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Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Marcy To The Rescue

Artwork by Vivien Wu for sale here

Cynthia:  Marcy and I are so thrilled to announce our very first donation to animal rescue with money we earned from affiliate links on our blog!

Marcy:  Hmpf. It was only $50.

Cynthia:  Hey! That’s fantastic! That’s what we made and it sure helped out a couple of cats.

Marcy:  Hmpf. I wanted that money to go towards my trip to Paris.

Cynthia:  Oh Marcy.  Look who we helped get out of a bad situation and into a new home!

Lily and Baxter

Cynthia:  That’s Lily and Baxter. Word got to our friend, Dylan Kendall, that they were losing their home immediately and were headed to the high kill North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. They wouldn’t stand a chance there since they weren’t kittens. And, even if they weren’t put down, the possibility of this bonded pair staying together was next to nil.

A new home was needed fast, as well as money for transportation and vaccines. Time was of the essence.

Dylan was able to get the cats before they entered the shelter but quickly discovered they were in bad shape and needed vet care too. Lily was way too skinny.

Lily is too skinny

Marcy:  Gasp! That’s terrible!

Cynthia:  And Baxter had a painful abscess that needed to be taken care of. Poor Baxter was miserable.

Baxter not feeling well

Marcy (shuddering):   I hate those cones. They should be outlawed.

Cynthia:  Our $50 along with other small donations from sweet Samaritans got them fixed up and spiffy. And being fixed up and spiffy means that a home is way easier to find.

Marcy (anxiously):  And was a home found?

Cynthia:  Yes! And with a family that will take great care of them. A wonderful family that won’t forget to feed them or let abscesses fester.

Marcy:  Yay!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

Marcy lifts her Friskies can and Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to our wonderful readers who not only don’t mind the affiliate links, they click on them to make purchases which in turn goes to save cats!

Cheers to Dylan Kendall for putting in the hard and emotional work to save Baxter and Lily!

Cheers to all the sweet Samaritans who donated a little to create a BIG difference for two cats!

Cynthia:  By the way, one of the reasons I was so frantic about Baxter and Lily was because they reminded me so much of a bonded pair that live in my home – Penelope Kitten and her best bud, Hamlet.

Penelope Kitten and Hamlet

Marcy:  Ugh. Those two.

Cynthia:  Hamlet wants to be on the blog too, you know.

Marcy:  Fine. He can be my unpaid intern. He’ll fetch me Friskies, pick up my dry cleaning, and do my social media tasks.

Cynthia:  Uh… unpaid internships are illegal in the United States of America.

Marcy:  Yeah, but not in the United States of Marcy.

 

 

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Fun, Marcy's Nine Likes

Marcy’s Nine Likes

Brooke Shaden Photography


*Introducing Marcy’s and Cynthia’s weekly faves of stuff around the web. (because really, there is just so. much. fun. stuff.)

1.  Men Trapped Inside Anthropologie had me LOLing for hours. Poor human men.

2.  Cindy wants to wear this dress and pretend she’s in a Downton Abbey episode.

3.  Sage advice: Resident cat advises kitten on how to deal with family’s new puppy.

4.  If you too have a style crush on Zooey Deschanel you will SO adore this site.

5.  Kilkenny Cat Art is ready for Halloween. Are you?

6.  This man raised $21,000 for cat rescue by collecting coins in the street.

7.  Our fave photographer, Brooke Shaden, delves into her creative process and shows you how to find your own creative inspiration in her new book, Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit.

8.  Your little girl stuffed animal collection: Come to life. Cuteness overload alert!

9.  Is everyone as excited as I am that the brave and awesome Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize?!

xo and meow,

cynthia + marcy

 

Feline

Happy Cat People: Los Angeles Feline Film Festival

Me and Tamar of I Have Cat

Cynthia:  So Marcy, it’s been almost a week since the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival came to town.

Marcy:  So you’ve finally calmed down and are going to bore us with a summary?

Cynthia:  So… yes.

Marcy:  Hang on while I get some catnip to dull the pain.

Cynthia waits while Marcy eats her catnip.

Marcy:  Okay. So what are your thoughtful thoughts?

