Wendy’s Wish Book

I have a favour to ask you.  Another one you may say!  This one won’t cost you anything else other than a little bit of your time.

Wendy, one of our supporters, came up with a lovely idea.  She would like you to send her your wish for 2012 as she is trying to put together a wish book.  Nobody other than her will read your wish.  For every wish she receives, Wendy will be donating 1 euro to an animal welfare charity.

“I’m putting together a ‘Wish Book’ for 2012 where I’m hoping to get people’s wishes from all over the world. I’m asking people to write down their wish on a sheet of paper. You can be as creative as you like and the wish can be 1 line or 20 pages, it’s upto you. I’m just asking for people to write down their wish, what it means to them and what it would mean to them if it came true. Nobody will read it only me so no need to worry. For each wish I get, 1 Euro will be donated to charity (animal of course).”

Now, the difficulty is to pick only one wish!  Happy wishing!

You can email Wendy at carolinessister1981@gmail.com for more details.

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Furry Tales and Meowsings welcomes Karen A. Lynch

The third issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings came out this weekend.  Its cover features the beautiful winning picture of our October photo competition and its contents are of the same quality as the photo on the cover.

Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.  It helps us to pay our veterinary bills, as well as buying food without which animals would not survive!  By getting this booklet, you are not only treating yourself with a good read, we are also helping animals in Cork.

This month, we are honoured to have received the gift of a short story from Karen A. Lynch.  You might remember that she had already helped us through her story submitted to Floyd the Dog?  This time, she is giving us a story very much in touch with the season as we are still in the spirit of Halloween and her story is named “Shade, a Ghostly Tale.”

Karen A. Lynch resides in Tampa, Florida, USA.  A lifelong horse enthusiast, she currently breeds Andalusian horses.  Karen has a BA in creative writing and political science from The University of Tampa.  She is the author of the spy novel, The Game of Lies, the play Cat Scanned, ghostwriter for her husband, Grayston L. Lynch’s, historic book Decision for Disaster; Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs, publisher for five years of the international award winning Suncoast Chapter of the United States Army and John Wayne Chapter of the US Army Special Forces newsletters, and Assistant Editor of The University of Tampa’s paper The Minaret from which she received an Investigative Reporting Award. She is most famous for her delightful, international award winning short stories, Finn McCool, the Magic Leprechaun Tales.

Finn McCool is a real cat who was born of a feral mother in Karen’s bedroom in 2007. He is spokescat for Karen’s cat rescue Florida Cause for Paws, which has been in operation for 23 years. Florida Cause for Paws currently houses or feeds over 60 cats and kittens. The objective of the rescue is to find wonderful forever homes for those cats and kittens that are adoptable, to shelter for life those to old or sickly to be adoptable, and to neuter or spay, offer some form of shelter and feed for life those feral cats who must spend their lives outdoors. You may befriend Finn McCool, the Magic Leprechaun Cat on Facebook and read his tales at www.warofwits.net/blog.

This month’s issue also contains “Special Scars,” a short story about these animals who leave a mark on us written by Katrina Valentine Tracuma, “A-Z Animal Shelter,” a poem by Wendy Heffernan expressing the reality of all those looking after animal rescues and a heartbreaking poem, “Uggie,” by an anonymous supporter.

We are now looking  submissions for the fourth issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You will be able to buy the third issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets (the first and second issues are still available in some of them and from our online shop):

We wish to thank all our contributors, but also our readers and the owners of the outlets afore-mentioned, who have kindly accepted to sell the booklets for us.  You are all making a contribution to our mission of saving animals’ lives.

Furry Tales and Meowsings welcomes Binnie Brennan

The second issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings is finally out!  It has actually been out since last week; I just didn’t get a chance to tell you about it.

Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale will go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.

This month, I am delighted to welcome Binnie Brennan who kindly accepted to let us use two stories written by her.  Binnie is a Canadian writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I discovered her last year when I read her novella, Harbour View, which I highly recommend.  Her collection of short stories, A Certain Grace will be published in Spring 2012.  As well as being a writer, Binnie is also a musician and animal lover.  She shares her house with two rescue cats and a dog, who have inspired the stories “Dog Days” and “All in a Day’s Work”.

You can read more about Binnie Brennan and buy her works on her website, where she also holds a blog.

