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Animal Interviews: Meet Spootz

Posted by yornma on May 27, 2016 in Animal Articles, Cats, Happy Tails |

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Thankful Thursday

Posted by yornma on May 26, 2016 in Thankful Thursday |

So today I’m thankful for snuggles.

Trixie is the best at snuggles, especially when you’re sick, unfortunately she doesn’t want anyone else on the bed when she’s with you. Fair warning, once she lays down that’s it, there is no moving her, so make sure she’s not laying on a limb. She’s only 10lbs and I swear weighs a ton when you try to move her.

Buggy loves a good snuggle but he’s a pillow stealer. He loves to take over my pillows and I normally sleep with 2 of them, so I push half of the top one down so he has enough room to lay. Once he’s settled he will lay there and purr and purr until one of us falls asleep.

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Cats & Dogs

Posted by yornma on May 25, 2016 in Animal Articles, Wordless Wednesday |

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Animal Interviews: Meet The Half Tail Lynx

Posted by yornma on May 23, 2016 in Animal Articles, Cats |

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Lynx for letting me interview him and for allowing me the use of his pictures for this article. Please follow his adventures at his facebook page: Angel Opossum and the Half Tail Lynx

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How old are you lynx?

I am an estimated 7 months old ♡

How do did you come to your forever home?

Mom found me in the parking lot at the grocery store. She caught me and brought me home ♡

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite things to do include mousing, attacking helpless catnip toys, lounging, and attacking any cup left on the table unsupervised

Where did you name come from?

My name came from my Half Tail! With my tufted ears and half tail, mom thought Lynx was perfect! Also the new page title ssounds like a Harry Potter book title now

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When did the foster kittens come into the house?

The first foster kitten showed up at the beginning of May. She was maybe a day old? I was very interested in her but she is young and not interested in me. The 5/6 week olds, though, are more my speed. Their mother got hit by a car and when mom pulled over to move the body out of the road, she found the kittens. 3 have found forever homes ♡ The newest additions are maybe 3 weeks? Mom has them contained currently because they have upper respiratory infections and mom wants them to feel better before I introduce them to my minion corps.
Did you check on them to make sure they were okay?

Mom was a little wary of my first encounter with the orphaned babies. She put them in a playpen so I could smell and see, but not touch. She came home to find me STEALING the babies and taking them to my Top Secret Headquarters.

Since I had taken to them so well, mom made them a room where I had full access to teach the wisdom of the elder cats to these motherless ones

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What do you think of them now?

I am extremely pleased with my new minions. I have taught them the stairs, how to get in the garbage, and how to trip an unsuspecting human.
What about the newbies?
Mom does not let me around the newbies ye

Who do you like the most?

My favorite of the minions is Castiel, the little ragdoll colored girl kitten. She is a quick learner and already a manipulater of our humans ♡

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Do they follow you around?

The kittens DO follow me around, they seem to have taken to me quite nicely

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What big plans do you have for yourself and the minions?

Hopefully, down the road my minions and I will be over to take over the house and then…. the world! They shouldn’t take too long to corrupt ♡

Mom thought it was odd that a tom cat was so intrigued by some young and helpless kittens, but she thinks I found my calling.

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Thankful Thursday (Friday eve)

Posted by yornma on May 19, 2016 in Animal Articles, Other |

Happy Thursday!

Or as I like to call it Friday eve to make it sound so much nicer. :)

 

What am I thankful for?

 

I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made at the various pet blogging conferences – Blog Paws & BarkWorld- I’ve been to. It’s been 3 years since I went to my very first one which was Blog Paws and I was so nervous/scared/excited that it gave me anxiety.

I had all kinds of worries and had asked all kinds of questions to their newbie group.

That experience was a very positive one and it gave me the courage to go to BarkWorld later on that year.

I got to meet so many people, fellow bloggers who had been doing this for years, those who had just started, those who were in the pet industry and of course all the awesome pets.

 

So I wanted to say thank you.

 

Thank you for welcoming me into the pet blogging community, thank you for taking me under your wings when I didn’t know where to start and just thank you for being you.

 

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Animal Lovers

Posted by yornma on May 16, 2016 in Animal Articles, Dog, Uncategorized |

Today as I was driving home from work I saw a dog sticking it’s head out of the window just enjoying the heck out of its life. I was smiling to myself as it reminded me to be like that dog and enjoy the little things.

