For a Good Cause

Hello all.  I thought I would share some information about my cat Atticus today.  He was a stray who was found during a week of freezing temperatures in Colorado.  He not only needed a good home, but a decent meal.  Since he has moved in with me, I’ve been able to spoil him rotten.  As you can see, he likes to be spoiled.  I don’t know how old he is and I don’t know how rough his life was before.  However, I love knowing that his life has improved.

And this brings me to the reason for this post.  One of my blogging friends, Beth Ann, raises money for charities each month.  This month she is raising money to help animals like Atticus.   For every comment on any of her posts during March she will donate 50 cents to the Humane Society of North Iowa in Mason City, IA.  If you have the time, please pop on over to her blog and add a comment or two.  Animals bring us so much joy in life and it feels good to help them.  Thanks for your time.  And I wish Beth Ann the best of luck this month.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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44 Responses to For a Good Cause

  1. niasunset says:

    Nice to meet your lovely Atticus, my Princess, she is like you, when they found her, she was so poor in the street. It is not difficult what you both lived in the past… I am so glad you have a wonderful owner, you are so lucky one. And to be honest, when I lost my other cat because of cancer, I don’t know but I am different, I mean I let my cat to be naughty and also I let her to be spoiled too…. Beth Ann, she seems so nice lady. She is doing great job. Thank you dear TBM, it was a wonderful post and also your Atticus’ photograph too, I loved him so much. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Nia. Your Princess is lucky to have you. You are one of the kindest people I know. I’m glad she gets spoiled by you 🙂 Atticus is pretty spoiled as well. I love animals and I think all of them deserve loving homes.

  2. Caroline says:

    This is a wonderful idea. As you know I have also two cats from shelters and one, the older one, was a stray. I spoil them as well. Loads. My female was lucky, I’m not sure other people would have kept her. The vet almost wanted to put her down, she was that aggressive. But I went to a cat couselor and we treated her with homeopathy, Bach Flowers and lots of love. Now she loves me endlessly , follows me around but still bites everybody else. She’s a handful. I just knew she had been traumatized and needed a lot of patience. It worked. But it’s scary… And aggressive cat is intimidating.
    He is a cute cat your Atticus.

    • TBM says:

      Atticus is the exact opposite of your Isis. He will bite me sometimes, but no one else. I’m used to it now and I can sense his biting moods. Overall he is a loving cat and I have zero regrets about adopting him. His favorite time of day is when we cuddle and read a book. He helps me read all of my books. I didn’t know they had cat counselors. What a great idea. I think love is the most important ingredient. I haven’t heard of Bach Flowers. Sounds interesting. I’m glad you adopted her. We often wonder what would have happened to our dog Miles if he wasn’t ours. He has OCD about his toys and is extremely needy all of the time. I think a lot of people would lose their patience with him. I just know he can’t help it. And we love him unconditionally.

      Animals are complicated just like people. And they give me a lot of joy in life.

      • Caroline says:

        A dog with OCD… That’s cute somehow. Yes, there are cat counselor’s. She said that the behaviour came from a trauma and I can see how it is true. She must have been hit and one leg looked as if it had been broken or at least injured.
        Bach Flowers are very interesting. They come from the UK. Here is a link
        You will find it very interesting and it works on animals too.

      • TBM says:

        I checked out the link and that is fascinating. And I think that is so cool that you used it with your cat. She is lucky to have such a caring family. I can’t believe someone could hurt such a beautiful animal–and I think all animals are beautiful and none of them should be hurt.

        Miles’ OCD can be cute sometimes. We have to keep his toys in the freezer at night so he’ll sleep. In the morning he loves to run down to the freezer and ask for a toy. He’s a great dog, he just has some issues. Don’t we all.

  3. Palm Trees & Bare Feet says:

    Awww…Atticus is adorable! Makes me miss my pets even more back at home!

    Thanks for letting us know about Beth Ann’s blog. I just left my comment! 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I bet you do miss them! That is difficult. Thanks so much for visiting Beth Ann’s blog. It is such a wonderful cause. And Atticus says thanks for the compliment.

  4. fgassette says:

    Glad that you saved your friend. I’m sure he has brought you much joy as he glows in your loving care. Thanks for recommending Beth Ann’s blog. Will check her out. It’s a good cause.


    • TBM says:

      Thanks so much! I too am glad that I adopted Atticus. He is a wonderful friend and was a great addition to the family. Have a great day!

  5. He looks like a real cool cat!

  6. My four dogs are all rescud and they are fantastic little creatures…

    • TBM says:

      Four dogs! That’s awesome. One day when I have a bigger place and a yard I would like to adopt more dogs. I’m so happy for all the dogs you rescued. That’s wonderful.

  7. How lucky Atticus is to have found a home with you, and what a great idea to raise money by comments. Thanks for sharing! And pet Atticus for me. Love the black kitties. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Beth Ann does have a great idea and she donates to many worthy charities. I’ll give Attie a pet for you. He adores attention! Thanks!

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous Atticus and what a very marvellous name! Like many others here, our two dogs (and a few of our chickens actually!) are rescued and we definitely get so much back from them. Say hello to Atticus from Luna and Alfi – they think cats are just dogs that can jump higher.

    • TBM says:

      Atticus loves dogs. When I first got him, he was best friends with an Irish Setter. They would roll around together and it was so cute. It is so good to hear how many people have rescue dogs, cats, and chickens. You might be the first I have met who has rescue chickens. Pretty cool!

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    How wonderful of you to have adopted Atticus!

  10. IsobelandCat says:

    ‘Bout time you posted a good picture of him. Handsome and happy boy.
    I shall certainly visit your friend’s blog.
    Nice to see Miles featuring in your gravatar.

    • TBM says:

      Atticus is so hard for me to photograph for some reason. I’ve been practicing with him to try to improve. Thanks for supporting Beth Ann!

  11. narhvalur says:

    Great post and good news! Ann

  12. wolke205 says:

    For sure I will check out her blog soon!! What a great idea!! Your cat is soooo super sweet, I m glad he has a good home 🙂

  13. Seasweetie says:

    Thanks, TBM! I love Beth Ann’s blog and am now a subscriber (even if she is a Tar Heel fan).

    • TBM says:

      I am going to miss March Madness this year. I love her Teapot Tuesdays! Each week I’m amazed that she has yet another teapot.

  14. Susi says:

    What a cute cat. He looks just like our Finn and we found her outside as well only in blazing hot Florida. It’s great that you brought attention to Beth Ann’s blog. She is great and I love that she does comments for a cause.

    • TBM says:

      I also really love Beth Ann’s blog. She’s a great lady! I’m glad Finn has a good home now. Thanks for stopping by Susi!

  15. Novroz says:

    Poor Atticus…I mean in the past…lucky he met you 🙂

    ah…Beth Ann, I like how she donates money for each comment…I plan to do it too since I visited her blog, but havent gotten around yet. Will do it this month.

    • TBM says:

      And I’m lucky I met Atticus. He’s added so much joy to our family. Thanks for stopping by Beth Ann’s blog. She does so much for charities and she’s a wonderful person!

  16. TheBlackTwig says:

    I have also adopted a stray cat. My colleague and I are thinking of starting a foundation/animal care for stray cats in Manila. I hope it materializes soon. And Beth Ann’s initiative is an inspiring one.
    Atticus looks so handsome. Maybe, I’ll introduce mine hehe.

    • TBM says:

      That sounds like a wonderful plan. That’s amazing! I wish you luck in your project. I would love to hear how it is going. Beth Ann is inspiring. She selects a new charity each month–she’s great! I would love to meet your kitty.

  17. Your cat has pretty intense eyes, very lovely. And I love causes such as this one.

  18. Kristina says:

    what a lucky cat!!! 🙂

  19. T.F.Walsh says:

    Fantastic cause… can I comment lots and lots…:) I’m popping up on her site… Your cat is so adorable.

  20. Robyn says:

    That’s awesome that your friend is doing that, and that you were able to open your heart to a stray. Not everyone is willing to do that. I volunteer at an animal shelter and have worked with many different shelters before and it’s always fantastic to hear about others who care about animals just as much as I do. I will definitely check out her blog.

    • TBM says:

      I think you’ll like her blog. She’s a neat lady. I have always been a huge animal lover. If I could, I would adopt more strays. I hope in the future to have a larger place and more means to adopt more. The rewards of having animals is so worth it.

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