new book for cat lovers

Cats have held human fascination for thousands of years, from the Ancient Egypt feline warrior goddess Bastet to modern YouTube videos of kittens riding on a Roomba. The History of Cats in 101 Objects is a fun, fact-filled visual history of the human relationship with cats. The book covers topics such as: the adoration of cats throughout history, the evolution of the domestic cat and rise of the indoor cat, Contemporary cat obsessions and products perfect for every feline fanatic.
This charming book also delves into how cats have slinked their way into some of our most lasting works of literature, films, television and other pop culture, and it explores the mesmerizing behaviors we adore, from swatting balls of yarn to taking cat naps in strange places.
The perfect book for anyone who has a fluffy-yet-infuriating feline companion of their own. If interested, you can buy it HERE for 14.99$.





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a picture of a purple poodle dressed in 70's gear - cover for a story about a women being told she's putting her dog in danger but she herself is a trained professional.

We all know that people love to take their pups to the groomers. They come back looking relaxed, adorable and ready for anything. Groomers are told how to style dogs and you trust them. You trust them to be patient and attentive to your best friend. They are trained professionals. So when owner and dog-groomer got accused of "embarrassing" her dog by the Kennel Club, she hit back.

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Posted by Jillian Wilson

Touchdown!

The fiercely competitive Army-Navy football game makes its grand return to Philadelphia this December after a one-year hiatus. The Army Black Knights from West Point and Navy Midshipmen from Annapolis will square off at Lincoln Financial Field for an intense matchup on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

ARMY-NAVY GAME FAST FACTS

  • The Army-Navy Game will return on Saturday, December 9.
  • Beyond the 2017 event, the football game will return to the Linc in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022.
  • Stay tuned for more on this exciting matchup!

For more than a century, the Army Black Knights have faced the Navy Midshipmen, and since 1899 Philadelphia has most often been the neutral locale for the epic rivalry.

Philadelphia is conveniently located between the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, making the city an easy choice for the Army-Navy game.

Excitingly, beyond the upcoming December 2017 game, the Army-Navy game will return to Philadelphia in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 (!). Each game will take place on the second Saturday of the month in December. An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend each game.

Stay tuned for more on this historic matchup at our home stadium.

Go Army! Go Navy!

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Posted by Jillian Wilson

Wands at the ready!

Chestnut Hill’s massive (and massively popular!) Harry Potter Festival is set to return to the charming neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21.

HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL FAST FACTS

  • The Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill on October 20 and 21.
  • The festival will cover a whopping 12 blocks this year, making it the biggest Harry Potter Festival to date.
  • Admission to the festival is free.

New This Year

This year, the festival will fill 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill (and some adjacent parking lots, too), making it the biggest Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill to date. (Last year’s event ran for six blocks on Germantown Avenue.)

The festival kicks off with the new-this-year Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue, an event running from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy live performances throughout the festival grounds, extended hours at avenue shops and food and drink specials at participating bars. Guests of the Friday night festivities can also take part in a costume contest for the chance to win a cash prize.

Magical Make and Take Zones will also make their debut this year, offering children the chance to take part in interactive activities at 10 different areas. A magical wristband — which will cost $20 per person — will grant attendees full access to each zone. Wristbands will be available for purchase starting August 29.

Harry Potter Festival
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
The Harry Potter Festival returns this October with…

  • A Quidditch tournament
  • Harry Potter quizzo
  • Fortune Tellers
  • Crafts
  • Live performances
  • A costume contest
  • And more

Harry Potter Festival

The main event — the street festival part of the Harry Potter Festival — starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 21 and continues until 4 p.m., running a full 12 blocks on the bustling Germantown Avenue, from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue.

One of the main festival events is the Eighth Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College, which gives guests the opportunity to catch live Quidditch action.

Harry Potter Festival
(Photo By A. Sinagoga For Visit Philadelphia)
On October 20 and 21, the epic Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill with a full weekend of magical good times.

Throughout the festival footprint, guests can also enjoy Harry Potter quizzo, a Deatheater’s dance party, potion making, wizarding demonstrations, a muggles read-a-thon, the popular straw maze at Woodmere Art Museum and so much more. Certain areas of Germantown Avenue will be home to photo opportunities of scenes inspired by the books and films.

Many of the activities along the avenue are completely free to enjoy, but note that a number of activities require a small fee.

Stay tuned for more on this blockbuster fall festival!

