Cat & Special Events

Purr Print of the Heart’s 2017 Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Blog Hop and Giveaway Event

My sincere sympathies and blessings to all participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2017.

I founded Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) in 2015 in honor of Mr. Jazz, my beautiful Ragdoll cat who I had to help cross to the bridge on August 28, 2013. l already knew losing a pet wasn’t easy. I’ve had to say goodbye countless times in my life – dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs and more – each loss leaving a hole in my heart and a void in my life. But after sharing my experience of losing Jazz and writing his story in the book Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond, I came to a global understanding of just how many people had loved and lost a pet, all going through similar feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, guilt, denial, depression, etc. that I had. Read more

How I Overcame My Fear of the Veterinarian for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

I adore my cats and would go to the ends of the earth and back for them. That said, I have a confession. Despite knowing how important it is to bring a cat to the veterinarian for routine check-ups, there was a time I stopped bringing mine altogether. It’s not that I didn’t want to bring them, it’s that I literally wasn’t capable due to extreme mental anxieties that were crippling me with fear. With today being National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, I felt the need to share my personal story and how I overcame my anxieties so I could once again bring my cats to the vet on a regular basis. Read more

Where Will You be During the August 21 Solar Eclipse?

very nice black cat with yellow eyes

There are certain “where were you” moments in life, such as when I was a very young girl – where was I when I heard John F. Kennedy was shot, or when I was in my late 20’s – where was I when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, or when I was in my early 40’s – where was I when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. While today’s solar eclipse is not an event mired in tragedy, it is triggering nationwide attention and is something I know I will remember in my mind for years to come.

For me, the solar eclipse is scheduled to peak at 2:57:40 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 79.9% of the sun. I will be with my co-workers and I’ll probably be watching it live streaming on the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App I downloaded for my iPhone.

I don’t have safety glasses and I don’t plan on risking my eyesight to look at this phenomenon. My cats will be home, safe and sound, most likely napping through the entire eclipse without even a momentary thought that something different was going on in their day. Now, if the eclipse was later in the day, say around an hour before dinner time, that would be an entirely different story, as that’s the time they begin early pacing to eat.

Rolz speaks on behalf of all the cats in my house…

So, where will you be during the eclipse and how do you plan on looking at it? If you’d like to find out what time the eclipse will peak in your area and the obscurity percentage, please visit this link – all you do is plug in your zip code and it figures it out for you! If you will be outside, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be safe and make sure you are wearing the properly  endorsed eye wear from The American Astronomical Society – there’s a lot of unscrupulous scammers out there trying to make a quick buck and you can never be too careful. For more information of what glasses are safe and instructions on how to view the eclipse, please visit their official site here.

Preparing for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2017

Macro of rainbow rose heart flower and multi colored petals

As some of you may be aware, I founded Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) in 2015 as a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of those beloved pets in their life they have loved and lost, but never forgotten – whether fur, fin, feathers, scales or something else. It’s held every year on August 28, in honor of the day I had to say goodbye to my precious Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, the meow author of Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.

I’m mentioning it early for those of you who might want to participate in some manner. For those that plan on doing a special blog post, I will be hosting a RBRD blog hop. The post will go live at 12:00 a.m, EST, on August 28 with the code and linking information available at that time. I have also created a Facebook event page for those who want to post a picture, write a poem, share a favorite memory, upload a video, or share a blog post link. This is the event link http://bit.ly/2h0NXUU – please feel free to invite others you think might want to be a part of the day. And as with every year, there is no pressure to participate and I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I know it’s a sad day. But it’s also a beautiful day. The outpouring of love I see is so touching, as people share in the love they had (and still have) for their pet(s) and it’s a time when we can all take a moment to collectively come together and comfort one another.

I’ve created a new logo for the event and if anyone would like to use it, please email me at info@zeezoey.com and I’ll forward it to you, as I’d prefer not to post it on my blog at the moment. I will also be doing something special this year with several companies that specialize in products for pet loss and grieving. If you’ll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social venues, there is a hashtag #rainbowbridgeremembranceday that was trending last year if you care to use it, and if you’re crediting me for founding the day in any of your posts, please reference me as Deb Barnes of Zee and Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, author of Purr Prints of the Heart and founder of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Thank you in advance and have a wonderful Sunday!

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It’s a Blog Hop!

Happy 5th Birthday Kizmet, and Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday to our 4th of July baby!

Today is a very special day. Not only is it America’s birthday, it’s also our Kizmet’s 5th birthday! I came upon Kizmet when he was about 5 months old in 2012. I saw him in an adoption cage at Pet Supermarket and it was love at first sight – I knew he belonged in our family, Dan wholeheartedly agreed, and the rest is history. From nearly the moment he came into our lives, he had the wise and kind temperament of an old soul. He’s also an odd duck and absolutely beats to the march of his own drum. Read more