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Happy National Respect Your Cat Day 2022

Published March 28, 2022 by Maryanne
Happy, age 2

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

Happy National Respect Your Cat Day! ❤️

These wondrous, mystical creatures are well deserving of respect. If you gain their trust, you have a friend for life.

This is our Happy, who we rescued during the pandemic after his mother and father abandoned him. We knew him since he was in his mother’s womb. He was the only survivor of the litter. We watched him as a playful kitten, growing in the shed next door. Finally, it was time to go on his own. He was left to himself, scared, and wanting love. My husband trapped him and took him in, Summer of 2020. This is the month he turns 2. He loves to cuddle. He is sweet, shy, and playful. He coos like a bird and his meows are soft and gentle.

We love you Happy!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

National Puppy Day 2022

Published March 23, 2022 by Maryanne
My friend Jayne’s Bernadoodle, Bear
Henry, Italian Greyhound
Lenny

This crazy cat lady is bombarding you all with lots of Puppy love on this special day!

Happy National Puppy Day to all!

And, finally, for National Puppy Day ❤ Here’s a cute little poem I wrote several years ago in honor of my Mom’s Chihuahua, Fawn (RIP). Although the poem was for Fawn, I think it relates to many small dogs who think they are bigger than they really are, which is always so endearing. ENJOY!

Combat Chihuahuas Unite!

She’s such a little lady

She’s the perfect companion

But better watch your step because

She thinks she’s a Doberman!

Combat Chihuahuas Unite!

Her bark protects her master

She’s a killer dog from Hell

Fighting crime, she has no time

But she’ll break for Taco Bell!

Combat Chihuahuas Unite!

So pretty in her doggy cape

She may be the cat’s meow, but

“Get this damn thing off me!

I wanna get naked now!”

Combat Chihuahuas Unite!

And when the day is over

When it’s time to go to bed

She’s no longer known as “killer”

She’s just a weary sleepy head.

Little Combat Chihuahua “Night night!”

copyright: Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

In loving memory of Fawn

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Go Vegan on National Pig Day

Published March 1, 2022 by Maryanne
Pigs, photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Piglets, photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Happy National Pig Day! I LOVE PIGS SO MUCH! ❤ I took this photo at a farm in Morristown, NJ a few years back. Pigs are very smart animals; as smart as a 3-year-old toddler. If you own a pig as a pet you have to entertain them because they are so smart. If they get bored, they will destroy things in your home. (Cats are similar in that fact). They are also said to be as loyal as dogs.

My favorite pig books include “The Good Good Pig” by Sy Montgomery; and “The Christmas Pig” by Kinky Friedman. Because of my love for pigs, I haven’t had pork or bacon since 1986!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Love Your Pet Day 2022

Published February 20, 2022 by Maryanne
Nicholas

I should have known something was up because Nicholas came to our bed at 4 a.m. wanting snuggles – not food. He started out between my husband and I and worked his way over to me. He just knew today was Love Your Pet Day! My husband and I are the proud pet parents of three beautiful cats!

Give your babies extra love on this special day!

Sammy
Happy

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Happy Ground Hog Day!

Published February 2, 2022 by Maryanne
Doot, doot, doot, looking out my back door! (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Happy Ground Hog Day!

I love these little critters. My husband and I love when they appear in our backyard each spring, especially the years they have babies. The babies are so cute, experiencing life for the first time. The wonderment. I’ve watched them for a very long time, seeing them do incredible things like trying to climb a fence. One time I had my bike outside and a baby was pushing the pedal. Another time I saw a baby chasing a butterfly.

Today the purpose of a ground hog is to determine whether we’ll have an early spring or another six weeks of winter. Honestly, I couldn’t care less. Winter and Spring are equal in my eyes. But how about another cute little animal who would predict if we get another six weeks of Autumn? Maybe a fox? If a fox sees his shadow, it’s another six weeks of pumpkins, colorful leaves, and light jackets. The most beautiful, yet shortest, season can use a longer run. Enjoy your extended winter, or early spring. I’m looking forward to Autumn 2022!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

Lou Christie, Long Branch, New Jersey

Published August 16, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8240Lou Christie

One of my all time favorite artists, Lou Christie, gave a free show in Long Branch, New Jersey, last night. It was a perfect August night, warm, no humidity, and romantically shared with my husband.

This has to be at least the sixth or seventh time we saw Lou and it just keeps getting better and better. First, the band was off the hook! The sound was amazing and Lou was still hitting those high notes and his back-up singers, The Crayons were right on the money. It was like listening to a record and then some, that’s just how PERFECT it was.

