In Loving Memory: Sharon

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

But I wanted to do a post about Sharon Mohr, who was my wonderful co-writer of the blog. She did a lot of my reviews and I am very grateful for her friendship.

 

I met her through her cat’s facebook page. Neptune the Special Cat.

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She sadly passed away earlier this year and had joined Neptune at the Rainbow Bridge.

 

Know you will always be loved Sharon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

I live in Florida, which means from June 1st to November 30th we are subject to tropical depressions/storms/hurricanes.

For those that don’t know what they are or have gone through them, it’s a disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean that forms as it travels along and brings lots of rain, wind, storm surge (due to the wind pushing the water onshore), tornadoes/ water spouts and lightning.

It can be an frightening experience for humans, but imagine your pets.

So today, in light of the fact that the Tampa Bay area is currently under tropical storm warning I wanted to share some tips/hints and checklists that will help you keep your furry, feathered and scaled friends safe this Hurricane Season:

 

Start getting ready now

(taken from: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/)

ID your pet

Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You’ll increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost by having themmicrochipped; make sure the microchip registration is in your name. But remember: The average citizen who finds your pet won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will probably be able to read a basic tag!

Put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—in case you have had to evacuate.

Put together your disaster kit

Use our checklist to assemble an emergency kit for yourself and your pet.

Find a safe place to stay ahead of time

Never assume that you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. Before a disaster hits, call your local office of emergency management to see if you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and verify that there will be shelters in your area that take people and their pets.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to find out if they accept pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size and species. Inquire if a “no pet” policy would be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of animal-friendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.

For help identifying pet-friendly lodgings, check out these websites:

Make arrangements with friends or relatives. Ask people outside your immediate area if they would be able to shelter you and your pets—or just your pets—if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may need to arrange to house them at separate locations.

Consider a kennel or veterinarian’s office. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies (make sure to include their 24-hour telephone numbers).

Check with your local animal shelter. Some shelters may be able to provide foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. But keep in mind that shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched during a local emergency.

Plan for your pet in case you’re not home

In case you’re away during a disaster or evacuation order, make arrangements well in advance for someone you trust to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with them. Give your emergency caretaker a key to your home and show them where your pets are likely to be (especially if they hide when they’re nervous) and where your disaster supplies are kept.

If you have a pet-sitter, they may be able to help. Discuss the possibility well in advance.

If you evacuate, take your pet

Rule number one: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. You have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able—or allowed—to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.
Pledge to take your pet with you when disaster strikes.

Rule number two: Evacuate early. Don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency officials have been told to leave their pets behind. The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

If you stay home, do it safely

If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together.

  • Close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide.
  • Move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products that have been stored in the area.
  • Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and make sure they are wearing identification.
  • If you have a room you can designate as a “safe room,” put your emergency supplies in that room in advance, including your pet’s crate and supplies. Have any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies. If there is an open fireplace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it off with plastic sheeting and strong tape.
  • Listen to the radio periodically, and don’t come out until you know it’s safe.

After the disaster

Your home may be a very different place after the emergency is over, and it may be hard for your pets to adjust.

  • Don’t allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations.
  • While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
  • Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist, or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian.
  • If your community has been flooded, check your home and yard for wild animals who may have sought refuge there. Wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet. Check out our tips for humanely evicting wildlife.

Be ready for everyday emergencies

You can’t get home to your pet

There may be times that you can’t get home to take care of your pets. Icy roads may trap you at the office overnight, an accident may send you to the hospital—things happen. But you can make sure your pets get the care they need by making arrangements now:

  • Find a trusted neighbor, friend or family member and give him or her a key. Make sure this backup caretaker is comfortable and familiar with your pets (and vice versa).
  • Make sure your backup caretaker knows your pets’ feeding and medication schedule, whereabouts and habits.
  • If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.

Heat wave

High temperatures can be dangerous. Learn more about hot weather safety for pets.

The electricity goes out

If you’re forced to leave your home because you’ve lost electricity, take your pets with you to a pet-friendly hotel. If it’s summer, even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be dangerous. If you stay at home during a summer power outage, ask your local emergency management office if there are pet-friendly cooling centers in the area.

If it’s winter, don’t be fooled by your pets’ fur coats; it isn’t safe to leave them in an unheated house.

