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Pets that Blog: BlogPaws Experience

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My mini me necklace thanks to another blogger.. thank you!

I wanted to end this month’s theme with my experience at BlogPaws as well as thank the many bloggers that let me interview them for this month’s theme. There are so many wonderful stories to share and I thank you all for taking the time from your own blogs to share them.

The conference is for pet bloggers and was held at the Sheraton Premiere in Vienna,  Virgina. I had gotten our (mine and my now husband’s) tickets back in November after hearing about it from Moki the Wobbly cat and what a great trip he had.

The conference was 2 and 1/2 days long so here’s the break down of things I did.

Thursday

The conference started on Thursday with registration where you get your initial swag bag and your name badge.

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Daisy and her mom at BlogPaws

The name badge was awesome, it came with tickets for drinks for two nights, your name and blog name, a space for a pen, business cards and a flip up Velcro pocket to put things in. I used this as my holder for others business cards.

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The initial swag bag

The swag bag had several pet products, puppy pads, dehydrated goats milk for dogs or cats, a calendar, some pamplets, dog chews, and a few other items. Thank goodness for the swag trade table as I exchanged dog items and kept visiting the table for items that could be cat related.. I was lucky and grabbed another bag, some cat treats, and two calming coats.. I will have to try them when it thunderstorms again.

There were two sessions I attended on Thursday afternoon. I know I looked terrified at the registration table, but I got some greetings from a few people.  I was so worn out from all the excitement and activity I left around 6ish.

Friday – We woke up bright and early to attend the newbies breakfast on Friday morning, there were about 6-8 newbies tables. I had the intentions of attending more sessions than I did. I only did one session for that day but I got to talk to a lot of the bloggers hanging outside smoking.

I also got to make a prayer flag to honor two of the many pets that had gone over the rainbow bridge.

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Prayer Flag made at BlogPaws to honor Pingu the livershunt cat and Pete the betta fish

Again, I didn’t stay for evening activities.. but I did get to meet Miss Teri from Curlz and Swirlz

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Brighton and Teri

as well as Miss Carol who let me hold Maus which was my first experience holding a cornish rex.. she preened on me!

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Miss Carol and Maus

Saturday – I got to sleep in until about 8ish, had breakfast at my hotel. It was nice not having to get up early for once and got there around 11ish. I made it a point to stop by the vendors to make sure I met everyone I wanted to talk to and get some more samples (you can never have too many samples). We had lunch and I did two sessions.

As I was going to get some water… I made the accidental discovery of Pixel. I did an interview on her a while back and she had won tickets to go to BlogPaws. Her and her mom are both sweethearts.

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Pixel Blue Eyes and her mom

We attended a session together and hung out a bit for the Yappi hour and then I said goodbye to new friends.

Tips for Newbies

      • Don’t feel pressured to attend all events or sessions. There is too much for one person to do.
      • Don’t feel like you need to have to stay at the host hotel. This was my first blogpaws and I found a hotel for $66/nt on hotwire.com which was about 20 minutes away from the chaos of BlogPaws. It was great to be able to go somewhere to relax. Yes, getting up earlier might be a pain but saving the money is worth it.
      • Whether you are a smoker or not, go hang out with the smokers. I hung out with them and had a great time getting to know people and sharing stories about pets and learning about pets.
      • Make it a point to talk to the rescues, they love to have publicity and though they may not be able to compensate you, you help them they help you get visits.
      • Be active on the blogpaws community discussion groups, it’s sometimes hard to follow but make a few friends there and ask if they will be attending and pick their brains for ideas, information and tips from them on what you can do to make your blog better.
      • Don’t be afraid to go off premises if the food being served for lunch/dinner is not to your liking. I would highly suggest speaking with some locals about what’s in the area.
      • Stop by a grocery store or the hotel’s market/food pantry for something to drink (water, soda,  tea, etc. I would suggest a six pack of bottles) as all that talking to people – other bloggers, pet media companies and potential sponsors- will dry out your throat.

This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Pets That Blog: Meet Brian

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Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!

Introduce yourself

Name:

My name is Brian Frum and I am the official Spokescat for Brian’s Home (brianshomeblog.com), a blog that shows the joy and happiness of multiple rescue cat households and actively promotes pet adoption. In addition to my official Spokescat duties, I am also responsible for the general decorum in our household which includes my six rescue kitty sisters.

