#GivingTuesday

Author’s Note: I was contact by 360 Public Relations to share the following information, I was compensated in any way shape or form.


 

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.

Happy Tails: Meet Opossum

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

 

Meet Opossum

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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

How many fur siblings does she have?  

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.

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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.

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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.

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Does she get to go outside often?

 

Not often, only while being supervised. I had to flea bomb the house the other day and it was her first day out since we brought her home. She enjoyed it but was ready to go back in. She is very clingy, where the other pets are exploring and playing, she was within ten feet of me at all times.
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What is her favorite things to do?

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

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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.

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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.

 

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Pet Product Review: SleekEZ

Disclaimer: This is not a paid endorsement, I received the SleekEZ at Barkworld in my swag bag and decided to do a review on it. This is my own personal opinion. Photographs are my own and are not to be used without permission.

 

I was very skeptical about the SleekEZ as I’ve sued various brushes and combs on my cats and have not found one everyone can agree on. But this one seems to have hit the mark.

 

First off let me tell you about the design, it’s wooden with small short teeth. After meeting the creator I was intrigued because it looked like something that would be useful to dogs and horses, but not cats. But the owner was kind enough to share with me an informical from the website that showed a cat loving it and talking a bit more about the product.

My first victim was Boo, my white cat who loves to be combed with the flea comb, especially on his neck. He was curious and hesitant, but accepted it and eventually really got into it, so much that I had two giant white balls of fur from just brushing him and he was on his back purring with joy.

 

The next victim was Buggy, who does enjoy getting brushed, he was in heaven when I started brushing his neck. Purring like a content little car engine.

 

Bubby wasn’t going to be a challenge as he very much enjoyed the brushes, especially from the Kong brush the only problem with it was that it caused him to break out in dandruff, which is a huge problem because he wants you to keep brushing.

He was very pleased and after a few minutes of it, I was surprised to find no white flakes. He too was in kitty heaven purring deeply.

 

My last and final challenge was Trixie our newest addition (I will talk more about her in another post), she’s a stickler for cleaning and her fur is always soft and uber shiny.

How would she take to my attempt at brushing her?

She’s not a fan of anything but her neck, I think this is because it’s a itchy spot for her, but she really seems to enjoy it.

Verdict: 3 paws.

Pros: Gets the undercoat and doesn’t cause flakes in Bubby. Major plus there. Uber soft fur after brushing which is a plus for Boo who is a bit wire-haired.

Cons: The design, anyone who has arthritis may have a problem using this as the comb needs to be held in the palm of your hand. Other issue, fur everywhere.. it doesn’t trap the fur like other combs do, so you may want to comb your pet in an area that is easy to collect fur. You can easily pull the fur off of carpet or blanket with the comb.

 

BarkWorld Recap

Holy cow, so much information from BarkWorld, my brain is still on overload.

Let me start by saying I was so gld to have my husband who is city savvy with me to do the driving in the city because I would have had panic attacks.

This was my second BarkWorld, so I knew what to expect, but this was the first time I’ve stayed downtown Atlanta so it was entirely new to me. The last BarkWorld I attended was in Buckhead where we found and fell in love with Zesto’s, which thankfully was about a 10 minute drive from downtown.

Atlanta seems to really love quick open fast food, as we were told by my sister-in-law to try The Varsity, so we had that on the way in, Zesto’s the next day and Henry’s Tavern as it was right across from the hotel we booked and the Loew’s where the event was.

I highly recommend all three places if you are driving there, if not definitely stop by Henry’s, they have Parmesan fries. *drools*

For those who have never been to downtown Atlanta, it is pricey to park there during the day and overnight, we paid $20/night to park. The valet parking at our hotel was $25.

Let’s get to the conference portion of it, Thursday night was a premiere party for Lucky Puppy which is a quarterly magazine by Dogster.

Friday was the first official day of the conference and the keynote speaker was Gus Kenworthy, if you’re not familiar with the name you may be familiar with the term “Sochi Dogs” from the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He and his partner rescued 5 of them, unfortunately 1 of them passed while being held by the Russian government, but the rest of them are alive and happy.

Katie Capteron the Editor in Chief of HLN/CNN Digital spoke on Saturday touching on the top 10 viral animal stories, one of which was the two dogs hugging hours before being euthanized. This led to an outpouring of support and the rescue that got them, Angels Among Us was in attendance. She touched on several other stories, such as the dog whose mouth was taped shut, the vet tech who shot the feral cat with a bow & arrow, the two dogs rescued from underneath the I-5 bridge in California by Hope for Paws (who was also in attendance)  and of course the #1 story which was Cecil the Lion.

She had the room crying at the injustice, clapping at those that were rescued and reminding us that if we see something online we need to post it, state how we feel and share.

My favorite keynote speaker was Shorty Rossi from Animal Planet’s PitBoss. He warned everyone that we may laugh, cry or not like what he has to say at the beginning of his speech. He went into his background – how he was mistreated, how he got into trouble with the law, found that his love for animals helped him cope and when he got out he knew he didn’t want to go back to doing bad, he wanted to make a difference.

It was then that he found his first pit bull. In trying to get a tv show about his production company he was approached about doing a show about his pit bulls. It was there he found the platform and audience to make a difference in these wonderful dogs lives.

He encouraged everyone to educate themselves on these “bull breeds”, giving the group some surprising statistics such as: Golden Retrievers are the most likely breed to bite, 1 out of 600 pit bulls in shelters get adopted, support the rescue groups that support the dogs and most importantly you can’t change everyone’s mind but if you can change one person’s mind, then it’s worth it.

One of the questions he got from the group was how does he handle negativity on his page, his answer was simple: the first negative post, he deletes it, next negative post he deletes and blocks the user.

He stressed not to judge a breed by one dog and to use social media to make a difference.

 

These were the big names of some of the speakers, there were other speakers teaching how to use Periscope, SEO and more.

 

I did my first Periscope with Trista Polo from According to Bella after welcoming her to BarkWorld as it was her first time there and explaining some of the things to expect and look forward to.

Then I got a chance to be interviewed by Lisa Illman. I was petrified, but the chance to talk about my passion helped ease my nervousness, a little bit.

I was lucky enough to speak with Isabella Maso the owner of Isabella’s Pet Shop. She’s 10 and making bowties and flowers to help benefit shelter pets. I couldn’t resist them and picked up two for the furry children.

I spoke to the owner of SleekEz, Kuddly.co, Tomlyn, Vetericyn, PetPages, Smitten, Paintapic.com, Lindsi Jones of Lindsi Jones Photography who volunteers at a cat rescue not too far from my hometown, I met bloggers who were just starting, pet sitters, artists, etc.

BarkWorld was a wonderful experience and they have already announced the dates for next years – October 13-15th at the Loews in Atlanta, GA.

So if you get a chance to go, if you have an Instagram, Periscope, Facebook, blog, Etsy page, a pet related business or blog, go.

It is a whirlwind of information, but you will make friends with the 4-legged and 2-legged alike.

 

I will be doing reviews, interviews and trying my hand at periscoping.. I did download the app and I apologize in advance as I’m not a fan of being in front of the camera, but rather behind it.