Sunday, May 18, 2014

Welcome to our Pet Party!

Welcome to the party! 

I love being part of the Cozy Chicks.  Since late last year when I joined, I have found friendship, collegiality, wisdom and fun with my smart and talented cozy sisters. 

They may murder on the page but they are wonderfully kind in their relationships.  So Daisy and Lily, my miniature dachshunds, would like to invite you to our pet party. Peachtree (Victoria's pug) will be along later.  Come in and meet everyone.  Don't forget to check out the swag announcement at the end of the blog.

This week we're whooping it up celebrating the second edition of the Cozy Chicks Kitchen  and the launch of our zazzle store.

I thought a great way to celebrate would be to introduce you to our pets.  Without further ado, here are the rulers of our Cozy Chicks home.  It was so hard to pick which adorable pet to start with that I drew names out of a hat!

Here at Lorraine's home (or the Bartlett Spa) the 'residents' are catching up on much needed rest under their own sunlamp. 

They all have beds under a lamp with a 200 watt light bulb and they spend the days (winter & summer) under there toasty warm.  They are from left to right to center, Fred, Chester, and Betsy.  I think I know who's in charge around there.  Room service too, I bet.


Maggie invited us to the vet's office with her. You can see who owns this pooch, but how funny is this picture?  Dogs and vets, always tricky to pull off.. 

Katy is Black short-hair Border Collie in Maggie's arms and below is Max, the Blue Tick
Coon Hound/Black Lab mix  

Max sitting on the part of his anatomy that's
most at risk in vet's office.  See that innocent expression?  He's hoping
they won't notice him.   

We never forget our beloved pets and we thank Kate Collins for sharing this photo of her much-loved calico cat Cali who passed away two years ago at fourteen.  She was gorgeous (as is Kate).  She was born to luxuriate on that carpet too. What a glamor-puss!  She showed up at Kate's door starving and abandoned, and then look how life turned out. 

Here's Leann's Rosie, the super smart, super hyper mini-labradoodle (named for Leann's first series).  I like that mysterious glow.  Hope someday to give Rosie a pat or two.

Leann also has  scaredy cat silver tabby ragdoll Wexford (for Ruth Rendell's police detective), Marlowe a sealpoint ragdoll sweetheart who has epilepsy (named for Philip Marlowe). As many of you know, Marlowe was very ill. Leann was sick with worry and we all worried with her, but Wexford was there for him too.

Deb says there was a time when the kids were growing up that she had 12 sled dogs, 2 border collies, and 2 cats, all at the same time. This is Lightning, the last of that happy bunch, who passed away last year, but had a wonderful summer in the sun first.

Here are Ellery's babies: Finnegan, Jasper P. Jenkins, Sherlock Holmes, and Doctor Watson. All males. All rescues. You may see some of their antics over at her Facebook page from time to time!  I notice that Sherlock and Dr. Watson are guard cats with a mirror to expand their view. Nice work if you can get it, guys.


 Speaking of cats, our Mary Kennedy has eight!  Here's Oliver GoodCat, who was abandoned but landed on his feet at Mary's.    She also has FurFace, Eliza, Calpurnia, Clyde, Henry, Oscar and Shadow.  Below is lovely 'shy Calpurnia'.  Isn't she pretty?  And three others in their kitten days. Aren't they adorable? Every blog needs a kitten or three.


Must you go?  We loved having you here.  And Peachtree the Pug (who looks a lot like Walter in the Victoria Abbott books ) has just arrived in her tutu.

Don't you feel all warm and furry now? Don't forget to put your name in for the giveaway draw. All you have to do is email us at



Grandma Cootie said...

Awww, love the pet pictures. Especially Peachtree the Pug, who has the same put-upon look our Pep the Pug gets when we try to dress him up. In his rain slicker he becomes our Ceramic Dog because he won't move.

Aurian said...

Lovely pictures ladies, thank you for sharing. I am glad Marlowe is doing better Leann, and if I were a dog, I would not enjoy being dressed up either Grandma Cootie.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

What a fantastic post, MJ, and thank you for including my fur-babies!!! All of us are cat lovers, There really *IS* something about writers and cats. We love them and they love us.

Leann Sweeney said...

We've had a BUNCH of pets in our lives, haven't we? And I'll bet our readers have, too! Thanks for the fun post, MJ!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love the idea of the Ceramic Dog, Grandma Cootie. Peachy is very active. Makes the doxies kind of nervous. All three are quite vain.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Hy Aurian! In our defense, all the pooches in our family and VERY vain and love clothing. Not hats though, but we do try.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

I enjoyed meeting all the kitties and the few little doggies too. I do love cats but there are severe allergies (and I mean off to the emerg severe) in our family. I have to live vicariously ... but I wouldn't give up my doggies for the world.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

We have Leann and everyone relates to them. Marlowe's illness had everyone so worried and rooting for both of you. Glad you had fun.


