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Friday, February 12, 2016

#DoUntoAnimals Review And Giveaway!

Yes, you can enter to win a copy of this fantastic book by Tracey Stewart! Just see the Rafflecopter directions at the end of this post. 

We're thrilled to tell you a bit about Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide To How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better, by Tracey Stewart and give you the opportunity to win a copy. And if you need a last minute present for an animal loving friend or sweetheart, we guarantee this wonderful book will make the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

True to its title, it is a friendly and fun read—no preaching or figurative finger-wagging from Ms. Stewart. Do Unto Animals is all about education, presented in the friendliest and kindest tone, and enhanced with mesmerizing, luxurious illustrations by Lisel Ashlock. Once you dive in, you'll see we all have a lot to learn about how our furry and feathered companions live, what makes them comfortable and happy, and the simple steps we can take now, to improve their lives. 

New York Times article described Ms. Stewart as "The Horse, Dog, Goat, Sheep and Cat Whisperer", and the book as a "charming...memoir and how-to about enriching the world of the creatures in your life, whether they be dogs, cats or the crows in your backyard." And we heartily agree.

For those of us who can only dream of living on an expansive property with an array of animals, this book will prepare us for caring well for any creature we might encounter or rescue, just in case our dreams come true. With chapters like "How to Make A Turkey Happy" (hint: it does not involved being roasted and basted for the Thanksgiving table), "Adopt, Don't Shop" that makes an eloquent case for adoption, and "Living in Harmony with Our Burrowing Buddies, we learn how to live in harmony with the fascinating array of creatures who share our world. 

The book also includes "Stewart Family Traditions" that describe how you might involve your entire clan in caring for animals (Ms. Stewart is the spouse of Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, and their New Jersey farm property is slated to become an animal sanctuary and educational center). The chapters also include numerous DIY projects (think bee house, frog sanctuary or simple cat toys), and even recipes your four-legged friends will enjoy—horse cookies, anyone? 

As Ms. Stewart said when discussing the plight of carriage horses: "It is possible to find joy in and inspiration from animals without their having to suffer for it." And that sums up what this book shows us with gentleness and humor: we can make simple changes in our lives that demonstrate compassion and caring for our fellow living creatures—and role model these behaviors for our children. 

By the way, you don't have to own or even live near a farm sanctuary to help. You can sponsor a farm animal just like you sponsor dogs and cats at your local shelter! For example, check out Farm Sanctuary and learn how you can "adopt" the rescued farm animal of your choice and even receive a certificate of adoption and a photo of your new  farm friend. What a great gift this would make, wouldn't it? May we suggest that you pass on those giant stuffed teddy bears and instead purchase a copy of Do Unto Animals and sponsor a real farm animal for your favorite Valentine? Just a suggestion...

And if you want to keep up with Tracey Stewart and the goings on with her family and their animal sanctuary, check out her online presence at: MooMah Magazine

Now, on to the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a copy of Tracey Stewart's Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide To How Animals Live, and How We Can make Their Lives Better. Just follow the simple Rafflecopter directions below. Entrants must live in the U.S. or Canada.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

The good folks at BlogPaws have aptly dubbed this week's Wordless Wednesday Hop: Valentine Pet Love. This begs the question: Is your pet your Valentine?

                                  Parental Unit says "Yes"!

                                       And "Double Yes"!

Now that we've got that issue settled, let's move on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and visit some of our favorite valentines!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Dogs And Football

              Or should we say, "Dogs playing with footballs"?

Or dogs trying to eat footballs...

                       Or just trying to keep a hold of one!

By the way, did everyone notice all the, ahem, dogs in today's Super Bowl commercials? Let us know which commercial was your favorite!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

How To "Catify" Your Home

Ms. Bella has been pretty inventive around our home in making her own "Catification". She'll hide and let you seek her anywhere!

But if you have multiple kitties and want to enrich their environment (see the many benefits here), there's more than one way to modify your home to help your feline family members be more comfortable in an indoor environment.

First, you can take some tips from the catification lady herself, the fantastic Kate Benjamin, who teamed up with none other that Jackson Galaxy to write an entire book on the subject...aptly titled: Catification. What we particularly love about Kate and this book is that the focus is on contemporary and stylish designs that will please both your cat and you—after all, you humans are paying the rent!

You also might check out some veterinarian-based enrichment advice for your feline, that will help you learn the "whys" behind what you're doing and how it benefits the physical and mental health of your kitty. And here's a feline environmental enrichment checklist prepared by Dr. Tony Buffington, a world-renowned veterinary cat expert with over 35 years of feline research experience. You''ll recall that we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Buffington a couple of years ago about his work and his interactive iTunes book and course called Cat Mastery.

Finally, we'd like to share this video again because we think it's phenomenal what these guys did to catify their home—and the fifteen or so cats that share their gorgeous abode are all rescues. Happy #Caturday!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Yes, it's "Spoil Your Pet" Month over at BlogPaws, and that month-long theme for February, the month of love, couldn't be more apropos.  So what are you doing to spoil your pet (just a little bit!) this month? We'd love to hear all about it!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch... Parental Unit claims she spoils me every day of every month with great food and daily walks.  I say, more of both!

                                Hey, let's go play fetch!

While I'm waiting for Parental Unit to get us to the dog park, I'm gonna check out the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and see how all my canine and feline friends are being spoiled.

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