Sunday, August 14, 2016

BLACK CAT APPRECIATION DAY 
By Sabrina Tate, from The Black Cat Knocks on Wood 
 
People love holidays. They look forward to Labor Day weekend, right around the corner, followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving,  Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  The most special occasion for me and my black cat, Hitchcock, though, is Black Cat Appreciation Day. I plan to launch a big celebration come Wednesday, August 17th.
I'll take Hitchcock into town and tell everyone we see about the special occasion to celebrate the greatness of black cats everywhere. I’ve already picked up some special tuna treats for Hitchcock to show him how much appreciate him coming  to live with me in Lavender, heart of the Texas Hill Country.  
 

Not everyone in Lavender appreciates Hitchcock as I do. Apparently, someone came up with a story way back when about a cat known as the Bad Luck Cat who lived near the Glidden River in a spot very much like the place where Hitchcock and I live. Now I ask – who in their right mind would seriously believe Hitchcock, some thirty years later, is that same cat? It’s a ridiculous concept, right? Well, you wouldn’t believe how many people I’ve run into in the past eight months who call Hitchcock the Bad Luck Cat without even giving the impossibility of him being the same cat a second thought.  
 
Hitchcock is like black cats everywhere - a loving and faithful companion. Granted, he sometimes involves me in troublesome situations – like when he leads me to find a dead body. Or when he hitches a ride into town with unsuspecting motorists. Or when his hair is found at a crime scene. Or . . . you get the picture. More important, though, are the times he alerts me to danger and especially the times I credit him with saving my life. Hitchcock is not a bad luck cat because there is no such thing as a cat that causes bad luck.  So please help us in celebrating black cats everywhere on Wednesday. Encourage the adoption of black cats. And, give your cat a hug from us. 
 
Hugs, 
Sabrina & Hitchcock 
 
Kay Finch is giving away a signed copy of The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. To enter the giveaway, please comment below before midnight on Tuesday, August 16. Include your e-mail address for notification purposes. A random winner will be chosen. Good luck! 
 
For more about Kay and her books, visit www.kayfinch.com.

83 comments:

  1. Black cats rule! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. I love that name for a cat. Looking forward to black cat appreciation day!!
    konecny7@gmail(dot)com

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  3. My Mom had two black Cats and one of them moved in as a tiny little Kitten on Halloween. She had opened the door to Trick or Treaters and when they left she had a kitten inside. So everyday was black cat appreciation day...lol...your name for a Cat is great though...please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  4. Love black cats! Ours was named Tony and he was a cookie thief!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  5. Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day to Hitchcock (and all the other black kitties out there)! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  6. My neighbor had a black cat named Hershey. :) critteranne at yahoo dot com

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  7. My sister has a black cat named miss Dixie. The rule in bed with miss Dixie is don't make eye contact and keep your hands under the covers. If you break these rules you better plan on doing quite a lot of petting! Black cats rock! In honor of black cat day we should petition for Apple to include a black cat emoji!

    Bec
    Rlewis11797@yahoo.com

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  8. I've had black cats. one short hair (Kelly), one long hair (Harley Davidson). While I love black cats, I have a fondness for orange ones. Could always have one (or two) of each, then I could celebrate Halloween every day!

    Anne

    mysandycat(at) aol (dot) com

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  9. I don't have a problem with black cats.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  10. O'Malley is my black cat, sweetest fellow ever!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  11. O'Malley is my black cat, sweetest fellow ever!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  12. I volunteer with Humane Society of the U.S. rescuing animals. Sadly black cats and dogs are the hardest to place. Also many rescue agencies will not adopt out black cats before Halloween in fear some sickos may use them in some "ceremonies".

    Hope everyone will help promote black cat appreciation every day.

    Rock on Kay Finch for helping black furry beast everywhere.

    rgiddings54@yahoo.com

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  13. I volunteer with Humane Society of the U.S. rescuing animals. Sadly black cats and dogs are the hardest to place. Also many rescue agencies will not adopt out black cats before Halloween in fear some sickos may use them in some "ceremonies".

    Hope everyone will help promote black cat appreciation every day.