Cynthia:  Just this. I have never in my life been in a place…With so many people… Who were all so happy… At the same time. And all because… Of cats. I can’t get over it.

Marcy:  Whatever. So did you meet Lil Bub and her dude, Mike?

Cynthia:  I did.

Interviewing Lil Bub and her dude, Mike

Marcy:  Gasp! Did you ask him if I could be his kitty?

Cynthia:  Funny you should ask. Everyone is in love with Mike. I can’t tell you how many of our readers wanted to know if Mike was single. Well, he told me he’s not. He’s engaged! He said he met his fiancee the same day that Lil Bub met Grumpy Cat! (Super happy for you, Mike!)

Marcy:  I’m not surprised. Mike is cute, sweet, has bad ass tattoos and a recording studio, adores his cats, and raises money for cat rescue. He’s the kind of guy girls go gaga over.

Cynthia:  All of the money Mike gets for his Meet-n-Greets goes to cat rescue. You should have seen the line to get in to see Lil Bub. It was hours long. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the merchandise they were selling was going quick quick quick.

Marcy (greedily):  We need to start working on our own cat tshirts.

Cynthia:  Marcy, everyone was so smiley and so giddy. And so eager to talk about their love of cats or what cute cat attire they had on, or what cute cats they had in their arms.

 

Cute Guy with Cute Kittens


Cynthia:  There were cat art vendors, cat cafe startups, cat face painters, cool cat supply vendors, and most importantly; loads of cat rescue groups adopting out cats and giving out information on TNR (trap/neuter/return) and other resources.

I got a drawing of you, Marcy, from Steve of I Want To Draw A Cat For You. He’s another one who was busy all day long.

 

Marcy:  Awesome. We need to do a separate post about that later.

Kate Benjamin of Haus Panther and a new book with Jackson Galaxy
Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

Cynthia:  I got to meet the stars of the cat world and some of my own favorite and inspirational bloggers and cat website owners. Every single person I met was happy to be spending their Sunday amongst cat people. And, many people I talked to agreed that this cat fanaticism isn’t a passing fad. It’s here to stay…

 

Cynthia and Denise Dibetta of Pussy Tales


Cynthia trails off, lost in thought.

Marcy:  So? Is that it?

Cynthia (confused):  Well. Yes. Maybe I’m not thinking clearly because I am still so bowled over by the energetic happy creative vibe that the festival generated. I mean… people love cats so much that it really does alter their chemistry. You can feel it. There’s something to that. Sorry, I know I’m not making any sense.

Marcy (wide-eyed):  It makes perfect sense.

Marcy excitedly gets up to leave the room.

Cynthia:  Where are you going?

Marcy:  I have to call the Mothership and tell them that cats are thisclose to total world domination. I think sending Lil Bub to help hypnotize you humans helped greatly. And, possibly give the CATBEL PRIZE to the guy who invented the internet which enabled you humans to stare at cat videos for hours on end.

Marcy rushes off to call the spaceship. Or something.

Meu! booth


*Thank you so much to Organikat for sponsoring such a fantastic event! Come back to Los Angeles next year, please!




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Cat Fashion at the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival

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Feline, mostly me, by penelope

Black Cat Appreciation Day

penelope kitten

Cynthia:  Hey Penelope! Come pose for a picture for Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Marcy (pouting):  I can’t believe it. Penelope kitten gets her own day?

Cynthia:  Yup.

Marcy:  We have to appreciate her all day? She’s going to be so full of herself.

Penelope Kitten very solemnly perches on the red pillow and poses very seriously for the camera.

Cynthia:  It’s okay Penelope. You can smile.

Penelope Kitten continues to look very serious.

Cynthia (taking photos):  Smile P! click click click  C’mon. Smile! click click click Why so serious, Penelope?

Penelope Kitten pulls out a crumpled piece of paper and begins her speech.

penelope kitten (clearing her throat):  ahem… ahem… ahem…

in honor of black cat appreciation day i appreciate many things. they are…

my pink paper ball
my dry crunchy treats
my big brother, tabby cat Hamlet, who is always nice to me and gives me his food
my mom, Cindy, for failing to find me a home even though she tried really hard
my dad, Freddy, for giving me belly rubs
my big sister, Marcy, for giving me advice and sharing her sunspots

Marcy:  Gasp. I never share my sunspots. You take them.

Cynthia: Ah, Marcy…

Marcy:  It’s true. And Hamlet doesn’t give her his food. She takes it from him.

penelope kitten:  and so. in conclusion. i am the luckiest kitty in the world to have such a wonderful family who loves me too.

happy black cat appreciation day.

Marcy:  Plus, she’s so stupid she got the meaning of the day backwards.

Cynthia (teary eyed):  Ah, Penelope… instead of us appreciating you – you are appreciating us! You are just the sweetest…

Cynthia rushes over to Penelope and gives her kitty smooches. Penelope Kitten gloats and purrs.

Marcy (grumbling under her breath):  She’s so manipulative. And everyone falls for it. Hmpf.

penelope kitten:  i’ll give you a kitty kiss, marcy.

Marcy:  Yuck. Keep your kitty spit away from me!

Marcy races off to the other room.

penelope kitten:  i win. #blackcatsrule.

 

 

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Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!
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mostly me, by penelope (#blackcatsrule)

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Cool Collaboration For A No Kill Los Angeles

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  The photo above is artist Langley Fox wearing her own designed tee for Wren called “Kitty Stardust”. It’s $65 and 100% of the proceeds go to NKLA – No Kill Los Angeles Animal Shelters.

It’s so exciting that Los Angeles is poised to become the largest “No Kill” city by the year 2017.

Marcy:  Who are they not killing?

Cynthia:  Adoptable cats and dogs.

Marcy (horrified):  Why would they kill adoptable cats and dogs?

Cynthia:  Because so many thousands of unwanted animals go into the shelters that they have no room for them. I thought you knew that.

Marcy looks stricken.

Cynthia:  But it’s getting better!

Years and years of hard work by nonprofit rescue groups (big and little) as well as individuals, and the shelters themselves, are finally paying off. It is so incredibly encouraging.

One of these big organizations is Best Friends Animal Society which is a huge proponent of the NKLA movement. They contribute through grants, advertising, staff, and even set up a gorgeous new adoption facility just a few blocks from my apartment. In fact, there is a rumor that because of their proximity to the West LA Shelter, the West La Shelter is already a No Kill facility. They are a force I tell ya.

Best Friends is also actively involved in TNR (trap/neuter/return). They work with FixNation in sterilizing feral cats. FixNation has sterilized over 100,000 community cats since they opened in 2007. To be able to use these resources as a trapper has been such a relief.

Marcy:  Why?

Cynthia:  Because it now feels hopeful out there. It really feels like there’s a way out of this horrible mess. And when you reach out for assistance or guidance… it’s actually there.

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  Plus, as you can see from the Langley Fox/Wren collaboration, it is now super stylish to be an animal advocate.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to NKLA for providing resources and hope. And to Langley Fox and Wren for furthering the cause with fabulous feline fashion.

 

Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

A Cat In The Hat Rescue Story, or cappy and his juliet

Juliet and Cappy

Marcy:  What’s that?

Cynthia:  That’s my friend’s little girl, Juliet, looking completely adorable in her Cat In The Hat costume with her best bud, rescue kitty Cappy.

Marcy:  It doesn’t sound like Seuss. It sounds like Shakespeare.

Cynthia:  Actually, this is a kind of Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Cappy was an older kitten living with his colony on the mean streets of Los Angeles back in 2008.

Cappy and his semi-feral siblings

Cynthia:  I worked with The Kris Kelly Foundation to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the colony. We found homes for five of the littlest kittens but the teenage kittens (the ones pictured) were really too feral to find homes for. Except Cappy. Kind of.

Cappy and his brother living on the streets in Los Angeles

Cynthia:  He was very scared but curious.

Marcy:  Curiosity killed the cat ya know.

Cynthia:  In this case, curiosity saved Cappy. He would linger a little longer after he ate to see what I was up to. Eventually, he started brushing up against my legs. And that was when I knew I had to at least try to find him a home.

