A Review of Mighty Little Man

Standard

Thought I’d share some of the reviews of my book, but where to start?  I guess I’ll start with the most recent and work from there.

So, without further ado, here’s an Amazon review from Arvilla:

From the very beginning, the book had me enthralled. Jonny Payne’s writing style is simple and direct. He treats each chapter with honesty…his animals wrap themselves around the reader’s heart. From the tiny kitten of his childhood to the tender Epilogue, the pages seem to turn themselves. The final sentence grabs you as you wait for the outcome.

MIGHTY LITTLE MAN is a must read for every animal lover… the journey of Jonny Payne and Little Man is one that we all wish we could take.

Thank you both for letting me walk this road with you.

Thank you, Arvilla, for such a wonderful review!

Here’s a link to the book:  http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Little-Man-Story-His/dp/1493634046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408707399&sr=1-1&keywords=mighty+little+man

Enjoy!

Moving? Don’t Forget About the Cat!

Standard

Moving an entire household from one location to the other is often a very stressful experience.  Just as we feel the intense pressure to get things done, the feline members of our households also feel the strain.  It is important to make the transition for them as simple and as stress-free as possible.

Cats are creatures of habit.  They, like many of us, are comfortable with routine.  But interruptions in that routine are likely to cause problems if not handled with care and planned ahead.  Cats will begin to understand very early in the process that something is up, especially once they see boxes all over the house.  But there are ways ease them into the changes to come.

As if we didn’t have enough to do, it’s important to remember to provide assurance to our cats that everything is going to be all right.  Lots of love and attention are key.  Keeping them in a separate room while the actual move is taking place is a good idea.  Make sure they have ready access to toys, food, water, and a litter box.  They should be the last “item” loaded into the car for the drive to the new home.

But then there’s the drive.

Some cats travel with no problems.  Little Man was one of those.  Then again, he never gave any trouble at all in any aspect of life.  When it was necessary for him to travel, he just stretched out in his kennel and napped for the entire trip without making a sound.

Others, however, will let it be known without question just how much they are displeased with the whole thing.  Sunshine was one of those.  She screamed from the time she was put in the car until she was let out of her kennel at the new home.

One thing that might help is medication.  Before the move, talk to your veterinarian about some calming medication to give your cat a few minutes before being placed in the car for the drive.  It can work wonders.  However, every cat responds differently, so don’t be surprised if your furbaby screams anyway.  Frequent stops with access to food, water, and the litter box may help also, so it’s important to make sure those are readily available and not packed up.

Of course, once the move is complete, there are other things to do.  Just like we have to arrange for things such as a new family doctor, our cats need to be introduced to a new veterinarian.  Don’t forget to have any medical records transferred once a new veterinarian has been chosen.

And get that routine going again.  Find a permament spot for the litter box.  Make sure your cat can find the new location for toys, water, and food.

Use the whole experience as an excuse to give your furbaby even more loving than before.  Remember, they are family members, too.

Does Your Cat Ever …

Standard

Scotty and Jonny

Scotty and Jonny

… sit a mere two inches from your face and stare into your eyes?

Our new kitten, Scotty, does just that.  I’ve never had a cat do that before.  It’s become somewhat of a game.  He’ll be on my chest staring at me and I’ll close one eye and then the other and watch him move his head back and forth “following” my open eye.  He never lunges or swats or anything, just stares … and purrs.

He’s precious!

I have a feeling this one is going to be spoiled rotten in no time.

About the Death of Cecil the Lion

Standard

cecil-lion

Cecil.  (Photo Credit:  David Amyot)

By now, “Cecil the Lion” has become a household name. We’ve all heard the horrific story of his death, which some would argue was nothing but an act of poaching. Others, however, would say that such controlled “hunts” go a long way, in terms of funding, to help secure the stability and survival of the species. The debate is not likely to be settled any time soon.

But while there are things to be learned from both sides of the argument, to me there has always been something particularly sinister about the whole thing, something that seems to have received very little attention in the media.

I pray it isn’t true.

It has been reported that Cecil, a well-known 13-year-old alpha male lion who was collared for tracking as a means for study, was lured from his protected grounds with the remains of a dead animal tied to the back of a vehicle. He was then shot with an arrow and, since the arrow did not kill him, was tracked for 40 hours until he was found and finally killed with a gun. As a trophy, he was beheaded and skinned while the remainder of his carcass were then left where they lay. So much for the theory that, in practice, “all of the remains are used for the locals.”

Still, there was something else, something that didn’t quite add up.

At first I thought it had to do with the term, “hunting,” especially since it appeared to me there was no real hunting involved. In fact, it almost sounds as if Cecil’s killer could have shot him from the front seat of the vehicle used to lure him into a position in which he was an easy target. But where’s the “thrill” in that?

Then it hit me.

The killer had a gun. By his own admission he killed Cecil with a gun after tracking his wounded prey for 40 hours. If the killer was truly after nothing more than a trophy, why not “take” Cecil as quickly and efficiently (and painlessly) as possible—with a gun?

It’s been reported that, while Cecil’s killer was an exceptionally skilled archer, it is difficult to score an immediate kill with an arrow unless the shot is extremely well placed. After all, it’s not nearly as accurate as a high-powered rifle with a scope.

So, why was the first shot with a bow and arrow?

There is a terrible possibility that Cecil’s killer did NOT want the first shot to be lethal. It’s already been established that Cecil was easily lured from his grounds, and we can see in the multitude of available photographs that Cecil was used to seeing people just yards away. In that regard, shooting Cecil with a sure-kill high-powered rifle at relatively close range would have been no more “thrilling” than shooting a caged animal in a zoo. But tracking a wounded animal for 40 hours? Oh yeah, now there’s a real “hunt!”

We have no way of knowing for certain, short of an actual admission, if this was Cecil’s killer’s intention, but it does seem to make sense. If it’s true, this is just more evidence of the barbarism of trophy hunting at its worst.

And no argument for “conservation” can justify such an act.

It’s a World Record!!

Standard

When I wrote and published last year, Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, I had no idea Little Man would one day be awarded with a world record.  Actually, it was Dr. Stephanie Gandy at Catisfaction Cat Clinic in Madison, Alabama, who gave me the idea to check into it.  She was Little Man’s veterinarian and was there throughout his terrible ordeal back in September 2012.

Before the book was published, I gave Dr. Gandy a hardcopy of the manuscript to review.  I wanted her to read it over and back me up on the medical things.  When I got the manuscript back from her, I found that she had written in the margin in the section discussing this particular event, “I still can’t believe it!”

I didn’t give it much thought until just a few weeks ago when I decided to check into it.

As it turns out, very few world records are held by animals.  Most of them are related to size, like the biggest or the fattest or the heaviest, and hardly any (even with people) have to do with anything accidental.  When I approached the World Record Academy about what happened with Little Man, I really didn’t know if they would think his “achievement” could be classified as a world record.  But they said, “Yes!”

So now, the Mighty Little Man has joined the ranks as a World Record Holder.

Actually, with everything else that was going on at the time (see the book), this was considered a very minor thing.  But way cool!!

I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, he didn’t get the name “Mighty Little Man” for no reason!

Check it out:

http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/longest_inflexible_object_swallowed_and_passed_unassisted_by_a_housecat_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215410.html