Why I love The Mean Kitty Song

I’m guilty of watching way too many cute animal videos on YouTube. It’s addictive. My favorites at the moment are:

Tillman, the skateboarding bulldog (I cannot believe the skill of this animal!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQzUsTFqtW0

The showjumping bunnies (the owners take it sooo seriously) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNPOdffkkLo&feature=related

 But the one I return to every time is “The Mean Kitty Song” (“Hey Little Sparta”) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qit3ALTelOo&feature=channel_page

“The Mean Kitty Song” makes me laugh out loud every time – and with more than 18 million visitors, I’m not alone. What works for me is: adorable kitty (Sparta); catchy tune; and cute guy (Cory Williams).

In real life I find it difficult relating to people who don’t love animals. It was love at first sight for me when I met my husband – not least because he spoke so fondly about his dog and his horse. In my books too, I could never have a hero who didn’t like animals and want them to be part of his life. In my romantic comedy, Love Is A Four-Legged Word, Tom finds Brutus the millionaire mutt less than appealing. But I establish straight away that he likes animals – just not this one, just yet.

Cory Williams is so sweet with Sparta – not just in this video but also in his other Mean Kitty videos. Sparta became so popular with YouTube viewers, he had to have a site of his very own. But handsome, funny Cory (he has Ricky Martin-type looks) is also a romantic. He proposes to his girlfriend Stephanie on video. Cheesy? Maybe. But the proposal seems genuine and the emotion real. I’m sure I’m not the only viewer looking forward to the videoed wedding. Cory Williams is my kind of romance hero!

But talking about emotion, Cory’s most recent posting about Sparta reports that the Mean Kitty has been diagnosed with feline leukemia. I know I’m not the only fan praying for his recovery…

WHAT I’M READING: I’m privileged to be friends with Avon author, Anna Campbell. Right now I’m engrossed in her latest Regency Noir, Tempt the Devil. Anna writes passionate, deeply emotional romance. In this book, the intense relationship between the secretive courtesan Olivia Raines and the jaded Julian, Earl of Erith, makes it an un-put-downable read. A happy-ever-after ending is a given with a romance, but in Tempt the Devil, Anna puts so many obstacles in the lovers’ way she has me turning those pages desperate to find out how it’s going to happen!