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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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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 5 hours ago 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 yesterday at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily and Chester bonded at the shelter. We adopted them almost together. They were truly in love. We miss Chester so much! Olive was there first and she wasn't moving. Tom was careful not to disturb her. Our precious granddaughter Miah with her pup, Onyx, at least two years ago. Love me, love my dog, for sure. Our three,when we still had three. They are staring at the front door in anticipation of Tom's arrival home with take-out. Oh yes, we always got them something in the take-out bag,too. Protein only, of course. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Charred dog house guest post by Katie Coombs, on behalf of Richardson Rescue In a quiet part of rural South Carolina, just down the interstate from Charlotte, NC an army of volunteers has gathered by the dozens and cleanup is well underway. After an early morning fire on February 18th tore through Richardson Rescue costing the lives of 16 precious dogs and puppies, hearts are heavy, but gratitude, hope and hugs are plentiful. This is where healing begins. This is how healing happens. Richardson Rescue is a non-profit animal adoption agency in York, SC. For almost 15 years, the Richardson’s... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Puppy mills. Those horrid places that "breed" the animals people buy in pet stores. (our Olive was one... and that's how she lost her eye, folks; we were lucky to get her from a rescue... ) Pet stores. Those horrid places that sell animals bred in puppy mills. It's a catch 22 of sorts. Close down puppy mills and we solve the problem, yes? Not really. They'll just go online to sell their 'wares'. Never doubt that the precious creatures they "breed" are wares to them. Make'em and sell'em, seems to be their motto, across the board. Take care of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Olive in black and white What will you do for your dog? Your cat? Your capybara? (We had a capybara at BlogPaws last year! Did you get your pic taken with it?) All of us who have pets we are devoted to, pets who mean the world to us, pets who ARE our children (never mind people who say that can't be... what do they know?) think about the "what I wouldn't do for my pet" question now and then. Back in the day, when we had Carmie, in the early days of this blog, my kids used to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Aw Dad, do I hafta go to da vet and get my teeths cleaned? I'm not going. I'm not going. I'm not going! Teeth Cleaning is for the dogs, right? Not for cats? (don't tell Molly but it really is her turn... she's next up to get those pearly whites polished! Shhhh....) Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Maybe the title of this post should be, IS there a line? I went on an extended trip recently. Tom and I traveled to Upstate NY to visit family, participate in his youngest child's wedding, and get away from it all. We left sunny skies in Colorado for frigid temps and deep snow in Upstate NY. But, it was worth it. There is nothing better than spending time with friends and family. I know you agree. This is a universal feeling, it's not just me ... we miss family and friends when we're away from them. Although today's technology allows... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Do Not Question My Mom's Love for Me This is an open letter to folks who are not as deeply connected to the Pet Industry as I am. Because I'm discovering a lot of people out there seem to feel that animals are expendable. They think the human race is all that matters on this little planet of ours. As if people could exist without... our creatures. Dear People who think dogs/cat/ferrets/guinea pigs/chickens... any other creature kept as a companion animal, otherwise known as 'pet' doesn't deserve every ouch of energy and $$$ we spend on them': Stop it. Stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I'm not sure it's "pink" that attracts Olive as much as... the size of this new toy. She is in love with it! In this picture, she's taking a breather from running around the house with Piggy in her mouth. Personally, I think her goal is to tease Emily so Emily will try to take it from her. She loves playing tug of war with Emily. Oh the warmth of the morning sun, after a run around the house with my piggy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Listen up! The Human Animal Bond Exists! "FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jan. 26, 2015 – Two recently published studies sponsored by Zoetis and partner organizations support the positive benefits of the human-animal bond in two specific groups: cancer patients and military-connected children. Zoetis is dedicated to supporting research that identifies new ways companion animals enhance the health and well-being of humans." I am all about the human-animal bond. While I don't talk about it nearly enough, it's present and alive in everything I do and say. I have deep feelings for animals, as do many of you, and in that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Purdy and Rocky sharing their bed Just made that up... sharebook Saturday. Maybe it should be ShareBlog Saturday. Or, sharepage Saturday. Or, share whatever stuff ya got Saturday. :-) I like to share important stuff when I can. 1. Hound dogs are the best dogs in the world. Yes, I"m prejudiced. My Chester melted my heart. Well, did you know that once hunting season is over, some stupid folks put their hounds out... or up for adoption. Christie Zizo wrote a fantastic post about it. Read it and share, please. Hunting Season's Over, Help Discarded Beagles Maryland Beagles from a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Are you team dog or team cat? It doesn't matter. Either team or both are worth being part of. I want to share the most amazing Super Bowl commercial with all of my readers, hoping to put that other horrible commercial that was all over social media the other day out of people's minds. But first, let me tell you a little about The Lucy Pet Foundation . Do hop over and read Joey Herrick's note about how many animals are euthanized yearly and how we can stop it! Joey decided to do more than just talk it up -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Tom and Molly Doesn't Molly look like she's saying, "We're just fine here, Mom. You can go on your way now." She is actually comfy with her "Tom" and will, in short order, start helping him type. He loves it when she adds her gobbledy-gook to his work. Little Bella: In Memory And, across the country, in my daughter's house, her Bella (who is no longer with us, I am sad to say), found a comfy chair also. We called her baby so she thought she'd take over the baby's chair. Makes sense to me! Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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"It's a hard knock life," so the saying goes. That's from a song right out of Lil' Orphan Annie about living in an orphanage. Much the same, I think, as living in a shelter. Except, in shelters...where we 'house' our leftover pets, life is far more unpleasant than life in an orphanage. Let it be known I have never lived in an orphanage. And, yes, I've read stories about the 'horrors' in some places - generally related to many, many years ago when kids sent to these places were really leftover kids, and often sent to said organization because the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I love you Onyx. We will be together always. One dictionary source identifies "species" as: a class of individuals having some common characteristics or qualities; distinct sort or kind. To me, that means my dog is the same species I am. My cat is the same species I am. We're very commonly alike. We have two eyes, a mouth, two ears, and a tail. Okay, I don't have a tail. But, I can be as big a wiggle butt as any out there - including you, Dexter! So, I don't discount the tail thing. We also love long walks. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Who could resist this face? I am active on social media. I use Facebook a lot. I check in to Google+. I read blogs. I watch videos. In short, my online activity is high. One of the 'announcements' that gets me fuming on a daily basis is the "owner surrender" notes from shelters I am connected to. I find my blood pressure going to the roof when I read those words. Often, the "owner surrender" is an adorable dog or cat, given up for no good reason that we can ascertain. We being the folks at the 'other end'... the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Enjoying some sun time with my fur budds. 12 Reasons I think animals are so important to the human condition (let's establish what the 'human condition' is first: "the 'human condition' is an important part of our understanding of literature. Literary critics often label a piece of writing as literature - and not pulp fiction - if it tries to describe this 'human condition.' Essentially, the discussion of the human condition is any THEMATIC concern about human nature, human society or how we live our lives.") Therefore, as I speak about the human condition in my writing, which is not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Ok... maybe FAT is too harsh. How about porky? Or, chubby? Or, just comfy? That's our Olive all the way. Relaxing on lazy Sunday morning. Ah! that sun feels good. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Yes, my dog is comparable to my kid. No, I don't place my dog or my other pets above my kids, or my spouse. However, I do consider my animals as thinking, feeling beings who experience hunger, regret, loneliness, and love... the same as people. Not necessarily the same WAY as people feel these things, but I do believe animals "feel" them, in varying degrees. Yesterday I was reading my AARP magazine (yes, I'm old enough to belong to AARP - which doesn't say much since they begin contacting people as soon as you turn 30, I think!), and one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Little Olive enjoying her nap - no longer in a puppy mill cage 2015 is beckoning. It fills us with promise and expectation. “Come join me,” it calls to us. “You can be whatever you want to be in 2015 – I promise!” And we all buy into that idea. It’s true enough. From time immemorial, human beings have celebrated the New Year. Those of us who live in this time, in the moments of a new millennium that stretches like a whirling universe around us, watch TV or brave snow and ice or raise a glass at a private... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The treasured fur kids at our house: Kitty Molly, Perky ears Olive, and Always in charge Emily New Year's resolutions... from the pets. Cause the humans know better (who really keeps resolutions, I mean, really? Not us!) Emily says: 1. I resolve to stick my cold wet nose where it doesn't belong, more often. Mainly, in mom's crotch or dad's armpit and certainly right in their face several times a day. 2. I resolve to bark and carry on unmercifully around 2pm every day, if I haven't had my walk yet. If I have had my walk, I'll just pretend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Can't help but share... on this Wordless Wednesday, last of the year for 2014. First week in the new house. The dogs love the fireplace. My boy. I miss him so much! I see what you have. It's a treat. Is it for me? Molly keeping Tom company while he works. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Do you ever wonder... Why so many people treat animals poorly? Is it because they're uninformed? Is it because they CHOOSE to believe animals are expendable? Is it because of how they were raised? Is it just because... it's easier not to consider animals as having feelings, like people? I wonder about that a lot. Especially when I look at my Olive, above, who was rescued from a puppy mill. Do you ever wonder... Why we, as human beings - "thinking man" if you will - don't think much? Why we don't 'think' before we act? Why we allow ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings