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Favorite Video Friday – Cat vs. Dachshund

April 11, 2014 3 comments

It’s not often you see a video of a cat and dog playing where they are so easily matched. I absolutely love Pepper the Dachshund, and his friend, Patrick, the cat. They clearly have a relationship based on mutual respect.

I hope they bring a smile to your face like they did to mine. 🙂

Favorite Video Friday – Flufferpants meets Murkin

November 14, 2013 8 comments

It’s been a busy week here in Minnesota. Still, we’ve somehow managed to get out and walk the neighborhood almost every night. (When Mother Nature throws you a few 40- and 50-degree days, you gotta take it.)

Our only dangers have been fast cars, joggers coming out of the darkness and people walking other dogs. Jasper would give up his tennis ball for the chance to herd a jogger and Cupcake is afraid of strangers, so as a result, barking has been an issue. To say that I need a moment of zen would be an understatement.

Perhaps Murkin’s calm manner or Thomas OMalley Flufferpants’ cute and cuddly approach will calm me. I think it’s working!

I love sweet animal videos. I hope you do too.

Happy Friday everyone!

Favorite Video Friday – The kitty caretaker

October 25, 2013 8 comments

I can’t help but squeal over the videos I found for today’s Favorite Video Friday blog post.

I first saw Murkin last year in an adorable video that was posted in 2011. It was so popular that it already had quite a few hits (it’s now up over 7 million views) and had a ton of comments.

What I didn’t know then was that Murkin is a kitty caretaker and has cared for many abandoned kitties in need of a mom. Your heart will melt when you see how gentle he is with each and every one. I love that he plays with them but is also their source of comfort.

You’ve got to love a dog that is both gentle and kind and Murkin is both.

I decided that just sharing one wouldn’t be enough to highlight what a special dog Murkin is, so I have included a few today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

You can watch more Murkin videos on his YouTube channel or follow him on Facebook.

Happy Friday everyone!

Favorite Video Friday – Walker kitty meets Diesel the Mastiff

July 26, 2012 3 comments

I think the music makes this week’s Favorite Video Friday. And the video itself? It’s cute and sweet and well, just plain adorable. How can you not fall in love with Diesel? When I think of a gentle giant I can’ help but think of him.

Walker, the kitty, is so very brave given the size of his new brother. Don’t you think?

I hope you will find this week’s video as precious as I did.

Happy Friday!

Okay. So I couldn’t help it. I just HAD to include one more video of Diesel and Walker.

Their mom wrote:

The cats always wake up early and come down with me for coffee and their breakfast. Diesel likes to sleep in, of course! So by the time Diesel comes down, Walker is thrilled to see him.

Sometimes it’s good to be among friends

June 6, 2011 4 comments

I can’t tell if this dog is counting heads to make sure they are all there or just trying to find a way out of this crowd! What do you think?

Favorite Video Friday

October 1, 2010 5 comments

With all the anger and hatred in the world today it’s nice to see that a dog and cat can not only get along, but be best friends too. Maybe there is a lesson in here for all of us. A seriously sweet video for this week’s Favorite Video Friday. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Top 10+1 Favorite Blog Posts

September 6, 2010 10 comments

I’ve been finding some great blogs lately. Most I found through other bloggers who shared a list of their favorite bloggers on their blogs.

All I can say is there are some really awesome people out there doing some really great things!

I thought I would take a twist on this common practice (of sharing favorite blogs and bloggers) and share my favorite blog posts (not all animal related). Each of them was chosen for the powerful message they had to share. I hope you find them to be inspirational, thought-provoking and informative.

Top 10 Favorite and Most Powerful Blog Posts:

1. A Social Media (and Life) Lesson I Learned From My 12-Year-Old: This one comes via Brian K. McDaniel (@bkmacdaddy on Twitter). I love this blog post because of the universal message it has for us all (whether you are a social media person or not).

2. Passage: Dr. Jessica V is a vet who writes from the heart. This blog post left me thinking – how often do we make judgements about others without knowing the whole story. Read and find out.

3. Fear of shipping:Seth Godin is known worldwide (if you haven’t heard of him you will want to check him out). This post spoke to me because as a small business owner, I often have to face my own fears and overcome them. I think his insight applies to everyone and anyone who has let fear stop them from doing what they were meant to do.

4. Magnet word poetry pulls a family together: Kakie Fitzsimmons is a mom, an author, a blogger and social media expert. This post was more visual, but the message was powerful. Another great post on her blog is Is your home a soft place to land?

5. Let’s be fair: Mary Doane is a dog owner, turtle expert, and nature educator. She also created and runs Project Nature. Mary took in her first foster dog, a fearful dog named Aaron, this year. Her commentary on shelter dogs and purebred dogs is powerful and yet reads like poetry at times.

6. Last Night I Dreamt of Snow Anyone who is a pet owner knows how hard it can be when they get sick or it is time to say goodbye. Jasper Roo and his Dad are blogging about his journey through cancer and dealing with the inevitable moment when it will be time to say goodbye. It is powerful and raw and worth reading. Make sure you also check out Jasper’s professional photos as taken by SaraBeth Photography. Stunning stuff.

7. Just a Dog: This is really a video, but it was posted on Life With Dogs and moved me so much it brought me to tears. Powerful enough for me to include it as a blog post. Enjoy.

