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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.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Dog Mountain Chapel: A Stunning Community For Dog Lovers

A gorgeous Vermont chapel built by a local couple to honor beloved dogs. Photo credit: Carlton SooHoo/Courtesy of Dan Collison.

We thought this was a beautiful story worth sharing. You can also listen to the NPR Radio Documentary, aptly titled, Dog Mountain: A Love Story—which we highly recommend. What is so poignant about this gorgeous chapel is not necessarily the story of the two amazing artists who sacrificed so much to build it, but the many thousands of notes left by people who felt the need to memorialize their beloved dog.

The couple who envisioned this chapel, which sits on 150 acres in Vermont, hoped it would be "...a place where dog owners could come and enjoy time with their pets—and where those whose dogs had died could find comfort by leaving 'notes, little pictures, photos, remembrances of pets that they loved and lost." And it seems their vision has been realized. When you lose someone you love, it seems natural to memorialize that loved one, and this tiny chapel in the Vermont woods serves as a communal memorial for thousands of our beloved family members.

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