3Who Doesn’t Love Pillows? Seasons change — and I change the throw pillows on my couch with them (much to my husband’s amusement). Of course, I found the cat-themed sea- sonal wool hook pillows by Peking Handicraft adorable. The company makes a variety of pillows in different sizes and prices, retailing from $20 and up. (The
Black Cat with Christmas Lights is 14 by 18 inches and retails for $55.95.) Perfect for yourself or other cat lovers in your life. Available at amazon.com or wayfair.com. — Melissa
4 Manny the Barn Cat Manny is a workahol- ic (well, as much of a workaholic as is possible
for a cat). He has two jobs: mouse
eradicator and mascot for the
Plum Grove Equestrian Center in
Manny wasn’t always such an
upstanding feline citizen, though.
His previous owners returned
him to the Massachusetts Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals because he would become
aggressive when kept indoors.
Luckily, the MSPCA offered Manny
a more suitable home through its
barn cat program.
After moving to the Equestrian
Center, Manny completely reformed
his ways. That’s because he gets
enough enrichment and space to
get out his energy. Not once has he
shown aggression at Plum Grove.
“I found that giving Manny a
large space helped him have an
outlet to put his energy into chas-
ing mice and bailing twine and play-
ing with my Toy Poodle rather than
being aggressive toward people,”
said Manny’s owner/employer, Dani
Douphinette. “Manny now enjoys
being petted and even an occa-
He works alongside several hors-
es, his Toy Poodle BFF, and Dani,
who adores him. This past May,
Manny even put on his own benefit
horse show. The Equestrian Center
hosted the show, with Manny as
the mascot, to raise funds for his
friends back at the MSPCA’s Barn
When not hunting mice, greeting
Plum Grove guests, doing charity
work, hanging with his buds, or
getting petted by Dani, Manny does
take some time to curl up on a very
comfy-looking couch in the barn.
Take a nap, Manny. You deserve it!