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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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Over at BlogPaws, we hold a #WW Blog Hop every week. You don't have to be a community member to join in, you just have to post pictures (that link to your blog) relevant to the subject of the week. We're in small pet appreciation month right now, but we're also gearing up for the BIG conference in Nashville, which is only 43 days away so I hope you've got your registration by now! We can only admit so many and if you get everything else (room and airfare) but have not registered... well, that could be interesting. My post... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Who could hurt this little girl? You and I know it's not okay to abuse animals. You and I know that animals, especially the ones we bring into our home as pets, are not okay to abuse. You and I would never approve of the title of a report that said, "Why It's Okay To Abuse Animals." Because, we know that animals are as precious as any other sentient being on this planet. We know they provide more than health benefits, they save the lost, the love the most tragic, and they give unconditional affection, even through the horror of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Here they are... Molly, the kitty is all comfy cozy in her ... I don't even know what to call it, but it's hers, it sits in the front room where the dogs are not allowed, and she gets to watch birds, squirrels whatever out the window ... she loves it. We had it in the family room, where we all hang out and she ignored it. Now that it has a private place (well, a place the dogs don't go), she spends much of her time there. We're glad she's happy. (yes, that's my hand making scratchy noises to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I belong to a fantastic Facebook group made up of folks in my area who own and run pet businesses. Within that community, there are some truly outstanding women accomplishing big things. Really big things. One big thing I learned about this week is from Denise Fleck of Sunny Dog Ink. Here's what she did and I'm honored to share it, I hope not only will you join in, but that you will share also, far and wide. After all, pet first aid is a PRIMARY pet parenting skill we should all have, don't you agree? Here's what Denise shared... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Oh we love our Wordless Wednesdays, yes, I know. And, I put up my small pet appreciation photos this morning, but...today is also National Dog Fighting Awareness Day and we must share our thoughts on that. The home office in Philly, at Pet360, sent us a ton of information and I know there is a ton more online, also. We pet parents who are passionate about the love we feel for our pets abhor this activity, to the depths of our being. If we could wave a magic wand and make it go away forever, wouldn't we? Indeed. I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Miss Abby Who Fancies Herself the Queen of the House The booger cat - not so small but still, not so big either The Olive, such a little girl for such a big bed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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So sad We humans are broken creatures, for the most part. Oh sure, there are millions of us who are put together nicely and who present a strong, happy face to the world. But, behind closed doors, many of us take that mask off and let the tears fall. Or, we allow our legs to collapse into a favorite chair. Or we just go about getting dinner, sigh after sigh, because we're ... broken. We're broken because we give too much credence to the things that hurt us. We care too much about what other people think. "I shouldn't say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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the cat and the big spotted dog better be in heaven when I get there... otherwise, I'm not staying. They are already gone. The white dog can wait, I hope, and go with me. We don't do Easter in our house, anymore. Let me clarify - the human kids are gone and the fur kids are not interested in Easter candy (ok, maybe they would be but they can't have it so... they don't get it) and as far as the religious aspect, the less said the better for me. I am a person of faith, not a person of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Not everyone who has pets calls herself a pet Mom. I have good friends who love their pets as much as I do, but bristle at the concept of being a Mom to a pet. I also know lots of non-pet people who are appalled at people like myself who consider my role in the pet-relationship as a parent. I don't care what you think or say...and you can abuse me online if you like (flying monkeys and zombies abound on the web), I still don't care, I'm a Pet Mom. My pets are the equivalent of kids to me.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's April Fool's Day but I don't have it in me to prank anyone. I do enjoy a good prank, but usually I'm the one being pranked. I expect to see a whole lot of it on Facebook and other platforms today. All in good fun, I'm sure. Hopped over to Google but didn't see anything there, which is strange. They usually post cute graphics for all holidays. I know, this isn't a holiday but seriously, it's April Fool's Day...there should be something on the Google homepage. Oooohhh... maybe NOT having anything IS the something. <shrug> Here's my wordless post... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our beautiful Olive, a survivor of a puppy mill. All she lost was her eye and most of her teeth. Thank goodness we saved her life! My BFF online, Caroline Golon, has an outstanding post on her site, Crayons and Collars, which talks about pets and kids and how to have both if you're a Mom n' Dad to both four-legged creatures and two-legged creatures. She actually describes the site as "about guinea pig facts and fun DIY cat toys and why kids and pets go great together." It's a great site, I hope you'll visit it and sign up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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My vet loves me for who I am. Like bloggers, veterinarians are often misunderstood. People believe they make millions by charging high prices. Or, that they don't really care about pets, they only practice their particular field of medicine because it makes them rich. Or, that the expensive equipment in their offices, to do surgery, take X-rays and MRIs, etc, was discounted for them because the manufacture wanted them to buy it. People would be so wrong. In a new detective show on TV, two men meet and are thrown together unexpectedly, to one of the detective's dismay (he doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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My