Christmas may be over, but we still have a little bit of holiday spirit left! This year, Manna, Dexter, and I participated in a Secret Paws gift exchange with a group of cat bloggers. Each blogger received information about the cats from another participating blog and sent those kitties a nice Christmas gift. It is a lot of fun to receive a surprise gift and learn the identity of your Secret Paws!
Our Secret Paws is…Bionic Basil!
The Secret Paws gift that we received came to us all of the way from England! Bionic Basil is a blog about a group of storytelling cats – Basil, Fudge, Parsley, Amber, Smoochie, and Pandora. These kitties have a lot of great adventure tales, crossword puzzles, word searches, and book reviews. I love their blog!
With a little help from their human, Catherine Garnell, they have even published 6 books. You can download their Colouring With Cats books for FREE from their website! Coloring a beautiful mandala with your cat by your side can be a very calming exercise.
Plenty of Goodies for Manna and Dexter
Manna and Dexter waited very patiently to be able to open their Secret Paws gift. They knew that the box came in the door that it was for them the second it came in the door. Dexter even tried to open the box himself, but Basil and his friends did a great job of making sure it was securely closed.
When it came time to open our Secret Paws gift, I got plenty of help from the cats. Manna and Dexter were every bit as excited about the box and the wrapping paper as they were with the gifts. They received:
- A Christmas ornament full of fun cat toys.
- A small sachet full of fuzzy balls.
- A genuine Kraken tentacle.
- A box of Dreamies cat treats.
- Wilko Filled Pockets with Turkey cat treats.
Everything was a big hit with Manna and Dexter! They tried to help themselves to the Wilko treats. Dave decided to help them out and give them some of the treats, which were so good that Manna and Dexter were willing to work for them. They stood tall on their back feet to reach for each treat as Dave held it out to them.
Gifts for the Whole Family
Manna and Dexter weren’t the only ones to get gifts from Basil and his friends. What generous kitties! They sent a few that Dave and I could enjoy as well. For us humans there was:
- A copy of the book The Bionic Basil Cat by Catherine Garnell. It’s a story about a kitty superhero. I’m a true superhero nerd, so I’m looking forward to reading this with Manna and Dexter.
- Salt and pepper shakers that are shaped like the famous red telephone booths and red postboxes from London.
- Cat-themed chapsticks.
- Cat-themed pens.
- Bionic Basil swag – a mouse pad, 2018 calendar magnet, and Christmas card.
- A beautiful handmade beaded bracelet with a paw charm and a matching keychain.
It was such a surprise to receive all of these gifts! I have been showing them off to my local family and friends. Dave and I rarely get to travel and have never been able to travel outside the US, so it is a real treat to receive something unique from overseas. My mother-in-law (who is a huge anglophile) is very jealous that I have the salt and pepper shakers. Thank you so much to Basil and friends and Catherine Garnell for all of this amazing stuff!