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BJ Bangs recipient of 2017 Winn Feline Foundation Media Award

BJ Bangs knows cats matter, and this year, Paws for Reflection founder and author was honored with the 2017 Winn Feline Foundation Media Award, which recognizes journalists and editors who publicly support promote awareness of feline health.

This is a huge deal as Paws for Reflection is serious about cat issues, and educating people about feline health issues is one of our top priorities.

Vicki Thayer, DVM, DABVP (Feline) Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation, presented the award via video conference before over 450 people at BlogPaws 2017, thanking BJ for her tireless advocacy, supporting the health and well-being of all cats. Thayer commended BJ for her endless support to promote Feline Fix by Five Month’s initiative to have all cats spay/neutered by five-months.

BJ Bangs recipient of 2017 Winn Feline Foundation's 2017 Media Appreciation Award

BJ Bangs received the Winn Feline Foundation’s 2017 Media Appreciation Award at BlogPaws 2017. Pictured with her is Steve Dale, host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, and member of WFF Board of Directors.

BJ Bangs recipient of 2017 Winn Feline Foundation Media Award

BJ Bangs received 2017 Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award. Pictured with her is Vicki Thayer, Executive Director Winn Feline Foundation, center; and Teresa Keiger, editor of CFA’s Cat Talk and CFA judge.

BJ connected withSpay USA founder Esther Mechler, who spearheaded the Feline Fix by Five Month’s Initiative earlier this year, and is working on a media campaign to help spread the word to veterinarians and the general public about why early spay/neuter is so important. BJ has written a number of posts about cat overpopulation, and Feline Fix by Five could be revolutionary in helping reduce the numbers. By reducing the number of ‘oops’ litters, the number of kittens entering shelters could be dramatically curtailed.

BJ is thrilled to be recognized as she joins the ranks of some of the top feline writers in the country, including Steve Dale, pet columnist, host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute, who sits on the Winn Feline Foundations Board of Directors, and Amy Shojai, who has authored over 30 pet care books and one of the original founders of the International Cat Writers Association.



Category: Cat Health, Cats
Deborah Barnes new book, Purr Prints of the Heart

Deborah Barnes new book, Purr Prints of the Heart

When is it time to let go of our pets, and let them pass peacefully, and move to a place of peace – The Rainbow Bridgehttp://www.bjbangs.net/?s=Rainbow+Bridge – while they wait in a bit of a special Purgatory for their humans to join them?

Award winning blogger at ‘The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey’ and author Deborah Barnes delves into this difficult emotionally ridden issues through a cat’s eyes in her latest book, ‘Purr Prints of the Heart, A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond’.

This poignant story is told from the eyes of Mr. Jazz, a handsome Ragdoll, who shared Deb’s life and heart for over 15 years. Based on the story of his life, Mr. Jazz begins sharing his story from birth. He never knew he was ‘less desirable’ with a runny eye because his Feline Mom told him he was very special. It was a statement he took to heart.

His Mom kept telling him, he would make a difference in some human’s life. Little did he know that difference would come from the after-life, once he had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He didn’t even know what the Rainbow Bridge was.

It turns out Deb had seen a picture of a Ragdoll, and knew that she wanted one. When she found this special kitty, she didn’t care if he had a runny eye. He was coming to live with her in a forever home. He was scared, but his feline Mom assured him, it would be, not just OK, but awesome!

He goes to a very different world – one without the musty smell of dog and carpets, to one of freshness, despite a couple of canines and several felines He quickly befriends the Golden Retriever, Bailey, and older wiser cat, Kit.

The Rainbow Bridge is something that Mr. Jazz does not understand at all. When Bailey passes on, Kit tries to explain. Despite her wisdom, it remained an enigma.

We get into Mr. Jazz’s personality as he talks about his move from New York to Florida, his human’s divorce, a new Dad, house renovations, job loss and subsequent re-invention of themselves. We all know cats don’t like change, but just like us humans, they usually learn to adapt.

Deborah Barnes and #Angie Bailey and 2013 #Cat Writers Association Conference

Deborah Barnes and #Angie Bailey and 2013 #Cat Writers Association Conference

Deborah Barnes presents on a panel about blogging at the 2013 #Cat Writers Association Conference.

Deborah Barnes presents on a panel about blogging at the 2013 #Cat Writers Association Conference.

‘Purr Prints of the Heart’ is extremely well written, and at no point does it belabor an issue. It comes with many kudos from the likes of well-known pet columnist Steve Dale, Susan Logan, long-time editor of Cat Fancy and Amy Shojai, author of almost too many cat books to talk about.



Category: Book Review, Cats
Sandy Robbins Book, For The Love of Cats

Sandy Robbins Book, For The Love of Cats

Why do we love cats? That question is posted in the cover of the beautifully illustrated book, For the Love of Cats From A to Z.

Written by Sandy Robins and illustrated and designed by mark Anderson, the book takes the readers from A to Z, and everything in-between.

The cover says Cats are funny, curious, independent and beautiful. They amaze and entertain us. Their soothing purr and loving touch calm us.

For the Love of Cats celebrates these wonderful creatures and our special relationship with them using an alphabet full of fun verses, information, and colorful illustrations. F is for finicky, but why do cats turn their noses up at their food. There’s a biological reason for this. T is for tail, and there’s a whole mode of communication through the tail.

