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Yvonne DiVita
Just a pet lover hoping to share stories with other pet lovers.
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Wordless Wednesday with Emily, Onyx and Molly Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Do you ever wonder... why some people are needlessly cruel? Do you ever wonder... why some people seem to be 'nice' but go behind your back and make snide remarks or worse, call you names and tell stories that aren't true, about you? Do you ever wonder... why we consider ourselves a civilized society (we being 'people' the world over, not just in the U.S.), and yet, we turn our heads when we see animals being abused or neglected, as if, somehow, animals aren't worthy of our attenion? I wonder these things, and more. I wonder how a society based... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Chester and Emily stalk the killer balloon in the backyard! (apparently someone in the neigborhood had a birthday party over the weekend and this floated into our yard...gave the dogs quite a start!) Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Molly hanging around upstairs... Our Molly came up in the middle of the night last night, and meowed outside our bedroom door. The only other time she's done this is when we first moved into our new home. (have I told you how much I love my new home?) We have tried tempting her to come up and sit with us, or enjoy the sun coming in the windows, or watch the birds and squirrels...but she's having none of that. She has decided the upstairs is the domain of the dogs. And, the basement is hers. Mind you, she has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Sometimes it's just right to support a campaign that asks for your email, day after day. Even when the campaign is more of a contest than a campaign. I'd do it for my Olive, above... who lived life in a horrible puppy mill for too long, until we adopted her. She lost an eye and most of her teeth as a result of that ordeal, but she's the most loving creature anywhere, now! I think of her when opportunities like the one I'm going to share here, come my way. Molly the Fire Safety Dog, beloved by children everywhere, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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<I knew this would be a LOOOooonnnngggg meeting! But I didn't know it would be so boring!> Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Every time I look at my pups, and my kitty, my heart soars. Most often they're sleeping... they sleep a good bit. We thought we'd keep them off the furniture, but... after awhile, it didn't seem so bad if we let them stretch out on furniture we weren't even using. I mean, we don't sit in the living room all that much... we work from home, so we're always in our offices. Evenings, we might sit in there for a bit, then we're off to our room to relax and watch TV. And, they are with us. This doesn't make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Chester, slip sliding away in his sleep... one of the things he does best! If he meets a squirrel or a rabbit...he'll end up on the floor fur sure! Chester slip slip sliding away Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Alecia: Walk in Sync, on the red carpet Sharing some current BlogPaws information... three important things happened this week, in preparation for the upcoming conference with hundreds and hundreds of pet bloggers from around the world... yes, I said around the world, BlogPaws is international, don'tcha know? 1. Our fantastic (oh, I say 'our' cause I'm a co-founder, you knew that, right?)... PR Manager, Carol Bryant, of the outstanding blog, FidoseofReality, has been working on our speaker page and it's got a great overview of not only who the speakers are but what they're presenting on. If you haven't checked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Olive smiling in delight on Wordless Wednesday Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
by Tom Collins Do you dance with your cat? Just saw this re-release announcement over on the Galley Cat blog: "Chronicle Books is releasing a 15th anniversary edition of Dancing With Cats." The publisher's site explains: The cult classic is back! [S&S: Not quite, but you can pre-order.] This petite 15th anniversary hardcover reissue keeps all the original mystery and magic of cat dancing delightfully intact. Perpetually ahead of its time, Dancing with Cats presents scores of delightful and inspiring photographs ... as well as moving testimonies of the personal transformations brought about through this uniquely joyous form of human-animal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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They do love this sofa... it entices the Chester, that's his back leg on the lower right, to nibble on it... if we're out and about a bit too long. Emily, I am sure, encourages him. And Olive, I think she barks at him, as if to say, "Mom isn't gonna like that! Mom isn't gonna like that!" And, since he ignores her, I believe, she likely helps pull the batting out. Oh yeah. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Seriously. Is it spring? Is spring ever coming? We've sure had the great winter experience this year, haven't we? I don't usually mind winter. I'm pretty much a homebody so staying indoors is okay with me. But, this year, we couldn't even get out to walk the dogs. What with the constant cold and snow, and the never ending wind! Plus, we're not skiers or snowboarders... we're just ordinary folk who wish the snow and wind and darkness would go away. The dogs didn't get it - that the front yard was just as brutal as the backyard, where they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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by Tom Collins Hey folks, a quick bit of shameless self-promotion ... well, really it's for your benefit, too, if you're interested in growing and developing your skills — or getting together with a few hundred of your best pet blogging buddies, including many of their pets! ;-D Check out the new BlogPaws 2014 badge set I just posted today! Here's what they look like, but jump over to the page if you want to grab the embed code for the one(s) that apply to you: And of course, Yvonne will be there, too. You are registered for BlogPaws 2014,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Yes, we're into the bottom of January, 2014 - and headed into February and Valentine's Day, and when that's over it will be closer to spring and before you know it, BlogPaws will be here. And summer. And, the year will be half over. At which time we'll all look at each other, scratch our heads and moan, "How did that happen?" Well, because it happens EVERY year (really, you'd think we would learn... February follows January, and then comes March and April and then, May and June burst on the scene and before you know it... it's Christmas again...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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how do they jump through the trees like that? Twiggy and Emily in the 'new' backyard... chasing (well, trying to chase) squirrels. Pesky devils just run around in the trees chattering away. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Ah, how to write the "how do I love thee, let me count the ways" for pets. It's been done. But not by me. So here goes... How do I love thee, oh creatures who share my life? 1. I love the head butts every morning - the eagerness you greet the day with and the enthusiasm you bring to my wake up. "Hey, Mom, look, it's another day! Can you believe it? The sun came up again today. Let's go do something fun!" 2. I love the way you watch out the back door for squirrels - well, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Snuggle Bunnies As a co-founder of a strong, vocal, and growing community of pet bloggers, with its own conference, I'm constantly asked for advice and guidance. Some folks want to know how to have a better blog. (work at it - always be in 'learning' mode) Others want to know if they should charge for their work. (yes, but be reasonable) And still others want to know why? Why should they participate in BlogPaws? The "why should I participate in BlogPaws?" - relevant to the yearly conference - is nicely answered by Carol, on the BlogPaws blog, "Burning BlogPaws Questions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Anyone else out there still shivering? By now, I hope most folks are back in the pink...so to speak. The cold weather that hit the country over the last 10 days had everyone shivering, but none more so than the outdoor animals who have no way to find warmth, and who need our help. I received a note from Alley Cat Allies on sharing ways to help outdoor cats, specifically. It's worth a share, even if the weather has improved. After all, it's only January. We still have February and March to endure, and they can be as brittle and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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No doubt some folks who see this post will be appalled and angered. No doubt some folks who read this blog post will leave with anger in their hearts. Those are the folks who feel that I spend too much time, money and energy on my 'pets'... Those are the folks who don't give value to animals, who insist that only people matter... They are not the folks I hang around with or ever will hang around with - because in my world, pets and animals are on par with people. Sorry...that's just how it is. So, I got to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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In keeping with the season of cold, cold, cold! Dogs relaxing in the new house. They love the fireplace. Who wouldn't? (notice there is another bed available...and the rug is pretty plush...) Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Whenever I hear or even think 'just the facts' my brain hears the good Joe Friday of the old TV show, Dragnet, as he says, "Just the facts, ma'am," in his TV drawl. I'm not sure there is such a thing as just the facts - can human beings really report on anything by citing facts? On Criminal Minds, the good Dr. Spencer Reed does his best to relay just the facts. He keeps his voice quiet, sharing his information in a 'to the point' manner, but even he, at times, embellishes with details that are not facts. Let's pretend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's a brand new year. A brand new you. A brand new day... time to reassess and re-evaluate. Have you taken a few minutes to figure out the purpose of your blog? Are you hoping or planning to monetize this year? What is the main goal you're working to achieve? At this blog, my plan is to post more often. Share fun, but informative content - including video and images that make you go 'hmmmm...'. I am part of the blog network at BlogPaws, so I do monetize. But monetization isn't the purpose of this blog. This blog is my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings