This is Yvonne DiVita's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Yvonne DiVita's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Yvonne DiVita
Two devoted pet people sharing their stories about dogs, cats and other pets, with the world.
Recent Activity
Image
Don't whine at me. I'm trying to nap. I have that wrong. It's National Respect Your Cat Day, not National Love Your Cat Day. They are fundamentally two different things. In #1, where you respect your cat, you have the courtesy to let her know when her medicine is due so she can find a good hiding place. Honestly, how do cats do that? Just when you need them, they're not around. When you're a bit busy, typing a blog post for instance, they're all over the keyboard. 12ejg0pt8bhgt; Oops, sorry. Didn't get her down quick enough. #2 is where... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Our two current pets were not always friends. As noted in this blog, kitty came to us from a home that had dogs, but those were 'her' dogs and once she came to our home, the dogs here were not her dogs, which made her skeptical of them. To their credit, the three dogs were more than a little curious about kitty, back then. Yes, they'd had a kitty in the house, but Pandora was old, she was settled in her ways, and she mostly ignored the dogs. Therefore, they never got to know here, or to understand that she... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
We all know the saying, "If you've got your health, you've got everything." Well, that is true for our pets, also. And, from the perspective of this pet Mom, it also influences the human-animal bond. After all, we are tasked with taking the best care of our pets as possible! I know others think it can't compare to caring for 'two-legged' kids, but having done both, I will say it's very similar. Back in those ancient days of my youth, we thought taking care of our pets meant feeding them store bought pet food, table scraps, and the occasional treat.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Molly waking up from a nap She came into our life in the usual way - well, not that usual. A friend needed to find a home for her cat and we had recently said good bye to our beloved Pandora, so, "Let's look into this," we thought. We met with our friend, gave the cat a look-see and said, "We'll take her." It was just that easy. Truth be told, we still weren't sure. We weren't sure she was the kitty for us. Nor, that we were the pet parents for her. The look-see did not last long. After... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
We pet people wake up to unconditional love every single day. The glad of it all is in the wonder we see in our dog's eyes, the trust our cat gives us, the cuddles and laughter from all those other pets that show people why life is worth living. It's worth living to be a part of something greater than you - the care of these amazing, trusting, loving creatures we share our lives with. Who agrees? Once upon a time, humans did not know love or empathy or the kind of trust you get from a pet. Today, we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Today's post is brought to you by Dogsaholic.com. An article seen there inspired me to write about this topic. Who loves a dog? Who loves a cat? Number one, I do. I love most animals. I know, people say, "I love all animals," but if you press them, they have to admit there are one or two kinds of animals they don't love. I don't love spiders. Are spiders animals? I don't know. Some people think so. What about slugs? What about bats? What about dragons? It's my assertion that you can't love all animals. Admit that there are a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Lil Olive on a Saturday Morning This is a story. It's not necessarily true. I could be true. But, there is no written evidence that it is true, so...it's probably fiction. I intend it as fiction. But isn't all fiction based in reality, somehow? Even science fiction? And horror stories? Let us begin... Once upon a time, about 30,000 years ago they say, wolves became dogs. It's unclear without further investigation how wolves came to be known as "dogs" rather than merely tame wolves, but let's not worry about the nomenclature for now. In our story, a wolf lived on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Emily peers over the edge of the stairs. "When is it time for my walk?" she says. This blog is about the human-animal bond and I sometimes slide into humor or reporting on the pet industry, because it's all good. Everything related to pets and animals the world over is, in my <brazen> opinion, relevant to the human animal bond. All we do and all we are is inclusive of the presence of animals, particularly pets, in our lives. A week or so ago a report came into my inbox stating, "New Study: Pet Industry is Economic Powerhouse". This, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
How do I love thee...let me count the ways. So begins an age-old poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She speaks of deep abiding love. Her words are full of passion and desire. She is most often quoted on Valentine's Day, I think. And she is speaking of a man's love for a woman, or vice-versa. Human love. Person to person. I am speaking of the love our pets feel for us - as demonstrated in this amazing story from Psychology Today. I am speaking of a bond of love that transcends anything humans can conceive of. We are so limited... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
We are creatures of habit, we human beings. We crave routine, even those of us who are wild and crazy, who never do the same thing twice, or make it a point to drive to work a different way every day. We still have that - get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to work, do the work, have lunch, chat with friends, drive home routine. Or, if you work at home as I do, you develop your own schedule, but you still eat breakfast before noon, and lunch is sometime before 3pm. After that it's not lunch anymore.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