Marcy:  Who wants a semi feral cat? No one.

Cynthia:  That’s what I thought. No one. I put out a plea on Facebook anyway, and lo an behold, my friend Heather asked to meet him. She fell in love, took him home, and spent a tremendous amount of time taming him. She also spent a lot of money on vet bills since Cappy had health problems I wasn’t even aware of…

Marcy (admiringly):  I bet he was bad. Feral cats are so bad. Just like the Cat In The Hat. He’s such a bad kitty.

Cynthia:  Yes. It was quite challenging. Taming a semi-feral cat is not for the faint of heart. But Heather and her husband, David, are extraordinary people. And now look at him!

Cappy at home
Cappy performing Neighborhood Watch duties

Cynthia:  Instead of living on the streets, he is living in house with people who love him and take wonderful care of him. Plus, he has a new friend – Juliet – a cat lover and future cat advocate. I mean, did you take a close look at her sneakers?!!

Juliet and Cappy

Marcy:  That Cat in the Hat is so bad. He’s transforming little kids into bad kitties. He’s my hero. He’s so bad.

 

*It is very easy to get depressed and feel hopeless as an animal rescuer. The problem is so immense. Someone compared it once to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. So when a cat I have rescued has such a happy ending as Cappy and his Juliet, it makes me so incredibly happy.

 

Fashion, Marcy To The Rescue

Much More Than Me (part two)

Cynthia wearing The White Kuai tee by Much More Than Me

Cynthia:  Last night I decided to pair my Much More Than Me rescue tee with an old but favorite Anthropologie skirt. Just to be different. Just to see if I could get away with wearing a tshirt with a fancy skirt like the kids do today.

Marcy:  Did you get mocked?

Cynthia:  No. I got compliments! And lots of people asked me about my shirt. So I thought I would blog about Much More Than Me again.

In a nutshell, Much More Than Me is a small Los Angeles based company that sells tshirts with a portion of the proceeds going to animal rescue. The shirts contain powerful messages and artistic images.  Here is an image of what the back view of my tee looks like.

Back View of The White Kuai tee

Cynthia:  The founders, Caryn Casey and Kathy Schmidt, started their company to raise awareness, compassion, and funds for non-profits who work to save society’s abandoned and neglected animals.

I really love love love these start-ups that work so diligently to make a positive difference for our world. Or, as Caryn and Kathy say, “Wear the Change. Live the Love.”

Shall we, Marcy?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Much More Than Me for putting their heart and soul into a business that is much more than us!

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Cynthia and Marcy

 

Marcy:  Wait a minute. Is that a DOG on your shirt?!! Gasp.

Cynthia looks guilty. Then alarmed. She rushes out of the room with Marcy in hot pursuit.

Marcy:  A dog, Cindy?! A DOG?!

 

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My first and more extensive post about the wonderful Much More Than Me can be found here.

 

 

Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Cats Helping Kids/Kids Helping Cats

Landon and Therapy Cat, Huck Finn
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:  Who says cats and kids are a bad combination?

Marcy:  That’s a terrible myth propagated by cat haters and psycho helicopter parents. And maybe possibly an isolated incident here and there.

Cynthia:  Ugh. Don’t get me started on irresponsible human behavior.

Marcy:  I won’t ’cause you’ll go on about it forever.

Cynthia:  Anyway, the above photo is from a news story I found on the wonderful website, Love Meow. That’s a therapy cat named Huck Finn who visits ill kids at Doerenbecher Childrens Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Therapy Cat, Huck Finn with patient
Photo by Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal

Cynthia:   Look at that smile. I mean, how could you not feel better after petting a cute fuzzy kitty?

Marcy:  Well, it has been scientifically proven that cat purrs are healing. Scientists say so. We blogged about it here.

Cynthia:  And then, there is this fantastic program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania where kids practice their reading to the shelter cats. It’s called Book Buddies.

Colby and Kitty 
Photo by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Cynthia:  The benefit here is twofold. The cats get some highly enjoyable people time and the kids get to practice their reading skills on an adoring audience.

Marcy:  You’re wrong. It’s threefold.

Cynthia:  How so?

