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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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Weekends are lazy and happy and full of fun, for us. We love cuddling, watching TV, reading a good book (I'm reading the last in a series - Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs; it's an amazing series of stories that I recommend highly!), and enjoying a roaring fire. You can't see the fire in this picture and it's kinda dark, so it looks like it's nighttime. Oh, wait... it is! This is during a football game. Not the stupid bowl, that's another story for another day... (Go Broncos! We do live in CO, folks)...but a football game that Chloe... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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See the new bed Emily? Who doesn't like a soft bed? Who doesn't want a bed by the fire? Who doesn't love cuddling up with your love in bed, on a cold winter night? No one. No one doesn't like all of that. In fact, at our house, the no ones are dogs. And sometimes the cat. We were recently treated*** to a new bed by our friends at Only Natural Pet. If you aren't familiar with them, then you haven't read much of our blog. We love ONP, as we call them. They are an all natural pet food... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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All the pets play nicely at the Collins-DiVita household. They know the Queen must be obeyed. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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My little baby, Olive, likes to come and visit me in my office so I put one of the dog beds in there (here) to give her a place to lie down. She took to it right away. However, our Kitty girl, Molly, who normally sleeps in the sun, on the windowsill, decided she needed to put her scent in the bed...when no one was looking. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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They find BlogPaws Chats on Twitter so exhausting! These two need a little more exercise I think! Not another #BlogPawsChat! And this one about cats! Oh golly, we'll never survive! Wake up! It's a GREAT chat! They're talking about GRASS! You know you LOVE grass, Emily! The kitty is quite fine with our chat on Twitter. It was all about grass...no, not the people smoking kind of grass! I'm talking about kitty grass. Yep, you got it! I gotta get some for the Molly. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I told you not to point that camera at me, Mom! Emily here. Mom left the door to her office open so I decided I needed to clear up a few things. First of all, I do not always give Olive a hard time. Mom makes it look like I push Olive around and I don't. Well, not as much as you see in this blog. Sometimes Olive gets in the way. What am I supposed to do...wait for her to move? That's like waiting for a tree to get out of the way! Honestly, Olive can be such a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I found the toy, I own the toy. Our Emily has seizures. I've talked about them before. She's a rescue from a research facility which I know nothing about; the agreement between the research facility and the rescue org require the rescues org NOT to reveal what our Emily was used for. If they even know. It's very likely they do not. Other than being told she was a drug study dog, all I know about our sweet girl is that she is high strung, energetic, intelligent to a fault, and full of delight. And, that she has seizures. Is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Dogotlogy, the book, ASKS: When watching a movie, are you more concerned about a dog being harmed than an entire city of humans being wiped off the map? Have you bailed on a date because you didn't want Twinkles to be home all alone? Does your dog own a more festive holiday wardrobe than you do? I admit to the first two, not the last one, so much. But, I have a LOT of friends who dress their dogs up (thinking of you, Carol Bryant and Robbi Hess). Me, well, I tried putting a sweater on Olive once, on an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
This post is sponsored by Vimtag. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the camera, but everyone knows Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vimtag is not responsible for the content of this article. Hey, it's Tom again. Not sure if you followed any of our holiday travel saga, but I did get a chance to log in and play with the camera again. If you missed my previous posts covering the basics of setting up and using the camera, you might want to start there, First Take and Take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
By Tom Collins Since Yvonne has already posted her thoughts about Romeo's passing over on the BlogPaws blog, I'll add mine here. And since most of our readers know she's the writer in our house, I'm going to express my feelings by reprising a video I made back before the first BlogPaws Conference. The video stars Romeo and our own departed Pandora (aka "Wabby Wibby"), I feel it captures the truth of Yvonne's words: "And, the face of it all was Romeo the Cat and Wabby Wibby. Romeo is Caroline’s rescue boy; Wabby Wibby is my rescue girl. These two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This post is sponsored by Vimtag. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the camera, but everyone knows Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vimtag is not responsible for the content of this article. Hey, it's Tom again, and I finally got the Micro SD card for the Vimtag camera and tried out the recording function, so you can see the quality for yourself: I was going to edit the video some, but I decided it was good to show it raw, just as it came from the SD card.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This post is sponsored by Vimtag. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the camera, but everyone knows Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vimtag is not responsible for the content of this article. Still image of Emily lounging by the fireplace Hey everybody, Tom here. I don't get a chance to post here very often, but Yvonne asked me to let you know about our initial experience with this new gizmo, since I'm the one who plays with our new tech toys most. And this one is fun! The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Sharing some pics of the happy go-lucky pups at our house. A true 'day in the life' of our dogs. And so it goes... one minute we NEED to go out, the next, we are snuggling, lost in dreamland. Ah, I wish I could take a nap right about how. How about you? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Not too long ago I got an email from someone named Brian asking if I was aware of goat milk products. Well, he wanted to make me aware of Goat Milk Stuff, a great family business that sells stuff made from goat's milk. I bet you figured that out, already. I had not heard of the family though I was and am aware of the fact that goat's milk is making the round of places online that promote good health and how to enjoy 'dairy' without the consequences if you're like me, lactose intolerant. Let me rant a moment -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Wordless Wednesday finds us working in the new house, surrounded by dogs. Chloe, our Chief of Everything at BlogPaws, gets the most cuddles. Today, Olive senses a storm and needs to be close to a trusted person. She loves Chloe and decides to sit by her, as she works. Onyx is the boy dog and he's Chloe's little shadow. Not happy to have Olive on the sofa with his Mom, he makes his stand known. He must be there, also. (Olive seems to be giving him the evil eye... but really, she's just saying, "you can sit here too Onyx"...... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Queen Molly Lording it Over her minions Channeling my inner cat, and Molly, I can officially say it's National Cat Day! Who thinks up these things? Everyone knows Cat Day is EVERY day! MOL! Our kitty, Miss Molly, is quite the queen bee. She took her time getting used to the dogs, but now they are her minions. Which reminds me, why aren't the minions based on dogs...so the boss can be a cat? There's a movie to be made! I love cats so much! I love the sweet meows they make... though I can do without the howling. Our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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She hears us... she feels us... she is too comfy to notice us. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This post is sponsored by The Nuzzle™ Smart GPS Collar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the nuzzle Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign but everyone knows Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nuzzle is not responsible for the content of this article. We spent too many afternoons running around the neighborhood trying to find her, over and over, in those long ago days of yesteryear! Carmel, our part Shepard part lab pup managed to get out far too often (she could time the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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In the best #Wordless Wednesday style, picture of our little Olive keeping watch from the balcony. She most often gets after the big dogs... when they 'play' ... but we're pretty sure she'd give a hard time to any intruder, also! Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I'll cuddle with you! HABRI, the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative sent out a note recently to reveal the results of a study conducted on Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) for trauma, as they describe it. I've talked a good bit about this on Scratchings and Sniffings. Animals, especially those we're closest to, i.e. pets, have healing qualities that too many folks ignore or discount. Yes, we know petting a cat or dog can help reduce blood pressure. We know our pets provide help with depression, just by being there for us. And we know the healing properties of therapy animals. But, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This post is sponsored by PetSmart & Wellness NaturalPet Food and the BlogPaws ProfessionalPet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Wellness TruFood, but Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers - as you know. Wellness Natural Pet Food is not responsible for the content of this article. W00tie T00tie! I love working with the BlogPaws team and I love sharing information relevant to the health and welfare of pets. As everyone knows, I'm BIG on the human-animal bond and let me tell you this - it starts with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Cows Cows. Big animals. We don't think of them as very intelligent. I suppose they don't need to be intelligent. They get cared for by the farmer they live with, correct? And, they don't have a lot of natural enemies. Well, if they were lost in the wild, I suppose they would become...bear meat. What about chickens? Chickens are the in thing these days. Even city folk want to have chickens. I hear some folks name their chickens. I wonder, do chickens respond to their names? There are days when I wish I had chickens. We do eat a ton... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Can't we go for our walk now? Can't we, please? Pretty please? I promise I'll be good (unless I see a rabbit). It's all fun and games until she sees a rabbit! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Yes, they need their own bed, too! We love talking about how dogs give us unconditional love. While we don't ascribe such feelings to cats or other animals, it's there. Not in all animals, but in many. Regardless of what pet you share your heart with, the honest truth is that dogs do give us love beyond measure and continue to love us even when we mistreat them. And that's why I think unconditional love comes with conditions. It's our job, our responsibility to take care of these creatures entrusted to our care. That they fawn all over us and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings