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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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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
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
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
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
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 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
She hears us... she feels us... she is too comfy to notice us. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Be a responsible rabbit Mom n' Dad It's International Rabbit Day! Can I hear some shouts of joy and excitement? w00t! w00t! w00t!!! Who doesn't find rabbits cuddly and cute and adorable? If you shrugged or answered, "me", you should leave the room. Wait, don't just leave the room...leave the planet, please. Because today is International Rabbit Day and...we are celebrating the power of the bunny! Rabbits are great pets BUT... yes, there is a BIG BUT... they require care, understanding and lots of love, just as any family pet. You can't buy or adopt a rabbit and think it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Our very own greyhound, Twiggy. Ever willing to rat our her friends. and..."a lapdog named Ginger, the four cats and the birds." This from a paragraph in an online story of lifting the lives of our elderly in nursing homes up. Lifting them up to make life not just bearable (or unbearable, as the case may be) but to make life worthwhile. I have a soft spot for animals, children and those of us society labels elderly. Back in my youth, the number attached to my lifespan right now (mid-sixties) would have put me in the elderly group. But, today,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Olive Emily and Pandora, sharing a couch I know 'funner' is not a word. So be it. I didn't like 'more fun'. It didn't fit with the way the title flowed. Does this mean I am using privilege to invent words - because I am a writer, a blogger, a business owner... and I feel the entitlement to invent words? Yes. So there. Here are 10 Ways Having a Pet Makes You Better, Smarter and More Fun... to be accurate... 1. Having a pet makes you approachable out in public. Yes, people notice your pet before they notice you. They... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Our little girl is not feeling well. She's perky (more than she looks in this picture), but she needs blood tests and maybe an ultrasound. Here's hoping our baby girl is better soon! Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
This is a share post. It's about service dogs (link goes to just ONE site about service dogs; there are many, please visit more than one) and the good they do. It's about our military and how they often come home with PTSD... post-traumatic stress disorder. It's about how dogs help them not so much "get" better, but feel better. Understand that my image of Emily, saying she'd be service dog if she could, is true. I think she's so smart she would be a fantastic service dog! But, her service right now, is taking care of our Olive. Service... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Why can't we walk Right NOW? How much time do we spend waiting? Waiting at red lights annoys Tom the most. I don't mind red lights so much. It gives me a chance to pause and reflect on my surroundings. Waiting in line at the grocery store... does get my ire up. But, it's a part of everyday life so I accept it and always curse myself silently because I tend to pick the WRONG line, almost every time. Sigh. Waiting for my email client to "send/receive" makes me crazy. Why does it sometimes need to "prepare" to send/receive, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I am so comfy... this bed is my favorite! Emily says...This is MY favorite bed...sometimes. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
A collection of dogs at the new house No doubt the title of this post is too long for our friends at Google. But, I don't care. There I said it. I don't care about Google. Actually, I do care about Google. We should all care about Google. But, I don't let Google run my life. That's all. If my title is too long, so be it. It is what is it. We are coming out of the most horrific move I've ever experienced. And, I've experienced a whole bunch, folks. I am a serial mover. That's right, I move... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
At our house, I rule. I am The Cat. I think there's a book out there with a similar title to mine - How to Win Friends and Influence People, so I won't claim it as original, but it fits. (did you know you cannot copyright a title? Yep... titles are free to repurpose! LOL) Anyway, I am really going to write about the opposite of making friends and influencing people. So, the title should really be...How NOT to Make Friends and Influence People. The idea for this post came to me from my good friend and colleague, Carol Bryant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Kitty wonders - what the xyz is going on? But, as long as litter box is clean and food is delivered, she will let the dogs stress about it. They better keep all this junk up here, out of my area in the basement! Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
I move. A lot. I don't do it on purpose. Wait a minute, of course I do it on purpose. I become unhappy with where I'm living, generally the house I'm living in is what makes me unhappy, and I start the trek to find a new place to live. Tom and I moved again, just recently. It was harrowing. From the movers, who were not as professional as I expected, to ourselves, who were not as prepared as I expected, to the new house we had built which was more work than I expected... this move kicked our butts!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings