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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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Marc Ching and dog The note mentioned a man who was out doing what so many of us want to do, but can't - for whatever reason. No judgement. The note said, "Meet the man that has changed what it means to give a second life to animals who never had a chance." I hesitated. I hesitated because I feel the pain and anguish of people, pets, even trees, when they are being abused or neglected, or worse. I feel it in my soul and it hurts. But, I had to read on. I had to learn about this man,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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That's my question today: where does the human-animal bond sit? Let me explain. If we believe in the human-animal bond, and that its presence in the universe is vital both to the quality of life and health of each being (humans and animals), might this bond be a tangible thing that sits... in our hearts, in our souls, in our brain? I don't know. I often think it's in the eyes of our pets, but then, I think it must be somewhere else. I got to thinking about this the other day. Seems to me we are rather cavalier about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Miss Molly enjoys a spot of sun! As a cat lover, you may already be familiar with the wonders of catnip. A perennial herb native to Europe, catnip is a member of the mint family. When the stems or the leaves of this herb are crushed, it releases a chemical called Nepatalactone that induces a feeling of euphoria in cats, both in domestic animals as well as lions and tigers. This sensation usually last for about 10-15 minutes, after which the affected cat becomes temporarily immune to the effects of catnip for some time. But if you thought that all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Today seems like a great day to share. Share some images, some blogs I like, and maybe even a video. Here's the thing, I write about the human-animal bond because it's so important not just to me, but to all humans. That's my "bold" opinion, as being humble never gets anyone, anywhere. When you see me write IMBO, you know what it means - that I am outrageous in my promoting this concept. If we, as humans, don't begin to accept the power of the human-animal bond, we will forever pay the price, and make no bones about it, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Tuft and Paw sustainable cat furniture This came via email, Hello - we're running a contest at Tuft + Paw to find a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable cat bed design. Would you mind spreading the word on your website or blog? Here's the link: https://www.tuftandpaw.com/pages/sustainable-cat-bed-design-contest. At first, I thought, "no, i don't want to do this" but after a bit, I knew I had to. After all, they nudged me, nicely, and when I saw what it was, I loved it. Yes, they will be sending me a free cat bed. So, I am sort of being compensated. But, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily flows overboard Whether you're for the weather, or not, the weather will happen. Silly sentence. Sorry. No, not sorry. Feeling silly today. It's mid-September and the weather is inching toward snow. Yes, I know, you don't want it to snow. Or, you do. Which is it? I don't mind either way. I'm not a snow-board enthusiast, nor a ski enthusiast, so I don't hunger for snow in July. I'm also not a sun worshiper - well, in some ways I am, I prefer sunny days to rainy or snowy ones. But, I don't cry when it rains or snows,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We still love him and miss him. I cannot understand how any pet parent (I use this term in my writing, as opposed to pet owner, because I believe we are parents to our pets) can relinquish a dog or cat, or any other pet, to a shelter only because he or she has grown old. That said, I also know there are sad cases where elderly people can no longer care for their senior pet, they have no money for food and they may even be headed to a home of their own, that does not accept animals, of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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human animal bond research "Many pet owners see their pets as a valued member of the family and openly admit to loving their pets and having strong attachments – they simply enjoy the companionship and unconditional love their pet brings." And so starts the page I landed on for the Society for Companion Animal Studies, out of the UK. As I share those words, I grimace just a little. The idea of our pets as valued family members is nothing new. It's been around for more years than you think. I don't know how widespread it was in ancient Egypt,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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All the dogs in the world, and all the cats in the world, can't make up for the loss of one. I wrote about losing Molly in my last post, and as I was writing it, thinking about Chester and Olive, and yes, our Carmie who left us more than 8 years ago, oh, and Pandora, who was with us for almost 20 years, I realized that in these last 10 years, these amazing years with pets that nuzzled into my heart and wouldn't leave, I have been the lucky one. Yes, we have known fear and sickness and sadness,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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All the precious fur kids It wasn't that long ago that we were a four pet family. There were three dogs and a cat. I often wondered if we should get another cat, to give Molly some advantage over the dogs. But, I soon came to realize that Molly had all the advantage she needed. She was the cat. When we walk Emily, these days, I find my heart drawn to people with two or three dogs, strolling along the path in our neighborhood. Emily has certain dogs she likes, and certain ones she doesn't. That's the way, isn't it?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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If I stare at her long enough, I know she'll walk me. Family is a big topic, of late. Family this and family that. The spider-man movie is being promoted as 'family' friendly. Which is good. I prefer family friendly movies to those with ... well, let's just say blood and guts and language you used to only hear on the shipping dock. It's encouraging to know that family now includes our furry friends, our reptiles, our fish, our birds, any creature folks deem a pet. I won't get into exotic pets as that's a whole other issue. But, if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Occasionally I am contacted by folks who want to contribute to this blog. I am selective. If you don't show me that you understand the blog, or if you send truly inappropriate content (not about pets or relevant to the human animal bond), you will be ignored. If you pursue me, I will testily tell you why you and your content were not chosen. If you submit content and it's good content but it's not relevant to blog, again, I will decline. In today's case, guest blogger Diana Hutchinson from Tin Paw, sent me content that is awesomely proper for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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How many of you think cats are just...laid back, lazy, unfriendly creatures? Raise your hand. Yep, I knew it. A lot of hands went up. Sigh. You all think cats are no fun. That they lay about all day, choosing to rise only at feeding time. Occasionally, they join the family during TV time, but only to find a warm lap to lie on. Sometimes, they torture the dog. Just by glaring at her. No fun at all. Well, you are so wrong I don't know how to begin proving that cats are as fun as dogs (or other creatures... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I have a lot of email addresses. They come with my business(es). I have started three businesses and am onto a fourth. Each one has an email address attached to it. I am drowning in email. What, you are asking, does this have to do with the human-animal bond (a big focus of this blog) and/or pets? Let me explain. Among those email addresses are the ones which came with Lipsticking.com and The Lipsticking Society. I am closing down those domains, but the email addresses will live on. And, the blog associated with Lipsticking will live on. Why? Because a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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All right, I may be pushing the envelope when I say therapy dogs work miracles. But, that's okay. I have an opinion and that opinion is that dogs, and other therapy animals, do work miracles. The kind of miracle that happens when someone with an illness or mental condition cannot function in society - until they get a therapy dog. The human animal bond between patient and dog is so strong, I feel good saying there is a miracle happening there. In some respect dogs are angels. They are always on guard, watching our every mood, always in protect mode,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Are you bringing your pet to BlogPaws? Traveling with pets. It's a tricky business. I was recently contacted by some folks who talked about traveling with our pets...perhaps to BlogPaws, but I can't share it because it came from United. Sigh. I mean, I wouldn't fly United, would you? Still, the 2017 conference is only 29 days off, according to my calculations. I know we're (they? it's hard to remember I'm 'retired' from BlogPaws!) are anticipating a record number of pets in attendance. Not only dogs and cats - folks bring pet guinea pigs, rats, pigs, even capybaras. Did I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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A guest blog by Patrice Kuiken. I met Patrice at a local networking event and was immediately drawn to her. Both for her quiet smile and kind eyes, as for her description of the positive training she provides, for those of us with challenging dogs. And, for those who are just good pet parents in wanting to bond with their dogs through positive training. I love how Patrice approaches her work and how she doesn't blame the pet parent or the pet, but works to help everyone play well together! Isn't that what the human animal bond is about? Learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Don't whine at me. I'm trying to nap. I have that wrong. It's National Respect Your Cat Day, not National Love Your Cat Day. They are fundamentally two different things. In #1, where you respect your cat, you have the courtesy to let her know when her medicine is due so she can find a good hiding place. Honestly, how do cats do that? Just when you need them, they're not around. When you're a bit busy, typing a blog post for instance, they're all over the keyboard. 12ejg0pt8bhgt; Oops, sorry. Didn't get her down quick enough. #2 is where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our two current pets were not always friends. As noted in this blog, kitty came to us from a home that had dogs, but those were 'her' dogs and once she came to our home, the dogs here were not her dogs, which made her skeptical of them. To their credit, the three dogs were more than a little curious about kitty, back then. Yes, they'd had a kitty in the house, but Pandora was old, she was settled in her ways, and she mostly ignored the dogs. Therefore, they never got to know here, or to understand that she... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We all know the saying, "If you've got your health, you've got everything." Well, that is true for our pets, also. And, from the perspective of this pet Mom, it also influences the human-animal bond. After all, we are tasked with taking the best care of our pets as possible! I know others think it can't compare to caring for 'two-legged' kids, but having done both, I will say it's very similar. Back in those ancient days of my youth, we thought taking care of our pets meant feeding them store bought pet food, table scraps, and the occasional treat.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Molly waking up from a nap She came into our life in the usual way - well, not that usual. A friend needed to find a home for her cat and we had recently said good bye to our beloved Pandora, so, "Let's look into this," we thought. We met with our friend, gave the cat a look-see and said, "We'll take her." It was just that easy. Truth be told, we still weren't sure. We weren't sure she was the kitty for us. Nor, that we were the pet parents for her. The look-see did not last long. After... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We pet people wake up to unconditional love every single day. The glad of it all is in the wonder we see in our dog's eyes, the trust our cat gives us, the cuddles and laughter from all those other pets that show people why life is worth living. It's worth living to be a part of something greater than you - the care of these amazing, trusting, loving creatures we share our lives with. Who agrees? Once upon a time, humans did not know love or empathy or the kind of trust you get from a pet. Today, we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Today's post is brought to you by Dogsaholic.com. An article seen there inspired me to write about this topic. Who loves a dog? Who loves a cat? Number one, I do. I love most animals. I know, people say, "I love all animals," but if you press them, they have to admit there are one or two kinds of animals they don't love. I don't love spiders. Are spiders animals? I don't know. Some people think so. What about slugs? What about bats? What about dragons? It's my assertion that you can't love all animals. Admit that there are a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Lil Olive on a Saturday Morning This is a story. It's not necessarily true. I could be true. But, there is no written evidence that it is true, so...it's probably fiction. I intend it as fiction. But isn't all fiction based in reality, somehow? Even science fiction? And horror stories? Let us begin... Once upon a time, about 30,000 years ago they say, wolves became dogs. It's unclear without further investigation how wolves came to be known as "dogs" rather than merely tame wolves, but let's not worry about the nomenclature for now. In our story, a wolf lived on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily peers over the edge of the stairs. "When is it time for my walk?" she says. This blog is about the human-animal bond and I sometimes slide into humor or reporting on the pet industry, because it's all good. Everything related to pets and animals the world over is, in my <brazen> opinion, relevant to the human animal bond. All we do and all we are is inclusive of the presence of animals, particularly pets, in our lives. A week or so ago a report came into my inbox stating, "New Study: Pet Industry is Economic Powerhouse". This, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings