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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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My vet loves me for who I am. Like bloggers, veterinarians are often misunderstood. People believe they make millions by charging high prices. Or, that they don't really care about pets, they only practice their particular field of medicine because it makes them rich. Or, that the expensive equipment in their offices, to do surgery, take X-rays and MRIs, etc, was discounted for them because the manufacture wanted them to buy it. People would be so wrong. In a new detective show on TV, two men meet and are thrown together unexpectedly, to one of the detective's dismay (he doesn't... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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My pets teach me so much. They teach me patience and loyalty and to be 'aware' of my surroundings and how to love unconditionally. I don't know where I would be without my precious pets. Maybe I'd have a bigger house (cause I could afford it, not having $1200 pet bills like the recent one); maybe I'd have nicer things (like couches that aren't full of pet hair); maybe I'd sleep later in the morning... And...maybe not. Maybe I'd be missing out on the most important things in life: love, walks in the early morning, happiness in being together, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Where's my breakfast? Didn't you get paid for that blog post? Everyone loves free product. Those of us who are dedicated bloggers - that means we blog consistently, we have purpose and we strive to be professional - often get pitched free product. Even in the early days of my blog, I was unimpressed with a PR firm or a brand offering me free product for my 'work'. You see, they were approaching me (so they said) because of my influence. They appreciated my content. They wanted to tap into my readers. The very same reasons they pay for magazine... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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***I received both free product and compensation for writing about PawSponge. But, I'm only doing it because I think it will be worth my while, and yours. #downwithmud *** I get invited to write about a lot of different kinds of pet products. I get invitations from folks who want to share their content with me... because my content is lousy, I guess...and I get a good bit of attention from big brands wanting me to promote their latest, greatest marketing program. Generally, I give a polite no in response. Like many of you, I work with the @BlogPaws network... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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This is what I love about living in Colorado. We have the best walking trails and best views in the country. Even though we don't get to the mountains much, we do get to walk the dogs on grass, with a view of the mountains. They love it and so do we! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Oh boy, today was fantastic! The sun was up and shining by 7 a.m. Temps got well above 50 degrees before 10 a.m. We knew we had to take the fur-kids out early enough that it wouldn't bother Olive. She not only gets tired on our long walks, but in hot weather, she labors to breathe properly. Come summer, we'll be out by six a.m. or not at all. Emily enjoyed the beautiful Colorado weather, pulling Tom along with her sexy strut. She doesn't know how to just 'walk'. She's always got that back end wiggling, tail waving, eyes on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Lucky Friday the 13th with a Black Cat Who doesn't love black cats? Seriously, they are among the most gorgeous creatures of this earth! Many years ago we had a black cat named Merlin. That was back in the days when we allowed our cats to go outdoors. Merlin would go out, disappear for a bit, and return for his dinner, every day. Until, one day... he didn't. :-( I don't know what happened to him. I like to think he was taken in by a cat loving home. He was so gorgeous and so friendly, that seems like the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Just sharing some shots of the fur kids avoiding the camera. I sure wish I knew how to get them to pose! Stop with the camera! Get the camera out of my way, Mom. I know it's Olive's bed but I like it. Is the camera necessary? I mean, I can't eat it so what good is it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Carmel Who Looks Very Much Like My Missy I am a pet person from WAAYYyy back! I expect many of you were (are) too. I think I was BORN in love with dogs and cats. It was mostly dogs in those early years. I don't have a good reason for it. I don't remember ever not wanting a dog, and I don't remember why it was so important... other than, I just loved the furry critters! I was given my first dog when I was twelve. Oh the world suddenly got so much better! Even though Missy was not allowed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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That's what each of us is. An army of one, as Bon Jovi says. Each of us, via social media, our immediate family/friends and our business network, constitute an army of one. It's up to us, each one of us, to be out there supporting animal shelters and rescues. Especially those in our local area. It's up to us to spread the good word. The good word that there are hundreds of animals in shelters waiting for forever homes. Hundreds of animals that aren't puppies or kittens, that need a loving home and a warm bed. Hundreds of animals that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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If Onyx has that toy, and Emily has the other toy, where's my toy? So you had it first, Olive. I can hold it forever... so you can't have it now. That's a funny one, Mom. I know you're hiding a new toy behind your back. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Four award-winning members of the Cat Writers Association, all with different strengths & backgrounds who all started their careers as writers will join us for this BlogPaws Cares & Shares Hangout. Meet Janiss Garza, Laya Morgan Wilde, Alana Greylak, and Deb Barnes who share their insight, their experience and their thoughts on the topic of Journalistic Integrity with our listeners. These four talented women will be at the Nashville, TN BlogPaws in May, so you'll want to get your registration in now, to see them in person. Here's the YouTube video of Journalistic Excellence & Blogging for your watching and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Old dogs. Old cats. Old animals of any kind. They hold a special place in MY heart. I've had my share of puppies and kittens. They are tres' adorable, for sure. Every one melts my heart in so many ways. My first dog started out as a puppy, and from there, every animal I had was a baby when he or she arrived in my home. In CO, I've come to appreciate the pull of an aging dog and cat. Our Chester was the first adoptee we took in, at a ripe old age of 8. He'd spent his entire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Olive waiting for dental treats This post is sponsored by PetSmart and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Pet Dental Health Month, but Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for any of the content of this article. The title is obviously from Little Red Riding Hood, an ancient (if you ask me) fairy tale that isn't all it's cracked up to be. But, that's a story for a different blog than this one. For us, the 'big teeth'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily and Chester bonded at the shelter. We adopted them almost together. They were truly in love. We miss Chester so much! Olive was there first and she wasn't moving. Tom was careful not to disturb her. Our precious granddaughter Miah with her pup, Onyx, at least two years ago. Love me, love my dog, for sure. Our three,when we still had three. They are staring at the front door in anticipation of Tom's arrival home with take-out. Oh yes, we always got them something in the take-out bag,too. Protein only, of course. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Charred dog house guest post by Katie Coombs, on behalf of Richardson Rescue In a quiet part of rural South Carolina, just down the interstate from Charlotte, NC an army of volunteers has gathered by the dozens and cleanup is well underway. After an early morning fire on February 18th tore through Richardson Rescue costing the lives of 16 precious dogs and puppies, hearts are heavy, but gratitude, hope and hugs are plentiful. This is where healing begins. This is how healing happens. Richardson Rescue is a non-profit animal adoption agency in York, SC. For almost 15 years, the Richardson’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Puppy mills. Those horrid places that "breed" the animals people buy in pet stores. (our Olive was one... and that's how she lost her eye, folks; we were lucky to get her from a rescue... ) Pet stores. Those horrid places that sell animals bred in puppy mills. It's a catch 22 of sorts. Close down puppy mills and we solve the problem, yes? Not really. They'll just go online to sell their 'wares'. Never doubt that the precious creatures they "breed" are wares to them. Make'em and sell'em, seems to be their motto, across the board. Take care of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Olive in black and white What will you do for your dog? Your cat? Your capybara? (We had a capybara at BlogPaws last year! Did you get your pic taken with it?) All of us who have pets we are devoted to, pets who mean the world to us, pets who ARE our children (never mind people who say that can't be... what do they know?) think about the "what I wouldn't do for my pet" question now and then. Back in the day, when we had Carmie, in the early days of this blog, my kids used to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Aw Dad, do I hafta go to da vet and get my teeths cleaned? I'm not going. I'm not going. I'm not going! Teeth Cleaning is for the dogs, right? Not for cats? (don't tell Molly but it really is her turn... she's next up to get those pearly whites polished! Shhhh....) Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Maybe the title of this post should be, IS there a line? I went on an extended trip recently. Tom and I traveled to Upstate NY to visit family, participate in his youngest child's wedding, and get away from it all. We left sunny skies in Colorado for frigid temps and deep snow in Upstate NY. But, it was worth it. There is nothing better than spending time with friends and family. I know you agree. This is a universal feeling, it's not just me ... we miss family and friends when we're away from them. Although today's technology allows... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Do Not Question My Mom's Love for Me This is an open letter to folks who are not as deeply connected to the Pet Industry as I am. Because I'm discovering a lot of people out there seem to feel that animals are expendable. They think the human race is all that matters on this little planet of ours. As if people could exist without... our creatures. Dear People who think dogs/cat/ferrets/guinea pigs/chickens... any other creature kept as a companion animal, otherwise known as 'pet' doesn't deserve every ouch of energy and $$$ we spend on them': Stop it. Stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I'm not sure it's "pink" that attracts Olive as much as... the size of this new toy. She is in love with it! In this picture, she's taking a breather from running around the house with Piggy in her mouth. Personally, I think her goal is to tease Emily so Emily will try to take it from her. She loves playing tug of war with Emily. Oh the warmth of the morning sun, after a run around the house with my piggy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Listen up! The Human Animal Bond Exists! "FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jan. 26, 2015 – Two recently published studies sponsored by Zoetis and partner organizations support the positive benefits of the human-animal bond in two specific groups: cancer patients and military-connected children. Zoetis is dedicated to supporting research that identifies new ways companion animals enhance the health and well-being of humans." I am all about the human-animal bond. While I don't talk about it nearly enough, it's present and alive in everything I do and say. I have deep feelings for animals, as do many of you, and in that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Purdy and Rocky sharing their bed Just made that up... sharebook Saturday. Maybe it should be ShareBlog Saturday. Or, sharepage Saturday. Or, share whatever stuff ya got Saturday. :-) I like to share important stuff when I can. 1. Hound dogs are the best dogs in the world. Yes, I"m prejudiced. My Chester melted my heart. Well, did you know that once hunting season is over, some stupid folks put their hounds out... or up for adoption. Christie Zizo wrote a fantastic post about it. Read it and share, please. Hunting Season's Over, Help Discarded Beagles Maryland Beagles from a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Are you team dog or team cat? It doesn't matter. Either team or both are worth being part of. I want to share the most amazing Super Bowl commercial with all of my readers, hoping to put that other horrible commercial that was all over social media the other day out of people's minds. But first, let me tell you a little about The Lucy Pet Foundation . Do hop over and read Joey Herrick's note about how many animals are euthanized yearly and how we can stop it! Joey decided to do more than just talk it up -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings