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Yvonne DiVita
Just a pet lover hoping to share stories with other pet lovers.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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by Yvonne DiVita, with help from Emily, Olive and Molly...because without them, this blog would not exist. I am fortunate to be able to work with folks in the pet industry who understand more than the love and passion we pet people have for our treasured animals, they understand the importance of good health and good nutrition. I say that because back in the day, mid-20th century, no one thought about pet nutrition and 'health' was just ... hey, my dog is okay today. We did the vaccination thing, walk the dog thing, give the kitty a pat now and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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by Yvonne DiVita , with help from Olive and Emily "Get Out of My Chair Or Else... " Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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"Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis My rating: 5 of 5 stars ***NOTE: I received a review copy of this book last summer. That I JUST got to it is embarrassing, but... there you have it. And, I'm so glad I remembered it ... loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a delightful romp with friends, and "frenemies", in a warm, inviting town reminiscent of historical America, before technology mucked everything up, coupled with a bit of mystery. I read a lot of books for folks, to review on my blog(s), and sometimes... the disappointment with a particular title... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Lost in contemplation. Is she wondering what's funny in the funny papers (cause she didn't see anything funny there?) Or, is she wondering where she put that extra treat she got the other day, and decided to hide? Or, is she wondering if it's getting close to dinnertime...oh, please let it be close to dinnertime! Or, is she so tired she's ready to fall over? All of the above. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Emily and her big eyes That's what I imagine Emily and Olive shouting at me when I rearrange things at home. As with most dogs, they like their place to be...the same every day. They like their dog bed in its area in front of the fireplace (and it still is, I haven't moved that); they like their sofa to stay put (they have commandeered the sofa by the wall near my office- each day they mix up who will sleep where- left or right; generally, Emily wants to be where Olive is or was...and vice-versa. So they spend the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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For those in the know, the Morris Animal Foundation is a well-respected research group that works to supports research into veterinary care for varying groups of animals. Actually, most animals. Except people. And yes, people are animals. Their site shows this explanation on the homepage: "Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary care for companion animals, horses and wildlife. We are a global leader in animal health science, and our funding helps more species in more places than that of any other organization in the world." At the moment, they're involved in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Here's how I imagine the house rules would go if Molly crafted them: 1. The cat rules. Humans will remember the cat is in charge. Dogs will be treated to cat's wrath, if they disagree. 2. The cat's needs will be met, quickly and efficiently. Humans will remember to keep the dry food available, deliver the wet food (in flavors we like, please...all other favors will be left to petrify in their place) morning and night, and provide proper attention throughout the day. 3. Proper attention is: keeping the dogs away making sure the cat bed is fluffed and clean... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our Molly is a sweetheart... she's becoming more and more comfortable with the dogs. Warms my heart! Can't imagine a home without both dogs and cats. Which pets are just must-haves at your house? Olive says: You're blocking the sun, Molly. Molly says: It's my sun, after all. You can go get your own in the other room. Olive says: There's no sun in the other room. Molly says: Oh well... sorry about that. Turn on a light. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I'm not the only one who is passionate about the human animal bond. I know many of YOU are, also. Well, at the recent BlogPaws conference, our Saturday keynote, Dr. Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHsSs, CCMEP, spoke on the topic of "one health initiative" and taught us a LOT about the human animal bond. Many people said this was the best part of the entire conference. I can't say that...but, it sure was close. Our own Tom commented on Google+ : #HABRI #blogpaws keynote: defines "a group of intimates with both a shared history and a future" We both like that,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I can't just add a picture... I have to talk about it. I'm a Wordless Wednesday failure! Oh the bliss of a good rub on the rug This pup was sighted at the recent BlogPaws social media conference in Vegas. Oh, doesn't he look like he's enjoying that rug? Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's garage sale time. We'll see them popping up in every neighborhood, near and far, almost every weekend now. Folks deciding to clean out their attic, basement, garage, or their whole house. I love garage sales, don't you? You can find the best stuff in garage sales. Here, in our new home, we found a bookcase that matches two end tables we bought, for our front room. It was quite a find. As if they were made for each other. Here's an idea, though... many times you see 'junk' at garage sales. Not sure who said "one man's treasure is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Fleas and ticks and mosquitoes, oh my! Can't you just see Dorothy and the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion trapsing through the forest chanting, "Fleas and ticks and mosquitoes, oh my!" while they turn their heads first this way, then that way... ? I can. I can see it because it's almost summertime and the pesky bugs will abound, no doubt. Ok, these are not pesky bugs. These are dangerous insects and...as my friend Lea-Ann Germinder says over on Good News for Pets, "Why wait for the bite?" The campaign noted on GNFP is from Vectra 3D, a product... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Squirrel teasing Emily Miss Emily tries every day to get those squirrels. Every day she barrels out the door and thinks she's going to get her a squirrel. Isn't eternal hope inspiring? Go for it, Emily! Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I'm a brand. Well, I represent a brand. I represent BlogPaws, for anyone who isn't in the know or who lands on this post from a Google search. BlogPaws is a community of pet bloggers, created by myself, Tom Collins, Caroline Golon and my daughter, Chloe DiVita. We created it to help bloggers be whatever they wanted to be... and to support animals in need. Carol, our PR Manager, pictured above with Paris Permenter, likes to say "we write the blogs that make the whole world read," and I agree with her. Our blogs are read the world over, by... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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A short poem, inspired by Jellybean and Mr. G. and a tribute to Animal Place. I just read their story on Facebook - Care2 shared it. An amazing insightful story about a neglected goal and a burro. This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean. The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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On this truly most important day, I always hear Billy Ray Cyrus singing, "Some Gave All" in the background of all I do. If you don't know the song, don't judge it by the singer - Cyrus does a great job sharing the emotion of saying thank you to our servicemen and women, and the song is just a whisper of what we should be thinking about today. Of course, being who I am, I also think of the Service Dogs. I think of the work they do for America, and how even when the 'war' or the soldier's term... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Well, let's rephrase that - you don't really want to sell yourself, right? You want to sell your services, or products. Tangible things people can buy. Let's hope they are not trying to buy you! I read about this online a fair bit. For instance, bloggers who ask for payment to do product reviews or cover brand campaigns remind brands that ... the free stuff doesn't pay the light bill or put gas in the car. They also mention their commitment to the hard work of having a blog or of doing what they do. They have learned to be... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The Emily giving us the 'stink' eye... when we were at BlogPaws and she was home with the pet sitters. Aw, poor Emily. She's happy now. We're home... for a few more days. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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When I say pests I mean... ticks, fleas, mosquitoes. Ewwwwww! The kinds of pests that are emerging from their winter sleep and gathering around our favorite outdoor places. Here's the scoop, folks... you know I'm all about the human animal bond. Well, that means sharing information relevant to the good health of our pets, as well as sharing information about how much pets mean to us. Truly, if pets mean so much to us, isn't it our job to make sure they are healthy all year long? I attended a session at the 2014 BlogPaws, given by Steve Dale, sponsored... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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No, you shouldn't write for free. Why do you write for free? Why do you allow the option of free product, which doesn't keep the lights on or contribute to the cost of veterinary bills, be your deciding factor in giving any brand free advertising? Let's think this through... After the 6th Annual BlogPaws Event, which ended only a week ago in Lake Las Vegas, I see more bloggers being pitched than ever before. Generally, the pitch is, "I have free product for you." Or, "I have great content you can share." The bloggers who are still confused, want to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Tricky title for this post. Making money and influencing brands isn't all that hard - you FIRST have to decide how much money and which brands. Then you have to commit to doing the work. Let's say you're a pet blogger. Like me. Let's say you would like to earn additional income from your work online, specifically your blog. You see other bloggers with ads in their sidebar, but you don't really want to serve ads. They're so tacky. Plus, some of the ads are...well, they're not pet focused, so why is the pet blogger displaying them? (she probaby doesn't... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings