SPORTSTER

SPORTSTER
CO-AUTHOR

Monday, September 2, 2019

It's not just about celebrating Labor Day!


I've been remiss in my communication. August has been a busy month celebrating  National Friendship Day on Aug 4th. This is Tad at Gardner's RV and Sales in Kalispell, Montana and he is my newest friend.  He shared stories with me about his two  Montana kitties, Lewis and Clark. He's a really cool guy who kept me entertained while his expert team  installed our new refrigerator in The Big Story. 
Did you know The Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs Day (not cats. Hmm?) and Spiderman Day share August 1st ?  I didn't find a spider that day but I shared  a few moments with  this "catty" pillar.










Work Like A Dog Day? Who celebrates that?  Not me! I would never! 

 National Cat Day passed me by! I’m certain if I’d remembered to remind you all out there in Fan Land that you would have showered me with good wishes, and great reviews like these. Some of you readers were confused as to who should get the credits so I scratched out Judy's name...just so you know.



Judy Howard Sportster has written a very charming novel with an amazing protagonist and narrator, Sportster the cat. I love the way the author gets inside the head of a cat, and Sportster thinks just the way I imagine a cat would think. I was right with him all the way, feeling all the emotions he felt. Along the way, the author gets in some interesting informational material about motorhome travel, microchipping pets and veterans' issues. But mostly it is a fun read--full of emotion, humor and heartwarming relationships. This novel will enchant cat lovers and everyone else.”

“It is now 3:19 a.m. I just finished reading and rejoicing at the reunion of Sportster with his “Judy”. The adventures of Sportster are the stuff of movies! Brava, Judy Howard Sportster! You nailed it again!”

“Enjoyed reading this book very much. It brought out many different emotions. It's an Adventurous, fun, emotional read. Couldn't put it down! I found myself crying, hoping and cheering for the characters in the book. I shared part of the story with my daughter, in hopes of educating her to the world around us! I can't wait to read what Sportsters next adventures will be!”

National Book Lovers Day – the 9th passed me by as well although I didn’t miss out on  National Lazy Day –the 10th, and Chant At The Moon Day – the15th.




 If you missed National Lazy Day on the 10th I hope you had a chance to enjoy National Relaxation Day on the 15th.








 National Black Cat Appreciation Day on the 17th is against my philosophy to celebrate because I don’t see colors. We are all 50 shades of grey. Meow!!



By Judy Howard
By Sportster The Cat
Like the timeless classics movies Lion King and Lassie, ACTIVATE LION MODE weaves a tale of an adventurous cat with the badass name of Sportster.
Author Judy Howard reaches adults and young adults alike as she steps aside and gives Sportster the Cat free reign to narrate his story whose universal theme is the desire to live free. Sportster relates his adventures with a candid, confidence, that can only come from a cat’s point of view. 
As always, Howard addresses the current serious issues facing not only our youth but also our society’s moral structure.
Follow along as Sportster activates lion mode and learns to live on his own, in the wild, while discovering what is really important in life. Sportster tells his story in this page-turner expertly as only a coddled cat could do.

Happy hunting!
Be safe in your prowling!!







Thursday, August 1, 2019

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY


INTERNATIOANL   FRIENDSHIP DAY
Do you have unusual friends, one who represents a way of living and a cultural lifestyle different
from yours?  They are like international friends.



 During my travels I’ve made many friends. Although few reside in a different country, I believe they qualify as international friends because of our differences.

International Friendship Day was founded to encourage us to get to know others who have different ideas, lifestyles and even languages.

As a kitten I went to work with my mom every day at her   dog grooming salon. Like all youngsters, I saw the dog customers only as perspective playmates.

We didn't speak the same language and I was different and smarter, but it didn't matter. I only wanted a friend to play with.






Tika became my first International RV friend. Tika was a Miniature Pinscher who traveled with her mom, Vicki Andreotti, in their own motorhome while I traveled with my mom in our motorhome. I am watching Tika sniff out things that she liked to eat, and that was about everything – sticks and seashells and even   dead things. International friends eat strange things.







Tika’s and her mom also traveled with a Canary and a Cockatiel, Tweety Bird and Birdy Bird. I never understood why Tika paid her international friends no mind. I was intrigued. Their language was hypnotizing.










This is Dahlia, a Golden Retriever who traveled with Mom’s friend Julie April.  Dahlia was going to grow up and become a Service Dog for a veteran.  I think she intentionally failed her final exam, not because she didn’t like veterans, in fact she liked everyone. I know because I took the time to get to know her.  She blew off the exams because she didn’t want to leave Julie.

In taking time to know others who do things that are strange from my viewpoint, I am able to put aside my  fears  and know they mean  no harm …..
                 well, except the alligators. Respect the alligators.

Get to know your International Friends and let them get to know you. Your fears will fade along with theirs for you. 
Respect those who are different....

or bigger …
or stronger...
             or prettier …. 







What ever you do, widen your horizons. Make International Friendship Day  the best ever!




Look up...… 
Read more...….

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Cat Kingdoms and Carousels


The number one commandment in the Cat Kingdom is “Never say you’re sorry.” Humanoids have a version of this concept, “Love means never having to say you are sorry.” They consider this law of the heart, since they take their concept from the movie Love Story.
But Judy has taught me that appreciation for my friends and fans is a matter of respect. So many rules! 
Okay I’m sorry I’ve been absent from my blogging duties for so long, but I am assured you will rejoice  when I tell you that I’m back and ready to I share some of my latest adventures which I accumulated during my absence.   

The camera has captured my triumphant pose on the dash of the motorhome.  I am still purring from my best and brazen exploit of late that I call The Albany Inspection and Connection.

I had complained to Judy that my ride in our Winnebago, The Big Story, had not been as smooth and graceful as I had remembered from the past. After careful inspection from the folks at Les Schwab Tire Center in Albany, Oregon  my people agreed and they scheduled brand new rubber  paws  all around.




I had been complaining to Judy that the Winnebago’s ride had not been as smooth and graceful as I had remembered. I am surprised she listened to me and acted on my suggestion because every time I brought the subject up, she only frowned at me and asked, “What’s all the meowing about? I don’t understand what you want.”

 But she must have figured it out because she hired a new team for me to command, the folks at Les Schwab Tire Center in Albany, Oregon.  After a thorough inspection my new people scheduled brand new rubber paws all around. As the men at the tire shop took to task Judy disappeared into the waiting room leaving me inside The Big Story, where I assumed it was my duty to supervise.
“Don’t forget to keep the doors closed. I have a cat,” she called over her shoulder as she headed into the waiting room.


Stealth, silence and patience are dominant cat genes. I crouched inside on the dash as the tire guys scurried around the motorhome, rocking and rolling it, as they helped it step into its new rubber shoes. As they passed me perched upon the dashboard, the workers saluted and smiled at me, amused by my diligent supervision.

Over an hour had passed when it came time to reinstall the tire monitors. The men opened the driver’s door and grabbed the tire monitor manual off the seat. They either forgot or else they figured I had fallen asleep, because they left the door open.

Caution is the key to a great escapade. I waited.  One team member knelt by a tire, then stood, and poked his head inside the cab to check the monitor. He then moved back outside to the next tire fiddled with it and then returned inside again and then outside again, on to the next tire.
 Passing by the windshield, the tire boss flashed a smile in my direction, but then as if reading my mind, his expression faded.  His eyes dashed to the open door that I had been contemplating. Big eyed with panic, he called out, “The cat!”  


But I made my move -- a three-point jump from the dash, to the driver’s seat, and stuck the landing as my paws hit the ground.  


“The cat!”  His voice was pleaded this time.  My team dropped their tools and came to attention.  
I love tires. I knew my team did too because they lined up behind me like good soldiers and followed me as I led them around the perimeter of the shop. I pointed out The Big Story’s old tires. The rubber had accumulated a history of scents from the world and the places we’d traveled.  My people trailed behind me as I sniffed the new tires, their story a blank page. My team followed as I spotted two semi-truck tires stacked in the corner.  Now there are some tires!  I leaped onto the top tire, excited by the million miles of scents.

