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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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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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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Smile? Why should I smile? Does that thing give out treats? Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's lunchtime, Mom. Step away from the computer. Get us our dog food. This post is sponsored by PetSmart®, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin® Pet Health Nutrition, but Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. I like to tell friends and family that "pets are people, too"... because I think we would treat them better if we thought of them as people. But the truth is, pets are not people.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Life is short. Are you doing what you want to do? This woman is. I woke this morning feeling worn out - glad that it's Saturday. But, Saturday is not the same for folks like me. Saturday is another day to work, to share, to pursue important ideas... that will help an animal somewhere. Maybe more than one. It can be tiring, but the reward is phenomenal! How glad am I that I get to be part of it all! This video from Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary lifted my spirits immediately. The good people of this world, who are working... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The human animal bond as defined below, a definition I discovered on The Farley Foundation site, is such a critical part of the human experience, IMBO (in my brazen opinion, why be humble?), it's something we should share daily, I think. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the human-animal bond as: “A mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. The veterinarian's role in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Wordless Wednesday falls on Earth Day, this year. How fitting is that? Caught our dogs cuddling...as they basked in the sunshine. How cool is that? Enjoy. Waiting for someone to open the door. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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eco cycle zero waste Many of my pet peeps are as interested in the environment as I am. Especially those at BlogPaws. We're a green group of people, not only because it's NECESSARY but because it's proper. People who are regular readers of this blog understand my purpose - to share and support the concept of the human-animal bond and all that it does for us. Without these precious creatures, humanity would live a life without true love. Admit it - your pets love you unconditionally and because of that, they offer the only true love there is in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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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 Apr 15, 2015 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 Apr 13, 2015 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 Apr 11, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings