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Yvonne DiVita
Just a pet lover hoping to share stories with other pet lovers.
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Sorry to be so silent of late! The kitty and pups have been busy... we will try and keep our blog updated more regularly, now. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
From One Green Planet: Far too often, human prejudice against shelter animals often leads what-could-be amazing companion animals to a death sentence. This sad but true fact means that out of about 3.9 million dogs entering shelters annually, 1.2 million are euthanized … sometimes because negative stereotypes leave them unwanted. Back in the 20th century, I, like many people, thought adopting from a shelter meant puppy or kitten. I'm sad to say I never really thought about adopting a full grown animal. I had kids and kids wanted a puppy or a kitten. Plus, back then, there were plenty of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Hello fellow pet bloggers and cat lovers especially, I am Kiril Kundurazieff, aka Daddy Kiril, the human behind The Opinionated Pussycat blog. In the Winter of 2003/2004, cat blogging was barely in its infancy, but it's early stirrings were gaining some attention that even I didn't know about when I discovered the Carnival of the Cats... The immortal Laurence Simon (& his cat Nardo, among others) became known as "King of the Cat Bloggers" for starting, in Spring 2004, the Carnival of the Cats, the oldest and longest running, weekly pet and animal blogger sharefest on the internet. Check out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Fascinating story. Fascinating facts. Looking at our ecosystem and why we humans should not be in charge of it, perhaps. Or, why some of us understand Mother Nature better than others. Looking at the effect of one population of wolves and how they altered, for the better, a whole ecosystem. Amazing look at "How Wolves Change Rivers"... great photography and editing. Makes one glad to be in the world. Enjoy. I did. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
They don't speak our language. They have communication issues. They are mostly subservient to 'man'. They live close to the ground, or high in trees. They go about their business ... the business of life... without regard to politics or weather or technology. They are the animals of the world. Why do we act as if they are mindless or blind or stupid? Why do we humans insist on our dominance? It's primarily, IMBO <in my brazen opinion, why be humble?>, because we buy into the religious teachings of various groups who say we are here to control the world.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Carmel, sleeping That it did. This love I have for animals. It began in my youth. I was drawn to dogs and cats. I wanted the warmth and love and affection they offered. I never felt fear or discomfort and couldn't understand those who did. What's to fear in a dog? I often wondered. Even a Rottweiler or a Doberman Pinscher. Or, a German Shepard, cause back in the day, those were the dogs everyone feared and raged against. In my youth... I recognized the real value of a pet. I didn't yet know that any animal could be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I want Benoit and Casey and whomever they would like to bring with them, to come to BlogPaws and hang out with us. Tell us the stories that were left out of the book. Take some photos with us. Share the emotional bond with folks who 'get it'... better than anyone else out there. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
The Olive, giving us the "You've been gone a long time, just where were you?" look, after we returned from our extensive trip home to NY. Two weeks? Really? What could possibly take two weeks? Do you know how we suffered while you were gone? In full explanation, we were home visiting a brand new grandson, and other family and friends. And the pets were taken care of by devoted pet sitters... day in and day out. I dare say, they were spoiled to the max. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
If you are like some Cats, in between naps, and snoozes, feeding, and playtimes, and trips to the litter box, you ask yourself "how will I ever make it as a writer?" Well, I'm here to answer that question...sort of, because, other than blogging, so am I. ;-D Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
by Yvonne DiVita Last month I was in Portland, OR for the Women in the Pet Industry Network's conference, more fondly referred to as the WIPIN conference. Run by the ever amazing and dynamic Shawna Schuh, this group of talented and welcoming women are part of a growing network of women in business, women who mean business, and women who are open to helping other women how to succeed. Those are MY kinda people! Do you have to be a woman? No. There were a few men there. I felt all weekend as if Tom should have been there with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Experiencing some nerve pain in my wrist, so, please pardon if I share some video and content from our "other" sites...over the next few days. Sites like, BlogPaws, Pet360, Only Natural Pet, and petMD. These are great resources. I hope you're tapping into them for content ... Today, I found this YouTube video and I love the dog in it, so I'm sharing. It's good info about a natural joint supplement, too. (Only Natural Pet is in Boulder... how cool is that? I get to go there and bring my dogs, when I do! w00t!) Yes, that IS one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Ah! A little sun, a private shelf, no dogs. This is the life. I was fine until that dog showed up... what's she doing now? Why don't they just behave? Yes, you called? I heard there were tuna treats involved. You may deliver them now. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Were you there? Did you attend #WIPIN2014 this past weekend? Over 200 amazingly talented women were there, sharing, talking, sharing, laughing, sharing, learning, and just being sociable. It was one of the best business conferences I have ever attended. A key point of the conference was to bring the women of the pet industry together to meet each other. As we sat around tables over breakfast, we shared stories and thoughts and hopes and dreams. As we furiously wrote notes during sessions, we marveled at what we knew and what we didn't and how exciting it was to be in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