My tire team was excited too! They chattered, intensely interested while I inspected the mammoth pile of rubber.  The team boss called Terry seemed to have made a special connection with me because he  gathered me in his arms and began petting me. I felt his gratitude that I’d brought him to this discovery.   Purring, I butted my head against his palm, “You’re welcome,” I said as he carried me back to my throne inside the motorhome.
What an  adventure at Les Schwab Tire Center in Albany, Oregon !



 Before I close, I want to address those of you who scoff and hiss at the powerful influences the Cat  Kingdom. 
As a spokes person for the feline  muses all over the world  who work in   creative fields,   I want to share these  photos which Judy brought home after visiting the  Albany Historic Carousel and Museum in Albany, Oregon.
These images capture the power of our presence in the creative  processes.

They were taken downstairs  where the animals for the carousel are born.  Notice the detailed designs for the talented woodcarvers who create these whimsical animals for the carousel. We felines are forever influencing the creative process as we exhibit a subtle presence. Can you find  the felines in each of these designs?




If you have a strong desire and  a  passion  that has haunted you over the years  ponce on it. Prowl around until you find  that mysterious path that no one else sees. More than likely that drive to seek what may seem impossible is the voice of your muse, telling you to capture your dreams, live them and embrace them. 
And never apologize for following that illusive scent that will  direct  you toward the most amazing adventures and discoveries of your life.
You are never alone.
The world is waiting for you! 
Explore! Discover! And experience life!

Don’t forget to check out his debut novel on Amazon, 





By Judy Howard
By Sportster The Cat
Like the timeless classics movies Lion King and Lassie, ACTIVATE LION MODE weaves a tale of an adventurous cat with the badass name of Sportster.
Author Judy Howard reaches adults and young adults alike as she steps aside and gives Sportster the Cat free reign to narrate his story whose universal theme is the desire to live free. Sportster relates his adventures with a candid, confidence, that can only come from a cat’s point of view. 
As always, Howard addresses the current serious issues facing not only our youth but also our society’s moral structure.
Follow along as Sportster activates lion mode and learns to live on his own, in the wild, while discovering what is really important in life. Sportster tells his story in this page-turner expertly as only a coddled cat could do.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Magic Of Easter


I like bunnies,


I like Easter eggs.









And I like Easter.

This Easter is very special. It is my birthday!
 Mom and I share a birthday.

When I found my mom and she decided to keep me, she and her friends decided they needed to know when my birthday was. The veterinarian announced I was six weeks old, so they counted back from that blessed day that I arrived on Mom’s doorstep and Waa Laa!  It was Mom’s birthday, too!

 She laughed and agreed the cat Gods had endowed her with my presence, even though at the time she didn’t really like cats. But I changed that. Over the years I used my time and my feline patience to reveal to her the many mysteries and surprises of the universe which she had overlooked. I’ve enriched her life.



  
I’ve taught her to look up. The answers to life’s perplexities are not always right in front of you.  It is good to get outside, smell the breeze. It hints of things just around the bend. It sends you bird songs that you would never hear if you don’t leave your bed, your house, or your neighborhood.








I’ve taught her to seek out those dark and scary places and not be afraid. Oh, the delight when you meet someone new is worth facing your fears.  



Make everyday your ideal day! Stretch your senses. Reach for what only you believe is possible while others cling to their security.

You may think I sleep a lot. But dreaming is as important to the soul as food in your dish.











Yoga is good.




Dont' be afraid to ask for help.


Reach for the top!



Share your success!


And always, always, always!!! …………


     Believe in magic!!







The world is waiting for you! 
Explore! Discover! And experience life!


Don’t forget to check out his debut novel on Amazon, 







ACTIVATE LION MODE
By Judy Howard
By Sportster The Cat
Like the timeless classics movies Lion King and Lassie, ACTIVATE LION MODE weaves a tale of an adventurous cat with the badass name of Sportster.
Author Judy Howard reaches adults and young adults alike as she steps aside and gives Sportster the Cat free reign to narrate his story whose universal theme is the desire to live free. Sportster relates his adventures with a candid, confidence, that can only come from a cat’s point of view. 
As always, Howard addresses the current serious issues facing not only our youth but also our society’s moral structure.
Follow along as Sportster activates lion mode and learns to live on his own, in the wild, while discovering what is really important in life. Sportster tells his story in this page-turner expertly as only a coddled cat could do.