Jul 242012
Artist BZTAT and her cat Brewskie Butt

BZTAT and her cat Brewskie Butt

Every year, the Pets Add Life Campaign (PAL) asks me (and a bunch of other bloggers) to help them share about the joys and benefits of pet ownership. PAL’s mission is to encourage pet adoption and responsible pet ownership, and their method is very positive – share real life stories about how pets can enhance your life.

I usually let my cat Brewskie Butt (AKA the Brew) handle the writing for the campaign on his blog Just Meowin’, but since I am writing about being a Crazy Cat Lady here this week, I thought the PAL concept fit the theme. I decided to write about the campaign myself in this space.

I am sure that the Brew will add his thoughts in future posts as well. The Brew ALWAYS has his own thoughts, and he is ALWAYS one to share them.

Artist BZTAT's Five Cats

BZTAT’s Five Cats

Brewskie sure adds life in my home, as he is the constant stirrer-upper.

Whatever I or any of my 4 other cats are up to, Brewskie seems to find a way to be smack dab in the middle of it. He can be quite obnoxious about it, in fact.

I cannot imagine my life without him, though, nor can I imagine living without any of my 5 cats.

I truthfully do not recommend having 5 unless you are financially and physically able to keep up with the care and demands of 5 animals. Three would be a better number for me, but, you know, things happen.

I do recommend having more than one pet, though. Having multiple pets allows you to have that very special connection that pets offer many times over. It always amazes me how I relate to each of my cats in a unique way that is special to that animal alone.

Having multiple pets also allows the animals to socialize with each other, which is good for them. It is nice for them to have buddies when you are not around.

All of my cats were rescued in some form or fashion. I will try to share each cat’s rescue story this week in different blog posts.

Brewskie was rescued from the side of a country road when he was a kitten by a school teacher. He found his way to my home through a friend whose niece was in the teacher’s class.

Brewskie Butt cat on the beach with a beer painting by BZTAT

“Beach Brew” painting by BZTAT

As I was contemplating a name for him the first night we met, I looked over and saw him sampling my freshly poured beer on the counter.

I am a firm believer that cats earn their names.

Now, you may think that I am crazy for having 5 cats. You may think I am crazy for allowing my cat Brewskie Butt to have his own blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

So be it. It is a way of life that has nourishes me since I was a child, and I think that there are many worse ways to live your life.

My cats provide me with love, companionship, constant humor, and as a pet artist, constant creative inspiration.

Crazy Cat Ladies Rock and their Pets Add Life.

Nuff said.

(Make sure to follow Pets Add Life on Facebook, and share photos of your beloved pets on their page!)

This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership. What a gig, huh?

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  1. Terrific post, I couldn’t imagine life without my pets. Prudence makes me laugh all the time and the kitties keep us in line!

  2. FaRADaY: You betcha we do! WE ROCK!
    Maxwell: uhh….what he MEANS is, we’re glad to have human companions!
    Allie: SERVANTS, Maxie. Servants.

    Mom: My life would not be nearly as full nor as laughter-filled without these three nuts.

  3. OMC – we didn’t knew that The Brew had borthers and sisters. Why that little fox for keeping it secret. M says if she could, she would haev several animals in the house at one time too.

    • Mario! I thought you knew! Brew is a bit egocentric . Must encourage him to meow more about the rest of the fam. I do post pix of the others on FB.

  4. I have had pets all my life – mostly dogs and cats, but also a certain bunny we all know! They have added to my life in so many ways. My relationship with them has changed over time – first as a single girl living alone, then newly married, then married with one child, then a single mom. Now I am moving into the empty nest phase, but my pets will always be there to keep me company. They are truly my furry BFFs!

    • They are with us at every turn of our lives, watching as we succeed and fail, and no matter what, they are there to give us love and humor. I think the hardest thing about losing the original Beezie was, after going through so many heartaches in my life with me, she wasn’t there for the biggest one – the loss of her presence beside me. She lives on through my art and my soul, though, and for that I am forever grateful. 🙂

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