    Rock on Kay Finch for helping black furry beast everywhere.

    rgiddings54@yahoo.com

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  14. I had a black cat a few years ago--lost her to cancer---still miss her.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  15. I love black cats, I lost my sweet black and white Persian this year and will forever miss him. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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  16. Black cats are great and suspicious people leave me wondering.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. Black cats are loving and beautiful! I love all cats (and dogs). Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  18. I have three black cats and they are wonderful. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  19. Our girl is called Chloe. She is so laid back. Our other girl is a tuxedo and the type of cat the term "scaredy cat" was coined for. Sometimes Chloe will look at her as if she's got two heads. So funny. The book looks most intriguing do hope this will be a start to the series. The books in this series are on my TBR. so one way or the other. But so hooping this will be an early start Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. I have a dog that can be called "scaredy cat." Walk him past a house where cats are outside and he cowers as if they're going to jump out and get him. (He's a 55 pound dog.)

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  20. Black Cat Appreciation Day this Wednesday - got it! I love to read stories with cats in them, although Pep our old Pug probably wouldn't like it if we brought a cat in to share his home. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  21. I've had several black cats over the years. My favorite's name was Moonshadow. He was an amazing and noble cat and I still miss him every day. Right now, we have a silver gray tuxedo girl cat named Cinder and her brother, a charcoal gray boy cat named Smoke.
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I love cats; any color. They all have individual personalities.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I would love to get to know Hitchcock! Looking forward to reading The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kelly L. - YOU'RE THE WINNER! I will email you.

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  24. We have a black and white cat named Sammy who is a rescue cat. I always enjoy mysteries that include a cat as character. dbahn@iw.net

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  25. We had many cats when I was young. Sweet pea, Smokey, all house cats who were loved. Now I have Toby who is a sweetheart. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I never had a black cat. Orange, grey and white. Cats are special and keep me company. Eli is a character. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. My black cat was my best friend for 17 years. I miss her everyday. utaker555@gmail.com

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  28. Black cats are awesome! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  29. My mom had a black cat she named Midnight. It was beautiful and very affectionate .
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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  30. Cats are just cats whatever colour they, just snuggly bundles if mischief. I hope I can enter your competition although I live in the UK. If I can my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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  31. We had a black cat until a few years ago. My husband found her as a kitten in a parking lot and brought her home. She was one of the nastiest, most hostile cats I have every known, much less lived with (and she had litter-box issues). But for some reason we could never explain, we kept her for nearly twenty years. Bad luck if we hadn't? (You don't need to enter me in the givaway!)

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  32. My very first cat was a black cat and he was my loving companion for about 12 years or so. It's been a few years since we had to let him go over the Rainbow Bridge and I still miss him dearly. You will never find me saying that black cats are bad luck just because of their coloring. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  33. We had a black cat join our family two years ago--she brought four tiny kittens with her. Love our Penelope and all the loving, fun, black cats everywhere. I'd love to read about Hitchcock's adventures with my Penny napping on my lap. kchinetti at gmail dot com.

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  34. I don't mind black cats. Thanks for the giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  35. I love black cats. I lost my second not too long ago and I miss him very much! He was too young to leave us. He was my buddy! We still have his liter mate (his sister). She is a comfort to me Thank you for the giveaway.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  36. Our cat isn't black, he's grey and white. If he was a horse we'd call him a pinto. His name is Ashe Cat. reading4komfort (at) aol.com

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  37. I have a grey cat, but my sister once had a really great black cat named Johnnie and a black dog named Frankie. They were inseparable. Love cats, no matter what color. I really like the name is Hitchcock.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. My black baby is Druscilla. She is 18.valorierogers55@yahoo.com

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  39. Is that a pic of the real Hitchcock? What beautiful eyes. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. No, that's not the real Hitchcock - I wish it was.

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  40. I had a black cat and his name was Tommy.
    He was the most loving cat. He got in a lot
    of fights but he was a good cat.
    Love to read about this black cat.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I had a black cat named Obsidian, Obi for short. What a lover he was. Thanks for the chance to win,
    babemomara@att.net

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  42. I had a black cat named MOJO. He was a great cat. I miss him very much. Thanks for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  43. I had a black cat named MOJO. He was a great cat. I miss him very much. Thanks for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  44. I had a black cat named SILKY.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  45. Aww, Hitchcock is such a sweetie. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. I think black cats are gorgeous. I adopted a tuxedo cat and her black fur is so silky feeling. Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  47. Mrrrow! we have 3 black cats here, one extra long tailed "soot point" Siamese all sleek black short hair, and 2 black cat ferals one short haired and one long haired.
    i would love to read and Ming would love to hear "The Black Cat Knocks on Wood"
    thanks!
    Woofmew@aol.com

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  48. I love black cats. With a name like Hitchcock what is not to like! Beautiful cat.
    Rebeccacase1919@gmail.com

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  49. thanks for the chance to win! black cats are beautiful! amandasmother at aol dot com

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  50. Black cats...marvelous!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  51. Not sure mine posted. Thanks for the chance.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  52. My best friend of 19 years was my long haired black cat Feathers. She was a passionately adventurous brave soul who I miss every day. She brought me back from near death and gave me a beautiful life of love, joy, comfort and laughter. I miss her hugs, her comedy and her absolute fierce love for me that made every day special. seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway Kay, this series featuring the black cat seems so interesting. Cannot wait to read. Maureen. Beaner9958@comcast.net

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  54. My black cat Tootsie wants extra treats and catnip on Black Cat Appreciation day. cheers at MarjimManor dot com.

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  55. Loved the first book & can't wait to read this new one. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  56. Black cats are so beautiful!! I have always wanted one & might have to get one!! Have a great day!! I enjoy your books very much!!
    mitzy252002@yahoo.com

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  57. In honor of our own tuxedo cat, Sasha, I would love to read this book. Mbunting(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  58. In honor of our own tuxedo cat, Sasha, I would love to read this book. Mbunting(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  59. Hitchcock is a sweetie! Our black cat, Onyx, was adoped by my parents as a stray who was starving in a Burger King parking lot -- imagine! What a fine, quirky cat he was, too. Thank you for the giveaway! teabird17[]atyahoo[] dot[ com]

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  60. I love cozies that feature cats! brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  61. We have two 11 week old black kittens Henry and George(and their odd ball siamese brother Walter). Every black cat I've ever shared my life with has been amazing.

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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  62. I am owned by my beautiful black cat, Romeo Luigi. It amazes me that people think black cats are a bad omen. He is the most loving cat I have ever had. Romeo is also the yackiest cat I've ever had too. lol! robeader53@yahoo.com

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  63. I don't really mind black cats. We've had several almost total black cats, all of them rescued cats. And what personalities they have. We had one called Tom. (I know, not very original but my hubby named him.) He was such a gentleman cat and looked out for the others.We rescued him from when he stroled into our local library. Never did find his previous owners

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  64. I had a beautiful, long haired black cat named Max!! She was a beauty!!
    R.I.P. Maxi ... you are missed! Brenda
    Bdlogan@live.com

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  65. When I see a black cat cross my way, I know its going to be a great day.. My mom had three black cats who have now passed away.. Thanks for the chance to win.. Salvatore was a gray tabby who passed away in our house fire.. salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  66. Books with cats are even better!

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  67. We had a black cat once, and his names was Crackers (we didn't name him), and he was a bit crazy, but I loved that little rascal!
    kimheniadis(@)gmail(.)com

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  68. I love black cats, they are my favorite!!! My last one was named Simi and he was a cuddler.
    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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  69. I've never had a cat. Black cats don't bother me. mccarthy491@gmail.com

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  70. We have a black cat named Kitty Kitty. He is wonderful!

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  71. Black cats are beautiful and I have been honored to share my life with several -- love that there is a Black Cat Appreciation Day. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books. jody.714@hotmail.com

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  72. I love black cats. I read one book of this series and really loved it. sclickner@juno.com

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  73. I took care of a feral black cat for 16 years. She passed earlier this year and just recently a small black one has shown up - I think she sent her to me :) catslady5@aol.com

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  74. My mother in law had a gorgeous black cat named Trixie. Trixie was a regal queen who ruled the house for close to 20 years. She was also very loving. We still miss her. Cindy226@gmail.com

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  75. Nothing wrong with a black cat. I have a sable and a champagne Burmese. Eighteen and still trouble.

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  76. Fudge, forgot email.... silverladybug14@gmail.com

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  77. I love black cats. Bad luck, pooh! I've had a solid black cat named Stormy, who looked very much like the picture u posted & a tuxedo named Dalton. (The movie Roadhouse was popular then. Lol) They were best buds briefly but I lost Dalton as a kitten from pneumonia. Stormy was a wonderful,loving cat who lived to be nearly 15. I do t see how anyone can resist that gorgeous fur!
    I'd love to win a copy of your book. Bought the first one recently but it's still on my TBR pile. My mom borrowed it though & said it was great.
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

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  78. My black cat protects me from dogs...amazing!! txcop01 at yahoo dot com

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  79. I was working at Newark Airport when I was given my black cat from a co-worker. What do name a black cat from Newark, NJ ????..........Leroy. He was a delight.

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  80. I love my black cat, her name is Terrorboo. Marion marion_richardson@live.com BIG HUGS

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