Memoirs are the powerfully moving stories written by people who’ve lived through extraordinary lives. They help shape our culture, our heritage, our learning about each other’s worldview. They are often moving but sometimes terrifying. 

My story over the past three weeks is that I have been all consumed with the care and nurturing of three newborn kittens, an old chihuahua, and a very sick cat. I’ve been a soccer mom, a cat mom and a barely awake human. This is my indoctrination into the world of fostering shelter kittens who are motherless, yet too young to live on their own. 

It’s been wonderful. Exhausting. Sometimes, overwhelming. A true learning experience. A truly magical  learning curve about humanity itself.

Enlightenment in a 5 ounce fluffball. 

Blogging took a back seat

I’ve gone deep into the learning to the point of sacrificing my weekly blog and word count goal in writing. Procrastination? Distraction? Incubation? Financially unsound? Maybe a bit of all of it. One thing is for sure.

A memoir of the not-so-crazy cat lady is definitely evolving from the experience. 

What’s actually happened as this two-handed adventure into kitten-land; high-maintenance experience is that I’ve been forced to think about my goals. They will be going back to the shelter to be adopted by forever homes when they turn 8 weeks old. The kittens themselves have a memoir while I, have a new perspective.

I’ve learned as much about humanity from my two sets of fosters as I did in a solid year of graduate school. I’m sorry that I’m not sorry that I haven’t offered a blog contribution in three weeks. I’m grateful to Lesley and Dan for allowing me the platform to continue to shape what positive psychology means to me. 

Positive Pet Parenting, A Memoir 

The definitive learning experience of taking the long pause to care for the paws, is that I have forced myself to define where I can apply my knowledge in positive psychology. It’s not glamorous or TED worthy to talk about tiny cats. It’s not even going to matter to anyone other than the future owners of the cats. When they leave me, I will hear what they were named, maybe. 

What matters most is, I have realized that without application of the theories in positive psychology, there is no value or point to the theories themselves. To apply them to pets, who can’t speak for themselves in ways that 90% of humans will understand, seems silly, but is so very critical. 

Positive Pet Parenting is my new project. Pets make us better humans. Our pets offer us unconditional love, the opportunity to actively listen to body language and the responsibility of giving for the sake of what’s best for others. 

In return, we are endlessly rewarded with love. Boundless love. And gratitude. That, my positive friends, is what it’s all about. 

Peace and Love,


Author: Karen Henry [Daly], MA CRM owns Henry Healing as a holistic well-being practitioner and writer. She’s a former university professor and current scholar practicing the infusion of holistic healing and positive psychology. 

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