitchen floor.

The sound continued far into the night.

Suspicious Design Flaw … Pump on #Vaseline Lotion Bottle

Pictures always tell the real story. When I couldn’t pump any more product from this container of Vaseline Total Moisture hand lotion, I wrenched the top off. Wrench is a good word. Clearly the top isn’t meant to twist off. Then I pounded the container against a glass to empty out the remaining product. Look how much hand lotion was still inside even though I couldn’t pump it out. Hmmm. Design flaw? I wonder how many consumers toss it when it no longer pumps the lotion, figuring it to be empty?I see this as a subtle way of Big Biz hoping Average Josephine won’t bother doing what I did — pound out the remaining product — but instead buy a replacement. Think about this next time something appears to be empty.

Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries: The Beginning!

Sherlock Herms 1st caper coverHi pals! Thanks so very much for joining me on my first season of Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries. I had a blast learning about being first, a hardboiled detective wif grit in my blood, and then discovering I’m really a hardboiled purranormal detective. Whatta shocker!

I know many of you have discovered my adventures in the middle of Season One Cases, so until Season Two begins on Friday, January 27th, I thought I’d post the Case Files from my first adventure. I remember that day vividly… Excited yet scared, wanting to help my mom write mysteries, yet having no clue on how to do it.

Come trip down Meowmory Lane with me and Dori as we look back on our first case: The Case of the Dancing Ghosts.

Click the Control Panel below to read Part One. Or you can click here to go to our Archive Page.

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