And super dog, tired from fighting that nasty storm, relaxes a bit on the people's sofa. Because, the dog's sofa just isn't soft enough. Poor lil Olive has been wearing her "superman" cape quite a bit this summer. At the first hint of thunder or the dreaded lightning, we bundle her in it and hope she will not get too anxious. Sometimes it works and she finds a quiet place to rest, as in this picture. Other times, she just wanders and pants and climbs on our laps and won't be consoled. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Well, of course they're alive. How else would they be, at our house? They're alive and well and spoiled to ... not death. NO, spoiled to the moon. We love them others. Feeling a bit challenged today, from so many sad images on Facebook. From so much anger and hurt in the world. From so many misinformed people who insist a dog's BREED is cause for legislation... because humans have turned that breed into something hateful. From so many people acting as if a shelter dog causes more issues that a breed dog. Not looking at the big picture,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's Or of thine own were: Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. ~John Donne I love that poem. It speaks to me. It speaks to me of the power of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Don't leave me in a hot car! Campaigns against dogs in hot cars abound! We see them every year, and yet...many, many dogs will still die from being left in a hot car. Sometimes it's because the human left the window open a crack, and that's enough, right? That's what they'll say if you ask them, that it's enough. It's not. Sometimes, the human will leave the car under a tree, with the window cracked a little...cause that's enough, too, right? They are sure it is. It's not. Sometimes, it's because they're only going to be 5 minutes, just 5... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
With thanks to my daughter, Chloe, and BzTat, an artist extraordinaire... these beautiful portraits are waiting for the proper place in my home or my office, and when I saw them, I admit, I cried. My beloved pets... front and center. And, notice our Wabby (aka Pandora) and Chester (my boy) are there also. They are still with us, as is Carmel, who has been gone for quite some time, but still lives in our hearts. Happy Birthday to me! (Yvonne) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Mom, the cat just tipped over the water bowl. I don't take my pets with me much of anywhere. I hope no on will judge me harshly for that. Here's the thing - Emily isn't as comfortable in the car as most dogs. She rarely checks out the window and when she does, she barks. We go to the vet, which doesn't bother her at all, by the way, and we take her to Only Natural Pet, which is a pet friendly, natural products store in Boulder. And, part of the Pet360 family of sites. She loves going places like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
daily blogging is a must! by Yvonne DiVita I love blogging. I love hitting the keyboard and watching the words flow like cool, clear water (and yes, I sometimes get sludge, but I clear that out fast!). My fingers just typed "worlds" instead of words and that's appropriate, because words create worlds. There is a level of artistic achievement in blogging that I don't get elsewhere. Because when I blog, and click publish, the worlds I've created with my words are now out there - in front of millions, available for reading and commenting on. Will millions read my words,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Our boy Chester may be gone, and much too soon, but he is forever in our hearts. We think of him every day. by Yvonne DiVita Folks are studying canine longevity. That simply means, canine life expectancy. Seems there's big interest in 'aging's complexities", as it applies to our canine friends. And, how aging affects disease. We, of sound mind and body, who love our dogs as we love our lives, already know this. Don't we? We know there is a strong connection between us and our floppy eared friends. That connection is mostly one of devoted love, both ways,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
The Olive is not happy when you point a camera at her. She goes to great lengths to avoid said instrument of torture... I mean, it must be torture by the way she acts! Still, I perservere and I win... Mom, I don't like the camera! Go away Mom! I'm ignoring you, Mom. Go away! Yes, I like it better with the pillow. NOW will you go away? Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
by Yvonne DiVita I read this horror story over the weekend and it still has me reeling. How many of you know that your dog could die of suffocation...from a potato chip bag? I'm so horrified I can hardly type but here's what I learned over at Preventive Vet... (it's shocking, but it's necessary to shock you...) "Pet suffocation in snack, cereal and other bags happens often - and it happens quickly, too. Many people have returned home, or walked into another room, to find a bag covering their beloved dog's head. Sadly, many of these dogs are already dead... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Mom, Molly won't get out of my way. It's my chair and I told Olive it was. I didn't chase the cat. Emily did. It's all Emily's fault. I've been sleeping here, in Olive's bed all day. I didn't do anything. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings