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Yvonne DiVita
Two devoted pet people sharing their stories about dogs, cats and other pets, with the world.
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We are creatures of habit, we human beings. We crave routine, even those of us who are wild and crazy, who never do the same thing twice, or make it a point to drive to work a different way every day. We still have that - get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to work, do the work, have lunch, chat with friends, drive home routine. Or, if you work at home as I do, you develop your own schedule, but you still eat breakfast before noon, and lunch is sometime before 3pm. After that it's not lunch anymore.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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She was so tiny and so energetic, that first day she came to our house. She was a visitor. She came with a friend who was fostering her. "Oh yes," we said, "bring your foster. We don't mind another dog around for dinner." It was just a dinner date with friends. A meal and some wine. Lots of laughter and conversation, watching our dogs, Emily and Chester, play with the foster girl, Olive, and our friend's Boston Terrier, Bill. Summertime in Colorado, with fine weather, a green backyard, and a gentle setting sun blanketing all in its rosy glow. Olive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Christmas Day has come and gone for 2016, but there is still time to make a good impression on someone important by purchasing a new book for them. Who doesn't love getting a book as a gift? This is a pretty special book. I was fortunate enough to be invited to read it and offer a testimonial, which I was honored to do, so I can speak first-hand about it. The fact that I am friends with the author is merely frosting on the cupcake, if you will. Truth be told - the book would not be mentioned here, on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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a guest post by Jessica Brody Dogs and Travel: Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Skies and on the Roads When your dog is your best friend, a vacation isn’t a vacation unless your dog comes along. Of course, traveling with pets can be tricky on a number of levels from flying to lodging. Fortunately, there are also many ways to craft a pet-friendly vacation so that you and your pet can enjoy a getaway together. If you’re looking to travel with your pet, here are a few things you should know. Cargo Travel is Not Safe Though some airlines... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Here's the question: do pets provide more than amusement for us? Another question: do pets provide more than simple companionship for us? And, another, who cares? Well, I absolutely know pets provide more than amusement for me. They provide love and delight. I absolutely know that pets provide more than companionship for me, also. They provide real friendship. (my pets listen attentively and never disagree with me!) As for who cares... I care. I think you care, also. The folks over at PAL - Pets Add Life - care, also. A lot. Their videos are among the best animal videos... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We love our Emily, Olive, and Molly. Do not ever doubt that! But, do we shower them with gifts on Christmas and their 'birthdays'? Honestly, no, we don't. Does that make us bad pet parents? Here's the reality - our pets don't know the difference. Only Olive has ever had an inclination to play, and we kept her in stuffed animals when she was still willing to play with them. Emily just looks at us blankly when we throw a ball or offer her a toy to play with. And Molly, she will give us about a minute, yep, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Miss Molly observes birds outside, from her Queenly perch. This post is about Miss Molly, our delightful kitty. I call her, "Kitty Girl." She knows who I mean when I sing that out each morning, "Hi, Kitty Girl!" I'l say and no matter where she is or what she is doing, she stops and looks up. I don't know if she looks up because she thinks I'm going to give her treats (she is very fond of her treats, is Miss Molly!), or if she just hears her 'name' and wonders what I want. I do know that she is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Can we open our presents early? As we move into December, and the holidays - do you hear sleigh bells in your ear? I do! - anyway, as we get closer to that all important day, yes, I mean New Year's...no wait, there's something that comes before New Years. I'll remember...just a minute. Don't go away. Give a girl a chance...it's...it's...right on the tip of Emily's tail... Yes, it's Christmas. Merry Christmas. You may be celebrating an alternative holiday for which I wish you Happy Holidays - many good friends celebrate something other than tree day. But, at our house,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It happens every year. The National Dog Show. This year an amazing dog, a Greyhound named Gia, won Best in Show. I'm partial to Greyhounds. One of my grand- furkids is a beautiful Greyhound named Twiggy. I miss this amazing, wondrous event every year. Why do they have it on Thanksgiving, that's what I want to know! Most of us are otherwise engaged. Just saying. Our pups, Emily and Olive, spent the afternoon at home, quiet and safe. Olive slept the entire four hours we were gone to my daughter's house. She did wear herself out, running hither and yon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We mourn our Chester every day. The world is full of two kinds of people. Those who appreciate animals. And those...who don't. In my world, I trend heavily on the first side. Always have. Animals are so integral to our very existence, I am often dumbfounded by people who wave them off as if they are flies carrying disease, or a foul odor in the wind. The people who do that must live in a bubble. My friends, and my family, understand the power of the human animal bond. It's become a calling card, in these days of political unrest.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily of the beautiful brown eyes I truly believe our girl, Emily, wishes she could talk. Talk in words. She does talk, in expressions. But, it's clear I am missing something! We're going through some changes, at our house. Tom is still working on completing the basement remodel - is it a remodel when you're actually finishing a new basement that's never been finished before? Probably not. Oh well. He's working in the basement a good bit, which means he is not upstairs with us, as usual. Emily is rather more fond of Tom than of me. Not that she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I like to share and inform on this blog. I especially like to give people information on how they can further the human-animal bond ... sometimes by helping someone in need. In this case, the someone in need is a group or a passel or a 'I don't know' bunch of cats. Cats. That's right. Barn Cats. My friend Janet Blue from TheCatOnMyHead (awesomely pawsome blog, you should read!) wrote on Twitter that her friends the Barn Cat Buddies needed our help and I happily offered this blog. Here's the scoop, straight from Janet's blog post over on The Cat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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guest blog by Nick Podrasky of Tessera Marketing and HoundAbout with comments offered in parens by yours truly, Yvonne DiVita Storm season is here once again. (here in CO we're seeing floods, and possible fires when the rain isn't pouring down, and even high winds...all things that make our pets as anxious as we are!) Rain storms, mud slides, flooding, and tornadoes regularly threaten much of the US. And no matter where you live, disasters both big and small, like a house fire, can strike at any time. As a pet owner, of course one of your first priorities will... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Are you ready for the biggest, best, most fun and educational conference of your life? I mean YOUR LIFE? Yes, it's BlogPaws. We're only 28 days away and I'm sharing here because I want to see your face at the Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ on June 25-28th. All the most fun pet people will be there. I will be there... aw shucks, ya make be blush when you gush like that! Yes, I want to give you a hug too! This photo is from a long ago past conference. The young lady is now a high school graduate.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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"We'll need you to fill out these forms," she said. Her name tag said Connie, a name I remember from my childhood but have not heard since. I took the forms from her and turned to Tom. We were in the Longmont Humane Society. It was time, we had determined, to adopt. It was time to allow Carmie to relax at the Rainbow Bridge, and to bring another dog into our lives. "This one," Tom had said on a short walk around the shelter's outside area. We had a coon hound on a leash. A beautiful boy who was a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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You woke me up. Are there treats? Walk? I hope it's one of those two... I know the title is ... laughable to most people who read this blog. "Of course, my dog dreams," you're saying. And if you're a cat or ferret Mom/Dad, "That's stupid!" you're saying. "I've watched my dog (pet) dream..." Emily and Olive certainly dream. We watch them wiggle along as they chase imaginary rabbits and we laugh when they give their little dream barks. Those are nothing like their waking barks. When she's awake Emily can bark loud enough to rattle the eaves! Olive, not... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Who doesn't love Wordless Wednesday? We love it! I couldn't resist these two photos today. Our pups...well, their togetherness knows no bounds. Happy Over the Hump Day at BlogPaws and around the web! (oh, Congratulations to all the Nose to Nose Finalists!) Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Something awesome occurred on April 30th, in New York City. I wanted to be there but NYC is a bit far from CO and I was stuck at home. Still, the fact that this event was taking place really hit the web hard...because it's SO awesome! What is it? It's the 1st Annual National Tabby Day. How about that? Not long ago, I was blessed to receive the book that started it all! The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat by Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson is a delightful story told in pictures ...of Buffy the Cat. A truly extraordinary... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I am a Mom. And a Grandmom. And a Pet Mom. I got it covered, folks! Just ask the furkids. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Each Wednesday BlogPaws shares blogs with the world via a blog hop. It's designed to showcase our bloggers, their pets, and their passion. Hundreds of people share an icon and link to their blogs. You should, too! And, check out all those fabulous pet blogs here! Don't forget to add yours! Here's our entry for this week: (ok, more than one because they tell a story all their own) Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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TGIF - thank goodness it's Friday. Why? Why do we struggle all week and count the minutes until Friday? Friday is just a day, like any other. It has 24 hours in it, limited time to do whatever you wish. It's nothing special. We love Friday because the next day is Saturday. Saturday is generally our play day. Even the pets know when it's Saturday. Here's the rub - too many of us crave the wonder of Friday, anticipating everything we can do on Saturday, and then Saturday comes ... followed by Sunday (which can be another play day or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I had to share this. It not only touched my heart but it made me mad. Why do people think they should ever be in charge of another living creature, the way they were with Budi and others like him? This is among the very worst we have to offer - when we steal infants and sell them to the highest bidder, because they are not human! Yes, it's hundreds of times worse when it happens to a human infant or child, but in the end, to me, we are all God's creatures (and I use 'god' loosely... the higher... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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If that thing beeps at me again, I'm going to gnaw it to death. I can't do a post without words. Sorry. No matter how hard I try to take or find a really amazing image of Emily or Olive or Molly, I fail. All the images are wonderful to me but the story they tell requires a few words. At least I think the story requires words. Maybe you're a fantastic photographer and your images are worth a thousand words, as they say. Good for you! Lucky you! I am jealous of you. My images are not so ...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Olive likes her walks, especially on these warm spring days. Here in CO, we've been blessed with warm temps and lots of sun (which will be an issue soon...we do worry about fires), and the dogs are always eager to get out the door and enjoy it. However, sometimes we all enjoy it too much and our little one is all worn out by the time we get home. This is her PoopedOut face... in the bed that even Emily gets in sometimes. That was a long walk, Mom! Whew I'm pooped out! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Dogs deserve better! Support the making of our film about a tiny survivor & help end puppy mills. I have to share this. I have to ask everyone who reads this post, today and tomorrow and Thursday, to please, please, please visit the link and participate. I'm so passionate about puppy mills and finding a way to put them all out of business! This goes to my core purpose, which is sharing the human animal bond research, thoughts, and feelings. I think of my Lil Olive, my girl, who came from a puppy mill in the worst condition! I think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings