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Yvonne DiVita
Just a pet lover hoping to share stories with other pet lovers.
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by Yvonne DiVita Last month I was in Portland, OR for the Women in the Pet Industry Network's conference, more fondly referred to as the WIPIN conference. Run by the ever amazing and dynamic Shawna Schuh, this group of talented and welcoming women are part of a growing network of women in business, women who mean business, and women who are open to helping other women how to succeed. Those are MY kinda people! Do you have to be a woman? No. There were a few men there. I felt all weekend as if Tom should have been there with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Experiencing some nerve pain in my wrist, so, please pardon if I share some video and content from our "other" sites...over the next few days. Sites like, BlogPaws, Pet360, Only Natural Pet, and petMD. These are great resources. I hope you're tapping into them for content ... Today, I found this YouTube video and I love the dog in it, so I'm sharing. It's good info about a natural joint supplement, too. (Only Natural Pet is in Boulder... how cool is that? I get to go there and bring my dogs, when I do! w00t!) Yes, that IS one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Ah! A little sun, a private shelf, no dogs. This is the life. I was fine until that dog showed up... what's she doing now? Why don't they just behave? Yes, you called? I heard there were tuna treats involved. You may deliver them now. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Were you there? Did you attend #WIPIN2014 this past weekend? Over 200 amazingly talented women were there, sharing, talking, sharing, laughing, sharing, learning, and just being sociable. It was one of the best business conferences I have ever attended. A key point of the conference was to bring the women of the pet industry together to meet each other. As we sat around tables over breakfast, we shared stories and thoughts and hopes and dreams. As we furiously wrote notes during sessions, we marveled at what we knew and what we didn't and how exciting it was to be in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
And super dog, tired from fighting that nasty storm, relaxes a bit on the people's sofa. Because, the dog's sofa just isn't soft enough. Poor lil Olive has been wearing her "superman" cape quite a bit this summer. At the first hint of thunder or the dreaded lightning, we bundle her in it and hope she will not get too anxious. Sometimes it works and she finds a quiet place to rest, as in this picture. Other times, she just wanders and pants and climbs on our laps and won't be consoled. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Well, of course they're alive. How else would they be, at our house? They're alive and well and spoiled to ... not death. NO, spoiled to the moon. We love them others. Feeling a bit challenged today, from so many sad images on Facebook. From so much anger and hurt in the world. From so many misinformed people who insist a dog's BREED is cause for legislation... because humans have turned that breed into something hateful. From so many people acting as if a shelter dog causes more issues that a breed dog. Not looking at the big picture,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's Or of thine own were: Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. ~John Donne I love that poem. It speaks to me. It speaks to me of the power of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Don't leave me in a hot car! Campaigns against dogs in hot cars abound! We see them every year, and yet...many, many dogs will still die from being left in a hot car. Sometimes it's because the human left the window open a crack, and that's enough, right? That's what they'll say if you ask them, that it's enough. It's not. Sometimes, the human will leave the car under a tree, with the window cracked a little...cause that's enough, too, right? They are sure it is. It's not. Sometimes, it's because they're only going to be 5 minutes, just 5... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
With thanks to my daughter, Chloe, and BzTat, an artist extraordinaire... these beautiful portraits are waiting for the proper place in my home or my office, and when I saw them, I admit, I cried. My beloved pets... front and center. And, notice our Wabby (aka Pandora) and Chester (my boy) are there also. They are still with us, as is Carmel, who has been gone for quite some time, but still lives in our hearts. Happy Birthday to me! (Yvonne) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
Mom, the cat just tipped over the water bowl. I don't take my pets with me much of anywhere. I hope no on will judge me harshly for that. Here's the thing - Emily isn't as comfortable in the car as most dogs. She rarely checks out the window and when she does, she barks. We go to the vet, which doesn't bother her at all, by the way, and we take her to Only Natural Pet, which is a pet friendly, natural products store in Boulder. And, part of the Pet360 family of sites. She loves going places like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
daily blogging is a must! by Yvonne DiVita I love blogging. I love hitting the keyboard and watching the words flow like cool, clear water (and yes, I sometimes get sludge, but I clear that out fast!). My fingers just typed "worlds" instead of words and that's appropriate, because words create worlds. There is a level of artistic achievement in blogging that I don't get elsewhere. Because when I blog, and click publish, the worlds I've created with my words are now out there - in front of millions, available for reading and commenting on. Will millions read my words,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Scratchings-and-Sniffings
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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