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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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We are having issues with the little one at our house. She is on meds for her UTI and ... she is giving her Mom and Dad a REALLY hard time... I mean a REALLY hard time. (but we have persevered... we're wrapping it in cheese and she's not the wiser!) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Frequent readers will know that our little girl, Olive, was rescued from a puppy mill. They will know that I am among many active crusaders who are working to put puppy mills to death. May they all go out of business and suffer forever the effects of the hell they are destined for. Yes, I am more than passionate about this topic. I continue to feel such anger and disbelief about how and why any sentient being would do such horrible things to another sentient being (yes, dogs to think), that I will not stop covering this issue and demanding... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Smile? Why should I smile? Does that thing give out treats? Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's lunchtime, Mom. Step away from the computer. Get us our dog food. This post is sponsored by PetSmart®, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin® Pet Health Nutrition, but Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. I like to tell friends and family that "pets are people, too"... because I think we would treat them better if we thought of them as people. But the truth is, pets are not people.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Life is short. Are you doing what you want to do? This woman is. I woke this morning feeling worn out - glad that it's Saturday. But, Saturday is not the same for folks like me. Saturday is another day to work, to share, to pursue important ideas... that will help an animal somewhere. Maybe more than one. It can be tiring, but the reward is phenomenal! How glad am I that I get to be part of it all! This video from Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary lifted my spirits immediately. The good people of this world, who are working... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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The human animal bond as defined below, a definition I discovered on The Farley Foundation site, is such a critical part of the human experience, IMBO (in my brazen opinion, why be humble?), it's something we should share daily, I think. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the human-animal bond as: “A mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. The veterinarian's role in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Wordless Wednesday falls on Earth Day, this year. How fitting is that? Caught our dogs cuddling...as they basked in the sunshine. How cool is that? Enjoy. Waiting for someone to open the door. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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eco cycle zero waste Many of my pet peeps are as interested in the environment as I am. Especially those at BlogPaws. We're a green group of people, not only because it's NECESSARY but because it's proper. People who are regular readers of this blog understand my purpose - to share and support the concept of the human-animal bond and all that it does for us. Without these precious creatures, humanity would live a life without true love. Admit it - your pets love you unconditionally and because of that, they offer the only true love there is in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Over at BlogPaws, we hold a #WW Blog Hop every week. You don't have to be a community member to join in, you just have to post pictures (that link to your blog) relevant to the subject of the week. We're in small pet appreciation month right now, but we're also gearing up for the BIG conference in Nashville, which is only 43 days away so I hope you've got your registration by now! We can only admit so many and if you get everything else (room and airfare) but have not registered... well, that could be interesting. My post... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Who could hurt this little girl? You and I know it's not okay to abuse animals. You and I know that animals, especially the ones we bring into our home as pets, are not okay to abuse. You and I would never approve of the title of a report that said, "Why It's Okay To Abuse Animals." Because, we know that animals are as precious as any other sentient being on this planet. We know they provide more than health benefits, they save the lost, the love the most tragic, and they give unconditional affection, even through the horror of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Here they are... Molly, the kitty is all comfy cozy in her ... I don't even know what to call it, but it's hers, it sits in the front room where the dogs are not allowed, and she gets to watch birds, squirrels whatever out the window ... she loves it. We had it in the family room, where we all hang out and she ignored it. Now that it has a private place (well, a place the dogs don't go), she spends much of her time there. We're glad she's happy. (yes, that's my hand making scratchy noises to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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I belong to a fantastic Facebook group made up of folks in my area who own and run pet businesses. Within that community, there are some truly outstanding women accomplishing big things. Really big things. One big thing I learned about this week is from Denise Fleck of Sunny Dog Ink. Here's what she did and I'm honored to share it, I hope not only will you join in, but that you will share also, far and wide. After all, pet first aid is a PRIMARY pet parenting skill we should all have, don't you agree? Here's what Denise shared... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Oh we love our Wordless Wednesdays, yes, I know. And, I put up my small pet appreciation photos this morning, but...today is also National Dog Fighting Awareness Day and we must share our thoughts on that. The home office in Philly, at Pet360, sent us a ton of information and I know there is a ton more online, also. We pet parents who are passionate about the love we feel for our pets abhor this activity, to the depths of our being. If we could wave a magic wand and make it go away forever, wouldn't we? Indeed. I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Miss Abby Who Fancies Herself the Queen of the House The booger cat - not so small but still, not so big either The Olive, such a little girl for such a big bed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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So sad We humans are broken creatures, for the most part. Oh sure, there are millions of us who are put together nicely and who present a strong, happy face to the world. But, behind closed doors, many of us take that mask off and let the tears fall. Or, we allow our legs to collapse into a favorite chair. Or we just go about getting dinner, sigh after sigh, because we're ... broken. We're broken because we give too much credence to the things that hurt us. We care too much about what other people think. "I shouldn't say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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the cat and the big spotted dog better be in heaven when I get there... otherwise, I'm not staying. They are already gone. The white dog can wait, I hope, and go with me. We don't do Easter in our house, anymore. Let me clarify - the human kids are gone and the fur kids are not interested in Easter candy (ok, maybe they would be but they can't have it so... they don't get it) and as far as the religious aspect, the less said the better for me. I am a person of faith, not a person of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Not everyone who has pets calls herself a pet Mom. I have good friends who love their pets as much as I do, but bristle at the concept of being a Mom to a pet. I also know lots of non-pet people who are appalled at people like myself who consider my role in the pet-relationship as a parent. I don't care what you think or say...and you can abuse me online if you like (flying monkeys and zombies abound on the web), I still don't care, I'm a Pet Mom. My pets are the equivalent of kids to me.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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It's April Fool's Day but I don't have it in me to prank anyone. I do enjoy a good prank, but usually I'm the one being pranked. I expect to see a whole lot of it on Facebook and other platforms today. All in good fun, I'm sure. Hopped over to Google but didn't see anything there, which is strange. They usually post cute graphics for all holidays. I know, this isn't a holiday but seriously, it's April Fool's Day...there should be something on the Google homepage. Oooohhh... maybe NOT having anything IS the something. <shrug> Here's my wordless post... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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Our beautiful Olive, a survivor of a puppy mill. All she lost was her eye and most of her teeth. Thank goodness we saved her life! My BFF online, Caroline Golon, has an outstanding post on her site, Crayons and Collars, which talks about pets and kids and how to have both if you're a Mom n' Dad to both four-legged creatures and two-legged creatures. She actually describes the site as "about guinea pig facts and fun DIY cat toys and why kids and pets go great together." It's a great site, I hope you'll visit it and sign up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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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 Mar 27, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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 Mar 20, 2015 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