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.
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.
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. !
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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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.
Happy New Year from all of us!
My resolution for the blog are the following:
- make it easier to search previous posts
- linking all posts to categories with badges to the category pages
- making sure the category pages are linked correctly and up-to-date
- making sure the pictures are showing up
- get pictures of all the cats on the “About” page
What are your New Years Resolutions?
Have a wonderful & safe holiday!
Taking a break from now until Jan 4th.
See you next year!
Author’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia Canlas the co-founder of Meowbox at Barkworld and as part of my follow up I did a email interview with her.
How did Meowbox get started?
When it was determined there there was an opportunity for meowbox in the market, we got to work quickly to get things going. The first few things we did to get started was to secure our social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Francois started building the website, I started contacting and sharing our idea with as many cat influencers and bloggers as I could find. We searched for interesting product and embarked on branding and packaging next. Our main goal was to move as quickly as possible!
How has the reception been so far?
Subscription boxes have been around for a few years but many people have not yet considered the concept for cat products. The reception has been wonderful because folks enjoy the idea of providing a fun experience for their kitty. One of the best things about meowbox is seeing your cat happy.
Do you have a survey or way for subscribers to comment on the items received?
We welcome feedback from our subscribers via social media, email (email@example.com), or via our secure web form at meowbox.com/about/contact.
Will you be offering a year subscription anytime soon?
We have pondered the idea, so perhaps! We are always open to feedback and trying different things.
I was curious where the idea for Meowbox came from was it because your cats had gotten into trouble before or if you had visited pet retailers and noticed they don’t have a large selection of cat toys?
I knew a dog subscription box existed but discovered there was not one for cats! I had also been seeing a lot of options for dog toys and treats in stores and not much for kitties. meowbox solves the problem of the lack of selection for cats and the difficulty in searching for interesting items.
How do you pick toys that will be featured in Meowbox?
There are 2 big pet trade shows for businesses that happen in the US. One is called Superzoo and the other is called Global Pet Expo. These events showcase pet products from new and familiar companies. We also discover companies online through social media and researching the web. Companies also contact us to introduce us to their products. Whenever we are out and about, we keep our ears perked and eyes open for neat kitty items.
What was been the most popular toy so far for you cats and clients?
The most popular toy has been a handmade shrimp stuffed with potent catnip, supplied by “Crazy About Catnip” Easy seller, https://www.etsy.com/shop/crazyaboutcatnip
Do your clients get to pick the toys for their cats or is it a surprise?
Every month we aim to surprise and delight our subscribers and their kitties. meowbox is not just a product, but an experience that is shared between the kitties and the humans, so the anticipation and excitement is all part of the fun.
Connect with them:
Has anyone tried out the meowbox for their cats? Comment below and let me know how it went!
Author’s Note: I met the wonderful woman (Jeanne Kudich) behind Random Felines at Barkworld last month and below is the email interview I did with her. What a pleasure to catch up with her again and pester her with questions about her blog, fostering and adopting. Thank you so much Jeanne! Pictures were used with permission.
How did you get inspired to blog?
I wanted a “journal” of sorts to keep track of the cats. I was fostering as well and it made for a good way to keep memories of the kittens.
What has been your favorite post(s) so far?
There have been so many….I think for me it is about having an impact on others. I posted about how hard fostering can be, how applications work for rescues, and probably announcing when my special needs foster Bourbon was adopted.
What have you learned since you started your blog?
About blogging? That I know just enough to keep from blowing up my computer. Seriously though, becoming part of a community has been a wonderful thing. I kind of stumbled into it and then discovered there are so many more bloggers out there. The opportunity to share things back and forth and support each other is the best thing.
What advice do you have to other pet bloggers?
Find a voice and go with it. I started out talking as “myself” and eventually changed over to a group cat voice. I didn’t want to pick one cat to be the voice of the blog – what happens when that cat passes away? Though there are times when one cat will take over for a day. And I will post as myself if it is something that the cats wouldn’t talk about or is personal. Skip the “cat speak” – it is just too hard to read and I think it turns people off. And talk about something you love. You don’t have to post every day, but be consistent.
How many pictures do you take on average to get a “perfect” picture for your blog?
I don’t know if I have ever gotten the perfect picture. That would be the one thing I would like to improve but I think it would require an upgrade to a much better camera and that isn’t in the budget right now. I will say that like most bloggers, I take WAY more than I actually use. For me it is about catching the cats and kittens doing natural things. And sometimes I get lucky and get a really great shot (or video).
How did you get started fostering?
It was totally by accident. A pair of adult male cats came into the humane society where I was volunteering at the time. It’s a long complicated story (http://www.random-felines.com/2009/11/tim-tom.html ) but the short version is they needed a foster home and I suggested our special adoptables program. I showed up to a meeting and my friend in charge of the program said “sign here you can pick them up Saturday”. It went smoothly and that spring I got an email asking for kitten fosters since they needed help. I took my first litter of kittens, it worked out well with my cats and that was it.
What has been the most reward thing about fostering?
Seeing sick kittens get better and seeing some special needs kittens get homes. (http://www.random-felines.com/2013/01/bourbon-and-moonshine.html) And of course getting kittens and their moms adopted.
What is the hardest thing about fostering?
Some people say sending them back to the rescue to be adopted out. And while that can be harder with some kittens than others, for me it is taking kittens into my home and then having them get sick and die. That loss is heartbreaking every time. And it never gets easier….I know that it happens but after putting so much love and work into these kittens, it is just so hard.
What should people know about fostering that they may not think about?
You can’t keep them all. Know your limits. Ask questions. Know what the rescue expects of you when it comes supplies, time commitment, adoption events, and emergency contacts. Keep in mind too that you don’t need a huge space. A separate bedroom or bathroom is fine. I like using my bathroom since the floor is tile and easy to clean (and I can joke that I haven’t showered alone in several years).
What supplies do you recommend people to have to get them started fostering?
Most rescues will have food and litter available. Since our rescue is small, I just buy my own (keep track of your expenses – if you volunteer for a 501(c)3, your expenses may be tax deductible). You will need a separate space for kittens and cats to adjust (if your rescue allows your to co-mingle your fosters with your resident animals – some do, some don’t). Bowls, litter box, toys, and towels/blankets. Especially with kittens – you are going to be doing laundry. I also have a couple of pens I can set up for restricted play time and finally bought a cat tower.
Do you have any tips to share about fostering that my help others?
Start slow (small litter of kittens that only need a couple of weeks to gain weight). Again – ask questions. See what system the rescue you are with has in place. Talk to other fosters with the rescue and other fosters online – we are all happy to answer questions. Be aware that while it is fun to have kittens, it IS work and requires a time commitment. And it isn’t all fun and games all of the time. It can be hard…but it is rewarding no matter what.
Who was your first foster?
Technically it was Tim and Tom who are now permanent residents. My first litter of foster kittens was a group of 3 that I took in that needed a couple of weeks to get big enough for surgery.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I may have missed?
Be prepared to fall in love. But again, know your limits. I tell people that most of my fosters aren’t screwed up enough to stay. Know that there are no dumb questions – we have all been there from time to time. Have a good resource that you can go to….I’m lucky that several friends within the rescue also foster plus I have met some great online friends who foster as well.
To follow the adventures of the permanent and temporary felines, visit: Random Felines or check them out on Facebook they are also on Instagram & Twitter and most importantly they are on YouTube because cat videos the best way to waste time.
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Happy Giving Tuesday!
What? You’ve never heard of it?
Well neither have I until about a week ago.
Today is a globally recognized day of giving, it started back in 2012 (according to Wikipedia) and falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. and is a great way to kick off the holiday season by giving back.
I know a lot of people who have giving time and money to those in feed, whether 2 or 4 legged, but I wanted to share that one company is giving back in a unique way: Wellness Natural Pet Food has teamed up with The Humane Society of the U.S. to raise donations and food for the pets who need it most.
On Tuesday, December 1, for one day only, each dollar donated to the Humane Society’s Pets for Life Program will not only help provide essential care (like vaccinations, medication and pet supplies) for pets in under served communities, but also a bowl of food, donated by Wellness Natural Pet Food. Donations will help fund the program through the month of December, and the organizations are hoping to raise $100,000 this #GivingTuesday.
If you can’t give today, please consider making a donation to your local animal shelter in not only a monetary form, but they are always in need of blankets, laundry detergent, puppy pads or better yet, volunteer your time even a few hours makes a huge difference in that of a pet looking for a home.
Author’s Note: I want to thank Opossums mom for letting me pepper her with questions about this little girl. She’s such a cutie! According to the about section on her facebook page she was found at a four way intersection starving and terrified. Pictures were used with permission, please visit her official page The Abandoned Opossum.
Where did her name come from?
We called her Opossum because the first time I touched her she played dead. She weighed less than a pound. Someone had dumped her at a local intersection and she had been scavenging for food. My oldest daughter and I persistently followed her until we could pick her up. With her coloring, she kinda resembled a young opossum
How old is she?
She is between 3 and 4 months old by the vet’s estimate, but also small for her age
She lives with a husky service dog in training and a saint Bernard service dog in training. To be honest, both pups adore her. It actually took her longer to adjust to them. I think she had previously been attacked by a dog or dogs. She also lives with Watson who has taken to her.
Was she on a special diet when you first found her?
The vets did suggest small meals multiple times a day instead of leaving out a large supply because she would inhale it like it was going to run away. She was on wet food and regular food.
Is she easily scared of new things?
It depends on the thing. For example, she has embraced the children from the moment she joined the family. The dogs she bullied until she had them dominated. I forgot to mention my tomcat as her sibling. Watson took her under his wing. I have rescued many cats over the years and many kitten litters and Watson embraces newcomers. Halloween, she didn’t bat an eye at costumes or decorations. She loves to be around water, never had a problem with toys, the broom, or anything really bothering her. She is fearless for most things. She is not big on strangers. She personally despises the UPS man.
Why the UPS man?
I don’t know why she distrusted the ups man. I know he’s here because she is in the window growling at him with her ears pinned. When I open the door she runs under the bed immediately, she wants no confrontation.
Do the pups try to play with her?
The pups love to play with her but she is usually not interested. I let Banner play with her to a point before I separate them. Aponi is too big and I’m afraid would hurt her by accident so I don’t let those two play much.
Does she get to go outside often?
Her favorite thing to do would be finding a lap to curl up in. Any of the kids laps, my lap, or my fiance’s lap. We are all reserved seats. She rather curl up and purr than do anything else.
A fleece blanket works too. She has claimed an old Christmas blanket at this time
Does she have any favorite toys?
She has a catnip toy she is extremely fond of. She hides it under the dresser so no one else can play with it.
Does she talk a lot?
She is very talkative. Usually when I am sleeping or am not currently petting her. If I shut the bathroom door she protests. She prefers to bathe with me. She gets in the tub and lays on me.
What’s her favorite food?
She loves baked chicken and she was introduced to a little Turkey breast this week. She enjoyed it tremendously. She always tries to steal whatever we are eating. It was a little difficult to introduce her to actual cat food, but we reached success with Meow Mix
Opossum has an odd fascination with Rick from The Walking Dead. She watches Netflix with me but during that show she actually sits on my laptop and is completely immersed. I have never had a cat like television before.