I noticed the bumper sticker on the vehicle and it was said TRUMP. Now I’m a democrat, I don’t generally talk about politics much because to each their own, but I feel that as an animal lover it doesn’t matter who you’re going to vote for, or who you worship (or don’t), if you’re straight, gay, bi, transgender or whatever.

It’s our love for animals that unites us.

It’s our desire to help those that are in need that can’t help themselves.

And it’s incidents like the one that happened just recently that sickens me.. a woman threw a dog from a moving van, the dog named Joe unfortunately passed away.

How can someone throw a living sentient being out a moving van like it’s nothing but trash??

I hope they find her. I hope they give her a big huge penalty but as an animal lover I’m more upset that Joe didn’t make it, I’m somewhat comforted by the fact that he knew love in his last few days and hours.

He knew what it was like to be loved, have kind words, food, water and kind people who wanted him to pull through.

So I want you all to hug and kiss your pet, give them an extra treat, blanket or take them out for a stroll.

Be glad that you have them in your life and they are getting the love that poor Joe the dog did not.

Dog Thrown from minivan Dies

(Taken from: http://wfla.com/2016/05/16/dog-thrown-from-van-in-pasco-to-undergo-surgery/)

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) — Joe, the dog thrown from a moving minivan in New Port Richey, died during surgery on Monday.

The team at San Francis Veterinary Hospital in Spring Hill said “Joe” did not survive a surgery to fix his diaphragm.

“We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support we have seen over this past weekend. Heaven has gained another angel,” the hospital said in a statement.

When Joe was thrown from the minivan, his organs were pushed into his abdominal cavity, and his diaphragm and pelvis broke.

Deputies are still searching for the suspect who allegedly threw Joe from the moving van.

Read more: Deputies: Woman threw dog out of moving minivan

The incident happened at the intersection of Orchid Lake Road and Floral View Way early Friday morning. The woman driving a white or grey minivan tossed the mixed-breed dog out of the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a large, heavy set female. She is approximately 45 years old, with blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. She was wearing glasses.

If you have any information about this case, please call the sheriff’s office tips line at (800) 706-2488.

 

 

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Happy Valentines Day from Best Friend’s Animal Society

Posted by yornma on February 11, 2016 in Animal Articles, Uncategorized |

Author’s Note: This is a non-interview post that was offered to me by Best Friend’s Animal Society. I was in no way compensated for my time, I just wanted to share. :) 


Looking for Love That Lasts?

Best Friends Animal Society Can Help You

Adopt a Pet to Realize Those #RelationshipGoals 

Best Friends and Hallmark Channel Team Up to Encourage

Everyone to Swipe Right to Find “The One” at National Pet Adoption Event

 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Oh. Now the bad news… As sincerely as we try, statistics show that being “consciously coupled” is often fraught with failure. According to bestselling author Hellen Chen, more than 85 percent of dating relationships end in a breakup. Not to mention, nearly a third of marriages end in divorce.

But don’t fret, there is a way to set realistic #RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet.

When looking for love, you’re more likely to find the real deal at your local animal shelter than at your local bar, or on Tinder, or Ashley Madison for that matter. Just for starters, about 81 percent of people on dating sites and apps lie about height, weight or age in their profiles (according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study). But dogs and cats don’t lie about tail length or being housebroken, what you see is what you get.

Instead of roses this year, Best Friends Animal Society is offering you a dozen reasons why your #RelationshipGoals should include the adoption option. (You’re welcome.)

 

  1. Hanging with a pet will give pleasant new meaning to “Netflix and chill.”1
  2. Your pet’s lasting love will make you never fear being “ghosted” again.2
  3. Adopting a pet will help you overcome that fear of commitment.3
  4. You’ll always have someone there to kiss you good morning, even before you brush your teeth.

    Ruby (little, gray) and James (bigger, black) with Matt Wigham

    Ruby (little, gray) and James (bigger, black) with Matt Wigham

  5. Walking a cat on a harness and leash is a guaranteed attention-getter.5
  6. Chances are your pet will love to spoon and snuggle as much as you do, if not more.6
  7. Your new canine companion will give you a valid reason to hang out and meet people at the dog park.7
  8. More than 63 percent of people consider pets to be members of the family (according to the AVMA). So no matter what the configuration of a family unit, pets are a perfect source of love and companionship.

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    Xavi and dogs

  9. If you’re not finding true love on Tinder, adopting a pet may be your answer.9
  10. A pet will help you get accustomed to 24/7 adoration and unconditional love.

    Julie and Ken with Zephyr the cat

    Julie and Ken with Zephyr the cat

  11. An adopted pet can help you become less self-centered, as you learn to put another’s needs before your own.

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  12. If you’re looking for love, but are freaked out by forever, check with a local shelter or rescue to find out about fostering.Twelve

Contrary to what you see online, there’s plenty of drama-free companionship out there. To make it even more attractive, Best Friends Animal Society and its official media sponsor, Hallmark Channel are offering pet adoption fees starting at $14 to help you find “The One.” The national event is taking place February 1-15 at Best Friends adoption centers in Utah and Los Angeles, and at an event in New York, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. (More information about the promotion can be found at http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.)

“If you’re looking to bring home a new pet, few people will argue that adopted animals reward their people with a depth of love and loyalty that pets from other sources often don’t seem to rival,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society. “They seem to know they were given a second chance, and they spend their lives repaying their families.”

Who knows, having a pet might even help you meet that special someone, if you haven’t already. Relationships come and go, but adoption can—and should– last a lifetime.


About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

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Together, we can Save Them All®

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Blogging the Change for Animals

Posted by yornma on January 15, 2016 in Animal Articles, Other |

Author’s Note: I seem to be participating  in a lot more blogging challenges. This one is all about being the change for animals and I what I plan on doing.

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I plan on having some guest posts throughout the year to highlight several of the causes I’m passionate about such as but not limited to – the declawing of cats, debarking of dogs, tail docking and BSL.

I plan on having 3 online auctions to benefit Pet Guards Angels so they are able to get some much needed supplies for the cats and the office.

I plan on sending 2 rounds of kitty care packages to them which will include office supplies, blankets, and toys.

I feel like that’s not much and will probably donate to the local SPCA or see if I can help with a local TNR group.

If anyone is interested in doing a guest post on the subjects listed above or would like to donate items to the auction or kitty care packages please let me know.

Pet Guards Angels also has an Amazon wishlist if you would like to donate directly.

Pets Guards Angels’ Amazon wishlist

Thank you in advance!

I can’t believe I forgot to add my annual  “Wishes for Kitties” from August 27-29.  This will be the 4th year I’ve done this and what happens in this:

For every birthday wish I get via social media – the blog, either the blog Facebook or personal facebook I donate $1 to Pet Guards Angels.

I’ve donated $200 in the years past and would love to get some friends to help out and if anyone has ideas on how to get pet companies involved I would love it. !

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Pet Blogger Challenge

Posted by yornma on January 8, 2016 in Animal Articles |

Author’s Note: The Pet blogger challenge 2016.. :)

 

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.

I’ve been blogging since.. ooh good question. I was blogging on a friend’s blog about my weekend adventures and what not and then decided to blog my short stories and then it eventually turned into the pet blog. 3 years as Peace, Love & Whiskers itself and about a year before that on inner ramblings. :)

2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?

Oooh. I was able to go to BarkWorld again, that was a major accomplishment because I did walk away from the blog several times to return to my own fictional writing, but realized I missed the sense of community and all the friends I had made when I went to BarkWorld and BlogPaws. So I was ecstatic to be able to go to BarkWorld in November and “get back on the horse” so to speak with blogging.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

Ooo, tough one since I didn’t do that many last year. :(

I think my favorite and I’m still totally gushing over the fact that I got to meet the wonderful woman behind the blog was Random Felines.

I peppered her with so many questions about her blog, her cats and fostering I’m surprised she still answered my emails. :)

I just love interviewing other bloggers about their blog and how they got started and shedding a light on their passion.

 

4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?

Um..what traffic? Lol. Since I took a mini hiatus from the blog in 2015 I didn’t really do anything to up the traffic on my blog. I’m hoping to get some more traffic this year but getting some great stories on pets that need extra love, small pets and getting some more pitties interviewed.

I also want to highlight my advocacy to help end BSL and declawing.

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)

6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

I love the Cult of Otis. I’ve been following for a few years and I just love the pictures and the stories the brothers tell. They don’t post as often since Leader Otis passed, but they still carry the message that each and every one of us can make a difference by feeding and sheltering the cats we choose to take into our lives.

Towards the end of the year I really go into Brian’s Home, I love the pictures of everyone and their stories.

