Honorary Kitty Blue


Thoroughly Poetic Thanksgiving

We are turning this regular Thursday event into a Thanksgiving event for today as we have much for which to be thankful. This week’s prompt letter is supposed to be “X,” but we’re taking some poetic license and turning that into “ex!”





Exceptionally Good News!


Kitties in shelters don’t know what to expect:
Will they be there a week, a month, or more?
That was the case for our sponsored cat Swizzle.
Being a shy and senior kitty her outlook was poor.

Volunteers Tracey and Kevin* visited often,
But she languished at PAWS for two-plus years.
We prayed for her and shared her with you,
As her plight brought Mom often to tears.

We received updates and photos from Kevin,
And we made her an honorary Blue kitty…
Always sad she was overlooked again and again
In spite of her extraordinary and exquisite beauty!

But recently the good news arrived.
Finally our prayers were being answerd…
A new home with another volunteer.
Swizzle was getting her happily ever after.

So that is our poem for Thanksgiving,
But it isn’t an end but a new beginning.
Please say, “hi,” to Miss Piggy and Pumpkin,
Two new PAWS kitties we’ll be sponsoring.

© Janet Buickerood Blue 11/23/2016

*Meowmeowmans (Animal Shelter Volunteer Life)

We are participating in both Sammy’s (onespoledcat) Thoroughly Poetic Thursday and Brian’s Home Thankful Thursday.

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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


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If it is Thursday, it must be time for another poem. I am totally enjoying entering Sammy‘s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday each week. This week, our prompt letter is “R.”



Rescue kitties are the best,
Ears and paws above the rest.
Please remember not to shop.
When it comes to cats…please adopt.
Cats are waiting, confined to cages,
Young and old…all stages and ages.
They need your love and support
And a comfy home of any sort.
Apartment, house or palace,
Atlanta, New York or Dallas,
Wherever you live or roam,
You’ll find cats without a home.
Don’t forget to neuter and spay.
Let’s empty those shelters today
Making sure cats are loved and warm,
Protected from all sorts of harm.
They need help from all who care,
So please adopt one or a pair.
As rescue kitties are the best,
Ears and paws above the rest.

© Janet Buickerood Blue
October 12, 2016

All Kitties Blue, both past and present, are rescue cats in one way or another. Some just showed up on our porch. Others were adopted from friends or friends of friends who took in stray, pregnant cats. Daphne and her fursibs were discovered in the engine compartment of my car. Dad Tom and I saved Lily Olivia and her brothers from the street. Astrid and her brother Bobby were discovered on a roof as infants. Those are just a few of the ways our 17 cats joined the family of Kitties Blue.

Unfortunately, at this juncture, we are unable to add new members to our family. And we have a very special senior kitty who is longing for a home. After being surrendered to PAWS in Connecticut, from where she was originally adopted, Swizzle, our lovely, sponsored cat and honorary Kitty Blue has been waiting for a new home for over two years now.


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Please share and help us find this beautiful lady a loving and forever home.

Thank you!



A couple of weeks ago our friends, The Canadian Cats Shoko and Kali nominated us for the Happiness Tag. We are happy to accept and sincerely thank Kali and Shoko for selecting us as a blog that makes them happy. In accepting we have some responsibilities.

List five things that make us happy:

1. Vacationing on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands

Tortola -  Happiness Tag


2. Family: Tom and kitties
3. Cycling and Swimming
4. Friends: both personal and blogging
5. Catio (Kitties Blue choice)


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Name five favorite songs that make us happy:

This was very difficult. So many songs make me happy, and some of my favorite make me melancholy and nostalgic. I love some of those just as much, but these five always make me happy.

California Girls – Beach Boys

In Your Arms – Quito Rymer


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Young Turks – Rod Stewart

Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison

You Never Can Tell – Aaron Neville


Admit to adoring five bloggers who make us happy and notify those bloggers:

All the blogs we read and follow make us happy, which made it particularly difficult to select just five. But it should be evident why we have selected these five.

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Friends Furever – The blog of Mauricio’s wife, Allie, (and housemates Ellie and Raz)

Happiness Tag -   SampsonKitty Cat Chronicles – The blog of Astrid’s husband, Sampson, (as well as five other kitties, dog Lucy and the Sugar Gliders)

onespoiledcat– Best pal Sammy’s blog (home of the Tuesday Teaser and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday)

McGuffy’s Reader  – Annie is an amazingly talented writer and poet who has become a great friend. (As a bonus her household includes two woofies and four kitties.)

