trip fallout

November 8, 2014 | Comments Off

Playtime with little Lulu

In this picture, Lulu is playing and is back to being her cute little self. Yesterday when we got back from an overnight trip after visiting two more cat retirement homes in another state (which I have a post coming up that’ll talk all about that and our interesting travel), things were very different!

When we came home, she was the only furbaby to give me a hard time! My soulmate kitty ignored me, ran from me, hid under the bed, didn’t come when I called her, gave me dirty looks, and so on! She obviously was not happy with me for leaving her, even though the cleaner spent the night here and knew how to take care of all of them. After an hour had passed, she decided she had spurned my love and showed her disappointment in me long enough, and she jumped up and then laid down on me for some cuddles. Whew!

Righteous Hound product review

November 7, 2014 | Comments Off

Righteous Hound recently reached out to us to see if we’d like to product review one of their unique pet apparel designs. Once we saw that their line included the amazing and adorable beagle breed, we immediately accepted! Righteous Hound sells t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, and more for both men and women. Additionally, there are over 50 breeds of dogs to choose from in a bunch of different colors with fun sayings and a variety of designs. All of the artwork on their web site is unique to Righteous Hound, is designed by them, and is focused on their selected dog breeds, pet adoption, and pet rescue. Thus, Righteous Hound’s products are designed, printed, and manufactured 100% in America. And you’ll have a tough time choosing just one! Mark picked out his own shirt, and he eventually selected the unisex happy beagle t-shirt! Also, a percentage of Righteous Hound’s products are directly supporting rescue and pet adoption. Their goal is to further strengthen this community by giving customers a voice in promoting pet adoption through rescues and shelters across the nation.

Here are two photos of our new t-shirt from Righteous Hound:

Righteous Hound product review
Righteous Hound product review

And here’s a video where I take a closer look at it:

Included in the package:
- 1 unisex happy beagle t-shirt, size xl, in asphalt

Here is some information about this t-shirt from its website:

Happy!

Our standard unisex t-shirt is the softest, smoothest, best-looking short sleeve tee available anywhere.

Unisex size – women may prefer to order one size down.

Made in America of fine-gauge, preshrunk combed cotton.

Here are some photos of Mark modeling his new t-shirt from Righteous Hound:

Righteous Hound product review
Righteous Hound product review
Righteous Hound product review
Righteous Hound product review
Righteous Hound product review

The verdict? This unisex happy beagle t-shirt from Righteous Hound is made very well and is so soft and comfortable to wear! Mark and I agree that it’s great to wear out with a pair of jeans while running errands or to wear with a pair of pajama bottoms while lounging around the house. FYI – both the beagle image and happy text that are on the front of the t-shirt are sharp and crisp! Though we may not currently have any beagles right now, we are always big supporters of them, so this is definitely a sweet and adorable shirt to have, not to mention it’s very, very cute! They have a few other beagle and rescue shirts I’d love to own too! If you purchase any of their products, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – Righteous Hound provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)

7 Tips to Maximize a Pet’s Golden Years

November 5, 2014 | Comments Off

I found this article that gives 7 great tips on how to maximize a pet’s golden years that I’d like to share with you!

Pets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to developments in veterinary care and dietary habits. However, that doesn’t change the fact that their health begins to decline in their senior years at around the ages of six or seven.

“Pets age at a much faster rate than humans. For every one human year, a pet ages seven,” says Dr. Mitsie Vargas a veterinarian based in Winter Haven, Florida. “When you think about that and put that into perspective, then you realize how important taking your pet for a checkup twice a year is… that is when a lot of situations can be found out earlier and treated cheaper and with a better outcomes,” added Vargas.

Follow these simple tips to ensure a pet’s senior years are also its golden years:

1 – Increase veterinary visits.
Senior pets should be taken to the veterinarian twice a year, instead of only once a year. Semi-annual visits allow veterinarians to detect and treat any signs of illness early. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA.org) has a few tips to make veterinary visits a little better for everyone. Click here for more.

2 – Look out for changes in behavior.
Before any medical symptoms appear, behavioral changes can provide signs that something is wrong. Examples of behavior changes include confusion, decreased interaction with humans, house soiling, changes in sleep cycles, and more.

