Did you ever try to find a cat who didn’t want to be found?

FINDING A CAT

Cuddles

Cuddles

Today, as we prepared to take our cocker spaniel Leaf to dog park, we searched the house for Cuddles. This little black-and-white tuxedo kitty has been our family member since 1993. We adopted her from our local animal shelter. Or rather, she adopted us.

A bin full of kittens at the shelter was too much for us. Linda reached her hand into the pile of wiggly fur creatures and said, “One of you is going to have to let us know you want to go home.”

Instantly little Cuddles sprang from the rear of the big cage. She jumped over the backs of other kittens and landed in the palm of Linda’s hand. Cuddles went home with us.

Cuddles

Cuddles

As if giving us a preview of her decision-making abilities, Cuddles decides if and when she wants to be found. Today, we looked in all the usual places -under the bed, in her favorite chairs, on top of the sofas, next to the upstairs heater, next to the basement heater, under the roundtable cover, under the chest of drawers, behind the living room curtain, etc., etc. All the time we called, “Cuddles. Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.”

We never did find her.

Finally we had to shut all the doors and hope she was somewhere upstairs where she could reach her water and kitty litter.

Why all the fuss?

Because high up on his perch in the living room, our cockatiel Sunshine was counting on us not to lock him in the living room with a cat. Although Cuddles doesn’t show much interest in our bird, we still wouldn’t want to take any chances of having natural instinct take over while we’re gone.

Cuddles

Cuddles

Fortunately when we came home, Cuddles emerged from her hiding place. We have no idea where it is. No doubt she’ll use it again. No doubt, we’ll spend precious time searching for her again.

What are your cat’s favorite hiding places?

When have you had to be patient while waiting for others to release something?

Leaf

Leaf Sharing His Tree with Others

We took our cocker spaniel Leaf to the dog park over this autumn weekend.  During our other visits to what we call “Dog Park Heaven” near the Mississippi River, we have always found our favorite spot to sit on the beach.  Our spot is also next to a low-hanging, thick tree branch where Leaf likes to climb. He can lie down on his tree branch with his bouncy ball in his mouth.

This time though, Leaf didn’t stay on his tree branch alone.  Several small children looked at our little rescued dog and said, “There is a dog in the tree.”  Then they immediately climbed Leaf’s tree.  Leaf looked befuddled.  Joining the children, their little black retriever climbed up after them.

Overwhelmed by this abundance of visitors, Leaf jumped off his branch on to the sand. Holding his ball tightly in his mouth, he walked over to us and glanced toward his tree. Then he looked at us again.

Linda threw the ball toward the edge of the river. Leaf gave chase to retrieve his ball but then was not sure what to do. He would normally have climbed back up into “his” tree with the ball.  Finally, he decided that he could share his tree with the kids and their dog.  He climbed next to one of the children and dropped down on to the branch.  He was sweet and nice but still wanting his spot on the branch.

Yet he shared something that was very important to him.  Leaf knew from experience with us humans that our attention spans are not the greatest. The kids would soon be off to other dog park adventures.  He was right.  Within a few minutes the children were exploring other trees and trails.

When have you had to be patient while waiting for others to release something?

Barnes and Noble presents Robin Ganzert, PhD – author of Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors with her special furry animal actor friend

Barnes and Noble
~presents~

Robin Ganzert, PhD – author of Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors with her special furry animal actor friend at book events around the country.

Great Day Houston

GREAT DAY HOUSTON featuring Robin Ganzert, PhD — author of Animal Stars Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

If you want to have an entertaining and fun time, attend an Animal Stars family-friendly book event. Author Robin Ganzert (president and CEO of American Humane Association) will be sharing fascinating stories and autographing books. You’ll get to meet a special animal actor furry friend Robin will bring with her to the event. These interactive book presentations and signings have an element of surprise. Which movies and television shows did this animal actor star in? Like Robin Williams who called Crystal the monkey one of his favorite leading ladies, which movie and TV stars fell in love with their animal co-stars? See up-close how sweet, loving, and talented an animal star can be.

Robin Ganzert, PhD – author of Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

Robin Ganzert, PhD – author of Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors with her special furry animal actor friend.

You will be glad you came. AND, your book purchase will help to support the important and historic work of American Humane Association to protect children and animals.

Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors by Robin Ganzert, PhD

Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors

Schedule:

October 14, 2014 @ 7PM
Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park
Dallas, Texas

October 18, 2014 @ 11AM
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner
McLean, Virginia (Washington, D.C.)

October 22, 2014 @ 12PM
Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Boston, Massachusetts

October 26, 2014 @ 3PM
Barnes & Noble Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

October 28, 2014 @ 7PM
Barnes & Noble Northwest
Las Vegas, Nevada

October 30, 2014 @ 7PM
Barnes & Noble Zona Rosa
Kansas City, Missouri

November 1, 2014 @ 6PM
Barnes & Noble Cool Springs
Brentwood, Tennessee (Nashville)

November 15, 2014
Barnes & Noble Birkdale
Huntersville, North Carolina (Charlotte)

Hudson Kissing a New Friend

Hudson Kissing a New Friend

Animal Stars Event

Animal Stars Event

Heartland Forum’s Moveable Feast Luncheon

Heartland  Forum's Moveable Feast Luncheon

Linda Attending the Heartland
Forum’s Moveable Feast Luncheon

Linda Anderson visited with booksellers and librarians at the Heartland  Forum’s Moveable Feast Luncheon on October 1st. At this sold-out affair, all attendees received a complimentary tote bag with a signed copy of ANIMAL STARS by Robin Ganzert, PhD and Allen and Linda Anderson. The book was featured in the event.

Heartland  Forum's Moveable Feast Luncheon

Animal Stars Featured at the Heartland
Forum’s Moveable Feast Luncheon

#AnimalStars has recently been featured on Fox & Friends and an Associated Press wire service article that was picked up by about 2,000 media outlets.

Animal Stars

Animal Stars

Visit http://www.animalstarsbook.com for more details.

A Visit to the HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM

Hollywood Musuem

Hollywood Museum

We recently visited the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles and had a wonderful time. This collection of Hollywood memorabilia is the largest in the world and allows visitors to see 100 years of TV and films. The first floor was all about Hollywood glamour days with stars such as Marilyn Monroe. There were more than 1000 black-and-white photos of that era.

The 2nd and 3rd floors offered special exhibits of favorite stars in films and television. The Dungeon (basement) was a recreation of horror movie sets. The whole museum was like diving into the movies with scenes, customs, and stars in all their three-dimensional glory.

Lots of human celebrities in this museum. But we were in California that weekend for the book launch party of our new book, ANIMAL STARS: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors and American Humane Association’s 2014 Hero Dog Awards. Where were the animal stars at the Hollywood Museum?

Hollywood Musuem

Beverly Hillbillies at the Hollywood Museum

At last, we came upon an exhibit of the BEVERLY HILLBILLIES television show. Sitting proudly on the open car seat with Jed Clampett, Elly May, Granny, Jethro, and Duke the dog who starred in the series. We could have filled an entire floor of the museum with photos from our new book. But it was nice to see at least one animal (other than King Kong and some big snakes) immortalized.

Hollywood Musuem

Linda at the Hollywood Museum

After our adventure seeing Hollywood history, we and our friends went next door to the Hollywood Cafe and had a traditional movie lunch.

Hollywood Musuem

Allen at the Hollywood Museum