Marcy:  These kids families may adopt a cat or two. They’ll feel love and compassion for society’s downtrodden and abandoned. They’ll learn why spay/neuter is so important.

Cynthia:  That’s fivefold. Wow Marcy, you are really surprising me here. I’ve never heard so much kindness coming from you.

Marcy looks startled and alarmed.

Marcy:  Really? Uh oh.

Marcy desperately looks around for something to terrorize. 

Cynthia:  It’s okay. I like Friendly Marcy.

Marcy:  I don’t.

Marcy ferociously attacks Cynthia’s toes. 

Cynthia:  Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. OW. Marcy!

Marcy:  Sorry. I thought they were very small mice mocking me.

 

 

Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Ellen Degeneres And Her Animal Rescue Swag Bag Surprise At The Oscars

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Cynthia leaps up from the computer desk and starts jumping around the room.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Wake up and listen to this!

Ellen Degeneres’s natural pet food company, Halo, partnered with FreeKibble.com to give a 10,000 meal donation for shelter animals as swag bag gifts for the twenty Oscar nominees who didn’t win. WHICH ADDS UP TO 200,000 MEALS!

Marcy:  Why are you yelling?

Cynthia:  BECAUSE IT IS SO REFRESHING!

Cynthia jumps around some more, thinking she is doing a great interpretation of an Ellen dance.

Cynthia:  Here I was about ready to vomit over the overly egotistical and obsessive self congratulatory aspect of the Oscars and Ellen goes and does something so sweet I want to cry and give her an Oscar for Best Celebrity Animal-tarian. Or something.

Marcy:  So your hope in humanity is restored?

Cynthia:  YES!

Forget the Fred Leighton jewels, the Prada gowns, and the Smug Smirks.

Two. Hundred. Thousand. meals will be given to our society’s lost, abandoned, and neglected pets.

YAY!

Ellen Degeneres joins FreeKibble for Oscar Swag Bag Donation

Marcy:  As a former shelter inhabitant –

Cynthia:  Wait. (she stops jumping) You are finally admitting that you were a shelter kitty?

Marcy:  I don’t want Ellen to think I’m not proud of who I am. Although I’m still French. Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies Halo Spot’s Stew can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Ellen for being a bountiful benevolent bighearted generous Degeneres.

Marcy:  and a big slurpy kitty kiss from former shelter kitty marcy. thank you + meow.

 

Fine Arts

Brooke Shaden: Fine Art Photographer and Fine Feline Friend

Photography by Brooke Shaden

Cynthia:  I love that my favorite fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden, is not only a cat lover but also a cat rescuer. She reposted this photo  – one of her early works –  to her Facebook page a few days ago since she was on her way to Best Friends Animal Society to volunteer AND to adopt another kitty.

This photo makes me think of Alice In Wonderland with the Cheshire Cat.

Marcy:  She’s pretty awesome. Do you think she would let me be her kitty? I could pose for her. Instead of being known as Marcy Very Much I could be Marcy Very Muse. Our pictures would be fantastical and magical and beautiful. It will be known as the Marcical era of photography.

Cynthia raises her eyebrow. She is skeptical.

Marcy (offended):  What?

Cynthia:  Her pictures are already fantastical and magical and beautiful. Remember that post I did about her a few months ago? I am not so sure that she needs your help on that. Besides, I don’t think you could remain still long enough. It’s hard work to be an artist’s model.

Marcy glowers at Cynthia. She swishes her tail back and forth and flattens her ears.

Cynthia:  Honestly, you think you could hold a pose like this?

Photography by Brooke Shaden

Marcy:  “I find inspiration in having the courage to try.”

Cynthia:  Who says that?

Marcy (triumphantly):  Brooke Shaden.

Marcy and Cynthia (exuberantly and in unison):  Awww… She’s so awesome! We love her!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Brooke Shaden for not only creating fantastical and magical and beautiful works of art, but for inspiring acts of generosity and kindness.

Brooke Shaden and her cat

 

*Please check out more of Brooke Shaden’s amazing work on her website. She also updates her blog regularly with posts about how she creates her art work. Her posts are endlessly fascinating and always inspiring.

 

 

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