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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dog And Cat Poetry Worth A Read

This recent piece from NPR gives us a glimpse into one very talented person's dog and cat humor. Francesco Marciuliano, who used to write for The Onion News Network and has written the comic strip, Sally Forth, for nearly 18 years, took a stab at writing poems in the voice of cats and dogs a few years ago, and soon became the best-selling author of two books.

This NPR article with accompanying audio makes a case for cats getting the short end of the stick, so to speak (although no self-respecting cat would ever gnaw on a stick), because they do so well in short Internet bursts. Dogs, on the other paw, do better with longer works, like entire books, for example. What do you think? Are cats just made for brevity, but dogs (perhaps that much more interesting) can tackle longer works of poetry and prose? Do let us know...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

                       Clever graphic courtesy of BlogPaws

It's the waning days of "Spoil Your Pet Month" over at BlogPaws, and speaking of spoil...why not "Kiss a Pit" today, if you're lucky enough to have one or see one. Check out this adorable Pitty picture from a BlogPaws community member.

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

             Wake me when it's spring, and not a minute before!

While we're waiting for Ms. Bella to wake up, why not head on over to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and pay some visits!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

World Spay Day Is Today!

                   Graphic courtesy of World Spay Day.org

World Spay Day is an annual campaign of the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association that shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as one important way to save the lives of companion animals, feral and stray cats and street dogs who might otherwise be killed on the street or put down in shelters. Today is the 21st annual World Spay Day... and we've come a long way, baby!

World Spay Day also calls attention to the need to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter services to rural and other underserved communities. We're proud that a few years ago, Bocci's Beefs was able to donate $1,000 (via a direct contribution from The Pedigree Foundation) to the Columbus Dog Connection's spay/neuter bus that travels to rural communities in Ohio and provides free or low cost spay/neuter services.

Here's Parental Unit and the Director of Columbus Dog Connection, Kellie DiFrischia, in front of the spay/neuter bus.

Just look at the cool featured partners for this year's World Spay Day!
Doris Day Animal Foundation ACCD Ark Charities ASPCA Best Friends
House Rabbit Society Humane Alliance Petfinder Foundation Petsmart Charities

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Pig As Pet: Enter Señor Bacon

Exhibit A: A pet potbelly pig. Photo courtesy of Randy Harris/ The New York Times

We don't usually write about companion animals other than dogs or cats, but this article on The New York Times Menagerie Blog is too charming to pass up, and certainly charming enough to pass on to our readers. What started during courtship as a step towards commitment (Maybe we should get a cute little potbelly pig, dear.), ended in a post-nuptial purchase that now happily roots around one couple's couch and bed.

Apparently Señor Bacon, as they aptly named the little fella, has peaked at only 30 pounds, but that's just one on the issues potential pig parents have to consider. As with all pet parenting—the decision to adopt or purchase is for the life of the animal. While Senor Bacon seems to have found a loving permanent home, not all potbelly pigs have been so lucky. Enjoy the read, and let us know if you or any of your friends have parented a pig. We'd love to know!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

And The Winner of Disney's 101 Dalmatians—Diamond Edition—Is...!

As usual, we let Rafflecopter choose our lucky winner via Random.org... And here's what happened!
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Let's all put our paws together in a congratulatory round of applause for Donna! And many thanks to all who entered—we truly appreciate your support. Please stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon...

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