Bailey Boat Cat – Bailey is an honorary Kitty Blue

We are tagging these five blogs to complete the Happiness Tag challenge and hope each will accept and complete the task of naming those things which make them happy.

Once again, the kitties and I want to express our gratitude to Kali and Shoko for selecting us for the Happiness Tag!


Sunday Selfies: Week #107


Remembrance Day 8.28.2016 Angels


First, I must apologize: I promised a guest host for today, but I had forgotten that the 28th is reserved for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. So, our guest will be here next week. This week we are featuring the nine Kitties Blue and one honorary Kitty Blue who have their angel wings. Each are featured on our The Felines page as well where you can read their short bios.

Here are the nine who came before.


Our nine angels.


Each had his or her own unique personality, and they all hold a special place in my heart. I will love them always. I have a little memorial for our angels in one of our backyard gardens, which I will share on another day.

And here is our honorary Kitty Blue, Nylablue, who is also a beautiful angel. We were so honored to have her as part of our family. Losing her was like losing one of my own kitties. She too is featured on The Felines page.


Angel Nylablue


We have lost many furry friends during the four years we have been blogging. You can see many of them on our Remembering Friends page. We think of them fondly everyday but especially today.

Cat4-001Though a bit unconventional, this is our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. Please feel free to include one of your angels in the hop this week if you like. This, of course, is not a requirement but rather an opportunity to share. As always the link to add your selfie and the code to include the hop on your blog are below. And also, as always, if you decide to do the latter, please include our badge or link back to The Cat on My Head. If you have any trouble linking up, leave us a comment. I am always happy to add your selfie.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was created by Deb Barnes (Zee and Zoey’s Cat Chronicles) in memory and honor of her kitty, Jazz. We are honored to display her badge at the beginning of our post. She too is having a blog hop today. Click on the link above to add your angel(s) to her hop.

Have a blessed Sunday as you remember those you have lost but will hold forever in your heart.


Sunday Selfies Blog Hop : Week #106

Today we have a guest host, but she isn’t really a guest as she is our honorary sisfur, Swizzle. But as she doesn’t actually live with us, she is sort of a guest.

Whatever you decide to call her, it best include the word beautiful or lovely. Actually not enough superlatives exist to describe her. But we’ll let you decide for yourselves.


PAWS cat Swizzle


Swizzle lives at PAWS of Connecticut. We first introduced you to her more than two years ago on July 24, 2014 when we began sponsoring her. We have written about her many times since then with the hope of finding her a home. We will sponsor her as long as she remains at PAWS even if that is the remainder of her life. But we pray for her that will not be her fate!

Swizzle and all the other PAWS’ kitties are very lucky as our good blogging friends, Tracey and Kevin (meowmeowmans at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life) are volunteers at PAWS. They always give Swizzle extra loving from us, and Kevin sends us photos of her when he can. We received several new ones a couple of days ago. We selected this one for today due to her head tilt and coquettish expression. We have several others which we will share in the coming weeks.

Swizzle would make a great kitty for a senior citizen looking for a special companion. If any of our readers know of someone looking for a mature kitty, please tell them about our honorary sisfur. To learn more about Swizzle, you can visit the PAWS website. You can also see all the posts we have written about her by searching Swizzle on this blog. The search box is at the bottom of our left sidebar.

Cat4-001It’s now your turn to share your selfie or one of an anipal friend or acquaintance on the blog hop. The link is below as is the code to include the hop on your blog. Purrlease link back to The Cat on My Head and/or display our badge if you do this. And let us know in a comment or e-mail if you have any problems linking up. Mom will make sure you are included. Many thanks to everyone who continues to support and pawticipate in our hop!

Now that you’ve taken care of your selfie, kick back, take it easy and enjoy the last day of the Olympics.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


Caturday Art

The petretary (AKA Mom) thought I should be the representative for Caturday Art today. She had another of her harebrained ideas. She was going to try to turn me into some kind of storm-ravished feline. In case you missed the news, the most recent tropical storm in the Atlantic is named after me: FIONA.