Published in 2011 by Triumph Books, the book is a quick read, but not one that you’ll want to read and put away. It should remain out for view as a coffee table book to be shared with cat lovers over and over again. Sandy Robins generously donated a copy of the book to everyone that attended the 2011 Cat Writers Association’s Annual Conference.

In her introduction, Robins writes cats are t e best companions in the world. “So why do we love cats…what’s not to love.” And she is absolutely right. The only thing to love more than one cat, is to have two.

For those not familiar with Robins, she is an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle expert and author of Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered cat. She is a popular TV and radio guest and her work appears regularly on MSNBC.com, as well as in various magazines.

Mark Anderson has been published in Time, The New Yorker, National Geographic and Atlantic Monthly, and his art is often used in Fortune 500 ad campaigns. More information about him can be found at his website:mark@markandersonillustration.com


Category: Book Review, Cats

Valerie Lee Veltre’s book Moo Kitty Finds a Home

Life was gooood. As a matter of fact it was GRRRRREAT…. until Moo Kitty’s mom died and went to heaven, and once the contents of the house were packed up and trucked away, Moo Kitty was carried out the door and placed next to the trash cans. “The people left without a backwards glance, he didn’t understand,” she recounts on page 10.

Valerie L. Veltre portrays what it must feel like to lose someone near and dear to you, and then be cast aside, not understanding what has happened and why you are alone. She weaves in the importance of the cat’s faith, pointing out it was all he had left upon being the very last of the original group of friends that he’d first made when entering the animal shelter.

The 8.5 by 11 inch, 66-page book is beautifully illustrated by Pennsylvania artist Liz Leonard, tells a poignant story of an adult cat who went from a life of bliss to abandonment. Moo Kitty was named such because of his resemblance to a Holstein cow because of his black spots on his white body.

In the promotional  press release from Pamela Haines and Mike Lovell at publisher Sqidgy Press, it compares Moo Kitty’s abandonment with ‘an all-too-common scenario in today’s world of home foreclosures that force families to part with pets they can no longer afford. …. It offers a hopeful message keeping the faith when all looks dims. Though that faith may be tested, maintaining faith is essential to a joyous ending.

When Moo Kitty finds himself outside next to the trash cans, he is confused. He runs from the front door to the back door and stays in the garden. He is cold, hungry, and afraid. Then, a miracle of sorts happens. In his despair, Fred, Calvin and Maybelle, kitty guardian angels, come to him telling him they will guide him to safety. They told him to have faith…..even though he would be unable to ever see them again. The next day, he took a giant leap of faith and left his familiar surrounding to go into a big unknown world.

His journey took him to the streets, and finally to some people who picked him up and took him to the animal shelter where he would stay long after his other new-found friends, especially the kittens, found new homes.

We can truly feel for Moo Kitty and all the shelter kitties when the author wrote, “they all wanted the same thing. They wanted someone to love them. They wanted a home.”

But day after day, Moo Kitty didn’t find a home. His hope of finding a forever home was dimming. He thought no one wanted an old cat…but he’d remember the angels and dig down inside for more faith…it was all he had…

Then one day a little girl came in with her parents….and Moo Kitty was her cat of choice. She wanted the spotted kitty that looked like a moo cow. And as he left, he testified the importance of faith – “don’t loose faith, it will happen for you all. Just believe and don’t give up hope.”

What’s so amazing about this story is it isn’t just about an abandoned cat. It’s a story of love, love lost, hope, faith, endurance, tested faith, loving people, abandoned cats, perseverance, and most of all the plight of older cats that find themselves in shelters.

We all know that the cute kittens are the first to be adopted. Yet many times, an older cat would be a better choice, especially for those that don’t wants the little ones scaling the curtains or jumping off the rafters at 2 am when you’re trying to sleep.

Moo Kitty is a real cat and based on a true story. Author Valerie Veltre does a splendid job of capturing Moo Kitty’s feelings, and does so in a way that should help children realize that if they keep the faith – no matter how tough things get – there is hope that life, indeed will get better, but they have to believe

With two pages of benefits and more benefits, and tips for adopting an adult pet, the author delivers a strong message on the whys, hows and wherefores of adopting an older cat.

We’re glad to find out that Moo Kitty is alive and well, enjoying daily excursions to inspect the flower garden at Bee Tree Farm, and it is none other than the author, that adopting this inspiring feline.

For more information about Moo Kitty or author Valerie Veltre, visit their website at ValerieLeeVeltre.com or MooKittyFindsAHome.com.

If you have a book about pets that you’d like reviewed, contact me and perhaps it could be the focus on a future blog post.  Or if you have a story of an older cat that was abandoned, please share.


Category: Cats

It’s obvious a lot of people love cats. But would you believe there’s a whole organization devoted to writing about them? The International Cat Writer’s Association is devoted to writing about cats, whether it be book authors, bloggers, newspaper writers, artists, or magazine contributors.

Recently, the CWA held their annual conference at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY. Several authors were honored for their hard work, winning Muse Medallions (the top honor in a particular category) and Special Awards. I for one was thrilled by winning a Muse Medallion for a newspaper series on Problems Created from Cat and Dog Overpopulation.

I also had an opportunity to learn so much. There were conferences about blogging, finding credible sources for articles, and writing the perfect query letter. I’ve come back enlightened and energized, with hopes of creating even better cat related articles.

Stay posted, and I share more cat conference information later this week.


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At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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