Our Senior Special Needs Cat--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



London, our sixteen-year-old senior feline, is now a special needs kitty. We rescued London when a friend who lived on a farm told us that one of their barn cats had delivered a litter in their shed. She was the half-sister of Ebbie who we had also brought home from the same farm. Ebbie and I had made an instant connection when we were visiting our friend who lived on the farm. I knew I had to bring her home. So when the same mama cat delivered a second liter, I knew one of her kittens would be the perfect companion for Ebbie. We spent time with London in the shed until she was old enough to bring home. But Ebbie and London's personalities were definitely different and London sensed my special bond with Ebbie and she sought my husband's affection.

After Ebbie passed almost three years ago, London was the senior cat in the house. She and Zoie Joy, another rescued kitten we brought in the house after finding her in a bush in the backyard, always got along and respected each other's territories. But when Halo and the kittens were introduced into the mix, London became much more territorial and we chose to keep her separated during the day.  When Halo and Paddy retreat to my office at night, London has the run of the house with Zoie...a system which seems to work in everyone's best interest.

About two years ago, we noticed that London, always a robust cat, was losing weight. We had her
tested and her blood results revealed that she had stage two kidney disease. We changed her diet and she did well, maintaining her new weight over the next two years. Then a few weeks ago, she stopped coming down at night after Halo and Paddy went to my office. Her eyes always seemed to be fully dilated. Fearing blindness, we made an appointment with the vet who confirmed our suspicions. He did a blood pressure reading and blood work. Her blood pressure was high and her blood work showed stage three kidney disease. The vet suggested an ace-inhibitor which could help the blood pressure and stress on the kidneys.  

Never an easy cat to medicate, we were concerned about giving London daily meds, but the vet was able to find a compounding pharmacy that prepared her meds in a chicken-flavored oil suspension solution that required only a .2 ml oral dose. London has been on the meds for about two weeks. She has been an excellent patient and her numbers have minimally improved. She has adapted well to her blindness and we have made some changes in how we approach her and speak to her so as not to startle her.

Caring for a senior feline is much the same as caring for an aging loved one. I can only hope that some day if I require special needs attention that I will be as accepting as London.  Thank you London for the valuable life lesson!





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The stray cat that my sleuth, Caprice De Luca rescues in GILT BY ASSOCIATION, the third book in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series, is based on London. Valentine is adopted by Caprice's Nana and also appears in later mysteries in the series.


Caprice De Luca Home Staging series, Book 3


Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentine's Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles. . . 


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




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A Happy #Feline Mother's Day--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith




Once a mother...always a mother! Mother's Day made me think back over all of the beautiful moments and memories of Halo's pregnancy, the birthing of her kittens and her role as a mother. Witnessing her giving birth to three beautiful kittens and her devotion as a new mother was an experience I will always treasure. 


Even though Miss Paddington, her first-born kitten that we adopted along with Halo, has grown into a beautiful adult feline, they still share a special bond. The photos below celebrate that bond...one that I hope everyone can share with their own mothers...whether it be in person or through memories of times past.






















Happy Mother's Day!  










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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




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I've Got Your #Feline Back--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith







Cats can assume some pretty contorted positions when sleeping. Most felines sleep on their sides, often on guard with their eyes slightly open. Some of my favorite cat photos are my furry babies sleeping on their backs. There are several theories as to why they choose to sleep in what seems an unnatural position for cats. The simplest reason is that they are comfortable. A cat in this position has also been referred to as "a cool cat" because they are simply cooling themselves. Another more medical explanation is that sleeping on the back helps a cat breathe better. That theory could hold some truth because both Halo and Zoie Joy have some respiratory/asthmatic issues and they are the two who most often sleep that way. I like to believe a cat in this position is exhibiting total trust and it is a comforting signal that I am the person to whom they are showing this special display of affection.

I looked back over my most recent feline snapshots and found some of my favorite "I've Got Your Back" photos.      









Having observed how skittish and mistrusting Bonnie and Clyde, our outside feline visitors, can be and how long it has taken to develop even the slightest bit of trust to allow us to touch them, I can certainly appreciate the special bond I share with my inside furry family--Halo, Paddington, Zoie and London. And I feel that sleeping on their back is their way of showing me that they appreciate all my patience and care.  

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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


SHADES OF WRATH on Barnes and Noble


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




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#Feline Portrait Poses--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



When I am not immersed in writing, editing or promotion, I love to take photos.  My favorite subjects are my gardens and my cats. I am by no means a professional photographer...I just love to take pictures of the things I hold dear. I love to look at the photo collages I have incorporated into my decorating schemes. I also enjoy glancing back over the digital files that I have on my computer and my electronic tablet. They spark memories...sometimes happy....sometimes sad...but always in living color, unlike the faded snapshot prints that are stored in photo albums in my closet.

This week I snapped a picture of Zoie (above) as she was sitting on the sofa with her paw draped over the armrest. The photo captured one of those rare portrait-like poses that looked like a photographer had spent hours setting up the props and the lighting to capture the perfect photo.

I immediately had the urge to look back over my files to see if I had other portrait-like photos of my furry family.  Here is what I found:

LONDON



MISS PADDINGTON




HALO




BONNIE


May all your photo memories be happy ones!

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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


SHADES OF WRATH on Barnes and Noble


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 97th novel will be released in 2017.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




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#Felines Celebrating the Arrival of Easter--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith




Since the time changed in March, it seems that our feline family began making preparations for the arrival of warmer weather and Easter. The cats, as well as all of us, welcome the arrival of green grass and flowers blooming in the garden. They like the cover.  Bonnie, one of our outside feline siblings, immediately napped in  a spot under the new wicker rocker as soon as it was moved from winter storage onto the patio.

Clyde, Bonnie's sibling, had started sitting under the bare branches of the dwarf American Redbud tree even before it burst into blossom this week.  Eventually the shrub will add foliage which will provide shade and shelter from the hot summer sun. Last year it was one of Bonnie and Clyde's favorite afternoon spots.


Bonnie can often be spotted in a corner garden off of the patio as the daffodils and hyacinths bloom. She likes a spot under the re-blooming lilacs as soon as their leaves provide shade and shelter.


Also this week, the creeping phlox and the cat mint joined in the celebration of spring's impending arrival with mounds of pink and white color and fresh herbal scents. When glancing out the window, I spotted Clyde enjoying both. He has adopted this spot as a special little "nest" for his afternoon naps.

Inside, Miss Paddington and her mom, Halo, are really enjoying the spring throw on the bed.  The butterflies in bright pastel colors add that touch of spring to their inside world. Just watching them sleeping together on the throw lifts my spirits and provides impetus to pull out my spring wardrobe.



I try to take time to enjoy the changes that spring brings, whether as simple as a beautiful blooming pansy in a cat planter by the front door or as enormous as the whole landscape turning from barren brown branches to trees and shrubbery in lush green foliage.


Happy Easter!

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FOREVER IN HER EYES
Search For Love series, Book 9





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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 97th novel will be released in 2017.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 



©2017 Karen Rose Smith












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