Fortunately for me, Mom’s idea did not come to fruition. She actually achieved some stormy looking creations in Dreamscope, but I wasn’t recognizable. I vetoed showing those. Here is what I selected to share.

Fiona Cat Art on International Homeless Animals' Day


IMG_4419We started with this photo. Mom did use the Headcut Portrait feature in Dreamscope, which gave us the black and white image. We both liked it but thought it needed to be highlighted by a bit of color, so we added the Celebrate filter as well as a light blue scroll border in piZap. The latter does not show up very well after the addition of the frame from Photofacefun.

This is our submission in Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. This is a super fun hop. If you haven’t entered, give it a whirl. There are oodles of free photo-editing apps you can use. Mom often uses more than one app on a photo as she did here. To enter some art in the hop and/or view that of other pawticipants, click on Athena’s badge.

International Homeless Animals’ Day®

My housemates and I are all very thankful to have a great home with plenty of noms, love, toys, nip and appropriate vet care. But we know many animals are not as fortunate as we are. Today we want to give our thanks to all those caring humans who give their time and efforts to supporting TNR, maintaining feral colonies, fostering and helping homeless animals in any way they can. In our eyes you are angels!

Sunday Selfies Reminder

Don’t forget to start planning your selfie for tomorrow so you can join our super fun blog hop. All anipals are welcome, even those who aren’t pets.

Cat4-001Thanks to our good friend Kevin (AKA meowmeowmans) we have some new photos of our honorary sisfur, Swizzle, who we sponsor at PAWS of Connecticut. Consequently, she will be your host tomorrow. If you are new to our blog or the hop and haven’t met her, you don’t want to miss this opportunity.  She is a true beauty. We’d be over the moon if she could have her very own home and people, but we are super thankful she is not one of the homeless.

Until then…purrs and paw-pats, Fiona


I’ve decided to feature our honorary Kitty Blue, Swizzle, for Caturday Art. I hope you don’t mind as she was our guest host for Sunday Selfies last week. I have been sponsoring her for the past year at a half at PAWS of Connecticut and am happy to continue to do so. But I really want her to have a forever, loving home for Christmas. To read more about this gorgeous girl, click on the PAWS link above or click here to read our post from last week.


Winter Princess Swizzle


To create Swizzle’s Winter Princess look, I started with the Picture to People application and used their Neon effect. I followed that with the two interior borders added using piZap. My final additions were the drop-shadow mat and grey  frame from Picasa.

Winter Princess SwizzleHere is our Winter Princess as the natural beauty she is. 

This is our entry in Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. To join this fun hop and/or view the other art submissions, click on their badge.



Pease join Kitties Blue and me is sending your condolences to our dearest friends, Kevin (meowmeowmans), Tracey, Gracie and Zoe at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life at the loss of their precious Moosey. It breaks our hearts that this sweet and handsome kitty has left us. We will never forget Moosey, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers.



We’ll be back tomorrow with our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. Who will be hosting? We’re not telling. You’ll have to join us tomorrow to find out. If you haven’t tried a selfie or joined our hop, give it a try. All anipals are welcome, and we love making new friends!




Sunday Selfies: Week #69


Swizzle wants a forever home for Christmas.


This is our most beautiful, PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) of Connecticut, honorary Kitty Blue, Swizzle. We have featured her here often, and she is this week’s guest host for Sunday Selfies.

We have been sponsoring Swizzle for more than a year and a half, and she’d really like to have a loving and forever home in time to celebrate Christmas. Can’t you just see her lying under your tree waiting for Santa Paws to visit? What a wonderful Christmas that would make.

You may have seen Swizzle on the Animal Shelter Volunteer Life blog as well. Kevin (meowmeowmans) and Tracey are volunteers at PAWS and have shared her on their blog. The photos above were taken by Kevin. Kitties Blue and I are grateful that Kevin and Tracey visit Swizzle often and, along with other volunteers, give her lots of love. But we believe in our hearts that it is her turn to have the life she deserves in a loving home.

Swizzle was originally adopted from PAWS with her sister, who unfortunately has crossed the Bridge. She was returned to PAWS when her owner had to move to a “no-pets allowed” home. You can read my original post here. You can also visit her on the PAWS website.

