Who Would You Want in Your Furbaby’s Corner?


Jonny, Little Man, and Steph

Jonny, Little Man, and Dr. Stephanie Gandy

Finding a good veterinarian is like finding a good mechanic … once found, the best thing to do is grab hold with both hands and don’t let go.

For us, that veterinarian is Dr. Stephanie Gandy at Catisfaction Cat Clinic, a cat-only facility in Madison, Alabama.

When my beloved Little Man was going through his terrible ordeal, Dr. Gandy’s own staff asked her, “What are we doing, Doc?  This cat should have been put down days ago.”  Dr. Gandy responded, “No.  I won’t give up until Little Man does.”

Little Man never gave up, and neither did Dr. Gandy.  As a result, Little Man was credited with multiple world records for his miraculous recovery, and Dr. Gandy hasn’t stopped doing what she does.

For example, a while ago, a kitten was brought to her with a neck injury.  He was paralyzed from the neck down but with no obvious physical damage.  Several of us took turns feeding him, which involved supporting his entire weight (all in one hand) while he ate from his little bowl.  Dr. Gandy’s husband, Chris, is an engineer, and he rigged up a sling so that Hisstopher, as Dr. Gandy called him, could slowly learn to walk again.  It took time and patience, but guess what?  Hisstopher is fine today.

The same kind of thing happened to another kitten later, and today THAT kitten is all better, too.

And did you know Dr. Gandy is the ONLY veterinarian for miles around who can CURE, not just treat, hyperthyroidism?

Now there’s another cat in her clinic, a feral male Dr. Gandy calls, “Boss Man.”  Not sure why just yet, but he can’t walk on his hind legs.  I met him the other day.  When I walked into the boarding area at Catisfaction, he looked right at me and began kneading his bedding, purring, and talking like crazy.  I opened the door to his kennel, and he stretched his neck toward me so I could scratch his head.  He loved it.  Certainly seems to me he’s happy to be off the street, paralyzed or not.

I know anything can happen and nothing is certain, but I’m not too worried.  Boss Man has someone in his corner.  He has Dr. Gandy.

I don’t think she knows how to give up.

So I ask you, who would YOU want in YOUR furbaby’s corner?

Little Man’s Law – Update


DSCF3482The Mighty Little Man Wearing His Cape with His Official Logo

Hello all! I’ll get straight to the point.

I have personally contacted over a dozen members of Congress in my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law. It’s still early, so I have received little by way of response.  However, I found what I believe to be a veritable gold mine of potential support for Little Man’s Law in the 124 members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus co-chaired by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).  At the link above, you will see a list of related legislation they support, and I can see no reason why they wouldn’t also support Little Man’s Law if we can get their attention.

I went through all 124 members and determined that only the following appear to accept emails from people outside their constituency. I am including their email links below:

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Co-Chair https://forms.house.gov/blumenauer/webforms/issue_subscribe.html

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) https://bera.house.gov/connect-with-me/email-ami

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) https://bustos.house.gov/contact

Congressman Gerry Connolloy (D-VA) https://connolly.house.gov/contact-gerry1

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) https://courtney.house.gov/email-joe1/

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grrisham (D-NM) https://lujangrisham.house.gov/contact

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) https://polis.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) http://schiff.house.gov/contact (Select “Share your opinion or comments on bills or other issues” from the drop-down)

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) https://sherman.house.gov/contact/contact-congressman-sherman-form

I request each of you make contact with these Representatives. I suggest you send them the following, which you can copy and paste into your own letter.  If there is a subject box, please type:  A Bill to Enact the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, “Little Man’s Law.”

Dear _________________,

This letter serves to request that you introduce and support legislation to require pet food manufacturers include a warning label on all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients.

I understand you have already been contacted by Mr. Jonathon Payne regarding his proposal for “Little Man’s Law.” There are three points I would like to make in my support for this proposed legislation:

  1. While there are existing laws prohibiting the use of adulterated ingredients in ALL food products, the FDA makes an exception for the use of some of these illegal and unsafe ingredients as long as they are intended only for animal consumption. This is done without the public’s general knowledge.
  2. While there are also existing laws governing the labeling and disclosure of ingredients in pet food products, there is no law or policy requiring the disclosure of whether any of the ingredients are adulterated. This being the case, there is no way for the American consumer to know which products contain these illegal and unsafe ingredients and which do not.
  3. Little Man’s Law, as proposed by Mr. Payne, will not change the way the pet food industry conducts its business, nor will it require a change to the FDA’s Compliance Policy Guidance allowing the use of some adulterated ingredients in animal food products. Little Man’s Law will ONLY require that the American consumer be notified as to which products contain adulterated ingredients.

I hereby request that you introduce Little Man’s Law to Congress as proposed by Mr. Payne. Our pets deserve better.


(include your name here)

To all who plan to send letters to Congress, thank you in advance. This law is important, and many pets’ lives depend on it.

And don’t forget to sign the petition.

All the best,


And Now He Has Three!


World RecordsThe Mighty Little Man’s Three World Records.

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to have to say it again.  When I wrote Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, I never imagined he would one day be credited with a World Record.  And NEVER did I ever think he would actually hold THREE!