Age:

I just turned six on May 20th. My goodness does time fly, and truth be told, I still feel like a young and spry three year old. Of course having six sisters helps keep me young, you know, all that running and romping. Hey, maybe six is the new three!

How you came into your parents lives:

Oh my, for a long time I wasn’t sure I was ever going to have a home of my own. I was actually born on a Christmas Tree Farm in the Upstate of South Carolina. I was having lots of fun with all of those trees and my kitty Mom and my siblings would sure rowdy in the pine needles. Then one day I heard some noise and it was several humans with funny looking wire boxes. It is sort of a blur from there, but the next thing I knew I was not at the farm anymore. Actually, there were several of us in the same situation and, although our voices weren’t totally developed yet, we were all expressing our displeasure as loudly as we could. Turns out I was being rescued, but it sure didn’t seem that way at the time. The nice ladies from Kitten Action Team in Fountain Inn, SC promised me they would take good care of me and find me a loving home. Yea, right. I ended up in a place the humans call PetSmart with a cute little sign that had all kind of information about me. I was adopted alright, but it sure wasn’t a loving home. They were mean, they yelled at me, they kicked me. That’s when I discovered the joy and safety of UTB (Under the Bed). The ladies from Kitten Action Team do follow-up visits, thank cod, to make sure all is well. It wasn’t, they knew it, and they immediately took me from them and I ended up in that PetSmart place once again.

The Kitten Action Team ladies kept telling me I was one of their favorites and that I was just the best kitty. They found it strange that nobody wanted me. I was getting bigger and everyone it seems wanted a little kitten. Two months, three months, four months, five months, six months and dozens and dozens of adoption events and nobody, I mean nobody was interested in me. I was really starting to feel bad, was it me, what was I doing wrong? Then, somewhere around the seven month mark this nice lady stopped by my cage and started chatting with me. She told me I was one of the most handsome tabby cats she ever saw. Well, I could tell how smart she was and we immediately hit it off. Then she was gone. Oh well, at least she was nice. Then the next week she was back again. She told me she was trying to get her husband to come meet me but that he didn’t really want to come by for some reason. Do you believe that? This went on for a good long while and I had just past the nine month mark at PetSmart.

There I was, laying in my cage at PetSmart and I heard that familiar voice again. It was her! Only this time she had a him with her. You guessed it, I was meeting my forever Mom and Dad, seriously, I was going home. I was adopted and moved into my forever home just three days before Christmas. Totally purrfect for a kitty born on a Christmas Tree Farm! When my new Dad came and got me the PetSmart staff actually cheered when we were walking down the aisle, they were all so happy for me. Here I am as soon as I got home…my own Christmas Tree!

Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!

Why do you blog:

I actually inherited the roll of blogger from my Brother Ivan. Ivan, a very large Maine Coon, was there to greet me when I came home, and he taught me many things about life including the joys of blogging. Brother Ivan died at age four, he screamed in the middle of the night and three minutes after that he ran off to the Rainbow Bridge. Gosh I sure miss him. I blog to continue his legacy and to promote the joys of forever homes. He taught me how to get along with others and how to accept each critter and love them for their individual merits. I really did have a struggle getting here, so I decided to make dedicate my life to helping other critters experience the same joy of having a loving family to call their own.

What is your favorite post?

I have lots of favorites, so I thought I would share a few that are near the top of my list with you.

#3) Last month we helped save Panther Cat, a dear boy who had used up many of his lives and was actually on the table to be put to sleep, not once, but twice:

URGENT: We Need a Late Easter Miracle for Dear Panther Cat

#2) Back in 2010 we did a series of posts showing everyone around our town of Greenville, SC.

Tabby Town Thursday in Greenville SC

#1) My all-time favorite post not only resulted in the rescue of a wonderfully deserving kitty, it also gave birth to a new cat blogger!!! Selina only has one good eye, and she is as beautiful as can be.

URGENT: Prayer Request for a Forever Home (Greenville, SC) Faith was renamed Selina and now has her very own blog at: One Eye on the Future.

What post do you like the least?

I really don’t know that I could put my paw on one post that was a real stinker. I can tell you that we do get incredibly sad when a dear friend goes Over the Rainbow Bridge and we write a memorial post. Sometimes we feel we just must write a tribute, but it is awfully difficult with the tears running down all over the keyboard.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Oh, that’s an easy one, without a doubt it is when you realize you just found another critter a loving home. No matter how many times it happens there is always a happy dance at our place.

Also, we love all of our blogging friends and we really do love making new friends. You just never know where the next friend is going to come from and how they are going to impact your life and the lives of others. I have been so fortunate to have a wonderful bunch of loyal friends. So many of them jump in to help me with my rescue efforts and it would be impossible for us to do what we do without them.

What do you dislike about blogging?

It probably goes without saying, but it is always so heartbreaking when one of our friends goes Over the Rainbow Bridge. We all become so connected and our friends feel like such an important part of our family. We also have a tremendous dislike for all of the animal abuse and neglect we are exposed to on a regular basis. Animals deserve better and more informed humans.

Sneak peek on future posts?

We plan on doing a couple more posts in the “Around our Town” series because lots of humans said they started following us as a result of those tours and we’ve had requests to show them around some more. We also love to read and encourage new bloggers so we are looking for a unique way to let everyone know there is someone new out n’ about. One thing we’ve learned about blogging is that you never know who is out there reading. I think we all need to do a little better job encouraging the new bloggers.

What blogs do you read that you would like to share?

Oh boy, I would be in trouble if I left someone important off of the list so I’d best refrain from actually listing blogs. I currently follow 452 blogs and read each new post. Unfortunately I can’t comment on each one every single day, but I am out here reading. If you’re looking for the best-of-the-best, check out some of the very active Blog Hops such as the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and you will see several I visit on a regular basis.

What are your thoughts on spaying/neutering?

Take a look at the number of homeless pets, it’s sad, sad, sad. Spay and neuter is so important and I feel the key must be education, not for us pets, but for the humans. Humans have such potential, but we’re going to have to do a better job educating them on this topic. We need to start the education early and help develop programs aimed at the human early years. It’s not us animals fault that we multiply, it’s a human shortcoming and failure to recognize a problem when it’s biting them on the butt!

Anything else you want to add about you?

First, let me thank you for the opportunity to sit down and do an interview with you. Thanks for all you do to help critters everywhere!

I am pretty heavy into social media and can be found on Twitter as @Brian106sc and Facebook as brian.frum. I am also on Google+ but I’ll be dang I don’t know how to tell you to find me there. I have found the social media platforms to be a very effective tool for increasing our odds for finding loving homes for deserving animals. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!

Brian


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Sue from For  Love of a Dog for doing the interview and sharing a bit about the blog and business. Photos were used with permission. Please check out their blog,facebooktwitter and youtube  This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Pets that Blog: Meet Sparkle

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Introduce yourself:

I am Sparkle the Designer Cat, award-winning author, blogger, and advice columnist! I was born on June 24, 2002, so I will be 11 this year.
How you came into your human’s life:(adoption/found, etc)
I actually just wrote about that recently:http://www.sparklecat.com/diary/ask-sparkle-my-beginnings. Short story, my human fell in love with the Somali breed and wound up with me. My roommates Boodie and Binga are rescue cats. They don’t hold it against me that I am a purebred. Binga DOES hold it against me that I get to eat whenever I want and she doesn’t (I’m thin and a picky eater).

Why do you blog?

It was my human’s idea. She is a journalist and professional writer and she knew before she even met me that she was going to put me on the internet! But once she did, I kind of took over a big part of her career! She is my assistant now, and she has to get my permission to work on her own stuff.

What is your favorite post?

You have to realize, I’ve been blogging more than 10 years and have over 1,600 blog posts! So it is hard to pick out a favorite. I actually do have one personal fave, though – my Zombie Toy post (http://www.sparklecat.com/diary/zombie-toy) because it was lots of fun to do! I also love the “happy ending” posts I do when a cat in need that I have blogged about gets rescued or finds a home.

What post do you like the least?

Any post that involves me going to the vet! I can’t even give you any links because I can’t bear to relive them.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Meeting kitties all around the world! Also making a difference in the lives of kitties who need a home or whose lives are on the line at a kill shelter. I don’t blog a lot about kitties in need – readers come to my blog for fun and attitude, not usually for rescue – but when I do, it is so gratifying when I play a part in helping out.

What to you dislike about blogging?

I blog every day, and sometimes it’s 10 at night and my human still hasn’t helped me with a blog post – then I have to pull an idea out of my furry behind at the last minute! But actually that works out not-so-badly on occasion: my post the other day about Five Surprising Lessons Humans Can Learn From Cats (http://www.sparklecat.com/special/five-surprising-lessons-humans-can-learn-from-cats) was one of those late-night, last-minute posts, and it turned out to be really popular! I also hate when one of my blogging pals dies – it’s one of the sad parts about being in the blogging community.

Sneak peek on future posts? (if you want to share)

I don’t have any grand plans at the moment, other than a few giveaways in the works. But I do want to mention… last year, I began Cat World Domination Day, which also happened to be my birthday (June 24). Well, Cat World Domination Day is now an annual holiday. ‘Cause I say so.

What blogs to you read that you would like to share?

I probably have hundreds on my list! And they are all my favorites.

What are you thoughts on spaying/neutering?

It is not something one thinks about. It is just something somebody does, if they are responsible pet cohabitants, period. Only small, legitimate breeders are exempt from this in my view.

Anything else you want to add about you?

You can find out more about my two advice books and see my Amazon Author’s page by going to http://sparklecat.com/books. And I am working on a couple of new book projects! The first one is a book about Cat Rules for Humans. Also I have a Zazzle store with fun kitty items: http://zazzle.com/designercat. I will be adding more there soon!


Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Sparkle for getting the questions answered and my sincerest apologizes for not getting this up when I said I would. 😦  All pictures were used with permission and belong wholly to Sparkle.

  This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Sunny’s Day

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THE AMAZING AND MYSTIFYING MR. SUNNY PAPOOCHIE

by Fatboy Babushka ™

©2013

FATBOY:  “Do I hear a mouse?”

SMOKY:  No, it’s Baby Tiago.  He’s crying because he can’t find his blankie.

FATBOY:  “Oh.  I think Sunny borrowed it. But you can’t go in there.”SMOKY:  Why not?

FATBOY:  “Because Sunny is getting his room ready so he can Read Paws, give Fairy Readings and tell Fortunes.  He doesn’t want us to see it until he’s finished.  He’s very excited about his new hobby you know.”

SMOKY:  Does he know how to do all those things?

FATBOY:  “He says he does.  He’s been reading all morning”.

SMOKY:  Well we won’t disturb him, we just need to see if Baby  Tiago’s blankie is in there.  You know he can’t sleep without his blankie.

*knock, knock, knock *

SUNNY:  Who is it?

SMOKY:  It’s Smoky and Baby Tiago.  We’re looking for his blankie.

SUNNY:  Go away.  I’m not ready yet.

SMOKY:  Sunny, you open the door right now!

SUNNY:  Go away.   I’m very busy.

SMOKY:  Sunny, you open up this door right now or I’m telling Mommy.  We’re not allowed to lock doors.

SUNNY: Oh, alright.  But close your eyes when you enter.  I’m not finished yet.

BABY TIAGO:  mew mew.

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SMOKY:  Sunny!  What in the world are you doing with Baby Tiago’s blankie on your head?

BABY TIAGO:   mew mew.

SUNNY:  I told you not to look.   Baby Tiago, I’ll give it back to you later, I need it in order to practice my ESP so I can read minds.  I’m a Mystic, you know.

BABY TIAGO:  MEW MEW MEW.

SMOKY:  I think you should give it back to him, Sunny.

SUNNY:  Mommy says we’re supposed to share, Smoky;  and I am using it now.

SMOKY:  Well, why don’t you use your blankie?

SUNNY:  Because mine has monkeys all over it and  Baby Tiagos’s  looks more like a real Turban.

BABY TIAGO:  mew mew mew.

SUNNY:  Here, Baby Tiago, you can have this feather.  Now, run along and play with it and I’ll return your blankie later.  Okay?

BABY TIAGO: mew.

SMOKY:  Are those Mommy’s earrings and her Joan Rivers Bee pin? Sunny, does Mommy know you are playing with her jewelry?

SUNNY:  Not unless she has ESP.  Now, please run along, Smoky.  I have to put something in my secret treasure box and you can’t look.

SMOKY:  Why can’t I look?

SUNNY:  Because what I have in this box is highly secretive.  It’s not for anyone else to see but those of us who have “the gift”.

SMOKY:  You can show me, Sunny.  I won’t tell anyone.

FATBOY:  “Are you open for business yet, Sunny”?

SUNNY:  I guess so.  Smoky was the first to arrive. I think I’m ready to demonstrate my ESP.

FATBOY:  “What’s ESP, Sunny”?

SUNNY:   It’s a gift and I have it.

FATBOY:  “How does it work”?

SUNNY: I’ll show you.  You sit over there and think of a number.

SMOKY:  Excuse me Sunny, but you were going to show me what’s in your secret treasure box.

