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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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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
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From the Olive... While all ya'all are eating too much candy and chocolate, I...the Olive...will be doing this, just about all day...with my best gal, Emily. Olive and Emily Cuddling p.s. our eggs are scrambled at breakfast time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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She's more than a dog to us. She is our precious, a bit precocious, girl. She wants to talk and tries desperately to do so, every day. Her eyes are the most expressive part of her body, although that morning wiggle when she's so glad to see us, is a close second. This is our Emily.Emily has seizures around four or five times a year. They last for about 10 -16 torturous moments. She is aware but confused, and frightened. We are not so confused because we assume (no vet diagnosis, they say if the seizures are not routine, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Wordless Wednesday at BlogPaws Emily reminding us that she was, and still is, a puppy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The Teachings of Shirelle Easter post by guest author, Douglas Green. He brings his unique observations to us about dogs, spring, and Easter. Hey, ya'all know Easter is this Sunday, right? Well, this post is a must read for that. Enjoy! Leave him a nice comment, if you can. Forget what they tell you on “Game of Thrones;” actually, Spring is coming. The favorite of seasons, the subject of so many poems and songs, and the occasion, in the Western world, of two beautiful holidays that seem to speak about its meaning. Passover celebrates the idea that we have survived... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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In all seriousness, we hear a lot about 'dogs'...but Molly wants to know where the cats are. (notice Twiggy and Emily are not willing to give up their cat... ain't that sweet?) Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I don't wanna be president. I hear it's not much fun. What about my walks? Well, we can hope, can't we? I won't get political here, what would be the use of that? I will say that as we move into the second decade of what we call the "new" millennium, I see hope. Hope for the recognition of how important animals are to ... so many of us. And, research on how they are important to all human life, whether many of us realize it or not. My dogs, Olive and Emily, and belatedly Chester and Carmie, are a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Chicken soup is not only for the soul. Sometimes it's for...the belly. Even in dreams. Here is our Olive, snoring on a big fluffy bed (Twiggy's bed, actually)...dreaming of chicken soup. Oh, she does love chicken soup! (as does Emily...of course!) Happy Wordless Wednesday folks. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Great news from the Miami Herald: Yes,students, you may bring a pet to live with you. Why? Because of this: Dogs have long been recognized for soothing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and boosting emotional connections. A 2005 study conducted at UCLA Medical Center found that when teams of volunteers and trained therapy dogs visited 76 hospitalized heart failure patients, the patients’ anxiety scores dropped 24 percent. For those who had a visit from a volunteer without a dog, the scores dropped only 10 percent. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article64676597.html#storylink=cpy I'm a big proponent of allowing pets just about everywhere. Yes, within... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Olive sleeps during BlogPaws 2014 Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I have to do it. I can't help it. Here are my thoughts on the political landscape today... 10 Reasons I think a Dog or Cat Would Be Better In the White House... They are not Donald, or Hillary, or Bernie, or whomever. They are soft and furry and fun. Oh yeah, those other candidates cannot compete with that! They are loyal. NO flip-flopping. Hey, if your dog doesn't like peanut butter (mine don't), he or she won't like it tomorrow or next year, either. If your cat hates catnip... just throw it out. Cats and Dogs know what they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Longmont Humane Society, Colorado Sharing. A visit we, Tom and I, made to our local Longmont Humane Society to deliver a donation check of funds raised by BlogPaws's Be the Change, in conjunction with Only Natural Pet. Whew! What a sentence! Really, it's a doozy. Go back and read it again. I'll wait. So, now that you've read it again, what did it say? It said a whole lot of things. Let me recap for you. Tom and I went out to our local shelter to meet folks and give away money. We admit it was money raised by Only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily told me to shut up, Mom! I merely asked her to stop snoring. You know she sounds like a dump truck! Make them both shut up. They're disturbing my beauty sleep. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings