Hi everyone and a huge warm welcome to all the new subscribers who’ve joined us since the last Mewsletter went out. Boy, have we got a packed issue for you so pull up a pew, get a mulled wine (or in my case – a cappuccino!), get the cat(s) and enjoy this bumper Christmas issue.
No time for chit chat – ON WITH THE MEWS!!
RESERVOIR CATS: True stories and cat’s eye views from Squirt is free on Kindle from 26 – 30th December. You’ve read Squirt’s Scribblings and his Agony Uncle column – you know he’s a cat with his own hilarious particular way of looking at the world. If you haven’t bought his book yet, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves!!
Here’s the link: http://viewBook.at/B00FPLEMTO
CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY/POEM COMPETITION 2014
The winning story, Carlo’s Christmas written by Lynn Schiffhorst is now on the Home Page.
Just go to www.thedailymews.com and scroll down a little way – you’ll see it under ‘Pauline’s Message’ and it is really a beautiful story. Well done, Lynn.*
This can now be found in Lynn's own section of the website on this link:
My thanks to Jem Vanston for trawling the Internet looking for illustrations for me – saved me hours of work – thank you very much!
Danny Boag’s story merited a mention from the judges so his story is included here also:
And finally, Sue Fallon’s story about the Fallon Felines saving Christmas also deserves publishing here.
Petal Knee’s poem: Kitty’s Christmas Dinner won the Christmas short story/poem competition for 2014. It’s a worthy winner.
15 CATS AND MEOWING
I’m thrilled to introduce the first of four new columns this month (see how I’m spoiling you for Christmas!)
15catsandmeowing started life as a blog by Ellen Pilch who also wrote the book review this month (see below). This is the introduction to what we’re hoping will be an ongoing look at Ellen’s life with 15 cats and a very tolerant husband!!
DEZI AND LEXI – SERVICE CATS
I’m still in awe of all that Dezi and Lexi do for their Mommy Audra to help make her life more bearable and you will love their Christmas message to you:
Bilbo’s Buzz is the second of our new columns this month, written by young Bilbo who is just starting out on his life as a feline columnist. He follows in the legendary pawprints of Tigger – the Cosmopolitan Cat who travelled the world, so he’s a little nervous at the moment. Please give him plenty of encouragement and we’ll have the makings of a fine feline thinker.
Susanne Haywood who wrote The Memoirs of Tigger: a Cosmopolitan Cat has written a little piece about how it came to be.
Ellen Pilch from Massachusetts has reviewed another book which I think is just perfect for a stocking filler:
Carol has been very industrious just recently. In between writing the chapters for Teddie Tumpkins, she’s written a couple of new Christmas stories which I know you’ll love.
CHARITIES AND RESCUE CENTRES
California-based no-kill Maine Coon Adoptions doesn’t turn any kitty away but has an affinity with Maine Coons. Read what Debbie Suslow has to say about the work they do:
Legend has it that Maine Coons were transported to America during the French Revolution by Marie Antoinette when she was trying to flee the country and wanted to bring her feline friends with her.
Here is the third new column for you to enjoy. Casey has been badgering me for his own space to air his views, news, and chews so here it is. His first outpouring is the witnessing of a dreadful crime:
In the second, he has a new job:
I think most people can relate to Ed’s poem of woe about his long suffering wife and a determined cat who wants to help decorate the tree!
HOL ‘N’ DAISY SAUCE
Did Biskit have a catnip induced dream? The latest from Hol ‘n’ Daisy – channelled by our late, great, feline reporter, Jimmy – as told by Biskit!
Here is a little vignette of the characters from Jem’s book, ‘A Cat called Dog’ as they celebrate Christmas in their own style.
JIM COLASANTI JNR
Tasting Snowflakes is the latest, beautifully written story by Jim of when he and Butchy – his dog – were 15 years of age. I always get hungry when I read Jim’s stories because he always recounts his mother’s preparations for special family meals and I could taste the Italian flavours!!!
Here’s John’s lovely Christmas story which will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside:
Here’s another poem that Petal wrote:
Squirt’s Christmas message last year was very well received and I know you’re going to love this really wonderful Christmas story he’s written for you this year.
Here’s a story I put together one rainy afternoon; I hope you enjoy it.
Frances Gillotti’s amazing illustrations really make our stories come to life; not only did she illustrate Jem’s, Squirt’s and my stories, but she found time to illustrate the latest chapter of Teddie Tumpkins too. She’s an absolute star!
What does Teddie get up to in this chapter? He has to pass an unusual initiation ceremony…
Here’s the last of the new columns that I’m giving you for Christmas! For those of you who love Downton Abbey and are feeling blue because it is off our screens now (apart from the Christmas Special) until next year, I have something to take its place.
The irrepressible Carol Lake has written about life in Gripewaters Towers with a huge cast of wonderfully eccentric characters presided over by Prince Clarence Clutterbuck, of Sozzlebury the moth-eaten flea-ridden cat who tries to keep the shenanigans of Skrowte the Manservant under control.
Finally, please remember that most of the Christmas bits and pieces – mistletoe, lilies, poinsettias, Christmas tree needles, baubles, tinsel and most of the rich food we eat – are poisonous to cats (and dogs) so do be careful to keep them out of the way of your pets.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your bumper issue of the Mewsletter with all the Christmas stories. There may be a Scratching Post out in mid-January but the next major update on the website (with a Mewsletter) will be towards the end of January. My team of illustrious writers – not to mention Frances Gillotti our new illustrator – and I are all exhausted and need a bit of a break.
Till then, Casey, Lawrence and I wish you all a very happy Christmas and purr-filled blessings throughout 2015.
Pauline – Editor in Chief
Casey – Assistant to the Editor in Chief but walking around with a pencil behind his ear for any future ‘scoops’.