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.

Book Review: My Name Is Bob

Cat, My Name Is Bob, Book, kids, James bowen, street cat named bob                          Authors: James Bowen and Garry Jenkins Illustrated by: Gerald Kelley                          Publisher: Barron’s Educational Price: $16.99 US/$19.50 CAN

If you are a cat lover like myself, you may already know of the books A Street Cat Named Bob and sequel The World According To Bob.  Both are based on the real life stories of how a serendipitous encounter changed the lives of street musician James and a stray cat named Bob. The famous duos presence on the streets of London would be the basis for an amazing and inspiring tale.

Being a huge fan I jumped at the chance to review the newest addition, a prequel of sorts, called My Name is Bob which is geared for young children and is smartly told from the point of view of Bob the cat! The book introduces a whole new generation of readers to Bob and what his life was like before he met James. Bob is a house cat who is very much-loved and well cared for by his elderly owner, however a series of unfortunate events lead him to experience some unhappy times as a stray cat on the streets of London.

Readers journey with Bob as he encounters people, other cats and the perils of the big city before finally meeting James. Once they meet their lives are changed, a beautiful and life long friendship ensues and the rest is history.

My Name Is Bob makes a wonderful gift for any young child, it is fun to read, entertaining and well illustrated. It also includes some wonderful pictures of the real life Bob and James along with a synopsis of where the pair is at now. It is a story of hope and perseverance that will be sure to engage and inspire a young person.

I also appreciate that the story brings awareness to the plight of stray cats by highlighting real life challenges they face on the street, making it a positive tool for teaching kids about compassion towards animals.

My Name Is Bob is a great introduction to the world of Bob and James and it will make a purrfect stepping stone for reading the other books later on.

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Bob and James

Release date is early May and can be purchased online from Barron’s Educational. It will also be available at most major and independent booksellers which include Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com in the US and retailers like Chapters Indigo, Amazon.ca, and Target here in Canada.

Did you know In real life James and Bob raise money for the Blue Cross animal charity in the UK giving back to the organization that helped them?

A copy of the book was supplied by the Publisher and the review was done for love not money 🐱