Monday, January 26, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life Week 4: Dream

This is week 4 of the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull. This week's theme is DREAM.

This photo is actually a couple of months old, but it is the first thing I thought of when I saw this week's theme. As Delia snuggled with her favorite dragon toy, I like to imagine she's having magical dreams of dragons and fairies and unicorns. 

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52 Snapshots of Life is a weekly themed photo challenge for anyone who loves to take photos and would like to share them with us!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life Week 3: Joyful

This is week three of the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull. This week's theme is Joyful and Delia's play was indeed joyful. Not only for her, but I can't help but feel joyful watching her play so happily.

For the first time in weeks, the weather was warm enough for Delia to play outside this past weekend. Playing fetch outside made this little dog truly joyful!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life Week 2: MUSIC


This week's theme for the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge is: Music.

Dancey Delia
Delia and I have the same taste in music. I discovered this shortly after I adopted her. As we were driving home from work I noticed her "dancing" in the back seat. When she gets excited she moves her front feet up and down, then stands on her back legs and wiggles her bottom, which looks like she's dancing. She'll do this for treats, her ball, and some music. Heavy metal, punk, hard rock music plays...she dances. 

I thought at first that maybe it was too much stimulation and it was more of a stressful reaction than a happy one, but after much debate and observation, I'm convinced she enjoys it. I'm sure the energy of the music and the fact that I praise her helps. 

She has a fondness for Rob Zombie. When I first adopted her I played some of his music in the car on our commute to and from work. I'd say to her, "Want to listen to Rob Zombie on the way home?" We'd listen to a few songs, then listen to something else. I guess that was all she needed to become a fan. If I ask if she wants to listen to Rob Zombie, she gets excited. I was watching a music festival on TV recently and he took the stage. She heard him being announced and stopped what she was doing and watched the TV. My family couldn't believe her reaction. I was thrilled to have witnesses to see her reaction! 

This photo shoot started by me asking if she wanted listen to Rob Zombie...





Each week we are participating in a fun new photo challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull called 52 Snapshots of Life. This photo challenge will feature a new theme weekly and is open for anyone to participate. You don't have to be a pet blogger to take part. If you love to take photos, or if you want to improve your photography skills, join us!





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Friday, January 2, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge Week 1: NEW

We're participating in a fun new photo challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull called 52 Snapshots of Life. This photo challenge will feature a new theme weekly and is open for anyone to participate. You don't have to be a pet blogger to take part. If you love to take photos, or if you want to improve your photography skills, join us!

There will be a new theme weekly, and this week's theme is: NEW. Nothing thrills Delia like a new ball, so catching her waiting for me to throw one of her new teeny tennis balls seemed like the perfect fit for this week's theme.


We'll be joining The Lazy Pit Bull's blog hop with our weekly photo each Friday. We'd love to see what you're shooting! Check out the weekly themes below and join in on the blog hop!



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

$200 Pet Blogger Holiday Giveaway!


We are excited to be partnering with seven other awesome pet bloggers to give away a $200 PayPal Cash prize this holiday season! You only need to enter once for a chance to win, but if you visit each blog, you will have 8 chances to win!
Comment in the entry form below to enter!

Be sure to visit with Cascadian Nomads, The Lazy Pit Bull, MyGBGVLife, Dolly the Doxie, My Rotten Dogs, It's Dog or Nothing, and Tenacious Little Terrier to see the wonderful posts they have to offer and to enter for more chances to win!

Here are the rules:
No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to those 18 and over with an e-mail or mobile number that PayPal recognizes as able to accept the $200 prize in US funds. Participating bloggers are not responsible for PayPal issues with or delays in prize fulfillment. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from Thursday, December 11, 2014 through Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. One (1) winner will be randomly selected by Random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Participants must read and agree to Promosimple.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and PayPal do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participating bloggers paid an entry fee to cover the cost of the prize.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their People 2014


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Christmas is just 14 days away, and while Delia and I are busy getting ready to celebrate, we want to share a few of our favorite gift ideas with you. Whether you're shopping for pets or pet lovers, when you purchase most of the gifts below, you are also giving back to animals in need.

Have you met Mona Pants? Mona Pants is a Boston Terrier who lives in Raleigh, NC. Her hilarious videos about her daily life have gained her a large following, which has resulted in Mona starting her own foundation to help rescued animals, the Mona Pants Foundation. Mona's Mama's shop, Cat Banjo has a section dedicated just to Mona. The Mona Shop at Cat Banjo features lost of fun gifts and a portion of each purchase goes to the Mona Pants Foundation!


 Two of our favorite Mona Pants gifts are her Deet Deet Dog Collar Charm...

...and her Mona Deet Deet tee.
    If you've always wanted a horse, cow, or pig, but don't have the farm to house them, sponsor a Barn Buddy. Your sponsorship of a Barn Buddy at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. will help feed, board and provide medical care for the animal of your choice. Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is a safe-haven for horses, cows, chickens, goats and many other farm animals in need.

    I sponsored a pig named Walter for my Mom for Mother's Day this year, and the sponsorship is a gift she truly cherished. She's wanted a pig for years. Now she has Walter!

    Dazzling Paws Jewelry creates a vast line of dog-themed jewelry that is 100% handmade in the USA. They have  many wonderful options for dog lovers, including memorial items, breed-specific jewelry, paw print jewelry, agility-themed jewelry, dog sport themed jewelry, birthstones....so many options. A percentage of purchases from their Charity Jewelry pieces is donated to charitable organizations.
    Two of our favorites Dazzling Paws Jewelry pieces:
     The Heart Dog Slide Pendant 

    The Chasing My Tail Bone Pendant

    Norbert. Oh, my goodness, Norbert. If you're not already following him on Facebook, you MUST! Norbert is an adorable 3 lb registered therapy dog who brings smiles and happiness to people all over the world. He delights his fans daily on his Facebook page and has won numerous national and international awards for his first picture book, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? Inspired by his life, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? tells a tale of how you don't have to be big to make a big difference in the world.
    Norbert with his first picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?

    For Tails Only™, an exclusive pet boutique carrying treats made in the USA, grooming & bath products, unique pet toys, gifts and more, has a lot of fun gifts for pets and their people. (I am an Independent Handler with For Tails Only and the following product links lead to my personal Independent Handler website.) 
    I will be donating my personal sales earnings for the month of December to National Mill Dog Rescue

    Nice pups deserve a reward of a Nice Pup Pack full of goodies. Available at http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Dogs/Gift Packs. (Affiliate Link)
    "Naughty" pups need presents, too! Available at http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Dogs/Gift Packs. (Affiliate Link)
    For Tails Only has a ton of fun gifts for your pets and pet lovers. http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets (Affiliate Link)
    My personal favorite are the Paw Print Heart dangle earrings available at www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Pet Lovers Accessories and Gifts. (Affiliate Link)

    For pet lovers who love photographing their pets and sharing their images, PicMonkey is a fun and easy tool to help create masterpieces with your photos. I use PicMonkey regularly and it has become my go-to editor of choice for blog photos. (Like the banner at the top of this post.) I've even used it along with Photoshop for adding a little extra "fun" to a few of my formal photography session photos and my clients loved them! PicMonkey is FREE for a basic account, but if you want more options, a PicMonkey Royale subscription is available for $4.99 a month or $33 a year. For a limited time, anyone who signs up for a Royale subscription gets a FREE 30 day trial.
    The best photo editing features for free.
    (Affiliate Link)

    We're also pinning some of our favorite gift ideas on Pinterest!
    Follow Heartprints Pets's board 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Pets and their People on Pinterest.


    Happy holidays to you and your pets!

    Stop by the blogs participating in the Holiday Guide Blog Hop hosted by Beagles and Bargains and Kol's Notes for more gift ideas!





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