8. Your Dog Won’t Hate You. This I know.: This post comes from Edie Jarolim at Will My Dog Hate Me. It struck a chord with me not only because how sad the woman was in the e-mail Edie shared, but by the comments left by the people who read this post. There is compassion in this world. I read it here.

9. Breeding Dogs vs. The Horrors of Inbreeding: This post opened my eyes to the world of dog breeding and dog shows in a way it had not been before. I was so amazed at the information Kim Clune shared in this post that I had to go out and watch the whole BBC series: Pedigree Dogs Exposed. I think every dog owner should read this post and watch the videos before getting their next dog.

10. The Richest Man I Knew: I don’t know much about the blogger of In The Boat, but I like the positive message he is trying to share on his blog – Human Beings And Be-ing Humane. I like that. Given the economic turmoil our country continues to experience, this blog post was one of my favorites this year.

11. I lied there’s one more. Life is One Continuous Mistake Patricia McConnell is a wise animal behaviorist and dog trainer. Her willingness to share her own knowledge and experiences with her dogs is amazing. This post is powerful because it had a message for me. I hope you will find your own message as you read it.

Dear Pet Owner: Can you Handle the Truth?

May 3, 2010 6 comments

Recently, I read a book review written on Amazon.com about Randy Grimm’s book, Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems (it’s the first review listed, written by Charlie S from Wag’N Book Review).

In case you’ve never heard of Randy Grimm, Randy is a famous animal advocate and animal rescuer from St Louis, Missouri. He runs Stray Rescue of St Louis, where he has been actively involved in saving the lost, abandoned and stray dogs that roam the streets of St Louis. Quite a man in my opinion. But, that’s not what caught my eye, it was the reviewer’s description of a section of Chapter 1 of Randy’s book,

“An owner contacts Randy wanting to relinquish his dog because of (a) hyper-activity issue. The owner comes by the shelter on a day where Randy is alone at the shelter, clearly overwhelmed by work, and (Randy) asks the pet owner to answer the phone while he brings the “abandoned pet” to its new home – (A) cage. While there, the owner takes many dramatic calls covering a few ‘real emergencies’. When the owner gets a break, he drops the phone, runs back, frees his dog, gets another dog and runs out of the facility. The owner realized that the issue he deemed terrible was nothing compared to the realities shelters have to deal with. He later sent money to the shelter to thank them of the invaluable knowledge he acquired that day.”

Pets are often surrendered for legitimate reasons, especially now, with many people losing their homes. But, just as often people surrender their pet simply because they didn’t take the time to train their dog, do their homework before getting their pet or made a hasty decision to get a pet because it was “so cute”.

It got me to thinking… would pet parents be less likely to surrender their pets for a frivolous reason, or at the very least, would they think twice before surrendering their pet if they knew the truth about what could happen to their pet?

For instance…

– A surrendered pet may go home with someone that will not treat him as well as the previous owner did. There is no way to know which adoptive pet parents will be good ones unless you do a home visit, and most shelters can barely afford to stay open so that is usually not an option. It’s a sad commentary on how we humans treat our pets when a dog or cat comes back to the shelter in worse condition than when they left.
– An overcrowded shelter means that a pet could be euthanized, especially if the pet is old, sick, has behavioral issues, or just plain runs out of time. According to the Humane Society of the United States and The Shelter Pet Project, approximately three million (3,000,000) healthy and treatable pets are euthanized every year because they don’t get adopted.
– Sometimes a sick pet (e.g., Parvo virus) is surrendered to a shelter and infects all the other pets in the shelter. Someone’s pet could die before it reaches the adoption floor, unless it’s vaccinations were kept up-to-date.
– Many shelter environments are loud. The noise level can be enough to damage human ears and it can drive a dog nuts. Literally. It’s called going “kennel crazy”.
– Just because a dog lived inside it’s last owner’s home doesn’t mean that will be the case when he is adopted. Chances are that he could be tied up outside.
– Training and socializing a pet is important. It makes them more adoptable.
– Adopting a dog or cat saves a life. Buying from a backyard breeder or puppy mill ensures that one less dog or cat will find a loving home.

I don’t want anyone to think I am disparaging animal shelters. Let’s be honest, without them and other rescue organizations, many more animals would be roaming the streets and suffering at the hands of an abuser.

The people who work in shelters are some of the most dedicated, hard-working and loving people I know. And, most of the people who adopt from an animal shelter are great people. I’ve seen and heard some really great, heart-warming stories about dogs and cats that have found their forever homes and are loved completely by their new families.

But, the reality is there is no guarantee that your pet will find a loving home. When you decided to get a pet, you took on the responsibility for that pet. Don’t you owe it to him to make sure that you’ve tried everything before you give him up?

This one is just for fun…

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

I saw this NY Lotto Commercial and ouldn’t help but share. It’s adorable. Kitties, puppies and piglets in pjs. Enjoy!
New York Lottery Sweet Million “Sleepy Time”

Think Dogs and Cats don’t get along? Meet Gabriel and Stanley

September 16, 2009 2 comments

I was sent this funny and adorable video by a friend. It shows the great relationship between A dog named Gabriel and a cat named Stanley. It made me laugh and put a smile on my face (and perhaps a tear in my eye at the end). I love how well they play together!
Do you have a dog and cat that get along this well? Feel free to share your own videos!

Gabriel and Stanley (Video)

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