Thursday, May 4, 2017

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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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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