A Year In Review

Today marks the one year anniversary of Purr and Roar, and what a year it has been! I can best describe it as being a fun, challenging and ongoing learning experience, one that I have been fortunate enough to share with a great community of people.  A special thanks to all who have read, shared and supported this blog!

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In honor of this day I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate by listing a few highlights starting with the first post on March 15 2014. The date is significant as it happened to coincide with a very important cause that I am actively involved in supporting.

The Global March For Lions

For anyone wishing to know more about this issue and the status of the African Lion check under the category of Lions or Global March For Lions on my home page.

Let’s Talk About Your Cat

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I love the stories that come along with cat adoption, and I love sharing them. This past year I have had some pretty interesting cats featured, but one of my favorites Xander the rescued lab cat was extra special. If you would like to have your cats story included in an edition of Let’s Talk About Your Cat be sure to leave me a message.

On The Trail of Big Cats

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Going to see award-winning photographer Steve Winter at a National Geographic Live Lecture series last October was a major highlight. Later I wrote On The Trail of Big Cats and had it picked up by Nat Geo Live on Facebook, and then by Steve Winter on Twitter. I was extremely honored by the acknowledgment and made sure to grab this screen shot.

10 Years Hundreds of Cats

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Lanai’s Little Lions

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Time for Treats aka cat herding at Lanai Animal Rescue Center

Visiting the Lanai Animal Rescue Center in Hawaii where I met some wonderful people and saw first hand how this amazing organization helps the many homeless, stray and abandoned cats on the island.

Grumpy Cat

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Frown? No!

Meeting Grumpy Cat on her North American Book Tour here in Toronto was loads of fun, but also awful.

World Lion Day

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Image – Rob Janisch – World Lion Day

Honoring World Lion Day by interviewing my friend, extraordinary African safari guide and lover of Lions Rob Janisch to get the home perspective on this iconic species.

My Name is Bob

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And, last but not least, being asked by the publisher to write a review for the children’s book, and one of my favorites, My Name is Bob.

Thanks again to everyone and be sure to check out Purr and Roar on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where you will find lots more on all cats, both big and small.

The Catmas Gift List – Pillows, Art, Chocolate

For the third installment of the Catmas Gift List, I have picked a few of my favorite items found while visiting Blue Banana Market in Toronto. This store stocks lots of unique gift ideas and is a great place to pick up something for everyone on your list, from clothing to housewares to edibles! The store also ships across Canada and internationally when possible.

Mumoo Pillows – Owl Monkeys

My top pick for the worst Christmas ever is the Grumpy cat goes nautical pillows. I haven’t seen our favorite internet cat as a sailor before, but I can just imagine her saying something like “Your Ship has sailed? Good.”

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or  “I am the Captain of this ship. Except when it’s sinking”

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For the Glamor Puss in your life maybe a little Kitty Purry? Cats in wigs

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For Big Cat lovers – Lion in a Santa Hat  Mr. Claws

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Whimsical Wood carvings by Canadian Artist David Trant

Very adorable and the perfect Catmas ornament you can use year after year. I have to say I LOVE these cat carvings!

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For the stealthy and secretive person on your list the perfect cat as ninja combo

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Sports fan? The Rock-em Sock-em boxing ring. Cats as spectators are awesome!

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Celebrity themed chocolate bars by Choco stars

Stocking stuffers for chocolate lovers who also like cats. A little Audrey Catburn?

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How about a Western themed chocolate bar with Mr. Cat Eastwood?

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Two Cities Two Cat Art Shows

I finally made it to the Cat Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewing here in Toronto, with a day to spare! The show titled Meow Wow, A Cat & Lady Art Show ran for the month of August and showcased cat-themed art work by local female artists.

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10% of art sales were donated to Cat Busters Animal Rescue, a registered charity dedicated to the rescuing and re-homing of companion animals. 🐱

There were various groupings and styles of work, I had a few pieces that I personally gravitated to including the series by artist Meg Simmons. This series has Grumpy Cat, Maru, Lil Bub, Colonel Meow and Henri Le Chat Noir.

Steam Whistle Brewing, Cats, Cat Art Show, Meow Wow a cat and lady art show, Toronto, Cat busters, cat rescue, AdoptionMeanwhile in the city of Ottawa  at the Orange Art Gallery, unfortunately I couldn’t see this one in person, artist Gwendolyn Best exhibited her charming and recognizable paintings.

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I love the simplistic style, colors and how the eyes of the cats engage the viewer making it hard not to fall in love with the one of the feline subjects. Gwendolyn has a wonderful series called Parliamentary Cats, of the cats of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and whether a fan of the famous felines or not you will find the images extremely endearing. What make this series so special is that the actual Parliament Hill Cat Sanctuary was officially dismantled in 2013 with the few remaining residents being adopted by the volunteers.

Gwendolyn’s work is available for purchase via the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa

Grumpy Cat Came To Canada…It Was Awful

This weekend the feline internet sensation and reigning queen of “NO” Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) made her final stop on a whirlwind North American Book Tour for the book The Grumpy Guide to Life in my home town of Toronto, and as you can imagine it was Awful…but in a good way.

Grumpy fans, lined up early at Indigo book store in the Eaton Centre to obtain a wrist band, thus ensuring a meeting with the feline enigma. After all, many of us thought we may never have this chance again.

Excited fans came from all over, they were beyond thrilled that Grumpy Cat decided to stop in Toronto, and it was perfectly fine that it was a no hands on policy, just the thought of being close to her was enough.

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Grumpy fans line up early

Grumpyphiles” not in official merchandise were sporting cat theme clothing, everything from T-shirts to dresses to sneakers.

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The fans knew Grumpy Cat would likely be curled up sleeping in her cat bed but hoped she would grace us with that adorable Grumpy face. The fact that she was sleeping didn’t discourage anyone and as one fan remarked “That’s great, she is just being a cat!”. Grumpy Cat you should know, that you can do no wrong…or is it right?

When the time finally came to step up to the coveted spot beside her bed, for some the joy factor was too much to handle and a smile instead of the trademark frown appeared on their faces, Grumpy Cat blissfully unaware of the happiness she has brought so many. I say if this is what Grumpy is, then we need more please.

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Frown? No.

Grumpy Cat, I know I speak for many when I say you left Toronto with a little piece of our hearts and we would have you back anytime!

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Fun Feline Friday! The Day After Just For Cats

Yesterday was the Just For Cats Internet Cat Video Festival and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the second screening of the completely sold out showing. I bet you are wondering if it was everything I could expect? Yes, our feline friends did not disappoint.

Cat-eared movie goers both women and men lined up in anticipation, and a packed theater waited anxiously for our favorite cats. We laughed, cheered and uttered “cute!” “Ahh!” and “Oooo!” in unison. People of all ages and walks of life came together to celebrate our common love and the cat hair on our clothes. I am proud to say that I have seen the majority of videos, but seeing them again in that form was like the first time. 🐱

Maru, Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and the plentiful random clips from around the world were highlighted including the top 5 (no spoilers here as the festival continues across Canada and I think it’s nice for moviegoers to be surprised). Just For Cats delivers on all counts with a portion of the proceeds going to help cats in Canada, making it a must see.

I will leave you with one of the silliest videos from the festival, perfect for a Fun Feline Friday. Your welcome.

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It also comes in a remix, and I promise this tune will be in your head all day.