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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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Each Wednesday BlogPaws shares blogs with the world via a blog hop. It's designed to showcase our bloggers, their pets, and their passion. Hundreds of people share an icon and link to their blogs. You should, too! And, check out all those fabulous pet blogs here! Don't forget to add yours! Here's our entry for this week: (ok, more than one because they tell a story all their own) Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
TGIF - thank goodness it's Friday. Why? Why do we struggle all week and count the minutes until Friday? Friday is just a day, like any other. It has 24 hours in it, limited time to do whatever you wish. It's nothing special. We love Friday because the next day is Saturday. Saturday is generally our play day. Even the pets know when it's Saturday. Here's the rub - too many of us crave the wonder of Friday, anticipating everything we can do on Saturday, and then Saturday comes ... followed by Sunday (which can be another play day or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I had to share this. It not only touched my heart but it made me mad. Why do people think they should ever be in charge of another living creature, the way they were with Budi and others like him? This is among the very worst we have to offer - when we steal infants and sell them to the highest bidder, because they are not human! Yes, it's hundreds of times worse when it happens to a human infant or child, but in the end, to me, we are all God's creatures (and I use 'god' loosely... the higher... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
If that thing beeps at me again, I'm going to gnaw it to death. I can't do a post without words. Sorry. No matter how hard I try to take or find a really amazing image of Emily or Olive or Molly, I fail. All the images are wonderful to me but the story they tell requires a few words. At least I think the story requires words. Maybe you're a fantastic photographer and your images are worth a thousand words, as they say. Good for you! Lucky you! I am jealous of you. My images are not so ...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Our Olive likes her walks, especially on these warm spring days. Here in CO, we've been blessed with warm temps and lots of sun (which will be an issue soon...we do worry about fires), and the dogs are always eager to get out the door and enjoy it. However, sometimes we all enjoy it too much and our little one is all worn out by the time we get home. This is her PoopedOut face... in the bed that even Emily gets in sometimes. That was a long walk, Mom! Whew I'm pooped out! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Dogs deserve better! Support the making of our film about a tiny survivor & help end puppy mills. I have to share this. I have to ask everyone who reads this post, today and tomorrow and Thursday, to please, please, please visit the link and participate. I'm so passionate about puppy mills and finding a way to put them all out of business! This goes to my core purpose, which is sharing the human animal bond research, thoughts, and feelings. I think of my Lil Olive, my girl, who came from a puppy mill in the worst condition! I think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
From the Olive... While all ya'all are eating too much candy and chocolate, I...the Olive...will be doing this, just about all day...with my best gal, Emily. Olive and Emily Cuddling p.s. our eggs are scrambled at breakfast time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
She's more than a dog to us. She is our precious, a bit precocious, girl. She wants to talk and tries desperately to do so, every day. Her eyes are the most expressive part of her body, although that morning wiggle when she's so glad to see us, is a close second. This is our Emily.Emily has seizures around four or five times a year. They last for about 10 -16 torturous moments. She is aware but confused, and frightened. We are not so confused because we assume (no vet diagnosis, they say if the seizures are not routine, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Wordless Wednesday at BlogPaws Emily reminding us that she was, and still is, a puppy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
The Teachings of Shirelle Easter post by guest author, Douglas Green. He brings his unique observations to us about dogs, spring, and Easter. Hey, ya'all know Easter is this Sunday, right? Well, this post is a must read for that. Enjoy! Leave him a nice comment, if you can. Forget what they tell you on “Game of Thrones;” actually, Spring is coming. The favorite of seasons, the subject of so many poems and songs, and the occasion, in the Western world, of two beautiful holidays that seem to speak about its meaning. Passover celebrates the idea that we have survived... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
In all seriousness, we hear a lot about 'dogs'...but Molly wants to know where the cats are. (notice Twiggy and Emily are not willing to give up their cat... ain't that sweet?) Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I don't wanna be president. I hear it's not much fun. What about my walks? Well, we can hope, can't we? I won't get political here, what would be the use of that? I will say that as we move into the second decade of what we call the "new" millennium, I see hope. Hope for the recognition of how important animals are to ... so many of us. And, research on how they are important to all human life, whether many of us realize it or not. My dogs, Olive and Emily, and belatedly Chester and Carmie, are a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Chicken soup is not only for the soul. Sometimes it's for...the belly. Even in dreams. Here is our Olive, snoring on a big fluffy bed (Twiggy's bed, actually)...dreaming of chicken soup. Oh, she does love chicken soup! (as does Emily...of course!) Happy Wordless Wednesday folks. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Great news from the Miami Herald: Yes,students, you may bring a pet to live with you. Why? Because of this: Dogs have long been recognized for soothing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and boosting emotional connections. A 2005 study conducted at UCLA Medical Center found that when teams of volunteers and trained therapy dogs visited 76 hospitalized heart failure patients, the patients’ anxiety scores dropped 24 percent. For those who had a visit from a volunteer without a dog, the scores dropped only 10 percent. Read more here: I'm a big proponent of allowing pets just about everywhere. Yes, within... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Olive sleeps during BlogPaws 2014 Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I have to do it. I can't help it. Here are my thoughts on the political landscape today... 10 Reasons I think a Dog or Cat Would Be Better In the White House... They are not Donald, or Hillary, or Bernie, or whomever. They are soft and furry and fun. Oh yeah, those other candidates cannot compete with that! They are loyal. NO flip-flopping. Hey, if your dog doesn't like peanut butter (mine don't), he or she won't like it tomorrow or next year, either. If your cat hates catnip... just throw it out. Cats and Dogs know what they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Longmont Humane Society, Colorado Sharing. A visit we, Tom and I, made to our local Longmont Humane Society to deliver a donation check of funds raised by BlogPaws's Be the Change, in conjunction with Only Natural Pet. Whew! What a sentence! Really, it's a doozy. Go back and read it again. I'll wait. So, now that you've read it again, what did it say? It said a whole lot of things. Let me recap for you. Tom and I went out to our local shelter to meet folks and give away money. We admit it was money raised by Only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Emily told me to shut up, Mom! I merely asked her to stop snoring. You know she sounds like a dump truck! Make them both shut up. They're disturbing my beauty sleep. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
The election is heating up, in case you haven't been paying attention. Mind you, you'd have to be living somewhere in the middle of the ocean not to know the election is heating up. I won't get into the politics of it, per se. Politics seems a dirty business, to me. I don't think it's meant to be dirty, but it becomes so as time goes on and politicians debate and politic more. Mind you, they are ALL politicians. As soon as they chose to run, they became politicians. Do not let the 'label' fool you. They're running for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Yay! Yay! Yay! (everything works better in threes, you know) It's not only Wordless Wednesday at BlogPaws, it's time to enter the BlogPaws or Bust! contest! Win a trip to BlogPaws. Yes, travel, hotel, and registration. That's pawsome, don't you think? Two other prizes can help cover costs, also, so it's a win-win for any pet blogger (or lifestyle blogger with pets) who wants to hang out with the FANTASTIC folk at BlogPaws. I can say that cause I'm one. Yes, I am the Co-Founder. Oh my! What does that mean? It means Caroline Golon and Tom Collins and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
So, the Stupid Bowl was last week. On Sunday, I think. Or, thereabouts. Olive and Emily were slightly confused about it. Here's a little conversation I overheard them sharing. "What's up with this football thing?" Olive asked Emily. They were both in front of the TV (and subsequently moved as soon as they saw me coming with the camera - do your dogs do that?), as a sports report was on. "It's the way the humans work up an appetite," Emily answered. "This weekend," the sportscaster was announcing, "Peyton Manning will do this and that and theotherthing for the amazing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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 Feb 10, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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 Feb 9, 2016 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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
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