pets teach me so much. They teach me patience and loyalty and to be 'aware' of my surroundings and how to love unconditionally. I don't know where I would be without my precious pets. Maybe I'd have a bigger house (cause I could afford it, not having $1200 pet bills like the recent one); maybe I'd have nicer things (like couches that aren't full of pet hair); maybe I'd sleep later in the morning... And...maybe not. Maybe I'd be missing out on the most important things in life: love, walks in the early morning, happiness in being together, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Where's my breakfast? Didn't you get paid for that blog post? Everyone loves free product. Those of us who are dedicated bloggers - that means we blog consistently, we have purpose and we strive to be professional - often get pitched free product. Even in the early days of my blog, I was unimpressed with a PR firm or a brand offering me free product for my 'work'. You see, they were approaching me (so they said) because of my influence. They appreciated my content. They wanted to tap into my readers. The very same reasons they pay for magazine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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***I received both free product and compensation for writing about PawSponge. But, I'm only doing it because I think it will be worth my while, and yours. #downwithmud *** I get invited to write about a lot of different kinds of pet products. I get invitations from folks who want to share their content with me... because my content is lousy, I guess...and I get a good bit of attention from big brands wanting me to promote their latest, greatest marketing program. Generally, I give a polite no in response. Like many of you, I work with the @BlogPaws network... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This is what I love about living in Colorado. We have the best walking trails and best views in the country. Even though we don't get to the mountains much, we do get to walk the dogs on grass, with a view of the mountains. They love it and so do we! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Oh boy, today was fantastic! The sun was up and shining by 7 a.m. Temps got well above 50 degrees before 10 a.m. We knew we had to take the fur-kids out early enough that it wouldn't bother Olive. She not only gets tired on our long walks, but in hot weather, she labors to breathe properly. Come summer, we'll be out by six a.m. or not at all. Emily enjoyed the beautiful Colorado weather, pulling Tom along with her sexy strut. She doesn't know how to just 'walk'. She's always got that back end wiggling, tail waving, eyes on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Lucky Friday the 13th with a Black Cat Who doesn't love black cats? Seriously, they are among the most gorgeous creatures of this earth! Many years ago we had a black cat named Merlin. That was back in the days when we allowed our cats to go outdoors. Merlin would go out, disappear for a bit, and return for his dinner, every day. Until, one day... he didn't. :-( I don't know what happened to him. I like to think he was taken in by a cat loving home. He was so gorgeous and so friendly, that seems like the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Just sharing some shots of the fur kids avoiding the camera. I sure wish I knew how to get them to pose! Stop with the camera! Get the camera out of my way, Mom. I know it's Olive's bed but I like it. Is the camera necessary? I mean, I can't eat it so what good is it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Carmel Who Looks Very Much Like My Missy I am a pet person from WAAYYyy back! I expect many of you were (are) too. I think I was BORN in love with dogs and cats. It was mostly dogs in those early years. I don't have a good reason for it. I don't remember ever not wanting a dog, and I don't remember why it was so important... other than, I just loved the furry critters! I was given my first dog when I was twelve. Oh the world suddenly got so much better! Even though Missy was not allowed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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That's what each of us is. An army of one, as Bon Jovi says. Each of us, via social media, our immediate family/friends and our business network, constitute an army of one. It's up to us, each one of us, to be out there supporting animal shelters and rescues. Especially those in our local area. It's up to us to spread the good word. The good word that there are hundreds of animals in shelters waiting for forever homes. Hundreds of animals that aren't puppies or kittens, that need a loving home and a warm bed. Hundreds of animals that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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If Onyx has that toy, and Emily has the other toy, where's my toy? So you had it first, Olive. I can hold it forever... so you can't have it now. That's a funny one, Mom. I know you're hiding a new toy behind your back. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Four award-winning members of the Cat Writers Association, all with different strengths & backgrounds who all started their careers as writers will join us for this BlogPaws Cares & Shares Hangout. Meet Janiss Garza, Laya Morgan Wilde, Alana Greylak, and Deb Barnes who share their insight, their experience and their thoughts on the topic of Journalistic Integrity with our listeners. These four talented women will be at the Nashville, TN BlogPaws in May, so you'll want to get your registration in now, to see them in person. Here's the YouTube video of Journalistic Excellence & Blogging for your watching and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Old dogs. Old cats. Old animals of any kind. They hold a special place in MY heart. I've had my share of puppies and kittens. They are tres' adorable, for sure. Every one melts my heart in so many ways. My first dog started out as a puppy, and from there, every animal I had was a baby when he or she arrived in my home. In CO, I've come to appreciate the pull of an aging dog and cat. Our Chester was the first adoptee we took in, at a ripe old age of 8. He'd spent his entire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Olive waiting for dental treats This post is sponsored by PetSmart and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Pet Dental Health Month, but Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for any of the content of this article. The title is obviously from Little Red Riding Hood, an ancient (if you ask me) fairy tale that isn't all it's cracked up to be. But, that's a story for a different blog than this one. For us, the 'big teeth'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings