Saturday, April 20, 2019

R is for...

It's time for a mashup of the A to Z Challenge and Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop.

For this year's A to Z Challenge, our alphabetical series of doodles stars my angel Rosie. In these doodles, Rosie is going throughout a more or less routine sort of day, doing this and that, A to Z style. So, what's Rosie doing with the letter R?

R is for...Reading Time

Throughout this A to Z Challenge, we're also going to do our best to share furbaby photos that in some way correlate with angel Rosie's daily alphabetical adventures. To go along with today's A to Z topic of Reading Time, both Evan and Thimble wanted to show off that they're regulars at the library.

Wishing you all a happy Caturday filled with good books!

Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip is to consider the benefits that can result from reading to cats and dogs. This isn't necessarily something that we might think about, but reading to those kitties and pups can have more benefits than one. For example, if you adopt, foster, or in another way interact with a skittish cat or dog, reading to them in a calm, quiet voice can help them grow comfortable around you, while also helping you work through your reading list. You can also try to soothe or distract your cat or dog if they are scared by thunderstorms or fireworks by reading to them during these loud events. Then again, even if your kitty or pup isn't skittish or scared, reading to them can be a great way to bond, again while helping you get through some reading material.

It's not just the kitties and pups who can benefit from a reading session, though. For example, reading to a cat or dog can help a child learn and practice their literacy skills. There are some animal shelters that even have programs in which children can come go the shelter to read to adoptable animals. This is beneficial in many ways, such as by giving the children practice in reading, while also giving the cat and dogs at the shelter attention and helping skittish ones become more comfortable around children or people in general. If this is something that interests you or a child you know, ask your local animals shelter if they offer such a program. Reading is a wonderful thing, furbabies are wonderful things, so perhaps consider combining the two.


Catscue Cat Mom said...

Beautiful pictures today. I remember in the 'Cat Who' books, Qwilleran would read to his cats; I've never tried it, but your reasons for doing it makes sense. Thanks!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Beautiful pics and doodle!

pilch92 said...

Very cute drawing and photos. Cats and books just go together perfectly.
My hubby reads to Prancie, she has a cute little book about a spider. :)

messymimi said...

Reading is my favorite hobby. Who am i kidding, it’s like breathing.

For years i read aloud to the children, it never occurred to me to read to the cats. They might or might not be interested.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I can't imagine anything else for the letter "r"...just purrfect, Reading Rosie!

Cathy Keisha said...

Sometimes TW reads to me but it's mostly crossword puzzle clues.

The Swiss Cats said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely doodle ! Cats and books are the purrfect match ! Purrs

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

We love it, you know we love to read so this doodle is just purrfect.