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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Feline Does Tricks For Treats

This video was originally posted online a few years ago to showcase the potential of shelter animals, but has since become a mainstay of the Internet cat world. Does your cat do tricks? They can be taught, but from what I've seen it takes years to get a simple paw shake out of them. In our house, Bella just demands food and Parental Unit obliges with a smile. What about your kitty?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three Top Pet Care Tips to #GetHealthyHappy!

For the last few months we've been sharing strategies for healthier pets and happier lives for both pets and pet parents. After all, we pets depend on our Parental Units for just about everything, so it's kinda important that you stay on top of the latest pet care information to help us #GetHealthyHappy" and to stay that way. Right?

We love this illustration because it's so true: It's all about love and the human-pet bond, and what we can all to do make that bond stronger. The healthier your pets are, the longer and happier their lives will be—and the care you pet parents give makes all the difference.



For us, it comes down to three basic ways to reach the goals of happy dogs, happy cats and healthy pets.



Let's talk mealtime. You are what you eat. And since we depend on you to choose our food for us (unless we routinely counter surf), please choose wisely. There are so many pet foods out there, so scrutinize labels and talk with your veterinarian about the best food for your pet and his or her breed and lifestyle.

By the way, don't miss this $10 off promotion on select Hills Science Diet products to get your pet started on #GetHealthyHappy!



The Little Extras. We think these tips for bonding with us really are the icing on the cake, so to speak. And cake without icing can be a bit bland!. Exercising our intellectual capabilities as well as regularly indulging our physical need for lots of exercise are just two of the "Little Extras" that make our lives better. Try puzzle toys, food foraging, training, competitions or just long walks by your side to add fulfillment to our lives and yours. We love just being with you, you know?

And don't forget our treats, they're a great way to reward us for good behavior and, well, just because!

                      Haven't I been a good boy, Parental Unit?




Annual Vet Visits. It bears repeating that skipping just one of your pets' annual checkups is like you humans missing five years of doctor's visits! It's so important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian that you like and trust, so he or she can get to know your pet. That way, it's a lot easier for your vet to spot unusual changes or conditions that can nip any ailments in the bud—before they become serious. It's our belief that regular vet visits come with the pet parenting territory, so do both your pet and you a favor and schedule any overdue vet checkups today!

I love visiting Dr. Mike...but I'd like to go back to Parental Unit now, if you don't mind!


We all want to give our pets the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible, and that journey starts with you, and the care you give your beloved four-legged companions. To learn more about Hills Healthier Pets, Happier Lives program visit http://blogp.ws/DogsGetHealthyHappy or http://blogp.ws/CatsGetHealthyHappy. And give your pets a great big hug for us!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier LivesTM, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Since October is officially "Adopt A Shelter Pet Month" (could there be a better month?), the good folks at BlogPaws have carried that theme over to their monthly photo contest. Check out today's picture  aptly titled, "Three's a Charm", and read all about the newly adopted 10 years young Kacey!

                   We've only got two of us in our home...

            Unless you count all the toys I've got as a third pet...

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop! What's stoppin' ya from joinin' up?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

And The Winner Of The #GetHealthyHappy Hills Pet Prize Package Giveaway Is....

#GetHealthyHappy with Hills Science Diet Goodies!

We're pleased to announce our winner of the #GetHealthyHappy "Bundle of pet goodies" giveaway. The winner, as chosen by Random.org via Rafflecopter, is Jason of "bearsbearsbearswoo"! Let's all put our paws together in a round of applause for Jason. His entry was #152!

By the way, this is the first time we've used Rafflecopter and we're thrilled with how easy it was—Parental Unit says she's never going back to her old-fashioned, manual way of running a giveaway!

                   Don't mind me, I'm taking a play break...

And speaking of Hills Pet...stay tuned later this week for more savvy strategies to help you and your pet #GetHealthyHappy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dogs And Squirrels And The Hunter Within...

The hunter within your dog, that is. Like me cornering a squirrel, below.

 One of the blogs hosted by the The New York Times is called "Menagerie" and focuses on essays about people and their relationships with pets and other animals. Today, this marvelous essay from  "Menagerie" was printed in the Sunday paper, "The Dog, the Squirrel and the Moment of Brilliance."  Why, Parental Unit thought the author was talking about me!

Poor Parental Unit is torn: She does want me to indulge my natural instincts (and to get in some extra exercise) by chasing those bushy-tailed glorified rats. In fact, when I'm upstairs trying to get some shut-eye, she'll often call me down: "Bocci, there's a squirrel in your yard!" And since she's proven to be right, I rush down to safeguard my property. On the other hand, she really doesn't want me to catch one. I've come close a few times, and I swear you could hear her scream for miles....


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