 

Let’s start with the basic disaster kit:

 

 

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(taken from: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pet_disaster_preparedness_kit.html?credit=web_id354243830)

Here’s a great little video:

Additional Items to have:

 

  • Newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Grooming items
  • Household bleach

 

You take also take the Pledge to take your pet with you.

Also helpful is a list of pet friendly places to take your animals in the event you have to evacuate:

 

 

Also for those taking care of community cats (taken from http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/tips/disasters_care_outdoor_cats.html?credit=web_id354243830) :

 

What to do right now

  • Create (and update) a list—complete with descriptions and photos—of all the cats in the colony you care for. After a storm, this list may help you locate displaced cats and recover those being cared for by shelters or other rescue groups.
  • Find someone who will commit to being a back-up caretaker in your absence.
  • Carry the contact information for your secondary caretaker in your wallet. Also post the information on your refrigerator or some other visible place in your home.
  • Gather and have on hand the contact information for local shelters and rescue groups. They may be able to help you locate cats who have gone missing.

What to do when bad weather threatens your community cats

  • Secure or remove objects (such as chairs, potted plants or garden utensils) in and near the colony that could become airborne during high winds or get washed away.
  • Move shelters and feeding stations to higher ground in areas that may flood. Raise shelters and feeding stations to keep them dry. You’ll find wooden shipping pallets, available at some lumber yards, are ideal for this purpose.
  • Tie shelters and feeders to permanent structures (like a fence or a sturdy tree) to anchor them, or wedge them tightly into a secure space. Be careful about placing heavy objects (e.g., bricks, boards or rocks) on top of shelters to keep them in place, as these may pose a danger in high winds.
  • Keep rain out by positioning shelters so their openings face a wall or so that the entrances of two shelters face each other, no more than a foot apart.
  • Cover shelters and feeding stations with heavy tarps to keep out driving rain. Tie tarps at an angle and extend any overhang over shelter doors so water can run off and away from shelter doors. Hammer stakes securely and/or tie the tarps to a permanent structure.
  • Leave extra dry food in covered feeding stations in case you can’t return soon, and place extra kibble inside the cats’ shelter, as far from the openings as possible. Don’t put water in the shelter—it’s important that the shelter and cats remain warm and dry.
  • Lay Mylar blankets inside the shelters for extra warmth.
  • Put portable shelters, litter boxes, food and water in an accessible shed or garage during the storm.
  • Stockpile adequate cat food, bottled water, extra batteries and flashlights.
  • If possible, trap the friendly cats and kittens young enough to be socialized prior to the storm and take them to a safe place. Don’t try to trap or contain feral cats; they are too frightened of humans to be handled.

What to do when it’s safe to return to your community cat colony

Contact your local police precinct to gain access to your colony if it’s in an area with restricted access. Then, restore a normal environment and feeding routine as soon as possible in order to help draw the cats back.

How to find the missing community cats

  • Search above ground level: The cats may have climbed high to escape flood waters.
  • Don’t panic if you can’t find all the cats at once. They are probably close but are too frightened to return to their home. Most cats will return within a week, but some may take a few weeks to come back.
  • Offer tempting foods such as canned tuna or rotisserie chicken to coax frightened cats into returning.
  • Provide government agencies and organizations assisting animals with information about cats you’re missing, and find out how to claim the cats if they’re found.
  • Search for missing cats at local shelters and find out how you can claim your cats.

How to restore order to the cats’ home

  • Be cautious of branches and other debris that may continue to fall after the storm has ended.
  • Remove broken lumber and glass, nails or other sharp objects to prevent injury and infection.
  • Repair damaged feeding stations and shelters. Rebuild shelters, if necessary. Clean out and replace wet insulation materials (straw, newspaper or linens).
  • Disinfect shelters, feeding stations and dishes if they were exposed to flood waters. Use a non-toxic, cat-safe disinfectant. (Check with your veterinarian or animal shelter to see what products are safe.)
  • Put out more fresh water than usual because standing water is probably contaminated.

What to do once you’ve found the cats

  • Check the cats for injuries or illness as thoroughly as you can. (You may only be able to examine the community cats by watching them.)
  • Trap injured or sick cats as soon as possible and get them medical care. If you need help paying for their medical care, use our community-cat resources map to find one near you or consult our “Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?” page.

 

 

If you have anything to add please comment.

 

Thank you!

Animal Lovers

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.

 

 

Happy Valentines Day from Best Friend’s Animal Society

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.

    Xavi and dogs
    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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    cats
  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®

Happy New Year!