SUNNY:  Oh, That is impossible, Smoky.  Now, where was I? Oh,  yes.  Now, Fatboy, you sit over there.

FATBOY:  “Okay, now what”?

SUNNY:  Tell me the number.

FATBOY:  “Five”.

SUNNY:  That’s the number I was thinking of.

FATBOY:  “Really”?

SMOKY:  Wait a minute.  Fatboy, …. you told Sunny the number you were thinking of.

SUNNY: That’s right and I confirmed that it was the correct number I was thinking of.

FATBOY:  “He did, Smoky.  I heard him confirm”.

SUNNY:  I can do it again if you don’t believe me, Smoky.  Okay, Fatboy …. think of another number.  And make it a hard one this time Fatboy.

FATBOY:  “Okay”.

SUNNY: Got it?

FATBOY:  “Yes”.

SUNNY:  Okay – what’s the number?

FATBOY: “Thirteen”.

SUNNY:  Correct!

SMOKY:  Fatboy, you told him your number again!  Oh, I don’t believe any of this nonsense; no offense Sunny.

SUNNY: Oh, none taken.  The book says that there would be naysayers and non-believers; so I am not surprised.

FATBOY:  “Is Smoky a naysayer?”

SUNNY:  Oh, yes.  She is also a non-believer.  It is my job to prove to her that I have the “gift”.

SMOKY:  I bet I can prove that you don’t have ESP.

SUNNY: How?

SMOKY:  This time, I’ll think of a number.  Okay now what’s the number?

SUNNY:  That’s not how it’s done Smoky.  You tell me the number you’re thinking of and I’ll tell you if it’s the same number I’m thinking of.

SMOKY:  That’s what I thought.  Now, listen very carefully, Fatboy. Okay, Sunny, I’m thinking of a number.

SUNNY:  Now, what’s the number?

SMOKY:  8.

SUNNY:  That’s the number I was thinking of.

SMOKY:  I was fooling you. The number I was really thinking of was 9.

SUNNY:  I knew you were fooling.  I was thinking of the number 9 also.

FATBOY:  “MOL!  Sunny, you are amazing!”

SMOKY:  Fatboy, tell me you don’t  really believe any of this.

 FATBOY:  “If  Sunny says he has “the gift” – then I believe he has “the gift”.

SUNNY:  Thank you Fatboy.  Now, I’d like to be called The Amazing Mr. Sunny from now on; or maybe The Mystifying Mr. Sunny … if you don’t mind.   Perhaps I can charge clients in the Salon $1.00 to read their minds.

SMOKY:  Why would someone pay you $1.00 for something that they already know, Sunny?  If you told them something they didn’t already know, then maybe that would be worth $1.00.

FATBOY:  “She has a point,  Sunny.  Can you tell us something we don’t already know?”

SUNNY:  Well, I haven’t read that chapter yet … I just started this book, Fatboy.  But I’ll try.

Okay please sit over there and tell me what you would like to know.  Oh, wait a minute, I have to get my lucky bone.  Close your eyes, Smoky.  I don’t want you to see what’s in my secret treasure box.

SMOKY:  Meeeeeewwwwwww.  Where did you get that thing?

SUNNY:   If you must know, I found it in the backyard. I’ve been keeping it with all my other lucky charms in my secret treasure box.

SMOKY:  What’s it for?

SUNNY:  It’s a lucky charm that all us mind-readers use.   I also have a magic harp that I received from my Secret Admirer, Christina McNeair.   I have other charms too – but they are highly secret.  And, no one is allowed to look in my box … ever … or else.

SMOKY: Or else what?

SUNNY: Oh, you don’t want to know, Smoky.  It’s too frightening.  There are things in this box that only us mind readers are allowed to see.  Secret things.  Now, Fatboy, what do you want to know?

SMOKY:  Wait a minute … I want to know what will happen if someone looks in that box?  You said “or else” … what did you mean by that?

SUNNY:  Oh …. I cannot say, Smoky.  I cannot say.  I only warn you as the book says to warn anyone who does not have “the gift”.  Now, Fatboy, what was it you wanted to know?

SMOKY:  That doesn’t frighten me, Sunny.  Are you trying to frighten me?

SUNNY:  No, Smoky. I just warn you that these charms are very powerful and you never know what will happen if you look at them without my permission.  And, I am sorry, but I cannot give you permission.

FATBOY:  “Sorry little one … maybe if you weren’t a naysayer  Sunny would let you look in his secret treasure box”.

SMOKY:  Did Sunny let you look, Fatboy?  Do you know what is in that box?

SUNNY:  Excuse me, but I would like to continue while I am still feeling the “gift”.  Now, Fatboy, what was it you wanted me to tell  you?

FATBOY:  “Oh, yes … I would like to know when I will become famous”.

SUNNY:   Okay.  I am concentrating …. I am thinking very hard.  The Amazing Mr. Sunny, I mean The Mystifying Mr. Sunny is concentrating.   I am thinking … ohmmm … ohmmm … it’s coming to me ….. I have it!  The answer is “soon”!

FATBOY:  “Oh, Sunny, this is too good to be true”.

SMOKY:  That doesn’t prove anything, Sunny. I don’t believe any of this.

SUNNY:  I know, Smoky – because you  don’t have the gift.  And now for my next act, I will hypnotize someone.  I’ll need a subject.  Do I have any volunteers?  Anyone?

FATBOY: “Hypnotize Smoky”.

SUNNY: Okay.

SMOKY:  I don’t want to be hypnotized and I certainly don’t want you waving that old bone in my face.

SUNNY:  That just goes to show how much you know.  I don’t use the bone for that.  I use an eyeball.  Now where is that  …..

SMOKY:  MOMMY!

SUNNY:   “Shhhhh Smoky. It’s not a live eyeball.  It’s a charm that Lord Ugly Boy Byron sent me all the way from Greece. It’s very powerful and lucky.  Okay … I’ll see what else I have.  Excuse me while I look in my secret treasure box.  Please turn your backs, everyone.  I’ll need to get one of my charms.

SMOKY:  May I see one of the charms, please?

SUNNY:  I am very sorry, but that is forbidden.  Now, everyone please close your eyes.  I will now be going into my secret treasure box to look for one of my secret charms that only us professionals use.  oooooooh ….  hmmmmm …. maybe I should use this one. Oh, no, this one is too secret even for me.  Smoky, are you sure I can’t use the eyeball?  It’s what the book says to use.

FATBOY:  “Smoky, let him use the eyeball.  I want to see him hypnotize you”.

SMOKY: Okay – but I don’t want to touch it.

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SUNNY:  You’re not allowed to touch it.  You must never touch the eyeball.  So, please keep your paws to yourself.  Now, then where was I?  Oh yes …Smoky, just sit over there and relax.  I will take this lucky eyeball and slowly dangle it in front of your eyes.  Concentrate on it and let your mind empty.   Are you relaxed?

SMOKY:  Yes.

SUNNY:   Now then … oh, maybe I should put some music on.  Would you like music, Smoky?

SMOKY:  If you like … but I don’t need it.  I’m relaxed.

SUNNY: Okay then.  I will now begin. Silence please. Look into my eyes. Listen to everything I am going to say to you.  I will dangle this eyeball in front of you and  I want you to follow it with your eyes. Pay attention to every word I am going to say.It is important that you listen and concentrate on what you are about to hear.You are getting sleepy. You are getting very sleepy.

Let your little paws go limp.  Relax and concentrate on what I am dangling in front of your eyes.  You see the eyeball.  It is moving from left to right.From left to right.Moving slowly as if it is looking at you.Keep your eyes on the dangling eyeball.You are feeling a little sleepy.Your eyes are getting heavy.  You will be going into a little trance.Do not be afraid to let yourself go.When I count to three you will not remember that I, the Amazing Mr. Sunny have  hypnotized you.  You will only remember to do whatever I say.   You will be my little slave.   You will do whatever I tell you to do. I will now begin to count …. one … two … three … zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

*THUD*

SMOKY:  Fatboy!  He hypnotized himself.  Now what?

FATBOY:  “I better go and get some water to bring him around. I’ll be right back.”

SMOKY:  Sunny, can you hear me?SUNNY:  zzzzzzzzzzzzz

SMOKY:   Poor Sunny.

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* Smoky eyes Sunny’s secret treasure box; she looks around to make sure no one is watching her and then  gently opens the lid and removes the first object she feels.  She screams then faints.*

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FATBOY:  “OMC!  It worked Sunny!  You hypnotized Smoky!   You really do have the “gift”!

THE END

Pets that Blog: Meet Kuruk

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Introduce yourself:

Wooooowooooooo!

Name:

My name is Kuruk, but you can call me Ku. It’s Pawnee for Bear, but I’m an Alaskan Malamute.

