Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: After Grooming Roll in the Yard

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Sweet Pea's Story-Part 4: Farewell My Sweet Friend, Until We Meet Again


My Parrotlet Sweet Pea

“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." ~A.A.Milne

June 18, 2014 my beautiful little Sweet Pea passed away. For 13 years I was blessed with her love and sweet friendship.

She was such a funny little clown. She loved banging her colorful bells, destroying her foraging boxes and chew blocks. I loved watching her destroy a foraging box while tossing the paper shreds all over her cage and our living room floor.

It's hard to believe that she is really gone. I miss her terribly, and while I hope to be reunited with her someday, knowing I'll never get another sweet kiss from her or a happy song when I enter the room, is heartbreaking.

I was truly blessed to care for this little bird and to watch her grow and enjoy life with her. Loving her and to be loved by her was an honor.

"I'll lend you, for a little while, a bird of mine," He said.
"For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead. 
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three, But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from Earth return, But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain, Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.' For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love while we may, And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."
If, by your love, you've managed, my wishes to achieve, In memory of him you've loved; be thankful; do not grieve.
Cherish every moment of your feathered charge.
He filled your home with songs of joy the time he was alive. Let not his passing take from you those memories to enjoy.
"I will lend to you, a Bird", God said, and teach you all you have to do.
And when I call him back to heaven, you will know he loved you too.

~Author unknown

Read my Sweet Pea's Story

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Celebrate Summer With Your Pet-Enter The Gigantic Pet Blogger Summer Giveaway



Today kicks off the GIGANTIC Pet Blogger Summer Giveaway! We're excited to be teaming up with 19 other fabulous bloggers to bring you these amazing prizes from PetSmart, Stylish Canine and Karma Collars.

Grand Prize: $400 PetSmart Gift Card
What would you and your dog do with $400 dollars from PetSmart?! Just think of all of the toys, chewies, treats, food and so much more your dog would love from PetSmart. 

2nd prize: Custom Package from Stylish Canine (Valued at $160) 


Stylish Canine creates unique, handcrafted, quality collars, coats, costumes, accessories, decals featuring a number of breeds and tshirts. Stylish Canine also offers custom work decals. This awesome prize pack from Stylish Canine would be a treat for any dog lover!

3rd Prize: Collar and Leash set from Karma Collars (Winner's choice up to $125 total)


 Karma Collars are gorgeous handmade leather collars, leashes and accessories, each their own piece of art.

Enter to win one of these great prizes via the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway runs from June 9 through 11:59 pm June 15. You only need to enter the giveaway ONCE, but we'd love it if you would visit the other bloggers participating in this giveaway!

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The Lazy Pit Bull - http://www.thelazypitbull.com
Carma Poodale - http://www.carmapoodale.com
My Rotten Dogs - http://www.myrottendogs.com
Your Designer Dog Blog - http://www.yourdesignerdogblog.com
Pet Product Review - http://www.petproductreview.net
Heart Like A Dog - http://www.heartlikeadog.com
Dolly the Doxie - http://www.dollythedoxie.com
Cascadian Nomads - http://www.cascadiannomads.com
That Dog Dancing Guy - http://www.thatdogdancingguy.com.au
Fidose of Reality - http://www.fidoseofreality.com
Oh My Shih Tzu - http://www.ohmyshihtzu.com
Beagles and Bargains - http://www.beaglesandbargains.com
You Did What With Your Weiner 
http://www.youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com


No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only (excluding Quebec.) Giveaway will run from Monday, June 9, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 11:59pm ET.Three (3) winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Participants must read and agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. Facebook, Twitter, and Petsmart do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Prize packages were donated by Stylish Canine and Karma Collars, and participating bloggers paid an entry fee to cover the cost of the Petsmart gift card.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Honest Kitchen Steamy Pups Review and Giveaway!