2016

 

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?

Happy Holidays!

catmas

 

Have a wonderful & safe holiday!

Taking a break from now until Jan 4th.

 

See you next year!

Meet Kuddly.co

Author’s Note: This is a non-sponsored interview with the co-founder of Kuddly.co whom I met at BarkWorld. Lucy was kind enough to let me do an email interview. The Kuddly.co logo was used with permission for this blog post.

kuddly

Don’t feel like paying $50 to go to the vet and just want to chat or email one? Well the funders of Kuddly.co have the solution for you. This app lets you enter your pets information and find a vet in your area to speak with for a nominal fee.

 

May I ask how kuddly was started?

It has been a work in progress for over a year. The company officially formed early 2015 and the first version of the app was released in July.
Is it available in Canada and Mexico?

It is available anywhere for smart phones on iOS and android. No geographic limits.
Is there a goal to grow it world wide?

We hope so. Already we have vets from several countries including Poland and Brazil.

 

I was told that Kuddly.co is an app where people can find a vet to email or
chat with for a nominal fee. And from what I saw of the app it does give
you the price information up front, however what happens when a client is
not satisfied with the provided?

How do they dispute the charges, would they need to dispute it with your
company’s customer service directly or should they be speaking to their
financial institution?

We have a very responsive support team. If you do not have a satisfying experience we encourage you to reach out to support@kuddly.co with your concerns. If is a medical concern I am often contacted to review.

Obviously if you believe your credit/debit card is wrongfully charged then please contact us so we can review our side, but also alert your financial institution for possible fraud/identity theft issues.
Also, how does the charge come through on their debit/credit card? Does it
come from Kuddly.co or is there a holding company?

I believe it shows up at Kuddly.co or Kuddly Inc. We do not have a holding company
I ask because my full time job is doing customer service for credit unions
for their debit, ATM cards and prepaid cards and sometimes part of our job
is to investigate where charges come from due to their being parent
companies or holding companies that do not share the same name.

I like the concept of the app as this could possibly end up saving a few
pets lives or ease the mind of a pet parent without breaking the bank.

 

I was also curious, how would a veterinary practice go about getting listed
on kuddly.co?
Our network is for individual veterinarians. If you know a veterinarian who might be interested – they download the app to their mobile device. One of the first questions is – “are you a vet”. If they select yes – they will prompted to start setting up their profile. We require a photo of government issued ID and a copy of their active veterinary license. Our internal team verifies that the names match – takes about 24 hours to fully activate a profile. We will be asking veterinarians to be re-verified annually to keep their profile active

Is there a rating system for after the services have been rendered?

Yes after completion of the consultation the consumer is prompted to rate and review – similar to Yelp.
We encourage comments as long as they are appropriate.
I ask because I have had a bad experience with a vet close to me and got a
second opinion from another local vet and love their service, so I wasn’t
sure if you are able to share your good/bad experiences on the app.

Is there a screening for vets that do controversial procedures such as
de-barking, de-clawing, tail docking, etc? If not is there a way for a
client to sort through vets that do that procedure?

We do not have such screening mechanisms.

Our concept is really about choice. We want to have options for everyone, so we do not have any exclusions (other than you do have to a verified vet to be listed). If there is someone who is advocating something controversial we encourage commentary (see above), so that other consumers can make their own decision about consulting with that veterinarian.

If something truly unacceptable is noted we encourage you to bring it to our attention through the support team. We do have the ability to shut down a vet’s profile if needed.

kuddly

The About section explains how it works in further detail

http://www.kuddly.co/about/

Find them online at : http://www.kuddly.co/

Available in the Apple Store for Iphones and Google Play Store for Androids

 

Have you used the app? Let me know. I’ld love to hear about your experience.

#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.

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.

 

 

I’m back!

After much consideration.. and come convincing from the cats and various pet loving friends.  The interviews will be back on 12/1.

I want to focus on Extra Love Needed Pets (special needs pets) and Pittie Love (pit bulls).

Interviews will post on Mondays & Fridays.

Pet Product reviews will post on Wednesdays.

To get back into the swing of things, here’s the posting schedule for the rest of this month:
11/17- Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers
11/19 -Gift Ideas for Cats
11/21- Gift Ideas for Dogs
11/24 -Gift Ideas for Small Pets
11/27 – Happy Turkey Day

12/1- Interviews are back!

 

Thank you all so much for your patience while I took an extended break. 🙂