Review: Nobody’s Cats & Out of the Cold by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff

If you are creative and care about the welfare of animals, what can you do? Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff wrote children’s picture books. Both Nobody’s Cats and Out of the Cold are based on true stories from northwest British Columbia and profits from the sale of the book go towards the care of animals in that region.  Nobody’s Cats tells the tale of a boy who saw a tiny black cat shivering in the snow by an old shed. The cat was just one of many that had been born or abandoned  there. A few of the neighborhood boys … Continue reading Review: Nobody’s Cats & Out of the Cold by Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff

Interview with Author Valerie Ingram

As part of volunteering with Husker Cats, I followed online groups that took care community cats. One day a post appeared about a picture book that had been published on the topic. The book was by Valerie Ingram, co-founder of Lakes Animal Friendship Society. Since that time, Valerie has become an inspiration to me in my animal welfare goals and a dear friend. Valerie and I both share a passion for pet education. This spring, she contracted me to write ten articles for Lakes Animal Friendship Society that could be run in local newspapers. My life this upcoming year will … Continue reading Interview with Author Valerie Ingram

REVIEW: Ten Children’s Books Featuring Cats

As part of Rainy and I participating this spring in the Lincoln Public Library’s Read to a Dog program, I borrowed a sampling of the library’s cat books, including ten children’s books featuring cats. What follows are my reviews of them. Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant tops my list. This realistic chapter book tells the story of an older gentleman and his cat. They enjoy hanging around the house together, mostly looking at books. One day Mr. Putter sees a sign at his local library about reading aloud with a pet at story time. He … Continue reading REVIEW: Ten Children’s Books Featuring Cats

10 Animal Picture Books On My Shelves

In honor of Lincoln Pet Culture’s new look, we are rerunning our three most visited and our three most overlooked articles over the next two weeks. 10 Animal Picture Books, first published in 2016, was one of our most overlooked articles. Although most of us grow up reading picture books, part of the maturation process seems to involve letting go or getting rid of so-called childish things, including beloved picture books. Yet there’s also a time when one rediscovers them. For some, that time is when they become parents. For me, that time was when I became a teacher. Below … Continue reading 10 Animal Picture Books On My Shelves

Review: The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling & Adventuring with Your Cat

Emily Hall’s love of her cats and enthusiasm for taking them on outdoor adventures radiates on every page of The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling & Adventuring with Your Cat. This seven-chapter e-book is a colorful, well-designed, and easy-to-read guide about how to turn your cat into an adventure cat. Hall wrote her book “to help educate and encourage people to try adventuring with their cats” and picked content based on what she viewed as important info and on common questions she’s been asked. The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling & Adventuring with Your Cat available for free simply by subscribing to … Continue reading Review: The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling & Adventuring with Your Cat

Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Arden Moore grew up loving animals and words. These passions led to her becoming a national pet health expert. By her first year in high school, Moore knew that her future was in words, and set about gaining experience. She worked on the high school newspaper staff and credited the editor as teaching her a lot about writing and interviewing. She also landed a position with the town’s weekly newspaper. She’d always been athletic and so she walked into the office of the local weekly newspaper and convinced the editor to hire her as a high school sportswriter. “It was … Continue reading Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Guides to Training Cats

If you’re looking for new ways to enrich your cat’s life, start with these six books on training cats. Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields-Babineau is the first book I encountered on training cats. The majority of the chapters are dedicated to teaching obedience, start with an overview and then include clear steps for the lesson to be taught. For example, in talking about sit, Babineau explains that sit is a base behavior for many more complicated behaviors. Because cats also have an inherent inclination to rest on their haunches, sit is also a quick command to teach. … Continue reading Guides to Training Cats

Interview with Author Valerie Ingram

After becoming a volunteer with Husker Cats in 2014, I started to follow online groups that also took care community cats. One day a post appeared about a picture book that had been published on the topic. Being a book reviewer, I naturally contacted the author and requested a copy of Nobody’s Cats. Since then, Valerie Ingram and I have exchanged emails about many topics including our former teaching careers and our passion for homeless cats. When she released a new book this past fall, Out in the Cold, she graciously sent me a copy. It’s an honor to know Valerie, who is … Continue reading Interview with Author Valerie Ingram