Age:

Mama says I am about three and a half years old. No one knows my actual birthdate, but Mama picked the day I was freed from that four foot chain I had lived on as my rebirth day.

How you came into your parents lives?

One day some nice people came to the puppy mill in Alaska where I lived. They were horrified by what they saw. Me and about 170 other snow pups were chained and starving and thirsty. We had eaten all the snow we could reach, and some of my snow pup family did not survive. The nice people took all of us to a vet and then we went to a shelter for a few months. Then a lady from the Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) came to Alaska and flew me and three others to Seattle. Then I went to another shelter until my foster Mama Cindy picked me up.

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Cindy has two of her own snow pups and we all went hiking a lot. Everything was new to me, walking on leach, and even being pet and talked too. And I was very scared and nervous all the time, but Cindy was very patient with me. I lived with her for a little over a month. My last day with her I crawled on her lap to say thank you because I knew my new Mama was going to come and take me to my very own home! I had met my new Mama and big brother Simba a week earlier, and I was very excited. I knew she’d be a great Mama. Big brother Simba helped Mama a lot. He taught me everything before he passed away a couple months later.

Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to share my story and my Haiku. Haiku just come naturally for me, and Mama suggested I post them on a blog so people can get to know me. Eventually I will put the best ones together in a book along with my rescue story to help other pups (or other animals) through their own healing processes. I also plan on donating some of the earnings to rescue groups.

What is your favorite post?

My first one. It was the first haiku I shared with Mama on New Years Day 2012. I had been with Mama for about six months by then, and I had emotionally and psychologically grown so much. This post sums up everything all rescue pups need to heal: Love

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What post do you like the least?

Bones. Usually haiku just flow, but this one was squeezed out.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I’ve gotten to meet other blogging puppy friends! Wooooowoooo!

What do you dislike about blogging?

Mama takes my picture a lot more.

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Sneak peek on future posts?

Can’t. I don’t plan the haiku. They come when they come.

What blogs do you read that you would like to share ?

Well, my top three are K9 Miss Harper Lee,  Rumpy Dog, and Wiley’s Wisdom.

What are your thoughts on spaying/neutering?

I was never asked. They just did it.

Anything else you would like to add?

Please read my About page, if you’d like to know more and read links to the newspaper story and a video about my rescue. Thank yoooowoooowoooooo!

p.s. Most snow pup breeds do not bark. We sing! Wooooooowooooooooo!


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Ku and his mom for doing the interview. Photos were used with permission.. Please check out  his blog

 This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Pet Product Reviews: Kong Wubba Dog Toy

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Author’s Note: My apologizes for posting this on a Thursday and not a Tuesday. 

Kong Wubba Dog Toy

 The Kong Wubba Dog Toy is another virtually indestructible toy which is popular with dogs and dog owners, alike. Dogs love it because it squeaks and it allows dog and owner to interact and share playtime. Owners like it because their dog actually plays with it and can’t destroy it, so it lasts forever, which is money well spent.

 For the dog who likes to chew, Kong Wubba is up to the challenge. The best my dog could do was chew some of the “legs” off; this is a dog who used to eat my front steps, railings and corners of my old wooden house.

 Wubba is shaped like an octopus or squid, with a head, body and 8 legs, when you purchase it. The accompanying photo shows our Wubba with 3 remaining legs, but its still functional.

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 We fling Wubba down our tile entryway and Bowzer is more than happy to fetch it and bring it back; several times.

 Wubba can also be used as a tug of war toy, or a throw and retrieve toy outside. It’s quite hard, so if thrown indoors, it could lead to broken décor.

 A dog can carry Wubba in its’ mouth, either by the head or the legs, and it can fling it in the air itself and either catch it, let it hit him, or fetch it. My dog enjoys this game with his outdoor Wubba in the backyard. One day he’s going to catch it!!

Kong Wubba comes in red, yellow, blue and purple, as well as in different sizes. Some models are made of heavy duty nylon, which resembles canvas, while others have a terry cloth fabric.

 A cat will play with almost anything you buy, but when it comes to dog toys, I prefer to take my dog to those boxy pet stores and let him pick out his own toys. Some of those toys are expensive, and if I’m spending that kind of money, he better play with it. So hallelujah for those stores letting our pets in to shop. Bowzer picked out his size large blue Wubba, (the one missing legs), and then a year later, picked out another blue one the same size for his backyard toy.

 While he’s in the backyard playing with his wubba, Bowzer bites it and makes it squeak. There are times I go out in the backyard, and every one of my neighbor dogs are playing with their different squeaky toys. I call it the dog toy orchestra. This tells me dogs like squeaky toys.

 The next time you visit one of these pet stores, bring Rover or Rosie in and show them a Kong Wubba.

 The official Kong website also shows new styles and fabric choices.

 The prices are about the same online or in-store, it’s just a matter of convenience, and whether or not you can get free shipping. Several different online retailers carry Kong Wubba, original and the new colors and fabrics.

 Bowzer rates Kong Wubba 4 paws up.


Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon McDermitt, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pets that Blog: Meet the Nipclub

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Author’s Note: This isn’t a “pet blog” per say as they use the blog for advertising, but this is a group that does a lot of good for the online pet community, so I wanted to do an interview on the lady behind the NipClub. Their 3rd anniversary pawty was May 11-12.
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How did NipClub start out?

3 years ago there weren’t many pawties and a group of anipals that liked to hang out wanted a place to come every week. A little bit about our first pawties can be found on my personal blog http://flacatlady.blogspot.com/2010/05/nipclub-grand-opening-today-6pm-edt.html and 2 or 3 subsequent posts after that one. Then @thenascarkitty & @tinypearlcat created a blog specifically for our weekly pawties http://nipclub.blogspot.com/2010/06/nipclub-now-has-blog.html
In late April 2012, @georgetheduck and I decided to start a monthly 24 hour pawty to provide a larger scale focus on fundraising for no-kill shelters, rescues & animal sanctuaries. That blog is found at pawty.nipclub.comand we have an overarching website nipclub.com

Why the name NipClub?

At the time the majority of my pals were cats that liked to roll in catnip and be silly. We wanted the atmosphere to be like a nightclub, so we shortened catnip to nip and added club and voila #Nipclub!

What organizations have you helped?

In the 2012-2013 time frame, we have featured Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, New York Abandoned Angels, Safe Haven for Cats, Furever Dachshund Rescue, Owensboro Humane Society, The Rescued Rescuers, Assisi Animal Foundation, Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Black Cat Rescue, Bichon and Buddies. And many other great groups in the since our inception on May 13, 2010.

Why Twitter and no another social network?

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Because Twitter is conversational. We have several blogs and a facebook page but those are mainly to advertise what will happen at the pawties.  This year we have started Pinterest so we can pin pictures of the pawties, groups we help, volunteers blogs, etc.

How many NipClub members are there?

We have had as many as 160 people at a recent monthly pawty. There are about 40 regular staff and managers. Anyone can show up for a pawty and add #NipClub to their tweets and join. There aren’t any specific membership expectations other than being respectful of the #NipClub hashtag and people joining the conversation.

When are NipClub parties?

Every Thursday night from 4pm-1am Eastern and the second weekend of each month from 2pm eastern Saturday to 2pm eastern Sunday.
We occasionally host a wedding, bachelor/ette pawty, birthday pawty and @skeeterthetabby’s fun quarterly races. We stay BUSY!!
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What does the future hold for NipClub?

More fun themed pawties, great games with fun prizes, an occasional anipal celebrity appearance. We are always thinking of ways to maximize our fundraising and to find the best possible groups to feature.

Is there anything else you would like to share about NipClub?

One of my favorite success stories from the last year of fundraising was from Owensboro Humane Society (not affiliated with HSUS). We earned approx $850 for them in February. I got an email from our contact in March that they had taken the $850 and gone to a high kill shelter and pulled the 13 cats & dogs that had been waiting the longest, which included 4 puppy mill survivors. They wouldn’t have been able to do that if we hadn’t featured them and collected donations so they could get them vetted. That is serious bang for the buck.
#NipClub in its original vision was to provide a place for friends to gather and shake of the work week. I’ve heard all kinds of heart touching stories about how the friendship and fun at the pawties lifting spirits. One specifically that touched me was a lady that is wheelchair bound and for the few hours she visits #NipClub she complete forgets about her disability. Those kinds of stories make the work it takes to organize 5 pawties/60 hours of pawties or more a month so worth it! Anyone that would like to make a difference for animals and humans alike is always welcome to contact me and join the #NipClub team!
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Author’s Note: Many many thanks to @flacatlady for taking time to do the interview.. please check out the blog, facebook page, or the Anipal Times or just hop on Twitter on Thursday nights from 4pm – 1am Eastern to join the pawty. Photos were used with permission. This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. pets that blog 200x200

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