A Review of “Purr Prints of the Heart” by Author Deborah Barnes

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PurrPrints-ePubDear Readers,

Alana here today. I’ve been meaning to discuss this book for awhile, and in this week that I’ve been writing about the loss of my friend Cotton, I thought it was an apt fit.

Sometimes people need help with the loss of their pets. It is a devastating thing to lose one’s best friend. I suspect that many of my readers already know this or, at least, have deep connections with a pet that they fear losing. Humans know that at some point, in most cases, they will lose their companion because of the huge difference in life spans between species. Fair? No. I don’t know anyone that thinks it’s fair, but alas, it’s true.

And so, most of us who have loved an animal will grieve.  We can look to our friends for support, or maybe to our families.  It’s hard to find support in someone who has never loved and lost because, despite their best intentions, they may never really understand what it feels like. Sometimes, it’s helpful to have an outside source to aid us in our understanding of the process. This book, Purr Prints of the Heart by author Deborah Barnes, is a creative and sensitive take on how to deal with the loss of your loved pet by looking at it from your pet’s perspective.

Purr Prints introduces us to the story of Mr. Jazz, a cat who came to live with Ms. Barnes an entire lifetime ago. It follows his story from kitten-hood, where he learns about death from his elder cats, all the way through to the end of his life and even a bit beyond, where Barnes gently gives us Mr. Jazz’s take on what he sees after his passing. Some adoption-sensitive readers may have pause at the start about Barnes’ purchasing of her pets, but she addresses this and details some of her own changes in attitude toward adoption and its importance in her present life. It’s a quick read and offers a lighter view of a very heavy topic and, I think, will offer people who are grieving, have grieved, or who expect to do so soon some ideas to consider during their own process of mourning.

The best part of the book, in my opinion, is the guide for coping with pet loss found at the end and written in Barnes’ own voice. Her smooth prose and wonderful writing really convey to the reader not only her empathy for what you are feeling but some very deeply considered ideas for how to handle those feelings. Reading it myself just the day after helping Cotton on his journey brought tears to my eyes and some understanding to my loss, and even to my loss of Rocky, which has already been over a year in the past. In all honesty, I don’t have the book in front of me presently because I passed it on to Cotton’s caretaker knowing that, when he’s ready to read it, it will help him, too.

Though I don’t look forward to having to recommend this book to anyone simply because I know what it means has happened, I would and do suggest it for the time when the inevitable losses occur.

You can read more of Barnes’ work at her blog The Chronicals of Zee & Zoey and, should you be so inclined, get a copy of Purr Prints of the Heart here.

With Love,

Alana and Crepes.

 

About the Author: 

Deborah Barnes resides in the tropical paradise of South Florida with her fiancé and feline family of seven. She is the author of the 5-star rated books, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary andPurr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond as well as the award winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles that continues to cover the everyday journey she shares with her cats along with topics from the humorous behaviors of cats to very serious subjects on pet responsibility.  Deborah was awarded 2013 “Writer of the Year” by Friskies Purina on behalf of the Cat Writers’ Association and she is also the Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the numbers of animals on the streets and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

FTC Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided to us for free for review. No further compensation was exchanged and CatInTheFridge.com does not receive any financial compensation for sales of the aforementioned book. 

Texts From Mittens Arrives! Giveaway

You guys!

Are you familiar with the hilarious Texts From Mittens pieces by Angie Bailey? If you aren’t, you’re totally missing out on some hilarious interactions between a woman and her cat.

text_from_mittens_3DFor instance, check out this doozy:

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Brilliant! Doze before bros! That’s TOTALLY within Cat Code.

Ok, ok. My turn. If I was going to text MomFOD, it would go like this:

C: Hey, MomFOD. My stump itches.

MF: That’s nice, CrapJack.

C: Will you come lick it for me?

MF: That’s gross. Lick your own stump.

C: But I want YOU to do it.

MF: No.

C: You hate me.

I don’t know. Was that as good as Mittens? He’s always got something so cool to say! I’ll keep thinking about it.

Anyway, the book just came out on March 31st and is now available anywhere you buy books, or click here to make it easy with an Amazon hardcover or Kindle purchase.

Are you convinced that you want to read it yet? YOU ARE?

Fantastic! Then it’s time to enter the

TEXTS FROM MITTENS GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader can win one! Leave a comment on this post telling me what your cat would text you about to  be entered to win a copy. USA and Canada residents only, please. (Sorry, New Zealand.) One (1) lucky winner will be chosen randomly from the comments using random.org and will be contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Entries must be received by Monday, April 6th at 11:59 pm to be eligible to win. Winner will be announced Tuesday, April 7th.

I love sounding official. Good luck!

Love,

Crepes.

PS. If you’ve ever imagined with it’s like to text directly with Mittens, DadFOD did a little video about it so you can experience it live:

FTC Disclosure: We were asked by the author to review a copy of the aforementioned book and received one copy as compensation, as well as the offer of a giveaway for our readers. All opinions are our own.

Rescued: Book Release And Crepes Cover Girl

You guys!

Have you heard? I am now a COVER GIRL!

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That’s right; I am the official cover girl for the book “Rescued: The Stories of Twelve Cats, Through Their Eyes.” Not only that, but I am also a featured author.

Clearly, it comes as no surprise to any of you that I am a writer (this would be a rather difficult blog to run should I be unable to express myself through prose) and now I am so very proud to say that my words are available through old-fashioned print!

What further makes me proud is that 1/3 of the book’s proceeds go to the authors’ chosen charities, for which I have chosen Tree House Humane Society, because they are the people that saved me.

Furthermore, this is MY MONTH to rock out on sales so that Tree House, should I excel here, can get a bonus donation at year’s end. Therefore, let me insert the obligatory sales copy:

BUY NOW! Don’t delay! Get your copy today! Buy two and get two more for the same price that you paid for the first two! Act now!

Oh, you like samples? Let me offer you a free sample of my story:

You guys! I have been dying to tell someone my complete story, so I’m glad you’re here! Now, I don’t like to boast, but my life has been pretty exciting! From my beginnings as a homeless, hungry and handicapped kitten to an award winning blogger and movie star whose roles have tested her ethical integrity, my young life has been awash in adventure and drama. And it all started, as it does for most everyone, on the day I was born. Come, dear reader, and wax nostalgic with me for a little while as we delve into the details that make up the life of Crepes (that’s me).
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The beginning months of my life are, like my butt, a little fuzzy. I was born on a summer day amidst a multitude of junk and sawdust. I never knew my father, although I’m pretty sure he was also my uncle, and possibly my cousin. Had he stuck around, that sure would have made Christmas gift-giving pretty awkward.

Interested in my life? Excellent! Then get over to Amazon and buy the book! Help fund rescues across the nation and read some rousing stories of cats who found their forever homes.  This project has been a long time coming and we are so proud of everyone involved!

Love,

Crepes.

PS. There is also one day to help found our Pubslush campaign, meaning if you donate now, you get extra perks!

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