Last summer, when the heat was in the 100's, Delia became a fan of The Honest Kitchen's Ice Pups. Ice Pups are grain free treats for dogs and cats that can be mixed with water to create a broth that can be served frozen or as Steamy Pups served as a warm broth.

During the frigid winter months, we relied on Steamy Pups to warm Delia up after a romp in the snow.

                           
First, we mixed the Ice Pups/Steamy Pups ingredient packet with 8 oz of water.

Next, if we're making Ice Pups, we freeze it in ice cube trays. If we're making Steamy Pups, we boil 8 oz of water, then add the ingredient packet. Once cooled enough to eat, the broth can be served alone, over dry food, mixed with The Honest Kitchen's food, or used as a soup base. So far, Delia likes it any way I serve it to her. I use it as a topper to her dry food at times to entice her, since she's a super picky eater.

Delia enjoying a bowl of The Honest Kitchen's Steamy Pups treat after playing in the snow.
Delia enjoyed the Steamy Pups broth after playing in the snow.
Delian drank her entire bowl of The Honest Kitchen's Steamy Pups treat.
She drank it all!
The Honest Kitchen's website features a number of recipes for their products. One that Delia and I have tweaked a bit is below. We skipped the carrots as Delia's not a fan and used ground turkey instead of chicken. She loves it.

Recipe from The Honest Kitchen:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 small cooked skinless chicken breast 1 medium zucchini 10 baby carrots or 2-3 regular sized carrots 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa 4 packets of Ice Pups 32 oz of filtered water Couple of tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Heat pan to medium high and add coconut oil. Add chopped carrots and sauté for about 4 minutes till they get soft. About 2 minutes in, add the chopped zucchini and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In a medium size stock pot, add the water and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, add the packets of Ice Pups and stir. Add carrots and zucchini to broth and turn heat down to a simmer. Shred the chicken breast and add to broth along with the quinoa. Stir and turn off heat so soup cools down to room temperature. Garnish with parsley if you want and serve to your pup or cat to warm them up!

The Honest Kitchen's Christin and her buddy Blue preparing the soup. (I just love how serious Blue is.)



The Honest Kitchen is giving away a box of Steamy Pups to one of my readers! Enter by completing the Rafflecopter below between 3/23/14-3/27/14
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We received a box of Ice Pups/Steamy Pups from The Honest Kitchen for our honest review of The Honest Kitchen's Ice Pups/Steamy Pups.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#mobiPET-The World's First Photo Amber Alert for Pets-Review and Giveaway!


Anyone whose pet has gone missing knows the panic and fear of losing a pet and the worry about their wellbeing. mobiPET is the first amber alert system for pets, and the first system of it's kind for pets utilizing patented mobile image recognition technology.
                              


Through March 31, pet parents can pre-order a mobiPET kit for a one time cost of $24.95 for a lifetime. After launch, the kit will be $24.95 with a $9.95 annual fee. mobiPET is currently only available in Hilton Head and Buffton, South Carolina. mobiPET has launched a crowd-funding campaign to assist in expanding nationally in the second quarter of 2014.  Pre-order your kit at https://getmobipet.com/?

The mobiPET system works by purchasing a mobiPET kit, which includes a metal tag engraved with a unique pet ID code and three key tags. After receiving your kit, you can register your pet via computer or your cell phone. mobiPET works on all mobile phone service carriers and all cell phones with cameras and texting capabilities. mobiPET doesn't require any downloads or apps.



Once you've registered you can update your information any time, so if you move or travel your pet's information can be updated to it's current location.

Hopefully you won't ever have to use it, but if your pet is lost, you simply text the word LOST to mypets@agmt.tw. An alert with your pet's photo will be emailed to all animal shelters, boarding facilities and veterinarians within a 30 mile radius and a text will be sent to all registered cell phone users in a two mile radius of where your pet went missing.

I've registered Delia with mobiPET. Registration was easy with clear instructions included in the kit. While I don't want to use the mobiPET system, I do like knowing that the photo alert system is available if needed.

mobiPET has offered a free kit and lifetime subscription to one of my readers. This offer is open to US residents only. Enter to win below!

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Pre-order your mobiPET kit at https://getmobipet.com
LIKE mobiPet on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mobiPET
Follow mobiPET on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MobiPET

*I received free product in exchange for my unbiased opinion. mobiPET is not responsible for the content of this post.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pet Blogger Spotlight: Christina McNeair of Peace, Love and Whiskers

There are so many pet blogs I enjoy reading, and I often wonder about the people behind the blogs. Blog Paws was a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers.

Christina McNeair was one of the bloggers I met at Blog Paws. I'm a fan of her blog Peace, Love and Whiskers, so I had to approach her when I saw her. She is so warm and friendly, and her love for animals is heartwarming.

I'm always interested in the how and why people get involved in whatever it is their passionate about. Christina was kind enough to answer my questions:

What inspired you to blog about pets?

I liked talking about my own pets and sharing pictures and with my very first interview with Oskar & Klaus I was privileged enough to ask them questions, share pictures and video. Little did I know how much I would enjoy sharing the stories of other people's pets.

How do you deal with allergies to cats? I see you mention allergy pills, but do you do anything else special to deal with allergies?

I use lots of paper towels.. I do take allergy pills daily as I am also allergic to mold, mildew & goose down (so no feather pillows or fluffy thick winter coats for me). I do have a prescription nose spray, but I hate the taste of it as it goes down my throat so I would rather suffer.

Tell us about Buggy, Bubby, Miss Bitty and Boo. How did they come into your life and how did they get their names?

Bubby is the first, he pawed at my then boyfriend (no husband) when we were at the Humane Society in Tallahassee, he came home with us a week after Martin Luther King Jr day. Bubby's original name was Jelly Belly because he had a gut on him, and he had a pink collar, there was a bit of confusion at the humane society as they had a bunch of black cats so we thought his name was Linkin or Blinkin, but thankfully they found the right records. He had spent most of his life in foster care and was there at the big cat room at the Humane Society.

Bubby
 (photo courtesy of Christina McNeair)

Buggy was at Petsmart when we happened to come by looking for another cat as Bubby was getting lonely. He too was fostered by the same lady who had fostered Bubby. Buggy's original name was Yankee do to him being born near the 4th of July. He came home with us about a week later. He was supposed to be named Andrew, but when he got out of the carrier after being shown the litter box, food and water he just flopped around and wanted nothing more than pets and cuddles. He purred and purred and he got the name Bug because he was such a love bug.

Buggy
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Miss Bitty was an accident - I say that in the most loving way possible- we had Bubby & Buggy for a year now, and we were honestly just looking at Petsmart and saw a scared little fluff ball of a kitten. She had just 9 weeks old, she had her shots and her spay surgery and after hearing about her rough start in life we adopted her without hesitation. Her original name was Jesse as she walked around like she owned her foster dad's place. We wanted to call her Katie, but because she was so small we started calling her bit, then bit-bit, then bitty and all various forms of bit. She hid behind the washer and dryer for a few days petrified of the boys, but after a while she decided the place was hers. She used to play fetch with a pink sparkle mouse and loved to bring it to bed and want us to play with her. Her life was a very short one as she passed away Jan 8th of this year do to complications from her auto immune disease, she was only 3. She would have been 4 in April.
Miss. Bitty
(photo courtesy of Christina McNeair)
Boo (Boudreaux) was a foster of Miss Diane's all the way up on Ohio. She volunteers at a shelter I support and I was trying to promote the little guy (then known as Linx) to get him a home.. little did I know the cute little marshmallow puff would be coming home to be with me. While I was trying to figure out the logistics a very nice lady Miss Randy stepped up and told us she would be flying from Akron to Orlando.. that was perfect, Miss Diane drove to Akron, I paid for Boo's flight and my husband and I drove to Orlando. We met our little guy at the airport and oh my goodness he was the cutest little cotton puff ever! He purred and purred as we snuggled him and kissed him and told him all about his furry family awaiting on him. He stayed two nights in the master bathroom as I was afraid the older ones would pick on him, and he was just settled, playing hard and zipping through the house. Now he's over a year old, 10lbs of muscle and zooming fury and still is full of energy. What is one trait of each that endears them to you? Buggy loves the cuddles and doesn't like it when I'm upset or sad. Bubby does head bumps and loves to be brushed. Miss Bitty loved her nip cube and cat nip in general and was the beauty of the family. Boo is just Boo, he's curious about everything and is very fast.

Boo
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With your experience, do you have any advice for anyone interested in fostering and/or adopting a cat?

I don't have any experience with fostering, I'm too afraid to get attached and want to adopt. With adoptions, I would say let the cat pick you. Yes you may want to have the cat that is pretty or has beautiful eyes, but the cats know who they want to be with. Especially the older ones, Boo & Miss Bitty were too young to pick themselves so they got picked.

What would you like to accomplish with your blog?

I would like to raise awareness for pets that are labeled "unadoptable" because they have an illness, or are three or two legged, deaf, blind, one eyed, cauliflower eared, etc. I also would like to get more small pet interviews, they are very much outnumbered in the blogosphere, and I want to get their stories out there.

What is your proudest accomplishment in your blogging journey so far?

My proudest accomplishment? That's a hard one.. I was thrilled when I hit 1700+ few June 2012 when trying to find homes for 3 white kittens. They all got homes and I was so very proud to be a part of that. I've had the honor of doing 4 phone interviews so far, I was so nervous but I'm getting better. Then there's me facing my social anxiety of being around people I don't know by going to not one but two different pet conferences. I met so many wonderful people that I am in awe of and I know I just gushed at meeting Eldad Hagar (he's the one who rescued Fiona and has the group called Hope for Paws). Oh.. I am getting of track, back to the blog... sorry... I raised $175 dollars for the shelter I support Pet Guards Angels from August 27-29. I did a fundraiser where I asked for people to leave birthday wishes on my facebook, blog fan page, blog, twitter and for each wish I would donate $1 up to $100. I had two friends donated .25 cents per wish, my friend from Rust Craft who makes catnip shrimps donated a portion of her profits from August to the shelter and Kitty Collage also purchased some items off of Pet Guards Angels Amazon wishlist. I also purchased some cat nip toys for some of the cats at the shelter to enjoy on my behalf.I think that was my biggest accomplishment.

Any advice for anyone thinking about blogging?

Oh geez, where to begin? Don't worry about numbers, write because you want to write, and you have something to say. Numbers and things will come later. Enjoy your craft. Never stop learning, reach out to other bloggers, read other blogs and comment. I have learned so much from not only other bloggers but from all kinds of pet people. Watch animal planet, seriously.. I love that channel.. I could watch Meerkat Manor for hours. Find your passion, it may not be pets, it may be crafting, it may be knitting, there is a world awaiting your creative talent all you have to do is start sharing. :)

Anything you would like to share? 

Yes.. I am so so sorry for babbling on and on. :) I hope no one fell asleep. Oh and in speaking of sleep, don't ever be ashamed of taking cat naps. I got a lot of creative inspiration from it.


Christina's beautiful Miss. Bitty passed away January 8. Christina's love and devotion for Miss. Bitty is proof of how a happy "accident" can change lives. Bitty had a loving home and Christina, her husband and cats had the joy of knowing and loving Bitty during her short life. Thank you to Christina for adopting Bitty and giving her a happy life.
Miss. Bitty
(photo courtesy of Christina McNeair)

Please visit Christina's blog Peace, Love and Whiskers and follow her on FacebookFacebook and Twitter to keep up to date!


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