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Dec 222012
 

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat I really thought this book was just going to be another Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus book using stereotypical dogs are dumb, cats are distant types of statements. I was wrong (I know hard to believe me admitting that, huh). As a pet person I honestly did not want to like this book. I thought it would give bad images of cats and dogs by trying to lump them into human personality traits (and I am not very fond of some of them, but overall I enjoyed the book). It gives you a new way to look at relationships.

The book is less a battle of the sexes and more a merging of species. Very funny and insightful (reading the descriptions of dogs vs cats you can honestly say, “I’m like that” or “I know someone just like that”). Makes us think about ourselves, our partners, and our relationships.

Book Description

I’m a Dog, You’re a Cat is a short, delightfully humorous book filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations that highlight the sometimes quirky personality traits of felines and canines and how they mirror those of humans, especially as it relates to their interpersonal relations. Dog and cat owners who are in relationships will understand and appreciate the correlations and conclusions drawn from this unique comparison. How wonderful it would be if we were able to discover a new insight that helped us all communicate more effectively with the special people in our life. This book will help you identify if you are hard-wired more like a cat or a dog and how to understand that dog or cat in your life. By using a little humor to gain a deeper appreciation of your partner, you can begin to understand their behavior and how to react in those instances when you just don’t see eye to eye on things. Visit www.imadogyoureacat.com and take the quiz.

About the Author

Marla Press was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. She attended college at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas-Austin. She has always had a great love of animals and has had many dogs and cats in her life (the four-legged kind). I’m a Dog, You’re a Cat: Love Lessons From Our Furry Friends was created as she tried to understand a new relationship in her life-thus the idea for the book. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her two real rescue dogs, Riley and Bella.

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Dogs are excitable creatures by nature!

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Cats are a bit more “low key”.

I'm a Dog, You're a Cat

Oct 222012
 

I just got a chance to try out the Sticky Buddy and while I am skeptical of ALL As Seen On TV products, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

The Sticky Buddy quickly and easily removed all cat hair left by my three kitties on their favorite sleeping spots.

It was super easy to clean (just run it under warm water and rub the crud away)  and it was ready to use again after only a few quick shakes to get the water off.

No more buy adhesive hair removers to clog up landfills. Sticky Buddy does the job and comes back for more!

But wait! You also get a travel size Sticky Buddy with your purchase.

Mar 012012
 

March is here which means Boris and I must really step up the pace and get our butts in gear if we want SCIFIpawty to be a big success.

This will be the third year for the world’s only animal host animal attended virtual science fiction party held on twitter. (Humans are welcome but must speak kitteh or Klingon.)

For more information on SCIFIpawty check out SCIFIpawty.com, BorisKitty.com and follow us on twitter (@BorisKitty and @SCIFIpawty).

Just remember it is all fun and games being done for charity. Please be respectful. Thank you!

If you will be attending please RSVP at twtVitehttp://twtvite.com/scifipawty2012/

Sep 082011
 

If you haven’t heard about FreeKibble.com it is about time you do. It is owned by the Halo company (you know the pet food company that has Ellen as an owner) and they have a different trivia question daily on their sites FreeKibble.com and FreeKibbleKat.com. (I just learned about the kitty one myself.)

Every time you answer a trivia question on their sites they will donate 10 pieces of kibble (20 if you go to both sites). Fear not if you don’t know the answer they will still donate the kibble and give you the correct answer. It is a win-win situation.

They are doing a special donation today (Thursday, September 8th). All the kibble they get donated will go to 2 shelters that are in areas where Irene did some real damage, Central Vermont Humane Society (http://cvhumane.com/) and the Fayetteville, NC Animal Protection Society ((http://www.fapspet.org/).

The goal for today is 10K meals (I think that works out to 1 million pieces of kibble). So please spread the word and jump over to their sites and answer those questions.

This is a fun way to give back and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

May 202011
 

For the last couple of years Boris (that’s my cat) and I have been making donations and helping out our local animal shelters. When I make the donations I like to personal deliver them to the animals and take pictures of their little faces lighting up when they get a toy or a treat. Sometimes it is the first time they have been given a toy and it is so rewarding watching them finally figure out how to have fun with it.

I usally post the donation photos and adoption information of the animals over at Boris’ site — BorisKitty.com (he has more followers on his blog than I do and we won’t even get into all his followers on Twitter and friends on facebook).

Today I took over boxes and boxes of dog treats from work and a small bag of treats and toys for the kitties for the animals at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County as I have done MANY times over the past few years. When I took my first photo of a cat playing with one of the toys I gave them a staff member yelled at me for taking pictures and basically told me to leave. I had no idea what was going on as I said I have gone in and taken photos of the cats in their care on MANY occasions.

Needless to say I was very disappointed and a bit upset by being blocked from my project.  I asked to speak with the director of the ARL who tried his best to placate me with the old “it has always been our policy” bit. Oh really, then why have I been allowed before without getting special permission to photograph? It seems they had some one posting photos on facebook that showed them in a bad light and instead of fixing the issues these photos pointed out to the world at large the sweep them under the carpet by banning photography. Doing that only makes it seem like they REALLY have something to hide doesn’t it?

I half expect to see an expose on them on Action News sometime in the future.

I was assured that nothing bad is going on and that they are only trying to stop that sort of thing from happening again.

Ok, wait an minute here…

If nothing bad is going on why do you have to stop photographs from showing it?

I have never liked the ARL all that much any way, especially since they are a kill shelter, and this new issue only reinforces that dislike.

Yes, animals you take in there are usually put down within days of going there and sometimes they are put down within minutes. But they had been cleaning up their act a bit, or so I thought, by implementing a fostering program, which gives the animals a fighting chance to be adopted out instead of put to sleep.

The staff there are never friendly, yes they are trying to do their job and I am sure most, if not all of them, dislike working in a kill shelter, but if you don’t like your job or you don’t like people quit. Of all the times I have donated I have never once been thanked or helped with the boxes (and I usually take a lot of boxes in). Surprisingly this was the first time someone not only helped me with the boxes (came out and took one of the last two inside for me), but also kind of thanked me and asked if I needed a receipt. (I should have taken them up on that receipt that pile of boxes retails at over $800.)

When I raised $11oo for them online with the first SCIFIpawty I never heard one word of thanks. I guess the HSBC spoiled me by sending out a thank you letter every time I drop something off at their facility.

I know there is bad blood between the ARL and HSBC but never once have I heard HSBC speak ill of the ARL. The director of the ARL freely spoke of HSBC and of his opinions of them. Not very good form for the director is it? But he was trying to place blame for the whole Skittles issue on everyone else except the ARL where it belongs.

Guess I will stick with groups that appreciate what I do for them like One By One Cat Rescue and Humane Society of Berks County. Two very worthy animal rescue groups indeed.

If you know of some other worthy shelters or rescue groups please let me know in the comments below.

Oct 152010
 

Iams Home 4 the Holidays officially opened its “doors” October 1st, the start of national Adopt a Pet Month and runs through the Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years) ending January 4, 2011. Their goal this year is to find homes for 1.5 million animals. If that wasn’t a lofty enough idea they [...]

Sep 282009
 

This past Saturday was the Humane Society of Berks County‘s 32nd Annual Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest at the Reading Phillies baseball stadium. The weather was really nice and sunny (first time in a few years for them).  Lots of dogs and their people showed up to walk, have fun and raise money to [...]

Jun 172009
 

A group of 30 dogs let out the world’s loudest bark the other day according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Their barks reached 115 decibels. Man that’s loud! The recorded was previously held by a larger group of dogs in the US. Wonder if the number of dogs now factors into the equation [...]