This was the first time Lou didn’t open up with my favorite “I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” but saved it for next to last, followed by his biggest hit, “Lightning Strikes.”

Other songs included “The Gypsy Cried,” “Two Faces Have I,” “Love is a Many Splendid Thing,” “Theme from a Summer Place” (which brought tears to my eyes), and “Beyond the Blue Horizon,” which I recognized that one right off the bat and gave a little yell. Lou acknowledged me and said, “I like that one too!”

My husband and I gave Lou several standing ovations. I think of all the performances we saw, this could be close to my favorite. He added some new songs to the set which added to the excitement. And he joked around a lot with the crowd. He acknowledged “the wine lady” — who is a friend of mine, Louise, who brings him wine and has been following his shows since the 1960s! I met her last summer at another Lou Christie show and we have since become friends on Face Book.

SAM_8222Me on the left, with Debbie (center) and right, Louise (the wine lady)

Prior to Lou’s performance, it was announced there was a special guest in the audience, Robert John, who had a hit in 1979 with “Sad Eyes (Turn the Other Way).” He came onstage and lip-synched to his hit.

SAM_8231Robert John, hit song “Sad Eyes (Turn the Other Way)”

And so cute that a guy in the audience had a poodle and a parrot. Where did he sit? Right next to me — the ultimate animal lover!

SAM_8237How cute is this?!

SAM_8246Can we teach him to sing like Lou?!

After the show, my husband and I decided to take a walk near the water and we found this cool boat that went with the theme of the night. Can you guess what the theme was? Look at the picture, then figure out before you look at the caption 🙂

SAM_8245The “Gypsea” Cried! 🙂

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Her third book, “The Gypsy Smiled” was inspired by Lou Christie and will be published in 2016.

Aw, National Pig Day Today!

Published March 1, 2015 by Maryanne

pigs(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Piggies(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Aw, National Pig Day, today! I fell in love with pigs after seeing “Charlotte’s Web” in the movies. I started reading everything I could about pigs.

For pig lovers, I highly recommend “The Good Good Pig” by Sy Montgomery, the true story about a woman who kept a pig for a pet. Sy illustrates how incredibly smart pigs are — equivalent to a 3-year-old toddler! Or check out “The Christmas Pig” by Kinky Friedman, a fictitious tear-jerker about a young boy’s friendship with a barnyard pig.

I took the two above photos at various visits to farms. Aren’t they the cutest things?

My Cat’s Got Sunshine, On a Cloudy Day

Published November 19, 2014 by Maryanne

MareDerickMe and Derick, 2005

My husband swore to God this happened last night and wishes I was awake to see it.

Now, all pet owners know first hand how loving pets can be, to the point where they do the cutest, unbelievable things. My 18-year-old cat, Derick, has always been “Mommy’s Little Heart.” From day one, as a kitten, he rarely left my side. He follows me around the house like a shadow.

Last night my husband put on a movie about The Temptations. I love them, but I’m a bit run down and I fell asleep on the couch while the movie was on. Derick was lying next to me, facing the television.

My husband said that as soon as they started performing “My Girl,” Derick moved to face me and was staring at me during the entire song! You can’t make this stuff up! I guess I’m my cat’s sunshine on a cloudy day! (And of course Derick is right on my lap as I type this blog!)

SAM_6304October 2014, still together

Our song 🙂

Billy Cat Update!

Published July 16, 2013 by Maryanne

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Billy, 19, has thyroid issues and arthritis, but is not in pain.

My husband has been taking him for acupuncture treatments in order to help him walk, as his hind legs have been giving out. He’s been staying in one spot behind the couch for several weeks now, unable to climb stairs, unable to lift his paws into the litter box.

He’s been making leaps and bounds with his holistic treatments. He’s making the effort to walk. His body is FINALLY absorbing all the nutrients so he gained five ounces back! We have him on B-12 vitamins and both holistic and thyroid medications.

The holistic vet is pleased with his progress and so are we. Today the vet used aqua-puncture, which is hypodermic needles filled with vitamins, shot in acupuncture areas for healing. He’s doing so well, his regular acupuncture treatments will now only be once a month.

But it’s still very sad to have an old, sick pet, that isn’t what he used to be. It breaks our hearts.

His illness is truly taking a toll on us, as the stress has been affecting my back. I went to the chiropractor twice this week, after not having to go for two months.

But we are doing our best to make Billy as comfortable and happy as possible. Sacrificing portions of our Sundays together to stay home with Billy and make sure he’s okay. Whenever we spend a lot of time with him, he really makes the effort to improve.

Tonite, we’re treating ourselves. Going to an outdoor concert with a few of our friends. Mommy and Daddy need a night out.