This month’s issue also contain a poem full of hope written by Wendy Heffernan, a sad poem expressing the reality of many anumals in Ireland by Trev Smilerface and a lovely short poem praising a mouse by eight-year old Charlene.

We are now looking  submissions for the third issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You will be able to buy the second issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets (the first issue is still available in some of them and from our online shop):

New outlet for Furry Tales and Meowsings

I want to give a special thanks to Ronan from Midleton Books.  Midleton Books is the first bookshop to accept to sell our booklet of creative writing, Furry Tales and Meowsings.  This means a lot to me and I hope other bookshops will follow the example.

You should really visit this store.  It is personal and offers a nice range of books at a decent price.  Moreover, they know their books!

Thanks to all at Midleton Books!

Our first issue is still available in some outlets.  You can see the list here (but you might have to ask for it).  The second issue will be out next week; i hope you will like it!

We are also looking for submissions for the third issue…

Furry Tales and Meowsings: The first issue is out!

The first issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings is out!  Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale will go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.

This month, Furry Tales and Meowsings brings you a beautiful short story written by Trev Smilerface, a pretty poem by Cathy Hooton and a moving story by the young Shea.  This first issue is dedicated to Anne Fitzgerald, one of our key volunteers, who passed away last June and is sorely missed.

We are now looking  submissions for the second issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You can buy the first issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets:

 

Wild Honey Press in aid of charity

If you like poetry, I urge you to run over to Wild Honey Press.  Wild Honey Press is a small press in Wicklow, which publishes poetry chapbooks.  Not only do they support new talents, but they also support charities.  Indeed, their 2010 and 2011 titles are available for a donation to the charity of your choice.  All you need to do is contact them to order and make a donation to your chosen charity.  Isn’t it such a lovely idea?

Furry Tales and Meowsings: Call for submissions

Furry Tales and Meowsings is the name of the Cork Animal Care Society’s first booklet of creative writing.  We are hoping to have the first issue out this September; however, for this to happen, we need your help!

We are looking for poems and short stories, either factual or fictional, that we would be able to publish in this amateur booklet.  It will be nothing fancy at first, but who knows what it will become?  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main character.

There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.

Furry Tales and Meowsings will then be put up for sale on our website and some local outlets.  All the proceeds will go towards the welfare of animals.  The only thing it will cost you is a stamp to send the form back.

You’ve always wondered how you could help us when you do not have much money to keep going in these difficult times?  Here is the answer!   So, pick up your pen and paper and email your piece to emilie@animalcaresociety.ie.  It could be your claim to fame!

Floyd the Dog and Finn McCool

Have you heard of Floyd, the writing dog, and Finn McCool, the magic leprechaun cat?  The two of them are talented storytellers narrating the adventures of our furry friends.  Let me tell you more about them.

Floyd the Dog writes stories, but also publishes stories on the internet.  You can subscribe to his stories by filling a simple form and will receive at least one story every month.  You can also submit stories, and if your story is chosen Floyd will give a donation to the animal welfare charity of your choice.  Floyd is indeed a generous dog.  Have I mentioned that the amount of the donation increases with the number of subscribers?  So, what are you waiting for?  Run to his website and have a look.  You can even explore a few of the stories there and if you subscribe you will be able to read more archived stories.

We were delighted to hear that Floyd the Dog made a donation to the Cork Animal Care Society on behalf of Leo whose story was selected for the month of August.  “Doggy Bank” is told by Leo, who is a St Bernard working for a hospital in Cork at the end of the 19th century.  It is a story based on real facts, which necessitated some careful research.  I’m sure you’d love reading it.

Not long ago, the ACS received another donation on behalf of Finn McCool for his story “Wearing the Green”.  Finn McCool is a leprechaun magic cat, who brings luck and happiness. It is also the nom the plume of author Karen A. Lynch, who writes about more than just Irish magic cats, so you might want to check her website.  As you might guess, Finn’s stories will take you into a magical Ireland and they can be accessed on the website (see here for an index of stories).  And if you like this little cat, there is also an online shop where you can find various good with his effigy.

Happy reading!

The Cork Animal Care Society would like to thank Floyd the Dog for his generosity, as well as the authors who picked us up as their chosen animal charity.  We are most grateful to you.