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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Catastic Event, Day 3 - How to Assemble Your Cattino

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Sherpa and Harry the Farm cats here.
Did you know that we are excellent supervisors?
We are!

Sherpa is best at supervising new packages that come into the yurt.
Especially when they smell like catnip!
What could be in this big box with an eau de nip?

It's a Cattino!
What is a Cattino you ask?
Well it is about the coolest cat bed/scratching post EVER!
It is easy to assemble and our big box came with a special surpise!

Sherpa inspected it VERY closely to make sure there were no holes in the bag. It's a TinoStache catnip toy with some powerful 'nip! The publicist had to step in before he hauled it off for further personal inspections.

He also proved that the scratchers included are attractive to cats. He was scratching them even before they were installed on the Cattino! That is no way to supervise Sherpa. You need some class. Like me, Harry. Watch and learn, cat. Watch and learn.

I helped the male person put the Cattino together. It hardly took him any time at all! The instructions are very easy to read. You just insert the screws through the frame and into the supports. Then attach the second side. Turn the screws until they are tight, but not too tight. He suggested one small tip - run the screws through some soap to make them easier to drill into the supports. You can see me helping him read the directions.

Once it is together he put the dots on the bottom to prevent scratches on your floor.Then he put on the hammocks and the scratchers. I don't think it took him 15 minutes to get the Cattino together. The shop sells additional scratchers for when they wear out and there is an array of different hammocks as well if you would like to have an assortment of colors to suit your moods. I think the red looks very nice with my tuxedo furs.

So how do we like our new spiffy Cattino?
You will have to wait and see! But I will give you a hint - we have ALL been on it! It's very sturdy and even holds Sherpa who is erm, fluffier than the rest of us.
You will have to go to Pricilla's blog on Saturday where we will give you our review of the Cattino and have a GIVEAWAY for a Rattino - the mouse shaped cat scratcher!

Image courtesy Cattino

Isn't it cute? You can find out more at the Cattino shop and you can follow Cattino on Facebook

Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY on Pricilla's blog from SwiPets! And to check back on Saturday on her blog for the Cattino review and Rattino giveaway!

Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane - Book Review

I received a free copy for my honest review.

About the Book:

As Rome rose to power in the 3rd century BCE there was only one real rival in the Mediterranean—Carthage. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage. Now Hannibal, a brilliant young Carthaginian general, is out for revenge.
 Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner. A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus’s father. Although an unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys—and with Quintus’s sister, Aurelia—the fortunes of the two warring empires will tear them apart. In Ben Ken's Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, they find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle.

About the Author:

BEN KANE was born in Kenya and raised there, as well as in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, and after that he traveled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. He now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family.

My Opinion:

I must admit that all I could call forward if you asked me about Hannibal was that he crossed the Alps with elephants. Beyond that I knew very little about him. As with most great figures in history they are remembered for their most audacious acts. Especially military geniuses. Mr. Kane is telling the tale of the Second Punic War where Hannibal led the combined armies against the might of Rome in search of revenge for the humiliation of the First Punic War.

This first book of the trilogy is more about what leads to the war rather than about the war. It sets up the characters on both sides using both real and fictional. Our heroes are two young men, one Carthaginian and one Roman. The tale starts in Carthage with Hanno, the youngest son of a wealthy, respected man. He and a friend go fishing one day only to get lost at sea and sold by pirates. They are sold into slavery and Hanno ends up in a Roman household where he ends up through some fateful decisions becoming friends with the young son of the house - Quintus. This sets up the tension for the rest of the story as this book is more about these two young men than about Hannibal. He makes appearances but he is definitely not the focus of this volume.

I enjoyed the book as I enjoy most books that take place in this time period. I liked the two characters who were the main focus of this volume and the ancillary characters were also interesting and added much to the story. Hannibal made a few appearances in the middle of the book and then a few more but his presence was definitely felt. I am not sure how much of him came down through history and I'm sure that makes him a little more difficult to write. Some of the scenes were a little gruesome but it was a violent time and it is a story of war. Much like when reading Mr. Kane's tale of Spartacus I will look forward to the next installment of Hannibal's story.


You can read an excerpt of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catastic Event, Day 2: Peach Industries Giveaway

Hi everyone! I'm Sherpa the Farm cat and I am here to bring you a very exciting giveaway from Peach Industries.

I love to be UP.
When I sit on Harry's cat lounger I am UP.
And Harry is not.
I know, that was not nice.

Do not worry. Harry spends more time on his lounger than I do.
In fact he will show you just how wonderful it is tomorrow on our Pricilla's blog.
Harry LOVES his lounger.
I LOVE Harry's lounger.
You will love a lounger if that is what you win!

Because you know what? The wonderful people from Peach Industries are offering the winner of this giveaway the choice of:

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A regular Kitty Lounger

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or a Mini Kitty Lounger

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or a Park it Mat Set.

And guess what? You can choose one for the shelter of your choice too! That's right! One for you, one for the shelter of your choice. How wonderful is that?! (US only - if you are in other countries you can win for your stateside friends and shelters.)

You can follow Peach Industries on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest - we do!

How do you win? Just hop on the Rafflecopter! Good luck everyone!

And after you enter the giveaway be sure to go and visit Pricilla's blog and read Truffles the Cat's great guest post about how adopting a cat can make a real difference in someone's life.

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