My Love of Cats: "Cat Therapy"

Pets are wonderful therapy ... they bring comfort when there is pain, peace and calm when things feel too chaotic, and much needed laughter when life feels far from humorous. I have always loved animals, particularly the feline variety. I have three cats, and they are without a doubt, my "children." They are highly independent, full of life and energy, agile and graceful, and of course, call all the shots! They bring so much love, beauty and joy into my life ... and their many purrsonalities and "cat escapades" are too hilarious and precious not to be shared with anyone who holds a special place in their heart for our furry friends ... My hope is that by sharing these "kitty tales," their "escapades" may bring a little light and a few laughs to someone's day!

Please take a moment to meet my three furry children!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

MultiMedia Memories Presentations by Brenna "In Memory of Beloved Pet(s)" A personalized slideshow example


Please take a moment to view an example of a personalized "Multimedia Memory Presentation" created by Brenna. This slideshow of personalized photos, poems, memories, animation, audio and video clips, are presented with selected music pieces. If you would like to order a presentation of a similar nature celebrating the life and memory of your beloved pet, or as a gift for someone who has recently lost their cat or dog, please contact Brenna for further information and details.

This MultiMedia Memories Presentation is in celebration & memory of thee beloved kitties Shortround & KittyCarLyle

Each slide contains various pictures personalized to the cat and owner. One or more music tracks may be selected to play throughout the slide show, in addition to an audio recording of the beloved kitty cat's meow. And finally, readings, by the chosen voice, for each of the pages containing poems and other written word may be included in the presentation. Please note that as each page appears, a number of animation features have also been added to create a more dynamic & lifelike appearance (i.e., designs like hearts, stars, & frames, appear, bounce, spin, roll, fade, etc.).
 *Video clips (which were transferred from VHS to DVD)of the cats as kittens were also included, but are not seen in this example.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Seeking Comfort When We Lose a Pet ... "The Rainbow Bridge"

Kitty Cat Artwork by Brenna & Linda Poole

... Paw Prints ...
The Kitty Pumpkin & Paw 2010
The First Kitty Totem (1997): KittyCarLyle, Shortround & Winnie

Furline Totem: 2009

Hand painted goblets by Linda Poole

Pen and Ink by Brenna
Thee Beloved "KittyCarLyle"

Beloved "Shorty" in Colored Pencil 
In Fond & Loving Memory  ... Forever a Paw Print on our Hearts

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cat Shower ... When the fluffyman needs help maintaining his fluffy tail!

Mr. Gus and Daddy in the Shower ~ oh, the struggles of having a fluffy maine and tail!!! ... Hope this gives a few of you a moment of laughter ... ;)

Following a "pooh blowout" MR. Gus required some extra "help" to remove the problem. After trying a simple, in the sink wipe up, it was decided that Gus and daddy needed to head to the shower to truly remove the pooh. John put on 4 layers of clothing, both pants and sweatshirts, gloves and his motorcycle helmet. Yes, he really did need it! Just like 99% of our feline friends, Gus is no fan of the water, let alone the shower! Poor Mr. Fluffy howled the entire time, and his brother, Oliver, demanded to observe the situation. Although I do believe that he was more concerned with the idea of being the next fur ball in the shower, rather than his brother's discomfort.Gus was quite distraught - as any cat would be - but appeared very happy and thankful for the outcome; a clean bottom, and a refreshed fluffy tail!!!

I certainly hope that my "cat escapades" have provided a little laughter & joy in each and everyone's day! 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pen and Ink Drawing: All dots used to create this piece!

I would like to share another pen and ink drawing with all of the cat (and animal) lovers out there, which I completed by using only dots. This drawing was done during my first year in college, and while I was, and still am, very proud of it, I only received a C+ on the project, a big disappointment for sure! The pen and ink dot drawings take the most time to complete.

The "star" of the pen and ink piece seen here is my mother's beloved furball, Kitty Car Lyle. Car Lyle was my 7th birthday present ... mind you, both she and my mom had another idea in mind! She quickly "changed sides" and became my mother's cat ... or rather, my mother became Lyle's human!
Lyle was a Manx with beautiful black and white markings, gorgeous, cashmere-like shiny fur, and a personality that redefined the words "feisty" and "independent!" Sadly, she is no longer with us today, as she passed nearly a year ago at the age of 22! Kitty Car Lyle lived a long, loving, and wonderful life with her best friend, my momma. She was far more than just a cat, she was even beyond that of a typical family member ... she was a tremendous source of comfort, calm, peace, support, unconditional love and joy for my mother, and for that I will always be grateful. She was, most definitely, a best friend and soulmate :).
While she is no longer in her furry body, her spirit and energy remains strong, and she most certainly will not soon be forgotten!
I am so thankful that I took the time (many, many hours in deed!), to create this picture in her likeness, as it truly captures her "kitty purrsonality!"   I hope that you enjoy viewing this unique pen and ink!
In Loving Memory of Kitty Car Lyle 

Pen and Ink Kitty Totem ... Designed specifically for your beloved pets

Personalized pen and ink pet drawings for sale: Have your pets honored in your very own original pen and ink piece by Brenna.

The kitty pen and ink drawing, seen on my pages entitled "The Escapades of My Three Felines," is an interpretation of my kitties' purrsonalities. I would love to offer similar pieces specialized to display your individual cats and/or dogs (or any other pet(s) you love) personalities.
The concept of the "pet totem pole" originated from a high school project which I did while in my body cast (following spine surgeries for Spondylolisthesis). The initial description of the art project was the following: Create a totem pole drawing that details a particular love and interest in your life. Of course, I chose cats as my specific love and interest, and the drawing soon took on a life of it's own! As previously mentioned, I took the opportunity to both show my love for kitties, as well as creating a design concept that would celebrate my cat's individual personalities.

My first cat totem pole (the one done in high school) was much more modern in design; utilizing clean lines and shapes. I would like to note that with both totem drawings I used a degree of exaggeration to capture and share the cat's individual personalities. With the second totem I went in a different direction, showing attention to greater amounts of detail. The two styles are personal preference, and I am happy to go either way when creating another totem to your specifications.

In order to create a piece that fully represents your respective furry friends I would need the following: pictures of each pet, a short description of each pet (more specifically - their loves, interests, and character/behaviors), along with a specification regarding style directions.
If you have any interest in a one of a kind pen and ink totem pole drawing by me, Brenna, please contact me for further information, questions, and/or requests.

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My interest for all things related to health & illness arises from my own struggles with chronic health conditions. I have found it most therapeutic & empowering to write about my many experiences within this realm. Through education, my own research, and my ongoing personal challenges, I am teaching myself how to become my own best advocate. To learn more about me, please see the page entitled "About Cat" located at the top of the page. If you have any questions or comments, you are welcome to contact me through the "about" section listed above, or email me at Please note that this address is also linked through my profiles. Blessings of health, energy and peace.