Swizzle’s original information stated she was six years old. In reality she is about 11 1/2 years old, which Kevin confirmed in an e-mail to me this evening. I know this lessens her chances of finding a home, but if you have been thinking about adopting a senior kitty, please consider Swizzle. If you cannot provide her with a home, please share wherever you can and tell your friends about her.

Now it’s time for you to add your selfie to the blog hop. We know everyone is very busy with holiday preparations, but it only takes a minute or two to snap your photo. We are truly grateful to all of you who join us each week and always enjoy seeing what you have to offer. Last week besides the usual kitties and woofies and our Canadian donkey guest host, we were joined by a kangaroo, ponies and some ibex.

You can add your link below as well as get the code to post the hop on your blog. If you’d like to do this, I only ask that you display our Sunday Selfies badge and/or link to The Cat on My Head.






October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, and we know a real sweetie who has been waiting way too long for her forever home. Her name is Swizzle, and we introduced you to her in July 2014. She was waiting at PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) of Connecticut for her perfect family to discover her. At that time we began sponsoring her and welcomed her to the family as an honorary Kitty Blue. You can read that original post here. I knew I would continue to sponsor her for as long as it took for her to find that special home; though, I never expected her to be waiting more than a year later.

If you read The Cat on My Head regularly, you know that I have featured Swizzle here several times. Our dear friend Kevin (meowmeowmans) and his wife Tracey visit and give her loving often as well as share photos with me. Kevin kindly featured her just two days ago on his blog, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. Yet, Swizzle continues to wait. This is what she has to say:


PAWS cat, Swizzle continues to wait for her forever home.


Here’s part of Swizzle’s bio from the PAWS website:

I was adopted from PAWS with my sister when we were just eight weeks old. She passed away some time ago and I’ve been lonely. After six years, I’m back at PAWS because my owner had to move to a place that did not allow pets. I miss my owner. But things can only get better, right?

I have tons of love to bestow on a new person. I just love to be brushed and petted! Sometimes I’m playful, I love the track ball, but mostly, I’m happy to just sit next to you. Rub behind my ears and I’ll purr happily with my head against your leg. What could be better than that? I don’t mind being picked up, but I’m not a lap cat. I do not like dogs at all. I’ve lived with older children (tweens). I can be tolerant of other cats, but nobody can replace my sister. I’m indoors only. I do not like loud noises and can be jumpy at times.

Swizzle is now about eight years old, spayed, FIV/FeLV negative and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations.

If we didn’t have a full house, I’d drive to Connecticut, pick her up and bring her home to Virginia. Since I can’t do this, don’t you have room in your heart and home for his beautiful girl? If not, please share about her with your friends and family and on your blog if you have one. Let’s find this beautiful, sweet and deserving girl a home for the holidays.




Our guest host for today’s Sunday Selfies is our very own honorary Kitty Blue, Swizzle. As Adopt a Shelter Cat Month comes to a close we wanted to share this sensational and beautiful adoptable cat from PAWS Connecticut. We have been sponsoring Swizzle since last July and will continue to do so for as long as she remains at PAWS. Of course, our wish is for her to find the purrfect home and family.




Look at those incredible green eyes, luxurious grey furs and magnificent whiskers. Isn’t she gorgeous? You can see another photo of her in the Adoptable Pets section of our sidebar.

To find out more about Swizzle, you can see her PAWS profile by clicking here.

If anyone out there would like to adopt this sensational beauty, Mom would be happy to help with adoption fees and subsidize her care for a few months.

Cat4-001If you know of other kitties who are in need of homes, please consider featuring them on any of our Sunday Selfies Blog Hops.

As always, we are looking forward to seeing what y’all have to show our readers today. Some of you have become so proficient at snapping selfies that you can even do it in your sleep. We cats are so talented!

Feel free to use the code provided below if you’d like to display the hop on your blog. If you do, please display our badge and/or link back to The Cat on My Head. Thank you.

Have a sensational and easy Sunday.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona,  Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

p.s. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Kevin (meowmeowmans) from Animal Shelter Volunteer Life for looking in on Swizzle when he and wife Tracey volunteer at PAWS as well as for giving her extra love from us. We also appreciate him regularly sending us photos of this special honorary Kitty Blue.