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Highlights of Catcon convention 2017

CatCon is an annual celebration of cats and the cat aesthetic, all of which has developed out of pure passion and love for feline pets. People gather each year in southern California for the big event. This year's third annual feline frenzy brought 15,000 cat lovers together for a weekend of fun and frolic at the Pasadena Convention Center on August 12th-13th. Attendees participated in experiential marketing, explored new products and fashion for both themselves and their four-legged furriends, and met with some of the most famous internet cats in the world.
So, in case you've missed it, here are some highlights of the kitty fest. via: The Purrington Post 




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Dog owners/lovers, this one is for you! There are days that the office needs you, there are days you just can't be at home all the time and that means leaving you pup alone. And that also means that sometimes their walks aren't until later in the evening. But wouldn't it be amazing if by a click of a button someone you trust could walk your dog and take him out just for a little while? We've all thought of this but never have actually done anything about it. Until now!

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PHOTOS OF ANIMAL EYES

Eyes as the window to evolution. 
You can learn quite a bit by studying how and why animals use their vision. Science writer, Ed Yong, wrote a fascinating article on National Geographic that explores the evolution of eye anatomy and examines the role that a creature's environment plays in the development of eye function and appearance. "The variety of tasks that eyes perform is limited only by the fecundity of nature," Yong writes. "They represent a collision between the constancy of physics and the messiness of biology." Yong's article was accompanied by incredible close-up images by photographer David Liittschwager that illustrate the diverse biology of various animal eyes.




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Looking for some free performing arts fun?

As part of the fall’s 12-day O17 Festival that transforms the city into a stage for impressive operative performances, Opera on the Mall returns to iconic Independence Mall for an evening of beautiful music and a fun storyline.

OPERA ON THE MALL FAST FACTS

  • Opera on the Mall returns to Independence Mall on Saturday, September 23 as part of the O17 Festival.
  • The broadcast is bring your own picnic, blanket and chair.
  • Free tickets are required and available online; tickets will be available August 23 at 10 a.m.

Returning on Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., this year’s event will feature a free HD broadcast (on two giant screens!) of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one of the composer’s most celebrated operatic works. The show combines a beautiful score with a comedic storyline that revolves around marriage, love and lust.

Opera Philadelphia performed The Marriage of Figaro during its spring season, and this year’s edition of Opera on the Mall gives attendees the opportunity to check out the show for free! See below for a preview of the show.

Opera on the Mall
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Opera on the Mall returns on Saturday, September 23 with a free HD broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro with Independence Hall as the backdrop.

How To Get Tickets

Last year, about 4,000 people enjoyed this free broadcast. To join the fun, you’ll need to register for free tickets in advance.

Tickets to Opera on the Mall are completely free and are available for download online. Tickets will be available starting on Wednesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. Be sure to scoop up your ticket soon — this event is expected to fill up quickly.

O17 Festival

From September 14 to 25, Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival brings more than 25 individual performances, including Opera on the Mall, to both traditional and non-traditional venues across the city as a kick off of its 2017-2018 season.

The festival is designed to attract people who may not consider themselves regular Opera Philadelphia performance guests.

O17 includes three world premiere productions (!), a site-specific Philadelphia premiere, a performance of Mozart’s work The Magic Flute and unexpected performances in places like the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and more.

Click here for the full list of O17 Festival events, and be sure to purchase your tickets soon for this 12-day event.

Stay tuned for more on this blockbuster fall event!

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an indian british actress holding up one of her cats - cover for a story about actress alia bhatt and her love of cats

Who is Ali Bhatt? Well, the 24-year-old is not just a millennial superstar. She is a British Indian film actress and singer who works in Bollywood. But, the talented and glamorous performer has another side. A side we can all relate too… she is just another obsessed cat mom!



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It’s another week of amazing summer fun all over Philadelphia.

In Fishtown and Northern Liberties, Night Out Restaurant Week continues at restaurants like the Moshulu, Kensington Quarters, Cantina Dos Segundos and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest hosts a fun-filled dance party this week as its Michael Jackson Night returns for another year of dancing, music and even an MJ impersonator.

Fans of Broadway should scoop up tickets for Wicked at the Academy of Music — the show wraps up this Sunday, August 27.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

The post 24+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 21-27 appeared first on Uwishunu - Philadelphia Blog About Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Food, Nightlife and More.

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Allentown has done something rather spectacular! The town has now opened its pools to not only the public this summer, but they decided to embrace a rather late summer tradition..  Now, one of Allentown's public pools has gone to the dogs! It happened this Saturday, August 19th, 2017!

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