by Janet Blue on April 14, 2016

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Photo of Buffy: Gavin Anderson/Flickr

Book Review

Buffy is a talented and handsome ginger tabby with white highlights. He participates in a great number of things usually associated with humans in this 128-page, full-color book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives. Every page features Buffy. The subtitle of the book, The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat, suggests that this tabby is a very busy and unique kitty. And indeed he is. Buffy poses as a golfer, grocery shopper, baseball fan, grill master, stamp collector, bowler and in dozens of other interesting situations.

Each photo is accompanied by what is supposed to be a clever comment made by Buffy. Unfortunately this is where the book fell short for me. Being accustomed to all the cute and hysterical cat memes on the internet, I felt that these captions were lackluster. Though written by award-winning, multi-media pet lifestyle expert, author and spokeswoman, Sandy Robins, I didn’t laugh, chuckle or giggle even once. This isn’t to say you won’t. Some of Buffy’s costumes and poses are adorable.

BUFFY BOOK COVERThe photographer, Buffy’s dad, Dr. Paul Smulson, states that none of the photos have been altered in any way. He claims that Buffy is very patient, leaving him plenty of time to get the perfect photo. If you read this blog, I know you are fond of adorable cats, so you will undoubtedly enjoy Smulson’s photos.

Making the Most of All Nine Lives is being released in conjunction with the First Annual National Tabby Day to be held on April 30. The festivities will kick off at Bideawee, one of New York City’s most reputable shelters. Adoptions will take place between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The official book launch will be from 12 to 2 p.m. with author Sandy Robins in attendance.

Buffy - national Tabby day

Making the Most of All Nine Lives is available from a variety of on-line retailers.

To see more of Buffy, you can visit him on Facebook and his web-site or find him on YouTube and Instagram at buffythecatlegend.

Disclaimer: I received one free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I was not instructed what to write and received no additional remuneration.

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Brenda aka Willow April 16, 2016 at 12:22 am

It’s Scout Willow, SunnyTea is my X
steady Mancat!! He is A Ginger with a White breast and some tabby markings too! So, I am partial to Ginger Cats!

There is only one trouble with Buffy, It seems a girly name! But, Mom once Cat Sat for a Ginger Mancat named Muffin! His people thought HE was Girl until they suddenly figured it out, but the name of Muffin Stuck! This might. Be the same!


Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles April 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Maybe that would be a nice book to sit down and go over with some wee ones…or have fun trying to make new and more fun captions, MOL!

Buffy must be truly laid back to allow all those props and clothes…he handles them with aplomb!


McGuffy's Reader April 14, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Well, obviously I need to read that book! Great review. We certainly celebrate tabbies every day, too! Big hugs, my friend!
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LP April 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Thanks for the honest review 🙂 It sounds as though there are some cute photos of Buffy…although he may not necessarily wholeheartedly approve of them ;p

Sending you all and your Mama too lots of hugs and love. We think of you often and hope all is well even if our Mama is lame about visiting these days.XO

the critters in the cottage xo


Sometimes Cats Herd You April 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Buffy dresses in a lot of interesting costumes! Better Buffy than us… but it’s a great starting place for a book.
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Flynn April 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

That sounds like a great book with Buffy.
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Ellen Pilch April 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm

I didn’t know about Buffy, that sounds like a good book. I just mailed out your toys and your Mom’s sticker- sorry it took me so long.
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Emma and Buster April 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

Mama just asked why can’t we be like Buffy and be patient with her when she has the flashy box on?
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Marg April 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

Good review, and we are a big fan of Orange kitties. He looks like a good one..
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Kitty Cat Chronicles April 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

Sounds like there are some cute photos in there! Buffy must be very patient to pose like that. None of us will pose with props or outfits, except for Sophie.
Sampy sends Astrid a kiss for every cat book in the world, and we all send lots of love!!
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Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential April 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

I love ginger cats, so that’s definitively a plus, but the book doesn’t seem very appealing to me. What I do love is finding out that the First Annual National Tabby Day is going to be celebrated. Tabbies rock!
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The Menagerie Mom April 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

I sure love me some orange tabby, so Buffy is already a winner in my book. He certainly must be a very patient kitty to be such a great model. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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Three Chatty Cats April 14, 2016 at 7:51 am

What a fun looking book! I may have to add it to my collection!
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The Island Cats April 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

Buffy sounds like a character…and a good sport for wearing all those outfits. We wouldn’t want to do that.
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Brian Frum April 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

Buffy sounds like a cool one and we love the orange goodness!
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Sammy April 14, 2016 at 4:49 am

Love that photo of Buffy…….he’s got a super expressive face. Haven’t seen the book anywhere but will look for it just to get a gander at another hunky ginger like ME!

Hugs, Sammy


Toby April 14, 2016 at 4:03 am

I wonder if my library has the book? We love ginger tabbies!
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Hannah and Lucy April 14, 2016 at 3:26 am

We would struggle so much if Mum tried to put clothes on us so she’s never tried.
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Sue April 14, 2016 at 3:11 am

I’m happy that tabbies have their own day but personally I feel cats should not be dressed up like dolls.


speedyrabbit April 14, 2016 at 2:02 am

Some of those photos are good but Buffy does seem to disapprove of them even though he is patient enough to allow the photo’s to be taken,xx Rachel
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Summer April 14, 2016 at 1:53 am

Wow, I am really impressed with Buffy! I do lots of posing in outfits and such and know what goes into it – and he really does an amazing job!
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