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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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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 yesterday at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Tom and Molly Doesn't Molly look like she's saying, "We're just fine here, Mom. You can go on your way now." She is actually comfy with her "Tom" and will, in short order, start helping him type. He loves it when she adds her gobbledy-gook to his work. Little Bella: In Memory And, across the country, in my daughter's house, her Bella (who is no longer with us, I am sad to say), found a comfy chair also. We called her baby so she thought she'd take over the baby's chair. Makes sense to me! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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"It's a hard knock life," so the saying goes. That's from a song right out of Lil' Orphan Annie about living in an orphanage. Much the same, I think, as living in a shelter. Except, in shelters...where we 'house' our leftover pets, life is far more unpleasant than life in an orphanage. Let it be known I have never lived in an orphanage. And, yes, I've read stories about the 'horrors' in some places - generally related to many, many years ago when kids sent to these places were really leftover kids, and often sent to said organization because the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I love you Onyx. We will be together always. One dictionary source identifies "species" as: a class of individuals having some common characteristics or qualities; distinct sort or kind. To me, that means my dog is the same species I am. My cat is the same species I am. We're very commonly alike. We have two eyes, a mouth, two ears, and a tail. Okay, I don't have a tail. But, I can be as big a wiggle butt as any out there - including you, Dexter! So, I don't discount the tail thing. We also love long walks. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Who could resist this face? I am active on social media. I use Facebook a lot. I check in to Google+. I read blogs. I watch videos. In short, my online activity is high. One of the 'announcements' that gets me fuming on a daily basis is the "owner surrender" notes from shelters I am connected to. I find my blood pressure going to the roof when I read those words. Often, the "owner surrender" is an adorable dog or cat, given up for no good reason that we can ascertain. We being the folks at the 'other end'... the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Enjoying some sun time with my fur budds. 12 Reasons I think animals are so important to the human condition (let's establish what the 'human condition' is first: "the 'human condition' is an important part of our understanding of literature. Literary critics often label a piece of writing as literature - and not pulp fiction - if it tries to describe this 'human condition.' Essentially, the discussion of the human condition is any THEMATIC concern about human nature, human society or how we live our lives.") Therefore, as I speak about the human condition in my writing, which is not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Ok... maybe FAT is too harsh. How about porky? Or, chubby? Or, just comfy? That's our Olive all the way. Relaxing on lazy Sunday morning. Ah! that sun feels good. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Yes, my dog is comparable to my kid. No, I don't place my dog or my other pets above my kids, or my spouse. However, I do consider my animals as thinking, feeling beings who experience hunger, regret, loneliness, and love... the same as people. Not necessarily the same WAY as people feel these things, but I do believe animals "feel" them, in varying degrees. Yesterday I was reading my AARP magazine (yes, I'm old enough to belong to AARP - which doesn't say much since they begin contacting people as soon as you turn 30, I think!), and one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Little Olive enjoying her nap - no longer in a puppy mill cage 2015 is beckoning. It fills us with promise and expectation. “Come join me,” it calls to us. “You can be whatever you want to be in 2015 – I promise!” And we all buy into that idea. It’s true enough. From time immemorial, human beings have celebrated the New Year. Those of us who live in this time, in the moments of a new millennium that stretches like a whirling universe around us, watch TV or brave snow and ice or raise a glass at a private... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The treasured fur kids at our house: Kitty Molly, Perky ears Olive, and Always in charge Emily New Year's resolutions... from the pets. Cause the humans know better (who really keeps resolutions, I mean, really? Not us!) Emily says: 1. I resolve to stick my cold wet nose where it doesn't belong, more often. Mainly, in mom's crotch or dad's armpit and certainly right in their face several times a day. 2. I resolve to bark and carry on unmercifully around 2pm every day, if I haven't had my walk yet. If I have had my walk, I'll just pretend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Can't help but share... on this Wordless Wednesday, last of the year for 2014. First week in the new house. The dogs love the fireplace. My boy. I miss him so much! I see what you have. It's a treat. Is it for me? Molly keeping Tom company while he works. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Do you ever wonder... Why so many people treat animals poorly? Is it because they're uninformed? Is it because they CHOOSE to believe animals are expendable? Is it because of how they were raised? Is it just because... it's easier not to consider animals as having feelings, like people? I wonder about that a lot. Especially when I look at my Olive, above, who was rescued from a puppy mill. Do you ever wonder... Why we, as human beings - "thinking man" if you will - don't think much? Why we don't 'think' before we act? Why we allow ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Yes, yes, I'm a grinch. A scrooge. A stick in the mud, or whatever other name you give to someone who wishes the holidays were a bit shorter... like, done and over in an hour. It's not that I don't like the decorations. I do. They're pretty. They make me go "aw" sometimes. It's not that I don't like giving gifts. I do. I love surprising the kids and dogs and the kitty with something new and different that makes them go "aw"... even if it's in bark and meow. It's not that I dislike visiting family and friends, drinking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Disclosure – I was afforded this opportunity because I am part of the BlogPaws Professional Blogger Network. The Alpo dog biscuits were provided by Nestlé Purina. Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. All opinions in this post are honest and my own. It's the day after. The day after Christmas. At our house, I hear a lot of snoring in the background, and meowing... kitty never lets up. She's always after Tom to sit with her, give her treats, or just be there... he's her guy. It's mutual, of course. The dogs are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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