7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

I’m going to rely on my own technical skills to get links, pictures and what not updated and keep them updated and get a schedule printed out for myself so I can keep better track of who I’ve interviewed and who I’m interviewing and get some more in-depth questions on certain diseases and resources to help others who have pets with those diseases.

I think as a pet guardian/owner the biggest relief is knowing you are not alone when you have a pet that’s ill, having a support group, or a website or something to cling to when you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of vet bills is a life saver.

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?

My best piece of advice is to find your passion, there are a lot of pet blogs out there, make yours unique.

9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

My vision for the blog in 2016 is to get posts done at weekly at the minimum, twice a week at the max.

10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

I would like to know where to find pets & people to interview, Facebook has been my main source of interviews, I want to branch out and get more sources.

Where is a good place to find pets with special needs? I want to highlight those that need the extra love and care.

I want to talk about more small pets, bring on the lizards, geckos, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets and everything in between! There are so many cat/dog pages on Facebook it’s nearly impossible to find small pets.

I need help finding them, send them to me, please.

As for my advocacy, I want to really get the word out about ending declawing and BSL, so I am always looking for pets/people to interview about that and find out what they are doing locally to make a difference.

 

 

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Pets that Blog: Meet Bella from According to Bella

Posted by yornma on January 3, 2016 in Animal Articles, Dog, Pets that Blog |

Author’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Bella’s mom Trista at Barkworld back in November.

 

How did According to Bella start?
My husband and I have always been dog people. We both had dogs growing up and adopted a Golden and a Rescue mix a year or so into our marriage. When they passed at 17 years old, I thought I would never have another dog in my life. I had a lot of healing over the next 2 years and my husband and I had started talking about talking about rescuing. On our trip to VA for Thanksgiving (a year ago this week!) I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone and this awesome dog with the coolest coloring pops up. Would you judge me if I told you I welled up at the sight of her? My heart knew she was mine before my brain did.

Where did Bella come from?
Bella was rescued from a kill shelter in NC by Crate Escape. They placed her in foster care where she lived, learned, acclimated for about 6 weeks until she was adopted.

How did she get her name?
When she is happy she prances and dances so her foster family named her Belle for Bellerina. We tweaked it to Bella when we adopted her.

Do you know what breed she is?
She was listed as a German Short Haired Pointer mix but the Vet says she is an Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is called a Heeler b/c they bite at the heels of cattle when herding them. There are RED Heelers and BLUE Heelers. Bella is a rare mix of both, referred to as a Purple Heeler.

What inspired you to write in her voice?
Her HUGE personality! She is the most opinionated dog I have ever met. And really good at communicating her feelings too. We spend a lot of time together so I have gotten good at understanding her.

What has been your favorite post so far?
Her first. “Prepare Your Pup for Winter – From a Clothes Averse Heeler Mix” This was the moment when her voice finally came out and it was loud and clear. I decided to write about winter prep and the kinds of things your dog needs to be happy and healthy for the cold winter months. As I wrote it remembered how much Bella hated to be in coats last year. I felt so torn as I prepared to write the post, because I knew Bella would never stand for most of what I was recommending based on research and things I had picked up since we adopted a short-haired breed. I realized Bella wasn’t the only short-haired dog that hates wearing clothes. And that point of view would probably be really helpful for owners of these types of dogs. So I decided Bella should be the one to talk about it first and then I added a section from me with advice about how to compromise between hating to be clothed and needed to be protected from the elements. I’m really proud of it.
Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/firstpost-whiskers

What has been the most rewarding thing about having a blog?
I love giving Bella a voice and helping others with the information I am learning. I’m not an expert, a trainer, a specialist. I’m just a dog owner learning how to deal with a dog that is much smarter and energetic than I bargained for. So many dogs in these categories (working dogs, herding dogs, etc.) are “returned” after adoption because the family can’t handle the responsibility of these breeds. I hope I can help these families so they and their new pup can be happy ever after together.

Does she do Periscopes as well ?
Yes! She does =) We have scopes of her playing with sticks, chasing bouncing balls and learning tricks. She also does pet product reviews.

Is there anything you wanted to add about her, yourself of the blog that people should know?
Through our experience with adopting Bella I have also learned the importance of Fostering. There is much education needed for successful fostering experiences and so that’s another big part of our blog and website. We hope that by helping increase foster education more dogs can be rescued and saved.

May I borrow pictures of her for the article? I will state they were used with permission and share the social media links.

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