3 – Watch for weight changes.
Dogs and cats face opposite weight-related problems in old age. Overweight older dogs are at increased risk of health problems. Weight loss is the chief cause for concern for felines.

4 – Consider modifying diet and nutrition.
As pets age, their dietary needs change. Senior pets may need easily digestible foods or foods with different calorie levels and ingredients that include anti-aging nutrients.

5 – Keep pets physically active.
Just as with older humans, it is very important to keep senior pets moving. Maintaining mobility through appropriate exercise will help keep them healthier.

6 – Play stimulating games.
Even pets can show signs of senility. Games (such as playing with food puzzle toys) that require time, patience, and problem-solving abilities will help keep pets mentally active.

7 – Be aware of pet health risks and symptoms.
Some pet breeds and lifestyles have increased risks associated with them. For instance, dogs and cats that have not been neutered or spayed have a higher risk of developing mammary, testicular, and prostate cancers. As pets get older, they develop many of the same illnesses that are present in humans such as cancer, heart disease, kidney and urinary tract diseases, diabetes, and even senility.

These seven tips will help maximize a pet’s senior years, but always check with veterinarians for specific guidelines on pet care.

a cuddle story

November 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Pacey is annoyed by his mama!

Pacey does this thing at night that I think is so adorable! In the middle of the night after we’ve been snoozing and cuddling together for a couple of hours, he will wake up and decide that he’s thirsty and that he needs a drink. Well, we have water in the master bedroom (two sources, actually – a fountain and a regular bowl), and he jumps his little body off the bed to take a big drink. I really enjoy listening to him drink and then listening to him walk the long way around the bed so that he can jump back up, walk gently over me, and reclaim his precious cuddling spot. He does this all the time, and I just happen to think it’s so, so cute! He curls his tiny body back up into mine so that we’re spooning once again, and I just love how sweet he is!

sweethearts being sweethearts

November 2, 2014 | Comments Off

Lulu and Pacey lay on me at naptime!

It’s time for a mini pet update!

Let’s start with the two in the photo, Lulu and Pacey, the two I’m inclined to believe would benefit the most from having a new sibling. Lulu is so happy and hyper and still very much my mini-me. If I leave the room, she follows. If I leave the room when it’s meal time, she won’t eat until I get back. We are very much thick as thieves! The other day when I was looking for a photo of her to be used for/on an upcoming product review, I saw her with Eva in a billion photos. I want to get her another playmate sooner rather than later.

Speaking of that, let’s talk about Pacey! He’s doing better now. He’s back to taking his kidney pills on his own, and he’s chirping around the house a lot. He’s again stopped playing with his favorite toy, though. I think he could really benefit from having new energy in the house due to the depression he’s dealing with over Eva and Spenser’s deaths. He’s still an amazing cuddler at bedtime. He didn’t come up one night, so I went to get him; the next night he was waiting up here way before bedtime! Even though he’s always been antisocial and a loner, it’s fairly easy to spot changes in his mood. I’m thankful for that.

Basia just loooved her Halloween costume and being told how pretty & beautiful she looked in it! The old lady seriously strutted her stuff in it! She enjoyed being adored on costume day! The whole thing, including her in that dress, was pretty adorable. In general, she really does love being told she’s gorgeous!

That leaves Sam! Mark was surprised that Sam comes when he’s called. I’m surprised Mark has never known that before now. Then again, I’ve always been more aware of what’s going on with the pets than Mark. Also, Sam apparently learned a lot from Spenser because he can sniff out treats that are semi-hidden. For example, if I have them tucked under my pillow waiting for Pacey because Pacey didn’t come up right away at treat time (which is a new, irritating thing), Sam puts his little nose in the air and sniffs all around. He will jump on the bed and even jump up on the taller dresser to look up there for them as he knows they are out there somewhere. He’s even turning into Eva in a sense because he’s now sort of our go-to guy for product reviews. When she was alive, I used to yell “Showtime!” and she would come running, ready to explore whatever item we got for my pictures and videos, and he’s being doing an excellent job in that department lately.

And, last night we had some crazy wind happening at bedtime. I sleep with Pacey, Lulu, and Sam. Every single time they heard an unfamiliar rustling sound outside, they’d lift their little heads and snuggle in closer to me. It was just fabulous!

Lastly, as I alluded to above, we filled out a pet application for a partial Maine Coon kitten at a shelter, so we will see what comes of that. We are the second application for her. If it doesn’t work out, we will keep looking, but we know that it is definitely time to get that new energy in here for the sake of Lulu and Pacey. I mean, I would like to wait until we move in the next 1.5-2 years (fingers crossed that happens), but I really don’t think they can or should have to wait. And I want to do this for them more than I want to keep to my own silly timeline, obviously.

Happy Halloween 2014

October 31, 2014 | Comments Off

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Happy Halloween from me & my furbabies to you & yours! If you’d like to see all of their photos, the full album can be found right here!

sneak peek of Halloween 2014

October 30, 2014 | Comments Off

Halloween 2014

Here’s just a little sneak peek of their outfits! I’ll post more photos and videos tomorrow!

National Cat Day 2014

October 29, 2014 | Comments Off

My little loves & I would like to wish you a Happy National Cat Day! I just went around and snapped these photos to show you what they were doing right at this moment!

National Cat Day 2014
National Cat Day 2014
National Cat Day 2014
National Cat Day 2014

marital conversations, part 102714

October 27, 2014 | Comments Off

me: the cleaner is bringing her kids over on Halloween.

mark: why don’t you make them goody bags?

me: goody bags?! no! what do I look like? a pinterest mom?

mark: what’s pinterest?

me: thank god.

Kurgo Wander Bed product review

October 24, 2014 | Comments Off

Kurgo sent us over their adorable Wander Bed to product review. Kurgo is known for being a company that makes the very best dog travel and active dog products, and they sent us their Wander Bed for our beloved beagle Spenser to check out. Sadly, Spenser passed away before he had the opportunity to review it. Without a doubt, he would have loved it because that old man was all about comfort! That being said, I decided to show Kurgo that they do have some items that would be perfect for other pets, including cats. And this Wander Bed is a great item to do that with! It comes in two sizes, medium and large, and in two color options, blue with orange and brown with blue.

Here are a few photos of the Wander Bed:

Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review

And here’s a video where I take a closer look at it:

Included in the package:
- 1 Wander Bed, blue with orange, size medium

Here is some information about the Wander Bed from its website:

A comfortable home away from home for your four legged travel companion!

We had trouble finding a stylish, high quality and compact dog bed that excited us to bring on forays with Fido. So we developed the Kurgo Wander Bed, complete with plenty of travel friendly features. It has a Rufftex™ bottom to keep it from slipping around in the car, a plush fleece top for comfort, and a hidden pocket to hold something that reminds Fido of home. The bed rolls up in seconds and is easy to tote with its built-in handle. It’s a bed you will be excited to roll out for Fido wherever you may find yourselves.

- You can be sure you are getting the best with Kurgo, because we have been developing award winning products for years to help owners and their dogs get out and enjoy life together
- Rolls up like a sleeping bag with a handle for easy transport
- Waterproof non-slip bottom
- Recycled Polygo fleece top for comfort and padding
- Hidden pocket for items that smell like home
- Machine washable

Intended Use:
- Car, SUV or Mini-van (backseat or cargo area)
- Camping
- Office
- Hotels
- Traveling
- Doghouse
- Crates
- On furniture

Product Size:
- Medium – Open: 25 x 36 x 1.5” thick Rolled: 12.5 x 8” (dogs < 40 lbs)
- Large – Open: 36 x 48 x 1.5” thick Rolled: 17.5 x 8” (dog > 40lbs)

Here are some cute photos & videos of my kitties checking out and then enjoying their new Wander Bed from Kurgo:

Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
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Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review
Kurgo Wander Bed product review

The verdict? Now, as you can see, the Wander Bed’s intended use is for dogs, but we are here to show you that those of the feline persuasion can enjoy it just as much! Three out of my four furry kitties really took to it, and that didn’t surprise me one bit. Even when Spenser was alive, it was always a game of rotating beds around here. They’d sleep in his beds, and he’d try to cram himself into theirs! In fact, we still have one of his favorite items, a huge pillow, left out because Pacey likes to lay on it and always has. So never underestimate bedding that’s labelled just for dogs! Also, I really like that the Wander Bed from Kurgo is so portable! The fact that your pet can have his or her own sleeping bag now is beyond adorable! And the hidden zipped pocket that stores items like toys and catnip is an excellent addition to it! If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – Kurgo provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)


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