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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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It's been days now. Days of heartbreak for animal lovers everywhere. Days of anguish and disbelief. Yes, I, too, find it hard to understand how anyone, any caring, loving person (the dentist is pictured with his family several times, in reports I've read) can openly, without thought of the pain and terror he is causing... kill a regal animal like Cecil. The dentist is paying for this with the outrage of thousands. While I fully support the outrage, the calling him out in social media, the desire to see him prosecuted, I draw the line at some of the hateful... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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on Friday. Friday is National Mutt Day. Not Today... FRIDAY! But, hey, I celebrate mutts day every day. I celebrate dogs. I celebrate cats. I celebrate pets of any sort (well, not snakes or spiders... I don't mind snakes, but I wouldn't have one as a pet...and spiders... um, really?). To that end, I celebrate Emily and Olive, my puppies. My troublesome, delightful, noisy, happy, loyal and loving dogs. Love my dogs... one mutt one not. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Even outside, dogs can become overheated. Our pups have shade if they want it, and can always give us a bark when they're ready to come back in. Because there is still a LOT of summer left, and because too many people will ignore the warning signs, I have to share this. I don't understand why we don't see large billboards about this, throughout the country. They can depict both kids and pets, cause the issue is the same. Just last week, I saw a report where a woman took a tire iron to break a car window to get... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The two dogs relaxing in the house In our house, there lives a dog ... actually, our house keeps two dogs. One dog is rather small. She was rescued from a puppy mill situation where she had been forced to have litter after litter, over and over. I do not think she enjoyed this. It caused her unending pain and discomfort and living in whatever kind of kennel she lived in caused her to have an eye infection and lose an eye. She was not fed properly, either. She also lost most of her teeth at her first teeth cleaning.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Like many bloggers who have been online for a good bit (this blog is ten years old, oh my!), I get invited to read a lot of books. Sometimes writers send me books without even asking if I want the book! It's hard to review books from 'new' writers, because they put their heart and soul into the book and...if it's not my cup of tea, I hate writing about it. I don't want to do a bad review, that's not me. As a writer, constructive criticism is worthwhile, just not in a blog post or Facebook note. Therefore, I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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And there you have it... a battle of the poop!!! (it was the baby, of course!) Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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From my friends at the fantastic Colorado Pet Pantry where they are working like dogs... like dogs, I say... to make sure local furry pets can get fed even when their pawrents are unable to feed them... a big, big announcement! Have you gotten your tickets to the Bow wow Film Fest fundraiser for the Colorado Pet Pantry and PawsCo? It's a really fun movie at 2:30 pm on Aug 1st at the The Oriental Theater. This is our main fundraiser this year and the more people who come to the event, the more pets we can serve in 2016.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Keep dogs safe on the road and at home! Read blogs, read brand sites, watch for emails sharing great ways to not only keep your pets safe, but to keep all pets safe. Here's our Olive, safe and sound in her favorite chair, with her favorite pillow. Olive sneaks in a nap Olive says, Stop watching me! Olive claims the pillow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I found this post on my friend Karen's site and couldn't resist sharing. Karen is on to something big... a site dedicated to The Not Mom community. That would be women who do not have children, for whatever reason. I know this applied to many of my Pet Moms. So, you are Mom to ... pets, instead. Granted, it's not the same thing, but...really, to those of us who call ourselves Pet Moms, it is. Let's face it, creatures great and small... a category in which both pets and kids fit, need the tender care of a Mom, regardless. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Appropriate for Adopt a Cat Month...even though we're now in July and it's Pet Safety Month now. This is all at BlogPaws, of course. We do follow their calendar. Molly, our super kitty, has settled in after being with us at least 3 years. She is asserting her authority and the dogs ... well, they are accepting it. As long as she doesn't try to steal their treats. (she is a cat, she prefers her own stuff, and if there are some treats she likes, well, she lets me know and the dogs be darned!) Molly observes her minions...and cuddles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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How could you resist this crazy kid? My Google+ page is overflowing with images and comments and stories about pets, pets, pets. About how we love our pets...how they're part of our family...how we would give up coffee, candy, whatever, if it meant keeping our pets. Pinterest, too. After all, pets are so photogenic (when you can get them to sit still, that is!) And, it's all true. I know it is. I would run into a burning building for my pets (or my kids, yes, I would run into a burning building for any family member). Most of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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My Mom's Dog Yoko - whom she left behind when she moved to assisted living. Age should not be a barrier to having a pet. Many of us who are labelled "senior" love animals as much as anyone. Personally, I am headed to retirement age, I ask for the senior discount when I eat out, and I feel strong, purposeful, and full of life, despite my age. Some women, and men, my age are not as mobile, or perhaps suffering from health issues that limit activity. They may live in buildings or places where seniors are treated as if they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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So... this was a bit ago when Tom and I were at a Board Meeting for Art as Action. Sarah's cat climbed up into his lap and made herself at home. But, that makes sense...cause Tom's is quite the cat's meow, don't you know? Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This post is sponsored by Purina and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Puppyhood.com. As you know. Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant and useful to our readers. Nestle Purina is not responsible for the content in this post. It's me and all me, as always. Oh boy.. who doesn't remember those fun days of puppyhood? It's been awhile for me as I tend to adopt older pets now, but I will never forget the joy and fun of having a puppy. My last puppy was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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and there was chocolate in it. So sue me. No, really, sue me. Yes, I'm being obnoxious a bit. Cause here's the truth... I have learned a LOT about dogs and cats and nutrition over the last five to ten years. All of it came about because I got SERIOUS about the health of my pets. And, yes, I also learned by being a co-founder of BlogPaws, a small but growing media company that is still run by a few bloggers...despite being bought by larger companies. (you may think what you will, that being a part of bigger brands puts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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What !?! is that, Mom? This post is about reptiles. Yep, snakes and turtles and bearded dragons and pets like that. Do you have one? Yes? Good for you. Write and tell me all about it. Do you have one? No? Ok... me, neither. But, I have considered having one, have you? I'm intrigued by the whole bearded dragon idea. Because I'm interested in them, I thought I'd do some research to see what it would be like having one. Notice I didn't say "owning" one. I know, we buy these wondrous creatures from at pet stores (reputable places like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We've been having a good many thunderstorms here in Colorado, this spring. (it's not summer yet, folks!) One of the dogs gets really frantic, even with a 'coat' on. There's pacing, panting, and lots of drooling. One of the dogs doesn't give a damn. Which means, she doesn't care and would like the dog who is upset to go be upset somewhere else, please. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We've all heard the acronym BOGO - Buy one, Get one. It pertains to companies that donate product to deserving folks or areas of the world, when someone buys their product. So, when you buy a pair of shoes at Tom's, he gives a pair to children in need. Another company that does this, discovered via a Mashable link, is Baby Teresa. You buy an outfit for a baby, and they give one to a baby in need. The explanation online says, "Donations have so far gone to Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Tasmania..." and more. I find it especially... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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On our way to an appointment, watching out the window, not really paying attention (one tends not to pay attention when traveling old, worn paths... how sad is that? We should always pay attention.)... I noticed something strange. In fact, what I saw, BLEW MY MIND. Well, it seemed strange to me. We were in a fairly populated area, lots of houses and neighborhoods and two shopping plazas on opposite sides of the street... and my mind was wondering what neighborhood we were passing through, how much the houses cost, whether people bought them for the view or just for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We LOVE LOVE LOVE our kitty! She talks to us, winds her pretty body around our legs when we go downstairs (does she want to kill us?), lays about the house wherever she can... to leave her scent behind so the dogs KNOW who is in charge, and she just makes life better. We think everyone should have such fantastic experiences... so, if you haven't already, go to your local shelter and adopt a cat this month. I wish we could adopt another one... but not yet. Maybe...down the road a bit. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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"You looking at me?" WE'RE BACKKKKK!!!!!! We're you there? Did you get to attend the BlogPaws 2015 conference in Nashville? If not, do not despair, there is a boatload of content being shared by all the attendees, and the Facebook page of BlogPaws has enough content and images to overfill my backyard! Hop over and see for yourself. Here's why I'm writing today - when it comes to the human-animal bond, BlogPaws supports that very well. We had a large number of dogs in attendance; big dogs and little dogs. We had cats, like Coco the Couture Cat. We had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This is a sponsored post. All content is my own, original and authentic. We have to leave the house now and then, you know... get groceries, go to the doctor, pick up stuff for dinner...all the little things to keep our lives intact. When we leave the house, we tend to give our dogs bones and other treats to keep them occupied. I mean, they give you that stare... the one that says, "Are you going out AGAIN!" As if you go out every day, or every hour. Then they look at the treats with disdain, as if they're thinking,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Just give me a little sun. We're gearing up for BlogPaws this weekend. Still lots to do, of course. Main operation here at BlogPaws HQ is getting the house ready for the PET SITTERS! Most people we know use pet sitters, instead of kenneling their pets. Kenneling should always be an option, though. Today, you can easily find a kennel that will give your pet love and attention, in addition to the boarding part of what they do. For us, though, we prefer to allow our dogs and our cat to stay here, in their own home, while we are... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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We are having issues with the little one at our house. She is on meds for her UTI and ... she is giving her Mom and Dad a REALLY hard time... I mean a REALLY hard time. (but we have persevered... we're wrapping it in cheese and she's not the wiser!) Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Frequent readers will know that our little girl, Olive, was rescued from a puppy mill. They will know that I am among many active crusaders who are working to put puppy mills to death. May they all go out of business and suffer forever the effects of the hell they are destined for. Yes, I am more than passionate about this topic. I continue to feel such anger and disbelief about how and why any sentient being would do such horrible things to another sentient being (yes, dogs to think), that I will not stop covering this issue and demanding... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings