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Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2012 at 11:28am

@ booklover & Lillie:   It really isn't much.  Honest.  I feel guilty that I'm not out there helping with the actual rescue work, or fostering some cats, or something.  But all I can seem to do is condense 2-page press releases (PR people are so wordy! I think all that overdone info tends to turn readers off) into bare-bones single paragraphs so that Lori can squeeze them onto two pages of print.

I just woke up, so I think it's time to nuke some breakfast and get to work.


See y'all on Friday.


Or maybe Caturday.  In the meantiime:


Comment by booklover on June 20, 2012 at 5:43am

It's a wonderful thing you are doing sk8eycat! :)

Comment by Steph S. on June 19, 2012 at 10:54pm
Funny lol Patricia! I love it!
We will miss you sk8eycat!
Helping animals is a good cause.
Comment by Lillie on June 19, 2012 at 10:16pm

We will miss you, sk8eycat but appreciate the contribution you are making to homeless pets.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 19, 2012 at 9:53pm

Note to all my friends: If I seem to be more absent than usual lately it's because I'm doing my bit for The Pet Press this week.  I'm not a touch typist, so I have to work slowly to make sure I get addresses and phone numbers absolutely correct for all these rescue orgs that want their fundraisers and adoption events publicized.  I think it's the least I can do for all the hardworking people who find forever homes for all the dogs, cats, and other pets that have been dumped in shelters ... that don't have room for them.

Got it?  Good!


Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2012 at 9:41pm

Great info....thanks!

Comment by Paula T. on June 19, 2012 at 9:26pm
The university library I work in owns "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents"! I checked WorldCat and one of the Harper Collins editions is in over 1400 libraries can send you a copy to read, Patricia :)
Comment by Paula T. on June 19, 2012 at 9:12pm
Patricia, you can always request the book through your library's interlibrary loan service. It might take a couple of weeks to arrive, but it is a free service.

And, Ian...woot! I love young adult novels. That book is now on my "to-read" list! I enjoyed "Poppy" (Tales of Dimwood Forest, #1) by Avi. A quick read at 179 pages and Poppy is a mouse...
Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2012 at 4:33pm

AHA!!! Library doesn't have it, Ian, but does.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2012 at 4:29pm

Never heard of it Ian, but will check my library. I'm in very small-city Canada & the library is small as well, but can certainly try to find it....thanks. P.


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