Check them out:

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

#2:  http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/most_survivable_cat_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215484.html

#3:  http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/nature/first_survivor_of_a_recorded_blood_Potassium_level_of_zero_Little_Man_sets_world_record_215504.html

I’m still amazed.  Clearly, this helps explain why we called him, “Mighty Little Man.”

Another Fan Review: Mighty Little Man


Here is a wonderful review of Mighty Little Man from Melissa (more on her below).  She titled it, “A Cat with Personality:”

For anyone who shares their home with animals, this book will make them laugh, cry, and nod their head in understanding. It truly is Jonny’s story, Little Man’s story, their story. As the tale unfolds, we discover Jonny’s interesting history and follow the development of his lifelong love and compassion for animals. We become part of the family. And then Little Man joins the tale… and takes over the story.

We share the ups and downs of Jonny’s journey with a special cat, Little Man. For those who think cats have no personality, I challenge you to read this book without a change of heart! Little Man is quite the character! Jonny’s tells the stories so many of us can understand, stories that highlight the human-animal bond and the joy it brings. Our lives are enriched through the pets who share our homes, Little Man and Jonny illustrate that perfectly. I look forward to following the story of Little Man and wish him (and Jonny) all the best!

Although Melissa and I have never met, we share a very special connection.  You see, Melissa is the sister of Dr. Jennifer Wagner, Little Man’s first veterinarian.  Dr. Wagner passed away several months ago of breast cancer. She was only 48 years old.

Dr WagnerDr. Jennifer Wagner (1967 – 2015) with two of her babies, circa 2006.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Lynn Batenhorst.

Thank you Melissa!

And thank you, “Jen.”  Until we meet again …

My Highest Compliment



Every writer wants his work to be read and enjoyed. He wants to connect with the reader on many levels, primarily emotionally. He hopes the reader will laugh, cry, be moved to action or desire, and of course, he hopes the reader will want to read more.

In my case, I’ve received very favorable reviews for my book, Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story. But there has been one unexpected thing I hear over and over about my book, and I am very pleased indeed. In fact, I consider it my greatest compliment.

I’ve met many people since I published my book that I would not have met otherwise. I’ve been to book signings, author expos, libraries, and even some people at work have shared their feelings about the book. They’ll say, “I can hear you telling the story.”

However, there is one instance in particular that I would like to share. There is a young woman who works at the security desk in the building where I work. Because of an accident over a decade ago, she now gets around by wheelchair. I noticed her at her desk a few weeks ago looking rather bored, so I walked over and asked if she would like to read a book. She replied that she doesn’t really care to read much, but when I explained that it was a book I wrote myself, she reluctantly agreed to check into it.

Then just the other day she told me she was already halfway through the book. She considered that fact to be something special since, as she put it, “I don’t read.”

Intrigued, I asked, “So why are you reading Mighty Little Man?”

Her answer certainly made me smile. She said, “Because it’s not like it’s ‘reading’ at all. It’s like you’re just standing there telling me the story.”

Yes sir, that made my day.

Another Review of Mighty Little Man


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Hello friends!  As I continue to share some of the reviews of my book, Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, this one is from “MJ” on Amazon:

I have six cats so this was an easy book to buy. Although this story is about one INCREDIBLE cat, it is also a story about life’s journey. I was inspired and enlightened by Jonathan’s raw and honest narrative about how he became the compassionate and all-consuming animal lover that he is. It’s amazing how events when younger have such a dramatic influence on who we eventually become. Mighty Little Man is about goals, failures and successes. It is a testament to always follow your heart and never give up. But most off all, it’s a story about unconditional love between one man and his very special cat.

Thank you, MJ, for that wonderful review!

It’s a World Record!!


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:


Another Milestone



Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, has just reached an important milestone.  The book has received its twentieth review on Amazon, and so far, every review has been at five stars!  Woohoo!!

Stay tuned for more exciting news about Little Man, for his story is not yet over.

Remembering Little Man


As mlm1any of you know by now, my beloved Little Man passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

It was a day I have dreaded for a very long time. I made one huge mistake, however. I worked so hard for so long to prepare for “the moment” that I completely forgot to prepare for “the after.” Little Man’s passing has affected me more deeply than anything I have faced in life so far, and anyone who has read our book about our lives together will understand that that’s saying something.

I’m still going through a tremendous amount of sorrow. Mealtimes and weekends are the worst. That’s because those were “our times” together. I still find myself looking for him under the dining room table and in his chair where he usually slept, and it took days before I could bring myself to put away his bedding. I had my favorite picture of him enlarged, and I hung it in the garage above his favorite place to rest—on top of my car. I don’t think I’ll ever get over losing him.

But I knew it was inevitable. Everyone dies at some point, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier for those left behind, and each of us grieves differently. The crying, screaming, longing … they’re all part of the process. But I believe I’ve found a way to help me through the heartache until we are forever reunited.

One thing that helps is to remind myself that he no longer needs all that medication. At one point, he was on eleven different

things including vitamins and supplements. Those were the first things to go. But that wasn’t enough, and then I realized something else.


Memorial by Cheryl Sanders of Rainbow Bridge Cats.


Little Man isn’t really “gone.” He’s just “away at the pet sitter’s.”

And he has THE best pet sitter.

He’s with God.