For those that don’t know what a “heart pet” is.. here’s a friend’s definition:
“A heart pet is a pet that is a very special pet that you know there will be no other like them. No matter how many pets you have they will never have that special connection to you.”
“It is a soulmate animal…you share a unique, deep special connection. You are a part of each other.”
So for those of us who have heart pets, let’s take a moment to be thankful for them, their presence in our lives and give them extra love if they are still with us, or remember them if they have passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
So today I’m thankful for Buttercup… the newest additional to the household, she’s the most timid, quiet member and I believe that she was abused as she flinched when I went to touch her. Mind you, I always let her sniff me before I touch her.
She came up to me last week while I was sitting on the couch in the den, I invited her up and she hopped up in my lap and let me just pet her. She was purring but very very softly. I had to leave my hand on her back just to tell.
She left for a bit and came back about twenty minutes later and stayed for a bit longer.
I was so very worried/concerned/nervous after the vet visit she was panting and drooling after picking her up from her vet/grooming.
Poor sweetie had mats in her fur and I wanted a professional to take care of it.
But she was put in the master bathroom for a few hours and checked on repeatedly and was fine.
So I’m thankful for her coming around to me.
I’m going to still work with her, she’s letting me pet her and comes up when she wants attention and it’s just an awesome feeling.
Today I am thankful for being able to take care of two new cats (and a dog!)
So this is a part introduction/thankful thursday.
Meet Harley. He’s a 12 year old service dog – he specializes in seizure alerts. He’s a lab and takes his job very seriously but when he is at home he is mostly cat as he loves to lay in sunspots.
Meet Miss Aura. She’s 6 and just got up to date on her shots as of last week. She’s believed to be a Siamese/tabby mix. She’s very talkative and when she first came to the house she hissed at everything. Now she’s coming up on the bed wanting pets. She is front declawed (which I am highly against).
Meet Buttercup (aka Butters). She’s also 6 and just got up to day on her shots and received a “spa” treatment due to some mats in her beautiful long fur. She is very timid cat and I’ve just recently had the wonderful experience of her coming to me for pets. She is also front declawed.
Now to my thankfulness, I am very thankful to have them under my watchful eyes as many of you know I simply adore my cats and they are more family than just pet. So I’ve spend plenty of time reassuring them that they are safe with me (there’s been some abuse in their past simply for being cat/dog) and will never go without care/love/food/shelter.
I will be keeping a close eye on the girls since they are front declawed, I’ve never had a declawed cat under my care before but I will be watching for limping or favoring their paws. Apparently the surgery was done when they were young and have had no complications since, but believe me it made me cringe to not only say it to the vets twice (they went to different vets as one could do the grooming and the other couldn’t) but to even think about what these poor girls went through during it.
I was of course worried about them holding their own against my cats, who have all their claws, but they seem to be doing well.
I am also thankful that having these additional pets under my care brought to light another issues I’m passionate about and that’s the anti-declawing campaign.
Declawing is a cruel and inhumane way to spare the cat owner’s furniture and to leave them defenseless if they ever get out of the house.
If you are interested in learning more about the cruelty of declawing please visit The Paw Project also please visit City the Kitty he’s a wonderful spokescat for anti-declawing.
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.
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.
I had a nice post all planned out talking about things that I’ve accomplished last year and what I’m looking forward to this year, but that has been swept under the rug at the moment as I’m currently mourning the loss of my girl cat Miss Bitty.
She went to the emergency vet on 1/7 around 9pm due to wheezing and whining and having problems breathing. They took an xray and found her lungs looked spotty, they thought initially it was pneumonia. They kept her through the night giving her fluid and oxygen and she got to rest.
I got to pick her up around 7ish in the morning and wait until the appointment with the regular vet. She was having problems still but not wheezing. I kept her in the master bathroom so the boy cats wouldn’t bother her.
We set off around 10am to go to the regular vet, he looked at the xray and decided to keep her and nebulizer her and get her some steorids.
Calling me back around 1pm, no improvement, he wanted to stick a needle in her lungs to see if he could get a sample of what the tissue looked like, I gave permission.
3pmish, he called and said she was dying.
My husband and I got to the vet as quickly as we could (without running red lights or stop signs) and was ushered to the back where she was wrapped in a blanket and the two vet techs were manually breathing for her.
The vet said she was brain dead at this point, her heart was still going but that was it.
We said our goodbyes and I asked a few questions about the tests and he explained how her white blood cell count was very low and how she had coughed up lung tissue.
He slipped the needle into her I.V. and our princess who had fought for nearly 2 years with an autoimmune disease called lypmhoplasmocyctic pododermatitis/onchitis – mushy pads – was gone.
She was only 3 years old. She weight 12.25 lbs having lost since her last weigh in at 14.4 lbs from 2 weeks ago.
She will be cremated and come home next week.
Her emergency vet bill was $750ish and her regular vet has not told me the cost of her treatment, the estimate early in the afternoon was about $550.
My wonderful friends at Paws for Causes will be holding an auction Friday to try to help cover her final vet bills, if you are able to donate an item or two that would be wonderful, if not I understand, if you can donate funds to help, I have a youcaring page set up. If you don’t have a Paypal account but want to help please contact me via email or if you can’t help please share and hug your furry and non furry family members tight and tell them you love them.
Thank you so much for letting me share with you the last 24 hours of my little girl’s life.
Here’s the interview she did for the blog.. I of course added a dedication and moved to the Extra Love Needed Category.
After getting all my notes together and all the pictures, I wanted to finally have a sit down and tell you about my trip to BarkWorld.
First meet Elise the traveling catnip shrimpie, she started her travels way back in May when I went to BlogPaws. Here she is in my purse ready to go
My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to drive to Atlanta, GA for BarkWorld.
It took us about 8 hours to get there and I had an extra day to rest up and get ready for my speed dating with a few of the pet brands that would be there. Speed dating is on its fourth year and I loved the concept. You get 6-7 minutes with each brand to tell them who you are, what you do and they get to explain to you who they are and what they do.
Here was my speed dating list
I was a bundle of nerves as I had talked to pet brands before at BlogPaws while visiting booths and such, but I never had the experience of sitting down at a table and explaining what the blog is about and what I would like to do in the future with it. I had a great time, nearly lost my voice a few times with all the talking, but I got to talk to a newer company called Nourish the heart, they make dog shampoo and for every ounce purchased, they will donate an ounce to a local shelter. They were at one of the sessions and showed a wonderful presentation of the before and after photos of shelter dogs washed with their product.
I also got to speak with a representative from Best Friends Pet Care, they are in 18 states at the moment and one of the locations they have is at DisneyWorld. I’ve seen the signs driving down there to visit, so it was great to talk to them a bit to find out about their facilities and what they do.
I attended some great sessions and had some great food (yes, I have to talk about food).
I really enjoyed the Cat Blogger to Dog Blogger Session, we got a bit off-track in the conversation, but I liked the concept of the session as it was to facilitate learning about what the other blogger does and working together towards the same goal.
I attended a Roundtable Session where we talked about Image Sharing, if everyone shares the same image on the same social media or if they use them differently and what would drive traffic to the blog. The most important thing I got from it was to title every picture so that it is searchable. So you will notice that posts from the past few days have been titled. In that session there was a discussion about using hashtags, searching for a specific hashtag you want to use before just using it as it may be linked to some questionable content.
I got to meet may dog bloggers doing the expo and one of them (Prudence’s mom Miss Theresa) was nice enough to explain how to use Pinterest for the blog. Once I get that going, I will be sharing the link.
I was lucky enough to get into a session where Victoria Stilwell from It’s Me or the Dog did a presentation on how her idea to help people understand how to train their dogs, to her new brand Positively. She spoke in detail about connecting with people, her books and how positive reinforcement works so much better than negative reinforcement. There was a book signing and she got to chat with some of the people who attended the sessions.
Many of the highlights of the expo was getting to talk to brands, fellow bloggers, pet the dogs, see some kittens, exchange business cards, take pictures, eat and take in as much information as I could.
Here are some of the pet celebrities (and their people) I got to meet:
Carma Poodale – I saw her on the second day and every time she saw me she had to pull her mom over to get head pets and compliments.
McGrady – I was amazed by his tricks at the opening night reception.
Sugar – what a beautiful dog.. I adored her little protective purple booties
and I got to meet a non-pet celebrity quite by accident, the wonderfully talented Miss Bethany from Pet Portraits by Bethany.
I want to thank BarkWorld for the expo and all the goodies. Petco has released their Star Wars brand of pet toys, so take a look.
I grabbed some extra goodies for dogs to put in my auction that starts on the 10th. Please stop by and check out the auction and share, all proceeds will go towards Pet Guards Angels. Here’s a sneak peek
My friend and fellow blogger Miss Felissa from Two Little Cavaliers let me see the mama cat and kittens she is fostering. I will do a post about them when they are ready to be adopted, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at them
Aren’t they precious? Okay.. here’s another picture because I just can’t resist such cuteness
I had a great time at BarkWorld and plan to go again, for those interested, the expo will be held in Atlanta from Oct 20-Nov 1 next year. I hope to see you there.
I would highly recommend checking out the website to see what sessions have happened, liking their Facebook page and downloading the app when the time gets closer as it was very handy to have during the expo.
For those who are going for the first time, I’ve complied a small list of things to bring
Pen & paper for making notes during sessions
Business cards & a plastic baggie to keep the ones you get together
Mini post-it notes to make notes to stick to the business cards for follow up emails or potential guest posts/topics
Smart phone/ipad/laptop – the Barkworld app is extremely handy and I got email reminders for the events I signed up for.