For Cats, Everyday is the Lazy Day of Summer!


Rolz takes the lead – it’s summer – let the lazy days begin!

When it comes to cats, let’s face it, they have the market cornered on lazy. With their ability to nap for approximately 16 hours a day, we may as well give the trademark to them. But with summer officially here and the extra rays of sunshine that goes along with it, for my cats, the nap to sun quotient becomes even higher! Read more

Caturday Sunshine – An Eternal Ray of Hope

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.

Sunshine on the water looks so lovely, sunshine almost always makes me high.

If I had a tale that I could tell you, I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile.

If I had a wish that I could wish for you, I’d make a wish for sunshine for all the while.

~John Denver~

Harley always reminded me of sunshine with her mottled fur coat and golden/green eyes – a beautiful mixture of tortoiseshell and calico cat with a sweet white bib and mittens. She is gone, but she will always be my special ray of sunshine and for that I am grateful. Read more

Remembering My Sweet Harley – Gone But Never Forgotten


My beautiful, sweet, darling girl. I had to say goodbye to you far sooner than I ever imagined I would and I can’t believe a year has already gone by since I last held you in my arms, desperately willing for a miracle so I would not have to let you go.

Try as I might, I still find it so very hard to reconcile your sudden loss, and for that I apologize, because sometimes blocking it all out makes it easier. But I don’t want you to think I don’t care or that you weren’t important. The times we shared were ever so precious and you were such a good girl. Not a mean bone in your pleasantly plump body and your wishes and needs were truly so simple.

Breakfast, dinner, a snack, and lying next to my side, whether on the couch at night when I was watching TV or at my side when I went to bed – that’s all you ever needed to be happy and content. Toys, bugs, lizards, and cat condos – you wanted none of that. And on those rare occasions when you would chase the red dot from the laser pen with the other cats, even you seemed surprised that you were doing it!

I love you and miss you so, so much. I pray you are at peace with Mr. Jazz and all the other cats and dogs that have been part of my heart and home in years past. You remain a part of me – I think of you everyday and I thank you for being a part of my life.




A final note – if any of you were complementing the purchase of Purr Prints of the Heart, it would mean the world to me if perhaps you would consider doing it between now and the end of June. Harley might not be with me any longer, but that does not mean she can’t be the harbinger for helping shelter cats that are here who need our love, help, and donations. Harley was a shelter cat and on behalf of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, in tribute to her, 10% of the proceeds will be going to Advocates 4 Animals for any sales made in June. Harley was the calendar cat cover girl for in 2013 for Advocates 4 Animals and Purr Prints truly is a lovely story that any cat lover will appreciate. There is also a special chapter at the end of the book in memoriam to Harley.

Thank you – for more information on the book and purchasing options, please click here.

Now if you’ll all excuse me, I really must go. This was not easy for me, but in respect to my sweet girl, I would like to share a few pictures in her memory…


Harley used to like to look at life from the inside looking out. She was not the bravest cat in the world and always liked to watch the others from afar!


Harley loved napping on this homemade bed that my dear friend, Liz Wyman, made for her.


When Dan took this image of Harley in 2013, I never imagined she would be gone a year later. I had saved the photo, never sharing it until now, as I had originally thought I would used it for a Valentine post because it has such a romantic, vintage look to it.


Harley didn’t like to play much, but she did have her goofy moments!


Harley shares some couch time with Zoey and Mia back in 2010.


A reflective moment looking out her favorite window. This photo is so vivid, I can almost feel her hair.


Harley and Jazz – more so than any of the other cats, they had been through everything together!


An incredibly special picture – the whole gang – Rolz, Peanut, Zoey, Kizmet, Mia, Jazmine, Zee, and Harley peeking from behind me.

Deb Barnes of Zee and Zoey

Sharing some time with Harley and Kizmet. Kizmet, more so than any other the other cats, really mourned the loss of his buddy Harley. Me too, Kizmet, me too…

#FoodShelterLove – Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and the Importance of Proper Diet

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Kizmet was my pet store rescue and Jazmine was my pet expo rescue. Adopting them has been one of the best decisions of my life and the love and joy they bring to our household is beyond compare.

Living in a multi-cat house, with cats of different ages and nutritional needs, I am constantly going to my local pet store to replenish the variety of foods I need to keep my gang happy and healthy. One such trip that I will never forget, along with buying food, I came home with a kitten too – a rescue that melted my heart and had me at meow. A year later, I adopted another rescue kitten – this time at the 11th hour at a pet expo when no one else had stepped up to provide this darling with a forever home. While every day is a good day to adopt a rescue cat, June, Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, is particularly important because June is kitten season – a time when an estimated 20 million kittens will be born, adding to the already filled to the brims population of cats needing a home in shelters. Read more

Happy Father’s Day to All the Cat Daddies!

by Deb at 12:10 AM • Cats, Inspiration, Zee & Zoey14 Comments

The pure love that Mia feels for her Papa Zee radiates through this picture! (click image to enlarge)

In our house we are very blessed because when love-struck couple, Zee and Zoey, had kittens, we were able to keep three of them – Mia, Peanut, and Rolz. The kittens were born in 2009 and six years later it is still one big, mostly happy, hiss-free family! Of all the kittens, none of them love their papa more than Mia does, so I thought this would be the purr-fect picture to share for Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day to my sweet Zee, Happy Father’s Day to my beloved human, Dan, and Happy Father’s Day to all the Cat Daddies out there!