Thursday, 29 June 2017

Throwback the Music: Suzy #throwbackthursday

On this day 19 years ago Mum lost her beloved angel cat Suzy (the fur daughter before me) so we are dedicating this Throwback The Music post to her.

If you remember a few months back I had an idea for a new regular feature on this blog and came up with Throwback The Music.

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Music always evokes memories for you humans (and for us kitties too). It becomes the soundtrack of our lives.

So seeing as it's Throwback Thursday, why not do a post about a favourite song of yours that conjures up memories from your past? Or it can be a favourite album that takes you right back. Or a list of fave songs that remind you of a certain time in your life.

Then you answer a few questions to make it easier to write up your post. Or maybe don't answer questions (which can be of your own choosing) and just write about your memories that relate to your chosen track(s).

And if you wish, how about linking to us when you post? (Actually, it would be greatly appreciated if you would!)

I've asked Mum to tell us about music which reminds her of Suzy. Not specifically music that she was listening to when Suzy crossed the bridge, but music or any songs that reminded her of her precious girl. 

She's chosen a few tracks from YouTube which you can see below.

Suzy came into Mum's life as a young kitten.  She was adorable as you can see. Apologies for the poor quality of most of these photos but they were taken back in the very olden days of the 1980s and 90s.

The year was 1985, it was summer and it was the year of Live Aid. 
Mum's favourite bands of the time were Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, and of course Wham/George Michael.

She liked a lot of other artists too but here's the end of the concert from Wembley before everyone switched over to watch the concert live from the United States.

Here is the Live Aid Finale from Wembley. So sad that some of the people we see on this stage are no longer with us too 😿

As the 80s drew to a close Mum got more interested in Rock music and began to look back to the 1960s for music inspiration. She's always loved sixties music and most of the bands from that era. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, etc. But she also rediscovered The Doors after watching The Doors Movie by Oliver Stone. Jim Morrison soon began to inspire her poetry and other writing.

There are so many songs that remind Mum of the years she spent with Suzy, but that would make one very long post. So to keep it short, here are two songs that sadly will always remind Mum of the days she lost her sweet little girl 💚

Even though Mum isn't really a Robbie Williams fan she does love this song a lot.

And she isn't a Celine Dion fan but this song always reminds her of the loss of Suzy and makes her cry.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Real Hamsters Don't Bite #BookReview

Bedtime Stories with Athena Book Reviews

Mum read me this great story Real Hamsters Don't Bite: Mighty and Brennon Run Away to Find Cat Land and Unzip the Truth* by Alexis Cleoford.

We received a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

About the book

From Amazon:

"All is not what it seems… Mighty is stuck in an elegant waiting room which he calls a dungeon even though he gets plenty of fresh water and food. When Mighty’s parents pick him and his brother up, Mighty decides that he will find a place where cats are treated like kings. One day clumps of yellow goo start falling from the sky, and cats are attacked by small rodents. No one knows why the rodents are attacking cats. The two feline brothers see their dream destination on TV and want to have fun there. The attacks and mysterious yellow goop falling from the sky give the two feline brothers another incentive to flee to their dream land. On the way to Cat Land, Mighty and Brennon meet a cat who acts like a human. They fight a naughty cat and also encounter black and white grazing animals which look like aliens to Mighty. They rescue a group of cats from an attack as well. Mighty finally captures a perpetrator and discovers that his secret is only fur deep. Mighty uses this secret to trick others into thinking that he and Brennon are dogs, for a good cause. Despite all the obstacles Mighty and Brennon overcome, nothing could have prepared them for what they experience in their dream land. The brothers’ parents get a phone call to pick their cats up, and the two felines receive the worst punishment that a cat can get for running away: a bath. Not all is dreary as Mighty and Brennon help put a stop to the attacks. They also have a shot at getting to another dream destination."

What did I think?

I loved this story about these adventurous kitties and I could tell that Mum enjoyed reading it to me too.

The story begins when Mighty and his "co-cat" Brennon are taken to a pet hotel and cannot believe how their owners could do that to them. They are so upset and know they can never forgive their owners for dumping them like that. As a cat once taken to a pet hotel myself, I know how awful it feels. It makes you deeply sad and depressed and all you can think of is how could your humans abandon you like that? Panic sets in and you wonder if you will ever see your family or home again.

After this horrible experience, Mighty and Brennon do get to go back home with their parents and it seems maybe they weren't abandoned after all, but they cannot help wanting to get back at them so they decide to run away. By running away, they are hoping to find Cat Land, where they believe to find cat paradise where they will be treated with the respect they deserve. But along the way, there are quite a few surprises in store and some life lessons to learn.

This is a thoroughly engaging read and enjoyable for all ages. Children will love it and younger ones will love having it read to them. Both Mum and I thought it was really interesting how the author describes cat life from the cat's point of view. There were also some fabulous descriptions. We also thought it's great how some educational stuff about cats is slipped into the tale here and there. Children learn by reading, and this is a fantastic way of teaching them important facts about felines.

On the whole, this was a great read and we would both highly recommend it for any animal or cat lover, both young and old 😻

Real Hamsters Don't Bite is available from Amazon. You can also read Book 3 for FREE and receive a free PDF of “Mighty’s 22 Tips for Life”  by emailing the author at and write “free Book and PDF” in the subject line

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