She was so tiny and so energetic, that first day she came to our house. She was a visitor. She came with a friend who was fostering her. "Oh yes," we said, "bring your foster. We don't mind another dog around for dinner." It was just a dinner date with friends. A meal and some wine. Lots of laughter and conversation, watching our dogs, Emily and Chester, play with the foster girl, Olive, and our friend's Boston Terrier, Bill. Summertime in Colorado, with fine weather, a green backyard, and a gentle setting sun blanketing all in its rosy glow. Olive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Christmas Day has come and gone for 2016, but there is still time to make a good impression on someone important by purchasing a new book for them. Who doesn't love getting a book as a gift? This is a pretty special book. I was fortunate enough to be invited to read it and offer a testimonial, which I was honored to do, so I can speak first-hand about it. The fact that I am friends with the author is merely frosting on the cupcake, if you will. Truth be told - the book would not be mentioned here, on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
a guest post by Jessica Brody Dogs and Travel: Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Skies and on the Roads When your dog is your best friend, a vacation isn’t a vacation unless your dog comes along. Of course, traveling with pets can be tricky on a number of levels from flying to lodging. Fortunately, there are also many ways to craft a pet-friendly vacation so that you and your pet can enjoy a getaway together. If you’re looking to travel with your pet, here are a few things you should know. Cargo Travel is Not Safe Though some airlines... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Here's the question: do pets provide more than amusement for us? Another question: do pets provide more than simple companionship for us? And, another, who cares? Well, I absolutely know pets provide more than amusement for me. They provide love and delight. I absolutely know that pets provide more than companionship for me, also. They provide real friendship. (my pets listen attentively and never disagree with me!) As for who cares... I care. I think you care, also. The folks over at PAL - Pets Add Life - care, also. A lot. Their videos are among the best animal videos... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
We love our Emily, Olive, and Molly. Do not ever doubt that! But, do we shower them with gifts on Christmas and their 'birthdays'? Honestly, no, we don't. Does that make us bad pet parents? Here's the reality - our pets don't know the difference. Only Olive has ever had an inclination to play, and we kept her in stuffed animals when she was still willing to play with them. Emily just looks at us blankly when we throw a ball or offer her a toy to play with. And Molly, she will give us about a minute, yep, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Miss Molly observes birds outside, from her Queenly perch. This post is about Miss Molly, our delightful kitty. I call her, "Kitty Girl." She knows who I mean when I sing that out each morning, "Hi, Kitty Girl!" I'l say and no matter where she is or what she is doing, she stops and looks up. I don't know if she looks up because she thinks I'm going to give her treats (she is very fond of her treats, is Miss Molly!), or if she just hears her 'name' and wonders what I want. I do know that she is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Can we open our presents early? As we move into December, and the holidays - do you hear sleigh bells in your ear? I do! - anyway, as we get closer to that all important day, yes, I mean New Year's...no wait, there's something that comes before New Years. I'll remember...just a minute. Don't go away. Give a girl a chance...it's...it's...right on the tip of Emily's tail... Yes, it's Christmas. Merry Christmas. You may be celebrating an alternative holiday for which I wish you Happy Holidays - many good friends celebrate something other than tree day. But, at our house,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
It happens every year. The National Dog Show. This year an amazing dog, a Greyhound named Gia, won Best in Show. I'm partial to Greyhounds. One of my grand- furkids is a beautiful Greyhound named Twiggy. I miss this amazing, wondrous event every year. Why do they have it on Thanksgiving, that's what I want to know! Most of us are otherwise engaged. Just saying. Our pups, Emily and Olive, spent the afternoon at home, quiet and safe. Olive slept the entire four hours we were gone to my daughter's house. She did wear herself out, running hither and yon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
We mourn our Chester every day. The world is full of two kinds of people. Those who appreciate animals. And those...who don't. In my world, I trend heavily on the first side. Always have. Animals are so integral to our very existence, I am often dumbfounded by people who wave them off as if they are flies carrying disease, or a foul odor in the wind. The people who do that must live in a bubble. My friends, and my family, understand the power of the human animal bond. It's become a calling card, in these days of political unrest.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
Emily of the beautiful brown eyes I truly believe our girl, Emily, wishes she could talk. Talk in words. She does talk, in expressions. But, it's clear I am missing something! We're going through some changes, at our house. Tom is still working on completing the basement remodel - is it a remodel when you're actually finishing a new basement that's never been finished before? Probably not. Oh well. He's working in the basement a good bit, which means he is not upstairs with us, as usual. Emily is rather more fond of Tom than of me. Not that she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
I like to share and inform on this blog. I especially like to give people information on how they can further the human-animal bond ... sometimes by helping someone in need. In this case, the someone in need is a group or a passel or a 'I don't know' bunch of cats. Cats. That's right. Barn Cats. My friend Janet Blue from TheCatOnMyHead (awesomely pawsome blog, you should read!) wrote on Twitter that her friends the Barn Cat Buddies needed our help and I happily offered this blog. Here's the scoop, straight from Janet's blog post over on The Cat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Image
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
Image
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
Image
"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
Image
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