Monday, April 24, 2017

Pig In A Blanket Day

Ok, so that was kind of mean of me to use Cody in photos for today, which is "Pig In A Blanket Day."

FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR: Pigs In A Blanket are a simple concept and have been found throughout the world in many variations since time out of mind. You simply take a sausage and wrap it! Usually, you’ll find them wrapped in some form of pastry, with puff pastry being one of the most universally popular. Learn more about "Pig In A Blanket Day" here!

Relax Cody! You know I REALLY featured you on this day, not because of your ample "belleh", but because of your complete DELICIOUSNESS!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cat Lovers "Heart" Animal Hearted: "Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers" Give-Away!

Animal Hearted Apparel has sponsored this post, both in product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own.

Animal Hearted Apparel
 is a clothing company with a conscience

They are are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more!

Some of the  organizations Animal Hearted has worked with include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Place Sanctuary, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, SPCA of Solano County, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, Yolo County SPCA, and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.

Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes.

When I was contacted by Animal Hearted founder, Aaron Seminoff, (a dedicated animal lover, photographer and musician), asking if I would be interested in selecting some items and writing about them for both Cody and Dakota's blog, after reading about all the wonderful things they do for animals and seeing their quirky, fun, sometimes snarky, but full of so much love, products, I jumped at the chance! 

The shirts below, are the cat-themed shirts that I selected:

I bet ALL of you can relate to that!!

I will be attending CatCon this August and these two adorable shirts are coming with me! 

The T-shirts that I ordered are  100% cotton  which I LOVE!! Another thing I love? I am rather "fluffy" which is a nice way of saying I am "zaftig" or "chubby", and Animal Hearted is one of the few sites that has larger sizes that are TRULY LARGER SIZES. They are NOT those T-shirts with a size sticker that isn't true to size. Animal Hearted T's ARE TRUE TO SIZE. If you are "fluffy" like me, that is often hard to find and much appreciated!

There were so many cat-related items that I loved, below you will find a sampling of some of my faves:

(I also had a T-shirt custom made that will be featured on Dakota's blog on Monday, so be sure to check  out Dakota's blog on Monday, because there will be a give-away there too, just sayin!!)

 As you can see from the photo above they also have bandanas, that are intended primarily for dogs, but you just might see Cody make an appearance in it too! It is generously sized and just darling!

Superb Communication and Customer Service

Animal Hearted also has superb customer service. As I mentioned, I had a shirt custom made that you will see on Dakota's blog on Monday....creating the shirt was super easy, the team who made the shirt was not only in touch with me through email, but they were professional and extremely friendly. I love Dakota's shirt so much that I could just burst! 

I received emails notifying me that my order was received, when I could expect it, a tracking number AND a final email when the items were delivered, notifying me they had been delivered (in case they ended up somewhere else, which they did not).

Looking for A Gift For You Or An Animal Loving Friend?

Animal Hearted has shirts, and Frisbees for dogs, as well as other animal-themed accessories like tote bags, stickers, phone cases, magnets, and key chains. There is so much to choose from that I am certain you will find the purrfect gift for YOU or that special someone!!! And, you will be helping animals at the same time!!! They also have FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $49 !!

Shop By Animal

Know someone who has:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Rabbits


  • Alpacas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Goats

Yep you read that correctly!!!! You can find items for those people too! can

  • Bird Breeds
  • Dog Breeds
  • Cat Breeds
  • Goat Breeds
  • Horse Breeds
  • Rabbit Breeds


The shirt featured above, is a shirt that Animal Hearted added to my order that was a much appreciated  surprise!

I couldn't be happier with the items I received from Animal Hearted and now ONE OF YOU will have the chance to try them yourselves!!!


Aaron is generously offering a world-wide give-away where ONE PERSON who is 18 and over will be given a $30 gift card to their site to choose what they would like. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cat Toys: Winners! 4CATS Cuddly Toys!!

  THANK YOU to all 
who entered our give-away!!! 


 Remember when we said we would just have three winners? Well, Cody was nice and said he would share a few of HIS toys that HE received with TWO EXTRA WINNERS!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The TWO EXTRA WINNERS who will be receiving some of the toys that Cody received (personally mailed by us that were not opened), are:


Monday, April 17, 2017

Do You Know an Aspiring Veterinarian? Help Them Enter This Vet Camp Scholarship Contest -Dr. Chris Carpenter DVM

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

I was 11 years old when I told my mother that I wanted to become a veterinarian.   That doesn’t make me unique.   The majority of veterinarians practicing today made their career choice before they were 13 years of age.  Veterinary medicine is a calling that starts early in life.

The challenge is that it is hard to explore your dream at such an early age.  
You want animal experience but so few organizations will let you volunteer until you are older.   You also yearn to see what an animal doctor does but many hospitals have policies that only allow older teens to shadow the veterinarian.   In time, you discover that there are a lot of age barriers to exploring your dream of becoming a veterinarian.  That is why I created Vet Set Go.
Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

Vet Set Go  is the first and only community dedicated to teen and tween aspiring veterinarians.  Our goal is simple, ENCOURAGE today’s future veterinarians to explore their dream and show them HOW the can do it today.   We provide lots of ideas and one of my favorites is veterinary camps.  

Veterinary camps didn’t exist when I was a future veterinarian. 
They are amazing programs that a small number of veterinary schools in North America provide for younger students.  While they vary slightly from school to school, campers typically spend 5 days exploring veterinary medicine and getting hands on experience with animals.  In fact, campers often do things that I didn’t do until I was in veterinary school – like gowning and gloving for surgery.   They are truly a future vet’s heaven.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

That is why we are so excited to be offering three scholarships for future veterinarians to attend this summer’s Auburn University’s Junior VET Camp .  All aspiring veterinarians need to do is share their story and send us a photo   The contest runs through May 4th, 2017.

Surveys have shown us that “veterinarian” is the number one career choice of tweens.  
So chances are good you know a future veterinarian or have one in your family.   Help them explore their dream today.  Share the Vet Set Go website and contest page  with the future veterinarian in your life.

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