Nancy said...

This is a fun blog post! We have a dog named Patrick, part pug, part rat terrier and many other parts as well. Also, one cat, Lacey, who at 16 is still as kittenish as she was when she first adopted us.

Lynda said...

Loved the post. I think the fact that the Cozies are pet people is part of the reason we all relate so well. I currently have my 2 spoiled cats (Socrates and Princess Isabella), plus a foster mom and 2 kittens, plus 4 feral/semi feral cats living in my back yard and 2 strays living in my front yard (the backyard colony won't let them out back and we've had some verbal arguments and a tussle or two). I volunteer at the county shelter and with a feline rescue, and I have found that animal people are the BEST. Thanks for sharing your furbabies with us.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Nancy, they bring us joy and hope when they adopt us!

Hugs and pats to the pets.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Lynda. I loved your description of your extended feline family. Cat politics? Who knew?



Unknown said...

I love the post MJ,

My neighbours daughter had a friend who had to give up one of her cats, he was always fighting to get any food (not very social with other cats). I was nervous about taking him because I have cat allergies that sometimes get real bad (yes ER bad), but so far one year later and I'm still alive.

Harlowe was just a tiny 9 month old kitten when I got him, now when we jumps on my leg I know he's there with a thump. It's a good thing he doesn't like human food (except for tuna) or he would be as big as Garfield the cat.

Denise Z. said...

Enjoyable post and pictures. I love hearing bout everyone's pets. Stella, my Beagle, has a very rich life (astronaut, customs and enforcement agent, mixed martial arts expert, the list goes on), and her own FB page, but she would cut me while I slept if I put her in a tutu. (Hence my desire to someday have a purse dog I can put in embarrassing outfits and post the pics on FB.)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We all love a happy ending, Lynn! What a nice story. So glad the allergies are under control.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Snort! Perhaps Victoria shouldn't sleep so soundly. My doxies love their wardrobes, so I THINK I', safe.

I love beagles, esp those with rich lives.

Hugs to both of you!

Kate Collins said...

it's wonderful to share our beloved pets with our readers, MJ. Thanks for the terrific post. I had my first pet when I was 4 and that continued until just a few years ago. (And I'm not gonna say how long that has been!) LOL.

Robyn K said...

All your babies are so gorgeous! Thank all of you for sharing these beautiful pics! :)

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Such great photos! I enjoyed reading this post. =)

Lynn in Texas said...

Such a treat to see all the sweet furry faces! My husband & I have had all kinds of pets since early childhood, with mainly cats and dogs ruling the household. Kate's beloved Cali bears such a striking resemblance to my calico-and-white, Amy, who was my best girl and ruled the roost for 16 years. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Kate! We never forget them, I know.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Robyn! It was so much fun gathering them. I loved them all. I get how a person could have eight!


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Melissa. Pets are so addictive, aren't they? It was fun putting it together because this is a fun bunch.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

You are welcome, Lynn. I love calico cats and while we don't have any in real life now, I put one in my Canadian books so she'd live forever.

Kate's was a beauty and I bet Amy was too (and in-charge)


scaro said...

Great Pet Party pics. Love our furry friends.
Would never be without one.
Carol Smitj

Debbie S said...

Love the pictures, they are all so sweet, I want to give them all a squeeze. :)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Carol! I can't imagine it. Even if they throw up on the bedspread sometimes.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

I know. We're all in love!

Thanks, Debbie.


kayt18 said...

I guess I am late to the party. Love all the pet photos. They are such a big part of our lives. I lost my sweet boy this February and it is still so hard. He was my service dog/partner/best friend/confidant/my everything. Rufus will be with me forever and i know you all love your babies.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You brought a tear to my eye, Kayt18. I am so sorry you lost Rufus this year. I believe he will be with you forever. We never get over them and their memories can still bring joy.


Kate Collins said...

I've had many cats over the years, Lynn, and I have to say my Cali had the sweetest temperament of all of them.

Kaye Killgore said...


Michelle F. said...

Loved the pictures, especially of the cats. A feline Holmes and Watson is a great thing. I have five cats and three are siblings: Suzie (black and white) and Wiggles and Muffin (both black cats). Tippy's a brown and white tabby and Brownie is a light gray tabby. Brownie is bullied by the other cats even though she's older than them.