Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cattitude

Hello Dear Readers,

I have been getting incredibly irritated with my ma's irrational attention for the feral outside. That Grigio is taking her attention away from us, and I do not like it at all. He is still just as skittish around her and does not trust her yet. Why she bothers with him, I will never understand.

Here I am ready to scare him away if he approaches. I do not need him to become a family member, however, I know my ma is trying to get him to come inside. 

If she does not feed him in a timely manner, he waits for her, and even scratches at the door to let us know he is there waiting. Can you imagine the nerve of this feral? 
My goodness, and humans think I have a cattitude. I assure you, Grigio is more demanding and moody than I am.

I don't feel like writing much more than this today.

Love your family. Hug them tightly.

Purr & Paw,
-Stivali. 🐾

Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching? 😼

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Special Thanks to all the Fathers!

Happy Father's Day! 😼 We hope you all enjoyed your weekend celebrating and honoring the special dads, past and present, in your lives.

This is a customary day for the celebration of fatherhood and is known to date back to as early as 1508 in Europe. There, it is celebrated on the feast day of Saint Joseph in March. This celebration was brought to America by the Spanish and Portuguese. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the day, its origins are discussed here: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day

We wish each of you a wonderful week ahead.

How cute are Pasqua & Grigio? 😸


Purr & Paw,
-Stivali. 🐾

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” – Antoine Francois Prevost.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

What do you stand for?

This week, we share with you the following article excerpted from The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters by Mark Nepo.

It asks us to reflect on what we stand on and poses the following questions:
  • What is your deepest, bedrock, your foundation? 
  • How does it solidify your place in this life?
  • And what do you stand for? 
  • What are the values and ethics that guide your truest actions in the world? 
  • In a personal way, how is what you stand on related to what you stand for?
Just something for us to all reflect on. We pray each of you are staying safe, and feeling well.

Grigio is doing great, and that makes us happy. 



Purr & Paw,
-Stivali. 🐾

I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world. -Tupac Shakur.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Shaping our decisions to make positive changes in our world.


People blame black cats for crossing their path, but they never consider the possibility that the path they were on was already unlucky, and that the black cat was warning them to take another path.

As a tuxedo cat, with a mamma being an immigrant kid, we cannot take light how extremely difficult this week has been for people in the United States, and even in other countries.

There are myths out there about how a black cat like me is bad luck. That is because of ignorance and superstition.

There are even studies suggesting black cats are half as likely as other cats to be adopted from shelters. Most of these studies have been debunked over the years.

People don't realize cats are just that, cats, that is all.

Sadly, people don't do this just to cats, they also do this to humans. So what can people do to demand equal justice for humanities sake, to just see humans as humans? 


“The opposite of racist isn’t not racist,” author Ibram X. Kendi wrote in his 2019 bestselling memoir, How to Be an Antiracist.


Let's think about this... his book is entitled, How to Be an Antiracist. How do you do it?


Think of where you donate, does it help an underserved group? When you are shopping, do you support the black community in the United States?

Let's start shaping our decisions to make a difference. 

Donate to organizations that are making a real, measurable difference for underserved communities across the country. To ensure your money goes as far as it can, use Charity Navigator to evaluate the organization. Here are a couple to consider: 

Where to Shop - check out this tweet: https://twitter.com/Shopify/status/1268165028152258570 to find places of interest to you which support black business owners. Our friends have businesses, too, here they are: 
If you have any links you want to promote to support real difference for the black community in the United States, please add a comment to this blog post. Thank you.

To make a difference for cats, we can discuss that on another day. 

Stay Strong & Safe,
-Stivali. 🐾

"Let's not merely say that we love each other; Let us show the truth by our actions." - 1 John 3:18.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

June 4th is HUG YOUR CAT DAY! :)

The last day of May gives us great pause. What a strange spring we have had so far, as we welcome the month of June, we are happy and relieved for our health and our safety during this time.  

Did you know that the month of June is National Candy Month, National Dairy Month,  and National Iced Tea Month? So many delicious things to honor in June. We hope you enjoy all of them. 😽

June is also special because it has the longest day hours in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest night hours in the Southern Hemisphere. 

We are excited to let everyone know that apparently someone else in the neighborhood has a kind heart and got Grigio the medical care he needed. He is on the mend, and we are so thrilled for the Samaritans who walk amongst us. Thank you, Readers, for all of your concern, we are grateful to each of you.

Purr & Paw,
-Stivali. 🐾

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June. - Al Bernstein.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

What will you do to celebrate this Memorial Day?

Good Day, Readers, tomorrow is a federal holiday in the United States, one where we honor and mourn the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May.

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate this year: 

5 Kid Friendly Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Virtual Celebrations for 2020

Memorial Day Recipes

And for those wanting to learn more about the history of Memorial Day, check out this article: History of Memorial Day 

Whatever you do tomorrow, we hope it is a day filled with gratitude, reflection, and love.

Update on Grigio: We have decided to set up have-a-heart traps since we were unsuccessful in securing a rescue group and our local animal control will not assist with a feral, unless rabid. ☹ As you can see from the photos below, the last time he visited us, his eye did not appear to be getting worse, but it is still not good.

Sadly, he has not visited us yet this weekend. We pray he is okay. 




We anxiously await his return. 

Stay safe, Everyone, and enjoy your week ahead.

Purr & Paw, 
-Stivali. 🐾

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Thoughts on taking a feral to a vet

We hope you all enjoyed your week, Readers.

We have been happily greeted by the little grey stray cat we call Grigio twice daily consistently for a while now. We want desperately to get him to a vet to have him checked out but no matter how much food we have given him, he does not yet trust us enough to come inside or let us touch him. He is a huge fan of hissing at us.

Now, he arrived with what appears to be a scratch on his cheek, which is swollen and most likely infected. More than ever, we want to try to trap him and get him to a doctor to be taken care of. 


What do you think?

We have left a message with our Doctor in hopes to getting some advice. Pray for Grigio and us so that we can get him the help he needs.

Thank you.

Purr & Paw,
-Stivali. 🐾

Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties. - Walter Lionel George.